Baby Massage Benefits
Baby Massage (or infant massage) includes slow, gentle strokes with very little pressure. It helps to create calm, relaxing state for the baby and can often put him/her to sleep.
The main benefits of massage therapy for babies are that it provides a loving, bonding experience for you and your baby. And bonding time is one thing new parents can never get too much!
But, because baby massage tends to deeply relax the infant, he/she can go to sleep faster, and stay asleep for longer periods of time.
Infant Massage and Preterm Babies
The Touch Institute, in Miami, FL, did a study in 1987 of the effects of massage of preterm newborns to improve growth and development. It concluded that infant massage stimulation enhanced weight gain and responsiveness in preterm newborns, and may affect later growth and development.
Massage for Babies with Colic
If your baby has ever had pain and excessive crying spells due to colic, you understand the desperate need to help them eliminate the pain. In studies of massage for colic, researchers concluded that babies who were massaged correctly experienced fewer crying episodes and experienced deeper sleep by the end of the study.
Besides the loving touch, this therapy also benefits your infant by:
- Improving gastrointestinal tract function
- Improving immune system, muscle tone and circulation
- Promoting nerve development and relaxation techniques
- Creating an intimate and strong bond between parent and child
- Increased oxygen flow
- Enhances senses
- Enhances physical and psychological development
- Reduces stress in babies
- Develops trust bond with baby
Certified instructors train parents and caregivers on how to give a massage to infants and young children. After becoming a certified instructor, baby massage therapists are better equipped to share knowledge with parents and other healthcare providers.