Baby Massage Baby Yoga offers baby massage classes and baby yoga classes led by Dr. Rita O'Flynn and held at her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. We also offer postnatal pilates and specific postnatal exercise programmes for new mothers.
Baby Massage and Baby Yoga
Baby Massage and Baby Yoga


Baby Massage and Baby Yoga Class Details
Health benefits of baby massage and baby yoga
When to start baby massage and baby yoga classes
When to start baby massage and baby yoga classes
 

Baby Massage

Baby massage has been practiced in parts of Africa and Asia for centuries, but it is only over the last three decades that it has really come to the West.

Baby massage involves touching, stroking, rubbing, squeezing and tapping, all of which your baby will find extremely relaxing and soothing. The movements are all easy to learn and will be introduced gradually throughout the classes. We will also include a section on reflexology.  Reflexology points are exactly the same on baby feet as for adults, but of course the points can be a little harder to find on such a small foot.  I will teach you a foot massage to help you ease your baby through colds and teething.

Baby MassageThe first and most powerful massage your baby will ever encounter is birth itself. Nature provides this pressure on the body to kick-start the major organs, preparing your baby for life outside the womb. Baby massage is a way for you to continue this stimulation, albeit in a less truamatic way! The muscles within your baby's body have been lying dormant during pregnancy and, during the first few weeks, they have to learn to do their job of supporting your baby and allowing movement.

I am sure you can recall occasions when, not having exercised for a while, you decide to have a bit of a workout.  The next day your muscles feel fatigued or may even ache if you worked particularly hard.  I think this is what a baby goes through repeatedly over the first few months of life.  Each day they work harder than the previous one and their muscles might feel tired and may even ache.  Baby massage is incredibly beneficial during this period to encourage these muscles to relax and to allow your baby to develop to their maximum potential. 

Baby Massage

Your baby may not appear to be doing much during their first few weeks at home. While they seem to do little more than eat and sleep, then eat and sleep again, your baby is growing at the fastest rate they will ever experience. Babies grow while they sleep and this is part of the reason for the huge amounts of sleep observed in the early days.  During this time there is very little you can do with your baby and, to be quite honest, they are not up to much.  However, one thing you can do in the comfort of your own home is baby massage.  It is wonderful to learn and will be a skill you will keep forever and be able to carry out on any future babies you may have.

 

When to start? You can practice baby massage from birth and continue until your baby is crawling.  Even if they love it, at this point investigating the world is more important and they will not keep still for you to massage.  After a couple of months, or just as your baby is showing signs of head control, you may consider baby yoga.

Contact us on 01483 800326 for more information or to book your baby massage or baby yoga class.