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Spas have become one of frazzled parents’ favorite places to relax and unwind. While some moms and dads prefer to indulge in massages and long soaks in tubs away from their brood, parents in Australia are taking their babies with them to a one-of-a-kind spa that offers soothing massages and hydrotherapy for their little ones.
At Baby Spa Perth, babies from two days old to six months and their caregivers can enjoy baby massages and a flotation exercise called hydrotherapy. During the water exercises, babies wear a device called a “bubby” around their neck, which keeps them afloat.
The spa has an Instagram account, and fans are raving over pictures of babies wearing their bubbies during their water exercises. Some can’t get enough of the cute babies, while others are wondering if they can get a job at the spa. Another follower asked if they could open a franchise in India.
Baby Spa Perth is co-owned by sisters Anita Yap and Kavita Kumar. Yap is a businesswoman who studied Beauty and Massage Therapy at the WA Institute, while Kumar holds a degree in Health Promotion and Children and Family Development.
According to the spa’s website, the world’s first baby spa was established by Laura Sevenus in Kensington, London. Sevenus, who was a competitive swimmer, pioneered the BabySwim method in South Africa during the early 70’s, and her experience in providing safe and beneficial water-based environments for babies is put into practice at Baby Spa Perth.
Speaking with Huffington Post Australia, Yap said that the treatments have many health benefits for babies, which include improved sleep, increased lung capacity, relieving wind and digestive discomfort, and promoting muscle growth. Moreover, a baby’s innate swimming reflexes are stimulated and coordination is developed while learning to control his or her movements.
“One of the main benefits we love the most is the parent’s bonding experience,” said Yap.
While some may fear for the safety of their child while using the spa’s special flotation device, it was reported that the “bubby” is designed to support the back of the neck with the chin resting forward on the device, making it safe to use when used under professional supervision. Each spa session costs around $65, or about $85 in AUD.
Baby Spa Perth is located at 68 Coghlan Road, Subiaco 6008, Western Australia.
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