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Infant Massage 101

The art of Infant Massage is the gift you can give your child that lasts a lifetime.  Infant Massage is a wonderful way to create and maintain a healthy bond with your child and promote a sense of well-being right from the start.  Babies and parents all benefit from time spent together relaxing, playing and enjoying nurturing touch and massage.   

Benefits for Baby

  • Emotionally nourishes the baby
  • Begins a loving, intimate communication between a parent and baby
  • Helps to strengthen and regulate the baby’s primary systems (ie: respiratory, circulatory, nervous, musculature and gastrointestinal, enhances immune system)
  • Reduces gas and colic and allows baby to sleep better
  • Helps the baby relax and release the tensions of daily stimuli 

Benefits for Parents

  • Better understanding about their infant’s cues of responsiveness
  • Enhances communication and emotional ties
  • Increases confidence and handling skills
  • Greatly improved the bond of affectional attachment
  • Provides a means to develop quality interaction time
  • Helps the parents relax and listen to their baby
  • Massage becomes a perfect avenue for conversation as the child gets older

(Adapted from instructional handout – courtesy of International Loving Touch Foundation)

The Infant Massage Group Classes consist of 2-8 parents with their children. In this 1 hour class, parents will learn infant massage history, benefits and techniques. There will be time to practice some specific approaches to soothe and ease common discomforts and challenging baby moments. We will also review specific essential oils that are safe and easy to use to support calming baby. The class includes handouts for practice at home and plenty of time for questions and support within the group. A follow up class may be added at the group’s request. Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, 2-3 toys, a towel or yoga mat to sit on and other baby necessities.  

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