Recently I moved my baby massage course online. It’s been on my to do list for ages, but I’m not great with technology so avoided it for several years! I persevered though, as I thought it was important – baby massage is a great skill for parents and babies love it.
There’s research about baby massage helping premature babies and over the years I’ve seen many babies really enjoy the course – despite parents looking apprehensive for the first session! I would always recommend if you can attend an in-house course, then it’s great to go to a group. It gives you the chance to speak to other parents, share experiences and make friendships, as well as learning skills you can use with your baby.
So, why put your baby massage course on line?
The thing is, sometimes the group doesn’t always work out. Some parents are unable to get onto a fully booked course, their baby is likely to be asleep at that time of day, and in some areas there may not even be a local baby massage course. Some parents have twins and would prefer to be able to massage their babies when there are helping hands, while other parents just don’t feel confident enough to walk into a group. There can be several reasons why you may want to take an online course, and any reason is absolutely fine.
I meet some parents who have followed some baby massage videos on You Tube but have got a bit confused and worried about if they’re doing it right. Some parents know some techniques, but want to learn more. If you’ve already been to a group, you may find you learn additional techniques with an online course, but you don’t have to do both.
An online course can be particularly useful if you’re experiencing a mental health issue relating to the birth. This can apply to Mums and Dads, as the shock of a new baby can bring many challenges. While you are ill, you are likely to still care about your baby but you may be overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or a whole range of other emotions. The idea of going to a group and trying to talk to other parents and pretend everything is great may just seem too much. Some parents worry about if they are bonding with their baby or if they are doing things right. The research shows you just need to be good enough. Baby massage, even if you’re going through the motions, is a great way for you to be good enough: you are spending one on one time with your baby, interacting, providing positive touch and engaging with your baby, even if you don’t feel you want to.
An online course can also be useful for parents who have already returned back to work and can’t get to a group. Buying an online course means Mum, Dad or any other caregiver can complete the course so your baby can keep to their routine. I do meet Dads who want to be more hands on with their baby – their feedback has been that is a great bonding opportunity and it gives them a special time with their baby.
Can I do the online course and then attend a group?
If you decide to complete the online course and then join a group, this is fine. You can follow the courses and then decide which parts you and your baby most enjoy. The idea of baby massage is for you and your baby to have fun together and for you to develop a toolbox you can use to relax your baby or for common health issues, such as constipation.
If you’d like to check out my online baby massage course, you can get more information at louise-morgan.teachable.com and, once joined, you get immediate access to week one.
Louise is an holistic therapist who owns Therapy Centre, BS14 9HB, a clinic offering a range of holistic and beauty therapies. Louise offers aromatherapy, reflexology, holistic massage, baby massage, reiki and story massage. She is a mum of two boys and when she is not working she enjoys getting outdoors with her family. For further information, visit her website louise-morgan.co.uk