Massage for New Baby Born and the Basic massage movements 

There are a number of basic techniques which are useful and easy to learn. Especially when in contact with the first baby, many parents are tentative. However, the baby needs the sureness of touch, so it is important for adults to be confident. Although small, and needing gentleness, healthy babies are not so fragile that they cannot be massaged. It is important for the massage mom to "tune in" to their own hands and the energy flow passing through them

Before handling the baby, check that your fingernails are short and clean and that you have no rough cuticles or skin on your fingers. Warm your hands by bathing them in hot water. Before baby, massage  Dry them by vigorously rubbing them with a towel. This will increase circulation thereby ensuring warm hands. The fingertips are the most sensitive to touch, so use them to feel your baby, especially when checking for any sore spots.

Benefits of Massage therapy

The greatest energy flows through the palm of the hand. Place the whole hand on your baby wherever it will fit and concentrate on feeling the flow of energy from you to your baby, and from your baby back to you. This vital exchange of energies is one reason why both parties benefit so much from a massage.

Besides being aware of your fingertips and palms, you will need to adapt your grip and movements to fit the space for the massage. In some areas, your massaging will be done with just a finger and thumb. Remember to follow your child's contours so that as much of your hand as possible is in touch with the skin.

Some of the basic movements and techniques used in baby massage are outlined here. After the confined space and curled fetal position, the aim of a baby massage is to "straighten" the baby to enable freedom of movement. This is done by working from the head to the toes and from the shoulder to the fingertips, encouraging the response of the baby. As you become accustomed to massaging your baby, you will no doubt incorporate many movements of your own. Baby massage is not a limited art.

You can expect your baby to join in the massage. The movements under your hands, and possibly sounds, will guide you in making the massage enjoyable. The process of baby massage should be pleasurable and fun for you both.

Baby Massage skills

This article will give you a glimpse into the extraordinary value of touch through baby massage. If you have never experienced the complete comfort of massage, contact a qualified practitioner in your area and see what a wonderful dimension massage can add to your life. Professional massage associations will be able to guide you in your choice and put you in touch with practitioners who have high levels of ability, caring, and ethics. Many practitioners use essential oils for aromatherapy massage.

If you find you have an interest in honing and extending the skills you have developed at home there are massage courses available. And while increasing your massage skills, consider exploring ways of expanding your knowledge of essential oils.

If practiced regularly, you will find that massaging your baby will become intuitive. It is not

the technique as such that is all-important so much as the warmth of human contact and your relationship with your

child. Without trust and affection, techniques will be merely mechanical routines.

Fingertip pressure for Baby Massage

Using the pads of your fingers (take care to avoid using the nails). very light fingertip pressures are a useful way to begin massage on a small baby. Press gently on the shoulders, then move downwards, progressing only a short distance with each press. After working from the shoulders down the body, progress onto the arms and then the legs. where the pressure can still be light, but a little firmer than it was on the body. This technique promotes circulation.

Gentle squeezing for Baby Massage

Each squeeze is achieved by curling the fingers around the arm or leg and contracting it towards the thumb. After releasing the pressure, slide the hand to the next area not yet touched and squeeze again. Progress in this way down the arms and then the legs. After each downward movement, lightly slide back to the shoulder or thigh and repeat the process several times.

Effleurage for Baby Massage

Given baby to hold, nearly everyone will instinctively stroke, "Effleurage” in the massage term for stroking forward then back in the opposite direction, It is generally a soothing, smoothly flowing stroke applied with gentle but firm pressure. This is a movement that comes naturally to most people. Pay attention to how the hand is cupped or flattened to try in maximum contact with the contours of the area being massaged. Most of the baby massage will be some form of gentle stroking Partners and family members can easily become involved in this stroking. The gentle movement expresses the caring love from the massage giver to the baby. At the same time, the neurological response is being stimulated.

As a baby's body is so small, you will probably use the stroking movements most often. Most of the baby massage will be some form of gentle stroking.

Draining for Baby Massage

Draining the tissues is an important technique in massage, and is often used in the abdominal region. Most of the body is abundantly supplied with microscopic lymphatic vessels, Even the lightest stroking Can encourage the lymphatic fluid to move through these minute tubes, while firmer pressure can assist the flow back to the heart. The lymphatic system is vital for our immunity to infections.

Place the hand on the relevant part of the body and, while moving it along the skin, gently press the palm or the fingertips through the tissues

Finger rotation for Baby Massage

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1. Using your thumbs, or the palms of your hand, with your fingers sliding on the back of your baby's hand, stroke down towards the fingertips. You may not find it easy to do this, but gently persevere because opening and stretching of the hands are important for the development of your baby's future tactile skills.

2. Beginning with the little finger of the left hand, using your own finger and thumb, stroke downwards. Hold your position on the finger and lean back to exert slight traction to the finger. Use your body weight, not the muscles of your hands and arms.

3. Now roll your baby's finger with your hand and rotate the metacarpal joint (at the base of the finger).  

Toe rotation for Baby Massage

Beginning with the smaller toe, follow the instructions for finger rotation.

Stretching for Baby Massage

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Stretching must begin smoothly and be gentle in the amount of traction used. At all times, the person massaging needs to be sensitive to the responses of the infant and to the feel of the joints. Smoothness and gentle firmness are required. The movement must not be sudden or jerky, nor should it be too "feathery" light as this could cause irritation.

Kneading for Baby Massage

1. Kneading is taking the flesh in one hand, squeezing it, and then grasping the held part with the other hand, to do an "S" shaped rolling squeeze. Continue changing from hand to hand. This "grasping, squeezing and releasing moves the tissues from hand to hand, removing toxins and debris from the cells, while carrying nutrients to the whole body. This is often likened to kneading dough and is a gentle action

2. On babies it may be necessary to use only two fingers and a thumb of each hand when kneading thighs, arms, or buttocks, though on the thighs there may be room for full hands. With practice, you will soon develop skills that are uniquely appropriate for you and your hands.

Passive movement for the arms for Baby Massage

After massaging the arms and hands hold the baby's wrists and lift the arms above the head. The degree of movement must be natural and not be forced in any way. Having reached the extension that is comfortable, hold the stretch for five to ten seconds. This movement improves the flexibility of the shoulder joints. It also raises the diaphragm and enlarges the rib cage. Besides being vital to breathing, the diaphragm is the main muscle of the lymphatic system. This stretch will aid the movement of lymphatic fluid up through the thoracic duct leading to its return to the heart, thus improving the capacity of the immune response.

Energy exchange in Baby Massage

Sometimes called massaging the "aura" or the electrical field, this movement could begin a massage end a massage, or be of benefit at any stage. It is especially so of massage around the head of a frail or premature baby. It is done by forming small circles in the air close to the skin - not on it. Our nervous systems are electrochemical. Beyond the skin, we all have an electromagnetic field, the stroking of which may be of great comfort to a newborn who has experienced a difficult birth. After this light stroking of the skin, as the days pass your baby will accept Stroking (effleurage) on the skin.

Frictions in Baby Massage

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Small circular movements made with the pads of the thumbs or fingers are called frictions. Use this massage movement to work on areas that feel tight, because it works at a deeper level. Frictions are designed to penetrate tension buildup.

Much of the value of touch is intangible. Just holding a tiny baby (or any human or animal) gives the holder the opportunity to allow their energy to flow into the hold. Although difficult to define in words, the therapeutic, magical effect of touch is unlimited, giving security and love to the one touched, held, or massaged - and joy to the giver.

Always begin with gentle movements, increasing the pressure as you feel the muscle tissue softening.

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