EDMOND — When Gwen Wright decided to expand her therapeutic massage business to include infant massage, she thought she'd get to spend her work hours snuggling babies.
Actually, that's the biggest misconception Wright and her husband, Steven, are trying to dispel while launching their new business, the Oklahoma Infant Massage Institute in Edmond.
“We use training dolls,” Steven Wright said. “We don't ever massage the baby ourselves.”
Instead, they teach parents and caregivers massage techniques that have been shown to help babies relax, sleep better and relieve discomfort and digestive issues. They help parents learn baby's cues and become more comfortable caring for them.
Infant massage is also a great way to get dads involved in bonding with their newborn, he adds. Wright became a certified instructor alongside his wife in part to help new fathers who come to the class become more comfortable learning the techniques.
“To have that interaction with the dad, I think, is vital to what we're trying to do,” Gwen Wright said.
• Location: 1605 E 2nd St. in Edmond
• Classes: Start in September
• Cost: $100 for the five-class course; gift certificates are available for baby showers
• For more information: www.oklahomainfant