BABY MASSAGE is the gentle, rhythmic MASSAGE of a baby’s body with your hands. You can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby during the massage to reassure your baby and for bonding.
BABY MASSAGE stimulates the production of the “feel-good” hormone Oxycontin in your body, your baby – and even your partner if he is watching. Oxycontin is the same hormone that gives you the warm, loving feeling when you hold your baby close or breastfeed her.
BABY MASSAGE not only benefits your baby but you and your partner as well. The close contact created through BABY MASSAGE sends a clear message to your baby that she is safe, loved and respected. It strengthens the bond between baby and parents and can greatly increase a nervous parent’s confidence when handling the child. It is a wonderful way to learn how to better understand your baby’s responses and cues.
The time you spend with your baby during massage is valuable quality time that is sure to lift your mood and once you have made it part of your routine it is a great way to step out of your busy life for a moment and revel in the joy that your baby can bring to your life.
BABY MASSAGE has physiological benefits as well; it has been proven to regulate digestion, respiration and circulation. It can also alleviate the symptoms of colic and has been shown to improve muscle tone. Massage teaches your baby to relax which calms her down, this means she will sleep better. One study even found that baby massage on new-borns assists in speedy recovery from jaundice.
The massage techniques are very easy to learn and its benefits go far beyond the immediate physiologic gains.