Michigan State University Extension provides information on healthy development of infants. One way to encourage healthy physical and emotional health in infants is through infant massage. Infant massage has been around for a long time and is a part of nature. Right at birth, newborns are massaged while being dried. This helps to encourage a reaction from infants to take that very first breath. It also happens that infant massage is beneficial for both babies and parents. The British Journal of Midwifery (2015) states that the practice of infant massage provides benefits for both mother and your baby.
Benefits for Babies
A baby’s physical health, mental health and development are all impacted by infant massage. According to Asian Nursing Research Journal (2012), appropriate stimulation of the baby’s sense of touch positively affects psychosocial development and encourages attachment between a mother and her baby. Infant massage can assist with weight gain and overall growth, as well as the length of time a baby sleeps and how soundly they sleep. It can be used to calm a colicky baby by reducing stress, deepen the bond with parent by releasing the hormone oxytocin (the feel good hormone) and decreasing the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in both the baby and caregiver. Massage can also aid with the development of a baby’s motor skills.
Join Lynn Albinowski, a Licensed Massage Therapist to learn the basics about infant massage.
Please bring a baby doll and a yoga mat for this event.