BABY MASSAGE CLASSES
It is through our hands that we speak to the child. That we communicate. Touch is the child's first language, understanding comes long after feeling. (Frédérick Leboyer)
Providing nurturing touch is a beautiful and gentle way to reassure, soothe and bond with your baby. Babies have a need to be held and touched; this helps with their emotional and physical development as well as adjusting to life outside the womb.
Baby massage has been around for hundreds of years in many different cultures. I believe it is a parenting skill that every parent should learn! Its benefits are endless…
For the baby:
Helping them feel securely attached, loved, valued and respected
Increasing their relaxation and improving their sleep
Relieving trapped wind, colic, constipation and other discomforts
Helping baby develop body awareness and coordination
For the parent:
Bonding and feeling closer to your baby
Learning to understand your baby's behaviour, crying and body language
Spending quality 1:1 time with your baby
Increasing your confidence and self-esteem as a parent
I trained with the International Association of Infant Massage and teach their curriculum to parents. It is a wonderful, internationally recognised programme that promotes nurturing touch and communication. It is inspired by Indian and Swedish massage strokes, as well as principles from yoga and reflexology.
My classes are made up of 5 weekly sessions and are suitable for babies once they have had their 6-week check up to pre-crawling. They are very relaxed and baby-led. All babies are welcome and can benefit from infant massage.
Over the 5-week course, you will learn a series of baby massage strokes for each part of the body, gentle movements and a colic routine. We will cover the endless benefits of baby massage, but also other things such as learning to understand infant behaviour, reading baby cues and helping to relieve colic. Discussions around relevant parenting topics are facilitated at the end of each session; this gives you and other participants a safe, non-judgemental space to share your feelings and experiences as parents.
BABY MASSAGE CLASSES - AT HOME
Learn baby massage with a small group of friends in the comfort of your home.
This package consists of:
5 weekly sessions in your home
Each 60-min session covers theory points, massage strokes and discussion around a parenting topic
Massage oil and handouts provided
(A minimum of 3 participants is required)
£70 per person
Charlotte was super friendly, calm and patient with my daughter and me. She was clearly very passionate about the practice of baby massage and its benefits for both baby and parent. We felt very at ease with her at home even in these difficult times. I loved getting to know my baby better and getting positive feedback from her when she was enjoying the massage. I also really enjoyed seeing her reactions and level of engagement change over the 5 weeks as she got more accustomed to the massage strokes. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I hope my husband and I will continue to practice massage with our daughter for many years!