I am sitting here awaiting parents and their babies for their first Infant Massage class. Every group is different. There are so many questions and expectations of what could happen..
Will parents and babies come? Will new parents find our Infant Massage class viable? Will everyone with all of the mix of personalities get along with each other? What will I do if ALL of the babies start crying all at once? It’s an hour class what could go wrong?
Finally everyone starts trickling in. We definitely have a mixture of parents from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, all with personal expectations for their own family.
Class started out fine. First quick introductions of the families and possible questions that they have and will learn to solve?
Next information and first week infant massage techniques are passed out so we can discuss and look back as we go on with the lesson.
Once babies are undressed to their diapers and the grape seed oil is rubbed between our parents’ hands, I finally remember to address the most important aspect of the massage itself…”This is that special time to BREATHE and RELAX”.
From this point lets have everyone just stop right here. Make that special eye contact with your baby. Take a deep breath and as you exhale let the tension and worries of the day leave the brain and body for this hour of connection. This is Baby and parent time and nothing should come between them.
I go on to explain that the first touch translates so much to your baby. Instinctually babies can pick up on stress and anxiety. Letting go and breathing will not only calm you and your baby but also I would like to think that it is also a sort of meditation. In that sense all that you are thinking about is you and your baby and any other thought is let go till after the massage is over.
You always wonder when you throw an explanation like this out there for those to hear. How are they going to take it? Will it mean to them that ‘Oh no this infant massage instructor is going on the crazy train?’ However, to my surprise, everyone understood and appreciated what I was trying to get across to them. In fact after class was over, some of the parents came up to me and personally told me that they never would have thought infant massage could be utilized in that way. It put a different perspective on it and changed the way they think about the special time in a whole new way. It certainly made me leave class with a smile.
If you are interested in taking part in one of our upcoming Infant Massage Classes, be sure to contact me, Robin Shatz and I’ll help you sign up.
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