Shantala massage is originally a form of whole body massage for babies that is used in India as part of the daily care routine.
Shantala baby massage is a loving, relaxing massage. It is a simple massage based on respect, it is not difficult to learn, and it is lovely to receive and to give. It can be given by the parent/caregiver. It is a pleasant and beautiful way for both parties to make contact with each other and give each other loving attention!
You allow the baby to experience, “This is you and you are good as you are”. In doing so, you create a safe environment. This helps spiritual and emotional development, and strengthens the bond between parent/caregiver and child. This is achieved by the following starting points: the quality of touch, complete attention and maintaining contact with the other continuously, slowing down your actions, rhythm and repetition, initiation and ending the contact. Please see the Handbook for Parents – Shantala basic principles (which is available in Dutch, English and German). This handbook discusses the importance of a positive approach when making contact and touching your baby. It is about giving your baby the attention and touch that it deserves with your sentient and empathetic hands. A basic way of touching that is complete.
Where does the name Shantala come from?
As gratitude for her cooperation to create his book about baby massage, the French physician Frederick Leboyer named the massage after her, Shantala. Shantala was a mother who lived in one of the slums of Calcutta (India).