Shhh, don’t let on, but at Massage Matters, the baby massage classes are not all about baby, it’s about mum too.
When you think of baby classes, you probably just think about the advantages for the baby. Yes, baby massage helps promote a healthy digestive system and therefore supports weight gain; it helps ease tummy pain which can be common in newborns including colic, constipation and trapped wind – we have a specific massage routine to help with colic; as well as promoting the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. To find out more about benefits for the babies click here, but remember this is about you too.
Baby massage can bring a whole heap of benefits for mums too.
Quality Time With Your Baby
It can be hard to have quality time with your baby, even though you’re probably spending every waking and sleeping hour with them. With distractions such as phones, TVs, visitors, daily admin, to do lists, it can be hard to make time for just the two of you. The classes allow you to relax and focus on your baby, learn how to read their cues and enjoy them through spending quality time together.
Learning a new skill
Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to add another tool to their ‘ways to settle a distressed baby’ toolkit?! That’s just what baby massage does, it equips you with the knowledge and skills to use massage to soothe and settle your little one, and whilst massage comes with no guarantees, the science does back up the theory that when practised regularly it can release endorphins (the happy hormones) and reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and in turn promote a sense of well-being and calm. (Happy baby = happy mummy!)
The wonderful effects of oxytocin on both parent and baby is the reason why skin to skin contact is highly encouraged immediately a baby is born. Hearing, smell and eye contact play a very important part in the relationship between parent and baby. The amazing benefits can be continued long after this initial meeting by practicing regular and on-going baby massage. Mothers who deliver by c-section are often have lower levels of oxytocin and immediate skin to skin contact and regular baby massage is a great way to increase these levels in both the mother and the child.
Get to know other new mums in the area, which also means that your baby will also make friends. There’s no rushing off after you’ve learnt the massage strokes. After 45 minutes of massage and relaxations, the home baked cakes and hot cup of teas & coffee come out. The classes give you a chance to relax, you’ll be in an environment of other mums that genuinely want to hear about you and your baby because it is also their favourite subject of conversation too. This is often one of the favourite parts of the class.
You’ll often hear ‘they don’t come with instruction books’, which can leave you feeling like you know nothing about your baby and haven’t got a clue what you’re doing but that’s not true. No-one knows your baby better than you, you are tuned in to their every cue and you have already achieved so much. Baby massage classes are often the first classes that new parents do and so when you arrive, you have already made it out of the house, arrived at the class, prepared for feeding and changing away from home and are meeting new people. Well done!
I’d love to see you at on my next course. For upcoming baby massage classes click here.