The importance of positive touch on our wellbeing & development

The importance of positive touch on our wellbeing & development

The importance of positive touch on our wellbeing & development is huge – we are advocates of positive touch and know the huge benefits of it. That’s why we are passionate about teaching parents the art of baby massage, and all it has to offer. We’ve always believed positive touch from birth has a huge impact on our wellbeing and development.

This quote from Dr Katerina Fotopoulou, professor of psychodynamic neuroscience at University College London says it all. “The need for touch exists below the horizon of consciousness. Before birth, when the amniotic fluid in the womb swirls around us and the foetal nervous system can distinguish our own body from our mother’s, our entire concept of self is rooted in touch. The human body has built all its models based on touch received from caregivers. We’re utterly reliant on the caregiver to satisfy the body’s core needs. Little can be done without touch”

Lockdown has prevented most new parents from meeting up with other new parents, and having that important support bubble around them. Without many baby/toddler groups running another lifeline has been taken away.

Online classes are a good alternative option and still offer support, contact with other parents and a break from lockdown stresses. The importance of positive touch on our wellbeing & development is huge and joining an online course will bring you some of that.

We are running our courses throughout February and March so get in touch for more details.

This recent article explores the affects of not having physical touch over the past year on our mental health –

3 Reflex points all mums should know about!

Mel, our expert Reflexologist and Baby Massage teacher talks about the highly beneficial reflex points on babies and how massaging them can help alleviate all sorts of symptoms babies have….

“Our feet are full of points that correlate to all parts of the body, including the sinuses, chest and abdomen.

If your little one is snuffly and congested, or struggling with digestive issues, you may be able to offer them some relief by massaging the reflex points on their feet. Apply gentle but firm pressure to get results. And avoid tickling (contrary to belief young babies don’t like to be tickled and it can be stressful for them).

Sinuses
These are located in the pads of the toes. By gently squeezing and massaging each of the toes you will stimulate the sinus reflexes and break down any stagnant energy in these points. This will help clear congestion.

Chest
The area below the toes taking up the upper part of the foot. The chest includes the lungs, so again, a brilliant reflex point for helping with any congestive issues and breathing.

Upper and lower abdomen
1 of my favourite reflex points, the area in the middle and lower part of the sole (not the heel), containing the stomach, and the large and small intestines. For any digestive issues including trapped wind and constipation massage this entire area. You may find this very effective!

Just a note
If your little one doesn’t want you to do reflexology on them & kicks and pulls away, try holding their feet in your hands to let them get used to your touch. They may have negative associations from heel pricks and need to gain your trust that you won’t hurt their feet

If you are interested in learning more about reflex points and massage for babies, and want to join one of our courses then please get in touch with us.  

 

 

How much can you exercise while pregnant?

Fitness can offer you time out, away from your phone, in an environment where you are comfortable, but number one it is about breathing. If you’re feeling stressed or depressed or anxious, you need to breathe properly. And exercise can help you regulate that.

For years, mothers-to-be have been told to cut back on exercise and take it easy despite the positive effects on body and mind. So how much is OK – and what workouts are recommended?

Click here to read more

Courses are rerunning in Autumn/Winter 2020

We are really delighted that our face to face courses are now going ahead again after a few months of being online only.

We have several courses happening in November and through to the New Year, and are really happy that we have several private groups from NCT groups who will be joining us.

Mel is our principle baby massage teacher, and really looking forward to getting back to teaching again and raring to go. We have put several new procedures in place to make parents experience feel safe and relaxed in the current climate.

Upcoming course start dates 2020/2021:

November 4th
January 7th
February 4th
March 4th

July Baby Massage course: open for bookings

We are now taking bookings for our online July baby massage course.

Baby massage is such a wonderful thing to do with your baby – not only will you learn how to massage them safely, you will learn all about the amazing benefits that massage has to offer and much more.

This class isn’t just for the benefit of your little one, as it is ‘live’ will get the opportunity to chat to other parents too.

Our 5 week course starts on Tuesday 14th July at 3.15pm and runs for 60 minutes each week.

To book your place go over to our bookings page

Course review by Charlotte for Bath & Wiltshire Parent Magazine

Course review by Charlotte for Bath & Wiltshire Parent Magazine

One of our lovely mums who recently came on the baby massage course has written a fabulous review for local magazine, The Bath and Wiltshire Parent. Here is the link to the interview and the content is below.

http://thebathandwiltshireparent.co.uk/2019/10/review-a-mums-view-of-the-five-week-baby-massage-course/


REVIEW
Charlotte Braithwaite and Monty share their experiences on this popular massage course

My son was four weeks old when I visited a health visitor and told her how he seemed to be uncomfortable, pained and was finding it difficult to burp. The health visitor recommended baby massage so I signed up for the next available course with Bath Baby Massage. The course is five weeks long and focusses on a different area of the body each week, plus a sixth session which is just for the partners so they get to experience the course too.

Set in a relaxing environment, the group was nice and small (five of us in total), making it a lovely opportunity to meet other mums with similar aged babies.

The first week focused on the legs and feet, and the so-called ‘poo buttons’, which are several pressure points on the feet to help things along. Sure enough, it worked! Two hours later there was a nappy explosion. One of the mums on the course started with her little one only going once a week, to having at least one every day.

The stomach techniques in week two are aimed at relieving trapped wind, and specifically a sequence of massages that have been proven to relieve colic symptoms. Practising both the legs and the stomach techniques at home have alleviated those initial symptoms, and while Monty is still difficult to burp, he no longer lets out the pained cry and seems much more content.

Week three concentrated on the chest and arms, and week four on the face. Since learning these techniques, I practised them on my five-year-old daughter when she got her first cough and cold of the year. I rubbed decongestant onto her chest instead of oil as part of the massage before bed, as well as the points on the face, and it worked well to clear the sinuses. She now insists on a massage whenever she sees me doing it to her brother and is looking forward to me learning the back massages as part of week five!

Polly and Mel who run the course share their knowledge with the help of Jackson, their baby doll. We talk about problems and discuss how baby massage can be used to help. Each week ends with a cup of herbal tea and a biscuit or home-made protein ball, and not only is my son relaxed, but I leave feeling relaxed and energised too.

We have built the massage into our daily routine; some mums do it as part of the bed time routine but I find the late morning, just before nap time works best for us. My son now recognises the sound of the oil being rubbed in my hands and will give me the biggest smile. It’s an amazing feeling to put down your phone, block out other distractions and concentrate for half an hour on him, looking into his eyes and responding to all his visual cues showing me that he is enjoying it. The best bit is that he sleeps beautifully immediately afterwards.

For more information on the Bath Baby Massage course, click here

 

Singing to your baby is great for their brain development, says new study

Singing to your baby is great for their brain development, says new study

I love nothing better than singing to my baby (and I’m sure I sound better in my head than I actually do) – now research shows us the benefits of those parent-led lullabies.

A new study presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society on Tuesday found that lullabies not only comfort both mama and baby, but they can also benefit an infant’s cognitive development. Particularly, these songs can increase a little one’s attention and displays of positive emotion toward their mamas.

“Infant brains must be able to track auditory events in a predictive manner to make sense of music,” says study author Laura Cirelli, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. “Music is a tool that we can use to bring people together, and this starts in infancy.”

Read all about it HERE

Media – Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine

Media – Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine

Here is a lovely little mention in the Bath & Wilshire Parent Magazine about our forthcoming courses.

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