Research shows that infant massage may help promote healthy growth and development. Positive and consistent touch during infancy helps to connect the growing brain’s neurons, leading to more confident and secure children. Infants who receive massage regularly sleep deeper and for longer periods of time, have reduced symptoms from teething and colic and have better digestion.
Parents also benefit from infant massage. Massage gives parents (and other family members) a time to connect and bond with their baby. Oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, increases in both the giver and receiver of a massage, allowing the caretaker a time to relax as well. Parents who massage their babies have more opportunity to communicate with their child and understand their baby’s cues more easily.
In the infant massage classes, we talk about benefits of massage, as well as discuss infant behavioral states and cues while learning how to massage each part of the body. During the 4-week series, you will have a chance to practice techniques to help with common infant discomforts, such as teething, congestion and digestive issues. We’ll talk about how to continue using nurturing touch as your child grows as well. Participants of the 4-week series receive handouts, oil and the book A modern-day Guide to Massage for Children by world-renown Liddle Kidz Foundation director Tina Allen.
New classes start soon at Modern Mommy Boutique in Chandler. They will be held on Saturdays, from July 11-August 1 from 10-11AM. Please register in advance, as space is limited!