Everyone loves a good massage and little babies are no different. Here's a guide from the people at Viveka.
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Su Laurent: Hi! I'm Su Laurent. I'm a Consultant Pediatrician and Medical Advisor to the Baby Channel and we're here with Viveka, which is an integrated healthcare practice and we've come to see a baby massage class going on. Karen Taylor: So we're just going to ask permission first. So just rubbing your hands together and just saying their name and asking them if they're ready for a massage. And we are just going to start with the leg, so hands on top of the leg, hand down on the ankle and we're doing an Indian Milking stroke, relaxing stroke, coming from the top of the leg down towards the foot. And then this time, coming up at the top of the leg, interlocking your fingers, we are just going to squeeze gently across the muscle, gently over the knee and then down towards the foot. And then an important area to work is the foot. I'm going to do some baby reflexology just coming from the heel and up towards the toes with your thumbs. Now, move your thumb and allowing as you pause to the top, allowing the toes to open up. They are chatty this morning. And then we're just going to gently walk our thumbs all the way up the foot. You have to press these as you come up and then we're circling with the thumbs, just like a chain coming around the ankle with your thumbs all the away around. And then we're going to, from the top of the leg, I'm just going to roll the leg from the top down to the bottom. Jelly on the plate, jelly on the plate. Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, Jelly on the plate. We have nice, relaxed leg. And then taking more oil, taking the second leg. It's also important to do both of legs, making sure they are both going to be relaxed. And again, just taking hand on hip, hand on the ankle, and coming from top of the leg, a relaxing stroke all the way down to the foot. Then hand on the hip and then one hand on the ankle, at this time we're coming up towards the heart with a stimulating the stroke. For the supporting the ankle, this one hand comes up or allowing one hand to come up and then the other one follows. And then we're just going to roll from top of the leg, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, and all the way down to the foot. Really relaxing, the leg and the hip. And all the way down. Then just wait gently, just bring the knees into the tummy, very good for wind and then just stretching them out and just gently tapping the feet as you are bringing them out. And then just giving them a nice relaxed stretch, bringing out. Now, we are just going to come give them massage from the top of the shoulders, all the way down allowing them to feel the length of their body. Massage is very much about body awareness. So, making them feel where they start and where they end. Then, making sure you, you still have a plenty of oil in your hands, we're just going to rest our hands on the tummy. Tummy is a more sensitive area. This is very good for releasing wind, very good for constipation. And just hand over hand as coming down, just working underneath the rib cage. So, the lower area coming all the way down. So, it's like the paddles of the water wheel, as one hand comes down, the other one comes over. If you want to go a little bit deeper, you can support the legs and just go with one hand. And then we are just going to come to the center of the tummy and with your thumbs just spreading out across the tummy, just see how relaxed the tummies feel, real nice and soft. It's a very important area for the massage. And then with a very relaxed hand, I'm just going to go clockwise and I am saying, The wheels on the bus go round and round, Round and round, round and round, The wheels on the bus go round and round, All through the town. Then coming down the side, The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish, Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish. The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish, All through the town. The babies on the bus goes fast asleep, fast asleep , fast asleep, The babies on the bus goes fast asleep, All