Begin by placing a towel on the flat surface where the baby will be positioned for the massage. Protect the surface (such as carpeting or other) from spilled oil, lotion or cream by always placing the bottle on the towel. Make sure the container is out of reach of the child's hands, which are very busy and are moving all the time.
Start the music, play with the toys for a while, and begin by following the instructions for baby massage.
A baby massage usually takes 20 to 35 minutes, and is best given any time, but especially in the following cases:
Before nap time;
When baby has digestive pain;
After baby's bath;
Before Mom has important quiet time for herself.
Please note that many more acupressure points exist in this therapeutic Chinese technique. However, only the most commonly used, and the safest, points for babies are included here.
Fig. 2. Infantile frontal acupressure points.
Baby's Chest Acupressure Points (See Figure 2)
Tiantu- Lower throat suprasternum fossa; for congestion relief.
Baby's Stomach Acupressure Points(See Figure 2)
Zanzhu (or Tianting)- Middle of forehead; soothing nerves and headache relief.
Acupressure For Baby's Face(See Figure 3)
Zhuntou- Massage upward from tip of nose toward forehead to Shangen, Meixen, Tianting, Xinmen to Baihu (top of head). (See below for massaging Xinmen.) This can be used for soothing nerves, headache relief, blurred vision and nasal congestion relief.
Fig. 4. Forehead acupressure massage.
Fig. 5. Infantile dorsal acupressure points.
Baby's Back Acupressure Points(See Figure 5)
Jizhu- Lumbosacral region on back; for soothing the central nervous system, malnutrition, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pains and constipation.
Baby's Neck And Shoulder Acupressure Points (See Figure 5)
Qiaogong- Side of neck; for rigidity, stiffness and pain in the neck area.
Fig.6. Neibagua acupressure point is found in the center of the palm of the hand. It's functions are to reinforce the spleen and increase digestive movement in a calming way.