IAIM Baby Massage in Greenwich & Blackheath
"Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant. Food as necessary as minerals, vitamins and proteins." - Dr Frederick Leboyer
Why Baby Massage?
Nurturing touch from infancy is key to a child's development, enhancing their mental, emotional and physiological wellbeing. Research is continuing to prove that baby massage helps stress regulation, encourages weight gain, improves immune systems, and betters sleep patterns and parent-child bonds.
In a world full of busyness and distractions, baby massage allows true one-to-one time for parents and babies to create a trusting, honest and loving relationship that lasts for years to come. Massage is completely adaptable as babies grow, no extra equipment is needed, and you really can do it anywhere and anytime.
For the parents, the massage-givers, nurturing touch helps to lower stress hormones and encourages higher levels of the relaxing and loving hormones (oxytocin and prolactin). The quality time together during baby massage increases confidence in understanding your baby and your own parenting skills; parents are, after all, the experts of their babies.
Baby massage: What to Expect
Massage for a new body part is introduced each week and all strokes from previous weeks are reviewed, slowly building up massage time. By the last session you will be giving your little one a full body massage, including their lovely face.
A simple baby yoga sequence and routine for wind and colic relief is also taught, as well as a little basic massage theory. With the powerfully soothing effect of a parent's voice, songs and rhymes are included in some of the massage techniques.
The small classes are entirely baby-led, taking cues from the little teachers allowing them to be babies and express their personalities. Crying, sleeping, feeding, changing and playing are all welcome in the room.
We always end our sessions with a discussion topic over tea and biscuits, inviting a relaxed space to share and listen to the unique experiences of parenthood. The space is non-judgemental and welcoming of all ideas and beliefs.
The five-week course gives your baby the opportunity to adjust to a new environment and the feeling of massage, whilst being free to have their needs met. For parents, it allows you the chance to slow down and not rush through learning the skills with an unpredictable little one! Due to the intimate time with baby, and the IAIM ethos based heavily in the promotion of bonding and attachment, this course can only be taught to parents and their babies.
5-week baby massage group Course dates
Greenwich West Community & Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA (next door to National Tyres Garage)
June Course: Wednesday 5th June - 3rd July, 10.45am-12.15pm
July Course: Wednesday 10th July - 7th August, 10.45am-12.15pm
£70 per baby. Suitable for babies from birth up to crawling.
Dad’s 3-Week Baby Massage Workshop
Quaker Meeting House, Blackheath Village, SE3 9LL
Saturday 22nd June-6th July, 10.30-11.45am
Working with Dads and their little ones to continue the massage and bonding journey, in a calm and open space.
Over the three weeks, we will cover massage for the legs, tummy and back, and continue to learn more about our babies through communication and nurturing touch. Each week will end with a relaxed chat about the different, multi-faceted experience of fatherhood over tea and biscuits, giving a unique space for a relaxed mind and experience share for dads. The space is non-judgemental and welcoming of all ideas and approaches.
£40 per baby. Only available to babies who have taken part on my 5-week course previously. Crawlers are welcome!
Baby Massage Courses at home
One-to-One Courses and Closed Group Courses (max. 3 babies) in the comfort of your own home are also available.
The Closed Group Course follows the same 5-week schedule, whilst the One-to-One Course follows a 4-week schedule. Each weekly session for At Home Courses is 1hr 30mins to give plenty of time for parents and babies to receive the full benefits of massage in a relaxed and baby-led space.
I cover Greenwich and Blackheath, and most of the surrounding areas, however there may be an additional mileage cost dependent on distance. Please get in touch to arrange suitable dates and to ask any questions. New availability from Monday 22nd July.
One-to-One Course £120. Suitable for babies from birth up to crawling.
Closed Group Course £85 per baby. Suitable for babies from birth up to crawling.
Oils, towels, toys and yoga mats are provided in each session for all courses. Prices include a Parent’s Thank You Bag with a bottle of organic cold-pressed oil, IAIM Parent's Massage Handbook & a few treats!