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Enjoy a magical bub bonding class

Tiny Touch Infant Massage (image supplied)
Tiny Touch Infant Massage (image supplied)

One of the most significant undertakings many of us will experience in our lives is bringing a life into this world. The immense responsibility is undoubtedly overshadowed by all the fun and laughter these little bundles of joy bring for all of us. But alas, let’s not ignore the obvious here: when a newborn comes, lifestyles and sleep patterns get put to the test.

But this is all part and parcel of having a baby, right? Well, not necessarily, it seems.

Fast becoming a widespread and fundamental practice for new and expecting families, infant massage is recognised to help improve sleep, reduce crying, and relieve wind, colic, reflux, and constipation. It has been found that parents who provide massage to their infants experience less anxiety, fewer depressive symptoms, improved moods, lower stress levels and improved self-esteem! A win-win to both parents and bub!

Tiny Touch Infant Massage (image supplied)
Tiny Touch Infant Massage (image supplied)

But how so? Well, much like a massage for us grown-ups, infant massage can increase serotonin levels and regulate melatonin secretion rhythms, helping babies to sleep for more extended periods and regulate sleep patterns. Research studies have shown in great detail a significant reduction in overall crying time with infants and toddlers who receive massage — helping to stimulate the elimination of waste from the body by paying specific attention to the abdomen to encourage bowel movement and improve wind colic, and constipation. And to top it all off, massage is proven to stimulate the immune system whilst enhancing the bond between parent and child.

You can say hello to a good night’s sleep right there!

Certified Infant Massage Instructor and mother of three Kate Tayler, runs Tiny Touch Infant Massage right here on the Gold Coast. Classes are fun, interactive, and educational, with the bonus of potentially making new friends with other parents. Kate firmly believes that infant massage not only benefits babies — but mostly the parents!

“Infant massage is great for both baby and parents as parents feel back in control, less anxious and more confident knowing they are helping their baby with any health issues. Infant massage is also a great bonding exercise and is a lot of fun for mum, dad and baby.” Kate said.

Tiny Touch Infant Massage (image supplied)
Tiny Touch Infant Massage (image supplied)

Monthly workshop classes run for one hour per week over three weeks at Aleenta Barre in Mermaid Waters. ‘Introduction to Infant Massage’ classes also run for an hour on selected dates at The Lighthouse, Currumbin.

Classes are held in small and intimate groups to ensure you will receive maximum support and attention during each and every class, meaning tickets are relatively limited.

So don’t delay, your future self will thank you for it. Get your ticket today via Tiny Touch’s socials for their upcoming August workshop at Aleenta Barre in Mermaid Waters… You can thank us later for that extra sleep and a happy bub!

Where: Aleenta Barre in Mermaid Waters and The Lighthouse, Currumbin.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Get bendy at the Gold Coast’s best yoga studios

Yoga is one of the very best things you can do for both your mind and body. It can be relaxing, challenging, calming, centring and it ALWAYS makes you feel good afterwards. 

On Sunday June 21st it’s International Day of Yoga, so permission to get bendy at any one of these absolutely beautiful Gold Coast yoga studios (listed from north to south).

The Floating Lotus
Offering an array of yoga classes (plus Barre, meditation and Pilates), The Floating Lotus is a stunning studio in Helensvale. You can try everything from yoga for strength, stretch, flow, yin and pre and post natal. You can pop in for a casual class, buy bulk class packs or pay $29 a week for unlimited classes. You need to book before you go too.
Where: Homeworld Centre – Shop 69/502 Hope Island Road, Helensvale

Soul Centre Yoga & Pilates Studio
From dynamic to beginners yoga, the team at Soul Centre have you covered in their high vibe Southport studio. You can choose from a few class pack options or memberships and if you’re a new student, it’s just $50 for five classes. Bookings essential.
Where: The Brickworks, 3 Brolga Avenue, Southport

Fire Shaper
Started right here on the Gold Coast, Fire Shaper is the enhanced version of hot yoga. Completing a series of poses in a controlled heated room, you can start at the beginner classes, complete a workshop or even take one of their virtual classes online. The variety and flexibility of their timetable will suit most Gold Coasters looking to fit this style of yoga into their week.
Where: 117 Ashmore Road, Bundall

Essence of Living
Essence of Living is one of the Gold Coast’s original and most-loved yoga studios, lead by Michelle Cassidy. Offering all levels of yoga classes with time slots to suit everyone, Essence of Living is bright and airy studio and the teachers are all first class. You can of course, choose from a casual class price or the re-opening membership price is just $29 a week.
Where: 9/2431 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Essence of Living by Eyes of Love Photography

Boheme + Body
The team at Boheme + Body in Varisty Lakes believe yoga is the way to a happy and healthy life and that’s why they’ve created a fun, all-inclusive space to practice in. Offering yin (longer pose holds), yang (faster paced and their very own version (named Boheme)), you’ll find the perfect class for you. If you’re a new student you can pay $70 for a month of unlimited classes. How good.
Where: Christine Corner Shopping Centre, Shop 26/221 Christine Avenue, Varsity Lakes

Miami Yoga Room
The beloved Miami studio offers a peaceful, welcoming environment to help you experience strength, awareness and harmony. Classes include gentle, yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and flow and release, so that’s quite the selection if you’re keen to try a few styles. Pop in as a casual member or buy a class pack to save a few dollars.
Where: 1924 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Peace Yoga & Meditation Studio
The Burleigh Studio offers a few unique classes you probably haven’t heard of before including Brain Yoga to enhance memory and cognitive function, Partners Yoga for some quality time together, Baby Yoga, Kids Yoga and Pregnancy and Post Natal. As well as the regular kind of course.
Where: 88 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Boheme + Body

Gold Coast Yoga Centre
The Gold Coast Yoga Centre has been serving the Gold Coast with transformational yoga since 1996. Their dedicated teaching team have over 120 years combined experience and theirs is the Coast’s original yoga studio. With classes from beginners to advanced, classical Ashtanga and Hatha/Vinyasa with Iyengar-influenced alignment techniques, private coaching, a full yoga shop, extensive yoga library and a welcoming, active yoga community, Gold Coast Yoga Centre is the place to be.
Where: 2/37 Eighth Avenue, Palm Beach

Ritual Palm Beach
The light-filled Palmy studio was brought to life by sister duo Rose Lamont and Sophie Spratt and they’ve built up a very strong community in the time they’ve been open. Offering classes for all levels, with knowledgeable teachers and plenty of good vibes, Ritual is a beautiful place to spend some time practicing and learning about yoga. You can do Teacher Training there too. Classes are available in packs, casual visits or memberships.
Where: 9b Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach

The Body Method
The newest of the bunch is The Body Method, found at Cornerstones Stores offering classes for all levels in a magical space you’ll probably want to move into. Choose from Slow Flow, Yin, Restorative and a regular paced yoga class with any one of the experienced teachers and enjoy the perfect yoga experience. Again you can choose a casual pass rate or pay a weekly membership for unlimited classes.
Where: Cornerstones Stores, 570 Gold Coast Hwy, Tugun.

BONUS If you looking for a little more incentive to get involved in a yoga class, check out the Yoga and Mulled Wine event happening in conjunction with Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar and State of Sahaja on Saturday 27th June at 4pm. For $35, you’ll get a glass of warm mulled wine or spiced brewed chai and mini cheese toasties with your class! Details here.

Words by Kirra Smith

The Body Method

Do the downward dog with actual dogs

Yogaventures Puppy Yoga (image supplied)
Yogaventures Puppy Yoga (image supplied)

We’ve long established that dogs are a substantial part of the lifestyle we have here on the Gold Coast. And with doggos remaining firmly in the position of ‘mans best friend’, we doubt that this is going to change any time soon!

Yoga is another important facet of many Gold Coasters’ lives, making for a vital daily/weekly routine to check in with your body — and basically, get yourself stretchy as hell.

So, what if somebody decided that it might be a good idea to combine both? Well, stop what you are doing, because Yogaventures on Coolangatta’s Griffith Street have gone and done it.

Join in the fun for a playful morning of yoga and puppy licks with a number of furry friends from the Animal Welfare League QLD — and best of all, it’s for a good cause!

100% of the profits from the class cost will be donated to Animal Welfare League QLD, a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating brighter futures for animals in need.

Yogaventures Puppy Yoga (image supplied)
Yogaventures Puppy Yoga with Puppies from Animal Welfare League Queensland (image supplied)

What could possibly be stopping you from going to practice your downward-facing dog with some cute little shelter pups? If this isn’t the most adorable thing we’ve heard of in a while, we don’t know what is! This event does come with a little warning: you may receive the odd toe slobber, face sniff, or even witness a minor accident…but who cares when they’re this cute?!

As you might have already guessed; some of these sweet little pals will be up for adoption if you feel torn about parting ways after class. Going to yoga and coming back with a pupper isn’t your everyday kind of occurrence, but after the year we’ve just had, we think you’re entitled.

Spots are limited, meaning bookings are essential — yoga mat hire is also provided.

Cost: $39 donation to Animal Welfare League QLD
When: Saturday 22nd May 2021 10am – 10:45am (45 mins)
Where: Yogaventures – Level 1A/40 Griffith St, Coolangatta

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Yogaventures Puppy Yoga (image supplied)
Yogaventures Puppy Yoga (image supplied)

8 places on the Gold Coast for kids birthday parties

Kids playing at Paradise Resort (image supplied)
Kids playing at Paradise Resort (image supplied)

Birthday parties are a big deal when you’re a kid (or an adult with kids). So much potential for sugar comas, bulk presents, and general good times with all your favourites. What’s not to love?

Organising good times for 15+ kids hopped up on sugar can be somewhat stressful… so we’ve come up with a solution. Well, to be more specific the following venues have the answer, and we’re here to share them with you in one convenient location as let’s be honest adulting is hard and time is (always) of the essence.

Here are the best spots for kids birthday parties on the Gold Coast. Ohh and good luck!

Paradise Resort
Make your kids birthday party one to remember — and quite possibly the envy of all of their friends — at Paradise Resort. This sprawling fun-packed venue has so many options for kids birthday parties we can’t possibly list them all. However, a standard 2-hour package for an ice skating party costs just $30 per head, or you can mix and match waterpark and magic show activities; so, the kids will love their time here regardless!
Where: 122 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Imagine sitting down at your birthday party and having 3D hologram fishes and butterflies surrounding you. Fun right? You can do precisely that and more at Holoverse in a multitude of holograph rooms. Parties start at $32 per person for a half-hour session, with a minimum of eight people and including popcorn and slushies. And did we mention we have a discount voucher here?! (You’re welcome)
Where: 59 Nerang Street, Southport

Slideways Go Karting (image supplied)
Slideways Go Karting (image supplied)

Slideways Go Karting
Go-karting is the greatest. And watching the kids race around a track as fast as possible having the absolute time of their lives is pretty great. At Slideways, all small people invited to the party need a membership (which is $10), and packages start at $72 for two ten-minute drives. Or use our special discount here and put that saved money towards that extravagant cake to match the party. Pretty sure you’ll be the most popular parent around with this one!
Where: 10 Spencer Road, Nerang

Miniature Golf
Who doesn’t love a game of mini-golf? The challenges and how you might be winning never gets old and somehow the one thats leading always somehow gets stuck and ends up taking 22 shots on one hole. It’s a sure-fire winner for all playing, and one that the little ones can get behind (maybe too much!) We are pretty lucky here on the Gold Coast as we are spoilt for choice with many Putt Putt’s venues to pick from.Whether it’s King Tutt’s and their Ancient Egyptian or Jurassic Dinosaur courses or Putt Putt Mermaid Beach with their three themed 18-hole courses or maybe even Surfers Paradise Mini Golf’s western-themed mini golf course you and the kids will love them all. Be sure to enquire with any of them about their birthday parties, as you’ll be able to organise a birthday package for the little one and their friends!
Where: Various

Mermaid Beach Putt Putt birthday parties (image supplied)
Mermaid Beach Putt Putt birthday parties (image supplied)

It goes without saying that Timezone is a good time for kids and adults alike. There are multiple party packages to choose from, ranging in price from $25 to $38 per person and includes everything from time on the games to snacks and a party host, depending on the one you choose. The kiddies will love it and be entertained for ages! (Bonus!)
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise and The Strand, Marine Pde, Coolangatta

Infinity Attraction
It’s an incredible journey through a world of illusion at Infinity. Think of a futuristic, maze-like world of wonder with unique rooms and sensory overloads that will have you feeling as though you’re in a dream. Pair that with tasty eats from Betty’s Burgers, and you’ve got yourself one of the best party packages around. Should we mention that you can get 10% of child entry here?! Go on and make your little one’s year!
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, G31/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Infinity Attraction birthday parties (image supplied)
Infinity Attraction birthday parties (image supplied)

Escape Rooms
Locking the kids up for an hour might be one of the best party ideas of all time! Thank you, Escape Rooms. Plus, they’ll love it AND they’ll use their brains to get un-locked too. Break the kids up into two teams and have them race to escape the rooms. Sounds like the perfect party plan to us – especially when we have a 10% off discount to Padlock’d or The Escape Hunt Experience.
Where: Padlock’d – 3177 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise and The Escape Hunt Experience – 2/162 Scarborough St, Southport

RACV Royal Pines
RACV Royal Pines Resort is the place to be for a seriously cool kids party that both the little ones and the parents will enjoy. It’s certainly one to remember by combining coastal resort vibes, sprawling facilities, and the best party food around. Starting from just $25 per child, including party food, you can choose from a cutesy High Tea Party, active Playground Party (complete with a massive jumping pillow, climbing area, swings and slide in a completely gated area), or an action-packed Water Park Party. Think three waterslides, water cannons, water spouts and water tip buckets together with a separate heated pool, spa and toddler area. Really, it’s your ticket to the best Summer birthday. It’s worth noting though that it’s only available on weekends and not during school holidays.
Where: RACV Royal Pines, Ross St, Benowa

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Padlock'd exterior (image supplied)
Padlock'd exterior (image supplied)
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