Yoga and Baby Massage
Pregma’s baby yoga sessions for mother and baby, and our baby massage classes are both great ways of promoting both your and your baby’s general wellbeing.
At Pregma, we believe in achieving the best possible postnatal period for you and your family.
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Baby Yoga is the use of various poses and positions that promote baby’s general health and wellbeing. The postures and positions are fantastic to increase flexibility, improve muscle tone and coordination, whilst strengthening the muscle. Postures can also help to promote postural control and body awareness.
Baby Yoga is a great resource that mums can do with their little one, helping to strengthen the mother-baby bond, improve sleeping patterns and relieve stomach troubles.
Baby massage is the gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body using your hands, the massage routines will gently stretch your baby’s ankles, wrists and fingers. Parents will often talk softly, hum or sing to them whilst massaging to create a sense of calm reassurance for your baby.
Baby massage is a lovely way to enjoy time with your baby, helping to increase your bond with them as you gently and calming massage their body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Baby Massage.
Baby massage was introduced about 30 years ago in neonatal wards to support the development of premature babies in intensive care units. A study in 2004 found that babies in intensive care units who were massaged spent less time in hospital, had slightly better scores on developmental tests and slightly fewer postnatal complications.
There are many benefits for baby massage including:
- Becoming more confident in handling their child and better at recognising their needs.
- Improved positive interaction with their baby.
- A great way for partners, family members and carers to bond with baby.
- Improved sleep for their baby.
There is no set age to start baby massage and whilst a gentle, nurturing touch can be given from birth, some babies may find formal, structured massage overwhelming in the early weeks. Most parents tend to attend baby massage classes when they are around six weeks, as they tend to have a more structured routine and have a more predictable behaviour.
When your baby is less than a month old, the NHS recommends that you do not use any oils and creams on your baby as their skin is very sensitive and delicate. In the first month, the baby will build their natural defences.
It is important to use oils under the advice of your massage therapist and we recommend using oils with no smell so as to not cause a sensory overload for your little one.
Organic sunflower oil is often the preferred choice for baby massage therapists as it has almost no smell, is full of vitamins, absorbed into the skin easily and if it is ingested by the baby, causes no harmful effects. It is also low in oleic acid and is high in linoleum acid which has antibacterial, regenerating, restructuring and moisturising properties.
If you are using essential oils, make sure you always dilute them as they are often very concentrated and can be abrasive for sensitive newborn skin.
Proper baby yoga improves bonding, motor skills in the infant, and is safe and quite enjoyable for both the mother and child. However, many of the templates utilized in baby yoga are age-specific, and they slowly introduce postures to the developing child.
Baby Yoga is generally for babies from 3 months onwards, though some baby yoga instructors may accept slightly younger babies into an appropriate class. Baby yoga is a natural successor to other baby classes such as baby massage, though it is not essential for your baby to have attended massage before starting yoga.
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