The Benefits of Infant Massage
Benefits to Development
Infants who experience regular massage see enhanced motor development and reduced cortisol. It is especially helpful for children who require additional support, including babies born premature, babies born addicted, and HIV+ babies.
Infant massage increases caregiver bonding, whether a mother, father, foster parent, or another adult is providing massage. These benefits seem to increase parent confidence and may even benefit mothers with postpartum depression.
Including infant massage in an evening routine increases melatonin for the child, improving the sleep cycle. It can be especially helpful for children experiencing sleep delays, making nights less stressful for parents and children alike.
Attending an Infant Massage Class
IMUSA courses are offered over 4-6 weeks, to give both the parent and baby time to learn and become comfortable with massage. Each week, parents learn strokes for a new part of the body while reviewing strokes from previous classes. So new strokes are learned and previous information is reinforced. We teach a little at a time to ensure that you are confident with every aspect.
The strokes and styles of baby massage are easier to grasp when demonstrated by our experienced instructors. Pressure, rate, rhythm, the length of the massage, respect, bonding, why baby cries, baby’s body language, positioning of the baby, relaxation and parent empowerment are some of the skills and topics that will be discussed.
What's a class like?
Our classes are held in small groups or individually to ensure personalized attention.
Classes are baby led. In our classes, it’s okay for babies to cry!
Supportive group sessions where parents can share experiences and learn from each other while having fun.
Recommended age for group classes is from birth to pre-crawling.
Private individualized instruction is available. Please contact a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) near you.
Our educators regularly conduct in-services and demonstrations for professional groups and conferences.