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Baby Massage and Baby Yoga classes in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
I am Dr. Rita O’Flynn and I can introduce you and your baby to the wonderful experience that is baby massage and baby yoga.
In my baby massage classes, held at my home in Walton-on Thames, Surrey, I will teach you massage techniques which are simple to learn yet incredibly powerful, nurturing and comforting to your baby. Baby massage stimulates your baby’s muscles, increasing blood flow, invigorating and cleansing the body. It can relieve the symptoms of colic, constipation and teething, induce sleep, and aid digestion. Baby massage also provides you with a unique way to spend time and bond with your baby in those precious early days.
In all my sessions I include gentle exercises to stengthen and tone your body as well. To help you get back to your pre-pregnancy level of fitness, I will teach you specific exercises to strengthen your stomach muscles as well as showing you how to build your arm muscles as your baby grows. If you want something a little more active, I also run postnatal exercise classes or I could tailor a personal training plan just for you.
Over the last ten years it has been my privilege to witness the delight that both mums and dads have experienced with their babies. I thoroughly recommend that you consider baby massage and baby yoga. You will not regret it. In years to come it is one of those special things that you will remember having done with your baby and you may even enjoy doing with your grandchildren!
Baby massage has been practiced in parts of Africa and Asia for centuries, but it is only over the last three decades that it has really come to the West.
Baby massage involves touching, stroking, rubbing, squeezing and tapping, all of which your baby will find extremely relaxing and soothing. The movements are all easy to learn and will be introduced gradually throughout the classes.
We will also include a section on reflexology. Reflexology points are exactly the same on baby feet as for adults, but of course the points can be a little harder to find on such a small foot. I will teach you a foot massage to help you ease your baby through colds and teething.
The muscles within your baby’s body have been lying dormant during pregnancy and, during the first few weeks, they have to learn to do their job of supporting your baby and allowing movement.
I am sure you can recall occasions when, not having exercised for a while, you decide to have a bit of a workout. The next day your muscles feel fatigued or may even ache if you worked particularly hard. I think this is what a baby goes through repeatedly over the first few months of life. Each day they work harder than the previous one and their muscles might feel tired and may even ache. Baby massage is incredibly beneficial during this period to encourage these muscles to relax and to allow your baby to develop to their maximum potential.
When to start? You can practice baby massage from birth and continue until your baby is crawling. Even if they love it, at this point investigating the world is more important and they will not keep still for you to massage. After a couple of months, or just as your baby is showing signs of head control, you may consider baby yoga.
As your baby gets older and becomes physically stronger, they will be ready for baby yoga. This is normally at about 10-12 weeks, just as they are showing signs of head control.
In a fun and lively atmosphere, with lots of laughter, you will learn moves and actions to encourage your baby to roll and then to sit up and support themselves. Many of the actions are carried out in conjunction with nursery rhymes and songs, so if you are a first time mum and your memory of these songs is rather rusty, you can learn them all over again, and maybe a few new ones too!
Baby yoga will also give you the confidence to truly interact with your baby in a way that you could not have imagined. Your playtime will be more exciting and you will be helping your baby’s physical and mental development.