Two successful introductory Baby Massage Workshops were held during the week, led by Kathryn Bailey. Six volunteers and two of our staff members were introduced to a basic massage routine and an understanding of its benefits.
Baby massage is a very positive form of touch: it can lower stress levels and help the babies to relax and “feel good”. It can also relieve the discomfort associated with colic, teething and other common conditions. Massage creates a perfect opportunity for one-on-one communication with the babies, and the songs and rhymes used in the routine can stimulate brain and language development. Premature babies, especially, can benefit from the positive effects of massage.
This is a wonderful way for staff and regular volunteers to spend time with our babies, assisting their development and helping them to feel good and trust touch.
We are very grateful to Kathryn for sharing her skills and knowledge with us, and to Gayle Berry from Blossom and Berry who donated charts and a massage music CD to the home.