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New Baby Massage Classes for New Babies in Holywood

Welcome 2022!  New classes for New Babies!

Now that the rush of Christmas is over and we settle into January, now is the perfect time to start thinking about attending a class with your new baby.  This in itself can feel like a massive step after being in your newborn bubble for the first few weeks.  You have been getting to know your baby, getting into the swing of motherhood (which isn’t easy) and now the thought of having to go out and about with your baby can feel daunting.

Baby Massage is the perfect ‘first’ class for a new mums and babies to try.  I deliver the wonderful Daisy Foundation classes each week at home studio in Seahill, Holywood.  Daisy Tinies Baby massage is the ‘first’ Daisy Foundation class and it is suitable from 4 weeks to 20 weeks old.  It’s a calm, safe space for you and your baby to relax and enjoy the benefits of baby massage and gently postnatal yoga.

I haven’t been to a class before and feel nervous about attending?

If this is your first class, you might be feeling nervous about attending and wondering what actually goes on in a class!  First of all, the class is baby lead and very relaxed, so please don’t worry.  Baby led, means that if your baby needs to be fed, changed or needs a sleep or cuddle then go with what your baby’s needs at that time, not what we are doing in class.   The class is mix of gentle movements and baby massage to help calm and sooth your baby.  It’s about connecting with your baby through touch, taking time to learn from your baby and stepping back from our busy lives.  The class benefits both you and baby, it’s relaxing, calming and can help greatly with sleep and digestive issues.  Baby massage is a wonderful skill to learn and one which you can then start to use to build into a bedtime routine when you are ready.

How old does my baby need to be to attend?

If you and baby are feeling fit and well, you can attend a class from when baby is 4 weeks old.  It’s in the early weeks of motherhood that you need to support of other mums, to chat about feeding / sleep / nappies, so that you know everyone else is going through the same challenges as you.

I’m worried there may be too many people attending?

My classes are small and intimate with no more than 7 mums and babies in each class.  This is to allow for social distancing due to the current pandemic.  But it also this helps to create a friendly and relaxed environment for you and your baby to enjoy.   With smaller class sizes, you will be able to get to know other mums better and many lifelong friends have been made within these classes.

 

What do I need to bring with me?

You and your baby will sit on a yoga mat for the duration of the class.  At this time, I ask everyone to bring their own mat, small blanket to rest baby on and a cushion.  The studio is warm and baby can enjoy watching the twinkling fairy lights on the ceiling.

How long does the class last and what format does it follow?

Each class is one hour long and is broken down into different sections.  We start with gentle movements and postnatal yoga for mum, then babies will enjoy baby massage (a different part of the body each week) and gently baby yoga.  Rhymes and songs are incorporated throughout the class and babies just love repetition and the sound of your voice engaging with them.  Every class will finish with a guided relaxation and social mummy time.   Mums can bring their own hot drinks in a secure cup and I provide the sweet treats.

I have twins! Is it ok join, do I have to pay extra and how do I massage both babies?

Absolutely and there is no extra charge for another baby.   I do ask that mums attend on their own and I am always on hand to help out with twins.   It obviously isn’t possible to massage both babies at the same time, so you will take it in turns and do a little bit of massage on either twin or you might find one twin may sleep through part of the class.

My baby is older that 20 weeks, do you have any other classes I can attend?

Yes!  The Daisy Foundation offer continuity for new mums, the are 3 different classes to choose from that will keep you in a class until your baby is 18 months old.

‘First Class’ Daisy Tinies Baby Massage suitable for babies 4/6 weeks to 20 weeks old.  Fully details @  Daisy Tinies baby massage

Next class level:

Daisy Wrigglers Baby Yoga suitable for babies between 18-20 weeks until crawling.  Full details @ Daisy Wrigglers baby yoga

Daisy Cruisers Young Toddler Yoga suitable for babies actively crawling – 18 months old.  Full details @ Daisy Cruisers Young Toddler Yoga

 About Sharon

My name is Sharon and I am your local Daisy Foundation teacher located in Seahill, Holywood. I have been working in the antenatal & postnatal sector for over 10 years as a yoga teacher / reflexologist and this year will be my 7th year delivering the wonderful Daisy Birthing, Daisy Tinies Baby Massage and Daisy Wrigglers Baby Yoga.

In this time, I have seen lots of beautiful little babies born and confident new mothers flourish.

I work from my studio Blissfully Calm Yoga and Reflexology, which creates a calm and relaxed experience for new mothers to come and enjoy their first class together.

How can I book and how can I keep updated about future classes?

Bookings can be made online at: www.thedaisyfoundation.com/sharon-ward/

Details and descriptions of classes @ The Daisy Foundation

Follow me on Facebook @  https://www.facebook.com/thedaisyfoundationholywoodbelfastnorthandeast

Follow me on Instagram @daisy_holywood  and @blissfully_calm

 

/ The Daisy Foundation with Sharon Ward

Waitlist for face to face classes is now open for Birthing and Baby classes in Holywood

 

 

 

 

Waitlist now open for face to face Daisy Baby and Birthing classes.

2021 hasn’t started off the way we all hoped in full Lockdown, but hopefully there is an end game in sight.

One thing for sure is I can’t wait until I get the go ahead to bring back face to face classes to Blissfully Calm Yoga and Reflexology , I just don’t know when this will be following the latest extension of the NI lockdown.  Fingers crossed mid March / early April.

When classes do return, they will still maintain social distancing, extra hygiene measures and reduced class sizes.  This keeps it safe and spaced for us all to enjoy the class.

So if you don’t want to miss a space, please head over and sign up for the Holywood waitlist.

If you are unsure what class is best to book into, here is a quick guide to choosing the correct class for you and your baby:

Daisy Tinies is baby massage based and is perfect from 6 -20 weeks old.

Daisy Wrigglers is baby yoga based and is perfect from 20 to actively crawling.

Daisy Cruisers is for older babies who are actively crawling to 2 years old.

Daisy Birthing for mamas-2-be is perfect from 20 weeks onwards in pregnancy.

 

In the mean time you can keep updated via social media:

@daisy_holywood  https://www.facebook.com/thedaisyfoundationholywoodbelfastnorthandeast

I look forward to seeing you soon in person.

Sharon x

 

/ The Daisy Foundation with Sharon Ward

Welcome to The Daisy Foundation Holywood, Belfast North and East

Sharon offers continuous perinatal support and perinatal education to Mums and Families across the North Down and Belfast area with mums and families from the wider region attending her classes and workshops, which are centralised in Holywood and North Belfast.  With a background in yoga and reflexology for fertility and pregnancy; and of course her own experience with her two children she brings a wealth of experience to her role as a Daisy Foundation Perinatal Educator.

The classes on offer at your local Daisy community are:

Daisy Birthing – A weekly antenatal class for expectant mums to help you enjoy pregnancy, stay mobile, learn about your changing baby and body and prepare for a confident birth. Our unique Active Antenatal method draws on elements of active birth, pregnancy yoga, hypnobirthing and antenatal education to create one very powerful combination. From easing pregnancy ailments, adapting to your changing body, preparing for birth and informing your own individual choices – we’ve got you covered.

Active Birth Workshop – A workshop for mum and her birth companion that will not only cover all of the basics of antenatal education and an active, informed birth but also give you both the space to prepare as a team and confidently plan for your baby’s birthing day. Our unique Active Antenatal Birth method draws on elements of traditional active birth, hypnobirthing and antenatal education to create one very powerful combination. From understanding the stages of labour to working with gravity to support your baby’s birth, massage for labour and informing your own individual choices – we’ve got you covered.

Daisy Baby Tinies– A weekly postnatal class for mum and baby in the ‘fourth trimester’ to help you learn how to use baby massage and movement to aid calming, soothing and connection with your baby. Our unique fourth trimester mum and baby class draws on elements of baby massage, baby yoga, postnatal movement and baby care education to create one very powerful combination. From easing infant ailments, aiding their development, adapting to your postnatal body and easing in to your new role amongst friends – we’ve got you covered.

Daisy Baby Wrigglers– A weekly class for mum and baby to help you learn how to use a variety of tools such as: baby massage, baby yoga, rhythm, rhyme, story and (baby) sensory experiences to aid your baby’s development, your connection and have fun together! Our unique mum and baby class draws on elements of baby massage, baby yoga, rhythm and rhyme and baby sensory experiences to create one very powerful combination. From easing infant ailments, aiding their development, growing your connection and learning about baby’s key stages amongst friends – we’ve got you covered.

Daisy offers a selection of classes, workshops and group sessions that meet the needs of expectant mums and new parents from early pregnancy right through to toddlerhood – a continuous perinatal support that helps you to achieve a positive pregnancy, confident birth and an informed and supported journey to confident motherhood.

Enjoying a positive pregnancy, preparing for your confident birth and cutting through the overwhelm that can come from all the confusing advice out there as you find your way with your little one is what all new mums hope for. With the help of your local Daisy Teacher and in the safety of your Daisy community you can positively impact your whole 1001 day journey of continuous perinatal support to confident motherhood.

So why do I do what I do?

The birth of my first baby left me slightly stunned to say the least, my baby was early, labour was incredibly quick, natural up to a point and I loved every second of it until I got to hospital. I had really wanted a calm and relaxed water birth but when I reached the hospital this was not meant to be. I had the feeling of losing control and this resulted in a bed birth that I definitely didn’t want and my beautiful little boy was born in emergency obstetric unit (EOU).
Fast forward to baby number two and I knew that I definitely didn’t want to have this baby in the EOU, I wanted my water birth but I wanted feel in control of this birth unlike the last. Lots of reading about birth / hypnobirthing/ relaxation and googling positive birth stories followed and I stumbled upon The Daisy Foundation website.
Sadly, there weren’t any local classes that I could attend but it all made perfect sense to me, a pregnancy classes that offered all the best elements of the things I had been researching, with the goal to help women have a positive birth experience.
Baby number 2 was born in the pool, relaxed, calm and just as I had wanted. I felt more in tune with my body this time, in control and empowered.
4 Months after having baby number two, I trained as a Daisy Foundation teacher as i knew i wanted to deliver their comprehensive range of classes to help women on their journey to motherhood.
I absolutely love the ethos behind Daisy which is to provide continuous perinatal support to achieve a positive pregnancy, confident birth and an informed and supported journey to confident motherhood and we now offer support through our classes until your baby is 2!
It’s a privilege being able to support women through their pregnancy with Daisy Birthing and then when mums are ready to join a postnatal class, it gives me great joy to welcome them back with their new baby to our lovely relaxed baby classes for Daisy Tinies Baby Massage, Daisy Wrigglers Baby Yoga and Daisy Cruisers Toddler Yoga.
So if you are expecting or recently had a new baby, please get in touch. I would love to welcome you into a class soon!
Sharon