Friday, January 16, 2015

Special daytime meeting on Postpartum Fitness January 30!

If your body has made a baby at some point in your life, there are bound to be repercussions! Come learn what to do about them and how to support your body in a current or future pregnancy at our special January 30 daytime meeting on "Postpartum Healing."

Physical therapist Marisa Alonso of Body Connect Health & Wellness and her business partner Ann Udofia gave a fabulous presentation in November 2013 on the topic of Postpartum Healing. Thanks to our wonderful volunteer, Maria, for putting this special daytime meeting together, Marisa Alonso will be returning to our chapter the morning of Friday, January 30.

Marisa will teach us how to support our bodies during and after pregnancy for optimal health and well-being.

She will explain how issues related to pregnancy can have long-lasting impacts on overall health and on specific issues including digestion and ability to exercise safely and strongly.

This will be a mixture of presentation and hands-on demo. Please come dressed to stretch!

For more info and photos, see our blog post from November 2013. 

The special daytime meeting will be at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA on Friday, January 30, 2015. It is scheduled 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

We have the room starting at 10:00, so doors open at 10:15. Arriving early helps ensure you get a parking space in the nearby garage! :-) The meeting may run over a little, but we know some folks will need to leave by noon for preschool pickup, so we hope to start right on time and pack in the 90 minutes!

Children are welcome to attend, but you may want to bring some coloring books or extra toys -- quiet toys only, please -- to supplement what we will have available.

Some topics we hope to cover include:

When and how should you exercise after pregnancy? What should you avoid?
What about kegels?
How do you know when your body is ready to get back to activities like running? When is it better to stick to a bike, to walking, or to an elliptical?
What should we keep in mind when breastfeeding and babywearing to avoid injury and to speed healing?

What are some basics of anatomy that every mom needs to understand about her changed body?
What exactly is fascia, and why should we care?

Included in the presentation will be discussion of:
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • abdominal separation (diastasis recti)
  • scar issue (c-section, appendix and others)
as well as:
  • posture
  • alignment
  • strengthening exercises

Everyday toxins: what are they and what to do about them

Get ready for an illuminating night on February 19 when Josie Nelson of Integrative Health Strategies and The Documenting Hope Project and Julie Hantman, DC field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force present on "Everyday Toxins."

Our speakers will help us understand what toxins we encounter on a regular basis, how they affect our bodies and our children's bodies, and what to do about them.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What toxins are in our 
    • air (indoor and outdoor)
    • water
    • food
    • toys
    • household products
    • skin/beauty products
    • healthcare/medical materials
  • How can we reduce our exposure and strengthen our resistance?
  • How can we figure out what it is that might be affecting our health?
  • How do we address the impact on our bodies? How do we detoxify ourselves and our children?
  • How can we advocate for cleaner air and a safer world?
  • How can we easily integrate clean air advocacy into our lives?
This meeting is not to be missed! The information our speakers share will help us all to make informed decisions toward the healthiest choices we can make for our families.

Thursday, February 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204.
Children are always welcome. Please try to be prompt; there's a lot of material to cover!

RSVPs are not necessary but are helpful to HolisticMomsArlAlex (at) gmail (dot) com

Photos courtesy of Moms Clean Air Force

Friday, January 9, 2015

January Potluck: Celebrating 6 years!

Launched in 2009, the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network is celebrating six years this January. To celebrate, we'll be enjoying a potluck social at our January 15 meeting. Please note the earlier time of 5:30-7:30 p.m. so that the whole family can join. This will be in the activity room at the UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22206.

We request that you bring a healthy labeled dish that can feed your family and 8-10 others. Be sure to leave time to write out a list of ingredients for the safety and convenience of those with food restrictions (and because we all like to know and might want to try to replicate at home!)

Everyone is welcome, whether you're new to our chapter or have been around for a while.

This year's event will not be a big party with exhibitors and silent auction like last year's five-year anniversary party, but, as always, donations of food and giveaways are always welcome!

Monday, December 22, 2014

What do holistic dentistry and orthodontics look like?

We all know that as adults, we're supposed to go to the dentist twice a year. But what about children?

For our December meeting, we asked our presenters to share insights with us on the following questions:
  • When do children need to see a dentist and start getting x-rays?
  • What do we do if our pediatrician tells us breastfeeding is causing problems with tooth enamel
  • How concerned should we be about fluoride and about mercury in amalgams? 
  • How does nutrition play a role in the health of teeth and the development of the mouth?
  • Is there a problem with prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use?
  • How can the size and shape of the mouth affect the rest of the body?
  • What do breastfeeding challenges have to do with mouth shape and structure, and what are the possible interventions?
  • Is there any connection with oral health and sensory disorders, asthma, allergies, sleep apnea or bedwetting?
  • What are some signs that there might be crowding and a possible need for orthodontic intervention? How early can you tell? How early should you do anything?
  • Are braces inevitable? What can we do to avoid or limit the need for them? And why might we want to avoid braces?
  • What if we had braces as a child but still experience headaches or breathing problems from a too-narrow airway? Or what if we never had braces but don't like the look of our smile? What can be done as an adult?
And, boy, did they these questions and so much more!

Dr. James Bronson and his son, Dr. Alex Bronson, of Bronson Family Dentistry gave a wonderful presentation to a rapt audience! We all learned a lot. Notes were taken and will be polished up to share early in 2015. Please email jessicaHMNarlalex (at) gmail (dot) com if you're interested with "Request holistic dentistry notes" in the subject heading.

Friday, October 31, 2014

De-stressing before the holidays!

For our November meeting, Life & Leadership Coach for mothers Alexandra Hughes of The Bliss Space will present an educational, inspiring and supportive talk and workshop designed for mothers who experience stress and worry as part of their daily lives.

We will be sharing simple, practical strategies that will teach us how to be a mom in a relaxed, yet energizing and self-loving way.

The title is: "From Stress to Bliss: Simple Strategies to Help Moms Feel Relaxed & Energized”

Thursday, November 20, 7-9 p.m., UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Moms Night Out - BYOB

The October Moms' Night Out was a real treat for the taste buds.  Nine women gathered and sipped away on a variety of beverages.  The drinks on the table were:

-Kombucha from MOM's Organic Market in Merrifield (take your own bottle and fill it up in the store from the tap)
-Two juices from Bon Vivant (formerly Seva Cafe) in Del Ray
-Tea from House of Steep in Arlington (Digest and Caramel Rooibos)
-Organic Wine, for those who needed something stronger
-Pear/Cinnamon Juice

We also had some tasty snacks, including coconut muffins, lavender shortbread cookies, and chocolates.  

The women did what women do well: they talked and talked!  The evening ended around 10:30, well past the projected 9:00 ending because everyone was having so much fun.  Most of the drinks were finished and the moms departed with a happy belly and a rejuvenated spirit. There is nothing like women having the chance to share their current challenges and joys. This was a much needed night out! Thanks to all the moms who made it.

Saturday, October 4, 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.