Baby massage has many benefits for both baby and family.
There are four main general benefits for baby: Interaction, Stimulation, Relief and Relaxation.
Interaction: promotion of bonding, promoting secure attachment, feeling respected, use of all the senses, love.
Stimulation: benefits the whole body including the circulatory system, digestive system, immune system, and the lymphatic system.
Relief: this can help with gas and colic, constipation and elimination, excess mucus.
Relaxation: massage can help with improved sleeping patterns, increased flexibility, improved ability to calm oneself.
Benefits for the parents include better understanding of their baby, reading and respecting cues, promotion of bonding, improved self esteem, improved parenting skills, decrease in post natal depression.