Unlike other forms of massage, "Baby Massage"
is not usually performed as a treatment for a physical
condition, e.g. as common in Sports Massage, or
even an emotional condition, e.g. massage or aromatherapy
for stress-reduction. Whereas other forms of massage
are often performed by qualified professional practitioners,
"Baby Massage" is usually a quiet bonding
activity between a parent or carer and baby or young
child. Due to the size and requirements of the baby
or child, a baby massage takes less time than a
full body massage of an adult, and is usually just
included into day-to-day baby routines.
In some modern Western societies "Baby Massage"
tuition is offered to new Mums, or Mums and Dads,
or "baby's carers", to encourage this
gentle beneficial activity.
If taught, the session or "Workshop"
generally involves only a small group, or is one-to-one.
There is generally no formality involving reading,
study, or note-taking, just a short time of learning
some nice easy stokes and a comfortable routine
that both adult and baby will enjoy. There are of
course a few other useful hints as well, such as
setting-up a cosy space without dangers or distractions,
and suggestions about the best time of day, or time
after feeds to enjoy baby massage.