As well as being a fun and relaxing skill to acquire, baby massage can help enormously with a range of physical and emotional issues that may be experienced by young babies and/or their parents/carers.
From developing the parent-child bond in those who have had a difficult pregnancy, a traumatic birth or are suffering from post-natal depresssion, to helping ease common newborn conditions such as colic and constipation,
I have experienced massage changing an unsettled baby to a happy content one, with the added benefit of a much needed confidence boost for their parents.
Baby massage involves using a variety of strokes and gentle holds on your baby, using a high quality non-fragranced vegetable oil. These soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of baby’s body by a parent or primary carer, following a sequence that has been developed over many years. My course, as accredited by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), draws from both Indian and Swedish massage traditions and also incorporates principles from yoga and reflexology.
Massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with babies, so that they feel loved, valued and respected. It can help with physical issues including constipation and colic, improve the parent’s confidence and enhance the parent and child bond.
Long before babies are able to speak, they communicate with the world around them through touch and we naturally communicate the same way with them. If a baby cries, for example, we often cuddle them or stroke their back. Massaging your baby is an extension of the instinctive natural impulse to use touch to soothe, heal & communicate and has a wealth of benefits for both parent and child.