{ther • happy} Healing for Mamas

Healing women physically and emotionally after children is imperative.

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Project Description

What is {ther • happy}?

In her 14 years of Pilates teaching experience, Natalie Garay, Founder of {ther • happy} listened to one too many stories from women about their unfortunate experiences with bladder leakage, abdominal wall separation, c-section surgery, and chronic neck and back pain after having children. She decided to take her Pilates and Flower Essence Therapist certifications and incorporate her personal mindfulness practices to create a Methode to help women feel stronger from the inside out. With that, women can continue to care for themselves, their family, and their community happy and pain free.

 

It's a National issue:

Women aren’t receiving any information about how to rehabilitate their mind or body after birth or surgery which is leading to increased numbers of women experiencing incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, postpartum depression, and chronic pain.

Among the various health issues faced by women each year, postpartum depression (PPD) ranks the highest, with approximately 10 to 15% of women experiencing this condition, according to postpartumprogress.com.

Besides PPD, women also typically have to deal with issues such as neck pain, back pain, poor posture, mood imbalances, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, and the overall lack of energy after childbirth. These conditions are seldom given much attention to.

Giving birth through C-section is yet another issue. Cesarean section is a major abdominal surgery and should be rehabilitated as such. According to studies, around 32% of women in the U.S. undergo a C-section; a percentage much higher than the World Health Organization’s expected 10-15%. While having a C-section may have certain benefits, notable negative effects such as postpartum pain, bleeding and the effects of anesthetics remain real concerns.

Common But Not Normal

While many women experience many of these ailments after birth, they’re not normal and should not be left to “live with” as “part of the territory” that comes with having children. It can have a long-lasting effect causing women to feel shame, embarrassment and lead women to fear leaving their house or play with their children.

Oftentimes, women will use Google to look for solutions only leaving them feeling overwhelmed with too much information to process, even O.B.s aren't sure where to send women for support, at best, their suggestions for treatment are pills or surgery.

 

 

What {ther • happy} Provides

 

Services:

• One-on-one, tailored Pilates Sessions

• Pelvic Floor, Cesarean Section, Diastasis Recti Rehabilitation

• One-on-One Flower Essence Therapy support for emotional healing

• Massage Therapy

• Acupuncture

 

Events:

• Educational Postpartum Mind & Body Workshops

• Sunday Brunches

• Ladies Night Dinner Gatherings

• Women's Circles

Scholarship model

At the core of our business is a 5-for-1 scholarship model to offer membership to women in the SLO County community who meet specific socioeconomic needs, creating a truly diverse and inclusive environment. For every five members, we'll fund one full scholarship. Scholarships will be based upon applications and recommendations given by local practitioners or women's organizations.

 

The Space

The vision is to create a warm, inviting gathering space for women to come in for their weekly Private Pilates, massage, acupuncture or Flower Essence Therapy sessions. As well as hold birth and postpartum related workshops, social gatherings, or just to hang out with a cup of tea, or a glass of bubbly.

 

Amenities will include:

  • Private Pilates stalls for sessions tailored to meet your body’s specific needs

  • Journaling nook to relax, rejuvenate, journal or pray

  • Showers with towel service and a changing room equipped with carefully selected locally-made products

  • Infrared Sauna

  • Tea nook with comfortable seating to socialize or get more quiet time in

  • Food and beverages for purchase and snack options

  • Coffee & tea or bubbly provided

  • Cozy sitting area and Wi-Fi for light working

  • Gift boutique with locally-made goods

  • Opportunity to rent office space or open studio for workshops, private events or meetings.

 

Programming:

A rich calendar of programming and events featuring national and local educators. Learning opportunities for personal growth, plus fun social gatherings, and community building opportunities.

  • Empowering workshops across a variety of topics: preparing for birth, physical and emotional postpartum healing, managing hormonal shifts, and mental health and wellness.

  • Panels and speaking events

  • Women’s Circles

  • Wellness Retreats

 

 

Why Crowdfunding?

{ther • happy}’s power lies with our Members and our community. We want our Members to feel as much a part of building who {ther • happy} is as we do. We’ve partnered with iFundWomen, a female-only crowdfunding platform, to help get the job done. Funds secured through our crowdfunding campaign will be used to build a new physical space, the most critical component of {ther • happy}.

Thank you for helping us bring this vision to life! We look forward to serving more mamas and creating a warm, gathering space for our community.

 

Timeline:

The goal is to have this baby built and ready to rock by late Fall 2019 or early 2020. 

Phase 1: Funding 

Phase 2: Secure location + Confirm building plans

Phase 3: Break ground! 

Phase 4: Tell the masses!

Phase 5: Launch Party!!

 

Phase 1 funding:

The 50k (or more that we raise here on iFundwomen) is to secure funding, bank or otherwise to buy the property and begin the buildout. The estimated cost is about 700k for the buildout. 

 

Phase 2 addition:  

Yurts! {ther • happy} will host weekend getaways for mamas who'd like a rejuvenating staycation or a quick reprieve from the LA or SF city life. We expect to have this addition 6-12 months after {ther • happy} is up and running. 

 

Founder, Natalie Garay: The Pilates Mama is the owner of {ther • happy} studios, Founder of The Natalie Garay Methode, and creator of {ther • happy} Flower Essence Remedies. She specializes in pelvic floor, c-section, and Diastasis Recti rehabilitation, and as a Flower Essence Therapist, she supports emotional imbalances. She is a mama to 3 teenage daughters, 16 year old twins, Nia & Kaia, and Ava, 14.

She holds a B.A. in Dance from UCSB and has been featured on POPSUGAR.com, HauteMomslife.com, ModernMom.com, Examiner.com, Soles4Souls.org, EveryMotherCounts.org, HuffingtonPost.com, Consciousmagazine.co, CentralCoastMama.com, New Times San Luis Obispo, and hosts her own podcast, {ther • happy} for Mamas.

 

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Where is the space?

Our barn will be centrally located in San Luis Obispo, CA making it easily accessible for our North and South County mamas to join us, too. The visuals you see above are the aesthetic we're building.

 

Is {ther • happy} child friendly?

While we love children, we’d also love for you to get the most out of your {ther • happy}, experience by scheduling your sessions when you have childcare.

 

Are members allowed to bring guests to {ther • happy}?

Founding members are given two guest passes per month while standard members receive one monthly guest pass. Complimentary guest passes mean you can bring your friends, family, and colleagues to {ther • happy} for a complimentary Private Pilates session.

 

What are {ther • happy}’s hours?

Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday 6 am to 8 pm for Pilates, Acupuncture, and Massage. Saturday and Sunday and 8am-2pm. Evening events and workshops may be scheduled outside of our regular hours.

Niki Rarig
05/21/2019
Introduction to {ther • happy}
$250
05/21/2019
Monetary Contribution
$25
Michele Kuznetsky
05/21/2019
Monetary Contribution
$50
05/21/2019
90-Minute Live or Virtual Consultation
$100
zabrina
05/21/2019
Birth Stories Book
$25
Melinda Garay
05/21/2019
Introduction to {ther • happy}
$250
05/20/2019
90-Minute Live or Virtual Consultation
$100
Michelle Ritter-Taylor
05/20/2019
Introduction to {ther • happy}
$500
Jennifer Oquendo
05/20/2019
Monetary Contribution
$25
Jennifer Randall
05/20/2019
Monetary Contribution
$20
Monetary Contribution

Give what you can to support the mamas in SLO County. Your contribution will help us support more women get the rehabilitative care they need. 

12 Supporters
Contribute
$100
90-Minute Live or Virtual Consultation

Have questions about how to rehabilitate your body after children? Join me for a 90-minute session either in person or via webcam to get your questions answered and tips for what to do at home. 

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$250
Introduction to {ther • happy}

These 3 sessions are a great way for you to experience {ther • happy}, physical and emotional healing for mamas. Each Private Pilates session is tailored to meet your strengthening or rehabilitation needs.

This bundle includes:
•60-minute Private Pilates sessions 
•90-minute Private Pilates session & Intro to Flower Essence Therapy
•60-minute Privates Pilates session

Available in-person or virtually

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5 Supporters
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$25
Birth Stories Book

Birth Stories of Mamas on the Central Coast. The intention of this book is to share and witness the individual heroic birth stories of the mamas in our community and beyond. Too often, I hear women say that they feel alone in their birth or motherhood journey. By sharing our stories, we learn how connected and similar our stories really are.

This book will highlight the stories of 10 amazing, local mamas through beautiful photography and storytelling, while also showcasing our incredible community of birth workers here on the Central Coast.

 

Natalie Garay: Creator & Interviewer

DeeDee White: Photographer/Videographer

 

A portion of the proceeds with be donated to various local women's organizations. 

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$900
Private Dinner Party for 10

Private dinner party for up to 10 people at {ther • happy}, featuring individual oracle card readings.

Your Private dinner includes:

  • Event space rental (at {ther • happy})
  • Individual Oracle card readings
  • Catering for 10 (up to $250)

 

 

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$1,500
Private Brunch + Kegel Wisdom Class

A private brunch for you and 10 of your mama friends who want to gather over bubbly and learn more about what's really going on down there. Your private brunch includes:

  •  Event rental space (either at {ther • happy} or in your home
  • Catering + bubbly for 10 (up to $300)
  • Kegel Wisdom Class: 90-minute talk + Q & A about your pelvic floor, symptoms of a weak pelvic floor, and how to strengthen this area.

 

• this reward can be redeemed before completion of {ther • happy} if you choose to host it at your home

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$1,600
Gift a Scholarship

Select this option to support a mama in our community who needs {ther • happy}. This will allow a mama to join us for 6 months of Private Pilates sessions. (1 weekly session)

0 Supporters
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$1,600
6-Month Membership (over $200 savings)

We're offering a limited number of Founding Memberships at a $200 discount off the normal 6-month rate. There are 150 Founding Memberships available only through iFundWomen. Once Founding Memberships are gone, standard memberships go to $1800. 

6 month {ther • happy} Founding Members package includes:

• 1 60-minute Private Pilates session per week

• 10% discount at the {ther • happy} boutique

• 1 {ther • happy} branded journal

• Complimentary entrance to quarterly workshops

• 10% discount on events 

• 2 tickets to our launch party!

• Feel good that your contribution helps fund our 5 to 1 scholarship

 

 

*sessions can also be used for Massage, Acupuncture or Flower Essence Therapy sessions

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$3,000
12-Month Membership (over $800 savings)

We're offering a limited number of Founding Memberships at a $400 discount off the normal annual rate. There are 100 Founding Memberships available only through iFundWomen. Once Founding Memberships are gone, standard memberships go to $3400. 

12 month {ther • happy} Founding Members package includes:

• Weekly 60-minute Private Pilates sessions 

• 3 60-minute Flower Essence Therapy Sessions with Custom Flower Essence Remedy ($300 value)

• Custom {ther • happy} branded journal

• 10% discount at the {ther • happy} boutique

• Complimentary entrance to quarterly workshops

• 10% discount on events 

• 2 tickets to our launch party!

• Feel good that your contribution helps fund our 5 to 1 scholarship

*sessions can also be used for Massage, Acupuncture or Flower Essence Therapy sessions

 

 

 

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$200
60-Minute Virtual Group Class

This is a one time opportunity to grab your girlfriends near and far for a Virtual Group Pilates class. We'll meet at a scheduled time via webcam for a workout and lots of laughs. This is a great way to get a workout in and to catch up with some friends. 

Details:

•Via webcam

•Up to 6 mamas total

•Can be scheduled anytime

•60-minute session

 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Give what you can to support the mamas in SLO County. Your contribution will help us support more women get the rehabilitative care they need. 

12 Supporters
Contribute
$100
90-Minute Live or Virtual Consultation

Have questions about how to rehabilitate your body after children? Join me for a 90-minute session either in person or via webcam to get your questions answered and tips for what to do at home. 

8 Left
12 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Introduction to {ther • happy}

These 3 sessions are a great way for you to experience {ther • happy}, physical and emotional healing for mamas. Each Private Pilates session is tailored to meet your strengthening or rehabilitation needs.

This bundle includes:
•60-minute Private Pilates sessions 
•90-minute Private Pilates session & Intro to Flower Essence Therapy
•60-minute Privates Pilates session

Available in-person or virtually

20 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Birth Stories Book

Birth Stories of Mamas on the Central Coast. The intention of this book is to share and witness the individual heroic birth stories of the mamas in our community and beyond. Too often, I hear women say that they feel alone in their birth or motherhood journey. By sharing our stories, we learn how connected and similar our stories really are.

This book will highlight the stories of 10 amazing, local mamas through beautiful photography and storytelling, while also showcasing our incredible community of birth workers here on the Central Coast.

 

Natalie Garay: Creator & Interviewer

DeeDee White: Photographer/Videographer

 

A portion of the proceeds with be donated to various local women's organizations. 

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$900
Private Dinner Party for 10

Private dinner party for up to 10 people at {ther • happy}, featuring individual oracle card readings.

Your Private dinner includes:

  • Event space rental (at {ther • happy})
  • Individual Oracle card readings
  • Catering for 10 (up to $250)

 

 

2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Private Brunch + Kegel Wisdom Class

A private brunch for you and 10 of your mama friends who want to gather over bubbly and learn more about what's really going on down there. Your private brunch includes:

  •  Event rental space (either at {ther • happy} or in your home
  • Catering + bubbly for 10 (up to $300)
  • Kegel Wisdom Class: 90-minute talk + Q & A about your pelvic floor, symptoms of a weak pelvic floor, and how to strengthen this area.

 

• this reward can be redeemed before completion of {ther • happy} if you choose to host it at your home

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,600
Gift a Scholarship

Select this option to support a mama in our community who needs {ther • happy}. This will allow a mama to join us for 6 months of Private Pilates sessions. (1 weekly session)

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,600
6-Month Membership (over $200 savings)

We're offering a limited number of Founding Memberships at a $200 discount off the normal 6-month rate. There are 150 Founding Memberships available only through iFundWomen. Once Founding Memberships are gone, standard memberships go to $1800. 

6 month {ther • happy} Founding Members package includes:

• 1 60-minute Private Pilates session per week

• 10% discount at the {ther • happy} boutique

• 1 {ther • happy} branded journal

• Complimentary entrance to quarterly workshops

• 10% discount on events 

• 2 tickets to our launch party!

• Feel good that your contribution helps fund our 5 to 1 scholarship

 

 

*sessions can also be used for Massage, Acupuncture or Flower Essence Therapy sessions

150 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$3,000
12-Month Membership (over $800 savings)

We're offering a limited number of Founding Memberships at a $400 discount off the normal annual rate. There are 100 Founding Memberships available only through iFundWomen. Once Founding Memberships are gone, standard memberships go to $3400. 

12 month {ther • happy} Founding Members package includes:

• Weekly 60-minute Private Pilates sessions 

• 3 60-minute Flower Essence Therapy Sessions with Custom Flower Essence Remedy ($300 value)

• Custom {ther • happy} branded journal

• 10% discount at the {ther • happy} boutique

• Complimentary entrance to quarterly workshops

• 10% discount on events 

• 2 tickets to our launch party!

• Feel good that your contribution helps fund our 5 to 1 scholarship

*sessions can also be used for Massage, Acupuncture or Flower Essence Therapy sessions

 

 

 

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
60-Minute Virtual Group Class

This is a one time opportunity to grab your girlfriends near and far for a Virtual Group Pilates class. We'll meet at a scheduled time via webcam for a workout and lots of laughs. This is a great way to get a workout in and to catch up with some friends. 

Details:

•Via webcam

•Up to 6 mamas total

•Can be scheduled anytime

•60-minute session

 

14 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward