MOMpreneuer Spotlight – Sara Riley, LMT
What is the best part about being a MOMpreneur?
It gives me the capacity to be the best parent and human being I can be. Yes, juggling a business and two littles is a lot of work – there is a huge expectation to be Supermom, and we’re harder on ourselves than anyone else. So I have to practice the art of self-forgiveness. A lot. But my job brings me incredible satisfaction. I get to work with the sweetest little babies – and am so committed to empowering and equipping mothers to help their littles. It’s cathartic in a way, to help them where I struggled with my babies.
Why did you start your business?
I started my business in 2002 with the intention of treating chronic and acute pain. It has evolved over the years to include labor education and support (focused on tools which mitigate the physiological stress and pain of childbirth), treating neurological disorders, and using craniosacral therapy and the TummyTime!™ method to help tongue-tied babies. Given my own experiences with my two tongue tied boys, tongue tie is personal for me, and I believe this is what I was meant to do. I want more than anything for these mothers to have the resources that I struggled so hard to find.
How does it help Make Motherhood Easier?
In addition to bodywork, I teach wellness principles, autonomic nervous system and stress regulation techniques, and the TummyTime!™ method to support infant development. Teaching moms and kids reinforce healthy practices in my personal life. I practice what I preach. And the more I preach, the better I practice. Therapeutic partnerships are mutually beneficial.
What is your key to balancing motherhood, wife/partner/friend, and business owner?
I don’t have all the answers. Sometimes I feel like the balance is precarious, at best. But I love my children, I love my friends and family, and I love what I do. It takes a village. I got this tip from a mom of 4 “eventually, you realize that it’s all chaos and mayhem, and you just go with it”. I try to keep her advice (and more importantly, her sense of humor) in mind. We are all imperfect, and we all have our limitations. But if we can embrace them with humor, it allows us to experience the joy.
What is your dream ‘Me Time’ scenario?
What’s me time? Haha. I cherish the little moments. Truthfully, working on www.ankyloglossiabodyworkers.com (uninterrupted by waking babies) because it gives me a greater purpose. Sure, I dream of being on a beach in Costa Rica with a bar, a nanny, and daily massage, but healthy expectations are in order. I’m raising little people.
What is the top piece of advice you have for fellow mom’s looking back at your own journey?
BREATHE...When we are stressed or in fight or flight, we literally have the ability to alter our biology simply by breathing. And by connecting with our babies, our partner, our friends, and family. Social connection alters our autonomic nervous system. Make eye contact. Hold hands, touch, and cuddle. Be authentically present for yourself and your family. This is our SOURCE.
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For moms with tongue tied babies, I am happy to wave my initial consultation fee of $120 and charge my hourly rate of $80. First visits typically run between 90-120 minutes.