Infant massage provides a wonderful, nurturing experience for adopted child or foster children and their carers. It offers a unique way for all to communicate, bond and connect. For any infant or child the transition from one home to a new family can be stressful, daunting and overwhelming.
The benefits are vast. Baby and child massage:
- Enhances bonding and attachment
- Releases positive hormones in both the parent and child such as oxytocin, a great feel good hormone emotional mediator and regulator - often known as the hormone of cuddles!!
- Offers an amazing approach to promote positive skin to skin contact in a non threatening way to the child.
- Helps release endorphins the body's own feel good hormones
- Promotes relaxation in both the parents and children
- Offers close contact for good eye contact and voice recognition
- Helps build confidence in handling the baby or child for the parent and confidence in being handled by the new parent for the child
- Enables the parent/s and child to get to know each others non verbal cues and build the basis for communication
- Allows babies and children to regress safely to a younger space to ‘catch up’ that time with their new family
- Allows adoptive parents the opportunity to ‘catch up’ on those missed months or years when the child was not living with you.
- Relieves stress and tension in both the parent and child
- Offers parents tools for being able to calm an unsettled baby or child
- Supports development and growth
- Can improve muscle tone and co-ordination
- Aids sensory processing
- Helps with ailments such as wind, constipation and teething
- Aids sleep patterns
- Promotes overall well-being and boosts immunity
We are able to offer workshops and seminars on baby and child massage to , social workers, adoption and foster care agencies and Local Authorities across the UK.
Many courses are lead and facilitated by Julie Cleasby, Founder of To Baby and Beyond but also an experienced previous Nurse Specialist for Looked after Children who also has personal experience of adoption.
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