About Baby Massage
Historians have found evidence of baby massage dating back over 3000 years in regions as diverse as India, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Even today in these countries, infant massage is still considered a routine part of childcare from the moment of birth until the baby is weaned and walking.
However, this ancient art has only recently been identified by Western practitioners as both a beneficial and important part of the daily care routine.
Since the mid to late 1990's baby massage has become very popular in the UK, with more emphasis placed on physical bonding and attachment between the parent and the baby. More and more professionals are now realising the importance of baby massage and are encouraging parents to make baby massage a daily part of their routine.
Baby massage encourages and aids the bonding process between baby and parent.
The attachment bond is the emotional, non-verbal relationship between a baby and the parent or primary care giver. Bonding and attachment early in the baby's life are crucial to the growth, development, interaction and communication between parent and baby. The attachment enables the baby to feel secure and to develop, interact and form relationships with people throughout their life. The instinctual relationship between the parent and the baby ensures that the parent can provide all the baby's needs when the baby needs them.
"It is through our hands that we speak to the child. That we communicate. Touch is the child's first language, understanding comes long after feeling"
Frederick Lebouer, M.D & Author.
Touch is a vital part of well being. Massage stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin, which has a calming and pain relieving effect.
Massage lowers stress and helps baby sleep more deeply.
Massage helps prevent baby illnesses by improving their immune function.
Massage can improve sleep problems and digestion.
Massage can also go some way to aiding co-ordination and balance and assisting babies in the crawling to walking learning curve.