Downham mum Sophie Adams has set up her own business teaching parents and carers massage techniques which will help keep babies relaxed and calm.
The inspiration for Puggles Baby Massage came following the birth of her son, Max, now two, when she experienced first hand the beneficial effects of massage on her new-born.
She is set to guide other parents during a series of courses which she will run at Downham Leisure Centre starting in September.
She said: “Baby massage is a great way to help calm and relax a baby, whilst helping soothe ailments such as wind and colic. It is a great way to help strengthen a bond between parents and carers and a child and to help learn more about the baby’s likes and dislikes.
“Through the ancient art of massage, each week we will learn a variety of Indian and Swedish strokes that help benefit circulation, digestion, growth and communication through positive touch.
“It is something that is incredibly popular due to the positive effects it has on babies, as well as studies conducted to prove the benefits (especially those surrounding premature babies) that new mums/carers hear about.
“It is recommended by health practitioners as a useful bonding tool and to help support women with post natal depression. If anything, it is a fantastic way for people to make friends with other parents – and a vital tool when you’re a new parent.
“In my classes you can expect to receive a warm welcome, support and a new skill. My goal is for parents to walk away happy, confident with their new skill, new friends and a relaxed contented baby.”
When Max was three months old Sophie joined a class and she said in the first lesson Max was so relaxed he fell asleep.
“I was looking into ways I could work and be a stay-at-home mum, which is not an easy feat. It was then I decided to train as a childminder and as a baby massage instructor. ”
She started her child-minding business last year and continued studying the baby massage and is now fully qualified. “I am ready to continue my dream as a ‘mumtrepreneur’.”
Sophie intends to continue studying over the next few months so that she can take up the role of advising other women during pregnancy and after the birth, which will help her pupils even further with the overall support she can offer.
A four-week Puggles Baby Massage course will be held at Downham Leisure Centre starting on Wednesday, September 4.
The classes run from 2.45pm until 3.45pm and the course costs £30.
To book go to the webpage www.puggleschildcare.co.uk/massage, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07891330610. The facebook page is at www.facebook.com/pugglesbabymassage
Courses will be held every month, except December and private tuition can be arranged at people’s own homes.