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Touch and physical contact like skin to skin is incredibly important and valuable from early on. Touch is the most developed sense at birth and developing prenatally as early as 16 weeks.

So we can say that it is babies' first language, because through it they learn about and interact with the surrounding environment, bond with their parents and communicates their needs and wants. When you touch or having skin to skin contact with your little one, she feels safe and protected, and this feeling will build trust between child and parent, which then creates a strong attachment that provides a stable foundation for future relationships.

Touch has impact not only on short-term development but has long-term effects, that is incredibly important to babies' physical, cognitive as well as social-emotional development. It has been shown those infants who experience more physical contact, demonstrates increased mental development in the first 6 months of life.

When you touch, cuddle, stroke or have skin to skin with your little one oxytocin known as bonding hormone is released, which plays a important role in milk production as well.

You can hear and read the phrase "Don't pick up your babies all the time, because you are going to spoil her". In my opinion there is no such a thing is too much physical contact with your baby, actually that’s what she needs for their healthy development.

Baby massage has a wide range of valuable benefits and its tradition goes back for centuries. Baby massage is so wonderful and special, because via the loving touch you get to know each other, your parenting instinct is getting stronger and you become confident about what you do is good, because you understand what your baby’s communicating with you. Let me mention a few more benefits below:

- Promotes relaxation and therefore improves your baby’s sleeping - Boost the immune system by lowering the cortisol level (stress hormone) - Early introduction of nurturing touch can help so much for those mums and babies who went through a difficult pregnancy and/or birth by alleviating the stress and trauma. - Creates a long lasting bond and strong attachment between parent and baby, and gives a great opportunity to spend some relaxing special time together. - Massaging your baby’s tummy will encourage his digestion, gives relief from colic, constipation and trapped wind. - Incredibly beneficial for mums who suffers from Postnatal Depression as it offer a gentle way of getting in touch with their babies. - Ensures a balanced body with the necessary flexibility in joints, enables a healthy muscle tone and improves coordination. - Loving, nurturing touch will stimulate and support your baby’s mental, physical and social-emotional development

And of course I could carry on for ever, but I think you can see there is lot more to it than just simply rubbing your baby, there are a lot of magical things happening baby massage.

We all know that tummy massage is hugely beneficial for babies who suffer from colic, constipation or trapped wind, but actually it can be incredibly helpful to calm and soothe your baby when he/she is upset for any reason. Peter Walker, my baby massage tutor said 'relax the belly and you'll relax the baby'. But why the tummy is so responsive to touch and why tummy massage can be soothing?

We can find the answer in the nervous system.

Beside the Central Nervous System, your baby has another one called the Enteric Nervous System or also known as the Little Brain which is located in his/her abdomen and digestive tract. However this one is considered to be the more primitive from the two, its role cannot be underestimated. More impulses transmitted from the belly to the brain, then vice versa which means if the tummy is unhappy it will show up in your baby's mood.

The Little Brain is responsible for your baby's functions like digestion or elimination of waste products, but more importantly it has a key role in your little ones moods and well-being. It functions in an instinctive way, which means that it is responsible for baby's immediate communication to express their emotions and needs.

Obviously it has a close connection with the peripheral nervous system that enables it to respond to sensations like touch. So when you massage your baby's tummy, you are not only having an effect on his/her digestive tract but on the nervous system too.

For example in Eastern cultures for centuries the tummy has been considered to be the centre of energy and any dysfunction in it would have an impact on the whole well-being. So as you can see the tummy is really the powerhouse of the body, so keep the tummy happy and you'll keep the baby happy.

I thought I'd share with you this amazing story about a little boy who I helped by teaching his parents some specific massage techniques so they can help him best, and I have to say they did a wonderful job. This little writing will really show you how beneficial the combination of baby massage and loving touch can be.

A few weeks ago I saw this sweet little boy to help him to be friends with tummy time and to strengthen his back muscles as he had some difficulties to lift and hold his head in that position as well as got very upset quite quickly while he was on his tummy. I have to mention that he had a bad colic for several weeks, so for understandable reasons he couldn't really spend time on his tummy to master this skill.

So we started from the very beginning of the tummy time journey by using massage and holding techniques to release the stiffness in the shoulders, to open and lengthen the front of his body, to strengthen his back muscles as well as gradually little by little taking him fully onto his tummy.

2 weeks later as the result of his parents amazingly persistent practise and effort, he is a lot happier to spend time on his tummy, he is lifting and holding his head wonderfully and guess what, he is even trying to roll over :). And I cannot emphasise enough the reward for this incredible and great achievement goes to mummy and daddy as they kept practicing and doing the techniques, I only gave them the tools they could work with. They did a fabulous job.

When I see stories like this I feel honoured and unspeakably happy that I could have been part of it. Being able to help and see the happiness of parents and babies worth everything and gives me the passion and will for wanting to share with as many families as possible the power of unconditionally loving touch that is transferred through massage and only exists between parents and their children.

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