About Little Olives

  • Little Olives Baby Massage
  • Little Olives Baby Massage

As a mum and a massage therapist with a background in childcare, after setting up The Olive Retreat, the obvious next step for me was to combine all three sets of skills to enable me to teach baby massage... that is how Little Olives was born! 

I have used massage with both of my girls from birth and have seen the benefits first hand. My firstborn suffered with colic and constipation for the first few months of her life, but the soothing touch of regular massage helped to calm her and relieve some of her discomfort as well as to establish a relaxing night time routine in those sleepless early days. My youngest attended classes from just 5 weeks of age and she has always loved massage. It has been a fantastic way of ensuring 'us-time' in a busy household where her big sister and brothers can naturally steal the limelight! 

As a qualified massage therapist specialising in pre- and post- natal massage, and having seen the positive effects that massage has had on my girls, gaining a qualification to teach baby massage seemed like the logical next step for me. I have also been able to draw on my training and experiences from working with Early Years children to include an element of beneficial sensory play to my classes and baby massage sessions in order to support your precious little one's development along the way. We use a range of lights, mirrors, patterns, rattles and stimulating toys to encourage your little one's curiosity, motor skills and understanding of the world... if they haven't already drifted off to sleep after their massage that is! 

Baby massage has been proven to have multiple benefits for baby, as well as for the bond between baby and massaging parent. A 2014 study by Feldman, Rosenthal & Eidelman indicated that baby massage enabled the massaging parent to tune in to their baby, communicate and bond with them and help them to read cues from baby. It also found that massage helped the baby in numerous different ways including emotional regulation, cognitive development and wellbeing. They also said that massage helped to teach the baby about action and reaction, and therefore empathy as well. In a separate University study in 2002, it was found that babies who received daily massage from day 10-14 after birth, for 14 days, had higher levels of melatonin in their urine than a control group who had not been massaged. Melatonin is a hormone that promotes the bodies internal clock or circadian rhythm, increasing drowsiness and therefore promoting a healthy sleep cycle. 

Some of the benefits of baby massage include:-

  • Provides a bonding experience

  • Supports communication between baby and caregiver

  • Aids digestion

  • Relieves symptoms of colic and constipation

  • Soothes teething pain

  • Enables parents to learn to read baby's cues

  • Promotes a healthy sleep cycle

  • Releases oxytocin in both baby and caregiver

  • Provides comfort through touch

  • Helps parents feel less stressed

  • Promotes growth and development (particularly for premature babies)

  • Nourishing and moisturising for the skin

Little Olives baby massage can be delivered in small classes, as a private group booking, or in a one-to-one session. Take a look at the drop down boxes above for further information and for booking.

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