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Infant Massage is about Love.....
 
Expectant parents often take infant massage instruction prenatally so they are ready to begin this wonderful loving touch right from the start.
Early psychological and sensory input is essential in facilitating the development of all infants. Understanding and beginning touch early in life can improve the quality of parenting and family life and promote the well-being of the infant.
Infant Massage contains such critical elements of bonding as eye-to-eye contact, smiling, soothing vocal sounds, loving touch, caressing, smell and mutual interaction. Studies show that bonding increases a parent's feeling of attraction as well as the desire to nurture and care for their infant.
SHARON GALITZER, PT, DScPT, MS, CIMI
Dr Galitzer has been a pediatric physical therapist for over 25 years.  She is certified in NDT/Bobath for the Management and Treatment of Cerebral Palsy (NDT) in children as well as babies.  She obtained a Masters of Science with a concentration in the area of pediatric rehabilitation from Florida International University, a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.  Dr Galitzer will offer infant massage classes for infants and newborns throughout the year.
Benefits for infants and children include the following:

•  Provides a special time of communication that fosters love, compassion, and respect
•  Improves general well-being
•  Provides an intimate time for children to confide in parents
•  Improves overall functioning of the gastrointestinal tract
•  Promotes relaxation and helps babies self-regulate calm, which reduces crying
•  Helps to normalize muscle tone
•  Improves circulation
•  Enhances immune system function
•  Improves mid-line orientation
•  Helps to improve sensory and body awareness
•  Enhances neurological development
•  Helps baby/child to sleep deeper and more soundly
•  Helps to increase oxygen and nutrient flow to cells. Improves respiration
•  Helps to improve pain management; can relieve discomfort from teething,

•  Helps with congestion, gas, and colic
•  Enhances release of hormones in the body. The growth hormone can be stimulated which helps weight gain.
•  Reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone
•  Provides all of the essential indicators of intimate parent-infant bonding and attachment: eye-to-eye, touch, voice, smell, movement, and thermal regulation.
•  Stimulates all of the physiological systems. Massage sparks the neurons in their brains to grow and branch out to encompass other neurons.

Benefits for parents and primary caregivers include:

•  Provides all of the essential indicators of intimate parent-infant bonding and attachment: eye-to-eye, touch, voice, smell, movement, and thermal regulation.
•  Encourages pre-verbal communication between caregiver and infant
•  Helps parents feel more confident and competent in caring for their children
•  Helps parents to ease their stress if they are a working parent and must be separated from their children for extended periods during the day
•  Provides parents with one-on-one quiet time or interactive play with their children
•  Creates a regular time of intimacy between parent and child.
•  Increases parents' self-esteem by reinforcing and enhancing their skills as parents, and validates their role
•  Gives parents the tools for understanding their child's unique rhythms and patterns
•  Teaches parents how to read their infants' cues and recognize their states of awareness
•  Gives parents a special way to interact with their children who may be hospitalized. Helps parents feel a greater part of the healing process
•  Daily massage helps parents to unwind and relax
•  Provides a positive way for fathers to interact with their infants/children

•  Promotes social and emotional development furthering self-awareness and self-regulation