ArjunGabriel our son took his first massage yesterday as my wife Cyntia was really keen on it. As an Indian, these massage techniques are not new to us, as this is common practice for us to give massage to the babies. In my country this is an activity that is part of routine baby care. My mother tells me that as kid my grandmother use to give all her grandsons and granddaughter this kind of massage. I was reading somewhere it is kind of Yoga for the little ones. ArjunGabriel really enjoyed the whole process. And As I said my wife was really keen on this. As at present, she is based in Brazil, she did not have access to these massage techniques.
But she found one technique called as ‘Shantala’. This technique was made popular by French doctor called Frederick Leboyer. I guess this was the first introduction to the western world of this massage technique. He learned from a lady called as Shantala. Dr. Leboyer in order to honour of the women, he named the technique after her name. So it is called as Shantala. She not only allowed him to see how the massage is done but gave him the permission to photograph it. He has written book called
“Loving Hands The traditional art of baby massage”. Dr. Leboyer loved the concept; He found this created some kind of connection, emotional bond between the baby and the mother. He was visiting India in 1959 and saw this lady giving massage to her baby called Gopal. It helps parent to know about the baby’s body. Dr. Leboyer says, “I stopped short, struck by what I was witnessing: In the midst of filth and misery, a spectacle of purest beauty. A silent dialogue of love between a mother and her baby.” This was enchantment, relationship, interaction and love, something which always is appreciated by all, even the western world as well.
I heard about all these stories when I was in Brazil. As Indian this is really old technique as old as ancient India. This has been happening for generations and is been passed on from grandmothers to mothers and to the daughters. For me it was really fascinating to learn about the attractions western world has for all ancient things and Shantala was new addition to that big list of attractions.
And yes this is my first post about ArjunGabriel, after his birth, he really enjoyed the whole process and yes after the massage he had nice hot water bath which eventually ended up in deep sleep. I thought of sharing this with rest of the world through my latest post.
You can watch the whole massage on http://www.promatrix.com.br/spip.php?article63