Touch is our most primal sense and is associated with the largest organ in the human body—our skin. Of all the senses to develop, touch is the first and begins before the baby is born. In the first few months of life, touch is used more often than hearing, sight, or smell as a way to learn about the physical world and to develop close, meaningful relationships. Touch is a powerful communicator because it often mirrors our own feelings toward another individual. Ultimately, infants are able to sense how their parents feel about them by the manner in which they are touched.
- Improves circulation, digestion, and organization
- Reduces muscular tension
- Decreased fisting and shoulder reaction
- Enhances awareness of being loved, accepted and safe
- Reduces fussiness
- Helps baby learn to relax
- Improves sleep
- Increased sense of well-being
- Strengthens the development of GI and respiratory tract
- Reduces the symptoms of constipation, colic and gas
- Helps relax tight muscles
- Helps stimulate muscle tone for hypotonic babies
- Increases baby’s ability to maintain a functional alert state
- Helps babies learn to accept and tolerate positive touch (especially for babies who have been hospitalized)
- Increases ability to gain weight
- Helps baby sleep longer and deeper
- Helps regulate tactile hyper or hypo sensitivity
- Improved eye contact and socialization
Infant massage is a wonderful way to bond with your infant and boost your confidence in parenting. Learning these massages will also help to strengthen and nurture your infant. There are a total of 5 massage lessons – each targeting a specific area. These lessons are taught once per week for 5 consecutive weeks, with each lesson running 60 to 90 minutes.
- An opportunity to connect and share quality time
- Education in how to touch and respond to baby in nurturing ways
- Promotes parent infant bonding/attachment
- Increases confidence in parenting
- Increases prolactin production-the nurturing hormone
- Decreases postpartum depression
- Positive effects on other relationships, including partner and children
Ellie Perez is a certified infant massage instructor. She received her certification through Infant Massage USA. and International Association of Infant Massage. Her 20+ experience working in the special education field has allowed her to gain tools and strategies to help parents navigate through their infants growing stages. A mother herself, she understands the concerns, worries, and stresses of parenthood. Infant massage will help you bond with your little one, as well as give you the confidence and tools you need to nurture and strengthen your child’s emotional, physical and mental development.
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