Baby massage is a wonderful way to connect with your baby.
The benefits of baby massage are well researched, and include:
- stimulation (of all the big systems: circulation, digestion, respiration, immune, skin, language, nervous)
- relaxation (releases stress, produces calming hormones, helps to regulate sleep patterns)
- relief (sinuses, growing pains, teething, colic, constipation, excess mucous)
- interaction (bonding, communication, eye contact, one to one activity).
As an IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor, I run six week courses with each session lasting approx. one and a half hours. Each week we will focus on a new body part, building up to massaging the whole body by week 4. Towards the end of the course we will also learn some simple yoga inspired stretching exercises for your baby and how to do a short whole body massage routine for when you are short of time.
Each class includes time for a guided discussion on a postnatal topic, which is a great opportunity to share ideas and enjoy a cuppa!
It doesn’t matter at all if your baby cries, needs feeding, is asleep or needs a nappy change during the class – all these things happen all the time, and are just part of having a new baby! Each week we recap everything we have done the previous weeks, so you will always have a chance to catch up on anything you have missed.
Classes are most suitable for babies from eight weeks to six months old, with the optimum age for starting to learn it being from twelve to eighteen weeks (i.e. before the babies are on the move!).