Infant Massage

Infant Massage is important for both the caregiver and the child. It helps maintain and improve the functioning of all systems of their bodies:

Bodily System

Benefits

Skeletal

Increases nutrient flow to bones. Reduces muscle tension. Supports healthy, proper posture & balance. A specialized routine is available for “Teething.”

Muscular

Aids in removal of lactic acid & carbonic acid. Increases blood flow to muscles. Can increase muscle tone. Can reduce joint mobility.

Digestive

May relieve constipation & gas. Reduces water retention. Cleans the blood by toning the kidneys. A specialized routine is available for Colic/Gas/Reflux.
Circulatory

Stimulates blood & lymph circulation. Helps strengthen the immune system. Releases toxins in their body.

Respiratory

 Improves breathing patterns. Relieves tension in the chest, allowing   the lungs to expand more fully. A specialized routine is available for Congestion.

Nervous

Relaxes & calms baby and caregiver. Helps baby sleep. Raises          endorphin levels. Promotes healing. The Vagus Nerve is stimulated, which influences food absorption hormones (Insulin & Glycogen).

Additional Benefits of Infant Massage

Infant Massage Relaxes and soothes:

Not only will your baby feel relaxed so will you! Nurturing touch is a naturally rewarding way to relieve stress for both you and your baby. Touch has been shown to decrease levels of Cortisol (stress hormone) in our bodies. Cortisol is always present in our bloodstream, but high levels of this hormone can be found in our bodies during times of extreme stress.

Infant Massage Deepens Bonding:

Infant Massage provides you with essential one-on-one time that will enhance your family bonding, understanding and ability to nurture. During massage Oxytocin is released in both the giver and receiver’s body. Oxytocin is our feel good hormone, also known as the hormone of love. This hormone helps to provide us with loving, nurturing feelings which helps us to bond. Mothers experience and increased production of Oxytocin during labour and breastfeeding but now research shows that even close physical contact and touch stimulates Oxytocin production. Great news for all of the dads out there who didn’t give birth to their baby, you can still produce the same hormones through the use of loving touch.

Infant Massage Improves Communication:

Touch is our first form of communication. So it is always natural to assume that communicating through touch enhances your ability to understand your baby’s special needs and respond appropriately. Infant Massage increases your confidence and sensitivity to your baby’s unique cues and forms of communication. You cannot spoil a baby by picking them up when they cry. When babies receive attentive responses to their needs they grow to become healthier and more secure in adulthood.

Infant Massage Contributes to Development:

Stimulates growth and healthy development of your baby’s body, mind and spirit. Massaged babies gain healthy weight better than babies who do not receive massage. Additionally, nurturing touch helps to enhance the digestion process. The systems of the body are stimulated during massage which assists in the absorption of nutrients and elimination of what is not needed. For some babies infant massage has also been shown to be effective at reducing the symptoms associated with Colic.

Infant Massage Helps Baby to Sleep Better:

Not only does massage help your baby to release stress which builds daily from new experiences, it allows them to relax. During this special time both you and your baby have time to relax. Massaging your baby helps your little one to sleep deeper and for longer periods of time which can translate into you being able to sleep longer as well!

Through massage you will not only increase your loving, nurturing bonds with your baby, you will assist in their healthy and happy development.

 

Touch is a primal need and the first important mode of communication with a new baby. Nurturing touch communicates love, which is what we all need and seek. Research studies show positive short-term and long-term benefits:

Benefits for Your Baby

  • Bonding. Promotes secure attachment, self-esteem & respect
  • Relaxation. Produces Oxytocin, the bonding hormone
  • Communication. Learning caregivers verbal & non-verbal cues
  • Development. Aids in healthy weight gain, improves sleeping patterns
  • Stimulation. Skin-to-skin contact regulates breathing, heart rate & temperature
  • Fun! Special time for nurturing interaction, creativity and enjoyment

Benefits for Parents & Caregivers

  • Bonding. Reinforces Eye-to-Eye & Skin-to-Skin contact. Learn babies cues & rhythms
  • Relaxation. Helps caregivers unwind & relax. Promotes release of nurturing hormones
  • Communication. Enhances respect for child. Learning baby’s verbal & non-verbal cues
  • Social Interaction (group setting). Sharing advice & conversation with other new parents
  • Confidence. Increases confidence to meet baby’s needs & to follow their intuitions
  • Fun! Special time for nurturing interaction, creativity and enjoyment