What is baby massage?
Baby massage is positive, nurturing touch and gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body. It’s a lovely way to communicate your love to her and is an activity she’ll find soothing and calming.
Massage can help your baby’s digestion and circulation, and the ‘wind and colic’ routine may help with trapped wind. Parents also find massaging their babies is relaxing for them too!
If you would you like to spend time in a super calm environment relaxing and engaging with your baby, then our IAIM in-person or online baby massage courses are just perfect for you! On this lovely course you’ll discover how to; use positive nurturing touch on your baby and how you can continue baby massage as your little one grows.
Some of the benefits of baby massage
- A special time each week to communicate verbally and non-verbally with your baby
- Gaining a deeper understanding of your babies behaviour, crying and cues
- A relaxing time for parent/s and babies alike and can help a baby to sleep well
- The strokes you learn may help with colic, wind and constipation
- Helps your baby to feel securely attached
- Increased confidence with your baby and learning a life long skill
- You can read more on the delights of baby massage here
“I would 100% recommend doing the class with Jackie. Even if you don’t actually massage your baby at the time. Of the four classes ‘R’ was eating during one, crying in the second, sleeping during the third and then slept and cried and fed for the fourth one. But we have been doing different parts of the massages that we learnt every bath time and he loves it. And we do the tummy routine multiple times a day and it really helps with his bowels. It was also lovely to see other mums during the class.”
Extra value 2-in-1 combination courses baby massage & baby reflexology classes near me
Courses can take place from your home if there are a group of you and are also offered from venues in Brixton (venue is a 5 minute walk from Brockwell Park/Lido) Crystal Palace and Beckenham and cost £48 to include a bottle of oil for the massage and the instruction handouts for massage and reflexology.
Effraspace in Brixton
Venue has parking available outside and around the venue (parking meters). You can usually get a space in the Brockwell Park car park and you can park here for free for up to 2 hours. The venue is about a 5-7 minute walk from the car park. Directions
The Chancery pub in Beckenham
We use the private room upstairs in the Chancery Pub. Directions
Crystal Palace venue – Real Nappy Life Cafe/Shop
We use the cafe area of the shop, before the cafe opens to the public. The address is Real Nappy Life, 18 Westow Street, SE19 3AH (you can usually park for free in Sainsbury’s car park for the duration of the session – though please do check first!)
During each lesson you’ll learn a new series of massage strokes and routines and will receive handouts you can take home and use to practice in between classes. You’ll also receive a bottle of organic, cold pressed sunflower oil to keep so you can practice in between sessions. The final week is learning baby reflexology and going over any of the baby massage techniques you want to.
Each class lasts for 45 minutes but please allow an hour in total.
The next Brixton course is as follows:
New dates TBC – please get in touch if you have a NCT group/a few friends who would like a course.
Beckenham courses take place on Tuesdays at 10.30am, run for 4 weeks and include baby reflexology. Please get in touch for dates.
Crystal Palace courses take place on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Courses run once or twice a month and include baby reflexology. Please get in touch for dates.
Private Baby Massage courses
Private courses are run from your home or a friend’s home and are popular with NCT or postnatal groups who like to do the course together, making it a lovely social event afterwards.
Any private groups’ home-based sessions need to be fairly local to Crystal Palace and take place during the daytime on week days. Please get in touch to discuss. We just need enough space to lay each baby down
Online baby massage courses
Through Zoom we provide live online Baby Massage courses at a reduced rate (please see below). Each class is exactly the same as the in-person classes, with the exception of being given the massage oil. All the information you need to know about how the course operates will be sent to you via email in advance and you will receive the baby massage instruction card via post so you can practice in between sessions. If you have a few of you who would like to save money by taking the course via Zoom please get in touch.
This course is 3 weeks of baby massage and one week of baby reflexology and you can do just the baby massage, or both massage and reflexology.
“We all loved our baby massage & baby reflexology course and were all sad when it ended! Such a nice vibe each class and learned a lot in a relaxed way. I now use it as part of my baby’s bedtime routine and she responds really well to it!”
Baby Massage Course Prices
- 4-week baby massage and baby reflexology course – £38
- 3-week baby massage course – £28
Face to face courses in a venue or private group sessions run from your home (a minimum of 3 clients is required for the private courses):
- 4-week baby massage and baby reflexology course – £48
- 3-week baby massage course – £38 (this option is only available for private groups taking place in the host’s home)
Payment to be made prior to the first session either via PayPal using the address email@example.com, by requesting a PayPal invoice, or by bank transfer (please get in touch for details) – thank you!
There are no hard and fast rules as to when you can start baby massage though committing to a course very early on with a tiny baby will probably be a challenge! Baby reflexology can be started from 4 weeks onwards, but again, the above most likely applies.
You can massage your baby any time they are in a ‘quiet alert’ state and seem interested in interaction. It’s lovely to include it as part of your baby’s bedtime routine. Some babies will love the full routine, others will only tolerate it for a short time. It’s completely baby-led and we always look to the baby for ‘yes’ cues (which you will learn about during the course) that they are happy to receive the massage.
If your baby is not interested during the course you can just watch, or practice on one of the dolls. It all gets repeated and built up on the following session. Some babies sleep and/or feed throughout the majority of a course. The handouts and quick glance card you receive make it very easy to practice at home and in between sessions 🙂
To book a baby massage course or if you have any questions call, text or email:
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