INFANT ABHYANGA/

MASSAGE

We believe that optimal bonding with your new baby occurs when the baby is massaged by family members. We teach the style of Ayurvedic massage called abhyanga because it is easier for caregivers to learn; occasionally we will instruct from the Western style of infant massage for specific needs. Private in-home instruction is included in all Ayurvedic postpartum packages or may be purchased or gifted separately. You can have fun and make a social event of the instruction by organizing a party with other parent friends and their non-crawling babies!

For baby:
  • promotes sleep 
  • stimulates circulation
  • relieves gas and colic
  • touch enhances brain and intellectual development
  • strengthens the immune system
  • aids digestion and optimizes internal organ function
  • faster weight gain
  • deeper respiration
  • increases endorphin output, decreasing pain and tension from rapid growth and new movements
  • helps baby develop healthy body boundaries
  • exercises muscles and promotes body awareness
For parents:
  • parents rest/sleep longer when baby does
  • infant/parent bonding is strengthened
  • opens a communication channel
  • parents become more proficient in nurturing abilities
  • provides more emotional fulfillment for other caregivers by allowing them to offer physical and emotional support to the baby
  • enhances prolactin in a breastfeeding parent
When I feel comfortable resuming in person care (currently projecting for after Mar 2021), I will teach individual family instruction in the privacy of your home $75. Special event group parties in your home for up to 8 families with infants $75 + $20 per family. Includes small bottles of organic sesame oil and handouts.

Hands on care will resume 2 weeks after my 2nd Covid-19 vaccine; I will also be asking about social distancing/vaccine status for any family I am working with. Currently, due to social distancing and my caring for high risk family members, all bodywork care from Ayurdoula is educational in nature and taught by online appointments. Private infant abhyanga/massage can be taught by ZOOM. You can learn how either during prenatal time or with your own baby. The Infant abyanga class is approximately one hour in length and will address an questions you might have. I will record the lesson and send to you; it is accompanied by handouts on technique and precautions.

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