"Massaging a baby is an art. As deep as it old. And yet so simple. Simple but difficult. And difficult because simple."
~ Dr. Frederick Leboyer
Hi, my name is Summer Rain Menkee. I'm a mom of two boys and Infant Massage Instructor based in Atlanta, GA. When my first son, Sage, was born I had the good fortune of learning Indian baby massage from my mother-in-law from Northern India. During his first two months of life, she massaged him daily using mustard seed oil, on a special plush waterproof towel (great for oil spills and diaper-free time), using a homemade mustard seed pillow to elevate his head (spit-up prevention). The therapeutic pillow also helped correct his torticollis (difficulty turning head to one side) and early signs of Plagiocephaly (flat-head syndrome). Thanks to our mustard seed pillow and daily massage routine, Sage avoided having to wear the "helmet!" I created the summer & sage (TM) Infant Massage Kit to help other families have access to the same Indian baby care benefits I received as a new mom in in the U.S.
When my mother in law went back to India, I implemented infant massage as part of our nightly bedtime routine. I have experienced firsthand the deep, long-lasting benefits and I was surprised to learn how many of my new mommy friends were unaware of this essential baby care practice. I got certified to teach other parents through the International Association of Infant Massage when Sage was 6 months old. He came to the training with me, as my instructor was flexible with our breastfeeding and nap needs. When my second son, Neel, was born, I began massaging him daily at 1 week old, after his umbilical cord fell off (just as my mother in law had begun with Sage).
I teach infant massage to new parents with newborns to pre-crawling babies through Parent & Baby group classes and private in-home instruction. Before moving to Georgia, I taught 100's of families in Los Angeles through public workshops and private instruction. In addition to working with integrative pediatrician, Dr. Edmond Sarraf as part of his in-home concierge program. My celebrity clients have included: Noah Wyle (E.R., Falling Skies), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, Inception), Virginia Williams (Fuller House, Charmed)
I currently sell an Infant Massage Kit and holistic baby care products on Amazon.
summer n' sage is the only U.S. distributor of Plush Waterproof Towels (imported from India, finished in the USA), U.S. manufacturer of Mustard Seed Infant Pillows (Made in the USA), and a rare distributor of organic cold-pressed Mustard Seed Oil (imported from India).