Infant Massage was available to both my daughter and I when
she was a baby. She suffered from constipation and at one
stage it became so terrible that she ended up in hospital. She
was traumatised by the experience and so was I. Even after she
received treatment both she and I remained anxious and tense.
At times this would induce crying bouts for her which fed our
shared fear of her becoming constipated again.
her experience she became quite clingy, needing mum close at
hand to help her feel secure. If only I had known about infant
massage and how to apply it to her tender abdomen it could
have reduced her pain and crying, thereby relieving the
tension and anxiety for both of us.
Although Infant Massage has so many other benefits this is the
one that could have helped us through a difficult stage many
years ago. I don’t want any parent or baby to go through what
we went through when something as simple as infant massage can
make such a difference. It’s easy to learn, easy to apply, can
be used anytime, anywhere, and smoothes out the bumps on the
road of parenthood.
want your experience as a parent to be less tense and anxious
for both you and your infant, to experience enhanced physical
and emotional well-being, for your relationship with your
child to be calmed and soothed, then infant massage is for
About Infant Massage
and nurturing touch, which includes infant massage, is of
benefit psychologically and physically for both parents and
infants. It promotes a healthy well-being and development in
infants and enhances the parent-child relationship,
strengthening the emotional attachment needed for a feeling of
security and optimal development for your baby.
Massage also provides a deep parent-child bond which sets the
stage for openness and closer family relationships.
Learning infant massage teaches parents, grandparents and care
givers how to actively play a part in the well-being of their
babies. Remember, well-being goes far beyond eating the right
food and getting enough exercise. It also reflects the mental,
emotional and social aspects of an individual’s life.
Benefits of Infant Massage
Benefits for Baby :
• Encourages deeper sleep
anxiety and improves alertness
• Reduces stress hormone
levels in children and parents
• Enhances emotions and
• Increases weight gain in low birth-weight
• Enhances cognitive and motor development
Relieves the discomfort of pain, sinus and chest congestion
• Enhances attachment and bonding
• Enhances body awareness
• Strengthens the immune system
• Provides a wide range of
benefits to children with special needs
• and far more….
Benefits for Parents
• The benefits of infant massage also have a flow on effect on
parents and caregivers. Studies have shown that adults who
perform massage on infants experience less depressive symptoms
and anxiety, experience less stress hormones, feelings of
self-esteem improve and they have a better sense of
Parents feel more confident in their role as caregivers and
experience a deeper sense of closeness with their baby.
Through infant massage fathers become more involved with their
baby and father- child interactions are improved.
in an Infant Massage Class
care givers are taught about massage techniques, massage
oils, when to massage, and how to interpret infant body
language. Massage strokes are also taught for relief of wind
pain, constipation, colic and reflux conditions plus much
demonstrates the various strokes on a demonstration doll and
parents follow the strokes on their babies. The instructor
does not perform massage on your baby as the aim of the class
is for parents to share the massage experience with their baby
very informal and relaxed for parents. You can learn the
massage sequences around babies needs in class like nappy
changes, feeding baby, putting baby down to sleep, or if
necessary taking baby for a walk to settle.
wishes come first, so if baby doesn’t want a massage during a
class parents can either continue to observe or follow the
instructor on a demonstration doll. If parents are distracted
by their babies they won’t miss out on class information as
massage strokes taught during a class will be reviewed the
DVDs and parent
manuals will also be available for purchase at classes so
you can refresh the information from each class at home in
your own time.
classes run over a four-week period, one session per week,
with each class lasting for 1 hour. Massage techniques are
taught in stages so that parents can practice at home and
return each week with any questions.
oils to use on babies; Permission sequence; Strokes for the
legs and buttocks; Contraindications (situations where massage
should be avoided); Parent Relaxation
infant massage; Recognising baby's daily cycle and the best
time to massage; Recognising babies signals in regards to when
they do and don't want massage; Bonding; Strokes for the
abdomen and chest; Touch relaxation.
massage strokes to suit your growing child; Strokes for the
face, arms and back; Strokes to prevent and relieve colic,
constipation and wind.
keep babies flexible and assist lymphatic drainage - Review of
the full massage routine.
Sheryl Gottschall 0431 856 556