|Posted on April 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
Yoni/Root Steaming and Women’s Wellness
"There is wisdom worth exploring in practices that have been passed down for centuries."
There is a buzz around Women’s Wellness and its around the ancient art of Vaginal steaming. By no means is this a new healing modality. Quite the opposite. It is ancient in its roots and most cultures around the world have practiced this natural form of healing at some point in history and still do today. In the Mayan Healing tradition that I practice, it is called “bajos”. Bajos means “low” in Spanish, and often refer to geographical regions known as “lowlands.” Today it has become a holistic health practice for women in the Western world. It is known for its healing properties for many ailments concerning the reproductive system, healthy menstruation and fertility.
Vaginal steaming, sometimes called V-steam or Yoni steam (“Yoni” is a Sanskrit word that means sacred space, vulva, vagina & womb), is a holistic healing practice whereby a woman squats or sits over steaming water containing a combination of healing herbs. This ancient medicine is still alive and practiced today in America and abroad in many Asian, Latin American, African and indigenous cultures around the world. They utilize the wisdom of the plants and use herbal formulas as internal remedies and external washes and steam baths to maintain vaginal health. Yoni Steams are a safe, non-invasive method for fighting infections, clearing hemorrhoids, regulating menstrual cycles and increasing fertility.
A famous supporter of Vaginal Steaming is actress, Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth is a supporter of all thing holistic and began her own practice of vaginal steaming after a visit to a Korean Spa called Tikkun Holistic Spa in Los Angeles. In writing about her V-Steam experience for Goop, she said: "You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.... It is an energetic release, not just a steam douche, that balances female hormone levels.” After Gwyneth blogged about her experience with Yoni steaming, it instantly sparked a fire! We have to give her credit for bringing it back to the lime light and to main stream awareness. Thank you Gwyneth!
I heard about this practice back in 2002 from a friend when I was in Acupuncture school. She told me that I should look into it as it would be beneficial for me in my Midwifery Practice. But it wasn’t until 2011 when I met my soon to be husband who kindly invited me to join him for a weekend Self-Care workshop Level 1 training of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy that I began my own practice. It was then that I found my medicine and my teacher, Dr. Rosita Arvigo. I immediately felt a connection as if I came home.
It is thanks to Dr. Arvigo, that the world began to rediscover vaginal steaming as an effective self-care practice, one of the complementary modalities of health and wellness that is indigenous to Mayan Healing. Dr. Arvigo learned the basis from which these techniques were developed from her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya Shaman of Belize, Central America with whom she apprenticed for ten years. Don Elijio believed that a woman's center is her uterus. "If a woman's uterus is out of balance, so is she," he would say. So I give a big “THANK YOU” to Dr. Rosita for bringing this wisdom back from antiquity and sharing it with the Western world.
Vaginal Steaming is used for medicinal purposes, mostly in the enhancement of female pelvic and uterine health. This natural and non-invasive treatment has been used for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Used in conjunction with Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy, the vaginal steam bath helps cleanse the uterus and pelvis of blood congestion and stagnation, relaxes the pelvic floor muscles, and is an effective treatment for many uterine and pelvic conditions. The healing combination of heat from the steam and medicinal properties of the plants aids as a deeply cleansing uterine lavage. The medicinal steam penetrates into the tissues, softening the cervix to dislodge and release indurated menstrual fluids and pathological accumulations that have not properly released with each monthly cycle. In addition, the steam bath softens and nourishes internal membranes and increases blood flow, to allow for a healthier environment to the pelvic region.
For me, Yoni/Root steaming is more that a physical act. It is a Spiritual ritual, a ceremony. I offer you to come at steam at Agape Healing Arts or begin your own self care routine at home. It is time to experience this ancient tradition to celebrate the woman that you are. May we all return to the power of our womb. The power of creation.
To learn more about Dr. Bella and her work, please visit her website www.AgapeHealingArts.com
& www.BellaBirthing.com or call her at Agape Healing Arts 561-762-4273
Regular steams help cleanse the uterus and pelvis of congestion and stagnation.
Congestion and stagnation can contribute to:
Regular steams can also help:
|Posted on April 14, 2018 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION with BELLABIRTHING ~ VIP BIRTH
Placenta is good medicine and has fondly come to be known as "THE HAPPY PILL."
A natural and powerful healing tool that Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests is placenta encapsulation. The placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many generations. Li Shizhen first wrote about placenta as a medicine in the 1500’s when he compiled the first Materia Medica on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dried placenta has been used widely ever since for many different symptoms. In Chinese it is called, zi he che. The Parmaceutical name is, Placenta Hominis. And in plain English we call it, human placenta. I call it good medicine. The Literal English translation is “purple liver vehicle” and according to TCM the channels it enters are the Liver, Lungs and Kidney.
Placenta tonifys and strengthens the vital force of those who ingest it. In nature, every single animal is programed with an innate knowing to eat its placenta because they know it is good for them and they heal much faster. It restores the warmth the body and womb that has been lost following birth, and therefore assisting in speedy recovery and harmonizing the bodys ballance. This fine balance helps with our immune system. It is believed that our body’s natural immunity, known as wei chi, is reduced post birth and is thought to be restored by ingesting placenta as medicine.
The placenta contains nutrient rich medicine that reharmonizes the overall Qi of the body. Encapsulation is a process in which the placenta is steamed, dehydrated, blended into coarse powder and put into small capsules. As the placenta contains massive amounts of crucial hormones and iron that leave the body once the placenta is born, consuming the placenta in any form can help new mothers maintain their hormone and iron levels in the few weeks after the birth. Heat is infused into the placenta through the use of a combonation of warming chinese herbs, lemon, ginger and chilli. Chilli itself is warming, lemon being a grounding remedy, which alongside ginger aids in circulation and the distribution of healing properties throughout the body. Women have reported feeling a calming effect after ingestion, less baby blues and postpartum depression. Men have reported that their wives are more "happy" after taking thier placenta medicine. Thats why is has been come to be know as "the happy pill" by many who have felt and witnessed its healing and calming effects.
Encapsulating and consuming the placenta has a number of postpartum healing benefits for the mother:
WHAT IS IN MY PLACENTA that is so good for me?
Take a look at the following list:
If you decide to say yes and encapsulate your placenta you will now have a few choices.
Here are the different options that are availabel to you.
DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR CONSUMING YOUR PLACENTA
|Posted on April 4, 2018 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Spring Cleaning for Body, Mind & Spirit
With spring in full swing, it’s time to embrace this glorious season!
For half of the planet, spring is in the air. I certainly feel the stirring of new growth and possibility within me. I hope you do too!
At this time of year many of us feel the urge to "spring clean" our homes and our closets because we know it feels so good to declutter and refresh our environment. Something about this season evokes the need to make changes – to lighten up, to slow down and enjoy life.
Why not embrace these natural inclinations and apply them to our health?
Have you considered spring cleaning for Body, Mind and Spirit?
Your body is the only place you have to live on this earth. If you don't take care of it you will have to leave this beautiful planet. Its your earth-suit, your body temple. Thats what I fondly call my body, as it is my true home here on earth. And what about spring cleaning our minds? Are you ready to declutter unnecessary stress and troublesome thoughts and feelings? What about our Spirits? They should be free to soar like a bird, light and free. Is there anything that is weighing you down energetically? If so, this weight can make you feel "heavy" and take your vital life force from you. Its hard to carry around unprocessed emotions.
Let’s take a look at three simple tips to spring clean our lives;
physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
1. Bring in the sunshine and keep healthy levels of Vitamin D.
Our body naturally makes vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. Best and safest time to get sun exposure is in morning or late afternoon. Avoid the sun during its hottest times from 12-3pm.
2. Take deep connected and conscious breaths.
I encourage you to begin your own daily personal breath practice or by joining us at a Transformational Breath Workshop here at Agape once a month. Breathing deeply and properly will help oxygenate your blood, boost your mood, clean out your arteries and strengthen your heart. On the emotional and mental level integration happens as we physically open our breath and any blockages of repressed emotions are freed to be released and integrated. All of the emotional clutter inside your mind and body can be easily cleared.
3. Eat foods that are alive with vital life force and that contain the colors of the rainbow.
One of the best ways to improve your overall diet is to eat fresh living foods and to simply focus on adding a lot of color to your meals. With spring comes a fresh variety of produce that is bursting with flavor and nutrition. Our food is our medicine. Treat it as such. Traditional Chinese Medicine has a philosophy that helps you to stay healthy with the seasons. Eat foods that naturally grow in the season you are in. Also it is good to do a detox, cleanse or fast with every change of season so you stay healthy.
Our special promotion for the month of APRIL is BOGO for you and your friend to come and experience an integrative healing session or a Transformational Breath® Workshop. Whatever you are experiencing at this time we can help you to heal or enhance your health and wellness.
We look forward to working with you for your highest healing!
With Love and Gratitude for you,
Drs. Bella & Keith Cini
|Posted on March 7, 2018 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Transformational Breath® for Body Mind & Spirit
Would you like to experience a Healthy Body, a Peaceful Mind and a Joyful Heart?
If you said" YES", then it’s time to begin a practice of Transformational Breath®.
Breath is Life. More than food and water, our breath is most important to our livelihood. Every breath we take is a gift. As we open up and connect with our breath, the same measure opens up in our lives. This is the gift that we receive though the practice of Transformational Breath®. The gift of joy, peace and fullness of life.
Transformational Breath® is a powerful holistic healing system that is able to reach all levels of our being; body, mind and spirit. It teaches us how to take a full conscious and connected breath. This type of breath work is so powerful, for as we begin to breath fully with our diaphragm, our breath goes deeply into our body so we can experience the healing we have been looking for. There are many benefits through practicing Transformational Breath®. These benefits include improve physical health, cleared emotional pain, enhanced mental clarity and a stronger connection to self and spirit.
We breath in and we breath out. This continues over and over again all day, every day. The average person takes 16 breaths per minute, which means we take around 960 breaths an hour; 23,040 breathes a day and 8,409,600 a year. This is our life, measured by Breath. We are not taught in school how to breath. It’s an automatic process our bodies do for us since our first breath, but does that mean we are doing it correctly? Most offent times the anser is no. We are not taking in enough air. We are holiding our breaths in many stressfull situations. Have you ever caught yourself holding your breath? This happens when we are feeling negative emotions. Thankfully we have an autonomic nervous system that regulates our breathing without our conscious effort. But how many of us take the time to sit and breath consciously with all of our awareness?
The first level of Transformational Breath® is Physical. Breath connects us to life. We all breath, right? Since our first breath, as we entered the world, we have been breathing.n In reality, most of us are only using around 20-30% of our lung capacity. We are not taking full diaphragmatic breaths. We don’t really give our breathing much thought unless we begin to have respiratory issues such as asthma, emphysema or other life threatening respiratory disorders.Transformational Breath® educates us on an individual basis on how to breath properly and more fully with our diaphragm, which is the muscle of respiration. It is important to learn how to have a full connected and relaxed breath. This simple and natural way of breathing fully will give you many health benefits such as increased oxygenation throughout your body, improved energy levels, stimulates circulation and detoxification, balances the five systems of flow (arterial, venous, nerve, lymph and Qi) throughout the body which will improve the functioning of many of your internal organs.
The second level of Transformational Breath® is Emotional and Mental. Your breath is a practical and easy tool that is always with you. The breath will help you to explore emotional holdings that create physical stress, pain and disease. Breathing deeply creates the space for our unresolved emotional issues to be resolved permanently. Have you ever heard of the saying that “our issues are in our tissues?” What this means is that we store our emotions in our bodies. In cognitive talk therapy you can talk about your issues for years without any resolve as you are not getting into the emotions that are stored deep in your body tissue. The breath takes you there. It has been said that one breath session is like two years of talk therapy. That’s how efficient your own breath is for deep emotional and mental healing.
In Quantum physics there is a law called “the law of entrainment”. The high vibration of your breath which is essentially life force energy or Qi will naturally go into the areas of lower vibration in the body to raise the frequency. With the Breath, any unresolved emotions that are causing pain and suffering will naturally be raised to a higher frequency and will be integrated once and for all. It is so important to release sadness, anger or fear in our tissues. If we don’t they cause stagnation in our body and continues to create more pain and disharmony in our lives. Pain is a sign that something is out of balance, so listen to your body as pain is your body’s way of getting your attention.
On the emotional and mental level integration happens as we physically open our breath and any blockages of repressed emotions are freed to be released and integrated. All of the emotional clutter inside your mind and body can be easily cleared. You will be free to stop reacting to the world around you and take control of your life so you will be able to manifest the perfect life you have always dreamed of!
The third level of Transformational Breath® is Spiritual. A full connected breath creates a space within you so you can connect more deeply with your own inner beliefs and values. You will be free to live in the present moment and be all that you are meant to be. As your internal vibration begins to elevate you will experience the frequency of love and your life will reflect that with an over all sense of well being. You will be in the flow of life as your life is a reflection of your open and connected breath. Let’s breath in all our good so we can live a life of balance and harmony. It is time!
May we all aspire to our highest healing through our own Breath.
May we all experience our best selves through a Healthy body, Peaceful mind and Joyful heart! ❤️ .
I will be hosting Transformational Breath® Workshops once a month at Agape Healing Arts so please visit us at our website www.AgapeHealingArts.com for more info.
Yours in Health & Harmony,
Dr. Bella Lauren AP, DOM
Holistic Physician, Herbalist & Midwife
TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATH BENEFITS
Increased Physical Well-being
Increases oxygenation throughout the body
Improves energy levels
Balances the flow of energy through the body
Improves well-being for many conditions and ailments such as Stress Reduction, Respiratory ailments, Headaches, Low energy, Psychosomatic illnesses, Anaerobic diseases, and many others.
Improved Mental and Emotional States
Reduces worry and anxiety
Enhances the awareness of self-sabotaging patterns
Clears past traumas and dramas
Increases life enjoyment
Relieves depressive and negative emotions
Strengthens the connection with the Divine
Develops spiritual gifts
Allows fuller expression of love and joy
Breathwork Fact List
Our breathwork has been endorsed by well known integrative medicine experts such as Deepak Chopra MD and Christiane Northrup MD.
It is different than other forms of integrative breathwork or Yogic Pranayama.
Utilizes a full relaxed breath that originates in the lower abdomen and repeats the inhalation and exhalation without pausing.
Incorporates personal intentions and spiritual practices acceptable to all.
Integrates other healing modalities such as toning, hands-on, and somatic integration.
Includes a Breath Analysis that correlates with personal issues in life.
Can be practiced alone after a few facilitated sessions.
|Posted on February 17, 2018 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Holistic Pelvic Care™
By: Dr. Bella
Are you are seeking a more integrated approach to connection between your physical body and a deeper wisdom to heal and nurture yourself? If you answered YES to this question then you would most definitely benefit from Holistic Pelvic Care. Holistic Pelvic Care™ (HPC) is a technique designed to restore physical, emotional, and energetic imbalances that are rooted in the female pelvis. This modality addresses a woman as a whole; Body, Mind and Spirit.
With all of the advances in or Modern Western Medicine, Women’s Health still only consists of an annual pap and breast exam. Since women are not advised to give their pelvic bowl regular attention, internal awareness is often lacking. Tapping into feminine wisdom, receptivity, and intimately connecting with our root vitality that is located in the pelvic bowl (vagina, ovaries, and uterus) allows us to reclaim our space in our bodies and in our world. By restoring balance in the pelvic bowl, we as women can establish a more abundant creative flow in the body and then into all areas of our lives. HPC is a beautiful compliment to Woman's Health and Preventative Medicine.
HPC was developed by Tami Kent, a physical therapist and author in Portland, Oregon. After working for two decades in Women's Physical Therapy as her specialty, she began to notice and map out the energetics of the pelvic bowl and the correlating imbalances and diseases that woman suffer in this area of their bodies when stagnation occurs and is not addressed properly. By using gentle internal vaginal massage techniques combined with simple breath work, this innovative therapy has proven effective in enriching and encompassing not only the physical but also the emotional and energetic aspects of womanhood.
Just as other parts of our bodies hold tension and pain, so too often do we as women suffer with pelvic floor tension and stress. We undergo many life changes in our pelvic bowl such as our monthly hormonal and menstrual cycles, child-birthing, postpartum and menopause, which all can take a toll on the health and balance of our pelvic bowl. HPC is beneficial for any type of pain or trauma to the pelvic region, PMS, menstrual irregularities, dysmennorrhea, fibroids, fertility issues, cesarean recovery, painful intercourse, incontinence, vaginitis, ovarian cysts, low libido, urinary incontinence and sexual trauma. It is especially important in postpartum care to restore physical and emotional balance to the pelvic bowl.
A woman's root is her center of creation, power and where she births all of her creative ideas from. Stagnation in the pelvic bowl not only leads to physical discomfort and disease but also energetic and creative lack of flow and fulfillment. Her Spirit becomes stifled and she has a lack of energy to create her dreams into reality. By clearing the stagnation in our pelvic bowl we free up our creative center so we can live the life we envision for ourselves! Energetic tensions and blocks in our root can prevent the full expression of who we are as Spirit. When we take the time to reconnect our breath and awareness to our creative center and heal in a gentle holistic way we often times regain a confidence and wisdom that resides in this region of our bodies.
Although every woman is different, a typical session begins with a detailed intake about current issues you wish to address and your medical history. WIth my back round as a midwife and acupuncture physician, I will ask you specific questions related to your constitution and do an assessment of your pulse and tongue as part of the intake process. The hands-on portion takes place on a massage table with some light acupuncture, detailed physical pelvic work and guided visualizations.
The number of treatments will vary depending on your response to the first session and how chronic your condition is. It is not uncommon for women to remember or become aware of deep emotions regarding various aspects of their lives. Since this work is designed to restore physical and energetic imbalances in combination with the emotional, it may be necessary for a referral to a trained counselor. If this is the case, you will be referred to a trusted specialist. Additionally, herbal and nutritional formulas and/or lifestyle suggestions may be prescribed to aid your healing process.
For more information and to book your visit call Dr. Bella at 561-76-AGAPE or visit www.AgapeHealingArts.com
|Posted on February 3, 2018 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
By: Dr. Bella
Now more than ever we are collectively calling out, as humanity, to heal our buried sexual wounds. All we have to do is look at the front page of the newspaper or turn on the TV and watch the news to see what is happening. The lights are being turned on and we are seeing all that has been hidden in the dark. We are living in the time of the great deluge, the great unveiling of all that has been kept secret for way too long.
The sexual wound of humanity must be addressed and healed by each and every one of us as we enter into the new age of enlightenment. No more secrets. All will be revealed in the light. It is time to heal humanities collective sexual wound and I believe a great place to start the healing journey is with a yoni/root steam and a womb grief ritual.
Your womb is your center of creation where you birth your babies and as well your intentions into being. By holding negative energy in your sacred space, you can cause many female health issues. Stagnant painful energy in your pelvic bowl from past trauma such as sexual assault or abuse often turns itself into a physical disease.
The word “Yoni” is another word you can adopt to use for your female anatomy that truly honors your Vagina. Yoni is a Sanskrit word for ‘temple’ and that’s exactly what our vaginas are; a temple. As women begin to claim back their power and share their stories with one another, it has served as a catalyst to the healing process. The physical, emotional and spiritual cleansing of our yoni is especially essential in this day and age.
A Yoni/root steam bath is an ancient healing method and a lost art that is making its way back to the forefront of our modern society. It is so important to heal and cleanse our Yoni’s regularly, ESPECIALLY if you have been violated in the past or are holding onto negative emotional states. Also if you have had multiple partners it would be helpful to do a yoni/root steam bath to rid your body of negative energy and restore her to her pristine innocence… You can then move forward with clarity and confidence as you choose your partner carefully. Sex is a sacred act in which you and your partner are exchanging ‘life-force’ energy and DNA. It is vital you both have good intentions and the exchange is a loving one.
If you have ever experienced sexual trauma, or have negative emotions surrounding your sexuality then a yoni/root steam would be a great place to start your healing journey. In confidentiality, if you contact me, I will give you the gift of a yoni/root steam and womb meditation, at no charge. Allow me to offer this gift to you. My teacher, Rosita Arvigo, always says that the only time it is appropriate to give free services to others is if there was something that was taken from them by another such as sexual misconduct, rape or abuse. I agree with this statement and make a public announcement to invite all who read this article and have been a victim of abuse to come and heal and give yourself this precious gift, or rather allow yourself to come and begin your journey to wholeness once again.
I have taken a vow to leave no wound without balm and no shadow unloved.
ALL ARE WELCOME HERE!
This is your moment for true healing on a profound level. Your yoni is your feminine crown and it deserves your upmost attention and healing energy especially now more than ever! Let us rise to this occasion and heal ourselves. As we do so, it creates a ripple affect.
You are the stone that is thrown into the pond and as you heal the ripples of the waters of your healing go out into the world and touch others so they can do the same. May we all aspire to our greatest healing and be like that stone thrown into the pond creating a ripple effect around us…. and may our ripple turn into a wave…. and then into a tsunami of love and healing grace.
Yours in true love and gratitude,
Agape Healing Arts