Hi! I’m Suzie Young and I started Urban Kneads in Nottingham in late 2006. Whilst managing an holistic health club in London, I was introduced to the concept of Baby Massage and was moved by the benefits it brought to the mums and babies attending the classes. Some years later when setting up my own wellness business, I decided to qualify as a Baby Massage Instructor and set up classes in Nottingham. Mums were soon asking for more and so Urban Kneads expanded to offer Pregnancy Massage, Aqua Natal, First Aid for Babies, Pregnancy Yoga and Baby Yoga classes as well as special classes just for dads.
Between 2006 – 2012 I had the pleasure of working with over 1000 parents and wiggly-giggley babies and was recognised as a Baby Massage and Yoga expert. I provided services for Nottingham City Council, was sought out as an expert by BBC radio and invited to present on Baby Massage for The Baby Show at the Birmingham NEC.
During that time I worked hard to create a strong network of local professionals so that Urban Kneads could offer a truly holistic approach for new parents and parents-to-be. Through this the Nottingham Birth Network was established and it ran as a thriving networking group for local birth professionals.
Whilst developing the Urban Kneads Diploma in Teaching Baby Massage and running the birth network I realised that what I loved most was the business and marketing side of running a business.
I also got excited by the techie aspects of websites and email automation that made many of my colleagues run for the hills! I built my own website, had success with SEO and online, automated marketing and really enjoyed helping others sort out their technical issues. I ran social media and marketing workshops for the birth network and loved it!
As such, my business has morphed into a supporting and empowering other business owners with (mainly) the online aspect of marketing or running their businesses. I do this in a number of ways through my own consulting business and online products and programmes.
Alongside the experience of running my own businesses, I am an award-winning manager with almost a decade of experience within premium health clubs. I have a degree in Leadership and Management and have qualifications in: massage/pregnancy massage, fitness/group exercise instruction (including aquanatal) and baby massage and baby yoga teaching.
You can find me on social media @suzieyoungk