Everyone can benefit from a massage and that includes even infants, toddlers and children. So, quite simply whether you are pregnant, have a newborn, toddler or older child, they all can benefit from massage in different ways.
When you are pregnant, massaging your belly is a way to connect with your little one before birth. Rub your tummy and feel as your little one moves, turns, and kicks in response.
Once your baby is born, help with their digestion, weight gain, and colic with abdominal massage. Try out reflexology to help with congestion and teething or a nice back or face massage to help them drift off to sleep. Massage also help you to bond via eye contact with your baby, as well as help you learn their cues.
As your infant turns to a toddler and then a child, give them leg massages to help with growing pains. A nice massage at the end of the day will also help them wind down.
Massage can help your child (no matter their age) relax by lowering cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and increasing endorphin production (or feel good hormones). Massage will also increase melatonin levels to help your child fall asleep faster and sleep sounder.
Massage is also a great way to spend quality time with your baby or child. Try working a massage into your post bathtime, diaper change or bedtime routine and be amazed at the results.
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