We are celebrating in our home at the moment. Our eldest daughter who works with me in my massage clinic, has just had a beautiful baby boy. I am completely smitten and in awe of him; as with any new born he has the whole household running after his every need – a remarkable survival technique from new born and otherwise helpless babies.
My grandson is tiny, just 5lb 2oz, I am amazed by his fingers and toes, how perfect they are and how he has the skeleton, organs, muscles, tendons, ligaments etc that are needed to be this tiny perfect human being. I was also fortunate enough to be at his birth and to assist his mum as she brought him into the world. This is the second time that I have had the privilege to massage a new mum through her labour. Lower back massage is an amazing natural pain relief for labour, it doesn’t make the pain go away of course but it does help. In my clinic I often teach the dads-to-be how they can do some simple back and head massage to assist their partners while they are in labour, the mums appreciate the massage and the dads appreciate having something practical to do when their partner is doing all the labouring work and they can only watch and offer support.
That night reminded me, like no other treatment, as to what a gift we offer in massage. The gift of touch given in a knowledgeable, safe and caring way is not to be underestimated.
Now I am looking forward to giving lots of baby massage to this little boy who captured my heart forever in a moment. I am a very lucky (and young!) grandma.