Some of my fondest childhood memories were doing massage and back tickle trains with my parents and siblings. Loving touch in our family was always promoted and gave us all a sense of comfort and closeness growing up. This is definitely what drove my ambitions to become a massage therapist and why I continue to share the wonderful human connection that touch can give.
When my first daughter was born in 2007, her great Amma came to visit. She brought all her oils and within minutes of meeting her, began massaging our sweet baby. She taught me about the traditional Indian massage that is commonly practised on babies when they are born. After her visit, I began massaging my daughter every evening, creating a beautiful routine, that still continues today.
Later that same year, I began my training to become a massage therapist. The more I learned about the benefits of massage, the more massage grew into my greatest passion. Being a new mom, I identified most with massage for infants, children, pre natal and post natal health and wanted to develop a specialization in those areas. In the early part of my career, I worked with lots of new moms and their babies, teaching one-on-one classes in the treatment room, as well as group classes at the YMCA and AHS centres around the city. The families I worked with loved the new skill that could help them bond, nurture, and calm their infants. In 2012-2016, I was a part of the Pediatric Integrative Medicine Trial at the Stollery Hospital in Edmonton. As part of a team of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, we were worked with infants and children in oncology, general pediatrics, and cardiology. In 2016, I took the Internationally recognized “Certified Infant Massage Instructor course through the International Association of Infant Massage, which is what I follow today to teach the classes through Pure Love Infant Massage.
Doing massage on my children and clients, as well as teaching parents about massage with their children truly enriches me, as I see such positive outcomes in both the short and long term treatment of our sweet babes.
What is your baby going to get out of massage? To sum up… Everything.
- Improves the infants or child’s delicate immune system by decreasing the body’s levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that takes a toll on immune functioning.
- Helps to increase circulation, increase alertness and enhance nervous system, neurological and intellectual development.
- Massage improves communication, by increasing confidence and sensitivity to their cues.
- I also feel massage is very important for teaching babies and children what positive, nurturing touch feels like, so they can then differentiate between that and negative touch. When we massage, we are also teaching the valuable concept of consent as we always ask permission and respect our infants cues and behavioural states.
The list goes on…
Just join us for our next program, “A Parents Guide To Infant Massage”, and you will see!