Infant Massage and Child Development Transformational Coaching
What is your story? Are you tired? Sleep deprived? Ready for a change? Want to do something that will help your baby/child to sleep? Let's change your story! Sleep is on the way!
Dr. Mary Kay Keller is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor specialized in attachment and bonding, emotional availability, nurturing parenting behaviors. Dr. Keller has taught classes to parents, grandparents, foster parents, and caregivers for 20 years.
Why Massage Infants? Infant Massage is one of three science based care giving activities (breastfeeding and kangaroo care) that promotes bonding and attachment and has many benefits to both the baby and the caregiver. This symbiotic activity will support both of you in getting better sleep as well as many other physiological and emotional benefits.
Why is infant massage so important?
Infant massage is a must in parenting and care giving of babies and children. When babies died in orphanages it was discovered that touch was essential to human beings in order to survive and thrive. Next to breastfeeding and kangaroo care, Infant Massage is the only other care giving activity that supports an intense bonding experience between the baby and the care giver.
How does IM intensely support bonding?
Infant Massage engages 4 of the 5 senses and possibly all 5 if kissing the baby is involved. The science of Infant Massage documents many physiological and emotional benefits for the baby and the care giver. It is an incredible skill that supports the relationship for mothers and fathers, siblings and grand parents (it takes a village). Infant Massage is also beneficial for babies with special needs and medical needs. Infant Massage is the gift that keeps on giving for years to come. The price of one class is priceless throughout a child's lifetime and it changes their life story!
Science Based Benefits
Science based benefits for the babies are: increased sleep, security, immune systems, weight, bonding, engagement and entrainment (interaction) behaviors, decreased hospital stays (6 weeks earlier discharge), colic, discomfort, crying and diarrhea. Benefits for caregivers: increased caregiver activity, improved lifestyles, decreased stress, anxiety, and depression. Mothers reported less depression symptoms after massaging their babies or when they watched someone else massage their babies.
In Dr, Keller's Research, Fathers reported feeling more confident and competent in their parenting after learning to massage their babies. Fathers were motivated to learn infant massage because they enjoyed being able to comfort their babies' and relieve the mother of her care giving stress. Fathers enjoyed having access and availability to their babies when they massaged their babies. Furthermore, research indicates that fathers who spend more time caring for their babies increase their oxytocin (the bonding hormone). In other words, the more time caring for the baby, the more caringfathers become.