Bonding and Infant Massage
“Bonding has been defined as a “unique relationship between two people that is specific and endures through time”.
Touch is a very powerful element in human bonding, as are communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and prolonged eye contact. Infant Massage encompasses and supports all these vital aspects of bonding. Delayed bonding may occur due to situations such as premature birth, recovery from caesarean, medical complications, adoption, lack of physical and emotional support and post natal depression. In these cases Infant Massage can begin to recreate the elements of bonding.
Fathers can especially benefit from Infant Massage. It gives them time to connect and interact with their child on a deeper level than day to day contact provides. Fathers/Partners are always welcome in Infant Massage classes.
Infant Massage is also beneficial to special needs children and older children and facilitates deeper understanding, integration and connection with their parents and caregivers.”
International Association of Infant Massage
August 12, 2005