When should I start classes to learn Baby Massage in a group class ?
There are no hard and fast rules about the minimum age for coming to class although some babies may find structured massage a bit overwhelming and stimulating in the first few weeks…you may find sitting crouched over uncomfortable if you have had a caesarean .. and sometimes parents are still getting into a daily routine and may be a bit tired themselves. Most parents find that 6-8 weeks is a good time to have settled into a bit of a routine and babies have had their medical check up.
How long do the Massage classes last ?
Generally classes run for an hour but we will not be doing Massage for the full hour and they are very much baby-led. Classes are very relaxed with lots of interactive chat and fun. If baby is fed up or hungry then you can just stop and feed, change or give them a cuddle then catch up. You will have plenty of time to practise at home with your little one.
What if I can’t remember all the movements and strokes ?
Don’t worry, there is no pressure to remember everything perfectly. You learn by practise in class then at home in-between classes when practising on your baby at bath-time or any time that you can relax together undisturbed … plus you will have a handout of notes each week covering the movements in bite sizes rather than a whole sequence to memorise.
Will we be using a specific massage oil like for the Baby Massage ?
I will provide a small bottle of Fractionated Coconut oil for you to use in class as well at home – all you need is your natural gentle touch
Do I have to sing in class ?
Not at all … some people are very shy or don’t like singing. You can sing along during certain movements to interact with baby and make it more fun … or not …or do it in the privacy of your own home….entirely up to you.
Will I have to provide anything ?
Nothing at all other than your babies requirements. I have a lovely baby yoga mat with a cushion for both of you for comfort. Although if your little one has a favourite blanket that they like to lie on or be covered with then do bring it along. You will receive a small handout of notes covering the strokes that we practise each week.
What is the starting and cut off point for the baby Massage class ?
I will run separate private classes for newborns which will be by arrangement with me at the Centre as ideally babies should wait until they have had their 6-8 week check. Please ask about a private class if this suits you better.
Babies from 6 weeks to the age when a baby starts getting active, crawling and you find it difficult to get them to lie still and relax. That can be anything from 6-8 months or even later with some babies … you will know 🙂
How many classes will I need to attend and how much does it cost …is it a lump sum or paid weekly … I have twins, can my Partner join us and will it be extra ?
The classes will run for 5 weeks on a Wednesday from 10am till 11am. They are paid in advance when booking for the entire course. The full course fee is £70. Classes are small so that we have plenty of time.
You can take turns in attending the class or Dad’s are welcome to come and watch but space may be limited in the room at the Rosemount Centre. I have space there for 5 Mum’s and babies plus myself. I may hold larger groups in a hall elsewhere at a later date but happy to work with smaller intimate groups at the moment. I feel that it is a good number for friendships to form.
You are both welcome to come along at no extra charge if you have twins but your Partner would need to come with you as I will be busy demonstrating on my baby doll ” Tony “
Will there be space for my buggy / pram … are there any stairs to go up or somewhere to park ?
The classes will be held on a Wednesdays morning at the Centre so probably best to bring baby in a car seat or wrap/carrier as there will not be a lot of space for buggy’s in reception. Other therapists use the Centre.
There are no stairs to climb as the Centre is on ground level with easy access as both main doors open wide.
There is usually street parking nearby or you can park in the Denburn car park and walk up.
- What can I use to do the Massage after class?
- When should I treat my baby or toddler… how will I know if it’s the right time?
- Should I do the basic treatment every day?
- Are there any times I shouldn’t do Massage ….or is it okay if Dad or someone else gives him the treatment if I’m tired or busy ?
Don’t worry … all of these questions and more will be answered and discussed in class. Remember Baby Massage is a time for relaxing, bonding, having fun … and classes are also about interacting and having fun with other parents !!