Erika Boom is the founder and president of the Belly-n-Kicks™ (B-n-K™) program, based in Miami FL. She is an ACE certified personal trainer as well as a DTP® certified pre/postnatal fitness trainer. Erika – an accomplished athlete – has been actively involved in the fitness industry helping hundreds of women for more than 10 years. Recently, Erika became a mother, gaining first-hand experience with her own B-n-K™ program!
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What I most enjoy about my work is that we are empowering women in the most vulnerable point in their life. I also love the fact that the health benefits of exercise are multiplied by two.
Our bodies are perfect machines and we are strong human beings capable of multitasking. I started doing a bulletin to nominate some “femmes extraordinaire,” and I could fit in ALL of my clients!
I am in the process of writing and reviewing the B-n-K™ Training Manual. I am also moving in the direction of franchising the B-n-K™ Methodology.
Cathy Moore CNM, is the founder of In the Belly of the Goddess in the Boston area. She earned her pre/postnatal fitness certification from Dancing thru Pregnancy® in 2006. She used much of what she learned to develop a series of classes in belly dance for pregnancy and birth. We asked her to describe her program for this article.
Recognizing that Belly Dance has its origins as a Birth Dance,we seek to restore it to its rightful place in this sacred process.
My original aim was to teach belly dance to pregnant women as a tool of personal empowerment – both in the arenas of expressive creativity and for use in the labor and birth process. My focus has evolved since I began the program. I started with giving women what I felt was another “tool” to use to help them to cope with labor, and possibly to help them to achieve their goal of un-medicated birth, and so I taught just specific moves that I felt were useful for this purpose. Over time, I added more aerobic movement, more “veil work” – (dancing with a silk veil), more “fun” exercises, and an end of class rest/shavasana period with either a guided meditation or affirmations. Some of these changes that I made were a direct result of taking the DTP certification.
I love to get women into some jingly hip sashes, and get them laughing and enjoying dancing with each other. I love to see a group come together and start bonding and exchanging info and experience. And I love to hear how great they feel after a class – they really do shake out many of the aches and pains!
Both my clinical work as a practicing midwife, and though my belly dance business, I continue to learn how strong and capable women are.
In my clinical practice with the Brigham & Women’s Midwifery Group, many of the women we care for are socio-economically disadvantaged. I am hoping to bring my program to these women. Recently, I have been offering one-time mini classes in Centering Pregnancy groups, and they are always well received.