Today we’d like to introduce you to Wren’s Nest Wellness.
Hi Erin and SiriAtma, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
Erin Austin, LMT, Owner of Wren’s Nest Wellness: I attended college at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois, and have been a licensed massage therapist since 2017. I work by listening to the body and moving intuitively. Using multiple modalities and my knowledge of anatomy, I will tailor each session to create the most efficient results. I have experience in various settings, including a diamond-class spa, chiropractic offices, farmer’s markets, and music festivals throughout Missouri and Illinois. I am also an artist and create jewelry, knit, repurpose furniture, and collect vintage clothing. In my free time, you can find me in the woods with my Australian Cattle Dog, Pacha, enjoying time with my teenage son, Jack, or connecting with my friends through music, art, and food. I am honored to be a part of this community and to be able to express myself authentically through my work. When you enter Wren’s Nest, I hope you feel blissfully transported into a deep state of restoration. I firmly believe in the body’s ability to heal and am here to help you.
**I have been dreaming up Wren’s Nest since 2015. Being a single mother, I have gained perspective on what amount of tenacity it takes to bring a passion to reality on a single person’s income. I officially opened Wren’s Nest in 2021. I have poured my heart and soul into this business not just because I believe in the vision of a healthier community that begins with the individual but also because I have to show my son what determination looks like. I relentlessly believe in making life more beautiful while helping others and building connections.**
SiriAtma Kaur: Hypnotherapist, Yoga Instructor, Sound Healer. SiriAtma Kaur comes from the heart. Her warmth is felt through her kundalini yoga classes, sound healing workshops, and hypnotherapy sessions. Her encouraging teaching style reminds students to do their best and be gentle with themselves. SiriAtma’s fascination with the subconscious mind is evident given her degree in psychology and her studies & teachings at the School of Metaphysics. She also holds a certification in SuperHealth technology, which helps heal addictive behaviors with Kundalini Yoga, meditation, and Nutrition. She is a mom of 3 boys and is dedicated to nourishing them with a home full of love, plant-based meals, and free of chemicals. Teaching them all that she has learned along the way is always her first and foremost goal. However, she often states that they are her greatest teachers.
**The financial stress of being a single mom had me seeking a way to clear my mind and soothe my nervous system. I started with a yoga book and then eventually found my way to a yoga class that happened to be kundalini yoga. I fell in love and decided to get certified with my basic 200hr yoga certification. That training helped me branch out to kundalini certification, which led to SuperHealth certification (healing addictive behaviors with Kundalini yoga, meditation, and nutrition). Eventually, I wanted to branch out of just yoga and became a student at the School of Metaphysics. Then I took a self-development class, Essentials, about returning to your essential self. This class experience showed me my subconscious limiting beliefs, and I sought hypnotherapy to help me change those beliefs. Hypnotherapy had such a profound healing effect on me I chose to get certified to help others on their journey.**
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Erin: Covid hit the massage community hard, as it did many others. Many therapists had to quit massaging during quarantine, and many found other jobs/careers. When I finally decided to take the leap and start the company in 2021, I had to work four jobs to see my work succeed. My biggest hurdle is sacrificing the hours I’d be spending at home with my son and dog. We moved to Eureka, MO, a couple of years ago, and the rest of our family lives in Illinois. Missing my loved ones while knowing this is what I’m supposed to be doing has been challenging.
SiriAtma: The road hasn’t always been smooth. This journey has required many leaps of faith, financial loans, career changes, and a lot of permitting myself to be a beginner. However, it has always put precisely what I needed right in my path.
Thanks for sharing that. So, you could tell us a bit more about your business.
I started growing Wren’s Nest in 2016 by vending my knits, jewelry, and vintage pieces. I traveled around selling my art at music festivals and farmer’s markets throughout Missouri and Illinois. I obtained my massage license in 2017 and added that to what my Wren’s Nest booth offered while also working at Senara Health Center and Spa in Peoria, IL. After gaining a couple of years of experience, I moved to Missouri, where I worked at various massage and chiropractic offices. Many massage therapists had to find other work during the pandemic, and many haven’t returned to massage due to finding other careers from the limitations the pandemic caused. I was working at two chiropractic offices, massaging in masks and gloves at a certain point. Due to the immense changes in our economy and community, I realized I needed to develop a wellness business where I and others could authentically express their art of helping heal. So in 2021, I found an adorable, hidden gem in Wildwood, took the plunge, and created an LLC. It has been challenging to start a business and stay afloat during a pandemic, but I believe in the vision. I know our community needs this, and we can be a conduit of healing, growth, and gratitude. I worked four jobs at one point to keep us going when I was starting. I now have a full schedule. My colleague, SiriAtma, and I put our minds together and decided to expand and create a yoga studio. We have a diverse array of weekly and monthly yoga classes, special events(wellness/art/education), reiki and sound massage, sound therapy, hypnotherapy, and monthly bazaars where we showcase local art, music, and talent. We are still working on getting the word out, but you will return once you enter Wren’s Nest. We believe in mindful development, so almost everything in the studio and office has been upcycled and collected from second-hand stores or the Facebook marketplace. I have poured my heart into this space with every detail, and I want others to find comfort and inspiration in the environment I have created.
- To facilitate individual healing and collective wellness.
- To amplify compassion and help others approach life with hearts full of gratitude.
- To utilize the symbiotic relationship between humans and plants, resulting in a more efficient healing process.
- To inspire others to seek a deeper connection with nature and create alignment with their highest selves.
- We intend to build community, provide resources to those in need, and support our environment through sustainable practices and mindful development.
- We believe wellness echoes, and our responsibility is to contribute to the ripple.
Can you talk to us about the role of luck?
Fortune shines on those with pure intentions, tenacity, and hearts full of gratitude. Dozens of synchronicities have either aided us in connectivity or at least let us know we’re on the correct path.
- $15 Yoga Class
- $30 First Week Unlimited Yoga Classes
- $65 One Hour Swedish Massage
- $80 One Hour Deep Tissue Massage
- $80 Hypnotherapy Session
- Website: www.wrensnestwellness.com
- Instagram: @wrens.nest.wellness
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100071758523218
- Other: https://linktr.ee/SeekwithSiriAtma
Forever Photos- Eureka, MO