Infant Massage Instructor, Pediatric Massage Consultant, SheBirthsÂ® Educator and Doula Caitlin Siboulet has extensive experience and is qualified through several bodies both in Australia and Internationally.
Infant massage training is essential; like any other form of therapy, it is important to know the specific techniques to enhance the experience. There are significant differences between massage for adults and massage for infants. It is vital to understand the correct strokes, ideal timing and length of massage to avoid over-stimulation.
Book in Now for the Baby massage Course here at Anahata Yoga Space, L1 94 Marine Pde Maroubra on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd September, 1pm -2:00pm with a special offer of $120 for the course including the organic cold pressed sesame oil and a parent manual. Normally $150.
Benefits of Baby Massage Includeâ€¦
Reduces crying time.
Various research studies on infant massage have shown that there is a significant reduction in overall crying time with infants and toddlers who receive massage.
Improves sleep and regulates sleep patterns.
Massage increases serotonin levels and regulates melatonin secretion rhythms which helps regulate 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.
Massage stimulates elimination of waste from the body, can relieve abdominal wind within minutes and speeds a natural process of the nervous system which can assist with reflux.
Relieves sinus and chest congestion.
Massage helps promote adequate drainage of the sinuses and excess mucus on the chest.
Boosts immune system.
Research shows that infant massage can positively influence physiological processes and improve immune function.
Reduces stress hormone levels in children and their parents.
Known as â€œthe stress hormoneâ€ 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 childâ€™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.
Studies have shown infant massage improves left/right brain communication which has been suggested to improve intelligence.