Infant massage is so powerful. Its extensive role in bonding and attachment is widely known, but for me as a developmental therapist, fundamentally it is also one of the earliest forms of play. Here babies can start to make sense of the world around them through positive touch and nurturing relationships. Regular massage practice can also be a golden opportunity to promote movement, allowing babies to be free to move and wriggle without the physical restrictions of equipment and a change from soft supportive cuddles, whilst still feeling safe and secure, loved and valued.
Taking a break during the pandemic lead me to reflect on how I could combine my primary passions into an independent class structure that compliments the signature baby massage programme I have loved running, without detracting from its gentle and nurturing ethos. This new programme from me introduces through massage, positioning and handling, the very first building blocks of Play and Movement to enable new families to Grow together and I can’t wait to bring this to the families of Norfolk.