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Becoming a Parent
Becoming a parent for the first time can be daunting with few of us really being prepared for what lies ahead. It's a whole new territory that can seem overwhelming as all of a sudden we have this tiny being in our care who is completely dependent on us not only for basic survival, but also for helping their development physically, emotionally, and socially.
Without previous experience of handling newborn babies it can initially feel awkward, even a little scary, as they seem so tiny and vulnerable. Some inexperienced parents can feel very nervous about touching their infants and learning how to massage helps overcome this problem.
But the benefits of regular massage - which can begin from day one - are much greater than simply helping to build parents' confidence in handling their baby. There are many other important benefits for both the infant and its parents. For instance, current neuroscience explains that our earliest relationships shape our nervous system and affect the development of our brain. How we develop then determines our future emotional wellbeing as well as how we respond to stress. Studies have shown that the stress hormone, cortisol, decreases and the "happy" hormones, serotonin and dopamine, increase following massage therapy (Int J. Neurosci. 2005 Oct; 115(10): 1397-413).
The benefits of massage
Would you like to ...
... deeply connect with your baby and form a strong emotional bond?
... become empowered as a parent?
... become an expert in understanding your baby's non-verbal language?
... teach your baby about respectful and loving touch?
Some of the benefits of regular massage, certainly not all, are mentioned here:
|Soothes transition from womb to the outside world|
|Enchances parent-infant bonding|
|Improves understanding of baby's non-verbal communication|
|Develops a baby's feeling of love, respect, and security|
|Helps promote relaxation and sleep|
|Helps reduce stress, agitation, and crying|
|Helps relieve wind, colic, and constipation|
|Helps relieve the pain of teething|
|Stimulates the hormone that promotes lactation and nurturing behaviour|
|Helps alleviate post-natal depression|
Beyond these benefits, massage also helps development and regulation of important systems such as digestion, respiration, circulation and immune response; contributes to development of the nervous system and brain; and helps tone muscles and develop co-ordination and spatial awareness.
Courses can be held in your own home, at the Clinic at Borde Hill, or other venue depending on the size of group.
|Groups||4 x 1-hour sessions||£45|
|one2one||3 x 1-hour sessions||£40|
|One-off||1 x 1-hour session||£15|
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