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Baby Massage Classes

Posted on: January 15, 2008

A client using the famous Baby Massage Mat

Why massage is so beneficial for parents and babies?

 I have been a baby massage instructor for 7 years, inspired by the amazing effects it had with my windy and unsetlled  baby. I was a very nervous new mum who had never held a baby before and followed tips in baby books rather than daring to trust my instincts!

My daughter relaxed, had much less trouble with her tummy and we had a good night’s sleep. Baby Massage had saved the day! So much so that I gave up my job as a city lawyer and became an instructor myself to help share the benefits and confidence I had gained from classes.

Six years later and 2 boys later (3 children under 3 and half not to be advised unless you are really brave!!) my baby massage and baby yoga business is growing teaching 20 or 30 parents a week and lecturing on the subject. My big plunge came last summer when I started Blossom & Berry Baby Massage and Yoga to help promote baby massage nationally, help parents find baby massage instructors and provide resources for parents. Blossom & Berry is growing all the time and although it can be tricky balancing the children and work, I really believe in what I do.

The best thing about my job is that even if baby massage classes don’t go to plan every time (babies are unpredictable!) parents confidence with their babies grows after a few sessions and I have never had any negetive feedback about any baby’s enjoyment of massage. It is often a case of getting the timing right, keeping things short and sweet and adding in lots of great rhymes and songs. I developed a baby massage course using songs and rhymes for older babies for this reason although it has been so popular I now include them with younger babies. I am also very busy working on Blossom & Berry’s Baby Massage Mat (TM) which is proving to be really popular. I am really proud of the product because it makes learning baby massage very simple and serves as a gentle reminder to use baby massage everyday. The Blossom & Berry Baby Massage Body Suit (TM) has also helped lots of mums with babies with colic by giving an easy baby massage rountine for the tummy. Colic is really hard to deal with for both babies and parents and baby massage really helps.

Below is a short article I wrote to promote baby massage;

Our society has a mixed approach to baby care and parenting styles. Fashions change and shape the way we behave. From my experience, babies enjoy simple and uncomplicated activities. They love faces, voices, cuddles and crave comforting conditions similar to those in the womb.You don’t need to buy expensive equipment, toys and stimulation devices a few sessions of massage and yoga will help give you the skills to help you relax your child for life. Activites and movements used will help to further and develop the bond you have with your child using touch to facilitate communication and understanding. Baby Massage will help build confidence in your ability as a parent and help you respond to your child’s desire for touch and close nurturing.

Baby Massage classes are all about you and your baby and helping your relationship develop and grow through trusting your instinctual feelings and abilitites. If your baby is unsettled or tense it is important to understand that it isn’t because you are doing things “wrong”, you have a “difficult baby” or you are a “bad parent”. It takes a while to get to know you baby. Not everyone falls in love at first sight! Focus on the things you and your baby enjoy and can do together rather than the things you think you should be doing. This may mean holding baby more than you do at the moment or giving baby a bit of space from you if you are overly anxious about him.

It is an old saying but “ A happy relaxed mum makes a happy relaxed baby” . You baby perceives the world through you so if possible project a happy, relaxed stance whenever you can. Babies don’t understand the complexities of life but they understand smiles, cuddles, warmth and touch. Be happy and confident in what you choose to do with your baby. It is your decision how to parent. There is no “right” way. If it feels right to you and your baby responds with positive cues then you can feel happy that things are developing well

The power of a supportive touch, cuddle or stroke to convey a message of security and comfort to a baby or child cannot be underestimated. A touch can communicate affection and support instantly. Enjoy taking time to get to know your baby, listen to your instincts, communicate well and experience your confidence and relationship grow.

There is lots of other information on baby massage on our website www.blossomandberry.com as well as info  on natural birth and pregnancy.

I hope to include some other tips on baby massage and baby yoga in my next blog

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