The strokes are a link and communication between mother and baby, as also happens with the massage, offered while you bathe, perform daily care or calm and relax the baby to sleep, which are excellent benefits for the baby.
Beyond spontaneous daily care, you can offer special massage for the baby, as Shantala massage, originating in India, but adapted to Western culture.
The Shantala massage is a wonderful way to communicate with the baby after birth, because the touch is one of the first ways that are more developed in the early days of life; to give you, you must sit with legs crossed and maintain the baby lying on them, to give the massage.
Besides the benefits to the physiological level, strengthens the bond between offering massage, which can also be the father/mother and baby, to accrue the body language between them. It improves their motor skills and shows the baby safer, both physically and emotionally, as well as a noticeable improvement in the dream, being better and deeper and has a positive effect on colic and constipation.
Benefits are felt quickly, as they help you relax and strengthen your immune system and muscle, if in addition to this the mother or the father talks to the baby, it strengthens the bond more, not counting the benefits to which delivered the massage, which helps you feel more relaxed.
Massages offered to children with special needs such as blindness, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy among others, offer the possibility that these children feel a greater awareness of his body and improve muscle tone, while helping their parents to remove their distress.
In older children helps them release tension, massage should be firm but gentle, but with a regular rhythm. The massage can begin once you have dropped the cord and do the times can vary, it may be before bedtime, morning or after bathing.
Through touch and massage are offered a lot of love that makes the baby takes trust and confidence with him and the parents have a greater sensitivity and will be more attentive to the needs of their children.