Natasha Calia (RN, BTEC Level 5, MICHT, Dip BWY, Dip BSY Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga, Dip Baby & Toddler Yoga Birthlight, REP)
I am a registered paediatric nurse and have a full DRB and CRB check. I worked in a wide variety of settings for 10 years, progressing from a staff nurse in a local children’s ward to a junior sister at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. I also trained as a UNICEF breastfeeding councillor and have completed several BSc post graduate modules in child health.
Having worked full time as a massage therapist and yoga teacher for the last few years, it has been a natural progression to develop pregnancy and postnatal yoga, baby massage and baby and toddler yoga classes, as this enables me to utilise my knowledge of paediatrics in a fun and nurturing environment. When I first set up BabySpace I often brought my own baby to class – and together we discovered just how wonderful baby yoga is. He is now over two and we still incorporate yoga into our daily lives and explore and learn together.
Originally yoga trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, I have completed postgraduate diploma modules in prenatal, antenatal, and postnatal yoga with the British School of Yoga and Baby Yoga and SMART toddler yoga with Birthlight.
My personal experience of pregnancy and childbirth has been diverse, from a caesarean section to a water birth at home (in that order and everything in between!). I recognise that each pregnancy, birth, child and mother is unique and firmly believe that yoga and massage can enhance health and wellbeing for all.
As well as my yoga training I have therapeutic massage diplomas in abdominal sacral massage, advanced massage, aromatherapy, deep tissue, developmental baby massage, facial massage, Indian head, hot/cold stone, manual lymphatic drainage, pregnancy massage, Swedish massage and Thai table massage. I have also studied medical massage, the myofascial body and fascial release, postural assessment, trigger point therapy, kinesiology, Reike, and womb healing. I have always been fascinated with the way that we move, feel, and experience our lives through our bodies and how our thoughts and emotions affect our wellbeing. Whether in class or in a treatment, I aim to create a relaxed, honest environment in which we can release, heal and share.