Baby Nurture Launch – Benefits of Baby Massage

I remember so vividly bringing my beautiful baby Rafi home, encased in the newborn bubble and snuggling on the sofa. I remember being so fascinated by just watching him. The first way that parents communicate with their babies is touch, the first language of development. Just holding a baby can be soothing, especially babies who suffer with reflux and colic. That need of touch is even more necessary. If just holding baby can be beneficial, imagine how your baby would benefit from a full body massage?

Parents are natural ‘nurturers’ who love, teach, develop and support their babies to enable them to grow to their full potential. Baby massage is therefore the perfect first class to attend with your baby to promote a secure parent-child attachment. This therapeutic massage has been used in Eastern Cultures as far back as 300bc, with baby massage being practised by mothers in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America for centuries. Vimala Schieider McClure founded the Association of Infant massage following her stay in India in 1973. Baby Massage offers a wealth of benefits for both parent and baby, which makes it a very popular class to attend.

Benefits of Baby Massage:
• Aids improved sleep
• Empowers you to soothe baby aliments such as teething, digestion, constipation, sleep problems and colic.
• Encourages deeper bonding
• Improves sensory awareness
• Strengthens the immune system
• Normalizes muscle tone and improves blood circulation
• Relaxes baby
• Stimulates brain development

Benefits for parents:
• Improved positive communication with baby
• Increases self-esteem and alleviates symptoms of post-natal depression
• Builds a relationship of trust & respect
• Builds quality bonding time to improve the level of intimacy and love between parent and child.
• Gain social benefits from meeting other parents
• Provides fathers the opportunity to improve the bond with baby.
• Allows parents to relax in a calm, welcoming and positive environment

Baby massage was the first class I attended with my baby, I had a fully qualified and trained baby massage teacher come to our home to teach me the baby massage routines when Rafi was just two weeks old. It was the perfect option for not having to leave the house in those very early newborn weeks, but to be able to embark on a practice that would become part of our daily routine, getting dad involved and to encourage bonding.

After Establishing Once Upon the Mat in 2018, initially as a Children’s Yoga teacher, and then subsequently as a Baby Yoga teacher in 2019, 2020 was the time to add Baby Massage to classes on offer.
Baby Nurture, is a Baby Massage class being launched in Canterbury, Kent in March 2020 and I am beyond thrilled to be able to provide this in addition to the classes already available.

The four week programme will focus on a different body part each week, with additional commentary on the benefits of the stokes. Baby massage is suitable for newborn babies up until pre-crawling.
This calm and inviting class not only supports babies well-being, but we are passionate about the nurturing of parents too!

Our ethos underpins the philosophy that parents must also be nurtured within a positive and supportive environment in order to maximise their role as nurturers to their babies. That’s why when you experience a ‘Once Upon the Mat’ class you will immediately be welcomed into a non-judgemental, friendly, safe space where you will be remembered by name and indulged with every attention to be made to feel special!

With each four week baby massage programme ‘Once Upon the Mat’ we make both parent and baby feel extra special.

Once Upon the Mat’ tote bag, personalised baby’s name hooded towel, cold pressed sunflower seed oil, ‘Baby Nurture’ massage handbook, invitation to private ‘Baby Nurture’ Whatsapp group and join our ‘Mama Tribe’ social and baby events throughout the year.

This is how we feel we are different to other classes! Book on today to learn baby massage in our ‘Baby Nurture’ course to experience a class that goes beyond!