See a video of Caroline giving a Baby Massage class on Ireland AM
Baby massage is a wonderful way to learn how to massage and connect with your baby and it has amazing benefits for everyone involved.
It started with the founder of IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) Vimala Mc Clure, who travelled to India in the 1970's. While she was visiting an orphanage, she saw a woman massaging her baby and was inspired by the benefits it had on the child and mother alike.
So she went back home to States and developed the strokes for Infant Massage using her knowledge of Indian and Swedish Massage, Reflexology and Yoga. Shortly after that she founded the IAIM, which after 30 years is now in 50 countries.
The benefits for the baby include stimulating, relaxing, pain relief and interraction/bonding. It is wonderful for colic, constipation and wind, it aids deeper and longer sleep, relieves stress and anxiety after birth and it encourages a deep bond between baby and parent.
For you it is a great way to learn more about your baby's yes and no cues, it increases your confidence in handling and comforting your baby, reduces stress and most importantly it allows you to bond with and nurture your baby while having fun!
The classes are broken down into one hour sessions over a four week period. Each week we cover a different part of your baby's body, whilst having discussions on relevant topics. There are up to seven parents and babies there and it's a great way to meet other parents and share ideas and stories. Dads are very welcome.
Group classes are held in Greystones, Co. Wicklow and one to one classes, in the comfort of your own home available in South Co Dublin and Co Wicklow.
Quinn Healthcare and VHI Provide some cover towards Baby Massage Classes. With Quinn Healthcare you can claim up to €100, provided the classes are within 3 months of your baby’s birth. With VHI on the Family Plan or Family Plan Plus you can claim back up to €100 also, provided the classes are within a year of your baby's birth.