New life is heartwarming, beautiful and unique.
The first days, weeks and months bring so much change, so many firsts and so many visitors!
Baby massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and bring some calm to your routine. Through your reassuring and loving touch you can encourage movement and development and soothe a range of newborn niggles. Massage has a range of benefits for both mum and baby and it is a lovely way to involve your partner or family in the bonding process, particularly if you have other children. Alternatively, some parents feel baby massage is a way to dedicate time to their new arrival away from the demands of older children and a hectic family routine.
Benefits of baby massage for baby:
dedicated bonding time with their parent(s) - especially important if there are other children in the household.
makes baby feel loved, safe and secure.
encourages alertness and coordination, broadens range of movement and improves flexibility and strength.
stimulates brain development and encourages communication skills.
soothes and reassures at fractious times.
induces more restful sleep.
targets symptoms of colic including tummy discomfort, excess / trapped wind and constipation.
supports and strengthens the digestive system.
stimulates circulation, the immune and the lymphatic systems, improving body function and removing waste.
Group classes are a popular way of introduction to baby massage as they provide a relaxed, nurturing and supportive atmosphere to learn new techniques, ask questions and importantly for the new mums, to take them out of the house and share their experience with others. Connecting with other women who are navigating early motherhood can be very comforting and enhance the experience greatly. Peer support can reduce feelings of isolation and is known to relieve symptoms of postnatal depression.
I am so thrilled to deliver group baby massage classes every week on behalf of the wonderful Hushabye Hands. I first attended baby massage classes with Hushabye myself when my little girl was four weeks old and I am really honoured to have taken over leading the classes. I endeavour to create a warm and welcoming environment that is perfect for the little ones to bond with their mummies and grow accustomed to massage but also to provide a supportive and relaxed space for the mums to connect and feel their experience is important too.
Mums typically join classes when babies are around 4+ weeks old, right through until they are becoming mobile.
Please visit the website for the latest information on venues, timings and pricing. I would love to see you there.
ONE TO ONE SESSIONS
I also offer one to one sessions for baby massage which can take place in the comfort of your own home.
They provide a more intimate bonding experience and opportunity to include a partner, other children or family members and are a great way to encourage confidence handling the baby.
Older children can receive and learn techniques themselves, which can be a great way to nurture the sibling bond and ease any jealous tendencies.
Bonding is important for all family members.