Deciding to have a baby is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Or is it? Truthfully, the most important decision you’ll ever make for that baby is to prepare your body in advance for the important job that it will do.
by Guest Blogger Kristin Harrison, RMT, LMT
Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive energy healing technique that all animals can benefit from. It is safe, effective and can do no harm. Reiki balances the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an animal by releasing energy blockages which create imbalance and disease. When an animal’s energy is balanced and flowing, healing and change occur. Animals respond quickly to the ease that Reiki produces on these levels, often harmonizing seemingly difficult and impossible attitudes and
Reiki addresses the root cause of acute or chronic conditions, adapts to the natural needs of the animal, heals holistically, and can be used as preventative and or maintenance care. Animals decide how much Reiki they want to accept and for how long. They determine where they want the Reiki to help them, either physically, emotionally or both. However, Reiki is not a replacement for appropriate veterinarian medical care. Reiki supports medical care by accelerating healing, reducing pain or discomfort, and stimulating the healing process.
Reiki enhances overall well-being
Just like people, even healthy pets can have occasional physical, emotional and mental imbalances that, if left untreated, can manifest as illness. Reiki helps balance out emotions such as fear, anxiety, aggression, depression, and other behaviorally based issues. Periodic Reiki treatments can help maintain your pet’s natural state of well-being and balance.
Reiki accelerates healing following surgery or illness
Reiki can alleviate and prevent side effects of conventional medications such as prescriptions and antibiotics, and provides pain relief and relaxation to facilitate and enhance the body’s natural healing response.
Reiki increases trust and bonding between you and your pet
People and pets often mirror each other’s physical and emotional states. Animals are natural healers and sometimes take on their person’s problems, often in an attempt to heal them. This happens because of the deep bond shared between a pet and his or her person. Because of the shared energy in such a close relationship, energetic imbalances are shared as well. For optimum healing, joint treatments for people and their pets can often be beneficial.
Reiki assists with behavior issues by promoting relaxation and stress reduction
Many behavior issues are caused by stress. Reiki has a calming effect on the pet and may help make the pet more receptive to training and behavior modification. Reiki is extremely beneficial for animals with a history of abuse, especially those in shelter care. The gentle touch and the energy can help restore trust in animals who have learned to associate touch with being hurt. Reiki can also help with transitions such as moving house, introduction to, or loss of, another pet. Reiki helps to heal the spirit, bringing animals back to a state of trust and connection, giving a sense of purpose and building their confidence with other animals and people. Reiki helps balance out emotions such as fear, anxiety, aggression, depression, and other behaviorally based issues.
Reiki strengthens the immune system for cancer therapies
Cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation present stress to an already compromised immune system. Reiki strengthens the immune system to better deal with this additional stress. It helps alleviate or prevent the side effects of conventional cancer treatments and provides pain relief.
Reiki provides comfort and relieves pain, anxiety and fear for animals in hospice.
Reiki is a wonderful way to facilitate the transition for terminally ill animals and their owners. Often, animals will not allow themselves to transition because they intuitively feel that their person is not ready to let them go. Joint Reiki treatments for the pet and his or her person can help both through this difficult time by enhancing the bond and allowing a gentle transition.
And most importantly, Reiki makes your special animal companion feel loved and at peace.
Creator of Grateful Spirit NH, Kristin is a Holistic Massage Therapist and Reiki Master who specializes in Integrative Therapies for special populations such as fibromyalgia, oncology, and hospice. Kristin has an extensive background as a fitness/holistic health educator and is also a part of the University of New Hampshire’s massage therapy team – providing integrative massage therapy to students, faculty and staff at their Durham, NH campus. A compassionate writer and artist, Kristin has a special connection and passion for animals and animal rescue. To learn more, please visit www.GratefulSpiritNH.com
Healing Hands Chiropractic Family Wellness Center is named local Family Favorite.
Londondery, NH (Sept. 17, 2012) Healing Hands Chiropractic Family Wellness Center has been selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire as a “Family Favorite” award recipient for Best Chiropractor.
The Family Favorite awards are a new award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places in over 60 categories- as chosen by the readers of Parenting NH Magazine.
“The Family Favorites’ award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family,” said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting NH. The voting took place online from June 1 through July 31, 2012 and received almost 1,600 votes.
Healing Hands Chiropractic’s mission is to promote and support the overall health, well-being and highest quality of life of all individuals and families in our community through natural chiropractic care and education. The wellness center specializes in pregnancy, postpartum, pediatrics and family wellness. Co-owner Dr. Jessica Caruso is a Prenatal & Family Chiropractor, Reiki Master Teacher and Childbirth Educator and is certified in the Webster pregnancy technique used with expectant mothers.
The clinic can be reached at 603-434-3456 or online at www.HealingHandsNH.com. Convenient online scheduling is available for established patients and the office has a large play room for the kids to play in after their adjustments.
By Guest Blogger, Krista Maltais PCD(DONA), CLC, B.S. Family Studies.
“In the day-to-day grind of it all, it’s easy to get stuck thinking, “the day is too short, the to-do list is too long, and gosh darn it, people need me!”. This is especially true for parents. But, in order to take care of others, you have to first take care of yourself. “
I begin this blog while at an airport returning from the first vacation I have had in years. As I sit here waiting for the plane to depart, I can’t help but reflect on the necessity of taking care of one self.
In the day-to-day grind of it all, it’s easy to get stuck thinking, “the day is too short, the to-do list is too long, and gosh darn it, people need me!”. This is especially true for parents. But I have learned, and this vacation has re-inforced, that in order to take care of others, you have to first take care of yourself.
As a postpartum doula and lactation counselor, I see how burned out new parents, especially new mothers, can get when they go-go-go and try to take everything on themselves. There is only so long that level of intensity (and the adrenaline that fuels the intensity) can sustain itself before stress, fatigue, or full-on exhaustion, shows itself. It may reveal itself in emotional outbursts, illness, accidents, or physical pain.
Amongst the daily tasks of parenting, it can be difficult to remember to eat and shower let alone remember how crucial it is to recharge. However, taking care of one’s self doesn’t have to mean a full week’s vacation (although, I highly recommend it!). Self-care can, and should, be found in a daily routine. Here are some ideas to try and incorporate into your life:
- Take deep breaths. Breathing deeply helps move your body out of fight-or-flight mode and into the relaxation response and has been proven to help combat fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
- Eat nutritious small meals and snacks throughout the day and drink to thirst. Set up snack bags and water bottlesin the places you spend the most time (in the living room, next to your nursing chair, in the car, etc). A hungry parent cannot fully function, may become short tempered, and is less likely to deal with parenting tasks/challenges calmly.
- Exercise and socialize. Moving your body helps reduce stress and has numerous health benefits as does socializing with family and friends. It’s easy to combine the two by going for a walk with your spouse or signing up for a new exercise group with friends. As a bonus, there are many parent-baby exercise classes available in our area which may make this easier to accomplish.
- Go for regular body work. Parenting is emotionally and physically demanding. It may seem difficult to schedule an appointment amongst the busyness of the day, but having proper physical care through chiropractic and/or massage will make it easier to sustain the tasks of parenting.
- Ask for help. This is especially important for spouses to remember! Communicate as openly and honestly as possible about how you are feeling and what you want/need. People are usually willing to offer a helping hand and may feel more comfortable taking an active role if told specifics. Don’t have family or friends close by or don’t feel comfortable asking? See the next suggestion…
- Hire professional support. Certified postpartum doulas are trained to know what new parents want/need. Do you just want a long, hot shower, and a nap? No problem! However, postpartum doulas can also offer education about newborn care techniques, mother care, partner and sibling adjustment, early childhood development, postpartum mood disorders, breast and bottle feeding as well as coping skills. Want something warm to eat that you didn’t have to prepare? Sure! Postpartum doulas can also assist with your family’s daily needs such as organizing the home, running errands and providing additional local resources. Are you breastfeeding? A certified lactation counselor can provide personalized breastfeeding assessment and support to ensure pain-free and successful nursing experiences in the privacy of your home. There are all kinds of professionals out there to help you – house cleaners, dog walkers, landscapers, etc! Just ask!
The airplane’s safety announcement has just come on. The flight attendant has checked our safety belts and is telling us that in the event of an emergency, air masks may drop and that you must always put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. How true. It’s not easy and sometimes it can feel selfish to take care of yourself, but the earlier and more regularly you incorporate self-care measures into your life, the easier and healthier your life will be.
About the Author:
About Healing Hands Chiropractic:
Healing Hands Chiropractic is a full-service family wellness center specializing in Webster certified prenatal & family chiropractic care, acupuncture, cognitive-behavioral therapy, reiki & aromatherapy, massage therapy, pregnancy & birth classes and breastfeeding support.
Chiropractors, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeonsalike agree that backpacks are a problem for your child’sspine. While alone they may not cause major problems,overloading and improper carrying of a backpack canlead to headaches, neck, shoulder, and lower back pain.
by Guest Blogger, Amy Peterson, CD-DONA, CLC of Hound Hill Doula
Every labor is different. While there is no way to know in advance if yours will be easy or more difficult, or if you will require interventions or not; there are many things you can do to increase your chances of a simple, uncomplicated, “easy” labor.
Often when labors are more difficult, longer, or require interventions like cesarean; it is due to what doctors would call a “ malposition of the fetus”. This simply means that your baby is having a hard time fitting through your pelvis. Just like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, a baby who is not aligned in a way that easily slips through the opening of your pelvis is going to have a tougher time. While most babies find their way through the pelvis, turning as they descend, some (about 13%) do not, and result in either a longer more difficult delivery, or require interventions like cesarean.
‘Optimal Fetal Positioning’ (OFP) is a theory developed by a midwife, Jean Sutton, and Pauline Scott, an antenatal teacher, who found that the mother’s position and movement could influence the way her baby lay in the womb in the final weeks of pregnancy.
Optimal Fetal Position is based on three factors. Balance, Gravity and Movement. The goal is to have a baby with a tucked chin, presenting the smallest part of the head toward the front and facing the mothers back for delivery.
is achieved through relaxation and release of the pelvic muscles and ligaments so that they are symmetrical. Discomfort is a sign of imbalance, and is very common in women who carry a heavy purse or a toddler on one hip, or perhaps have an old athletic injury that they compensate for. The best way to maintain uterine balance is to get regular chiropractic care. Yoga and belly dancing also offer an opportunity to release chronic tension and tone imbalances. Take a moment first thing each morning to asses your body and relax any muscle spasms or support loose muscles.
is affecting your baby’s position at all times. Be conscious of how your postureis affecting the way gravity acts on your baby. Your baby’s head is the heaviest part ofits body and the upper back (shoulder blades) are the second. With that in mind, youshould avoid slouching or semi-reclining too often. Standing, sitting straight and tall (justlike your mother told you to) or slightly forward, or hands and knees are all positions thatenable gravity to move or keep your baby in a good position. This is not to say that youshould never lie down or slouch, just keep active and don’t be a couch potato!
is vital to keep your four pelvic joints flexible for labor. Movement also helps gravity work. (ever thrust a bottle of ketchup to get the last bit?) Keep active in postures that encourage optimal fetal positioning. Swimming (belly down!), yoga, dance, walking and doing circles or figure eights while sitting on a birth ball are all great ways to keep moving and flexible while in a good posture. Try to get on your hands and knees at least once a day and do “cat/cow” or pelvic rocking. Imagine your baby in the hammock of your belly as you rock it to sleep.
Doing these things is no guarantee of an easy labor, but they certainly can’t hurt! And if you do find yourself facing a long or difficult labor – keep these same three factors in mind….
1. Find balance- release tension
2. Use gravity to your advantage – get off you back! Try hands and knees, squatting, or sitting on a birth ball.
3. Move! Walk, slow dance, rock in a rocking chair, get on hands and knees, change position often.
Remember, your body was made to birth! Trust the design of your body and do what comes naturally. Your baby’s birthday will be one of the very best days of your life.
About the Author:
To learn more about Amy and Hound Hill Doula please visit her site by clicking here.
About Healing Hands Chiropractic:
Healing Hands is a family wellness center that offers family chiropractic care, acupuncture, cognitive-behavioral therapy, reiki & aromatherapy, massage therapy, La Leche League breastfeeding groups and pregnancy & birth classes. To learn more about Dr. Jessica Caruso andHealing Hands Chiropracticplease visit www.HealingHandsNH.com or call (603)434-3456.
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"I first met Dr. Jess when I was almost 8 months pregnant with my second child. I met with her to help turn the position of my son who was in the breech position. I had delivered my first child via c-section because she was breech and I was hoping to avoid that with my second and have a VBAC. From the first appointment, I was impressed with the time and commitment Dr. Jess gave to helping me not only with fetal positioning but with my overall health. She is great! She truly cares about her patients and that comes through in all the work she does. My son turned after a month of seeing her and remained in the perfect birthing position until his birth. I am convinced that was the result of Dr. Jess’s treatment as well as all of the suggestions she provided. I continue to see Dr. Jess and have since brought my entire family to see her. I feel very lucky to have found Healing Hands and highly recommend it. "