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Communicating Parents Love Through Touch

Infant Massage is a parent tradition within many ancient cultures that has been re-discovered and adapted to the western world. Research conducted through the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine confirms the importance of a secure environment and nurturing touch in the healthy growth, development and maturation of children (Tiffany Field, Ph.D.). Numerous other studies have also shown the many developmental benefits of positive contact as part of baby’s early life. Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this early nurturing contact.

Benefits of Infant Massage for Baby

  • Relaxes child and helps to decrease stress for you and your baby.
  • Relieves discomfort from constipation, gas, and colic.
  • Helps normalize muscle tone and improve blood circulation.
  • Helps baby sleep better (and, therefore, parents sleep better!).
  • Stimulates brain development and improves sensory awareness.
  • Babies cry less, as the parent is more responsive to babies’ cues.
  • Promotes bonding and attachment.

Benefits of Infant Massage for Parents

  • Caregivers report feeling more comfortable and confident in their ability to care for baby.
  • Parents learn to understand and respond to baby’s cues.
  • Parents learn techniques to soothe and comfort their babies.
  • Provides an additional avenue for close and nurturing contact.
  • Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this important early nurturing and an amazing tool for helping parents become closer to their babies.