Baby Massage

What is Baby Massage

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 is a lovely way to soothe, calm and enjoy time with your baby.

Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby's body with your hands. You can use oils or a moisturiser to help your hands to glide smoothly over your baby's skin. As part of your massage routine, you can gently manipulate your baby's ankles, wrists and fingers. You can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby while you are massaging, which may make it more reassuring for your baby.

The soothing strokes of your hands stimulate the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin in you, your baby. Oxytocin is the hormone that gives you that warm, loving feeling when you hold your baby close or breastfeed him/her.

What are the benefits of baby massage?

There are lots of ways baby massage can benefit not just your baby, but you and your partner as well. Massage may help your baby to:
Develop socially and physically
Helping your baby to feel securely attached
Helping your 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 you:
Feeling closer to your baby
Gaining a deeper understanding of your baby's behaviour, crying and body language
Providing an enjoyable opportunity to spend one-to-one time with your baby
Feeling the relaxing effects of giving your baby a massage
Increased confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby
Learning a life-long parenting skill

  • Encourage interaction between you and your baby
  • Help your baby relax and sleep
  • Positively affect infant hormones that control stress
  • Reduce crying

  • You may find that giving your baby a massage lifts your mood and helps you to feel more empowered as a parent. The time you set aside for a massage can be your special time together. As you massage your baby, it comes naturally to chat to him/her and have plenty of eye contact.

    This is one reason why massage can help mums with postnatal depression, or who are at risk of depression, to interact with their babies.

    Baby massage can be great for dads, too. Some dads may miss out on a lot of the hands-on care of their babies, especially if they are at work and their baby is breastfed.

    Massage may be particularly good for premature babies in special care, resulting in:
  • Improved weight gain, particularly if oils are used. Massage stimulates a key nerve, called the vagus nerve, which connects the brain with important parts of the body, including the stomach. Stimulating this nerve can improve digestion and bowel movement, helping your baby to gain weight.
  • A more stable heart rate. Massage improves the parts of the nervous system that regulate our organs. So massage can help to keep your premature baby's heart rate steady.
  • Calmer response to stress and pain.More stable brain activity. Premature babies who are massaged tend to have brain activity that develops at a normal level. Premature babies who are not massaged have shown a decrease in brain activity development.

  • A massage before bedtime will help your baby to wind down after the stimulation of the day and become calm, ready for sleep.
    Questions and Answers

    Q. How many weeks does the course last?
    A. The course runs for 5 weeks during term time.

    Q. When will I pay and will I need to pay in full?
    A. payment in full is required at the first session.

    Q. What if I miss a week?
    A. Don't worry, you have the opportunity for a catch up on the next session.

    Q. How do I book a place on the course?
    A. You can book on the course by contacting me via this website, on my mobile or my Facebook page. Aeonian Baby Massage.

    Q. How long does each session last?
    A. Approximately 1 hour.

    Q. What do we cover on the course?

  • Week 1: introduction and leg strokes
  • Week 2: Stomach and colic strokes. Review leg strokes
  • Week 3: Chest and Arms. Review previous strokes
  • Week 4: Face and Back. Previous strokes
  • Week 5: Massage whole body..teach gentle movements

  • After the massage, we can break for refreshments and a 'natter' covering topics such as sleep routines, crying, colic, adapting the massage for an older child and anything else the group would like to cover.

    Q. Will I need to bring anything?
    A. I supply the baby mats, the oil and the information leaflets. I can also supply the towels or you may prefer to use your own....we can discuss this.

    Q. Where will classes be held?
    A. Courses are held at my home in Kempston. I can also teach one to one if preferred, you can contact me to arrange this.

    Q. Can I bring my partner?
    A. Absolutely.

    Q. What happens if my baby cries during a massage class?
    A. The classes are relaxed and entirely baby led and we welcome ALL babies with ALL their different noises and behaviors. You are free to answer your baby's needs, whatever they are, at any time during the class.

    Q. What if my baby is asleep during the class or doesn't wish to be massaged.
    A. This is fine too. All babies are different, with their own little personalities. You are still with us so I can offer you a doll to practice the massage strokes. We also revisit the strokes each week so that nobody misses out.

    Q. At what age can we start baby massage classes?
    A. Classes can be started from birth, as soon as you feel comfortable to attend.

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