BABY MASSAGE AND YOGA
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.
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-judgemental 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.
Classes will start again at the end February. Booking now !
Dorking 24th February at 2pm
Cobham 27th February at 10.30am
Bookham February TBC
Oxshoot - Starting after Easter 2020
Baby Yoga class launching after Easter
Dads' one-off Saturday morning baby massage session (contact me for details)
NCT or small group classes can be run in the comfort of your own home at a time to suit you.
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 is provided.
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.
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.
Each class last 60 minutes including 15 minutes for questions and social time.
Group Classes (max. 8 babies) will run for 5 weeks. £50pp
1-2-1 classes in the comfort of your own home. £20 per session
Small groups in the comfort of your own home (4-8 babies) for 5 weeks £50pp
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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