The Many Benefits of Infant Massage for the Infant:

The Many Benefits of Infant Massage for the Infant:

Infant massage is a holistic practice that has been carried out around the world for centuries. Not only have parents practiced it on their own infants, but Infant Massage has proven to be beneficial in orphanages throughout the world. This is because of the many benefits that come along with Infant Massage. Many people believe that the only benefit of massaging your infant is relaxation, and this is a huge misconception. While relaxion is one of the main benefits, there areas three other main areas that an infant will benefit from massage therapy. These three other areas include: Interaction, Stimulation and Relief. Once a child is born, the art of communication begins. This starts with non-verbal communication through crying and cooing, and eventually progresses to pre-language communication skills to verbal communication skills. During the massage process, your infant with increase many overall aspects of interaction starting with bonding. The promotion of bonding also increases the idea of a secure attachment and early contact with both parents and/or caregivers. While being massaged, the child not only gets one-to-one quality time and undivided attention but is able to use all of the senses to feel love, respect, nurturing touch, tolerance and empathy. These feelings and actions will teach the child at a very young age what is good touch as well as positive interactions with people. Along with the development of language comes the stimulation and connection between neurons not only increasing the growth of the myelin sheath, but sensory integration and the improved learning ability of the child. As the development of the nervous system increases, infant massage can also improve the growth and function of all the body systems. The stimulation of all of the body systems will increase mind/body awareness, muscular development and tone, growth and waste elimination. Colic, constipation, and diarrhea area three of the main reasons why a child may feel discomfort as well as areas that he or she may need relief. By having regular massage performed on them, infants will have relief in many areas. In the digestive system, infants will receive relief from gas, colic, constipation, as well as gastrointestinal cramps. As far as the skeletomuscular system, the infant will feel relief from growing pains, muscular tension, and teething discomfort. In the nervous system, the infant will feel relief of disorganized nerves as well as sensitivity to touch. Lastly, the infant will have an overall relief of any physical and psychological tension. This overall relief will provide a holistic and widespread benefit on your infant. Lastly, we come to relaxation. There are many benefits under the umbrella of relation. Along with great improvements to the child’s sleep patterns, regular massage therapy helps to increase the reduction of stress levels and stress hormones. It has been proven, that during massage, higher levels of anti-stress hormones such as oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine are released into the infant’s body. While there is an increase in the anti-stress hormones, there is a decrease of the stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine. With positive anti-stress hormones flowing throughout the infant’s body, he or she will experience less hypersensitivity, less hyperactivity and will be able to enjoy this positive “time-out.” Children are born into this world innocent little beings who have to figure out how to navigate this world. They imitate and respond to their environment around them. Studies have shown that by increasing relaxation, relief, interaction and stimulation through regular massage, the overall health and wellbeing of an infant greatly increases as well. Happy and healthy babies have happy and rested parents! ...