Infant Massage Instruction

Developmentally, an infant is not fully complete at birth. Nervous system pathways are still being refined and developed. Infant massage sparks the neurons in their brains to grow and branch out to encompass other neurons, enriching their development. Massage also provides essential indicators of intimate parent-infant bonding and attachment like eye-to-eye, touch, voice, smell, movement, and thermal regulation. Sessions generally last about 1 hour with hands on instruction lasting 20-30 minutes (maximum). Your baby will help set the duration of the massage, as parents are taught to watch for cues of over-stimulation or disengagement, tiredness, hunger, etc. (Infant massage is always about needs of the infant.)

What to Expect

During an in-home instruction session, parents and caregivers are shown the simple yet effective strokes to help alleviate colic, enhance development and early learning, as well as elicit baby’s ability to calm or self-soothe. Often, babies will respond during massage with focused eye-to-eye contact called entertainment, smiling and cooing, their form of communication (or speaking). Handouts and follow-up are also part of the instruction process, so parents can feel comfortable while learning to adapt massage to their daily lives. Be assured, parents will feel rewarded with these simple yet powerful infant responses. Infant massage truly is a lasting gift you give your children.

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