What is Baby Massage
Baby Massage is a sequence of rhythmic strokes and soothing holds, which have been developed and refined over many years.
Gentle touch is a way of communicating in a language that your baby can immediately understand and respond to.
Massaging your baby provides a wonderful opportunity for expressing your love, whilst meeting the high need for love and affection that is so essential for the healthy development of all babies.
Baby massage also has numerous benefits for both baby and you which makes it a win win!
It will strengthen and deepen your bond with baby, it can help prevent and alleviate colic, help relive wind, help sooth and settle your baby.
For you, it can help prevent/alleviate PND, help you really get to know your baby, help you grow in confidence by giving you another 'tool for your toolbox' in this whole parenting journey!
And now the best bit.....
When you massage your baby though skin to skin and nurturing touch it produces an increase in Oxytocin (the 'feel good' hormone), in both you and your baby. This special hormone is a major player in making us feel calm, happy and relaxed, It can help regulate you both when you feel stressed. So on those days when you are just sooo exhausted, on the days when just making it to bedtime is a major achievement, on the days when you doubt yourself as a parent....just remember, even if its not the whole routine, just a little bit of massage and gentle touch will help make you and your baby feel like yep...we've got this!