“…………..touch is as important to infants and children as eating and sleeping.”
Dr. Tiffany Field. Touch Research Institute, Florida.
Benefits for the baby include:
- Promotion of bonding and secure attachment
- Relief from gas, colic, constipation, teething, muscle tension
- Stimulation of all the body systems eg. digestive, circulatory, hormonal, immune.
- Relaxation – improved sleep, increased ability to cope with the environment, decrease in stress hormones, increase in relaxation hormones.
- Premature babies – accelerated weight gain, decreased hospital stay, improve temperature regulation, helps babies who may be sensitive to touch.
- Promotion of bonding
- Better understanding of baby – a chance to discover baby’s uniqueness
- Quality time with baby
- Decrease in stress hormones
- Increase in relaxation hormones
- Improved sleep
- May help with post natal depression
- Meeting other parents/peers
Benefits for the entire family include:
- Involvement of siblings
- Decrease in sibling rivalry
- Involvement of extended family
- Reduction of conflicts
- Better sleep
“The bonds of trust and love, the lessons of compassion, warmth, openness, and respect that are inherent in the massage routine will be carried by your child into adulthood.”
Vimala McClure. Infant Massage, A Guide for Loving Parents. Third Revised Edition . 2011.
- Reduced hospital stay/costs for the care of premature babies due to accelerated weight gain.
- May help in the management of Post Natal Depression.
You may experience many other benefits unique to you and your baby