Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of the baby’s body using the hands. As part of a massage routine, you gently manipulate and oil the ankles, wrists, fingers and creases of your baby’s body, while talking softly, humming or singing to them. This helps to create a sense of calm and reassurance for your baby. There are no set minimum age for when to start baby massage. Nurturing touch should be given from birth but formal, structured massage may be too stimulating in the very early weeks for some babies. Baby massage is believed to increase a parent’s awareness of their baby’s needs and support early bonding. Parents say they find baby massage a great way of bonding with their baby.
Baby massage can result in improved sleep for both baby and parents. Baby massage can also help to improve the mother’s sense of wellbeing if she is suffering with postnatal depression or other mental health issues. Massage can improve confidence in handling a baby and parents can be better at recognising their needs, and creating positive interaction with their baby. A study in 2004 found that babies in intensive care units who were massaged spent less time in hospital, had slightly better scores on developmental tests, and slightly fewer postnatal complications.
Massage is a lovely way to bond with them. We can teach you how to massage your baby safely, so that you can enjoy this time together. Baby Massage awareness course are available through 1:1 session or group classes/workshops.
What is Maternity Massage?
Maternity Massage is designed to pamper, care and nurture during a special and exciting time in a mother’s life. Massage specifically during pregnancy has many benefits to help you adjust, both physically and emotionally, to the changes that you and your body will be going through during your pregnancy. There are numerous benefits from massage including reduced stresses during and after your pregnancy; reduced strain on weight-bearing joints; relieves from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain especially in the neck, lower back, hips, and legs; and reduced swelling through increases blood and lymph circulation. Each treatment is individually tailored and during your first appointment, a detailed consultation will be carried out to create the best treatment just for you.
Treatments incorporate different principles including Swedish massage movements, remedial massage techniques, lymphatic drainage, and mobilisation exercises. All of which can help to release tension, aches and pains and offer comfort and relief with symptoms associated with being pregnant. Your comfort and safety come first, during the treatment you will lie on your side and/or sit in a semi-reclined position whilst being fully supported to make your massage experience tranquil, relaxing and comfortable as possible. Getting the birthing partners involved is a great way is for them to provide you extra support with simple massage techniques to help you during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. We can offer sessions for couples and pregnant women and their birth partners.
Pregnancy massage will only be preformed after the first trimester.
Please remember pregnancy massage is intended to complement the essential antenatal care provided by your GP, midwife or obstetrician. NOT REPLACE IT.
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