Infant Massage: Foundation for Healthy Beginnings

We all want what is best for our babies. As a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, I realized that the modality of infant massage, that has been around since the 1970’s and practiced in 70 countries, is not being utilized by the millions of parents here in the US. I think that may be because we don’t know it’s something that is accessible or even what it is.


I teach parents of infants 0-12 months massage techniques that can help support better sleep (for all of you), colic relief, communication, bonding, confidence in parenting, and much more! These techniques are taught over a 5 week course, once a week in classes lasting 60-90 minutes. The moves also grow and adapt as your child grows and adapts, so this is something that can continue for the rest of their lives. These are small, intimate classes where we discuss many parenting struggles, victories, and as a collective, support each other. I am a mom, and what a great resource to have at your fingertips! 


I am a massage therapist of over 18 years, specializing in prenatal and post natal massage. I know from years of experience, the more you get massaged, the more in tune with your body you are. Your babies will grow up to be more self aware, have more self esteem, and be more open to communicate with you. What a great gift to give to your child and to yourself! We always ask permission before we massage, so consent, safe touch, self esteem, and confidence are instilled right from the start. I truly believe that infant massage can change the world. 


Studies have found that not only moms, but dads and partners benefit greatly from these courses. A lot of times they can feel lost, out of touch when a new baby arrives. For them to spend a full 90 minutes just watching, bonding, listening to their baby can do wonders for their confidence and attachment to the newborn. Siblings also love to learn and be a part of the process. Infant massage has been a family/community tradition in many cultures for years. 


By including massage into your daily routine, you are supporting your family, your community, and your babies future. 

Confessions Of a Massage Therapist

Confessions of a Massage Therapist:


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Top 5 Industry Secrets to Know Before Your Next Massage 


  1. Skip the Razor and the Mascara

Don’t worry about not shaving your legs, armpits, face, whatever. I truly don’t care about hairy legs. I didn’t shave for you either, so don’t stress if you leave the razor on the bathroom shelf the day of your massage. Shaving right before a massage can actually clog pores with oil and cause ingrown hairs, so come in as hairy as you want to be! What we don’t tell you, is please don’t  wear mascara to your massage, if you can help it. It’s really for your own good, you will have what I call “massage face” for awhile and adding black raccoon eyes is not a good look on anyone. 


2. We Love Butts and Feet

Don’t let that scare you! Your glutei muscles (there are three of them) do a lot of work for you every day. They are working when you sit, stand, walk, lunge, bend forwards, etc. they do a ton of work and are a neglected part of the body when it comes to bodywork. Even as a modest client, you can still get some good glute work in without feeling vulnerable our exposed. As far as feet go, I love massaging feet. They are our foundation, our roots. They support us all day, every day. Even if you are going in for back discomfort, have the massage therapist spend some time on your feet and glutes!



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3. You May Feel Drunk Afterwards

It’s true. I have had many clients stumble out of the room and into the waiting room. The main reason for this is increased circulation. An hour massage increases your circulation as much as a 3 mile hike! This is all happening while you are laying still for an hour. Once you get up, you can feel a little light headed. Drink water before and after your massage to help with this detached, floaty feeling. Massage gets everything moving in your body and you want to keep it moving.


4. We Appreciate Tips

As with any service based job, tips are very much appreciated. Massage therapists that work in spas make a small commission for the amount of work they do. There are some days they could do 8 massages and that is a lot of work! Sometimes they even have to split their tips with a front desk person. Even self employed massage therapists still have overhead.  Cash tips help us take care of our families and do the work that we love. Industry standard is similar to restaurants. Of course, location, quality of services and financial means come into play, but 10-20% is fairly common.

 


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5. You Are Truly Cared About

When you are on the massage table, you are family. Your needs are considered and you are looked after. Massage is a sacred energy exchange between client and therapist to help facilitate in a healing, both physically and emotionally. There is no judgement, no shame, no need to hide who you are. Having a sacred space for you to heal is something we should all take advantage of. 





Massage for Round Ligament Pain

Who here has suffered from round ligament pain or are currently suffering? I sure did! The round ligament helps support the uterus and connects from the front of the uterus down to the pubic bone. It kind of looks like a rubber band and runs about two inches on either side of your belly button. Normally, it expands and contracts slowly, but during pregnancy, we expand quickly. Whenever you make quick movements, or sometimes “just because,” it can cause a sharp/jabbing pain.

The round ligament supports the uterus during pregnancy and if it is tight or contracted, your posture can struggle, which leads to more soreness and pain. It also can limit the space for baby to grow and move around. Lengthening it out can have you standing more upright and creating more space for baby.

This pain can occur after childbirth as well, so knowing how to massage this ligament will help you for years to come. You can help reduce your own pain, prevent pain form even occurring, and give baby more room to move and grow!

How to Massage for Round Ligament Pain:

  1. Put a little bit of natural/unscented oil or lotion on your belly (dime size- you can always add more.)

  2. The round ligament is located about an inch or two on either side of your belly button.Move your fingers up, so they are right underneath your rib cage and stroke down to your pubic bone.

  3. Stroke firmly (yet comfortably) up and down that “track” for about 5 minutes.

  4. Repeat steps on other side

Doing this simple massage routine at home every day can help you have a less uncomfortable pregnancy.

Please share with any pregnant mommas that may benefit from this!

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