Did you know that you can begin to massage your baby within the first few weeks following birth? Starting with skin-to-skin and gradually incorporating gentle techniques with guidance from an instructor, massage can be adapted for your child as they grow and continue to benefit both of you for years to come.
The Infant Massage Course instructed by Randi Nowicki is based on her training through the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and her experience as a Registered Massage Therapist.
Group classes consist of five sessions held once per week, each approximately 90 minutes long, totaling 7.5 hours. Private classes are also available and adapted for a more personal approach.
The course is intended for parents and caregivers of infants up to one year of age. Both parents are encouraged to attend and are welcome to bring other children to class. It is recommended that older children attending have something with which to occupy or entertain themselves for some of the time.
Through the duration of the course you will not only learn massage techniques, but also when massage is safe and appropriate, and how to read your baby’s cues. A question that often arises is whether I will be the one providing massage to your baby; as the purpose of the class is to teach you how to massage your own little one, I will demonstrate techniques that you will be able to implement at home as needed.
What to Expect
Classes take place seated on the floor and mats will be provided, however you may bring a blanket for additional comfort if you wish. Pillows are also optional and recommended for smaller infants. Oil will be provided but you are free to bring your own if your child has allergies or sensitivities; if this is the case please be sure to use oil, not lotion.
Questions are welcome at any time and there will be a period at the end of each class for open discussion over drinks and snacks.
If you are currently taking a class with me, visit the resources page to help with your practice. To access this page you must enter the password which I have provided to you during class or via e-mail.
- Positive nurturing touch and eye contact between parent and baby during massage promotes bonding and non-verbal communication. Infant massage can also help foster families or adoptive parents to begin forming strong bonds with their little ones.
- Infant massage is a wonderful way for working parents to spend one-on-one time with baby and can be incorporated into your daily or weekly routine. It is also an effective way for fathers to bond with their little one if they are unsure how else to do so.
- Massage before bed can relieve muscle tension and discomfort, helping baby to relax and promoting better sleep.
- Much like in adults, infant massage stimulates the digestive, circulatory and immune systems. Because of these effects on the body, infant massage can promote healthy digestion and relief of various ailments such as gas, colic and growing pain.
- Attending an infant massage class and interacting with other parents is a great way to boost confidence for new parents during a time of adjustment and uncertainty.
- Learning in a group setting provides parents an excuse to get out and socialize, giving them the opportunity to make new friends and create a support network.
- The emotional and communicative benefits of infant massage extend beyond babies and parents, positively impacting their families and surrounding communities.
What You Will Learn
- The history of infant massage and the IAIM.
- How to create a calm atmosphere for massage and bonding.
- Hands-on techniques based on Swedish and Indian massage, yoga, reflexology and Touch Relaxation.
- The benefits of infant massage and the effects on babies, parents, families and communities.
- How to better read your baby’s cues and understand behavioural states, and understanding when massage is appropriate.
- How to adapt massage for special needs.
- How to adapt massage as your child grows.
Topics of Discussion Will Include:
- Boundaries and asking permission.
- Bonding and attachment.
- Infant crying and how we respond.
- Infant cues, reflexes and behavioural states.
- Self awareness and effects of our emotional states.
Connecting and building relationships is important for new parents which is why each group class will end with free time to chat over drinks and snacks.
If a community values its children it must cherish their parents.~ John Bowlby