Baby Massage

Baby massage is a longstanding parenting tradition in many cultures, introduced to the western world over the last 30 years, gaining in popularity in the UK since the late 1990's.  Baby massage is when a parent or primary carer lovingly strokes or holds their baby.  Using a high quality, non-fragranced, vegetable oil soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of baby's body, following a sequence that has been developed over many years.  The massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with babies, so that they feel loved, valued and respected.


The method of baby massage taught by Gemma at WETHERBY REFLEXOLOGY is from the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).  The IAIM baby massage course draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology.


Many thousands of parents have already received training from IAIM qualified instructors and discovered the numerous benefits of baby massage, which can include:

For your baby

  • Helping your baby to feel securely attached

  • Helping your baby to feel more loved, valued and respected

  • Reduced crying and emotional distress

  • Increased levels of relaxation and longer sleep

  • Development of body awareness and coordination

  • Relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort


For you

  • Feeling closer to your baby

  • Gaining a deeper understanding of your baby's behaviour, crying and body language

  • Providing an enjoyable opportunity to spend one-to-one time with your baby

  • Feeling the relaxing effects of giving your baby a massage

  • Increased confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby

  • Learning a life-long parenting skill.


Having a young family myself, I understand what a special time having a new baby brings, but also empathise with the emotional turbulence and stressful pressure we can feel.  During baby massage courses, and reflexology sessions for parent and new baby, I frequently work with new parents who have somewhat 'de-prioritised' their own wellbeing since their baby(ies) arrived.  Taking time to destress, and relax together is critical, in allowing parents to remember the importance of looking after themselves and readdressing their needs (those also necessary for supporting a balanced, nurturing home for you and your tiny new human).