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Bonding with Babies through Massage & Yoga
Unsurprisingly, one of our most popular intergenerational activities are the Happy Hatchlings infant massage and baby yoga sessions held in our sheltered scheme common rooms.
At several schemes, Claire, the Happy Hatchlings leader, has held six-week courses attended by mums, dads and babies. Alpha tenants join in, including singing and doing the actions for nursery rhymes, as well as waving props to visually stimulate the babies. Tenants also enjoy watching the infants bonding with their parents through massage, yoga and other activities. At the end of the sessions, parents, tenants and babies enjoy refreshments together, with braver babies even getting cuddles from Alpha residents!
Before Covid, Alpha and Happy Hatchlings had secured a Lottery grant to expand the number of classes throughout our schemes. As we emerge from the pandemic, we are excited about finally being able to make this a reality.