Cherlyn Jenkins is on a mission to provide tools for all parents to bring energy work into their family home. The owner of Cozywoggle, a coat that is safe to be worn in the car seat, Cherlyn began studying Foot Zone and Reiki in early 2015 and is organizing classes on both healing modalities this summer for parents who want to incorporate them into their family health toolkit.
What mom couldn’t use some suggestions on how to feel more grounded, calm and peaceful? Craniosacral therapist Sally DiCesare of Your Blissful Journey recently presented a “Create Your Own Personal Oasis” talk to the Arlington/Alexandria Chapter of Holistic Moms Network, and this Thursday, August 21, she’ll be at the group’s August meeting on a panel about Supporting Children’s Emotional Health. Sally will share how craniosacral therapy can be used with children. But she also wants to remind moms that taking care of their own health is paramount in paving the way for family health.
Here’s a guest post by Sally:
“As Moms, we don’t often ask for help. Many times when we do it’s because we are drowning in overwhelm.
But who has time for a break. And kids’ camps, enrichment and sports aren’t getting any cheaper.
How do you get what you need? Because remember, if the well is empty there is nothing to give.
How do you fill yourself, support yourself, so you have something left to give your family?
Fortunately, I’m here with some simple tips to squeeze into your day. Oh, and have your kids join you. They are stressed, too!
Simple Tips from Your Blissful Journey
1. Feeling overwhelmed? Give yourself a hug; an occipital hug.
Remember in the old movies when the man is sitting with his feet propped up on his desk and hands clasped behind his head? Gently place your hands, with fingers intertwined, behind the base of your head, behind your ears, at your occiput. Now just hold your head.
Notice anything? You may feel a pulse. Or take a deep breath or sigh.
This balances your Central Nervous System and is calming and centering.
If I wake in the middle of the night and my mind is working on something so I can’t fall back to sleep, this is my go-to exercise.
2. Home Reflexology while you multitask
Why does a foot massage feel so good? It is known that certain areas of the foot can stimulate organs of the body. So massaging the foot can actually massage and support the organs and systems in the body. When done in a systematic way, this is called Reflexology. How do you multitask while massaging your feet? Use a tennis or racket ball. When you sit down for dinner, take off your shoes and roll the ball under your foot. If an area is tender, continue there till it feels better. Within a few weeks you will notice subtle improvements in the way you feel as your organs and systems respond to the stimulation and support.
3. Bridge to calm
Wake up your internal organs by massaging all the nerves along the spine. This supports all of your body as the nerves innervate all of your organs. Lay on your back on a hard surface such as the floor. Bend your knees so your feet are comfortably close to your buttocks. Slowly curl your back off the floor starting with a pelvic tilt and curl your back off the ground from your pelvis up to your shoulders, one vertebra at a time. Slowly lower your spine from your shoulders to your tailbone. Repeat as often as is comfortable.
4. Instant mood lifter: SMILE.
Yes, I mean it. Just smile. For better results, try laughing.
I took a Laughing Yoga class at Yogaville. What fun! I never knew there were so many ways to laugh or ways laughter expresses emotion.
Like the laughter of surprise at seeing a friend you haven’t seen in years on the street. Or the chuckle over seeing puppies play.
Practice belly laughs will your kids. See if you can come up with a secret family laugh. Imagine how a giraffe would laugh.
Whatever, have fun with it.
Bonus: Close your eyes!
Recover more quickly from illness by resting your eyes as often as possible. Seventy percent of our energy is used by our eyes. Conserve your energy for healing by resting your eyes when home sick by listening to books on tape instead of reading or watching TV.”
The first time I learned about Accunect, one of the healing modalities that Centreville mother of four Laura Freix uses in her practice, was at the Everyday Health & Wellness Conference this past February. Laura made what seemed like some funny motions around my head, and I tell you, I felt calmer right away and tremendous through the day and beyond!
Just last week, my children’s doctor told me Accunect would be helpful for me to learn for my children to help them ground and calm.
Two great opportunities are coming up to learn about Accunect. On Thursday, August 21, Laura will be part of a panel at the August evening meeting of the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network on the topic of “Supporting Children’s Emotional Health.”
The following Sunday, August 24, Laura will be teaching a self-care workshop in Centreville, Virginia, 11:30-3:30 p.m.
I asked Laura to explain a little bit more about her work, and here’s what she had to share:
“Accunect is a wonderful healing modality that is based on ancient Chinese medicine and modern neuroscience. The beauty lies in its simplicity. In essence, the Accunect system leverages the body’s ability to heal itself by restoring balance. Unlike most energy healing modalities, which are purely intuitive, the Accunect practitioner uses muscle-checking and a Health Map to guide their intuition, which is a more powerful way to refine intuition. By looking for areas in the body/mind that are ready to shift for better balance, the balances are generally powerful and long lasting. Simple tapping is then used to create the shift. Accunect is great for individuals, families and even pets!
Imagine the following real-life scenarios. What would you do…
- if your child was in a state of overwhelm?
- if you sliced your finger almost to the bone?
- if something popped in your shoulder as you grabbed your suitcase on your way to the airport and you can’t move your arm more than about five degrees before a knife-like pain radiates down your tendon?
- if your child came home from practice with a goose egg the size of a tennis ball on her forehead and is leaving for camp the next morning?
- if you have your first-ever colonoscopy scheduled and don’t want to use anesthesia?
- if you are out running and your knee locks up, nearly sending you to the ground?
- if your father had a minor car accident and went into a state of shock?
In all of the above scenarios above, the tools taught in the Accunect SelfCare workshop were used to address the situation without any additional medical intervention. Although that is not always the case, I hope that you now understand why I believe that Accunect® SelfCare is a tool every family should have in their toolbox.
After taking the SelfCare workshop, one mother reported that she has successfully taught her four young children Accunect® SelfCare, empowering the next generation in their own healthcare.
If you want to take it to the next level and learn the system, Accunect Connect is the foundational course. In Connect, you will build on the principles taught in the SelfCare workshop and be able to do full Accunect healing sessions. For me, the gift of Connect is learning to tap into your inner guidance system. As a math major and former senior math analyst with GE Aerospace, I was definitely not in touch with my intuitive brain. Although you are taught to use this in the context of a session, I have found it to be useful in everyday life. Listening to your body and trusting your internal guidance system are wonderful skills to model for your children.
The other gift of this work is empowerment. Everyone leaves the workshop with the ability to do the work immediately; it is that simple. I was able to teach my 10-year old nephew who began doing sessions on his cat (who had recently had a stroke.) The founder’s son is now six, and he receives some of his best balances from his son. Kids are great because they don’t have to “un-learn” anything; it simply becomes part of their world. One girl of nine reported “I don’t know what you do here, but it is like a massage for the mind.”
I originally wanted to learn this work to support my family, but eventually I decided that this work was just too good not to share. I now have my own home business, and a vision for my life after kids, as all but one have left for college and beyond.
My son will call from the university and ask for distance sessions when he feels the need. My daughter has a lot of anxiety and did not like talk-therapy; the psychotherapist recommended medication. With Accunect we are able to address underlying belief systems without her having to verbalize or even consciously know what is bothering her. Another mom did a session on her teenaged daughter, where the belief “People will like me if I am nice,” came up. A great heart-to-heart talk ensued about “who was she if she wasn’t ‘nice’?” and the difference between being nice so people like you versus being authentic. Truly a wonderful tool.
I share in the vision of Future Medicine Today to make Accunect a household name. I hope you will consider attending one of my upcoming SelfCare workshops. You will find the current workshop schedule under the SelfCare tab of my website www.iEmbraceWellness.com
For more information you can refer to the following links:
www.Accunect.com (relatively new; still under development)
Empower yourself; empower your children. Learn Accunect!”
And whenever you do check out a practitioner or a workshop you heard about here, be sure tell them Mindful Healthy Life sent you!