Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body with your hands. It is a really lovely way for you to express your love for your baby, and it beautifully enhances the vitally important parent and child bond.
I trained with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) in order to gain my qualification as a fully Certified Infant Massage Instructor, (CIMI). The IAIM massage course draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology. Whilst the focus is on massaging infants, you will also learn how to massage older children, so your new skills will benefit you and your family for many years to come.
Long before babies are able to speak, they communicate with the world around them through touch. The power of touch to soothe and heal is instinctive. If a baby cries, for example, we often cuddle them or stroke their back. Massaging your baby is an extension of this natural impulse.
Baby massage may also:
- Aid baby’s digestion
- Improve their circulation
- Ease teething pain
- Help your baby sleep better and for longer
- Ease your baby’s wind (gas) and colic pain
- Relieve your baby’s constipation
- Stimulate your baby’s neurological development
- Improve your baby’s health and general well-being
- Help you learn to understand your baby’s body language and cues
- Help you to form a strong bond of love and trust with your baby
The soothing strokes of your hands stimulate the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin, both in yourself and in your baby. Everyone feels good during and after massage!
My baby massage courses are suitable for babies up to the age of 12 months old. My classes are informal, relaxing and fun. Mats, towels, cushions and oils will all be provided along with all the hand outs you will need to practice baby massage at home. All you need to bring is your baby, and their favourite blanket. Each session includes time for theory and discussion where you will have the opportunity to talk to and learn from the other parents in the class, and plenty of refreshments will be served afterwards.
My classes are completely baby led. I demonstrate all the massage strokes on a doll, so if your baby needs feeding or changing, or is not in the mood for massage, you can simply watch and learn as you see to their needs, and then massage him or her when they are ready, or later on at home. If your baby is asleep when you arrive, you can practice the strokes on a doll, and massage your baby when they are awake and receptive to being touched.
Twins, premature babies and children with special needs are warmly welcomed. Baby massage is also ideal for second (or third or fourth) time parents who want to offer the latest addition to the family some undivided attention.
My classes take place on five consecutive Tuesday mornings from 10am until 11.30am, in my home in Badhuisstraat, Haarlem.
Each five week baby massage course costs 80 Euros per family, or whatever you can afford.
If you would like to book onto a baby massage course then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take it from there.
(One to one sessions are available upon request, and I can come to your home for these if you would prefer.)
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