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Baby Massage

with Linzy Thirlaway


Each week massage techniques for a different body part (legs, abdomen, chest, arms, face and back) will be demonstrated. The final session culminates in a full baby massage sequence.

Fully illustrated handouts and oils are given out after each class so that you can practice the massage strokes at home.

As well as covering massage strokes, baby and parenting related topics are discussed, including the benefits of baby massage, colic, crying, and non verbal behavioural cues.

Your baby may want to feed or sleep during the class. If this happens demonstration dolls are available so that you can still practice the techniques with the group during the class. Your baby may cry during the class — do not worry about this! Crying is a normal part of a baby’s behaviour and therefore is positively welcomed in baby massage classes!! The classes are relaxed, informal and most of all fun!!

Classes are led by Linzy Thirlaway, a Certified Infant Massage Instructor who has been trained by The International Association of Infant Massage.

More details…

One of the first senses a baby develops in the womb is touch. During the pregnancy the baby is rocked by the warm amniotic fluid and soothed by the beat of its mother’s heart and her gentle movements. At birth, skin to skin contact continues to soothe the baby, providing warmth, comfort and security, encouraging bonding and attachment. Touch continues to be an essential part of healthy development throughout childhood and massage can play an important role in the physical, mental and emotional well being of an infant.

Massage can benefit your baby in the following ways:

  • Interaction: baby massage provides a period of one to one quality time between parents and babies, which promotes bonding and attachment. Nurturing touch also conveys feelings of love and security to a baby. Babies begin to communicate with their parents and develop verbal and non verbal communication skills.
  • Stimulation: massage stimulates development of many of the baby’s body systems, including the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. It can also increase growth and strengthen tone and muscular development. It can help language development and co-ordination.
  • Relief: massage can provide relief from colic, constipation, muscular tension, teething, and physical and psychological tension.
  • Relaxation: massage releases relaxing hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin and reduces the level of stress hormones in the body. Massage therefore has a calming effect leading to improved sleep patterns, reduction in hypersensitivity and hyperactivity.

Parents also receive many benefits from massaging their babies. It provides a quiet time to relax with your baby. It also helps you to get to know your baby, and respond to non verbal communication. The release of the anti-stress hormone oxytocin also helps parents to relax. Many studies have found that infant massage can help with postnatal depression. Baby massage classes also help you to meet other new parents and socialise in an informal and friendly, supportive environment.

Need more info?

All classes need to be booked in advance.

Classes at Trinity Church, Gosforth

  • Monday 1.00-2.00pm
  • Wednesday 10.30am or 11.45pm

Classes at St Aidens, Brunton Park, Gosforth

  • Tuesday 11.15am



Please email Linzy or phone her on 07795 438135 with any queries or to book on a course.

For general information you can contact NPBC by email or 07812 950868.