Here are some of the benefits of baby massage.
• Reduces crying time
Various research studies on infant massage have shown that there is a significant reduction in overall crying tie with infants and toddlers who receive massage.
• Improves sleep and regulates sleep patterns
Massage increases serotonin levels and regulates melatonin secretion rhythms which helps regulate sleep patterns.
• Ideal for pre-term infants
Research has shown that infants receiving touch therapy and massage gain weight faster and are discharged earlier than other infants.
• Enhances emotions and improves mood
Massage increases dopamine levels which are believed to play an important role in regulating anger, aggression, temperature, mood and appetite in addition to other body functions.
• 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.
• Relieves sinus and chest congestion
Massage helps promote adequate drainage of the sinuses and exess mucus on the chest.
• Boosts immune system
Research shows that infant massage can positively influence physiological processes and improive immune function.
• Enhances coordination
Studies have shown infant massage improves left/right brain communication which has been suggested to improve intelligence.
• Reducess 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 measureably decreases cortisol levels in both children and their parents allowing bliid pressure, heart rate, digestive functioning and hormonal levels to return to their normal state.
• Reducess symtpoms of Eczema
A UK study showed significant improvememnt in eczema symptoms with the introduction of massage by parents. Infant Massage Instructirs have also seen improvement first hand with many babies at infant massage classes.