Infant massage is a tremendous way to bond with your child and support their development, sense of touch, bonding, and attachment. I have been doing infant massage for years within the scope of OT, but recently ventured out to work towards an infant massage certification from https://www.infantmassageusa.org/. I am completing the final portion to become a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). It was a comprehensive training that involves learning how to support parents and teaching the strokes of massage, the benefits, and how to adapt to their unique child’s needs.
So why would you hire someone to teach you massage versus try it on your own? What are all these actual so called benefits of massage?
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Benefits of Massage
The benefits of massage are endless, I could go on and on and on about it. Here are just a few highlights on the benefits to both baby and caregivers!
Improved Learning Ability
Body Systems (circulatory, digestive, hormonal, immune, lympthatic, nervous, respiratory, vestibular)
Sensory Integration: connections of neurons
Mind and Body Awareness
|Verbal/Non Verbal Communication|
Pre-Language Communication Skills
Uses of all body senses
Promotion of Bonding
Promotion of Secure Attachment
1:1 Quality Time
Early Contact with Parents
|Gas and Colic |
Constipation and Elimination
Physical and Psychological Tension
Softening of the Skin
Disorganization of Nervous System
Sensitivity to Touch
|Improved Sleep Patterns|
Increased Coping Mechanisms
Regulation of Behavioral States
Being Quiet and Calm
Improved ability to self-regulate (babies ability to calm oneself)
Normalizing Muscle Tone
Reduction of stress levels and stress hormones
Creation of anti-stress hormones
Lower levels of stress hormones
Higher levels of Dopamine
It is a lengthy list, and there are so so many components of infant massage that you cannot quantify on paper. You have to experience it to see it!