Massage is a form of touch that can help babies grow more quickly and soundly, exhibit more playfulness and less fear, tolerate stress better and have stronger immune systems. With frequent physical contact, babies can start crawling, grabbing and walking earlier; they sleep better and fuss less. Massage will even influence your baby’s hormone levels, elevating oxytocin to help respond positively to stressful situations. It provides enhanced physical and emotional health, resulting in a stronger immune system that is more prepared to handle the challenges in our environment today.
“Being touched and caressed, being massaged is food for the infant. Food as necessary as minerals, vitamins, and proteins.” -Frederick Leboyer, M.D.
For a new mom, receiving massage can have the same benefits as it does for baby, and more. Massage may help relieve fatigue and muscle soreness to help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and nervous tension. It can improve circulation and help achieve a relaxed state of mind that is nurturing for both baby and mom. These physical benefits enhance immunity and help to create a mental and physical environment that is more rewarding and nurturing for everyone involved.
Massage provides family members with a beautiful opportunity to support each other and share even more love through the trials and triumphs of new baby care. Always check with your doctor before massaging your baby to find out about special circumstances and precautions.
~Infant Massage USA
Benefits of Infant Massage:
- Improves infant-parent attachment or “bonding”
- Helps baby feel loved
- Promotes better sleep
- Boosts immune system
- Improves skin condition
- Improves blood circulation
- Helps relieve colic
- Relief for teething pains
- Helps digestion and elimination
- Helps you learn about your baby (needs and desires)