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Postpartum Bodywork:
Advice for the Postpartum Massage Therapist
By Chula Gemignani
Instructor of Massage, Author, Bodyworker and Developer of
Dynamic Fascial Response™

In terms of bodywork and massage, what happens after the baby is born?

Every birth is so different but generally what I’ve experienced is that after birth there’s a time that my client will be retreating, adapting to their new life and bonding with their baby. If I wasn’t present at the birth then I make no assumption about what’s taken place. Rather than sending congratulations, I’ll send a message expressing curiosity in how my client is doing. This avoids any assumption that everything is well when there’s a possibility that there may have been complications. This way I’m sure to stay in rapport. I’ll let them know that I’m here for them when they need me for postpartum bodywork or a relaxing massage.

Once your client is ready to receive a massage they’ll invite you to a house call or will come into the office. If you don’t hear from them regarding postpartum massage, an email to them that educates on the benefits of postpartum massage with a coupon attached may be just what they need to ignite their attention towards self care once again.

How soon can I massage my client after birth?

As soon as your client is comfortable to receive it and there are no known complications.

Post Cesarean: Any abdominal massage or any core recruitment requires a wait until about 6-8 weeks when scar is healed and scar tissue is formed.

Why is postpartum bodywork necessary?

I can’t stress enough the importance of postpartum bodywork. Blending postural opening and balancing with relaxation massage is the key. The emotional load of new parenting, the lack of sleep, and the physical recovery as the body’s displaced muscles, organs and bones find their way back into place all will benefit from the integrating postpartum session.

How can I help my client’s improve their posture?

Anterior Unwinding of Repetitive Holding Patterns

The positions and activities of early parenting can be compromising to the body most of the day, every day creating repetitive holding patterns in the anterior (front) fascia. Looking down is one of the many gestures responsible for this. Forward head posture (FHP) is what causes neck and shoulder tension in new parents. Imagine the number of diaper changes, the amount of nursing hours, not to mention the hours gazing down in awe at this beautiful new arrival. And then there’s the weight of the breasts pulling the thoracic spine forward. The tension in the back of the neck and shoulders usually is coming from the constricted fascia in the front. According to Kapandji (Physiology of the Joints, Volume III), for every inch the head moves forwards, it gains 10 pounds in PSI weight. A normal 12 pound head can turn into a 32 pound head respectively. This gets translated to the muscles in the upper back and neck and they have to work much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping onto the chest. FHP also forces the suboccipital muscles (they raise the chin) to remain in constant contraction, putting pressure on the 3 Suboccipital nerves.

This is why ventral and abdominal anterior unwinding is needed in massage for any new parent to help support good posture and to release neck and shoulder tension.

What should I expect during a postpartum session?
The client finally gets to lie on their belly and back or any position during their postpartum session. Their breasts may be sore and full of milk. A memory foam topper is helpful.

What do I do if my client leaks? MER Milk Ejection Reflex / Letdown (“Leaking”)
Breasts may leak breast milk during the session so provide a towel for your client to place under or over breasts whether lying prone or supine. The hormone oxytocin causes the milk ejection reflex (MER) or letdown.

If my client’s baby wants to nurse during the session, how do I accommodate a nursing baby? I always let them know that their baby is welcome to the session. Your client will appreciate this gesture of support. Ask them to bring someone to care for the baby if possible and inform them that if baby needs to nurse during the session it wont pose a problem because you can always switch to side-lying and still get a lot of bodywork done while their baby is nursing. Knowing this, you may want to save low back and hips for the last part of the massage just in case you find yourself working on a side-lying, nursing client. There is also the possibility that your client may not be ready to be separated from their baby at all and so you may have a fun and adventurous massage with a baby present. Think about adding a memory foam topper to your massage table for your clients comfort in side -lying positioning.

What positions are OK for postpartum massage? All positions are safe unless compromised circulation is present in which case you would use left side-lying.

Side-lying if breasts are sore (usually first few weeks) or if client needs to breast feed while in session.

Are there postpartum massage contraindications?
There are many warnings and contraindications and it’s important that you are certified in pregnancy massage or have learned those before proceeding with massage.

What if my client had a C-section? The importance of gentle and soft abdominal massage is crucial after a C section to help break up scar tissue. The surgeon’s cut may have been precise but scar tissue forms differently for everyone, sometimes irregularly and may even form adhesion over internal organs. Gentle massage will help break up those scar patterns so the client does not have unwanted back or pelvic pain. Adhesion can also prevent further pregnancies which is another reason to be sure to offer abdominal massage. There are time guidelines and contraindications for post C section massage that a massage therapist would learn in a certification course.

Is it OK to let my client talk during a session?

Emotional unwinding Your client has just gone through one of the biggest passages of their lives and will probably want to share with you their birth experience as you work. Allow for this unwinding with a listening ear. Eventually she will drop in to receiving and telling her story will help the process of letting go into the present moment. The more present they can be with themselves, the more present they can be for their baby.

What mechanical advice can I give my client?

Watch your posture, try not give yourself away.

When picking up child try not to bend over.  Instead, squat to pick up child, try a kegel and push feet into the floor to stand while engaging glutes.

Counter stretch whenever possible especially after long held positions like nursing.

Try not to favor one side.

Try slightly tucking chin to help improve suboccipital tension.

Take walks

Alternate sides when holding child.

Stay hydrated, set a timer on phone for water intake.

Sleep when baby sleeps.

Yoga, pilates, or joining a postpartum exercise class can help recruit the core when the client ready for that.
It’s good to encourage them but your client may not be ready, so be sensitive to their process and stay in rapport.

The next 5 Day Pregnancy Massage Certification in DFR Bodywork is
Feb. 15, 16, 17, 23, 24. Pre-registration discounts will expire after Jan 1, 2019. Class is limited in size and registration closes after 12 students are enrolled.
Visit DynamicFascialResponse.com to register
Email inquiries to: info@DynamicFascialResponse.com
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Pregnancy Massage Certification Training in DFR™

Our next Pregnancy Massage Certification is coming up and here are what professional bodyworkers are saying about this dynamic, continued education training….

“Chula’s class gave me a well rounded understanding of prenatal massage and postnatal care. Her teaching style is organized, focused, and kind. She will wait until every last person is on the same page before moving on. I will continue to take every class she offers and encourage fellow body workers to do the same!”

“She was very patient and clear and very easy to pay attention to. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious”

“I really appreciate the book and all of the reference material that was provided”

“I loved all of the fascia techniques and Chula was very organized.”

“I have found this course invaluable, not just for being able to work with prenatal clients, but for returning to my bodywork roots and once more finding my voice with which to perform…”

“I feel much more confident and comfortable with the idea of working with prenatal clients”

“This course is amazing! It has made me more aware of my working posture and how to connect it”

“I feel confident and proud announcing that I do prenatal massage. The bonus is that a lot of what I learned can be used on my other clients”

“I like that Chula showed us the proper techniques and then allowed us to modify them to our specific style”

See dates and sign up for the next training by clicking this link. 
Class size is limited to 12.

Client Testimonials:
“Chula was such a helpful calming soothing presence during my pregnancy and at my birth! She worked with me prior to my birth multiple times, and her strong, skilled work helped my back stay out of pain, and my body adapt in a healthy way to the changes it was going through. At my birth, Chula’s talented touch and grounded nature helped me make it through the worst contractions and gave me rest and rejuvenation in between contractions. Her years of experience as a peri-natal therapist built trust, and her warmth and nurturing presence was a balm while I labored. She knew just where to apply pressure and how to work on my body to give the most support. Chula’s strength and stamina was amazing! In spite of a very long labor, Chula stayed by my side for several hours and continuously gave sustained deep work that made my experience easier. Chula’s presence provided more than massage therapy – she was counselor, unofficial doula, and even stayed after everyone else left to do the laundry and clean the house!
My husband also appreciated her calm, healing presence, and her respect of our space when we needed it. I highly recommend Chula as a perinatal and at birth therapist!”
“I was fortunate enough to find Chula as my prenatal massage therapist. I am also a bodyworker, and so appreciate a knowledgeable, effective bodyworker. Chula is not only both of those, but also very professional. Chula worked on me at the end of my first pregnancy, and so when i was pregnant again this last year, i couldn’t wait to call her again. I can’t begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for her! She helped me so much with extreme pains I experienced during my pregnancy. Her understanding of the body and her ability to apply that knowledge make her a wonderful therapist. Chula is also willing to unravel the layers that might be involved in the various discomforts of the physical body. She has listened to me share from my heart, and has offered empathetic and helpful reflections that enabled me to move through emotional blocks. Even now, after I’ve had my baby, I will use Chula to help me with an on-going hip injury. She provides thorough and effective bodywork, and is always willing to listen to my needs. She is an asset to our community!”

From an article published in the Nevada Union Newspaper 2017:
“I tried a few other massage therapists for prenatal massage, but Chula was above and beyond,” said Cameron McGowen of Nevada City, whose baby is due May 24. “Her table is set up in the most comfortable way and I always experience a lot of relief. It’s all in her training — a less experienced therapist would be a little nervous. She’s very adaptable. After all these years, she has so many tools on her belt.”

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Class size is limited to 12.



The Wide Range Benefits of Massage Therapy

Pain relief isn’t the only reason people seek regular bodywork.
For some clients, bodywork offers many other results that can help
improve their daily life experience.

For example, receiving regular bodywork can promote:

Body awareness. Lack of body awareness can be a major factor in the progression of physical conditions. Massage therapy helps you tune into your body and how you hold your body. It’s like the switch of awareness is switched from off to on after a massage. One of my clients with scoliosis says ” I love how I feel after one of your sessions! Its actually harder to stand slumped, in bad posture then to be in good posture!”.  An athlete and a farmer use their muscles to an extreme every day tho the point of pulling their fascia into restricted patterns of flexion and from them I often here this ” My body feels normal again”. A commuter behind a wheel for hours out of the week tells me they feel taller and on balance after bodywork.

Mobility and restoring range of motion. Fascial bodywork balances out the muscles in the entire body. When we suffer from chronic conditions we tend to stop using full-body muscle recruitment to move through the world. Yet, recruiting the full body is how we function best. Pin and stretch and resistance and release can really enliven our movement by restoring our brain / body connection while activating muscles that have stopped working while exploring a wider range of motion.

Health Maintenance. Bodywork improves circulation. Circulation has many components so how can we possibly simplify such a complex system to explain how regular bodywork improves it? Let’s make an attempt. We have an average of about 20 liters of blood that the heart pumps out into the body. 17 of those liters return back to the heart again. So what happens to the remaining 3 liters? Much of it gets filtered and reabsorbed into the body by the lymphatic system. If our lymphatic system is weak or compromised this will result in poor circulation and toxic build up. Massage helps move blood and lymph thus improving circulation and overall health! (NOTE: Circulation massage should never be performed when severe and uncontrolled circulation symptoms are present unless client presents practitioner with a medical release from their physician.)

Improves Gastric Motility The gut is the foundation for a healthy body. When it is moving and digesting properly (there is a healthy foundation for the body to function from. Gastric motility is stimulated by the parasympathetic nervous system. When the sympathetic nervous system is taking over (flight/fight/adrenaline/stress) the gut response is blockage. Without proper motility the body suffers and is toxic. Because the parasympathetic nervous system is activated through bodywork, digestion is passively treated through a session. There are also more direct points that can be pressed to stimulate digestion. In Dynamic Fascial Response™ we incorporate a few gastric motility acupressure points in our sessions so that we are treating motility both passively and directly during a session.

Lifts the mood Stress kills. You have heard it again and again. But what do they mean exactly? Well, cortisol is a hormone that is released when we are stressed. Cortisol ignites the flight or fight response (the sympathetic nervous system) In turn, this compromises a few of our body’s main healing factors circulation oxygenation and hydration. Regular bodywork activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) and thus lowers cortisol, the stress hormone and thus improves mental health.

Alleviates Loneliness and Restores Clarity It has been proven that human touch improves brain development, increases mental clarity and alleviates feelings of isolation and loneliness.  I have had many clients without intimate partners who have sought out massage simply for human touch. Many widows have used massage for healing their hearts and coming back home to themselves after losing their beloved. And many seniors in non sexual relationships or in no relationships benefit from touch.

Sleep soundly. Clients with chronic conditions have a hard time sleeping and some suffer from insomnia. Massage has been shown to improved the client’s sleep. Many of my clients tell me when they leave the office “I’m going to sleep good tonight!”. Good for them! Sleep is a key to healing. Morihei Ueshiba, a martial arts master and founder of Aikido, believed that there was no other way besides through sleep that the body can restore it’s chi/ki/qi (inner power/energy).

Massage is not a replacement for medical care.

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Prenatal Massage Specialist Training

Earn 32CEU’s
May 19 – May 22
Cedar Ridge Healing Center
12719 Colfax Hwy – Grass Valley, Ca
Join this dynamic class:
25% lecture and presentation
25% live demonstration
50% hands on practice of the material with fellow students.
  • Prenatal massage safety and all contraindications.
  • Somatic healing techniques for helping overcome emotional challenges will be learned.
  • A structural approach will be taken to teach manual therapies for massaging your pre-natal, and postpartum client.
  • Learn specific Dynamic Fascial Response massage techniques inspired by fascial release, structural integration, cranial sacral therapy, lymphatic drainage and effective pin and stretch techniques all which will help your client ease through the various stages of the passage into motherhood.
  • At-birth massage techniques for a more easeful birth will also be demonstrated.
  • Up-to-date ethics concerns and solutions will be discussed for the prenatal massage therapist in the age of transgender rights.
  • Testing consists of short quizzes for each day covered which will be self-corrected and discussed as a class.
  • A prenatal massage on your last day will act as your final exam.
  • Upon completion of this course you will be a pregnancy massage specialist and will have a specialist’s confidence and 32 continued education units. A certification of completion of hours will be emailed to you in a timely manner after this class is completed.

“I’ll never forget the way it felt to massage a pregnant woman before I was a prenatal specialist. I do not want other therapists to feel as insecure or as unsure as I did. I want to keep mothers and babies safe and well cared for by responsible massage therapists. For this, I have created a practical student handbook, filled with illustrations and learning material that will facilitate this dynamic class of group and problem-solve learning, demonstrations, and upon completion, solid practitioners.”

This course is for treating the pregnant client however, there is a bonus. Most of the side-lying techniques that you will learn for solving low back and hip pain, will be appropriate for non-pregnant clientele.

“I was already a good bodyworker before I learned this material, but after learning it in 2009 my work became great, my schedule full and word of mouth has helped my successful career grow even more rewarding.”

Upon completion of this course:
You will have the confidence and knowledge of a Prenatal Massage Specialist
and will have a certificate with 32 hours of completion to frame.

Chula Linda Gemignani has been a bodyworker for 15 years+ and a prenatal specialist since 2009 and
has helped many mothers bring healthy children into our community. Chula has developed her own system of massage, Dynamic Fascial Response.  Her unique style has sustained a thriving practice. She incorporates many modalities and is widely known for her dynamic and effective structural massage techniques. In addition to massage, Chula is a somatic specialist and offers Somatic NLP for those who wish to address behavioral and emotional patterns no longer serving their life.
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The cleanse that took my pain away…

No CAT scan, Ultrasound, MRI could figure out my pain.  I was scared.  The doctors wanted to do exploratory surgery.  It’s been three years of this persistent, pulling sensation in my groin/psoas and low back, accompanied by horrible  pain. Every morning I woke up with pain in my feet as well.   Of course I first tried alternative therapies to approach the inflammation but those did not help.  I eliminated gluten and that did not work either.  I succumbed to taking a prescription grade anti-inflammatory and mild painkiller to manage my pain and keep me functioning in my career and life.  I even had a cortisone shot in my lower lumbar.  The one thing I never did was a full fledged colon cleanse.  It’s not like it didn’t cross my mind.  My procrastination was fueled by my excuses:  My life is too busy. The pain is real and specific.  It is not near my digestive tract so it can’t be caused by food.  It will be impossible in this house of meat and potato eaters.  I can’t afford it.  I will do it next week…

Why Cleanse? Well here is a list of results you get from cleansing.  I am weeks out of my cleanse now and I still feel all of these benefits. 

  • Significant increase in energy
  • Vitality and greater stamina
  • Reduction of food cravings (No more sugar cravings and I’m not even craving coffee!)
  • Reduction of allergy symptoms
  • Reduction of Inflammation and Pain
  • More efficient digestion
  • Radiant complexion (My complexion improved so much! But after the cleanse, the first time I ate restaurant potatoes, I broke out in zits, probably from the oils they use).


Art by Dan Berger. Click here for an excellent commentary by Mike Adams.


I discontinued the use of all medicines and supplements during this cleanse.  I am going to be honest with you.  The first few days without anti-inflammatories made pain management difficult.  However, it only took three days of cleansing for it to become manageable.  I attribute this to the process of both removal of my allergen foods from my diet and toxins from my system.  Two week later my main pain was gone.  I still have some low back general tension but no pain in the low back and groin.  I am blessed!  No more pharmaceuticals needed!  My digestion is normal again!  I am doing physical activities again! It is true, pharmaceuticals wreak havoc on digestion and effect sleeping patterns and lower energy.   Eventually,  my digestion got sluggish and my pain just kept persisting and getting worse.  My sleep patterns were disrupted through the night by my pain and the side effects of the pharmaceuticals.  If you are on any pharmaceutical and stop taking them while doing this cleanse,  be sure discuss it first with your doctor. Don’t expect her/him to be a fan of cleanses because most aren’t however, some western doctors are finally realizing the value in cleansing for pain management and I hope you have that support.  CRANKY? Tell your loved ones that if you are cranky it has absolutely nothing to do with them and don’t hesitate to apologize for being impatient, short or easily annoyed.  As you cleanse, you may notice a heightened sense of irritability.  This is normal and you will get through it. ELATED? If you have spells of total elation and bliss while one this cleanse, bathe in them.  Write, sing, walk in nature.  Tell the people close to you how much they mean to you. 

The premise of this cleanse is to remove inflammation causing food and acidic food from your diet, detox the intestines and cleanse the liver and gall bladder while nourishing the kidneys.  I did this for two weeks.  The chronic pain that I had in my psoas/groin region and my feet are totally gone, I lost some weight, my periods are not as painful, my energy level is high and I am happy and present.  I am a massage therapist and work hard with my body all day long.  For this reason, you will notice that my cleanse is not super intense compared to some on the market.  I tailored it to suit my lifestyle and it worked.  I encourage you to do the same.  Just be sure not to skip anything.  You may add more small meals if you need to but do not eliminate any step if you can help it and stay within the food guidelines. 

This cleanse is not only for folks with pain.  I did a version of this cleanse years ago as an overall health booster.  This time I did it specifically to see if it could help my pain.  And it worked! I hope it helps you too.  Let me know how it goes. 

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Thank you! Happy Cleansing!
Chula Gemignani CMT

Yield_Pedestrian_Crossing_Signs_T43944-baThis cleanse and products have not been approved by the FDA.  I am not a doctor.  Ask your doctor to advise you if you are planning on doing a cleanse and are currently on medications or have any health concerns. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not do this cleanse.





DRINK LOTS OF WATER! 1/2 your body weight in ounces (the normal daily H2O dose) plus a third of that more.


3 weeks prior: Order all of the tinctures and supplies.

1 week prior: Go vegetarian for a week before you start the cleanse. 

The Supply List:  This is a list of products with links to Amazon and easy to order. You can just click on each ingredient, add to your shopping cart and have the whole thing sent to your home. When you are finished with cleanse you will have extra Garden of Life Detox, Warrior, Flax meal, Tinctures, Epsom Salt, Coconut Oil, Psyllium, Liver ND.  You will want ALL of these things in your diet still.  However, if you are on a budget and want to order smaller quantities, you can.  I have done the $100 store bought cleanses and personally, I have had no noticeable effects.  I finally decided to invest in my health and do it right.  If you want the results to be significant, stick with the ingredients and guidelines that I list in this article.

The NO’s

Now when you read the food elimination list,  don’t worry about it.  You’ve Got This!  In three days you will see how 90% of what we eat is for entertainment and 10% need.  Maybe not in those ratios exactly but you will see how ridiculously serious we take our food habits when, in actuality, most of our eating is all just for fun.  What we really need is pretty simple.  Weigh it out for yourself… two weeks of a simple diet that will change your life? Two weeks of food fun with the same limits, pain, weight gain, etc? [hint: The decision can be prompted in a progressive direction if you imagine yourself two weeks post cleanse feeling lighter, more free in your body, energetic, less pain, happy and healthy.]  Post cleanse,  my energy is sustaining all day.  I don’t get caffeine or sugar crashes that I was getting.  I hardly eat sugar.  I don’t have the same cravings.  I know I lost weight but I don’t have a scale so not sure how much.  I feel 10 pounds lighter.  I feel fabulous! Went on a hike at the Yuba River today and hiked up the river canyon with no pain.  I have more patience for everyone around me and myself, I can sit down and type out this article with a clear head.   I feel light on my feet and in my heart and am so grateful. 48 ain’t so bad after all!

Foods to Eliminate During Cleanse


Morihei Ueshiba, a martial arts master, believed that there was no other way besides through sleep that the body can restore it’s chi/ki/qi (inner power). I believe that the great sleeps that I got on this cleanse significantly added to it’s benefits.





Take all tinctures every day.  Try not to miss those.  They are a crucial part of the cleanse.


Always wait to take your Psylium/Flax Shake* 1.5 hours after your breakfast and lunch.

ENEMAS: Get an Enema Kit. Coffee Enemas help headaches and irritability tremendously! Use light roast, Organic Coffee.

Put down a towel not far from the toilet to lay upon, light a candle to honor your body, your temple. Play music on the stereo to calm/distract the mind.  Try to hold in the enema as long as possible.  Be sure water is water is comfortable to the touch.  If the water is too hot or too cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult.


Basti, therapeutic enemas in ayurveda, would be a wonderfully nurturing step in this cleanse that I did not do but will next time.  You can order them through a seasoned ayurvedic practitioner and friend of mine, Kim Kinjo, in Nevada City, California.


Links to all that you will need are provided in this read.  For those of you who are not computer savvy that means that you click on the highlighted words.

green drink








(Recipes are found below)

Menu For WEEK ONE (modify as you need to in order to nourish and nurture):

6:30am Gentian Extract in water Followed by: Light Exercise or Yoga


Some time before green drink – 1 shot apple cider vinegar (Braggs or home made) in small glass of water.

7:00am 1 Quart Green Drink * (Make extra pint for snack)

8:30am Psyllium/Flax Shake**

11:00am Snack 1 Pint Green Drink*

12:00pm Lunch: Salad and steamed veggies (no  nightshades, no legumes, no potatoes ( some sweet potato is ok) Make enough steamed veggies to reserve some for dinner.1:30pm Psyllium/Flax Shake**

5:00pm Dinner  Salad and Soup***

6:00pm liver/kidney balm****  Sip on this slowly for 1-2 hours (this is a nice time to bathe or read)

8:00pm  On empty stomach: Coptis and Curcuma 1 teaspoon each in 8oz water.  Just down that and get it over with quick! Of the entire clease this is the only gross part. Read what these herbs do for your body, plug your nose and down it (for just two weeks).  You’ve got this thing!


8:15pm  Take and Epsom Salt and Coconut Oil bath. Light a candle to honor your body, your temple.

9pm  Be in bed by 9pm to get a wonderful sleep.


(modify as you need to in order to nourish and nurture)

6:30am Gentian Extract  in water followed by Light Exercise or Yoga


Some time before green drink – 1 shot apple cider vinegar (Braggs or home made) in small glass of water.

7:00am 1 Quart Green Drink * (Make extra pint for snack)

8:30 Psyllium/Flax Shake**

12:00 Green Drink*

1:30 Psyllium/Flax Shake**

5pm Dinner  Salad and Soup***

6:00pm liver/kidney balm**** Sip on this slowly for 1-2 hours (this is a nice time to bathe or read)

8:00pm  On empty stomach: Coptis and Curcuma 1 teaspoon each in 8oz water.  Just down that and get it over with quick!


8:15  Take and Epsom Salt and Coconut Oil bath. Light a candle to honor your body, your temple.

9pm  Be in bed by 9pm to get a wonderful sleep.

If you want to go the next level take a week off, get ready to be a bit irritable


(I did two weeks but many folks like to do three and this is the menu for week three, modify as you need to in order to nourish and nurture)

6:30am Gentian Extract  in water followed by: Light Exercise or Yoga


Some time before green drink – 1 shot apple cider vinegar (Braggs or home made) in small glass of water.

7:00am 1 Quart Green Drink * (Make extra pint for snack)

8:30 Psyllium/Flax Shake**

12:00 Green Drink*

1:30 Psyllium/Flax Shake**

5pm Dinner:  Green Drink

6:00pm liver/kidney balm****  Sip on this slowly for 1-2 hours (this is a nice time to bathe or read)

8:00pm  On empty stomach: Coptis and Curcuma 1 teaspoon each in 8oz water.  Just down that and get it over with quick!

8:15  Take and Epsom Salt and Coconut Oil bath.  Light a candle to honor your body, your temple.

9pm  Be in bed by 9pm to get a wonderful sleep.



Green Drink *

In a blender: 1 Quart plus 1 pint of Water.  Add 1 Scoop of Garden of Life Detox and Alkalizer  Add 1 teaspoon of WARRIOR Add banana, apple or persimmon or alkaline fruit of choice.  If your energy crashes/drops that is a sign to use less sugary fruit, perhaps apple only. ( I added soaked sunflower and pumkin seeds and made an extra pint for a snack for later).

Psylium/Flax Shake**Mix  2 rounded teaspoons of psyllium and 2 rounded teaspoons of flax meal into 8 oz of Water.  Drink and then follow with 8 oz of Plain water. Alternatively you can take flax seeds and grind in a blender and add them to the psyllium powder in a 1:1 ratio make a jar of this to use throughout your cleanse. For my cleanse I added a heaping tablespoon of that psyllium/flax mixture into 8oz of water.  Just be sure to drink a full glass of water after. You can also buy flax meal but I would rather buy the seeds and grind it.  The link I gave you is for 2 16 oz organic bags.  When you get them put one in your fridge and grind the other and add to 16 oz of psyllium and you have your psyllium shake mix for the cleanse.


Take the veggies you steamed blend them in a blender with a little brown rice miso and water for a yummy dinner soup.  Heat in a pot to warm.  This is not about eating cold raw food only.  My cleanse is all about nourishing and nurturing.

Liver/Kidney Balm****I glass filled half way with Aloe Vera Juice, the other half with Black Cherry Juice, 1 teaspoon Liver ND,

You can read about the various ingredients and their importance in the links provided.  Be sure to take your time sipping the balm and let it soothe you.  1-2hrs ( I did this while bathing or reading).

Ending Your Cleanse

When you want to return to real food my advice is take it slow.  Start with apples, vegetarian meals. Basmati Rice is always easy on my system.  Try one allergen type food at a time for two weeks before adding a new one.  So eggs, corn, wheat, dairy all should be incorporated slowly.  That way you can eliminate the appropriate allergens from your diet.  I had to say goodbye to eggs and corn. Oh well, the pay off outweighs the loss by miles of smiles.

Enjoy your cleanse!


Did NLP ever change your life?

OK , I’m curious.  Have you ever had an NLP session with me or any other practitioner?  If so, think to before you had the session and where your life was at (in terms of relationship to self, to others, to your creative passions, your career, your family, your life goals, etc.) to where you are now, after the session.  Has there been significant change? After the session did your life start to unfold in ways that were different?  Less of you getting in your way and more of you becoming ? Are you experiencing less internal conflict and more of a healthy internal dialog?  Is there more flow in areas of the way you do this thing called life where previously there was blockage?  More inner peace/compassion?  I’m just thinking about the folks who have received NLP sessions from me and the sessions I have received.  When I look at their lives they all seem to have a forward momentum that was previously being hijacked by their old beliefs. When I look at my life, I see the same my essays help.  My life is rolling!  The results of an NLP session will trickle out through time.  Post session, you may or may not have that big AHA moment.  Either way, six months to a year later, because of  the subtle reprogramming that took place in your session(s),  you notice that your life has had a more then just an AHA moment, but rather a complete turn around and you are happier and healthier then you have ever been.  I’m going to post this to facebook and would love to read any comments on how NLP has worked for you. When I started my NLP training I knew that I never wanted to give up the healing bodywork I do. I did want to add a therapists’ element and have tools to hold space when my clients came to me with way more the just bodily needs. So, I created Somatic NLP.  Ultimately, I see that for me NLP is about spreading the love and a beautiful movement towards peace. You can read more about what NLP is and how I use it here: Somatic NLP


Prenatal Massage – Part 1

Penatal-Hip-WorkThis is the first of a series of articles aimed to be helpful information for both the practitioner and the pregnant mother.  If you are a therapist I hope that you find this information helpful to your practice and if you are pregnant, may these articles deepen your experience and inspire your path towards an ecstatic birth! Read More →