Learn To Massage Your Baby!
Infant massage is an age old tradition and in many areas of the world, massaging infants is a common practice. Research confirms the importance of a “…nurturing touch in the healthy growth, development and maturation of children” (Tiffany Field, Ph.D). Numerous other studies have also shown the many developmental benefits of positive contact as part of baby’s early life.
Touch is a very powerful element in human bonding, as are communication, both verbal and non-verbal, eye contact, facial expressions, soothing sounds, and smells. Infant massage encompasses and supports all these critical elements of bonding.
Just like adults, massaging babies can have the exact same effects!
Infant-Parent attachment or “bonding”
Helps baby feel loved
Promotes better sleep
Facilitates body awareness
Boosts immune system
Improves skin condition
Improves blood circulation
Helps digestion & increases baby's weight
Help waste elimination
Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
Helps you learn about your baby (their needs and desires)
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.
Private Session = $50 / session (2 weeks - 6 mos.) and up to 2 caregiver(s)
Included are 1 class, approx. 60 minute session learning the massage strokes while applying them and giving your baby a full body massage.
Coconut Oil will be provided if needed.
You will need: baby's comfy blanket
Infant massage classes are available to parents of infants
(2 weeks to pre-crawling)
Spouse, partner, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to attend.....up to 2 adults are welcome during the session.
If your baby has, or may be experiencing symptoms of colic, or has other special needs, I ask that you contact me prior to class so that we can determine the best way to support you and your baby.
***Parents feel free to contact me at anytime after the session for questions or reminders!