WHAT IS BABY MASSAGE?
Baby massage is a fantastic way of bonding between parent and child. The baby receives a massage with massage oil, and the different parts of the body are systematically massaged. The massage has both a stimulating, relaxing and a soothing effect for the baby, and is normally a very enjoyable experience for both parent and child.
STRENGTHENS THE NATURAL BONDING PROCESS
Baby massage is a great tool for strengthening the interaction between the parents and the child. The massage helps the parents understand and interpret the baby’s body language. The baby massage also helps to give some peace in what can be a hectic everyday life. The massage has physical benefits for the child’s development like (respiration, digestion) and also psychological benefits (relationship with the parents, feeling of safety).
Baby massage enhances communication and faith between the parent and child. The child is touched in a respectful and caring way, and will feel like it is seen and that it is worth something. This contributes to the development of a healthy image of self.
CONTINUING OLD TRADITIONS
Parents have always cradled, carried and caressed their children. In other cultures, the massage of infants has already been a natural part of the care the babies are given. This has been passed on through generations. The last years this practice has become popular in Norway, and this unique way of being together is growing fast.
SAFE AND HARMONIOUS CHILDREN THROUGH POSITIVE TOUCH
Baby massage is caring touch. This is just as important as food and sleep for the child’s development. When we give massage there is an intense direct contact between parent and child, and where there is no touch there is eye contact, small talk and songs.
INSTANT EFFECT WHICH LASTS ALL LIFE
Baby massage gives instant effect, but it last’s all life. The massage program can also be adjusted to fit older children. Touch is important all through childhood. Even if the child gets too big for sitting on the lap, it still needs to be touched. Massage is a great tool for getting closer to the child, and can be a good way of communicating before the child’s language is developed properly.
INTERNATIONALLY APPROVED INSTRUCTORS
Our instructors are all certified through the organization “Babymassasje i Norge” (BIN), and internationally approved through the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). BIN is the Norwegian department of IAIM, which is represented in 60 countries all over the world.
PRACTIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE IN BABY MASSAGE
The baby massage course consists of 5 classes. Each class starts with a practical part and some time to talk. We go through methodics of massage, massage oils, the reason we should do massage, massage for colic, and stretching exercises.
Parents will learn this during the course:
- A method for massaging their children (with strokes for all body parts)
- The good effects of the massage
- Interpreting and replying to the child’s signals.
- Adjusting the massage to older children
- Finding a good time to massage, and learning when not to give a massage.
- Some theory about baby massage
The course fits caregivers with children from 6 weeks and up to when they start to crawl.
You will meet other parents at the course which can be positive for the exchange of experience and advice, or just socializing.
We also offer individual training and private courses for “barselgrupper”- groups of postnatal women. Vi tilbyr også individuell opplæring og private kurs for barselgrupper. Contact us for more information.
BENEFITS OF BABY MASSAGE
- Helps the child relax and relieves tensionHelps parents be more conscious of the child’s body language, and help decipher this
- Enhances the interaction and strengthens the bonding between parent and child
- Enhances a better sleep pattern
- Strengthens and stabilizes the child’s circulation and digestive system
- Stimulates the skin, the touch sense and motor skill of the child
- Can have a soothing effect by gas- and colic pain.
- Gives the child safety and good self esteem
- Gives new parents a sense of mastering the new role as parent It’s good for both child and parent