5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research

Babies thrive on loving touch. Parents and caregivers have known the importance of skin-to-skin contact for millenia, but it’s only been in recent times that science has begun studying and trying to quantify the amazing  power of massage and other touch techniques:

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Improved Sleep Patterns

Infants who were massaged before bedtime adjusted to a more favorable rest-activity cycle by the age of 8 weeks and produced more melatonin, a sleep regulator, during the night by the age of 12 weeks.

– Ferber SG, Laudon M, Kuint J, Weller A, Zisapel N. Massage therapy and sleep-wake rhythms in the neonate. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2002;23(6):410-415.

Reduction of Stress

Cortisol levels, a stress indicator, was significantly lower after infant massage.

– White-Traut RC, Pate CM, Modulating infant state in premature infants. J Pediatr Nurs. 1987;2(2):96-101.

Improved Interaction in Families

Fathers who used massage techniques with their infants experienced increased self-esteem as a parents. The babies greeted their fathers with more eye contact, smiling, vocalizing and reaching responses. The fathers were more expressive and showed more enjoyment and more warmth during floor-play interactions with their infants.

– Cullen, C., Field, T., Escalona, A. & Hartshorn, K. (2000). Father-infant interactions are enhanced by massage therapy. Early Child Development and Care, 164, 41-47.

Support of Mother’s Mental Health

infant massage classLearning the practice of infant massage by mothers may be an effective treatment for facilitating mother-infant interaction in mothers with postnatal depression. Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scores improved for the mothers who learned massage, as did their video-taped mother-baby interactions.

– Onozawa k, Glover V, Adams D, Modi N, Kumar RC. Infant massage improves mother-Infant interaction for mothers with postnatal depression

Increased Weight Gain for Premature Infants

Premature infants that were massaged regularly had higher daily weight gain, increased motor activity, and better Brazelton neonatal behavioral assessment scores. They had a better conversion of calories to weight gain.

 – Field TM, Schanberg SM, Scafidi F, et al. Tactile/kinesthetic stimulation effects on preterm neonates. Pediatrics. 1986;77(5):654-658.

– Phillips RB, Moses HA. Skin hunger effects on preterm neonates. Infant Toddler Intervention. 1996;6(1):39-46.

Upcoming Classes

Nov
28
Tue
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

Moms learn infant massage with their babiesThe ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome. The emphasis in class is on following baby’s cues and learning the techniques to incorporate into your home routine.

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Dec
5
Tue
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

Moms learn infant massage with their babiesThe ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome. The emphasis in class is on following baby’s cues and learning the techniques to incorporate into your home routine.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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Dec
12
Tue
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

Moms learn infant massage with their babiesThe ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome. The emphasis in class is on following baby’s cues and learning the techniques to incorporate into your home routine.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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Dec
19
Tue
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

Moms learn infant massage with their babiesThe ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome. The emphasis in class is on following baby’s cues and learning the techniques to incorporate into your home routine.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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Jan
9
Tue
Infant Massage – Jan @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

The ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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Jan
16
Tue
Infant Massage – Jan @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

The ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome.

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Jan
21
Sun
Infant Massage – Jan/Feb @ Hill Center @ Hill Center
Jan 21 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

The ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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Jan
23
Tue
Infant Massage – Jan @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

The ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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Jan
28
Sun
Infant Massage – Jan/Feb @ Hill Center @ Hill Center
Jan 28 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

The ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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Jan
30
Tue
Infant Massage – Jan @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

baby being massagedMassage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over several weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home between lessons. Instructor will provides handouts for home practice and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

The ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes. Register Button

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9:45 am Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
This class is a blend of zumba-esque dancing to contemporary pop music, yoga conditioning, and relaxation. You will get a workout and have fun with your baby. Most appropriate from about 6 weeks (or when… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
11:00 am Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4... @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4... @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4 yrs) @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families of almost 2- to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, dance and creative movement, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
12:00 pm Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Infant Massage - Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
7:30 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
Nov
29
Wed
10:00 am Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
11:00 am Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24 month old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
6:00 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
Nov
30
Thu
9:30 am Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24-month-old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and games while… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
10:30 am Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research
11:30 am Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play features fun yoga-inspired postures and movements as well as calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held… Continue Reading 5 Benefits of Infant Massage According to the Research

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