Baby-based business is booming in the Borders

Galago, buggy fitness.
Galago, buggy fitness.

A new mum’s determination to keep herself fit following the birth of her son has lead to the creation of a booming new business.

Rebecca Holisz set up Galago in April, but her pilates, fitness and baby massage classes in Galashiels have proved so successful that she is looking to expand her offering even further.

Galago, buggy fitness.

Galago, buggy fitness.

She has even been asked to run classes for local health professionals.

Rebecca, 34, said: “Being approached by local health authorities is a fantastic endorsement for what I do and I am looking forward to working with them.

“I decided to set up pilates classes following the birth of my own child. As someone who is physically fit and enjoys sport I found it frustrating that there were no suitable exercise groups for pregnant nor post-natal women in the area where I live.

“I wanted to provide sessions where mums-to-be can get fit for birth and keep fit after their child is born.”

Galago, post natal classes.

Galago, post natal classes.

With a well-scheduled timetable of classes, Rebecca is also able to spent lots of quality time with 21-month-old son Joseph and husband Steven, a building surveyor.

Rebecca said: “Exercise is important in helping to reduce depression, build self-esteem and reduce symptoms such as back and pelvic pain, which are common during and after pregnancy.

“The classes are also a place where mums can meet, socialise and share experiences.”

The success of her classes has meant that Rebecca is now looking to build up a co-operative, with a physiotherapist and personal trainer, and has been helped along the way by Business Gateway.

Galago, buggy fitness.

Galago, buggy fitness.

Wilma Norris, business adviser, said: “Rebecca is providing an exercise outlet which has been lacking in the Borders until now. She has a good business head on her and we’re continuing to support the on-going development of this initiative.”

With a degree in electronic engineering, Rebecca worked for the BBC, building studios and getting behind the camera. After working in operational policing in the Midlands, she moved to the Borders after meeting Steven.