"I don't have time to take care of me"
How often do you tell yourself this?
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 your kid was born.
Find yourself snippy with your child as they smell every single flower on the way home, cause your body is aching and you are counting the seconds until you can start parenting from the couch.
Wonder where your abs and butt disappeared to. How are you supposed to strengthen them if you can't even find them?
Wonder if how your body feels is normal. Are you supposed to feel this way or is something wrong?
Are exhausted all the time, like really, ALL THE TIME.
You can't seem to get a nice full breath no matter how hard you try.
Have pelvic floor issues, prolapse, or diastasis recti and have stopped doing anything cause you're scared that you'll make it worse than it is already.
Push through all the to do's every day but you never make 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.
...you know if you don't do something you'll 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's not what you want for you or your family!
I get it, I've been there. I was the 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.
Funny how I didn't get any better...
Then one day something in me shifted. I was so frustrated with feeling fragile. I was done with my bullsh#t.
I made myself a promise that I would stop putting myself last and figure it out how to feel better.
I started carving out 20 minutes a day...
...to pay attention to my body and listen to what I needed.
Sometimes it looked a bit like yoga and other times like curling up into a ball and breathing.
I didn't really know what I needed but creating the space made a difference.
I got real curious
and then voracious about what was going on in my body and how bodies worked, especially mom's bodies.
How does pregnancy and childbirth change how the body works?
Major body nerd over here.
I studied, experimented, took courses
and raged against the lack of support and knowledge in the medical system that leaves moms to figure this out on their own or suffer silently.
Then I started to share my learning.
This 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.
Ask your family for support with this! It will make a difference to have that support.
During those 20 minutes, I will lead you through some awareness building, release work and strength work for your body and give you a prompt that will help you connect to your heart.
I know you can do this.
You can do anything for 5 days.
Each day we will address one of five areas that most moms complain about and need to release and retrain after pregnancy and childbirth.
What we will cover
Whole body whole heart will only be helpful for you if you actually do it!
If you just watch the videos it will do very little for you.
It will be even more helpful 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!
Thank you for putting on this challenge. It feels like it is just what I need right now.
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.
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 July 13th)
If you are in the regular everyday hamster wheel, make the space. It will only take you 20 minutes a day. 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, ask for their support and then get your butt off the couch and moving. It's not too strenuous, some of it is even relaxing and rejuvenating.
Is this just a big ad for your course?
Nope, I will tell you about my course and this challenge will help you decide if you want to enroll in my course but I will not be selling to you all week long. The daily units will be all about you.
What if I can't keep up?
Whatever you do don't be mean to yourself about it. Do what you can. You will have the weekend to catch up. Know that even if you only do a day, it will be helpful.
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.
Otherwise 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.
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.
Will this be all that I need?
This is a wonderful place to start but it takes time 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?
Welcome! This is relevant to anyone who wants to connect in 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?
Just quit. It's free, you haven't lost anything.
What kind of 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 body is very complex, I don't know everything and there are limits to what is possible in this format. I also know that despite all the complexity many of the 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.
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.
Once again - it feels good. Not just the movements, but the fact that I was actually able to sit down and focus on myself
Postpartum 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!
When we have no ab support, our backs, hip flexors, neck and shoulders step up to help out. That works wonderfully 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 and they start complaining.
Hello aches and pains.
A little bit of retraining makes all the difference.
I'm so excited to share a bit of what I've learned with you.