The relationship between a parent and baby is enhanced and strengthened through the nurturing touch of infant massage. Parents often find that their baby sleeps better, fusses less, and gains more weight, when massaged regularly. Parents and grandparents can learn about massage during a two-part infant massage class.
Infant massage is a process that involves a pattern of hand movements over baby's face, arms, hands, chest, abdomen, back, legs and feet using massage oil and a parent's gentle touch.
Infant massage can also help relieve discomfort from gas, colic and constipation; improve blood circulation; aid in digestion; aid in the relief of pain due to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; enhance development of the nervous system; stimulate brain development; increase alertness; reduces stress hormones; improve immune function; and release oxytocin, the nurturing hormone.
Infant massage instruction is offered by Brittany Homer, certified infant massage instructor through the International Association of Infant Massage. She will demonstrate massage techniques, provide information on infant cues and discuss the benefits of massage. This is a hands-on interactive, fun and informative class with parents learning and practicing massage techniques.
Classes are designed for babies age 3 weeks to crawling. The cost of the program is $5. Get more information or register for a class.