Infant MassageInfant Massage has shown to increase oxytocin (feel good hormone) and decrease cortisol (stress hormone) for both babies and caregivers. We all need a little more of this! While others are social distancing - we will be encouraging special contact with those you care about and have in reach.
The facilitator, Brandie Lekovic, will lead you through individualized massage sessions. Sessions include massage oil (if joining an online session see notes) and handouts. Classes are intended for babies who are pre-crawling and provide lots of clever hints on carrying massage into the years to come. Brandie received her training with the International Association of Infant Massage and loved being able to use these tools with her boys.
Live Online Class: 4 sessions over 2 weeks (Wednesdays & Fridays) for $50. - a community offering during Covid social-distancing.
Group class for $75 (4 sessions over 4 weeks). - on hold until further notice.
Private in-home sessions are $100 for a single session or $150 for 2 sessions (giving better chance for practice). You are welcome to invite a group of baby's new friends for an additional $10 per baby. Grandparents and other people who will be massaging baby are always welcome. - on hold until further notice.
Blessingway: to honour, celebrate, and strengthen mothers-to-beBlessingways are gatherings where mothers-to-be can explore the challenges and possibilities of birthing and mothering in a safe and sacred environment. They reach deeper than a common baby shower to cherish a woman as she transitions. Being surrounded and upheld by the important women in our life can amplify a sense of strength, support, and trust in our instincts.
A Blessingway is a gathering of women prepared to bless and nurture the mother-to-be. It is believed that Blessingways originated from the Native American tradition of offering blessings at various life passages. You can expect that a Blessingway sets a safe tone for the mother-to-be and her friends through some rituals (these led activities could include: mental preparation through hand washing in rose water; gathering in a circle; lighting a candle; offering words, items, or prayers for strength; releasing fears; preparing the mother with a foot bath, henna, or floral crown; and of course feasting together).
People who took our online class during COVID-19 had this to say:
She was fantastic ! Made the class fun to attend !
My partner and I were both really happy with how easy Zoom was to use. Brandie made it feel like we were really in class!
Great class despite changed format
Learning about travel, answering questions related to Covid 19, having her demonstrate baby carriers (I was about to give up on mine before this) and just all of the support for caring for a newborn that we would have otherwise not known.
This class was great! She was so well prepared and had wonderful images and props and ways of explaining things that made learning about giving birth very accessible.
Great use of zoom. Thank you.
I had no idea what doing the class over Zoom would be like but Brandie was excellent!
The time that she took at the end to have a group chat and ask us all to check in. I would highly recommend that she do this with classes in the future. Ask questions and have the group check in. It was really nice to get the feedback and feelings of others in the class.
Again thanks for all the work you've done to make the class accessible during this time and to update all the resources.
Erin is amazing at her job, she made the class easy to listen and follow. Her energy brought the class to life, as it was filled with tons of information. It says a lot that it held my husbands full attention throughout ! Great class , great instructor!
Erin was absolutely amazing, very knowledgeable and kept the class interactive even in the online platform. Very helpful at answering questions and gave a lot of great tips.
Easy going, could speak up and ask questions without feeling judged.
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