Why massage your baby?
There is a plethora of information on baby massage today and some very informative books particularly Vimala MClure's Infant Massage - A Handbook for Loving Parents (4th Edition). Her journey to India is a remarkable tale where she first experienced a young 12-year-old girl massaging and singing softly to a young baby in an orphanage. She noticed that in spite of all their extreme poverty all the children were always relaxed and smiling. The young girl told Vimala that an Indian mother regularly massages everyone in her family and passes these techniques on to her daughters. It is tradition for all the babies to be massaged. At this orphanage, the eldest massaged the little ones nearly every day. This changed the course of Vimala's life and this eventually had an impact on bringing baby massage to the Western world.
Baby massage has many benefits not only for the physical body but also mentally, and emotionally and I believe also spiritually for both baby and parents.
Baby massage helps:
Activate important bonding hormones between you and your baby helping to create secure loving attachments.
Enhances the relaxation response helping babies to feel calmer and more relaxed.
Stimulates melatonin levels to aid with sleeping patterns.
Boosts the immune system.
Provides help with teething pain, blocked noses, and digestive issues.
Builds brain architecture enhancing greater social and emotional development.
Stimulates baby's nervous system helping with body/brain communication.
Teaches baby body awareness and proprioception.
Promotes healthy nourished skin.
Provides time and space for you to have 100% of one on one time with your precious baby.
I can't think of anything better than being able to give your precious new baby the gift of baby massage, teach them they are loved and respected, and help raise an emotionally aware and resilient little human for the next generation.