Embracing and strengthening parent and baby bonding
4 week Baby Massage course delivered by a qualified infant massage instructor
In many cultures, the practice of massaging babies is an art passed down from generation to generation. Historians have found evidence of baby massage dating back over 3000 years and in regions as diverse as India, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Even today in these countries infant massage is still considered a routine part of childcare, from the moment of birth until the baby is weaned and walking.
Since the mid to late 1990’s baby massage has become very popular in the UK, with more emphasis placed on physical bonding and attachment between the parent and the baby. More and more professionals are now realising the importance of baby massage and are encouraging parents to make baby massage a daily part of their routine.
Benefits to your Baby
There are many benefits of baby massage for both your baby and you. Regular massage can stimulate muscle development and tone and improve your babies mind and body awareness. Many babies who are massaged demonstrate better than average language and physical ability. Baby massage can also help with many common baby ailments that can cause great anxiety for both you and your baby.
Some baby massage benefits:
Promotes bonding and attachment
Stimulates the digestive system
Increases the release of oxytocin ‘The feel good hormone’
Reduces the stress levels and the stress hormone cortisol
Improved sleep patterns and encourages a deeper sleep by regulating the breathing and increases the levels of oxygen in the bloodstream.
Relieves symptoms of colic and digestion problems such as constipation and reflux
Helps with teething and cold and flu symptoms
Benefits to you
Mothers can also benefit on a physical level. A mother’s breast milk can be stimulated by massaging her baby and Oxytocin, the hormone that controls feelings of well-being and the nurturing instinct, is much higher when a mother has massaged her baby. The benefits are not just limited to the mother; studies have shown that fathers that massage their babies regularly each night before bed shows they interact much better with their babies than fathers that don’t. On the whole baby massage can help parents feel confident about handling a tiny new-born.
Massaging your baby from an early age is one of the most important forms of communication you can have with your baby. During a Baby Massage class, you will begin to learn about your baby’s non-verbal cues and discover how to communicate with your baby.
The classes provide an inclusive, friendly and supportive environment for new parents to attend with their baby. It can be quite daunting going to go to your first class but you can be reassured that you will be made to feel very welcome. The sessions are a good chance for you to meet new parents with babies of similar age to yours and to start to socialise with your new baby.
The class is for babies aged 4 weeks up until they are too mobile (usually crawling age).
We will cover all massage strokes for the full body, which includes the chest, tummy, legs, feet, arms, hands, back, face and head each week.
All group sessions have a total of 8 mums attending. Groups are purposefully kept small so that the instructor can give everyone as much attention as is needed. Equally, smaller groups allow for a more intimate and nurture environment.
One to one sessions (or small groups - max 3) in your own home can also be arranged if you cannot attend a class or would like a gentle introduction to get to know Blissful Babies and try it out before coming to class.
What to bring
During your first class you will be given your complimentary cold pressed organic massage oil and a mat will be available to use during the session. At the end of each class you will be given handout notes to help you remember the strokes at home.
New-born baby’s sense of smell is very sensitive and it is important that strong perfumes are avoided during a massage as this can overstimulate the baby and put them off the massage. Baby will be more comforted by the natural and subtle smells of a familiar environment or a familiar object like their towel or blanket. Please bring a towel or blanket along to the class.
What to wear
As the room needs to be warm for the babies, it is advised that you wear comfortable and removable layers. We suggest that baby’s clothes are removed during the massage, you can also remove the nappy, however if you would prefer to keep the nappy on then that is also fine.
For further information on parenting and child sessions, take a look at our sister service Blissful Babies. Click on the logo below to be taken to the Blissful Babies website.
*Katie is a fully qualified infant massage instructor and holds an enhanced DBS certificate. Training certificates and insurance documents can be seen upon request.