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Infant massage improves mental health and bonding for mom and baby!

Normal soothing and playful touch help forge your relationship with your baby Istock/KellyRichardsonPhotography

Normal soothing and playful touch help forge your relationship with your baby
Istock/KellyRichardsonPhotography

Infant massage is a great way to create an oasis of calm time with your baby. It helps promote bonding and calm both mom and baby. Studies show that infant massage decreases stress hormones (in both Mom & baby), reduces colic and GI symptoms, relieves muscle pains and assists recovery for preemies (Onozawa et al, 2001; Field et al, 1996). It is win-win!

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Featured in PsychCentral: Codependent Relationships

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Istock/Brosa

I was featured in an article in PsychCentral ! Take a look below and then mosey on over to PsychCentral to read the rest!

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Mindfully get into your flow creating textile friendship dolls!

Janet, Princess of Healing

Janet, Princess of Healing

Randy, Roses of Friendship

Randy, Roses of Friendship

I’ve been blessed with wonderful, caring friends who’ve helped me a lot over this past winter!  I wanted to do something special for them, something that would hold the intention of love, friendship and thankfulness within!  I decided to get busy with some needlework! I’ve been making textile dolls for 20 years and decided it was time to take a rest from art quilting and get back to that beloved textile craft!

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Candlemas: The growing season begins

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Istock/mycola

Candlemas: The growing season begins

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Three: Dr. Sue Johnson and Emotion Focused Therapy: Modifying Adult Attachment Patterns

 

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Istock/DNY59

Today we’ll examine some of the concepts of Dr. Sue Johnson’s work in relationship therapy. I draw heavily on her work as well Dr. Gottman’s work when conducting relationship sessions.

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Birth Trauma: Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

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(Istock:h20color)

How many times must we ask for sensitive care?

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Complexity of Marriage Therapy, Part Two: Dr. John Gottman and What Predicts Divorce?

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Today we’ll examine one aspect of Dr. John Gottman’s work. He provides clear, evidence-based information distilled from his many years of research about what predicts divorce.

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Part One: The Complexity of Marriage and Marriage Counseling

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Examining inner and outer patterns of feelings and behaviors is part of couples therapy (Istock/.deva)

Do you sometimes wonder why there’s a general feeling of negativity in your relationship?

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Part Three: Postpartum: How women’s brain biology, hormones and mood relate!

In Part One, we looked at the hormonal-neurotransmitter feedback loops in a woman’s body and how they relate to mood during the menstrual cycle.  

(the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Cortex  Loop and the Ovarian-Hypothalamus-Pituitary Loop)

In Part Two, we looked at a woman’s hidden hormonal shifts during pregnancy and birth. Today, we look at the hidden postpartum hormonal shifts.

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Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Relationship: The Listening Door

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven 

by William Butler Yeats

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light

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