What is baby massage?
Baby massage is about communicating with your baby through gentle touch. It’s something you do with your baby, not to your baby.
What will I learn at the course?
Over 3 weeks, you’ll learn:
– a full body sequence of baby massage strokes, including strokes for the legs, arms, back, chest, tummy and face;
– to use your voice as well as your hands to settle and soothe your baby;
– a sequence to help with wind and tummy pain;
– to “listen” to your baby and respond to their cues.
You’ll also get to know other new parents in a friendly, non-judgemental environment.
What are the benefits?
Cue-based baby massage is not about fixing or treating any particular problems. It’s not like an adult massage. It’s about communicating through touch.
Baby massage helps babies to regulate their emotions. It also increases baby’s awareness of their own bodies.
Healthy touch is important for both social and physical development.
Babies don’t communicate with words. Through baby massage, you learn to read your baby’s cues and to respond appropriately.
What if my baby doesn’t like it?
All parents and babies are welcome at our baby massage courses. This includes babies who are sensitive and unsettled. We don’t tell you how to parent – you know your baby best. We’ll give you some skills to communicate with your baby and you’ll be able to adapt those to meet your own baby’s needs.
If your baby is sleeping or needs a feed or just isn’t in the mood, we have dolls you can learn and practise on. Then, you can try baby massage another time at home.
How old does my baby need to be?
You can learn baby massage anytime from birth until your baby is crawling. We recommend that you learn when your baby is over 2 months old but welcome younger babies too. The best age varies from one baby to the next.
Can my partner learn too?
Absolutely – you’re welcome to have 2 carers for each baby at our courses. This could be parents, grandparents or others who spend time with your baby and would like to share the magic of gentle touch.
Are you available to teach at my mothers’ group/playgroup?
Bernie is available for private courses with mothers groups or playgroups at a time that is convenient for you. Minimum numbers apply.
Course dates and prices
Friday 9, 16 & 23 October: 9:30-10:30am
The course costs $125 per baby. If you have twins, please contact me to discuss pricing and logistics.
Detailed course materials and morning tea are provided.