How often are you cranky with your kid or partner, cause your body hurts, you're exhausted and you haven't made any space to nurture you?
My guess is, every day since your kid was born and maybe even before.
Find yourself snapping at your child as they smell every flower, cause your body is aching and you are counting the seconds until you can start parenting from the couch
Feel exhausted all the time, like really, ALL THE TIME
Have pelvic floor issues, prolapse, diastasis recti and have stopped doing anything cause you're scared that you'll make it worse than it is now.
Wonder when your abs and butt disappeared? How are you supposed to get them strong when you can't even find them?
Push through all the 'to do's every day, but 'you' never makes it to the top of the list
Feel disconnected from your body. Your lower back and shoulders are always sore, and your core feels so weak.
Struggle to get a nice full breath no matter how you try.
Wonder if how your body feels is even normal? Are you supposed to feel this way or is something wrong?
...you know if you don't do something you will end up feeling like you're trapped in a body that isn't yours for the rest of your life, resenting your beautiful family and becoming 'that mom'.
That is not what you want for you or your family
I get it, I've been there. I wasthe worst at creating space for me, and doing the thing, any thing that would make me feel better.
I spent years going to a physiotherapist and not doing my exercises and then being sad a bewildered that I wasn't making any improvement.
Then one day something in me shifted.
I cracked, I was done with my bull sh$T. I was so exhausted of hurting and not taking any action that I made a promise to myself...I would start putting myself on the list first not last.
I started carving out 20 minutes a day to pay attention to my body and listen to what I needed. Sometimes that looked a bit like yoga other times like curling up into a ball and breathing. I didn't really know what I needed but just creating some space for me, made a huge difference.
I got real curious...
about what was going on in my body and how bodies worked, especially mom's bodies.
How does pregnancy and childbirth change how our body works?
Big body nerd over here...
I studied and experimented and learned
I raged against the lack of support and knowledge in the medical system that left moms to figure this out on their own and then I started to share what I had learned and continue to learn.
This online challenge is my gift to you.
It's my way of extending a life line, letting you know you aren't alone and getting you started on the path to feeling sooooo much better. In your body, and in your heart.
It's called Whole Body Whole Heart because as a mom you need it all.... a body that works, and trust in your own knowing.
For 5 days I'm going to ask you to create 20 minutes of time just for you.
Ask your family to support you on this, let them know you have committed to this and that you will need 20 minutes of time for you.
I know you can do this.
You can do anything for 5 days.
I will lead you in some awareness building, release work, strength work and some heart connection
The body work I picked is purposeful.
It addresses 5 areas that moms complain about that need retraining after pregnancy and childbirth.
If you only take what we work with during the challenge and keep working with it, I promise you will notice a big difference in your body.
If you like what we do together and want to:
get personalized support
work with a group and get continued accountability
You will have the option to join my Mothership daily practice course that starts Sept 21st.
Either way, I hope you'll join me for this free week of support, connection and exploration!
One thing I have learned is that moving more is almost always helpful, it's just figuring out ways to move that will get you what you want.
This is how it works.
You click the button that says 'sign me up' and put in your name, email and a password. Hooray you took the first step!
You will get some welcome emails from Mothership (my paid course platform that is hosting the challenge) Do not get confused. Make sure that they are in your primary inbox so that you get each days email reminders.
Hop into the course and make sure you know how to post in the discussion thread and read the tips on how to get the most out of the course.
On Monday you will get a reminder email with a link to the course, follow it! The material is broken up into chunks around 5 minutes long so if you need to spread it out through your day you can.
Once you have done it, celebrate yourself, and post anything you learned, or questions you have, in the discussion thread just to the left of the course material. This is so helpful for tracking what you learned about your body, realizing you aren't alone, and getting my feedback and help.
Mothership starts on Sept 21st, you decide if you want to join that course for more guidance, support, accountability and feedback or not. That's it. Easy.
Whole body whole heart will be most helpful for you, if you do the videos as you watch them. Do not just watch them and think you will do them later....you won't.
You will get even more out of this week if you take the skills we work on and use them in your daily life.
'Did it! Even at the end of THE toughest parenting day on record. Thanks for the guidance!
This challenge is the perfect kick start for me to take my body (and my connection to it) more seriously, and give myself the time I deserve.
Thank you for putting on this challenge. It feels like it is just what I need right now.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I'm super busy?
Of course you are super busy, you are a mom! If you are moving to a new town, working overtime, or tending a sick relative maybe it's not the right choice for you right now. (you can always wait and join my Mothership course that starts Sept 21st)
But if you are in the everyday grind, make the space. It will only take you 20 minutes a day max. The units are around 5 minutes each so if you need to spread them out through the day do it.
The easiest way to make the space is to pick a time or a placement in your day that you will do the work, notify your family and ask for their support and then get your butt off the couch and moving. It's not too strenuous, and some of it is downright relaxing, I promise.
Is this just a big ad for your course?
Nope, I will tell you about my course, but there is no hard sell. This challenge will help you decide if you want to enroll in my course but the daily units are all about you.
What if I can't keep up?
The last thing I want is to make you feel guilty! Whatever you do, don't be mean to yourself about it. Just do what you can and know that you won't get things perfect right away.
You will have the weekend to catch up and know that even if you only do a day of this challenge, it will be helpful. Trust it.
What if I have diastasis recti, a c section scar, incontinence, prolapse or am less than 6 weeks postpartum?
If you had your baby yesterday, I would recommend that you just chill for a few weeks and rest as much as you can, because that is what your body needs.
Other than that, unless you have pain or symptoms when you do the exercises, they are appropriate and if you do notice anything, shoot me a message and we can do some troubleshooting.
As much as you may hate this answer, how you do an exercise is more important than what the exercise is. That said, all the work I have planned for us is fairly gentle.
What if my child was born years ago?
Your body is extremely adaptable, it's never too late. Even if you are convinced you need an operation, doing this work can make the operation not needed or make the operation more effective and your recovery quicker.
5. Will this be all that I need?
This is a wonderful place to start but it takes time and regular practice to retrain your body after giving birth. It took nine months or more to get you where you are now, it will take some time to unravel those changes and the fastest way to do that is get started now.
If you want more support from me after the challenge you can join my Mothership course or apply for private coaching.
What if I have never had a baby but I think it may help me?
You are welcome! This is relevant to anyone who wants to connect with their body and get their core and hips working more efficiently. Some of the heart conversation prompts may not land as they are, but can easily be modified to work for anyone.
What if I hate it?
Quit. It's free, you haven't lost anything.
What training do you have?
I am a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (Core Exercise Solutions, taught by physiotherapist Sarah Duvall) and I am certified in Core Restore and Advanced postnatal assessment through Burrell Education. In addition I have Hypopressives level 1 and the ubiquitous yoga teacher training.
The more I learn the more I realize that there is to learn, and at the same time I realize that all the complicated relations and reasons for the various issues we encounter as moms can be cleared up with pretty simple movement. You don't have to know all the complicated details to get great results.
Once again - it feels good. Not just the movements, but the fact that I was actually able to sit down and focus on myself.
I thought my back was starting to “go” yesterday morning but I feel like these exercises have helped because I no longer have that feeling of being on the edge of something happening!
The lengthening and neck rolling were so effective, feeling some tension released already and will definitely continue with this.
Whole Body Whole Heart Challenge
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Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist
Rebalancing the body after pregnancy and childbirth doesn't have to be hard but it needs to be done.
Our bodies adapt so much!
In pregnancy our center of balance and weight changes drastically and then when our beautiful babies come into the world our abs can't support us right away cause they are all stretched out.
When we have no ab support, our backs, hip flexors, neck and shoulders step up to help out. That works perfectly in the short term but is a terrible long term solution.
Those muscles end up working too hard at a job they aren't great at.
Hello aches and pains.
No need to live with it, you can find those muscles again and have a body that works.