Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Weisman Sax.
Lauren, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I built Mama Method out of a genuine synthesis of my passions and desires: I have always loved spending time with women and supporting them through challenge and transition. I have always wanted to be of service to mothers and recognize the enormity of the shift into this pivotal life phase. I have been dancing and accessing healing through movement my entire life. I have also always wanted to work for myself.
The details of my narrative that landed me right here, right now? I grew up in Boston and spent the vast majority of my childhood at The Boston Ballet School. This led me to an all girls’ performing arts camp where I developed a broader love for the arts. I went to college at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL to study theatre and moved to New York City after school to pursue my acting dreams.
I worked steadily as an actress and also began training and then teaching barre, yoga, and strength training classes at an elite Manhattan fitness studio to have some life structure and financial security. The energy of the city was intense for me, and after shooting a guest star in a tv show and a few fun film projects, I felt called to give LA a shot. I had lived here for a summer between my junior and senior year of college, so I had just enough of a lay of the land (and enough community here) to feel comfortable making the leap.
It makes me cry every time I think about the fact that my dad flew out with this naive and ambitious twenty-four-year-old me and helped to set up every aspect of my new life so very far from home. It took less than a year before I knew I needed to explore creating a career outside of the acting realm. I still do voice-over work and the animation world holds a big part of my heart but acting on camera brought out the most insecure and damaged parts of me, parts that were deeply competitive and unsupportive of other women.
I shine in the very opposite light, and I dove into the most supportive role I could possibly envision: I completed my training as a birth doula. This led me down a path of numerous, varied continued trainings to support expecting and new mothers, in conjunction with my continued study of movement modalities. I realized in teaching public classes that even seasoned teachers had few resources and limited tool boxes for pregnancy and postpartum.
I made it my mission to take care of these moms, providing safe modifications that could support their growth and healing. After years of seeing private mama clients, I decided to join a friend who was enrolled in a business class at UCLA. This was my accountability course. I knew I needed a name for what I was already doing, I needed a trademark for that name and a website. Mama Method was born just over five years ago.
I am still learning, growing and beyond grateful to be a part of so many incredible women’s journeys into motherhood. And now, almost seven months pregnant myself with twins, I am putting all of my work to use in a whole new, intensely personal way.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth? Definitely not. I don’t think life is meant to be smooth and if it was, my Gemini spirit would certainly be bored and uninspired. That said, my career path has been the most volatile part of my life.
I have such stability and the most lucky grounding: a beautiful family and the most loving, supportive partner. That foundation really makes the rockier moments of self-doubt, confusion, anxiety, depression or really any other roadblock seem largely insignificant.
Mama Method – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Mama Method is a comprehensive movement modality that is catered to the individual. I see women throughout their pregnancy or post birth to craft this amalgam of yoga, barre, dance, pilates, cardiovascular work, and meditation. I don’t know anyone who does exactly what I do because my background is quite varied and specialized.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
This continues to shift for me. Normally, I feel success and satisfaction in my gut. When I can positively shift a mom’s outlook or a strain in their body, it registers for me internally. The more mamas I help, the more successful I feel. Just last week a client who started seeing me when her daughter was four months old (her second birthday is this coming week) burst into tears at the end of our session. “You’ve changed me so much,” she said. “I love the new me!”
We started with a very tight, rigid frame and a substantial abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and this woman is now so much more mobile with a completely healed core. The anxiety in her tension was evident when I met her, and now the freedom and confidence in her body and her spirit is so present. It’s amazing to facilitate and witness such change.
- Website: mama-method.com
- Phone: 617-943-1019
- Email: email@example.com
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