THE ART OF BABY MASSAGE HAS BEEN APPRECIATED FOR CENTURIES .....
Baby massage has been around since the Quing dynasty (1644 - 1911), and has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine in India, dating back as far as 1800BC. The city of Kerala in India is where the art of baby massage originated, where babies from one month to six months are still massaged morning and evening for 20 mins (Leboyer 1997).
Families from many different cultures such as Nepal, Tibet, India and Malaysia recognise the value, health benefits and sense of well being that come with regular massage, for both mother and child. Mothers are massaged daily before the birth, and after Labour until the babies are 12 days old in some areas of India. In other areas the mother is massaged until 30 days after birth.
Cross Cultural studies today both support and show that babies should be held, massaged and carried much more than they are in present day western cultures. It has been found cultures who closely nurture their infants are less aggressive and violent (Prescott 1975)
Helps baby adapt to new environment
Helps baby adapt to his first language of touch
Enhances baby's feelings of being loved, respected and secure
Promotes relaxation, improving quality of sleep
Helps baby cope with stressful situations
Reduces the discomfort of colic, wind and constipation
Regulates, strengthens digestive, respiratory and immune systems
Stimulates circulatory system and nervous system
Helps baby get used to touch, especially important for babies who may have been subject to intrusive procedures from early or difficult births, or difficult start in life.
and lots more .....
Babies must have passed the 6 - 8 week check prior to massage, although if required a Colic sequence can be taught from an earlier stage, only once it has been established by GP that there is no other reason for the abdominal pain.
You will learn, when it is safe and appropriate to massage, contraindications to massage, how to recognise your baby's non verbal cues,how to help settle a fussy, disorganised or hypersensitive baby which oils are safest to use, how to store the oils. how to adapt the massage for both your needs and your growing baby's needs, well into childhood.
I can offer one to one or group teaching. One to one can be either at my home or in the comfort of your own home, where siblings and grandparents can also be involved if wished.
I can offer small groups up to 6 maximum in either my home or your home. This is sometimes a good choice for mums who have bonded from antenatal days.
I am also happy to work with other agencies for group work with parents, and have experience of working with Children and families from difficult backgrounds - having previously been a "sure start" Family support worker for a local authority. Please call to discuss any ideas or questions you may have.
A natural follow on from baby massage, or a perfect stand alone therapy to learn.
Story Massage combines the many benefits of Positive Touch with the creativity of story telling.
It is age neutral, so can be used from the very young to the very old ( some therapists are teaching it or carrying it out in nursing homes with the elderly who often have little physical contact, and miss the benefits of Positive Touch)
It’s adaptable, fun and inclusive of all. I have successfully ran a workshop for carers/parents of children with profound needs, and I know they are continuing to use Story massage in their home routines.
You learn 10 basic massage strokes, which are the basis of the story massage protocol. When you have mastered the strokes it’s a case of using your own imagination and making your own stories up or using the strokes with well loved stories, songs and rhymes.
It’s fabulous, can be done anywhere and no clothes are removed, no oil is required.
FUN, FUSS FREE, AND JAM PACKED WITH THE BENEFITS OF POSITIVE TOUCH
Helps relax the body, easing tension and the cumulative effects of stress
Teaches children how to relax
Helps release the feel good hormones - such as Oxytocin - helping to boost general well being
Can help to promote sleep
May help to improve growth by stimulating release of growth hormone
May help children to focus and stay still, reducing random movements
Improved alertness and concentration
May help to reduce pain
Can be both energising and relaxing
May help reduce blood pressure
Can help reduce heart rate
Can help to decrease cortisol ( stress hormone) levels
Helps to relax muscle and fascia
Relaxes and calms
Builds feelings of trust
Increases self esteem
Increases feelings of value
Can act as a distraction from anxiety or pain
Can encourage eye contact
Encourages body language
Interaction with others
Promotes relationships/ bonding
Preparation of future events and activities
May assist in....
Helping to reduce day dreaming
Helping to increase focus
Promoting expressive language
Improving concentration and engagement
Improving both verbal and non verbal communication
Increasing understanding of vocabulary
I am available to run workshops for parents, or on a one to one basis, I can come into schools and nurseries to run Story massage sessions, or groups such as Brownies and cubs etc
If you would like to discuss further please do get in touch.