One of the best ways to soothe a baby, help digestion and relief is through baby massage.
I've been massaging Charlie since day one and to this day he loves it. After bath time when I'm done with the front he'll flip over and ask to massage his back. Spoiled. Yes. Maybe I do it more so than other families because my background is aromatherapy, reiki and esthetics.
Jessica Rust, the RMT(Registered Massage Therapist) has been an RMT for 15 years. Whenever she would visit her friends with little ones they would always passed their infant to her and ask "Help! Massage my child" so when Jessica came across a class to further enhance her modalities in massage therapy she took the course in infant massage and now teaches.
Jessica takes you through the benefits of massage, the contraindications like not to massage when baby has a fever, swelling or any respiratory issues and always massage when you yourself are well balanced and grounded. Baby's pick up on our energy.
A hand out is given out as well, so don't worry if you forget all the info when you attend.
Parents learned proper massage techniques and when you're massaging your infant Jessica recommended that one should use salad oils, because baby will most likely suck on their fingers etc and salad oils are recommended because well, they are edible. We used Grapeseed in the class.
Some of the techniques we learned were for the whole body we all were smitten with the "I Love U" method for the stomach area to help digestion.
The baby's in the class were so happy and you can the picture below them connecting and looking at each other. (I had the parents permission to post this picture)
The JCC is conveniently located at Bloor & Spadina. Spadina subway station has an elevator to for strollers.
Baby massage has its benefits!
Taught by Jessica Rust, RMT, our one-hour baby massage classes:
Classes are available Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
- Facilitate parent and child bonding
- Stengthen baby's immune system
- Stimulates muscle tone and body systems
- Encourages a sense of calm
- Help to relieve colic and constipation
- Enhance alertness
Members: $50; Non-members: $55
To register, or for more info, call (416) 924-6211 x. 513 or email email@example.com