Posts Tagged ‘infant massage’

The Benefits of Infant Massage

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Infant massage is a wonderful way to nurture and bond with your baby while providing some amazing health benefits. When you first start giving your baby massages they might fight you, but I promise if you start small and keep trying, they’ll love it. Infants communicate with their bodies, and massage can help you learn to listen not only for sounds but also listen for non-verbal cues through touch.

Some of the health benefits of regular infant massage include relaxation and better sleep, reduced crying, and a positive impact on stress hormone production. It also helps improve body awareness and can strengthen digestive, circulatory and gastrointestinal systems. A nurturing touch can even help baby feel better when they’re experiencing pain from teething, congestion, gas or colic.

Babies aren’t the only ones who benefit from infant massage–the parent giving the massage also experiences health benefits. Being in a relaxing environment and massaging your loved one can help improve your sense of well-being, reduce blood pressure and stress, and improve your overall health.

There is no magic formula for how to massage your baby. My favorite oil to use is coconut since it’s safe on infants and allergies are rare. As they get older you can incorporate some essential oils as well. Massaging too soon after a feeding might cause an upset stomach, so time your massages for at least 45 minutes after a feeding so they’ve had plenty of time to digest.

Spend some time on the whole body starting at one end, such as the head, and very gently work your way through to the other side. Don’t forget to massage both the back and front of the body. When massaging the belly, make sure you massage in a circular motion starting at the bottom of the belly on baby’s right side. This pushes in the direction of the colon to avoid constipation.

My favorite time to massage my daughter has always been after her nighttime bath as part of her bedtime routine. Find a time when your baby seems to be content, calm and happy, and if your baby turns his or her head and becomes stiff, follow their cues and try again another time.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.

Sunday Funday Giveaway: California Baby Calming Massage Oil

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Babies thrive on touch! A gentle massage is a wonderful way to connect with your baby on a regular basis. According to the International Association of Infant Massage , additional benefits of infant massage include:

  • Helps Relieve Discomfort from Gas, Colic, and Constipation
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Stimulates Neurological Development
  • Enhanced Development of the Nervous System
  • Increases Alertness/Heightened Awareness
  • Reduces Stress Hormones
  • Improves Immune Function
  • Releases Oxytocin, the Nurturing Hormone
  • Relaxes and Soothes both baby and caregiver
  • Improves Communication by increasing confidence and sensitivity to baby’s cues
  • Contributes to overall healthy development
  • Helps baby sleep better ( 2012).

One idea to ensure frequent massage time for baby is to embed a baby massage into your nap time, bed time or bath time routine. To further enhance the massage experience, you can use a massage oil developed specifically for baby massage such as California Baby Calming Massage Oil. It is made with organic and sustainably grown ingredients as well as food grade, high quality cold pressed oils. A blend of hi-oleic safflower oil, hi-oleic canola and evening primrose ensure a smooth, non-greasy touch for baby. Additionally California Baby Calming Massage Oil is enriched with Vitamin E, leaving baby’s skin super silky soft. It is pleasantly scented with a soothing blend of essential oils including French lavender. Lavender is well known for its calming and relaxing effect, making this massage oil perfect for a bedtime massage. Need to travel with your massage oil? Have no worries about California Baby Calming Massage Oil spilling! You can confidently tuck it into your diaper bag because the custom pump locks in the ‘up’ position to avoid messy accidents.

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