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The Power of Nurturing Touch through baby massage
Touch is the first sense we acquire, and from the moment we are born until our final day the experience of touch touch acts as a central aspect of the human experience — impacting our physical, mental and emotional health, and quite literally shaping the way our brain develops and how we go through our lives. Being touched as a child literally grows our brain, creating neural pathways and igniting emotional connections. A lack of touch can have devastating consequences for the brain in the early years but it is also essential through our whole lives.
We use touch in many ways, the obvious being with intimate a partner. However, nurturing touch is something we are biologically programmed to do because of the therapeutic benefits. A hand on the shoulder, a pat on the back, holding hands and hugs. We even use touch as first aid! 'let me rub it better' or 'come and sit on my knee' or a gentle stroke of the hand.
Somewhere along the line we are loosing this instinctive action - or loosing the will to carry it out. Coming from a career in childcare where the fear of being accused of inappropriate touching is at the forefront of mind in some early years settings, children are loosing this opportunity from all angles. Knowing the benefit of touch and the link between brain development and 'appropriate' physical contact this is something which I have never stopped. Children need to be held, hugged and patted on the back by people they are card for. They need to know they can come to you for comfort and support which also helps to build positive, secure relationships between you both and this in turn creates happy children who will earn and develop - it's not rocket science. Happy, healthy children will always thrive no matter what else is going on around them.
Because these little bundles of joy deserve the very best start we can give them, and you deserve the best support available. I am a fully qualified baby Massage Instructor and trained with the award winning Blossom & Berry with training approved by the Royal College of Midwives.
Baby massage can relieve symptoms of colic and wind and other digestive problems with specific massage strokes for the tummy, reflux, teething, congestion and will help to support your bonding journey.
I offer baby and toddler massage classes for children from newborn onward with specific sessions for under 8 weeks of age (Newborn Nurture). I offer workshops and 1-1 baby and toddler massage lessons either in person or online (live and pre-recorded) so you can do baby massage at home. I am trained to cater for children with special educational needs and disabilities and I am also available to deliver to groups such as toddler groups and parenting classes, including antenatal classes. My prices are fair and competitive as I wish to spread the message of 'therapy through nurturing touch' to as many parents as possible.
All current baby massage workshops and classes have been taken online and delivered via Zoom due to the pandemic and government regulations.
Which massage oil should I use?
As a Blossom and Berry qualified baby massage Instructor I recommend using only 100% natural products.
Cold compressed and organic vegetable based oils such as sunflower seed oil and coconut oil would be suitable and leave baby's skin nourished and soft.