Lavender

I’ve been using essential oils (eo’s) for years. They are amazing little bottles packed with powerful healing benefits that can be beneficial for the entire family. I use them just as frequently as I use the super powers of breastmilk, bone broth, and coconut oil.

I was first introduced to essential oils when I went to massage school in 2010. I attended a short, 5 hour class designed to introduce aromatherapy to us in order to spark an interest to learn more in our own time. I was amazed at the purity and power that a single drop of plant essence could have on the human body. And yes, it did intrigue me to learn more, so I started looking into different oils and how I could use them for myself and my family and future clients.

My first bottle of essential oil was bought from the local health food store. Lavender. I like to think of lavender as a “gate-way” herb or essential oil – Everyone has heard about lavender, it’s the most commonly asked for essential oil during a massage treatment simply because its well known that lavender helps with relaxation. Lavender is also a great go-to oil for reducing inflammation and pain. It holds antibacterial and antiviral properties too, so its my first pick when healing minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. It can even help reduce congestion from allergies, colds, and viruses!

I love my essential oils and I want to share them with everyone. I think my new tagline should be ‘there’s an oil for that’ but maybe that’s already taken? Anyways, for all of you natural minded ‘crunchy’ mamas, do your research and add Essential Oils to your First Aide Arsenal. You won’t regret it. *As a side note, eo’s are not only for ‘crunchy mamas’ as they are unbiased and can be used by anyone.

 

 

If you’re interested in learning more about how to integrate essential oils into your life, please ask me, I love to share which products I like best and how I use them.

**These statements are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or abnormal function of the human body.

 

5 Reasons to get a Massage during Pregnancy

Ah, Massage! The lovely idea of taking a break: relaxing, unwinding, and letting all of the tension and stress of the day, the week, or the month just melt away. It’s a grand idea, right? Most of us won’t need any other reason to get a massage, but if you’re on the fence to pamper yourself during pregnancy, here are a few reasons why you should book that massage session now.

  1. Massage is known for helping one to de-stress, so it’s no surprise that massage helps to decrease stress levels. But did you know that it can also improve your mood? Because it has a positive effect on all of our “happy” hormones (like endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin), massage can help to reduce anxiety and feelings of depression.
  2. Massage therapy can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. It has also been shown to decrease the risk of preterm labor, low birth weight, as well as lower cortisol levels.
  3. Experiencing growing pains and pregnancy discomforts – especially at your back, hips, and legs? Massage brings relief! It can also reduce swelling, joint pain, sciatic nerve pain, and headaches.
  4. The reduction in pain and the increase in kinesthetic awareness (how you sense your body) that massage creates can help you prepare for labor and birth. In fact, studies have shown that pregnant mothers who received massage therapy during pregnancy and labor experienced less pain, less need for medications, and shorter labors. Who doesn’t want that?!?
  5.  And last, but certainly not least, getting a massage regularly during pregnancy can train you for beneficial self-care habits to create as a mother. Only a mother knows the enormous amounts of love and craziness that we will experience during our journey through motherhood (for the rest of our lives). Having a good routine in place to help us wind down and restore our energy can only better our overall well being (and keep us sane).

So take the next few minutes to schedule your next massage, and the next one too, since you want to create a habit. Just as a side note – when seeking out a massage therapist, find someone who is certified in pregnancy massage. This will ensure that you get the luxury treatment that you so much deserve.

If you want to check out the research articles, click here

Don’t Sneeze…

Don’t sneeze after childbirth! It’s a common joke that I hear about postpartum moms peeing their pants after childbirth. I used to laugh about it and thought that it must be normal since it was so well known. That’s just what happens after childbirth – we leak. We learn to deal with it – Silently.

But we don’t have to deal with leaking. Or incontinence, pain, or weakness in our core or pelvis. We CAN experience healing and live leak free with proper alignment and correct exercises.

Check out MuTuSystem.com to become empowered, educated and to find strength and support on your healing journey.

As a MuTu Pro™, I can help you improve your overall alignment and body function by utilizing the exercises from the MuTu® System while creating a personalized movement/exercise/nutrition routine specific to your needs. I offer one to one online and/or in person training sessions.

You’re not alone. Don’t suffer silently. There is hope for healing.

the core and more

Our changing body can sometimes fail to function properly and it can be difficult to talk about it and resolve the issues. It’s important for us to talk about these changes and seek answers to our problems.