The Benefits of Baby Massage

As a massage therapist I constantly have to continue my education. When I took a baby massage class back in 2014 I knew one day, once I had my own children, I would be able to put my new techniques into practice. God blessed my family with a sweet healthy baby boy in September of 2015. At first he wsn't too sure about mama's massage. The first few times it was more just applying lotion after his bath time rather than massage to help him get used to my touch.

Each time he would let me massage him for a longer amount of time. Other times, if he wasn’t in the mood and started fussing, I would just move on with our bedtime routine.

Once he was a little older, I would say around 8 weeks, he started to get more comfortable with mama's massages. He would just lay there sucking on his little hands as I massaged his back and legs and sang his favorite songs. I remember him just relaxing and staring at me. Oh my heart!

As he grew older he became so comfortable receiving massage to a point where we were doing full body massages most nights as part of his bedtime routine. It was an amazing bonding experience For us both. I noticed he would sleep for so many hours at a time that I would be afraid he stopped breathing! I think all mamas have this nightmare. I also incorporated ROM exercises and tummy massage to help with normal gas and constipation but once we started eating all organic fresh whole foods most of his tummy issues went away.

Now my son is almost 3 years old and to this day he often receives his nighttime full body massage. He even asks for them and loves getting his feet massaged.

Seeing the amazing benefits that massage can bring to your babies, I highly recommend starting them from a very young age.

Studies have shown that massaging an infant can reduce crying and fussiness, help them sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common wail-inducers like constipation and colic. Some say that it even boosts a baby's ability to fight off germs. With premature babies the benefits are mind blowing. Studies show that premature babies who receive 5 to 10 days of moderate pressure massage have a 21-48% greater increase in weight gain than infants who received no massage at all.

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