Baby & Child Massage Classes for Parents
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Benefits for your child

  • Increases self esteem for child and parent
  • Promotes bonding and attachment
  • Increases sense of love, acceptance, respect, and trust
  • For baby, improves body awareness
  • Improves relaxation and release of stress
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Strengthens digestive circulatory, and gastrointestinal systems, which can lead to better weight gain
  • Reduces discomfort due to teething, colic, gas, congestion
  • Increases elimination, circulation, respiration
  • Improves hormonal activity
  • Improves synchrony between child and care giver
  • For parents, it improves their ability to react to infant cues
  • Increases confidence in parenting skills
  • Provides time to share and quality time together
  • Improves sense of well-being for parent, reduces stress and blood pressure and improves overall health

 

Five aspects of early development influenced by touch

Communication:
Engages pre-speech components and emerging speech (direct eye gaze, listening, turn taking, etc.)

Motor:
Improves muscles tone coordination and increases body awareness

Socialization:
Infant and Caregiver engage one another, infant usually in the quiet alert state

Self-Help:
May stimulate oral motor musculature awareness, lip closure relaxation of tension needed for swallowing, etc.

Cognition:
Overall awareness of self and body boundaries, cause and effect, and increase attention span.

 

Reasons NOT to Perform Massage

  • Fever in child/infant
  • Ear infection in child/infant
  • Jaundice in infant
  • Influenza
  • Severe respiratory infections or colds.
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Edema, abnormal amount of fluid in body
  • Recent surgery.  Always get physicians approval.

*** Done carefully massage is generally a safe and comforting technique.  The experience offers many positive benefits to both the parent and the child.

*** To prevent transmitting disease to and from child, always wash your hands thoroughly before and after the massage.

 

 


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