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Hope this finds you and yours well.

Here we are entering our third month of physical distancing. A benefit of this situation is that it has given us time to ponder and explore many things we normally don't have time for.

I promised a video to help you manage aches and anxieties at home; you'll find it below. During the first demonstration I am pressing my feet into the floor, and my hands together. I take my breath into my perinium, or root of my body.

Notice my demeanor as I begin. I'm stiff and preoccupied with having just set up the new mic and video to record. But as I demonstrate movements to you, my body and demeanor relax and become more engaging. This is what happens for all of us in our animal bodies.

Let me know if you need more explanation about anything I share here. I always use the foam roller on the floor. The two types of balls I mention, but didn't demonstrate, are called Melt Balls and Yamuna Balls.

Soon I'll be sending out a newsletter with information about when to expect re-opening of my practice. The newsletter will also include safety guidelines we will be required to observe. I have noticed these are different for Maryland and Virginia, curiously.

During our physical distancing time, I've also gotten a license to practice in Virginia. More about this at a later time.

I hope you've found this video helpful.
Take good care of yourself.
Love, Angela

P.S. In process of creating my first online course on Body Wisdom! Stay tuned!

Teamwork required

The journey and process of healing will be empowering for you in the long run. You will begin to trust yourself more and more. Listening to and trusting your body will become second nature. Be patient and kind with yourself.

During our sessions, I will inquire about how you are doing, implementing the changes I have suggested. Journeying through the healing process will build your resilience, body and soul.  It will teach you what you are capable of when you set your mind and heart to it.

That said, I can facilitate your healing, but I can't heal you. The therapies and education I will share with you, in partnership with your efforts, will heal you. This takes conscious, focused intention.hot water bottle on womans belly kenny-wong unsplash

Healing is a process. Most dis-eases have taken years to develop. It takes time to heal from the challenges you are experiencing, but you can heal. One session with me, while necessary to the process, will not heal you completely. For some, this may happen. But usually, the people I work with, need more tending.

This tending, in part, will come from our work together. But, the most important tending will come from you. You are the one who must make healing your priority. You are the one who will choose to take the time, invest money, purchase products, implement therapies at home, make time for appointments, and integrate all this into your lifestyle. I will guide and mentor you with all of this.

Here are some of the requirements that healing requires: 

These changes can't be implemented all at once, but are implemented incrementally over time.  This process could take a month, two or three. It takes at least one month of diligent healing attention, for every year your body has been dealing with these health challenges, to heal them. Layers of experiences heal one layer at a time.

 

I can support you in various ways when you come for sessions, but your daily choices are yours. A lot must be done at home, and made a priority. By doing the practical, day to day actions requried, you will begin to heal.

We've already had a lot of cold weather as we head into Winter. And the wind has been pretty penetrating. I've taken to calling it's effects "deranged vata"....sort of an acupuncture/ayurveda shorthand for having your groundedness blown away by the winds.

We are mammals. Mammals slow down and sleep a lot more during the short, cold days of Winter. This means us!

The holidays are often an emotional time, and they can run our reserves down in many ways. In this post I share ways you can slow down, take care of yourself, and savor just being. This is followed by a section on how to be more comfortable during a cold or flu, and how to speed recovery.

Simple Ways to Stay Healthy During Winter

Here are some suggestions to help keep your immune system healthy this holiday season.

Go for a walk. 20 minutes will do. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins and promotes healthy blood & lymphatic circulation helping the immune system function well. You'll be generating much needed Vitamin D, so make sure your eyes are not covered with sunglasses for at least 10 minutes, even if it's cloudy.

When you have time, make sure to get out somewhere more wild from time to time. Leaving civilization behind and letting the sights, smells, and sounds of the forest wash over you, will refresh your body, mind and spirit in unexpected ways.

Find time for mindful moments. It is important to carve out a few minutes each day just for you. Research shows that people who practice mindfulness are less stressed, more focused, and better able to regulate their emotions. Try the "Insight Timer" app on your phone. Not only does it have varying lengths and focuses of meditations, but also ambient & binaural music/sounds to enhance various states of being.

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy.
Then you should sit for an hour.”
                                                  -Zen proverb 

Wash your hands often. I'm sure you have heard this advice hundreds of times, especially in public spaces, or if someone in your household isn't well. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Drink lots of water. No matter the time of year staying hydrated is a healthy habit, and supports the body during times of occasional stress. Drinking fluids flushes out toxins and helps with temperature regulation.

I recently noticed I wasn't drinking as much water as I normally do since the temperatures have dropped. Consequently I've developed a new habit of heating up water in a kettle, pouring a cup and adding ginger juice to it, throughout the day. This simple habit has helped me not only stay hydrated, but digest well and stay warm too. Ginger is a digestive aid, relieves nausea, is warming. and it lowers blood pressure too! I love plants! And this is how they love us!

Make sleep a priority. Lack of sleep can affect your immune system as studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick.

Try these tricks for getting to bed early, and falling asleep more easily: 

Herbs & Home Therapies to Soothe & Heal the Nasties

When my office was separate from my home I'd carry around NAC, olive leaf extract & oregano oil capsules in my bag during the late fall through winter. At the first sign of any inkling of a cold I'll take NAC (N-acetyl cystisine), a potent anti-oxidant that also thins mucus. This is important to me as I have been prone to sinus infections. Cutting dairy out has helped immensely too. Particularly in the winter.

If the cold isn't nipped in the bud by NAC, I'll take an olive leaf capsule. And if I'm already ill, oregano oil capsules improve my symptoms within 20 minutes and will begin overpowering whatever it is that has me down.

A great way to stay nourished if you have a fever and no appetite is to sip Bone Broth, as you can. If you have a cold without fever, Bone Broth soup or vegetarian equivalent will give you a lot of the nutrients you need to speed healing.

Teas that are useful when you're sick are Throat Comfort, Breathe Deep, & Cold Season by Yogi Teas, and Breathe Easy, Throat Coat, & Gypsy Cold Care by Traditional Medicinals. These can be found at the locally owned stores, My Organic Market.  Horehound tea and cough drops are helpful for managing coughing and bronchitis.

That humidifier I spoke about above will come in handy if you get sick: Use the aromatherapy pad and add any combination of the following essential oils to help you breathe more easily: eucalyptus, rosemary; and use lavender to help you sleep.

Heat packs for aches and sore throats are so helpful. Here is a yummy neck and shoulder wrap that I have my eye on. I use a microwave to warm my heat packs up. It's the only reason I use a microwave, as microwaving food destroys nutrients.

A hot bath is helpful if you have enough energy to prepare one, or someone can prepare it for you. Use a cup of epsom salts and a cup or two of apple cider vinegar with lavender and rosemary essential oils in the bath. Don't use eucalyptus in a bath as it is too strong for your tender nether region.

Be sure to contact me if you are interested in exploring ways to work with me. To your health! ~Warmly, Angela

Hi Everyone,

 

I want to offer some support for preparing for and getting through winter with optimum health.  Bone Broth can be made in many different ways, but there are certain guidelines that will help you get the most nutrition from your efforts.

 

Bone Broth is a great staple to have on hand in the freezer. You can sip on it.....great if you're not feeling well, or for a steady stream of bioavailable nutrition and immune boosting benefits. And it is great as a base for soups and sauces.

 

I am using the base recipe from Magdalena Wszelaki Cooking for Balance program. But, since I'm an herbalist I like to pack a whole lot of immune boosting herbs into this recipe.

 

Scroll down below this photo for the recipe. I hope you'll take a rainy weekend soon to cook this up for yourself. Don't forget to read over the tips below the recipe.

 

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Bone Broth Recipe (and variations)

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time
Total time
Equipment: largest pot you own or a large crock pot. I have a very large soup pot and get about 10 quart mason jars full that I keep in the freezer. I also make a second batch with the same bones, but fresh veggies and herbs each time.
Serves: 4 quarts or more
Ingredients
  • about 4 pounds of beef marrow and knuckle bones
  • 1 calves foot (optional)
  • 3 pounds meaty ribs or neck bones
    **regarding meats: yes the above are yummy. And you can make this with chicken bones left over from a whole chicken that you had enjoyed earlier. (Freeze the bones until you are ready to use them). In fact I'm using lamb shanks to make some broth, as I write.) There was wisdom in our ancestors using every part of of an animal that was sacrificed for their, and our nourishment. ♥
  • 4 quarts (liters) of cold filtered water
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
  • several sprigs of thyme, tied together
  • 1 teaspoon dried green peppercorns, rushed
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 reishi mushroom, or 1T of powdered reishi
  • 3 slices of astragalus
  • shitake & miatake mushrooms are also good additions
  • I also put rosemary and sage from the garden in this brew.
How To Make
  1. Place knuckles, marrow bones and optional calves foot in a large pot with water and apple cider vinegar and let it stand for one hour.
  2. Meantime, place the meaty ribs in an oven and brown at 350F (175C).
  3. When well browned, add to the pot together with the fat from the roasting tray.
  4. Fill the roasted fat tray with hot water and scrape the coagulated juices.
  5. Add this liquid to the pot.
  6. Add all the vegetables.
  7. Add extra water, if needed, to cover the bones but keep the water level below 1 inch from the rim of the pot.
  8. Bring to a boil.
  9. A large amount of scum will come to the top – it’s important to remove it with a spoon.
  10. After removing the scum, add thyme and peppercorns and lower the heat to simmer.
  11. Simmer for 12 to 72 hours, the slower the better.
  12. Add parsley 10 minutes before finishing.
  13. The pot will look and smell repulsive at this point but do not despair – it is a delicious foundation of many recipes and a healing food.
  14. Remove all bones with tongs and strain the stock to glass containers, such as mason jars.
  15. Let it cool down before refrigeration or freezing.
  16. Freeze some of the stock for maximum freshness but be sure that if you are using a glass container (recommended) always leave an inch from the rim of the jar for the stock to expand when it freezes.

NOTES

Modifications For low FODMAPs - skip the onions, optionally add asafetida instead.
For Low Histamine - skip the ACV.

Practical tips: 

Bon Appétit!

As always you can reach me through my websites: bodyandsoulhealingarts.com and angelaferri.com.

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Let’s see what the fairytale, Rumplestiltskin
has to teach about this process:

Damsel: Oh dear! I don’t know how to turn this room full of straw into gold!
What ever shall I do???
Rumplestiltskin: Never fear! I know how to help you!
But, I’ll need you to provide me something of value for my help.
Damsel: Of course! Here is my necklace in return for your help!

Damsel: Oh no! I have to turn a bigger room full of straw into gold! Will you help me????
Rumplestiltskin: Of course. But again, I will need you to provide me with something you value in exchange for my help.
Damsel: Yes, of course. Here is my ring.

Damsel: I’m so distraught! I have to turn an even bigger room full of straw into gold. Alas, I have nothing to give you in return for your help.

The little imp gets to work on the huge room of straw turning it into gold. When finished he notifies our heroine that he requires her first born child in payment. Horrors!

Our damsel is beside herself, learning of the horrible bargain. Rumplestiltskin offers: If you can guess my name, you will be released from the bargain. Our damsel employs the help of her community to learn the name of the strange little man. One of her allies hears Rumplestiltskin, as he dances around his fire, singing out his own name! Her ally returns with the news, and shares his name with the damsel.

When the little man returns for his due, after the birth of the damsel’s child, he is furious when she guesses his name. For in doing so, she breaks the horrible spell. At that moment Rumplestiltskin stomps his foot, and instantly splits in two.

Unfortunately, the process of restoring health can feel as impossible as turning straw into gold, and as harrowing as this story. And as in any house, all rooms need to be tended to.

Try this exercise when you have a few minutes,
to explore how it feels when things begin to transform:

Example: Not too long ago, one of my clients was lying on the table telling me how afraid she was of injuring herself again. Yet, she didn’t want to give up on the activities she loves. Who could blame her? In that moment I was reminded of the teachers who encouraged me to listen to my intuition...”it’s going to rain, bring your umbrella” ......”slow down, you don’t know what’s around that corner”...You know, that still, small voice within that is constantly looking out for you?

I wondered if my client was consciously aware of the value of listening for that inner knowing? We explored this during her time on the table, and I could sense she hadn’t really tuned in this way previously, even though she is quite a conscious person. She later reported that the shift in her attention toward listening to that still, small voice is helping her honor her limits. It’s keeping her safe.

My client had come to resolve the effects of a previous injury to her body, which was being tended to, during our session. During the treatment, fear arose, which she gave voice to...there was a lack of trust in herself, physically and relationally, because of the accident she had experienced. Through my sharing of the importance in bringing more attention to the “still, small voice” as trusted inner guidance, she later saw that was able to trust that she knew how to keep herself safe. She became more empowered.

Healing is a multidimensional process. The process of restoring health naturally takes committed tending to body, emotions, relationships and spirit. Through the process you are likely to become adept at transforming any “straw” in your life into a golden opportunity!

Here are a few things to keep you healthy as we head into cooler and colder days:

  1. Keep NAC, Olive Leaf extract and Oregano oil in capsules on hand to nip colds in the bud.
  2. Lemon water is much better for you when your sick, than orange juice. The high sugar content of orange juice keeps your body in an acid state. To get well we need to have our blood pH move toward being alkaline.
  3. Use shitake, miatake (hen of the woods) and reishi mushrooms in soup stock and other meals that call for mushrooms. They are immune boosting and miatake is anti-tumoral.
I hope you are enjoying the changing season!
Yours, in health,
~Angela
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