Baby massage is an ancient tradition, dating back over 3000 years, in regions such as Africa, Asia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Even today in these countries baby massage is still used as part of every day routine from birth to walking to help their baby sleep better and feel more relaxed and nurtured. It wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that baby massage became popular in the UK after professionals started to recommend baby massage as a way for new mothers to give their baby the best possible start in life. The long-standing benefits of baby massage are plentiful, especially when it is incorporated into a baby’s daily routine. Immediate benefits include: helping improve sleep duration & quality, improving circulation, alleviating symptoms of colic, teething, wind and constipation, helping the parent read their baby's cues. It can also help with postnatal depression and help improve bonding.
Baby yoga is based on Hatha yoga – looking into postures, breathing, uniting opposites and always working equally on both sides. It encourages playful interaction and communication between parent and baby, helping your baby’s brain grow lots of happy neuron networks. Baby yoga helps you attune to your baby’s needs and to calm or stimulate them as appropriate with a sense of security and wellbeing. There are many other benefits to baby yoga including improved tone and condition of muscles, improved breathing and oxygen intake, baby becoming more aware of their own body, improved coordination, learning and language development.
Baby yoga perfectly compliments baby massage and expands the benefits of touch with those of movement and relaxation.