09 May Meet Anna Korisch – Craniosacral Therapist, Creator of Intelligent Body Wellness
What do you love to do with your children? How old are they? And what is your greatest wish for them?
My daughter is four. Oftentimes, we are not doing much: reading a book or cooking, or hanging out in the park, but what I value most in our time together are the quiet moments of connection we get to share in the flow of doing almost nothing. Going on trips is a lot of fun with her. I try to take us away from the daily routine every couple of months to spend a weekend on an a farm or with good friends, where she can discover something new and fill up her tank with my undivided attention at the same time. Above all, I would like for her to grow up in deep connection to the core of who she is, so that she can live her life with a sense of wholeness, integrity, and grace.
When and where are you the happiest?
When I feel myself fully present with a moment of joy, or a moment of peace.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
We just returned from Cayman Islands and had a wonderful time. I would love to spend more time there at some point.
Who has had the biggest influence upon you? And what quality do you most admire in a mother?
The one person who has had the greatest influence on my life is my husband. We met while in high school and have shaped and supported each other since.
As to qualities I admire in other parents, staying power is definitely one of them — through sleepless nights, through doubts, through everything. We each bring our whole life experience to the way we parent, both the joyous and the difficult parts of ourselves. Being able to reflect on our own experience, being present with theirs, and creating a safe harbor for our kids, those are probably at the top of my list.
What do you like to do for fun?
I get a lot of pleasure from working with herbs: making herbal teas, flower essences, healing balms, oils, chemical-free cosmetics. It’s become a hobby and a passion.
What is one of your favorite books? Movies?
Mann’s Joseph and His Brothers is a book I’ve returned to many times over the years, and its long and deeply humanistic perspective helped to shape my own. One writer who has made a profound impression on me recently is Laurent Gaudé with The Death of King Tsongor and Eldorado, both at once completely relevant and out of time.
Movies – that would be a very long list, but Hannah and Her Sisters invariably makes me happy.
Besides motherhood, what other careers/opportunities have you enjoyed?
I’ve worked in research for many years, first in the pharmaceutical industry, and later in academia, but it felt like something was missing. I had a difficult time getting pregnant, and a friend suggested seeing a craniosacral therapist. I had no idea what craniosacral therapy was, but after the first two sessions I could feel a shift beginning to happen in my body and in my energy. A month later I was pregnant with my daughter. It seemed like a miracle, so I wanted to learn as much as I could about this work. I changed course completely and became a registered craniosacral therapist. Watching clients move forward in their lives pain-free, with a restored sense of energy and balance is incredibly rewarding.
What is your favorite type of food and what do you love to cook?
I cook very simply, lots of salads, lots of vegetables, but my favorite food to eat is good, homemade pasta.
What is your favorite time of the day and why?
That first moment of quiet at the end of the day, when everyone in the house just fell asleep, and right before I dive into the things I’d like to do, or need to do that evening. It’s like a little exhale.
Where is your favorite place to Party with Moms and what’s your favorite drink?
The parents in my daughter’s class are an amazing group of people and we get together every couple of months to have moms’ night out, to laugh and share a glass of wine together. They introduced me to some very good restaurants in Greenwich and so far my favorite is Firenze. Good company and a glass of good red wine, what could be better?
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