Boost your Fertility using Ancient Taoist Secrets

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BOOST YOUR FERTILITY USING ANCIENT TAOIST SECRETS

Did you know that the ancient Taoists from thousands of years ago used sexual energy for their spiritual growth, for good health and for longevity?
It is unfortunate that in our times sex is either interpreted as taboo, something dirty that is difficult to talk about, even to our own children, or used excessively to anything and everything, from cars to photography.
Pornography is not the best example of how to use sexual energy. Young people receive a confused and contradictory notion of what sexual energy really is.

Sexual energy is the energy that produces Life.
However, when I ask couples that come to my clinic for fertility treatment about their sex life and energy, the majority respond that lately it is very poor, they don´t have time, are too tired and that they don´t have time for that.
Our lifestyle takes away our vital energy and if we don´t replenish it we become exhausted and depressed. We try to compensate by eating healthy, to going to the gym, having a massage, doing yoga and pilates, etc.
The old Taoist masters discovered that the sexual energy is the easiest and most abundant energy that we have. They stored their sexual energy and then transformed into higher more spiritual energy.
The basic function of sex is reproduction, when we are sexually active, we are generating life force, the vital force. During orgasm the life force dissipates, which is why it is important to learn how to store and transform this life energy into vital energy.
Don´t get confused — this is not Tantra, most of these Taoist practices were secret but like most events in human evolution Tantra may had happened parallel to the Taoists and each one evolved with its own characteristics.
We have different energies– both negative and positive, vital energy, sexual energy, etc. Each one of these energies have a different characteristic and we can learn how to differentiate one from the other we can control and transform them. The negative into positive and to cultivate positive energies which are beneficial for our mental, physical and spiritual health.

There are several simple techniques, easy to perform, that increase our energy en general, like Qi Gong, Tai-chi, Yoga, etc., but we will concentrate in the hormones, how to increase the energy in the Reproductive System.

OvariesThe ovaries are sexual glands, the size of an almond, they are located on both sides of the uterus, they produce estrogen and progesterone to ensure the function of the sexual organs. We can improve the function of the ovaries by doing ovarian massage.

Ovarian Massage

  • Put both thumbs on your belly button touching each other ends.
  • Extend the index fingers to form a triangle.
  • Extend the little finger towards the hips, where the tip of the fingers are you will find your ovaries.
  • Feel them with the tip of the little fingers and breath deeply concentrating your mind on the sensation that this produce, do not worry if you don´t feel anything yet at this stage. The breathing has to be slow and deep down to your lower belly.
  • Smile to your ovaries, a smile with respect, love and compassion
  • Massage the ovaries with the tip of your fingers doing circles 36 times to one direction and 36 times to the opposite direction.

Try to concentrate and don´t get distracted with other thoughts.  The more you concentrate, the more energy you will send to the ovaries. Remember, the energy follows the mind, so be careful with negative thoughts, don´t follow them — transform them into positive thoughts to send good energy to your ovaries.

Benefits:

  • Stimulate blood circulation to the ovaries and other sexual organs
  • Stimulate the production of hormones
  • Increase of libido
  • More energy

 

UbyABOUT UBY MUÑOZ

Uby is an Acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine. She uses a variety of techniques from Chinese medicine, such as Chinese herbs, moxibustion, cups, diet, Qi gong and Tai-chi.
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Natural fertility for Couples

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Natural fertility for couples

To conceive a life is a natural act that is produced across the union of a man and a woman or in other words the union of the sperm and the egg so we will talk about fertility referring both to the man and the woman.

In the past years the number of couples with difficulty conceiving has grown considerably, causing a lot of stress on the couple, which increases the problem even more. Many women and men work long hours, eat irregularly and not well, do not have time to dedicate to one another, and wait for too long to have children or until everything is perfect but the truth is that the perfect time is never perfect. Many finally decide to go for the conventional route of IVF, ICSI, IUI, etc.

What is Chinese Medicine?

The system of Chinese medicine basically consists of Acupuncture, Herbs, and Massage. It is a natural medicine that still continues to be effective though it exists from around 4000 years ago. The Chinese discovered then that the energy or life force that maintain life runs through the body across the meridians or canals of energy like the electricity in a house moves across the cables connecting to all the rooms and when we want to turn on a light in a room we press a button and as it by magic we obtain light. As well in our body the energy or life force runs across the meridians, the points come to be like a button that turns on the light in a room. The points are sources of energy that when stimulated are able to relieve many symptoms at a time that balance the energy.

When our energy is balanced we experience good health, we feel positive, strong and in good spirit and we don’t have pain. The opposite occurs in different grades of intensity when the energy is unbalanced.

The energy is unbalance either by causes of stress, bad diet and excess of any type. In summary, if we maintain a balanced life, our energy also will be balanced. Our life style is very important to have good health and if we neglect it we begin to feel in a bad mood, pain in different parts of our body, we feel negative, etc.

How Acupuncture is able to help to conceive

Like we have already said, Acupuncture helps to balance energy by way of points that are stimulated with acupuncture needles that are very small and thin. Before placing the needles, the Acupuncturist makes a diagnosis of the patient by means of questions about their medical history, observation, taking the pulse, observing the tongue, etc. This is done in the first visit and is a very important part because from there they will determine what type of treatment they will receive, what points will be used and by how long to leave the needles in the points.

The integration of body and the mind are very important. The hormones and the emotions play a crucial part in reproduction because the fertility of the woman is very related to her emotions and by how she feels on herself. We see this very clear in the days before menstruation, especially when the woman has had a stressful time either in her work or in her relations with her family and friends, in these days the woman is able to feel all of her emotions more deeply because her emotions are amplified in this period.

The acupuncturist observes and feels and in accordance to the signs and symptoms will choose the points that will help to restore balance.

The World Health Organization recognizes that Acupuncture can help with 43 clinical conditions. In the field of fertility, there exists numerous studies that demonstrate that acupuncture is able to help with:

– Regulating the menstrual cycle
– Improve ovulation
– Balance the Hormones
– Improve blood circulation in the pelvis area
– Reduce stress
– Reinforce the endometrium
– Improve the quantity and quality of sperm
– Helps the immune system

Acupuncture also helps maintain good health and it is proved across numerous studies that is very helpful during pregnancy and birth.

In Chinese Medicine, the heart, the kidneys and the uterus are considered the “alma mater” of the reproduction system. There exists a canal called “Bao Gong” that energetically connects the three.

The heart houses the spirit or “Shen” that in chinese medicine means the activity of the hypothalamus and the pituitary, that control the hormones. We all know the influence of the mind on the functions of the body and the menstrual period of the woman.

The kidneys store the Jing (the essence of life). The kidney Yin and the kidney Yang influence the regulation of the reproductive functions.

The uterus is the stage where all takes place and includes all of the reproductive organs like the uterus, ovaries, the fallopian tubes and the neck of the uterus.

Other organs related to the system of reproduction are the liver whose energy moves and stores the blood and the spleen that produces the blood from the food that we eat , from here the importance in the quality of food since that depends on the quality of our blood.

Some of the more important factors to better the possibilities to conceive are:
– Life Style
– Diet
– Emotions

Lifestyle: A balance life is the key to preserve our Jing. The Jing is the essence that we inherit from our parents and its quality determines our constitution and our ability to reproduce. Our Jing depletes as we age, but if we care about eating healthy, if we exercise and we carry a balanced life our Jing will wear less. We should consider our Jing like our capital. The energy that we need to live daily must come from the air we breathe and the food we eat. But if we work too many hours, without fresh air and are stressed, our Jing will wear away very rapidly. The same occurs if we drink too much coffee or sweets to have more energy. These are stimulants that give us false energy, energy that in reality we don’t have. What truthfully gives us energy is moderate exercise, a healthy diet, spending a good time with friends, to relax and sleep.

Diet: Here again we have to say moderation is the key. Fresh food, a little meat, chicken or fish, rice, pasta, a glass of wine with food from time to time, and infusions of herbs make up a good diet. Ideally the food should be simple, fresh and less processed. Better for our health and better for out future children.

Emotions: All the emotions affect our body and our organs. All emotions, even those that our minds don´t register but our body itself perceives because sometimes these are little things that happen to us but we unconsciously ignore them for self preservation because the truth is that we will go crazy. But like it or not, all emotions affect our body and our organs. The Chinese discovered millions of years back that different types of emotions affect different organs:

• Too much laughter and excitement effects the heart
• Too much thought and worry affects the spleen
• Too much sadness and melancholy effects the lungs
• Too much anxiety or fear affects the kidneys
• Too much anger and frustration effects the liver

Emotional health is a very important factor for conception.

Sex is another important factor, consider your relation with your partner as if it were a plant that you water and care for so that is can grow well. Sex is one of the nutrients that helps a couple have a healthy relationship. A couple should try to enjoy their time together and “make love” not only to conceive but to maintain a relationship complete and healthy. To make love doesn’t mean to have penetration always, but to relax, play and stimulate the sexual organs of each other to maintain in good form and activate the hormones. Sex helps the couple to maintain a healthy body and mind. And to have a more honest and profound relationship.

Factors that affect fertility in Women and Men

Stress, being overweight or underweight, tobacco, drinking a lot of alcohol, coffee, age, oral contraceptives, allergies, painkillers, lubricants, the quality of sperm and eggs, pollution and chemicals.

It takes approximately 6 months for a couple to conceive, although although it can take more or less. When a couple decides to have a child they have to take responsibility to have a healthy life style. If a couple in spite of having good health and without any physical problem that could impede conception and still not able to get pregnant depending on the age it is advisable to try other more invasive methods.

Weekly Restorative Yoga

Due to popular demand, Angela has decided to add a weekly Wednesday evening of Restorative yoga with Thai massage and live music. Restorative yoga invites opening and deep relaxation of the nervous system so the body can heal from within. During this time of slowing down, you will also be comforted by the use of props such as blankets and bolsters, sacred mantra, aromatherapy and best of all, therapeutic Thai massage.

All postures or asanas will be done either seated or lying down accompanied by some breathing techniques and a short meditation to end the class.

Please come renew, restore and feel rejuvenated. You will leave feeling luminous!

When: 19:30-21:00 (followed by complimentary tea if you can stay)

Dates: Every Wednesday of April
April 8th
April 15th
April 22th
April 29th

RSVP: Please RSVP in advance to angela@lilayogamassage.com if you are know you are joining since space is limited. See facebook page for this event.

Cost: 15€ or 40€ for all 4 events (cash only)

Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage w/ Angela Sealy

Due to popular demand, Angela has decided to add a weekly Wednesday evening of Restorative yoga with Thai massage and live music. Restorative yoga invites opening and deep relaxation of the nervous system so the body can heal from within. During this time of slowing down, you will also be comforted by the use of props such as blankets and bolsters, sacred mantra, aromatherapy and best of all, therapeutic Thai massage.

All postures or asanas will be done either seated or lying down accompanied by some breathing techniques and a short meditation to end the class.

Please come renew, restore and feel rejuvenated. You will leave feeling luminous!

When: 19:30-21:00 (followed by complimentary tea if you can stay)

Dates: Every Wednesday of April
April 8th
April 15th
April 22th
April 29th

RSVP: Please RSVP in advance to angela@lilayogamassage.com if you are know you are joining since space is limited.

Cost: 15€ or 40€ for all 4 events (cash only)

An Evening of Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage w/ Angela Sealy

Join us for an evening of Restorative yoga with Thai massage and live music. Restorative yoga invites opening and deep relaxation of the nervous system so the body can heal from within.

During this time of slowing down, you will also be comforted by the use of props such as blankets and bolsters, sacred mantra, aromatherapy and best of all, therapeutic Thai massage. All postures or asanas will be done either seated or lying down accompanied by some breathing techniques and a short meditation to end the class.

This class is perfect during the colder months since we are all in need of slowing down to keep our bodies and minds healthy & happy.

Please come renew, restore and feel rejuvenated. You will leave feeling luminous!

When: 19:30-21:00 (followed by complimentary tea if you can stay)

Dates: 4th Monday of every month

  • Feb 23rd
  • March 23rd
  • April 27th

Where: Barcelona Well Woman Clinic, C/ Casp, 80 1o-3a (corner of C/ Bailen)

RSVP: Please RSVP in advance to angela@lilayogamassage.com if you are know you are joining since space is limited.

Cost: 15€ or 40€ for all 3 events (cash only)

 

POST NATAL PILATES

6 week course starting January 2014
 
Time: Tuesdays, 10am – 11am
 
Place: Barcelona Well Woman Clinic, C/Casp, 80, 1-3, Barcelona, 08010
 
Price: €10 per class or €50 if you pay in advance
 
Book: Phone Lucy on  644 291 241  or email lucy@barcelonaphysio.com
 
Bring your baby along, meet other mothers and work on your pelvic floor at the same time! Each class is taught in English by a qualified Modified Pilates Instructor and UK trained physiotherapist. Before joining a class you need to be at least 6 weeks post vaginal birth or 12 weeks post caesarian section. There is a maximum number of 8 per class so please secure your place in advance.

FOOT REFLEXOLOGY FOR BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN

Angeles Hinojosa`s Method: “Changing your perspective on child health”

We will use reflexology to help children through the little health problems that they can suffer during their first days, months and years of life.

Babies are receptive to touch in the corresponding zones of their feet, and the reaction is immediate and positive. In this way we will teach them how to connect with their own feet and help their bodies to cure themselves.

At the end of the workshop, there will be a Q&A on the different problems and doubts raised by families in the workshop, with the possibility of follow-up sessions. In this way participants join with other families.

DATES: Fridays from 10a.m. to 12. From 22nd of March till 3rd of May, 2013

TUTOR: Alba del Cid, mother of 3 children in a British-Catalan family, graduate psychologist and doula. I am trained up to level 2 of Podal Reflexology by the Asociación Española de Reflexología Podal Infantil. Certified Baby Massage Teacher by AEMI. Trained in Reflexology for Pregnancy and Birth by the International Society of Maternity Reflexology. Founder of Xantala (http://www.xantala.es/) as a Democratic Pre-school. I have 5 years of experience with massage and reflexology in practicals and workshops. www.criarencomunitat.com

MORE INFORMATION: Alba del Cid telf.667-875-076/ 93 007 09 87

albadelcid@yahoo.co.uk.

BABY BLUES CAFÉ September 26th

 

Baby Blues Barcelona presents:

BABY BLUES CAFÉ

 

 

 

 

For all mothers who are not enjoying the postpartum as they had expected

Come and meet other english-speaking mothers to share experiences. Babies are welcome. Suggested donation: 5 Euros.

SEPTEMBER 26th from 11.00-12.30

At the Well Woman Clinic Calle Casp 80, 1o, 1-3 Barcelona

For more information you can look at www.thebabyblues.org

or call Anna at 657183542 

 

 

psychological support during pregnancy and after delivery

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Summer from the point of view of Chinese Medicine

 In Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, Summer belongs to the element Fire, the season of sunshine, long days and Yang energy.  Heart, Pericardium and Small Intestine are the organs belonging to this element.  It is the more Yang energy of the all the seasons of the year, which means the season of moving outward in nature and in our lives as the mind and the spirit are ruled by the Fire element.

The heart is the seat of the mind and its main function is to pump oxigen-rich blood through the body.  Consciousness, joy, emotional well-being, joy, warmth and memory are attributes of the heart and fire element.  

When the fire element is balanced, the heart circulates the oxygenated blood and insures proper assimilation of the beginning of the breakdown of food in the small intestine. 

Emotionally if imbalanced, we may lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition).  Exhaustion, heartburn, nervousness and insomnia are indicators of imbalances in this element.

 

Late Summer

The Five Elements Acupuncture include Late Summer, which is the time of harvest, of nurturing and preparation for autumn and winter.  It is the time of transformation between the seasons.  The days are starting to get shorter and we find ourselves a bit more serious than in summer.  Whether you are preparing for school or for a new business venture or simply going back to work after the holidays. 

Physically and spiritually, this period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. It is a time when we recognize and hold the fruits of our labor.

The Earth element is active at this time and the organs belonging to this element are Spleen and Stomach.  Someone with balanced earth energy is a well-grounded, nurturing, compassionate person, good mediators or peacemakers and reliable friends.

When the earth energy is imbalance they can be worriers, prone to pensiveness. They are vulnerable to digestive problems and diarrhea. They may gain weight easily and lose it with difficulty. Their bodies have a tendency to make excessive mucus, and they may suffer from cloudy thinking, muzzy-headedness, lack of clarity and need for sympathy.

The earth color is yellow, like the sun, and the ripened crops, and the root vegetables. Meditation is said to strengthen the earth element.

 

Foods to add for this season:

Organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper, brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats,  legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils, small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna, small amount of whole fruits, lemon, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, seaweed, kelgreen tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea

 

By Uby Muñoz

    Summer from the point of view of Chinese Medicine

     

    The element Fire

    In Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, Summer belongs to the element Fire, the season of sunshine, long days and Yang energy.  Heart, Pericardium and Small Intestine are the organs belonging to this element.  It is the more Yang energy of the all the seasons of the year, which means the season of moving outward in nature and in our lives as the mind and the spirit are ruled by the Fire element.

    The heart is the seat of the mind and its main function is to pump oxigen-rich blood through the body.  Consciousness, joy, emotional well-being, joy, warmth and memory are attributes of the heart and fire element.  

    When the fire element is balanced, the heart circulates the oxygenated blood and insures proper assimilation of the beginning of the breakdown of food in the small intestine. 

    Emotionally if imbalanced, we may lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition).  Exhaustion, heartburn, nervousness and insomnia are indicators of imbalances in this element.

     

    Late Summer

    The Five Elements Acupuncture include Late Summer, which is the time of harvest, of nurturing and preparation for autumn and winter.  It is the time of transformation between the seasons.  The days are starting to get shorter and we find ourselves a bit more serious than in summer.  Whether you are preparing for school or for a new business venture or simply going back to work after the holidays. 

    Physically and spiritually, this period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. It is a time when we recognize and hold the fruits of our labor.

    The Earth element is active at this time and the organs belonging to this element are Spleen and Stomach.  Someone with balanced earth energy is a well-grounded, nurturing, compassionate person, good mediators or peacemakers and reliable friends.

    When the earth energy is imbalance they can be worriers, prone to pensiveness. They are vulnerable to digestive problems and diarrhea. They may gain weight easily and lose it with difficulty. Their bodies have a tendency to make excessive mucus, and they may suffer from cloudy thinking, muzzy-headedness, lack of clarity and need for sympathy.

    The earth color is yellow, like the sun, and the ripened crops, and the root vegetables. Meditation is said to strengthen the earth element. .

    Foods to add for this season: organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats  legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna small amount of whole fruits, lemon sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds seaweed, kelp green tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea  

    By Uby Muñoz