Baby Massage & Baby Yoga Walton On Thames Surrey

Baby Massage and Baby Yoga

Baby Massage & Baby Yoga Classes in Walton on Thames Surrey

To Book Your Baby Massage Or Baby Yoga Class

Call us on 01932 225 253
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Baby Massage and Baby Yoga classes in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


"Orla and I really enjoyed baby massage and yoga. I definitely recommend it for baby and mum!" Geraldine
 
I am Dr. Rita O'Flynn and I can introduce you and your baby to the wonderful experience that is baby massage and baby yoga.

In my baby massage classes, held at my home in Walton-on Thames, Surrey, I will teach you massage techniques which are simple to learn yet incredibly powerful, nurturing and comforting to your baby. Baby massage stimulates your baby's muscles, increasing blood flow, invigorating and cleansing the body. It can relieve the symptoms of colic, constipation and teething, induce sleep, and aid digestion. Baby massage also provides you with a unique way to spend time and bond with your baby in those precious early days.

As your baby becomes physically stronger, my baby yoga classes will teach you how to safely perform stretches and actions that are enormous fun, both for your baby and for you. Baby yoga will give you the confidence to truly interact with your baby in a way that you could not have imagined. Your playtime will be more exciting and you will be helping your baby's physical and mental development.

In all my sessions I include gentle exercises to stengthen and tone your body as well. To help you get back to your pre-pregnancy level of fitness, I will teach you specific exercises to strengthen your stomach muscles as well as showing you how to build your arm muscles as your baby grows. If you want something a little more active, I also run postnatal exercise classes or I could tailor a personal training plan just for you.

Over the last ten years it has been my privilege to witness the delight that both mums and dads have experienced with their babies. I thoroughly recommend that you consider baby massage and baby yoga. You will not regret it. In years to come it is one of those special things that you will remember having done with your baby and you may even enjoy doing with your grandchildren!
 
 
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Baby Massage

 

 
Baby massage has been practiced in parts of Africa and Asia for centuries, but it is only over the last three decades that it has really come to the West.  
Baby massage involves touching, stroking, rubbing, squeezing and tapping, all of which your baby will find extremely relaxing and soothing. The movements are all easy to learn and will be introduced gradually throughout the classes.  
We will also include a section on reflexology. Reflexology points are exactly the same on baby feet as for adults, but of course the points can be a little harder to find on such a small foot. I will teach you a foot massage to help you ease your baby through colds and teething.  
The first and most powerful massage your baby will ever encounter is birth itself. Nature provides this pressure on the body to kick-start the major organs, preparing your baby for life outside the womb. Baby massage is a way for you to continue this stimulation, albeit in a less truamatic way!
The muscles within your baby's body have been lying dormant during pregnancy and, during the first few weeks, they have to learn to do their job of supporting your baby and allowing movement.
I am sure you can recall occasions when, not having exercised for a while, you decide to have a bit of a workout. The next day your muscles feel fatigued or may even ache if you worked particularly hard. I think this is what a baby goes through repeatedly over the first few months of life. Each day they work harder than the previous one and their muscles might feel tired and may even ache. Baby massage is incredibly beneficial during this period to encourage these muscles to relax and to allow your baby to develop to their maximum potential.
Your baby may not appear to be doing much during their first few weeks at home. While they seem to do little more than eat and sleep, then eat and sleep again, your baby is growing at the fastest rate they will ever experience. Babies grow while they sleep and this is part of the reason for the huge amounts of sleep observed in the early days. During this time there is very little you can do with your baby and, to be quite honest, they are not up to much. However, one thing you can do in the comfort of your own home is baby massage. It is wonderful to learn and will be a skill you will keep forever and be able to carry out on any future babies you may have.
When to start? You can practice baby massage from birth and continue until your baby is crawling. Even if they love it, at this point investigating the world is more important and they will not keep still for you to massage. After a couple of months, or just as your baby is showing signs of head control, you may consider baby yoga.
 
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Baby Yoga

 

"We loved baby yoga with Rita! It’s very relaxed & friendly. Emma Rose &mummy (Mikaela) loved it. Rita is full of good advice which we are able to take home with us and use there too. Definitely recommended." 
 
As your baby gets older and becomes physically stronger, they will be ready for baby yoga. This is normally at about 10-12 weeks, just as they are showing signs of head control.
Baby-Yoga at Walton on Thames near Weybridge, Hersham and Molesey      In a fun and lively atmosphere, with lots of laughter, you will learn moves and actions to encourage your baby to roll and then to sit up and support themselves. Many of the actions are carried out in conjunction with nursery rhymes and songs, so if you are a first time mum and your memory of these songs is rather rusty, you can learn them all over again, and maybe a few new ones too!

Do not panic, we will not be doing anything extreme like “planks” or the “tree pose”, but I will show you lots of positions and stretches to encourage your baby’s body to open out. Their body is no longer folding into a foetal position; all the muscles are now elongating and strengthening. They are doing a lot of hard work! During this time baby yoga is particularly advantageous as it helps to build up these muscles and relieve any stiffness or aching that baby might experience.
Baby yoga will also give you the confidence to truly interact with your baby in a way that you could not have imagined. Your playtime will be more exciting and you will be helping your baby's physical and mental development.
 
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Exercise For Mums


Exercises For Mums - Walton on Thames Surrey near Shepperton Middlesex  It is particularly important for you to start thinking about yourself after the birth of your baby. It is really easy to neglect yourself, putting baby and the household first, and yourself last.
 For this reason, during the baby massage and baby yoga classes, I always include exercises that you can do at home with no other equipment other than a bit of floor space and your baby as a weight.
One thing you will notice over the first three months (for first time mums especially) is that your baby is getting noticeably heavier. You are lifting like you have never lifted before and you baby is only getting heavier and heavier. I include arm exercises in particular to help you build these muscles as your baby grows.
 I also show you exercises to help you return you stomach muscles back to their pre-pregnancy state! These muscles have taken a real battering over the last few months, but do not worry. There is a lot you can do to resolve this issue.
If you feel you want something a little more active I also run:
• Postnatal floor-based exercise classes to allow you to concentrate on your core stomach and back muscles.
• Circuit training using an exercise bike, rowing machine, mini-trampoline, Swiss ball, step machine, foam roller and mat work.
• Tailored post-natal personal training.
 
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Health Benefits of Baby Massage and Baby Yoga

 

Health Benefits of Baby Massage and Baby Yoga - near Weybridge & Hersham at Walton on Thames
 
There are many benefits of baby massage and baby yoga, both physical and emotional. Baby massage, in particular, is an excellent way for you to get to know your baby. It is particularly recommended for fathers or partners who are not always the main carer as it has been shown to aid in the bonding process. Studies carried out at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London have shown that women with severe postnatal depression bonded to their babies much more quickly if they incorporated baby massage into their daily routine.
Baby massage is an extension of the stroking and cuddling that you will already be doing, but during my baby massage classes you will learn to express this in a methodical and comprehensive manner. Baby massage allows you to focus on all parts of the body and target those areas which may require more attention. For example, tummy massage can relieve constipation and some particular movements can help ease the symptoms of colic. Overall, the rubbing of the skin improves the circulation and the whole experience is equivalent to a workout at the gym!
All new parents out there will be delighted to hear that baby massage induces sleep, making it a perfect night time activity. You can either incorporate a massage into your baby’s night time routine, massaging after the bath, or do it instead of a bath. It is not essential to bathe your baby every single day. In fact, this can be quite drying to baby's skin. A massage with oil can do the job of cleaning and moisturising in one go.
Baby massage also:
• relieves symptoms of colic and constipation
• improves digestion
 • aids sleep patterns
• helps relieve the pain of teething
• unblocks nasal congestion during a cold
• improves circulation and therefore removes toxins from the body.
The list continues, but for me the best thing of all is the rewarding experience for both you and your baby. It is a wonderful way to increase the developing bond between you. It also allows you to enjoy your baby by learning an alternative way to play with them which helps with their muscular development at the same time. It reassures you that your baby is incredibly flexible and your only wish will be to be as supple as them!
 
 
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Classes

 

"I started baby massage and yoga with my daughter when she was 12 weeks old! We both find the classes relaxing and energetic with great focus on both mother and baby. The moves and songs are simple and easy to follow so you can practice at home or out. Many of the positions help calm Isabelle when she's upset and I am sure they have helped her flexibility, to sit up and roll over! We thoroughly enjoy Rita's classes and this is our third course." - Brinda and Isabelle
 

All baby massage and baby yoga classes can be done in a group or on a one-to-one basis and can be held in your own home if required. In the past, Rita has held classes in Walton, Weybridge, Hersham, Esher, Cobham, Addlestone and West Byfleet. Otherwise, all classes will be held at: 5 Kings Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2RA. Classes are very relaxed and informal with plenty of time for you to meet and chat with other mums and dadss.

 

What to Wear

I recommend that you wear loose clothing, similar to gym wear, to allow easy movement.
 
What to Bring
Oil is required for baby massage classes. This can be purchased during the class at a cost of £5 a bottle, which is sufficient for this and any babies you may have in the future. If you wish to buy your own oil, I recommend grape seed oil, which can be purchased from any local supermarket.
 
Baby Massage & Yoga Classes - Rita has held classes in Walton, Weybridge, Hersham, Esher, Cobham, Addlestone and West Byfleet 
 

Baby Massage Classes

On arrival the babies are settled and we briefly discuss any issues of concern such as breast feeding or sleep patterns. The session will then commence with full attention focused on the babies, with calming classical music in the background. This restful atmosphere is very important especially for very small babies whose attention span is not only short, but who can easily be distracted. During the Baby Massage classes the sequence of massage is always the same so that memorising the sequence becomes very easy. The massage always starts with the feet, where we touch on a little reflexology specific to baby ailments, and progresses to the legs, up to the stomach region and torso, across to the arms and then to the head. The babies are then placed on their front to continue massage on the back. Towards the end of the four sessions, we will introduce some baby yoga at the beginning of the class. At all sessions, gentle exercises are integrated within the classes targeting your stomach muscle and those in the arms. Each class ends with a quiet period to allow you to relax, dress and feed your baby if required.
 

Baby Yoga Classes 

In Baby Yoga the format of the classes is more varied. Each week new movements are introduced as the babies develop in strength. Many of the movements are done through song or nursery rhymes. These classes are lively and more interactive. Each session ends with a relaxing massage and time to feed your baby. Gentle exercises are integrated within the classes targeting your stomach muscle and those in the arms. The stomach muscles must return to pre-pregnancy state before any serious exercise is undertaken to prevent injury to the back. The arms are of particular interest because your tiny babies are growing rapidly requiring your arms to lift and carry an ever increasing weight. This is really noticeable once your baby reaches 4 to 5 months and therefore a good idea to target first.  
 
Postnatal Exercise Classes
If getting back in to your pre-pregnancy form interests you there are postnatal exercise classes available. If you wish to strengthen and shape up I offer a mat-based class integrating Yoga and Pilates. If you wish to do a more cardio based class, I offer circuit training. During these sessions I incorporate exercises on a Swiss Ball, mini-trampoline, cross trainer, step, spinning bike and rowing machine. Please contact me for further details.
 
Walton on Thames Surrey Baby Massage & Yoga Classes 
 
Venue
All baby massage and baby yoga classes can be done in a group or on a one-to-one basis and can be held in your own home if required. Otherwise, all classes will be held at: 5 Kings Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2RA. There is plenty of room for you to spread out and relax. After each class you are welcome to stay on and feed your baby if you need to and, when the weather is fine, we often go out into the garden for a chat and maybe even a coffee.
If you would like to host a class in your own home, Rita is happy to travel to a reasonable distance from Walton and has previously held classes in Weybridge, Hersham, Esher, Cobham, Addlestone and West Byfleet.
 
Cost of Classes
 
Individual    One-on-one classes held in your own home.
Perfect if you have had a caesarean but want
to get started straight away.
  £20
per class
Group Course -
In your home
  Group of up to 5 adults   £50 per baby
for 4 weeks  
Group Course -
In my home
  Group of up to 8 adults   £40 per baby
for 4 weeks
Other Groups   Nurseries, playgroups   Contact me
directly
 
Class Times
Monday to Friday 10.00 - 11.00
Monday to Friday   11.15 - 12.15
Monday to Friday   1.30 - 2.30
Monday to Friday   2.30 - 3.30  
 
Cobham & Hersham Baby Massage Classes "I started baby massage classes with Rita when Toby was 15 weeks old and it has been great. After the class he is so relaxed, he always sleeps for at least two hours - and he still goes down for a full night's sleep as well. At home, if I don't have time to do a full massage session then I just do either his legs, torso or arms while he has some nappy-free time. We both enjoy this as it gives us some quiet time together during the day. I could not recommend these classes enough.
I think we both get a lot out of it and I think that the tips that you get on dealing with wind, and easing other aches and pains is really useful and reassuring."
Susan and Toby
 
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When To Start Baby Massage and Baby Yoga


You can start massaging your baby as soon as they are born. There is no need to wait, so baby massage classes can be started as soon as you feel up to it.
When my first child was born, I remember returning home from the hospital and thinking "What am I supposed to do next?". Other than the necessary duties you need to perform to look after a newborn baby, baby massage is a very practical solution to this dilemma.
Your baby may not appear to be doing much during their first few weeks at home. Whilst all they seem to do is eat and sleep, then eat and sleep again, your baby is growing at the fastest rate they will ever experience. Babies grow while they sleep and this is exactly why they sleep so much in the early days. During this time there is very little you can do with your baby and, to be quite honest, they are not up to much.
However, one thing you can do in the comfort of your own home is baby massage. It is wonderful to learn and will be a skill you will keep forever and be able to carry out on any future babies you may have. You can practice baby massage from birth right up until your baby starts to crawl. Once your baby is crawling, even if they love lying and being massaged, investigating the world is more important and they will not keep still for you to massage in the way they used to. Of course, massage can be re-established when your child is a toddler and does not have to end here.
Baby Massage & Yoga Classes in Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Hersham, Byfleet, Cobham .. At about 10-12 weeks, or just as your baby is showing signs of head control, you can start baby yoga which baby will enjoy as it is more active. You can, of course, continue with baby massage as part of your bedtime routine.
Baby yoga classes, incorporating fun exercises to music and songs, can be continued whilst your baby is actively crawling right up until they start to walk. These classes are also a great way to meet other new mums and dads.
More practically, on a day-to-day basis, it is best to massage your baby just before their last feed when all is quiet. This is because of the sleep-inducing effects of baby massage.
Some days you may choose not to do a full massage. On these occasions you can massage the exposed parts of the body during a nappy change.
Baby yoga is best done during the more wakeful periods of the day and you can introduce it seamlessly as part of your playtime.
Never massage or practice baby yoga when your baby has a full stomach. It is best to leave at least 25 to 30 minutes after feeding.
Do not do baby massage or baby yoga if your baby is unwell, has just had their vaccinations or has a temperaContact us on 01932 225253 for further information or to book your baby massage or baby yoga class.
 
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Baby Massage & Baby Yoga Walton On Thames Surrey

Baby Massage and Baby Yoga

   
Health Benefits of Baby Massage and Baby Yoga - near Weybridge & Hersham at Walton on Thames
 

Contact Baby Massage Baby Yoga

 

If you would like to enrol your baby in baby massage or baby yoga classes, or if you would like to talk to Dr. Rita O'Flynn directly, please call or email;
  Tel:   01932 225253 Please mention all about Weybridge website
Mobile:   07957 172628
         
  Email:   info@BabyMassageBabyYoga.co.uk
  Website:   www.BabyMassageBabyYoga.co.uk
 
   
Rita has held classes in Walton, Weybridge, Hersham, Esher, Cobham, Addlestone and West Byfleet.
Otherwise, all classes will be held at: 5 Kings Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2RA.
 
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