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.
Parent experience and research show there are so many wonderful benefits of baby massage
The many benefits for babies fall into 4 categories:
Interaction - including the promotion of bonding, secure attachment and the communication of love & respect
Stimulation - of baby's digestive, circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic and other bodily systems
Relief - from colic & gas, constipation, teething, growing pains and psychological tension
Relaxation - including improved sleep patterns, reduction in stress in both baby and parent
Benefits for parents and others
Baby massage helps:
parents gain confidence in understanding their baby's cues and in responding to their baby
promote bonding between parent and baby
decrease levels of stress hormones and increase levels of relaxing hormones, such as oxytocin
sibling bonding when they are involved in the massage routine
parents have focussed time with their baby
parents to socialise with other parents
break feelings of isolation
support recovery from Post-Natal Depression
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