TOUCH IS THE FIRST FORM OF COMMUNICATION
- Reduces crying time
- Improves sleep and regulates sleep patterns.
- Ideal for pre-term infants.
Research has shown that infants receiving touch therapy and massage gain weight faster and are discharged earlier than other infants.
- Enhances emotions and improves mood.
Massage increases dopamine levels which are believed to play an important role in regulating anger, aggression, temperature, mood and appetite in addition to other body functions.
- Improves wind, colic, reflux and constipation.
- Relieves sinus and chest congestion.
- Boosts immune system.
- Reduces stress hormone levels in children and their parents.
Known as "the stress hormone" cortisol is released during times of stress. Prolonged high levels of cortisol can reduce immunity, impair cognitive performance, and reduce bone density and muscle tissue. Massage measurably decreases cortisol levels in both children and their parents allowing blood pressure, heart rate, digestive functioning and hormonal levels to return to their normal state.
- Early diagnosis of potential health issues.
Parents who massage their infant each day are more likely to notice changes in their child’s physical condition, which may go unnoticed longer with infants who are not receiving massage.
- Reduces symptoms of Eczema.
A UK study showed significant improvement in eczema symptoms with the introduction of massage by parents in addition, Infant Massage Instructors have seen improvement first hand with many babies at infant massage classes.
- Enhances coordination.
Studies have shown infant massage improves left/right brain communication which has been suggested to improve intelligence.
Did you know that infant massage can help with reflux? Massage on any part of the body causes increased activity or stimulation to a nerve in the brain called the Vagus nerve. This nerve branches out to control various regions of the respiratory and digestive systems, including the oesophagus and the stomach.
Massage speeds nerve maturation, resulting in nerves being capable of operating faster and more effectively. Because it is nerves that control the muscle between the oesophagus and the stomach, more effective nerve operation should result in improved muscle operation and control. Seeing results may take time, though some babies do respond quickly.