Baby massage is an ancient art that has been practised in many cultures for generations.
Cai Baby offers the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) course. The IAIM baby massage course draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology.
The IAIM massage course teaches parents a sequence of rhythmic strokes and soothing holds which have been developed and refined over many years.
I liked that it was a chance to take time out for an hour to bond with my baby and how relaxed she was after the class and after practising the massage techniques at home.
Parent experience and research show there are so many wonderful benefits of baby massage
The many benefits for babies fall into 4 categories:
Baby massage helps:
Research has shown that infants who receive nurturing touch through baby massage grow up to be healthier, more empathetic and happier adults.
‘When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system, that sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed.’
Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine