Benefits of Infant Massage
Did you know that touch is the first sense to develop in the womb and the last sense to leave us when we die?
Positive touch is essential for Health
Infant massage can help:
- Improve Infant-Parent attachment or "bonding"*
- Relax the baby and relax parents too – it is a pleasurable experience for both parents and baby
- Make baby feel loved and secure
- Promote better sleep of baby (and so family)
- Facilitate baby’s body awareness
- Boost baby’s immune system
- Assist the baby’s senses to develop
- Improve skin condition of baby
- Improve baby’s blood circulation
- Improve baby’s digestion and waste elimination
- Balance baby’s respiration
- Relieve teething pains in older babies
- With colic
- Build both baby's and parents' self-esteem
- Parents learn about their baby’s needs and desires without language
- Baby to communicate with parents and parents to really hear their baby
- Stimulate the production of endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones) and oxytocin – a hormone that fosters nuturing – i.e. assist bonding*!!!)
"Bonding is a unique relationship between two people. It is specific and endures through time." M Klaus
* Bonding is a reciprocal interaction; it is a process; it is love, security, connection, acceptance, peace, caring, respect, empathy, unity, warmth, joy, communication, understanding and familiarity (and many more positive states).
Bonding may be experienced through using all the senses: eye contact, touch, smell, taste and listening.
It is never too late to bond. And it is never too late to start massaging your child.
Sandra Byrne is an Infant massage Instructor trained with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) in the UK
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