Benefits of Infant Massage
o Massage releases both oxytocin and endorphins and therefore can assist in relieving discomfort from teething, congestion, colic and emotional stress.
o The abdominal stroking you will learn today can help relieve and prevent colic in babies.
o Some babies will sleep for longer periods of time following a massage (similar to adults experiencing sleepiness after relaxing Swedish style massage).
o Touch is a basic human need, like eating or drinking, and massage when done correctly can provide a reassuring and nurturing touch to infants.
o Aids growth
o Enhances the bonding process between parent and child
o Enhances body awareness and ability to say no to people touching their body.
Tips for Infant Massage
o Ensure before starting the massage that it’s a good time for you and your baby. If your baby is very resistant to massage, stop and try again at another time.
o Do not massage infants less than 5 months in conjunction with bath time. This will be too stimulating for the infant, try to space these activities apart.
o There is no need to watch the clock. Let the massage go for as long as you and your baby are happy doing it, this could be two minutes it could be thirty. Go by your intuition. If you can see that your baby has had enough, stop. Allow your baby to say “no” to you and perhaps try again later that day or next day.
o Always begin by massaging the legs. This is a good way to introduce your touch to them.
o Use long firm strokes. Light feathery strokes can be irritating, just as they are for most adults.
o Never massage your baby while he/she is crying. (The only exception for this should be with colic and painful gas). Any arm movements going in and out from the chest indicate that you should stop the massage.
o Do not use normal massage blends with aromatherapy oils as these will be too strong for your baby. Ripple has a special infants and babies blend that is safe to use.
o Always use natural based oil such as sweet almond, never baby oil or other petroleum based products. These will nurture and nourish your baby’s skin as well as providing the “slip” needed to massage gently. Olive oil is too rich and thick to be effective.
Contraindications for Massage
o Open or weeping wounds
o Infected skin irritations
o Fractures or other acute injuries
o No massage over an unhealed navel
o Burns, including sun burn 출장마사지
o Undiagnosed lumps
o No abdominal massage if the infant has hiccups or has just been fed
Choose a room that is warm and draft-free where you can sit on the floor or a bed with the baby in front of you on a padded pillow or blanket. Choose a moment in which you and your child are relaxed and calm. A half hour after the baby has eaten is recommended.
Take a few deep breaths to relax before you begin. Stretch and shake the tension from your body. Feel free to speak to your baby, do not inhibit yourself.
If the baby wants to change position let them do so. Do not force your baby to keep a position; you can go back to these areas later
Make sure your hands are clean and warm, remove jewelry and be sure to rub in a way that your nails don’t scratch the baby’s skin.
Warm the oil in your hands, enough to allow you to easily let your hands flow on the infant’s skin. Begin with the legs and feet using slow gentle strokes. If your baby avoids your gaze, looks away or splays her fingers or toes your touch maybe too firm. If your baby clenches her fists in front of her chest she is not ready to be massaged there. Observe your baby’s body language.
Start at the thighs and use long strokes down the legs to the feet. Think of the massage as a gentle, warm communication. Go slowly at the beginning so your baby can get used to the new sensations gradually. Stop if your baby cries.