Research about Infant Massage
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.There is lots of research relating to infant massage which demonstrates the benefits of sharing this simple gift with your baby.
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.
Three more research articles so worth reading to support positive nurturing touch especially in infancy.
1. Social touch and human development - a brilliant researched article by Carissa J. Cascio, David Moore and Francis McGlone -connection in the earliest stages of pre and neonatal life, to part of a multisensory integrated environment throughout the lifespan - click here to learn more www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878929317301962?via%3Dihub
2. Touch is a language we cannot afford to forget - The need to touch - What happens when touch becomes taboo? by Laura Crucianelli a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Brain, Body and Self Lab in the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, A wonderfully written article on how touch has been affected during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to read more aeon.co/essays/touch-is-a-language-we-cannot-afford-to-forget?fbclid=IwAR0kwRPIpz6m_P7giDLVdyRJqClQLshUhNEYcJisLX9gr-ZUD7OvXG84zxw
3. Childhood Adversity and Affective Touch Perception: A Comparison of United Kingdom Care Leavers and Non-care Leavers edited by Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden This article is part of the research topic, Sensory Stimulation and Oxytocin: Their Roles in Social Interaction and Health Promotion. Click here for more information www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.557171/full#h2