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Baby Massage

Untitled design (1)You probably look at your baby and think, “Massage isn’t necessary for my baby. All they do is eat and sleep! Besides, I don’t have time to massage my baby, and even if I did, shouldn’t I take her to see a massage therapist for that?”
Weather you are a first time parent, a child care provider, or an experienced parent, newborn massage can be beneficial for everyone in the family. Most new parents, especially first time parents, are often sleep deprived and overwhelmed. They are in a state of healing, along with the infant. Learning infant massage helps the “getting acquainted” process, regardless of the situation. Once the pregnancy and birth are over, mothers and fathers may feel a bit awkward around their infant. Acquiring a skill set that can help with gas relief and smooth out sleep cycles, along with so many other benefits, will empower you to feel more comfortable with your infant. Babies can sense your intentions through your touch. Learning massage is a proactive way to create a positive environment.

The life of a newborn may seem pampered, but they are going through a healing process. Circulation is being rerouted from where the cord was attached. New blood vessels are being formed because the heart/lung circulation has changes. They are breathing on their own and maintaining their own body heat for the first time. Also, they are digesting their food and actively eliminating urine and bowel movements. There will be gas. Also, they are accustomed to being in the uterus. Their nervous systems will be overwhelmed attempting to adapt to the outside world. Anything we can do to recreate that feeling of security will help the baby feel comfortable.

Holding and touching are the most common ways to interact with your baby. Massage can be done any place or anytime. If baby wakes up in the middle of the night for a feeding or needing a diaper change, that is a chance for bonding and massage. Even when you change the baby’s clothes you have an opportunity for massage. There is no perfect way to massage a baby, so make it your own experience! Even if you only do one or two passes of each stroke, it still counts and baby still benefits. Try starting small like only massage the scalp and face as you are rocking baby to sleep.

I am here to help guide you through the process of learning infant massage. As their parent, you know the best time for massage. That may be after a bath, before bed, or first thing in the morning. Those are times that a massage therapist will not be available. Most babies will want to eat or nap after a massage. You and your baby will be more comfortable in your own home. During the massage is the perfect time to strengthen your bond with your baby. You will have all the time you need for this in the privacy of your own home.

As the parent, you know what is best for your baby. Several studies have shown that babies who receive massage have improved weight gain, better performance on neurological assessment scales, better sleeping behaviors, they are easier to soothe, and overall improved growth and development. Massage is a much more holistic option than anything a doctor can write a prescription for. Also, there is nothing your doctor can prescribe that can recreate the quality bonding time you will have with your baby during the massage.

The goal of the Baby’s First Massage program is to train qualified professionals (me) in the skills to teach parents or caregivers (you) listening and sensitive touch skills. Massage is quality time. It is my job to help you understand respectful touch and how much pressure to use. I will also help you to interpret your baby’s cries. I can teach you to recognize the signs of your baby becoming overwhelmed and when they need a break from the massage. I can teach you the benefits, contraindications, and how to prepare the environment. Most importantly, you will learn the massage strokes to enhance the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.

As parents, we want to give our children every opportunity to thrive and succeed. Starting a regular massage program as soon as possible will do just that. Health is not defined solely by lack of disease but rather by optimal performance of the body. I can be reached at sarah@proactiveohio.com or follow us on Facebook to receive updates on when classes are being held. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

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