Baby massage is a very common ritual in many cultures. Besides breastfeeding, baby massage is the best way to satisfy the essential need of touch between baby and parent. Touch allows your baby to grow and to feel safe. Every parent can massage a baby, but learning a few skills to develop a routine will be very helpful.
I am delighted to bring Shantala baby massage to you. I have witnessed beautiful sessions with mom or dad massaging the baby. It is an interplay that can be deeply touching to watch.
WHY DO BABY MASSAGE ?
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
You sit on the floor with stretched legs and massage the baby on your legs. Typical for the Shantala baby massage is the rhythmic character where the touch can vary from soft to stronger. You start by breathing deeply few times bringing yourself in a relaxed state. Using almond, sesame, or olice oil, we stroke the chest, then diagonal, and continue with arms, belly, legs, back and face. We end with few stretches and exercises for baby. Each movement is done 3 times. A handout is provided.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How long is a session? The massage itself takes about 15 minutes.
Q: Where does it happen? In a group class or private session in your home. Dad is welcome to join.
Q: Which clothes do I wear? You wear short or long pants. The baby is naked with a nappy under the buttocks, lying on a towel on your stretched legs.
Q: When can we start? In India, Shantala baby massage is done from the first day of life.
Q: Until what age can I massage my baby? Until baby starts rolling over, usually around 4 months. Older babies can still benefit from a sitting massage.
Q: How long to see benefits? The first session is totally new for you and baby. Gradually you get used to each other, you giving the touch while baby is receiving the touch. Once you both know the sequence and are more confident and relaxed, it is great quality time together.
Q: How many sessions would I need? It takes a few sessions to become confident. If you do the massage as part of the postnatal yoga class, then this can be weekly.