Jennifer Whitacre Gardner, MA, BA, LMT, is an expert Myofascial Release therapist helping people cure physical injuries and complex, chronic mind body conditions. She knows what it takes to heal holistically and authentically.
Jennifer discovered the importance of understanding the intricate connections of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and is able to guide her clients in a way other traditional practitioners can not.
She helps her clients understand how one dysfunctional area in their life can affect many others, and how that creates chronic pain, dis/ease, anxiety, depression, addiction and suffering. Where traditional medicine lacks, Jennifer picks up and takes a different approach to help reveal the source of an issue. This will provide you with a new level of understanding, awareness, acceptance and path for healing.
Jennifer spent years stuck and suffering and she knows how dark of a place this is. Maybe you go to work every day telling your colleagues you’re fine but actually feel like shit. Jennifer knows it feels like you’re utterly alone.
But you’re not. There are people who’ve worn that mask, suffered through the day, and dulled the pain with drugs or alcohol to avoid or deny the truth. Jennifer has experienced depression, anxiety, cPTSD, grief, despair, and suicidal tendencies. She’s survived early childhood abuse and multiple traumatic events.
Jennifer started her podcast to have conversations with people who have been on similar journeys and have overcome the pain and suffering. Her guests are open about talking about the places they were stuck and how they survived and thrived again. Listening to these stories will inspire you!
Nobody should feel alone and that’s the why behind Jennifer’s mission. Through her writing and public speaking she hopes to give her clients the empowerment and strategy that will create the change they desperately crave.
Jennifer was born in the 1972, when parenting standards were different than they are now. Too many of us were raised by well-intentioned parents who did the best they could with the knowledge available to them at the time.
Research has revealed a new perspective on what constitutes abuse, especially the hidden forms, such as verbal abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, gaslighting, and manipulation, to name a few.
In the 70s and 80s, we didn't identify these things as abuse because we didn't have the bruises or scars to prove it. We now know these are, in fact, forms of abuse that can dysregulate how we function throughout the course of our lives. In other words, we do not leave the effects of hidden abuses in childhood; we carry the effects with us throughout our lives, and they are often the root causes of our suffering.
Jennifer grew up in such a household. She didn't have bumps and bruises to show for what happened to her, so she was rather confused when she started to exhibit some of the more severe symptoms, including flashbacks, hyperarousal, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, and dizziness.
It took a several years for her to identify that she had cPTSD because she didn't identity as an abused child. Recognizing that the new data fit, she embarked on a journey within herself. This led her into uncomfortable, dark places where she had to see beyond the reality of what happened to reveal how those long-ago events are still affecting her today.
Her determination and grit paid off. She is now on the other side of suffering, and it has given her whole new perspective on life. Jennifer sees a bigger picture that wasn’t available to her before. She is enjoying life, with new daily routines and practices that reinforce joy and gratitude, two things she had lost the ability to experience while she was in "that dark place."
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