Infant Massage

FREE MINI COURSE

An introduction to infant massage
for parents and caregivers.

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for parents & caregivers

INFANT MASSAGE

Videos in order

LESSON #1

Intro to Infant Massage Course

In this video we cover the basic orientation to infant massage. 

  • Set Up 
  • Health Benefits
  • Getting Started

LESSON #2

Infant Massage Course 1

Let’s dive in and get started with what you need to begin massaging:

  • Feet
  • Legs
  • Belly

LESSON #3

Infant Massage Course 2

Here we continue with week 2 by adding strokes for: 

  • Chest 
  • Arms 
  • Hands

LESSON #4

Infant Massage Course 3

Completing the entire sequence with: 

  • Face
  • Back 
  • Whole Body

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Developmental Benefits of Infant Massage

Benefits of Infant Massage for Baby

  • Infant-Parent attachment or “bonding”
  • Relaxation
  • Helps baby feel loved
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Facilitates body awareness
  • Boosts immune system
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Improves skin condition
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps digestion
  • Balances respiration
  • 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)
  • Pleasurable experience
  • 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

Relaxing

  • 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

Relief

  • 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

All Resources come from Infant Massage USA. For more go to http://www.infantmassageusa.org

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