Thursday, 1 October, 2009

Massage benefits for infants, babies and children

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They say its never to late than never! The proverb means a massage in indeed a crucial part towards baby's development whether you begin at early age or later. Whenveer you begin, the results will be lasting.

Here is how massages can benefit your baby/child:

Provides a special time of communication that fosters love, compassion, and respect
Improves general well-being
Provides an intimate time for children to confide in parents
Improves overall functioning of the gastrointestinal tract
Promotes relaxation and helps babies self-regulate calm, which reduces crying
Helps to normalize muscle tone
Improves circulation
Enhances immune system function
Improves midline orientation
Helps to improve sensory and body awareness
Enhances neurological development
Helps baby/child to sleep deeper and more soundly
Helps to increase oxygen and nutrient flow to cells.
Improves respiration
Helps to improve pain management; can relieve discomfort from teething,
Helps with congestion, gas, and colic
Enhances release of hormones in the body. The growth hormone can be stimulated which helps weight gain.
Reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone
Provides all of the essential indicators of intimate parent-infant bonding and attachment: eye-to-eye, touch, voice, smell, movement, and thermal regulation.
Stimulates all of the physiological systems. Massage sparks the neurons in their brains to grow and branch out to encompass other neurons.