The Holroyd Community theatre at Moreton Hall near Oswestry hosted 17 beautiful babies and their parents for a taster baby massage session, including a baby as young as five weeks old.

The theatre foyer saw babies relaxing into sleep whilst being gently kneaded and other babies giggled enjoying their bonding time with parents.

Parents and carers got to try out simple massage techniques with free oils, which help to soothe babies, reduce the symptoms of reflux and colic whilst encouraging bonding and promoting healthy sleep habits.

After the session refreshments were brought out allowing parents and carers to chat away to each other and form a support group during which time toys were provided to amuse the babies.

Heather Smallbone is a fully qualified Reflexologist and Massage Therapist since 2010 with interests in family health and ran the session to the new parents.

She said “What a fantastic opportunity to hold a baby massage class for so many mums, giving them the chance to bond with their baby and meet other mums”.

Michael Jenkins, Creative Director of The Holroyd Community Theatre said “We understand that mental and physical health are vital for new parents so we are thrilled to be able to offer our space for these parents to learn baby massage techniques. We hope that by doing so we have helped enable extra bonding and confidence between the babies and parents along with the chance to socialise with others.

“We are thrilled that the Holroyd is being used by a wide range of people, and indeed ages.”

The Holroyd Community Theatre run a weekly baby buggy session for expecting and new parents to take a gentle pram friendly scenic stroll followed by a refreshment and chance to socialise. They take place every Wednesday, term time from 10am. Places can be reserved via: