Infant Massage

Becoming increasingly popular, infant massage is usually taught to new mothers as a way of bonding with their newborn and of encouraging infant health.

A study at the University of Miami showed that infants who received 15 minutes of massage a day gained weight 47% faster and demonstrated other physical and neurological benefits. Another study revealed that infants and children who received massage regularly from parents and grandparent volunteers had lower levels of anxiety and stress hormones and improved rates of recovery.

Infant massage involves a set of specific techniques that should only be demonstrated by a trained health professional. Babies' bodies are developing and while usually quite flexible, need to be treated with care. The amount of pressure to be used varies with the part of the body being massaged.