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, 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 improves confidence in understanding your baby and your own parenting skills; parents are, after all, the experts of their babies.
What to Expect
Massage for a new body part is introduced each week and all strokes from previous weeks are reviewed. 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 with tea and biscuits, opening up the space for a relaxed mind and experience share. 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!
Next 5-week Group Course
Greenwich West Community & Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA (next door to National Tyres Garage)
January Course: Wednesday 9th January - 6th February, 10.45am -12.15pm
Quaker Meeting House, Blackheath Village, SE3 9LL
January Course: Saturday 5th January - 9th February, 10.30am-12pm (Holidays: 26th Jan)
£70 per baby, includes a Parent’s Thank You Bag with a bottle of organic cold-pressed oil, IAIM Parent's Handbook & a few treats. All oils, towels, toys and yoga mats provided in sessions. Suitable for babies from birth up to crawling.