meet the team

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Sally Martin

I’m Sally - founder of Buddha Baby. With over 20 years experience as a teacher-educator, I bring a unique skills set to Buddha Baby, which began as a way to combine my interests in both education and wellbeing over 12 years ago - it’s an unexpected adventure and an amazing journey on which I continue to travel! I’ve become well-known for the attention to detail and care I provide for my clients and for the traditional homemade cakes I bake for some of my classes! I currently run Buddha Baby alongside my other job, as a teacher-consultant, with the PSHE Association. My favourite place in all the world is Bali, Indonesia but I love nothing more than baking in my little pink kitchen with the door swung open to the back garden and the radio on.

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maria deschamps

Maria originally trained as a dancer at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Art and has practised many different styles of dance including ballet, show-dance and Lindy Hop. Maria says learning to use her sling with baby James and finding Sling Swing was a total game changer! Maria brings her passion for dance and enthusiastic approach to Sling Swing East London and loves encouraging parents to enjoy babywearing and gentle movement with their baby the Sling Swing way! You can catch Maria teaching at Sling Swing in Leytonstone and Walthamstow.


We feel our clients deserve the best professional advice and guidance we can give and for that reason we are trained with the UK’s leading educational providers. Buddha Baby is a proud member of the IAIM (International Association of infant Massage); Birthlight (the pioneers of Baby Yoga) and MISA (Massage in Schools Association). Sally trained with these organisations to gain certification as an instructor in each discipline; is a qualified teacher (primary education), and holds practitioner’s diplomas in holistic massage, including from ITEC and City and Guilds. Sally is also a fully qualified babywearing consultant and Maria, a babywearing peer-supporter - we both trained with the School of Babywearing (Babywearing UK). Sling Swing East London is a franchise of Sling Swing UK; the original and first babywearing dance group in the UK. We are insured by Morton Michele (Sling Swing) and BGI.