My little baby Kai is so happy after bath time. He is nice and clean and smells so good. His favorite part, though, is his massage. While I am not a professional, I would like to be! Among the benefits of baby massage are relaxation and soothing baby, helping your baby sleep better, easing common infant discomforts, better understanding of baby’s communication cues, and supporting baby’s development. Good thing that throughout September I’ll have an opportunity to take a baby massage class from experienced massage educator, Annette Oevermann, at House of Knowledge International School and Kindergarten.
Originally from Germany, Oevermann is a US board certified massage therapist with a passion for nurturing touch and more than ten years of professional experience in massage. She certified as an infant massage Teacher with Tina Allen, founder of leading children’s health and nurturing touch organization LiddleKidz™ Foundation. As the first course already passed last week, Annette can spend one-on-one time with new participants to get them up to speed. See details below.
Learn all the basic principles and techniques of infant massage, understand the effects of each stroke, and gain confidence in using them as well as interpreting your baby’s response. Handouts and step-by-step visual guides will help parents and caretakers practice at home. At the end of this four-part course, you will know how to give a complete baby massage, help your baby with congestion, teething, or ‘colic’ and constipation, as well as going to sleep. In addition, the course will provide ideas on how to continue nurturing touch with your child beyond infancy and early childhood.
Who: Parents and caretakers of infants age 3 weeks-pre-crawling
When: Four Wednesdays – September 2, 9, 26, and 23 from 9:45 am to 10:45am Where: House of Knowledge International School and Kindergarten, 15 Victoria Gardens, Chaoyang Park West Road.
Fees: 700 RMB (total, including materials) per baby with up to two caretakers (to be paid at first gathering.)
Contact: To reserve a spot for the last three courses, Email Annette@aobodywork.com.
Theresa Pauline is a yoga teacher, social entrepreneur, momma, wife, and beijingkids contributor. You can find out more about her at www.taozitreeyoga.com
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