Right now I love Tuesdays. This has probably not always been the case but at the moment and hopefully for the foreseeable future I will wake up on a Tuesday and think "Oh good, I have to go to work today".
There are pros and cons to every job and health visiting is often weighted in the 'cons' department with a daily desperate search for some 'pros' to balance it all out.
On Tuesdays however it is the best job in the world. I get dressed in comfortable, cool clothes (as in not too hot, not necessarily cool as in Boden catalogue, I need to be very washable) because I will spend the morning sitting on the floor.
Tuesday is Baby Massage and Treasure Basket Day.Better still, as if it wasn't good enough, I do the classes in the library.
I trained and qualified as an Infant Massage teacher 4 years ago and must have seen hundreds of parents and babies through my classes since. I've managed to argue successfully and from an evidence-based research point of view (don't try doing anything innovative in the NHS today without hoping that someone has researched it first) that these free classes should be an intrinsic part of my day to day work and it's not difficult to see why. The list of benefits is endless.
Even the tetchiest of babies and the most stressed parents settle into the
calm, relaxing atmosphere of a class.A clean, warm, carpeted room, comfortable bean bags, cool drinks and low lighting and then the simplest thing, you tell them it doesn't matter if their baby
cries, in fact they probably will and the room visibly sags with relief
and off we go. A gentle mix of Indian and Swedish massage and some
reflexology and the babies positively purr.I have a favourite moment in
the proceedings, if you stroke the sole of a baby's foot from the toes
to the heel, you elicit a primitive reflex called the Babinski, it's
pure magic to watch a room full of perfect little toes perk up.
Too much excitement for one blog, I'll save Treasure Baskets for next Tuesday.