If as a parent of a newborn you have not had a chance to discover the benefits of infant massage yet, it might be the right time to give it a go.
I started my journey with baby massage last year when majority of my friends became first-time parents.
Since then I have never looked back and have been touched by the uniqueness of the baby massage playing a very important part in bonding process. Touch is the first sense developed and it is the main way the baby is learning about the "outside womb" world through.
Researches show that baby massage is proved to be a great tool in treating post-natal depression.
From my own practice I can say that intentional mother-baby interaction and positive touch can be only beneficial for both sides.
After working with one of the mother who was suffering from post-natal depression I came to the conclusion that infant massage classes should be offered as a part of treating post-natal depression.
My friend who had rather traumatic experience with giving birth and the fact her baby was not 100% healthy when born caused a lot of difficult time for her. Although she had a lot of family support she was not able to open herself towards her little girl. She felt like her emotion were blocked and she was unable to show live towards her baby the way she wanted.
Because I needed someone to practice with I just brought my doll and we started the journey. Firstly, my doll made her laugh which was a good sign and then when she started learning and practising the strokes she became hooked on baby massage.
Soon after Alex started regular massage sessions with Paula we both notice how the relation mother-baby as well as mother's mood has improved.
"Spending a quality time with my angel made me realize how much I love her. Baby massage is a fantastic opportunity to do something else with your baby rather than just feeding, changing nappies or bathing. We both enjoy our session when we are getting to know each other better and better. I also feel a lot better in myself knowing I'm doing a little bit extra for Paula"-says Alex.