Have you heard of baby reflexology? Maybe not!
Baby Reflexology is a gentle therapy that’s been developed with baby’s in mind, it’s a wonderful tool for parents to use during those troublesome times, but equally essential as a preventative measure to develop a stronger immune system and detect & treat issues before baby shows any symptoms. Our instinct as a parent is to touch our babies, showing them our love, giving comfort and offering security, it’s also aiding baby’s growth and development too…
Jenny Lee, a Chartered Physiotherapist & Reflexologist worked with 47 children during 1994-97 to study the impact of reflexology and children who suffered from asthma. The main findings from the research were that the symptoms of asthma were alleviated, sleep improved & the bonding process between giver and child were significantly strengthened, from these findings Jenny Lee went onto develop Baby Reflexology as we know it today.
What can it help with?
By applying gentle pressure and massage to the feet, you can release blockages, which in turn release toxins and make improvements to the circulation and flow of energy within the body.
There are several techniques put together in different routines focusing on:
Sleep, calming & soothing
Digestive system, alleviating constipation, tummy upsets, reflux, colic & wind
Helping with coughs, colds & snuffly noses
Pain & discomfort with teething
Strengthening the immune system and general wellbeing
The techniques are taught over two weeks, for a couple of reasons, there’s quite a bit to absorb and I don’t want to overwhelm you, nor do we want to overstimulate baby as we learn with a ‘hands on ‘approach. A handbook is provided with all the information you will need for future reference.
Week 1: Focus on the basic routine, sleep, calm and relaxation.
Week 2: Digestive system, wellbeing and strengthening the immune system.
Being relaxed yourself sends a positive vibe to baby. If you’re tense, feeling rushed or stressed baby will pick up on this, so choose a time that suits you, when you are feeling calm and relaxed.
If baby is not well, certain reflexes may be quite sensitive, so be wary, it may be best to leave that aspect of reflexology until they are in better health.
Baby will show signs of discomfort by pulling away, arching their back, crying or moving their head from side to side, if this is the case stop and try again at another time.
Think about the senses, gentle lighting, soft music, cosy blanket,this will help your little one to feel comforted.
Rachel Hunter has worked as a Nursery Nurse within a variety of child care settings for over 30 years, she has two grown children of her own, is qualified & experienced as a Baby Reflexology Instructor, with DBS clearance, holds a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and is insured with Balens Ltd.
Contact Blissful Baby at email@example.com or call 07546527004 to book. You can opt for the workshops (number/venue dependent) or if you’d prefer a home visit please let me know, if you’ve friends that are keen to learn I’m happy to work with a group within a home environment.
Cost is £40*
*If a course is being taught for more than one within a home environment the cost for the host is reduced so please ask when enquiring.
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