Author Archives: Roxane Geller

Wise Women’s Weekend Retreat with Amy Edelstein

These days are challenging for women. We’ve gained rights, freedoms, professional positions. And we’ve seen the limitations of those in culture. We’ve discovered some inner freedom and felt conflicted as we try to “do it all.” We love our children, our partners, our families, our friends yet often feel an ache or loneliness for something we can’t quite put our fingers on.

If this resonates with you, I invite you to join an extraordinary group of women April 1st-2nd in Duvall, WA, for an immersion weekend. We will go deep in meditation to create some space and fertilize inner ground for new growth. (Instructions will be given, prior meditation experience not required). We will do personal contemplation so each and every individual can learn to listen deeply for her own openings and intimations of the next personal step. We will engage in powerfully illuminating exploration and dialogue process to expand our worldviews and sense of the possible.

By the end of the weekend, you will find yourself profoundly inspired, with a sense of how to access intuition and wisdom, more calm and at peace. You’ll have the support of others who are on a similar journey of life discovery, and you’ll have a sense of how you can continue to move forward.

Come to this weekend retreat

  • With your decks cleared of urgent to-do’s so you can give yourself time to be.
  • Willing to let yourself discover an inner support.
  • Intent to listen and learn what gives strength and wisdom to yourself & others.

I look forward to guiding you to a wellspring of inner strength and insight.

Amy Edelstein has been teaching spiritual empowerment around the world for almost 20 years. She is the founder of the Inner Strength Foundation, which runs mindfulness programs for over 1200 inner city high school students and author of several books including Love, Marriage & Evolution. More at www.amyedelstein.com and InnerStrengthFoundation.net.

Retreat Cost: $350

Schedule
Saturday 4/1/17: Arrive 9-10 AM. Sessions from 10-1, 2:30-6, 7:30-9 PM, with meals in between
Sunday 4/2/17: Optional early morning meditation at 7am, Sessions from 9-1, 2:30-4

Location
Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, Duvall, WA. Mosswood is a dedicated retreat center located about 45 minutes East of Seattle. The center is located on 40 acres of land and home to ponds, walking trails and a garden.

Accommodations
We encourage you to stay at the retreat center so you can relax and immerse yourself in spiritual inquiry. You may book a room for both Friday and Saturday or just Saturday. The center has a lodge with 22 modestly priced rooms including private ($128), two beds ($78), and group room ($58).

Meals
Meals are prepared using local and organic ingredients. The center can accommodate your dietary concerns. Let them know when you book your room and meals. We will share meals together at the center to further our discussions and get to know one another.

Cost of meals: Breakfast ($15), Lunch ($19), Dinner ($25).

To register for the retreat:
Send payment ($350) via PayPal to roxanegeller@gmail.com.

To book room and meals:
Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, mosswoodhollow.org, (425) 844-9050.

For additional information:
Contact Roxane Geller, roxanegeller@gmail.com, (206) 409-0566.

Signs of a Tipped Uterus and How Maya Abdominal Massage Can Help

A tipped uterus creates abnormal pressure in the affected area creating a restriction of blood flow and lymph. This decrease of vital channels of flow results in an increase of acidity, pain, inflammation, and potential disease. Nerve connections become disrupted, disabling communication between the reproductive organs and the brain thus causing hormonal imbalances.

The displacement of the uterus (or tipped uterus) can create a myriad of symptoms, including:

  1. Painful periods and ovulation
  2. Irregular menstrual cycles
  3. Dark and clotty menstrual blood
  4. Hormone imbalances (depression, anxiety, early menopause, difficult menopause)
  5. Chronic low back pain especially during menstruation
  6. Chronic constipation before or during your period
  7. Chronic bladder and yeast infections
  8. Endometriosis, ovarian cysts/polyps
  9. Fertility challenges and miscarriage
  10. Unexplained pelvic pain
  11. Foul smelling menstrual blood

There are over ten ligaments within your pelvic bowl and over time these ligaments loosen, pulling the uterus out of its optimal position. Loosening of the ligaments may be caused by aging and gravity, pregnancy, high impact exercises, car accidents, injuries to the sacrum or tailbone, or surgeries.

How Maya Works
The Mayan Abdominal Massage is a non-invasive, external massage that guides internal abdominal and pelvic organs into proper position. This massage also works to strengthen and tonify the uterine ligaments.

Luckily for us, these ligaments are reflexogenic which allows the uterus to move without causing harm to the ligaments. Depending on severity, it may take one to several sessions with a trained professional to get and keep the uterus out of a tilted position. Three sessions are usually the minimum.

My Sessions
My sessions involve Myofascial Release to the pelvic bowl, an application of a Castor Oil Pack, Maya Abdominal Massage and instructions for Maya Abdominal Self-Care Massage which you do at home. The additional therapies of Myofascial Release and Castor Oil Pack supplement Maya Abdominal Massage techniques.

I facilitate the John Barnes technique of Myofascial Release to help bring the pelvic bowl back into proper alignment. The uterine ligaments are connected to the inside of the pelvis, so if the pelvis is out of alignment then your uterus might be too.

Application of a Castor Oil Pack helps to decrease inflammation in the applied area. While known as a folk remedy, research has proven that the external application of castor oil produces T-cells and lymphocytes. Therefore decreasing toxicity, increasing liver activity, and improving the immune and digestive systems.

If you think you may have a tipped uterus and would like to book a session please email the center at info@unioncenterforhealing.com

Thanks,
Katherine Mulholland, LMP

 

Reiki and Intuitive Energy Work – Care for the Mind, Body and Spirit

Reiki is a very subtle and gentle healing modality originating in Japan. It works by balancing and re-aligning all the molecules and subatomic particles in the human body and the energy field surrounding the body. Thereby helping all the cells talk to each other.

Clients come to see me for a variety of issues. They may be experiencing physical, emotional, or spiritual pain or some combination of these.

During a session, a client lies on a massage table fully clothed. I gently place my hands either directly on or just above the body, depending on the client’s comfort level. As a practitioner, I am working with the clients energy centers and pathways — clearing out stagnant energy, thought patterns, or beliefs. I feel sensation in my hands like tingling, heat, or cold when over a part of the body that is in pain and/or intuitively perceive information about the person that has contributed to their discomfort. With the intuitive information, I am able to make suggestions that can help bring about a shift in perspective and transformation.

Most clients feel very relaxed during a session and are able to gain more clarity and begin to make more positive choices in their lives. Many clients feel a significant reduction in physical pain and for some the pain is eliminated altogether.

One of the most memorable sessions I had was with a woman who was experiencing severe pain in her back to the point where she couldn’t stand upright and had difficulty walking. During the session, I began asking her a few questions about the pain and some experiences she’d had in earlier parts of her life and how those experiences might be showing up and effecting her in her current situation. As we talked she could feel the pain literally shifting in her back and at one point this shifting was quite uncomfortable for her.

Although I didn’t want her to be in any pain, I knew we were on the right track and continued to gently move my hands onto different areas of her back. By the end of the session, and much to her relief, she was able to sit up with comfort and then stand upright feeling very little pain. She came for an additional session to see if we could release a small area of pain that wasn’t resolved in the first session and left feeling completely free of it.

I believe we all heal ourselves in whatever time and through whatever means are best for us. Every person will have a different experience with energy work as we are all so unique. Some issues may take additional sessions or a combination of therapies to help resolve whatever is going on.

I feel tremendous compassion for all of my clients. And strive to create an atmosphere of safety and relaxation — where there is freedom for you to be you.

I am so grateful to all my clients for deepening my knowledge and my practice. It is truly a pleasure to be of service.

Blessings,

Dawn Moss

Prescriptions/Referrals Required for all Insurance-Billed Massage

New Massage Policy — Effective 9/12/2016

We now require all insurance-billed visits for massage to have a current prescription or referral even if your plan states that you do not need one. Most plans require a prescription or referral so this change will only effect those whose insurance states that a prescription or referral is not needed.

Why the Change?
We are updating our policy at this time because massage therapists are not allowed to diagnose a medical condition and a medical diagnosis is required to submit an insurance claim.

If you do not have a prescription or referral on file, you may obtain one from your MD, ND, or Chiropractor prior to your next visit.

If you don’t have a prescription or referral at the time of your next visit, we can bill you for the massage while you obtain the prescription or referral. Once in hand, we can bill the visit to your insurance.

Please note the prescription/referral must have the following: Diagnosis code(s), Start date (prior to, on, or before the start of your next visit), and Provider name.

If you have any questions regarding this updated policy, please email info@unioncenterforhealing.com.

We understand this may be an added step for some of our clients. Thank you for your continued patronage to the center.

Thank you, UCFH Staff

Easing the Passage: Supporting Tweens with Chinese Medicine

Adolescence is a time of great change and challenge. Adolescents experience rapid physical changes and strong emotional states. The rapid changes can create a feeling of unease in one’s body, particularly if one’s body doesn’t fit dominant gender and racial standards of beauty.

Acupuncture and other physical therapies can help reconnect adolescents to their body and restore a sense of safety within themselves. Chinese Medicine can provide insight into this stage of life and help to restore balance.

Chinese Medicine associates each season with specific organ systems and attributes. Adolescence is reflected by the attributes of Spring time. There is new plant growth, change and unpredictable weather.

In Chinese Medicine, the Spring is associated with the wood element and the organs liver and gallbladder. When healthy, the Liver and Gallbladder support clarity in judgment and confident decision making. They are also responsible for hormonal regulation, healthy joints and vision. A healthy wood element is best represented by bamboo. Bamboo is strong yet flexible and thrives in a wide variety of environments. When the wood element is out of balance there can be resistance to change, frustration, depression and physical symptoms such as headaches, joint problems, depression, irritability, menstrual disturbances and insomnia.

At Union Center for Healing, we provide care for all stages of life. For adolescents, we offer treatments that can ease the passage between childhood and adulthood. We are an inclusive center that serves the needs of all communities and values the uniqueness of each individual.

For tweens, we offer a special welcome package on their first visit. It includes a journal that can be used to write down their feelings and keep track of their symptoms. We also give our tweens a clearing spray formulated by energetic healer and herbalist Suzanne Ragan Lentz. This spray can be used in their room to clear energy and focus the mind. We provide customized dietary and lifestyle recommendations based on the principles of Chinese Medicine. If you know a tween who could benefit, you can contact us at info@unioncenterforhealing.com.

by Vickie Summerquist, LAC, LMP

Treating Trauma and PTSD with Massage Therapy

In my practice as a massage therapist, I’m drawn to working with clients whose experiences include PTSD, trauma, and anxiety—as well as a range of others in need of support through their own journey of emotional healing.

What the above have in common is a heightened Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). You may know this as your “fight or flight” response. The SNS stimulates the adrenal glands to release hormones that increase your heart and breath rate, slow digestion and elimination, and release extra glucose to sustain energy. When the situation is resolved, the sympathetic functions return to its resting state, allowing your heart rate to go back to normal, your breathing to slow down, and your other body functions to return to a balanced state.

When someone is dealing with trauma, PTSD, or anxiety, their SNS is working overtime and so is their body. Massage has wonderful benefits specifically helpful for these challenging symptoms, as it can relax the SNS and ease clients back into a parasympatheic state of balance and function. Whatever you are dealing with on your journey, as a new client you will feel heard and respected as we develop a holistic treatment plan relevant to your specific needs and expectations.

Communication before, during, and after the session is prioritized for all clients, but I aim to go above and beyond for clients who experience PTSD and anxiety. We can discuss your triggers and a plan of action for how I can help hold a safe space for any emotional release or anxiety that should arise during the session.

Our physical bodies store trauma in our tissues and organs, creating discomfort and other uncomfortable physical sensations. Massage can absolutely facilitate their release and help free you physically from painful experiences your body has been holding onto.

As a member of this diverse Central District community and a Queer-identified human, I also make it a priority to create an informed, educated, safe space for all bodies—including trans and non-binary. Know that I am comfortable with your body, and that I respect your pronouns and your process.

Conversations with the non-binary people in my life have helped me understand the physical and emotional transitions and impacts they experience, including heightened stress, anxiety, and emotionality. These symptoms elevate the Sympathetic Nervous System and make it even more difficult for the body to find balance. Regular massage helps break the stress and anxiety cycle.

At the Union Center for Healing, we believe educated practitioners in a safe and inclusive environment provides our patients and clients the necessary level of comfort to receive all of the benefits of bodywork.

If you are transitioning, have transitioned, are uncomfortable in your body or dealing with trauma and anxiety—please come see me. Together we can facilitate healing in a safe space.

Author: Jennifer Singer, LMP

Treating Headaches

I see a lot of people who suffer from headaches in my practice. I also see a lot of people who find great relief from their headaches with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Headaches are one of my favorite ailments to treat because it is very satisfying to witness someone’s headaches improve and even disappear completely during one appointment. Anyone who has ever suffered from migraines or any type of headache knows that your quality of life improves when your headaches go away.

In Western medicine, there are different categories of headaches, such as tension headaches, migraines, or cluster headaches.

In Chinese medicine, we pay attention to these diagnoses, but also have our own assessment of headaches based on where the energy is blocked, and to what severity. We look at which acupuncture channels are affected.

For example, headaches located in the:

  • temporal region, or side of the head, correspond to the Gallbladder or Triple Burner channel.
  • frontal area, or frontal sinus, corresponds to the Stomach or Large Intestine channel as this channel runs through that area.
  • occipital area or base of the skull and upper neck, correspond to the Urinary Bladder channel.

It is helpful to think about which organ systems or channels run through the areas where there is pain, as often this pain can be alleviated by unblocking stuck energy in these areas.

When treating headaches, I listen to my patients’ experience to get a sense of what triggers their headaches. Some triggers include menstruation, or other hormonal fluctuations, and factors related to the weather. For some patients, headaches started with a concussion years prior or some other sort of trauma or blockage. For headaches triggered by stress, there are many ways acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help to decrease stress and assist the body’s natural ability to rest and repair itself.

I am interested in the full spectrum of care from treating the headache itself to getting to the root of what is causing those headaches and then working on a plan to help prevent them from recurring in the future. Different treatments work for different people. Sometimes I’ll insert acupuncture needles at the location of the headache itself and at other times at points far from that area. I enjoy the detective work involved with being an acupuncturist.

If you or someone you know suffers from headaches, consider trying acupuncture to alleviate pain and more deeply understand your headache triggers.

Author: Samara White, LAc, EAMP, LMP

Tips to Ease Your Transition to Summer

Chinese medicine is based on Taoism, a philosophy based on the observation of nature. As humans, we are at Mother Nature’s mercy, particularly the cycle of the seasons. We are at our best health and vitality when we flow with these cycles, as Taoists have done for thousands of years.

We typically think of four seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Another major Chinese medical paradigm is the Theory of the 5 Elements, which are associated with the seasons. Summer is Fire, Fall is Metal, Winter is Water and Spring is Wood.

Chinese medicine recognizes one additional season, the “doyo,” or the season between the seasons, related to the element Earth. The doyo occurs in the Spring and late Summer/early Fall, when temperature and weather are fluctuating before completely turning to the next season. This is a common time for people to fall ill.

With the solstice on June 22, we officially enter Summer, our brightest time of year, both physically and emotionally. In Chinese medicine, Summer is associated with the element Fire, the color red, the bitter flavor (including leafy greens, coffee, and chocolate), the Heart, Pericardium and Small Intestine organ meridian systems and with embracing our dreams, joyful emotions, creativity, passion and love, even our sexuality.

The Pacific Northwest is heavily affected by the seasons, especially by the waxing and waning of the light. Some might even call our seasonal light extremes “bipolar” or manic depressive.

Summer is the joyful, sometimes manic, season, when the sun hits us and inspires our passion and creativity. The Fremont Summer Solstice parade is a perfect example of this energy! Channel this energy into healthy activities while enjoying our long days by playing outside, outdoor sports, travelling, cooking, barbecues, outdoor festivals and concerts, and creating art.

Common Summer ailments include rashes and constipation due to heat, halitosis (bad breath), seasonal allergies, insomnia — often due to our long PNW summer days, mania, anxiety, or despair.

Through Union Center for Healing, we have Chinese herbal formulas available for all of these conditions, as well as, for traveling as Summer is a popular time for long vacations.

Coconut and aloe are excellent cooling foods and topical treatments for hot conditions, like rashes, constipation and sunburn. Staying hydrated with plenty of healthy fluids like water and herbal teas can help treat or prevent halitosis.

In Summer, I make a cold herbal tea of rooibos, rosehips, and hibiscus, sweetened with local honey. You can find these in bulk in the herb and spice departments of PCC and Central Coop. Mint tea can be especially refreshing during the Summer months. Peppermint is more cooling, while spearmint is more warming.

Raw and cold foods are better tolerated in Summer, so dig in to those salads and cooling fresh fruit smoothies. As with everything, moderation is key as too much raw food and fruit can weaken digestion.

My Favorite Smoothie Recipe
1 Cups non dairy milk (coconut, almond, rice, hemp)
1 banana or ½ avocado
½ Cup fresh or frozen fruit (berries, peaches, etc…)
½ Cup fresh greens (optional)
½ inch of ginger root, peeled (optional, especially if have weak digestion or run cold)

Add some supplements, such as protein powder, flax seed oil, bee pollen, powdered greens, and other powdered supplements like probiotics and maca root. I like to open the capsules and pour in the powder of some of my benign tasting supplements.

Enjoy!
Holly C. Berman, EAMP, MSOM