Infant Massage

 

Increase your bond with baby through loving touch!

  • Improves relaxation and reduces parental stress
  • Helps relieve colic
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Increases sense of being loved
  • Develops trust
  • Increases self esteem
  • Enhances a strong immune system

 

 

 

  LEARN:

– Massage basics appropriate for infants focused on specific areas of the body

– Exercises to help baby’s coordination and muscle development

– Relaxation exercises for parents

Give your baby the priceless gift of love, communication, health and wellness.

 

Why should babies have Massage?

Massage has benefits for everyone, and especially for infants. Touch is one of the first sensations babies are aware of, so it is valuable for helping babies physically, mentally, and in many more ways. There are numerous medical studies and scientific research proving that massage has a great impact on all babies and children. Massage is more than just a way to relax. It can greatly influence the way babies’ brains and bodies develop. Studies show that there are relationships between touch and intelligence, so the more skin-to-skin touch a baby receives in its first year of life can impact the way their brain works and develops for the rest of their life.

Physical Benefits for the baby:

 

  • Strengthens digestive system
  • Improves immune system
  • Develops and improves muscle tone
  • Helps develop coordination

 

Mental Benefits for the Baby:

 

  • Increases sense of being loved
  • Develops trust
  • Increases self esteem
  • Enhances relaxation and releases stress
  • Creates awareness of self and surroundings

 

Medical Benefits for Baby:

 

  • Improves respiration
  • Helps relieve colic
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Reduces discomfort from gas, constipation, congestion, teething, and more.

 

Benefits to Parents:

 

  • Promotes bonding
  • Increases communication and understanding between parent and baby
  • Improves relaxation and reduces parental stress
  • Increases parent’s confidence by helping them help their babies

 

About our Infant Massage Classes

Our classes are designed to help parents and caregivers learn massage techniques and exercises to help babies (and parents) with a wide variety of conditions. The class’ primary focus will be on babies aged 6 weeks through 1 year, however the techniques can be valuable for children older than a year as well. The class series is approximately 90 mins in length, focusing on massage and exercises for specific areas of the body.   Parents are welcome and encouraged to schedule a one on or small in home group sessions so that the parent can practice the techniques right on the baby.

The massages can help babies who are having  a range of issues including:

 

  • Tummy or digestive problems
  • Muscular issues
  • Birth Trauma
  • Colic
  • Sleeplessness
  • Colds
  • Feeding Problems
  • and many other concerns

 

Who can take these Classes?

While the classes are designed for parents and their babies, the class is also perfectly suited for grandparents, caretakers, day care workers, social workers, nurses or health care professionals – anyone who regularly interacts with infants or young children and has the opportunity to use the Massage Therapy benefits with the children.  For expectant parents, we welcome you into any of our general infant massage classes.

 

What will be taught in the classes?

During the class, we will discuss several topics including but not limited to:

– Massage basics appropriate for infants focused on specific areas of the body

– Exercises to help baby’s coordination and muscle development

– Relaxation exercises for parents

-Common infant/child medical conditions and how to help them (colic, colds, etc)

 

How old should the child be for this class?

Infants can begin to benefit from Massage as soon as they are born, but for the purposes of this class, we usually recommend that the children be at least 6 weeks old (this is also in case the doctor has put mom on rest for the first 6 weeks, and to let the new parent(s) recover a little) and they can be as old as 1 year.

Now that being said, this class is still wonderful and beneficial for children over the age of one through the toddler years,  and beyond.

What do I need to bring to class?

Just about everything you need for class will be provided, however you may feel comfortable bringing a few things of your own if you wish. Some items that we will use that you may wish to bring are:

-Your Child

-A Pillow

– A notepad or other device for taking notes during class

– A Doll or a similarly shaped stuffed animal, If you can not bring your child (4 limbs, torso, head).

 

Private Classes

We understand that classes may not be the most convenient time for you to attend a class, especially if you have to go to work, take care of older children, it’s nap time, etc. This is why we now offer private Infant Massage Instruction in the comfort of your own home at a time that works better for you. So feel free to contact us to set up a time for your private class.

Private Group Classes

We now offer classes and a special rate for a private group class of 3 to 7 people. Perfect for Mommy Groups, Teachers, Medical Professionals, Clubs, etc – any group that works with and towards the best interests and health of children. Classes can be held at our location or at a location of your choosing. These classes encourage the presence of the child receiving the massage.  These classes are scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to select a date and time and your group’s classes will be set up at that time.

What do classes cost?

 

Infant Massage Classes – $35.00 per couple

Private One-On-One Class – $80.00 per couple

 

Call (772)882-1925

 

Is this class beneficial for toddlers and children older than babies?

Absolutely. Older babies and young children can benefit from massage to help with development of muscle tone and coordination, as well as calming hyperactivity and improving focus. Children who were massaged as babies usually accept massage and understand its benefits as they get older, and they are more easily able to distinguish between “good” and “bad” touch, as well as having the confidence to reject any kind of touch if they don’t want it. Children suffering with: learning disabilities, illness, or trauma can gain normalization of brain chemical levels, a decrease in depression, improved motor skills, and decreased anxiety.