A mother of two told how she resigned and launched a “baby spa” – after noisy playgroups full of other parents left her anxious and overwhelmed.
Former broker Lisa Ryan, 38, from Birmingham, launched Spa Babies in June last year and it has turned out to be a big hit – with sales of £ 24,000 in eight months.
During their sessions, newborns are treated to a jacuzzi-style hot tub, facials and ‘positive touch’.
Lisa claims that the zen, calming environment helps mothers to bond with their baby without the “pressure” to talk to other parents.
Lisa Ryan, 38, from Birmingham, launched Spa Babies in June last year and it has been a big hit – with sales of £ 24,000 in eight months
Lisa, pictured with the ‘normal’ Mali spa, claims that the zen, calming environment helps mothers to bond with their babies without the ‘pressure’ to talk to other parents
During her maternity leave with her second son Jax, now 17 months old, Lisa struggled to attend regular preschools because she aroused her fear.
She said: ‘After two caesarean sections I was bound to the house for six weeks and I quickly became nervous about going out.
‘I am a confident person, but playgroups were very overwhelming and I had trouble socializing with the other mothers.
“I noticed that I avoided them and ended up not going to preschools because they had stressed me out.
During their sessions, newborns are treated to a jacuzzi-style hot tub, facials and ‘positive touch’. Depicted: Mali, a regular customer in the spa
“When my maternity leave came to an end, I realized that I wanted to do something to look after other mothers who were anxious.
‘With the baby spa, mothers can attach themselves to their newborn baby without having to talk to other mothers and dozens of other loud children. It is a complete sensory experience with the lights off and lavender in the air. ”
Spa Babies is for little ones from zero to nine months.
Lisa added: ‘I absolutely love my work; it grew organically through word of mouth – I started with one session a week and now I have seven.
‘The babies have a relaxing bath with a bubble bath, bubble functions such as a jacuzzi and a shower function.
Former real estate agent Lisa struggled to attend regular playgroups because she aroused her fear, so she founded Spa Babies for similar mothers
‘The mothers then have half an hour to communicate with their baby, including a facial and lots of kisses and hugs.
“They take part in a positive touch, which is a soft touch or stroking their baby’s face.
‘It has a positive effect on newborns, such as more regulated sleep, de-stressing and activity, and the touch stimulates the palpable nerve endings in the skin, leading to a release of endorphins and the babies produce pleasant feelings and feelings.
‘It’s all about bonding with their baby. I have many regular customers who say that their baby sleeps three to four hours later. “
A Birmingham mother who goes to the spa every two weeks praises the sessions for teaching her calming techniques for the five-month-old Mali Mumford.
With the baby spa, mothers can connect with their newborn without having to talk to other mothers and dozens of other loud children. On the photo: baby Mali with a facial treatment
Lisa says she has many regular customers who say that their baby sleeps three to four hours after a session
Spa Babies is for little ones from zero to nine months. While they are there, they have a bathtub with jacuzzi, a facial and lots of hugs
Samantha Whitehouse, 28, said: “Mali spent a week in the baby ward for special care when he was first born, so I couldn’t hug him before he was released.
“It was important for me to find something special that we could do together. We have been going since he was seven weeks old and he is much calmer than my first born Max, two.
“It’s a great place for both of us to relax, because the warmth and tranquility of the room make it impossible for you to feel stressed.
“Mali loves it and usually sleeps for four hours instead of his usual nap afterwards, so it’s heaven for me.
Mama Samantha Whitehouse, pictured with Mali, visits the spa every two weeks and praises the sessions for teaching her calming techniques for her five-month-old
“I plan to do the shopping on spa days because I know he will sleep.”
“The first week of his life was missed, but we certainly made up for it with the help of Spa Babies.
‘I have learned to talk to him positively and to calm him by stroking his face, massaging him and after each bath with organic oils.
“I will be stripped if he is too old to participate – maybe I will have another baby so I can continue!”
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