About Baby Massage
Information about Baby Massage
Baby massage is a wonderful experience for both parent and baby. Baby massage has become very popular in the UK, with more emphasis placed on physical bonding and attachment between the parent and the baby.
More and more professionals are now realising the importance of baby massage and are encouraging parents to make baby massage a daily part of their routine. I certainly recognised these benefits in the years i nursed neonates both in hospital and the community.
I was able to witness the huge benefits baby massage gave these vulnerable infants without involving medical intervention. It also gave parents the enjoyment to be able to do something for their child to help relieve any discomfort through the simple mechanism of touch. Its through touch that we begin to understand our child. And its through our hands that we communicate to our child.
The course in which I trained, Hands on Baby massage bases itself on the principle that nurturing touch is a fundamental part of a baby's well-being and development. I therefore teach to provide parents with an easy and enjoyable routine that enables them to cherish and show love to their child through the most basic form of communication - touch.
Benefits of Baby Massage
The benefits of baby massage have been well recognised throughout many neonatal wards and about 30 years ago was introduced to help support the development of premature babies in intensive care units. The neonatal unit that I worked at had a nurse who once a week taught parents baby massage stokes to perform on their baby as part of their every day routine while in hospital. This would help to improve their outcome and strengthen the bond between parent and child.
Today baby massage is a lot more well recognised and there have been many studies to prove the benefits baby massage can bring though ‘touch’. The importance of touch through massage can help stimulate the production of the hormone Oxytocin, which helps to calm and relieve pain, such as teething. It can lower stress levels and help a baby to sleep more deeply. It can also help to prevent baby illnesses by improving their immune system. Massage has been proven to improve sleep problems, digestion and aid co-ordination and balance and assist babies in the crawling to walking learning curve.
The key Benefits of baby massage:
improve relaxation, encourage longer sleep patterns
relieve signs and systems of colic, teething and constipation and wind
stimulate baby’s major systems: co-ordination, respiration, digestion, learning skills and learning development
enhance bond and attachment between parent and infant
promote maternal emotional well-being
When can you start Baby Massage?
Surrey Baby massage courses are primarily targeted at the 0-6 month age bracket (so yes from newborn), but can be transferable to suit any age groups too. It is important to know that ‘babies always come first’ in any session taught. There is no pressure to complete the sessions, whether a child needs feeding, changing or simply a cuddle its absolutely essential we put our babies first and embrace this. Hand outs are given after every session so you can practise at home when your baby is in the right mood for massage.
Sessions are run on a friendly and informal basis, giving parents and carers the opportunity to learn baby massage in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Discussions are encouraged at the end of each class with refreshments. It’s often a great time to talk about challenges of parenthood and gives parents the opportunity to share their thoughts or anxieties and benefit from the experience of others. Often great friendship groups are formed at Surrey baby massage! So sign up today and come along for a good natter if nothing else, we would love to see you and your baby!
Book a Class
Join us for an hour and a quarter minute session
Classes are currently running on a Tuesday 10-11.15am and 11.30-12.45pm
Wednesday classes to commence in the summer term (after Easter holidays)
£65 for a 5 week course