Relax and Stretch with Baby classes can provide a wonderful opportunity for you as a Mum to ease your way back into exercise after the birth of your baby(ies). Or it can sit alongside other forms of exercise as a toning and relaxation space. The developing role of a new Mum or juggling two or more children for experienced Mums can leave us feeling stressed or worn down, and it may be difficult to find time to relax or exercise. Your body may feel different from pre-pregnancy and you may not fully understand or be happy with the physical changes that have occurred.
These classes can help you to relax and feel more in control of your life, they can put you back in touch with how your body works and feels, and help you to strengthen and tone key areas. It can also leave you feeling refreshed, supported, enlivened and focused for the week ahead.
Babies are part of the classes, and are actively involved in the stretches and exercises. It gives you the opportunity to spend focused time interacting with and learning from your baby each week (and avoids the need for a crÃ¨che). This can have long lasting benefits for you both, and may be especially welcome if attending with second or subsequent child. The class helps develop their motor skills, increases their awareness of their surroundings, and calms and relaxes them. Mothers attending these classes often report that their babies sleep really well during the remainder of the day and the night after the class!
Babies will benefit from:
encouraging their reflexes to develop.
enhancing their motor development.
increasing their awareness of their surroundings
calming and relaxing them, helping them to play more alertly and to sleep better.
feeling loved and nurtured, due to your touch and interest.
Overall these classes allow precious time for you and baby to bond and develop, enhancing your understanding of your baby and so increasing your confidence in being a parent. Youâ€™ll also feel that you have focused on yourself for a short time, leaving you feeling refreshed and more in control.
We use nursery rhymes throughout the class, which creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and current research suggests that the highly rhythmic and repetitive nature of most nursery rhymes can be of huge benefit to your babyâ€™s brain development.
Each class closes with a chance to get to know each other through informal chat while you stay to have a drink, creating new social links for you and your baby.