INFANT MASSAGE I Instruction With Nicole Budeau LMT, CPMT and Certified Infant Massage Instructor Please allow Nicole Budeau to show you the rich benefits of bonding through touch, the essential component, and experience a sense of community with other parents. Let us assist you in enhancing your confidence utilizing effective massage to soothe your baby, in turn relaxing yourself.   Classes are held Wednesdays 11am-12pm (starting Aug 1st) or our workshop is held 4- 5pm on the 1st Sunday of the month (First one Aug 5th) Includes, instructions, parent handouts & 2 oz therapeutic grade essential oils custom blended to be safe for your baby. THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUCH 1 Tiffany Field, PhD Director, Touch Research Institutes Miami, Florida, USA Massage is a wonderful way to keep your baby healthy and happy. It is also a great way to bring you and your baby closer together. Touching and close physical contact during a massage have many benefits for babies and parents alike. The special moments you spend together will help the two of you understand and communicate with each other. Massage benefits the baby’s heart, breathing, digestion and blood circulation. It helps prepare their little bodies for physical activity and improves overall mobility. Massage encourages muscular coordination and flexibility and helps as the baby stretches, moves around and grows. Massage also helps babies relax and fall asleep. Your baby’s (and later your child’s) ability to relax will help with the pressures of growing up. It’s a wonderful gift to give at an early age. Massage also makes you feel good because your baby loves it and looks happy. For mothers, touching and massaging can stimulate milk production and help you relax. Fathers benefit, too, because giving a massage is a special way to become closer to your baby.

The Benefits of Baby Massage

Massage can get your newborn to sleep better, improve her health, and even help you bond. By Nancy Gottesman from Parents Magazine You know what happens: The minute you put your baby down, she cries. Pick her up and, presto — she’s serene and smiley again. If just holding your baby can be so soothing, imagine how she’ll benefit from a full-body massage. In fact, studies have shown that massaging an infant can reduce crying and fussiness, help her sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common wail-inducers like constipation and colic. Some say that it even boosts a baby’s ability to fight off germs. “When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system,” explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed. “ Giving your infant regular massages is good for his emotional well-being too. “Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents, so they’re great ways for you to bond,” says K. Mark Sossin, PhD, director of the Parent-Infant Research Nursery at Pace University, in New York City. The payoff of baby massage trickles down to parents. “It’s easy to feel helpless with a newborn, but giving him a gentle rubdown can help you feel more in control,” explains Elaine Fogel Schneider, PhD, author of Massaging Your Baby: The Joy of Touch Time. “It will help you learn how to read your baby’s signals and respond better to his unique needs.” Giving your baby a massage is as simple as it is enjoyable. All you need is 10 to 15 minutes. Pick a time when you’re relaxed and your baby is quiet but alert. (If you try to massage a fussy baby, you may overstimulate him and make him even more unhappy.) Try starting after a diaper change or as part of a bath time ritual.