Baby Massage

0-9 months

A course of five weekly classes that build up to a full-body massage routine with your baby.

In this course, you will learn a refined series of massage strokes designed by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) for the legs and feet, stomach and chest, arms and hands, face, and back. The massage routine is a blend of Indian and Swedish techniques and also incorporates principles from reflexology and yoga.

Spread out over five sessions, the course allows time for parents to practice and integrate new sections of the massage covered each week. It also allows time for the baby to understand what the massage is about, to accept and enjoy the experience, and the feel confident about it.

S$350 for one-to-one sessions in your home,

inclusive of a bottle of organic massage oil and weekly handouts

Benefits of Baby Massage

Baby Massage is an art of intimate communication, unique to every pair. It is a wonderful way to get to know your baby and spend time together. Revolutionary as it is, infant massage is really a simple, long-lived practice that enables a balance of tension release and stimulation.

RELAXATION

— with improved sleep patterns, normalised muscle tone, reduced stress levels and hormones, increased anti-stress hormones, regulated behavioural states, increased environmental coping mechanisms, improved ability to calm/regulate/sooth oneself, reduced tension in the body leading to less hypersensitivity or hyperactivity.

STIMULATION

— of the circulatory system, digestive system, hormonal system, immune system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, central and peripheral nervous system, muscle tone, growth, elimination, sensory integration, mental body maps, myelination of neurons, physiological tolerance, and concentration.

RELIEF

— from gas and colic, constipation, gastrointestinal cramps, excess mucus, muscular tension, growing pains, teething discomfort, disorganisation of the nervous system, and dry skin.

INTERACTION

— through touch, eye contact, smell, sound of voice, facial expression, undivided attention, and accurate response to the baby's cues and needs, all promote bonding, secure attachment, pre-language communication, biorhythmicity, active observation, quality time, participation and co-operation, respect for a person, respect for the body, empathy, positive touch, and loving contact with both parents.

In cultures all over the world, infant massage has been part of caregiving traditions passed from parent to child for generations. Cross-cultural studies have demonstrated that in societies where babies are held, massaged, rocked, breastfed, and carried, adults are less aggressive and violent, more co-operative and compassionate. "Infant massage is not a fad. It is an ancient art that connects you deeply with the person who is your baby." — Vimala McClure, founder of IAIM.

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