The Benefits of Infant Massage

Infant Massage has many benefits for baby and mama (or papa, or caregiver). Linda Storm from Infant Massage USA® lists a bunch here for us! And for a wonderful interview with Linda, click here.

Infant massage stimulates:

  • All the systems of his body digestion, circulation, immunity, elimination
  • Learning – language development, multisensory stimulation, building neural pathways that cross both sides of the brain, and body awareness
  • To normalize muscle tone
  • Release of hormones to help your baby feel calm, relax and sleep better
  • Healthy weight gain and healing in infants born premature

Infant massage relaxes:

  • Promotes optimal hormone balance – reduces stress hormones (Cortisol), increases “feel good” relaxing hormones (Dopamine, Seratonin, Oxytocin), improves ability to self-soothe,  and calming effect
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Promotes state regulation
  • Baby is in the quiet alert (learning) state longer
  • Decreases hyperactivity
  • Promotes self regulation
  • Normalizes muscle tone
  • Improves flexibility
  • Promotes regulated heart rate and respiration

Infant massage promotes relief:

  • Gas, tummy troubles and “colic”
  • Constipation/elimination
  • Cramps
  • Growing Pains
  • Excess mucus
  • Discomfort of teething
  • Disorganization of the nervous system
  • Physical and psychological tension
  • Sensitivity to touch

Infant massage promotes interaction:

  • Promotes the parent/baby bond and secure attachments (Important for life-long mental health)
  • Supports the development of trust and confidence
  • Reading and responding to cues
  • Baby feels loved and respect
  • Promotes body-mind-spirit connection
  • Enhances pre-verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Provides interaction through all senses
  • Decreases stress and anxiety in social and public situations
  • Provides one-to-one quality time

Infant massage provides benefits for parents:

  • Parents feel closer to their baby
  • Reduces stress and feel more relaxed (as much as receiving a massage yourself)
  • Feel more comfortable and confident responding to your baby
  • To have a support system for new parents/caregivers
  • Learn techniques to comfort fussy baby, relieve discomforts
  • Have a family routine