Adults would go to a spa to relax and rejuvenate, but have you heard of a spa made for babies? One would think that babies don’t need such experience since they just feed, poop, and sleep. But babies need relaxation, too.
Hydrotherapy for babies is a concept developed by Laura Sevenus, a former competitive swimmer and swimming coach with over 40 years of experience in providing safe and beneficial water-based environments for babies. She founded the world’s first Baby Spa in London.
“Hydrotherapy supports mental and physical development essential to your baby’s ability to move with control and act with purpose on land. The more your baby can use his/her brain and muscles, the stronger they will grow,” according to the Baby Spa website.
Baby spas in Metro Manila
Curious how hydrotherapy works? We found two places in Metro Manila where you can bring your babies for some swim and spa time!
Little Splash Baby Spa
Little Splash Baby Spa opened in May 2019, the very first of its kind here in the Philippines. Its owner, Jerilyn Elmaga, initially wanted to pursue a wellness spa but her Japanese business partner suggested to try out a baby spa instead. Clueless about how it works, she flew to Malaysia to personally check an actual Baby Spa. It was a unique concept that they can bring to Manila.
The spa offers services such as hydrotherapy, baby massage, splash party, and massage classes. Overall, these services strengthen respiratory and circulatory systems, develops bone and muscle coordination, builds immune system, stimulate brain development, promotes sensory recognition, regulates sleep and many more.
How does it work?
Trained caregivers will check the body temperature of your baby to make sure that they are in a good condition before the session. After making sure that baby is okay to be in the water, a swimming diaper will be put on and coconut oil will be applied on the tummy, chest, and back just so they won’t get colds. Not all babies warm up to strangers right away, so they wait until baby is at ease with the Caregiver before they put on the swimming floater.
As explained by Jerilyn, hydrotherapy broadens the babies’ minds as they contemplate how they will be relaxed while wearing the floater. It’s also an avenue where they can move around and play with the ducks and balls around them; another way to further sensory development.
“Hydrotherapy usually lasts from 15 to 20 minutes but for some instances when parents or babies would like to stay longer, we let them stay if they are not below six months,” Jerilyn tells SmartParenting.com.ph.
After hydrotherapy, babies are given massages for 15-20 minutes. This will help them relax and will help them sleep.
Rates start at Php700 for Flotation Relaxation or Baby Massage. Membership fees start at Php6,000 for one month. For more information, follow @littlesplashbabyspa on Facebook and Instagram.
In French, BeBe means Baby and La Vie means life. The owner, Jun Chua, hopes that babies will truly fall in love with learning, experience and thinking, and be passionate with life. As an International IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) Licensed Instructor, he thinks that aside from the love and care given by the parents, water education and spa is another thing we can do to help the babies grow healthier and happier. Baby Spa treatments have been trending in other developed countries for years now and it has shown a great number of positive feedback. Jun wishes to do the same here in the Philippines.
BeBe LAVIE aims to educate parents of the benefits of Infant Swim time. It increases physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skill development, coordination and balance. It also increases neurological and cognitive development which boosts learning and concentration. Health wise, it improves immune, circulatory, and digestive systems. Better sleep is expected plus reliefs colic and jaundice. Another thing that they promote is to have an independent cheerful baby through their sessions as it develops independence and feeling comfortable away from parents. Early socialization is observed as well as adjusting to new environment.
What are the benefits of infant swim time?
Baby swimming may improve cognitive functioning or reduce the risk of drowning. It may also improve baby’s confidence and increases quality time between caregivers (parents) and babies. Swimming builds muscle, improves coordination and balance and improves sleeping pattern and appetite.
How young can a baby join the spa session?
Babies as young as two months old can join. Since babies are natural “swimmers,” the water helps them feel “secure” and gains more confidence, because they find the feeling back to the womb of mommies.
Rates start at Php900 for baby floating and hydrotherapy spa. For more information, follow bebelavie.ph on Instagram or contact 0906-3272546.
Din Real Bautista is a proud full-time homemaker. Most of the time, she’s busy raising a kind-hearted and strong human being named Monica together with the most amazing husband, Beejay. And the rest of her time, she’s making sure her life is better outside social media.