Introducing JDance® Mama and the Benefits of Babywearing Dance

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Enjoy the amazing benefits of dancing with your baby! With babies cuddled safely in a baby carrier, JDance® Mamas will sweat in this postnatal fitness program, fusing cardiovascular conditioning with a variety of dance styles such as Latin, Bollywood, Jazz, Hip Hop, Disco and more! 

JDance® Mamas aims to support new moms’ total postpartum fitness needs by ending class with core restoration and strengthening mat work, functional stretching exercises, and interactive baby play time!

This class is suitable for moms who have their doctor’s approval to return to exercise, and babies 6 weeks and up. Moms with babies who have outgrown their carriers may participate in the class without a baby.

All Instructors are Certified Pre & Postnatal Fitness Specialists and follow the guidelines of Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).

So why Babywearing Dance? Author Joimovewp, highlights just a few of the many benefits of babywearing:

1- Helps with Post-Natal depression

Many women experience postnatal depression. According to the NHS, it affects approximately 10% of all women who have had a baby. Developing within the first three months after delivery, it is often not apparent even until month six postpardum.

One way to help guard against post-natal depression is to be active with your baby. There’s plenty of evidence to support the antidepressant effects of exercise in general and in clinical populations. In other words, going for a walk, having a dance around the kitchen or in a dance class helps to lift your mood. It’s no surprise then that women who are active with their babies consistently score better on post-natal interviews about postpartum adaptation.

Don’t forget the power of hormones. By dancing with your baby in a carrier or sling you increase yours and your baby’s oxytocin levels, helping to promote your ‘feel-good’ hormone levels. Close cuddles, kisses and swaying to the music can help to boost your mood, create close emotional bonding, and protect you from post-natal depression.

2- Carried Babies Cry Less

Research shows that carried babies cry less. According to a study by Hunziker and Garr, parents who babywear their babies for three hours a day see a 43 percent overall reduction in crying. And when looking specifically at evening crying, there is a reduction of 54 percent. So, less crying means more happiness for both baby and parent.

3- Bonding with your baby

What better way to bond with your baby than when you can touch them, kiss them and move around with them? No sore backs, hips or arms from in-arm carrying. When you wear your baby, your arms are free for a full-body cuddle. And while you’re doing this, you’re promoting increased levels of oxytocin in both of you and increasing your emotional bonding.

4-Increases your happiness

Research has shown that the chemical changes that occur in the brain during exercise are very similar to those in antidepressants. Physically active people recover from mild depression more quickly, and physical activity is strongly correlated with good mental health as people age.

5-Keeps you active

Babywearing helps the wearer get active! With a baby attached, every step helps to make your body stronger. As the baby slowly gains weight, your workout intensity slowly increases. Even wearing your baby during low impact gentle exercises has a positive effect.

6-Get Social

Get on out there! Take a walk in the park, meet people for a play-date or join a class, it’s up to you. Babywearing can be a talking point when meeting people who share common interests, and it’s a great way to bring your baby to things that may be difficult to access with a pram or buggy. Whatever you do, babywearing is a simple and easy way to keep active and social.

7-Builds a healthy lifestyle for you and your family

We live in a world where obesity and low physical activity are all around us. There’s plenty of research to suggest that as parents and careers, it’s important for us to encourage children to take part in more physical activity. Unfortunately, few studies are aware of the huge benefits of family dancing. There is no cost to dancing at home, and it doesn’t require any specialized equipment. Everyone can take part and it’s a great way to share happy moments together as a family. It brings family members together and promote active lifestyle and connection.

~ By: Joimovewp

1- http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/postnataldepression/Pages/Introduction.aspx

2-The Role of Exercise in Treating Postpartum Depression: A Review of the Literature
Amanda J. Daley, PhD, C. Psychol, Department of Primary Care and General Practice Clinical Sciences Building, University of Birmingham
3-Physical Activity and Postpartum Well-Being Carolyn M. Sampselle, RNC, PhD, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 400 North lngalls, Ann Arbor,
4-Hunziker UA, Garr RG. (1986) Increased carrying reduces infant crying: A random-ized controlled trial. Pediatrics 77:641-648
5-Anisfeld E, Casper V, Nozyce M, Cunningham N. (1990) Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment. Child Dev 61:1617-1627.
6-McKimmie, Marnie. (2005). Walk away from depression.; The West Australian (Perth), online.
7-Start active, Stay Active – Guidelines and report (2011) by Department of Health, Physical Activity, Health Improvement and Protection