NHS Western Isles is continuing to deliver services in different ways, and this includes local baby massage classes!
Particularly useful to new parents during this important stage of their child's development, is baby massage. The benefits of baby massage are far reaching and include babies feeling loved and secure; having increased levels of relaxation and sleeping longer, improved body awareness and coordination, as well as massage providing relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort.
Following a trial session of online baby massage classes for parents in Uist and Barra, NHS Western Isles Health Promotion Department and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Early Years Service are now offering the service to all parents living in the Outer Hebrides.
Certified by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), local instructors raise awareness with parents and carers of how baby massage can help them to feel closer to their baby, gain a deeper understanding of their baby’s behaviour, crying and body language. It can also help to provide an enjoyable opportunity of spending one-to-one time with their baby and learn a life-long parenting skill.
Alison MacDonald, NHS Western Isles Senior Health Promotion Officer, said: “Before babies are able to speak, or even actively respond to sounds and sights, they communicate with the world around them through touch. Parents and carers who take part in our baby massage classes tell us how much they enjoy attending the classes as it really is a lovely way to enjoy time with their baby and helps with bonding.”