My background is in Remedial Massage, graduating in 2009 with a Diploma in Remedial Massage. Since becoming a mum and instinctively giving touch to bond with my baby, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue and know more about. I went on to obtain my qualification as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI).
When I first started using infant massage after becoming qualified I quickly learned that the benefits were so much more then bonding with your baby. I started seeing results in my baby’s health through her digestive system functioning more efficiently with elimination and sleeping longer at night. I could see that infant massage was benefiting us so I created my business to share my passion to teach and educate other mums so that they could feel empowered with something they can do for their baby.
BENEFITS OF INFANT MASSAGE
There are so many benefits for using baby massage, for both parents and bub. In the early days of having a newborn it’s a great way to enhance attachment and bonding with your baby. It helps to reduce stress hormone levels in children and parents, and can enhance emotions and improve moods by increasing dopamine levels. Studies have found that a deficiency in the production of dopamine can result in feelings of anxiety and sadness. A study (Lunnen et al 2005) had shown that caregivers felt more confident and less stressed and felt a closer bond with their baby after learning infant massage. Massage benefits babies as it reduces stress hormone levels in the body, which then helps to enhance function of the immune system.
Another benefit of massaging your baby may include improvements in sleep by increasing serotonin levels and regulating melatonin secretion rhythms which in turn helps to regulate sleep patterns. Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted at night and plays a role in regulating a person’s body clock or circadian rhythms.
It may also provide relief of discomfort from colic, wind and constipation with abdominal massage. Abdominal massage helps to stimulate the digestive system and eliminate more efficiently, this can relieve abdominal discomfort within minutes and when done regularly a great preventative.
Massage enhances relaxation of skeletal muscle and when used in conjunction with specific lymphatic exercises benefits include enhanced coordination, lymphatic circulation, maintaining flexibility and strengthening the immune system.
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