Infant massage is very different from your "normal" massage, that is, the remedial massage adults experience.
For starters... it isn't performed by a massage therapist, but by the parent. Then, the kind of strokes and levels of pressure of the remedial massage don't apply to infant or baby massage. it isn't so much a way of manipulating the little body, as much as communicating with it through the touch.
Studies in this field are far from being conclusive, but most agree that the communication through the touch helps both parents and child to develop a fuller relationship, which - as the child grows - extend to others the child comes in contact with.
In other words, infant massage (and, later, baby massage) is a means of developing an interaction between infant and parent. As award-winning speech language pathologist Dr Elaine Fogel Schneider puts it, "infant massage is not done to an infant; it is done with an infant.
Research suggests there are benefits for both parents and children: parents can see a drop in their anxiety levels as they better learn to decode their little ones' non verbal clues, while the children experience a smoother development, with fewer instances of reflux or colic.
So, you don't bring your baby to a place like the Balmain Massage & Wellness Centre to be massaged, but to learn how to massage your own baby.
This is something we introduced in mid-2017, and at the moment we offer classes with Talitha at 9AM on Wednesdays and Fridays, either one-to-one or in groups of 2-3 (plus babies of course - bearing in mind you can learn infant massage even before your bub is born). If these times don't suit you, let us know - there's quite a bit of flexibility in our system :)
You have the option of one-to-one or group sessions:
|One to one:||Group of 2 or 3|
|1x 60' - $90||2 x 60' - $120*|
|2x 90' - $180*|
|3 x 60' - $240*|