Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
How are the Baby Massage courses made up?
The course comprises of an introduction to the session each week, followed by relaxation techniques for parents, recapping on the previous Massage strokes and then learning the new ones, followed by refreshments and an informal chat. Each week the length of time the child receives massage increases as your baby becomes familiar with it.
A free oil of your choice is included with the course, but some parents choose to bring their own oil due to the health conditions/ allergies of their child. We do ask that you don’t use essential oil as they can be very strong and it’s important that the baby associates Massage with the smell of the parent. A parent’s handout about Massage is given out every week and a booklet giving an overview of the course. Refreshments are also provided free of charge.
What do I need to bring?
Often parents prefer to bring a towel with them, so their baby isn’t laying directly on the mat, and you can cover the parts of the child you aren’t massaging. Some parents like to bring a cushion for them to sit on if they find sitting down on the floor uncomfortable (which can be common after giving birth). There is a layer of foam flooring, so you won’t be sitting directly on the floor.
Can both parents attend the session?
Yes, both can attend at the same time or individually as your child will have the chance to bond with both parents through Massage. Everyone develops their own unique way to massage and baby will become familiar with the way that person massages.
Why do I need to ask permission?
Before we begin Baby Massage we encourage parents to ask permission from their children, so they learn that Massage is about to take place. The Massage is child led and we look for cues given by the child if he or she would like it.
What if my child doesn’t seem to like the Baby Massage?
Sometimes children feel overwhelmed especially if it’s the first time they have received a Massage and the surroundings are unfamiliar. We ask that if your baby cries, you stop the Massage. Please feel free to feed and change your child as they require it. We always go over the previous strokes, so don’t worry if you missed a bit. A book of the Massage strokes is provided so you can practice in the comfort of your own home.
How long does the Baby Massage course run for?
The course is run every half term, meaning it will either run for 5 or 6 weeks depending on the length of the term.
What does the course cover?
The course will cover various massage techniques ranging from hand massage to specific massage strokes to help relieve colic.