Baby massage

This is information sites to accupoint pressure therapy: the original site.
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Acupressure is the pressure point system used with some massage. This system came from 2000 years of study with the atleantians using the ideal. by the feel.

Backup information: this is websites related to this ideal.

So I think a baby massage is different by different points.

things to work:

1. Make sure your finger nails are trimmed and the edges are smooth so you don’t accidentally scratch and hurt your child.

2. You will need a massage medium to put on your hands and the child’s skin. Talcum powder makes a good massage medium, although you can also use massage oil or lotion, preferably one that is free of petrochemicals and fragrance.

3. Make sure the room where you’ll be working is warm so your child doesn’t get cold during the massage.

4. Be loving and gentle during the massage. Check in with them, if they’re old enough, to see if the pressure is comfortable. Sometimes children will fuss or cry out during the massage. Work gently with them, reduce the pressure being used, change the spot you’re working or position them differently to make them more comfortable. Talk soothingly to them and tell them how great their doing; never get mad or punish the child during massage.

See this is the ideal by feel you create yet don't if you think.

Pediatric Tuina Techniques

The following techniques are used to perform pediatric tuina massage. This is the point i see with normal sites listing this. Unlike swedish type massage where muscles are mostly kneaded, you’ll be stroking, pushing, pulling and pressing various points on the body. To be effective these movements should be gentle yet firm with even rhythmic movements. I think this is useful practice. Most manipulations will be performed anywhere from 50 to 300 times in rapid succession. This is for a few friends to use, I have found it easier to time the massage on certain points than to count how many strokes I've used. This I believe is the point I came across. For mild illness massages should be performed once a day, more severe or acute illness such as flu, fever or cough massages should be performed 2 to 3 times per day.

1. Straight Pushing
Push your thumb or index + middle finger in a straight line. This is often used on the forearm, fingers and back.

2. Pushing Apart with together pressed thumb to finger
Starting with your thumbs at a single location, push them apart. This is often used on the forehead and chest.

3. Kneading
Press one or two fingers on a point or area rotating them in a circular motion without lifting of the skin. Kneading can also be apply with three fingers, the palm of the hand, the thenar emminence or fatty pad below your thumb or your thumb.

4. Circular Rubbing
Rub the abdomen in a circular motion with four fingers or the palm of your hand. It is most commonly used for abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea.

5. Pinching & Pulling
This technique is commonly used on the paraspinal muscles, the muscles next to the spine. Always start at the base of the spine and move upward in a straight line progressing up to the neck. Grab a small amount of muscle tissues and pinch it up between your index finger and thumb with a firm but gentle pressure. Then continue to roll your thumbs forward as you release and grab more muscle tissue. Be sure to use plenty of talcum power so you don’t cause any chafing. This technique is used for general wellness, common cold and respiratory conditions.

6. Pressing
Press a point or area and hold for a few seconds 3 – 5 times in a row to help relieve pain and discomfort. This is usually done with the thumb or the palm of the hand.

7. Nipping
Stimulate specific points with gentle pressure from your thumb nail. It doesn’t take much pressure for the point to be adequately stimulate so be careful not to press too hard. Don't start nipping if unallowed for.

8. Arc/Circle Pushing
Use your thumb to make a circle with gentle but firm pressure by the feel. This techniques is most commonly used on the palm of the hand. This is indiclosure by feel so see careful use.

The most powerful tools parents can use to keep their children healthy and treat the symptoms of illness are pedatric tuina massage and acupressure. Both methods involve tapping into the body’s energetic system to stimulate the innate healing mechanisms which are designed to bring the body back to balance and restore health. The belief and use of the energetic system is the cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and has been used in the diagnosis and treatment of illness for thousands of years. I like to think of this energetic system as an additional system in the body, like the circulatory system or the nervous system. It simultaneously covers and connects our body to the nervous system and the energy carried within it nourishes and connects every organ, gland, muscle, tissue and cell with Qi (pronounced chee), or energy. Our energetic system will be the first system to show imbalances even before a person is symptomatic. In children, subtle signs of an imbalance will usually be very mild and most parents might not notice things such as red cheeks, crankiness, clingyiness, excess thirst or hunger, lack of appetite or mild fatigue. It would be easy to write these symptoms off until, through experience, it becomes clear that this is the first stage of a potential illness.

What is the point by pediatric tuinia massage?

Pediatric tuina massage or Xiao er tui na is used by acupuncturists to tap into the energetic system thereby simultaneously treating the symptoms of illness and restoring the body to balance. Pediatric tuina massage is most effective for children under the age of 5. Just as a baby and toddler’s nervous system and circulatory system are not fully mature, neither is their energetic system. Thus, special techniques have been developed to tap into their immature energetic system. For children 6 and up I recommend using acupressure although pediatric tuina techniques can still be used up to age 12.

The techniques used for pediatric tuina are quite simple and can be used by parents for treating illnesses like the common cold, cough, fever, vomitting, low appetite, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and bedwetting. In future posts I will be covering how to treat these common conditions with specific massage protocols. For now, I’d like to introduce you to the various massage techniques are that used. Love is most times the best medicine for children and it’s power should not be underestimated. I think pediatric tuina massage is an extension of that love and can be very healing. Of course, pediatric tuina cannot cure all ills and a trip to the doctor may be necessary, but very often massage will work for the most common problems children face.

Baby Massage with other information

Why massage?

Because massage is a touch contact with your baby it helps parents to ‘tune in out by use’ and get to know their child’s body language. Infant massage is a powerful bonding experience: great as a special time for all parents including working Mums and Dads.

Touch is very beneficial for baby. Touch helps is relaxing, helps with emotional balance, with digestion and sleep patterns. Touch helps to stimulate cellular function and hormonal pathways that promote growth and the function of vital organs.

Infant Chinese Massage (Tuina)

In a similar way to the beneficial effects of acupuncture / acupressure for adults and older children, infant Chinese massage has therapeutic effects on the meridian (energy pathways) and acu-points where vital energies, nerves and blood accumulate.

Setting the scene

The ideal place is warm, relaxing and comfortable. It can be on the floor, table or couch and  for very young babies it may be that the baby lies in the cradle of your legs when they are folded or outstretched.

The best time is when the baby is most relaxed.

Massage can be done over clothes although skin to skin is more personal. You may use plant based massage oils (coconut, avocado, almonds oils are popular ones: Common Sense Organics have a good range).

Simple Massage

Massage is a touch you are doing with your baby so you need to be relaxed and ‘tune in’ to baby. Some people like to ask the baby’s ‘permission’: “Can we do a massage darling?”. Just be natural, talk to baby about what you are doing and develop key massage words or cues so that baby looks forward to the massage as an event.

The Massage

Start :

Making Contact

To make contact start with  a favourite lullaby and  your hand resting lightly on the abdomen or maybe gently sliding the fingers around the abdomen in the  upside down ‘I Love You’ format.

If baby is tense or wriggly maybe start with eye contact, leg bicycle games or singing a favourite lullaby.

You can then proceed to massage either abdomen or legs: whatever Baby is most comfortable with.


Do each movement 5 to 10 times. This is necessary to cause blood flow by what is done. Think gentle pressure to create blood flow cause the flow isn't there, if you press too hard or you can think you create what is there. This is the area you think is the point or pressure point you press for 5 to ten seconds to create some other feel.

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  1. Gentle squeeze / milking UP the leg from ankle to thigh while holding the foot with your other hand.
  2. Gently Twist and Squeeze DOWN the leg from thigh to ankle.
  3. “Roll” DOWN the leg from the knee.
  4. With gentle kneading pressure move along sole and top of foot from ankle to tip of toes.
  5. Energy Balance. With a light pushing stroking movement stroke: x 10.


  1. With fingers and/or palm slide hand over hand in the upside down ‘U’starting at baby’s right groin, up and across under ribs and down to left groin: x 10.
  2. Stroke down under ribs from centre to sides: x 10.
  3. Stroke out between ribs from centre to sides: x 10.
  4. Special ICV point for colic: Right groin/pelvic bone area. (circular kneading 30 times)
  5. Alternate “      “             “   :  Circular kneading massage of right ‘raglan sleeve’, upper inside of arm area with one hand and two fingers width above right knee and toward the centre.


Similar format to legs except for direction of energy balance.

  1. b.  c. and d  as in legs: x 10.
  2. Energy Balance. With a light pushing stroking movement stroke: x 10.

UP   the  OUTSIDE of arm ( fingers to elbow):Immune. Digestion. Hormonal balance.

DOWN the INSIDE of arm (elbow to fingers) Heart meridian: calming, relaxing, anti-anxiety, sleep.

Face and Ear

  1. Circular knead into cheek muscle x 20 (80% of nerve pathways go through this area)
  2. Stroke out from corner of eye x 20
  3. Stroke down centreline from hairline to between eyebrows x 20
  4. Gently stroke and pull down outer aspect of earlobes from top to bottom x 10


  1. Stroke slowly with light pressure down each side of the spine x 10.  Try and feel each vertebra as you go down.
  2. Energy Balance

Special Points, Tuina, Baby Hand Massage

Stomach 36

At top / outside edge of shine bone under each knee.

Powerful immune boosting point, digestive system and diarrhoea.

Circular kneading: x 10 or gentle pressure for 30 seconds.

Colon 4

In middle of the muscle between forefinger and thumb.

Powerful Immune boost

Combine with simultaneous circular kneading of Colon 4  and hand Tuina Stomach area in the palm muscle at the base of the thumb.

Circular kneading: x 10

Hand Tuina