Baby Massage is a wonderful art of nurturing that encourages loving communication between parents, carers and their babies. It encourages positive physical contact, bonding and stimulation of a baby’s development.
Touch is the first form of communication a baby receives. In the womb the sensations felt are warm and soothing, baby feels safe. By positive touch straight from birth we as parents and carers can continue to help baby feel calm, loved, warm and safe.
The benefits of Baby Massage
Benefits for Baby
Baby Massage helps to relax and calm baby, it helps to develop the Digestive, Nervous and Immune systems which are not fully mature at birth. It helps to encourage muscular co-ordination and joint flexibility, it encourages faster weight gain and massage produces Oxytocin (a feel good hormone) within you and baby which encourages bonding.
It helps to relieve symptoms from:
- Teething pain
- Nasal & Chest congestion
Benefits for parent/carer
- It Deepens and strengthens the bonding, attachment process.
- It helps to understand and learn about baby’s needs and desires.
- Builds confidence and helps to relax you.
- It helps to release the secretion of Prolactin essential for milk production if Breast feeding.
- It Provides quality fun time with your baby.
Baby Massage Colchester
Classes are friendly and informal and give you the opportunity to learn the massage routine in a relaxed sociable environment. It is a great way to meet other local mums too. Classes also include some gentle Baby Yoga to help with Digestion and to stretch and strengthen the arms and legs. We also cover different winding and settling techniques which are extremely helpful to you and your baby.
Classes are baby led so if baby needs feeding or changing just go ahead. As babies are totally unpredictable they may decide they fancy a sleep or just aren’t in the mood for massage. Let them sleep, settle them and if they still aren’t in the mood for massage you can use a demonstration doll or cuddle your baby whilst watching the routine.
Towards the end of the session we have refreshments and time where we can discuss any challenges you may be facing such as colic, crying, feeding etc. This is a great way to learn and share from others experiences.
Classes are for babies from around 6 – 8 weeks to just before crawling and babies must be fit and well. If baby needs help with Colic or settling before 6 – 8 weeks you can book a home one to one session. If they have had immunisations please leave 48 hours to make sure baby does not react to them. If baby has a condition or a special need we will need GP consent before coming to a class please inform us beforehand so we can adjust the routine accordingly for you.
We run 4 week courses. One 60 minute session per week in small class sizes of up to 10 for £40.00. The price includes a guide, a bottle of organic massage oil to take home and refreshments. Yoga mats will be provided please bring a soft blanket for your baby to lay on. Please email Sarah to check availability via our contact page.
Course Start Dates:
- Tuesday the 20th of March 10-11am St Teresas Hall Clairmont Road Lexden CO3 9BE FULLY BOOKED
- Wednesday the 21st of March 10-11am St Teresas Hall Clairmont Road Lexden CO3 9BE FULLY BOOKED
- Saturday the 14th of April 10-11am Introduction to Baby Massage one off session. Legs, Feet & Tummy Massage £15 including a bottle of oil to take home. Dads please come too 😊 St Teresas Hall Clairmont Road Lexden CO3 9BE FULLY BOOKED
- Tuesday the 24th April 10-11am St Teresas Hall Clairmont Road Lexden CO3 9BE
- Wednesday the 16th May 10-11am St Teresas Hall Clairmont Road Lexden CO3 9BE
Venue and Directions:
St Teresa’s Hall 16 Clairmont Road Colchester CO3 9BE.
The Hall is on the left hand side on Clairmont Road before the church down the small road to St Teresas School. The White entrance doors are on the right as you walk down towards the school gates. Please park on Clairmont Road or at the park at the end of Clairmont Road.
The Baby Studio (Held within my house)
6 Clairmont Road Lexden Colchester CO3 9BE Please park on the road or at the Park Car park at the end of the road.
Go Bananas Play Centre Colchester
9 & 10 Mason Road
Cowdray Centre, Cowdray Avenue
Home One to One Classes
One to One in the comfort of your own home costs from £55 depending on location. We cover all the techniques and benefits of Baby Massage, some baby Yoga techniques to help with digestion, soothing, winding and settling techniques and everything you need to know to nurture your newborn in those first few weeks 🙂
Home small group classes
This is perfect for groups of friends Costs £20 p person for a one off 90 minute session.
Please call or email Sarah to check availability. Payment is non refundable and is taken in advance to secure your place. If any sessions are missed you are quite welcome to join the next course to make them up.
JOIN iMASSAGE MUM CLUB A CLOSED FACEBOOK GROUP FOR EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS A CLASS. A FANTASTIC WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MUMS IN YOUR CLASS, SHARE IDEAS, ARRANGE MEET UPS AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. ONCE YOU SIGN UP TO A CLASS I WILL AUTOMATICALLY SEND YOU AN INVITE TO JOIN 🙂
After attending the baby massage taster session this morning I got home a booked a 4 week course straight away. I was nervous about going as it was the first thing I’ve done with the baby since she’s been born. The atmosphere was so relaxed and lovely.
Sarah was an excellent instructor and put my mind at ease as soon as I arrived.
I’m really excited to do the course now.
I started baby massage with my baby girl at 6 weeks because she was clearly in a lot of pain passing wind and would be out of sorts for at least 12hours before opening her bowels every 3-4 days at best (despite exclusive breastfeeding). Sarah included the tummy in the first lesson because of her symptoms and within a couple of days she was improved. She loves her massage and as if proof of it’s benefits, when I took a break for 2 days after her first imms (as advised by Sarah) she reverted back. After a day of frequent massage by daddy and I she opened her bowels 8 times in 48hrs and was no longer in pain. Hooray! Sarah is professional and creates a friendly environment to learn this fabulous skill.
I have just finished a 4 week massage course and really enjoyed it. My little boy even moans at me when I stop. Thank you so much for giving us some lovely quality time together
We really enjoyed Baby Yoga so much that we have signed up for another course. It combines yoga and massage. Erica loves the songs and watching me warm up – she has started to copy me! It’s great fun and the handout makes it easy to do at home.
Evie loved our one to one baby massage session! I thank you Sarah for being so kind, professional and amazing
Just finished a course of Baby Massage (I also attended a workshop). This is a 5* course and highly recommend everyone books on before their baby starts crawling. Sarah is lovely and makes the group atmosphere so relaxed with calm instrumental music, different techniques to help different stages of bubbas development from colic to teething. The location is great and lovely and warm with lots of parking making it stress free to get to. Classes are a good size not big at all. I cannot praise Sarah enough it’s a lovely lovely class! Plus you get a biscuit and juice with group chat after each class . Thank you, bubba and I loved every class which we now practise at home! Thank you again Sarah xx
Sarah Jane Sexton ITEC DIP L3 MFHT