What is Infant & Pediatric Massage?
With Infant Massage we use touch, our first language, to enhance our expression of love, caring and respect to aid in the bonding process. Touch is an infant’s first form of communication and through massage we can effectively communicate as well as understand what an infant is saying to us.
Infant massage assists in the growth and development of baby's body, mind and spirit. In addition, it can bring relief to complaints of colic, constipation, respiratory disorders and sleeping difficulties.
Touch Therapy for Autism:
Many children with Autism have significantly lower levels of Oxytocin, which is a hormone associated with emotional connections and feelings of love. Massage can cause feelings of warmth and relaxation and may decrease levels of Cortisol (stress hormone). Research has found that children show less autistic behavior, and are more social and attentive after receiving massage therapy. This safe, nurturing touch and regular sensory integration is beneficial in reducing inattentiveness, touch aversion and withdrawal.
Touch Therapy for Trauma:
Childhood trauma occurs when actual or perceived threats of danger overwhelm emotional reaction and coping abilities. Some traumas include hospitalization, abuse or witnessing abuse, exposure to drugs in utero, natural disasters, and terrorism. Unlike Adults, children lack the strength and ability to effectively cope with these emotions which can cause physical hyperarousal, hyperactivity, avoidance, re-experiencing, and emotional numbing. Using passive nurturing touch, massage can help build confidence, happiness, and trust which carves a path to healing.