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A Mother’s Touch

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A Mother’s Touch

Posted on 13 February 2012 by hulda

The endless benefits for you and your baby with Infant Massage

“To touch is to love,” enlightens Donna Watt, mother of two with over 25 years of experience in early childhood development and a certified infant massage course instructor, who better to take advice from?

Infant massage is by no means a new fad, it has been a part of a mother and infants daily routine for centuries around the world, and we can understand why. That first touch between mother and child is one of the most magical moments a mother will experience, it is the most significant foundation upon which you create that bond with your child.

Donna has seen the struggle of dealing with the after effects of a cesarean and the trauma of giving birth to a premature baby. It can destroy a mother’s confidence and her assurance in her abilities in motherhood. It is a painful obstacle to overcome on top of the everyday worries and fears motherhood brings. But there is hope and Donna believes it is Infant Massage that can bring about the most radical and positive changes to a mother’s outlook and confidence.

A massage is an enjoyable experience you won’t hear anyone turning down and it is no different a fact for our babies. Though what makes an infant massage so special is the fact that it is not just something done to our baby but done WITH our baby. It can improve that crucial bond and relationship with your infant like no other methods out there. Infant massage opens up the doors of communication between mother and child. The techniques you learn are guaranteed to teach you how to engage and relax your child, facilitating your already budding parenting skills.

Infant Massages won’t just benefit your baby, but you yourself as well. In terms of psychosocial advantages for your baby, massages will amplify your child’s sense of love and trust, promoting attachments to you as a parent. And in return you will improve your ability to read your baby’s cues and encourage synchrony connecting you together, which is what we all want with our infants.

Proven benefits infant massage encourages:

  • Relaxation in our babies (which inevitably mean a more relaxed mummy!)
  • Improvements to the babies’ skin with the encouragement of blood circulation through the body.
  • Digestive benefits, babies who receive massages prove to suffer less from colic and constipation.
  • Respiratory developments minimize coughs, colds, and both ear and nasal infections.

Course Structure:

Infant massage is held over a period of 5 sessions, the last of which is deliberately held on a Saturday morning so that the fathers can also learn about the techniques.

  • Consisting of four, 1.5-hour sessions
  • 45 minutes of information and Q&A
  • 45 minutes of actual practice.

Annerley will teach you first hand, the benefits of baby massage, concentrating on specific strokes used for different part of your baby’s body. It will give you the confidence and techniques you can take home with you to improve not just your infant’s development and body system but more importantly the strengthening of your bond with your precious baby.

Price: 1600 HKD

For more info: http://www.annerley.com.hk/index.php/Product/556/Infant-Massage-Classes-5×1-5h-.html 

Testimonials:

  1. “Maxim and I loved attending Annerley’s baby massage classes. We learned how to give and receive a gentle full body massage and we came to understand the physical and emotional benefits baby massage can bring.” Kirsten Oates
  1. 2.      “Infant massage proved to be really useful in helping to calm down our very active and energetic baby. The course gave practical and useful techniques that make massage accessible for all mums and babies.” Sarah Young

Profile: Donna Watts

Donna runs our Infant and Baby Massage courses as well as our mother and baby groups and early development sessions at Annerley, teaching some of the domestic helpers training classes as well.

Donna is a 25 year experienced mothercraft and enrolled nurse. She worked for 17 years in a maternity hospital in Australia specializing in newborn and special care treatment prior to commencing her own baby health clinics throughout Sydney from 2005. Her experience is centered around the 0 – 3 years of age infants with focus on growth and development. She has 3 adult children and enjoys outdoor activities and meeting new people.

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Massage with mother

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Massage with mother

Posted on 16 December 2011 by hulda

The endless benefits for you and your baby with infant massage.

 

Infant massage is by no means a new fad, it has been a part of a mother and infants daily routine for centuries right across cultures around the world, and we can understand why.

That first touch between mother and child is one of the most magical moments a mother will experience, it is the most significant foundation upon which you create that bond with your child.

“To touch is to love,” enlightens Donna Watt. With 25 years of experience in early childhood development and a certified mothercraft nurse who teaches an infant massage course at Annerley in Hong Kong. As well as mother of two herself, who better to take advice from?

Donna has seen the struggle of dealing with the after effects of a cesarean or the trauma of giving birth to a premature baby can have on a mothers confidence and in her abilities in motherhood. It is a painful obstacle to overcome on top of the everyday worries and fears motherhood brings. But there is hope and Donna believes its Infant Massage that can bring about the most radical and positive changes to a mother’s outlook and confidence.

A massage is an enjoyable experience you won’t hear anyone turning down and it is no different a fact for our babies. Though what makes an infant massage so special is the fact that it is not just something done to our baby but done with our baby. It can improve that crucial bond and relationship with your infant like no other methods out there. Infant massage opens up the doors of communication between mother and child. The techniques you learn are guaranteed to teach you how to engage and relax your child, facilitating your already budding parenting skills.

Infant Massages won’t just benefit your baby, but you yourself as well. In terms of psychosocial advantages for your baby, massages will amplify your child’s sense of love and trust, promoting attachments to you as a parent. And in return you will improve your ability to read your baby’s cues and encourage synchrony connecting you together, which is what we all want with our infants.

The major physical benefits everyone is raving about is the fact that infant massage has been proven to encourage:

  • Relaxation in our babies (which inevitably mean a more relaxed mummy!)
  • Improvements to the babies’ skin with the encouragement of blood circulation through the body.
  • Digestive benefits, babies who receive massages prove to suffer less from colic and constipation.
  • Respiratory developments minimize coughs, colds, and both ear and nasal infections.

Countless studies have reiterated these listed advantages of infant massage. Studied effects on premature babies show that the effects of stroking and massaging premature newborns for as little as 15minutes, three times a day over a period of just ten days saw a massive 47% weight gain than the average premature baby that wasn’t massaged. (T. Field & F. Scafidi)

Annerley provides an excellent Infant Massage course consisting of four, 1.5hour sessions which will teach you first hand the benefits of baby massage, concentrating on specific strokes used for different part of your baby’s body. It will give you the confidence and techniques you can take home with you to improve not just your infant’s development and body system but more importantly the strengthening of your bond with your precious baby.

 

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