What it's like to work as a baby massage instructor

Baby Massage (Registrar) - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

'Watching how cute babies are
while they enjoy their massage is an added bonus'...

 What it's like to work as a baby massage instructor

We’re biased of course, but we think teaching baby massage must be one of the best jobs in the world.

Nothing compares to helping parents learn techniques that assist with all the common issues they face… lack of sleep, wind, constipation, teething pain, eczema, reflux… the list goes on. The feeling you get, knowing you’ve made a positive difference for the whole family can’t be beat.

The first thing that draws most people to a qualification in baby massage is the babies of course. While there’s no denying that teaching a baby massage class with a full circle of little people, lying down enjoying their leg massage is about one of the cutest things you’ll ever see, this isn’t the most rewarding aspect of working in baby massage. It’s the parents that sincerely express how grateful they are for your help and explain what a difference baby massage has made to their family.

There have been parents who explained they were ready to get a divorce… only to attend baby massage classes and discover they were just sleep deprived and irritable. Once the baby, toddler and parents were getting some much needed sleep - everything calmed down.

It’s helping the Mum who tells you she’s desperate and at her wits end because her baby is not crying, but SCREAMING inconsolably for 8 hours straight each day and she doesn’t know what else to do.

It’s seeing a little 2 or 3 year old taking things very seriously as they learn how to massage their baby brother or sister alongside Mum and Dad, feeling a sense of importance and responsibility instead of jealousy towards the new baby.

...These are some of the things that make being a baby massage instructor so rewarding. Being around babies and watching how cute they are while they enjoy their massage is an added bonus.

Baby Massage Found to Strengthen the Immune System

Baby Massage (Registrar) - Friday, October 26, 2018
Baby Massage Found to Strengthen the Immune System

Did you know even a small amount of massage each day helps to strengthen a baby's immune system? 

Research published by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics shows the 'cell-killing' ability (cytotoxicity) of white blood cells (NK cells) increases when babies receive massage. 

Why would parents want to increase their baby's 'cell-killing' ability? 

Because this process plays a major role in the baby's capacity to fight viral infections and tumours. Increasing cytotoxicity is the equivalent of your baby having their own well-equipped 'armed forces' ready to fight against infection and viruses when needed.

When a baby has white blood cells with low cytotoxicity they are more susceptible to colds, flu and more serious illnesses. 

Though baby massage has been part of daily life in some cultures for centuries, research such as this is seeing massage become increasingly popular in Australia.

While parents can do a number of things to help strengthen their baby's immune system, it's good to know that providing a short massage each day does more than helping with wind & sleep.

Baby massage courses are being held all around Australia by Certified Infant Massage Instructors and Paediatric Massage Consultants to help parents who want to learn how to provide a safe and effective massage. To find your nearest baby massage class, contact the Infant Massage Information Service.

Study find baby massage effective for increasing mother infant attachment

Baby Massage (Admin) - Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Study finds baby massage is effective for
increasing mother-infant attachment

A study conducted in Turkey has found baby massage is effective in increasing mother-infant attachment. Attachment is important for a baby's psychological development as a baby's sense of basic trust is formed in the first year of life. Basic trust refers to a child having a general sense that the world is predictable and reliable. 

The attachment between a mother and her child is unique and when this relationship falters, children can experience future developmental and psychological problems. The outcomes of this study will be of interest to mothers who are keen to enhance attachment and bonding with their baby, especially in situations when the bond between mother and child did not occur instantaneously after birth.

117 infants were involved in the study; with 57 assigned to the experimental group and 60 assigned to a control group. Babies assigned to the experimental group received a massage from their mother each day. All mothers were assessed on the first and last days of the 38-day study using the Maternal Attachment Inventory (MAI), a questionnaire used to provide a practical measure of maternal affectionate attachment.

When the study commenced, no significant differences were noted between questionnaire measurements for the experimental group and the control group. When mothers completed the questionnaires 38 days later, there was a significant difference between the groups.The control group measurement had increased (indicating an increase in attachment), but the group applying massage was significantly higher.

Researchers noted that mothers receive instruction on breast-feeding but often do not receive education on baby massage and that nurses caring for newborns are often not qualified in providing baby massage tuition to parents. The researchers concluded that as baby massage is a simple, cheap and effective option for supporting infant development and strengthening mother-baby attachment, it can be utilised to strengthen the new family's coping strategies and support mothers in their developing parenthood role. 

The Infant Massage Information Service provides a free referral service to parents. health services and organisations  looking for a Certified Infant Massage Instructor or Paediatric Massage Consultant, trained in providing massage tuition to parents. 

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