What is baby massage good for?
From the moment we’re born, the sense of touch is one of our most important senses. It is integral to our physical and emotional wellbeing and even more so for babies. Baby massage provides all the critical aspects of intimate parent-baby bonding and attachment including touch, eye-to-eye, voice, smell, movement, and thermal regulation — essential for baby’s growth and wellbeing.
Baby massage is not only a wonderful way to physically bond with your baby, but it also has many important physiological benefits such as improving sleep quality, helping digestion, promoting circulation and assisting weight gain.
Why learn Baby Massage?
Learning the basics of baby massage is fun and easy, and best of all you’ll gain a new skill that will continue to bring immense benefits to baby, mum, and dad for years to come. Baby massage is also a great way to calm baby when other tactics may not work, particularly for colic. As your baby grows into a toddler and onwards into childhood you can use the same massage techniques for ongoing benefit.
The many benefits of baby massage.
Baby massage is ideal for infants, babies, toddlers, and children. Just a few of the benefits include:
- Reduced crying time
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Relief from wind, colic, reflux, and constipation
- Relief of sinus and chest congestion
- General wellbeing, relaxation
- Helps baby to self-soothe and feel calm
- Intimacy of massage reassures and makes baby feel secure
- Improves circulation and muscle tone
- Improve sensory and bodily awareness
- Supports neurological development
- Increases oxygen and nutrient flow to cells.
- Stimulates release of growth hormones helping weight gain.
- Reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol
Baby massage also benefits parents and caregivers!
Research has shown that performing regular baby massage helps parents and caregivers to feel more confident and less stressed while enhancing the special bond with their baby. Benefits of baby massage for parents and caregivers include:
- Fostering pre-verbal communication between baby and caregiver
- Helps new parents feel more confident and competent
- Helps working parents to reconnect with baby after a long day at work
- One-on-one, quality play time with children
- Get in tune with their child’s unique rhythms and patterns
- Parents learn how to read their child’s cues and moods
- Interactive way for fathers to bond with their baby
The power of baby massage is being studied by science.
Recent studies are working on the connection between baby massage and quality of life for both baby and parent or caregiver:
“New research by a team at the University of Warwick says that massage may help infants aged under six months to sleep better, cry less and be less stressed.
The team of researchers looked at nine studies of massage of young children covering a total of 598 infants aged under six months.
They found the various studies showed a range of significant results including indications that infants who were massaged cried less, slept better, and had lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol compared to infants who did not receive massage.
One of the studies examined also claimed that massage could affect the release of the hormone melatonin, “which is important in aiding infants’ sleeping patterns,” the lead researcher said.”
Please contact the clinic for upcoming baby massage classes at Growing Bones!
Get ready to have fun with your baby at our baby massage classes! Workshops and courses are presented and guided by our midwife and clinical aromatherapist, Sonya Edmonds.
Benefits of baby massage: references and elevant studies…
Research says massage may help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed. Warwick Medical School & Institute of Education at the University of Warwick
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