Up to 9 months
An opportunity for mums and babies to connect with each other, meet other mums while interacting and bonding with their babies with mindfulness. With the Alexander Technique mums will learn how to carry/pick up their baby, feed, push pram with good use. The technique works at its best when tried for 4/5sessions. The class also uniquely offers a mix of Alexander Technique and singing from an experienced Kodaly teacher. After the class mums can stay around to chat and get to know each other. Water, buiscuits and handouts provided.
Activities for Parents
I went to my first session of Alexander Technique with babies last week. Daniela was very welcoming and it was a lovely small class size of three (classes are up to four) which is necessary as Daniela will come around and touch you individually to very gently change your position and posture. It was lovely for the babies as it incorporated gentle movement and singing for them which was cleverly designed to help us sit and hold them better. There were also mats and space for them to lie and play.
I absolutely loved taking Daniela's class. I came to it initially hoping to get tips for how to better hold my (enormous!) baby, since I was worried about my back longterm. I did get that, but I got so much more as well. I now feel like I have a much greater understanding of how my body functions, and how to avoid the traps we can fall into relating to posture, bending, standing, walking - every way our bodies move. Daniela is a very intuitive and sympathetic teacher. She's great with the babies, and is effective at adapting the class depending on how they're faring (if they're peaceful she'll focus on the adults, getting more technical if that's helpful; if they want attention she'll run a baby-centric activity that incorporates the movement we're learning about). One thing I would stress is that I think it's important to attend more than one class - I did the full five sessions and I'm very glad I did. The Alexander technique isn't a quick fix, and the real value comes from building on what you've learned week by week.
I cannot recommend this class enough! A wonderful place to start focusing back on yourself, and gives you tools to deal with the inevitability stressful situations you find yourself in with a baby. No prior knowledge needed at all - Daniela is a warm and experienced leader and really there to help you focus on YOU for once! And my little one had a real blast as well, loved the songs and pace of the class. The best all rounder we have attended on my mat leave.
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