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Once Upon A Massage

It may not look like hard work, but your child is busy exploring the world every waking moment – and this multisensory experience can tire him out. So something as simple as a bedtime massage can go a long way in easing him into a good night’s rest, before he takes on the world tomorrow.

Here, you will learn basic massage techniques through a bedtime story. Read it to your child as you knead away, and personalise it where we have indicated in BOLD. Our story massage is best practised in a cool, quiet room, with some baby oil to keep your child’s skin moisturised. Even some spas aren’t this relaxing.

  • Lay your child on his back.

    There was once a little BOY / GIRL named (YOUR CHILD’S NAME), who loved to lay on HIS / HER back and gaze at the night sky.

  • Lift one leg. Twist gently from the ankle to the thigh. Repeat for the other leg.

    With just a little stretch of HIS / HER legs...

  • Use your thumbs to rub the soles.

    (YOUR CHILD’S NAME) could jump over the moon...

  • Squeeze each toe, one by one.

    And tiptoe from cloud to cloud!

  • Hold your child’s palms in a relaxed manner. Massage from his wrist to his shoulder. Repeat for the other arm.

    Sometimes, HE / SHE would even chase after the shooting stars.

  • Massage the fingers one by one.

    But they were either too fast or too far.

  • Rub your palms excitedly.

    “There must be a another way!” baby (YOUR CHILD’S NAME) thought.

  • Place your warm palms on your child’s tummy. Rub gently in a circular motion.

    So with a deep, long breath...

  • Rest your thumbs at the centre of your child’s forehead and slowly, rub outwards towards his mouth.

    HE / SHE closed HIS / HER eyes and saw all the shooting stars HE / SHE could imagine.

  • Lean in for a good night’s kiss!

    Good night, little one.

Download our massage routine to improvise your bedtime story today.

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Sense And Abilities

“Nature’s diversity is such a rich resource for exploration and sensory learning, offering stimuli for our 5 senses and allowing our brain to give these sensations meaningful interpretations. Symbolic learning, for example, from the television or books would never equal to the experience of being there in the midst of nature! Watching a documentary about a camping trip to the jungle or forest would not be the same as actually being on the trip and feasting the senses on all the sights and sounds. When our children spend time with nature, they learn to respect and appreciate it. They are much healthier, developing gross and fine motor coordination, enjoying their outdoor activities and learning skills. They learn to socialise and interact, sharing and building relationships.” – Dr Aw Tui Lar, Consultant Psychiatrist