CHICAGO’S FIRST FAMILY YOGA CENTER
Sweet Pea’s Studio has been cultivating comfort and care for families in Chicago since 2002. We offer a full range of services that support and nurture the “pregnancy year” and beyond. Owner and “Mama Bear” Jennifer Barron Fishman, has been holding space for families and experts in the fields of BODY, BIRTH and SOUL WORK to gather together and grow. With 20+ years of experience as a Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Pre/Postnatal Doula and Childbirth Educator, Jenny has created a special environment with a team of highly skilled and respected practitioners who offer unparalleled care for families on their journey of parenting. Sweet Pea’s Studio is more than just a place to go for a massage and a yoga class or two…it is the equivalent of a Mother’s Embrace. Welcome to Chicago’s First Family Yoga Center.
Mamas, it can be confusing to know how and where to start with classes and workshops.
Here’s a map to help you on your journey through Sweet Pea’s Services:
STEP 1: DROP-IN STYLE YOGA CLASSES
BEGIN with our weekly, drop-in style Prenatal Yoga classes. As one of the very first Prenatal Yoga Instructors in Chicago, Jenny and her team of Sweet Pea’s trained teachers hold space in these classes for sharing, childbirth and parenting education, ensuring all classes are accessible and therapeutic for all stages of pregnancy and level of skill. Some mamas choose to purchase individual classes, while others purchase packages so they can take advantage of our weekly offerings!
Most students begin classes with us after the first trimester and will often choose their favorite day/time and attend that class every week until they “graduate” (deliver their baby)! Many students will come several times a week as they enjoy each of our teacher’s different approaches and teaching styles. The package is perfect for that.
STEP 2: PARTNERS PRENATAL YOGA.
After finding a happy home in weekly Prenatal Yoga classes, women will want to bring in their partners for our monthly Partners Prenatal Yoga workshop.
STEP 3: CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION.
Jenny teaches a 6-week series of classes called Birth Wisdom.
As part of this series, there are two class topics that can be taken as independent classes for parents who are unable to attend the 6-week series: Comfort Measures and Breastfeeding Basics. Childbirth education provides parents the opportunity to be informed and empowered to be in control of their own unique childbirth journey.
STEP 4: BODY WORK.
Once a woman is feeling the lovely effects of a regular Yoga practice during her pregnancy, she will also want to feel even BETTER by coming in for one (or many) of Jenny’s wonderful therapeutic prenatal massages. Jenny also offers therapeutic massages for partners and “regular people,” but her passion is supporting mamas who are working so hard to grow and nourish their babies. Jenny also supports women who need body balancing for optimal positioning of their babies with Spinning Babies Treatments and Craniosacral Therapy.
STEP 5: SOUL WORK.
Jenny and her good friend Lee-Ann Meredith host Divine Mothering Circles, where we celebrate the pull of the moon on our lives as women. Each gathering will hold a different theme as we gather to recharge our energies with gentle Yoga, Reiki, ritual and community. Lee-Ann also leads Reiki Trainings and teaches Mindful Parenting Workshops. We host RED TENT and BLESSINGWAY celebrations as well as BABY NAMINGS and other spiritual community gatherings. If you’re interested in holding one of these special ceremonies to celebrate your pregnancy and birth at Sweet Pea’s Studio, let us know! Contact Jenny for more information.
STEP 6: DOULA SUPPORT + RESOURCES.
Jenny does occasionally still accept Birth Doula clients, but SPS also has many resources for Doulas in the Chicago area as well as other care providers. Jenny is available for Private Birth Concierge Sessions.
STEP 1: BIRTH STORIES.
We believe in the power of sharing your birth story and keeping community support available after you’ve delivered your baby. Send us your favorite photos of your newborn and let us know about your birth! Join Sweet Pea’s Studio Facebook page where you can visit after you have had your baby, share your story and connect with friends from classes and other mamas and Jenny. You can feel like you are still part of the warm and supportive community of SPS while resting and recovering at home after your birth. Send us a request to join, and we’ll add you!
STEP 2: LACTATION SUPPORT.
We have partnered for years with the wonderful Lactation Consultant Group led by Jane O’Connor, JOC Lactation Consultants. Jane and her powerhouse team offer home visits and immediate postpartum support for you and your sweet baby. They are SPS PARTNER PROVIDERS, so PLEASE CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY. After a home consultation, JOC Lactation hosts a drop-in clinic, Lactation Station, at SPS every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11. They also host a Back to Work Breastfeeding class that mamas will take around month 2 or 3 postpartum if they are planning to go back to work, and want to know more about pumping and protecting their nursing relationship.
STEP 3: BABY AND ME YOGA.
As part of our weekly drop-in style classes, we offer gentle, restorative Postnatal Yoga classes that also include baby time. Not just a class for mamas, Baby and Me Yoga is also welcoming to both parents, but our week day classes are usually full of mamas. We hold space for sharing and connecting on parenting topics, learn infant massage and supportive carrying and holding postures while practicing gentle and soothing yoga poses and relaxation techniques.
In addition, we offer occasional Family Baby and Me Yoga class where BOTH parents can enjoy the benefits of a little self-care and community with their baby.
STEP 4: INFANT MASSAGE
We offer a monthly Infant Massage Group class taught by Jenny for after your baby is born. This class provides health benefits for your baby such as healthy digestion, better sleep patterns and bonding and attachment. Jenny also offers private Infant Massage classes for parents who are wanting more one-on-one instruction.
STEP 5: BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (for babies, children and adults).
The emphasis in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is to help resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind. This involves “listening through the hands” to the body’s subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia or congestion. The intention of the BCST treatment is to facilitate and enhance the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities. With a deep and clear quality of presence , BCST can become a reflective mirror for the patient and an invaluable cue for their potential for change. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly, and can be effective in acute or chronic cases. Sometimes due to the strong work of birth, babies experience tightness of the mouth, head and neck, which could potentially affect breastfeeding and possibly contribute to colic like behavior. CST is a gentle approach to help align the baby’s body structurally and supports all the systems by balancing the Central Nervous System.
STEP 6: BODY WORK.
Just as Jenny supports mamas during their pregnancies, she continues to support their recovery during the postpartum time. She offers deeply restorative and healing massage therapy sessions that allow for the new mother to process her birth. More then just a massage, Jenny’s Postnatal treatments support the journey of a mama’s “new normal”, helping her gain wisdom and receive comfort from one of the all time “Mama’s mamas”. During the 4th Trimester, mother’s are encouraged to also bring their babies to the session if they need to, or partners or caregivers may stay in the cozy living room area with baby while mama gets her treatment. Jenny also offers private post natal Bengkung Belly Binding services. Bengkung belly binding can be an important part of recovering from childbirth. Using cotton, muslin, or silk fabric your abdomen is wrapped snuggly in order to support your body’s natural healing process. Belly binding has traditionally been used to provide the postpartum body the support to assist the abdominal wall muscle retraction, improves posture, support loosened ligaments and provide support to the torso while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.
STEP 7: SUPPORT FOR NEW PARENTS.
Additional resources and support offered at SPS are Monthly ICAN Meetings, Cloth Diaper Classes offered by Green Diaper Baby, Babywearing and Attachment Parenting Groups and Classes, GRASP Group (New Mom’s Support Group), Pelvicore with Jen Dixon, Special Needs Support Groups and offerings for various other parenting topics.
STEP 8: KIDS CLASSES.
Sweet Pea’s Studio is also fond of older children as well, and we offer Busy Babies Yoga Classes, Family Yoga and Girl Power Yoga.
Our services are continuously evolving as we see need in the community. Check out our weekly class schedule and workshop pages to find out when they take place and to reserve your spot. Reserve a massage therapy appointment with Jenny by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 773-248-9642.
MANY BLESSINGS ON YOUR JOURNEY!