baby massage & movement
Babies most developed senses at birth are touch and movement, and they thrive on loving touch and interaction. Massaging your baby is a way to continue some of the sensations and nurturing they received whilst in the womb, whilst helping them to develop in the outside world.
Massage positively effects the nervous system so your baby's brain development and emotional health will benefit. Baby massage reduces stress which benefits both you and your baby, and can reduce the risk of postnatal depression, with the release of the love hormone, oxytocin.
What do we do in a a Baby Massage session:
practise holding positions and movements to soothe your baby
learn techniques to help ease symptoms of colic and discomfort
learn how massage and loving touch increases the bond between you both
massage helps stimulate the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems
develop your baby's flexibility, strength, confidence (and as they grow older, indepenence)
tune in to your baby's body language and communication cues
provide good postures to help your baby develop muscle tone and balance for head support, sitting, crawling and standing!
we learn to use instinctive massage strokes and be responsive to babies needs
chat to other mums and an experienced postnatal teacher and doula over refreshing herbal tea
a safe space to just "be" with your baby in a relaxed, supportive and non-judgemental environment
Class attendees say....
"I took my daughter to a course of Baby Massage with Pippa and absolutely loved finding a new connection with her.
I could see immediately the benefits through the development of her strength and mobility.
It was also very relaxing and just what was needed in the early months when things were a bit hectic at home."
"My baby and I absolutely loved Baby Massage with Pippa. It helped to settle him when he was small and collicky, and helped me feel more more relaxed and confident with holding and soothing him. Then, as the weeks and months went by, the movements became more playful within the massage and my son got so excited when he arrived for the sessions, and interacting with the other babies. He always slept so peacefully afterwards though. Fond memories. I would definitely recommend to other mums".
I took my son to the Dad and Baby Massage session twice; once when he was 6 weeks old and again when he was 4 months. The first time, he was a bit unsettled, needed feeding and comforting through the class, but I enjoyed learning the massage routine that I was able to put into practise at home - in fact, this became part of our daily routine; when I got home from work I would bath and massage him before his bedtime feed and I felt this really helped to strengthen the bond between us - I also felt much more involved in his care. The second session we attended together was a very different experience; my son was very alert, more settled in himself and of course much sturdier (and I was feeling more confident too), so we really enjoyed all the baby yoga moves and learning about how they can help him develop further with his sitting, rolling, crawling etc. Both times I enjoyed discussing things I had experienced with the other dads. I would recommend attending (more than once if you can) to other dads or partners