Touch is our most primal sense and is associated with the largest organ in the human body—our skin. Of all the senses to develop, touch is the first and begins before the baby is born. In the first few months of life, touch is used more often than hearing, sight, or smell as a way to learn about the physical world and to develop close, meaningful relationships. Touch is a powerful communicator because it often mirrors our own feelings toward another individual. Ultimately, infants are able to sense how their parents feel about them by the manner in which they are touched.
- Improves circulation, digestion, and organization
- Reduces muscular tension
- Decreased fisting and shoulder reaction
- Enhances awareness of being loved, accepted and safe
- Reduces fussiness
- Helps baby learn to relax
- Improves sleep
- Increased sense of well-being
- Strengthens the development of GI and respiratory tract
- Reduces the symptoms of constipation, colic and gas
- Helps relax tight muscles
- Helps stimulate muscle tone for hypotonic babies
- Increases baby’s ability to maintain a functional alert state
- Helps babies learn to accept and tolerate positive touch (especially for babies who have been hospitalized)
- Increases ability to gain weight
- Helps baby sleep longer and deeper
- Helps regulate tactile hyper or hypo sensitivity
- Improved eye contact and socialization
Infant massage is a wonderful way to bond with your infant and boost your confidence in parenting. Learning these massages will also help to strengthen and nurture your infant. There are a total of 5 massage lessons – each targeting a specific area. These lessons are taught once per week for 5 consecutive weeks, with each lesson running 60 to 90 minutes.
- An opportunity to connect and share quality time
- Education in how to touch and respond to baby in nurturing ways
- Promotes parent infant bonding/attachment
- Increases confidence in parenting
- Increases prolactin production-the nurturing hormone
- Decreases postpartum depression
- Positive effects on other relationships, including partner and children
Elizabeth Perez has been working with infants and children for over 10 years. During that time, she has learned a great deal about how humans develop and techniques that can be used to promote their physical, mental and emotional growth and health. For the past 10 years, she’s been working with infants in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing program. Her ability to speak both English and Spanish coupled with her love of working with children allows her to connect with all types of people on an intimate level. Her job at LAUSD led her to take a course and become certified in infant massage by Infant Massage USA. She was instantly blown away by the benefits and can’t wait to teach you how to do this with your child so you can experience the positive results together.
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