Shantala is a baby massage that Indian mothers teach their daughters and has been passed down from generation to generation. It is mainly performed every day for the first 40 days after the baby’s birth. Masseurs feel it in the heart and let flow through rhythmic movements of the hands, giving the baby a relaxed state of body and mind.
This massage helps the baby feel the tenderness of loving hands. It provides a sense of security, sound sleep and strength to the immune system.
The technique was introduced to the West in the 1970s by Dr. Frederique Leboyer, who observed a mother in Calcutta massaging her baby. The woman named Shantala allowed the doctor to study the technique. He noticed various physical advantages of the massage such as, enhancing fluid circulation, balancing the nervous system, and neutralizing constipation. It is also considered vital in physical as well as mental growth.
Ignasi (1963) is a massage therapis in Ayurveda, Thai and Tantra, and manages the www.sangam.institute, which provides healing therapies for body, soul and mind. Over the past, he worked at several luxury wellness-spa including, Hilton-Nordica and Iceland-Natura in Iceland. He holds degrees in massage, yoga/meditation and gestalt therapies, including Ayurveda (indian Ayurveda Institute-Kerala), Thai massage (Sunshine-Thailand), Chiropracktor (ISED-Spain), Tantra (European Association-Netherlands), Kundalini yoga teacher (KRI-USA), SatNam Rasayan meditation healer (SNR Foundation-Netherlands), Gestalt-SAT (Claudio Naranjo Foundation-Spain). He is fluent Spanish, French and English.