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Legs Up The Wall pose… says it all really.

Legs up the wall or Viparita Karani has been praised in the past as being the go-to pose for all that ails you. I’m sure there is scientific proof out there somewhere for this bold statement but what I do know is that it a wonderful, relaxing pose with the added benefit of having positive effects on many of the bodies systems.

Essentially an inversion (a pose where the heart is at a higher level than the heart – think headstands, shoulder stands), Viparita is a gentler way to allow blood flow and nourishment to the reproductive, urinary, digestive systems and at the same time the heart gets to rest from pumping the blood from the legs back up. The lymphatic system is involved in this circulatory action too so the immune system is getting a boost. It also:

  • Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
  • Gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Calms the mind

There is a list of more benefits at the end of this article.

It is a great pose for anyone who has neck issues and cannot practice a full head or shoulder stand.

I’m trying to include it in my practice everyday, even for 5 minutes at the end of the day. Last year I had way too many colds and sinus problems so I’ll keep you posted on my progress. It can be practiced anywhere you have a wall…easy! No special props needed.

I recently was asked by a student was there anywhere else that one could practice if space at home was limited and the answer is yes. In fact, you can get quiet inventive. Use a table, chair or the sofa. You can even practice on your bed before sleeping, a good way to unwind even if you feel a bit silly. What would be great is if you have a dedicated space to practice and you never know, you could end up do more postures, some meditation and even breath work! All you need is a clear wall space wide enough for you get in and out of the posture with ease.

So, how do you get in and out of this posture with ease?

  1. Place you blanket or mat with the short end to the wall.
  2. Sit to one side/hip against the wall. Have your bum to the edge of your lengthways part of the mat closest to you.
  3. Then gently swing your legs up the wall, your upper torso on the mat/blanket.
  4. Bring your arms out on the floor, a bit from your waist, palms up or place them resting on your abdomen.
  5. Your legs can be straight with heels resting on the wall or have the knees bent, feet on the wall. Whatever feels right to you.
  6. If you find your chin tilting to much to the ceiling place a support under the head, not too high. Just enough to bring the head level to the chest.
  7. Keep a blanket handy to through over yourself to keep warm as you relax.
  8. Allow the body to melt into the floor and connect with your breath.
  9. Hold for 5-20 minutes

To come out, bend the knees gently into the chest and roll over to one side. Rest for a couple of breaths here then come back to a seated position and let the body settle.

Viparita Karani may help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive problems
  • Headache
  • High and low blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Mild depression
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Urinary disorders
  • Varicose veins
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menopause

Cautions: Inversions as a rule should not be practiced when you have your period but this one can be if it is not too heavy.  As with any inversion Legs Up The Wall should be avoided if you have serious eye problems, such as glaucoma. With serious neck or back problems only practice this pose with the supervision of an experienced teacher. If your feet begin to tingle during this pose, bend your knees, touch your soles together, and slide the outer edges of your feet down the wall, bringing your heels close to your pelvis.

So there you have it – Legs Up The Wall. It is a pose I often include in my Rest & Restore workshops and weekly Restorative classes. If you would be interested in learning more please contact me or check out www.anandacentre.com for more info.

Have fun and remember yoga is for everyone 🙂

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5 facts you should know about women’s health

5 facts you should know about women’s health

  1. Women are more prone to certain health conditions than men. Women are more likely to experience depression, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis. Some conditions, like osteoporosis, are directly related to women’s hormone fluctuations and smaller frames. Others, like fibromyalgia, are much more common in women, but scientists have yet to figure out why.

 

  1. Women do not always experience the same symptoms as men with the same conditions. While men are more likely to experience a heart attack than women, women are more likely to die of the same heart attack. The reasons may be related to the publicized symptoms: while everyone knows about chest pressure and pain down the left arm, these are symptoms typically experienced by men. Women may experience dizziness, light-headedness, or fatigue. Knowing the different ways conditions manifest in men and women can truly be a lifesaver.

 

  1. Women have different risk factors than men. Remember that bit about women being more susceptible to stroke? In addition to the risk factors shared with men, there are also many women-specific risks, including being pregnant, taking hormonal birth control pills, using hormone replacement therapy, and experiencing frequent migraines. Unfortunately, these additional risk factors don’t always show up in educational materials.

 

  1. Women and men sometimes react differently to drugs and other treatments. Women wake up faster from anesthesia. Some drugs, like ibuprofen, seem to be more effective in men than women, while others like erythromycin (an antibiotic) work better in women. And of course there are medications typically prescribed for sex-specific issues that can interfere with each other. As an example, Paracetemol can interfere with the effectiveness of birth control.

 

In spite of all this, women’s and men’s bodies are more similar than they are different. We share 99% of our genetic material with every other person on the planet. We have the same basic structure, suffer from most of the same illnesses, and heal in the same way. A healthy diet, active lifestyle, adequate sleep, and positive attitude are beneficial to men and women alike. There are no studies showing whether massage or yoga therapy is better for any one subset of people than others. Maybe that research will be done in the future.

In the meantime, if you’d like to know whether it works for you, there’s only one way to find out!

Schedule an appointment today on 085 1502378 or see www.anandacentre.com for more details on Yoga Classes and other therapies available at the centre.

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Meet Helena Barker – Acupuncture and Naturopathy, Specialising in Fertility and Pregnancy

Helena Barker

Tel: 086 8163130

http://helenabarker.com

 
My interest in Complementary Medicine stems from my childhood years and my mother’s influence as a practising Reflexologist, Acupuncturist and Reiki Healer. I have seen first-hand the power of complementary medicine and have used Natural therapies throughout my life to maintain wellness and vitality.

I graduated from The College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Diploma in Acupuncture and Naturopathy and received the prestigious Clinical Excellence Award for my outstanding Acupuncture work. I am a member of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association of Ireland (AFPA) and as such I fully comply with Association’s Code of Ethics and Best Practice.

I firmly believe in treating the ‘whole person’ by using a combination of natural healing techniques including nutrition/diet, lifestyle advice, flower remedies and tissue salts in conjunction with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I strongly feel that ‘wellness’ is not an endpoint, but is an ongoing relationship with your own body, ‘self’ and your environment – a natural balance.
I plan continuous development of my skills and knowledge through further training in Acupuncture and Natural Health. In particular I wish to travel to China to complete the Advanced Acupuncture Training at the International Acupuncture Centre in Beijing, a World Health Organisation collaborating centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I specialize in women’s health, gynaecological problems, female and male fertility issues, IVF and pregnancy support.

Find out how I can help you.

Meet Ula Boyle, Reflexologist specialist in Fertility & Pregnancy

Ula Boyle – Reflexologist Specialising in Fertility and Pregnancy here in Ananda Centre

 
Tel: 086 087 2526
 
My name is Ula Boyle and I discovered natural healing and holistic therapies in the UK in 2001 when I experienced the wonderful effects of Reiki and decided to study it becoming a qualified Reiki Master Practitioner in 2008. From 2001 my passion for holistic therapies grew and I studied VTCT Diplomas in Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, and Reflexology (& Advanced Training Certificates in Fertility & Pregnancy Reflexology), certificates in Ayurvedic Foot Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Lomi Lomi.
I believe receiving regular Holistic Therapy treatments can help a person maintain or restore good mental, emotional and physical health, bringing a person to a state of wellness and balance. Sole Serenity Therapy was created in 2013 after a number of years practising and receiving complimentary therapies were I found Reflexology to be amongst the most relaxing treatment and especially beneficial for those experiencing hormonal difficulties and fertility issues. Sadly infertility appears to be on the increase with an estimated 1 in 6 couples having difficulty conceiving. I decided to specialise in Fertility Reflexology to offer couples a gentle, yet effective drug free treatment option to help improve fertility levels naturally or as a way of supporting mind and body leading up to medically assisted conception. I also specialise in Pregnancy Reflexology as it is a soothing treatment to help with associated discomforts of pregnancy.
For more information on the benefits of reflexology, how it can help improve fertility or its benefits during pregnancy please contact me for a no obligation phone consultation on 086 087 2526 or see www.soleserenitytherapy.ie.
I am a member of the Fertility Reflexology Network, specialising in Fertility Reflexology Treatments and a member of the International Federation of Reflexologists. I participate in Continuing Professional Development to ensure my knowledge & skills grow to meet the needs of my clients and professional standards of best practice.

Pre-Pregnancy Support Awareness this October at Ananda Centre.

Pre-Pregnancy Support Awareness in October at Ananda Centre.
An amazing package offer available during October.
Are you planning a pregnancy?
Did you know that at Ananda Centre we provide services that can support and help you and your partner in your pre-pregnancy decisions.
As part of Pre-Pregnancy Support Awareness month here in Ananda we are delighted to offer a great package where you get to choose 4 treatments from a range of pre-conception and fertility supportive therapies and have a program tailor made for you by our team of fully qualified therapists. 
Choose from:
  • Restorative Yoga one to one session.
  • Massage Therapy
  • Bio-Energy Therapy
  • Pre-pregnancy Acupuncture
  • Pre-pregnancy Reflexology
  • Naturopathy – diet lifestyle & nutritional advice.
  • His & Hers 45 min Massage Therapy
  • Reiki
This package is normally €250 book now for just €199.
T&Cs: Package is valid for use until end of February 2015.
Last day of purchase is December 31st 2014.
Package must be paid in full at first treatment.
All therapies are one hour unless otherwise stated.
Please consult with your doctor before undergoing any therapy.
Please telephone Brenda for more information: 085 1502378 or anandacentre@gmail.com
Below are some positive affirmations for fertility, enjoy.

Mind-Body Program Increases Pregnancy Rates in IVF Treatment

Study suggests stress and outcome may be related

BOSTON – There is no doubt that undergoing infertility treatment is stressful, with high rates of anxiety and depression reported by many patients. Mind-body therapies designed to help women reduce stress earlier in the treatment process result in higher pregnancy rates, but little is known specifically about the impact of these therapies on women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

A new study published June 1 in Fertility and Sterility, a publication of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, shows that women who participate in a mind-body program for stress reduction while undergoing IVF treatment have a significantly higher pregnancy rate than those who do not (52 percent versus 20 percent).

“The intersection of stress and fertility is a controversial one, but we do know that stress can reduce the probability of conception,” said principal investigator Alice Domar, Ph.D, OB/GYN, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF.

In 1987, Domar introduced the Mind/Body Program for Infertility at the BIDMC main campus in Boston, later moving it to Boston IVF in Waltham in 2002. The goal of the program is to help couples learn effective relaxation and stress management strategies while attempting to conceive. The 10-week stress management program focuses on “cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation training, negative health behavior modification and social support components.”

To study the effects of the mind-body program on IVF pregnancy outcomes, Domar’s team approached women who were about to begin treatment at Boston IVF and who met the study criteria: 

40 years or younger with normal hormonal levels. None of the participants had previously participated in a mind-body group.

Participants were randomized into a study group that entered the Mind/Body Program for Infertility or a control group who received no mind/body intervention. All patients underwent IVF treatment. Domar tracked the groups through two IVF cycles.

In the first cycle, there was no difference in conception rates between the study group and the control group. “We noticed that only half of the study group had begun the Mind/Body Program and those who had started the program were only a couple of sessions in,” said Domar. “This seemed to rule out the possibility of a placebo affect. The mere suggestion of help with stress, it seems, does not increase the pregnancy rate.”

In the second cycle, the majority of the patients in the study group had at least five sessions under their belts. “By that point, they had acquired some real life skills to deal with their stress,” said Domar. “And that’s when we saw the significant increase in pregnancy rates.”

Domar found that 52 percent of the women participating in the Mind/Body Program for Infertility became pregnant compared with 20 percent of the control group participants, a statistically significant difference.

“The study supports the theory that psychological distress may be an important detriment to IVF outcome,” the authors write.

“We worked with a small group, about a 100 women total, so we’ll need to continue with a larger group of patients to see if the results bear out,” said Domar. “But there is a strong indication that stress levels and IVF outcomes are linked and that intervening with mind/body therapies can help.”