Many different societies have used baby massage as part of their baby care regime for centuries, and research shows it has many benefits.

Baby Massage gives you the opportunity to learn and respond to your baby’s body language. It is also a wonderful way to make your baby feel safe and secure by showing that he or she is loved and cared for. In this day and age, parents lead hectic lives which can prevent them from having quality time with their babies and young children. Infant massage is not only simple, but you can do it almost anywhere and there are many benefits, some of which I have listed below. A baby who has been massaged is more likely to grow up to be confident and happy and be in tune with their body awareness. There are no hard and fast rules for baby massage, other than to ensure you are being taught by a qualified instuctor who will teach you to do it safely. You will discover what works for you and your baby and you will work out what is best for you both. Please bear in mind that massage is something you do with your infant, not to your infant. It is strongly suggested you seek guidance and education on massage techniques from a qualified baby massage therapist and I can help. A ten minute massage, two or three times a week assists in strengthening the parent-infant relationship, babies love it and it can assist in alleviating baby ailments including teething, colic, wind and reflux.

It has many benefits including the following:-

  • Fathers can participate in the process too, improving their relationship with the baby
  • It is relaxing for both you and the baby
  • Increased weight gain in low birth weight infants
  • Improved pulmonary/lung function
  • It strengthens the immune system
  • It is a great way for parents to bond with their baby
  • Enhances cognitive learning and motor development
  • Increases vagal activity which effects the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems.
  • Reduces anxiety in your baby and increases alertness
  • Increases blood and lymphatic circulation