~~ Regeneration Springs ~~
A healing massage studio in Abita Springs, Louisiana, opened in May, 2006, by Donna Caire, a licensed massage therapist certified in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. "I use my extended training in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, visceral manipulation, chi nei tsang, craniosacral, diet and herbal remedies and integrate this knowledge into comprehensive massage sessions."
Universal Healing , One WOMB at a Time
Do you recognize this plant? It is growing all over my yard. It is called cleavers (Galium aparine) and is a wonderful spring tonic! You can be sure it is cleavers if it clings to your clothes or your hands as you touch it. The plant’s sticky nature comes from tiny hooked hairs growing out from the leaves and ridges of the stems, later it will produce tiny greenish white flowers.
Cleavers has a diuretic action, aiding elimination of wastes, and also acts to enhance the lymphatic system, promoting lymphatic drainage of toxins and wastes so that they can be excreted via the urinary system. Susun Weed reports that it can also be helpful in reducing allergic reactions. Its bitter properties stimulate liver function and enhance digestion and absorption. A cooling drink made of cleavers was traditionally given every spring to "clear the blood".
Harvest it now when young and prolific. It can be added to salads, or cooked in a little water as a leaf vegetable. Cleavers is also a good skin tonic: it will soothe and cool burns, sunburn, inflammatory skin problems such as eczema and acne, and clear skin blemishes.
To make a tea, add 1-2 tsp of chopped cleavers to a cup of boiled water. To make a tincture, harvest the top two thirds of the plant when it flowers or as it is setting seed and place in 100 proof vodka. To make a facial wash, bring one quart of water to a boil and add to cleavers. Cover and steep for 40 minutes and wash the face and neck. Or steep, then use as a facial steam.
4th Friday Body Parts Class: Continues tomorrow, February 28, at 10 AM - 12 NOON and 7 PM - 9 PM. Spaces available. This month will be a repeat of the respiratory system (last 4th Friday was quite icy as you may recall, and not many were able to make it). The respiratory is our amazing interface with the outer world. This is how we connect to the "soup" that we are part of, or how we distance ourselves from it. It is also an amazing portal to our inner world, sending and receiving messages about our state of being. To breath is to be alive. Come to learn and experience the importance of "taking a deep breath" to feel relief or to take something in deeply.
Which is a nice segue into next 4th Friday Body Parts Class: When we breathe, we feel. This class will be on the digestive system, and we will discuss digesting the emotions. To begin emotional digestion, you must first feel them, and to feel them, you begin with getting in touch through your breath. This class will be on the 4th Friday of March, March 28, same times.
Classes limited to 9, so please register by phone or email.
The abdominal and thoracic nerve workshop I attended in Los Angeles this month was phenomenal, and I have learned so much about the nerves and how they are like strings of an instrument, picking up the vibrations of our outer world. I knew that nerves were embedded between the ribs, but I didn't realize that all of these intercostal nerves also were the nerves that feed our digestive system. If they are not happy, neither is your digestion. As I work with these nerves, I feel like I am the blind piano tuner I remember from my college days, listening and easing the tension so they can play beautiful music.
Here are two learning adventures close to home which you can all join me on: The Louisiana Naturalist Program and the Darrell Martin/Matthew Wood Laid Back Herbal Intensive.
The Louisiana Master Naturalist spring session is already in full swing, but you can apply for Fall or Spring programs of 2014-15 if you are interested in educating yourself about the flora and fauna of our environment in which we co-exist with hands on, out in the field education. This awe inspiring program includes 9 field trips that take place in the varied eco-systems of our region and are led by the most enthusiastic naturalist, Bob Thomas. Read about it in the current issue of Country Roads: http://www.countryroadsmagazine.com/getaways/outdoor-adventures/the-call-of-the-wild
The Darrell Martin/Matthew Wood Laid Back Herbal Intensive will be held in Carriere, Mississippi, March 22-23rd, and is a rare opportunity to go on herb walks with two master herbalists, one local and one from afar, and meet the herbs that grow all around us, and are here for our healing. Matthew Wood is one of the herbalists I studied with in France a few years back, and this will be his first trip to Mississippi. Find out more here: http://www.regenerationsprings.com/HerbFestivals.htm
Maypop Community Herbshop in New Orleans will be hosting three herbal workshops: Thomas Easley: Herbal Antibiotics on March 9th, Lindsay Wilson: Liver/Lymph Support with Spring Weeds on March 20th, and Janet Kent: Herbs for Mental Health on March 26th. Find out more at: http://www.maypopherbshop.com/?page_id=7
And for those of you wishing to participate in a year-long Rosemary Gladstar Herbal Immersion Class that teaches you how to create your own herbal tinctures, lotions and salves (read here for more info: http://www.sagemountain.com/herbal-home-study-course/course-overview-and-curriculum.html), there are two courses available locally:
Sharon Murphy in St. Tammany Parish firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy your part in life!
Some of you are new to the idea of uterine and abdominal massage, so I am excited to share with a journalist's story of her journey to heal from painful monthly menstrual cramps. After trying many routes to ease the pain, she discovered The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy with fellow practitioner Megan Assaf (originially from Louisiana) and its positive effects on the uterus.
Abdominal massage is not well known in Louisiana, much less external pelvic/uterine massage, so I thought you might appreciate listening to this 11 minute interview. Here's the link: http://soundmedicine.iu.edu/segment/3784/Can-massage-help-painful-menstruation-#.UhoKJSk8n3U.facebook
What is particularly interesting to note is the journalist shared her experience of this massage with the director of maternal-fetal medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, who is also an OB/GYN physcian. The doctor agreed that the massage would be beneficial to help the uterus to relax and increase blood and lymphatic flow, and although she didn't believe that the uterus could "learn" a new position, the attached ultrasounds of the uterus show a uterus much more centered than before the massage began. Perhaps if we clap hard enough, Tinkerbell will live!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Ben Franklin
Enjoy your time here! It is a gift.
Donna Caire, LMT #3773, LAP#0164, NCBTMB Approved Provider #451903-12, Certified Arvigo Techniques of Abdominal TherapyTM therapist and Certified Self-Care Teacher