Massage is one of the oldest and most instinctive forms of healing. Certain massage techniques have been developed to a high art, and can be used for treating many conditions.
Most cultures aim to encourage loving touch in their children. A baby’s life is shaped by the hands that hold them, and it is within our power to raise children who love to be held and to hold. The principles are so simple and effective: massage your baby, stroke their face and hold them in your arms.
Regular massage stimulates the baby’s immature nervous system. Babies who receive regular massage have shown to be better at intelligence testing during early childhood. In addition, they were also assessed as being healthier than there control group. Stroking increases the levels of endorphins, natural relaxants and painkillers which then strengthen the child’s immune system.
Many people, especially in the western world, are unfamiliar with the techniques of massage suitable for babies and children. Baby massage can be used as a calming technique to promote relaxation and better sleep, it encourages body awareness and sensory stimulation, and improves circulation and better skin condition. Its usefulness for colic, indigestion, nausea, teething, congestion, headaches, and respiratory problems is well documented.
Baby massage has substantial benefits for all children, it encourages greater bonding for parent and child, and even lifts the mom’s mood. Group classes offer support and learning for mothers. All babies crave and respond to human touch, a babies soft skin compels us to stroke, kiss and protect him.
Do it often!
With love, Dr Candice Barnard Homoeopath