Infant massage is an age-old tradition in many cultures around the world. It provides a great opportunity for caregiver-child communication and bonding, while supporting baby’s physical well-being. Infant massage can help reduce the symptoms of colic and gas, improve quality of sleep, and teach baby about respectful, caring touch.
Monica provides infant massage classes for individuals and small groups. Basic infant massage instruction includes discussion of the benefits of massage, understanding baby’s cues, and practice of massage strokes. Massage oil and handouts summarizing class information are provided to participants.
Course goals are to teach parents/caregivers about infant massage and help support their communication and bonding with their babies. Caregivers should finish the classes having learned about how massage is good for both babies and parents, practiced basic massage strokes, and gotten any questions they have answered. They should feel confident in going home to continue massaging their babies and feel like they’re adding another tool to their parenting toolbox.
For further information on infant massage see the websites for the International Association of Infant Massage, Infant Massage USA, or Mayo Clinic. You might also check out the book Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents (Revised Edition) by Vimala McClure. This book is very dated culturally, essentializing women as mothers and marginalizing fathers’ participation in childcare, but her recommended infant massage strokes set the standard for all infant massage instruction in the US.