Infant Massage

I'm excited to read through this new book, Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents. I ordered it from Paperback Swap! 🙂 (Update - fun, I'm also getting this one from Paperback: Loving Hands: The Traditional Art of Baby Massage)

I was lucky to attend a childbirth class with a massage therapist and she did a mini-class on how to do massage with newborns. While I've read books before on infant massage and had it demonstrated to me numerous times (in the NICU, where it's proven massage helps preemies thrive!) I needed a refresher course. I'm looking a local options for a more in depth class but until I find that, I'm happy to have this resource in my lending library. During postpartum visits and in my Happiest Baby class it's nice to help parents see how to use these simple tools to soothe their baby with their touch.

What are some of the benefits of massage for babies?

* Helps Relieve Discomfort from Gas, Colic, and Constipation
* Improves Blood Circulation
* Aids in Digestion
* Enhanced Development of the Nervous System
* Stimulates Neurological Development
* Increases Alertness/Heightened Awareness
* Reduces Stress Hormones
* Improves Immune Function
* The Release of Oxytocin, the Nurturing Hormone

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