Posts Tagged ‘mindbody’

10 Activities for Family Bonding Time

Today I have a guest post from my  friend, Shirley Parker, an experienced mom! Parenting is a developmental right of passage and requires commitment, patience and personal growth!  But it’s also alot of fun! being outdoors and exploring family fun activities is a great way to relax and bond with your children as well as offer ways to get away from all the electronic devices!  Please welcome Shirley Parker to BirthTouch!

 

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Birth Trauma: Heather Barson and Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson’s featured article today is extraordinary. Heather  writes about her recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. She talks about a healthcare system that doesn’t take care of women. She shares her dark walk through PTSD. She shares her long multi-pronged approach to healing. Her story is moving and healing. I admire her immensely. Please welcome Heather Barson with me.

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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!

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Vegetable Juicing for Detox and Wellness

Are you looking for a way to detoxify and take your wellness goals up a notch? Try vegetable juicing! Juicing is a powerful tool that can cleanse you from the inside.

Virtually every health expert, including conventional doctors, recommends six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day. However, very few of us get the said recommended amount.

Juicing is a way to reach this daily target for veggies. It allows you to add a wider variety of choices to your diet. You get to enjoy stuff that you normally enjoy eating whole, and it’s easier for your body to absorb the exciting lineup of nutrients.

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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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Ravensara & Blood Orange Salve

With the crazy weather we’ve all been having, the temperatures up and down and all, there’s been a lot of sneezing around the office this week, so  I decided to take whip up  a batch of immune support salve for my family. I’m sending one over to my son at his college dorm!

 First, get your stuff together:

 

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Book Review: The River of Forgetting: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse by Jane Rowan

Many people in my psychotherapy practice struggle with coming to terms with childhood sexual abuse. Flashes of their silent past and the effects of the splitting of the self in order to survive, intrude on their present day life, so they come for support. I’m humbled to witness their heroic, creative work through their inner labyrinth of pain and love gradually towards integration and wholeness.

Istock/SergeyIT

Istock/SergeyIT

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Guest Post: Matt Logan (Music Therapist) and a Perfect Lullaby

Mom’s voice is perfection to her baby

 

Today I am pleased to have Matt Logan, MA, MT-BC, a board-certified music therapist, offer a guest post about the enhancing effects of music for the mother-baby relationship. Matt writes knowledgeably about the positive effects of music on our emotions and physiology. He works as a music therapist at a children’s hospital in Oakland, California., with kids of all ages and backgrounds and he loves this work! He runs two websites: A Perfect Lullaby and Music Therapy Source.

Matt Logan, MA, MT-BC

Matt Logan, MA, MT-BC

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Wordless Wednesday: MindBody Medicine: Early Spring Garden

Gardening is my favorite spring  “mindbody relaxation therapy”!

I love spring in the garden, the plants are beginning to push out from the soil.  Here are some shots from around my garden. It’s a work in progress, I live in deer country and it’s a struggle to find landscaping plants they don’t love as breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

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