Sootheababy - Mother & Baby Massage
Sootheababy - Mother & Baby Massage

About Baby Massage

‘Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant; food as necessary as minerals, vitamins, and proteins’ 


Dr Federick Leyboyer.

Loving hands. The traditional art of baby massage.


The tradition of baby massage has been passed down from generation to generation and has been found to date back as early as 3000 years ago.  Infant massage is used in many cultures including India, Africa, New Zealand and the Caribbean.   


Interest in baby massage in Western cultures only really started in the 1970’s.  Research showed that premature babies who received regular infant massage benefitted both in terms of improved weight gain and neurological development.  Later studies have shown that the benefits of baby massage included reduction of stress hormones, promotion of strong parent-infant bonds and improved quality of sleep.


Our sense of touch is the first sense to be developed in utero.  Starting at seven weeks’ gestation the skin is the first organ to be complete.  At birth, touch is the baby’s most developed sense and therefore is the primary way they initially learn about the world around them.


The benefits of baby massage include;

For your baby

  • Strengthens secure attachments and interactions between parent and child
  • Communicates the feelings of being loved, valued and respected to your baby
  • Helps to reduce crying
  • Increases baby’s ability to relax and to sleep more deeply
  • Encourages coordination, body awareness and develops baby’s first language: touch
  • Provides relief from issues such as wind, colic, constipation and teething

For you

  • Raises levels of the love hormone Oxytocin in both you and your baby promoting feelings of closeness.
  • Close contact helps build a greater understanding of your baby’s body language and behaviours
  • Special peaceful one to one time with your baby
  • Increased skills that will give you greater confidence in caring for your baby
  • Feelings of relaxation as you massage your baby

Learning baby massage with your baby is a wonderful experience that will provide lifelong happy memories and nurture the parent-infant bond.


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What parents say.....

'Really enjoyable class. Sarah was fantastic and so patient, understanding and really passionate about the techniques, and seeing the babies progress/interact. Thank you so much we loved it'

Vicky (mother to 12 week old Elliot)


'It was lovely to spend time with my baby learning different massages and how they help with different things. It was also lovely to speak to other mum's with babies'

Gemma (mother to 9 week old Maisie)


"I really do recommend 'sootheababy' massages with Sarah Syms!   Calobe struggles with sleeping, breathing, headaches and sickness...we've just had our first session and he's fallen asleep within 5 minutes of Sarah leaving after finishing! He's fallen asleep much easier than he ever has before, he's not as jumpiy and his breathing is much clearer!! 
Thank you Sarah :) "

Tamara (mother to 17month old Calobe)


"Henry & I have loved every minute of the course and use the Massage daily" 

Lucy (mother to 11 weeks old Henry)


"Sarah has been an amazing teacher and has made it look very easy to do at home" 

Emma ( Mother to 11 week old Zach)