A firm favourite amongst new parents in the Walthamstow community, Jo Redmond and her daughter Chloe’s Baby Massage & Yoga classes are fun, jam-packed and educational. You’re taken on a journey through post-natal stretching for the benefit of the mum before moving on to some gentle yoga for both mum and baby, finishing up with baby massage, using oils that Mums are given to take away which is such a lovely added touch.
To keep baby calm and entertained, familiar songs and lullabies are sung at various intervals throughout the class - it’s really no surprise that babies tend to sleep for long periods after a session with Jo! What’s really lovely is that all the yoga mats are laid out in a circle to keep the focus inwards - it’s these small gestures that make Jo’s class so special. It really is a is a wonderful way to bond with your baby.
Baby yoga helps to improve sleeping patterns both in duration and frequency, as well as encourages sleeping through the night. Yoga poses and stretches for infants aid in digestion, constipation, and relieve gas and colic. So as well as enhancing the bond between you and baby, there really are some critical health benefits too. We know as adults, Yoga creates balance between strength and flexibility and this is also true for infants, it enables them to grow strong and maintain the flexibility they are born with, if taken up regularly.
Baby massage has very similar benefits to Yoga. Not only can you use massage to bond with your baby, it can also help with digestive discomforts like gas, constipation & sleep. Every baby loves to be touched, therefore massage can provide them with a happier more content disposition and allow them to enjoy better sleep. It is also believed that infant massage can aid in a number of developmental stages for baby. It can aid with the circulatory and digestive systems as well as hormonal and immune systems. Regular infant massage will also help with development for the baby’s coordination, balance and muscular growth. The more contact with baby, the more they develop mind and body awareness and even can assist with learning and concentration.
Jo and Chloe feel so strongly about community and supporting parents that they regularly arrange picnics for new parents, some of whom come from their hypnobirthing classes or are invited in passing. At the end of every Massage & Yoga class, Jo will have made a lovely treat to sit and enjoy with the other parents - such an important part of classes available for parents is the ability to talk and share experiences and make friends with other Mums. Dad’s aren’t forgotten either - of course they are welcome to any of the classes but Jo also features a class just for Dads and babies that is held on certain weekends.
Thank you Jo for such a lovely and calming session. Baby Massage & Yoga runs Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays at various times at the Quaker House on Jewel Road. Booking can be made via www.thehealthworks.co.uk/online-booking.
Words by Natalie, inspired by a Baby Massage & Yoga class