What is baby massage?
Touch is the first sense to develop in utero. Touch is a vital part of our lives and relationships,
and is the perfect way to support building a relationship between mother/father and baby.
Infant massage as we teach it today was created by Vimala McClure in 1976.
The massage techniques derive from Indian & Swedish massage and have been adapted to
work perfectly for babies and children. The massage taught has been developed by the
International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).
It includes massage strokes for arms, legs, face, back, chest and stomach as well as specific
techniques which can be used to ease colic, wind and digestive discomfort.
Benefits of baby massage include:
- decreased wind & digestive discomfort
- bonding and fostering better communication between you and your baby
- helping baby sleep
- learning to read baby's cues
- relaxes baby and reduces crying
- reduces discomfort from common issues such as teething
- release endorphins (happy hormones!) to relax your baby and make them feel good!
I teach baby massage over a 4 or 5 week course, each week teaching new strokes and building on the techniques you have learnt previously. Classes also include gentle movements, stretches and elements of baby yoga to help with your baby's physical and cognitive development.
I aim to create a calm, positive, relaxing and very much baby friendly environment for all classes. I currently teach classes either one on one, or in small groups of mums - in the comfort of your own home.
You'll learn how to read your baby's cues and how to choose the appropriate time for massage. It is not necessary that your baby be awake and participating during every class. You are able to practice the strokes on a doll, and will receive handouts to allow you to practice the strokes at home when your baby is ready.
Every class is baby led - you are free to move about, change nappies, breastfeed or bottle feed at any time during the class. These classes are designed for non mobile babies, up to approx. 6 months.
Classes are £150 for four sessions of 60-75 minutes, held at home for 1-3 mums. For groups of 4 mums or more add an extra £30 for each additional mum/baby. Course fees include massage oil, IAIM baby massage parent handbook, massage quick reference guide, certificate and refreshments.
Classes will be tailored to you as an individual and your babies needs. We'll also cover specific massage routines for your baby to help with difficulties such as colic or teething pain.
Baby Massage - Introductory Course
Colic Massage Therapy
Baby Massage can also help babies struggling with colic, wind and digestive discomfort (including constipation).
A colic massage therapy session will be help in the comfort of your own home, where you'll be taught specific strokes, routines and gentle movements to help relieve symptoms of colic, excessive wind or constipation.
You will be shown how to perform these strokes on your baby (the instructor will demonstrate on a doll). If you baby is not content to accept the massage at the time of the appointment you will have the opportunity to practice on a doll, and to use the strokes with your baby when they are awake/able to accept a massage.
Stroke diagrams and instructions will be provided to you. Organic cold pressed massage oil will be provided for you to use during the consultation, you can also purchase organic massage oil for £2.