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Diet & Hormonal Balance

(1) FREE lecture and Q&A session at Synergy Yoga & Pilates on January 10, 2020, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM 

Simply come to this presentation and ask your questions - no commitment required.

(2)  In addition to the free presentation you have the opportunity to register for a 6-week-health-coaching-program:

we will meet once per week in person at Synergy Yoga & Pilates, 3152 Old Shell Road, Mobile 36607, and there will be resources available online. Meetings will take place either on Wednesdays or Fridays - TBD.

What you will learn in this program:

  • How your hormones work and how everything within your body is connected.
  • How you can balance your hormonal system by determining and leaving out food triggers and adding nutrient-dense food, herbs, and supplements to your diet, thus establishing lasting wellbeing in your life.
  • How to prepare natural wholesome foods that work with your busy schedule - we will enjoy samples every week.

NEW: My health coaching practice is an affiliate of YourLabWork and I can now offer you discounted blood work so that we can determine a customized schedule for supplements and dietary recommendations for you! (fee for bloodwork not included in registration fee)

NEW: I have updated this program to include a detailed assessment of your five meridians to learn more about possible root causes of any symptoms you may have - so that you can use this insight as a motivational background for positive lifestyle changes to be made and to be better equipped to askyour healthcare providers the right questions.

Week 1 - Happy Hormones - Our glands and chakras

Develop An Action Plan / Identify Your Triggers

Week 2 -  Curb your sugar cravings

Push the 'Reset Button'/ Detox your liver and Cleanse your gut

Why Physical Healing Starts In Your Gut

How proper liver function connects to balanced hormones

Week 3 - His & Hers

Women only - heal migraines and PMS, smoothly surf through menopause, improve fertility, prevent breast cancer

Men only - testosterone and lean muscle, prostate health

Support Sex Hormone Production For Wellbeing

Week 4 - Adrenal Health

Lower Your Cortisol Levels / Reverse Adrenal Fatigue

Guided meditation - stress management

Week 5 - Herbs, Supplements, Substitutes - Yes or No?

Herbs & Supplements For Specific Conditions

Guest speaker: Dr. Donald Ponquinette, pharmacist, will be giving an overview of possible interactions between common supplements and frequently prescribed substitute hormones.

Week 6 -  Thyroid Care Herbs

Improve Your Energy Levels / Reduce Stress On Your System

What you will get in this program:

  • Weekly in-person classes with educational lectures and Q&A
  • PDF worksheets / self-assessments
  • 50+ recipes and easy go-to-guides for food preparation at home
  • Instructions for fermentation, sprouting, juicing, detox
  • Weekly email newsletter with charts, motivational quotes, and meal plans
  • guided hypnotic trances
  • one-on-one email support
  • consultation based on your personal lab results by an experienced pharmacist (lab work has to be done outside of this course by your doctor)

UPDATED CONTENT! - I am proud and happy to announce to you that I am now not only a Certified Life Coach and Amen Clinic-Certified Brain Health Coach but this year I also obtained a B.A. of Integrative Medicine from Quantum University. I'm currently working on my doctorate in Integrative Medicine and continuously implementing new material in all my coaching and course offers.

Your investment for the entire program: $250 

Women Empowerment Retreat in Belize

Autumnal Equinox in Belize - September  23nd thru 28th, 2019

Are you thinking about going on retreat, and trying to find the right one for you? Get a glimpse of this beautiful place and the program I offer here - I will offer this retreat again in 2020:

THE VENUE - Copal Tree Lodge - a little piece of heaven

The lodge is located in the middle of a 12,000 acres wildlife refuge right on the banks of river Rio Grande. The terrain is quite steep but there are both steps and an elevator tram. During our last retreat, we had two ladies with prior knee-surgery participating and they had no problems getting around. Everything is tastefully furnished, in harmony with nature, sustainably built and managed.

Amenities: pool, jungle gym, spa, kayaks and canoes, bicycles, yoga palapa, boat deck, fire pit, restaurant, hiking trails.

THE ROOMS - at this lodge various categories are offered. For my retreats, I reserve the Jungle Suite Cabanas - charming cabins with private bathrooms (single-/double-occupancy). As much as I love to travel with a group, I respect that there are times when we need our privacy. These rooms offer just that - your own space. The rooms are exceptionally clean, the views extend the space into the jungle for those who like to communicate with trees. If you prefer any other category, just let me know. 

THE FOOD - organically grown, always fresh, seasonal farm-to-table meals

YOGA - complete guided practice every morning, guided meditation or Yin Yoga every night - for all who love yoga

THE FARM - this has been a farm for generations - honoring the soil, loving nature and growing food in harmony with its cosmic cycles.

GETTING THERE - let the adventure begin

One-On-One Coaching/Energy Healing - this is my purpose - to meet you, yes you, where you are and hold space for your healing because I believe that you were created to live life to your fullest potential

TOURS - Mayan Ruins

TOURS - Blue Creek

"This feels so free." - Annabel; Best compliment ever!

I can't express with words how grateful I am for this experience, for the trust these women gave me, the riches of nature, the friendliness of the locals, the time to enjoy this week, the guidance to do it and lead retreats. Namaste!

My Work With Reiki – A Pure Blessing

How little did I know when I first started working with Reiki. As a matter of fact, I thought I knew why I was interested in learning more about it but really, I had no idea what I would get myself into.

Over and over, when working with my clients, I am blown away by how fast Reiki works, and by how much it exceeds my expectations of what it can do.

Practicing Reiki has been an extraordinary lesson in letting go of my ego. Letting go of what I think would be best for my client, but simply trusting into the Divine Source of all life that healing will always be provided at it’s own pace, where it is needed the most, and only to serve the highest good.

One of my clients came to me with severe disturbances in her life, and asked me to guide her through a Past Life Regression session. For a variety of reasons, I don't use past life regression in the first session that we meet. My client was severely impacted by family trauma, causing a whole lot of hardship in her current life including financial issues, an inability to find and keep a fulfilling relationship, sleeping and eating disorders, plus trauma-related behavioral challenges in her children. When she entered my practice the first time, she was drastically underweight, deprived of sleep, plagued by anxiety and panic attacks, and just overwhelmed by completing daily life tasks. Only two sessions later she started smiling, came in happy and almost bubbling over by wanting to share how much better she felt already. After about six weeks, she had visibly gained some weight, her complexion went from very pale to a lively glow, her eyes had gained their shine back, and her anxiety was gone.

Another client scheduled Reiki sessions with me after her husband had died way too early, and left her and two teenage aged children behind. She was overwhelmed by grief and had a hard time fighting back her tears. She felt lonely, cut in half, like she had lost her vision for her life and her sense of belonging. The first session was energetically very intense. Only two weeks later, she showed up to her follow up session - with a big smile on her face, a loud “thank you” followed by “I feel like I have my life back”! Oh wow, I was so touched and happy for her!

Over the past two years I helped clients with fertility issues, helped them to dissolve unhealthy relationship patterns, overcome depression, sleeping disorders, anxiety, and addiction.

In severe cases I combine Reiki with hypnotherapy and take my clients into a safe, deeply relaxed and highly suggestible state of trance. If appropriate, I include healing crystals into Reiki sessions - selecting crystals to amplify the healing energy channeled to address physical, mental, and emotional challenges.

When things are not going well in your life and the same patterns keep appearing, Reiki can loosen the emotional chains holding you back, after which they can be released so you can focus on your purpose here on Earth - what brings you joy, and how to attain your personal power and take charge of your life.

People who open up blockages and let the energy flow through may experience an intense rush. People touched by Reiki Universal Life Force energy strive for self-improvement and for the higher good of all concerned. People become more loving with each other. Sharing kindness from the heart is possibly the noblest thing a person can do. Have the courage to live your light!

 

Healing From Spinal Injury

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." - Fred Devito

The year 2001 was a fantastic one for me. After graduating from college, I spent the rest of the year traveling and literally dancing through my life - one month in Sevilla, Spain taking Flamenco lessons, a trip to the Greek isle of Patmos studying and developing a new performance on the path of Ancient philosophers, one month on a road trip through Southern France visiting medieval cathedrals and festivals to learn renaissance dances. I returned to Berlin in Germany to prepare for yet another great trip to perform as a dancer in South Africa. But hey, the year wasn't over yet, and one day during training, I landed a failed somersault so unfortunate that three of my vertebrae got fractured by the high impact of the fall. Plus, not just my bones got fractured, but also the spinal discs in between got damaged and their fluid leaked out.

This spinal exhibit reveals compression fractures to the T12 and l1 vertebrae with open surgical incision and spinal fusion with placement of hooks, fixation rods and bone graft material to stabilize the middle lower back.

The spinal exhibit to the left shows compression fractures of the T11, T12 and L1 vertebrae as experienced by me. Usual treatment of injuries like these would be open surgical incision and spinal fusion with placement of titanium screws into T10 and L2, fixation rods to bridge the fractured bones, and maybe additional bone graft material to stabilize the back.

It might sound like an advanced treatment. However, the surgery itself bears the risk to injure the spinal cord. The titanium stabilizer allows patients to get out of the bed and the hospital pretty soon - after only two weeks or so - but at the same time the spine will become stiff - just like the metal rods that bridge the bones. With no chance to move and be squeezed and released the spinal discs can't receive important nutrients and thus, can't regenerate. At even though patients are able to walk and be released from the hospital soon, they aren't fully mobile. In several conversations with doctors I learned that one frequently occurring issue is that when patients try to exercise or engage in physical labor such as lifting things or bowing forward, that the titanium screws break out of the bones. It's not the screw that breaks, but the bone, because the spine tries to bend and can't.

Therefore for me as a dancer surgery was the worst option ever. I stubbornly insisted to allow the bones to heal conservatively. Each tissue in our bodies regenerates at its own pace. While a bruise heals after one week, and the taste nerves of our tongues renew every two days, broken bones require four weeks to heal. I had to lay in bed for four weeks straight - no getting up allowed at all! Then I spent another six weeks in rehab, learning how to move and walk again. Under supervision of a physical therapist I exercised to build strong core muscles  and started some weight training. I swam on a slow pace half a mile every day in the sanatorium's pool, because the support of the water was more comfortable than standing upright. My entire focus was set on healing. And boy, was I happy and proud, but I was also stiff, and scared of falling again. I thought that that was it. Certain movements I would never be able to do again.

Well, things changed dramatically when I came back to a more regular yoga practice again. In baby steps, I started rebuilding inner core muscles and pelvic muscles to support my body's weight and a good posture. Through practicing gentle back bends I strengthened my back muscles, and started to mobilize my spine through twists. Forward and backward bending, twisting, and stretching helped to transport nutrients into my discs, squeezing and releasing them like little sponges. While western medicine teaches that damaged spinal discs can't regenerate, I report that mine recovered fully! Lastly, I rebuilt my confidence and overcame the fear of getting broken again through practicing head-stands.

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Healing From Cancer

As a young woman of 21 years of age, I received one of the most shocking and scary news of my life. I got diagnosed with uterine cancer. I felt, I was way too young to have cancer and couldn't believe it at first! It went bad fast, within only three months my doctor told me that she scheduled me for a hysterectomy, and demanded I should take a week off to get admitted to the hospital.

The proposal to remove my uterus was plain unacceptable for me. So, I asked my doctor, what are my chances if I'd refused the surgery? She said, "I don't know." I asked, "Oh my, is it that serious?" She said, "I can't know, within the 25 years of my practice as a gynecologist, you'd be first patient to refuse the surgery." Wow, another shock! So, I said, "Well, in that case I guess, I am the first one, because what you are offering me here is not healing but crippling me. I want to be a mom one day, and you can't have my uterus."

Then I walked out of her office, and thought, what now? I realized that simply saying no to surgery didn't solve my problem. I started looking for alternatives, and found a doctor in Berlin, who practices Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was able to deliver an explanation for what caused the abnormal cell growth that made perfect sense to me.

At the time I was a student in college, also working for the college both as project coordinator for a comprehensive federally funded research study and as a tutor, working on the weekends as a performer to pay all my bills. On top of my workload, I was smoking cigarettes, drinking way to much coffee, eating always on the run, taking the contraception pill (artificial hormones), and never sleeping enough. I basically put my body under permanent stress from all sides. Leading that sort of lifestyle caused lots of stress on my liver and spleen, requiring them to constantly produce stress hormones to keep my body running and performing at high level, thus reducing its capacity to produce progesterone and estrogen. It came to the point that my liver couldn't handle the load of toxins anymore. So, how smart is nature, my body increasingly used my menstruation to detox. However, the uterus is not a detox organ, it's a reproductive organ. My lifestyle so to say caused an abuse of my uterus by having it flush through loads of toxins over an extended period of time. This caused the cells to get clogged and reproduce with abnormal growth.

My immediate response to the diagnosis was to change my lifestyle:

  • I quit smoking
  • quit taking the contraception pill
  • stopped drinking coffee and switched to green tea.
  • My gynecologist laughed about me, and said that it was good that I quit smoking but that this wouldn't cure the cancer. I just thought, wait and see, and realized that with menstruating every month, I had a new chance every month to influence if my organ would regenerate with healthy or abnormal cells.
  • Well, she was right insofar that I had to do more: Next I fasted - pretty drastically - for four weeks I ate only fresh squeezed raw juices, including mostly green / herbal juices, and green healing clay. I lost a lot of weight and didn't look healthy for a while, but the goal was to completely detox, cleanse the colon, and the liver. My goal was to get rid of excess nitrogen compounds in the body and increase oxygen levels in the cells, no more animal proteins, no more sugar, no more toxins = and the cancer would starve.
  • After fastening I started rebuilding my strength and health by eating a raw vegan diet for almost two years. My cell values started getting better and better, and after 10 months I was absolutely cancer free! I sticked with the raw food diet for longer simply because it made me feel really good. I felt pure, light, energized, and focussed. Former struggles with headaches, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, and bloating were gone. However, living organic raw food vegan is indeed a social challenge. Therefore after about two years I settled for a vegan diet, which in my case means, that I eat everything plant-based plus cheese and honey. I don't eat eggs nor meat nor poultry, don't drink dairy milk nor any other animal based products.
  • Today I'm a mom of three healthy children. During my pregnancies and years of nursing, I followed a vegan diet. All three children are born at home. I'm cancer free - 20 years later - and today I also know that there are several other alternative ways but raw food to heal cancer. Cancer treatment certainly doesn't have to mean additional harmful attacks on our organism and immune system.
  • Stay tuned for more to follow on how to heal naturally in the coming blog posts.

What is Reiki?

Reiki, originally developed and taught by Mikao Usui in Japan, is based on the concept of an universal life force, which flows in all living beings (and surrounds us as well known as the Self or the Divine or God or the one and only truth), and which we can access through prayer, attunements, alignment of our chakras, and then channel it onto others through our hands. The syllable "ki" means "life force", and it refers to nothing different but what is called "qi" or "chi" in other Asian, primarily the Chinese, traditions, the breath of God in the Christian teachings, and "prana" as known from yogic, and Ayurvedic philosophy.

Reiki is a simple and natural method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It is administered by "laying on hands". Reiki energy work is safe for pregnant women, seniors, children, and even babies. From thousands of individual experiences it is known to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and harmonize imbalances. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes depleted or blocked it comes to symptoms of physical dis-ease or emotional imbalance. The Reiki practitioner can channel universal life energy into the patient, or more precisely be the channel through which the patient draws energy in, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore harmony. For this reason Reiki works well combined with other medical or therapeutic methods to relieve side effects or promote recovery. Reiki works because it connects the universal life force energy with the body’s innate powers of healing.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn or use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent to belief at all and will work whether you believe it or not. The energy will always go where it is needed the most.

Benefits of Reikihealing_process

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Reiki Principles

Mikao Usui taught that every practitioner follow certain ethical principles:

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Wonderful, Simple, Effective – Applications of Healing Earth

Healing earth, sometimes better known as mineral clay, offers an astonishing variety of medicinal and cosmetic uses that can bring your body back into balance. It can literally help you to stay grounded! Clay may be used externally and orally. Eating clay can do wonders for your health! luvos

For external use, the clay may be applied to the whole body as in warm spa mud wraps, or prepared in poultices for application to specific parts of the body. The heat opens up the pores of the skin, and helps the interaction of the clay with the body. Internally it is used to detox the intestines, the colon, and thus the entire body. Clay cures inflammation, drives bacterial and fungal infections out, and supplies up to 75 important trace elements (depending on the type of clay).

BEAUTY  - your spa at home 
Clay is fantastic for facial masks, which are easy to prepare, and popular because of their exfoliating, purifying properties. Clay masks withdraw excess oil and pollutants from our faces, and they help heal rashes and acne. However, the different kinds of clay offer diverse properties.

French green clay: Combination of volcanic matter, decomposed plant substances and minerals. Very cleansing. Recommended for oily skin or a normal/oily skin combination. 

bentonite-clay-maskMoroccan red clay, Rhassoul: With a long tradition in Hammam baths, this clay contains iron and is used to heal acne. luvosMask

Bentonite: This clay is found in the Western United States with Luvos loess being a traditional, therapeutically used clay from Germany. Safe for use on all skin types. 

Fuller’s earth: This is a very fine grayish colored powder derived from algae, chock full of minerals and very absorbing.

In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the clay with about 3 tablespoons of liquid. Depending on your skin type use spring water or rose water for normal skin, or witch hazel and orange blossom water if your skin is oily. For dry and sensitive skin it is recommended to substitute water with sesame, olive, or almond oil. If you are suffering from acne, add 1 tablespoon apple cider to the mix. The consistency should be thick and cream-like, not runny. If you added too much of the liquid just stir in a little bit more clay. Apply the mask to your cleaned face and neck with your fingers or a make-up sponge. Avoid the eye area. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Once the mask is dry, rinse off with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer. Your skin will glow with vibrant good health. 

HEALING - medicinal uses of healing earthsgreenclay

Healing clay provides an affordable and natural yet effective remedy against diarrhea, heartburn, and acid-related stomach pain due to its ability to bind excess bile acids, and cholesterol. Simply stir 1 teaspoon of either bentonite or green clay into 8 oz. of water, and drink on an empty stomach in the morning. Wait for 30 minutes before eating anything. Do this as a cure fore 21 days in a row. Repeat 3 to 4 times per year. Or use as needed for treatment of acute ailments.
Bentonite, montmorillonite, and illite have been proven to be antifungal including toxic and carcinogenic infections such as Aflatoxicosis, and effective against yeast infections including Candida albicans. Eating or drinking healing earth can be used to cleanse the body from heavy metals including lead, cadmium, and mercury
. Another property of immense benefit is the antibacterial effect of bentonite and green clays. In several scientific studies conducted in France and Arizona, the clays have been found to be highly effective against E.coli, pseudomonas, salmonella, and even the dreaded "superbug" MRSA and the flesh-eating African bacteria buruli to name just a few. One side-effect to be considered before using clay internally is the inhibition of the body's absorption of antibiotics, substitute hormones and heart medication by coating the digestive tract.  How is it possible that certain types of clay are so versatile and beneficial for human health? Loess, bentonite, and green clay naturally form a negative charge when mixed with water. This negative charge creates a pulling effect called adsorption, drawing positively charged ions out of our cells - and it so happens that bacteria, heavy metals, and pesticides all have a positive ionic charge. Negatively charged ions stay untouched. One more amazing capability of clay that depends on its acting like a plus pole is the adsorption of radiation. A study performed by Duke University found that specific parts of the human DNA and RNA exposed to damaging gamma radiation recovered faster in persons that had eaten clay.

Do you use healing earth to support your healthy living? Share your experiences! And check out the 21-Day Challenge posted on this blog 😉 Stay well!