Did you know that whatever oil you use for massage will be absorbed by the skin and into the blood stream of the baby?
Did you know that once its in the blood stream, it will be circulated through the body via the lymphatic system and blood circulation system?
Oil massage can make the strokes smoother and rhythmic. It helps to glide smoothly without causing friction with baby’s skin.
But there are many types of oils – Animal Fats Oil, Mineral Oil and Cold Pressed Vegetable Oils (Natural Oils)
What do you look for when choosing oils?
Absorb into the skin well
Not sticky, greasy or have a scent that is too strong
Moisturise the skin without a sticky feeling
Animal Fats Oil does not absorb well. Mineral Oils aka baby oils is actually gotten from crude petroleum. Therefore not advisable at all to use for baby massage.
A newborn skin is very soft and thinner than adult’s skin. A wrong use of oils can harm the baby’s tender skin.
Check if your baby has eczema, if your baby has sensitive skin? This is important. If you have history of that and I advise you to monitor. Do not use olive oil. Try sunflower oils that are high in linoleic acid, which is a better choice for babies with sensitive skin.
Linoleic acid is a type of omega 6 fatty acid. This acid can help combat dryness by providing protection against loss of moisture.
Cold Pressed Vegetable Oils
This is nourishing to the skin and contain essential fatty acids.
Use very natural oil, do not use mineral oil. As a guideline, use only oils that can be consumed – like sunflower oil, grapeseed, jojoba and sweet almond oils.
Natural oils that are not specifically formulated for baby skin may be chemically and biologically active. If you used the wrong oil, skin may become dry. Therefore, please bear in mind not to use cooking grade olive oil.
Vegetable oils that are high in linoleic acid is gentler on baby’s skin. This is because linoleic acid helps to protect the skin. Consider Sunflower and grapeseed oils if these requirements are important for you. Sunflower is light and non greasy. If you are more creative, you can mix it with avocado oil. Both have much vitamins like A, D and E and contains high level of linoleic acid which benefits the skin.
Sweet Almond Oil has a high amount of fatty acids and has vitamin E. But, due to the nut element, it may cause allergies to very small percentage of babies. Otherwise, it’s a great oil
Grapeseed oil is very affordable and inexpensive. Jojoba oil is the really expensive one compared to grapeseed oil. Nevertheless, it contains a high amount of linoleic acid which moisturises the skin and prevent lost of moisture. This is a light oil without any scent and odour.
Good oils opens up pores, remove toxins and encourage sebum secretion. Good natural oils will help to make skin more elastic and resistant to infection. It also promote good flow of lymph fluids to improve body’s immunity system.
Again, I need to emphasis that there has been much research and confusion over the use of olive oils vs sunflower seed oil. There have however been findings to determine that olive oil could cause harm and damages skin barrer. Therefore, the use of olive oil for the purpose of baby massage should be discourage.
Anyway, there are many grades and types of oils, just be mindful and use unscented natural oil – as natural as possible. For safety reasons, invest and buy a bottle of organic cold pressed vegetable oil. Just avoid oils with high oleic acid content which olive oil is known for.
Finally, it is not advisable to use aromatherapy oils on new borns and infants. If used incorrectly, it can be potent. If you know how to use, please ensure it is diluted appropriately. Secondly, use only pure (expensive) and high grade essential oils, not the commercial ones. Thirdly, if you have to use, start with Lavender, the safest of all the essential oils and make sure its properly diluted.
With babies, we have to be safe!
Many families tend to lack activities that they can do together to spice up their lives as a family. Most people find themselves engaging in the same old activities that they are used to such as board games, drinking, movies etc. The core purpose of a family engaging in all these activities is to bond and have fun collectively as a lovely family. This activities are fun but they are not all-round engaging for a family and most of the times only seem to be effective when we are carrying them out with a bunch of friends. Most people anyway tend to forget about the most important activity that can bring them together as a family and is more engaging for the whole family, that is – BODY MASSAGE.
Body massage is a very important activity to engage as a family and the best thing about this practice is that apart from being a fun activity, it helps in many other areas of life to the family members. Body massage has the following pros.
Massage helps in relieving stress. Massage lowers the levels of body cortisol, a stress hormone, and increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, feel-good hormones. If any of your family members is undergoing hard times, massage, is therefore, a useful tool in helping them relieve their stress and clear their head. The soft touches of massage are very relaxing and will make you feel good mentally and treat all kinds of stress caused by either anxiety or depression.
Treating Back Pains, Shoulder Aches & Tired Legs
Massage is a very effective treatment for relieving back pains and research has pointed out that it even works better than other therapies such as spinal modification or acupuncture. Next time you have back pains or any other body aches try out body massage and you are rest assured of pain relieve in a short course. A research in the Annals of Internal Medicine proved that massage reduces the use of painkillers by 37%. So next time you think of visiting a chemist to buy those painkillers think of a better option, body massage.
Massage also increases flexibility by working out your body muscles, tendons, connective tissues and also trigger the production of natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibre. Staying flexible is a key factor to any person at any given age and therefore massage is the best way to bring your family together in an activity that will help all of you in keeping fit.
Lower Blood Pressure
People with prehypertension will also find body massage very helpful to them. Body massage lowers blood pressure according to several studies carried out across patients. IT is therefore important for your family to learn this important skill of muscle therapy. Apart from lowering the blood pressure, therapeutic massage also helps in improving stability.
Massage gives body immune system a boost by aiding in increasing the level of activity of natural killer T cells, which fights tumors and viruses. Full body massage enhances immune function of women fighting breast cancer and also improves the immune system of unborn infants.
It is therefore very important that your family learns the skills of body massage. This way you will have something that will bring and bond you together for a good course.
Imagine each and every member of your family possessing this powerful and important skill. It’s like having doctors living together under the same roof taking care of each other. Make it a duty to introduce all your family members and friends to the life spicing up activity that will bond you together as a family and you will not have to constant worry about all the problems listed above as you will have the solutions in your family’s magical hands. The best thing about this activity is that you can perform it either indoors or outdoors and you only need to be two to carry out this activity.
Getting massage can do you all those goods mentioned above, but getting it from a person who really care and love is a very sensational moment that everyone deserves to experience on a regular basis.
Acquiring this bodywork skill and massage will be your favourite activity to do any day, anytime. Good luck.