It is natural for parents to touch, stroke and cuddle their babies which makes the process of massaging all the more easy. Put a few drops of the selected massage oil blend of onto warm hands and spread it across your palms. Then carry out the following movements:
Feet and Legs: Apply firm yet gentle upward strokes on the outside of the legs (towards baby’s hips) without applying too much pressure on the delicate bones and joints. Rub some oil on the underside of the feet to warm them up.
Scalp and forehead: Babies often have trouble sleeping even when they are very tired. Use your fingers to apply gentle circular strokes across the scalp, temples and forehead. Your baby will slowly calm down and drift off to sleep. If your baby is not very distracted, you can try doing this with your free hand while breastfeeding.
Back: Start at your baby’s buttock with your hands in a triangle shape. Perform gently strokes moving up baby’s back. Massage shoulders and return gently down the sides of baby’s back. Repeat three times.
I am a big fan of using essential oils in the shower and I know you are going to enjoy this method of application as much as I do because it is:
All you need is the essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice and a clean washcloth.
Here is how you use essential oils in the shower and derive the maximum benefits:
“In a study at Purdue University, Indiana, in 1986, students who took out books from the library were interviewed as they came out. They were asked specific questions relating to their opinion of the library and whether the checkout assistant had smiled at them. The library assistant treated everyone in exactly the same way, except that every other student was lightly touched on the hand as their library card was handed back to them. Those who were touched formed a more positive view of the library than those who were not and often thought that the assistant had smiled at them, although the fact she had not.”The power of touch can be gauged from the fact that it is the first sense we develop in the womb and the last one we lose before death. It helps us communicate without words, connect with our environment and share emotions. Physical contact with a loved one not only feels nice and warm, it is essential for our wellbeing as it keeps feelings of loneliness and apathy at bay. Massage and aromatherapy go hand in hand. You can start to create a loving atmosphere at home with those you love by indulging them in a relaxing massage. Even people who are not used to being touched, usually comply when their hands and feet are massaged. I have created different massage oils for different conditions, but you can always create your own concoctions based on the purpose you want them for and the scents you prefer. Here are some guidelines: Citrus essential oils: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Citrus Delight Aromatherapy Blend, are always bright, happy and uplifting. They are safe to use during pregnancy and are liked by most people. Calming oils: Lavender, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, SERENO Sleep Time Body Oil Stimulating oils: Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger and Adrenal Support Body Oil Romantic oils: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Romance Body Oil Digestive oils: Ginger, Cardamom, Fennel, Orange, Rosemary, Basil, Cinnamon and Digestive Body Oil Oils that can help improve circulation: Cypress, Lemon, Rosemary, Pine and Circulation Body Oil Add a total of 60 drops of your favorite essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil and start enjoying the wonders of an aromatherapy massage. Apart from the immediate emotional benefits, massage also has several positive effects on physical health. Not only does it improve blood circulation, it also stimulates the lymphatic system, boosts immunity, relieves pain, reduces muscular tension and controls blood pressure. Massage is also very effective against insomnia and stress-related conditions. I invite you to start today, sharing the loving touch of an aromatherapy massage.