Baby Massage is included in our mum and baby fitness classes. Our postnatal exercise classes are 90 minutes and include fitness for mum, social time with other mums and 30 minutes baby massage.
Newborns are reassured by skin contact and it helps to establish bonds between parent and baby. Baby massage can help baby sleep, relieve wind, colic and constipation as well as providing relaxation for you both.
Smiling, making eye contact, caring and being physically gentle all forge the path to positive interaction. Baby massage uses and develops all these qualities whilst helping baby feel secure and valued.
Specific benefits for you and your baby include:
Our Mumma Fitness is a postnatal fitness class for any age baby up to 24 months.
"Infants who experience more physical contact with caregivers demonstrate increased mental development in the first six months of life compared to young children who receive limited physical interaction. Furthermore, this improved cognitive development has been shown to last even after eight years, illustrating the importance of positive interactions. Infants who receive above-average levels of affection from their mothers are shown to be less likely to be hostile, anxious, or emotionally distressed as adults." (Coleman, Daniel. “ The Experience of Touch: Research Points to a Critical Role.” New York Times. February 1988 and Gardner, Amanda. “Can a Mother’s Affection Prevent Anxiety in Adulthood?” CNN.com. July 2010) Taken from Urban Child Institute.
What age can baby be massaged from?
A great time to join Nurture Fitness would be around 6-8 weeks after birth once Mum and Baby have both had a postnatal check-up with your medical professional.
What if baby cries or moves around during the massage?
No worries at all. Your baby may prefer to change position or enjoy a cuddle instead. Always take the lead from your baby in massage and respond to their needs.
What if my baby needs feeding or is sleeping though the class?
Nurture Fitness is a relaxed environment for mum and baby, so if you need to feed then please do and if your baby needs to sleep then allow them to.
What should I bring to the class for baby?
A favourite cuddly toy or comforter for your baby. A comfortable towel or blanket for baby and all the normal things you need for your baby when you go out.
Do we use oils during massage?
Yes we do, oil lubricates baby's skin and reduces friction. We will provide you with the oil to use on your taster session.
A bottle of Baby Massage Oil & At-Home Massage Guide will be included in your block booking. Before trying any baby massage oil, dab a little on baby’s hand to see if it compatible with the skin. If any rash develops, wash off completely and avoid using that oil. If baby has eczema, it's better to use medical emollient cream or ointment.
You can come and try our postnatal classes for FREE to make sure they are right for you! This includes Buggy Fitness and Nurture Fitness or Mumma Fitness. Click here for more information.