Baby Massage Courses in Sydney
THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUCH – there is no single therapeutic tool can be compared in efficiency with this familiar but perfect tool… THE HUMAN HAND.
Touch is a primary human need, rooted in human culture. Massage has been used throughout history to ease childbirth, assist in recovery and soothe babies throughout all parts of the world. The practice of massaging infants has been used for centuries in India passed down from generation to generation. Equally in Nigeria, the principle of infant massage is used as a welcome rite to the infant’s new life by all those who attend and assist with the birth.
The first few months of your baby’s life is an important time in forming bonding and attachment. Infant massage is an ideal method to get to know your baby and research suggests that both parent and baby have much to benefit from this technique. Research has also shown that the levels of oxytocin can be raised in both mother and infant during this touch process. This often gives both mother and infant a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
The Imperial College London Faculty of Medicines, in research, found that infant massage can reinforce the feeling of closeness between mother and infant. This is especially useful in cases of postnatal depression and this close bond can also increase breast milk production.
Why Baby Massage?
Many new parents may experience one or more problems with sleep deprivation due to their babies colic, wind, constipation or crying. Unfortunately, baby and parents can get into a cycle of stress and anxiety. Baby massage can help to break this; not only does the massage soothe and help babies to sleep longer and more deeply, it also aids digestion and helps to relieve colic, wind and constipation.
Babies who in childhood felt secure, were held often, were listened to, had good eye contact with their parents and were massaged, are said to have healthier relationships when they are older. In addition to the benefits to the baby, the baby massage helps bonding between parents and baby and has proven to be a major help with postnatal depression with mothers. It is also an ideal bonding tool for parents who are away often and for newly adopted babies.
The baby massage course is run over a five week period and will cover the history, benefits, types of oils, cues for massage, stress and relaxation, crying and relaxation techniques. With baby massage courses the emphasis is on relaxing your baby and relaxing you. To help with this we have the use of life size baby dolls to practise on if your baby is sleeping or unwell. The group size will be kept down to maximum of eight in order to give more individual attention. Each week you will be taught another part of the massage routine, giving parents time to practice and build up their confidence.
Individual one to one teaching sessions are also available.
Benefits of infant massage may include:
- Promotes bonding and attachment
- Relieves colic and wind
- Better sleep patterns
- Focused attention
- Relaxes baby and relaxes you
Infant massage relieves colic and wind; promotes better sleep patterns, emotional nurturing and encourages bonding.
Article – A Touching Bond: http://www.fht.org.uk/mainwebsite/resources/document/ct_baby_massage.pdf
Baby massage courses are available in Sydney.Venue: Darling Street Health Centre, 1/449 Darling Street, Balmain, and “Beyond the Ordinary” – Teahouse and Healing Centre, Level 1, 314 Darling Street, Balmain. When: May, July, September and November 2012.
Cost: $190.00 for two hourly sessions over a five week course. Private lessons available at $240.00 ($80.00 per session)
Bookings: 0451 176 623