Infant Massage Benefits
“When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system,” explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed. “
Giving your infant regular massages is good for his emotional well-being too. “Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents, so they’re great ways for you to bond,” says K. Mark Sossin, PhD, director of the Parent-Infant Research Nursery at Pace University, in New York City. The payoff of baby massage trickles down to parents. “It’s easy to feel helpless with a newborn, but giving him a gentle rubdown can help you feel more in control,” explains Elaine Fogel Schneider, PhD, author of Massaging Your Baby: The Joy of Touch Time. “It will help you learn how to read your baby’s signals and respond better to his unique needs.”
About this class
In this class parents, caregivers, and siblings will learn how to connect and bond with your baby and understand your baby’s needs. Early on babies develop signs/cues to communicate with you- they might get frustrated, irritated, may be in pain, have trouble sleeping, are anxious, experience digestive issues, and it can get difficult to meet their needs.
You will learn effective tools of how to read your babies signs (fussiness vs assertiveness to environment), develop techniques to calm your child down, help to find relieve in colicky babies, enhance stool process, and developing a 10-15 minutes bedtime routine to promote healthy sleep. What can be more rewarding then to bond with your baby via touch/ massage? We will discuss how to ask for your baby’s permission before applying a massage to her/him, but first we will practice without the baby. Dolls, blankets, and fragrance-free oils will be provided if parents like to practice the techniques of infant massages directly to a child who might enjoy it.
Partners and caregivers are welcome with no added fee.
*bring a towel, small pillow, and a toy/ book for your baby.
Sessions: There are 4 weekly sessions that last 60 min each.
Dates & Times: 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21 from 9am to 10am
Cost: $145 (blankets, oil)
About the Instructor
Emmy-Lou Thomas-Smith: Birth Doula/ Birth Coach, Sign Language Instructor, Infant Massage Instructor, BSW- PsychologyPlease click on the link below to fill out the interest form.
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