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Jakarta Post

Infant massage: from parents with love

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 4 2009   /  11:14 am

Across cultural barriers and through the generations massage has remained one of life’s simple pleasures. While adults enjoy massage to keep them relaxed, balanced, happy and healthy, infants can enjoy it as a way to connect with their parents – without even saying a word.

Gaining worldwide popularity, infant massage is traditional practice in some cultures. But now, thanks to scientific research, more parents are learning that an extra dose of cuddling and rubbing can communicate their love and strength to their babies.

“When a mother holds her baby, she transfers the energy of love and affection to her baby. This energy is essential for emotional growth,” certified infant massage instructor Rina Poerwadi said.

“Our hands are very expressive; they communicate love and anger. Touch is a child’s first language. It is thro...