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Classes available in English and in Italian. Prices btw included. For course at your home a travel surcharge will be applied (0.20 € per kilometer).

 

BABY MASSAGE

Touching is the first communication a baby receives, the first language of its development is through the skin” (Frederick Leboyer, author of Loving Hands).

The age old tradition of massaging babies has many advantages for both you and your baby. Babies communicate through their bodies. By using baby massage a parent grasps the art of listening, asking permission, communicating, interpreting and responding to cues. Both parent and baby benefit from eye contact, relaxation, bonding, synchrony, love and trust.

Loving touch is a powerful way to communicating and bonding with your baby, building confidence in your parenting skills and enhancing baby’s health and resilience. Gentle and loving touch can help small babies grow stronger and feel less anxiety. Infants who are touched display more eye contact, smiles and vocalizations.

Baby massage is simple, easy to learn and effective! It is a sequence of still touch, holds and rhythmic stroking by a parent on the body of their baby and it combines Swedish and Indian massage traditions, reflexology and yoga.

We know that babies can be unpredictable and they need feeding and cry at unplanned moments. We aim to create a relaxed atmosphere where these things are accepted and we go with the flow.

BENEFITS

Baby massage helps muscle development, blood circulation, stimulates the senses and contributes to a regular sleep rhythm, good digestion and a sense of security. Baby massage is not a therapy, but it can provide relief from the typical gripes and grumbles a growing baby may experience, in particular wind and colic, constipation, teething and nasal congestion.

And it’s not just good for the baby! During massage, parents and babies experience a release of oxytocin, the body’s feel-good hormone, which creates a sense of well-being and relaxation. You may find that giving your baby a massage lifts your mood and helps you to feel more empowered as a parent. The time you set aside for a massage can be your special time together.

Baby massage is a wonderful bonding opportunity that benefits your child and you.

Both parents can attend the course.

Course: 3 sessions of about 1 hour – Group course or individual class.

Best for: Everyone. No prior experience with massage required

Price: 78€ (incl.Btw). Oil included. Bring a friend to get 20% OFF each.

 

For our clients that have already followed a baby massage course we periodically organize a session to review the strokes :

Group session: 3€ – 30 minutes and coffee break

Private session: 5€ – 30 min. lesson

 

Baby massage course could be refunded by some health insurance. Check your policy conditions to see if your supplementary insurance offers a reimbursement (for example, as a health course or course around the birth).

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PRENATAL SINGING & WOMB SONG

Singing in pregnancy has numerous benefits for you and your unborn baby. Singing can help reduce pain, increase your oxygen levels and give your unborn baby a relaxing ‘sound’ massage. From the fifth month of pregnancy your baby can hear and feel the vibration of your voice and they’re exposed to their mother’s voice and heartbeat: the amniotic fluid he/she is surrounded by is a great conductor of sound vibration.

Many of our social, language and emotional processes are learned by listening to our mom’s voice. A song you sing is often recognized for your child at birth and afterwards!

Research has found that Singing:

1. Improves your mood and gives you energy by raising Endorphin levels
2. Is an effective way to reduce tension and stress
3. Improves sleep
4. Has pain-relieving effects due to the Endorphins
5. Improves your posture
6. Is a good immunity booster
7. Increases your lung capacity and therefore your oxygen levels
8. Improves your memory and concentration
9. Singing tones your facial muscles and abdominal muscles

 

I will give you advice on compiling your personal LABOR PLAYLIST. Labor can be a long, tiresome journey and listening to music can help distract you, reduce pain increasing pain-relieving hormones and provide you some comfort.

And if you book 2 cycles, I will help you to write a Womb Song, your PERSONAL LULLABY (lyrics and music) for your little one, a powerful opportunity to nurture him with your love through your voice.

 

An additional postpartum meeting will be planned for singing to the newborn babies.

Course: cycle of 4 sessions of 60 minutes (individual course) or 90 minutes (group course), once per week + one post-partum meeting

Best for: from the fifth month of pregnancy. No prior experience with music required

Price per cycle: Group course 159€ – Individual course 199€

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BABY MASSAGE & MUSIC

Learn a skill that while immediate, can last a lifetime!

This 4-week course has been carefully designed to combine both Music & Baby massage.

Throughout each session you gradually learn how to massage your baby and build a routine to use in your daily life that includes music stimulation as well.

Through singing lullabies, ditties and rhymes and using instruments we encourage the development of baby’s coordination, communication and motor and social skills as well as confidence in parenting and bonding.Baby Massage has a range of physical, psychological and emotional benefits for both the little ones and their parents, including:

🔸Improves circulation, muscle tone and sleeping

🔸Helps with colic and digestive problems

🔸Stimulate baby’s neurological development

🔸A wonderful way to soothe your baby and relieve emotional distress

🔸Encourages further bonding with your baby and enables you to further understand their needs

🔸Great chance to meet parents in a relaxing atmosphere

This course appropriate for all little ones around 2 months old up to walking. Classes are held in English and limited to 3 families to guarantee you to receive plenty of individual attention in a warm, friendly, safe and supportive environment. Both parents can attend the course.

Course: 4 sessions of about 1 hour – Group course or individual class.

Best for: Everyone. No prior experience with massage or music required

Price: 130€ (incl.Btw). Coffee break, oil and handouts included.

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LULLABY OF BIRTH - childbirth preparation course

A childbirth preparation course guided by music and singing.

The mother / couple will be guided to the knowledge of what happens during labor and birth, thus using also music as a tool to reduce tension and get in touch with the baby.
The womb is the place where every human being learns to move, to live, grow and listen because there is no silence in the womb: the heartbeat, breathing, visceral and vocal sounds etc … lead us to define the womb the “first orchestra”.

Singing during pregnancy is an effective way to reduce tension and stress.
Starting from the fifth month, the baby perceives the sounds. The maternal (and paternal) voice then acts as a melody that stimulates the brain structures of the fetus and nourishes its emotional development.
The mother voice will also become a sign of recognition and mother-baby contact, even after childbirth, becoming an imprint capable of marking the existence of the child in emotional, affective and cognitive terms.

The physiologycal themes of the birth that will be addressed are:
– stages of labor
– positions to be taken in labor and birth
– how to cope with contractions
– massage and acupressure techniques
– medical interventions (induction, epidural, cesarean, etc.)
– the immediate post-partum
– overview of breastfeeding techniques

During the sessions you will experience:
– breathing exercises
– group vocalizations / free and guided intonation
– relaxation activities
– construction of an emotional-musical repertoire to communicate with your baby (lullabies and songs also accompanied by musical instruments).
No musical or vocal skills are required.

The course is recommended starting from the 24th week of gestation and includes 4 meetings of 2 hours each, on a weekly basis.

An additional postpartum meeting is also possible: mothers are welcome to share their experiences and welcome the new baby by proposing to him/her the music and songs already listened in the amniotic fluid in order to consolidate its ancestral, sound-musical and emotional memories.

The course is held in collaboration with Valentina Cenedese, doula and neuroscientist. In addition to the skills accumulated during the years of scientific research, which led her to have a particularly trained eye in the search for scientific evidence, she followed a specialization course to become Doula and has just received certification.
Since 2015 she co-manages “Amsterdam Dolce Attesa – ADA”, a community created to create a support network for Italian families who are preparing to embark on the wonderful journey that is to give birth to a child, in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands. www.doulentina.com.

Course: 4 sessions of 2 hours, once per week. Arranged on demand with min. 2 women

Best for: from the fifth month of pregnancy. No prior experience with music required

Price: 350€ per couple (Btw incl.)

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FAMILY CONCERTS

A special Family concert designed for mom-to-be and parents with children till 3 years old in a relaxed atmosphere. Feeding, sleeping, crying, dancing and nappy changing are welcome! We love to see babies responding to the music in a natural way and we don’t mind babies making noise. Children are welcome to get up close with the duo (piano & voice). Music from Classical to Romantic, jazz and more, carefully chosen to appeal to both babies and adults and performed by professional musicians.

Concert: session of 30 min + coffee break. Reservation is necessary

Best for: unborn to 48 months.

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MUSIC 0-12

A 30 minute session of multi-sensory, interactive and fun activity. In class, babies explore and react to new sounds, sensations, and environments. Every child is musical and can learn through music. The session combines musical exploration for both baby and parents. It is an easy and enjoyable way to interact and bond with your baby.

Making and listening to music plays a vital role in the social and motoric development of your baby; it develops attention, memory and language. Singing is particularly useful to strengthen the emotional bond between parent / caregiver and child especially early in life.

 

Course: 6 sessions of 30 min, once per week. Arranged on demand with min. 4 children

Best for: from 5 to 12 months. No prior experience with music required

Price: 54€ (incl. Btw) for one parent & child. Extra person 2€ per lesson. Single lesson: 10€

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MUSIC 12-24

A music course of multi-sensory, interactive and fun activity. In class, babies explore and react to new sounds, sensations, and environments. The session combines musical exploration for both baby and parents. It is an easy and enjoyable way to interact and bond with your baby.

Making and listening to music helps to develop attention, memory and language and promotes social development. Singing is particularly useful to strengthen the emotional bond between parent / caregiver and child especially early in life.

 

Course: 6 sessions of 30 min + coffee break, once per week. Arranged on demand with min. 4 children

Best for: from 12 to 24 months. No prior experience with music required

Price: 54€ (incl. Btw) for one parent & child. Extra person 2€ per lesson. Single lesson: 10€

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POP SINGING - GROUP COURSE

Do you like to sing?

If you are a complete beginner or if you have some singing experience, you can learn how to sing and improve your voice. You will gain a sense of confidence when singing and best of all you’ll have a lot of fun, meeting new people and singing in choir!

Each week will begin with breathing excercises and a vocal warm up. We will work on breath control, rhythm, dynamics, two/three voices singing, building a repertoire that will include songs from pop to musical theatre, to jazz and soul. In the lessons everyone will have the space and the time to explore and enhance his own sound possibilities.

 

Course: 6 sessions of 60 min, once per week. Arranged on demand with min. 2

Best for: beginners, minimum age 16

Price: 120€ – People under the age of 21 pay a tax free course price.

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CONCERT@HOME

Music accompanies us every day. What could be better than talented artists performing for you and your friends in the comfort of your home?
A house concert is a chance to experience music in a warm and intimate environment.
A house concert is also a great social evening of friends and neighbors.
You can host a concert or find house concert hosts who bring music at their place.

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  • Wedding

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    • Wedding Cake
    • Music for ceremony/reception
    • Wedding Photographer
    • 10% Off – custom handmade necklace

    * You can combine or use one of the options independently

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  • Maternity

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    • Maternity photosession *
    • Prenatal singing or Baby massage course
    • 1 hour Doula consult + 10% Off for a package
    • 1 hour consult Cloth nappy
    • 30min back/neck/shoulder massage+10% Off FamilyCard
    • 10% Off – Custom breastfeeding necklace

    * Photosession for free, you can choose & pay for the photos

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  • Newborn

  • Euro99,00

    • Baby massage course *
    • 30min Sleeping consult +extra call for a package booked
    • 1 hour consult Cloth nappy
    • 15% Off – Babywearing session
    • 10% Off – Newborn or baby photosession
    • 10% Off – Custom Handmade Creations

    * you can choose a Baby massage & Music course paying 30€ more

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Cancellation policy

All services are to be paid for in advance.

Full refund up to 7 days to the event, otherwise no refund.

In case of illness the lesson should be cancelled as soon as possible or the latest on the same day before 8.00 A.M. In this case you will be allowed to attend another lesson.

Please note that Music classes for children have a non-refund policy. If you or your child is sick or you are unable to attend, you may offer your space to a friend or offer it to someone via social media. It is up to you if you offer your space free of charge or if you require payment. There are no make-up classes available due to capacity.

If the teacher is sick then a catch up lesson will be given.

Privacy policy

Your information are kept for the sole purpose to provide you with the best service Cuddles and Music can offer. No 3rd parties have access to your personal data, unless the law allows them to do so.

After your explicit consent, your photos and video can be used to advertise Cuddles and Music business.

Cuddles and Music is keeping the data as long as the service is ongoing,  or a maximum of 5 years. After which time, Cuddles and Music will contact you to inform you that those data will be destroyed unless you desire to keep records for future services.