Massaging your baby is not a new concept, in fact people have been massaging their babies around the world for hundreds of years, to help with a variety of physical conditions, emotional needs and relaxation.
The main benefits can be split into four areas:
Baby massage relieves a number of conditions such as colds, congestion, constipation, colic, teething pain etc.
Baby massage can help to soothe and settle babies, providing a relaxing experience for both baby and parent/caregiver.
Baby massage boosts the circulatory system, increasing blood flow around the body.
Baby massage involves touch, singing and smell, and releases oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’ promoting bonding between baby and parent.
Through massaging your baby you can communicate at a deep level, providing a safe and secure environment in which they can develop and grow. As you massage your baby you will learn to pick up on their non-verbal cues, and develop a loving and trusting relationship.
What happens in a Musica baby massage class?
Our classes follow the same structure each week, this is to provide a familiar routine for the babies, as babies enjoy repetition. We begin by focussing on a new area of the body, for example the legs. We will go through each stroke slowly and clearly, explaining the benefits of the stroke as we go. Many of the strokes involve singing, which is another great way to bond (something which I will talk about next week), and complements the massage sessions well. We recap over the strokes from the previous week, going back over the benefits of each technique. We involve a discussion about a different topic such as how you settle your baby to sleep.
At the beginning we stress that the sessions are baby led, and if your baby is crying or isn’t in the mood for a massage pick them up, give them a cuddle, you won’t miss anything as we repeat the strokes each week.
We end our session with refreshments and a catch up, allowing you time to talk with other parents and to share experiences.