Ifadunsin Akila Bond
A graduate of the Pacific College of Health & Science's Massage Therapy program, Ifadunsin is a Certified Massage Therapist who specializes in Circulatory massage, Deep Tissue, Tui Na, and Pre/Post Natal massage.
Ifadunsin, who also goes by Akila, is an Iyanifa or Priestess in the Ifa tradition of Nigeria, who continually works to maintain the teachings of Ifa and Nigerian/West African traditions in every aspect of her life.
She is also a DONA International trained Birth Doula as well as a Level 2 certified Reiki Practitioner.
Her main mission through her practice is to assist women in reclaiming their feminine power by healing and unifying all aspects of their Selves (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) while incorporating the traditions of the Ancestors with modern practicality.
In her free time, she can be found in nature with her daughter giving Thanks, singing out loud to elate the Universe, and creating works of love with her hands.
In the Akan tradition of western Africa, mainly Ghana, there is a system of symbols called the Adinkra used by the Asante people created to apply visual imagery to a proverb as well as to express verbal and moral concepts. Each symbol carries either a feminine or masculine quality to better serve the concept it represents.
The symbol AYA carries a feminine property and is represented by the fern. The fern has the capability of growing and thriving in many different environments and doesn't allow obstacles and difficulties to impede on its growth. We, womben, are like the fern AYA; exhibiting resilience, perseverance, and the ability to not only face obstacles, but overcome them and thrive despite the difficulties.
The word 'Doula' is of Greek origin meaning 'Woman caregiver', but is a tradition that has been practiced historically in many different cultures including Africa and India. "We now use the word to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who provides the woman and her husband or partner (if applicable) continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and just after childbirth. (DONA)" Doulas are the advocates for the mom and the welcoming committee for baby, and the way that baby is birthed into this world can set the emotional tone for the relationship between mother and baby. Childbirth can be an intimidating, overwhelming experience especially if mother is doing it alone, which no mother should have to do. My job is to make your birthing journey peaceful, relaxing and informative to make your childbirth and the days following the most unforgettable and memorable experience.