Benefits of Baby Massage

Babies (and their parents) benefit tremendously from the power of touch. If your infant finds touching calming and relaxing, a full or part body massage is going to do him or her a world of good.

Massage is a lovely way for you to express your love and care for your baby. Massage can soothe your baby and help her to sleep.

Studies (and our experience) have shown that massaging babies can help to reduce crying and fussiness and help them to sleep better and for longer. Plus, massage has many added benefits for your baby, including improving weight gain, aiding digestion, improving circulation, and easing teething pain. Some experts also believe that baby massage helps fend off germs and illnesses by boosting their developing immune system.

Giving your babies a massage helps to stimulate their central nervous system, which makes their brain produce more feel-good serotonin and less stress-inducing cortisol. Baby massage is also great for their mental well-being as well as their physical health. Of course, an affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are important tools for parents to use to bond with little ones.

The positive effects of learning baby massage are also good for you: if you’re feeling stressed giving your baby a gentle massage can help you to feel calm and leave you feeling in more control.

Tip: We recommend that you choose a time when your baby is awake and alert, but settled. Try to pick a time when your baby is between feeds. Then she won't be too hungry or too full. It's also best not to start just before nap time. You will want to avoid attempting to massage a baby who is upset as you could over-stimulate the baby’s nervous system and exacerbate the condition. 

For more tips as well as advice and detailed instructions regarding how to provide your baby with an effective and safe massage, please consider joining our meet-up group:  Burlington Infant Massage.   

We also pleased to provide private instruction. 

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