This website offers some insight into the workings of the
- Skin and the inherent sense of Touch
- Bonding and Attachment
- Labour & Birth
- Mother & Father
- First Six Weeks at home with Infant VIP.
Historically, massage therapy is one of the oldest healthcare practices known to history. References to massage are found in Chinese medical texts more than 4000 years ago.
It was also widely used in Europe during the Renaissance.
Massage has been advocated in Western health care practice at least since the time of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. In the 4th century BC Hippocrates wrote “ The physician must be acquainted with many things, and most assuredly, with rubbing.”
Infant massage, however, is practiced in most countries of the world. In many places, including the UK, New Zealand (the Maori) Venezuela, Russia, India, Bali, Fiji, New Guinea, infants are given a massage with oil after, or instead of a bath, before sleeptime, for the first several months of their lives.