Baby Massage is a truly wonderful skill to learn and is beneficial to both baby and parent. As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, my role is to provide a relaxed and welcoming environment where parents are able to and encouraged to respond to their baby’s needs while learning massage strokes.
Definitely DO NOT worry about what happens if your baby is the one to cry, spit-up, poop all over, sleep, feed. . it’s what baby’s do, and I’ve seen it all. The ethos of these classes is that they are baby-led and flexible; we’re all in this together.
In case you’re wondering, I don’t massage your baby. These classes are a special, focused bonding time for you and your child. What I will do is demonstrate the massage stokes using a doll. Baby massage is suitable for newborns up to one year of age or before they reach the crawling/trying to walk phase.
During class, you’ll also get to share experiences and knowledge with each other, or a laugh or a cry, or a request or share a surplus of diapers or other treats collected at the most recent baby fair or event. New friendships and support networks have been formed in these classes, which is wonderful to see.
Some of the benefits of massaging your baby include: relieving colic & wind, promoting relaxation & aiding sleep, helping with weight gain & building immunity, aiding the bonding process & can assist in the recovery from post-natal depression.
If you have private insurance, most insurers will reimburse a portion of your class costs. Be sure to check your individual plan for details. The 5 week course is €125 and that includes massage stroke handouts so you don’t have to worry about remembering everything from class, massage oil, tea/coffee, and more! Each session lasts approximately an hour, sometimes a little longer.
Our next group class starts Wednesday, 18th of May at 10am, or you can find dates for future classes here. If you prefer, you can also schedule one-to-one classes. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or to book your space!
Nautilus Beauty & Holistic Therapies Centre
Fairview / Marino / Dublin 3