Support for the fourth trimester and beyond
I am Tamas Dominko, founder of Little Steps Baby Massage and Mother Wellbeing. I created Little Steps in 2018, after my daughter's birth to support mothers and their babies in their fourth trimester and beyond.
I studied remedial and pregnancy/postnatal massages, but when my little girl was born she inspired me to study to teach baby massage.
The magical moments we've spent together and seeing I could help her relieve her birth trauma and nurture her development gave me the desire to share my experience and the power of loving touch with other parents. So they can create a strong bond with their babies, support their mental and physical development and discover the incredibly wide range of benefits of baby massage as I did.
At the same time I loved to be a massage therapist and seeing my beloved wife in labour and giving birth to our beautiful little one, I decided to change my massage career path and dedicate my passion and knowledge to support new mothers in their physical and emotional recovery after giving birth through postnatal care. So that they can cope easier with the challenges of life with a small baby and maintain their wellbeing.
I am member of the Massage Training Institute and insured by Independent Professional Therapists International.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Developmental Baby Massage (from 6 weeks until crawling)
The tradition of baby massage goes back for centuries and provides a wide range of benefits for mothers and babies equally. During baby massage you will experience a lot of magical moments.
The art of massage will help you to communicate, bond and deepen the attachment with your little one. The touch is your baby’s first language and just as important as any vitamins to the healthy development.
Although baby massage is a great fun for both parents and babies, it is incredibly therapeutic at the same time.
Benefits of baby massage:
Create a lasting bond between you and your baby, and gives the opportunity to spend some relaxing fun time together
Promote relaxation and improve sleeping
Early introduction of nurturing touch can help so much for those mums and babies especially who had a difficult start by alleviating the stress that they experienced during a difficult pregnancy and/or birth
Massaging, relaxing your babies tummy encourages the digestion, gives relief from colic, trapped wind or constipation
Can provide relief from the pain of teething
Ensure balanced body with the necessary flexibility in joints and enables healthy muscle tone and improves babies coordination. It is very important we gain the flexibility first and then build the strength.
Provide a strong foundation for sitting and standing
Stimulate and support baby’s physical, emotional and social development
Meet other parents with small babies in your local area
My Developmental Baby Massage courses run over 5 weeks. I provide organic cold pressed massage oil and refreshments.
What I offer:
Developmental Baby Massage courses in group of 6 parents and babies
One to one Developmental Baby Massage course at your own home
Group Developmental Baby Massage course at your own home
Mummy and Me course in a group or one to one home visit
To book a place on the course click here
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I start baby massage?
Babies can be massaged from birth, but usually many parents prefer to wait until 4-6 weeks when their baby is more alert. If your baby was premature, this should be calculated from their due date.
What to expect from the course?
Courses will teach parents how to give their baby a relaxing, gentle massage; with each week's class focusing on a different body part. I show the techniques on a demonstration doll whilst guiding parents who work with their own babies. On each class we review all previous weeks' sequences to start with, building up to giving baby a complete body massage.
How long is the class?
I designed my classes to be 1 hour long for the following reasons. First of all this is meant to be a relaxing, fun playtime with your baby, so the last thing I want you to feel is being rushed. The other reason is that babies need to feed, sleep, nappy change etc. hence I would like to make sure you get the opportunity to learn and practice the techniques.
Will I use massage oil and get my baby undressed during the first class?
On your first couple of classes we won’t use oil or undress the babies, and the reasons being: We need to find out if your baby isn’t allergic to the massage oil, Therefore I will provide some oil to test it on your baby’s arm. Also I believe in the gradual approach, which means we don’t rush anything, we build up the massage week by week instead. Hence on the first couple of classes we will massage babies clothed, so they are getting used to the stimulation that massage provides and you are getting confident with the techniques.
Is there time to talk about any issues or question?
Each session has time allocated for discussion about a postnatal topic. I find this is a great way to share, exchange parenting experiences with other mums and dads and also to get some new friends.
You can benefit from postnatal massage by not only helping your recovery from childbirth, but it also promotes relaxation and put your mind at ease so you can cope with the challenges of life with a small baby.
Being a new mum is probably one of the most wonderful and rewarding thing that can happen, but it also can be physically and emotionally stressful. After the 9 months to carry your growing baby, your body has to readapt and adjust to new postures that comes with looking after your little one. It includes bending, lifting, carrying, holding just to name a few, as well as resting in awkward positions – as sometimes you’ll rather be in a little discomfort, but at least your baby sleeps well. And in addition to all of the above we have to mention the impact of breastfeeding and sleep deprivation.
These put stress on muscles and create areas of tension through the body as well as causing aches and pains. The most affected places usually are the back, hips, neck and shoulders.
During your session we’ll target and release these areas through techniques that are specifically tailored to your needs in order to ease any pain or discomfort and help to realign your posture. Releasing the tight and sore muscles will allow your muscles to function more effectively because they’ll have a great elasticity and can receive sufficient amount of nutrients.
As a result, you can recover faster from the effects of pregnancy and childbirth, your whole body will function better and reduce the risk of strains and injuries.
Further Benefits of Postnatal Massage
It also promotes healing by assisting the circulatory system to take waste products away from the tissue and bring oxygenated blood and nutrients to it.
Assisting with healing from C-section, as scar tissue forms that is less elastic than the healthy tissue. Through massage, tissue elasticity is restored, reducing fascia restriction, muscle tightness and pain.
Relieving muscle strain after childbirth.
Reducing swelling (oedema) by encouraging the fluid flow in the lymphatic and circulatory system, draining excess fluid away from swollen areas.
It promotes relaxation that can help you to recharge mentally and emotionally as well as you can have some me-time.
GET IN TOUCH
Baby Massage Classes
Goodall Hall at Church of St Peter & St Paul
Teddington TW11 8PS
Orange Tree Clinic
23A Broad Street, Teddington TW11 8QZ
All courses are available in Chiswick, Kensington and Chelsea as home visit service.