What is baby massage?
Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body with your hands. It’s a lovely way to communicate your love to her and is an activity she’ll find soothing and one that helps her to sleep.
Massage can help your baby’s digestion and circulation, as well as easing wind and teething pains. 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, how to read their cues & understand their behaviour, 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
Baby massage classes near me
Courses are offered from venues in Brixton (5 minute walk from Brockley Park) and in Beckenham.
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.
Each class lasts for 45 minutes, but please allow 1 hour in total. Follow-up support is available.
The next Brixton based course is as follows:
Effraspace in Brixton
This lovely 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.
Dates for 2021 will be added soon.
Private Baby Massage courses
(please note these are currently on hold due to Covid-19)
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 – everything is provided, all you need to bring is yourself and your baby
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. Next dates are:
Tuesday 27th April, & Tuesday 4th, 11th & 18th May from 10.30-11.30am.
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!”
Extra value 2-in-1 combination courses available
We offer a variety of 5-week, combined, baby massage & baby reflexology courses that take place at a variety of local venues;
Effraspace in Brixton
This lovely 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 8 minute walk from the car park.
The Chancery pub in Beckenham
The Spa, Beckenham
Baby Massage Course Prices
- 4-week baby massage and baby reflexology course – £32
- 3-week baby massage course – £27
The prices below are for PRIVATE group sessions of 3 or more parents/babies & are run from the client’s home
- 2-in-1 Baby Massage (4 sessions) plus Baby Reflexology (1 session) – £55.00
- Just Baby Massage (4 sessions) – £45.00
Minimum numbers of 3. Payment to be made prior to the first session either via PayPal using the address firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
email@example.com | 07790 207363