Do you have a new baby between 6 weeks – 20 weeks old?
Having a baby is a life changing event and the transition into motherhood can bring a number of different emotions which can sometimes feel overwhelming. The mixture of joy, anxiety, delight, fatigue, happiness, uncertainty, isolation or perhaps even low mood or challenging feelings, can occur all while you are getting to know your new baby.
Blissfully Calm Baby Massage class, helps new mums enjoy a safe and supported first few months with baby. This is the first step with baby on your continuous perinatal support journey taking the best elements of baby massage, baby yoga, postnatal yoga and mum & baby classes and support groups.
It wraps all of these together in a powerful 5 element model that allows you the confidence that comes from realising you can figure it out together.
Blissfully Calm Baby classes are so much more than just baby massage – you will be welcomed into a calming non-judgemental environment, where you are able to relax and meet other mums that are all going through the new born stage too. Friendships are formed and helps you create a network of new mum friends.
Is it worth coming to a baby massage class?
There are so many benefits to baby massage for both you and baby. It is calming and soothing, it boosts your oxytocin and can even help to reduce symptoms of PND.
Perhaps you are worried about being in a new group of mums? I run small classes for this very reason, you won’t be overwhelmed with huge groups. You can sit quietly and enjoy the time with your baby or you can share some of your stories whichever is right for you will be just perfect.
And no need to worry if your baby cries or is unsettled, all baby noises are welcome in class. Some days you might enjoy all of the class with your baby, other days baby may just want to feed and cuddle all the way through – all of this is perfectly normal!
I have been going to these classes since my wee boy was 2 months and we have both enjoyed them each week.
They are a really nice way to bond with your baby and meet other Mum’s.
Sharon puts a lot of effort into the classes and makes everyone feel welcome. I would highly recommend them to any new parent.
What happens in a baby massage class?
Blissfully Calm baby massage classes are specially designed to be perfectly suited to your child’s age and developmental requirements. Below are the five elements that are fundamental guiding principals for the baby massage classes.
Calming and soothing methods
In addition to the calming and soothing benefits of massage in each class, you will also learn an additional repertoire of calming and soothing techniques, which will become a toolkit for you to use anywhere when needed. With the positive connection, awareness and understanding of your baby’s cues and your natural use of positive touch and movement, you are able to respond to your baby’s needs long before they become distressed. Teachers will share with you methods of calming which respond to all of your baby’s senses and needs, allowing you to find the methods that are right for you and baby at any given moment. You will find these new skills valuable perhaps during evening bouts of colic, comforting fussy babies or to ease the impact of cluster feeding. They will often become firm favourites at bedtime as you help your baby ease off to sleep. For our little baby, the re-creation of the rhythm, noise, comfort and security of the womb will help them in their transition from womb to the room. For our older baby as their communication changes, you will learn how to adapt these methods to suit their changing personality as they reach the different physical and mental developmental milestones
Yoga-Based Movement for Mum
In our uniquely integrated class for mum and baby, you will practice gentle postnatal yoga-based movements whilst simultaneously engaging in songs, rhythm, massage and yoga for your baby. This is an ideal way to gently engage with your body in the early days whilst enjoying time with your baby as you transition back to normal exercise methods. Rather than a traditional mum and baby yoga class where mum can work in isolation from the baby, in your Blissfully Calm Baby class you will benefit from movement, core engagement, gentle stretches and awareness of posture whilst you focus on your baby. By incorporating this into our class mums can benefit from relaxation and movement to reduce stress and depression, ease symptoms such as the physical effects of feeding and holding baby, improve the tone of the pelvic floor, gently knit back together the abs and bring balance and alignment back into the spine and body.
Infant education and support
Blissfully Calm baby is unique in its methodology, offering the convenience of having multiple needs met in one multi-purpose class. Infant development education and demonstrations of techniques to calm, soothe, stimulate or respond to your baby are delivered effortlessly alongside the stretch, movement and relaxation for both of you.
Baby massage and baby yoga
We believe in positive touch and movement through massage and yoga is a natural activity between mum and baby rather than a formal routine to be completed. These methods of verbal and non-verbal communication help mum to understand baby’s behaviours, cries and language so that baby feels loved, valued and respected. Positive touch and movement between mum and baby help nurture positive attachment, bonding, closeness and confidence to respond to your baby’s cues and needs.
By combining baby massage AND yoga babies enjoy greater benefit from some of the more practical techniques such as relief from colic, wind, constipation and teething discomfort to the longer term benefits such as secure attachment, reducing emotional distress, improved coordination, physical development, body awareness and brain development.
Meet New Mums
The transition to motherhood is a life-changing experience that for some can prove to challenge as you adapt to a new way of life. For many, Blissfully Calm classes are an opportunity to get out, meet other new mums, learn and share experiences and to ask questions. This element is fully supported by your teacher who has been through an extensive postnatal education training program. What makes Blissfully Calm Baby unique is that we give this element of our classes’ real focus as we nurture the relationships and connections between each group via in class discussions, social time and our own social media community groups. From experience we know that Blissfully Calm classes become a unique community of new friends, sharing with each other their own experiences, highs and lows, feelings and uncertainties. When we asked mums across the country to sum up our classes, in their words, it is: ‘relaxing’, ‘inclusive’, ‘supportive’, ‘friendly’ and with ‘knowledgeable friendly teachers’. As our classes are focused on postnatal movement for mum and emotional support after birth, these classes are solely for mum and baby to attend.
Your classes come in six-week terms as a progressive course of education.
Each class is approximately one hour.
Much like other mum and baby classes, you will be floor based so please wear comfy clothes.
Your course of six weeks will be priced at £40.00 to £60.00 depending on location.
Classes are suitable for many baby ailments and conditions – and will be adapted to suit, but you should make your teacher aware of any concerns or conditions in advance.