IMPORTANCE OF BABY MASSAGE
When you are pregnant you likely spend a lot of the time stroking and talking to your bump. You have made a connection to your baby. The first sense a baby experiences is touch, and this is the first action in responding to your baby’s needs. This is why Baby Massage is so special.
A baby needs to be talked to, played with, held and touched, and have their needs responded to.
In Kinection Baby Massage classes we really focus on all these things.
For the initial introduction of baby massage we take it slowly, and week by week build up the massage from legs and feet, to tummy, to chest, to head and face and then to back. The massage strokes help the baby to realise their own body parts and builds a trust between you and baby.
For your baby, this connection helps with their brain development. Stimulation of the brain helps with language, social, physical and emotional growth. Repeated stimulation ensures the connections are strengthened and eventually creates who and what your baby will become.
For a parent this connection helps you to understand your baby’s needs. Baby massage is reciprocal and is a way of you and your baby to communicate; verbally and non-verbally. Through baby massage you can learn and get a better understanding of what your baby does and doesn’t like, and what you can do to help to calm and soothe them. The bonding strengthens the connection of love.
Oxytocin, Seratonin, Dopamine and Endorphins can all released during baby massage.
o Oxytocin (the love hormone) creates intimacy, trust and strengthens relationships
o Seratonin is produced when a person is feeling significant or important, like when you have a deeper understanding of your baby’s needs.
o Dopamine is released during pleasurable and happy activities, the baby massage classes focus’ on calming, connecting and relaxing.
o Endorphins can help relieve anxiety, pain and stress. Therefore helping with the often overwhelming feeling of being a new parent.
5 week Introduction to Baby Massage Course
Starting Friday 10th September, 12.15pm, Wrecclesham Community Centre, Farnham
I will also be able to offer one to one sessions in your own home. Please contact me for these session prices.