Infant Massage

  • Infant Massage

    Research has shown that babies who experience nurturing touch and infant massage on a regular basis demonstrate better sleep patterns, decreased stress levels and increased trust and attachment with their parents. Research further supports the benefits of infant massage for parents as well in their ability to better manage stress, decrease anxiety, and better communicate and respond to their babies’ cues.

    Our infant massage instructors are also pediatric occupational therapists that are skilled in understanding the development of babies and children. We believe that it is never too early to give families the best start to lifelong wellness! Infant massage is an ancient tradition which provides parents with hands on tools to help relax and soothe babies, deepen attachment and bonds, improve communication and contribute to overall development and regulation.

     

    • Benefits infant-parent attachment and bonding
    • Helps relieve discomfort from gas, colic, teething and constipation
    • Improves circulation, elimination, respiration and immune function
    • Enhances development of the nervous system
    • Simulates brain development
    • Enhances communication and parents ability to read infant cues
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    • What should I bring?

      Please download and fill out the registration form and waiver in advance. Families are asked to bring an extra receiving blanket, pillow or boppy for positioning, and any extra items that help to make both parent(s) and baby more comfortable and relaxed. If you forget something, don’t worry– We will have extra blankets, cloth diapers and waterproof pads to share! Oil will also be provided in class, however if you would like to bring your own, please feel free to do so.

    • What type of oil should I use?

      Infant Massage USA recommends the use of cold pressed, organic and unscented plant based oil such as jojoba oil. These oils are non-toxic, safe if ingested, and often contain beneficial nutrients (ie. Vitamin E) which is beneficial to baby’s skin. Parents should always check with their healthcare provider with regards to oil recommendations for infants with sensitive skin and other conditions. Further information regarding oil will be covered during classes.

    • When is the best time to massage my baby?

      A good time to massage your baby is when your baby is in a quiet alert state. This is when your baby’s eyes will be wide and bright, her body relaxed, and her breathing regular and smooth. It is in this state that communication and bonding are most enhanced. However, what is most important is to follow your baby’s lead as she will let you know if she is interested or not, or if she likes certain areas massaged or not. Observe your baby’s cues. She may initially enjoy a few strokes but then lose interest. If you follow your baby’s lead, any time your baby wants a massage is a good time to massage your baby.

    • Can I massage my baby while they are sleeping?

      Infant massage routines are generally not done while your baby is sleeping. Listening to your baby’ cues for engagement, permission and building communication and trust are integral parts of this nurturing touch program. That being said, babies often begin to fall asleep during massage, and if this happens, don’t worry—provide some soothing strokes, swaddle, snuggle and enjoy the calm!

    • Up to what age can I use massage?

      Obviously it is easiest to massage your baby when they aren’t able to crawl away from you just yet. However, massage can be beneficial to children of all ages. For example, growing children can gain relief from teething, growing pains, and stress. Teens can help balance hormones and ease stress, promote self-esteem and respect, and keep lines of communication open to help continue a nurturing relationship. For toddlers, strokes can be adapted and massage time limited to match their shorter attention spans. Stories or songs can also be incorporated to engage older children.

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