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It is important to note that there are significant differences between massage for adults and massage for infants.
It is vital to understand the correct strokes, ideal timing and length of massage to avoid over-stimulation. Infant massage training is essential; like any other form of therapy, it is important to know the specific techniques to enhance the experience.
The following recommendations have been compiled by the Infant Massage Information Service and cannot be used for any other source without expressed permission.
All in the timing...
The right ingredients...
The decision of what oil or medium to use with your baby for massage time is an important one. We recommend a pure cold pressed, organic, vegetable, nut, seed, or fruit oil. These are easily absorbed by the skin and provide additional benefits to your child during and after the massage.
As the skin absorbs these oils so easily there will be no oily residue remaining. This means you will not have to wash the oil off afterwards. Avoid mineral oils as well as olive oil, although olive oil is a natural product, its texture is too thick to be absorbed by the skin, so it will not help to moisturise your baby's skin.
The Infant Massage Information Service (IMIS) is the biggest provider of infant massage training and has the largest...Click Here To Learn More
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