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Holistic and Integrative Healing & Psychotherapy

Your healing takes place on many levels (Istock/kochergin)

Your healing takes place on many levels (Istock/kochergin)

You all know that I’m interested in all things healing. I’ve spent a lifetime studying healing modalities, as I’ve bet a lot of you have!  We all have a lot of research and tools available to us for healing on different levels.

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For Mamas, the Gift of Self-Care – Free Lovingkindness Meditation

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

The Lovingkindness Meditation is about developing the mental habit of self-love and expansive love.

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Breathing can change everything

Perinatal Therapist Spotlight: Robin Muskal, Ph.D.

Dr. Robin Muskal

Dr. Robin Muskal

Please welcome my colleague from Morristown, New Jersey, Robin Muskal, Ph.D., with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has trained as a  psychotherapist, body worker and energy practitioner for 20 years  to BirthTouch®  as a guest expert today!  Robin works with the perinatal and postpartum population as an adjunct wellness practitioner. She is an advocate for whole person care and helps patients build a strong network of community supports. Utilizing a meaningful set of interventions and techniques, such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral strategies Robin, will assist with transitions, balance of mood and empowerment towards self-integrity and healing. Robin is a Board Certified wellness coach, and a teacher of Iyengar yoga. She has a private practice in Morristown and Florham Park, NJ. 

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany and What’s in Our Markets?

Podere Patrignone EVOO delivered to our home!

Podere Patrignone EVOO delivered to our home!

The issue about the adulteration of extra virgin olive oil in our food supply has been bugging me for some time.

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14 Tips for Mamas with Past Sexual Abuse

This article originally appeared in Postpartum Progress.

Cristi Motto Comes of Motherhood Unadorned are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual abuse and how it can affect the emotions of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

Mend a broken heart

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Get your kids gardening!

This is a guest post from a friend of mine across the pond who loves to garden as much as I do!  My son, now 19, grew up gardening with me. His first experience gardening was planting foxglove and basil seeds with me in egg cartons in the living room! And together, we planted over 300 daffodil bulbs on our former residence in Budd Lake, New Jersey.

Enjoy gardening with your children where we finally get some spring here in the northeast US! Here are some tips from Karen!

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Positive psychology coping skill: Mindfulness

This article originally appeared in the Examiner:

 

Mindfulness is a positive psychology coping skill. When developed, mindfulness helps you let go of judgments, be in the present moment and feel less anxious and depressed about what may or may not happen.

Mindfulness doesn’t mean meditating 20 – 40 minutes a day. That’s a bigger commitment than most people I know are willing (or able!) to make! Mindfulness doesn’t need to be an overwhelming prospect! Even small changes can positively impact your internal emotional well-being and how you relate to external events!

Mindfulness and Conscious Parenting:  Read the rest here!

Mindbody Research: Lavender Aromatherapy Provides Comfort and Increases Maternal Contentment in Childbirth

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

This year, 2014, Maasumeh Kaviani, Faculty Member at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and her team of research scholars conducted a study to see the effects of using lavender aromatherapy during childbirth on pain intensity perception, duration of labor, maternal contentment and Apgar scores. The researchers found the use of the lavender aromatherapy lowered the perception of pain, improved maternal contentment, but did not reduce the duration of labor. Safely using lavender aromatherapy in the birthing room is inexpensive, has no side effects and may be a holistic way to help women manage their births.

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MindBody Research: Acupressure on LI4 Provides Comfort and Decreases Time of Active Labor

In 2012, Ahmad Khosravi, Msc, and his colleagues at the Shahroud University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a research study to see if using Large Intestine 4 in  labor actually helped provide comfort and shortened the duration of labor time. Using acupressure to relieve pain is inexpensive and has no side effects and may be a way to help women in areas that are underserved by modern hospital care.

 

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Omega 3 vs Omega 6: A Smarter Way to Balance the Ratio

Supplementation with Omega 3 is a good way to stabilize mood

Supplementation with Omega 3 is a good way to stabilize mood

Everybody knows that omega 3 fatty acids are good for health, especially good for promoting cardiovascular health and cognitive aging.

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