BABY MASSAGE AND BABY YOGA
On Line classes now available Booking essential
Massage is an amazing, loving way of communicating and bonding with your baby. Massage begins long before your baby is born - when your baby being gentle rocked in the womb. Touch is the first sense your baby develops.
The course runs over 5 weeks and in each week you will learn a new massage routine. You will receive handouts at the end of the class so you can practice confidently at home with your baby.
Baby Yoga is a fun and loving way to bond with your baby whilst enjoying a class full of songs, rhymes, yoga stretches and movements for your baby.
Yoga is an enjoyable way to learn a new skill with your baby which is both soothing, calming and relaxing for both Mum and baby.
Yoga aids baby's physical and mental development. It also assists with baby's muscle tone, coordination, sleep patterns and digestion.
Baby yoga sessions incorporate a mixture of relaxing, breathing exercises, baby massage and yoga stretches. We use a wide variety of music, movement, songs and rhymes to make each session fun, relaxing and engaging.
Tummy Time Work Shop
Tummy Time Work Shop - Online workshop showing you lots of hints, tips and ideas for successful tummy time play. Tummy time is so important for little babies, but it is often something that lots of Mums struggle with. In this workshop I will explain the benefits of tummy time and hopefully make tummy time a special fun time for you and baby to spend together. This workshop is suitable for New born babies to 5 month olds.
Benefits for Baby and Mum
Improves relaxation and aids longer sleep
Helps relieve the effect of colic, teething, congestion, constipation and wind
Relaxes both Mum and Baby
Helps strengthen the bond between Mother and Baby
Stimulates all the baby’s major systems, coordination, respiration, digestion and language development
It’s fun and a great way of meeting other Mums!
The classes are fun, friendly and informal. They are baby led and baby always comes first. There is no right or wrong way for your baby to respond. It is fine if your baby cries, needs feeding, changing or just a little cuddle. The baby massage class is a supportive non-judgmental environment where you can enjoy bonding with your baby, learning new skills and making some new friends.
The classes will run over 5 weeks and I will show you how to gently massage your baby.
All Classes now available on line - Next classes booking from September.
Baby Massage online
Baby Yoga online
Tummy Time Work Shops online
Dad' one-off session on line
NCT groups can still take classes together on line as a group at a time to suit you . Contact me for details
1-2-1 Baby Massage classes can be arranged on the comfort of your own home.
Please contact me for details of any of the above courses.
Each week we will focus on a different part of the body:
Week 1: Legs and Feet
Week 2: Tummy and Colic Sequence Review.
Week 3: Chest Arms and hands. Colic Review.
Week 4: Head Face, back and teething sequence review.
Week 5: Full Massage
At the end of each session there is a 15 minute chat and question time and you will be given a handout to remind you of the strokes you have learned.
All you need to bring is a towel to wrap baby in.
Cold Pressed, Organic Sunflower Oil
If you miss a session, its not a problem each week we review the strokes we have done before so its easy to catch up.
Just ask me if you’re not sure.
GroovaRoo Baby-wearing dance classes coming soon. Contact me for details.
Online Class Review
had such a lovely 'virtual' time learning baby massage with Chris. I did the course with the girls from my NCT classes during lockdown of 2020 and we were so excited to start baby classes together before lockdown happened and were unable to do so. Luckily Chris came to our rescue offering to teach us all via video link and we all loved it and learned so much. I don't think being taught over video took away from the experience in anyway and would highly recommend it for new mums out there at the moment. Thanks again Chris :)
I've loved it - A lovely, calm environment for both Mummy and baby. Time to chat and share, a well taught and well structured course. Not to mention being spoilt with tea and homemade cake .Jamila
We both loved the baby massage course so much ! It was so relaxed and well run. The format worked really well and I feel like I've really learnt something I will use. Chris your cakes are amazing ! I will really miss Monday afternoons. Lisa
Chris has a wide knowledge on babies, it was great to be able to get advice from her on a number of different things. Print outs are really helpful. Chloe
Chris is really lovely . No question is too silly ! Amazing cake. Claire
Chris has a lovely teaching style and makes each person and baby feel welcome and supported. Massage classes helped baby sleep well after each class. Marize
Chris really made us and the babies feel comfortable and gave us lots of options to help massage our baby . Emma
Chris is absolutely lovely and we loved the baby massage classes and the very yummy cake at the end. We were sad when the course was over but we have learnt so much . Nicola
Absolutely brilliant classes! Both me and baby love the sessions plus practice at home afterwards! X Katie
Lovely informal baby led massage classes, Chris is a great teacher, and me and my baby really enjoyed it. Fiona
My name is Chris Nicholls; I first trained in childcare over 35 years ago and am passionate about working with babies and toddlers. I have been a Nanny, Maternity Nurse, a swimming teacher for babies and toddlers and have also been in charge of a nursery room in a private nursery school. Most importantly I am the mother of twins.
I attended baby massage classes with my twins and adored the bonding, loving experience. Both myself and my children loved every second of it. It was a great way to communicate with my babies and gain a greater understanding and confidence of their needs through this gentle method of communication. It was also fun and a great way to get out and meet other Mums. I felt inspired to train in baby massage and yoga for babies and toddlers and when my children grew older it became the right time to follow my dream.
Booking for all classes is essential
Each class last 50 minutes including 15 minutes for questions and social time.
Online Group Classes (max. 10 babies) will run for 5 weeks. £40pp
Online 1-2-1 classes £20 per session
Small groups of friends who would like to book an online course together (4-10 babies) for 5 weeks £40pp
Baby massage vouchers make a great gift for an expectant mum,
A baby shower gift, Christmas gift, Mother’s Day, or just a treat for an amazing daughter, wife or partner.
You can buy a set of group massage classes for £50 or pay for part of a course in £10 increments.
Email Chris@calmtots .co.uk and I will send a voucher directly to you to present to Mum.
Please contact me for details.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO BABY MASSAGE?
Just a towel from home and a pillow /cushion for either you to sit on or to prop baby on and the normal things you need for your baby when you go out.
HOW OLD DOES MY BABY NEED TO BE?
From 8 weeks old to crawling age is the ideal age for baby massage classes.
CAN MY PARTNER COME TOO?
Yes, partners are very welcome to come along at no extra cost.
CAN I BRING TWINS TO THE CLASS?
Yes, you can learn to massage them both together, or you can bring a second adult.
WHAT IF MY BABY CRIES OR NEEDS TO FEED OR BE CHANGED?
The classes are baby led so baby’s needs come first. The classes are very relaxed so its fine to feed/ change or comfort your baby. The class will continue and you can learn the techniques to try on your baby at a later time.
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO A SESSION?
We will recap from the week before, so you won’t miss anything. There are also weekly handouts so you can practice these techniques at home.
WHAT IF MY BABY HAS JUST HAD AN IMMUNISATION?
It is not recommended to practice on a baby within 48 hours of having immunisations. Again, you are welcome to attend and practice the massage in your own home. Handouts are given after each class.
WHAT SHOULD I DRESS MY BABY IN FOR THE SESSIONS?
Please dress your baby in easy access clothing such as a baby grow with poppers.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please wear something comfortable; you will be sitting on the floor.
WHAT TYPE OF OIL IS USED FOR THE MASSAGE?
We provide Cold Pressed Organic Sunflower oil as this is easily absorbed by baby’s skin. This oil has been found to be agreeable to babies with very rare chance of a reaction.
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