It’s no secret—babies love their parents’ touch. To a baby, there's nothing more comforting and soothing than being held, stroked and gazed at whilst feeding or simply being rocked in their parent's arms.

But did you know there’s another, even more purposeful way you can connect with your baby through loving, nurturing touch? Infant massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby while also supporting their development.

Infant massage has been linked to a number of benefits for both babies and their parents. Some of the main benefits include:

Bonding: Infant massage is shown to help supportand facilitate attachment between baby and parents, and may even benefit mamas experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety. The reason? During these intimate bonding moments, the release of oxytocin (also known as the love hormone) in both the reciever and giver of massage can increase happy feelings for everyone.

Relaxation: Infant massage can help to calm, soothe, and decrease the level of stress hormones in babies. This can be especially useful if you give your little one a massage as part of your nighttime routine. Some studies even show that 15 minutes of infant massage before bedtime can help with baby's sleep.

Stimulation: Infant massage stimulates babies’ left and right brain functions and encourages muscle development and tone.

Regulation: Infant massage can help babies regulate their circulation, digestion, respiration, and oxygen flow.

Join me for a relaxing, small group, 5 week course where I will teach you how to massage your little one, adding in a new body part each week. I will always teach using my demonstration doll and only you as the parent/caregiver will massage your own baby.

My class is suitable from birth to 1 year olds. Classes run for 1.5 hours and include massage oil, mats and materials as well as refreshments and chats for the second part of the class each week.

If you have private health insurance,  depending on your policy details, you can also claim back up to €100 at the end of the sessions.

I also offer private 1:1 classes or closed classes for groups of friends.

  • Bandon Family Centre, 96 South Main Street, Bandon, Co. Cork, P72 P895

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