Helen Rondo – My Baby and Me

Name: Helen Rondo
Business Name: MY Baby and Me
Website: www.massageyogababyandme.co.uk

MY Baby and Me provides Baby and Toddler Massage and Yoga sessions across Darlington, Teesside and North Yorkshire. I offer group sessions, provide individual consultations and host `Father`s Workshops`, which allow Mums and Dads to experience the nurturing, relaxing, curative fun that is massage and yoga for babies and toddlers!!

I also run Baby and Child First Aid classes for parents and carers. I am passionate about giving parents the tools and confidence to allow them to enjoy the baby days……

When did you start your business and why?:
`MY Baby ` was conceived in 2011. I loved the baby massage courses that I did with my eldest daughter but struggled to find something similar when my son was little. Hunting out my old notes, he and I were often found in a relaxed, post massage cuddle and, as he grew, I used the techniques to settle him in times of stress and discomfort. At 4 years old he still loves the reflexology strokes!
I was looking for a change in career and when a place became available on a trainers course it seemed the perfect chance to start afresh…

What gives your business the edge?:
As an experienced physiotherapist I am able to offer unique advice and adaptations to the massage and yoga routines that accommodates for any postnatal soreness, discomfort or injury the Mums may have. I am able to offer advice and management plans to mums with postural discomfort that may result from breastfeeding, interrupted sleep and car seat manhandling.
I strongly believe that parents need to enjoy the `baby days` , all too often they pass in a haze of busy and doing….

What is the best thing about running your own business?:
Babies, babies and more babies ….
The massage classes are soothing and relaxing and I arrive home serene and calm..the yoga classes are dynamic and stimulating and I arrive home ready to take on anything … and the First Aid classes give me an immense sense of pride. If my teaching saves one baby, child or family from unnecessary stress then I am happy.

And what is the worst!?:
Saying goodbye to the parents and children at the end of the five week course.

Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
There is no typical day, as each day brings a new set of parents and babies and new experiences – that is exactly the way I like it. However recurring themes centre around school runs, cooking, washing and ferrying the children to various clubs and events!

How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:
I would like to develop a weekly ongoing programme in both massage and yoga.

Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:
Its not easy, don’t try to be superhuman and do everything, learn how to ask for (and accept!!) help.
Oh …. And pay the kids to tidy their own rooms…..!