Baby massage is now widely practiced in the UK. The benefits are well known and widely published. However, much of the discussion about baby massage focuses around the benefits for the mother and baby, but what about fathers?
A father’s touch is just as important and equally essential to a baby’s health and well-being.
Recent studies by Tiffany Field* PhD, stated that “As they learn to soothe their babies, fathers notice their own stress levels are lessened. Together, they experience the calming power of touch, and begin to build life-long attachments.” The same study showed that the baby greeted their father with greater eye contact, smiles and vocalized more.
The benefits of baby massage are practically endless; in fact it may be easier to say there are no non-benefits to massage! A daily massage provides the perfect opportunity to meet your baby’s needs through skin-to-skin contact and deepens the bond between you. Regular baby massage aids relaxation and sleep, relieves wind and colic, promotes healthy development and physical well being leaving you feeling happy and connected with your baby.
Countless research studies have been published documenting why massage for a baby is so vitally important, but it is the feedback from parents that we think is the most valuable.
For their baby:
- “It helps her relax and sleep longer”
- “She doesn’t cry as much as she used to. But when she does I feel more relaxed about it and can understand what she is telling me now”
- “I feel so connected with him, I guess it has helped us bond more. Thank you”
- “She has much less wind and the colic has gone! Thank you so much for teaching me how to do the stomach massage”
- “I feel much closer to him now”
- “Thank you for the enlightening course and new techniques for interacting with my baby – mum now doesn’t have all the fun!”
- “She is my second child, so it has been great having one-on-one time just with her, that’s not easy to get at home”
Our baby massage course offers much more than just the practical strokes of how to massage your baby. Each weekly session covers the massage strokes and gentle stretches, as well as time for asking questions and discussing relevant topics.
We teach this traditional and authentic baby massage routine over four-weekly sessions as follows:
Week 1 – Leg & Tummy Massage, including the colic routine
Week 2 – Chest and arms massage (and recap on stomach and legs)
Week 3 – Face and back massage (and recap all previous strokes)
Week 4 – Whole body massage and gentle yoga stretches
All instructors are fully qualified, insured and hold certification with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). The teacher will never massage a baby, the only person to touch or massage your baby in our classes is you.
*Tiffany Field PhD, is the Director of The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. www6.miami.edu/touch-research/