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5 August, 2020

Hands-on help for new parents and their bubs

Improved sleep quality and strengthening the immune system just a few of the benefits for young children

By Aaron Goodwin

FRESH START: Deanne Gozlan (left) launched Buttermere Baby Infant Massage a fortnight ago in Emerald.

THERE is a hidden gem of a service that aims to improve the health of your infant and achieve a better night’s sleep happening right under our noses.

Certified infant massage instructor Deanna Gozlan kickstarted her service, Buttermere Baby Infant Massage, a fortnight ago in Emerald and is keen to build her clientele base.

Mrs Gozlan said some of the benefits of infant massage include: reducing an infant’s overall crying time, improving sleep quality, strengthening the immune system and reducing stress hormone level.

“Infant massage assists with the bonding process and builds parents self-esteem and confidence,” Mrs Gozlan said.

“It's an excellent way for parents to relax and enjoy some time together while learning a new skill to add to their parenting toolbox. 

"It’s huge in the UK and it was part of their maternal health system but it’s starting to come over to Australia more frequently.”

Those who enrol in the infant massage course meet once a week for four weeks and during each class they learn a different section of the infant massage routine and discuss related topics.

Among some of the topics covered are choosing the right oils to use for infant massage and strokes to prevent and relieve infant colic, wind and constipation. 

For Samantha Hodges, Mrs Gozlan’s services have already helped her son Tex who struggles with congestion, sinus and eczema.

“When I met Deanna and she explained what she does and that was interesting to hear her explain what she does to get the flow and get it all moving because it doesn’t flow for him,” Mrs Hodges said.

“A standard head cold for him can turn into an emergency within a few hours

“Also Tex suffers from eczema and Deanna has some really great balms for that on his legs which we incorporate with his bedtime massage routine

“It’s been really good implementing the massage routine nightly because he would be unsettled through the night.”

Another client, Karlee Purnell-Webb, said infant massage has grown the confidence of her son Levi and made him more comfortable during medical appointments. 

“I can hand him over now if he needs anything done or tests, it’s made him settled and he’s not scared,” Mrs Purnell Webb said.

“When he was born he had horrible testing and stuff done to him and we wanted to make sure he didn’t have any negative associations with being touched with normal medical stuff kids need done.”

To get in touch with Mrs Gozlan and get on board a class, head to

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