"I took my 7 week old daughter to baby massage as she was suffering from trapped wind & reflux. Since the course I have noticed a massive difference and she is now more settled on an evening & doesn't suffer from either as much any more. Heather is a fantastic teacher, explaining & demonstrating all the techniques for us to use at home".
Becky (baby massage)
“Studies show that babies who are massaged cry less, sleep better, and have lower levels of stress hormones compared to infants who are not massaged" (Underdown, 2006).
Baby Massage & reflexology -8 week courses
St James church centre
61 Mere Green Road
Suitable from 4 weeks
Tuesday 11.45 -12.45
7th January - 25th February
10th March - 12th May ( closed for Easter holidays)
Daddy & Me Workshop
Saturday, 2-3 pm
Cost: £10 (gift vouchers available)
Barefoot Baby Massage & Reflexology
Barefoot holistic therapies offer eight - week courses run by a certified infant massage and baby reflex instructor and registered midwife. Classes are small, friendly and informal, ensuring that parents and their babies feel relaxed and calm. The classes provide the perfect environment for socialising and meeting other parents and babies.
Learn a gentle massage and reflexology routine over an 8 week period within a safe and soothing environment, followed by a chance to ask questions and chat after the class.
Organic massage oil, baby reflex charts, demonstration booklets and videos are provided to help you practice with your baby at home.
Benefits of baby massage
For your baby:
- Develops a feeling of being secure, loved and respected
- Teaches positive, loving touch
- Soothes colic and alleviates trapped wind and constipation
- Soothes teething discomfort
- Alleviates a blocked nose
- Develops body-mind awareness and coordination
- Promotes relaxation
- Improves and increases quality and length of sleep
- Strengthens and tones muscles
- Boosts the immune system to improve health
- Helps reduce fussiness or distress.
- Enhances bonding and connecting with your baby
- Provides practical tools to help you soothe common ailments
- Reduces incidence of post-natal depression
- Teaches loving, positive touch
- Provides an opportunity for one on one time with your baby
- Helps to develop an understanding of your baby’s cues and behaviour
- Enhances competence and confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby
- Helps with breastfeeding by stimulating lactation hormones
- Promotes the nurturing instinct through stimulation of hormones.
Baby massage has been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years – passing the tradition down from generation to generation. Sense of touch is a newborn’s first language and plays an essential role in the early development of the parent-child relationship.
Baby massage is a selection of gentle strokes and moves that you will complete with your baby; It is a fantastic opportunity for you to spend quality one to one time with your baby away from life’s daily stresses.