The Acacia Wellness Infant Massage course takes place in a relaxed, warm and nurturing environment. Massage is beneficial for people of all ages, so it’s never too early to get started.
There are myriad benefits of massage for both the parent/carer and the baby.
The benefits of massage for baby are:
- Promotes relaxation
- Improves quality of sleep
- Enhances the feeling of being secure and loved
- Helps general growth, co-ordination, flexibility and cognitive development
- Stimulates the blood circulation and lymphatic, respiratory, vestibular and nervous systems
- Decreases the symptoms associated with colic, constipation, wind and cramps.
- Reduces anxiety and improves alertness
The benefits of massage for parents/carers are:
- Assists with increasing confidence in handling your baby
- Helps you to understand your baby through touch
- Allows you to feel more in control
- Improves lactation through the production of prolactin
- Stimulates the production of oxytocin, increasing your nurturing instinct
- Decreases the risk of developing post-natal depression
During the course you will learn:
- Appropriate oils for massage
- Understanding infant body language
- Benefits of massage
- Massage strokes for legs, buttocks, chest, abdomen, arms, face and back
- Massage for colic, wind and constipation
- Lymphatic exercises to assist with flexibility and lymphatic drainage
- And plenty more!
Acacia Wellness introduction to Infant Massage class runs for 1.5 hours, or you can attend the full course which runs for 1 hour over four weeks. All classes are flexible to allow parents to attend to their baby’s needs.
Infant Massage FAQ's
At what age can I begin infant massage classes with my baby?
Massage is beneficial from birth to adulthood, so there is no limit to when you can start!
Can Dads learn infant massage?
Absolutely, we love Dads to attend massage classes. Mums are so often the ones feeding and responding to their babies during the day (and night) while Dads are off at work, so learning infant massage provides them with something special they can do together. It is also a wonderful bonding opportunity! Grandparents or other carers are also welcome to join us.
What should I bring?
Other than the huge nappy bag that generally accompanies new babies, a small bunny rug or towel for the baby to lie on is always helpful. Massage oil for use in class is provided and also available for purchase if you would like some for home.
Can I do the infant massage classes before the birth of baby?
You are more than welcome to come along to a class and learn massage on one of our demonstration dolls so that you can begin massage with your baby from the moment they are born. This is a really fabulous thing to do in preparation for your baby’s arrival.
What if my baby needs a sleep or a feed during the session?
All our classes are flexible to ensure that you can attend to your child’s needs; the babies ALWAYS come first! This includes feeding, sleeping and settling (sometimes the babies just aren’t in the mood for massage either)! You can still learn the techniques even if your child is sleeping as we have some wonderful demonstration dolls.
My mother’s group would like to do a massage class together, is that possible?
Absolutely! It’s a great way to get to know each other better, learn some new skills and have some fun at the same time. I offer group booking discounts for bookings of 3 or more babies and you are welcome to use the space afterwards for a catch up and a cuppa if you would like to.
Can I massage my premature / special needs baby?
Massage is hugely beneficial for babies who are either premature or have some additional challenges. Touch is crucial for development and growth and massage is a very a nurturing way to provide this essential touch. It is also a fabulous way to strengthen the communication with your baby. There is a lot of evidence to show that massage is very helpful with cases of autism, ADD, paralysis, blindness, deafness, epilepsy, deformities and mental disabilities. Massage can also assist terminally ill infants and their families as this can provide a wonderful communication channel using touch. It provides a positive experience and tool for parents when they may feel there is little else they can do for their child during this time. If you would like to discuss your circumstances with me prior to enrolling I would be more than happy to.
I’m worried I’ll forget what I learnt because I’m so sleep deprived!
I know the feeling well! Everyone will receive a booklet which contains all the important information and stroke techniques that are discussed and taught during the class. I also have some DVD’s available to purchase if reading is not your thing or you’re just too tired!