Most adults know that massage therapy can help reduce stress and increase relaxation. For infants, massage therapy stimulates the development behavior by providing optimal stimulation of the senses in the context of a loving relationship. A mother is distant, sad and irritable can not adequately nourish her baby and may not be able to experience some of the intense joys of motherhood. Massage therapy offers hope for the infant, the depressed mother and her link.
According to pediatrician William Sears of Southern California, one of the most essential components for healthy child development is the formation of a strong emotional bond between the infant and the primary caregiver. Linking influences the way a baby experiences the world and promotes learning. Bonding occurs when a healthy, beautiful communication cycle develops: the more sensitive is the primary caregiver to the baby’s needs and satisfy, the more likely the baby communicate those needs. In addition, according to an information sheet of Cooperative Extension of the University of Maine, such interactions actually shape the child brain development. The more they are communicated and met the needs of the baby, the more optimal neural connections are created in the brain. In such a predictable, safe and loving environment, a baby learns to explore and trust. Continue reading “Massage therapy for infants of depressed mothers and child behavioral development”