Baby Massage



Baby Massage Courses // in York

Thursdays // 1.15pm to 2.30pm // York Yoga Studio, 112 Acomb Rd, York YO24 4EY

"Touch is the simplest and most effective way to communicate to babies they are loved, respected, secure and cared for"

Being massaged helps babies relax and cope better with stress, improves their muscular coordination and flexibility, improves circulatory and respiratory rhythms, as well as helping to relieve symptoms such as colic, constipation and improve digestion. It also helps you as a parent to learn useful techniques to help calm and relax your baby,  create a deep connection to your baby and helps with bonding, and helps you to feel more confident with your baby too. It’s all good. Baby Massage helps facilitate the importance of loving touch, and aids in the creation of happy parent-baby relationships. Massage shows babies they are loved. Mums (or other care givers) also have the opportunity to meet other new mums, and connect and share their experiences, and find a support network who know just how you feel.

All about Baby Massage

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Massage is a wonderful and special gift that you can share with your baby. Baby massage is an ancient art used in many diverse cultures to help with a variety of physical and emotional needs and to promote relaxation. Babies naturally crave skin contact. Touch is your baby’s most developed sense at birth and through it you can communicate love, security and trust to your baby immediately. Baby massage is simply a method that helps to reinforce the natural power of touch.

Baby massage will allow you to understand your baby’s subtle non verbal language and develop your ability to listen to your baby through the creation of a special intimate time together. When you massage your baby you lay down the foundations of trust and security which will help you to build a happy and confident relationship with your baby for the future.

Specific benefits for you and your baby include: 

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— SR
  • Baby massage can help relieve wind, colic, constipation, teething and much more

  • Baby Massage may help create and develop the bond between you and your baby

  • Baby Massage provides relaxation for you both

  • Baby Massage stimulates and supports your baby’s physical, emotional and social development

  • Baby Massages helps you feel more confident in handling your baby

  • Baby Massage is great fun to learn and a brilliant way to meet other parents and spend special time with your baby.

Science and research have confirmed that the use of skin to skin practices, nurturing touch and massage enhances the physical and emotional wellbeing of parents and babies. Studies have repeatedly shown that responsive parenting and attachment is the key to the emotional wellbeing of children. When we massage out babies we are teaching love, compassion, empathy and understanding to create positive early experiences and secure loving relationships. This has an effect on the child, the parent and society as a whole.

Benefits to you through baby massage:

Mothers can also benefit on a physical level. A mother’s breast milk can be stimulated by massaging her baby and Oxytocin, the hormone that controls feelings of well-being and the nurturing instinct, is much higher when a mother has massaged her baby.

The benefits are not just limited to the mother; studies have shown that fathers that massage their babies regularly each night before bed shows they interact much better with their babies than fathers that don’t. On the whole baby massage can help parents feel confident about handling a tiny newborn.

Massaging your baby from an early age is one of the most important forms of communication you can have with your baby. During a For Modern Mothers Baby Massage class, you will begin to learn about your baby’s non-verbal cues and discover how to communicate with your baby.

About the Baby Massage classes:

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Classes are small, friendly and relaxed and held in a really beautiful, warm and calming setting.  Massage techniques and strokes are demonstrated to you using a doll, with emphasis on loving touch, and responding to baby’s cues and communication.

There will also be time to have a warm drink and treats too.

Suitable for babies from 6 weeks old, up crawling. There is really no upper age limit, but I usually say up to crawling as it simply depends on whether your baby is willing to lie fairly still enough to enjoy the massage.  

In addition to the in person classes, you'll get to take home: 

~ 50ml bottle of massage oil to use at home

~ Certificate of completion (a lovely keepsake)

~ Booklet of the massage techniques for your reference to use at home

~ Unique free online video course of some of the massage techniques for you to use at home

If you have any questions at all about the course, of it's suitability then please get in touch with Susan -

The next Baby Massage course dates are as follows:

August 2019 - no course due to Summer Holidays

September - October 2019 Baby Massage Course

This is a 6 week course, on Thursdays from 1.15pm to 2.30pm

Location: York Yoga Studio, 112 Acomb Rd, York YO24 4EY (FREE and easy on street parking)

Dates: 12th, 19th, 26th September and 3rd, 10th, 17th October 2019

COURSE SOLD OUT! Contact me to join waiting list

November - December 2019 Baby Massage Course

This is a 6 week course, on Thursdays from 1.15pm to 2.30pm

Location: York Yoga Studio, 112 Acomb Rd, York YO24 4EY (FREE and easy on street parking)

Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November and 5th and 12th December.

2020 Dates will be released in the Autumn, but please email me to get an update once the dates are released -

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