Teaching Infant Massage

Why Infant Massage is so Vital

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Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant. Food as necessary as minerals, vitamins and proteins. Deprived of this food, the name of which is Love, babies would rather die and they often do……… Frederick Laboyer

(6 weeks and onwards is a great time for baby massage. Massage can be done before this, but would need to be private tuition in this case……..after 6 months, they are far too curious to be expected to lie still for a massage…………………. They will and can enjoy massage again from 24 months and 36 months and upwards from there.)

Eye contact and smell are primal instincts…………a language that baby understands…….as is touch.

It is the greatest gift that a parent can give a baby apart from life itself ofcourse………….

Baby massage helps new vulnerable souls to this World, to have a gentle nurturing welcome to this World.

Baby massage also

  • deepens bonding
  • improves parenting skills
  • encourages our little ones to grow up with care, compassion and respect for themselves and others.

Aswell as all the above benefits, baby massage also helps with the following physical benefits;

  • helps mothers with post natal depression, bond with their babies and interact with them in a healthier way.
  • helps promote better sleep
  • aids digestion and helps to relieve colic
  • helps waste elimination, useful for relieving constipation
  • can help relieve teething pain
  • boosts the immune system (lymphatic and immune system)
  • supports and improves circulation of the blood
  • eases congestion and improves respiration with any breathing difficulties.
  • is great for baby’s skin- best with unrefined, cold pressed organic oils
  • helps encourage midline orientation- assists with posture, muscular coordination and balance and flexibility of the muscles and joints.