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Loving Hands: The Traditional Art of Baby Massage Paperback – 30 Apr 1997
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Back in print by popular demand! This book explains the simple but highly effective techniques of baby massage through the author's photographs of a young Indian mother, Shantala. As we watch her communicate her love and strength to her children through the primal language of touch, we learn how in the weeks and months following birth we, too, can use the flowing rhythms of the art of baby massage to communicate our love and strength to our infants.
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All the picture sequences showing the baby massage are to the point and only focus on their context.
Mr Leboyer's way of empathizing a newborn is very unusual and worth reading.
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Baby massage is a practice begun in India, and simply stated, involves sitting with the baby on your lap and massaging "it" gently with oil. There is very little text in this book - it's mostly photographs, of a beautiful young Indian mother, sitting on the ground with her baby on her outstretched legs. The photographs are sequential and show the various moves - gently tugging at opposite arms and legs, rubbing circular motions on the torso, massaging tiny hands and feet, and so on.
The baby is clearly blissed out in the pictures, as yours will be, too if you try this! And the very act of spending that kind of time in close communion with your baby will elevate your soul as well as the baby's.
I recommend this book to all new parents and give it as a "Welcome to the world" gift when their babies are born.