F A Q
Thriving doesn't just mean growing bigger, it means growing to your fullest potential - physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
Why massage your baby?
Infant massage therapy has continued to gain increased international recognition, both due to the number of families practicing this safe intervention with their babies, and due to the growing research which again proved the effectiveness of nurturing touch. Pediatricians have long known that babies who are touched a lot thrive. Thriving doesn't just mean growing bigger it means growing to your fullest potential - physically, intellectually, and emotionally. There is no better way to stimulate growth-promoting substance than the loving hand’s touch.
What are the benefits of infant massage?
The emotional and physical benefits of infant massage are immense, and it can bring immediate and long lasting results. Infant massage offers so many benefits to both babies and parents. For infants this includes sensory stimulation, releasing teething or tummy pain, improving blood circulation, digestion, respiratory system and helping to sleep better. Similarly, through massage, parents focus on taking time to listen to and read their child’s communication cues.
Who can take the class?
The class can be attended by new or expectant parents, caregivers and of course, their adorable babies. The Program is recommended for infants (0 -1 year of age). However the techniques can be beneficial for children older than a year as well.
Where do classes take place?
We are now offering Private and Group classes to families, residing in Portland and nearby areas! All our classes are held at your location (additional travel fees may apply). For more details contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 425-440-1669.
Why do you need to complete a 4-week course? By attending the full course of four weekly sessions, you will be receiving a complete package of learning material. Each week the massage instructor will show you how to use specific strokes on your baby, to help relieve gas, improve digestion, help ease teething pain, and aid relaxation. We use techniques from Swedish and Indian massage as well as Reflexology and Yoga. You will be trained to read the cues of the baby, so the child, in turn, feels love and security. You will connect with other families and share your inspiring stories with them. Our classes are designed to build a lifetime relationship between parent and baby thus extended training time is crucial.
Can dads learn the massage too?
Absolutely. It is equally important for baby to get used to dad’s touch as well as mom’s. Babies thrive on different strokes. Infant massage provides an opportunity for fathers to bond and interact with their infants while reducing stress for the mothers.
Can older siblings attend the class?
Yes, they can. Parents are encouraged to include other siblings in the massage class, as well as grandparents and other caregivers, so they too can soothe and bond with the baby.
Can the massage benefit special babies?
Early born infants or infants with special needs particularly benefit from infant massage. In both cases, a routine of careful, gentle touch can progressively familiarize baby to being touched and experience the tactile interaction. A study by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that premature babies receiving three 15-minute massages per day for five days showed a 53% greater daily weight gain than unmassaged babies. Foster parents, adoptive parents, and adolescent parents also benefit from massaging their babies.
Will the instructor touch the baby?
No. We do not undertake massage on an infant. The baby doll is used to demonstrate the massage techniques, so parents have the opportunity to practice on their infants.
What items do I need to have for the class?
Along with your regular diaper bag items, please have a yoga mat ready, plus a soft blanket or a towel for your baby to lie on. Baby-safe massage oil and printed handouts will be provided.