Baby Massage – The Physical Benefits

As discussed in previous posts, baby massage classes not only have incredible mental benefits for both parents and babies as well as aiding the bonding and emotional intelligence of your parental bond, but baby massage and the strokes and massages you will learn over the period of the course, also has incredible physical benefits for your baby and can support in dealing with and overcoming a variety of common ailments and illnesses in young babies.

Each week of the course we focus on massaging different areas of the body, which have corresponding health benefits for your baby. Similar to the effects of reflexology, each area we focus on aids and supports healthy growth and development in this particular area as well as supporting your babies learning and development.

For example, when we focus on massaging the tummy/abdomen area; parents commonly  report a noticeable difference in their babies digestive processes, particularly those who have struggled with constipation and colic in their baby previously. Learning and developing these skills relaxes our babies body, which results in their bodies becoming more responsive to these new strokes and massages which in turn stimulate the body’s natural movements and in turn begin to work with and process the ailment they have been struggling with.

For you as a parent, not only do these new skills provide you with a new means of bonding with your baby, but also enables you to feel more empowered in supporting your baby through these difficult times where you otherwise may struggle to ease their pain – so many parents have reported that as their child’s symptoms began to subside, so did their anxiety surrounding their babies illness/ailments.

One of the biggest physical benefits that so many parents report as a result of the classes and continuing to use and develop the massages at home is the improvement in baby’s sleeping routines. As we mentioned above, the massages and strokes allow the baby to relax not only their body but their minds too, which naturally aids sleep as well as the emotional responses this bonding stimulates in the babies brain which also contributes to the overall responsiveness to sleep and ‘down time’ which is supported by the massage.

Massaging each area of the baby’s body holds physical benefits for them. Let’s take a closer look at each area; Massaging around the jawline, ears and along to the chin can help relax this area which can be prone to grinding and clamping shut leading to headaches and jaw ache as well as easing teething pains.

By massaging the hands, this helps with the development of movement of the wrist, hand, fingers, and the child’s overall dexterity. There are Pressure points near the wrist, that when massaged can help with and relieve anxiety.  Hand massages also support flexibility of the fingers, in addition to the cognitive benefits of building brain trails for developing finger movements.
Massaging the face relaxes the eyes and supports the corrugater muscles (small muscles close to the eyes) relax on the forehead. Similarly, massaging around the lips, promotes smile movements and expressions and in turn helps with brain training and helping babies locate where they smile and the physical and cognitive feelings associated with these expressions.
Baby massage classes are only the beginning in terms of developing the agility of many muscles and joints and it is ideal to keep exercising gentle movements with your baby after your classes end to ensure the fluidity of their muscles and joints grow with them. Activities like baby yoga, helps with movements for crawling and walking, in addition to stretching the muscles of the back, rotation of the shoulders, hips, arms, hands which overall contribute to long-term physical fluidity in a child’s gross and fine motor movements and skills.

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