I have been working as a baby massage instructor for over 14 years now and it has been one of the most rewarding aspect of my career. Within classes I teach techniques to help alleviate infant health problems, such as colic, wind, constipation and teething. It’s lovely when parents form friendships and support each other through particular developmental stages; I also get to witness the love and interaction between parent and baby. Not only has baby massage had a positive impact on my professional career, I have personally experienced the benefits of baby massage with my own children, in particular when my son arrived 10 weeks early, which you can read about here.
So here are my top 10 reasons to join a baby massage class today.
- Quality time
Baby massage classes provide quality uninterrupted time. Massaging your baby produces a hormone called Oxytocin, otherwise known as the ‘love drug’ enhancing the bond you both share.
- Improves sleep
Very appealing benefit for many parents! Research suggests babies who are massaged sleep and eat better than those who do not receive massage.
- Relief from infant ailments
Baby massage offers relief for many common childhood ailments such as colic, constipation, growing pains, teething and sinuses.
- Aids early communication
Songs and rhymes are introduced to enhance the experience. Singing stimulates babies early language development, aiding communication between baby and parent and being part of a group helps babies to develop their social skills.
- Supports child development
Massaging your baby strengthens and tones muscles. Baby massage is a great way to support babies to reach their milestones by building muscle strength so they can learn to roll over, sit up and crawl.
- Understanding your babies cues
It takes time for all parents to learn how their baby communicates. Touch is the first form of communication and it allows parents to understand their babies wants, needs, likes and dislikes.
Baby massage helps both baby and parent to relax, feel calm and is an all round pleasurable experience
Classes are a chance to meet other parents and share experiences of parenting with babies of a similar age, in a safe non-judgmental environment.
- Reduces risk of postnatal depression
The early stages of parenting can be the most challenging and lonely. Getting out of the house and attending class can make all the difference and often be the thing needed to break the cycle of depression. Oxytocin that is produced when massaging babies, benefits both baby and parent and those near by, helping everyone to feel calm and relaxed.
- Increased confidence
Increase confidence when handling a baby (not every one feels confident when we first have a baby), which helps parents to meet their child’s needs and feel more capable.
By Sue Brown