Baby Massage – Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!)
I met up with wonderful Philli from Massage Matters (East Lothian) earlier this month and asked her each of your ‘baby massage’ questions. If I’ve not covered them all, I know she would be delighted to answer this for you personally. There’s a link to contact her at the end of the post.
What age should my baby be?
My classes are suitable for babies from birth to crawling.
What will happen if my baby is sleepy/grumpy/needing to be fed through the class?
Don’t worry if your baby needs changing or to be fed or is just upset and needs a cuddle, the class is baby-led and his/her needs always come first. I’ll always offer the opportunity for you to catch up on strokes during the class and you’ll have a handy quick reference guide to take home so you can practice.
My baby has just had his/her immunisations. Should we still come along to the class?
I’ll always ask parents to pay particular attention to baby’s cues following vaccinations. The area may need to be avoided for a time afterwards but this will depend on the baby. If baby is otherwise well, I usually advise parents to massage from knee down and avoid for 24hrs just to be sure. If the class falls within the 24 hour period then you should still definitely come along. I have a spare practice doll which you can use or just sit back, relax and enjoy uninterrupted cuddles with your baby followed by a hot cup of coffee and cake!
How should I dress my baby for the session?
To make it the most relaxed experience for you and your baby, I recommend bringing your baby in a comfortable sleep suit or something similar. Babies often fall asleep towards the end of the class and it’s much easier to slip them into their PJs than battling with lots of layers.
What do I need to bring to the class?
Oil and cushions will be provided but if you could bring two towels (one for lying your baby on, and one for positioning) that’d be most appreciated. Other than that, just bring yourself, your baby and comfy clothes, as we will be sat on the floor.
What type of oil is used for the massage?
I provide a bottle of Neal’s Yard Pure Baby Oil. This is an organic, sunflower based oil. It is free from synthetic fragrances, colours, parabens, and non-GM, so is gentle enough for newborns 3kg/6lb 10oz +.
When is the best time to give my baby a massage?
Choose a time when your baby is content and alert, not tired or hungry. Some find a massage after a bath and before bedtime helps with sleep, but sometimes at this time of day, babies can easily become over-tired. My son loved having a massage after his morning nap, we were both rested and enjoyed having this time together. It also often meant a great lunch time nap!
What are the benefits of baby massage?
The benefits of baby massage are endless and are not only for baby but for the caregiver who is giving the massage too! Practicing massage produces the body’s happy hormone ‘oxytocin’ which helps to combat post natal depression and build on the bond between you and baby. Baby massage is also hugely beneficial for premature babies or those born with a low birth weight as it stimulates the bodies systems and organs which in turn results in improved weight gain. It is very successful at helping to relieve symptoms of colic, reflux and constipation and many mums like to try a holistic approach before using medicines on babies. Massage helps promote calmness and relaxation and when used as part of a nightly routine can help to induce deeper sleep patterns, helps to develop flexibility, balance, coordination and can ease growing pains.
What can I expect from your sessions?
The most common feedback I get from mums who have attended my sessions are that they love the relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere and that it was a ‘safe and easy’ place to come in the early weeks of motherhood. There is also time for reflection and discussion around a variety of topics, these include oils, best time for massage, the growing child, listening to babies and calming. You will also unwind and spend quality-focused time together, as well as enjoying a hot cuppa and homemade cake.
How many weeks do the sessions run for?
Week 1 – Learn leg & feet strokes as well as an introduction to baby massage. Week 2 – Learn stomach strokes and colic relief routine. Discussion about crying and soothing. Week 3 – Learn chest & arm strokes. Discussion about the benefits of baby massage for parents and baby. Week 4 – Learn face & back strokes. Learn about how to massage the growing child. Week 5 – Learn about Gentle Movements and positive touch.
What is the cost?
£65 this include handouts, 100ml bottle of Neal’s Yard Organics Pure Baby Oil (worth £7.50) and refreshments.
How do I book up?!
Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find Massage Matters – East Lothian Baby Massage on Facebook.
Is there anything else I should know?
Once parents have completed the 5 week course, I offer a follow-on class so that they can continue to have the quality time together and practice massage together.
Philli | Massage Matters East Lothian
The most common feedback I get from mums who have attended my sessions are that they love the relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere and that it was a ‘safe and easy’ place to come in the early weeks of motherhood.