I have been an Ex Pat for almost 20 Years .First living in America and now Germany. Each move was in pursuit of my husbands career. Therefore I never cease to be impressed when I meet women in a similar situation to me, who have had to discover a new career path when moving countries.
These blogs spotlight the women that have turned their talents to creating opportunities for both themselves and the communities they serve. This blog series will help educate, inform and inspire but above all, it will help celebrate the strengths of women who can (and do!).
Amanda Isaac- Post Baby Restore Program
Amanda, what brought you to Munich, Germany? I moved to Munich over five years ago with my Italian husband. Our first baby was just five weeks old at the time. Initially the move was temporary but plans changed and when I realised I would never return to my 10 year long nursing career in Quebec, I was determined to find a way to reimagine my skills. So, you are a qualified nurse? Yes! I am a nursing graduate from University of Ottawa. My first two years were spent on a post-partum ward helping new mothers. I then spent many years in clinical work with community health and maternal childcare in remote northern communities of the James Bay, Quebec. I am very passionate about my work, so it was very hard to accept that I would have to leave that behind. How have and built on those skills since? My principle interest has always been supporting the health and wellness of women. Pregnancy and motherhood pushes women through massive changes to their body. It changes your posture, weakens joints, stresses the pelvic floor, interrupts diaphragmatic breathing and damages and weakens core muscles. From my personal experience as a nurse and as a sportswoman, I saw there was a way I could forge a new career to help new mothers regain their core strength post-delivery and make them feel better in their post baby body. Having always been an athlete growing up and wanting to be able to help people, it felt like the right fit. Initially I took an intense personal training certificate program with the American College of Sports Medicine. I am about to complete my studies with recognised international physical therapist Dr Sarah Duvall as a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Specialist. This training and my own success in correcting the physical problems faced in the postnatal period has been the bedrock of my new career. Tell me more about how you can help mothers regain their optimal health and wellbeing? I created the Post-Baby Core Restore programme. It’s a series of app-based workouts designed to correct issues such as recti diastasis or the separation of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy, to resolve pelvic floor dysfunction and fix those embarrassing leaks, restore good posture and deep diaphragmatic breathing and regain core strength. It’s a six-week programme. None of the 24 workouts need any special equipment and can be worked into any schedule. I resolved my own postpartum issues with this programme and I am so proud to have helped so many women regain their confidence and health. Amanda’s Post-Baby Core Restore programme can be purchased at www.amandaisaaccoaching.com and is currently available for the special price of 49Euros (instead of 89Euros). Once purchased the programme is available for 12 weeks. For any questions please contact Amanda on email@example.com
Amanda speaks fluent English and French
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Heilpraktikerin for Psychotherapy
Professional Certified Coach
Jennelle, give me a super short description of your background.
I was raised in a wealthy suburb of Boston in the USA. I developed an interest in psychology during college and graduated with a Psychology degree from Bates State College which led me to a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Smith School for Social Work. It was a powerful program that gave me a set of incredible tools to help clients by being totally non-judgmental and utterly present, in order to deliver the perfect therapy for individuals, couples and groups. As part of my Masters programm I worked for a year in a Hospice and a further year with veterans of the Vietnam and Iraq wars. After completing my Masters I worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston offering individual and group therapy.
How did you come to have your own practice in Munich?
I moved to Munich with my husband in 2014. I was committed to pursuing my career and after completing an intense German course, I started initially working as a volunteer helping refugees and then went on to work at the Sozial Psychiatrische Dienst in Perlach, following this I worked at the Amper-Klinikum Haar for a year. I am certified as a Heilpraktiker for Psychotherapy here in Germany and also a qualified Professional Coach. In 2018 I became mother to twin girls and opened my practice offering coaching, individual therapy, couples therapy and group therapy. It seemed like the ideal next step. I am especially well placed to help the women moving to the country that find themselves unable to continue with their previous career. It’s so tough, as they experience a loss of identity and often feel a lack of purpose in their new home country.
Can your therapies help new parents?
Yes! I recognise both professionally and personally the burden of stress that so many new parents experience. Many are living away from their own families, coping with the stress of moving and adjusting to a new culture and language. Half of my work is with new parents, predominantly mothers but new fathers too. I work with mums and dads to help create a balance with work and family life. I work with lots of couples and I use the Gottman Method which is a really powerful approach that delivers a strong framework on which couples can rebuild or build a healthy and positive partnership. I also help individuals and couples cope with the loss of a pregnancy or other forms of grief.
How have you been able to help your clients during the pandemic and what challenges are they facing?
I continue to accept socially distanced appointments at the Praxis but I also offer online appointments. I’m helping individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem often associated with being separated from their families or unemployment. It’s tough times and I encourage anyone struggling to reach out for support.
To find out more about how Jennelle might help visit www. munichtherapy.com.
Na’ama, how would you best describe your area of expertise?
I was born and raised in Israel and have lived here in Germany since 2006. I am a qualified acupuncturist with over 27 years experience. My interest in acupuncture was initially personal. Traditional Western medicine focuses on and treats mostly the symptoms, ultimately suppressing the illness. Holistic medicine generally, and acupuncture specifically treats the person as a whole; both physically and mentally. Acupuncture treatment is tackling the root of illness and disease. It was an approach that made total sense to me.
Tell me more about your career journey-
I undertook a two-year long internship with a highly regarded Chinese acupuncturist in New York to really immerse myself in the discipline followed by four years in a Chinese Medicine college in Israel, where I graduated. Later on I was very fortunate to spend four years in China where my husband was working. During this time I specialized in oncology, gynaecology and pediatrics in local hospitals as well as working in an international clinic. On returning to Israel I started my clinic and I teamed up with four colleagues to create a four year degree program to teach acupuncture at the University of Tel-Aviv, this course is still running today.
So how can acupuncture help?
In many, many ways. As a holistic approach there is really no stage of life in which it can’t help. There are benefits right from the first week of life. The super fine needles are only inserted momentarily in babies or we use tiny Vaccaria seed plasters to apply pressure to the relevant acupuncture points. Acupuncture can help with gas and constipation, teething, recurrent ear and
Do you have success with treating fertility and pregnancy challenges?
Yes I do, Acupuncture can help with fertility and throughout pregnancy. I help pregnant women experiencing nausea, vomiting, constipation, migraines, joint and back pain. I help turn babies in breech and transverse positions. I can help induce a labor and importantly I can help with postnatal issues such as mastitis and blocked ducts.
A great natural solution to so many challenges, anything else?
As I said, acupuncture works in every stage of life and so when women reach menopause it helps here too: with hormonal changes, hot flushes, headaches, constipation, mood changes, depression and insomnia. A truly holistic approach.
Languages- English and Hebrew.
Na’ama can be contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 017651437619 and has a practice in Dachau.