Infant massage has been used historically and across cultures to promote infant development, caregiver bonding and overall health and wellness. Current research on the benefits of infant massage include: Improved Sleep, Reduced stress for babies and parents/caregiver, Improved feeding and weight gain, Increase immune system function and reduce excess mucus, Relieve teething and growing pains, Promote achievement of developmental milestones.
In this 5-session program, parents/caregivers will receive direct instruction in infant massage strokes and the associated benefits. In addition to unlocking the lifelong benefits of infant massage, parents/caregivers will also have the opportunity to participate in discussion and share strategies related to relevant topics, for example: sleep troubles, balance stress as a new parent, time management, play skills, developmental milestones, communication, and overall health and wellness. You will also have access to consult with an occupational therapist about concerns on an individual basis, if needed. Infant massage begins early in life, but the benefits for both caregivers and babies last a lifetime! Connecting with other parents and caregivers of infants also provides an invaluable support system for your baby’s early life. Infant massage programs are currently offered in a group format, but can certainly be provided on an individual basis if the group schedule is not feasible for you, or if you simply prefer one-on-one instruction.
You will benefit from our infant massage program if:
- You are a caregiver to an infant!
- You want to learn more about infant development
- You’d like to connect with other parents and individuals caring for infants
- You are at-risk for, or experiencing emotional postpartum symptoms
- You want to learn more about how to cope with new-parent stress
- The infant you care for spent time in the NICU, or special care nursery
- You have concerns about your baby’s development
- You want to strengthen the bond you have with your baby, and improve communication
- You enjoy learning new ways to play with your baby!
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