Here are the Benefits courtesy of Infant Massage USAhttp://www.infantmassageusa.org/learn-to-massage-your-baby/benefits-of-infant-massage/
Benefits of Infant Massage for Baby
Infant-Parent attachment or “bonding”
Helps baby feel loved
Promotes better sleep
Facilitates body awareness
Boosts immune system
Improves skin condition
Improves blood circulation
Relief for teething pains
Help waste elimination
Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
Helps you learn about your baby (their needs and desires)
Stimulates production of oxytocin (Oxytocin is a hormone which can be produced by both male and female persons during massage. It is useful as a pain reliever and has a calming effect on the person.)
Benefits of Infant Massage for Parents
Caregivers report feeling more comfortable and confident in their ability to care for baby.
Parents learn to understand and respond to baby’s cues.
Parents learn techniques to comfort, calm and soothe their babies.
Provides an additional avenue for close and nurturing contact.
Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this important early nurturing and an amazing tool for helping parents become closer to their babies.
Come enjoy these benefits with your baby!
Infant Massage provides these benefits in 4 distinct ways:
Stimulates all the systems of the body including the:
Stimulates the release of oxytocin, known as the cuddle hormone (is released in both parent and child), prolactin (promoting milk production in the mother) and other endorphins.
Reduces muscle stiffness and normalizes muscle tone
Helps relieve tension built up from all the stimulation in the baby’s environment
Helps babies handle sensory stimulation and respond in a relaxed manner
Helps babies sleep better
Helps regulate sleep/wake cycle
Touch combined with vocalization helps reduce pain levels up to 80%
Helps tone digestive tract
Helps alleviate gas and promote elimination
Releases hormones for food absorption.
Releases endorphins, natural pain killers, to ease emotional distress
“Bonding is a unique relationship between two people. It is specific and endures through time.”
Bonding and Attachment
Infant massage draws on all the elements of bonding and attachment
Eye-to-eye contact, skin-to-skin, body scent, vocalization, taste, responsiveness
Hormones stimulated by infant massage promote bonding and attachment between parent and baby