I qualified to be a baby massage instructor in December 2019. I trained with Blossom & Berry and my qualification is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives
As part of my training I had to run a ‘case study’ course with 5 volunteer parents and here started my love for delivering this beautiful course.
“Such a calm and relaxed environment where you can be yourself and not worry about anything! As Emma says the babies run the group...if they get hungry, want to cry or need a nappy change you take a break and carry on later”
- My baby massage classes offer a calm, friendly and welcoming space where you can focus totally on your baby, learning massage techniques that will support your baby’s body systems, such as their central nervous system and digestive system as well as their mental and emotional development.
- Touch is the first language for a baby and when we spend time completely focused on them, connecting with them through physical touch, this releases the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin in your baby and also in you, strengthening the bond and attachment between you.
- The release of oxytocin means that stress hormones are lowered and this in turn helps baby to relax. Being relaxed means that baby will be more likely to sleep. Massage may also offer relief from colic, wind and constipation.
- The stimulation during baby massage gives babies sensory input and helps them to become aware of their bodies – teaching them that they have hands at the end of their arms and feet at the end of their legs – babies do not know this when they are born so rely on such sensory input.
- In addition to the learning of baby massage, the workshops and courses give parents the opportunity to meet other parents with similarly aged babies and gain peer support and an opportunity to socialise. A craft activity is also included at some point during baby massage courses.
“With all the wonderful crafty momentos and the photos today etc, I think your classes are really cheap. It's so much more than just a baby massage course”