I have been reveling in being a new grandparent…that also made me think back to when my children were babies–hard to imagine enough time has passed that they can be parents! To grandparents, babies are nothing but a joy and delight! I do remember, though, the fatigue of sleepless nights trying to console an upset baby. Oh how I would have LOVED having the services of Regina Greenwood of Genetic Bond available to me then!
Nurturing Touch, Infant Massage and Beyond
We all know from our own experience how gentle touch makes us feel safe and comfortable in our environment. For infants, the touch is more than just Relaxation. Research shows that babies who experience more skin-to-skin contact have an advantage in mental, physical and social development. In fact, touch benefits pretty much all systems of the body – nervous, circulatory, immune, digestive, respiratory, elimination and hormonal. Massage is a perfect tool to help stimulate overall functioning in infants and you can notice the positive results almost instantly.
Did you know that…
…Regular routine of infant massage can offer many benefits to both your baby and you?
Massage promotes deeper and longer sleep, helps relieve gas, colic and teething pain, discomfort from constipation and sinus. It also decreases the production of “cortisol”, the stress hormone in both babies and parents. Parents who regularly massage their children, become more comfortable and confident in their nurturing ability as they are more attentive to babies’ needs. Massage creates a very special one-on-one time between all family members (yes, fathers and older siblings too!).
…Infant Massage is an ancient art
It’s been practiced in the Eastern cultures for thousands of years and passed on from generation of grandmothers to mothers and their daughters, who all strongly believed that touch can heal physically and spiritually. Infant massage was introduced formally into the United States in 1978.
…It’s never too late to begin
Touch is where we begin our journey as human beings. Then, it becomes a central point between the body and the outside world. Your child will love his rubdowns, and soon will became an expert in guiding you through the massage and his needs. No matter how old your child is, the gentle touch will teach him to communicate better and to care for others. Your investment of time and touch is priceless.
About the Author: Regina B. Greenwood is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage with IAIM, and Founder of Genetic Bond. She currently teaches Parent/Infant Massage classes at her studio in Vancouver. FREE class is offered to all first-time students! For more info, visit www.geneticbond.com.
Doesn’t this sound wonderful?! Remember infants cannot be spoiled! Attending to their needs benefits everyone. Visit Regina Greenwood’s studio in Vancouver, WA — for more see this video.
Yours in Play!