Published: Tuesday 15 August 2017
This is Lucy who runs her own holistic therapies business in Brighton and offers baby massage as one of her services. Welcome Lucy!
Name: Lucy Johns
What do you teach? Baby massage
How long have you been an instructor? 5 years
What made you want to become an instructor? I went on a course in London 15 years ago with my eldest who loved it and I remembered all the strokes for my second baby. I saw an advert for Julie's course and thought: that's a great idea - I'll train as an instructor! I loved it so much I trained in massage for adults and now have a thriving business. Thank you Julie!
Have you always been an instructor? I worked in TV from age 19, then had my first baby and owned a shop in London. Second baby came along and I re-trained as a childminder and worked in Nurseries. Around 5 years ago I re-trained as a Holistic Therapist.
What’s your favourite part of your job? Knowing that it benefits the babies and families so massively.
How do you keep your skills up to date? I'm generally always studying a new massage or reflexology course and the information all crosses over. I regularly get my baby massage
books out (including an ancient Chinese baby massage manual a neighbour gave to me - incredible!) and have a little refresh and think "Ooh I'll try this move in my next class." I also made up a lovely new stroke after massaging my baby which I now use a lot
in my routine. It's an ever evolving thing.
What qualities do you think are important in a baby massage instructor? To be warm, open minded and flexible
What benefits do you derive from baby massage? At the moment I'm taking my own baby to my classes so we're both benefiting hugely. My confidence has soared being able to teach the class with him and I feel very accomplished: baby gets a massage twice a week, enjoys the activity and has made friends. The mums say its brilliant to have him in class crying and wriggling around like all the other babies!
Have you learnt anything surprising about baby massage? Yes! Quite a few babies have rolled over for the very first time during the massage in my class, much to the surprise of mum and always to a little round of applause from the group.
What’s your top tip for baby massage? Sing as you massage baby - they are more likely to enjoy and engage with you for longer.
Have you had an amusing experiences in your work as an instructor? Yup I had a mum who came with her baby to class from 6 weeks, she loved it so much she carried on coming every week until baby was around 9 months and crawling. And she would crawl after him around the room still trying to massage him!
Who would you most like to teach on one of your courses? Well I guess that would have to be Adele as she lives in Brighton and suffered terribly with Post Natal Depression with her first.
You can find Lucy and her business online: