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Infant Massage

Infant massage has been practiced for thousands of years. I learned it directly from a baby nurse who was a Hindustani woman taking care of me with my newborn child in 1985 – this ancient practice from the Hindustani tradition is written about in Dr. Lamaze’s book, Loving Hands. It is to be administered when your infant is at least 6 weeks old – after a normal birth – exceptions apply with premature births or births with complications. It is also suggested to use an oil that is safe – sesame or almond oil – not Johnson’s baby oil. I quote from Weleda who carry a whole line of products for babies:

“Sweet Almond Oil protects the skin from the drying effects of the environment. A gentle massage with the Baby Oil after bathing helps to wrap the child in a layer of warmth. Use also for cleansing the diaper area.”

The Infant Massage is taught to you or your child care person who then would be able to administer the Infant Massage to your baby several times a week – from age of 6 weeks to 1 year. It is a gentle series of stretches, effleurage, and stimulation of certain areas to aid in circulation and remove stress from the birthing process and to bond with the energetic and physical aspects of your child. It generally takes 20 – 30 minutes to give the Infant Massage, once you have learned it.

If there are special problems such as colic, indigestion, pain, and the state of not being soothed or comforted, I would be able to work with your baby to address these issues, which would involve a different treatment from Infant Massage but would include some of the other modalities I have listed here such as CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, NeuroStructural Release, etc.