There isn’t a mom alive who doesn’t love a good massage! So it makes perfect sense that the reason we love massage may just make it great for babies too. From improving circulation and easing digestive discomfort to aiding relaxation and providing lots of lovely bonding time, the benefits of baby massage are endless. Babies who are massaged may even sleep better and cry less (score!). Little Steps has rounded up the best baby massage courses in Hong Kong, so you can try it for yourself.
The globally recognized International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) offers infant massage instructor courses on an ongoing basis at Hong Kong's Matilda International Hospital. Upon completion, participants will be equipped and certified to host group or private infant massage courses of their own. You will also learn everything you need to know to practice baby massage at home.
Matilda International Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, +852 2849 0357, www.matilda.org. Check with Matilda on the next available baby massage course.
Highgate House School offers an International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) infant massage course. The course is suitable for babies/infants from 4 weeks-12 months. The first session will begin with the introduction and the benefits of infant massage and a chance to find out more about our full 5-week course. The 5-week course is held at a special purpose-built location on the Peak. Small intimate group sessions are led by certified IAIM instructors at HK$1550 for 5 weeks, 1-hour sessions.
At Baby Massage Hong Kong, you have a few options. You can opt for the Western Infant Massage for parents; they have individual or group classes. Here you will be taught pressure, rate, rhythm, and repetition of infant massage techniques. There is also the Chinese Pediatric Massage also done in a group session or one-on-one.
The course at Balance Health helps parents’ achieve confidence with handling their babies. Parents become more intuitive and receptive to their baby's needs. The course offers a perfect opportunity to meet friends & share experiences. It is a one-hour group class of 4 sessions with a maximum of 8 babies aged 1 to 12 months. They provide stroke instructions, massage oils and printed material. They also offer private sessions at your own home; infants with Special Needs are welcome to join from 1 month until 7 years old. Classes are offered to anyone, including grandparents.
Anne Knecht-Boyer is a qualified International Association of Infant massage (IAIM), qualified Parent-Infant Program (PIP) instructor and has extensive experience in the field. At PIP, new mothers will learn to bond better with their babies that love to play and learn. PIP teaches mothers – baby massage skills as a medium of communication that relieves flatulence and colic attacks and progressively stimulates babies. Pip provides a safe, comfortable and encouraging environment that enables babies to get the best head start in life possible. Classes are limited to four babies and mothers and consist of 8 to 12 sessions of 75 minutes each and based on babies' age. Private or semi-private of 45 min are also available.