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Benefits of Baby Massage

A pleasurable sensorial experience not to be missed

IAIM recognises four main areas of benefit for baby:

Interaction benefits include:

  • Enhancing infant-parent bonding and secure attachment through one-to-one quality time, undivided attention and early contact with both parents.
  • Nurturing touch, empathy and tolerance
  • Verbal/non-verbal communication and pre-language communication skills

Stimulation benefits include:

  • Sensory stimulation
  • Growth and muscular development
  • Help waste elimination
  • Facilitates body awareness, enhancing coordination and balance
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves skin condition
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps digestion
  • Balances respiration

Relaxation benefits include:

  • Lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol.
  • Higher levels of relaxing and anti-stress hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin.
  • Regulation of behavioural states, enhancing self-regulation and calmness.

Relief benefits include:

  • Promoting better sleep.
  • Relief from teething pains.
  • Relief from gas, colic and constipation.
  • Helping the elimination of excess mucus.

Ultimately Baby Massage

  • Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
  • Helps you learn more about your baby, their needs and desires
  • Relaxes parents
  • Creates unity and diversity
  • Reduces isolation, enhancing a feeling of community, meeting with other parents and sharing experiences.
Bonding is a unique relationship between two people. It is specific and endures through time.

Some Words About Bonding

Bonding is: love, security, connection, acceptance, peace, caring, happiness, interaction, empathy, unity, warmth, joy, communication and familiarity. Bonding may be experienced through eye contact, touch, smell, taste and listening.