JUST relax, baby! Sunderland tots are being given the chance to relax as part of National Baby Massage Week.
The event, which runs until Monday, is promoting the benefits of baby massage to parents across the country.
Among those taking part is Wearsider Angela Paylor, who launched her own company, Karmazoo, to deliver baby massage sessions earlier this year.
To promote National Baby Massage Week, Angela organised free taster sessions in Washington and Sunderland to give parents an insight into what baby massage involves.
Angela, who lives in Washington, said: “I worked in a children’s centre for nearly 10 years and decided to take voluntary redundancy and start my own business teaching baby massage, baby yoga and pre-school fun exercise classes.
“It launched in January and is doing really well.”
Angela said baby massage is a way of giving children the very best start in life, mentally, physically and emotionally.
She said: “Our baby massage courses are suitable for babies from birth to crawling and have many benefits from helping with sleep, digestion and colic to encouraging bonding and interaction.”
National Baby Massage Week is being promoted by a number of organisations nationally, including the Guild of Sensory Development.
The guild says that in many cultures, infant massage has been around for thousands of years, but in the UK has only become popular in the last 11 or 12 years.
A spokeswoman said: “Infant massage is simple, free, can be done almost anywhere and has a host of emotional and physical benefits for both parents and babies, not forgetting grandparents and siblings.”
Karmazoo runs six-week courses in both baby massage, for youngsters from birth to crawling, and baby yoga, for babies 10 weeks to crawling, giving parents the skills so they can continue at home.
Contact Angela on 07792666712, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit karmazoo.co.uk.