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Guest Post: The Power of Touch

Alyssia Richardson, LMT teaches parents how to use massage to promote the healthy development of infants through the 5-week Groovy Babies course. The next class runs July 6 through August 3, 2015 at 9 and 10 am, at Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ in Cherry Creek. You can learn more about Groovy Babies here:

Imagine for a moment that you’ve entered a strange and foreign world. Only seconds ago you were in an environment that was warm and cozy; life as you knew it was perfect, but all of a sudden that changed in a flash. Suddenly you’re freezing. Bright lights and big people are surrounding you, sticking things in your nose and rubbing you with rough fabric. You feel the cold air shock your system as it passes through your body. You have just taken your first breath. This is all too much; overwhelming, over stimulating, and you begin to cry.

When I speak to adults about infant massage, I frequently hear “What’s so stressful about being a baby?” We; as parents, often times look at infancy from one point of view, our point of view. We get so caught up in our daily stressors we fail consider how difficult and stressful being an infant really is. Infants are continuously sensing, feeling and evaluating. Before they have a good understanding of one task they begin the process of learning a whole new task. Imagine how stressful it might be to have Mommy and Daddy pressuring you to learn all of these new things, with hopes that you’ll meet all the developmental milestones right on time. This is again over stimulating, and overwhelming.

As parents we want to do everything possible to make and keep happy babies. That is where infant massage comes in! Think about what massage does for your wellbeing as an adult. It reduces stress, relaxes your body, and helps with digestion; really the list can go on and on.

Infant massage has the very same benefits plus, it provides parents the opportunity to create a healthy and life long bond with their baby. When a baby comes into the world and receives massages, it helps them feel loved. This will help to develop a more confident child, and this confidence will follow them throughout the course of their life. Massage also helps parents become more confident in their ability to connect. When parents learn to massage their babies they aren’t just rubbing oils on their child; they are learning to really get to know their baby, to understand their likes and dislikes, they are learning to communicate with and respect this tiny little being and their space. Studies have shown that infants who receive massages are more calm, respectful, and loving beings as they travel through life and become the amazing people they were created to be.

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