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Baby Massage Class
Although Baby Massage is relatively new to the UK, for thousands of years, many cultures have used massage as an important part of an infantâ€™s daily routine.
My Babytime's Baby Massage Courses are friendly and relaxed. We follow The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) programme, which is designed to show parents and caregivers how to safely massage their infant with confidence.
The massage strokes we teach consist of Indian style massage, Swedish massage, reflexology and gentle yoga style exercises.
Our Baby Massage classes are designed for infants from birth to the crawling stage and we encourage you to continue the massage strokes at home and after the course has finished.
Benefits of Baby Massage for you and your infant
- Relaxation: Baby Massage stimulates the production of oxytocin and prolactin which are hormones that help you and your infant to relax
- Promotes baby-parent attachment or "bonding"
- Decreases stress hormones
- Helps infants develop their first communication tool - touch
- Calms the nervous system which promotes regular sleep patterns
- Improves muscle tone and flexibility
- Improves skin condition, blood circulation and digestion
- Balances respiration
- Helps with colic, constipation and teething pains
- Boosts immune system
- Builds respect and trust between you and your baby
- Helps build parents and babies' self esteem
- Facilitates body awareness
- Helps you learn about your babyâ€™s body and development
- Helps you develop an increased understanding of your babyâ€™s cues and responses
- Pleasurable experience for you and your infant
- Assists with post-natal depression
Baby Massage can also be adapted for the growing child, enforcing the power of positive touch and keeping the channels of communication open between you and your infant.
What to expect from Baby Massage
Our Baby Massage classes are infant-led so if your infant is asleep or does not wish to receive a massage, life-size dolls are provided to practice on. The classes are very relaxed and parents can stop the massage at any time and listen to, or answer, their baby's needs. All infants are welcome, along with their sounds and moods. Each class begins with relaxation for parents and at some venues we provide refreshments or there are on site CafÃ©â€™s. Each week, a new set of massage strokes are taught for a different part of the body, followed by a review of the strokes taught in the previous weeks. The course not only covers Baby Massage but also incorporates mother and Baby Yoga, reflexology, colic routine, music, movement and laterality exercises which develop motor control.
The class ends with open discussions on various topics such as crying, colic and adapting the massage for an older child. There is also time to chat with other parents, read the reference material or discuss any concerns. In the last class, each infant receives a Baby Massage graduation certificate with their footprints on.
All course fees include a file with stroke reviews, course notes and articles, a bottle of cold pressed organic baby massage oil, loan of parenting books, and a Graduation Certificate.
Our drop-in classes cover the same content as the courses in Baby Massage. The difference is that they are ongoing and held on a regular weekly basis. The classes are flexible for those parents who cannot commit to a course or would like to continue coming to a class once they have finished the course.
Ante-natal sessions allow you to feel confident massaging your newborn in the early days. A one-off session whilst you are pregnant will show you the basics of Baby Massage and the importance of skin to skin contact in the early days. The session lasts 2 hours and we demonstrate the strokes on a life-size doll.
Why massage your infant?
Evidence suggests that parents and their baby benefit from the effects of positive touch and that regular massage can affect the physiological and psychological development of a newborn.
Recent research has illustrated the particular benefits for premature and special needs babies, disorganised babies (babies with attachment issues), children with asthma, diabetes and certain skin disorders.
Mothers who have suffered delayed bonding or post-natal depression have achieved closer relationships with their infants through Baby Massage.
Studies show that infants who are massaged, held, cuddled, carried and rocked grow into adults that are less aggressive and violent and who are more compassionate and co-operative.
Massaging your infant is fun, relaxing and a pleasurable experience for both parents and infant.
Types of oils
My Babytime believes that what we put onto a baby's skin is as important as the food they eat. The skin is a living, breathing organ, so any oils used in Baby Massage must be of the highest standard and recommended by the IAIM.
Cold Pressed, Organic Sunflower Oil
This oil is organic and cold-pressed which ensures a minimum loss of the natural properties found in the oil. The pH of sunflower oil is the most exact match to a babyâ€™s sebum. It also contains Vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
This oil is extracted from the white flesh of the coconut which when pressed produces a fat with excellent therapeutic properties. The fat is then heated which purifies the oil. This fractionation process produces a perfume-free oil that stays in liquid form, which is advantageous when used in a warm environment.
Our team leaders
My Babytime only employ Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMI) who are qualified with International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and attend regular stroke reviews.
They are all parents who have used Baby Massage and still use massage on their own children. All My Babytime instructors are fully insured, CRB checked and have completed their Safeguarding Children Course.
IAIM mission statement
To promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.