The Mum Who is taking a short break from
teaching Baby Massage classes.
Classes will resume early 2019.
Come and learn baby massage strokes and techniques in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere, led by The Mum Who, Jane, a Certified Infant Massage Instructor from the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).
Baby massage is a wonderful way to connect with your baby and promotes the development of healthy attachments.
Five week daytime courses for parent/s and baby, following the Royal College of Midwives accredited International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) programme.
Group classes held in Didcot and the surrounding villages are open to a minimum of five and a maximum of ten parents and babies. I welcome mums and/or dads along with their baby.
As well as my scheduled courses in Didcot, and it’s surrounding villages, I can also run four to six week courses tailored to your dates and locality:
Private 1:1 sessions in your own home.
Private group sessions for NCT or postnatal groups (for example) who would like to have a course together in the comfort of a group member’s own home.
Private re-fresher sessions.
Gift vouchers are available – the perfect gift for the newborn!
Who is massage for?
My classes are most suitable for babies from 3 weeks to six months (or pre-crawling!). However please contact me if you have a baby outside this age range, I can and do teach from newborn to age one, or age seven if your child has additional needs.
If you have a crawler please do get in touch as I will happily teach a group of crawlers and adapt the course as necessary to their movements.
The primary benefit is the development of the relationship and bond between parent and baby.
“Spending a relaxed, focussed one to one time when your baby has the joy of loving touch and eye contact with you has a profound positive effect on their self confidence, brain development, physical health and personality. It will help them to develop lasting, loving, life time relationships with their family and society in general.”
My baby massage classes provide many wonderful opportunities to:
- Enhance bonding and communication between you and your baby.
- Increase your awareness and understanding of your baby’s body language.
- Help your baby to relax and sleep more deeply.
- Provide your baby with relief from common problems such as colic and teething discomfort.
- Increase your confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby.
- Spend quality 1:1 time with your baby.
- Demonstrate to your baby how loved, valued and respected he/she is.
- Help your baby to develop body awareness and co-ordination.
- Meet and share experiences with other new parents.
I love to watch the babies grow and develop over the 5 week courses, and to see their parents also growing in confidence as they get to know and understand their babies even better.
What happens during the course?
The comprehensive IAIM baby massage curriculum covers touch, movement, relaxation, interaction and communication. I teach the programme over 5 weeks, 1 session per week lasting approximately 1 hour.
Only you will massage your baby, I will demonstrate all stokes on my doll, Lola, for you to follow and practice. We ask permission from your baby before massaging and follow their cues, this helps to develop communication and trust.
I will show you a progression of rhythmic strokes and holds to soothe, relax and promote wellbeing. Each week we will focus on a new body part; Legs and feet, Stomach, chest and arms, face and back, building up to massaging the whole body by week 5.
We will also learn:
- Gentle movements: simple yoga inspired stretching exercises for your baby.
- A colic routine.
- Touch relaxation.
- A short whole body massage routine for when you are short of time.
- To understand more fully your baby’s cues and behavioural states.
- Songs and rhymes to use whilst massaging.
- The best time and how long to massage for.
- What massage oils to use.
- The importance of good positioning.
- How to adapt infant massage for your baby’s individual needs and as your baby grows.
Each week I guide a short discussion on a postnatal topic, this is a great opportunity to share ideas. We often talk about the most common obstacles in the early weeks, such as feeding, sleep, developing routines and wellbeing but topics can be adjusted according to the group’s needs.
What if my baby cries or sleeps?
My classes are relaxed and are led by your baby, throughout the sessions parents are enabled to observe, understand and respond to their baby’s cues. So don’t worry at all if your baby cries, needs feeding, is asleep or needs a nappy change during the class - all these things happen in my classes, and are just part of having a baby!
Each week I recap the strokes we have learned previously, so you will always have a chance to catch up on anything you have missed. I also provide you with handouts of the strokes learned in each session.
There are dolls available to practise on if your baby is sleeping. Otherwise, cuddle or tend to your baby and learn through watching.
What will I need to bring and how can I prepare for the classes?
A towel or 2 (one big enough for baby to lay on)
A flannel or muslin
Milk (or a sip of water) as babies can get thirsty
You and your baby may find it more comfortable if you tie your hair up and remove rings and other jewellery before the session.
The room will be warm and you will be sitting on the floor, on a cushion, so please wear comfortable clothes and removable layers.
You will be provided with oil for massaging your baby, along with handouts of the strokes learnt each week.
Mats and cushions are also provided for use during the class.
Why The Mum Who baby massage course?
I trained with the International Association of Infant Massage. The IAIM is the largest and longest standing worldwide organisation dedicated solely to infant massage. The programme is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
The IAIM curriculum is taught in more than 50 countries and has been developed and refined for over 30 years through research, reflective practice and practical experience. This has resulted in a widely endorsed and implemented parenting programme.
The IAIM programme teaches more than just massage strokes, it draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions as well as incorporating principles from Yoga and Reflexology. IAIM's Certified Infant Massage Instructors deliver the most comprehensive baby massage courses available in the UK.
Before becoming a mum myself I worked with children and families in my professional life. I trained in counselling, lead an art project for adults with additional needs, facilitated parenting groups and worked in the community with babies, children and their parents as a family support worker.
I am fascinated and inspired by family dynamics, how every person, couple, family and relationship is unique.
“I worked with Jane to deliver a parenting group to families who have children with additional needs. Jane was creative and relaxed in the delivery of the sessions, the parents found her very approachable and she was warm and friendly with the children.”
— Laura Lewis, Charity Director, Swings & Smiles.
On the job training: Mum of 2!
IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage): Certified Infant Massage Instructor
QCF Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS)
An introductory teaching qualification.
Relate Institute (University of East London): Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling
I learnt about attachments, emotional and psychological development and the impact this has on later relationships and family life. Psychodynamic and systemic theory, family life stages, the impact of childhood abuse and domestic violence, the impact of divorce and the creation of step families and working in a holistic way. I also worked as a trainee counsellor at Relate.
Incredible Years Parents and Baby- trained facilitator
I worked as a group facilitator with mothers and their babies following an evidence based programme in which parents learn how to help their babies feel loved, safe and secure and how to encourage their babies physical and language development.
Incredible Years Early Years, Toddler and Pre-School- trained facilitator
I worked as a group facilitator with parents of pre-school aged children following an evidence based programme in which parents learn about parent child interactions, attachment, to strengthen their own abilities in reducing harsh discipline and to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development along with school readiness skills.
CADA (Children affected by domestic abuse)- trained facilitator
I facilitated a group work programme for children, helping them to address their past experiences of domestic abuse, feelings, fears, wishes and future hopes.
LDAF learning disabilities award
Other courses I have attended include:
Family group conferences
Domestic violence awareness
Ted Bowman bereavement and loss
Co-ordinated management of meaning
Life journey books
Solution focussed social work
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