Infant Massage Instructions
Learn a lifelong parenting skill and reinforce the bonding with your baby by learning baby massage.
The Cape Byron Medical Centre runs classes for mums and/or dads with the choice of one-on-one or in a small group.
Infant Massage is Available at Cape Byron Medical Centre
Certified infant massage educator, Esther Perez, leads the sessions, working with parents of babies as young as three weeks old to toddlers. Esther’s gentle manner combined with her expertise creates a nurturing environment in which parents learn these endlessly beneficial techniques.
Benefits of Baby Massage
- Baby massage encourages deeper, longer sleep in infants by relaxing the nervous system.
- It stimulates the circulatory, digestive and immune systems, helping to improve physical strength as well as functioning.
- Massage can also improve other functions including better breathing and improved lymph function.
- It also relaxes your baby’s muscles, which contributes to an overall feeling of wellbeing.
- Massage increase the levels of a feelgood hormone called oxycontin in both parents and babies. The result is a greater sense of peace and serenity.
- Massaging your infant can also provide relief from colic, constipation and trapped wind.
- Because massage reduces stress hormones, your baby is likely to cry less.
- Gentle massage is an excellent way to bond with your baby. You are also learning how to communicate with your baby through touch and eye contact i.e. non-verbal communication.
- Mastering the art of baby massage can help you become more confident with handling your child and better at recognising their needs and cues.
- Massaging your baby is a good way for both of you to release stress, especially if you are a working parent who is separated from your child during the day.
- Baby massage provides parents with one-on-one quiet time or interactive play with their baby as well as provides a way that fathers can more fully interact with their children.
- As you build a relationship of trust and respect, you create a regular time of intimacy between yourself and your baby.
- Parents often find that their self-esteem increases because they are adding skills to their parenting tools.
Questions and Answers
Which oil do I use for Infant massage?
For our instruction sessions, the oil is provided, however when massaging at home, cold press oil (which not been subjected high temperatures), vegetable oil, and sunflower oil (recognised for its high content of nutrients and low allergenic properties) is recommended. Ensure the oil is fragrance free so your baby can recognise their parent’s or carer’s smell.
Can we massage our baby if they have a fever?
A gentle massage, even of your baby’s feet, may help calm them as well as reduce aches and pains.
However, experts differ over whether you should massage your baby if they have a viral illness.
Check with your GP and, if you are massaging your baby, pay attention to their cues. Your baby will let you know when the massage needs to end and which strokes he likes or dislikes.
Does baby massage help constipation?
Yes, massaging your baby can help with both colic and constipation. The best place to use gentle strokes is on their tummy. Of course it is important to learn the proper technique from a qualified baby massage therapist.