Baby Massage

Baby massage is a longstanding parenting tradition in many cultures and has gained in popularity in the UK since the late 1990's.

 

Baby massage is when a parent or primary carer lovingly strokes or holds their baby.  Using quality non-fragranced vegetable oil, 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 Benefits 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 or 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

Baby Massage Course

My course is available in both a group environment in Crystal Palace or if you want to host your antenatal group please contact me) or on a one-to-one basis.  They are taught over five weeks in order to give both the parent and baby time to learn and become accustomed to the massage.  They are suitable for all parents and all babies up to one year old. 

 

The course is baby led, so don’t be concerned about the class coinciding with sleep or feed time.  My classes are all about communication, it really is fine if your baby cries as this is naturally one of the ways they express their needs.  I will encourage you to respond promptly and sensitively to your baby.

 

My baby massage course includes:

 

  • Massage for legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, hands, face and back

  • A short colic routine

  • Gentle movements

  • Touch relaxation

  • The best time and for how long to massage

  • What oils to use

  • The importance of good positioning

  • How to adapt the strokes for your baby’s individual needs and the growing child

     

     

How much are Baby Massage classes?

A group course of five weekly baby massage sessions cost £70. Please contact me to discuss private course prices.

 

Each session is 45 minutes allowing time for parents to chat and share experiences.

 

This includes handouts demonstrating the strokes, a bottle of oil, a booklet and a certificate.

Sean, Antenatal Class SE19

Amy's course was excellent and her teaching sublime! It was relaxed, fun, very informative and gave us the confidence to deal with whatever would happen.  Not just the standard course material but, more importantly, the extra bits - anecdotes and tit bits.

David, Antenatal Class SE19

I loved Amy's honesty and obvious passion for what she does. She oozes enthusiasm and encouraged us to discuss options available to us so that we could have the best possible birth experience. I am very grateful to Amy as I had been terrified about birth before the classes, but afterwards I was calm.

Claire, Hypnobirthing Course SE27

For my 2nd pregnancy I chose a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean).  My second birth was an amazing empowering hypnobirth. Which left me feeling incredibly elated and emotional. Our daughter was born completely naturally. To anyone considering a hypnobirth, I would say don’t think twice about it, as I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

Penny, Hypnobirthing Course SE23

We did Amy's group hypnobirthing course and we were looking forward to our birth, but our son was breech so a caesarean was the only safe option.  Amy did another session with us, which focused on having a calm caesarean birth.  Before the session I was terrified but on the day of the caesarean, the midwife had to wake us up as we'd both dozed off, we were so relaxed!!  So the birth wasn't as we'd anticipated but it was wonderful!

Lucy, Baby Massage & Reflexology SE19

I did Amy's baby massage course when my son was 8 weeks old.  It was wonderful spending an hour each week in a calm, relaxed environment where I could focus on him.  Amy makes everyone welcome and the strokes we learnt I still use and he absolutely loves massage time!  I also had several reflexology treatments with Amy post birth as I was suffering with a bad back.  The sessions were wonderful and my back improved a few sessions.  She has magic hands!