Infant massage Classes
Infant massage class for parents: healing, heartwarming and fun
Infant massage course for parents
Over this popular five-week course you will learn the skill of infant massage, explore new knowledge and share experiences with other parents with infants.
Weekly classes of 60 – 90 minutes are conducted in small groups at various venues in Bend-Redmond-Sunriver areas. Parents with babies from birth to a year are welcome.
Time spent with Baby Wellness Bend is relaxed and hands-on. No prior experience with massage is required as each massage stroke will be taught individually. The massage will build your confidence, and instill trust and positive touch associations for your baby.
Only you, as the parent or caregiver, will massage your baby.
These classes are a warm, relaxed, welcoming moment of the week. Many of my students are sad when the 5 weeks are over, and continue to see each other. Please bring your little one and come see for yourself.
For next class:
This 5 week program is set up by Infant Massage USA (International Association of Infant Massage) with promotes bonding and healthy touch. It is one of the most extensive baby massage programs on the market.
Why infant massage?
The class teaches a series of workable and proven techniques to massage your baby. We use strokes from Swedish and Indian massage principles. In a slow rhythm we follow certain massage patterns (think yoga) that either stimulates or relaxes baby’s senses. When doing so, many good things are happening in baby.
It is is not just about techniques of the strokes, its about touch, interaction and communication. The group setting definitely gives extra value to the class.
Benefits for baby:
Interaction promotes bonding, pre-language communication skills and secure attachment. Engages all the senses and leads to feelings of respect and value.
Stimulation of circulatory, digestive, hormonal, immune, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory and vestibular (coordination and balance) systems. Improves learning ability, language development, sensory integration, muscular development and tone and mind/body awareness.
Relief of gas and colic, constipation and elimination, teething discomfort, excess mucus, touch sensitivity, muscular, physical and psychological tension.
Relaxation improves sleep patterns, the ability to calm oneself (self-regulate) and increases overall flexibility. Regular massage also reduces stress levels, hypersensitivity and hyperactivity.
Benefits the parents:
Improves understanding of your baby, by learning to read and respect behavioral cues. Decreases postnatal depression and stimulates lactation. Promotes bonding and secure attachment. Creates the opportunity for quality time together and early involvement for Dad. Reduces stress hormones and increases relaxing hormones (oxytocin and prolactin).