Infant massage provides early involvement for Dads

In research, released by The Journal of Perinatal Education, Dads who massaged their babies were found to have lower paternal stress levels on the Parenting Stress Index, taken at baseline and again at the end of the intervention.

This in comparison to the fathers of the father-baby dads that were on the waiting list for the intervention. In addition to having reduced parenting stress in the postpartum period these fathers were also found to have an increased attachment to their babies.

Fathers are not, as traditionally believed to be, on the periphery on nurturing touch and their touch is very important to the baby. It is the nature of the difference in touch between Mum and Dad that makes it beneficial for the relationship between father and baby.

Holistic Baby

Holistic Baby promotes communication with your baby in the language they understand -­‐ touch. Parents are guided to respond to their baby’s cues and engage and interact in positive nurturing touch. It is through various forms of touch that we can communicate respect, value and a positive self-­‐image with our baby.

Lisa Townend, of Holistic Baby, is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), which is the largest organisation in the world solely dedicated to infant massage.

Over the five-­‐week course you will learn the skill of infant massage, discover relaxation techniques, explore new knowledge and engage in discussions on topics like crying, colic and reflux, sleeping and bonding.

Weekly classes, of 60 – 90 minutes, are conducted either one-­‐on-­‐one or in small groups at various venues in Durban and surrounding areas. Parents with babies from birth to a year are welcome.

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