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Infant Massage

  1. 1. Infant Massage Promote health & wellbeing of parent and child Image from Fair Oaks Massage Institute Cathleen Nichols HW420-03 Presentation
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Infant massage provides – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental fitness benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quite togetherness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical calm & soothing touch </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Mental Fitness <ul><li>During this time cultivate a quiet mind </li></ul><ul><li>Allow thought patterns to physically relax and calm the body </li></ul><ul><li>Regulate the flow of negative and positive energy through the body </li></ul>
  4. 4. Studies Show <ul><li>Benefits to both parent and child </li></ul><ul><li>Infant massage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreases stress hormone circulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases circulation of melatonin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slows heart rate and blood pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical, emotional and behavioral growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field, T. (1996). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evans, L. (1990). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholz, K. (1992). </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Quiet Togetherness <ul><li>Dedicate a special time daily for massage </li></ul><ul><li>Play soothing music (soft sounds) </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps lights low or use natural lighting (candles, setting sun) </li></ul><ul><li>Limit distractions </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bonding <ul><li>Talk to baby in a soft tone </li></ul><ul><li>Keep one hand on baby at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Smile and encourage baby </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain eye contact with baby </li></ul>
  7. 7. Emotional Connection <ul><li>Set an intention for the practice (this can be anything you would like) for example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘today I focus on bringing calm, self soothing spirit to my baby and me’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘today I reflect on a peaceful and quiet mind so that we may hear what is important’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘today I send all the loving and positive feelings present within me to my child’ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Physical Calm & Soothing Touch <ul><li>may be over stimulating to baby at first </li></ul><ul><li>each session should last only as long as baby is enjoying it </li></ul><ul><li>use slow, gentle, predictable patterns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid quick, sporadic movements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>with time baby will enjoy longer sessions </li></ul><ul><li>practice regularly </li></ul>
  9. 9. Summary <ul><li>Commit to the practice of infant massage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthen connection with baby and one self </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master a quiet mind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send and receive loving and peaceful energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy! </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. References <ul><li>University of Warwick (2006, November 9). Research Says Massage May Help Infants Sleep More, Cry Less And Be Less Stressed. ScienceDaily . Retrieved March 5, 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2006/11/061108154347.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Schneider, E.F. (2003). Touch Communication, The Power of Infant Massage. Retrieved March 5, 2010 from http://www.healthyfamily.org/cs/user/print/article/2 </li></ul><ul><li>Dellinger-Bavolek, J. (2005). Infant Massage: Communicating Love Through Touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Retrieved March 5, 2010 from http://www.nurturingparenting.com/research_validation/a8_infant_massage.pdf </li></ul>

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