A baby massage course teaches parents/carers to use rhythmic strokes with their hands to massage their baby. On a 4 week baby massage course I will teach you all the strokes, routines and benefits that each massage technique has to offer. I will give you lots of advise on the best time to carry out a massage and talk you through the areas which you should avoid massaging on your baby. I will also talk you through the oils you should and shouldn’t use for massage. At the start of the course you will receive a small bottle of massage oil and a pack with lots of helpful information and the massage instructions/routines.
Baby massage is very calming and allows parents/carers time to relax and really strengthen those bonds with their baby. Baby massage is equally as good for dads/partners to learn, as it will also help them to strengthen their bonds with their baby especially if mum is breastfeeding.
When doing the massage routines you will be using soothing strokes with your hands and this will stimulate the production of oxytocin (the feel-good/love hormone) in you and baby. Oxytocin is amazing, as it will help you all feel calm and will help strengthen those bonds with your baby. Oxytocin has many health benefits for parents/carers & baby including some of the following: helping with bonding, helping calm and soothe baby when they are upset or ill. It is also beneficial for women who may be suffering from PND (There are PND support groups which can support women - click on the links to go straight to their web pages - Tommy's.org, PANDAS foundation, ANPIor Mind).
Benefits of baby massage:
Allows parents/carers and baby to spend quality time together
Allows parents/carers to get to know and understand their baby’s cues and cries
Helps to develop a secure attachment and bond
Helps with the flow of oxcytocin (the love hormone)
Promotes great eye-contact
Helps baby to develop socially, physically and mentally
Helps to improve and stabilise baby’s breathing
Helps develop baby’s nervous system
Helps boost circulation, digestion, bowel movements and growth
Provides a great source of sensory stimulation
Helps release tension in baby’s arms and legs
Promotes lymphatic drainage
Can help baby to sleep and feed better
Can help to soothe and settle baby
Helps baby to learn to relax
It can provide a calmer response to pain and stress
It can help relieve colic and teething pains
It can provide relief for colds and blocked sinuses
It helps with skin-to-skin contact
It can help parents feel more confident about handling their baby
It can also help with PND
Cost of class and booking information
22nd February, 1st, 8th & 15th March
12th, 19th 26th April & 3rd May
10th, 17th, 24th May & 7th June
14th, 21st, 28th June & 5th July
6th, 13th, 20th & 27th September
Cost: £45 – for a block of 4 1hour lessons.
To reserve a place you will need to pay a 50% deposit and then the balance is due 7 days before the course starts (please visit my website for Terms and Conditions).
To book: Email Vicki: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 07533 892993 or fill in a booking form on my website www.beautifullycalm.co.uk