Mum Sets Up 'Baby Spa' After Suffering 'Anxiety' At Playgroup
A mum-of-two quit her job and opened up a 'baby spa' after struggling with anxiety.
Lisa Ryan, from Birmingham, says she became stressed whenever she took her second son Jax, 17 months, to playgroup.
In a bid to help other parents find a calmer setting for them and their kids, the 38-year-old started her own 'spa' and found a piece of zen for herself.
The sessions - which involve a bubble bath, a facial, and a massage - claim to help mums bond with their baby 'without the pressure' of having to talk to other parents.
Speaking about her new venture, Lisa said: "After two caesareans, I was house bound for six weeks and quickly began feeling nervous about going out.
"I found myself avoiding them and eventually stopped going to playgroups as they stressed me out.
"When my maternity leave was coming to an end I realised I wanted to do something to cater for other mums who suffered with anxiety, too.
"The baby spa allows mums to bond with their newborn without the pressure of having to speak to other mums and dozens of other loud children.
"It is a full sensory experience with the lights out and lavender in the air."
Lisa launched the business, which is for babies up to nine months, in June last year, and has already raked in £24,000.
She adds: "I absolutely love my job, it has organically grown through word of mouth - I started with one session a week and now I host seven.
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"The babies have a relaxing bath which has whirlpool, bubble features like a jacuzzi and shower functionality.
"Then the mums have half an hour of communicating with their baby which includes a facial and lots of kisses and cuddles.
"It is all about bonding with their baby. I have many regular customers who say their baby sleeps for three and four hours after."
And her sessions seem to be having a massive impact on the parents.
One mum who attends the spa every two weeks has praised the sessions for teaching her calming techniques for five-month old Mali Mumford.
Samantha Whitehouse, 28, said: "Mali was in the special care baby unit for one week when he was first born so I didn't get to cuddle him until he was let out
"It was important for me to find something special for us to do together.
"We have been going since he was seven weeks old and he is much calmer than my first-born Max, two.
"It is an amazing place for us both to relax as the warmth and calmness of the room makes it impossible for you to feel stressed.
"Mali loves it and usually sleeps for four hours rather than his usual hour nap after, so it is heaven for me."
Adding: "I have learnt how to positively talk to him and calm him down by stroking his face along with massaging him and max after every bath with organic oils.
"I will be gutted when he is too old to attend, perhaps I will have another baby so I can keep going!"
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