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Gillian and Kev Kirkliston

As a first time mum I wanted to feel as prepared as possible for my baby’s birth. I was aware of how a women’s experience of birth could have a lasting effect and decided to look into HypnoBirthing following a friend’s recommendation.

I thought I would need to travel to find a course but discovered locally based Gentle Beginnings.

My husband and I attended the 5 session course one evening a week. We started the course with an open mind and interest to find out about the approach. I thought at the very least it would help me relax during my pregnancy.

Nicola’s excellent at explaining the concepts and her voice is perfect for delivering the relaxation scripts.

I don’t have another birth to compare my experience of using the HypnoBirthing approach to, however I can’t imagine not using it. I found it key to staying as relaxed as possible during pregnancy and labour.

I cannot recommend HypnoBirthing with Nicola highly enough. For us this is an invaluable course to prepare for your pregnancy and birth. I think it’s uses will be long lasting.

We thank you for everything – the homemade baking too 🙂 We are forever grateful xx

Laura and Richie Kirkliston

“I cannot recommend Nicola’s HypnoBirthing classes highly enough.
When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to make my babies birthing day the best day of my life. After hearing recommendations about HypnoBirthing and doing a bit of my own research I knew this was a practice I wanted to use and learn more about.
Nicola’s knowledge is just amazing, as is her home baking. Going along to the weekly classes with my partner really taught us so much and brought us closer together throughout our pregnancy journey. I can honestly say that the classes have made me feel totally prepared for the birth of my baby, something that money can’t buy. The knowledge we have gained along with techniques to prepare us for a comfortable birth are invaluable. I am now into week 28 of my pregnancy and cannot wait for my babies birthing day. Thank you Nicola”

Vikki and Liam Kirkliston

“Hypnobirthing April 2018
We have recently completed the Hypnobirthing course with Nicola. This course has really helped me and my husband to prepare for the birth our baby. We learned many relaxation techniques and understand much more about birthing and our options. I feel a lot calmer in myself and feel much more prepared for giving birth with the support of my husband. Nicola made us feel very relaxed in her warm and welcoming studio. The home baking was delicious too!
I would highly recommend this course.”

Baby Massage September 2018
I have just completed the baby massage class with my daughter. This class was a great opportunity to spend some relaxing time bonding with my baby as well as learning the skills of baby massage. My daughter loves baby massage and enjoyed being massaged at home. There was also time at Nicola’s classes to speak to everyone else at the class as well as enjoy a cuppa and a delicious slice of homebaked cake at the end. This was really beneficial as you got to know others in the same position as you. Nicola was very welcoming and supportive throughout the classes and always took an interest in how our babies were and how the massage was going at home.
I would definitely recommend baby massage with Nicola.

Helen Kirkliston

“I have attended both the baby massage course and HypnoMothering and without a doubt they have been the most positive things I have done with my daughter so far. I first did baby massage when my baby was six weeks and I still massage my daughter every day. It had helped me to develop such a strong bond and gives me an activity to do every day that whatever mood either of us are in it brings us together. Every time I massage her legs now she giggles and squeals!  When Nicola then mentioned HypnoMothering I knew it was something I wanted to try. I was struggling to admit how hard I was finding being a mum at times. I was coping, but only just, and I wanted to develop some skills to help me relax, enjoy the wonderful times but also be more resilient during the difficult moments. The course was brilliant – I left feeling like I had been at a spa I was so relaxed. It helped me find that light within the tunnel!”​  ​Helen, Mum of baby Meredith


“Whilst I have been blessed with my two gorgeous boys I have had a struggle being a second time mum, it’s not been easy!! The classes at Gentle Beginnings which Nicola runs have been amazing for me and my wee boy. Baby massage, baby yoga and last night’s hypnomothering class have been the best things I could have ever done. The calm, supportive and caring environment is second to none and this has been a huge help to me. A wee added bonus is that you get the best piece of homebaking ever after each session!! I can’t recommend Gentle Beginnings highly enough for every parent!!”

Jen Kirkliston

“Gracie and I loved our baby massage course!
Nicola provides such a welcoming and cosy environment for you and your little one. It was a lovely class to do with Gracie whist her big sister was at nursery. We have practised massage everyday since beginning the class and now it is part of our routine – I have noticed a wee boost with Gracie’s sleep at night too!
Nicola makes everyone feel so relaxed – it was so nice to chat amongst other mums’ and dads’, sharing experiences and advice – we’ve made lovely new friends!
Not forgetting Nicola’s home made cakes – amazing and such a treat!
We plan to follow on with baby yoga and groovearoo with Nicola!”


“I absolutely loved bonding with my son through dance and music. Also loved the fact that my little bubba would drift off to sleep on my chest while we danced, which he hadn’t done since he was just a few weeks old! GroovaRoo is also a great way to meet other mums and socialise in a relaxed environment.”

Laura Kirkliston

Great baby massage classes run by the wonderful Nicola. The classes are very relaxed and Nicola makes you feel so welcome. She’s so passionate about the benefits of baby massage for both parent and baby and that really comes across in her classes. I really enjoyed going on a Monday morning with my son and he particularly likes his face and back massage!! An added bonus is Nicola’s amazing home baking and a cuppa!


“I can’t recommend Nicola enough.  I loved the baby massage course so much that I did it twice! She is so welcoming and infant massage is something I will do with my baby for a long time, it strengthens the mother and baby bond so much.  I can’t say enough how amazing hypnomothering was. Nicola has the perfect tone to deliver this course and I was so relaxed during and after the session. Hypnomothering has equipped me with tools to deal with the stressful moments and ways to trust my ‘mumtenna’. I think every new mother and mother to be should do it.  Also – Nicola makes AMAZING cake.  Jenny, Mum of Baby Charlie.

Chloe Kirkliston

“ Recently finished the baby massage course and we absolutely loved it. Nicola creates a wonderful relaxed, friendly and cosy atmosphere and is a gentle, patient and knowledgeable teacher. The home baking is delicious Highly recommend!” Chloe, Mum of Baby Leonie

Clare Kirkliston

“After my first baby I had this “I’m never doing this again feeling and I did not want to have any more babies.  After I had my second I had the opposite! It is like it is addictive and it’s made me want more babies!! As I’ve experienced both I know that it’s because I had a calm and easy labour and more importantly birth, that it’s made me feel that way. That is all down to Nicola delivering an amazing HypnoBirthing course. I’ll be forever grateful.” Clare, Mum of Baby Orlaith

Zsuzsa Musselburgh

“We go to Nicola’s GroovaRoo dance classes and they are amazing! I highly recommend it to any mummy who wants to get out the house, bond with their baby and meet other mums! These classes are very relaxed, you don’t have to be a professional dancer nor pro at babywearing! It’s all about the fun and Nicola is fantastic at breaking down the steps and giving you support with the sling! Totally a class for your list to visit! 💕”

Charlotte South Queensferry

“We have just finished a 5 week baby massage block and it was absolutely brilliant. An hour and a half of calm that I looked forward to every week and my little boy loved. He’s a second baby and it was great to have time set aside every week just for him. Nicola is fabulous, she takes you through everything calmly and with a great amount of detail. She is really warm and engaging and she really sets the class at ease. I never worried about asking questions or if my wee one was crying. The baking is also amazing! I am really going to miss my weekly class and cake so we’ll get ourselves booked into baby yoga! Would really recommend Nicola’s classes.”

Joycelyn Kirkliston

“I recently attended Nicola’s hypnomothering class and it was fantastic. The most relaxed I have been in years. I highly recommend this class to anyone with children who could do with some techniques to handle the more stressful side of parenting. A more relaxed me means a more relaxed and happy family and that is worth more than anything in this world. Thank you so much Nicola.”

Laura South Queensferry

“Just finished the baby massage course and I am going to miss going a lot. Fantastic course I was nervous at first thinking Freya would cry or feed the whole time however she loved it too. She was asleep by the end of every class. Such a relaxing room and Nicola is so chilled out that it made everyone else relax in the class. Learnt a lot of great techniques to use and continue to use as Freya grows. Highly recommend this class to everyone. Thanks again Nicola xx”

Lorna East Calder

“Just finished the baby massage classes and thoroughly enjoyed them. Well structured and easy going especially when babies were grouchy/sleeping/tired. Definitely would recommend.”

Kimberley Ratho

“I love the closeness and the sense of calm it brings me and my baby. During the early hours, during a leap or teething the only thing that calms my boy is to pop him in the carrier, get our music on and we have  dance together and he is out like a light and all snuggled in.

I do love that by the end of every class all of the babies will have had a nap.

It’s great meeting other mums and having a dance a chat, makes you feel human again.

Although it’s not a get fit class, I feel such an energy boost after. I tend to go for a nice walk after class and I am noticing I’m loosing weight.


“We recently finished the baby massage class and absolutely loved it! felt like a treat for both my daughter and I – she loved the massage and I enjoyed that as well as the delicious home baking, cups of tea and lovely company 😊 would highly recommend this class. Thank you Nicola!”

Bex Bathgate

“We loved baby massage with Gentle Beginnings. The environment was so calming and soothing. Nicola was very clear and easy to follow, we learned loads at our course. The home baking and coffee every week was also a lovely touch. My baby enjoyed the massage so much that we are still doing it.”


“Myself and my little girl loved the class and Nicola makes you feel at ease, would highly recommend.”

Kate Kirkliston

“An amazing class!! Highly recommend this!!!”

Hannah Kirkliston

“Took my little one to baby massage & loved it. The class is a very relaxed class and helped me bond with my little one. It also helped me understand in more depth the benefits of massage not only for little one but for me also. Would highly recommend the class and Nicola’s cake at the end of each session is an added bonus! Thanks Nicola x”

Miri South Queensferry

“I love to dance and being able to combine it with spending time with my baby, getting out of the house and chatting with other mums is one of the highlights of my week. Definitely would recommend Nicola’s GroovaRoo classes!”

Jan and Jo Kirkliston

“This class is an absolute MUST! I cannot recommend highly enough, Nicola is super welcoming, makes you feel completely at ease the moment you step foot into her beautiful home and there were absolutely no new class jitters whatsoever! The classes are very informative, teaching not only how to relax our babies and get the best from them but also some handy breathing/relaxation stretches to help the mummy’s too (which have definitely come in handy on those stressful demanding days! )

Just the perfect Gentle Beginning after giving birth! Oh, and the home baking…. To die for!

Love, Jan and little Poppy
Jo and little Edie


“Very sad to have finished our run of five classes today. Thank you Nicola for a wonderful course. I have enjoyed having the time with my baby to just relax in a welcoming environment and Emma has been sleeping really well since we started nightly massages. The tea and home baking was a very welcome bonus! highly recommend!!”

Katie South Queensferry

“What a fantastic course. Nicola has such a lovely calming way about her which made this so relaxing. I loved spending one on one time with my little one and having opportunity to meet other mums alike and of course enjoy the amazing cakes and a hot cuppa at the end of each session. I’m continuing to use the skill Nicola has taught me not only on my baby but my 4 year old too who also loves it.”

Jill South Queensferry

“This is a fantastic class! Despite my then 7 week old crying through most of the first class as he was overtired we still managed to both leave feeling calm and relaxed thanks to Nicola’s reassuring words. Having done a different massage class with my older child which I really didn’t enjoy I was so pleased to have this one recommended to me. As well as being educational the classes are a great way to meet other local mums and the home baking is amazing! I’d highly recommend this class to any new mums.”

Heather Kirkliston

“I’ve just finished Baby Massage with Nicola. I’m so sad this block is over as it’s such an amazing way to bond with your new baby! Nicola is so lovely and welcoming & the best baker I know!! I would defo recommend this class – thanks Nicola! x”

Maja Kirkliston

“We finished our massage classes last week. We loved the room where they took place, the equipment and handouts provided but most of all we loved the atmosphere that Nicola creates in her classes. It’s very professional and yet informal and she helps you feel good about yourself as a parent. I would recommend Nicola and all of her classes to anyone who is feeling a bit stressed about becoming a parent again or for the first time. ( We also attended hypno-birthing classes with Nicola- amazing!!!)”


“GroovaRoo is such a joy! My baby absolutely loves it and so do I. It’s such a lovely way to spend time bonding with my baby in an active, happy, positive environment. We get to meet other mums and babies too which is always lovely. GroovaRoo makes my baby happy and is nice gentle exercise for me too. The most important thing for me is spending the bonding time with my baby but it is also a great way to exercise with no baby sitter required. Everyone wins!”


“Baby yoga, baby massage and hypnomothering are by far and away the best and most important classes I could have done for me and my wee hamish!!! I highly recommend these for all parents.”