Baby Massage & Yoga

emotional & physical investment in you & your family

About Baby Nomad

We need a supportive and nurturing environment in order to flourish through the major transitions of motherhood. As we move away from the fold of our families, we need to create another village to help raise our children and to find kindred spirits who share our approach to life and parenting.

By finding this community through my classes we can share information (and not rely on google), responsibilities, stories, ideas and offload worries in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

These major transitions naturally lead to major transformations as a woman. Through this we are looking for support and signposts; ways of raising our spirits as well as our children. You are your baby’s source and you need  nurturing. This may not be found through the conventional avenues of healthcare. Instead, sharing a deep connection to yourself and your family through an accessible and fun experience of massage and movement. Simplicity is the key to help reduce physical discomforts. The smallest adjustment can bring the greatest of change. Honesty means we can be more accepting of ourselves and of others. Laughter raises us out of the pit. Connection through touch brings great waves of joy. Stillness gives us chances to stop and breathe.  Movement through playful yoga brings ease in our body and reminds us that we are indeed powerful beings of creation!

Your baby will benefit from your knowledge and practice of massage & yoga, creating an upward spiral of joy and wellbeing.

I’ve used my experience and knowledge to write a book about baby massage, which is available as a PDF download, or, if you’re into owning ‘proper’ books, it’s also available as a rather lovely 58 page book. It’s received some great praise, too.

Pregnancy Yoga

From 14 weeks until birth

These classes provide a safe, enjoyable and relaxed haven for you to explore the connection between you and your baby.

No yoga experience needed.

We make physical space in the body and emotional space in the heart for your baby whether it’s your first or subsequent pregnancy.

These classes support you throughout your pregnancy, exploring BREATHING techniques, YOGA, MASSAGE, MOVEMENT and SOUND to help prepare and empower you for giving birth.

Every class ends with a deep RELAXATION allowing you to release tension and help quiet the mind. You and your baby are nourished and energy is replenished.

Baby Massage

From birth through to crawling

This valuable investment is for you and your baby’s physical and emotional wellbeing. We learn vital, lifelong skills that help support the whole family.

The earlier you are able to start, the more CONFIDENCE you can build as a new mum.

Your STRENGTH can be regained more quickly when learning the postnatal exercises.

Over 6 weeks we learn techniques that can help to soothe your baby, aiding and helping establish a DEEPER SLEEP.

Each session is a rich opportunity to focus on the bond between you and your baby with no other interruptions.

We learn an EASY TO FOLLOW, memorable set of strokes, songs and stretches.

The focus is equally on you as a new mother.

  • Establishing your confidence
  • Understanding your baby’s ‘language’
  • Sleep discussions
  • Use of breath to help calm and replenish
  • Easing postnatal discomfort through gentle yoga
  • Helping your baby’s digestive system (wind, reflux, ‘colic’, constipation, gas)
  • Music and sound
  • Gentle stretches for mother and baby
  • Relaxation

6 week course

Mum & Baby Yoga

From 4 months to cruising

These classes ease you back into your body and continue the expansion of the bond with your baby through breath, mindfulness, movement, music and relaxation.

No yoga experience needed.

A typical session contains a range of gentle yoga for you and your baby. There is a structure to the class, but most of the time you follow your baby’s cues.

Combining movement, music and massage creates a ‘spiral of JOY’.

With our sedentary lifestyles babies spend a lot of time in car seats, baby chairs and prams. They don’t get to experience their full potential for movement.

BENEFITS FOR BABY

  • Aids DIGESTION and circulation.
  • Can help the baby SLEEP more deeply.
  • Strengthens and aids physical development.
  • Enhanced interaction & communication between parent and baby.
  • Helps DEVELOPMENT of the brain and the nervous system.

BENEFITS FOR MOTHER

  • Helps to regain STRENGTH and maintain posture.
  • Releases tension from the back, neck and shoulders.
  • TONES the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor.
  • Deep RELAXATION helps you to release and REPLENISH your energy.
  • Builds CONFIDENCE, trust and communication between mum and baby.

These classes are continuous and progressive with your baby’s development.

When your baby begins walking you can move onto Family Yoga.

 

Family Yoga

Babies to 6 years old

 

This is a wonderful introduction to yoga for you and the children.

Using our bodies, breath and voices, we learn massage, simple yoga postures and relaxation techniques.

No yoga experience needed.

 

Here are some typical comments/questions:

“My child won’t sit down for a minute”

“I’m worried that my child will be disruptive”

“I’ve got a newborn baby, can they be involved?”

“I’ve never done yoga before, I’m really inflexible”

My answer to all of these is simple. Everyone is very welcome and there are no prerequisites for abilities, personalities or experience. ‘Families’ can include grandparents, uncles, aunties, guardians and friends.

  • Improved COMMUNICATION between family members.
  • Family yoga is not about achievement. It’s about SHARING, learning and having FUN.
  • Learning how to RELAX together.

Pregnancy Yoga

I started pregnancy yoga with Julie when I was 14 weeks pregnant. From the moment I walked into her class I instantly fell in love with her warm personality and beautiful way of teaching. She creates a safe space for me to laugh, cry and meet beautiful friends. During my labour and birth I used the techniques I learnt during all of my classes…

Julie’s classes gave me great confidence to believe in myself and my body. By attending Julie’s classes I found my village of mums

Iwalda Howard

Baby Massage

The course exceeded my expectations. I found the massage tremendously therapeutic for me as well as for my baby, and really feel that the engagement and bonding that the massage facilitated has been invaluable to both of us. She loves her massage sessions and attending the course has given me the confidence to spend time just ‘being’ with her, stroking and talking to her without feeling “I must do the ironing/I must put the dinner on” every time she has a quiet moment!

Helen & Matilda

Mum & Baby Yoga

Baby yoga is without a doubt one of the highlights of my mummy week. It provides me with a chance to do something fun and interactive with my son while also focusing on me. As a new Mum it also provides a nurturing space in which to develop, gain confidence and just as importantly make friends with other new mums. Julie is a great facilitator, not just a teacher and creates a lovely environment where worries can be shared and giggles a plenty can be had. I was also lucky enough to do Julie’s baby massage course and loved it – it proved to be a lovely bonding experience for my son and I as well as helping me to meet other new mums. I would highly recommend both courses!

Ellie & Charlie

Baby Massage & Yoga

I have been going to Julie’s classes since my daughter was a few weeks old. In the early days this helped tremendously with bonding and learning my babies cues. The nurturing and supportive environment she creates and the way she facilitates the sessions is why we keep coming back. I have not found classes as good as hers. We now regularly attend family yoga classes. As my daughter is getting older it provides an inclusive environment where she can express herself and for parents too. One session we all rolled along the floor. I hadn’t done this in years. We had so much fun together and dad gets to come too as it is on a Saturday. After all the fun the relaxation element is beautiful as we all get to relax together and just be which is sometimes a rare occurrence in our busy lives.

Rebecca

Baby Massage & Yoga

I wanted to say thank you, you’re classes have all been brilliant from baby massage when Ellie was just 3 weeks old to outside yoga on the Rec! You’ve been a big part of helping me navigate motherhood and I am very grateful.

Susie and Ellie

Family Yoga

The family yoga was a great experience for all of us. It gave adults, babies, toddlers and preschoolers space to enjoy relaxing together in a calm and imaginative way. My 4 year old still enjoys doing some of the yoga moves at home”. Baby Nomad’s Family Yoga is a welcome respite to a busy, hectic family life. It’s a chance to reconnect with you children, in a safe and welcoming space. My children love Julie’s positive encouragement and full attitude. A highlight of our month!

Meghann

Pregnancy Yoga

I felt this overwhelming feeling of calm using my golden thread breath and keeping upright rotating my hips like we’d done in class. Thank you for your knowledge and support my mum who is also a yoga teacher could not believe how calm I was she praised you in the delivery room!

Emma

Pregnancy Yoga

I just have to say that I really thought your class was beautiful, it was comforting and spiritual, being perfect for expectant mothers.

Dani

Pregnancy Yoga

I just wanted to say a huge oxytocin love eyes THANK YOU for your pregnancy yoga course! All of the practices you taught me were so useful – especially rolling cats and not being afraid of making noises! The golden thread and whispering breath helped me keep calm and focused on baby and not panic 🙂 The difference between this experience and our first couldn’t have been any more acute. I felt calm and excited to birth, It is all down to yoga and feeling so strongly connected to myself. So thank you, because you were a huge part of this amazing time.

Zoe

Baby Massage

Absolutely brilliant course, shame it was only 6 weeks long! Gave me lots more confidence in handling Lucas, got me out the house meeting other mums which was great and the conversations each week I found really helpful – like making me realise I hadn’t dealt with the traumatic birth yet. Evelyn-Rose and I thoroughly enjoyed the baby massage course. It was a great escape from the rest of the world. I also liked being able to share little problems each week and trouble shoot with you and the other mummies. We had already built up a massage routine before bedtime, but before the course I had fallen into a rut of always doing the same things and not really ‘feeling’ and responding to Evelyn. The course has given me the confidence to experiment and make changes based on her mood. I have also learnt to massage her back for the first time and she absolutely loves it! Thanks once again.

Becky

Baby Massage

Thank you for a great course. Emily and I really enjoyed it. I loved that it gave me something else that I could do with Emily that we both really enjoyed as I have struggled at times to know what I can do with a young baby. I also found it really helpful to learn things that weren’t necessarily associated with massage- for example how to pick up your baby without startling them and how to calm them down by putting their hands on their chest. These are skills I use everyday and taught my husband! Thanks again we loved it and can’t wait for baby yoga!

Gemma

Baby Massage & Yoga

I loved the classes and I certainly know that Joseph did too. I would like to take the opportunity for thanking you for all you have done, especially in those first few months of becoming a new mummy. I have loved every Monday thanks to your classes (great unwind from what’s usually a very busy weekend!) I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time the classes give between just me and baby, I actually switch off from all the others things we think about and concentrated just on him and me. I will be trying to carry this on! I’ve taken away things from classes and incorporated into our every day routines and life. I love seeing Joseph getting all excited now in anticipation of little things we do, rolling on my legs in a real winner! Finally, the classes have given me a great opportunity to make some fabulous friends. We have felt extremely silly at times doing things in baby yoga (camel walking), but it’s all been such great fun. Thank you for all of your excellent advice too and I love reading things you post on Facebook too.

Kim & Joseph

Baby Massage & Yoga

Ava and I have loved both the massage course and the yoga. The course content was pitched at the right level for both first time Mum’s like myself but also seemed to be right for others who had done some massage with their older children. You have an incredible amount of knowledge about the subjects you teach and clearly love what you do which I think is what makes the sessions work so well. You have made us feel very welcome in classes and tailored each session to help with whatever the week has thrown at us…….. and I always left feeling calmer about things and more confident. Ava loved the various songs (even when I forgot some of the words at home), her particular favourites are little green frog and wake up legs. She also loves going up side down!!!!

Katherine & Ava

Baby Yoga

We loved the Baby Yoga session’s you gave us loads of yoga based games / exercise to play with Noah, it was clear on all the babies faces that they enjoyed it too. I really enjoyed “Going to the moon” “Giddy up horsey” & “Baby Hokey kokey”. Learning the safe hold was very used full and there were too many exercises to mention that I will be working on. Noah slept like a log when I would get him home after class so it was also a great way to wear him out.’ I have really enjoyed the Parent and Baby Yoga course with Julie. It is the one class I have looked forward to the most each week and planned my day around especially. Julie is very attentive and nurturing; checking in on us at the beginning of each session. She is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable. I love how she adapted her sessions each week according to our needs. She is very professional. I attended this course two years ago and it has been strange adjusting to zoom classes with my second baby,but Julie has provided the course content with the same excellent skill. The cameras she uses were really helpful. I will continue to recommend Julie and her courses! We loved her baby massage course and family yoga too x

Sarah & Noah