Jul 13, 2016

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Infant Massage at Pella Regional

Infant-MassageWhen Jeanetta Nieuwsma was pregnant, she worked with Joyce Berkenes, Certified Infant Massage Instructor at Pella Regional, to learn how to do infant massage. She practiced the different techniques on her 3 year old who Jeanetta said loved the experience.

Jeanetta found that learning about bonding, touching and attachment was fascinating to her and was excited to use infant massage as a way to nurture and foster her relationship with her newborn.

Benefits of Infant Massage

Relaxes and Soothes: Relieves stress for you and your infant. May also decrease fussiness and colic; plus promote better sleep patterns.

Deepens Bonding: Provides essential one-on-one time that strengthens your family communication, understanding and ability to nurture one another.

Improves Communication: Increases your confidence and sensitivity to their cries.

Contributes to Development: Stimulates growth and healthy development of their body, mind and spirit.

Empowers: Enhances your ability to understand your infant’s special needs and promotes self-esteem and respect.

“At about 3-4 weeks, my newborn got very fussy in the evenings. After realizing that constipation may be the issue, we tried a massage technique and the next day things were already better,” said Jeanetta. “We also use the strokes and movements for our older child to help with growing pains.”

Jeanetta believes that any emphasis on connection as a parent like this is important emotionally, physically and spiritually in a very positive way.

To learn more, or to register, please call Joyce Berkenes, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Social Worker, at 641-628-6661. Please leave your name and phone number on the message.

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