calm the mind, revive the body, awaken the spirit
‘If you haven’t been held in mind, hold your baby how you wanted to be held. Love them how you wanted to be loved. Talk to them how you wanted to be talked to.’
Baby massage is a wonderful way to nurture the loving bond that is created between a baby and their parents. Babies are sensitive and refined beings that come into the world with their own unique way of communicating. Through the baby massage classes, your awareness of your baby’s individual language will be enhanced through understanding of their behaviour states, reflexes and cues.
Imagine or remember the warm, safe space of the womb, in class we create a cocoon of quietness and calm. Accepting of your baby as they are, whether soundly asleep or expressing their needs through crying or alert and ready. All expressions of life are welcomed in class. It is a time for you to chill out and relax and be in a presence state acknowledging what is happening between you and your baby, oh and we do some massage. The IAIM baby massage is a routine of massage strokes inspired by Indian massage, Swedish massage, reflexology and yoga, developed for babies up to twelve months old.
Positioning and Permission from baby to massage
Demonstration of massage strokes
Theory of topics related to infant development and massage
Informal discussions on the joys and challenges of parenting
Detailed massage stroke handouts and organic vegetable oil.
You will massage your baby as the strokes will be demonstrated on a doll. Classes are baby-centred so no need to be concerned about class coinciding with sleep or feed times. Spare dolls are usually available to practice on if baby is sleeping. We welcome baby’s cries, as this is their way of expressing their needs and it is asked that you respond promptly and sensitively to your baby’s cries as this is acknowledged as supporting the bonding process.
We encourage you to ask your baby’s permission to massage them before beginning a massage, and to respond to their behaviour cues. This also supports the communication and bonding process by developing trust, respect and helps babies understand positive nurturing touch.
The IAIM baby massage course draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology.
You will learn:
Massage strokes for legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, hands, face and back
A colic routine to help with colic and gas
Lullabies and songs
The best time to massage your baby
Which massage oils to use
The importance of good positioning
How to adapt the strokes for your baby's individual needs and your growing child
Classes provide a space for parents to relax, share experiences and socialise.
Classes are 1.5 hours long and taught over 5 consecutive weeks, which gives you and baby time to learn massage and become accustomed to nurturing touch.
Dates: dates for 2014 tbc; classes will run on Thursdays
Venue: The Shala
Cost: £75 for five week course (inc. refreshments and handouts)
Booking: booking: is essential due to limited number of places
What to Bring: A towel to lay your baby on and whatever else you might need for your baby.