Infant massage: A handbook for loving parents

9780553014907: Infant massage: A handbook for loving parents
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Discover the gentle art of Infant Massage...

In this completely updated version of her renowned classic, Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, and its premier proponent in the United States, helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby's life. She shows you why a daily massage can be one of the greatest gifts you give your child...and yourself.  For generations mothers the world over have known that the soft stroke of their hands soothes, calms, and communicates their love to their babies. Now scientific research proves that massage can do all that and more.

In Infant Massage, McClure shares how massage benefits children--easing discomfort, releasing tension, helping premature infants gain weight, even helping asthmatic children improve breathing function.  She explains each step of the massage process with simple easy-to-follow instructions and delightful photographs demonstrating each stroke. You'll also find:
Specific routines tailored to help relieve colic, fever, chest and nasal congestion
Modified instructions for premature infants and babies with special needs
Helpful hints on dealing with crying and fussing
Lullabies, rhymes, and games to enhance the massage experience
Guidance for teaching children about "good touch"
A special chapter dedicated to fathers
Compassionate advice for foster and adoptive parents
And much more

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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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Chapter 1:  Why Massage Your Baby?

Chapter 2:  Your Baby's Sensory World

Chapter 3:  Bonding, Attachment, and Infant Massage

Chapter 4:  Especially for Fathers

Chapter 5:  Helping Baby (and You) Learn to Relax

Chapter 6:  Music and Massage

Chapter 7:  Getting Ready

Chapter 8:  How to Massage Your Baby

Chapter 9:  Crying, Fussing, and Other Baby Language

Chapter 10: Minor Illness and Colic

Chapter 11: Your Premature Baby

Chapter 12: Your Baby With Special Needs

Chapter 13: Your Growing Child and Sibling Bonding Through Massage

Chapter 14: Your Adopted or Foster Children

Chapter 15: A Note to Teen Parents

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