Benefits of baby massage:
1) Interaction - the benefits associated with improved communication between carer and baby (both verbal and non-verbal), this links closely with improved bonding and attachment outcomes, increased confidence in parenting and all round improved baby handling skills. There are also the benefits of peer-to-peer interaction within the class environment, groups of new parents having the opportunity to meet and chat can have many beneficial outcomes in terms of social interaction, reducing isolation and provides a very positive environment for peer-to-peer support.
2) Stimulation - the hands on babies routine works all over babies body from the head to babies toes. Our strokes are designed to stimulate many of babies internal systems (for example the digestive system and the nervous system). By regularly stimulating our babies systems (hopefully a part of the daily care routine) we will be giving our babies internal systems a gentle work-out each day. The more we exercise our internal systems the better overall wellbeing we will achieve.
3) Relief - baby massage has been proven to ease many common baby aliments, such as digestive problems, teething, nasal congestion and sleep issues for example. hands on babies also has developed two specific stand alone routines designed to help with colic and teething which many mums have reported as being immensely helpful with these often troublesome and distressing common concerns. These routines would be taught to your attendees.
4) Relaxation - the process of massage helps to release oxytocin in both our babies system and also in our carers doing the massage. Oxytocin is a stress busting hormone that combats stress, improves relaxation and also works as a natural pain reliever. Our teaching focuses on delivering classes which are friendly, non-judgemental and informal this is essential for to carers feel relaxed, calm and therefore enjoy the process.
Our Happy duckling sessions are run on a friendly and informal basis, giving you the opportunity to learn the principles of baby massage in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Our sessions have been developed as a comprehensive five step programme designed to introduce both you and your baby to the basic principles of baby massage in a clear, consistent and easy to follow fashion. The sessions are run on a weekly basis to allow you ample time to practice and perfect the techniques in the privacy of your own home.
Our course is suitable from newborn however it is advised that babies undergo their 6-8 week check prior to starting.
Important note ~ babies always come first…
It is important to note that our sessions are run on the basis that babies and their needs are always put first.
Whether your child needs feeding, changing or whether they are unsettled, their needs will always come first and we at Happy duckling readily embrace this.
We never forget that all new mums are in the same boat and that our children don’t always operate to our timetables – much as we’d like them to sometimes…
There is no pressure and we never judge...
So if you have never tried baby massage before and think that either you or your child may benefit from our sessions, don’t hesitate, don’t be nervous, contact us today to explore the gift of loving touch that is Happy duckling baby massage.