Under the guidance of licensed infant massage therapist Danielle Whiteside, GROW’s infant massage program will give you all the tools you need to massage your baby (6 weeks to 8+ months) with confidence. These classes can be taken in any order and multiple times in a row. In addition to your baby, please have with you a natural/edible oil and a blanket or baby pillow. If pregnant, please bring a 12-18 inch doll to massage.
Benefits of infant massage include:
- Producing calming hormones for both baby and parents
Increasing infant self awareness and body orientation
Assisting with muscle tone/development, blood and lymph circulation
Offering much needed soothing for tummy troubles and teething pains
Encouraging vital adult & baby bonding
COST: Infant Massage is included in any GROW membership! Others may join by purchasing an Infant Massage 4 pack HERE.
The below Infant Massage 4 week schedule begins on the first Wednesday of each month.
Week 1: Infant Massage 101. Learn types of strokes, cues of engagement, dos and don’ts , benefits, contraindications and more! This class will teach you everything you need to know about massaging your newborn/Infant beforehand. This allows participant to feel ready to dive into any of the sequence classes with confidence as well as relay any special circumstances that may require adjustments. The remaining classes for the month will be heavily sequence focused therefore attending this first class assures we will all be prepared and have a similar foundation.
Week 2: Legs, Tummy with Colic Routine *do not attempt to do tummy routine on recently fed baby ;allow digesting time of 30 minutes . Participants are welcome to watch tummy routine if it cannot be performed*
Week 3: Chest, Arms and Stretches
Week 4: Face, Back and Alternate Moves