Life

By Lucy Notarantonio

 

A mother-of-two quit her job and launched a baby spa after playgroups left her feeling ‘stressed’.

Lisa Ryan, 38, has created a calming environment that gives mums and newborns the opportunity to find their inner zen.

Whilst on maternity leave with her second son Jax, 17 months, the former estate agent didn’t want to attend playgroups as she felt ‘anxious’ which prompted her to set up a spa for babies.

The sessions – which involve a bubble bath, facial and massage – claim to help mums’ bond with their baby ‘without the pressure’ of having to speak to other mums.

Lisa from Birmingham, West Mids, said: “After two caesareans, I was house bound for six weeks and quickly began feeling nervous about going out.

“I am a confident person, but playgroups were very overwhelming, and I struggled with socialising with the other mums.

“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 spa babies in June last year [2019] and the relaxing session have been a hit turning over £24k in eight months.

It is for babies aged zero to nine months.

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.

“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.”

One mum from Birmingham, West Mids, who attends the spa every two weeks praises 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.

“I plan ahead and run errands on spa days as I know he will be asleep.

“The first week of his life was missed but we have definitely made up for it with the help of spa babies.

“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!”