Updated: Nov 11, 2018
I would like to take 2 minutes to let you get to know me, Terri Irvin, so you understand a little about my background and why I decided to create TIME: Bump & Beyond.
The Health & Wellness industry has been a major part of my life for the past two decades. I started my journey in wellness, helping my Mam, when I was a teen in the local holistic centre in Ireland. Little did I know then that this was to set the foundations for my future career and passion.
In the years that followed I made a career in Spa Management, starting at the gorgeous Kilashee House Hotel in Kildare. I was introduced to an array of product ranges such as Elemis and I have since worked with a lot of major product and treatment houses. One of my biggest passions is products! Knowing products, understanding products and using products... I absolutely love ingredients!
In 2008 I moved to England where I sought new experiences and challenges. Shortly after I became a Skin Analyst and Treatment Trainer. One thing that always excited me, like any girl, was retail. Oh and yes, girls like to shop!! Couple this with my passion for the skin, skincare and treatment products and we have a winning combination. A combination that led me to work with some of the worlds largest skincare producers and afforded me a wealth of experience.
FFWD to 2018... With 20 years of a very varied and exciting career, I decided the next adventure would be to take all those experiences and all the knowledge & skill I have acquired and turn it in to a service that I could give to new parents. The world of parenthood is very close to my heart and has been a pivotal part of my life in recent years.
In 2015 I became a mother! Absolutely the most incredible and wonderful life event that I could ever hope for. I have a beautiful young daughter and I, like a number of women, experienced a challenging pregnancy (but that's a story for another day...) My pregnancy journey was difficult, yet incredibly rewarding. However, I didn't feel like there was a unified support service that I could rely on to help me when I was in need. I spent a lot of my pregnancy researching, scouring google and Mumsnet etc. I met new friends and spoke with other expectant parents, attended every prenatal class I could find, signed up to a hypnobirthing course and bought a lot of books. I wanted to be armed with as much informations as possible. I wanted to be in control. But, as you may have found, there is a lot of conflicting information and opinion-led 'facts'. I didn't think this was the right way to approach this journey. Surely there was somewhere I could go, someone I could talk to that would have the answers and could give the right support?
So that conundrum led me here. 3 years on and I decided to be that person. To offer that service and to help new parents enjoy their birthing journey without worrying what to do and where to turn for advice. It should be all about relaxation and control. Surrendering from fear and embracing the adventure.
It's Your TIME...
This brings me to skincare, you, and your pregnancy journey. Relaxation and self-care is key. You may have just had a beautiful pregnancy massage, or your may be concerned about how your body is changing throughout your pregnancy. Here at TIME we don't only offer advice and support. We have a bespoke and unique pregnancy massage that is tailored to offer pregnant women the best possible start to their pregnancy journey.
Couples' classes are also available every month to give your significant-other the tools and understanding to help you relax, soothe and calm in the run up to giving birth. This is an essential skill if you are a hypnobirthing couple.
We also offer a comprehensive hypnobirthing course that fully accredited and certified. This will give you and your partner the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to really take control of your birthing experience as you prepare to welcome your newborn in to the world.
Throughout pregnancy we really want to connect with our baby and adding treatment oils, pregnancy massage oils, creams and even shower products is an amazing way to do this. Not only do we get to enjoy these sensual aromas but by indulging in this time-out for ourselves, we connect with our baby. As a bonus we not only smell gorgeous, but have softer more supple skin. This will help us as the body changes throughout, and after, our pregnancy. It allows our bodies to 'bounce back'!!
So I hope you have a wonderful, enjoyable and empowering birthing adventure. We are here should you need us and always feel free to take the TIME to get in touch...
Terri Irvin x
TIME Owner & Founder