Give your baby the best start in life. Learn how to massage your baby - a special time to share.
Baby massage helps you to establish a warm, positive parent-child relationship. The nurturing touch helps the baby's emotional and physical development, it soothes and eases discomforts, colic, constipation and teething. It promotes relaxation and sleep and makes for a secure and confident child.
The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) is a global organisation and the world-class standard for the training and teaching of baby massage. The course used in these sessions has been designed exclusively for babies and children. It uses a combination of Indian massage (to relieve tension), Reflexology (for wellbeing), Swedish massage (to calm and relax), and finally Baby Yoga (safe exercise). The classes are fun, strokes easy to learn and they work! Due to Amanda's profession she offers tips which are relevant to the part of the body you are massaging for example, colic, reflux with the tummy, sleep with the back etc. Mats, oils and handouts provided for the course, a great way to meet other mums. Suitable for all babies from six weeks to crawling. Group sessions, Post-natal groups welcome. Private groups and 1:1 sessions in your own home are available. Prices vary.
B A B Y M A S S A G E
Booking now for April, May & June 2023.
Marlow course of classes run Tuesday at 1.30pm at Marlow Methodist Church, 31 Spittal St, Marlow SL7 3HJ Parking is available close by and also in the Sainsbury's car park.
Henley course of classes take place every Wednesday at 11am in the Playroom at The Children's Shop, Gardiner Place, Henley-on-Thames. Parking is available close by in the Kings Road Car Park.
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Baby Yoga with Mums
Birthlight® Baby yoga is a beautiful follow on from Amanda's baby massage, a perfect companion. You'll be amazed at what babies can do!
Babies have open hearts and minds and are ready to embrace new experiences. They are eager for communication and interaction. Their bodies are flexible and unfolding. Whilst assisting babies physical, emotional and social development, baby yoga provides the stimulation of touch, movement and rhythm as well as the stillness of deep relaxation.
Baby yoga uses gentle stretches, massage, movement and playful interaction providing the perfect balance of activity and relaxation. You will become familiar with baby yoga poses and sequences, relaxing holds, walks, lifts, swings and dips alongside rhythm and rhyme. For mothers a few simple yoga moves to relieve physical and emotional tension, to strengthen and heal aiding a healthy postnatal recovery. No previous yoga experience required.
Baby yoga is not only beneficial for babies but is also enjoyable for the post natal mother, a special time to share.
Baby Yoga Moves
- Stretches & movement for strength and balance
- Helps baby move through developmental stages
- Aids digestion, relief for wind and colic
- Fun, playful interaction
Relaxed holds and walks
- Tension release and calming
- Helps to settle and improves sleep patterns
- Provides a balance of activity and relaxation
Cognitive and Emotional Development
- Creates neural connections
- Loving touch and massage
- Stimulates all senses
- Holistic therapy
- “Happy hormones”
- To relieve stress and tension
- Enjoy time to relax with baby
- Enhance deeper bonding
- Strengthen core muscles
- Improve posture and balance
- To heal and recover post birth
Birthlight® Baby Yoga is unique in emphasising that the most beneficial form of stimulation for babies comes simply from their parent: their voice, facial expressions, touch, responsiveness and the high sensitised and responsive movement opportunities afforded by the parents bodies, their laps/arms etc. when they tune into bodily awareness.
B A B Y Y O G A
Booking now for April, May & June 2023.
Marlow classes run on Tuesday afternoons 2.45pm at Marlow Methodist Church Hall, 31 Spittal St, Marlow SL7 3HJ.
Henley baby yoga classes run on Wednesday mornings 9.45am at in the Playroom at The Children's Shop, Gardiner Place, Henley-on-Thames. Parking is available close by in the Kings Road Car Park.
Henley baby yoga drop in session on Wednesday at 12 midday
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Here is a selection of photos from some of the massage and yoga classes.
- Baby Massage
- Baby Yoga
Pregnancy Aromatherapy Massage
Holistic Aromatherapy is a natural therapy and healing art using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance the health of an individual.
Controlled use of these pure essential oils is without side-effects and is non addictive and the professional blending of the oils is tailored to suit individual needs. The therapeutic properties of these oils significantly improves physical and psychological well-being and when the correct oils are selected, aromatherapy works quickly and effectively - it complements conventional medicine. Regular treatments will help optimum health and vitality and improve specific problems.
Aromatherapy benefits the mind, body and spirit and it helps to relax or stimulate as it calms, uplifts and rejuvenates. It can assist in the treatment of almost every type of discomfort and pain. It soothes away the stresses and strains of modern life.
Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage
Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life when she needs specific care and attention. Aromatherapy is valued as a non-invasive aid to natural birth and healthy postnatal recovery and it also promotes well-being and alleviates minor disorders.
In addition to general well-being it helps with:
- Swelling of the legs and feet
The use of pure essential oils with their gentle, calming and healing properties in addition to general health can help your baby at times of need. It helps with:
- Cradle cap
- Irritability and crying
- Chicken Pox
Babies and children with complex needs, disabilities, neurological muscular conditions and cancer benefit from therapeutic massage. Positive touch is a direct counterbalance to all inevitable unpleasant touch and invasive procedures a baby or child receives in hospital. Specialist massage techniques nurtures and significantly reduces pain, it releases the happy hormone which helps lower the levels of stress and is very calming.
Amanda has been teaching baby massage for many years in the Marlow area and has had some lovely comments from many of her mums.
mum from Henley
Baby massage has been such an enjoyable course. It was recommended to me by a friend and I thought I would give it a go as my baby boy is very tactile. What I hadn't anticipated and what was a bonus to an already great class, was the pearls of wisdom I would receive from Amanda. Amanda truly understands babies and their funny ways. She not only helped me with my baby's sleep during the night (or should I say lack of sleep) but also helped others with their baby's reflux with ways to improve it. Amanda is knowledgeable and it is clear that she loves what she does. Cannot recommend the classes and Amanda more highly.
mum from Marlow
Baby Yoga with Amanda has been such a joy for my son Oliver. Amanda accompanies the poses and movements with fun songs which have put big smiles on Oliver’s face, as well has helped him develop his rhythm skills. Baby yoga has not only helped my son’s motor skills but Amanda also incorporates gentle postnatal exercises that have strengthened my core and made me feel relaxed. I would definitely recommend Amanda and her courses.
mum from Marlow
Just finished my baby massage course with Amanda and it was such a lifeline during lock down! Amanda really cares about you and your baby’s and it is so much more than baby massage. You can see how much the baby’s love the massage and it has been a great way for us to establish a night time routine. Amanda shared advice from her huge wealth of experience for any challenges we were facing from sleeping patterns to feeding to how to play with your baby to help them to develop! Looking forward to baby yoga next!
mum from Marlow
I am doing the baby massage class over zoom during lockdown, and it is wonderful! My baby adores it and it's a lovely bonding time for us. It's also interesting to hear about all the amazing developmental benefits. Amanda is friendly and a great teacher, she gives us lots of helpful advice from her years of experience as a midwife on many baby topics. I would absolutely recommend this class.
mum from Marlow
Amanda is incredibly knowledgeable and has been a lifeline offering support, guidance and kindness. The online classes she has offered have been so informative and helpful. I would highly recommend doing baby massage, baby yoga or any class she offers.
Amanda Tibbels is an experienced Midwife and Practice Nurse having trained at St. George's Hospital, London. Her nursing career took her to Switzerland where alternative medicine is widely used. Currently Amanda works with babies, children and their families for Rosie’s Rainbow Fund at The Children’s Hospital John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
Working as a midwife she specialised in the health of women particularly during and after pregnancy and it was during this time that she qualified in holistic massage and aromatherapy. Amanda is an experienced teacher of baby massage and is a Certified Instructor of the International Association of Infant Massage.
Amanda specialises in paediatric therapeutic massage, children with disabilities and oncology massage for babies and children.
Amanda offers consultations, aromatherapy massage and treatments and she can also give specialist advice on babies and children's oils tailored to suit the individual.
Amanda has a diploma in baby yoga having trained in London with Birthlight®
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If you have any queries about the baby massage or baby yoga sessions contact Amanda directly who will always be happy to advise you. The easiest way is to drop her a line via textor by email and she'll get back to you as soon as possible.