What is a Baby Massage Instruction Session?
My Baby Massage Instruction Sessions are, first and foremost, run by the babies. I like to focus on cueing in to the babies' individual needs and developmental levels. Sessions are spontaneous and unpredictable at times, but always fun and supportive.
Baby massage sessions are open to all, parents / carers and their babies and other family members and friends who may be involved in caring for your baby.
Baby Massage can aid their healthy development, so healthy, or colicky, your baby will still benefit from the massage.
The Baby Massage Instruction Session will teach parents/carers the techniques for giving babies a full-body massage. This is a life long skill that is taught and you can keep and do with your baby with the aid of instructional written and verbal material that is provided from the session.
Baby massage can also be referred to as Touch Communication. Touch is the first sense that babies develop in uterus. It is through touch that they first interacted with their environment and it is touch that we can use to communicate love to them once they are born.
Many cultures have used Baby Massage as part of baby care for hundreds of years, and research shows it can have many benefits. Baby Massage enables you to learn about and respond to your baby's body language. It is also a wonderful way to make your baby feel safe and secure.
There is no set way to massage your baby - provided you know how to do it safely, you and your baby will discover what's best for you both. It is important to remember, however, that massage is something you do with, rather than to your baby.
Some parents / carers worry that they will not have enough time to massage their baby, however, a five minute massage, two or three times a week can enhance the parent/carer-infant relationship, babies love it and it can help alleviate baby ailments too such as colic and wind, constipation, poor sleep, teething pains, colds and congestion.
Baby massage has developed in popularity with greater emphasis on the importance of physical bonding between mother and baby.
Baby massage is all about empowering parents / carers to massage their babies through instruction.
Benefits of Baby Massage to Babies.
A five minute massage, two or three times a week helps make a more confident parent-infant relationship, babies love it and it can help alleviate baby ailments too.
• Massage is an excellent way of connecting with your baby. A short massage each night before bath time can help your baby feel loved
• Massage can alleviate trapped wind, soothe colic or alleviate constipation
• Massaging the jaw can relax a baby who has just begun to take solids
• Massaging the gums through the skin may ease the pain of teething
• A face massage can unblock baby's blocked nose
• Massage can alleviate the effects of postnatal depression and help mother have a more positive interaction with their baby
Baby Massage and gentle stroking is encouraged in premature babies as touch has been found to have a profound effect on development.
Baby Massage is also a very valuable skill that parents/carers and families can use to provide positive benefits to babies with special requirements.
Stimulates a baby’s circulation.
Stimulates and strengthens a baby’s immune system.
Soothes and comforts, helping to relieve anxiety, stress and emotional trauma.
Promotes relaxation and helps induce sleep.
Gives baby reassurance through skin contact.
Aids digestion and elimination (helping to relieve colic, wind and constipation).
Encourages muscular co-ordination and joint mobility.
Encourages faster weight gain.
Helps a baby’s breathing.
Can help to improve the texture of the skin.
Enhances development and sensory awareness.
Teaches baby about communication.
Increases vocalisation (assisting in speech and language development).
Benefits of Baby Massage to Parents/Carers
Deepens and strengthens the relationship between parent and baby by encouraging bonding.
Helps increase confidence for parents in handling their baby.
Fosters feelings of comfort, trust, enjoyment and security.
Can help relieve stress in a baby and its parents, helping them to cope more easily.
Helps parents become more aware and understanding of baby’s needs.
Provides a special time focused on baby and parent, for both parent and baby to enjoy.
What Does Baby Massage Instruction Involve?
As a qualified baby massage instructor, I will complete a consultation with you to ensure that massage would be suitable for your baby.
This Consultation is carried out on your first visit as every parent and baby has different needs and requirements.
The session will then teach you the parent(s) / carer(s) / relation, the techniques for giving your baby a full body massage.
A series of movements will then be demonstrated to you, and I will help you to practice these on your baby, in order that you can carry out the massage at home.
The Baby Massage Instruction Session can take place in your home, at my treatment room, or a location where you feel comfortable. The instruction session can either be carried out on a one-to-one basis, or in small groups.
After the initial session I will arrange to meet with you and your baby again to review your progress and to discuss any further questions you may have. Further sessions can be offered which involve a variety of other movements for you to practise on your baby.
Classes can be arranged if you know other parents/carers who would be interested in massaging their babies, and it is a great way to socialise with other parents!
Do I need any special equipment or materials to carry out Baby Massage at home?
No special equipment is required, just oils or a lotion and will therefore not involve you in a lot of extra expense. Baby massage can be carried out on the floor, bed or your lap dependant on the comfort of you and your baby.
How long does a baby massage instruction session take?
The initial Baby Massage Instruction session will normally take approximately 1 hour, in order to allow for the consultation, questions, demonstration and practice.
Subsequent sessions will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes, depending on the needs of you and your baby. Please Note that all massage times are flexible. The massage duration is completely controlled by the baby.
All of my Baby Massage groups have a maximum of 6 babies per session, allowing the instructor more time for you and your baby.
Home visits may incur an additional travelling charge.
Gift vouchers are available and make a wonderful baby's birth / mothers day / birthday present. Discounts and Taster sessions available.
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