Everyone loves a trip to the spa. It’s one the greatest ways to unwind from our daily stress. But if you thought it was only adults who needed some relaxing, think again. The spa life is no longer a luxury only offered to grown-ups.
Baby Spa in Perth, Australia, offers a spa experience for—you guessed it—babies. No, your baby won’t be getting a manicure, but the spa offers hydrotherapy sessions, baby massage and support for babies aged newborn to 6 months.
Hey, all that cooing and eating is stressful, OK?
Hydrotherapy is flotation and exercise in water. At Baby Spa, the little ones float around in a warm pool for 10-30 minutes with a flotation device around their necks. It might not sound too comfortable to you, but judging by the adorable photos on Baby Spa’s Instagram, babies are loving it.
Baby Spa’s website lists the benefits of baby massages, including promoting parent-child bonding, supporting stimulation of digestive and circulatory systems, and relaxation. Benefits of hydrotherapy include an increase in muscular and skeletal strength, increased lung capacity, benefits to the cardiovascular system and coordination development.
Testimonials on the Baby Spa website from health professionals and clients say a day at the spa has positive effects on babies.
“Holding and treating a baby in a tranquil environment, as well as encouraging activity such as floating movements, can also stimulate the growth of brain networks and promote all aspects of the baby’s physical, cognitive and social/emotional development,” Dr. Carmela Pestell, a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist, says on the Baby Spa website.
Before you shell out some serious dough though, could you get a similar experience by just bonding with your child in their own bathtub? Probably. (But it might not be as cute.)
“The only place where aquatic therapy is shown to be beneficial is in kids with developmental delays,” Shahrouz Ganjian, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, told Women’s Health. “Research doesn’t show that it is or isn’t beneficial in normal kids so, as of now, I can’t recommend it.”
There are also Baby Spas in South Africa and Spain. This newest Australia location offers 45-minute hydrotherapy and massage sessions for $85 AUD, which is about $66 USD. You can book an appointment on their website or by phone.