- Join a Circle
I absolutely love sharing baby massage with mums and their babies. I have a love affair with the power of positive touch and how this benefits everyone.
This class is all about touch, love, connection and confidence. It’s the perfect first class to bring your baby to and a really safe space for new mums who are feeling a little nervous about leaving the house with their baby. I’m a mum of two. I know what it’s like to become a mum and how overwhelming this can feel at times. There is no pressure to be anything other than your lovely self and certainly no pressure to arrive on time.
- What you get -
- a complete baby massage toolkit;
- a deeper understanding of both your own and your baby’s needs;
- skills and support to help you manage the demands of motherhood;
- and undisturbed time with your baby.
Giving birth is one of the major milestones in your life. An experience you will never forget. If you feel this way, take a moment to look at it from your baby’s perspective. It’s one hell of a shock to arrive earthside and it takes time to adjust. Baby massage, through touch (essentially love) helps both of you feel safe and welcomed. It is a beautiful and positive way for both of you to nurture each other in your own time.
My classes are safe, supportive and nurturing spaces for you and your baby where you grow together at your own pace. I am available to you during, after and outside of the classes. I do everything I can to make sure that we get to know each other and build a relationship where you feel comfortable. I teach everyone as an individual even though you are part of a group.
- Guidance on safely massaging your baby in a loving and positive way to help:
- settle and soothe her
- generate oxytocin - that warm, loving feeling we feel when we are happy and loved
- strengthen her body
- relieve wind, colic and reflux and aid digestion
- calm and settle her in a way that also honours and pays attention to her own emotions and birth journey
- you bond as a two individuals getting to know each other in a world unknown to both of you
- her relax - it is really important that our babies learn that it is ok to slow down
- her sleep better
- her understand her body better
- improve her circulation and increase muscle strength
- her get to know you a little bit better
- her socialise with other babies and feel comfortable in a social environment
- ease teething pain
- her express her own personality in a safe space - babies have voices that need to be heard
- Time at the beginning of each class for you to stretch your tired neck and shoulders
- Time to breathe in an energetic and connected way perhaps for the first time since your baby was born
- Guilt free time to switch off from the demands of motherhood
- Time at the end of each class to lie with or hold your baby and feel into the connection between you. Navigating motherhood is tricky. Some of us feel an unending bond with our baby from the moment she is born. For others, it takes a little longer. Being still together helps the two of you to develop a quiet understanding, a deeper love and trust. Bonding can take time.
- Positive readings and guidance on motherhood to boost your confidence.
- Time to rest.
- The doors are never closed so it doesn’t matter if you are running late. I don’t ever want you to feel anxious about having to arrive bang on time.
EXTRA GIFTS AND BONUSES
- Being part of a supportive and friendly community of other amazing mums.
- Access to my expert advice for any queries outside the classes. I am always available over the phone or by email. I really do care about you and your baby and I do all I can to make sure that we properly get to know each other.
- Time after each class to ask me questions in my areas of expertise in birth preparation, motherhood and wellness.
- Access to my network of contacts and knowledge of the motherhood services and practices here in Birmingham. If I don't know the answer, I will know someone who does to make sure you have the information you need.
- Socials and meet ups with other mums outside of the classes.
- Access to an exclusive Facebook community.
- Signature jammie dodger biscuits!
You are invited to our unique Mother for Life Circle evenings.
These evenings are your chance to be with other like-minded mums who all want to support other women. They are friendly, informal and we cover a wide variety of topics. You can bring something specific with you that you want to chat about or sit and listen to the conversation. We welcome babies in arms to these evenings.
We share our wisdom and our experiences in a way that builds a strong community based on trust and respect. You may be an experienced mum or at the very beginning of your journey as a mother for life and having other women to share it with makes the journey easier and so much more fun.
The Circles are held in a relaxed space, usually at my home. Most of us bring a snack to share and I provide the drinks. Sometimes we have a set topic but most of the time we talk about something that seems to be a common issue amongst us. It’s where you can share how you are feeling without any judgement at all. The Circle is your space. It’s where we get to know each other better. It’s where proper friendships are formed and where I can support you in a slightly different way.
It’s my hope that you become part of the Mother for Life family and feel that the Circle is always there for you no matter how old your children are and that you continue to return to us for years to come. There is nothing else like this in this area.
VIP BABY MASSAGE
At Home One to One Baby Massage
This is where I bring my expertise to you. These sessions last for one hour and are tailored for you and your baby. It may be that you want to cover a specific aspect of baby massage such as, colic and wind or that you simply want to experience the joy of baby massage in your own home.
It may be that your baby has certain needs such as illness or is premature and you feel that a one to one session would benefit both of you before coming to a class.
In these sessions, you get me all to yourself; my experience and knowledge of baby massage and the benefits that it has on a personal basis without any interruptions.
Each one-hour session costs £50.
Baby Massage Workshops
I also offer workshops such as Baby Massage by Candlelight and Baby Sleep Retreats incorporating massage techniques and advice from an expert sleep consultant.
Details of these are posted on the Mother for Life Facebook and Instagram accounts.
MONDAY 11.45am to 12.30pm
WEDNESDAY 11.45am to 12.30pm
Barefoot Yoga Studio
7 High Street
Class cost: £55 for a 5 week block
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What our mums say...
Mandy understands that babies have their own minds...
Mandy was extremely friendly and made me feel at ease so quickly. Which was fantastic as I was nervous being the youngest mum in the room. It was good to introduce everybody and nice for Mandy to explain she understands babies have their own minds so if we wanted to we could feed or change nappies just simply watch.
And she really meant it.
Having tea and cake at the end of each session made you stay and engage with the mums. I loved how Mandy explained all the benefits of the different massages e.g. winds/sinuses Oh and one final thing I loved the goody bag! Couldn’t rate the class highly enough.
Absolutely love her classes
I returned to Mandy's pregnancy yoga classes following my second pregnancy as I absolutely loved her classes first time round and made some solid friendships.
Mandy creates such a welcoming and safe environment. She is passionate about ensuring mums and mums to be have a support network alongside the yoga which is so vital. Her classes provide opportunities for open discussion around pregnancy/childbirth/motherhood and no question is out of bounds!
Following the birth of my daughter, I went on to attend baby massage and baby yoga classes, both of which I can thoroughly recommend. Baby massage has given me some really helpful techniques to manage baby's trapped wind and has also helped me deepen the bond with my little ones. Baby yoga was surprisingly more relaxing than I expected! I have made some amazing friendships that have continued post classes. I would definitely recommend Mandy's classes. She is so honest and puts her heart and soul into her classes.
Mandy is such a positive influence
I went to Mandy's pregnancy yoga class for a block of 8 lessons. I enjoyed it so much that I kept going for another two blocks. You may think you're going for yoga, but it's so much more. Mandy is such a positive influence on how you feel about your pregnancy, birth and parenting. I gained friends, lost any fear of giving birth and am looking forward to joining one of her baby classes with my newborn.
Mandy really encourages everyone
I first attended Mandy’s pregnancy yoga classes when I was pregnant with my first baby, the yoga helped hugely with my pregnancy aches and pains but most of all the support and encouragement from both Mandy and the rest of the group was amazing. Mandy really encourages everyone to engage with each other which wasn’t something that I had experienced in other groups I attended, it meant that I felt safe in asking that daft question or verbalising my fears! I then went on to attend baby massage and postnatal yoga with my first baby and again the support and ability to engage with other new moms was fantastic! I have recently had my second baby and attended pregnancy yoga, whilst I had less concerns and worries about pregnancy and birth the classes gave me a dedicated hour to have just for me...which was so important and you don’t get much time to yourself when you are running around after a toddler! I am now attending postnatal yoga and although this is having to be done via zoom Mandy has continued to provide a safe environment and an opportunity to engage with other Moms! Thank you Mandy you help me keep my sanity!
Every class provides a relaxed and friendly environment
I first attended baby massage classes when my son was 3 months old, and then went on to do mum and baby yoga, and I’m on my 4th block of classes now (my son is now 9 months old!) Every class provides a relaxed and friendly environment, great yoga for post pregnancy, focussing on pelvic floor exercises and breathing, and a general feel good hour where you can forget about the outside world. The cake and tea are a bonus at the end of the classes and I have met some really lovely moms through attending. Mandy has a special gift at teaching and she never fails to create a relaxed environment for the babies, who all seem fixated by her presence. I am so glad I found her classes as Wednesdays are my favourite days of the week! Cannot recommend enough.
I feel empowered as a pregnant woman and as a future mum
I signed up to the class to get to meet local expectant mums with the side benefit of a nice stretch. I did meet some lovely local mums and found it so helpful to have a space where you could talk about any issues and get advice or support. What really surprised me was how much I valued the yoga and stretching but mostly the breathing exercises. It gave me a toolkit of things to do during pregnancy and also in Labour and has made me feel excited for the birth! Mandy’s affirmations during the rest time have really spoken to me and made me feel empowered as a pregnant woman and as a future mum.
The class was so beneficial to me, to have a space just for me to enjoy my pregnancy and learn about the things I can do in birth to help it be a positive event. Thank you!
SO glad I'd found Mandy and her classes
I had previously been to a few different yoga classes and found them a bit intense and not what I was looking for. I heard about Mandy's prenatal yoga classes through a friend and it sounded just what I was looking for. From the first session I was SO glad I'd found Mandy and her classes. They are way more than a yoga class - meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation and a chance to chat to other expectant mums and soak in Mandy's wisdom. The jammie dodgers are a welcome bonus to the class too! Since lockdown the classes were via zoom and this worked really well and I still had the same sense of connection and relaxation I got from the in person class. Between classes I also did Mandy's yoga sessions on her website which really helped me stay relaxed and helped my aches and pains. I also made sure I regularly listened to her audio relaxations which helped me stay calm and grounded in those final weeks. Above all of this, Mandy has been a wonderful support and checked in with me after the birth of my daughter and during our hospital stay - Mandy really does go above and beyond and puts out some brilliant online content. I can't thank her enough!
I did want to say thank you. Your classes are fantastic - you explain everything so clearly and know which achy bits to work on. It has made me think that I should find a ‘normal’ (ie not postnatal) yoga class post-lockdown, but finding the time will be a big challenge! I also think that what you do for mums is great and I hope that you will be able to start your classes in person again soon. If I come across any mums to be or new mums I will certainly recommend you, although Arlo was a late (and very happy) addition to our family and most of the mums I know have kids at school now. That’s been another positive for me actually - being able to connect with people going through the baby/pregnancy stage as otherwise it would have been very easy to neglect that side of my life with the demands of having other young children. One of the unforeseen bonuses of Mandy's classes was that my baby always slept for three hours afterwards!