Baby massage is a beautiful experience for both baby and parent / carer. Even before a baby is born they are kept snug in the womb, being rocked by the gentle motion of a mothers walk. Later they are massaged and squeezed by contractions in the lead up to and during birth. The process of birth provides massive stimulation to baby’s skin and nervous system and infants are soothed afterwards by the continuation of familiar sensations through touch and gentle movement. Touch during massage provides baby with love, reassurance, comfort & security which is essential to early bonding and communication. When you hold your baby, all of your senses become alive and the sense of touch stimulates hormones, generating feelings of love and protection towards your baby. In many cultures, the practice of massaging babies is passed down through generations. Historians have found evidence of baby massage dating back over 3000 years in areas as geographically diverse as India, Africa, Asia, New Zealand & the Carribean. This ancient art has only relatively recently been recognised by western practitioners as beneficial and since the mid 90's, baby massage has become popular in the UK. More and more professionals are now recognising the benefits of baby massage and are encouraging parents to include baby massage in their daily routine.
Massage can stimulate the production of the hormone oxytocin, which can have a calming effect on baby, helping them to relax and often helping them to sleep better. Oxytocin is also linked to lactation so massaging your baby can also be helpful for breastfeeding mums.
Some babies are touch sensitive but with patience, reassurance and gentle perseverance they can also be encouraged to enjoy touch and the benefits that come with massage which can include the following:
"Loved the classes and watching Archie improve week by week. Great to meet new people and have a chat after class."
"I really enjoyed Snuggle Buddies and learning how to massage Eli. I believe it has helped with our bonding and also that the massage has helped to improve his colic."
"Me & Phoebe have really enjoyed baby yoga it's very fun and interactive. Sarah is very friendly. Me & Phoebe love coming to every class!"
"We have loved yoga just as much as baby massage. Great class for many different reasons, bonding, social, fun. Thank you :-)"
"Noah had just started sitting when we started the class and was crawling by the end. Although this hindered massage at times, we took some very good tips away with us!"
"Really friendly and calming. Thoroughly enjoyable!"
"Sarah runs a friendly, relaxing class which Archie really enjoyed and we enjoyed practising at home with him too! We will miss Monday mornings!"
"We've really enjoyed the yoga - Toby loves the groups!"
"Really lovely class, Sarah is really friendly and helpful. Toby enjoyed being around other babies. Thank you!"
"Me and Archie have really enjoyed baby yoga. As an active baby, the moves have really entertained Archie (he especially loves the swings!). It's also really good fun to practice at home. Looking forward to continuing on the Snuggle Social!"
"Baby Massage has been a brilliant class. Finn and I both enjoyed it and we learnt some really helpful techniques to support Finn. Thanks!"
"We have really enjoyed baby yoga, when Alyssia lies on the yoga mat she gets excited and anticipates the moves!"
"It was great to meet other parents. I loved spending time with Grayson and it made our time special. The massage was something I could carry out at home which has helped us bond."
"A wonderful class in which to meet like-minded Mums. Great opportunity to spend quality one to one time with baby. The tea & cake is fabulous too ;-)"
"Baby yoga has been very enjoyable, lots of great stuff to try at home and have fun together."
"A really lovely, approachable class. It's been great to meet other Mums and I have loved having an activity to do with Sophie at home."
"We have both really enjoyed the massage classes and having a go at techniques at home. Edie recognises the songs and seems familiar with the routine."
"Informative and relaxing - Edie and I have thoroughly enjoyed our sessions."
"Loved every minute, Sarah is wonderful!!!"
"We've really enjoyed baby yoga and have learnt some useful moves!"
"We have really enjoyed the classes. We have made friends and learned lots about massage and relaxation techniques."
"Me & Harry have really enjoyed the baby yoga - it was fun and friendly and has increased Harry's flexibility & movement. It is nice to have a cuppa and cake afterwards too!"
"We have loved baby massage. I do massage as part of Rowan's bedtime routine, he smiles at the cue and has a great sleep after! Also a lovely social time for both of us! Thank you."
"Baby yoga has been a great follow on from baby massage!"
"Lovely to have an hours bonding time with my daughter, learning techniques to help & soothe her."
"I loved feeling close to my baby during our massage time both in class and at home."
"Love these classes....relaxing, friendly and informative. Arthur lights up when we walk in the room! Even though he is desperate to crawl, he expresses delight when he is sung to and loves his back massage!"
"The classes have a friendly atmosphere and Thomas enjoyed the massage."
"Harry really enjoyed the sessions and was always more relaxed and slept well after doing the massage. I enjoyed meeting the other Mums...and the cuppa and cake too!"
"We've really enjoyed learning the (yoga) moves!! Thank you!"
"A really lovely experience. Great for bonding and very informative! The atmosphere was friendly and warm and everyone was fab!"
"Enjoyed the 'Mummy time' and the cake! :-)"
"We've loved our bonding time at baby yoga!"
"Annie & I attended Sarah's classes from 3 weeks old. At first I was apprehensive as she was so young, but Sarah was really friendly and Annie has enjoyed the sessions more and more each week. If baby needs to sleep or feed that's fine - you still learn skills to use at home."
"We have really enjoyed our Snuggle Buddies experience, a lovely bonding time and a great opportunity to socialise with other Mums!"
"Baby massage has become part of our bedtime routine - it helps Noah relax and get ready for sleep. The classes are interactive and very informative with great handouts to take home so you can start practising from day one. We really enjoyed ourselves!"
"Olive and I really enjoyed the class. The group was small so allowed Mums and babies to interact. The class was personal to babies and Sarah is lovely and informative. I would and definitely will recommend!"
"Toby and I loved baby massage. Toby is a very active baby and Sarah found ways of us still doing the massage despite him not laying for long. We enjoyed the group each week and found everyone really friendly!"
"Daisy loved baby massage and is looking forward to baby yoga!"
"We have really enjoyed baby massage. A lovely friendly class and some lovely techniques learned that we have used at home. We are looking forward to baby yoga."
"We love the classes, Archie is always really chilled after and it's good to catch up with the other Mums!"
"Thank you for our new skills! Massage helps to relax him in the evening after his bath."
"We both loved yoga! Noah enjoyed trying different moves and they have helped him progress and become more confident on his tummy. Also he loves the lifts and we practice at home."
"A relaxed, calm & professional class which provided knowledge & skills to help me relax and bond with my baby in lovely one to one time. Thanks!"
"Fab, friendly class. Alfie and I thoroughly enjoyed the course."
"Me & Archie have both enjoyed the classes. Nice amount of people / babies so have been able to get to know others! Sarah has been really friendly and approachable so can ask if any questions - really recommend, nice sessions with nice company!"
"Myself and Phoebe really enjoyed baby massage. Sarah is lovely and very friendly. It's nice to meet other babies and Mums. Baby massage I found really relaxed Phoebe and was great for bonding."
"I really enjoyed baby massage and found it really helped with constipation."
"We have loved baby massage and are going on to baby yoga next. The increased bonding time with baby is lovely and the massage is helpful for teething & colic. Thanks for a lovely experience."