Welcome to our Meet The Team series!
Today we spoke with Lauren, our resident massage therapist, and expert in all things bodywork, movement, and wellbeing.
We met Lauren years ago and were fortunate enough to work with her prior to her studies in massage therapy. Always the mother bear on the team, we were privileged to witness Lauren step into motherhood with her own two sweet littles, and bloom into the nurturing and compassionate woman she is.
Lauren’s path into massage therapy, including her post and prenatal work, has been a natural and fitting one for someone as dedicated to women’s health as her.
Here are a few questions we asked her:
How did you find your way into what you’re doing now?
My passion for movement and my strong desire to step away from my desk job led me to become a yoga teacher ten years ago. It was the dedication to my practice (i.e. lots of daily hardcore yoga) that led me to seek treatment as a way to support my practice and overall wellbeing. While on maternity leave following the birth of my daughter, I began studying to become a remedial massage therapist.
Having experienced the benefits of massage treatment myself as part of antenatal and postpartum care, I undertook additional studying in pregnancy massage.
Why do you do what you do?
I'm passionate about helping people to move (or be able to move) their bodies.
The human body fascinates me, it's an incredibly complex piece of machinery that is capable of such wonderful things!
Supporting women during pregnancy and postpartum is a privilege. I have experienced the benefits of massage during both pregnancies and as part of my postpartum journey and it is my hope to share this with women.
I love what I do. My daughter often remarks "not again" when I tell her I am going to work. It gives me such joy to tell her that "I like going to work, because I love my job." I am honoured to be part of women's journey through pregnancy and beyond.
What is your favourite topic to talk about with your clients?
I love discussing with clients and how together we can develop some simple movements or lifestyle changes that can improve their overall wellbeing, reduce pain and get them moving better.
I also have to say that one of my all time favourite topics is women's health during stages of conception, pregnancy and postpartum.
What is your favourite thing about working amongst other women here at Meraki?
I love that I get to share a workspace with such empowering and intelligent women. It’s wonderful to be able to bounce ideas off my team and refer clients to my fellow therapists, where I believe they'll receive the most benefit!
What would you tell your younger self that you know now?
SLOW DOWN and save your money.. I think I was always in such a rush for such a long time. That's not to say I didn't enjoy myself, I did, perhaps too much, thus the saving money suggestion.
What makes you different from other healers?
My approach to the whole person.
I believe that during treatment it is vital to look at the big picture.
I believe in the healing power of touch.
The benefits of massage are not just physical.