About Infant Massage
Massage is not new. History tells us that Mothers have been massaging their babies for centuries and in many traditional societies such as in Africa and India infant massage is an integral part of a baby’s daily routine.
It was in the 1970’s that an academic interest in infant massage began to grow in the west. Studies began to emerge on the clinical benefits of massage for pre-term babies and were reiterated in further studies on infants and children. There is now a widespread growing interest in this gentle art as parents are becoming more aware of the benefits and bonds that come from massage.
About Intuitive Baby Massage
In her role as a Midwife and Child Health Nurse Jane has had the privilege of working closely with families over many years and understands the challenges and joys of parenting. It was with the arrival of her own children that she found that baby massage could help in alleviating some of those challenges and enhancing some of those joys. She went on to learn more about infant massage and become passionate about combining her knowledge of working with families and her skills in infant massage and so idea of Intuitive Baby Massage was conceived.
Since August 2014 Jane has been conducting private and group infant massage courses and has conducted many free introductory sessions for Mums Groups and Playgroups. She has also worked with families at Women's Refuges and at a group home for young single Mums. She is also available to conduct insevices for staff such as at Day Care Centres.
About Jane Tetley
Jane is an Infant Massage Instructor and Paediatric Massage Consultant having completed her training through the Infant Massage Information Service. She is also a Registered Nurse and has a background in Midwifery and Child Health. She is married with a wonderfully supportive husband and they have two children.
Jane massaged both her children as babies and now as they are approaching adolescence they are still benefiting from the closeness and bonds that massage brings. While the massage has been adapted as the children have grown the underlying principles of the power of positive touch remain unchanged.
As a result of seeing the benefits of massage both professionally and personally Jane is passionate about educating parents in this gentle art. She is also mindful of every parent’s intuitive ability to parent and sees the uniqueness of every family.
What the experts say:
"When you give your baby a massage, you're actually stimulating her central nervous system," explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that's secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby's heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed.”
- Dr. Tiffany Field, Ph.D.
Benefits of Baby Massage1
Improves sleep and regulates sleep patterns
Massage increases serotonin levels and regulates melatonin secretion rhythms which helps regulate sleep patterns
Improves wind, colic, reflux and constipation
Massage stimulates elimination of waste from the body, can relieve abdominal wind within minutes and speeds a natural process of the nervous system which can assist with reflux.
Reduces stress hormone levels in children and their parents
Known as the "stress hormone" cortisol is released during times of stress. Massage measurably decreases cortisol levels in both children and their parents allowing blood pressure, heart rate, digestive functioning and hormonal levels to return to their normal state.