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Baby Massage Day – April 8, 2023

Baby Massage Day is celebrated every year on April 8. This day spreads awareness about the many benefits of massages for babies, which impact them on a physical, psychological, and emotional level. Baby massage helps children to develop body awareness and coordination of movement and also relax and develop a faster sleep-wake cycle. It also strengthens the connections between baby and parent. It allows the parents to make contact with the baby and understand its needs and help in relieving stress.

History of Baby Massage Day

Massage therapy is a very enjoyable process, and it dates back to 3000 B.C. It was considered a sacred system of natural healing in India. This healing method traveled to China and Southeast Asia in 2700 B.C., and ancient Chinese developed a text called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine” which is today considered a staple of massage therapy alternative medicine. By 2500 B.C., massage therapy reached Egypt, and it is even depicted in tomb paintings. In 1000 B.C., It reached Japan, where it was called ‘anma’ and later ‘Shiatsu.’ This technique was used to regulate and strengthen organs by rebalancing energy levels through stimulation to bring natural resistance to illness.

In Greece, between 800 and 700 B.C., athletes used massages to condition their bodies before competitions, and doctors applied herbs and oils in combination with massages to treat various conditions. Hippocrates was the first to prescribe a combination of massage, proper diet, exercise, fresh air, and music in 500 B.C. for better health. The popularity of massage therapy rapidly declined until the 17th Century in the West, when discoveries in pharmacology and medical technology changed modern medicine.

In the early 1800s, Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling brought massage therapy back to the mainstream by developing Swedish Movement Cure used to relieve chronic pain. In the 19th century, Dutchman Johan George Mezger incorporated techniques into a massage that are used today, such as effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and friction. By the late 1800s, the terms masseur and masseuse became popular, and full-body massage became a rest cure for melancholy that was popular in ladies’ society in the late 1800s.

Baby Massage Day timeline

3000 B.C.
The Sacred System of Healing in India

Massage is used in Ayurveda medicine and is passed down generations to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses.

2500 B.C.
Massage Reaches Egypt

In Egypt, it is depicted in tomb paintings, and Egyptians add their bodywork techniques and develop reflexology.

500 B.C.
Hippocrates First Prescribes Massage

Hippocrates is the first to prescribe a combination of massage, proper diet, exercise, fresh air, and music for better health.

The 19th Century
Mezger Incorporates Techniques

Dutchman Mezger incorporates techniques into massage, which are used today, such as effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and friction.

Baby Massage Day FAQs

At what age should one start baby massages?

Baby massages within the first three months tend to be very impactful.

Are massages good for the newborn baby?

Massages soothe babies and help them get a good night’s rest.

What is tummy time for babies?

Tummy time for babies is a technique in which the baby is placed on the stomach, which helps the baby in developing strong neck and shoulder muscles.

Baby Massage Day Activities

  1. Learn about benefits of massage

    Research and learn about the benefits of massage. Learn why it is essential for the better health of the baby.

  2. Give your baby a massage

    Learn various massage techniques and give your baby a massage. Learn which massage is most effective and how it affects the baby.

  3. Spread awareness

    Spread awareness about the positive effects of massage. Make everyone aware of its effectiveness.

5 Facts About Baby Massage

  1. Massage helps in shaping baby’s brain

    About 85% of a baby’s brain develops by the age of three, and the experience of massage helps in shaping the baby’s brain.

  2. Massage oil adds multi-sensorial experience

    Baby massage oil reduces friction and adds new smells to massage, which offers a multi-sensorial experience.

  3. Massage helps baby interact

    Massage works as a bridge between the baby and the world and helps them interact with the external environment.

  4. Massage shouldn’t be a daily routine

    Massaging a few times a week is completely fine, and it needs not be part of the daily routine.

  5. Kangaroo care calms the baby

    Researchers suggest that kangaroo care calms babies, and they tend to cry less.

Why We Love Baby Massage Day

  1. It is a day for babies

    It is the day that focuses on the health of infants. It promotes practices that have a positive impact on infants.

  2. It deepens the connection between parents and babies

    Massages help in deepening the connection between parents and babies. It is the day that helps in strengthening bonds.

  3. It promotes good practices

    It promotes the good practice of baby massages. Baby massages have an incredibly positive impact on babies.

Baby Massage Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 8Saturday
2024April 8Monday
2025April 8Tuesday
2026April 8Wednesday
2027April 8Thursday

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