"In our infancy, we are intimately connected to our bodies, yet as we age, external distractions lead to disconnection, eroding our centre and diminishing our link to the universe and each other."
- Janine Sigurdsson, conscious bodywork practitioner
Before city civilizations featuring concrete jungles, pollution and a disconnection with one another, privative peoples experienced a life closer to nature surrounded by life-giving vegetation, clean air and a lot of human connectivity.
The mother-child bond was so strong, that while the baby was wrapped in a carry blanket on the mother’s back, she would know instinctively when the baby needed to urinate or pass stool. She would swing the baby off her back, make a little pile of sand outside or in a box for indoors and hold the baby over it to answer nature’s call.
Have we come a million miles from that kind of bond or what? The good news is, that while we slap diapers on babies and make them soil themselves, we need not lose touch entirely with the connectivity that babies of past generations enjoyed. How? Regular massage is the answer!
IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) supplies the benefits to the baby and the bonding created via massage, in four areas:
Interaction – taking precious time out for you baby via massage promotes trust, security, and attachment and love. This has a bearing on the characteristics they will develop as they grow.
Stimulation – massage is an incredibly direct way to stimulate all your baby’s body systems – imitating its birth canal passage into the world; If your baby was delivered by Caesarian Section, you have all the more massage to do to engage your baby’s circulatory, digestive, hormonal, immune and raspatory systems!
Relief – IAIM states that gently intentional baby massage works to relive gastrointestinal difficulties, such as constipation or colic as well as teething pain and even growing pains!
Relaxation – babies are super sensitive to what’s going on in their environment. All parents experience times of stress and anxiety and you need to reassure your baby that all is well. To do that, be sure to take deep breaths and alter your state of anxiety before you massage your infant.
Organic Oil Massage
With all those benefits between parents and the babies they regularly massage, imagine what good you’re doing to their rapidly developing bodies when you use organic oils. The properties in natural ingredients are conveyed through the delicate skin, delivering all their natural goodness to your baby.
Supersalve formulated an incredible organic Cell-care Oil, that is gentle and suitable for babies and the elderly. Use this organic preparation for your skin too and watch the power of nature to heal and soothe more than skin-deep!