Infant massage offers a whole host of benefits to babies, including calming, stress reduction, and bonding with their parents. But many parents don’t know that massage for infants can also benefit them. Participating in infant massage therapy sessions can help calm overstressed or worried parents and allow them to focus on the individual needs of their baby.
Massage for infants helps parents feel:
- Connected- A parent’s touch is the primary way that an infant begins to form emotional bonds. This connection should also be nurtured to benefit the parent. Parents need to feel connected to their infant and the soothing touch of infant massage is an effective method of strengthening the parent/child bond.
- Confident- Caring for an infant can be difficult at times and many parents may doubt their abilities. Infant massage helps parents feel confident in their ability to meet their baby’s unique needs.
- Competent- Each baby is different and it’s the parent’s responsibility to try and figure out what the baby needs. Participating in infant massage sessions allows parents to grow their competency and become better able soothe and calm their child.
If you are interested in learning more about massage for infants and utilizing it as part of your massage therapy practice, contact us at the Institute of Somatic Therapy. We are committed to help massage professionals grow their practices and better meet the needs of their clients.