Benefits of Hydrotherapy and Aquatics

Baby hydrotherapy

  • Babies are born with reflexes such as the kicking reflex and the ability to naturally hold their breath when submerged. They lose these vital reflexes if it is not continuously stimulated. Teaching these skills become harder the longer you wait to take your child to swimming
  • Hydrotherapy and aquatics is a gentle exercise that works the whole body, encouraging your baby’s muscle, lung and heart development
  • Babies that begin hydrotherapy and aquatics early show long term health benefits in the form of better balance, catching and grasping skills
  • Hydrotherapy and aquatics encourages mental development. Babies that start swimming early are up to 15 months ahead of their peers in math, counting and language by the time they start school
  • Gentle exercise will help your baby to eat better and sleep longer
  • Sadly, drowning deaths are common in South Africa. Taking your child swimming from a young age will teach them to become more aware of water safety
  • A combination of the oxygenated water pressure, temperature of the water around the infant’s body and exercise helps alleviate
    • Gas and colic
    • Constipation and elimination
    • Growing pains and muscular tension
    • Teething discomfort
    • Cramps
    • Physiological flexion

Baby massage

We strongly encourage parents to learn how to massage their infants so that this can be done daily at home. It provides parents with a home remedy to alleviate any pains that their baby may be experiencing, as well as promoting a healthy bonding time between parent and baby.

Interaction in Infant Massage May Include:

  • Promotion of bonding and secure attachment
  • Verbal/non-verbal communication
  • Development of trust and confidence
  • Using all the senses
  • Feelings of love, respect, and being valued

Each Massage May Stimulate:

  • Circulatory and digestive systems
  • Hormonal and immune systems
  • Coordination and balance
  • Learning and concentration
  • Muscular development and growth
  • Mind and body awareness

Parents May Find that Infant Massage Helps Relieve:

  • Gas and colic
  • Constipation and elimination
  • Growing pains and muscular tension
  • Teething discomfort
  • Cramps

The Massage Promotes Relaxation which May be Shown Through:

  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Increased flexibility and muscle tone
  • Regulation of behavioural states
  • Being calm and being able to calm themselves
  • Reduction in stress hormones

Enrich your child with Infant Massage and FloAtation therapy