Massage for babies differs from massage in the adult world in that the primary focus of the massage session is not working out the knots, but rather eliciting a relaxation response in the baby,
says Kristy Ruiz, LMT, MLD/C, a massage therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
We use touch to communicate safety and comfort. For caregivers, baby massage becomes a way to build trust and bond with their infant. One of the greatest things about massaging your baby is knowing that when your baby feels calm and relaxed, it’s allowing her little body to use that extra energy on important growing tasks such as brain development and digestion.