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Sensational Growth: Infant Massage Classes

Come participate in this unique, one of kind infant development class. Parents, you have a very important job in the development of your baby. Infants prefer human stimuli such as your face, voice, and touch over anything else! The affection most parents feel towards their babies and the kind of attention they want to give such as touching, holding, comforting, rocking, singing, and talking provide exactly the kind of stimulation they need for their growing brains. Come participate in Sensational Growth to learn the science behind rocking, talking, and touching your baby.

Sensational Growth is a 4 week group series for caregiver and infant, focusing on infant massage techniques and healthy nervous system development. There are several benefits to massage such as increased bonding, body awareness, relaxation, digestion, and many more. You will be learning the Loving Touch infant massage technique used to promote healthy development. This series also focuses on how to facilitate healthy sensory development through activities such as tummy time, wearing and holding your baby, rocking, and the effects of infant carriers.

Raising a baby, especially for the first time is both exciting and challenging. This class offers a time for you and your baby to develop a bond that will last a lifetime and provide your child with the sensory experiences needed for healthy development.

To find out when the next class is offered please e-mail me at info@tweedietherapy.com. See you and your baby in class!

Development of Sensory Processing

The newborn sensory systems are activated early during the first trimester and the nervous system and sensory organs start to form and continue to develop throughout pregnancy. Newborns detect the five basic senses: touch, smell, taste, hearing and vision, they also detect the vestibular and proprioceptive senses known as the “hidden senses”. The vestibular system aids in balance and head control whereas the proprioceptive system detects where our body is in space and helps to perform coordinated movements. Although a baby typically has all of these senses present at birth, they are not yet mature or fully developed. Sensory stimulation is the foundation for infant brain development. A baby’s brain hungers for excitement. Every caress, hug, squeeze and all the swaying, swinging, and spinning all feed our infants need for sensory input. The more sensory input the greater the brain growth. 80% of your baby’s total brain growth takes place in the first two years of life. Sensory stimulation in infancy lays the foundation for all later learning. The more sensory input we provide our infant’s brain, the more likely they will reach the upper limits of their intellectual potential. Sleep, feeding, play, and regulation of mood are the occupations of young infants and are strongly influenced by the amount of sensory input and how it is processed. Sensational growth provides you with the tool to promote effective development of the senses. You will learn why activities such as tummy time and carrying your baby provide the sensory nourishment needed for healthy development. Listed below are a few of the activities that will be reviewed in class.

  • Tummy Time: Strengthens your baby head and neck muscles to reach milestones such as rolling over and sitting independently.
  • Skin-to-Skin Contact: Helps to calm your baby and they begin to self –soothe. Also helps to regulate temperature, heart, and breath rates.
  • Carrying your baby: Remember you cannot spoil a baby by holding them! Think of it as a basic need. This is one way a baby begins to build trust. They need the pressure, security, and feedback provided by being held. Babies that are carried more tend to cry less and reach milestones such as crawling and walking earlier.
  • Swaddling: The sensory feedback from being tightly swaddled in a cocoon helps to soothe your baby and promote better sleep patterns. This input also provides the basis for more advance skills such as zipping your jacket without looking at it.
  • Rocking: is a natural baby tranquilizer because it reminds the baby of being in the womb. Rocking after a feeding helps with digestion and is recommended for a fussy or colicky baby. The stimulation received from rocking helps babies to balance while they are learning to walk.

Baby Containers

Baby containers such as car seats, bouncers, and walkers are standard in young American households. We will be discussing the effects of prolonged use of baby containers and how development is influenced.

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