Treating Trauma With MindBody Therapies

 

Mindfulness practices are considered Top Down Skills that can be learned and can help regulate PTSD reactivity  (Istock/awelo)

“We use our minds not to discover facts but to hide them, One of the things the screen hides most effectively is the body, our own body, by which I mean, the ins and outs of it, its interiors. Like a veil thrown over the skin to secure its modesty, the screen partially removes from the mind the inner states of the body, those that constitute the flow of like as it wanders in the journey of each day. ” – Antonio Damascio, The Feeling of What Happens

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Infant massage is good for both mom and baby!

As all grandmothers say, these years really do fly by! (Istock:damircudic)

As a licensed massage therapist, certified aromatherapist and licensed professional counselor, I’ve studied and personally witnessed the effects of touch on mood for over 25 years in myself and my clients. Last fall, I took a Joy Dua’s class for LMT’s called Infant Massage Therapy and Technique. It was really an enjoyable class. I was energized and restored from spending a few days with the kind-hearted people in the class, who all choose to spread love in the world!

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5 Things I Say Most in a Therapy Session

 

Deep listening is deeply healing (istock/izusek)

1. This is not a quick fix. I think it’s funny when programs promise great big “breakthrough” or “aha!” moments where you suddenly become this new person or jump up and down on the couch in ecstatic realization. Anyone of you who have been through therapy know this is just not how it is…

Therapy is actually deep, slow personal work. It’s a long, slow process of growth. And you can do the therapy for a while, take break and do life with this new perspective for a while and then come back to it again.

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How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing And Sleeping

Aromatherapy is an age-old technique involving essentials oils that are beneficial to the mind and the body. The nervous system is the part of your body where the mind and body lie. Aromatherapy is also known for healing and influencing positive emotions along with helping individuals with headaches and easing the pain of nervous tension. You can also benefit from the positive affects of aromatherapy on the immune system. If done properly, aromatherapy can also help you relax and help you with erratic sleeping patterns. Aromatherapy will help people that suffer from fatigue and help you fall asleep easier while sleeping calmly throughout the night.

How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing

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Create a fairy garden with your preschooler

Creating a fairy garden with your preschooler is a fun outdoor summer activity. The idea of fairies living among the flowers has captured children’s and gardener’s imaginations for years.

To get in the mood, pick up some books at the library. Cicely Mary Barker, a London watercolorist who lived in the early 1900’s, observed both real flowers and children to create her series of books on flower fairies. Her watercolors are both botanically accurate and capture the grace and beauty of live child models, whom she painted at local schools. Her fairies are enchanting. Her series of books are easy for small hands to hold, are richly detailed and have imaginative poetry throughout.

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5 Parenting Myths for New Moms to Totally Ignore!

Family walks!

As the mom of a 22 year old, I wanted to just say “Heeeyyy!”  to all you new moms out there and throw you some love and encouragement!

You don’t need to be perfect! You just need to be good-enough and you and your family will be ok.

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CranioSacral Bodywork Therapist Profile

If you believe, like I do, in the mindbody connection, then you know there’s a body-based part to your emotional and physical health.

There are multiple ways to approach healing. One pathway is via talk therapy. It’s a cognitive way of working things out emotionally. Talk therapy engages the cognitive and upper parts of the brain and works through emotional narrative and beliefs. Another pathway is through somatic therapies. Somatic therapies engage the lower parts of the brain, the nonverbal, emotional parts of the brain.

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Menstrual Comfort Salve: Roman Chamomile, Sweet Orange, Clary Sage and Sandalwood

 

Here’s another easy remedy for simple comfort in everyday life. Make this salve for use in your home and to give to friends, too! Making salves with plant essences is a lot like cooking. So, if you like to cook as a hobby this is also a fun way to pass a rainy day at home!

First, get your stuff together to get ready to cook!

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Affirmations for Positive Mothering!

Good self-care  (istock/kzenon)

 Happy Mother’s Day!

Be kind to yourself today.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Depression, Prevalence, Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

As of 2017, the  World Health Organization lists depression as the top cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

 Just a few years ago, it was number four on the list.

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