Castor Oil Belly Treat

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Self-Care Practices|

This is a favourite treat for a belly that needs extra love. It's a weekly self-care practice of mine. It is beautifully paired with Deep Belly Breathing to move into parasympathetic (rest and digest) mode. You might want to try add it to your routine or evening for any one of these great reasons: calming the gut/improving digestion, (ie if there is bloating/stomach upset/or even irregular bowel movements) soothing the liver* (say there has been some hmm overindulgence, or to simply to enhance cleansing/detoxification, supporting uterine/ menstrual health (the liver metabolizes our hormones!) enhancing the immune system (yes, seriously- read

Deep Belly / Diaphragmatic Breathing

By |December 21st, 2023|Categories: Post, Self-Care Practices|

Proper breathing is slow, deep and rhythmic. Deep means that the initial movement is from the abdomen. When you breathe, the movement starts low in the abdomen and then moves up to the chest. Are you shallow breathing? To check your breathing, place one hand on your low abdomen and one on your chest and take a deep breath. What do you notice? If your chest rises up first you are probably using your neck muscles to breathe, not your diaphragm. Incorrect breathing can contribute to neck and shoulder tension, shortness of breath, digestive concerns, gastric reflux and heart burn

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