As a parent, loving relative, or caregiver of an infant, you want to see your child flourish. Touch is one of the most important requirements for healthy development—a fact supported by both ancient tradition and contemporary research. Massage is attentive, pleasurable touch that can promote your baby's well-being while increasing your ability to respond to his or her needs.
Massage For A Happier Baby The special touch of massage is remarkable in its ability to enhance a child's comfort. Babies who are massaged sleep better and are calmer and more alert when awake. Massage stimulates digestion and elimination. It can also reduce the discomfort of teething and colds, and help calm fussy babies. In addition, bonding—that unique and close attachment between you and your baby—is enhanced with massage. Responding to your baby's smiles, frowns, and squirms with sensitive touch, eye contact, soothing sounds, and loving communication can reinforce trust for years to come.
Studies Confirm the Benefits The positive effects of infant massage have been well-researched. Various studies, including those sponsored by UNICEF and the University of Miami School of Medicine, have found:
Infants and children who were massaged showed significantly reduced stress indicators such as increased heart rate and stress hormone levels.
Premature babies who were regularly massaged gained weight faster, acquired mental and motor skills earlier, and were more relaxed than non-massaged babies.
For drug-exposed infants, massage helped increase weight gain and relieved both tension and pain.
Infants who received extra touch developed visual attentiveness earlier than babies who didn't. Visually impaired babies whose parents massaged them early and often were able to reach toward sounds sooner than other babies.
What If Your Baby Has Special Needs If you are the parent of an infant with special needs, you may find your child communicates differently than other babies. Giving massage teaches you about your baby's unique signals, while helping him or her cope with physical stresses or disabilities.
Nurturing Your Older Child It's never too late to make massage a part of your child's life. Massage can soothe children during emotional upsets and relive the discomforts of illness. it can also help ease the pain of tension headaches and muscle aches or cramps. Children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity who receive massage often concentrate better, cry less, and sleep better. Over time, receiving massage can help a child create a more positive body image and enhance emotional security.
Giving Massage Benefits You, Too Giving massage can build your confidence in caring for your baby. You may feel more satisfied with the quality of time you spend with your infant and with your increased ability to help your child relax in times of stress. You may even find your own tension eased as you perform the gentle movements.
How You Can Learn Private lessons in infant massage are an excellent way to deepen your relationship with your child. I would be happy to explain my training, experience and class content. I can offer individualized help with your fussy, colicky, or special needs baby and also offers massage therapy for children.
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