Infant massage may sound unconventional, but one local proponent said it has the potential to provide life-long benefits for both parent and child.
According to Dana Regev, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident and holistic medical provider, learning how to massage your newborn can help with communication, bonding, relaxation, colic and more. Regev has recently added infant massage classes to her list of massages and other services.
“I see the benefits of massage for adults, why not for children?” said Regev, who has a Master Massage Therapy degree. “I teach parents how to communicate and understand the baby’s cues.”
Teaching parents about their baby’s body language has translated into more peaceful homes, Regev said. The local masseuse was certified in infant massage by Tina Allen of the Liddle Kids Foundation and said the program has helped her practice as well as those who take her classes.
The most common benefit for parents is that they quickly learn their child isn’t too fragile for massage. “We are teaching loving, healthy appropriate touch,” she said. “Touch for infants … that’s where we need to start.”
Another benefit for parents is that the class allows them to share parenting advice in “judgment-free discussions.” Both group and private classes are available.
In addition to infant massage, Regev offers a variety of unusual services including toe reading, which involves studying the toes to learn things about the person, and ear coning, which removes debris and toxins from the ear.
Regev is a graduate from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, and is a licensed and insured member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is also a member of the American Pregnancy Association.
To find out more about infant massage, visit Dana’s Web site, gardenofedenoasis.com.
ASU journalism student Brandi Bell is interning this semester at AFN.