“Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant; food as necessary as minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Deprived of this food, the name of which is love, babies would rather die. And often they do.” — Frederick Leboyer
When Mommy and I returned from the hospital everybody was talking something known as massage. I used to wonder what it is? Finally, after 2 weeks, a strange-looking woman came and started rubbing my legs and arms. As mommy could not get up from the bed due to her operation, this woman got the honours to do my massage and sometimes Miss A’s too. Within, a week Mommy removed this massage lady as Miss A told Mom that this lady had a very rough hand. She did not like the massage because her chapped fingers had pricked her soft skin … you can well imagine what I must have gone through on my extra soft baby skin.
After that Mommy took over the task of massage. Trust me she was so much better than that strange lady. I started loving my massage time. I got an opportunity to bond with Mommy. Before starting my massage, Mommy always seeks my permission by rubbing some oil on my tummy. When she does this I chuckle and give her a sign to go ahead. After this we drift into an hour of heavenly bliss. Massage time is our exclusive time, where she talks to me, makes me laugh, tells me stories and makes me exercise. After a nice massage or should I say a ‘Spa Session’, she gives me a warm water bath. By the time I am ready for the day, I get very tired and sleep off instantly.
In the evening I have another short massage session. This one is given to me by my Nani. Here again, I get undivided attention. First I become a rocket or a birdie with her. After I am done playing and exercising, she gives me a solid massage. She starts by oiling the folds of my thighs. Then starts the massaging of the back, shin, thighs and my soft-soft rounding up bumpies. She finishes by changing all my clothes and wrapping me up for a warm good nights sleep.
I have often heard Mommy say that a good massage helps to boost the immune system, improves blood circulation and relieves nasal congestion. Oh Yes! it also helps to relieve a bad-bad colic pain.
It’s way past my bedtime. I have already been given an evening massage my Nani. Time for me to sleep. Good night and see you tomorrow with a new letter story.