Growing up involves physical, emotional and cognitive development, all of which involves and is supported by touch. In fact, touch is fundamental for all aspects of human development. Baby or infant massage is all about the power of touch. Specific massage strokes assist the baby to release the tension/growing pains that accompany body growth. Baby massage also assists the baby to gain a sense of where their body begins and ends, which helps them to achieve body awareness and
Is your baby irritable, crying a lot and/or showing signs of stomach or gut pain? In Vimala McClure’s Infant Massage book she uses the term colic “for babies who cry for extended periods of time and are obviously experiencing stomach pain. A truly colicky baby is stiff and tenses, has a distended abdomen, and has difficulty tolerating stimulation.” If this sounds like your baby, then infant massage can be of assistance in a number of ways. It can support you and your baby to
Understanding that all ‘at term’ human babies are born approximately nine months prematurely explains why it can be hard for the baby and for the parent at times.
I kept this awareness in mind when I read The Wonder Weeks, and its description of the first few ‘leaps’ that occur over the first nine months or 36 – 37 weeks demonstrates how much is achieved and changes over that period and how it correlates with the optimum time to introduce infants to massage.
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