Hands-On Health offers English-language courses for families in the early postnatal period.
With less props and a whole lot of heart put into the sessions, our aim is to help both parent and baby relax in their shared enjoyment of positive touch and gentle movements while benefiting from the cumulative, long-term effects of baby massage and yoga (including stress release, improved sleep and better digestion).
BINBY Massage & Yoga for Pre-Crawlers (for babies 3-6 month)
Next: after Easter – Wednesdays at Fjölskylduland
Newborn infants are dependent on sensory input for their physical, psychological, emotional and social development and well-being. Through loving touch, gentle massage and age appropriate movements, we stimulate their senses and further enhance the formation of a secure and trusting relationship between baby and parent. This is the relationship that we recognize as “attachment”.
In Newborn Massage the main focus is to provide each parent/baby pair with the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship in the early postnatal period through touch therapy, i.e. massage.
In BINBY Massage & Yoga for Pre-Crawlers we add yoga-based exercises to aid the postnatal recovery of both the parent and the baby, including helpful baby handling techniques and group relaxations.
The relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere of the courses held at Fjölskylduland’s Gluggasalur help parents gain a deeper understanding of their own postnatal state, making them more easily able to recognise the needs of their baby and feel more able to meet the challenges that being a new parent brings.
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Infant massage is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your baby while bonding through nurturing touch. Moreover, it provides numerous benefits by stimulating the circulatory, digestive, hormonal, nervous and lymphatic system, thus providing relief from tension and stress (physical as well as psychological) while relaxing the body and mind of baby and parent alike through increased levels of calming and bonding hormones.
Suitable for babies aged 1-4 months
A 5-week course in movement, baby massage and yoga for you and your baby to relieve stress, support physical and mental wellbeing and promote relaxation. During the course of 5 sessions, you will learn a simple version of traditional baby massage combined with baby yoga moves and a range of helpful baby handling techniques along with simple stretch sequences integrated with songs/rhymes for babies.
Best for babies aged 3-6 months
Thai Yoga Massage Community Classes
Do you love receiving a massage? Do you like to practice Yoga and Meditation? For complete beginners:
- Give and receive a 45-minute-long Thai Yoga Massage
- Practice yoga and mediation while gaining the benefits of massage
- Relaxation and stress-release through dynamic, assisted stretches
Location and weekly times tba
Due to injury, Thai Yoga Massage sessions are suspended
Thai Yoga Massage, or “the lazy man’s yoga” is a combination of dynamic assisted stretches influenced by Thai yoga, hatha yoga, acupressure, reflexology and manipulative therapy. Thai Yoga Massage provides a full-body treatment beginning at the feet and progressing toward the head, working with flowing movements to loosen and stretch the body, thus increasing muscle flexibility and joint range. Thai Yoga Massage also aims at helping the restoration of energy flow in the body by working the so-called Sen energy lines.
Baby Massage Courses
I really appreciate how you went above and beyond to make us all feel welcome and comfortable and to accommodate our individual needs by taking your time to redo some lessons. I learnt way more than l would have expected in such a short period of time. I can see how passionate you are about what you are doing and I am sure you will be even more successful once the classes will be in person. I will make sure to recommend them!
– Alexandra –
Léna is a very patient and flexible teacher. I was glad that we were able to do the course from the comfort of our homes. Léna spoke with a warm and friendly voice, and she got me more interested, the more we learned. She was very organized, professional and regularly gave us updates. I felt the comfort even before the course started when she shipped us advance copies of the handouts with a bonus massage oil.
– Johannie –
The handouts are awesome and I very much appreciated the small bottle of oil that we received by post with the handouts. Magdaléna is very accommodating to our needs and super flexible. […] It was nice to have small introductions and chats with other mothers during the classes.
– Mervi –
I learned a lot about how my baby is communicating with me, learned to read the signs about how she is enjoying or not the massage. I also learned the best way to do the massage techniques which was very helpful.
– Liliana –
Thai Yoga Massage sessions
I go to Léna for massages regularly to make my muscles happy and I’m incredibly satisfied with her work. The Thai massage routine is excellent to loosen up rigidness in the body and somehow bring back a normal energy flow.
– Martin L. –
It was a very nice and relaxing experience having a Thai massage with Lena. She speaks to you on your needs and gives her best to help you. The place is very clean with good air circulation. Thank you!
Thai Yoga massage is really good in every way. I feel better in my body and I understand my body better. I would recommend it to every one. Thank you so much for this great feeling!
– Freysteinn –
Massages from Léna have helped me feel more aware and alive in my body, more flexible and capable with my muscles and helped recover time after exercise or sitting at the desk all week. I cannot recommend this combination of body therapy highly enough.
– Jack –