Our nurturing baby massage course enables new parents to feel supported and empowered in their new parenting role. Our course builds up a variety of rhythmic strokes carefully designed to soothe and calm young babies with the use of organic sunflower oil. Baby massage is entirely baby led and we follow the babies’ cues to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for you and your baby.
We know becoming a new mum can be overwhelming and often isolating so our classes are relaxed and welcoming, providing a space for mums to chat and make friends. If your baby needs to take a break for a feed or a cuddle, your baby’s needs are always the first priority. In each of our classes we spend time learning baby massage; using songs and rhymes and have plenty of time to enjoy a hot drink, homemade cake and getting to know each other.
There are so many benefits to baby massage, here are a few.
• Develops a feeling of being loved, respected and secure
• Can alleviate trapped wind, soothe colic and alleviate constipation
• Promotes relaxation and aids sleep
• Gum massage through the skin may ease the pain of teething
• Teaches positive loving touch
• Develops body, mind, awareness and coordination
• Strengthens and tones muscles.
• Offers skin to skin bonding
• Excellent way to connect with your baby
• Gives parents practical tools to soothe baby
• Can alleviate effects of postnatal depression
• Helps parents to understand their baby’s cues
• Promotes relaxation and natural nurturing instinct
• Offers skin to skin bonding
• Opportunity to meet other local new parents
• On going support – Facebook & WhatsApp group
Our courses are six weeks to ensure you feel fully confident in massaging your baby at home and are able to form friendships within the group. They are suitable from 4 weeks-6 months old, group sizes are kept small so allow for social distancing and your full enjoyment so spaces are limited.
They are run from Badgeworth Village Hall, Badgeworth Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 4UW situated between Cheltenham and Gloucester which has a free car park (opposite), pushchair parking and great facilities. We strictly follow up to date government guidance for the safety of everyone and ask you read our Terms and Conditions of Booking.
Six week course £62 including handouts, bottle of oil, bag of goodies, hot drink and cake. Pre-booking is essential.
What previous parents say about the course
Well we’ve just finished out 6 week Baby massage course and we LOVED it. We’ve really found the massage techniques so valuable and it’s just been such a lovely bonding time. Sarah facilitated the group so sensitively and babies can be cuddled, fed or trump away without fear. I loved the social aspect and have made some great friends. I would recommend this group to everyone and I’m actually really sad it’s finishing. – Hannah and Makai
Baby massage with Sarah at Nurturing Beginnings was great. I loved that it was a small group and so Sarah was able to give us individual attention. The class was relaxed and fun and Sarah was friendly and easy going. Some weeks my baby just wanted to cuddle and feed and this was fine! As well as learning massage techniques it was a place to make new friends. Thank you Sarah! – Yvonne and Kingston
Doing the baby massage course was a really lovely way to bond with my baby as well as meeting other parents. Sarah has a very gentle and kind approach to teaching which made it easy to relax and enjoy learning a new skill. Highly recommended. – Anna and Harry
What a wonderful baby massage course! Sarah has a great relaxed approach to teaching massage, and helpful tips for remembering the moves for when we’re at home! We now do this as part of bed time routine and my little girl smiles and calms instantly! It’s my favourite part of the day sharing time full of love and smiles, it’s even better knowing the important benefit of touch. – Gemma and Dora
I felt completly calm and at ease doing baby massage with Sarah. We went at a very chilled pace with lots of time for baby interaction, and I learnt a few fun little rhymes I can sing while I massage my baby. Rufus really seemed to enjoy it, which I was not expecting from my very wriggly, high energy baby! – Rosie and Rufus