Episode 8: Interview with Anietie Ukpe-Wallace from The Masterful Art of Self-Care

podcast Jan 08, 2020

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Episode 8 of the Thriving Birth Worker Podcast is an awesome interview with Anietie (Tia) Ukpe-Wallace.

Trigger Warning

I want to gently provide a trigger warning for miscarriage and stillborn birth. In today's episode Tia shares vulnerably around her experience with her own miscarriage, so I encourage you to listen to your heart to know if you're in a space to process that story. 

A little bit about Tia:

Anietie Ukpe-Wallace, also known as Tia, has had a life-long fascination with the human body and its inner workings. Beginning with a formal introduction to movement in college, she has continued that journey ever since. As a yoga teacher of 8 years in the East Bay, her practice morphed from one of structure and ego to one of humility and independent thinking. After her own struggles surrounding her pelvic floor, she has grown a love for learning and understanding this part of the body that is rarely talked about and sometimes even misunderstood.

Being a mom has also introduced her to the necessary world of self care. She is extremely passionate on the topic of self care being accessible and attainable to all and she has developed The Masterful Art of Self-Care’s 4 tenets: nutritional health, physical health/movement, mental health and pelvic floor/sexual health as being key components to everyone’s self care.

She recently graduated with a Doctorate degree in physical therapy, is in the completion stages of becoming a Women’s Health Coach through the Integrative Women’s Health Institute and is also the host of the podcast, The Masterful Art of Self-Care.

In today's episode we cover a great variety of topics, from hearing her story on her work connected to and how she became a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, transitioning into motherhood, how self care impacts her ability to serve and live an embodied life and so much more:

  • Tia shares where her passion for pelvic floor work comes from.
  • What exactly is self-awareness?
  • As a grad student/mom- how did you find/make the time to journal and move?
  • Giving yourself time, what that looks like and why.
  • Burnout - listening to your body, awareness, learning to say no,
  • How does self awareness impact how you serve your clients? As a physical therapist you see a lot of pain, how do you not carry that home with you? Or when you do what is your self care process?
  • How do you take care of yourself as you’re serving your clients?
  • How do you determine what is self care and what is numbing?

You can connect with Tia via - 

Website: themasterfulartofselfcare.com

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/themasterfulartofselfcare

IG: @selfcarephsyio

What do you believe around self care? What are your own internal resistances to engaging in self care for you in this space? I've created a Self Care Journaling exercise to provide some guided questions to help you settle into a clearer understanding around your own beliefs around self care and how to support yourself!

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