Infant massage refers to the application of gentle strokes and rhythmic hand movements to a baby’s body. The technique is an ancient practice that was introduced to western society over 30 years ago. It has become more popular in recent years.
A specially trained therapist will teach parents the basics of infant massage. They will be shown a sequence of movements using a special oil. The aim of this therapy is to strengthen the parent-baby bond, and help babies to feel secure and loved.
Infant massage can also promote better sleep, relieve discomfort such as wind, and ease emotional stress. It can also support the development of babies born prematurely as it boosts muscle tone and circulation.