It is a five week course which builds up to full body massage. The first session is a short introduction, it covers oils used for massage and a skin test to check for any allergies.
By the end of the course you will be able to complete the massage at home yourself and demonstrate to other parents or carers at home. You will know how to help your baby be comfortable on their tummy and how to support them in learning to sit and stand.
Although developmental baby massage can benefit babies up to the stage where they are standing classes are best suited to babies who are not crawling yet. It can be hard to introduce to babies once they are crawling as they are busy little things. Once a baby is mobile they like to do their own thing, it can be hard to get them to sit still for a massage session. If massage has been introduced before this point you and your baby should be able to continue around your routine at times when it suits you.
Developmental Baby Massage is a programme developed by Peter Walker for babies 8 weeks plus.
If you have had mulitple births and are interested in baby massage please contact me.
Developmental baby massage teaches parents and carers a series of massage strokes they can use on their baby to help relax them and develop their muscle strength and joint flexibility.
Can't get a space at Baby Massage due to waiting lists? Struggling with colic, wind or sleep? Finding it hard getting out in time for a class with your new baby?
A class can be a lovely environment to meet other parents and a nice chance to get out of the house. Or it can be stressful to get there on time, timed right for the middle of the feed and leave you feeling tired stressed and anxious.
1:1 Home visits can be a lovely chilled alternative, arranged at a time to suit you and baby, for just you or you and your partner. They can't cover everything covered in a 5 week course but they can be tailored to suit you, focusing on the areas you feel are most helpful for you and your baby.
Sessions take 45mins to 1 1/2 hours depending on what is covered and whether baby needs a break to feed/sleep during the session. It is not possible to do a session longer than that or cover more as this is likely to over stimulate Baby, young babies and those new to massage may only tolerate 15mins of actual massage.
Cost £15-£35 depending on location and length of session. Oil massage mat and hand out provided. Please contact me to discuss your individual needs and get a quote.