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Is your baby troubled by colic?
One effective treatment for colic is Infant Massage. If you would like to learn some massage techniques to help ease your baby’s discomfort, download this free report on Infant Massage for Colic.
One of our greatest roles as a parent is to come to know and love our child for the unique gifts they are so that as they grow, they can better come to know and love themselves. This getting to know one another, or bonding, is one of the many benefits of infant massage.
Hi, I’m Suzanne, mom of twins plus two, a Physical Therapist and a Certified Educator of Infant Massage. I teach baby massage and I’d love to teach you!
September, 2012: How parents can use infant massage techniques to help ease digestive troubles including colic and gas.
Infant Massage is Powerful.
Touch is the first sense your baby developed. Touch is your baby’s first language, making it the perfect way to tell them that they are loved and safe. Research shows us that babies spend their entire first year exploring and coming to better understand the world around them and their place in it via their senses. At the most basic level they are figuring out how things work, answering questions like “Is the world a safe and nurturing place?”…”Can I trust people and the world around me?”
Make Time to Connect.
What better person is there in the world than you to hold your baby’s hand (quite literally) and let them know in no uncertain terms, YES!!! The world IS a safe and nurturing place to be trusted… because you are there beside them in it with them as they move, grow and explore. Connection is a powerful thing when it comes to parenting and Infant Massage can help you connect in three very important ways: 1) to yourself 2) to your new role as mom or dad, and (some would say most importantly, though I think they are ALL important) 3) to your baby.
When Do I Start?
Though learning massage with your baby is ALWAYS a good idea, the pre-crawling stage is ideal. Many parents start when baby is just two to four weeks old. Others begin class when baby is closer to three or four months old. Some begin as late as six to nine months of age and still LOVE it, though they always vow that next time (if there is a next time!) they’ll start sooner. The long and short of it is, there is never a bad time to begin this loving ritual whether you are looking for group or private/online classes.
The primary benefits of infant massage for babies can be divided into four main categories – Stimulation, Relaxation, Relief and Bonding. It helps to boost baby’s immune system and makes baby feel secure and loved.
Infant massage performed regularly improves babies sleep, digestion, and motor skills. It offers relief from colic, teething and gas pains, and helps them to relax and manage the stresses of life. Benefits also include:
- Facilitates body awareness
- Boosts immune system
- Sensory stimulation
- Improves skin condition
- Improves blood circulation
- Helps digestion
- Balances respiration
- Relief for teething pains
- Improves waste elimination
- Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
Research shows babies that receive massage for fifteen plus minutes a day cry 50% less after only two weeks. For more on the research and many proven benefits of massage visit the following links:
What Parents are Saying:
“I highly recommend learning infant massage from Suzanne. You and your baby will love the experience.” — Jami
“We BOTH love it! Now I feel way more connected to my baby, like I understand him better and can respond to his needs. It’s made me much more confident.” — Jen
“Suzanne’s style of teaching is great because I feel like I can follow along and understand not only the physical movements but the holistic approach to connecting with my baby through massage. As a new mom I sometimes feel overwhelmed and I think the massage helps me be present with my daughter and just focus on the bonding which allows me to manage when I feel overwhelmed.” — Celia
“This is a wonderful way to bond with your baby that is intentional. Just you and your baby being with each other.” — Michelle
Suzanne Tucker, PT and Certified Educator of Infant Massage runs an outpatient holistic rehabilitation center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis Missouri where they live with their four children. She has been teaching Infant Massage to child-focused groups for over a decade including Parents As Teachers, Children’s Hope International, La Leche League, foster parent agencies and more. Suzanne is passionate about attachment and the healing powers of touch. She’s been a regular guest on Great Day St. Louis, KMOV Ch 4′s Parenting Expert Segment in St. Louis and is the founder of My Mommy Meetup, the largest free mom’s group in St. Louis, created to help moms connect “in real life” with ten to twenty live events a month.
In the News
March 25, 2013: St. Louis Kids Magazine interviewed Suzanne Tucker for their article, “Infant Massage Benefits Mom and Baby”