Research about Infant Massage
There is lots of research relating to infant massage which demonstrates the benefits of sharing this simple gift with your baby. A prolific researcher in infant massage is Tiffany Field. You can find many of her studies on infant massage on the Touch Research Institute's website here.
Professor Tiffany Field was interviewed by Kim Hill on her Saturday morning show on RadioNZ in June 2020.
As the director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami she studies human touch: why we need it, what it can do for us and how the importance of touch is affected by our cultural background.
A survey of people in lockdown undertaken in April 2020 found that about 60 percent of respondents had touch deprivation which can lead to health problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep disturbance and post-traumatic stress symptoms.