Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant, food as necessary as minerals, vitamins and proteins” Dr Frederick Leboyer, author of Loving Hands
Intro to Baby Massage and Self-care (currently on hold).
This workshop will give you an introduction to baby massage and an opportunity to widen your repertoire of nurturing touch. Using journaling and simple meditation exercises, we will also look at self-care and general well-being on the motherhood trip. This drop-in is ultimately about getting grounded and finding your own voice and path in a supportive atmosphere free of judgement and ‘advice giving’. This session is easier if your baby is pre-crawling, but all ages are welcome. This class will get you set up to start massaging your baby with confidence. But, if you want further instruction, you can book a private session or set up your own group session.
The Art of Baby Massage
In many cultures, babies are massaged regularly, well into childhood. Touching, stroking, caressing, talking to and cuddling, helps parent and baby to bond and gives the baby a feeling of security and oneness. Studies show that babies gain weight faster, sleep longer and enjoy better health if they are massaged regularly. Other benefits of massage include facilitating motor coordination, improving sleep, soothing babies with colic and strengthening the immune system.
Massage is a wonderful way to connect and bond with your baby. This session will help you develop a routine of healing touch that will be at your fingertips for years to come. I will guide you through a full body relaxation massage while you massage your baby. Learn strokes and techniques that will help relax your baby as well as specific techniques to alleviate digestive discomfort. This session is also about developing confidence with your hands and relaxing in the midst of the unknown. I always make time for a short meditation for mamas and some writing to help anchor yourself on your motherhood journey.
The groups are small to provide for one-on-one instruction. There is an opportunity for discussion and a review of all the techniques at the end of the session. Handouts are provided.
We follow the book “Nurturing Touch” by Kalena Babeshoff. Available at Parent Books.
This workshop is also offered one on one:
For individual families or caregivers for a more relaxed and intimate learning experience. You can also book a class in your home with a group or bring a small group to my location.
Ask about booking your own 4-week session:
I have created the intro to baby massage as a longer 4-week session, which is a slower way to take in the information. You can arrange this for your own group of 4-6 people in your space or in a space I provide. Please inquire about creating a series for your own group.
What to bring to the class:
- diaper bag with extra receiving blanket
- an extra change pad
- toy and soother – if applicable
- olive oil
- container for oil – something that dispenses easily
- large bath towel
- a thin pillow
Go Slow Mama — 4 week slow and 1 day fast
This four-week session is a slower way to absorb The Art of Baby Massage and also incorporates other elements: writing, lullabies and deep relaxation. The series explores creativity as a way to navigate the early days of motherhood, providing a slower and deeper way to learn the art of baby massage and devoting special attention to self-care.
TBA – please inquire about dates or setting up a session for your group. Minimum 4 to create your own group.
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