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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Holistic Sleep: CBT-I is a Natural Treatment for Insomnia

Can insomnia be treated without medication?

Are you having trouble sleeping? Are you so tired that it’s interfering with your work? With your life? Are you feeling anxious and depressed and it seems linked to your lack of sleep?

Has your insomnia taken on a life of its own?

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Make Your Own Healing Skin Salve: Helichrysum & Bergamot Salve

Your healing salve cooling in their jars!

Your healing salve cooling in their jars!

One of my life long hobbies is studying healing plants in the form of herbals, essential oils and flower essences.   As a hobbyist, in 1985, I took my first herbal studies class from the  Australasian School of Herbal Studies. It has since evolved into a much larger entity. Now there are so many local courses to be taken with big names around the tri-state area, such as Robin Rose Bennet ,  Susan Weed and Peeka Trenkle. There just weren’t any local classes that I knew of in 1985.  In 1986, I studied homeopathy with Jane Cicchetti at the Five Elements Center in Mountain Lakes.

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Five Ways You Can Use My Book: BirthTouch®: Shiatsu & Acupressure for the Childbearing Year

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The BirthTouch® books were created out of my own experiences. I noticed that whenever I went through a rough emotional time or an illness in my life, my healing journey took multiple twists and turns. I found I meandered along a mindbody approach, an integrative approach that incorporated science and wisdom.

From the healing I’ve experienced in my personal life, grew the mindbody approach that I’ve come to use in my professional work.

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What’s an EMDR session like?

When is it a good time for you to try EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a mindbody approach to therapy that’s effective with trauma and moving stuck emotional places. EMDR as a treatment modality, is best used with someone who is stable in his or her mental health treatment. For example, someone with untreated clinical depression needs to address the depression before beginning EMDR treatment. Or someone with bipolar disorder needs to be stable on their medication for at least six months prior to beginning EMDR treatment or a person struggling with addiction needs to be stable in recovery for at least a year before beginning EMDR treatment.  Persons with complex trauma, such as persons subjected to ongoing childhood sexual abuse, should have a good understanding of their abuse before undertaking EMDR. EMDR is appropriate for persons who suffered a single incident trauma.

Why use EMDR?

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Medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding

 

Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?

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As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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