Infant Massage (Fourth Edition): A Handbook for Loving Parents

Infant Massage (Fourth Edition): A Handbook for Loving Parents

by Vimala McClure


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Infant Massage (Fourth Edition): A Handbook for Loving Parents by Vimala McClure

Master the techniques of infant massage and incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby’s life with this revised and updated edition.

For generations, mothers around the world have known that the soft touch of their hands soothes, calms, and communicates their love to their babies. The latest scientific research confirms that physical affection is vital to the development and wellness of children—easing discomfort, releasing tension, improving sleep, helping premature infants gain weight, even aiding asthmatic children to improve their breathing. Now Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, has revised and updated her beloved classic. Inside you’ll find

• specific routines tailored to help relieve colic, fever, and chest and nasal congestion
• easy-to-follow instructions and photographs demonstrating each step
• new information on the benefits of skin-to-skin contact
• instructions for premature infants and babies with special needs
• lullabies, rhymes, and games to enhance the massage experience
• a special chapter dedicated to fathers
• compassionate advice for foster and adoptive parents

Praise for Infant Massage

“Speaking as a pediatrician, the best advice I can give you is to try the techniques described in this book.”–Stephen Berman, M.D., F.A.A.P., former president,  American Academy of Pediatrics

“What a brilliant way to love and nurture a child! The first connection between parent and child is physical, through the body; by using the techniques Vimala McClure has developed, your parental relationship will be off to a magnificent start.”—Judy Ford, author of Wonderful Ways to Love a Child

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101965948
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 278,377
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

For more than thirty years, Vimala McClure has worked with parents and babies using the ancient practice of infant massage to help create warm, intuitive bonds of love in families. She is the founder of the International Association of Infant Massage and the author of Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents, The Tao of Motherhood, A Woman’s Guide to Tantra Yoga, and The Path of Parenting.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword: A Gift of Touch Peggy O'Mara xv

Preface Stephen Berman, M.D., F.A.A.P. xix

Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 Why Massage Your Baby? 3

Chapter 2 Your Baby's Sensory World 11

Chapter 3 The Importance of Skin Stimulation 21

Chapter 4 Stress and Relaxation 31

Chapter 5 Bonding, Attachment, and Infant Massage 37

Chapter 6 The Elements of Bonding 45

Chapter 7 Attachment and the Benefits of Infant Massage 65

Chapter 8 Especially for Fathers 79

Chapter 9 Helping Baby (and You) Learn to Relax 87

Chapter 10 Your Baby's Brain 95

Chapter 11 Music and Massage 105

Chapter 12 Getting Ready 113

Chapter 13 How to Massage Your Baby 125

Chapter 14 Crying, Fussing, and Other Baby Language (Including Cues, Reflexes, and Behavioral States) 181

Chapter 15 Minor Illness and Colic 203

Chapter 16 Your Premature Baby 215

Chapter 17 Your Baby with Special Needs 227

Chapter 18 Your Growing Child and Sibling Bonding Through Massage 237

Chapter 19 Your Adopted or Foster Children 255

Chapter 20 A Note to Teen Parents 265

Resources 271

References and Recommendations 277

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