Parent And Baby Spa
The world’s first Aqua Parent & Baby Spa Concept. A relaxing program where both parent & child bond together combing Paba Yoga movements and Aquababies swimming techniques whilst enjoying a sensory experience with jets of bubbles, colourful lights, music and especially cuddles from parents. This is an ideal franchise product where Aquababies can provide your own spa pool and an extensive training program to enable you to run a unique rewarding business.
This is a 30 minute aqua-based relaxing program for both parents and their babies, two combined programs.
It is designed to improve parents' fitness and flexibility to introduce babies to the water. The program is comprised of a series of slow paced, low stretching for the parents that integrate with elements of the tried and tested Aquababies swimming program.
The concept of parents working out with their babies was born out of spending thousands of hours swimming with parents, listening to their concerns, observing them move in the water and recognising that they were already exercising. There was a universal desire to regain their figures and keep fit, but many could not or did not want to leave their babies. Hence this program was created, enabling parents to engage in a mutually beneficial exercise program with their babies.
Parents may choose to hire the pool purely for fun, bonding whilst relaxing and enjoying the sensory experience of the bubbles. They can also include jets and fountains which are for touch, colourful lights which is sight and bubbles and music for sound.
There are two levels based on the age of the babies. The first is for parents with babies up to 12 months; the second for babies from 12 months upwards. This two age groups ensures that the children are engaging in age and ability appropriate activities and that the workout program is adjusted accordingly.
Private Time Together
This program is also ideal for couples to enjoy quality time with their baby together in a private environment. The Spa area is private with fresh clean water each session. You can either have a teacher give you instruction on the combined techniques of swimming, PABA and fun time whilst enjoying the different sensations of the bubbles, lights and music. Or you can just hire the area for both parents to have fun and relax with their child.
Benefits for Parents
PABA Yoga is an excellent method of exercise which improves the fitness of the heart and lungs, tones the body and reduces fat. It is an ideal form of postpartum exercise as it is kinder to joints and the water supports some of the extra pregnancy weight.
Bodyweight issues are important to postnatal women and exercising in a private spa helps to reduce self-consciousness
This program also offers a outlet for parents to spend time together with young children, commonly cited as a valuable experience for new parents. The multi-sensory environment of the pool opens up whole new experiences for babies. The classes are a good opportunity for parent/baby bonding as they involve plenty of physical and eye contact and they also enjoy the an unique form of interaction.
Benefits for Babies
Water is a great equaliser for babies and they can achieve some level of independence before they can crawl. The water provides support and they love the fun and freedom of the whole experience. More importantly, the classes will:
- Provide water safety training
- Build water confidence
- Teach basic breathing exercises
- Provide some of the basic foundations of swimming
- Encourage physical, social and psychological development
- Enhance their awareness
- Improve eating and sleeping patterns
- Promote co-ordination.
All this provides the foundation for an active and fit childhood, which is wholly beneficial.
Combining Experiences into a Single Program
Our experience of developing and delivering successful baby and toddler swimming programs for the past 20 years has given us a unique insight into this market. Parents are always commenting that they are getting a work out too during the classes, an unexpected bonus. We are constantly evaluating our swimming program in our desire to be the best and it was through this process that we began to look at how we could incorporate more structured exercise and sensory methods into the baby swimming classes and so Parent & Baby Spa was born.
The course has been piloted over six months with several groups of parents Internationally,with positive results. Babies are becoming water confident and learning the foundations of swimming, while parents are being taken through a carefully structured exercise program. Formal applications have been made to protect the program, which is ready to roll out nationally.
We suggest new mothers wait until their six week postpartum check before joining our classes and advise all new mothers to seek medical advice before undertaking any exercise programs.
We do not insist babies are immunised before starting classes, as indeed many parents choose not to. However, we stress the importance of keeping the baby warm out of the water and not to attend the class if the baby is unwell. The guidance from the Aquababies states.
Overview of Client Benefits
- Brand new, innovative aqua experience
- Joint activity for parent and baby
- Excellent parent/baby bonding opportunities
- Moderately paced, low impact, aqua yoga & swimming exercises
- Paced to suit different levels of ability
- Ideal for postpartum mothers
- Provides water confidence, safety and the basic foundations of swimming for babies.