Bring your baby, a favorite blanket and be ready to have some fun! In four weeks you will be your babies own personal massage therapist. Older siblings are welcome as well. Weekly group classes are on Friday mornings at Kangaroo Kids. Classes start any week you are ready as it is a four week series with rotating themes:
- FEET AND LEGS
- TUMMY AND COLIC
- CHEST AND ARMS
- FACE AND BACK
Each week includes 15 minutes of circle time for a welcoming song, breathing and centering. We then flow into 45 minutes of massage time followed by time to visit as we feed, change and get our babies ready to go, a great opportunity for getting to know one another, sharing tips, questions and experiences. If you miss a week, no worries, you can make up any class the following month as this four class series continues with each class repeated every four weeks (because life happens!) If class times do not work for you, please consider a private lesson, either for your family alone or a circle of friends. Call Suzanne to discuss details.
$60/four class series: Includes 6+ picture handouts, Graduation Certificate for your baby book, a digital photo of you and your little graduate on your last day, and a FREE bottle of lavender grape-seed baby massage oil.
If you are concerned with signing up for a four week series, please know this, I run this class for and around YOU and your baby. If you can not make class, even if it is 10 minutes before class, please, don’t come to class! No questions asked. And when you are ready to come, come! This class is super fluid/responsive to our needs and our child’s needs! Your four classes are good for an entire year and we hold class every Friday morning, so if you miss one this month, you can come next month or the one after that. There is no right or wrong. If your schedule prevents you from taking all four, you can let me know ahead of time via text/email or even on your first day of class and I will make special arrangements for you to join us for just that single class. Thank you. I hope you will JOIN US! xo Suzanne
Infant massage is an age-old tradition that promotes parent/child bonding and relaxation. Research shows children who receive massage cry 50% less, sleep more soundly, and suffer less anxiety. Benefits also include:
- Facilitates body awareness
- Boosts immune system
- Sensory stimulation
- Improves skin condition
- Improves blood circulation
- Helps digestion
- Balances respiration
- Relief for teething pains
- Improves waste elimination
- Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
With personal, live instruction you will not only learn strokes and styles of baby massage but the pressure, rate, rhythm, the length of the massage that works best for your unique child.
MORE ABOUT INFANT MASSAGE:
When is a good time to massage my baby?
An ideal time to massage your baby is when he/she is in either a playful mood or quiet and alert. Your baby will be making eye contact and/or may look calm and happy to be lying still. For babies experiencing colic, sometimes this is not possible and massage can be offered and performed regularly and throughout the day to help baby move past this phase.
What kind of oil should I use?
You can use any organic cold pressed edible fruit or vegetable oil ie: grapeseed, safflower, sunflower, or olive. Suzanne uses grapeseed oil with essential oils to help calm baby and promote healthy digestion.
Why learn Infant Massage in a class with a live instructor?
While there are many books and videos available on Infant Massage, learning along with a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) is a more hands-on, interactive and personal experience. I will teach you each of the strokes one-by-one so you will feel comfortable and confident that you are doing them correctly. I can also help you cue into and better understand your baby’s responses to massage as every baby receives massage differently. During our session, if other questions arise about touch, bonding/attachment, parenting, etc, I am more than happy to answer them.
Why does you recommend more than one lesson?
I can teach you massage in one single session but prefer to introduce babies to massage over time and at their own pace. In this small group setting, I like to spend time teaching parents to watch and respond to their babies’ unique cues as each new massage stroke is introduced. Learning over the course of four weekly sessions allows time for parents to practice and apply what they are learning at home with their little one, coming back to class with any questions that might come up in between lessons.
Is Infant Massage for both mom and dad?
YES! I encourage both parents to participate. Infant massage is a great way for both parents to deepen a life-long bond with their child. If only one can be present for class, I encourage that parent to teach the other parent and return with any questions they may have next session. Grandma/Grandpas are welcome to come along as well!
How often can I massage my baby?
I generally encourage parents to massage their baby ten minutes a day as this is the amount of massage time most research studies are based upon, but ultimately to do what works BEST for them. Some parents enjoy giving their baby a massage in the morning or before an afternoon nap or after bath at night. Depending on their babies’ cues, some parents break their massage time up, for example, doing the leg strokes at one time and later massaging babies’ tummy and back. If you can do massage daily, that’s wonderful. Some days you may give baby two and some none at all.
When can I begin massaging my baby?
Anytime is a good time to start learning about loving touch. Three hours, days, weeks or years old, children are never too young or old to benefit from these techniques. Introducing touch is ideally started soon after birth and can begin simply with time spent “skin-to-skin” (aka Kangaroo Care) with baby on your chest. I generally introduce baby to massage with feet and leg strokes as these tend to be the best received and then slowly move into the more vulnerable areas of the body including the tummy and face, adding other parts over time.
To join Group Infant Massage Classes:
RSVP by registering above. If you would like to schedule a private session or you have questions about the group class, email me at: suzanne@mymommymanual (dot) com, subject Infant Massage. Please join us (even if it is the day before or day of!!!) — 24 hour+ advanced notice appreciated. Just email/text me when you’re ready to join us! 🙂
Fridays, 10 AM – 11 AM: Kangaroo Kids (we are FLEXIBLE. Come when you come. 10:05…even 10:10 am is okay!I know how hard it is to get out of the house with a little one…)
Connect with St. Louis moms in our local playgroup as well. My Mommy Meetup (St. Louis Playgroup) CLICK HERE. We are free, and with over 1200 members, the largest group of our kind.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. LIFE AND MOTHERHOOD ARE SWEETER WHEN WE ARE HOLDING HANDS.
What Parents are Saying:
“I highly recommend learning infant massage from Suzanne. You and your baby will love the experience.” — Jami
“We BOTH love it! Now I feel way more connected to my baby, like I understand him better and can respond to his needs. It’s made me much more confident.” — Jen
“Suzanne’s style of teaching is great because I feel like I can follow along and understand not only the physical movements but the holistic approach to connecting with my baby through massage. As a new mom I sometimes feel overwhelmed and I think the massage helps me be present with my daughter and just focus on the bonding which allows me to manage when I feel overwhelmed.” — Celia
“This is a wonderful way to bond with your baby that is intentional. Just you and your baby being with each other.” — Michelle
And hands down the most creative thank you note I’ve ever received… this love note from a mom and sweet baby girl who took both my Infant Massage and Positive Parenting classes: