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Benefits of Massage

Introduction

The sense of touch has been detected in human embryos less than eight weeks old. At this stage, the foetus is less than an inch long and has no eyes or ears, but its skin is highly sensitive. Floating in the amniotic fluid, the foetus is accustomed to tactile stimulation. As the contractions of the womb become stronger, they rhythmically squeeze and push the baby.
 

How does massage benefit premature babies

In a study conducted at the University of Miami Medical Center, twenty premature babies were massaged thrice a day for fifteen minutes each. Results showed that they averaged 47% greater weight gain per day, were more active and alert, and showed more mature neurological development than infants that were not massaged. In addition, their stay in the hospital averaged six days less.
 

Can massage help to alleviate stress in babies

Emerging from the security of her mother's womb, a baby finds the world a vast and bewildering place. Everything is strange and unfamiliar. Adjusting to her new surrounding and responding to sensory stimuli can be quite a stressful experience for a baby. Like all other things, a massage is also a new experience for the baby. It helps the baby to practice handling input and responding to it with relaxation. While a massage brings with it new sights, sounds and smells, it is made pleasurable by comforting physical contact and a soothing voice.
 

Can massage be a way of bonding with my baby

Touch plays a key role in human bonding — whether it is between mother and child, lovers or friends. Infant massage is probably the most basic method of bonding for parents and children. Massaging your baby gives you a chance to get intimate with her body language, the way her body looks and feels, and familiarize yourself with her response to stimuli. A daily massage is a powerful tool that helps to maintain and strengthen affectionate bonds between the parents and the baby.

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