Hello, and welcome!
My name is Kari Cantrell, and I am the founder of Bloomington Birth and Bodywork, LLC. My personal mission is to educate, inspire, and assist others in feeling comfortable and pain-free in their bodies. I enjoy working with people during all stages of life, but I specialize in infancy, pregnancy, and postpartum care. I am absolutely passionate about all of my roles - as a massage therapist, birth doula, and educator. I consider myself a very lucky woman to be able to do what I love for a living.
Always a Hoosier, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. In 2007 I moved to Bloomington to pursue my undergraduate degree, and immediately fell in love with the community. At IU I studied psychology and neuroscience, forever fascinated by workings of the nervous system. Post graduation, I completed an intensive massage therapy program and began my practice. That experience was life-changing for me. Everything I had learned at university seemed to come together, and I realized all of the ways I could positively affect not only my own body and mind, but also those of others. This influenced everything about me - the way I eat, sleep, move, decorate, interact with others - in a positive way. I find joy in sharing the things I've learned that others can implement and benefit from in their own lives.
At some point during my first year as a massage therapist, I had the opportunity to massage a young woman throughout her entire second pregnancy. It was this woman, who had formerly been a nurse (and had a wealth of information on the pregnant body), who first introduced the word and concept of a 'doula' to me. I was immediately intrigued by the research involving doulas and birth outcomes, and I realized that this was how I could blend my interests in mental and emotional support with physical and physiological processes. I knew immediately that I wanted to serve families in this role. I was lucky enough to find doula training and internship opportunities through a local organization, and the rest is history. All of my efforts and education from that point forth have been dedicated to helping woman, babies, and families feel more secure, regulated, confident, and in-tune with themselves and one-another.
I opened the doors for Bloomington Birth and Bodywork in July of 2017. Another goal I have for the space is to provide a facility in which other practitioners can offer their services. I believe that collaboration among professionals provides better care and convenience for clients. I also believe it serves to challenge, inspire, and assist practitioners as they develop their personal practice. I am eager to see how it changes and grows, and I invite you to join me for the ride!
Birth and Bodywork