The amazing benefits of

Infant Massage

 For parents:  



  • Promotes bonding and deepens the relationship between you and your baby.

  • Helps to develop your confidence as a new parent at handling your baby.

  • Encourages you to be tuned in to your baby's physical appearance and therefore be more alert to any changes.

  • Promotes and enhances early communication with your baby through use of eye contact, smiling, talking and laughing.

  • Encourages you to get to know your baby and helps you to learn their unique cues and individual needs.  

  • The massage can be carried out by another carer e.g.: father, sibling or grandparent. This can provide a special bonding time for others as well as some much needed rest for a new mother.

  • Encourages you to dedicate "down time" with your baby. This promotes a feeling of relaxation, comfort, enjoyment and trust. This will reduce stress levels and help parents adjust to parenthood.

    For Baby:

     

 (Physiological)

  • Stimulates their circulatory system (increased blood flow ensures oxygen and nutrients reach their cells.
  • Strengthens their immune system through stimulation of their lymphatic system.

  • Removes toxins from their body.

  • Aids digestion and elimination. It has been proven to relieve colic and constipation. It can also promote weight gain in small babies.

  • Improves muscular co-ordination and joint mobility.

  • Promotes fuller and deeper respiration.

  • Improves the appearance and texture of their skin.

  • During massage endorphins are produced in their body which help to reduce pain and tension.

  • Tactile stimulation enhances their sensory awareness.

  • Enhances their neurological and motor development

  (Psychological)

  •  Your baby will feel soothed and comforted, helping to relieve anxiety and trauma.
  • Promotes their feelings of emotional security and can teach them to self soothe.
  • Encourages good sleep patterns.
  • Promotes body awareness and a healthy body image.

Further Reading - Clinical Evidence:

Massage for promoting mental and physical health in infants

The Effects of Baby Massage on Attachment between Mother and their Infants

Research says massage may help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed