Baby Massage & Aromatherapy
Our Courses & Classes
Baby Alchemy aromatherapy and baby massage courses run for five consecutive sessions. Each week you will learn a new part of the full massage routine, you will learn some simple baby yoga and specific massage routines for colic. We will discuss different ways to sooth and hold your baby to help them settle as well as learning some songs to accompany the massage routine.
Alongside this you will be introduced to a range of baby friendly essential oils and the ways in which they can be safely used. During the course you will have the opportunity to take home an essential oil vaporiser (electric) with a range of essential oils, this is always enjoyed by the mums!
And of course each week there will be time for a cuppa and some cake.
Once you have completed a course you are warmly invited to our weekly drop in sessions.
For the 5 week course it is ideal if your baby is not yet crawling, but we do welcome crawling babies too.
Each course includes:
Expert baby massage tuition and handbook
50ml cold pressed pure organic massage oil to use in class and take away
Use of a wonderful space in which to learn
The loan of an essential oil vaporiser and essential oils
Massage mat so you and your baby are comfortable in the class
Certificate of attendance at the end of the course
5th evening session with Daddy / Partner/ Grandma / Grandpa
A 10% discount is offered for private bookings (NCT groups etc).
(One to one sessions can be arranged, please just e-mail)
WHY JOIN AN ARAOMATHERAPY & BABY MASSAGE COURSE?
The benefits of baby massage and are endless for both baby and caregiver. If you have ever had a full body massage or even just a loving rub or stroke from a loved one, you will know that almost immediately you feel more relaxed. Your muscles loose their tension, your mind clears and you’re your breathing becomes deeper and relaxed. So if you were a new baby having just arrived into this bright and noisy world there wouldn't really be the words to describe how wonderful and invaluable the experience of being given a loving massage would be.
It is for this reason, among many others, that babies who are given regular massages are relaxed and happy little people. When given at bed time they seem to sleep deeper, they cry less, suffer less from colic and wind and love nothing more than that special time spent with a relaxed and happy caregiver cooing over them and giving them every ounce of their attention. Massaging your baby stimulates the immune and digestive systems, promotes balance and co-ordination, language and muscle development, growth and elimination.
By joining one of my courses you will learn a full baby massage routine as well as a specific colic massage. Each week you will be introduced to baby friendly essential oils that you can use in your home to help with relaxation, de-stressing, colic, teething, dry skin, cradle cap, in fact most things! You will like minded mums to share your journey wit.
What Research Says:
Research by Field et al (1996) provided evidence to suggest that babies who received massage gained more weight, had less sleep problems, were calmer and interacted better. The research also suggested that there were huge benefits for mothers who suffered from postnatal depression. Massaging their babies produced higher levels of Serotonin, the hormone that control mood and feelings of well being.
The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the first in the world, strive to develop our understanding of how positive touch, including massage, promotes health in numerous ways. There research is extensive and hugely compelling.
What Does This Mean For Me?
Of our five senses, touch is the one that’s most developed at birth, and there’s research to suggest that infant massage has enormous benefits for helping babies grow and thrive.
The IAIM illustrate beautifully why massaging our babies is such a wonderful thing to do:
For your baby
Helping your baby to feel securely attached
Helping your baby to feel more loved, valued and respected
Reduced crying and emotional distress
Increased levels of relaxation and longer sleep
Development of body awareness and coordination
Relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort
Feeling closer to your baby
Gaining a deeper understanding of your baby's behavior, crying and body language
Providing an enjoyable opportunity for you to spend one-to-one time with your baby
Feeling the relaxing effects of giving your baby a massage
Increased confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby
Learning a life-long parenting skill
How Will Aromatherapy Benefit Me & My Baby?
Aromatherapy offers a wonderful means by which to enjoy and enhance parenthood. It is a gentle therapy that fosters a sense of nurturing. By giving you knowledge of essential oils it provides a sense of empowerment and achievement that you can take forward and benefit from.
Aromatherapy is known to speed up the healing process, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.
So in hand with massage it is just wonderful.
Note: during the course we will only talk about the oils and you will smell them. Essential oils are used in no other way on this course.