Mum’n’Babii Ritual - Shantala


The Shantala baby and child massage technique is a well-respected ancient massage technique, from which most other infant massage methods have developed. Defined by its simplicity and mesmerizing rhythmic movements it is relaxing, enhances a baby or child's sense of security, their sleep patterns as well as their immune-systems. It also promotes a healthy bonding process, and helps with self-regulation.

Give this extra love to your baby!!!

Mum’n’Babii Ritual - Shantala, is a Baby Massage Oil and is a nourishing and warming oil for daily skincare.

Ideal for sensitive skin and baby massage, it stimulates the natural functions of the skin and help to protect it from any drying effect.

The smoothing properties of the Sweet Almond oil assists in the protection of baby’s delicate skin. With added essential oils of chamomile, lavender, orange and rosemary. Easily absorbed, leaving skin soft and subtle.

Your Shantala Oil is also particularly suitable for cleansing the nappy area and as an all over body moisturiser after bathing.

Directions for use:

For daily baby care, after washing or bathing, distribute a small amount of oil between hands and apply gently.

For cleaning whole body, a few drops on cotton wool or pad. Take special care of skin folds.

For baby massage, first warm a little oil between hands and distribute evenly. Then, massage gently to calm nervous and fractious children.

To soften cradle cap, massage baby’s sclap with our oil and then remove with comb after 30 minutes.

For dry skin, add a few drops of oil to the bath.


Sweet Almonds - (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Cold pressed oil from the seed kernel of the Prunus communis dulcis tree. Wonderfully emollient, soothing and moisturizing, with a sweet, pleasant scent. High in oleic, linoleic and other fatty acids that are beneficial for the skin. Nondrying, and useful in the treatment of very dry skin. Almonds are said to impart good tidings related to money, prosperity, and wisdom.

Marigold - (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract) Calendula is wonderfully healing for all skin types, possessing anti-inflammatory, calming, wound healing, antioxidant, antiseptic, and freshening properties. It is common ingredient in salves and natural deodorants. Sometimes used as a natural pigment for red or blonde hair. Calendula is said to impart protection and to have a positive effect on prophetic dreams, legal matters, and psychic powers.

Chamomile Flower Extract - (Matricaria recutita) A wonderful little daisy-like flower with a delightful scent that has been used by many cultures since ancient times. Internally, it is a mild sedative, and has a soothing effect on digestion. It is a wonderfully gentle herb, suitable even for children, as is often used to help treat colic. Externally, it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, softening, moisturizing, soothing, and skin healing effects. It helps to cleanse and tighten the pores of the skin and helps to strengthen tissues. Reputed to reduce swelling and pain in the skin and mucous membranes. Also used as a rinse to add golden highlights to light hair. Widely used in skin care as an herbal extract and for its beautiful blue essential oil called azulene. Chamomile is said to promote love, sleep, pleasant dreams, protection, purification, and good fortune in money matters.

Lavender - (Lavendula officinale, L. angustafolia) Lavender has a long history of use for its calmative and uplifting effects when smelled. The word lavender comes from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash", and lavender has been used since ancient times to purify areas and cleanse the body. Lavender has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and is soothing and healing to the skin, making it a wonderful remedy for burns, wounds, and skin irritations. Lavender is said to impart love, protection, prosperity, happiness, purification, longevity, peace, chastity, and restful sleep.

Orange, sweet - The essential oil is cold extracted from the fruit of the Citrus sinensis tree and is widely used in perfumery for its fresh, uplifting scent. It is mildly astringent, antiseptic, cleansing, and soothing, and makes a good toner for dry, sensitive skin, and broken capillaries. Oranges are said to promote love, luck, divination, and prosperity.

Rosemary - Commonly known for its use in cooking, rosemary has a very long history of use for a variety of purposes. It is one of the oldest known incenses, and its name means "Dew of the sea". Rosemary also has wonderful applications in medicine and cosmetics. It has astringent, antioxidant, and cleansing properties, and it also stimulates circulation, improves mental clarity, soothes sore muscles, relieves congestion, and darkens and nourishes hair. Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance, and also imparts protection, love, lust, purification, mental powers, healing, restful sleep, and longevity.

Also: Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*.

* from natural essential oils (i.e. naturally present in the essential oils).

Ve – suitable for vegans.


The most beneficial habits should naturally be created first, which is why Ayurveda so passionately advocates massage for everyone, and particularly for infants. New babies need regular massage. Babies in India are massaged for up to a years after they are born, and most traditions of mother and child care for at least 40 days after delivery.

Baby massage stimulates the growing immune and nervous systems, and provides critical emotional nourishment. Some modern research suggests that premature infants who receive regular massage gain more weight and thrive more efficiently than do their peers who are not massaged.

Oil massage is food for the baby's skin and nerves. It strengthens the skin, improves its color and texture, and makes it soft and smooth.

ImageThe rhythmic movement relives vata's erratic tendencies and alleviates stiffness and the oil reduce vata's dry, light, and rough qualities. Sesame oil medicated with herbs is Ayurveda's traditional choice for massage oil, but almond, olive, sunflower, or coconut oilcan also used, according to climate and availability.


“The Shantala is a traditional art of massage for babies, as it translates Frédérick Leboyer (1995), in its intitled book as “Shantala”. In this workmanship, Leboyer, through the poetical description of the technique that knew in Calcutá in India, express the spirit of the “holding”: instinctive original and. Shantala, according to author, was the name of a refugee, who was sheltered in a charity association that exists until today in Pilkhana. The name of this association is Seva Sangha Samiti, that at the time sheltered Shantala and its two small children. Until good little time, Shantala worked inside of the entity. It only interrupted its activities for health problems.” (Pagan, 2003, P. 84)

Arrived in port in the Ocidente for the hands of the French doctor Frédérick Leboyer, the original massage for babies “Shantala” derived from comments, notations, registers and photographs registered in India, where it consists of tradition the mothers to massagearem its children to the outdoors more, in spread points, or same in the residences and varied public parks. Beyond consisting of beautiful practical soft e that it produces interaction affective, harmonious bond between massageador and baby, the Shantala, for its proper nature, to provide continuous stimulaton who acts as carrier for the infantile development, in its more distinct vertices.

Amongst practical and the touchs stipulated in the mentioned massage, all the body of the child receives touchs specific, diverse movements that produce great well-being, health, contentment and relaxation, essential attributes to psychic organic the physical harmony//of the baby, supplying its necessity of affection, has touched, fondles, aconchego. Objective come back to the attendance of just-been born daily pay-term or carriers of pathological organic curse/, the UTI Neonatal while entity mainly established contemporarily toward attendance and recovery of the admitted patients, for its proper attribution presents reasons enough to admit, to study and to make possible procedures that englobem the Shantala amongst its practical routine.

Some transformations in the massage Shantala Indiana occur originarily, however, so that if they can extract significant revenues in neonatal environment, observed the necessities special and limitations of each baby so that the practical one of the massage is admitted. In these terms, the active supervision of team to multidiscipline in Unit of Intensive Therapy Neonatal must insculpir present before a lapsing of the Shantala, not having this practical considered being generic, but it minutely opposite studies to each specific case. With designed and minutely directed application to the existing possibilities in each internal baby to the UTI Neonatal, the Shantala can consist therapy correlata to the general improvement of the pathological picture of the patient treated, increasing its possibilities of supervened, narrowing affective bonds, alliviating to discomforts and inherent pains to the common invasive procedures to the usual medicamentosas interactions, providing the necessary dose with affection and afetuosidade for aconchego to the ill baby.

The advantages of the use of the massage in babies are many, and, glimpsing itself that those carriers of fragile conditions of health are most devoid of specific treatments, it consists Shantala, coadjuvante therapy for improvement of the diagnosised pictures of disease. But, with essential medical supervision and of complementary team, always.

In these terms, a possible synthesis concerning the application of the Shantala massage in babies interned in Unit of Intensive Therapy Neonatal is that such technique configures deserving field of comments, studies, experimentations and research, for gauging of the levels of effectiveness and efficiency in the improvement of the general pictures established in sick babies or daily pay-term, not so that if can survey if benefit in the practical one exists or (since this is well-known) but not to more select and to perfect the adjusted procedural proceedings and to its full use in the described environment. It will be established, of certain, a new field of applicability-benefit, without precedents.


The Shantala™ Massage Mat is designed specially with baby and child massage in mind: soft and warm to the touch, durable and easy to clean.

The mat is made of an exceptional high quality, innovative ”closed-cell foam“, using an environmentally friendly process without chemical residues. The material acts as a thermal barrier, is lightweight and both water and oil resistant. Resistant to most of today‘s chemicals as well, you can properly sanitize it when necessary.

The above-mentioned qualities are exactly the qualities you would be looking for in a true baby massage mat: warm and comfortable for both you and your baby, with neither fluids nor oil harming the mat. Even in the event of ”accidents“, and body fluids coming in contact with the mat, you can clean the mat with basically any sanitizer without jeopardizing your mat.

Designed in a good size - 3/8" x 38" x 59" (0.95 x 96.52 x 149.86 cm.) - and cut in a convenient oval shape, so that both you and your baby or child fit comfortably on the mat.

The advantages

The Shantala™ Massage Mat acts as a thermal barrier, making it a warm and comfortable mat for both you and your baby.

Water and oil resistant.

Resistant to chemicals, enabling you to thoroughly sanitize the mat in the event of any "accidents".

Made using an environmentally friendly process, without chemical residues.

The mat has a good size, so both you and your baby/child fit comfortably on the mat.

Multi purpose.

Sturdy and durable – designed for many years of use.

Cleaning advice

Regular cleaning: use a sponge with soft soap and sponge off with water.

Thorough cleaning: spray a sanitizer first – then sponge off with soap and water.


Toddler, Baby Massage and Shantala by Frederick Leboyer,