Reiki Energy Healing with Karen

Reiki Energy Healing with Karen

This is a little bit different from one of my usual parenting blogs but I actually think it’s one of THE MOST IMPORTANT. Today I’m talking self-care and why as a parent self-care is a MUST. Unless you practice self-care how can you give to your children?

Just over 12 months ago I started on my energy healing and reiki journey completing the holistic approach to wellness for parents. In modern-day Australia, we are living without the traditional village. Parents have little or no outside support, they are exhausted and are often running on empty. In order to give you, as the parent needs to feel well-rested and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Reiki is Japanese in origin and is passed down from teacher to student. Examining your energy centres otherwise known as chakras it identifies blockages which need re-aligning. You have 7 chakras in total, including, root (red), sacral (orange), solar plexus (yellow), heart (green or pink), throat (blue), third eye (indigo) and crown (purple).

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 and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.

Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

Reiki can be a touch or no-touch technique, re-aligning your chakra’s or energy centres so they are positively charged and are flowing correctly. Illness or dis-ease it is thought to result from a blocked chakra or one out of alignment.

https://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html

In my practice, I use a pendulum to diagnose a blocked chakra. I then use a no-touch technique to re-align your chakra’s by placing my hands above the chakra centres of your body. Using the beautiful sound of Tibetan singing bowls, charging and activating your chakra’s and other sound equipment including Koshi chimes and a crystal pyramid.

My reiki practice is in the Usui tradition and I was taught with Athina Bailey via the Temple in Surry Hills and Studio Blueprint.

Included in the energy healing session is a Point of Light Crystal Energy Healing. This is a healing meditation using crystals, meditation aromatherapy essential oils and visualisation techniques. My Point of Light teacher is Kassandra Scardino from The Temple in Surry Hills, now of Studio Blueprint.

This is a new service I’m adding to my baby and toddler sleep consultancy and one I’m really excited to offer to you. If you’re feeling depleted, stressed, anxious or depressed it may be just the thing to help you function and thrive in your parenting. In future blogs I’m delving into sound as a healing therapy and the benefit of sound baths.

10 reasons sleep is important for babies

10 reasons sleep is important for babies

Getting enough sleep for mums and babies is my passion and I totally understand the desperation you feel when sleep is not going well. These 10 reasons are why baby and toddler sleep has me slightly obsessed.

Parents tell me, ‘My child is super alert, Karen!’ and ‘My child is very sensitive and they just don’t like to sleep much’. These are two of the many common threads of babies who fight their sleep. For these highly alert, intelligent and anxious children, their intelligence, health and wellbeing, and overall happiness depend on them getting enough sleep. In fact, they need more sleep than most to cope with their day. It’s the opposite to which their parents believe is the truth.

sleep training courageHow much sleep is enough?

After much debate, this is how much sleep the AAP decided babies and children need. However, there are variations at both ends of this spectrum.

  • 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/going-beyond-intelligence/201808/sleep-essential-intelligence-health-and-happiness

toddler sleep help

Why is sleep important?

  1. Babies move on developmentally quicker when well rested and they have a lot more energy
  2. They feed better and gain weight appropriately – sleep helps a normal weight gain by influencing the appetite hormone and insulin levels
  3. It improves mood, a rested baby is a happier baby
  4. Their immune system is stronger making them less susceptible to colds and illness
  5. It increases learning at a much deeper level, making sense of the day’s events and creating new connections in the brain
  6. Emotional and physical self-regulation. Babies who sleep well and are able to self-soothe manage their emotions better and are less stressed and anxious
  7. It clears out the nasty toxins which build up in the brain
  8. It improves impulse control and judgement – Insufficient sleep leads to distracted behaviour, impulsivity, and reduced ability to concentrate, sometimes to the point of looking like they have symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I’ve met many babies and children who were given this diagnosis who were in fact just tired.
  9. Behaviour – lack of sleep leads to poor behaviour and attention seeking behaviour. 
  10. Physical growth and repair. The pituitary gland releases growth hormone during sleep, which the body requires for growth, fat breakdown, and repair.

why sleep is important for babies

 

 

Separation anxiety and the toddler who clings to you like a koala

The impulsive toddler and crossing the road

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And if you’re battling with getting your little one to sleep then… You need to know about my NEWLY launched online #nurturesleepprogram 💤😴
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It will stop the guesswork and give you:
a tried and tested approach (20 years of helping families with baby & toddler sleep) ✅
Evidence based ✅
Gentle baby sleep methods ✅
Holistic assessment ✅
Nurture & Nourish nutrition program – all recipes have sleep inducing ingredients and a perfect balance for a good nights sleep ✅
Access to a closed Facebook group for one on one support from Karen and 90+ timecoded Facebook Live videos ✅
Prevention for under 4 months ✅ so no need to do sleep training ever ✅
And all at a low $97 for a very limited time ✅
Can you tell Karen is getting rather excited for all you parents who need a good nights sleep and one that happens EVERY SINGLE NIGHT and not just in a blue moon 🌑 .

CLICK on the link below to find out how this can help you and your baby.

Nurture Sleep Program

Becoming a Midwife and going back to the village

Becoming a Midwife and going back to the village

Village Life

Nurse Bracken is the reason I became a midwife. Growing up in a tiny English village, Levens, in the South of Cumbria near the Lake District, where families had their own midwife. It’s the type of village where everyone knows everyone else. We say hello when passing someone on the main street whether we know them or not. Levens has a corner shop, a post office, a hairdresser, two churches, two castles and the obligatory local pub.

Homebirth

Mum had laboured scrubbing the kitchen floor on all fours. Being a homebirth, Nurse Bracken was my midwife and my GP was present. My dad buried my placenta in the garden and planted a fruit tree on top. My grandparents were farmers and as country and farming people this is just what we did.  I was lucky to have a very idyllic country childhood.

Home birthNurse Bracken

Nurse Bracken was also the community nurse, school nurse or as we called her the nit nurse and the local Health Visitor. In those days she was given a house for life, in the village, next door to the policeman’s house. I remember when my sister was born, she was an occipito-posterior position.

My mum reluctantly went to the local maternity hospital in Kendal (Helme chase) as a precaution. Nurse Bracken transported her in her old Morris Traveller van. The same van she drove her two Lakeland terrier dogs in!!

I think my mum was on all fours on the back seat in advanced labour!

 

Morris TravellerHelping the family

The very next morning Nurse Bracken came round and helped my dad get me and brother ready for school. She brushed my hair and put it up in plaits. My dad was feeling a bit lost about how to sort out girls hair.

The passion and love Nurse Bracken had in helping families was my inspiration. From a very young age, I wanted to be just like her and help families. I knew at the age of 14 I was going to be a nurse. Growing up in Britain in the era of Maggie Thatcher’s politics and the coal mining strikes, I remember telling my careers advisor I wanted to be a nurse so I’d always have a job.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/eastmidlands/series5/miners_strike_coal.shtml

I’m not sure many 14-year-olds grow up nowadays with this mindset. Growing up in a tiny village may be amazing but I wanted to see and experience more than just village life. Applying to 50 colleges of nursing as far away as Aberdeen in Scotland and as far South as London, I planned my escape!

Moving to Leeds

At exactly 18 years and 5 days old I moved to Leeds in West Yorkshire and starting my training as a Registered General nurse at Leeds General Infirmary.

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/leeds-general-infirmary-250-years-of-looking-after-city-s-patients-1-8832289

It was during my Obstetric experience at age 19 that I fell in love with all things pregnancy and babies. Having a very intuitive skill palpating a fetus in a pregnant mum, I recall an obstetrician asking me my findings. The obstetrician looked at me quizzically, ‘how did you know that?’ In my head, I was thinking how did you not know that? It just came naturally to me.

On completing my nurse training, I had a passion to move to London and gain expertise in Cardiac Medicine and surgery. Working at the world famous National Heart Hospital in central London I realised very quickly that old sick people were not my cup of tea career-wise. I lasted all of five and a half months.

Christmas In London

Christmas Day was one of my loneliest days ever. Snow was falling in Central London as I made my way along the deserted streets of W1 to a red public phone booth and called my mum to wish her a Happy Christmas.

It was so quiet as I walked, I could hear every snowflake fall on the pavement. The consultant surgeon and matron had cooked the obligatory roast turkey with trimmings. The medical and nursing staff, unlucky enough to work Christmas, tucked into dinner. The feast was served in the ward next door around a big table brought out especially, decorated with crackers and tinsel.

That very day I made my decision to move back to Leeds and train as a midwife.

Midwife training

Immediately I started my midwifery training I felt this was my path in life. St. James’s University Hospital or Jimmy’s as it is affectionately known is one of two large maternity hospitals in Leeds and has 5000 births each year. Nowadays it’s probably so much more. In my training, I delivered 40 babies and each one was memorable, one more so than the others.

Delivering a Romany Gypsy Baby

It was on my birthday in early August 1988 a pregnant mum arrived on labour ward. This was baby number 7 and she just happened to be a Romany Gypsy by birth. I’m not sure how much you know about Romany Gypsies but the true Romany are known to be psychics, fortune tellers and clairvoyant. She’d walked onto the labour ward and told me and my mentor midwife she was going to have her baby. However, she had not had any contractions.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/nine-to-five-5380118.html

My midwife instructed me to get her into a delivery room very quickly, get her on the bed, undo my delivery pack sharpish and get my gloves on! I started to say, ‘but she’s not in labour…’ My midwife told me not to ask questions and do as I was told! If I hadn’t witnessed this with my own eyes I’d have not believed it was possible. As I scrambled to get my gloves on, literally one contraction and the baby was out, born in the caul. I feel blessed to this day about this rare and unusual delivery. And even today I feel as passionate about being a midwife as I was in those early student days.

Fast forward to emigrating to Australia 16 years ago, this passion led to me establishing Nurture Parenting as a parenting and baby sleep support service exactly 8 years ago. By the end of this year, I’m hoping to recreate the village my families no longer have. And the girl from the village is about to go back to her roots, so to speak.

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/birth/birth-stories/incredible-footage-of-baby-born-in-the-caul-20160226-gn4dgz

https://people.howstuffworks.com/birth-caul-superstition

Here’s a few pics from my early years.

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And if you’re battling with getting your little one to sleep then… You need to know about my NEWLY launched online #nurturesleepprogram 💤😴
.
It will stop the guesswork and give you:
a tried and tested approach (20 years of helping families with baby & toddler sleep) ✅
Evidence based ✅
Gentle baby sleep methods ✅
Holistic assessment ✅
Nurture & Nourish nutrition program – all recipes have sleep inducing ingredients and a perfect balance for a good nights sleep ✅
Access to a closed Facebook group for one on one support from Karen and 90+ timecoded Facebook Live videos ✅
Prevention for under 4 months ✅ so no need to do sleep training ever ✅
And all at a low $97 for a very limited time ✅
Can you tell Karen is getting rather excited for all you parents who need a good nights sleep and one that happens EVERY SINGLE NIGHT and not just in a blue moon 🌑 .

Click on the link below to find out more

Nurture Sleep Program

AY Fit Mums & Bubs Yoga at Bondi Junction

AY Fit Mums & Bubs Yoga at Bondi Junction

NEW Mums & Bubs Yoga at Flying Yogis, Bondi Junction has started!

These classes are being run by a mum I know, Julia and they are sure to be a winner winner, chicken dinner 🙂

baby yoga

They are offering Julia’s AYFit classes as part of the Flying Yogis studio, starting October 11 every Tuesday 11am. Julia is running classes for kids under 18 months..

I’m very happy to help Julia and The Flying Yogi’s spread the word; below is the blog. Julia is also advertising this from her Happy AcroYoga Facebook page: https://web.facebook.com/happyacro/
Flying Yogis http://flyingyogis.net.au/

And as many of you know I have a Diploma in Baby Yoga and I think it’s totally AH-MAZING.

baby yoga

What is AYFit?

AYFit is the social fitness innovation that combines strength training, cardio endurance, and flexibility with the partner work, AcroYoga is known for. It builds smart, toned, and coordinated muscles in a safe, fun & progressive environment. This circuit-based workout is suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.

Julia’s mission is to build smart, strong bodies through partner acrobatic training techniques.

Why Mums and Bubs?

Because Julia has a baby 🙂

It is a great way to get back in shape if you have had a break from your exercise routine. The workout is tailored to the needs of the participants, so you can work on your own level and at your own speed. At the same time the fun and supportive environment of the class will make you feel “OMG never thought I could do that!”.

baby yoga

Because Mums are a community!

Ever had that feeling when you see another mum with a similar age baby that you just have so much in common and you desperately want to talk and connect? Even if you have just met? AYFit is designed to cultivate that connection, support and sense of community.
Because bubs love it!

Personally, I found as soon as my little one began crawling and sitting unassisted, he loved just watching me: vacuum clean, dance, exercise. So why not entertain your baby while doing something for yourself?

About Julia

Passionate about exercise and teaching, Julia has combined the two and became a certified yoga teacher with Byron Yoga Centre in August 2011. Julia is also a certified AcroYoga teacher, AYFit instructor and Laughter Yoga facilitator. Exercise and meditation help Julia find the work-life balance in her business consulting job. Helping people achieve their potential makes Julia happy and she believes that anything is possible with the right attititude and persistence.

baby yoga

Testimonials:
“I’ve attended a few sessions of Julia’s AcroYoga classes and been amazed at how much fun they are and good they make me feel. My baby is 9 months old and I’ve been doing a variety of mums and bubs classes throughout the year to feel fit and tone up. Julia’s classes have been the best so far. They really push you to your limits but at the time you don’t realise how hard you are working out. It’s a great mix of fast circuits to warm up then we move onto the fun stuff- some yoga style poses but with a twist. I’m not very fit and exercise because I have to rather than want to, but now I’m doing exercises I never thought possible. It’s been a very inspiring and motivating experience. Julia’s instruction is very attentive, positive and encouraging. You don’t need any experience, everything can be modified to your level and the time flies by. By far one the best ways to tone and build up strength.
Kate.”
And if you’re battling with getting your little one to sleep then… You need to know about my NEWLY launched online #nurturesleepprogram 💤😴
.
It will stop the guesswork and give you:
A tried and tested approach (20 years of helping families with baby & toddler sleep) ✅
Evidence based ✅
Gentle baby sleep methods ✅
Holistic assessment ✅
Nurture & Nourish nutrition program – all recipes have sleep inducing ingredients and a perfect balance for a good nights sleep ✅
Access to a closed Facebook group for one on one support from Karen and 90+ timecoded Facebook Live videos ✅
Prevention for under 4 months ✅ so no need to do sleep training ever ✅
And all at a low $97 for a very limited time ✅
Can you tell Karen is getting rather excited for all you parents who need a good nights sleep and one that happens EVERY SINGLE NIGHT and not just in a blue moon 🌑 .

Click on the link below to find out how it can help you and your baby

Nurture Sleep Program

Karen is taking a break

Karen is taking a break

Hello lovely peoples out there. I thought it was timely that I let you know that I’m going on a break from the 23rd July to 13th of August. I’m going to be available via email, Skype and phone whilst I’m away, just not in person.

As I remind mums and dads out there, it’s so important to do self care, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

And to remind me how old I am!! My niece is getting MARRIED!!! It’s in a very picturesque part of England where I’m from – the Lake District and the shores of Lake Windermere.

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I’m also going to meet my sisters kids for the first time since Freya was 2 weeks old and I played the midwife sister in 2012.

Welcome to the world beautiful Freya

And I get to meet my niece Gemma’s baby Nena who is just over one year old. So it’s just like my day job really!!

Karens nieces

 

 

 

 

And something else I’m excited about is, it’s the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. And she lived in the Lake District and I’m looking forward to all things Beatrix to celebrate her life and amazing books.

Beatrix Potter…my interesting connection

I’m back on the 13th August and I’ll be ready to help any families who are needing a good nights sleep 🙂

https://ki298.infusionsoft.com/app/form/default-campaign-form66

 

Nurture Parenting and AFL

Nurture Parenting and AFL

The Stingrays AFL

As an English girl I never thought I’d write a blog with a reference to AFL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_rules_football

Since arriving in Australia, my path has taken on so many surprising twists and turns. I’m certainly not predicting the next ones!

You’re probably wondering what Nurture Parenting and AFL has in common?!

http://www.foxsportspulse.com/club_info.cgi?c=0-1047-26751-0-0&sID=72246

On Saturday Nurture Parenting was one of the proud sponsors of Ladies Day at UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs alongside Kia and UNSW. Nurture Parenting sponsors the ladies team of UNSW ES Bulldogs – The Stingrays.

https://www.facebook.com/UNSWStingrayswomensAFLTeam/

Those of you who know me will know I’m a real girl power chick. I’m a midwife and passionate about health and families. This sponsorship is a 3-year deal and I’m their very first sponsor. Go the Girls!

UNSW-ES AFL club

I’ve been involved with the UNSW-ES AFL club for the past 9 years. They are an amazing club and I count the members as my friends. They have 8 teams including 2 womens’ and an under 19’s.

They won their last Grand Final in 2011 and since then they’ve gone from strength to strength. Dane Rampe, now at Sydney Swans was a Bulldogs player until he got a transfer. I stole a cheeky photo with Dane and the coaches on Saturday!

This year we had babies and children galore. All the players are having babies, lots of them. It was stroller central. The club certainly has a real family feel about it now.

The food and catering was wow, thanks to Taz and Hiddo.

The Gozleme went like hotcakes.

Here was my little contribution, 60 gin and lime meringue tartlets! Yes Karen can bake. I used to do High Tea parties for charity for the Garvan Institute.

AFL

http://www.giving.garvan.org.au/hightea

It was a great day. One of the best ladies day’s ever. Everyone was raving about it.

I spent Sunday recovering! My days of catering I think are over. My baby whispering world is so busy that it’s hard to fit it all in. Some things just have to go. And I’m very excited a

bout the next thing to come my way.

Love the new signs – Sleeping Baby means Guilt Free Footy 🙂

And if you’re battling with getting your little one to sleep then… You need to know about my NEWLY launched online #nurturesleepprogram 💤😴
.
It will stop the guesswork and give you:
A tried and tested approach (20 years of helping families with baby & toddler sleep) ✅
Evidence based ✅
Gentle baby sleep methods ✅
Holistic assessment ✅
Nurture & Nourish nutrition program – all recipes have sleep inducing ingredients and a perfect balance for a good nights sleep ✅
Access to a closed Facebook group for one on one support from Karen and 90+ timecoded Facebook Live videos ✅
Prevention for under 4 months ✅ so no need to do sleep training ever ✅
And all at a low $97 for a very limited time ✅
Can you tell Karen is getting rather excited for all you parents who need a good nights sleep and one that happens EVERY SINGLE NIGHT and not just in a blue moon 🌑 .

Click on the link below to find out how it can help you and your baby.

Nurture Sleep Program