The use of Shantala in times of COVID-19: a way to promote health and strengthen ties

  • Mhaira de Souza Lopes State University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Renata Fernandes de Souza Nursing and Medicine College Nova Esperança
Keywords: Shantala; Covid-19; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Pandemic.


INTRODUCTION: At the end of 2019, a new virus known as the coronavirus appeared in the city of Wuhan (China), spreading rapidly. Currently expanded worldwide, its main effect is the pulmonary involvement. Shantala, which is a baby massage technique, originated in India, brought to the west in 1970 by Frederick Leboyer, a French obstetrician, who observed a mother massaging her baby in Calcutta-India. Integrative and Complementary Practices are therapeutic techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine that have as their main objective humanized and sensitive care for the individual as a whole. Touching stimulates the skin and the epidermis, which will produce responses at the cellular level, in which it increases immunity while activating neurotransmitters responsible for the feeling of joy and happiness. With the pandemic, several people are anxious, given the large number of deaths and the chain of false information that only contribute to the individual's emotional imbalance. Thus, in the present article we examine the importance of bringing up practices that stimulate the creation of bonds and produce greater relaxation of the body and mind, bringing to the applier and the receiver responses at physical, emotional and cellular level, as in case of Shantala. OBJECTIVE: Understand the Shantala and its practice as a way of care and a process of creating ties as a meaning to improve the health of its recipients and their caregivers in times of pandemic of the new coronavirus; analyze articles about the use of Shantala and its practice as a form of care. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic review was carried out on the use of Shantala, in order to minimize the impacts of the pandemic, which are closely linked to prevention measures. Descriptors used for the search: Shantala; ties, pandemic; Integrative and Complementary Practices. In the review, were not considered results that were not related to the Shantala technique. RESULTS: It was concluded that articles related to Shantala with covid-19 have not yet been produced. CONCLUSION: Studies and research on the proposed subject have not yet been shown in the literature. It can be seen that the practice of Shantala can indeed be effective and applicable in the pandemic context, as a meaning to improve mental health and balance of the body and mind of the applier, as well as the child's physical-motor and immunological responses.

How to Cite
Lopes, M., & de Souza, R. (2021). The use of Shantala in times of COVID-19: a way to promote health and strengthen ties. Acta Scientiae Anatomica, 1(Suppl 2), 15-16. Retrieved from