The most powerful massage your baby will ever receive during her lifetime is birth itself. At this time, the prolonged contractions of the uterus push the baby out through the birth canal, stimulating her peripheral nervous system & major organs in preparation for life outside the womb. By continuing this physical stimulation as your baby develops, you are following nature’s way of boosting your baby’s resilience.
Touch is the newborn’s first language – it is her prime means of communication & plays an essential role in the forming of early parent – child relationships. Massaging your baby allows you to express emotional affection & to fulfil your baby’s need for physical contact. The benefits of massage are both emotional & physical, so your baby will achieve all round well-being.
With every emotional change there is a muscular reaction. By easing muscular tension, baby massage calms the emotions & helps to relieve some of the trauma & anxiety associated with birth, a new environment and weaning. There is also a variety of other emotional benefits:
The skin provides the central nervous system with a continual stream of information about the body’s immediate environment. As you touch your baby’s skin, the sensation is relayed to her central nervous system, which initiates physical, physiological & emotional responses. Other physical benefits of massage include:
We meet weekly in Bishopbriggs, you will always be warmly welcomed in our baby massage classes.