Benefits of Baby Massage
What can baby massage help with?
- relieving digestive issues (wind, colic, constipation).
- soothing teething pain and discomfort from colds, congestion and blocked sinuses.
- encouraging relaxation and more restful sleep.
- stimulating the senses, brain activity and nervous system.
- providing dedicated time for you to bond with your baby and make some special memories.
- supporting the physical, social and emotional development of your baby.
Massaging your baby can also help relax you and lift your mood due to the hormones that are released when you touch your baby. I can also teach you simple breathing exercises which can be particularly helpful if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed.
- 1:1 sessions in the comfort of your own home.
These sessions can be completely tailored to you and your baby without the hassle of having to get out of the house. You can ask as many questions as you like and be assured that you are getting quality time dedicated to you and your baby in an environment where your baby already feels safe and secure.
The number of 1:1 sessions you have is completely flexible.
Courses: 2 or 3 sessions to learn and practice the full massage routine at a slower pace, with plenty of time to ask questions.
One-off sessions: a great introductory session and overview of baby massage. Perfect if you are short on time and just want some new ideas on how to massage your baby. If you have already done a course before and just want a refresher, this can also be suitable for you.
Please do contact me and we can have a chat about what would suit you best.
We currently have availability for 1:1 sessions on some Wednesdays and occasional weekends.
Areas covered include Molesey, Esher, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Surbiton, Cobham, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Wimbledon and surrounding areas.
- Private groups
A perfect option for NCT or antenatal groups, or groups of friends who would like to learn baby massage together. We can offer a one-off longer introductory session or a course of 2, 3 or 4 weekly classes. Please contact me and we can discuss what would suit you best.
These can take place at my home or at one of your homes.
- Small group classes – currently running in West Molesey.
These are great if you would prefer to get out of the house and meet other local parents, whilst also taking some dedicated time out to spend with your baby.
Sessions are held in a relaxed and warm home setting. Numbers are restricted and the group is kept small so that the classes are friendly, comfortable and not too overwhelming. This also gives you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you would like.
We usually have a chat at the end of each session about a topic that you mind find helpful such as sleep, digestion, coping with colds and teething etc. This is a chance to share tips and get support from other parents who are likely to be going through similar experiences.
- Skype or FaceTime sessions.
If you live a bit further away or would just prefer the convenience of learning online, this can be a perfect option for you. You will learn all the techniques that you need from the comfort of your own home. We can arrange the session at a mutually convenient time.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How old does my baby need to be?
You can massage your baby from birth but we don’t recommend using any oil on their skin until they are at least 4 weeks old. We can do 1:1s with you and your baby earlier but we recommend that you wait until they are 4 weeks old to attend group classes when they will be a bit more alert and able to adapt to the group environment slightly better.
- What do I need to do for a 1:1?
Please ensure that the room that we will be using is nice and warm and draft free. Feel free to pick some music that you and your baby find calming and relaxing, or I am happy to provide something. You will also need a towel that you don’t mind getting oily, and try and keep a muslin or blanket to hand to cover your baby with if they need it. I will bring massage mats, oil and a massage guide.
- What do I need to bring to a group class?
A towel that you don’t mind getting oily, a muslin to put over your baby if they need it and anything else that you would normally have for your baby including a dummy or comforter if they use one. You are welcome to bring your own oil if you would prefer but it needs to be nut-free in case of allergies in the group.
- What happens if my baby cries during the group course?
Please don’t worry! Classes are very friendly and relaxed. If you need to pick up and cuddle your baby, change them or feed them, or even take them off for a walk, you can do this whenever you need to. We build up the routine over the weeks, and even if you are just watching for some of the time you should have plenty of opportunity to practice on your baby during the course.
- What oil should I use to massage my baby?
We recommend using an organic cold-pressed sunflower oil. This is an odourless oil which is edible, so there are no worries if your baby gets some in their mouth. A good alternative would be organic fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil.