Oct 242015

austin2Have you ever massaged your child? Sometimes we give them a little squeeze of the shoulders or rub of the feet, but have you ever intentionally sat down with them for a quiet moment to connect?

In a recent post, I mentioned I’d recently taken a training in Shantala massage for infants and children. Babe has hardly skipped a night without asking for one. Bug loves it too, and I wish I knew how to do this when they were newborns.

The kids and I find a cozy place, bed or the couch that we call “the relaxing couch.”  I warm some sesame oil and add lavender to promote a good night’s sleep. I proceed to give them the simple yet beautiful massage I learned from Annik Baillargeon, who’s an expert in Ayurveda and maternity, as well as additional techniques from Melanie Faucher, Shiatsu therapist and owner of Espace Shanti.

Babe knows the routine almost as well as I do and prompts me: “okay, time for the I Love You!” It’s an amazing moment that we share in these busy times when I feel like I don’t see my kids as much as I’d like to.

Did you know, that aside from breastfeeding, massage is the best way to connect with your baby? You’re getting all that skin to skin. (Hello, oxytocin!)

Infant massage also

  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Helps with gas/digestion
  • Boosts baby’s immune system

The benefits are countless.

I have a couple places open in the new Indian Infant Massage series I’m hosting in Verdun. Come bond with your baby and other new moms Wednesdays in November: 4, 11, 18 and 25). There will be tea and treats!

Cost includes your own  Indian Infant Massage booklet and bottle of oil.

Additionally, I will be doing a three-hour workshop on the subject (hands on!) at Espace Shanti in the New Year.

Come learn about baby massage with me!

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