Immediate Physical Benefits of Infant Massage:

  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Tones digestive system - special techniques aid colic, wind and constipation
  • Reduces sinus and chest congestion
  • Strengthens the immune system through relaxation - stress weakens the immune system
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Strengthens nervous system and aids neurological development - speeds myelination
  • Gentle exercises encourage the development of flexibility and co-ordination
  • Stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Facilitates an infants' handling sensory input with relaxation
  • Raises an infants' stimulation threshold - gradually builds tolerance
  • Touch Relaxation - a conditioned relaxation response -
    is of immense benefit in situations where the child is anxious

Other Benefits:

  • Can be adapted with children of all ages
  • Techniques can be specifically adapted to work therapeutically
    with babies and children with special needs

 Emotional and Psychological Benefits:

  • Strengthens bonding - particularly good for those with interrupted
    bonding through prematurity, medical problems, adoption and fostering
  • Establishes close loving communication which provides security and
    stability for the child - a secure child is free to develop to his or her
    full potential - he or she is not anxiously attempting to gain
    security through trying to have basic nurturing needs met
  • Parents learn beneficial relaxation techniques as massage cannot be
    performed while stressed - stress is immediately transferred to the child
  • Quickly becomes an established part of the daily routine that decreases stress
    and tension for both parent and child - creates a state of calmness and relaxation
  • Provides opportunity for fathers to spend quality time with their children
  • Develops mutual trust and respect - the child is always in control of the massage session
  • Increases parental confidence and self esteem
  • Allows the parent to develop a deeper understanding of the childs' non verbal
    communication and behavioural cues