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Baby Massage Classes

Parents are discovering that baby massage can help their child safely settle, sleep better, reduce crying and relieve problems such as colic, constipation, reflux and eczema. It even helps reduce post-natal depression.

Benefits of Infant Massage

Reduces stress hormone levels in children and their parents.

 Known as “the stress hormone” cortisol is released during times of stress. Prolonged high levels of cortisol can reduce immunity, impair cognitive performance, and reduce bone density and muscle tissue. Massage measurably decreases cortisol levels in both children and their parents allowing blood pressure, heart rate, digestive functioning and hormonal levels to return to their normal state.

Improves sleep and regulates sleep patterns.

Massage increases serotonin levels and regulates melatonin secretion rhythms which helps regulate sleep patterns. In addition to regulating sleep patterns, serotonin is believed to play an important role in regulating anger, aggression, temperature, mood and appetite in addition to other body functions. Low levels of serotonin are thought to be associated with several disorders involving aggressive behaviour, in addition to clinical depression, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and many more. Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted more at night to help induce sleep, and when released during daytime hours is, associated with napping. Melatonin plays a role in regulating a person’s ‘body clock’ or circadian rhythms.

Reduces crying time.

Various research studies on infant massage have shown that there is a significant reduction in overall crying time with infants and toddlers who receive massage.

Improves wind, colic, reflux and constipation.

Massage stimulates elimination of waste from the body, can relieve abdominal wind within minutes and speeds a natural process of the nervous system which can assist with reflux.

Enhances emotions and improves mood.

Massage stimulates elimination of waste from the body, can relieve abdominal wind within minutes and speeds a natural process of the nervous system which can assist with reflux.

Enhances coordination.

Studies have shown infant massage improves left/right brain communication which has been suggested to improve intelligence.

Ideal for pre-term and low birth-weight infants.

Research has shown that infants receiving touch therapy and massage gain weight faster and are discharged earlier than other infants. Researchers have found that low birth-weight infants are gaining weight due to increased vagal activity and enhanced gastric motility (filling and emptying of the stomach).

Boosts immune system.

Research shows that infant massage can positively influence physiological processes and improve immune function. Massage has shown a significant increase in the number and function of natural killer cells and an increase in neutrophil count (white blood cells that form an integral part of the immune system). Massage also reduces stress hormone levels in the body, which, in turn, enhances function of the immune system.

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