A few friends of mine have recently given birth. It has inspired me to make this online video course about something I am SUPER passionate about: INFANT MASSAGE!!!
Infant Massage is a beautiful thing for babies and care givers alike. If you have a new little one in your life, check out this free online course. Feel free to comment of message me with any questions and check out www.infantmassageusa.org for more.
I consider Infant Massage to be a service work and a part of social justice. If you would like to book an in person training or live online series, contact me and we can make it happen pro bono or for an affordable donation price.
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Developmental Benefits of Infant Massage
- Benefits of Infant Massage for Baby
Infant-Parent attachment or “bonding”
Helps baby feel loved
Promotes better sleep
Facilitates body awareness
Boosts immune system
Improves skin condition
Improves blood circulation
Relief for teething pains
Help waste elimination
Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
Helps you learn about your baby (their needs and desires)
Stimulates production of oxytocin (Oxytocin is a hormone which can be produced by both male and female persons during massage. It is useful as a pain reliever and has a calming effect on the person.)
Benefits of Infant Massage for Parents
- Caregivers report feeling more comfortable and confident in their ability to care for baby.
- Parents learn to understand and respond to baby’s cues.
- Parents learn techniques to comfort, calm and soothe their babies.
- Provides an additional avenue for close and nurturing contact.
- Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this
- important early nurturing and an amazing tool for helping parents become closer to their babies.
Infant Massage provides these benefits in 4 distinct ways:
- Stimulates all the systems of the body including the:
- Nervous system
- Circulatory system
- Respiratory System
- Elimination System
- Immune System
- Stimulates the release of oxytocin, known as the cuddle hormone (is released in both parent and child), prolactin (promoting milk production in the mother) and other endorphins.
- Reduces muscle stiffness and normalizes muscle tone
- Helps relieve tension built up from all the stimulation in the baby’s environment
- Helps babies handle sensory stimulation and respond in a relaxed manner
- Helps babies sleep better/ Helps regulate sleep/wake cycle
- Touch combined with vocalization helps reduce pain levels up to 80%
- Helps tone digestive tract
- Helps alleviate gas and promote elimination
- Releases hormones for food absorption.
- Releases endorphins, natural pain killers, to ease emotional distress
Bonding and Attachment
- Infant massage draws on all the elements of bonding and attachment
- Eye-to-eye contact, skin-to-skin, body scent, vocalization, taste, responsiveness
- Hormones stimulated by infant massage promote bonding and attachment between parent and baby
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