INFANT MASSAGE CLASSES
Baby massage is a longstanding parenting tradition in many cultures, including Indian and African.
The massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with babies, so that they feel loved, valued and respected.
The IAIM baby massage course draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INFANT MASSAGE?
For the baby:
Helping baby to feel securely attached
Helping baby to feel more loved, valued and respected
Reduced crying and emotional distress
Increased levels of relaxation and longer sleep
Development of body awareness and coordination
Relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort
For the parents:
Feeling closer to their baby
Gaining a deeper understanding of their baby's behaviour, crying and body language
Providing an enjoyable opportunity to spend one-to-one time with their baby
Feeling the relaxing effects of giving their baby a massage
Increased confidence in their ability to care for and nurture their baby
Learning a life-long parenting skill
5 weeks: 1 class per week of around 1h each.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Why a 5-weeks class?
It can take time for babies to learn to accept new touch and massage techniques, and out of respect for the baby the massage is introduced in bite-sized chunks that the baby can tolerate and the parent can remember. By the end of 5 weeks parents feel well supported to massage their baby at home.
2 classes formats:
private classes, which can take place in the comfort of your home if you wish, especially adpated for babies with special needs.
small group classes (between 3-5 parents and babies), which are great opportunity to socialize with parents and share around parenthood.
Massage instructions, baby massage theory, and informal discussion around parenthood.
Who can attend?
Babies from birth to 12 months, although it is better and less frustrating for the parents to start while the baby is not yet crawling.
Mum and/or dad.