What is Baby Reflex?
Baby Reflex is a gentle form of reflexology, developed speclally for babies and todders up to 3 years of age. Parents and grandparents are taught special techniques by a reflexologist qualified in baby reflex, which they can use on their babie’s feet. Parents can adjust the treatment to suit their own child’s needs. These treatments give parents and grandparents the opportunity to carry out a five minute treatment at any time, in any location – at home, in a coffee shop, in a queue, or on a plane!
The gentle techniques can help calm your baby, relieve wind and constipation, or discomfort associated with teething. Baby Reflex was developed in 2005 by Jenny Lee, a Chartered Physiotherapist and qualified Reflexologist, following 15 years’ extensive research into the effects of regular Reflexology on Childhood Asthma. Not only did the treatments improve the children’s symptoms of asthma, but other effects included relaxation, improved sleep, enjoyment of the reflexology treatment, and enhancment of the natural bond between parent and child.
How is it taught?
I am currently offering three options:
1. I can tailor a one-off session specific to your baby’s specific needs, teaching you a number of techniques from the examples below:
Parents are shown specific reflexes which may help with wind and constipation, stuffy noses and teething, and immune system boosting; among others. Parents learn the techniques by practising either on each other, or on special dolly feet, before giving their baby their first treatment at the end of the session.
For example, the session could be targeted specifically at calming baby and promoting sleep; or supporting the digestive system (e.g. wind, constipation, reflux); or teething problems.
Sessions can be taught one-to-one or to couples, either here in my relaxing garden room, or in the comfort of your own home.
2. Wellbeing Sessions in the comfort of your own home – includes a mini treatment for mum (or dad, or grandparent!) followed by one to one tuition to learn a baby reflex technique tailored to your baby’s needs
This is great if a mum is willing to host a small group of parents, who can look after baby while you each have a treatment of your choice, to give you some much needed rest and recharge your batteries; followed by some additional one to one time to teach you some baby reflex to help you manage any current issues. Please allow 30minutes for each parent session (typically 20mins treatment / 10 mins baby reflex technique).
3. Baby Reflex techniques can be taught to a small group of up to four parents – as above, a one off workshop focussing on techniques you feel would be most useful depending on your baby’s needs
All of these sessions are great for Mums-to-be too!
I suggest learning the techniques, then having a refresher session after your baby arrives!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for an informal chat!
Baby Reflex can be given from a few weeks old – just as soon as they have had their GP check.
It is also recommended to wait 48hrs after vaccinations.