23 Nov Mommy and Me: Baby/Infant Massage
DOES THIS HAPPEN TO YOU… The minute you put your baby down, he or she cries. Pick him or her up and, presto — your baby is serene and smiley again. If just holding your baby can be so soothing, imagine how she’ll benefit from a full-body massage. In fact, studies have shown that massaging an infant can reduce crying and fussiness, help her sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common wail-inducers like constipation and colic. Some say that it even boosts a baby’s ability to fight off germs.
“When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system,” explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed.”
Each class within our massage program perform a mommy and me one-hour workshop to help parents learn more about how to massage their baby and the benefits. Parents with children up to 3 years of age are welcome to attend these one hour complimentary sessions. Our focus in each of these sessions is to allow parents to bond with their child and find ways to help aid digestion, improve sleep, ease growing pains and calm colicky tendencies.