Reiki & Crystal Healing
Reiki is Universal Life Force Energy.
In our busy lives it’s often difficult to find a way to step back and take a few moments to care for ourselves. It seems like too much effort to recover from too much work, too much preoccupation.
Reiki is an energy healing modality with ancient roots and modern Japanese origin. The reiki practitioner channels the universal life force energy to the recipient by direct touch or via distance, activating the healing process of the recipients own body restoring physical & emotional well being, improving quality of life.
Some of the many benefit of reiki may include but are not limited to:
- Increased energy
- Dissolution of energy blocks promoting balance between mind, body and spirit
- Creation of deep relaxation; releasing stress, easing anxiety
- Clearing the mind, improving focus
- Encourages holistic healing
- Helps to relieve physical pain
- More restful sleep
- Enhances creativity
Reiki complements all forms of treatments and therapies. You don’t have to do anything to receive reiki except be open to it.
In general, yoga is about providing balance. Knowing what a roller coaster ride pregnancy and the postnatal period can be, I fully believe that prenatal and postnatal yoga are fundamental to providing balance and dedicated time for self-care. As an expecting or new mama, you are surely focused on your little one and putting your needs second. Make sure to dedicate time to yourself and prepare your body for childbirth and the postnatal period, and care for your body with postnatal yoga after you've birthed your baby.
Benefits of prenatal yoga:
- Stability – Working strength and combating naturally relaxing ligaments during pregnancy
- Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle – Whether active or gentle, it’s important to keep moving while pregnant. First trimester may be difficult for some due to nausea or fatigue, so try to get to a prenatal class as early as possible but when you’re feeling up to it!
- Preparation for Childbirth – While prenatal does not and should not take the place of childbirth education, my classes are an opportunity to learn about pregnancy and childbirth basics through class participant sharing and sharing my own knowledge as an educator and as a Mom who had a natural childbirth in a hospital setting.
- Community – Taking a prenatal class or having a small group meet periodically provides a great opportunity to talk about what’s going on in your pregnancy and can be comforting to talk about your discomforts or worries in a private setting.
Prenatal yoga is suitable at any time during your pregnancy and for all fitness levels. If you are experiencing discomforts or difficulties with your pregnancy, consult with your midwife or obstetrician (OB).
Benefits of postnatal yoga:
- Healthy Lifestyle – After the first 8 weeks and clearance from your doctor, gently moving back into activity is good for your body and your mind;
- Self-care – You’ve been dedicating the past few months to your baby’s needs – take some time each week for you! Your needs during this emotional and exhausting time are just as important as baby’s.
- Community – Having a group of new mommas to talk to can be reassuring and a learning experience for everyone. It’s a good place to share joys and concerns in a private setting.
I encourage you to begin attending postnatal yoga no earlier than six weeks post-partum. The reason for this is that your body has just been through both an amazing and life-changing experience and needs time to recover. Most women begin to come to postnatal yoga after their 6-week check-in with their OB/GYN.
One of our encapsulators will pick your placenta up at your home or hospital, prepare placenta capsules using the Traditional Chinese Method or raw preparation method, according to all OSHA standards, and return the capsules to you at your home.
Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation
Many mothers report having benefited from encapsulating their placentas. Some benefits include:
- Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
- Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
- Decrease in post-partum depression levels
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood
- Increase in milk production
Traditional Chinese Method (TCM)
The Basics: the placenta is steamed and then dehydrated (temp varies) until fully dry then powdered
- Steaming is more likely to kill any surface bacteria on the placenta.
- Some believe that cooking makes the iron more bioavailable. We don’t know if this applies to human iron however as most studies have been done on plant and animal sources of iron.
- The additional heating of the placenta is in alignment with TCM principles of increasing warming, yang energy to balance cold, yin energy that is more prevalent postpartum.
- The placenta loses approximately 35% of it’s mass during steaming (most of which is blood). This yields less pills.
- Even if the herbs or foods aren’t dehydrated and powdered into the final pills they may have come in contact with the placenta during the process. This could cause an allergic reaction in food sensitive women.
The Basics: the placenta is sliced & dehydrated at 118F or below until fully dry then powdered
- Since the placenta is not steamed, the pill yield is quite a bit higher. You will get more pills out of the same size placenta.
- The placenta is not cooked even though it is fully desiccated. Although we don’t have reports of food borne illness from Raw Foods method prepared placenta capsules, it’s possible the risk for food borne illness is increased.
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