Infant Massage

Posted by Alina on Wednesday Oct 7, 2009 Under health, useful tips

I was recently contacted by an expert in the field of infant and children’s massage therapy, Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT, who will be in NYC on October 17 & 18, 2009 Saturday & Sunday to present a workshop at the St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. During the course she is offering free infant massage lessons for families from 1:30-2:30pm. For further information please check out her website You must RSVP to if you are interested in participating in this event. Ms. Allen says ” Babies and children simply love to be touched. In fact, they thrive on it and it is a crucial part of their development.” She was kind enough to share some of her massage tips with readers:

Getting Ready:
– Make sure the room is warm enough (especially if removing the child’s clothing)
– Relax yourself
– Warm your hands by rubbing them together
– Ask permission to start massage by making eye contact and verbally asking out loud “Is it okay if I give you a massage?”

Massage Time:
The Legs
If your little one is laying down facing you,
– Start by placing your warmed hands around the top of baby’s leg at the hip
– Cupping one leg, gently stroke downward towards the foot
– Do not put any pressure on baby’s knee or ankle
– Then stroke the bottom of the foot and gently hug each little toe
– Next kiss the feet, babies love this!
– Repeat on the opposite leg.

The Tummy
The tummy should not be massaged right after eating. If baby has not recently eaten (within 30 minutes), introduce your touch to the belly.
– Place your hands at the belly button and move them in a clockwise motion
– This movement can help ease the pains associated with gas, constipation and has been known to ease colic

The Arms
– Repeat the same soothing strokes that we used on the legs

The Back
– Stroke the back, starting at the shoulders, over bum and down the legs, showing extra care not to put any pressure on her spine
– Continue stroking the back a few times
End with a hug and kiss!

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