Baby massage course to join a class go to www.amandajoy.co.uk or call Amanda Joy on 07958578464.
Massage is a lovely way for you to express your love and care for your baby. Massage can soothe your baby and helps baby to sleep
Massage has many added benefits for your baby, including improving weight gain, aiding digestion, improving circulation, and easing teething pain. Massage is a great way for you and your partner to bond with your baby and you may find it relaxing too.
Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby's body with your hands. You can use oils or a moisturiser to help your hands to glide smoothly over your baby's skin. As part of your massage routine, you can gently manipulate your baby's ankles, wrists and fingers. You can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby while you are massaging, which may make it more reassuring for your baby.
The soothing strokes of your hands stimulate the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin in you, your baby and even your partner, if they are watching. Oxytocin is the hormone that gives you that warm, loving feeling when you hold your baby close or breastfeed her.
What are the benefits of baby massage?
There are lots of ways baby massage can benefit not just your baby, but you and your partner as well. Massage may help your baby to:
One study found that massage in the early days could help new-borns to recover from jaundice more quickly.
You may find that giving your baby a massage lifts your mood and helps you to feel more empowered as a parent. The time you set aside for a massage can be your special time together. As you massage your baby, it comes naturally to chat with baby and have plenty of eye contact.
This is one reason why massage can help mums with postnatal depression, or who are at risk of depression, to interact with their babies.
Baby massage can be great for dads, too. Some dads may miss out on a lot of the hands-on care of their babies, especially if they are at work and their baby is breastfed.
A regular massage with your partner can become a routine, perhaps at bedtime, it helps to bring your baby and partner closer together. It can also help your partner if they are feeling stressed.
Massage may be particularly good for premature babies in special care, resulting in:
Improved weight gain, particularly if oils are used. Massage stimulates a key nerve, called the vagus nerve, which connects the brain with important parts of the body, including the stomach. Stimulating this nerve can improve digestion and bowel movement, helping your baby to gain weight.
A more stable heart rate. Massage improves the parts of the nervous system that regulate our organs. So massage can help to keep your premature baby's heart rate steady.
Calmer response to stress and pain.
More stable brain activity. Premature babies who are massaged tend to have brain activity that develops at a normal level. Premature babies who are not massaged have shown a decrease in brain activity development.
These benefits may contribute to the finding that massaged premature babies tend to be well enough to go home with their families sooner than babies who aren't massaged.
Each class we will meet and focus on relaxation, chat and get to know each other. The classes are small so you'll get lots of instruction and guidance. Book online at www.amandajoy.co.uk to ensure that you reserve your space.