Over 6 weeks, IAIM practitioner Sophie Osgood will teach you a full-body massage routine for your baby, including gentle exercises and some yoga-based work for you!
Classes are completely baby-led, we ask permission from the babies before massage and follow their response, to help develop communication and feelings such as trust and respect. We always keep a check on our babies to make sure they are happy, notice what they may like and dislike. I welcome feeding, crying and sleeping babies in my classes!
A word from Sophie:
Within my classes there is a trusted circle, so parents can feel they can talk about anything without it leaving the space. Positive touch is essential for the healthy development of all babies and massage can start from birth, but I feel it is best to start when mum and baby feel confident. As a parent, your gaze, soothing voice and unique scent is special to your baby; you are the only one who massages them; I have a doll for demonstration. Massaging your baby may help with the relief of colic, wind and constipation as well as providing a wonderful opportunity to bond, express your love and learn to understand your child’s needs. Within in the class I also chat about a variety of theory to do with both massage and development.
Benefits of massage For your baby:
Feelings of love, value and respect
Experience better sleep and relaxation
Improving body awareness
Nourishing their skin
Gaining relief from wind, colic and constipation
Experimenting with rhythm and movement
Meeting other babies
Gaining increased understanding of your baby through their non-verbal communication – body language, eye contact, facial expressions
Feeling the relaxing benefits of giving your baby positive nurturing touch
Feeling closer to your baby
Having an opportunity to socialise with other parents and babies in a welcoming and supportive environment
Having fun whilst learning a life–long parenting skill
Duration: 10.15am - 11.15am
Course dates: 11 Sep - 16 Oct & 30 Oct - 4 Dec
Suitable for babies up to 1 year old.
Oils and booklets included, but please bring a towel and a blanket – one to lie on and one to use as a barrier or a comfort. Any non-musical toys, feed and nappy change equipment are also recommended.