Bima Traditional Baby Massage | Indonesia

Published: Jan 8, 2022 | Revised: Jan 29, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Mother giving massage to baby

The Bima Regency is a regency (an administrative division of a province) of the Indonesian Province of West Nusa Tenggara, which is located on the island of Sumbawa.

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Infant or Baby Massage — locally called pe’e — is a tradition of Bima culture that has been carried on for generations as a means to reduce seizures in infants, to improve better sleep, and promote general wellbeing.

Giving baby massages is seen as a simple, inexpensive and effective technique to aid a baby’s development. Typically, Baby Massage is given and taught by traditional midwives and doulas, a skill acquired through generations.

Baby Massage techniques consist of rubbing, and slow and gentle stroking of the baby’s muscles, starting from the baby’s legs, and continuing with the stomach, chest, face, hands and back.

Another characteristic of Bima Baby Massage is the application of Aromatherapy, that is, the use of certain spices i.e. plant extracts in oils and creams that are used in the massage treatment. It’s believed that using aromatic herbs improves health and wellbeing of the baby.

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