I am an independent baby massage instructor, running classes at my home in Horsell, Woking.

I practised baby massage with my own two children and loved this special bonding experience with them when they were babies.

I trained to become an instructor to bring the benefits of baby massage to other parents and their babies.

I qualified to teach baby massage with Hands on Babies, a leading provider of baby massage training courses which have been accredited by The Royal College of Midwives.

Your Baby Time massage classes are a wonderful way to enjoy spending time with your baby and to strengthen the bond between you. Parents and carers can learn the principles of baby massage in a sociable environment, where lasting friendships with other parents can be made.

My sessions are run as a comprehensive five week programme, designed to introduce you and your baby to the principles of baby massage in a clear and easy to follow way. The classes are run on a weekly basis to allow you time to practice the techniques at home so you can incorporate baby massage into your baby’s daily routine. Each week we cover the strokes for a different area of your baby’s body, and we recap on those learnt in previous weeks. By the fifth week, you will be able to perform a full body massage on your baby.

The babies' needs come first and you can feed and change your baby during the classes when needed. Handouts are provided to help you remember the massage strokes to practise at home.

At the end of each session there is time for questions, discussion, socialising and refreshments. The classes last 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the needs of the group.

Please contact me on 07803 924329 or by e-mail at melisa@yourbabytime.co.uk.

The five week course costs £50 and includes a bottle of pure organic sunflower oil to use on your baby in classes and at home.

One-to-one classes are available, and I can also run closed courses for groups of friends who book together.

Baby massage is centuries old tradition, although it has only recently been practised in western cultures. Its benefits are significant and impressive, and are widely endorsed by medical practitioners around the world. Baby massage involves the parent or primary care-giver learning a series of strokes and massage techniques in order to enhance their baby’s physiological and psychological development, and it deepens the parent-infant bond though nurturing touch.

Some common benefits of baby massage: