Baby Massage Classes

Baby Massage
Baby Massage
Baby Massage
Baby Massage
Baby Massage
Baby Massage classes
Course Details
 
  • Courses run for 5 weekly sessions, 2 hours each. Group numbers are small (4-6).
 
  • Cost £45 including massage oil, parent handouts each week and a parent handbook. 
  • Classes are suitable for Newborn babies up to 1 year old.
 
  • All sessions are led by the needs of the parents and babies. If your baby needs to take a nap, feed or cry it's all fine.
 
  • Refreshments are provided with time to chat to other parents and share experiences.
 
  • All you need to bring is a towel for your baby to lie on.
 
  • Parents should wear loose, comfortable clothing as we will be sitting on the floor.
 
Come and join us in our friendly, fun and relaxed environment to enjoy the benefits of nurturing touch and massage with your baby.
Louise Goodey runs the courses and is a certified infant massage instructor who trained through the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). The IAIM was founded in 1986 and their infant massage training course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, Complementary Therapies Association and Embody.

Learning to massage your baby can enhance your relationship with your baby as well as improve your baby's health and wellbeing.  Parents who come on our courses learn so much more than just a massage routine. The IAIM baby massage program is comprehensive and covers touch, movement, relaxation, interaction and communication.
 
You will learn:
  • The IAIM massage routine.
  • A colic routine
  • Gentle movements
  • Touch relaxation
baby massage classes
Baby Massage classes
Baby Massage
Baby Massage classes

Benefits of Baby Massage

Many parents and babies have experienced the benefits of baby massage which can include:
baby massage improves sleep
 
  Benefits for your baby
 
  • Promoting Bonding and helping your baby feel more securely attached.
 
  • Helping your baby feel more loved, valued and respected.
 
  • Aiding relaxation and reducing stress with longer sleep.
 
  • Reduced crying and emotional distress.
 
  • Development of body awareness, stimulating muscle development and improving tone.
 
  • Improving Balance, Co-ordination, learning ability and language development.
 
  • Relief of Colic, constipation, wind, muscle tension, nasal congestions, and teething discomfort.
Baby Massage - parent benefits
 
  Benefits for parents
 
  • Feeling closer to your baby.
 
  • ​Gaining a deeper understanding of your babies behavior, crying and body language.
 
  • Learning to read your baby's cues.
 
  • Providing a calm relaxed environment and the opportunity to spend one on one time with your baby.
 
  • Increased confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby.
 
  • Learning a parenting skill that you can continue to use with your baby as they go through childhood.

About Baby Massage

The known benefits of baby massage for both mother and baby are unquestionable, with baby massage being widely supported by medical practitioners across the world.
 
Baby massage has been a longstanding parenting tradition in many cultures, such as India and Africa. It was introduced to the western world around 30 years ago and has continued to gain in popularity. Through the course that we offer we aim to bring together the ancient wisdom with modern knowledge. The IAIM baby massage course draws from both Indian and Swedish massage techniques, as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology. Our course teaches parents a sequence of rhythmic strokes and soothing holds which have been developed and refined over many years.
 
The four main areas of benefit are: 
Baby Massage and improved bonding
Interaction and bonding - promoting bonding and secure attachment by providing parents with the opportunity to bond with their babies through loving touch, special one-to-one time, eye contact and affection. The interaction as well as use of song and rhyme help with the development of language skills.
Baby Massage improves sleep
Relaxation - baby massage is wonderfully soothing in itself, and we also teach babies how to relax through techniques such as 'touch relaxation'. Baby massage has been shown to help babies and parents relax and become less stressed, with increased periods of calm for both. Many parents believe baby massage has helped their baby's sleep patterns.
Baby Massage and relief of colic
Relief - baby massage can help with many common baby ailments that can cause distress for both the baby and their parents. These include; gas and colic, constipation and elimination, gastrointestinal cramps, muscular tension, excess mucous, nasal congestion and teething discomfort.
Baby Massage - benefits
Stimulation - Baby massage positively stimulates all of your baby's physical and neurological systems as well as demonstrating love through skin to skin contact.  This causes the release of hormones that create loving behaviour. Regular massage can also stimulate muscle tone and development, helping balance and improve your baby's mind and body awareness. 

What to Expect in Classes

Only you massage your baby.  Our instructor will demonstrate the massage strokes on a doll.
 
We take a cue based approach, giving cues to babies such as asking permission, and observing and following their cues as to whether they want to be massaged.  This helps to develop communication between you and your baby, but also gives them a sense of control and helps build feelings of trust and respect.
 
Our classes are relaxed, friendly and fun.  It's a great way to meet new friends. There is also time within each session to discuss baby topics and share experiences. 
Baby Massage classes
Sleeping, weaning, teething and tummy discomfort are some of the hot topics.  And sometimes it can just be nice to know that you're not on your own and that other people are in the same boat.
 
Massage strokes are repeated each week and you are given handouts at the end of each session which show how to do the massage strokes so you can practice at home.
 
The sessions are baby/parent led. We want you and your baby to feel relaxed in the class, so please don't worry if the class clashes with nap time, or they need a feed or have a cry. We expect babies to be babies so it's all good.
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