When Javier was a teeny, tiny baby I used to massage him every night (the JOY of the first child) because, although you don’t really realise it then – but in comparison to two babies, you actually have a shizload of time.
LIKE A LOT OF TIME
Anyway, baby massage is one of my favourite things to do and something that my poor teeny Amina hardly ever gets. You see between my juggling two kids and my husband working until close to seven every night (Javier’s bedtime) the last few hours of each and every day are akin to the raging fires of hell.
HOWEVER, ever since Mokosh Skincare’s Baby Massage Oil – $35.00 landed in my paws I’ve promised to give Amina the massages she deserves! Well, at least a few when I can manage them. HA.
Plus, soon she’ll be moving and I’ll have to chase her down (like I do with Javi). So really, I have very limited time for these precious moments left.
Anyway, while I was speaking to Marion O’Leary, the Director at Mokosh recently, she told me that baby massage isn’t only a JOY but in fact it can be linked to “an ancient custom in India, the home of Ayurveda and is considered to provide many physical and emotional benefits to the growing child as well.”
And in case you weren’t aware many of these benefits include things such as: reduced stress levels, improved bonding between parent and child, the development of healthy sleep patterns, and the promotion of skin health too.
So basically there are a heap of benefits associated to what is in fact a pretty fun thing to do with your babe.
Although, why trust me? HA. I’m no massage expert. In fact, whenever I used to massage Javi I literally just did whatever. Which is why this time I’m letting Mokosh Skincare lead me down a better, more guided path with my teeny Amina – that of an Aryuvedic baby massage path – because yes, it’s a thing!
Anyway, the massage they advocate for babies is Abhyanga, which according to Ayurveda is one that can be continued until your baby is old enough to perform self-massage (#selfcare4eva!) and can become a life-long practise too…however I’m a little more down for it to occur in baby life only.
It really is quite easy too, however Marion says there are just a few things to consider before you begin. And these are:
- Start baby massage at around four weeks of age – this is when the baby has gained strength and when the naval has healed.
- The palms, rather than the fingertips, should be used to ensure gentle pressure is applied, and the touch should be very light.
- Massaging your baby can occur at any time of the day, but preferably not immediately after feeding or when the baby is hungry or distressed. Many people like to massage their baby in the evening just before bath time to promote a deep relaxing sleep.
- A certified organic oil for massage must always be used. The traditional massage oil in Ayurveda is sesame oil, which is warming and nourishing. Other good choices are almond, jojoba, coconut, camellia or macadamia oils. Carrying out a patch test on your baby’s skin might be good idea too and never use essential oils! They’re way too strong and potent for a newborn’s skin.
So this is basically where Mokosh Skincare’s Baby Massage Oil – $35.00 comes in. And it is bomb!
Firstly, here are the ingredients:
Camellia oleifera seed oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) oil, Borago officinalis (Borage) seed oil, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) oil, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract.
All 100% certified organic. Vegan and palm oil free – naturally! (To break it down further, it’s essentially just made up of a blend of six oils rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants and pro-vitamin A.)
And secondly this is a super, gentle massage oil that will suit even the most sensitive of skins. In fact I found it super light to use on Amina although still very hydrating straight out of the shower. Plus you really only need to use a little bit.
Also; in this heat, there’s no need to warm the oil either. Although if it were cooler, I’d warm the oil in my hands before applying it to your babe – otherwise you might scare them! (However after you massage always remember to wipe off any excess with a towel or wait a little to let it seep in before dressing her/him.)
Ps. Using this oil and attempting an Ayurvedic baby massage on your baby is so easy! And pretty fun too. SO if you’re interested I’ve popped a teeny guideline that outlines the steps that Mokosh Skincare advocate below.
(Alternatively, you could just use the oil and massage your babe however you want which is also something I highly recommend. You know, break the rules, live your life on the edge etc… HA.)
Let me know if you try it!
HOW TO: ABHYANGA MASSAGE
- Begin with the baby lying on her back, and apply the warmed massage oil to the limbs and the whole front of the body in long, sweeping strokes.
- Massage the crown of the head in long circular clockwise strokes.
- Massage around the ears and side of the head in large circular motions.
- Massage both shoulders in circular motions clockwise, and then up and down the arms, then the palm and back of the hands clockwise. Massage along the length of each finger.
- Massage the chest very gently.
- Massage the abdomen using a large circular motion around the navel in a clockwise direction
- Massage the hips in a circular, clockwise direction
- Massage up and down the legs, and then the feet, using a clockwise circular motion with the thumb over the soles of the feet.
- Turn the baby over onto her front, and massage the back of her head in a large circular motion.
- Massage the back very gently up and down in long gentle strokes.
- Massage the buttocks using a circular motion.
- Massage up and down the backs of the legs.
- Place your baby onto her back again and massage the face very gently. Use circular motions over the cheeks, use a finger to massage along the jawbone from the centre of the chin up to the ear, and then in long strokes across the forehead from one side to the other.
*This post has been sponsored by Mokosh skincare, however as always, all views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Tell me babez have you tried baby massage?