Besides the obvious emotional benefits of bonding that massaging your baby can give, studies have shown that there are also medical and health benefits for you as well as your child. According to Dr. Tiffany Fields at the Touch Research Institute in Miami, Florida, massage can improve the function of your baby’s brain, heart and liver. Premature babies, for example, who receive massage therapy show less stress, achieve better weight gain per day and are released from the hospital sooner.
On the emotive side, baby massage builds a bond of love and care that both parents can share. Health professionals stress that parents, not therapists, should massage their own infants so they can spend precious moments centred on the baby. This is especially true for working parents and those with a few children. Fathers in particular can gain confidence in creating an emotional bond with the child through massage.
Benefits to your Baby
Massage can improve your baby’s sleeping, breathing and digestive rhythms by improving blood flow and strengthening the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. It also enhances your baby’s physical and emotional development by improving the function of his brain, heart and liver. Massage may soothe away your baby’s colic, constipation and other common childhood ailments such as teething pains, gas and stress from sudden weaning. In addition, it reduces your baby’s muscle tension, fussiness and irritability, it also helps your baby to de-stress, sleep longer and learn to take noise better.
Benefits for Parents
For you and your partner, a massage can provide a special focused time to deepen your bond with your baby. It helps you to understand and respond appropriately to your baby’s nonverbal cues. For first-time parents, it helps to promote feelings of competence and confidence in caring for their baby. It also helps to increase your ability to relax your child in times of stress, including the stress during separation from you each day. Apart from being fun and relaxing for parents, a massage can also alleviate your postpartum depression.
1:1 Baby Massage
Duration: 2 Hours
- Includes 2 follow up on Facetime
- 1:1 guidance
- Hands on practical – step by step guide
- Parents with baby to attend
- Parents to bring 2 towels