Massage Therapy For Babies Promotes Sleep, Emotional Security And Reduces Stress
Posted Oct 20 2013 2:57am
A Reiki healer once told me
that massage for babies is essential for their optimal growth. Now, thepractice of infant massage was a school of thought introduced by the ancient specialists
of Ayurveda. Later it was encouraged by the Qing dynasty of China.
That’s a little intro about the
body massage for babies. Now let us discuss the benefits of infant massage. There
are many modern research studies to prove that infant massage does a world of
good for the tiny tots.
Massage for preterm infants reduces stress; The intensive care unit may be a scary and stressful
place for preterm infants. The mechanical ventilation, medical procedures and separation
from mom creates a lot of stress in these little bundles of joy. These babies autonomic nervous system may be
immature. Now here is where the massage therapy comes to play. A study
published in early human development says that massage therapy may reduce
stress and promotes ANS development
in the preterm infants.
Massage therapy promotes restful sleep: Scientists say that massage may help babies to sleep better, cry less, relieve colic and
be less stressed. Imagine a scenario where a baby is given a body massage with a
melodious music playing in the background. It is no rocket science to conclude
that the baby may feel relaxed and comfortable with no tummy gas in his
environment. These are the essentials for a restful slumber.
Massage therapy promotes emotional security: A research study found that massage therapy builds a
loving relationship between the baby and its mother. Of course the dads could
chip in, give a helping hand and enjoy the bliss of babyhood. Another study
found that massage, eye contact and talking to the baby had a marked effect on
its growth. This led to a reduction in illnesses and visits to the doctor. Another
interesting find was that cerebral palasy symptoms decreased in babies who
underwent massage therapy. These children showed reduced spasticity and
improved fine and gross motor functioning.
Having talked so much about
the benefits of baby massage may I recommend an Ayurvedic baby massage oil the
Dabur Lal Tail which is safe to use and promotes the growth of your baby. Be
the first to give the Best!