The benefits of infant massage have been enjoyed in different cultures for centuries and now parents can learn the techniques to help their babies make the most of the miracle touch
Massage is more than just relaxation. Learning the right massage techniques is vital to ensure that both you and your baby experience the many benefits that massage can provide.
THE PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF YOGA
Better sleep – New born babies need a total of 16 hours sleep a day, gradually decreasing to 12 hours a day by the time they are three. Yoga helps promote sleep and, as babies do most of their growing during nap times, aids in physical development.
Colic and Constipation Prevention – Yoga helps relieve any tension in the abdomen, preventing common stomach problems.
Improved Fine Motor Skills – Emphasis on precise motions, and stretching and balancing positions hones fine motor skills in children.
Reduced Chance of Obesity – As many as 30% of children in England alone are estimated to be overweight and obese. Yoga encourages physical development, as well as healthy and balanced living.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF YOGA
Baby-Parent Bonding – Yoga offers an active means of communication and helps parents and babies get to know each other better. Bonding through skin-to-skin contact is encouraged.
Confidence – Babies that practice yoga are much more in control of their bodies. They are mobile, confident, have better head control and tend to crawl earlier.
Enhances Concentration – Yoga enhances the focus and awareness of babies and infants requiring concentration and attention – skills that are essential in all learning environments.
Settled Behaviour – Regular movement promotes calm behaviour with less extreme ups and downs.
Confidence – Through yoga, children learn to relish peaceful stillness and understand the importance of peace in their daily lives.
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