Infant Massage

 Infant Massage Therapist in South Surrey/White Rock

As a parent, loving relative, or caregiver of an infant, you want to see your child flourish. Touch is one of the most important requirements for healthy development a fact supported by both ancient tradition and contemporary research. Massage is attentive, pleasurable touch that can promote your baby’s well-being while increasing your ability to respond to his or her needs.

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The special touch of massage is remarkable in its ability to enhance a child’s comfort. Babies who are massaged sleep better, and are calmer and more alert when awake. Massage stimulates digestion and elimination. It can also reduce the discomfort of teething and colds, and help calm fussy babies.
In addition, bonding — that unique and close attachment between you and your baby — is enhanced with massage. Responding to your baby’s smiles, frowns and squirms with sensitive touch, eye contact, soothing sounds and loving communication can reinforce trust for years to come.
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Our daughter was premature and we’ve been touching her since she was born. But after beginning infant massage, she has been fussing less and sleeping more at night.—Father of a 4 month old baby girl

Studies confirm the benefits

The positive effects of infant massage have been well-researched. Various studies, including those sponsored by UNICEF and the University of
Miami School of Medicine, have found:
• Children and infants who were massaged showed significantly reduced stress indicators such as heart rate and stress hormone levels.
• Premature babies who were regularly massaged gained weight faster, acquired mental and motor skills earlier, and were more relaxed than
non-massaged babies.
• For drug-exposed infants, massage helped increase weight gain, and relieved both tension and pain.
• Infants who received extra touch developed visual attentiveness earlier than babies who didn’t. Visually impaired babies whose parents touched them early and often were able to reach toward sounds sooner than other babies.

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My baby was really colicky. Massage definitely helped calm her down and relieve her gas.
—Mother of a 6 week old baby girl

 

If your baby has special needs

If you are the parent of an infant with special needs, you may find your child communicates differently than other babies. Giving massage
teaches you about your baby’s unique signals, while helping him or her cope with physical stresses or disabilities.

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It’s never too late to make massage a part of your child’s life. Massage can soothe children during emotional upsets and relieve the discomforts
of illness. It can also help ease the pain of tension headaches and muscle aches or cramps. Children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity who receive massage often concentrate better, cry less, and sleep better. Over time, receiving massage can help a child create a more positive body image and enhance emotional security.

Giving massage benefits you, too

Giving massage can build your confidence in caring for your baby. You may feel more satisfied with the quality of time you spend with your infant and with your increased ability to help your child relax in times of stress. You may even find your own tension eased as you perform the gentle movements.
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We adopted our son and found that massaging him and keeping him close in a chest pack really helped us bond. Now I feel both of us relaxing when I give him his massage. —Father of a 2 month old baby boy

How you can learn

Group or private classes in infant massage are an excellent way to deepen your relationship with your child. Michelle Almasi, RMT is a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT) and will be happy to explain her training, experience and class content. She can offer individualized help with your fussy, colicky, or special needs baby and is also a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) providing massage for children with special health care needs, children who are hospitalized or have been diagnosed with a terminal illness in hospice care.

The gift of infant massage

The brief time we have with our children is precious. Learning to massage your baby is an enjoyable way to enhance your infant’s development, deepen
loving communication between you and your child, and provide an opportunity for you and your baby to develop relaxation skills that can last a lifetime.

Call Morgan Creek Family Chiropractic located in South Surrey/White Rock at 604-385 2020 to book an appointment.