Jelena is our Baby Massage Instructor and has been teaching fully booked courses at the Mama2shape home studio in Park Gate, near Whiteley, since March 2018. This week, we had a chat so I could find out more about her and to let you know why Baby Massage is such a tremendous thing!
So, you are a Baby Massage Instructor. What are your qualifications?
I was trained by Academy of Infant Massage and Yoga To Baby and Beyond, whose course is accredited by the IPTI, RCM, IICT and the CPD Standards Office.
Wonderful! So what made you choose to become an Infant Massage Instructor?
I heard about and experienced Baby Massage for the first time when my youngest child was six weeks old and our local health visitor was running weekly classes to teach first time parent how to massage their baby/babies.
In each session that I attended, I got to communicate with other parents and had a reason to get out of the house (which can be very hard, especially after being up all night).
I was attending each session to learn the strokes, and my son enjoyed it when I massaged him at home. Much later, when I had my second son, he had problems with trapped wind, and I started to search for help. I was referred back to Baby Massage.
I realised that Infant Massage is good, not only for the relationship between parent and baby, but also helps with colic, improves sleep, and calms the baby. Now when both of my boys are older, I am ready to become somebody else, not just a mother, so I have decided to teach my own classes and share my knowledge with others. I strongly believe in and value the early relationship between parents/carers and their babies. I feel that Baby Massage is perfect to promote the bond between them, through teaching loving touch and positive emotions and communication.
That sounds great! You touched upon the fact that Baby Massage helped your sons feel calm and also with colic and sleep. What other benefits does Infant Massage give a baby?
Oh so many! Well, along the same lines as colic, Baby Massage also provides relief from constipation and helps stimulate babies’ digestion. Relief from teething pain can also be found and we massage babies’ faces and also reflex points on the feet that amazingly can help with this. Babies also love this, by the way, and we have tons of giggles!
Massage improves circulation, and therefore increases the flow of oxygen throughout the baby’s body, boosting the immune, digestive and nervous systems and helping keep all the cells in the body healthy.
Wow! Baby Massage sure sounds good for babies. No wonder it has become so popular. You also mentioned that you massaged your baby at home. How did that work?
It’s such a nice thing to do together on a regular basis. It is just the nicest feeling to have that part of the day when you focus completely on each other. The massage can be done at any time of day, but infant massage as part of a bedtime routine can help get your baby used to the rhythm of wakefulness during the day and sound sleep at night.
So is Baby Massage good for Mamas as well?
Yes, absolutely! Baby massage is definitely not just for babies, it is all about sharing it with your baby!
There is lots of buzz about oxytocin, ‘The Love Hormone’ which is naturally produced in both parent and baby during skin-to-skin contact. There is a reason that oxytocin has it’s nickname, it promotes feelings of happiness, relaxation and bonds two people together. As a caregiver, massaging your baby can contribute towards your secure, positive attachment to each other and life-long emotional well-being for your child.
Thanks Jelena, this sounds so wonderful!
If you’d like to join us on a Baby Massage course then head over to the bookings page.
Mama2shape also runs Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Baby & Mum Yoga, and Mums & Movers Yoga classes. Online video and audio recordings are available to guide and relax you through pregnancy, labour and birth.