In May 2018, I was delighted to complete my baby massage training with the astounding Sylvie Hetu, of the International Association of Infant Massage. This is an extra special class, I understand that you need a hot cuppa, a slice of cake and a space where you can make new friends. Discussions are faciliated on the hot topics of mummyhood and it is a class led by your babies. Massage dolls are available for mummies/daddies of sleeping babies so you can still practice the skills ready for your baby later in the evening. Your last class of the term will be a Sensory Play taster!

What is Baby Massage?

Baby massage is when a parent or primary carer lovingly strokes or holds their baby. Soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of baby's body, following a sequence that has been developed over many years. The massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with babies, so that they feel loved, valued and respected.

The IAIM baby massage course draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology.

The Benfits of Baby Massage

For your baby

  • Helping your baby to feel securely attached
  • Helping your baby to feel more loved, valued and respected
  • Reduced crying and emotional distress
  • Increased levels of relaxation and longer sleep
  • Development of body awareness and coordination
  • Relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort

For you

  • Feeling closer to your baby
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of your baby's behaviour, crying and body language
  • Providing an enjoyable opportunity to spend one-to-one time with your baby
  • Feeling the relaxing effects of giving your baby a massage
  • Increased confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby
  • Learning a life-long parenting skill