I hope your week has gone well. I am feeling very grateful this week for my safe, warm home after watching the devastation in India caused by Cyclone Phailin. It really is incomprehensible that 600,000 people have been left homeless. Just imagine losing all your possessions, your home and your livelihood. What’s happened in India is a powerful reminder to appreciate what we have. Its also a reminder the respect Mother Nature. I have jokingly said, since the election, that our current unpredictable weather is because Mother Nature is angry with us for scrapping the Carbon Tax. Maybe it’s not such a funny joke. Nature really does have the upper hand and we need to honour her.
Last week I was so pleased with our Lightworkers Lunch. What a beautiful group of souls sharing our passion, mission and a yummy lunch. It has given me lots of new inspiration. We plan to make this lunch a monthly event on the first Thursday of each month. Please join us if you can. If you are not sure if you are a “Lightworker” then just ask yourself if you would like to help make the world a better place? If you answer yes, then you are a “Lightworker” and you are very welcome to join us each month.
Kindred Spirits Group
You are also very welcome to join our new Kindred Spirits Group, meeting at 10.30am each Thursday during school term. Each week we will invite one of the amazing local practitioners to share a topic. This Thursday we will meet and brainstorm ideas about who we can invite and what topics to include. I would love your input. Next week we have Rose Inserra, author of Dictionary of Dreams (among many other books) teaching us how to work with her stunning newly released Dream Reading Cards.
Global Healing Meditation
We are also restarting our Global Healing Meditation at 1pm on Fridays. This Meditation is based on the work of Lynne McTaggart, author of “The Field”, “The Bond’ and “The Intention Experiment”. According to author Lynne McTaggart, research shows that a small group of people focussed on sending remote healing to one person at a time can have a powerful effect. This Global Healing Meditation focuses on key people around the planet who are in positions of leadership or influence, with the intention of raising their consciousness and changing the world for the better. There is no charge for this session. Please call us to book you place.
One of the things I have felt strongly about since I was a teenager is making birth better. I read a book called “Gentle Birth” by Frederik Leboyer in my teens and years later when I had my babies I revisited this book and followed the principals as best I could. I had three natural births and felt very in control and empowered as a mother. It upsets me enormously when the natural process of birth is interrupted by unnecessary medical intervention and nature is not allowed to take her course. I agree that there is a time and place for intervention but when a mum is relaxed, feels safe and supported through the birth then the need for intervention is reduced greatly.
History indicates that in many ancient cultures, where nature and women were honoured, childbirth was not painful. Both Aristotle and Hippocrates taught that women giving birth should be helped to relax deeply and use very focused mind power during birth. Some childbirth preparation courses teach breathing and relaxation techniques. By just focusing on your breathing and deeply relaxing through each contraction, you will probably halve the discomfort of birth.
HypnoBirthing includes hypnosis for a very good reason. If you also know how to use hypnosis (focused mind power) for each contraction you can create some profound changes to how it all feels. Birth will be much easier when you are relaxed and feel safe.
Prior to a baby’s birth, hypnosis is a very effective way to help you clear any fear the mum might have about the birth or about parenting. She may have had a previous difficult birth or may simply have a fear of the smell and sounds of hospitals. In hypnosis, the mind has the ability to explore past experiences and beliefs and safely clear them. During the HypnoBirthing course, we take Mums through this clearing process.
As well as being profoundly relaxing, hypnosis can alter the perception of sensations and even create numbness when its needed. Each contraction can feel like tightening or pressure but not pain. The mind can also change the perception of time passing, so that each contraction seems to pass very quickly and between contractions Mums feels like they have plenty of time to relax. Sound pretty good hey? Dr Sarah has some advice on Acupuncture for induction.
Acupuncture for Induction
by Dr.Sarah Arkell
Acupuncture induction is safe and effective and works harmoniously with the hormonal balance of pregnancy to promote labour. If you are seeking Acupuncture because you are post due date you may be wanting to avoid induction. The induction process from a western medical process can be quite traumatic and many mothers-to-be wish to avoid this and promote induction in a more natural and gentle way.
It is advised that you seek treatment before your due date to encourage the natural labour process. Of course, this isn’t always possible and we will be happy to work with you if you are post-date.
Women will often progress into labour after their first treatment, but more commonly after 2-3 treatments. Generally we would begin acupuncture induction treatment at least 7 days prior to their scheduled induction. This allows adequate time for the treatment to take effect.
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I hope you have a happy, healthy and serene week,
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