Many new parents are embracing baby massage and it is becoming an increasingly popular way to bond with your new baby. Baby massage helps to soothe your baby and aid sleep. It also produces oxytocin in both baby and parent providing warm loving feelings of calm and happiness.
Beginning on 2nd March 2013 The Wellness Hub will be offering a 5-week baby massage course for parents with babies who are aged from birth to 18 months old (although once baby has started crawling it is more difficult to get them to stay still for massage). Taking place on a Saturday morning between 10.30 and 11.30 we would love to see both mums and dads there. Baby massage is a great skill to learn that will not only be a lovely experience for parent and baby but could also have long-term health benefits.
The 5 week course costs £50.
Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of the baby’s body and can also include gentle manipulation of the ankles, wrists and fingers. Suggested benefits of massaging your baby are that they will cry less and sleep more. Also babies that suffer with trapped wind, constipation and colic may benefit from massage as focusing on their tummy can provide relief. Some studies have suggested that massage may reduce the number of illnesses baby suffers and cut down on trip to the doctors.
Skin to skin contact between parent and child not only helps to build a strong and loving bond it has also been suggested that it can improve brain development, encourage a sense of routine to their day and provide overall emotional well-being.
Just 3 examples of ways in which massage has helped soothe pain in babies:
· Massaging the jaw can relax a baby who has just started to eat solids
· Massaging the gums through the skin may ease the pain of teething
· A facial massage can help to unblock a blocked nose
The best part about baby massage is once you have learnt the techniques and skills you can practice it on your baby as much as you like and also on any future babies you may have.
There are limited spaces available so book now to avoid disappointment!