Sootheababy & Sootheamuma Services
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 around 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
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.
Louise & I are qualified midwives and massage therapists trained in the safe use of essential oils in pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. Aromatherapy can bring many benefits, but some oils are not safe to use in pregnancy and should therefore always be recommended by a trained practitioner.
Pregnancy is a time of enormous physical and emotional change and can therefore bring its own set of pains and tensions throughout the body. Common issues in pregnancy include;
Pelvic and hip pain from the growing baby changing the mother’s centre of gravity and the hormone Relaxin.
Fluid retention in arms and legs
This is a time to be nurtured and supported, and massage is a wonderful way to ease these discomforts as well as relaxing mum and baby. Evidence supports the use of massage to;
Help reduce anxiety
Decrease leg and back pain
Decrease stress hormones
Improve circulation and help reduce swelling
(Miami School of Medicine)
60 minutes £50.00
Our pregnancy massage is carried out in a safe side lying positions with bump, knees and ankles fully supported. All massage sessions include a discussion of your pregnancy and a check on mother and baby so that the treatment can be tailored to your exact needs. The massage will be aimed at supporting your body through the physiological changes of pregnancy, as well as providing a safe space to talk about any fears or concerns. We will blend oils to your specific requirement, and can even create a blend for you to take away and use in labour. For women who have reached their due date the massage can include acupressure points to encourage the body’s natural journey to labour.
60 minutes £50.00
Postnatal massage helps the body release the muscle memory of labour and aids healing and skeletal realignment. It also provides continued support and care at a time when, in Western culture, other forms of support lessen, and pampers you like the mother goddess you are. Regular massage can be beneficial in;
Relaxing hunched shoulders
Supporting breastfeeding by promotion Oxytocin release and aiding lactation
Promoting time for you to rest, relax and restore.
Waste clearance from the body
Postnatal massage can be done with baby feeding, resting nearby or on your own if you have someone to come and cuddle your baby while you are being pampered.
Indian Head Massage
30 minutes £25.00
This ancient massage technique is based on the Ayurvedic healing system and involves focused massage on the shoulders, neck, arms and head. It can help relax, soothe and invigorate the receiver. This massage is carried out in a seated position whilst clothed, and can be carried out with or without oils. Benefits include;
improved circulation to head, neck and shoulders.
stimulation of lymphatic drainage
relief of stiffness in neck and shoulders
relief of eye strain and tension headaches
promotion of relaxation and reduction in stress
triggering of the release of endorphin hormones, creating feelings of contentment and well-being.
Leg and Foot Massage
30 minutes £25.00
An amazing way to bring relief to tired feet and legs, this treatment is excellent for easing aches and pains. This massage will helps to balance water retention, stimulate lymphatic flow, and energize tired feet and legs. Walk away from this massage with a tingle from the cooling citrus gel used in this treatment.
Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
30 minutes £25.00
This popular pressure massage specifically targets the build up of stress & muscle tension in all the areas around the neck, shoulders and across the back. Advanced massage techniques are used to relieve stress points, improve circulation, ease muscle tension and encourage relaxation. This massage is also good for relieving tension headaches, improving flexibility and can help strengthen the immune system, leaving you feeling exceptionally relaxed but invigorated too.