“Feeding babies with touch, giving food to their skin and their backs, is just as important as filling their stomachs” Leboyer 1977 – The Traditional Art of Baby Massage
New born infants are dependent on sensory input for their physical, psychological, emotional and social development and well-being. Nurturing baby massage classes provide just what is needed in the early weeks for both you and your baby.
You are welcome to join this class from 4 weeks after birth or as soon as you feel ready. Seek your GP/midwife’s approval if you have any health concerns with regard to you or your baby.
What the classes cover
The classes include baby massage instruction, yoga and movement creating a safe haven in which trust can be nourished and a strong bond established. This is achieved through loving touch, gentle exercises and relaxation. There is also time to chat and make new friends helping you to meet the challenges of becoming a new parent. You will be supported physically and emotionally, in these early weeks, after the birth of your little one helping you to gain strength and confidence. Little babies may need to feed, a cuddle or to sleep, all is fine in this relaxed class. You will take away ideas, movements and songs to use in the early weeks with your new baby. Whether pregnancy has been easy or not, the early weeks and months create a foundation that has far reaching benefits for parents and children later in life. My baby massage instruction class combined with gentle postnatal recovery yoga for mum is very relaxed and flexible, and babies often have their own ideas, the classes will be adapted to meet the needs of the mums and babies. The relaxation and chat all help mums to feel refreshed and energised. This is an opportunity to learn and understand your baby. This one-to-one time with your baby helps you too as you gain confidence and enjoy your parenting and relax with your baby.
Benefits of Baby Massage
- Can help your baby to sleep
- Can provide relief from the discomforts of teething, colic and constipation
- Enhances the development of baby’s central nervous system (the brain-to-body route of communication)
- Stimulates your baby’s respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems
- Calming and soothing for both mum and baby
- Supports and helps to build strong bonds between you and your baby
- Teaches your baby that they are loved and valued
- Giving a relaxing massage can help to increase the supply of breast milk (due to hormonal changes)
- Learning to relate to your baby’s body language and cues
- Meet other parents and babies – forming friendships and a support network