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Infant & Pediatric Massage

Infant Massage

 

Infant Massage is an ancient tradition of providing nurturing touch as a way of communicating and bonding with baby. Massage can help foster mutual trust and understanding between caregiver and child. Clinical research has shown that massaging baby can aid in their healthy growth and development, may soothe common discomforts, promote restful sleep for the infant (and in turn the caregivers), and can increase healthy attachment and bonding. Evidence has also shown babies who receive massage have increased weight gain, improved immune function and decreased stress hormones.

Benefits of Infant Massage

 

  • Promotion of bonding and secure attachment

  • Emotional wellness

  • Helps baby feel loved

  • Boosts immune system

  • Sensory stimulation

  • Improves blood circulation

  • Improves skin condition

  • Helps digestion

  • Balances respiration

  • Relaxes parents

  • Stimulates production of the hormone oxytocin (Useful as pain reliever and has a calming effect on the person.)

  • Relaxation

 


 

Pediatric Massage

Children need nurturing touch to grow and reach their full potential. With massage, we aid in their restful sleep, stress reduction and comfort growing pains. In studies performed by massage therapy researchers, reported benefits for typically developing children also include improved concentration, increased focus and decreased aggression. Some researchers even report that children who have received massage therapy for a regular period of time may show increased IQ.

Research has indicated that massage therapy can ease both physical symptoms, as well as emotional discomforts associated with pediatric medical conditions. Immediately after receiving massage, children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis notice decreased anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels. For young patients with Autism, their aversion to touch decreases with massage, while their ability to focus increases. Pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis report feeling less anxious and their ability to breathe and pulmonary functions improved. Pediatric massage has also been proven to help children with ADHD. Studies show that children were happier, more productive in class and their teachers rated them less hyperactive.

When parents provide massage, their babies may experience optimal neurological function and improved digestion. The benefits achieved with the use of infant/pediatric massage therapy are needed to encourage appropriate emotional, cognitive and physical development​

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