This is Baby Massage Week so I want to focus on what baby massage is all about, its history, its benefits and why I love running baby massage sessions…
“I became aware of the importance of traditional Indian baby massage, both for its soothing effects and for its role in affectionate nonverbal communication. An Indian mother regularly massages everyone in her family and passes these techniques on to her daughters.”
Vimala McClure, Founder of the International Association of Infant Massage
History of baby massage
- Baby massage has been traced back to ancient Indian and Chinese civilisations. Baby massage is still used in these areas and it is seen as important in enhancing movement and coordination and increasing weight gain in babies. Massage is routinely used to heal and soothe babies as well as adults.
What’s so great about baby massage?
- In short, research shows that young babies may sleep better, cry less and be less stressed if they are massaged regularly.
- This one-to-one quiet time together can aid bonding between parents and their baby. Gentle touch is a great way to communicate love, safety and security to your baby.
- I see babies (and mums) who are chilled and relaxed after my sessions and I see babies filling their nappies after tummy massage so I know it can help babies.
My baby massage sessions
I trained as an infant massage instructor in 2010 and I love running my baby massage sessions as much as I love running my antenatal classes. The unique thing about my sessions is that they are about the mums, as much as they are about the babies. It is important to me to run small groups in a comfortable setting, so mums can relax and chat and their babies can feel warm and relaxed too.
Mums often mention how relaxed their baby seems in my room – it is a warm, relaxing space and I think babies are relaxed because they have a massage and their mums are able to sit back, relax and chat, they can talk, offload and laugh while I serve cake and tea and that makes for happy mums and happy babies!