An Introduction to Infant Massage

 Aloha friends,

This is the first part of a series of blog posts about infant and newborn massage. If you are interested in learning more, I offer private lessons for parents and caregivers. The best time to learn infant massage is before your baby is born. However, it is never too late =)





The time I spend bonding with my children through massage is one of the greatest pleasures of my life.  Making infant massage part of your daily routine teaches you how to “listen” to the unique way a baby communicates.  It also provides a way to calm your baby during times of stress. 

Taking the time to nurture your baby with loving touch and massage will be something you cherish forever. Always trust in your own instincts as a caregiver and remember— no one else knows your child better than you.

Sincerely,

Sonia Beauchamp
Accredited Infant Massage Instructor
Board Certified Massage Therapist
Creative Abundance Fertility Specialist
and Mother of 2




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Teaching infant massage to siblings helps them feel included and develops empathy

Contraindications


Although newborn massage is beneficial for most premature babies, it is important to wait until your little one is considered medically stable. If in doubt, consult your pediatric nurse or doctor to determine when it is safe to begin offering massage. Your newborn should be in an open crib, taking feedings, at least 32 weeks gestation, and over 3.5 lbs.


When to Avoid Massage


  • With fever >100°F

  • Over fracture or incision


Seek additional guidance from your doctor in cases of:


  • Hemophilia

  • Malignancy

  • Other Medical Conditions


Benefits of Massage

  • A bonding experience
  • Promotes digestion and weight gain

  • Builds muscle tone and coordination by stimulating the nervous system

  • Improves brain functioning

  • Reduces birth trauma by enhancing circulation

  • Promotes deeper cycles of sleep

  • Stimulates the immune system

  • Calming for both the baby and the caregiver



*Next week's lesson: Supplies and How to Get Started*

To schedule a private infant or newborn massage class on the North Shore of Oahu, give the Haleiwa Massage Muse a call at North Shore Integrated Massage, LLC. Discounts are given for small groups. 

Sonia Beauchamp, AIMI
808-285-3009

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