May 16th – 21st May 2012
Baby massage has been a longstanding parenting tradition in many cultures such as India and Africa, and has been introduced to the west during the last 30 years, gaining in popularity in the UK since the late 1990′s.
The first few months after the birth of your baby can be both joyful, and challenging, it is the most important job in the world, but not always easy. Baby massage classes can help support you through this time of change by offering some uninterrupted time of getting to know baby and letting baby get to know you.
What is Baby Massage?
Baby massage is when a parent or primary carer lovingly strokes or holds their baby.
Using a high quality non-fragranced vegetable oil, soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of the baby’s body – a sequence is followed which has been developed over many years.
The massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with babies, to increase bonding, relaxation, relief and stimulation. There’s also a theory that touch and skin-to-skin contact help to stimulate your baby’s brain development.
Many parents find by giving baby a massage it lifts their mood and can help you to feel more empowered as a parent. The time you set aside for a massage can be your special time together. As you massage your baby, it comes naturally to chat to them and make plenty of eye contact with them (Underdown et al 2006); this is one reason why massage can help mums with postnatal depression.
What are the Benefits of Baby Massage?
Clinical evidence shows that loving, touching and nurturing contact between parent and baby has a positive impact on their subsequent development and can play a vital role in digestion and growth.
Baby Massage has many benefits for both you and your child and through our classes you will learn how to help improve your child’s blood circulation, improve skin condition and boost their immune system as well as many other benefits.
– Between child and parent
– Promotion of bonding and undivided attention and quality time with parents.
– Demonstrated by improved sleep patterns
– Lower levels of stress hormones and lower levels of anti-stress hormones
• Relief – massage may help with
– Gas and colic
– Constipation and elimination
– GI cramps and teething discomfort
– Of the circulatory and digestive symptoms
– Of mind/body awareness
What will you learn during Baby Massage?
• A routine of massage strokes
• Colic routine
• Gentle movements
• Touch relaxation
• The best time to massage your baby
• Which massage oils to use
• Adapting the strokes
What to expect on the course
Our baby classes always focus on the babies needs making sure they come first; therefore if baby needs feeding, changing or is unsettled, their needs will always come first.
If your baby is asleep, do not worry, we encourage babies to do exactly as they want to so there’s no need to wake them, you can practice the strokes on one of our demonstration babies and when you get home you can do it for real with baby in your own time, when baby is ready to receive a massage.
There is no pressure in The Bath Massage Company baby massage classes, they are very relaxed and you will always be put at ease, and most importantly they are fun for both you and your baby!
At the end of the course you will have made some great new friends and have learnt beneficial massage techniques to use at home safely on your baby.
Baby Massage Classes are available with Polly at The Bath Practice. Polly has been trained by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), which is a worldwide association that offers training of a very high standard.
Attending baby massage groups is a wonderful way to meet other parents and share experiences. Many new friendships have been forged through parents and their babies attending the classes, and it offers one hour of uninterrupted time for you and your baby.
You can contact Polly to discuss the courses further by:
Tel: 07790 007 263