Babies need touch in order to thrive. Pediatric research has shown that babies born prematurely make much quicker progress when given regular massage. Massaging your baby will probably come naturally to you, it is just an extension of your need to touch and get as close as possible while you look after all his or her other needs. It strengthens the bonds between you and will soothe and calm you both. The best time to massage your baby is just after his or her bath, when he or she is not feeling hungry or irritable. Make sure the room is nice and warm, and perhaps perfume it gently with a vaporizer and one of the relaxing aromatherapy oils.
You will find it easiest to work sitting on the floor, legs outstretched with the baby lying on your legs. This means he or she reassured by the warmth of your skin. Make sure you feel comfortable before you start, and if necessary, prop yourself up with a couple of cushions. You need to remove any jewelry and warm your hands and the oils prior to message. Use a blend of 4 FL oz (100ml) of sweet almond oil to which you have added two drops of any of the following.
• Chamomile Oil
• Lavender Oil
• Rose Oil
• Neroli Oil
Now you are ready to begin
1. Start with your lying against your legs on his or her back so he or she can look up at you.
2. Stroke gently down his arms, then his legs, repeating each movement five or six times.
3. Circle round his tummy, using the flat of your hand in anti-clockwise directions.
4. Stretch out his toes one by one then gently rub over the soles of his feet using your thumb.
5. Uncurl his fingers, then gently move each one clockwise, then anti-clockwise. Now rub over the palms of his
hands with your thumb. After that now turn your baby over to lie on his tummy against your legs.
6. Gently rub a little oil into his back, bottom, legs and feet using long, light strokes.
7. Stroke down his back, giving a little squeeze at the buttocks. Repeat five or six times.
8. Gently stroke round his shoulders, down his arms and of at his hands.
9. Gently stroke down his legs several times. Each time finish by giving his legs a little stretch by pulling
gently at the ankles.
10. Finish by stroking gently down his back and legs in a one movement. Repeat, getting lighter with each
stroke, until your hand just glides over your baby without touching him. Gently turn your baby on to his
back so he can see you again.
11. Gently stroke a little oil on to his face. Lightly stroke up his forehead several times.
12. With your thumb stroke across his cheeks, then down his nose and chin. Do each movements several times.
13. Gently squeeze and rub his ear lobes between your finger and thumb.
14. Finish off with a connecting stroke. With one hand cradling your baby’s head, stroke gently down his body
with the other and bring it to rest on top of is feet. Hold the position (one hand on the head, the other
on the feet) for a count of ten. Gently release and lift off your hands.