Baby Massage Classes

 

Babies on sofa“Touch is not just a pleasant stimulus, but a biological necessity.”- Dr Phyllis K Davies, Ph. D. Infant massage is a type of positive touch and an extremely important form of communication between parent and baby, helping with the attachment and bonding process. Birth can be a very stressful experience for a newborn and massage can reduce this stress; which is as important for tiny infants as it is for adults.

Building it into their bedtime routine :

If a massage is introduced after a bath as part of a baby’s bedtime routine it can help to release tension in the baby and mother; it improves the baby’s circulation, deepens and regulates the breathing and increases the levels of oxygen in the bloodstream which leads to deeper sleep.

Research on bonding :

babies and dadsMassage also helps with bonding and attachment of baby and parent. Research by Field et al (1996) provided evidence to suggest that babies who received massage from their mothers gained more weight, had less sleep problems, were calmer and interacted better with their mother. The research also suggested that there were huge benefits for mothers who suffered from postnatal depression. Massaging their babies produced higher levels of Serotonin, the hormone that control mood and feelings of well being, indicating they suffered less from the depression.

Attending an infant massage class can teach you to understand your baby’s body and become confident about handling them. Classes can be done on a one-to-one basis or in a group.

Just some of the benefits of baby massage :babymassage

  • It strengthens the immune system
  • It strengthens the digestive system alleviating colic, wind and constipation
  • Strengthens the bond between parent and baby
  • It’s a fun and enjoyable experience for baby and parent

 

babies and mums

*** Please note : Baby massage classes are a one-off session. They are organised by one person with a group of friends who have babies **