LE BLOG DE VIMALA MC LURE

WHO SHOULD MASSAGE THE BABY, and WHY?

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:29:00 +0000

When I first began teaching Infant Massage in 1977, I brought my baby to classes and demonstrated the strokes on him. This worked out very well, and I continued when my second baby came along. It was nice because they then received massage twice a day! Then I began training Infant Massage Instructors for what would become my new nonprofit ...

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JOY AND THE INFANT BRAIN

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:40:22 +0000

The wise remain aware of the spirituality of life. Every mother has felt the stillness and the stir of Eternal Consciousness in her womb. Remember that. Bring that mysterious, silent moment into the clamoring present. —Vimala McClure from The Tao of Motherhood   “The most complex information-processing device ever constructed is on its way,” says John Medina, author of Brain ...

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INFANTS’ LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IS ACCELERATED BY ATTENTIVE PARENTS

Sat, 04 Aug 2018 22:21:43 +0000

According to a new study from The University of Iowa and Indiana University, how parents react to their infants’ babbling impacts their language development. The research was recently published in the journal Infancy. The research team, includes Julie Gros-Louis, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Iowa. A study by Gros-Louis in 2003 compared infants whose parents didn’t respond ...

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BABIES SUBCONSCIOUSLY PROCESS EMOTIONS

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:04:00 +0000

Infants perceive fearful looks from the whites of your eyes The eyes are the mirror of the soul, often revealing the emotional state of those around us. Even babies appear to perceive such signals. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have discovered that even seven-month-old infants react to fearful eyes without conscious ...

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OXYTOCIN AND TRUST PATHWAYS OFTEN SET THROUGH GENERATIONS

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:16:30 +0000

A study done by the University of New South Wales, UK, says women with troubled maternal relationships have lower levels of the hormone oxytocin and are more likely to have difficulty bonding with their own babies. Apparently, “trust pathways” are set in infancy and the quality of the mother-child bond repeats itself down the generations. Blood samples were taken from ...

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HOW INFANTS WHO LIVE IN DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOODS GROW UP TO BE MORE OPEN-MINDED

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:16:28 +0000

A study has found that babies who live in more ethnically diverse neighborhoods are more willing to learn from adults from different backgrounds. A group of 19-month-old babies from English-speaking households in the Chicago and Washington D.C. areas was observed by researchers at the University of Chicago. They found that the infants who lived in more ethnically diverse neighborhoods were ...

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MOTHERS’ RESPONSES TO BABIES’ CRYING: BENEFITING FROM AND GETTING OVER NEGATIVE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:40:37 +0000

Infants whose mothers respond quickly, consistently, and warmly when they cry have healthier emotional development than infants whose mothers are less sensitive to their cries. A new study has found that mothers whose childhood experiences with caregivers was positive and those who have come to terms with negative experiences are more infant-oriented when they see videos of babies crying and ...

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TOUCH INFLUENCES HOW INFANTS LEARN LANGUAGE

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:26:51 +0000

Tickling a baby’s toes may be cute but according to studies it’s also possible that those touches could help babies learn the words in their language. Research from Purdue University shows that a caregiver’s touch can help babies to find words in the continuous stream of speech. “We found that infants treat touches as if they are related to what ...

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BRAIN-IMAGING STUDY ADDS NEW EVIDENCE THAT INFANTS TRACK OTHER PEOPLE’S BELIEFS

Mon, 21 May 2018 14:26:06 +0000

A brain-imaging study offers new support for the idea that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs. When 7-month-old infants in the study viewed videos of an actor who saw—or failed to see—an object being moved to a new location, activity in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs changed in the infants just as ...

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RESEARCHERS STUDY INFANT-DIRECTED SINGING

Sun, 06 May 2018 15:40:14 +0000

In our Infant Massage classes, we incorporate parents singing to their babies as soon as the parents feel confident in delivering many of the strokes. When I was developing our program, I found that singing a slow, repetitive, rhythmic lullaby helped both myself and my baby to relax and have fun with the massage. I believe it is an important ...

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BABIES RECOGNIZE RELATED WORDS

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:28 +0000

A new Duke University study finds that, by six to nine months, babies can already recognize that the meanings of some words, such as “car” and “stroller,” are more alike than other words, such as “car” and “juice.” “Even though there aren’t many overt signals of language knowledge in babies, language is definitely developing furiously under the surface,” said Dr. ...

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STRESSED INFANTS FEEL, BUT DON’T SHOW, MORE PAIN

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:39:34 +0000

Stressed infants have increased pain brain activity, but this stress was not linked with their behavior, researchers found. Infants with high levels of stress exhibited larger “amplitude cortical nociceptor responses”, or responses to pain, but it was not correlated with “nociceptive behavior,” or behavior exhibiting pain, as measured by brain activity and facial expressions, reported Laura Jones, MD, of University ...

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Respecter
Respecter le bébé comme un individu à part entière.Respecter ses rythmes, ses petits maux, ses humeurs. Accueillir ses pleurs qui lui permettent d'exprimer ses besoins. L'instructeur (trice) respecte le savoir-faire de chaque parent (ou la personne qui prend soin de l'enfant), le soutient, le valorise et renforce ses compétences parentales.
Ecouter
"Lorsque nous écoutons nos enfants avec notre cœur, nous apprenons chaque fois ce que nous voulons savoir" Vimala McClure.
Ecouter avec le cœur signifie être véritablement intéressé, ouvert et réceptif, avec l'intention d'entendre sans imposer ni interrompre. L'instructeur (trice) écoute aussi avec son cœur les inquiétudes des parents, et leur permet de trouver ou retrouver confiance en leurs capacités de parents.
Comprendre
Comprendre que chaque enfant vit avec ses propres émotions et ressentis.

L'instructeur (trice) accompagne les parents à identifier, à travers une observation fine, tous les signes que le bébé communique. Les parents peuvent ainsi répondre plus justement à ses besoins essentiels.
Aimer
Comment exprimer son amour pour son enfant ? En le respectant tel qu'il est, en l'écoutant avec son cœur, en comprenant ce qu'il exprime. Lui parler, chanter, le regarder et le prendre contre soi pour qu'il se construise et s'épanouisse dans la sécurité et la confiance, afin qu'il devienne un être social et autonome.

A.F.M.B.

Association Française de Massage pour Bébé

18 rue de Madrid 40130 CAPBRETON

afmb@massage-bebe.asso.fr