A brand-new massage course introduced previously this year in Cambridge is providing fathers a various method to bond with their infants.
Mother-of-one Beckee Nicol, who established independent company Bees infant massage in September last year, has now expanded her massage classes from mothers to dads.
The 29-year-old, who lives in a narrow boat on the River Cam with her fianc Nick Sharp, held her third course for fathers on Saturday at St Andrew’s Hall in Chesterton which was delighted in by 5 dads.
Fathers can expect to learn the best ways to do a basic full body massage, reflexology, child yoga and get some concepts for giving partners a break and reasons children sob.
And so far, Beckee, who has a 22-and-a-half-month-old child Teddy who she says was the motivation for the course, stated they have been incredibly popular.
“It’s been going truly well,” she stated.
“All the daddies were there with their infants in their arms out cold.
“Usually they don’t handle to get their baby to sleep, typically as it takes the mum rocking them or feeding them.
“It’s really empowering for dads. And at the end of the courses, they wind up swapping numbers.
“It’s also good for the daddies to satisfy other daddies. Mums are constantly at child groups but you don’t get that with the daddies.
“I truly think it’s a bit different for fathers to do with their babies.”
Beckee said her course fills a space in the market as there is a great deal of baby groups in Cambridge but not a lot for babies listed below 6 months and especially for fathers.
She said it can assist infants to feel more loved, valued and respected, lowered emotional distress and crying and help them sleep longer along with assisting them to feel securely connected. Benefits for the parents include nearness, learning a long-lasting parenting skill, much deeper understanding of their baby’s behavior, body language and sobbing.
Since releasing her company, Beckee stated it has altered everything for her.
“The pressures of life made it hard for me to bond with my child after a hard pregnancy, birth, healthcare facility stays and being unable to breast feed, she stated.
“I went on a child massage course, which I likewise sent my partner on prior to we moved to Cambridge.
“He found it was a remarkable experience however being the only father on the course wanted me to run a dad course once I’d trained.
“Cambridge is an ingenious city enabling Bees infant massage to do such enjoyable and interesting things as father and child courses and enabling them to exercise.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be able making this work.”