Five Wonderful Benefits to Infant Massage
Alanna Blackburn, RMT
Infant massage relaxes and soothes:
Not only will your baby feel relaxed, but so will you! Nurturing touch is a naturally rewarding way
to relieve stress for both you and your baby. Touch has been shown to decrease levels of
Cortisol (stress hormone) in our bodies. Cortisol is always present in our bloodstream, but
high levels of this hormone can be found in our bodies during times of extreme stress.
Infant Massage Deepens Bonding:
Infant Massage provides you with essential one-on-one time that will enhance your family
bonding, understanding and ability to nurture. During massage Oxytocin is released in both
the giver and receiver’s body. Oxytocin is our feel-good hormone, also known as the
hormone of love. This hormone helps to provide us with loving, nurturing feelings which
helps us to bond. Mothers experience and increased production of Oxytocin during labour
and breastfeeding but now research shows that even close physical contact and touch
stimulates Oxytocin production. Great news for all the dads out there who didn’t give birth
to their baby, you can still produce the same hormones through the use of loving touch!
Infant Massage Improves Communication:
Touch is our first form of communication. So, it is always natural to assume that
communicating through touch enhances your ability to understand your baby’s special
needs and respond appropriately. Infant Massage increases your confidence and sensitivity
to your baby’s unique cues and forms of communication. You cannot spoil a baby by picking
them up when they cry. When babies receive attentive responses to their needs, they grow
to become healthier and more secure in adulthood.
Infant Massage Contributes to Development:
Stimulates growth and healthy development of your baby’s body, mind and spirit. Massaged
babies gain healthy weight better than babies who do not receive massage. Additionally,
nurturing touch helps to enhance the digestion process. The systems of the body are
stimulated during massage which assists in the absorption of nutrients and elimination of
what is not needed. For some babies’ infant massage has also been shown to be effective at
reducing the symptoms associated with Colic.
Infant Massage Helps Baby to Sleep Better:
Not only does massage help your baby to release stress which builds daily from new
experiences, it allows them to relax. During this special time both you and your baby have
time to relax. Massaging your baby helps your little one to sleep deeper and for longer
periods of time which can translate into you being able to sleep longer as well!
Through massage you will not only increase your loving, nurturing bonds with your baby,
you will assist in their healthy and happy development.