Nurturing touch is a fundamental part of a baby's well-being and development. At Baby Serenity we pride ourselves on providing parents / carers the tools to undertake easy and enjoyable massage routines that will enable them to cherish and show love to their babies through the most basic means of communication - Touch.
Baby massage dates back over 3000 years and the proven benefits of massage for babies and infants are now widely acknowledged and publicised.
Massage can greatly assist with the following:
Promotion of bonding and secure attachment. Bonding and attachment are of crucial importance to human beings and form the beginning of a relationship that will endure through time. In humans, bonding is a process rather than an event and is forged through reciprocal interaction between two people. Baby massage fundamentally supports this process by providing parents / carers with a wonderful opportunity to bond with their babies through loving touch, special one-to-one time, eye contact and affection
Verbal and non verbal communication. At Baby Serenity we believe that your baby is an individual with his own needs likes and dislikes. In our sessions you will be given hints and tips to help you identify and better understand your baby’s communication ‘cues’. As well as enabling you to better understand and communicate with your baby, our sessions will also positively stimulate all of your babies physical and neurological systems including those associated with pre-language communication, speech and learning ability.
Demonstrating love – During sessions parents / carers rhythmically stroke their babies, forging the bonds of trust that are so important to their future development. Skin to skin contact causes the release of hormones that create loving, caring and empathetic behaviour.
Stimulation: Baby massage stimulates many of your baby’s major internal systems and may aid his neurological and physical development. The internal systems that baby massage not only stimulates but may also aid include:
Regular massage can also stimulate muscle development and tone and improve your babies mind and body awareness. Many babies who are massaged demonstrate better than average language and physical ability.
Relief: Baby massage can help with many common baby ailments that can cause great anxiety for both parents / carers and babies. Research has shown that baby massage can alleviate many of the symptoms and pain associated with:
Gas and colic
Constipation and elimination
Excess mucus and nasal congestion
Sensitivity to touch
Physical and psychological tension
Relaxation Baby massage has been shown to help babies and parent / carer relax and become less stressed. Many parents / carers have reported that baby massage has helped their baby attain the following:
Improved sleep patterns
Children need a greater amount of sleep per day than adults to develop and function properly: up to 18 hours for newborn babies, with a declining rate as a child ages. Average amount of sleep per day needed Newborn = up to 18 hours 1–12 months = 14–18 hours 1–3 years = 12–15 hours 3–5 years = 11–13 hours 5–12 years = 9–11 hours Adolescents = 9–10 hours Adults, including elderly = 7–8(+) hours Pregnant women = 8(+) hours
Regulation of behavioural states
Being calm and the ability to self calm
Reduction of stress levels and stress hormones
Increased levels of relaxing or anti-stress hormones