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Hold Yourself Sacred!

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I came across this quote a couple of months ago when I was setting out intentions for 2017.

When January came around and everyone was setting out resolutions and goals, a theme I kept hearing about and reading was SELF CARE. As most of us do, I’ve been caught up in the hustle and bustle of life…AGAIN. Yep, the Bullet Journal I promised to fill out weekly has been filled out twice so far this year. The exercise plan I laid out for myself has drastically altered. The eating habits are a constant ebb and flow, and….Sleep…well, I haven’t stuck to the 8 hours I promised myself. It’s ok though. It truly is.

This quote came to me again today, and it was perfect timing. I may not have hit all my 2017 goals perfectly or even landed near the mark on some, but I can always pick myself up again. I love the reminder to hold myself sacred. It’s such a gentle reminder to us all.

We can get caught up in taking care of all of our responsibilities, and we tend to put ourselves last. But I can continue to make new adjusted promises to myself to take care of me.

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Valentine’s Massage Specials

All You Need Is Love And A Massage

Love is all you need, but a massage would be nice too. Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! Take away the stress of finding a gift, and grab a great deal NOW!

$25 OFF One Massage

$60 OFF Two Massages

This amazing offer includes prenatal massage, postnatal massage, therapeutic massage, and Maya Abdominal massage sessions. With this special massage offer, you can treat yourself to some love, give your partner a hint, or give this gift to someone special!

For e-gift cards, Click Here!

Prefer a hard copy? Contact me, and I will get one out to you ASAP! These massages are redeemable with Kari Jenkins, LMT only.

Expiration 2/14/18

Wishing You A Season Full Of Love,

Kari Jenkins, LMT
kari@gaiabirthandbodywork.com
615.426.1977

What my clients are saying about Maya Massage!

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are amazing! It has changed my life and the way I view my body. I love hearing how powerful this sacred work can be for others.

  • “It was a great experience!”
  • “I loved how I felt after my session!  I look forward to booking my next session.”
  • “Maya Abdominal changed the way I relate to my body and my cycle.  In short, it revolutionized my thinking and changed my life.”
  • “Kari came highly recommended, and I appreciated how she explained what to expect during my first Maya Massage. The session was wonderful, and she was generous afterward with information and recommendations.”
  • “I just wanted to say that I have been menstruating since I was 11 and I’ve never had a period that wasn’t extremely painful until this month.  Thank you so much for the work that you do!  I’m excited about continuing this journey of self care. “
  • “It helped me feel more appreciative of and connected to my body, which is a hard thing while dealing with infertility. The guidance for self care at home is empowering. I recommend Maya Abdominal Therapy to everyone I know.”
  • “I strongly believe that Maya massage contributed to the conception of my daughter. In addition, the self care was a useful tool during my postpartum time as well. Kari’s passion for women, along with her deep knowledge of pregnancy, birth and beyond, really make her an excellent resource for this specialized kind of healing bodywork.”
  • Maya Abdominal Massage is the most unique refreshing massage therapy I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t sleep lying on my back or stomach since before I had my son 4 years prior. I decided to try Maya Abdominal Massage for fertility support and to regulate my hormones. The biggest miracle is Kari’s work has allowed me to finally sleep on my back or stomach without it locking up. It’s the most amazing service! Every woman deserves this special treatment. Regularly.”

If you want to learn more about this restorative massage technique then click here.

Hello Black Friday! The Massage Special Is Here!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

The Black Friday Sale Is Here!

This special offer includes prenatal massage, postnatal massage, and therapeutic massage for women and men.  These incredible massage packages are valid through April 30th, so you have plenty of time to use them AND enjoy the tremendous benefits of regular massage therapy.  

  • Reduce stress
  • Increase circulation
  • Greater feelings of well-being
  • Relief for headaches and pain
  • Less muscle tension
  • Caring, healthy touch

Prefer a hard copy gift card? Contact me and I will get one in the mail to you right away in time for Christmas!  Tis the Season for sharing love and giving massage!

Kari Jenkins, LMT
kari@gaiabirthandbodywork.com
615-426-1977

When Mama Is Happy

I am thrilled to be a surprise addition to The Brilliant Mama Blog Tour organized by Jenni at Mamahhh! There is a very special giveaway at the end of this blog post.

Did you read Kate Cropp’s post yesterday? Her expertise with breastfeeding is renowned in Nashville! Check out her blog at Nashville Birth & Babies.

Even though the blog tour is winding down, you can still sign up: Brilliant Mama Blog Tour… there will be an after-the-tour bonus going out to the mamas who’ve signed up. Don’t miss out!

When Jenni at Mamahhh first invited me to write for The Brilliant Mama Blog Tour, I thought, “that sounds cool”. However, I was overwhelmed with taking care of two sick boys, bogged down with work, and trying to prepare for our vacation that I just left it behind me as a fleeting thought on our way to Virginia. After we were settled back at home and my boys were feeling better, I gave Jenni a call to say I was sorry for dropping the ball on the blog tour and some of my other duties. She was very gentle with me and understood, AND she offered me the opportunity to complete a Baker’s Dozen and be a bonus blogger if I was up for it. So, here it is…

I’ve been reading what the other Mamas had to say, and it’s a complete joy to be reassured and validated as a mother. The bloggers have been honest and raw. I appreciate and value when moms get real. One of the common threads is the idea of self-love and care. I don’t think it is repetitive at all. I think we’re on to something!

I’ve always struggled with the concept of self-care and self-love. I was taught to put other’s needs before your own. Even though I cherish the things I was taught as a child, I believe our culture tends to swing the pendulum in one direction or the other. We can go to the extreme in either case; we’re either too ego-centric or too selfless. There’s a balance in there, and it’s not the same for everyone. But I think when we find that place for us personally, we thrive.

The act of mothering is selfless. So for us to balance the pendulum swinging we have to actively and consciously take care of ourselves. Have you ever heard that phrase: If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy? I’m originally from Georgia, so I grew up on that saying. I’d like to spin it and say, “When Mama is happy, everyone can be happy.” We, as mothers, HAVE to do things for ourselves just for the hell of it…because we’re worth it. Whether it be taking a walk by ourselves, having a Girl’s Night, or whatever it is that makes us feel cared for. I’m going to talk about massage and healing touch because that’s my background. It’s what I do.

Everyone knows that massage helps you unwind and relax! It doesn’t stop there. A massage allows your muscles to unclench, your blood pressure to lower, your heart rate to slow down, and the stress hormones to drop. It reduces pain, elevates your mood, treats the common discomforts of pregnancy and postpartum, and prepares a woman physically, emotionally, and mentally for labor and motherhood.

Why is it then that some women don’t take advantage of such sheer GOODNESS? Here are three things that I hear most and creative ways to overcome our challenges for loving ourselves.

1 – TIME 

“I don’t have time to get a massage. Our schedules are too crazy.” I encourage moms to set realistic goals. Some women can find the time twice a month, once a month, or once a season.  A mom has to figure out for herself what her realistic goal can be, but planning it out will ensure that it actually happens. Most moms can carve out a couple of hours for themselves with a little bit of planning and rearranging.

2 – MONEY

When you have a sweet addition to the family or preparing for your baby, a lot of people have a shift in their finances. Life costs more, you’re trying to save, or one of you might not be working as much. I believe that women are creative beings, and they can find the money somewhere. It may be that you save some on your groceries or somewhere else on your budget and can allocate it to self-care. There are holidays and celebrations like baby showers, birthdays, the Holidays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day. We can always find something to celebrate. Ask for a massage gift certificate or package instead of another kitchen appliance. If you do have extra money, put it into your self-care budget.

3 – CHILDCARE

I know it can be hard to find someone to take care of your new baby or even trust someone to watch after him/her. Trust me. As a doula, I know the struggles of childcare, but because of what I do, I’ve learned to trust and let go of control. When I’m gone for work or doing something for myself, I know that they may not be going to bed the way they would normally, or their food selection might not be to my standards. But everyone has always survived. One of my pet peeves is when a partner is ready and willing to take care of their baby, but mom won’t stop instructing or breathing down their necks. No, it may not unfold as you would want, but let your partner have a chance. Let them have the chance to figure out on their own how to put their son or daughter down or how to cope or manage a parenting situation. When you get back, everyone will be there. And they’ll be fine. It will build his confidence and more than likely give him even more respect for what you do. There are grandparents and plenty of friends that are more than willing to hold your baby while you take care of you. You just have to ask and let them. I’ve had grandparents, dads, and friends come to a massage and play with baby at a nearby park, run errands, or even sit in the waiting area. I’ve had babies come to the massage and either sleep or cuddle with mom.

I do want you all to know that although I write all of this, I struggle with it too. It’s finding the right balance in taking care of our families and ourselves. I can say these things because they are lessons I’m ALWAYS learning too. Letting go of control, getting creative, and feeling so happy after I’ve done something for myself. Sometimes I forget how good it feels to take care of me, but it’s a feeling we need to harbor and nurture! When I’m happy and nurtured, I can give myself more readily to my children.

I asked some moms how prenatal and postpartum massage was helpful and WORTH IT. Here’s what they had to say.

“Taking the time for a prenatal massage was not only a wonderful gift to myself for the work my body was doing, but also a gift to my unborn baby who benefited from the reduced stress and cortisol levels like I did!”

“After the birth of my daughter I felt great…except for my lower back. My postpartum massage released the tension that was preventing me from being comfortable nursing and caring for my new baby.”

“Prenatal massage helped me tap into a meditative state I would later utilize during the intense physical task of labor and childbirth. It was definitely worth it to tune into my body under professional hands.”

“I was able to treat myself, reward for my body. Relaxed and cleared my thoughts…touch who doesn’t enjoy that.”

“Pregnancy massage is a relaxing, rejuvenating, realigning time for a tired and changing body to prepare for the life giving opening that is necessary. Postpartum massage is grounding, healing, and reconnecting with one’s own self. And restful.”

“Prenatal massage helps me feel reconnected to my body and to my baby, grounds me, relaxes me and reduces my pain and discomfort. It makes me feel like a human again.”

As a very special thanks for visiting the Brilliant Mama Blog Tour, I’m giving away a free 60-minute massage! (Redeemable only in Nashville!) Check out the details below on how you can enjoy balance & better self-care!

Click on the link below to leave a comment about how you create balance through self-care to have your name entered into the giveaway.

Gaia Birth and Bodywork Giveaway

Rite of Passage

Birth and Motherhood are rites of passages. We don’t have many that we hold sacred in our culture, and I think the mere idea of the journey into motherhood as being a rite of passage makes women uncomfortable. It’s the unknown. It’s unfamiliar. In some ways, it’s uncontrollable. And some times we’re too busy to even stop and acknowledge that it is going on. It does go on whether we take time to notice, are in denial, or try to push it away. The passage into motherhood happens…no matter what.

During a rite of passage, a part of ourselves die. Yes, dies. It’s weird to put the two together, but that is what happens in a rite of passage. Our maiden woman self has to shed its skin so to speak. We die to that part of us. In the throne room of birth, we realize our vulnerability, our challenges, and our strengths. In those moments, we have to let go of certain things, so we can fully become mothers. Whether they are changes in our social life, our personal life, our relationships, we have to reevaluate them as mothers. Then, the rebirth happens. We are born as mothers! We try new things on like making new friends, change in careers, and learning how to care for our new baby.

We are told by our culture that by 6 – 12 weeks postpartum we should have it together. Most of us don’t. We’re still not sleeping. How can we fully embrace what it means to be a mother in such a short period of time? I believe it truly does take a good year or more before we come to life in our new mother selves. It takes time to sort through what is good for us and how to move forward in our lives as we’re balancing diaper changes, feedings, and a new family member among everything else we’ve always done.

I always tell families “Be Gentle With Yourselves” as you are weaving your way into your new self. That’s the kindest thing to do for yourself and your family. Acknowledge the transformation. Walk, crawl, and hold onto others as you make your way through the passage. Allow yourself to make it sacred. And be there for other moms as they figure it out too. At some point, a new mother becomes the wise ancestor, and she can reach out her hand to the ones who are fresh and raw on their own journey.

Jolynn’s Farewell

Dear Clients, loyal supporters, birthing mamas, birth advocates, and friends,

Today I must say goodbye. Its still strange and surreal but I must follow my path and say goodbye to Gaia Birth and Bodywork and let her fly on her own. I keep saying that it feels bittersweet. Gaia Birth and Bodywork has felt like my own baby, together, Kari and I birthed her, raised her, but it was all of you who spread her through out the community. I will be forever grateful for each and every one of you who has supported me, believed in our vision, and allowed me to practice and develop my skills here in Nashville.  Its because of your support over the years that I am able to do what I love each and every day. Thank you for blessing my life with your presence, whether, once, weekly, or during your birthing time; you too have made a profound impact on my life. I will miss you dearly!

I am headed back to Cleveland Ohio, my hometown, to be with my fiancee and I will continue to practice massage and attend births. I am in the process of finding an office and setting up my new business. Please, if you are ever in the area, drop in for a massage and say hello. I would love to see you! If you know anyone in Cleveland who would like a session or if you just want to keep tabs on me I will be sure to keep my personal website up to date. You can find me at www.jolynnlewis.com or stay in touch by email at jolynnlewis@gmail.com.

Kari will continue to massage, teach Birthing From Within classes, attend births, and take care of Gaia Birth and Bodywork. So don’t neglect your body after I have gone, Kari gives amazing massages. If you haven’t gotten a session with her, do it!

Again, thank you for all of your support and kindness over the years.

Take care,

Jolynn

Maya Abdominal Therapy

I just returned from an amazing Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner Training this past week. It was a much needed retreat, at a little hideaway in the woods of New Hampshire with an incredible group of women, conversation, and ancient Maya healing Wisdom. I cannot express how moved I was during this workshop, there’s something special about getting your uterus massaged into her proper place. Feeling her move and come back to center is deeply profound and powerful. I felt lighter, more intuitive, open, and aligned in my true being. Its my hope that all women come to understand this feeling. Even men too, the abdomen and pelvis is such a place of vulnerability, a place we hold our emotions, and our creative center. On a physical level realigning our abdominal organs can help to increase arterial and venous flow, lymph, nerve, and energy flow. But from an emotional and spiritual place we can release emotion, unlock our inner wisdom, and live our truth.

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy were developed by Dr Rosita Arvigo after studying for years with a Maya Shaman, Don Elijilo Panti, in Belize. Through his lineage and her expansive knowledge of the human form she created a holistic approach to addressing both reproductive and digestive aliments.

I love this work as it is gentle yet powerful and it gives you a variety of self care tools to help enhance the work and to take an active role in your healing. I hope to have the opportunity to bless your womb with Maya Abdominal Therapy so that you too can find comfort in reconnecting to your uterus.

 

 

The Energetics of Birth Workshop

We thought you might want to join us for an upcoming birth workshop; The Energetics for Birth: Tools and Techniques for Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery with Bridget Boland. This one day workshop is a great opportunity to learn some new tools to prepare for, cope, and celebrate birth.  Join doula and pre/postnatal yoga teacher Bridget Boland for a workshop designed for pregnant women and their partners, caregivers, midwives and doulas.

Learn about:
* the energy body during pregnancy and labor
* hands-on energetic techniques to ease pain and encourage an easier birth time
* visualization and meditation skills for creating an unforgettable ceremony celebrating pregnancy and childbirth.Immediately following the workshop, Bridget will read from her debut novel, The Doula, now available from Simon and Schuster at Parnassus Books and online at www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com.DATE: Saturday November 17
TIME: 6:30-9:00 pm
LOCATION: The Nesting Place at 605 Berry Road, Nashville, TN 37204
FEE: $25/person until November 8, $35 thereafter.
QUESTIONS: Contact Bridget at gypsybill7 @ sbcglobal.net or 214-682-1207
TO REGISTER: Order tickets via Eventbrite ~ $25 earlybird rate through Nov. 8
http://bridgetboland-efbevent.eventbrite.com/