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Can Acupuncture Help You Get Pregnant?

This is a re-post from Well-Rounded written by our very own Anna Strong, LAc, MSTOM. Check out the piece here!

You probably heard of women getting pregnant after going through acupuncture treatments. Well, what if we told you it wasn’t just word of mouth? More and more studies have corroborated the fact that acupuncture can help boost fertility. But how does it work exactly?

Acupuncture, which is rooted in the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, has been around for more than 2,000 years. Involving the placement of thin needles into specific areas of the body, the practice stimulates the body’s meridians (channels of energy). Depending on where you place them, the needles can go a long way: making a person calmer or more energized; alleviate back pain and help battle certain addictions like cigarette smoking; and, yes, regulate menstrual cycles and balancing hormones to help a woman up her chances of getting pregnant.

Have you had a hard time conceiving, wondering what your next move should be? You may want to give acupuncture a try. Here are 6 ways it can boost your fertility.

1. It can regulate your menstrual cycle. When it comes to fertility, the use of acupuncture boils down to the idea that conception is possible when the Yin and Yang energies of the body are in balance and flowing correctly. Stimulating those energy channels can gently remind the body what it is supposed to be doing and when.

During the Yin phase, which is known to happen during the new moon, your menstrual cycle is dominated by growth and consolidation. That is, when the body is getting the egg ready and when the womb prepared for a possible pregnancy. During the Yang phase, however, your body is supposed to get ready for action and change — namely, ovulation and your period. That being said, what constitute a “normal cycle” can vary greatly from woman to woman. But if you are experiencing prolonged menstrual cycles or have very heavy bleeding during or in between periods, it may be because your body is out of sync with the Yin or Yang energies. Acupuncture will nudge a woman’s cycle towards being more predictable and with bleeding lasting between 3-5 days.

2. It can improve egg quality. Acupuncture treatments can increase blood circulation to the ovaries, which can then improve egg quality. Women with blood tests showing elevated FSH and/or low AMH often fall into the Chinese medicine diagnosis category of Kidney Yin Depletion. Their basal body temperature chart may show unsteady temperature readings in the follicular phase or a shortened follicular phase. In these cases, following acupuncture and herbal treatments during the follicular phase and, ideally, for 3 months prior to trying to conceive can really help get your body back on track.

3. It can improve IVF and IUI outcome. Acupuncture doesn’t just work on its own. If you’re already following an infertility regimen, it can work well in tandem with the medications your doctor has prescribed you to stimulate your ovaries. That’s especially true if you have had a poor response to fertility medications. Acupuncture, once or twice a week, can be exactly what you need to make the difference and get your body to respond better to your fertility treatment. In addition, some doctors recommend to receive acupuncture directly prior to and directly after an IVF transfer.

4. It can promote ovulation. In China, women who are diagnosed with PCOS are among fertility patients most commonly treated with acupuncture. For those who are not ovulating (anovulatory), inserting needles in points of the abdomen (including the uterus point, or zi gong) can create or jumpstart a menstrual cycle. For those who don’t know why they are having trouble conceiving, it’s best to have acupuncture treatments coincide with ovulation.

5. It can prevent miscarriage. Some miscarriages are due to genetic abnormalities within the embryo, which is when using acupuncture before trying to conceive to boost egg quality can be helpful. Receiving acupuncture in early pregnancy is perhaps the most important time to receive it. But otherwise, the practice can assist the physiological processes that the body follow to support the growing embryo — from implantation, to establishment of the placenta, to maintaining progesterone levels.

6. It can help you relax. Many patients report that receiving acupuncture helps them feel better physically and mentally. It can also help you relax and not stress as much about the challenges you are facing as you are trying to conceive. Being able to destress, in and of itself, is a great aid to boosting fertility.

Anna Mehlhop Strong is a Licensed Acupuncturist and dedicated practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Her education included training in the prescription of herbal medicine, diagnosis and treatment of health imbalances according to TCM, and a firm foundation in Western anatomy and physiology. She specializes in acupuncture for fertility, obstetrics, and pediatrics. She is a proud mom of 3 and resides and works in Queens as of Earth + Sky Healing Arts.

May 26, 2017 Comments Off on Can Acupuncture Help You Get Pregnant?

Demystifying the V-Steam

Let’s talk about V-steams.

They have become controversial, but at the heart of it, a steam is just a really nice, enjoyable way to relax and bring mindfulness to our pelvic organs wherever you lie on the continuum of hormonal health.

While Vaginal steam baths are a part of many traditional cultures, here we’ll be describing Bajos (ba-hoes) as they are traditionally known in Maya culture.  These steams are used in conjunction with Arvigo® techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapies to assist in the opening of the pelvis and aiding uterine health. A formula of aromatic and cleansing herbs, such as basil, calendula, lavender, oregano, yarrow and rosemary is used to enhance circulation and travel into the pelvis and act on the uterine lining. The warmth and increased circulation nourish the inner membranes and promote softening and opening. The herbs also have an anti bacterial and anti yeast action, helping to decongest the pelvis and promote healthy tissues. This vintage ad from 1952 shows that women in the fifties also knew about the benefits of home steam baths!

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Steaming can be a wonderful addition to your self-care routine, either as a preventative method, or as a time for cleansing, setting intentions, and nourishing your body. Consider adding vaginal steam baths to your self care routine if you experience painful periods, dark blood at the beginning or ending of your cycle, irregular periods, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, cervical stenosis, vaginal dryness or painful intercourse. While its always great come in and do a steam with your Arvigo practitioner, you can do a v-steam from the comfort of your own home!

 

DIRECTIONS:

You can obtain vaginal steam bath herbs from your Arvigo Practitioner, or blend together a mix of aromatic herbs at home. Often a jar of organic Italian Seasoning will do the trick. In addition to the Basil, Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme, I like Motherwort, St. Johns. Wort, Calendula, Rose, Comfrey, Squaw Vine Chamomile, and Dandelion as variations for the steam. A practitioner can also design a blend for you that’s specific to your needs.

  1. In a medium pot containing 1-2 quarts of water, place the herbs. Bring to a soft boil for 5 minutes then steep for 10 minutes with the lid on. As you prepare the herbs, it’s a great time to offer prayer and your intention for the steam.
  2. Place the pot of water and herbs under a stool if you have one, or better yet, in your toilet. Sit over the pot without underwear. Be careful to make sure the steam has cooled enough so that you do not burn yourself! I sometimes use yoga blocks to adjust the height and then remove them as the steam cools. (See “Resources” on information on where to purchase stools and supplies.)
  3. Drape yourself with a blanket from your waist down to the floor so that no cold air gets in. Be sure to keep your feet warm with slippers or thick socks, cold feet will draw the circulation away from the pelvis which is not what you want.
  4. Sit over your pot of herbal steam for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the steam as decreased. This is a perfect time to meditate, offer prayer, or just be in silence.

WHEN TO STEAM

Vaginal steam baths are contraindicated during pregnancy. Do not steam during acute infections or if you have a fever. If you have an IUD you may want to use caution, so consult your Arvigo® practitioner first.

For general maintenance, steam once just after your period, and then again just before your menses start.

If you have a yeast infection, use the steam 2-3 days in a row until symptoms go away in conjunction with self-care massage.

For other specific concerns, follow the guidelines of your practitioner.

Post Partum beginning six weeks postpartum, or as soon as your midwife or doctor indicates that you can for a vaginal birth.

To enhance fertility, steam once a few days after your period, and then again once just before ovulation [but before intercourse, we don’t want to heat up the sperm].

To enhance fertility in conjunction assisted reproductive technologies follow these guidelines:

Clomid: steam once when you first start your Clomid medication, and then once just before ovulation but before intercourse/IUI. A side effect of Clomid may be a decrease in cervical mucous. The steam will help increase this mucous.

Injectible IUI cycle: steam once when you first begin your stimulation drugs, and then once in the morning before your IUI procedure.

IVF cycle: steam once when you first begin your stimulation drugs, and then once in the morning before your transfer.

Donor egg cycle: steam once while your donor is stimulating and then once in the morning before your transfer.

Steaming before your transfer procedure helps to create a lubricated path for the insertion of the catheter through the cervix.

Note: The effects of a steam may include a temporary increase in menstrual flow (more dark fluids, debris), menses may start earlier than usual due to a cleansing effect. If you have any questions contact your Arvigo® Practitioner.

 

RESOURCES

For more information, to find a practitioner, and to order steam baths go to www.arvigotherapy.com

Handcrafted stools available from Phil, contact him at 303-249-8839 or phil@redgrizz.com

To order bulk herbs you can blend yourself try www.zackwoodsherbs.com, www.healingspiritsherbfarm.com, or www.mountainroseherbs.com.

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April 25, 2017 Comments Off on Demystifying the V-Steam

Balm: Our Secret Recipe for Glowing Skin in the Winter

It’s my third winter in New York City. I’m starting to feel the effects of this concrete jungle on my skin. I wanted to know what self care tools I could use to give my face a pick-me-up (and I’m not referring to botox). Enter Melanie Herring and her amazing facials at Antidote Apothecary in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who got me up to speed on four simple steps to keep my skin going through the long dark months.

Antidote also has a large selection of herbs, teas, and remedies to satisfy your most fanciful apothecary dreams.

The facial was like a primal and remedial way to restore not only my hungry winter skin, but my brainspace as well. Our face isn’t just another piece of our skin – takes head-on (literally) every ounce of our day. We rarely cover our face and give it a time out. I walked out of there, drunk on relaxation but also feeling dewy and refreshed – even clear headed. I was inspired to figure out how to keep this glow in my everyday life.

Melanie’s method is also a little unique – she exclusively uses balms. She explains, “Balms are made from oils so you get all the benefits of using an oil, the fatty acids, the antioxidants, the vitamins. And since they are thicker than an oil, you also get the occlusive benefit, which helps to lock in moisture and protect the skin.” She calls balms, “Superstars” especially in the dry months of Vitamin D depleted winter. She encourages year round facials, but adds that winter asks for a specific type of care for our skin. “Bitter winds, freezing temperatures, dry indoor heat are all enemy number 1.” Facials can also lift our spirits as we anticipate longer and warmer days.

The good news is that, while it’s wonderful to go and see an esthetician like Melanie (and I strongly encourage it!) you don’t have to go regularly to maintain skin health. The one thing she encourages every day? Cleansing! (And moisturizing. Okay so two things.) She describes the importance of “washing the day off our face.” She expresses that by doing this, you send a very clear message to your psyche that you matter. Not to mention that our skin does its most reparative work while we sleep. More good news….balms both cleanse and moisturize, so with two simple products I can keep my skin maintained from here on in.

Melanie’s work station of balms and oils.

Here’s the 4-step protocol I learned for an at home balm facial:

  • CLEANSE Put a dollop of a balm in the palm of your hand, blend quickly to heat up the balm and change the consistency closer to that of an oil and then apply to the skin in circular motions, spending time to fully remove all dirt and make-up.
  • Once complete, remove the balm with a warm wash cloth.
  • MOISTURIZE Spritz your face with a hydrosol spray (like rosewater) and then apply balm. If you have favorite facial oil, I like to first spritz with the hydrosol, then place a few drops of oil in my palm, a small amount of balm and then a few extra spritzes of hydrosol.
  • If the skin feels too oily, I take a warm wash cloth and gently press onto my face with both palms. I then blend well in the palm of my hand and apply. The heat helps to deliver the product deeper into the skin.

“To me, a facial is a spiritual act. I invite my highest self and the highest self of my client into the space in order to facilitate whatever healing wants to take place.” Melanie purports.

I can vouch for it! During my facial, I was able to calm my mind and open more than just my pores. Her touch was sublime and transcendent. “I can’t overstate the absolute importance of the pause, of quiet do-nothing time in our extremely demanding lives. It is truly a holistic approach.”

Check out these Product Recommendations (also available at the Earth + Sky store):

Soapwalla new “The Balm;” Made with Moringa and prickly pear seed oils repair tissue damage, redness and dryness. Arnica reduces swelling, inflammation and bruising. Horse chestnut minimizes varicose veins and leads to improved circulation. Lastly, St. John’s wort, blue tansy and frankincense increase skin elasticity and create an intoxicating scent.

Heritage Store’s “Rosewater hydrosol” Made with vor-mag water and Rosa Damascena hydrosol for extra absorbability and a deep heart opening essence.

February 10, 2017 Comments Off on Balm: Our Secret Recipe for Glowing Skin in the Winter

Your LIC Local Holiday Shopping Guide

While holiday shopping in the city has its charm, we love shopping local. As in you-don’t-even-have-to-get-on-the-7 train local. We’ve gathered up 5 unique (and unexpected) gifts you can buy in our very own Long Island City.

Matted LIC ($32)  indexThe new S’well water bottles are all the rage in the reusable bottle industry. These stylish vessels keep your iced tea chilled for 24 hours and your steamy coffee hot for 12. Their mission as a company is to eradicate the use of plastic bottles in New York City. Huzzah! And we love that Matted LIC on Vernon Blvd carries the S’well bottles. You can get a gift for your sister-in-law that is environment friendly, useful, and trendy, all the while supporting your local economy.  You might even find something for yourself!

 

index251st St Bakery ($12) We’re pretty sure the lunch menu from 51st St Bakery keeps our team nourished and fueled through the work week. We love their use of fresh ingredients and real olive oil! But one unexpected find we came across is their Dona Chai Tea Concentrate. This tea is brewed just across the way in Brooklyn and makes for a great gift! Also, you can indulge in some cake and coffee while your there. Or wine. Depending on your mood.

 

ppTiny You ($9.50) Tiny You is a children’s boutique on Jackson Ave that sells stylish designer clothes, handmade baby items, and unique trinkets and toys. But something you wouldn’t think to find there is Piggy Polish – a natural, non toxic, odorless nail polish and remover. That means it’s safe for children of all ages! This makes for great holiday fun and even the most natural minded of mamas can’t say no to a homemade mani/pedi.

 

img_6578Sacred Waters ($99) is fairly new business to our neighborhood but we love their mission of helping people live their most authentic life. They offer community full moon meditations, sensory deprivation sessions, and a stocked store of healing goodies. They have some new Mala Beads that were charged by our most recent supermoon. Everyone needs a little calm and intention in their lives and that’s exactly what these beautiful and sacred pieces do. Composed of 108 beads of varying stones, these necklaces are so much more than a fashion statement. Consider this a thoughtful gift for any yogi or healer in your life!

ghee-300x257Earth + Sky ($19.95) At our own office, we’ve expanded our retail items in efforts to help your dedication to shopping local. We just stocked our own store with grass fed, 100% organic Ghee from Pure Indian Foods. The 6 pack sampler includes a variety of spiced Ghee jars. Oh, what is Ghee? This nutritionally rich and time tested Ayurvedic healing food is made from clarifying butter. It can be used as a cooking oil, but has a higher smoke point, is lactose intolerant friendly, and is very shelf stable. This is a great Holiday gift for the health food junkie. It won’t gather dust on a bookshelf and they will think of you every time they pull out the pots and pans!

Some other goodies you can find in our apothecary to satisfy your gift shopping list are Soapwalla new “Balm”, Jean’s Greens Tea, DIA Method’s prenatal and postpartum workout DVD’s, handmade waterproof baby blankets and some Urban Moonshine Bitters and Tonics.

It can be hard to find gifts so we hope this list helps!

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November 18, 2016 Comments Off on Your LIC Local Holiday Shopping Guide

Massage for Breast Health- Here’s the scoop

breast-massage-books It’s confusing growing up with a uterus and breasts. I have spent years studying and expanding my knowledge of the beautifully complex female reproductive system. These parts always felt mysterious and distinctly other from the rest of my body. After charting my cycles for 5+ years, dappling in Mayan Abdominal Massage, and venturing into v-steams, I have gained an appreciation for what my lower half can do. Pregnancy, labor, and delivery left me in awe of my own pelvic capabilities. And now, after breastfeeding for a year, my eyes have been opened to what those (not so) feeble A-cuppers are designed to do.

post-breast-massage-filteredSo when I was invited to attend a breast massage workshop hosted by Midwife, Massage Therapist, and Women’s Health Extraordinaire, Susanrachel Condon with the Earth + Sky team, I was delighted, if not also a little bemused. I thought, “That’s all good and well, I’m down for massage any day of the week, but how can we spend 6+ hours talking about rubbing boobs?”

I was very quickly proven wrong. Breast massage includes work on the upper back, shoulders, and upper arm areas. All of course which are connected to the breast tissue in one way or another. The practitioner gave me a few options – she could massage on the skin like a regular massage, through a towel, or she could instruct and guide me to massage myself depending on my comfort level. (I opted for the full monty!)

The lecture part of the class revealed so much on the anatomy, development and health of the female breasts. The same breasts I covered up in misfitted brasseries in 6th grade had a completely different cellular structure than the breasts I carried around in college, which were vastly different than the breasts I have been nurturing my daughter with for the last year. In short, the female breasts do not remain stable throughout a woman’s life. Their evolution is fantastically fluid. (No pun intended.)

Between the ages of 17-24 the breasts develop the most alveoli they will ever contain (except for pregnancy). Through continual ovulation and production of high levels of hormones, breasts continue their life of prepping for lactation. Around the age of 35, there is a slow, but steady waning of hormones. The glandular development begins to decrease. This means that the mid-40’s woman’s breasts are less dense with less glandular and connective tissue. In other words, the breasts prepare for menopause a decade (or more!) beforehand. But don’t worry, the girls take their time, they shed alveoli slowly and thoughtfully.

While oscreen-shot-2016-10-17-at-9-42-11-amn a cellular level, their composition is constantly evolving, so is their palpable quality. A woman may notice at one point in her cycle or season of life, they feel more or less lumpy. More or less sensitive. Or even painful. (Also known as Cyclic Mastalgia, which massage can help relieve.) They change in size. There are few nerve endings in breast tissue, but they respond very directly to estrogen and progesterone. So pain in the breasts, when not stemming from an infection or cyst, is usually referred from somewhere else in the body. It’s crucial that a woman knows her normal – even if that varies in a monthly menarche. Breast massage serves as a great starting point to familiarizing ourself with our breasts and starting the journey of healing our past with all the criticism that comes with growing up female.

Some indications for breast massage include swelling in the lymph nodes from edema (raise your hands pregnant and postpartum mamas!). Massage can clear up general congestion and aid tenderness from fibrocystic tissue. As our breast undergo involution, either after weaning or approaching menopause, massage facilitates healthy drainage. It is also highly recommended for cancer patients. Women who have undergone surgery in the upper chest area, such as mastectomy or reduction, find massage helps immensely in the healing process. And lastly, it just downright feels therapeutic. You don’t need a medical reason to indulge in breast massage. In fact a little prevention can go a long way in keeping the girls happy and healthy.breast-massage-pic-filtered

I left the class inspired and excited about all this new knowledge. I had discovered another hidden corridor on learning to delight in my female body. Breast massage felt like I was removing a bra I had been wearing for years and replaced it with a velvety cloak over my whole upper body. I feel like my relationship with my bosom has grown to be even more intimate, respectful, and loving.

So the final verdict? Breast massage is a healing way to appreciate and maintain breast health. I am grateful that I was able to discover this lost art and I hope to carry it on to other women. So what do you say? Let’s #keepthegirlshappy (and healthy!)

 

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As part of our participation in breast cancer awareness month, our staff (and our sister practice Red Moon Wellness in Brooklyn) all participated in advance training in massage for breast health.  To schedule a session with one of our therapists click here. To find out more about classes contact Susanrachel Condon, CCCE, LMT, LM, CLC at River and Mountain Midwifery.

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Massage for Breast Health- Here’s the scoop

Can Fertility Charting help you get Pregnant? Well Rounded’s interview with Katinka

We were so thrilled when NYC’s very own Well Rounded asked Katinka to be featured in a piece to cover Fertility Awareness. Katinka has been an avid promoter of FA based methods of family planning for years and has a mission to shed light on what fertility awareness can offer!

Here is the full interview.

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Photo by Christina Emilie

How did you personally get into Fertility Awareness Method? What was your own awakening?

I was thinking of going to Med School after college and was interning with a holistic Doctor. There was a sign in her office that said “Come learn how your cycle works.” I was intrigued and signed up for the class. It was life changing. I couldn’t believe I was a 22-yr old woman and I didn’t know when I was ovulating, or that it was possible to have regular periods without ovulating, or that fertility awareness could be used effectively as birth control. I just kept thinking “How has no one mentioned this to me!”

Why did you start building it into your practice? Why do you feel it’s so important to help/guide women as they embark on this?

In my practice, I see women of all ages with all kinds of health and hormonal issues. A woman might come to me and tell me her blood work is normal, or that her Doctor can’t find a problem, but she’s having trouble getting pregnant, or having horrible cramps. I learned over the years that her fertility chart could give a more accurate picture of her overall pattern. FAM is not just about birth control or conceiving, it can be incredibly useful for identifying imbalances like sub-clinical thyroid problems, or too much stress impacting relative progesterone levels. I also noticed that for some women connecting with their cycles and becoming more aware of how their lifestyle impacted their symptoms was really empowering. We all know stress or diet can affect our hormones, but seeing your cycle lengthen change after increasing sleep, or cutting back foods with too many chemicals, is really powerful. It gives a woman a much deeper understanding of her body and how everything is connected.

Give us the basics of FAM. The elevator pitch of how to do it?

Well first let me tell you what its not. It not the “rhythm method.” Its not assuming you ovulate on day 14, or have a regular cycle. FAM is a way for a woman to know each day whether she’s potentially fertile by observing two basic fertility signals- basal body temperature and cervical fluid. To practice FAM, a woman takes her temperature before getting out of bed every morning, and takes note of her cervical fluid changes a few times a day. She records this info on her chart (either a paper chart or more commonly a fertility charting app). She can then apply a few simple rules to determine with accuracy when she’s fertile. Its really about living with your fertility every day and knowing what’s going on.

Why can FAM be a big asset to actually achieving pregnancy?

Many women don’t actually ovulate on day 14, or have regular cycles, so being able to time sex correctly makes a big difference. If you are ovulating, your temperature is lower in the first half of your cycle and your cervical fluid increases. Right before ovulation, there’s often a dip in the temperature and a peak in fertile cervical fluid (think eggwhites) that let you know when its best to plan sex.

After ovulation the temperature remains high for the rest of the cycle. If the temperatures don’t this could mean there’s a problem with progesterone or with ovulation. When I first started charting, my temperatures didn’t go from low to high each month. To my surprise, that I wasn’t ovulating, even though I was having regular periods. I was able to use that information to rebalance my system. I shifted my diet to include more health fats, and started to sleep more. Within some months I was ovulating again. When women come to me who have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for several months, her chart can helps us determine what imbalances might be going on so she knows what to work on. And women who have charted their cycles over many years can often spot and correct subtle shifts in their fertility well before they become a problem.

What about using as postpartum birth control? is this a particularly good — or bad — time to start it?

I’ll be honest, it’s not a great time to start FAM. Irregular sleep patterns can make it difficult to chart waking temperatures accurately, and postpartum hormones will affect cervical fluid, especially when breastfeeding. Women who do want to start at that time really should seek the guidance of a certified FAM teacher to help learn the method. That said, many women do learn FAM during that time and use it effectively. Its really a personal preference, no birth control is perfect.

How effective is FAM, and what are the efficacy risks?

Studies showing the efficacy of FAM as birth control vary. Perfect use is often as high as 97-99%, on par with the pill. Typical use may drop to 85%.

What’s interesting is that the biggest efficacy risk is the commitment it takes to act in accordance with information your chart gives you. One of the benefits of FAM is that many women find it puts them in touch with their libido, but as nature would have it, you want to have sex most when you are most fertile. So if you want to avoid getting pregnant, you have to be 100% committed to using another form of birth control during that time or avoiding intercourse and getting creative. Still for many women, avoiding side effects of other forms of birth control or gaining an understanding of their hormonal health is worth the extra effort and attention it takes to practice FAM effectively.

How has the public perception changed about FAM over the time you’ve been exploring this area?

There’s a lot of interest! The increase in period tracking apps (there are over 100 on the itunes app store) means more women are used to charting their menstrual cycles, and many are deciding to chart their fertility signals too. There’s also a bigger cultural shift happening. While the pill was once considered a symbol of feminist freedom, many women now find a deeper sense of independence and control in knowing how their body works and not relying on a pharmaceutical company to navigate their fertility.

Give us a 3 step plan to get started using FAM.

(Note: If you are on hormonal birth control of any kind, you aren’t cycling so you need to come off if it before you start charting)

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1. Download an App: Kindara is my favorite charting app by far, and it has a great online resources to help you learn how to chart, you can even reach an expert through the app when questions come up. Then get a basal body thermometer (you can order WINK which syncs with your phone through Kindara or a regular basal body thermometer on amazon).

2. Learn the method: There are two great books that I recommend -Katie Singer’s the “Garden of Fertility,” and Toni Weschler’s “Taking Charge of your Fertility.” We are also lucky to have the Fertility Awareness Center here in NYC so women or couples wanting to take a class can contact them.

3. Chart your fertility signals for at least 3 cycles: Then find a teacher or someone to discuss your charts with so you know you understand them before deciding if its right for you as Birth Control. If you are breastfeeding, coming off the pill, have just been pregnant, or are approaching menopause it may take some time for you to be able to chart accurately enough to use the method as birth control, but you can learn a lot about your body in the process and that alone is worth the effort!

Happy Charting! Look out on the blog here for future Fertility Awareness events hosted by Earth + Sky. And don’t forget that we offer one on one instruction and support for anyone interested in learning the Fertility Awareness Method.

April 26, 2016 Comments Off on Can Fertility Charting help you get Pregnant? Well Rounded’s interview with Katinka

New Prenatal Breastfeeding Class – Feb. 8th at 6:30

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Monday February 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm

$75 (partners welcome free of charge space permitting)

with Heather McFadden

Prenatal breastfeeding education is an important step in preparing for your new baby. Many moms have heard how difficult or painful breastfeeding can be. Learning proper latch techniques and basic management skills before baby arrives can help get breastfeeding off to a good start. Using educational materials and an interactive open question approach, the prenatal breastfeeding class covers a range of areas including:

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  • Proper latch and positioning
  • Feeding frequency
  • Timing of feeds
  • How can I tell if baby is getting enough milk?
  • Milk supply
  • Two breasts or one?
  • Pumping
  • Milk storage guidelines
  • Diet and breastfeeding
  • Medications and breastfeeding
  • Bed sharing, is it safe?
  • Sleep training, does it work?
  • Swaddling
  • Introducing Solids
  • Weaning
  • Resources and support
Call 646-221-3147 or email
heather@heathermcfadden.com for questions, to reserve a spot, or for more information.
January 15, 2016 Comments Off on New Prenatal Breastfeeding Class – Feb. 8th at 6:30

Shop Local: Five Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Need some refreshing gift ideas? E+S new gift items arrived just in time for the Holidays! To help keep your holiday shopping simple, here are five gift ideas that will inspire peace and relaxation in those around you. And even better, they are all hand crafted and support small local businesses!

_MG_59561. Gift Certificates  What says “love” better than the gift of healing and relaxation at the hands of our skilled therapists? All you have to do is visit our website and click the ‘gift certificate’ tab- 5 minutes later you will have a present that will keep your loved ones smiling for so much longer! Use the code MERRY and get 15% off holiday gift certificates through Dec 31st 2015. With so much goodness, why not get one for yourself too?!

 

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2. Rose Milk Baths ($5) Warm baths, cold weather – those two just go together! Make your experience extra luxurious (and wholesome) by adding these locally made bath salts to your tub.  A simple joy that’s deeply relaxing!

 

3. Soapwalla Travel Pouch ($68) For the jet-setters in your midst, we love this travel pouch from Soapwalla. The adorably designed pouch fits everything even the most pampered person may need while traveling: deodorant, body oil, body wash, face serum, toning mist and even body polish – all of which are in FDA approved travel sizes. (Psst… Their deodorant is super-effective and the face serum is simply addictive!)

 

Bitters4. Urban Moonshine Digestive bitters ($14)  More food and less movement during the holidays may put extra pressure on your system. Help your body out by giving it something that promotes activity and movement… from within. Urban Moonshine Bitters are organic and come in several enticing flavors. Try our favorites: Maple and Chamomile

 

 

candle5. Meditation Candles by Little Lights ($16 ) What’s better than the gift of inner peace?! These locally handmade soy meditation candle look and smell divine – the same way you will feel once you get a chance to escape the holiday bustle to contemplate the unchangeable.

 

For questions and shop hours please call 917-725-0299 or email us at info@earthandskyhealingarts.com

November 25, 2015 Comments Off on Shop Local: Five Gift Ideas for the Holidays

FERTILITY AWARENESS EVENT April 28th

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AND MISCON(TRA)CEPTION FILM PREMIERE
April 28th, 7-9:30pm $40
Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Join hosts, Jessa Blades and Katinka Locascio, for an exciting evening dedicated to fertility awareness and expanding the conversation around birth control and women’s reproductive health. You’ll learn how the your cycle works as women’s health expert Katinka Locascio introduces the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). You’ll meet director Cassondra Moriarty as she premieres her short film documentary Miscon(tra)ceptions. And hear you’ll hear the latest on birth control, fertility awareness and hormonal health from our esteemed panelists:

Nicole Jardim- Hormonal Health Coach
Danielle Stratford- FAM Advocate
Emily Sadri- RN, MSN, Nurse Midwife
Abby Epstein- Filmmaker, “The Business of Being Born”

Whether you want to be more aware or your fertility, or have questioned the side effects of birth control, or want to understand how your body works this evening will inspire and inform!

7-7:30pm- Cocktails (cash bar) + Conversation
7:30-9:30pm- Lecture, Screening, and panel Q&A

TICKETS

April 25, 2015 Comments Off on FERTILITY AWARENESS EVENT April 28th

Job Opening at Earth + Sky

Join Earth + Sky Healing Art’s Team of Expert Therapists

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Earth + Sky Healing Arts, a well-established Long Island City based massage therapy office is seeking an experienced doula/massage therapist to join our team.  We are a small, boutique healing arts center that specializes in pre-and-post-natal massage, Mayan abdominal massage, Acupuncture and holistic therapies including essential oils, herbs, and cranial sacral therapy.  We have a dedicated clientele, but also a rapidly growing practice that reaches deep into our community here, but also throughout New York.

Ideal applicants would have least two years experience in the field, including training and proficiency with Prenatal clients and Deep tissue massage and also be interested in taking on Doula clients.  We have a family-type atmosphere in our small office, and opportunities for learning and mentoring are available.  Weekend availability and desire to grow with our practice are a must!

Please respond to info@earthandskyhealingarts.com with a resume and list of references.

Thanks!

March 23, 2015 Comments Off on Job Opening at Earth + Sky
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