HushabyeHands

Massage & sign, from bump to baby & beyond

Suzanne – Founder of Hushabye Hands

Hello, I’m Suzanne, a mother of three. In 2001 I adopted my eldest two daughters at the ages of 3 and 5 years old which has given me insight into the need to promote a healthy attachment in those vital early years of a child’s life and the impact that attachment issues can have on a child’s development.

My eldest daughter is Deaf and a BSL user, so signing is an everyday part of our lives. Together we have taught her 2 younger sisters to sign so that our family conversation is inclusive.

Having signed for 15 years, I was training to become a BSL/English interpreter and had qualified and registered with ASLI (Association of Sign Language Interpreters) as a Junior Trainee interpreter (JTI).

My little miracle baby, ‘Layla’ was born in 2011 and by the time she was 10 months old she was using about 6 signs and already had quite a large list of verbal vocabulary for her age. By 12 months old she was stringing words together, well exceeding her development milestones for speech and used about 30 signs.

As a baby, she suffered from colic and I found that massage helped her a great deal and was also an enjoyable bonding experience for us both.

I qualified as an aromatherapy massage therapist in 1996 and am a member of the ‘The Federation of Holistic Therapists’ (FHT) professional register. I trained in infant and pregnancy massage in 2013 after experiencing the benefits for myself with my youngest daughter.

The benefits of massage and signing with babies are so powerful and I am very passionate about what I do. I enjoy passing on my skills and seeing others experience the enjoyment and benefits too.

‘Hushabye Hands’ has evolved from a life time of experience, inspired completely by my 3 children and our journey so far.

I absolutely love my little business and have learnt so much from all of our amazing Hushabye families, I’ve made so many friends, witnessed so many beautiful friendships and support evolve, heard so many remarkable stories, seen hundreds of babies develop and flourish and return to our classes with their baby siblings.

It truly is an honour to be invited to spend so much precious time with our families and their beautiful little Hushabyes at such a special time in their lives.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in British Sign Language and Communication Studies – University of Central Lancashire
  • Aromatherapy Massage City & Guilds level 3.(FHT accredited)
  • Infant Massage Instructor’s Certificate (FHT accredited)
  • Pregnancy Massage Diploma (FHT accredited)
  • Aromtherapy in Pregnancy & Childbirth certification (FHT accredited)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training. (Formerly known as PTLLS)
  • ‘After Adoption’ Safe Base Training.
  • Member of the professional register of ‘Federation of Holistic Therapists’ (FHT)
  • Holder of a fully enhanced DBS disclosure