The power of touch
When born, babies need to be touched in order to thrive as they are used to constant massage from their mother’s movements when in the uterus. Massage is a wonderful and positive way of doing this. Used as a healing tool in many cultures, massage is recognised as promoting health and well-being for both baby and parent.
As accredited teachers in Baby and Infant massage by the Guild of Infant and Child Massage we can run sessions for groups or one-to one, with the option of coming to your home.
The Benefits of Infant Massage are emotional psychological and physical and therefore help babies achieve all-round well-being.
Improves the general functioning of the immune system. Regulating and strengthening the digestive system. (may help discomfort of colic, wind and constipation) Promotes relaxation which can improve quality of sleep - soothing and calming your baby and reducing their heart rate. Enhances body awareness. Cleanses and nourishes the skin. Enhances emotional security. Increases bonding and attachment between baby and parent/carer.
Many of the same benefits are experienced by older children but massage can also them feel loved and secure as they are growing up. The addition of a new baby can change family dynamics dramatically. Massage can help to reduce the feelings of older siblings feeling alienated, rejected and even jealous of the new arrival.
Learning to massage develops confidence in handling your baby and to understand your baby’s non verbal cues. It also empowers you and help you develop a feeling of closeness with your baby.