Welcome to my blog! Today I’m going to talk about the benefits of baby massage, a practice that has been around for centuries and is gaining popularity in the modern world. Baby massage is a gentle and soothing way of bonding with your little one, as well as providing them with some health and developmental advantages. Here are some of the benefits of baby massage that you might want to know:
– Baby massage can help your baby relax and sleep better. Massaging your baby’s skin stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes relaxation and attachment. This can help your baby feel calm and secure and reduce stress and crying. It can also improve your baby’s sleep quality and duration, as well as your own.
– Baby massage can improve your baby’s digestion and relieve colic. Massaging your baby’s abdomen can stimulate the movement of food and gas through the digestive tract, and ease constipation and bloating. It can also help relieve the symptoms of colic, such as excessive crying, fussiness, and abdominal pain.
– Baby massage can boost your baby’s immune system and prevent infections. Massaging your baby’s skin can increase blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and organs and remove toxins and waste products. This can strengthen your baby’s immune system and make them more resistant to infections and diseases.
– Baby massage can support your baby’s growth and development. Massaging your baby’s muscles and joints can improve their flexibility, coordination, and motor skills. It can also stimulate their brain development and cognitive abilities, such as learning, memory and problem-solving. Additionally, baby massage can foster your baby’s social and emotional development, as it enhances their communication skills, self-esteem, and empathy.
As you can see, baby massage has many benefits for both you and your baby. It is a simple and enjoyable way of nurturing your bond and improving your well-being. If you want to learn how to do baby massage, you can find many online resources, books or classes that can guide you through the process. I do recommend that you learn with a trained and qualified instruction, to ensure that is safe you your baby. You can also consult your paediatrician or health care provider before starting any massage routine. Always use gentle pressure, oil or lotion, and a comfortable environment for your baby.
Baby Massage is a skill for life, a lifelong bond and the most precious gift that you can share with your little one.
Baby massage has many benefits for parents carers too, it will strengthen the bond, increase confidence whilst providing a relaxation too.
I am a VTCT qualified baby massage instructor, I trained in 2008, and have been teaching the loving art ever since. In Lockdown, I created video tutorials to support parents who were feeling isolated, and unable to access classes.
The benefits of Baby Massage are endless, reach out, I am here to gently guide you.
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Until next time, love and blessings