Infant massage is a blessing to help parents and babies alike. Traditional cultures have used massage during pregnancy, childbirth and with babies, for centuries. Touch is absolutely essential for a child to survive and to stimulate healthy development of all of all the systems in the body. Learning to massage your new baby or child is not only fun but a vital tool for your child’s development and health. Many common conditions such as colic, wind, reflux and eczema can be eased with massage. Your child’s sleep patterns will improve and so will yours! The benefits and specific uses of massage are far-reaching, including benefits to mothers with post-natal depression and bonding the family as a whole. Massage is also helpful for children with special needs or those with specific health conditions. Massage can be done from day one of your child’s birth or mums-to-be can learn the massage before their baby arrives. (Gift vouchers are an excellent idea for baby showers).
re a cost effective and fun way to learn infant massage. Classes run weekly over a four week period. Each class lasts for one hour. This is a great way to meet other parents and to observe different responses from each child (part of your lesson is about understanding the body language of your child so you can do the massage at an appropriate time). The first week we will start with introductions and you will receive the gift of organic, cold pressed oil to use on your baby. We discuss a range of information such as benefits, when to massage, safety, oils and adapting massage as your child grows. You will also learn to do a full body massage on your child, including specific techniques for colic and wind and lymphatic exercises to boost the immune system. I will demonstrate all massage techniques on Michael (my demonstration doll!). You can follow along on your own child or, if they are not receptive to massage at the time, you can practice on one of the other demonstration dolls available. Each week we will review and discuss the previous class and your experiences of massage time during the week. Then we will add discussion topics and massage techniques. In the last week you will be able to do the full body massage sequence and be confident about all the information you have learned.
One on one tuition
is also available, either in your home or at my workplace. In this option the course is condensed into two sessions, lasting one and a half hours each. These sessions are slightly more expensive but allow you to stay in the comfort of your own home and have my full attention on you and your baby. As in classes, a demonstration doll will be provided for you to practice on if or when your baby is not receptive to massage.
are available to anyone who has previously done the course and would like to brush up on their skills.
Paediatric Massage Consultation
Information sessions are available on request. The purpose of these sessions is to provide relevant, up to date information about how and why infant massage is used. The latest research will be presented and discussed. Techniques will be demonstrated but these sessions are developed to convey information and details about massage with children, rather than teaching the full body massage sequence.
GIFT VOUCHERS available - what better present to give a friend or family member?