As Beautiful Beginnings Infant Massage's teachers point out, the first sense a child develops in the womb is touch. Once born, a baby explores the world with its tiny hands, learning all sorts of information. That leaves touch as the first way parents can meaningfully communicate with their children.
The co-founders of Beautiful Beginnings Infant Massage believe that massage is a great way for parents to establish communication and trust with their kids. The benefits aren't just on the children's end, though. One of the founders says her favorite part of their work is "seeing parents gain confidence in their skills and watching the joyful interactions between them and their child."
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Group classes for infant massage
Owner Elizabeth Sheehe fills the aisles of Birds of a Feather, an authorized Pfaff and Elna dealer, with knitting, quilting, and textile art supplies, in addition to hosting an array of classes. During knitting classes, instructors impart basic stitches and techniques to refine yarn crafting or patch the space-time continuum. Quilting classes teach students basic concepts, how to make use of machine appliques, and how to convert vintage clothing into quilt squares. A rotating schedule of other classes net crafters finished projects such as knitted socks and felted totes. Groups of four or more can arrange clandestine after-hours knitting classes with a BYOB option and no additional fees.
Art After Dark fosters creative expression in a nightlife atmosphere. Classes provide all the necessary materials to create paintings, decorate wine glasses, or carve pumpkins, and students can bring their favorite drinks to celebrate their new artistic accomplishments. Kids' sessions focus on age-appropriate pictures during small classes and birthday parties.