Infant Massage

Infant massage is a natural continuation of pregnancy massage. Getting my certification as an Infant Massage Instructor was made easier by my natural love and connection to babies, and the fact that I was soon to become a grandmother!

I wanted to be a part of teaching parents how to get more connected to their babies, and for them to experience for themselves the amazing results. I truly believe, if every parent could experience the joys of giving infants massage, the incidence of child neglect and abuse would be greatly reduced. Infant Massage is a vital, dynamic interaction that forms the foundation of relationship building that lasts a lifetime.

The original infant-parent tie is important for infants and society because it is from this attachment and bonding that all subsequent attachments will follow. Touching is the first communication a baby receives. The first language of an infant’s development is through the skin. And, how, they love it! I soon learned the truth of that when my grandson was born. He was the first infant I practiced on for an extended period, and I can honestly say that Rhys and I are very deeply connected as a result.

Infant massage differs from adult massage as it is more communicative than manipulative.

Benefits for Infants

  • Promotes bonding and attachment
  • Promotes body-mind-spirit connections
  • Increases self esteem
  • Increases sense of love, acceptance, respect and trust
  • Enhances communication
  • Improves relaxation and release of accumulated stress
  • Strengthens digestive, circulatory and gastrointestinal systems leading to weight gain
  • Reduces discomfort from teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional stress
  • Improves muscle tone coordination
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Increases hormonal function

Benefits for Parents and Caregivers

  • Improves ability to read infant cues
  • Promotes bonding between caregiver and infant
  • Increases confidence in parenting
  • Increases verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Improves relaxation and reduces stress
  • Provides quality time and time to share
  • Promotes parenting skills

It’s best to begin massage when infants are about one or two months old, and continue with it regularly for as long as they’ll sit still for it!

Infant massage classes are scheduled based on interest and availability. If you are a new parent, grandparent or caregiver who would like to learn infant massage, or if you are currently expecting, simply email me at darla@massagebydarla.com to be added to the interest list.