May 2022 VIP SuperMom: Stephanie Parkes
Featuring sculp'd Pilates + Emculpt Neo / Emsellae
Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photography by Kenny Walters
A part-time influencer and part-time pharmacist at Wegman’s Pharmacy, Stephanie Parkes is a full-time new mom to a nine-month-old baby boy named William. And while it may be a lot to juggle, Parkes sees the benefits of being a working mother. “I personally love working since it not only gets me out and using my brain, but I appreciate my time with William more,” Parkes says. “Obviously, being a working mom can have its challenges, but I have great help from family, friends and childcare as well as flexible coworkers to make it work.”
While William is too young to see the ways that working enriches his mother’s world, she definitely notices the ways it makes her a better mother. “I feel as though I don't take my time with William for granted, so he gets the best version of me. And also, sometimes working is actually less tiring than caring for a child,” 33-year-old Parkes says with a laugh.
On the flip side, motherhood has translated into her work life. “Becoming a mom has made me a little more compassionate and flexible,” Parkes notes. “Before, I used to be the manager of the pharmacy, and I was pretty strict. I feel like I am more understanding and forgiving now, and that also applies outside of work.”
I chose to work with sculp'd because I've been a client with them for years, and their methods got me in the best shape of my life pre-pregnancy.- Stephanie
Naturally, having a baby as young as William, Parkes works hard to get back to her pre-pregnancy self. She turned to sculp’d, whose specialty pelvic floor conditioning classes and technology help solve the issues she faces. “I chose to work with sculp'd because I've been a client with them for years, and their methods got me in the best shape of my life pre-pregnancy,” says Parkes. “When the usual workout and diet wasn't working for my post-partum body, I was curious about Emculpt Neo as well as Emsella to help my pelvic floor. I knew I could trust Betsy and team to help me on my journey.”
After a thorough consultation, Parkes and the team at sculp'd agreed that a series of Emsculpt Neo treatments on her core as well as six sessions on their Emsella machine and private one-on-one pelvic floor sessions were the best ways to jump-start her progress. “The core encompasses your abdominal muscles, your pelvic floor and your glutes, so sculp'd is addressing the total issue that many women face after pregnancy and childbirth,” says owner Betsy Weissman, who opened sculp’d in 2019.
“I truly have learned what matters in life and where my priorities lie. I want William to know he is unconditionally loved, and I want him to laugh and have fun when I’m around as I create memories with him." - Stephanie
“In a nutshell, these machines do the muscle-building work for you,” Weissman explains. “Emsculpt Neo provides 25,000 crunches per session, which strengthens the core and burns up to 30 percent of residual baby weight; and the Emsella is the equivalent to 11,400 Kegels in 30 minutes, which significantly strengthens the pelvic floor. These high-tech devices engage your muscles at their full capacity—something that simply cannot be achieved without the artificial intelligence and power of these machines.”
As she works to get her pre-baby body back into shape, Parkes is still rocking the glow of love that comes from being a mother. “Your life definitely changes, but in the best way,” she says. “I truly have learned what matters in life and where my priorities lie. I want William to know he is unconditionally loved, and I want him to laugh and have fun when I’m around as I create memories with him. I also try to be goofy with him so I can see his little smile and laugh.”