Le massage bébé Shantala - Élhée

Shantala baby massage

“We like to hold them in our arms, enjoy their smile, look into their eyes, smell their scent, tickle their nose, talk to them, rock them and why not also massage them…”

Océane Chavanel, naturopath and well-being masseuse in Lyon tells us about the Shantala baby massage. This traditional art which comes to us from southern India and which was introduced to the West by Dr Frédérick Leboyer in the 1950s.

Infant massage is an ancestral practice taught naturally from mother to daughter in many countries. Our Western societies have placed certain taboos around massage and touching the baby. Fortunately, this has tended to change since the 1970s thanks to fruitful scientific research demonstrating the benefits of massage on babies. One of the most recognized and widely practiced massages is Shantala. We owe this name to the famous gynecologist and obstetrician Frédéric Leboyer. During a trip to India, he was struck with wonder at this young mother named Shantala, sitting massaging her baby on the ground. Subsequently, he introduced this tradition of neonatal massage to France and called it “Shantala”.

Book Shantala baby massage by Frederic Loboyer

Numerous scientific researches have demonstrated the positive aspects of baby massage, in particular by highlighting a hormone called oxytocin. This “happiness and well-being” hormone plays a determining role in the attachment of the parent-child bond. We noticed that oxytocin levels increased when the parent touched and interacted with their baby. This reduces the baby's daily stress, particularly following childbirth, and soothes pain (teething, digestive problems, colic, etc.). A relaxed baby is also a baby who will have an easier time falling asleep and a more peaceful sleep.

Traditional Indian massage for baby Shantala In addition, massage will support the child in their growth phases by facilitating motor development, coordination of movements and contributes to the evolution of body awareness. By feeling touched, the baby gradually becomes aware of the contours of his body, the limits and its volume. Massage is therefore a very important way to, on the one hand, enter into a relationship with your child, listen to their perceptions and on the other hand, support them in their motor and sensory development and in taking awareness of one's bodily entity. Baby massage also helps strengthen the baby's immune system by stimulating dopamine, killer cells and the number of lymphocytes. Thus, it contributes to his physical well-being by helping him fight against infections.
Massage your baby and he will give it back to you
Your relationship will result from this
The unbreakable bond will be formed
He will remember it forever.

Océane Chavanel – Yoga Korner, 3 rue Pizay 69001 Lyon – 07 78 90 24 56 – www.therapieetmassage.com

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