Bonding with Baby During Infant Massage

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CLIVE, Iowa –- As adults, we know setting aside time for a massage can be very relaxing. It can also be beneficial for babies.

You can hardly imagine Axel Anderson getting fussy.

“He was born on April 7th, and he's a great baby," Mom Kate Anderson said.

But, all babies have their moments, and his mom wants a way to calm him. "How to soothe him better, how to make him more comfortable and just relax him," she said.

So, Anderson is learning how to give Axel a massage from Licensed Massage Therapist Linda Bradbury with Inspired Guided Motion. While showing a technique, Bradbury said, "You don't want a lot of pressure, just sort of soft stroking going on."

Bradbury recommended a massage every night during the bedtime routine. She said the light touch is good for newborns up to age two. Focus on the feet, hands and ears.

"Babies are really soothed by massaging their ears," Anderson said. "And then most of all, the lower back and the glutes, that's a great place because they're learning to crawl, they're moving all kinds of things are going on."

Bradbury teamed up with Sweers Family Chiropractic in Clive to offer classes teaching parents baby massage techniques. Dr. Elizabeth Sweers said, "It helps so much with digestion and GI issues and colicky babies or babies who aren't sleeping well or have a lot of muscle tension."

But, the biggest benefit may be bonding. "Whether it is 15 minutes or it is five minutes, but it's a focused time just for you and the baby," Bradbury said.

"The more time you can spend with your infant the better. I'm looking forward to it," Anderson said.

You can learn the techniques of infant massage at three upcoming classes. All are free. The first is Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 p.m.

You can also check it out Monday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, August 29th at 10 a.m. Sweers Family Chiropractic is located at 2200 NW 159th Street in Clive. Call 515-987-9574 to RSVP.