My name is Jemma and I’m Mummy to a busy little boy called Max and a chilled out little girl called Holly. I began my adventure in becoming an IAIM baby massage instructor whilst on my first maternity leave, inspired by my own experience using positive nurturing touch to bond with my little one. Not one to do things by halves I did my training to become an holistic sleep consultant when pregnant with Holly. I also began another sleep course to further support my sleep practice when Holly was 6 weeks old.
Becoming a Mum for the first time was a shock, with colic and silent reflux to contend with, feeling close to my gorgeous baby wasn’t coming as naturally as I’d expected. I attended a baby massage course and I learnt about massage strokes and gentle movements. I made sure I did them daily which meant that we spent some special one-to-one time together and also helped ease his discomfort. I loved it so much that as a result, I decided I wanted to share this special skill and provide a welcoming group environment for parents and carers to meet.
I know from experience that the amazing little bubble that is maternity leave can actually be pretty hard. Getting used to your new life as a parent can be overwhelming, exhausting and at times really lonely. You might feel like you’ve lost your identity, suddenly the focus is all on your baby and less on you, your life revolves around their care. You can feel helpless and lost trying to navigate how to look after this new little life, I lost a lot of confidence.
It takes a village to raise a child
I found that lots of baby classes I attended, whilst lots of fun for Max, didn’t really encourage the Mums to connect with each other, I found it hard to have the confidence to put myself out there and go by myself. My classes are known for being warm, friendly and welcoming and always end with a hot cuppa and a biscuit or two, they are a space where you can share your worries, challenges, advice and heart warming moments. I really try to encourage parents to chat and get to know each other over the five week course, I love it when the group swaps numbers and stay in touch long after the course has finished, after all it takes a village to raise a child!
I’m passionate about how baby massage can help both parent and child, keep an eye out on the Facebook page for offers and special classes as well as interesting articles and tips!
If there’s anything I can help with, get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!