Baby Massage

Baby massage is a beautiful way to help common ailments such as wind and colic, constipation and teething.  Babies all react different to massage, however it can have a very calming effect. 

Baby massage is a great way to communicate with your baby, and a lovely activity for dad or grandparents to do as well. Baby massage is wonderful for parents who have adopted to bond with their new baby and a way to connect and create that warming link. 

There are different routines and moves for all of the body and this can be achieved either skin to skin, using an oil or not or simply massaging over clothes so your able to fit massage into your every day daily activities. 

Here are some common baby ailments and some simple solutions you can try at home.  I hope they can help you, as I know how hard it can be in those early days....  

Wind:-

Many young babies suffer from trapped wind, it can be really hard to work this out and up especially at night when they feed back to sleep.  Try and pick your baby up, putting over your shoulder and gentle rubbing their back.  Gently squeezing of the back can also help to release any wind.  Gentle bouncing can also assist in helping baby to bring their wind up, however be careful as some babies can be quite sicky after feeds.  You may also like to try putting baby over your legs, as well as a good opportunity for tummy time it can really help to bring wind up and out. 

Colic:- 

This is so horrible for little ones, and likewise horrible as parent as you feel helpless.  One brilliant move which have had such amazing feedback from parents Ive taught.  Lay baby on their back, bend baby's knees into tummy and hold for the count of 5 then gently bounce the legs down to the floor, repeat this 3-5 times. The gentle bouncing action helps to pop any air bubbles trapped in the baby's tummy, easing any colic symptoms. 

Constipation:-

Baby's can become constipated really easily, a change in mums diet if breast fed, or just generally baby's digestion can change. When working on baby's belly ALWAYS work in a clockwise motion.  Circling baby's tummy in a clockwise motion can assist digestion and help to move things along. 

 

 

 

 

 Benefits for massaging of baby

Relaxation for both parent and baby.

Helps to relieve constipation, colic wind and teething.

Stimulates a baby's major systems, co-ordination, respiration, digestion, learning and abilities.

Helps parents to bond with their baby and strengthen the relationship.

Helps assist parents to understand their babies cues and needs.

Communication between parent and baby.

Can reduce crying.

Releases oxytocin- the happy hormone which has a calming and can help with pain relief.

Lowers stress and helps baby sleep more deeply.

Can help prevent baby illnesses by improving their immune function.

Improves digestion.

Can assist in reaching baby's milestones, massage improves co-ordination and therefore can assist baby when crawling and walking.

Moisturise dry skin.

There are many many more benefits to Baby Massage, book on a class today to find out more and improve your and baby's wellbeing.

 

"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 Leboyer, M,D & Author.

History of Baby Massage

Baby massage dates back to around 3000 years ago, different cultures including Indian, Asian and Caribbean use infant massage as part of their daily routine. It has recently becoming westernised and is now rated highly in improving the well being of both parent and baby.

 

Baby massage is a beautiful way to bond with your baby. It can help many baby ailments by using simple effective motions for example of little ones tummy to ease constipation or trapped wind. Using gentle moves in a series of routines we can really establish a connection with our baby.