Idibidi Kids Infant & Children's Massage BLOG

Idibidi Kids BLOG page contains information on infant massage. Idibidi Kids likes to support charities and not-for-profit organisations, particularly those associated with babies and children. Idibidi Kids blog page is also about raising awareness of infant massage to the community and promoting the benefits of infant massage and children's massage, both for the parent/carer and the child. It is also a way to keep the community up-to-date with what Idibidi Kids has been doing out and about.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Great Christmas ideas to be found in Flourish Magazine!

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Looking for something unique? Check out the latest Flourish magazine, due out early December at leading newsagencies around Western Australia. Issue 8 volume 1 for 2009 is the super Summer edition, containing a special gift feature, perfect for getting ideas for Christmas presents! Idibidi Kids is featuring in this edition, promoting our beautifully presented Idibidi Kids Massage Gift Certificates. A gift certificate in infant massage is a unique and thoughtful present for the new parents or expectant mother-to-be. Gift certificates may be used for the 4 session parent-infant massage course or the 1 hour introductory workshop in infant massage. Available in the Perth metro. area only. So why not spoil that someone special who is pregnant or for the new parent with an Idibidi Kids Massage gift certificate? Its the perfect baby shower gift!

Gift certificates may be viewed online at www.kidsmassage.com.au/products.htm or http://www.flourishmagazine.com.au/

What is Flourish magazine all about? Flourish W.A. is all about women enjoying life now. Flourish is a biannual magazine for women offering a fresh approach to healthy, positive living. The magazine has sections such as Inform, Play, Nourish, About Your Look, and Toolkit. A very informative and enjoyable read for all West Australian women!

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Massage... for the young and old!

Massage for the young and old...
I was recently talking to another mum (and friend of mine -I know her through Ethan's school) who lost her mother this year due to unfortunate circumstances. She mentioned that her dad, 72 yrs, is trying to cope with the loneliness of now living by himself. What struck me was when she said how her dad misses the affection; the day-to-day hugs and cuddles he was used to receiving by his (late) wife. She said he is a very 'touchy-feely' person. That got me thinking of how touch is crucial for babies development - without touch, babies will die. Touch is crucial for the health, wellbeing, psychological and physiological development of babies and children. Studies have shown, how in extreme circumstances eg amongst many orphanages around the world, how lack of touch can have a devastating effect on human beings; babies have died or their growth has been stunted.
Massage is for everyone... young and old! Why stop when your baby grows to a toddler and older child? Although babies do go through a stage (the older toddler phase, anywhere from 10 months to 18 months) when trying to offer a massage becomes very tricky (due to their natural development and being very inquisitive; always on the go!), it is important to always offer your child massage - they will eventually come back to wanting a massage! My 8 year old is proof of this. The key is to adapt the infant massage techniques to suit your growing child. You learn how to adapt infant massage for older children in the Idibidi Kids Massage 4 session course www.kidsmassage.com.au/4sessioncourse.htm
Touch is a basic human necessity. Some adults love recieving a massage, whether that be by a qualified massage therapist or even a quick shoulder massage by a loved one. Others do not. This may due to a number of reasons. Touch sensitivity quite often begins in infancy or early childhood. Several reasons may include (courteousy M.I.S.P):
* a difficult labour
* being born prematurely
* experiencing painful medical procedures
* being extremely physically sensitive
* painful or abusive forms of touch (and not recieving nurturing, positive touch by a parent/family member)
* any accident to a particular part of the body
Therefore, before you consider offering a massage or loving touch to your child, friend or family member, it is always important to ask permission first! Otherwise you may be invading their personal space (and this is very disrespectful).
At the other end of the spectrum (referring to the beginning of this post regarding my friend's dad), elderly people are no exception to recieving a massage, or loving touch. Nurturing, loving touch is very reassuring and calming; essential for our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. Recieving nurturing, positve touch reduces our stress hormones, can enhance our emotions and improve our mood and also help with sleep. In particular, for the elderly, massage can assist with relieving many conditions experienced with age, such as arthritis and muscle deterioration (ref:Babies and Baby Boomers Embrace Massage Therapy AAMT media release 2007).

Happy massaging,
Natalie :)

Quote for the day -
"Once someone touches your heart, the fingerprints last forever."
Anonomyous.