Published: Monday 06 June 2016

This week we're chatting to Kimberley Boyd, who's previously studied baby massage and baby yoga with To Baby and Beyond. Nice to meet you Kimberley...

Name: Kimberley Boyd

Lives: Lincolnshire

What do you teach? Baby Massage and Baby Yoga

How long have you been an instructor? I have been doing massage for 3 years and yoga for about 15 months.

What made you want to become an instructor? I did baby massage with my youngest daughter and it helped her so much with colic/reflux. After doing a couple of classes in my area funding was cut meaning there were no classes available, so this made me want to train so I could bring the classes back for other parents to access.

Have you always been an instructor? My background is in early years; I have worked in various settings including nurseries, children's centres and as a private nanny.

What's your favourite part of your job? I love the variety, each session is different, and I love meeting new parents weekly, seeing their confidence grow with their babies over the weeks and watching the babies develop too, and when a parent tells me of the positive effects it has had on them it’s just amazing to share this skill and be a part of that.

How do you keep your skills up to date? Do you have any favourite websites that you use? I like the To Baby and Beyond practitioners' forum to feed off other instructors and get new ideas. I also like to keep researching different oils to use and what is best for babies with all skin types. I use things like Pinterest, The Imagination Tree and The Totem Pole for ideas of sensory play for the babies. I’m also on a lot of forums for baby and child development also to keep up to date with this.

What qualities do you think are important in a yoga/massage instructor? I think you need to love what you do, believe in what you do and be confident in what you do. My parents always say I have a calm and sensitive nature but also a good sense of humour which puts them at ease coming to my classes. I also think you need to be organised and professional; you are your best advert so don't ever let that slip. The ability to think on your feet too and be prepared for the unexpected!

What benefits do you derive from yoga/⁠⁠massage? I get job satisfaction from seeing and hearing people have enjoyed my classes, and knowing I have given them the skills to use at home with their babies for months/years to come. I also benefit during the yoga class from a little workout myself! Toning my muscles etc as I demonstrate the poses, and I find the breathe work and relaxation is good for my own wellbeing too.

Have you learnt anything surprising about baby massage/yoga? I think just the way that each baby responds differently to the strokes in massage/poses in yoga - what one baby will love another may dislike.

What's your top tip for ⁠⁠massage/⁠⁠yoga? Be open minded, give everything a go (more than just once if possible), relax and have fun.

Have you had an amusing experiences in your work as an instructor? Many! I’ve had mums go home with wet trousers from being weed on, I had a baby poo down his mum’s white top as she picked him up for a cuddle, someone has split their trousers during yoga and I once fell over as I lost my balance during the tree pose! Funny when you look back but not at the time!! They are just a few: there’s been loads!

Who would you most like to teach on one of your courses? I love Holly Willoughby; I'd love to teach her, I think she would be really down to earth and would enjoy the classes. I think if we had any more children of our own, I’d love to see my husband bring the baby to class!

Thanks Kimberley. Want to see more about Kimberley's work? You can find her online in the places below:

Website: www.snugglesandsmiles.co.uk
Facebook: Snuggles and Smiles Baby Classes
Twitter: @snugglessmiles


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