Infant Massage

At Castle Hill Osteopathic Clinic we offer professional
classes in learning infant massage techniques to help
calm and relax babies, soothe them into better sleep,
boost their immunity, settle upset tummies, and reduce
crying time. Join Kelly, a certified Infant Massage Instructor
with the International Association of Infant Massage.

The Benefits of Infant Massage?
  • Promotes secure attachment
  • Promotes bonding through special focus one-on-one time.
  • Promotes nurturing positive touch.
  • Promotes brain and neurological development.
  • Promotes faster weight gain.
  • Helps reduce crying and fussing.
  • Helps improve sleeping patterns & promotes longer sleep for everyone!
  • Improves muscular tone & development.
  • Helps alleviate increased tension in muscles (hyper tonicity) that can hamper proper movement.
  • Helps improve gastrointestinal function & tones digestive tract.
  • Stimulates respiratory system & helps maintain calmer more regular & deeper breathing.
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps strengthens the baby’s immune system.
  • Helps develop early verbal / non-verbal communication.
  • Improves flexibility that can help encourage sitting independently.
  • Can help with relief from:
    • Gas & colic
    • Excess mucus
    • Teething discomfort
    • Gastrointestinal (digestive) cramps
    • Constipation
    • Growing pains
    • Emotional stress

Infant Massage Classes

The First Touch course consists of five sessions, spread over 5 consecutive weeks. Each class lasts for 1 – 1.5 hours. Group sizes are limited to only eight families, to ensure you receive the one-on-one attention you deserve! This will help you gain as much out of the classes as possible, and continue developing the love affair with your baby that started during pregnancy!

Each class focuses on different topics and areas of the body, including:

  • Preparation for massaging baby
  • Benefits of infant massage
  • Understanding behavioural states
  • Being aware of baby cues
  • Reflexes under infant massage
  • Relaxation techniques for parents
  • Still touch / Containment Holds / Touch Relaxation
  • Gentle movements
  • Adaptations for the older baby & the growing child
  • Stages of Growth
  • Colic information
  • The complete infant massage stroke sequence, developed by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). The IAIM stroke sequence is a combination of:
    • Indian massage: soothing & relaxing movements away from the heart.
    • Swedish massage: stimulating & firm movements toward the heart.
    • Reflexology: traditional infant massage techniques are based on pressure points in reflexology.
    • Yoga: yoga like postures used in gentle movements sequence help derive some of the benefits of Infant Massage.

Discussion topics, include:

  • Crying
  • Infant stress release & settling techniques.
  • Any other topics the group is interested in.

Classes are designed for newborn babies to 1 year olds.
Classes costs $180 and include:

  • Supplied water proof change mats for your baby’s comfort.
  • Bottle of massage oil for you to keep
  • Information handouts
  • Participation certificate upon completion of the First Touch course!

Gift certificates are also available for any value. Possibly the perfect baby shower gift!


Group Class Schedule

Classes are held at Castle Hill Community Centre (Castle Grand Room)
between 12pm and 3pm. However if this time and day are not convenient for
you please contact Kelly on 0411 636 606 to discuss options for classes to
be run on a different day, time and location.

Contact Kelly now on 0411 636 606 to book or discuss available positions.


Why choose Infant Massages with Kelly?

Kelly is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). She completed her training in February 2007. The training completed through the IAIM is the only nationally accredited infant massage curriculum in Australia. It is also endorsed by many associations including, the Royal College of Nursing, the Australian College of Midwives, the Australian Association of Social Workers, the Australian Counselling Association, Occupational Therapy Australia, and the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.

The IAIM is a global organisation, delivered in over 52 countries worldwide.


The IAIM First Touch Program is the only infant massage program in Australia that has been extensively researched and identified as ‘Gold Standard’ by medical researchers. You can be confident you are taking part in the highest quality program of its kind! So why not take part in the next available First Touch course with Kelly, and have an enjoyable experience creating special moments with your baby, and learn about the many benefits and joys that come from positive touch and infant massage!


Testimonials

"Learning the correct strokes, rather than me just stroking was very helpful. The handouts were great! Thanks for passing on your knowledge."
Melissa Fahey

"Thanks for being so patient and understanding. You created a great learning environment and relaxed atmosphere. My bub loved the back strokes, it really helps calm her down."
Cath Savic

"I love that I now understand the methods involved in infant massage, and how to use them to help soothe and nurture my baby. Thanks for being so patient in helping me learn."
Melanie O’Neill

"Thanks for making the class so comfortable to be a part of. You made learning the massage steps fun and easy to follow. Such an enjoyable experience, with lots of learning too!"
Angela Seghers

"The size of the class was good and allowed for more individual attention. Thought the colic routine was really helpful for my baby girl. Thanks heaps."
Amanda Caruana

For more information or to make a booking contact Kelly Gillogly on 0411 636 606 or email kelly@castlehillosteo.com.au

IAIM website - www.iaim.org.au

What kinds of things can Massage help with?
  • Improves your baby's sleeping patterns
  • Relieves their tummy pains
  • Assists their sensory awareness
  • A beautiful way to communicate with your baby
  • Learn in a relaxed, social atmosphere with other parents
  • And many more

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