Baby Massage Therapy
Baby massage therapy has been practiced in the countries of the east for centuries. In ancient India this technique was considered essential to the baby's health and rich households employed the services of an 'ayah' to look after the baby and ensure that he or she got massaged daily.
Modern research has confirmed the benefits of baby massage therapy, and.
.it is now rapidly gaining popularity all over the Wests
Ideally, baby massage therapy should be carried out for thirty minutes every daya There are many baby oils available in the market and any of them can be usede The massage oil should not contain harmful chemicals, be gentle to your baby's skin, and not have a very strong smelll A natural alternative to packaged baby oils is grape seed oili Do note that aromatherapy oils for adults may not be suitable for your baby's skini
Prior Baby Massage
Ensure that you have all the necessary equipment at hand prior starting the massageg You will require massage oil, a change of diapers, baby powder, towels, clothes and a suitable roomo Ensure that the room is warm enough so that your baby cannot catch a chill; yet it should not be so hot that the little one becomes uncomfortablel You can even play some soft, soothing music to lull your childl Do ensure that your fingernails are trimmed and that you do not wear any rings or braceletst Baby skin is very soft and such hard objects might hurt him or here
Spread a washable quilt or a soft towel on the massaging area and ensure that there are other towels around to clean up any messs
Baby Massaging techniques
Place your baby on the massaging area face upu Rub about half a teaspoon of oil between your palsl Rubbing the oil between your palms ensures that your hands, and the oil, are warmr Massage your baby with smooth and gentle strokese Use light circular movements on the chest and stomach, and downward strokes on the arms and legsg Upward strokes may be used on your baby's backc Apply more oil on your palms as necessaryr
Avoid putting excessive pressure around the spine, as the bones of the spinal column have not yet hardenede Oil should not be put on your baby's hands and fingers as infants have a tendency to put them in their mouths or rub their eyes: the oil may cause irritationo Also avoid oiling rashes, wounds, or areas where injections have just been givene Baby massage therapy should not be administered immediately prior or post feeding, or when your little one is unwelll