Thursday, September 25, 2014

Special October daytime meeting!

Our recent meeting on Supporting Children's Emotional Health was so powerful, we decided to bring the topic back for a daytime meeting on Friday, October 3!

This special daytime meeting will be a conversation about some of the approaches and strategies we discussed at our August meeting and will include copies of the handouts. One or two of the panelists may be on hand, including chapter leader Jessica Haney, and we can share personal experiences, ask questions, and maybe test out a method or two!

Whether you attended in August and want to talk in more depth or you are just exploring holistic approaches, this should be a great conversation.

Friday, October 3, Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
As always, children are welcome, but please bring quiet toys or crafts to supplement our toy box offerings.

Our chapter has daytime meetings when leader schedules allow. We welcome members who would like to organize regular daytime meetings to apply to become a leader. Volunteer help from non-leaders could also help us schedule more daytime meetings. If you're interested, please contact Jessica at jessicahmnarlalex (at) gmail (dot) com.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Digestion and Elimination 101 in October

October is Holistic Living Month! Many believe that most healing starts in the gut. What better time to go back to basics and get to know our digestive system's ins and outs!

It's not just what you eat but what you absorb. Join us to learn about the intricacies of the digestive system with Dr. Sean Woods of The Chiropractic Associates and Cindy Santa Ana, Board Certified Health Coach, of Unlock Better Health.

Do you suspect food intolerances and sensitivities in your children or in your own body?
Does anyone in your family experience constipation, loose stools, gas, or bloating?
Do you feel like structural problems from pregnancy are interfering with digestion?
Does your digestion seem to change with hormonal changes?
Just how often are you supposed to have a bowel movement, and what should it look like?
What are the best conditions for optimal digestion?

In addition to some biology 101 about what happens in which parts of our bodies, our speakers address questions about nutrient absorption and about elimination.

They will also discuss enzymes, supplements, probiotics and healing foods, elimination diets, acid/alkaline foods, food combining and some traditional foods preparation such as soaking grains and fermenting foods.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September meeting on Sleep: Science and Solutions for the Whole Family

What happens during sleep?
Why is sleep so important for our bodies and our children's bodies?
What might be interfering with quality sleep?
What are some of the effects of poor sleeping habits for children and for adults?
How can we ensure that everyone in our family sleeps well?




Join us for a presentation by Dr. Benjamin Hopsicker of Alexandria Wellness Center on the science of sleep with Pediatric Sleep Coach Michelle Winters of SleepWell Sleep Solutions sharing insights on instilling good sleeping habits with babies and children.

Sleep: Science and Solutions for the Whole Family
Thursday, September 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204



Children are always welcome to attend.

RSVP is not required but is helpful; it helps us plan for adequate handouts.
Email JessicaHMNArlAlex (at) gmail (dot) com or reply to the Facebook event.

And be sure to check out this great article from the September 2 Washington Post on how lights from electronic devices can disrupt sleep, especially for teenagers.

Motherblessing August 2014

We had another great motherblessing last weekend. We put together some thoughts and necklaces for two of our moms in absentia, and artist Amy did a beautiful drawing on the guest of honor's belly. We shared birth stories, thoughts about siblings and just generally enjoyed supporting our expectant mama!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What a heartfelt and inspiring meeting we had last week! The topic was Supporting Children's Emotional Health.


Our panelists shared wisdom on breaking patterns and belief systems that don't serve us so that we can be fully present for our children and teach them healthy habits. We talked about engagement and connection to intuition. The speakers touched on food, natural medicine, family rhythms, bodywork and energy work as strategies to ground and support children emotionally and physically (which can often be one and the same!)


Thank you to all the attendees; to our new host, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and chapter co-leader Michelle for her work to find us a new home; and to the panelists:

moderator Jessica Haney, Holistic Moms Arlington/Alexandria chapter founder and co-leader and founder of resource website Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DCSally DiCesare, Craniosacral therapist at Your Blissful JourneyEmily Griffin, LICSW, family therapist at Happy Parents, Happy BabiesLaura Freix; Accunect practitioner, BodyTalk practitioner, and Holistic Lifestyle Coach with iEmbraceWellnessMarya Michael of Spiritual Coaching for Children; and Lindsey Vick, Wellness Director at Sunflowers Healing and Wellness and Holistic practitioner: hypnotherapy, Reiki energy healing, HypnoBirthing, birth Doula.


Notes will be posted for members on our Yahoo group soon and can be requested by emailing jessicahmnarlalex (at) gmail (dot) com.





Friday, July 18, 2014

Supporting Children's Emotional Health in August

What's the best way to soothe a child's emotional pain and to teach a child coping mechanisms that will serve her well?

  • How can some underlying causes of a child's emotional distress can be addressed with nutrition, bodywork, remedies,  energy work, supplements or other holistic therapies?
  • How can addressing our own responses to stress impact our children?

Our panel will share a number of resources and tools to support children’s emotional health, including information on healing modalities and local resources.
We all find ourselves trying to help our children through tough times and upsetting situations, including small daily hurts and everyday challenges as well as larger health issues, death of loved ones, divorce, and other sources of stress. 

Our panel will share holistic approaches to children's emotional well-being that will serve them (and us!) in a variety of situations.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd at S. George Mason Dr.
Note that the 8/14 issue of the Washington Post incorrectly listed address of our old meeting location. Please find us at UUCA at Rt. 50 and G. Mason!

Date/Time: Thursday, August 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:50)

Note: While children are always welcome at Holistic Moms' meetings, due to the sensitive nature of the topic, parents might want to leave children at home for this meeting if possible.

How do we do it? July discussion on "Strategies for Holistic Living"

We always say, "We all do the best we can." And we mean it! But sometimes our individual ideas of "best" don't match up to our reality ..or to something we see on Facebook or Pinterest. On the other hand, sometimes we surprise ourselves at the progress we've made and need a reminder to pat ourselves on the back!

On July 17, we talked about it all: the good, the not-so-good, the waiting-for-inspiration (or until the kids are out of diapers!)



This was an open discussion of how we make this holistic parenting journey work.
  • What do we do without thinking now that might have seemed hard five years ago? 
  • What progress has been slow but steady? 
  • What do we dream of incorporating into our lives but can't imagine how?
We learned from and supported one another! Commiserated, inquired, and inspired!

We used a worksheet to think about our values and identify goals and strategies that align with our values. It also had a list of areas of our lives to think about. Email jessicahmnarlalex (at) gmail (dot) com for a copy.

Topics for consideration were totally open, but we talked about how we pursue holistic living in the areas of:
  • diet & nutrition
  • health & wellness
  • home life, family life, mindfulness & spirituality 
  • organizing, cleaning & using spaces in our home and garden/balcony/yard
  • service, volunteerism & wider community