Infant massage

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Infant massage benefits families in many ways

Infant massage makes for happier and healthier babies, moms and dads. There is a world-wide tradition of mothers, fathers, and caregivers communicating with calming, nurturing touch that helps baby in many ways. Infant massage has been shown to:

  • Increase self esteem for child and parent
  • Promote bonding and attachment
  • Increase sense of love, acceptance, respect, and trust
  • For baby, improve body awareness and brain development
  • Improve relaxation and release of stress
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Strengthen digestive, circulatory, and gastrointestinal systems, which can lead to better weight gain
  • Reduce discomfort due to teething, colic, gas, congestion
  • Regulate elimination, respiration, hormonal activity
  • Improve synchrony between child and caregiver
  • For parents, it improves ability to react to infant cues
  • Increases confidence in parenting skills
  • Provide time to share quality time together
  • Reduce stress and blood pressure for the one giving the massage