Developmental Baby Massage: Therapeutic Touch Techniques for Making Your Baby Stronger, Healthier, and Happier

Developmental Baby Massage: Therapeutic Touch Techniques for Making Your Baby Stronger, Healthier, and Happier

by Peter Walker

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Let one of the top therapists in the field show you simple and effective techniques for relieving common ailments and nurturing the bond you have with your baby.

Touch is your baby's first language and plays an essential role in their physical and emotional development. Written by a pioneer in developmental baby massage and yoga for toddlers, renowned physical therapist and bestselling author Peter Walker teaches you vital massage techniques for bonding with your infant and easing common childhood complaints.

In Developmental Baby Massage, you'll find:

—Therapeutic touch techniques for relieving colic, poor digestion, teething, and irritability

—Gentle stretches and yoga postures for promoting balance, flexibility, and agility

—Skin-to-skin contact methods for bonding and healthy attachment

—Massages for improving circulation and stimulating development

—Craniosacral techniques for proper posture and alignment

Step-by-step photographs and a stand-up, flip-page format make the techniques easy to follow and master. With Developmental Baby Massage, you'll learn how to use the power of touch to optimize development and give your baby the best start in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610581349
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 50 MB
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About the Author

Peter Walker in an internationally recognized physical therapist who has been working with babies and children since the 1980s. His books on baby massage have been international bestsellers and his training courses on developmental baby massage have been taught to thousands of practitioners in 20 countries. He resides in London.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Benefits of Touch

Chapter One: Introducing Your Baby to Massage

Getting in Touch

First Stretch

Skin-to-Skin Contact

Father and Baby

Belly Time

Air Bathing

Chapter Two: Toe-to-top Massage

Touches and Techniques

Massage Oils

Before You Begin






Shoulders and Arms


Back and Spine

Head and Neck

Craniosacral Technique

Chapter Three: Securing your Baby’s Posture

Helping Your Baby to Sit

Sitting Supported

Sitting Unsupported

Sitting Japanese-Style

Chapter Four: Mobility and Soft Gymnastics

Encouraging Mobility

Tailor Pose Swing

Strong, Flexible Legs

An Open Chest and Shoulders

Back Strength and Flexibility

Reintroducing Massage

Chapter Five: Therapeutic Touch for Sickness and Additional Needs

Coughs, Colds and Congestion

Relieving Sticky Eye

Treating Glue Ear

Wind, Colic and Constipation

Teething and Irritability


Tiger in the Tree

Caesarean Babies

Premature Babies

Visual Impairments

Hearing Impairments


Cerebral Palsy

Index and Acknowledgements

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