Baby Massage Courses
Six week daytime courses for parent/s and baby, following the International Association of Infant Massage programme.
Why do it?
Baby massage is a wonderful way to connect with your baby.
The benefits of baby massage are well researched, and include:
stimulation (of all the big systems: circulation, digestion, respiration, immune, skin, language, nervous)
relaxation (releases stress, produces calming hormones, helps to regulate sleep patterns)
relief (sinuses, growing pains, teething, colic, constipation, excess mucous)
interaction (bonding, communication, eye contact, one to one activity). It can be performed by the baby’s parents or grandparents or anyone involved in the care of the baby.
Classes are most suitable for babies from eight weeks to six months old, with the optimum age for starting to learn it being from twelve to eighteen weeks (i.e. before the babies are on the move!).
Click here to read testimonials from previous class attendees.
What happens during the course?
As an IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor, I run six week courses with each session lasting approx. one and a half hours. Each week we will focus on a new body part, building up to massaging the whole body by week 4. Towards the end of the course we will also learn some simple yoga inspired stretching exercises for your baby and how to do a short whole body massage routine for when you are short of time.
Each class includes time for a guided discussion on a postnatal topic, which is a great opportunity to share ideas and enjoy a cuppa!
It doesn't matter at all if your baby cries, needs feeding, is asleep or needs a nappy change during the class - all these things happen all the time, and are just part of having a new baby! Each week we recap everything we have done the previous weeks, so you will always have a chance to catch up on anything you have missed.
I will not be massaging your baby for you, and my role is not that of a massage therapist.
The course is open to a minimum of five and a maximum of twelve parents and babies.
I love having mums with twins in class! I have even once had a mum with triplets come along. There is no additional charge to bring two (or even three!) babies rather than one, and you are welcome to bring along another adult if you feel that an extra pair of hands would be helpful. Very often, it turns out that one twin sleeps through the class, giving the mum time to massage the other twin, or if they are both awake at the same time, she might choose to massage them in turn. There is so much to see, with all the other babies and mums in the room, that the baby who is having to wait their turn has plenty to look at and keep them occupied!
As well as my scheduled courses in Ascott-under-Wychwood and Witney, I can also run courses tailored to your dates and locality, for example if you have an NCT or postnatal group who would like to have a course together. If you would like me to run a course for you and your friends in the comfort of your own home (or the home of one of the group), please contact me to make arrangements. The cost for the hostess is just £46, and for the other attendees is £66. If you live further than 10 miles from Ascott-under-Wychwood, there will be an additional mileage charge added to the cost.
Course dates 2019/2020
BM126, Tuesdays 17th September - 22nd October, 10.00 - 11.30a.m. - only 2 spaces left!
BM130, Mondays 4th November - 9th December, 10.00 - 11.30a.m.
BM131, Wednesdays 8th January - 12th February, 12.30 - 2.00p.m.
BM133, Wednesdays 26th February - 1st April, 12.30 - 2.00p.m.
BM129, Thursdays 7th November - 12th December, 1.00 - 2.30p.m.
BM132, Thursdays 9th January - 13th February, 1.00 - 2.30p.m.
£66.00 for a 6 week course, which includes a bottle of organic massage oil, an illustrated handout booklet and refreshments.
Witney courses are held at Millers Grange Care Home, Curbridge Road, Witney, OX28 5HR. There is parking directly outside the building.
Ascott-under-Wychwood courses are held at a private house - the address will be sent when you book on.