THE IMPORTANCE OF INFANT MASSAGE
Early psychological and sensory input is essential in facilitating the development of all infants. Infant Massage is a preventative program that provides loving touch right from the start. Understanding and beginning touch early in life can improve the quality of parenting and family life and promote the well-being of the infant.
Infant Massage contains such critical elements of bonding as eye-to-eye contact, smiling, soothing vocal sounds, loving touch, caressing, smell, and mutual interaction. Studies show that bonding increases a parent’s feeling of attachment as well as the desire to nurture and care for their infant.
AN INFANT MASSAGE INSTRUCTOR KNOWN TO ME
A personal friend Danielle Harper who is an accredited instructor and also a Reiki practitioner has been massaging her babies, now 7 years old, 4 years old and 5 months since their respective births. She believes this really helped her bond very strongly to them and also gave her the tools to help them when they needed it. Danielle believes that infant massage is a powerful tool that empowers parents.
Here is the link to her web site:
and to the web site of the International Association of Infant Massage of which she is a member: