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Baby massage

20 September, 2011

Baby massage is a form of loving communication between parent and child which fosters trust and bonding.

Touch is a very powerful sense in newborns and provides an effective way of ‘talking’ to your baby. It can open an in-depth knowing of your child and may aid your baby’s growing confidence.

What conditions is it used for?

Massage has a very soothing effect on your baby and may help to improve their digestion and elimination. It is also though to aid their muscular coordination, posture and flexibility in preparation for crawling. By helping your baby to relax it may promote longer, sounder sleep and decrease the production of stress hormones. For mothers with post-natal depression it can be a very positive experience and may increase their sense of bonding with their child.

What to expect

Baby massage is generally taught in groups although some practitioners may offer individual sessions. Over a series of 4-6 weeks you will learn simple techniques to relax your baby and specific strokes that mother’s report may help with congestion, colic, gas and teething.

 

  • Neal’s Yard Remedies has stores all over the UK with dedicated therapy rooms offering a wide range of treatments – from acupuncture to shiatsu. For more information about which therapies are on offer at a location near you click here.