Benefits of Baby Massage
There are many benefits to baby massage and these can be broken down into four main categories, interaction, stimulation, relief and relaxation. These are discussed in greater detail below. Baby massage is most effective when integrated into your baby’s daily routine. Often after the evening bath and done during the bedtime routine works best but some babies may prefer their massage at another time of day, feel free to try a few different times to find what works best for you and your baby.
Communication during baby massage is key, the massage process is composed of about 20% technique and 80% communication. Talking and singing to your baby throughout your massage and maintaining eye contact are really important, these things help keep your baby engaged with the massage and are key to receiving many of the benefits of baby massage.
The many benefits of baby massage:
Baby massage provides parents and babies with lots of verbal and non verbal communication, through loving touch, eye contact and one to one time. Parents learn to identify and understand their babies cues, needs and likes and dislikes. Babies pre-language, speech and learning ability is stimulated through baby massage and feelings of love and trust are built between parent and baby.
The circulatory, digestive, hormonal, immune, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory and vestibular systems are all stimulated by baby massage. Massaging your baby regularly can help stimulate muscle development and tone, help your baby become more aware of their body and support the development of their coordination.
Research has shown that baby massage can help alleviate many of the symptoms and pain associated with trapped wind, colic, constipation, growing pains, teething pain and emotional stress.
Baby massage relaxes and eases stress in both baby and parent. This relaxation helps improve babies sleep patterns, helps babies learn how to regulate their behavioural states and increases periods of calm. Baby massage signals to our brain to produce prolactin and oxytocin, these hormones are called the “feel good hormones” they help balance the levels of stress hormones in our bodies and help lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Interested in learning baby massage so you can incorporate it into your babies daily routine? Book a course with Raise Workshops today, Sophie comes to your home if you live in London or can arrange a virtual course over Zoom if you live further away.