Even babies need a massage: Learn Baby Massage

I wanted a different kind of present when my best friend had a new-born baby. I wasn’t keen on yet another baby’s toy, clothes or food. I’m sure everyone else will be buying the same kind of presents.

I remember watching a TV show once which showed masseurs/nurses that specialises in massaging new born and teaching new mothers and even fathers on massage techniques for their babies. It is said to be soothing and therapeutic for babies; especially for ‘angry’ babies that seem to cry more than usual.

After all, if massages work for adults like us, I’m sure it works for babies as well. I knew this is something I’ll want to get for my friend especially since she’s a nervous first-time mother. Some googling and research lead to the following article:

“The first few months of having a new baby in the home can be a daunting experience. This is especially true when, despite feeding, changing and making baby comfortable, he/she continues to scream. You start to feel you’re a useless Mother, and can’t understand what you’re doing wrong.

One of the most likely causes of baby’s distress is a condition known as baby colic. Although it’s not a serious condition, it can cause you and your baby many months of misery and sleepless nights.

Be assured this is not uncommon in young babies, and there is a way to help alleviate this miserable problem.

Baby massage has proved to be an excellent method of reducing baby’s distress and creating a calm and relaxed atmosphere for both mother and infant.

Firstly, you must establish that there isn’t a health problem. Once this has been confirmed, then baby massage can make a tremendous difference to you and your family. It can help you and your partner to form a close bond with baby whilst at the same time easing baby’s discomfort.

A downloadable baby massage DVD will help you to learn the best way to get started in the comfort of your own home. Regular massaging will gradually help to calm baby’s symptoms and bring some semblance of order to your household.

This professionally produced video re-creates the baby massage class in the comfort of your own home – enabling you to follow along at the best time for your and your baby and make massage part of your routine together.

Independent midwives Joanna Parkinson and Katie Wainwright commented “we definitely would recommend these products to our new Mums…they offer clear instructions on how to perform baby massage safely”.

Baby’s early months need not become a nightmare. Baby massage can make sure of that, so start learning it today. You can quickly and easily download your DVD here!

Well, I’m sure my friend will be glad to receive this giftpack consisting of instructional DVDs on how to massage babies. Maybe I can get her to do a review of the DVDs…

If you are interested in a similar baby massage DVD for your friend, colleague or yourself, go to their website to buy or download a copy.

Happy baby massaging!

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Review: The Joy Spa, Singapore

The area around Mohammad Sultan Road, UE Square and Merchant Court in Singapore has become a Yuppie hang-out for gourmet food, coffee, wine and entertainment. I like this place for it’s wholesome but comprehensive availability for good food and drinks. It has become a hang-out of sort for me and friends recently.

Sometimes, after a night of food and wine, we seek the solace of a good massage place to relax before making our way home. This has always been a problem because most massage and spa establishments in Singapore normally accept customers up till 9pm only. Unlike Hong Kong, Taiwan or China, where such establishments open up to the wee hours of the night, it’s tough luck scenario for Singapore.

Recently, an article appeared on the newspaper, Straits Times, that said “Midnight Pampering” (ST, dated May 15th, 2011), and alerted me to possible late nights massage retreats. One such establishment mentioned, The Joy Spa, is located right in Merchant Court itself!

After a usual weekend dinner and drink in that area, my girlfriends and I wanted a foot massage badly (after a long and hectic work week) and we remembered the article that appeared on Straits Times. Off we go hunting.

The Joy Spa is located at Robertson Walk, a location which is closed to a lot of expatriates living there. The decor of the spa is tastefully done, nothing elaborate but simple, cosy and soothing.  At The Joy Spa, it’s really a head to toe one-stop provider.  You can opt for Foot Massage, Body Massage, Manicure or Pedicure, Facial Treatment and Body Treatment.

Neat recliner massage chairs
Neat recliner massage chairs

The Holy Land
All chairs face inward for privacy and peace from the hustle and bustle outside

We were lucky and managed to get a 3 slots at the same time at The Joy Spa.  We were glad because it was already past 9.30pm.

There are 8 recliner chairs for foot massage, 2 chairs for body/shoulder massage, 3 chairs for manicure/pedicure, 4 single rooms & 1 couple room for body massage.

Good thing about this place is, all the massage chairs faced inward to their interior decor (smart thinking), otherwise, it will be very disrupting as the shop is located just outside a noisy restaurant/wine bar. Due to good sound insulation, you cannot hear the noise outside till you open the main door and walk out.

Neat recliner massage chairs
The place was heavy into dim lights and mood lighting

Neat recliner massage chairs
Throw in some billowing smoke

Neat recliner massage chairs
Don’t forget the Zen stones too!”

We had 3 ‘Uncle’ therapists who did the foot massage for us.  We started off with a 10 mins herbal foot soak followed by a 60 mins foot massage. Ginger tea were served while we were soaking our foot. Skills wise, all were a thumbs up.

From their skills, we could tell that they were experienced therapists.  One of my girlfriend has even confirmed that she will be back one week before our 60 mins sessions were up!  We had a good chat with the therapists and found out that this shop has been opened for more than one year.  Very soon, our sessions were over and the therapists used hot towel to clean our foot.

“Your Joyful Moments of Peace, Wellness & Beauty begins here.”  This is the tagline on the brochure I picked up from The Joy Spa.

True enough, we left the shop feeling Recharge and Refresh.  Time for a good sleep!

Note: The shop opens till midnight NOT 3 am as stated in the ST article due to lack of therapists.

Size of Spa: About 5 private rooms and 8 public chairs
Friendliness: Friendly
Pricing: 1 hour foot massage starts at S$60. Other treatment and massage services start from that price onwards.

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Photo Collection: Jordan, 2010

The highlight of Year 2010 was a holiday trip to Jordan in the Middle-East. You can read about the trips here:

1. Marriot Hotel at the Dead Sea review

2. Six Senses Spa Review

3. Evason hotel review

In keeping with the theme of this blog, the articles are mostly hotels and spa reviews. I did take many wonderful photos of the trip and during a quiet weekend, had some opportunity to organise these photos. Here’s some better photos that I would like to share with you. Please let me know if these photos are okay with you or you would prefer that I stick back to just doing spa and hotel reviews. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the photos!

The Holy Land
The Holy Land as viewed from Jordan

Biblical and history enthusiasts will be fascinated
Biblical and history enthusiasts will be fascinated

Mosaic art has a long history in Madaba, Jordan
Mosaic art has a long history in Madaba, Jordan

Mosaic art in a Greek Orthodox Church
Mosaic art in a Greek Orthodox Church

More artwork in the Greek Orthodox Church
More artwork in the Greek Orthodox Church”

The mostly dry and arid landscape in Jordan
The mostly dry and arid landscape in Jordan

Castle in Karak that has seen occupation from different rulers
Castle in Karak that has seen occupation from different rulers

I met a Singapore student studying in a Jordan University here
I met a Singapore student studying in a Jordan University here

The tunnel leading to Petra Valley
The tunnel leading to Petra Valley

Does this remind you of the Indiana Jones movie?
Does this remind you of the Indiana Jones movie?

An unforgettable scene from Petra
An unforgettable scene from Petra

No visit to Jordan is complete without a visit to Petra
No visit to Jordan is complete without a visit to Petra

The temples, houses and coliseums were etched from stone
The temples, houses and coliseums were etched from stone

The 'main street' of Petra Valley
The ‘main street’ of Petra Valley

Camels and donkeys are available for the tired visitors
Camels and donkeys are available for the tired visitors

The temple of Petra
The temple of Petra

An ancient civilization that curved an entire temple from stone
An ancient civilization that curved an entire temple from stone

Look at the humans to get a proportion of the size of the temple
Look at the humans to get a proportion of the size of the temple

The temple from up close
The temple from up close

The temple from up close
The temple from up close

It's a long and sometimes steep climb. Hiring a donkey can be helpful
It’s a long and sometimes steep climb. Hiring a donkey can be helpful

A rest and cool drink in a cave can also be helpful
A rest and cool drink in a cave can also be helpful

Wadi Rum - Another fascinating desert landscape
Wadi Rum – Another fascinating desert landscape

A Bedouin camp in the desert
A Bedouin camp in the desert

Climbing up the golden desert sand
Climbing up the golden desert sand

Fascinating belly dance at the hotel
Fascinating belly dance at the hotel

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