Massage Preparation

It is important to get the right ambiance in the room you will be massaging in. A calm, warm and dimly lit room is ideal. Both you and baby can be fully relaxed before you start. Something to consider is how you will communicate with baby during the session, ideally you will have soft relaxed and happy facial features, warm hands and a soothing calm and controlled voice.

 Remember to look for cues that baby may want you to stop. Baby will make cooing noises, smile, gurgle and wiggle with glee while enjoying a massage. Baby will make uncomfortable noises, may cry, will jerk away and become a little grumpy if they aren’t in the mood for a massage!

  • Warm room
  • Both be comfortable – sit on a bed, cushions, yoga mat or similar. Make sure baby has a towel or blanket underneath to ensure comfort.
  • Switch of t.v, unplug the phone and leave your mobile in another room. Minimize the disturbances. 
  • Perhaps try some natural music, try something water based as the sound can be comforting. It may be too much of a distraction so try it out and see.
  • Try and fit in a massage around the bedtime routine. It doesn’t have to be straight before but in the winding down time before night will give baby an indicator it is time to relax. 
  • Do not try a session if you are feeling upset, stressed or unhappy – these emotions will be picked up
  • Take off your rings and bracelets. Baby has very delicate skin.
  • ASK. Ask your baby if they would like a massage. This is giving continual conformation that they have the right to say ‘No’ should they not want their body touched. 
  • Talk, talk about your day, talk about life, talk about things that make you happy. 
  • Have oil, spare clothes, nappies and a drink near by.
  • While you swap between routines, keep contact with your baby. There is no need to move your hands away/
  • If you miss a stroke, don’t worry you will not harm your baby. You are giving loving affirmations vocally, with eye contact and with touch. You will be thanked for it. 
  • Often (as with mine) your baby may cry out a few times during a massage, this could be an emotional response to a touch in that moment – it is not always necessary to finish the session early. Comfort and reassure with touch and vocally and see what happens.
  • Adapt your stroke pressure, how many you do and type to your baby – he/she might not love them all. 
  • ALWAYS finish with a kiss, cuddle and a ‘Thank you’.

Zara

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