Hands to Heart Holistic

Quality Lymphatic & Shiatsu Therapy- Rosemary Scavullo

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Back – ne? How to get ready for summer….

Acne on your back can affect anyone, not just a teenager. This kind of acne is persistent and difficult to clear up. Now that summer is coming closer and sleeveless shirts are necessary, how do you ignore the back-ne? Infrared sauna can make a big difference.

Most people I talk to don’t understand how different infrared sauna works as compared to other saunas. The infrared sauna causes your body to sweat from a deeper level. This means the sweat you generate is not just a result of your body getting hot and needing to cool off. The light waves from infrared are similar to the wavelengths of the sun resulting in you feeling relaxed after the sauna, as if you went to the beach for the day and didn’t get sunburned. So many clients use the infrared sauna for stress management and there are studies available showing it is good for your heart health as well.

Back to getting good results with conquering back-ne. We have found that doing an infrared sauna session 3 times a week for 4 weeks can help your skin to clear up and this also means you have made some headway on reducing your detox levels–and stress as well. Pretty good for an easy, 30-minute relaxing sauna session!

Benefits of far infrared sauna are:

  1. Detox
  2. Relaxation, well-being
  3. Pain relief
  4. Weight release
  5. Improved circulation
  6. Skin purification

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ARoMATOUCH Certification Class


AromaTouch Technique Certification Class

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM       Cost: $150.00 per person includes cost of the oils ($100.00 value)

Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center Baltimore MD

What is the AromaTouch® Technique?

The dōTERRA ArōmaTouch Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. Developed by Dr. David Hill, a leading expert in integrative medicine and therapeutic applications of essential oils, the ArōmaTouch Technique improves well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The technique is simple and intuitive and uses dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils for an unparalleled grounding experience.


The AromaTouch® Procedure

The ArōmaTouch Technique includes four primary steps designed to minimize systematic stressors to autonomic balance. Each step includes the application of two essential oils or essential oil blends specifically formulated to support healthy emotional and physiological functions for well-being. The technique requires 40 minutes per application, and multiple applications can be serviced with one set of dōTERRA essential oils.

For a quick video introduction, please visit http://www.aromatouchtechnique.com

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Chair Shiatsu to do with friends and family at GGBV this Wednesday

ChaIr Shiatsu Course starting this Wednesday, 2016!
Learn Shiatsu you can do at home in a chair at CCBC. Here is the ourse no.
CRN 31013 is going to run on the CCBC Owings Mills Campus Room 420 (4th floor) from 6pm to 8:30 pm.http://www.ccbcmd.edu/ceed/classes/le_wellness.html

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Integrated Birthing

This weekend I had the good fortune to be asked to assist at a birth for my client (age 36) whom I have known for several years. She was recently married and expecting her first child and wanted to have a natural child birth or, at the very least, a vaginal birth and thought having her shiatsu therapist (me : -)) at her side would be the most supportive and comfortable for her.

Over the years I have assisted at four other births; one was a home birth with a midwife and the others were at hospitals with either midwives or obstetricians. This birth turned out to be induced 10 days earlier than her due date due to various complications, one of them being a fall during the icy conditions of January.

By the time I got to the hospital she had been administered an epidural for her pain and was at risk for seizures but was still confident she could deliver her baby. I practiced shiatsu after arriving to help calm and sooth the mother-to-be and help her adapt to her new environment of monitors and IV’s of medications and fluids.  When I left one hour and half later she was four cm dilated.

After I returned four hours later and she was still at four cm. At this point I put ear seeds on auricular points in the right ear. I used a probe to identify some tender points and also to check in with my patient about what seemed like the “resonate point” for her. In auricular therapy each ear shape is unique and so the anatomical points are not as precise as some acu-points on the body. They work, however, much like reflexology as the points correspond to different places on the body, both internal and external.  At various times I would press on the seeds to stimulate the points on the ear while feeling the vibrational response. My patient reported that she could not feel the seeds, just the pressure of my finger. She said at times it was euphoric and made her feel so relaxed. This is important to note as this mother-to-be was getting fatigued as she had been in labor for quite some time and had not slept or eaten anything since she had been admitted to the hospital the previous day.

She remained confident about getting to the point of pushing the baby out. After one and half hours she dilated fully and the staff began getting her ready for delivery by administering Pitocin (a protein to stimulate contractions) and donning surgical gowns and gloves for a messier process to begin.

To support a woman who is actively pushing requires a person to hold each leg bent while she takes a breath and directs her efforts to propel the baby out. The doctor was helping her to understand that this is a process of moving beyond the pain and focusing on the momentum that begins with strong contractions. I can honestly say I witnessed this happening. It was as if the ancient-prehistoric- goddess, Venus of Willendorf, emerged and guided the process. The exhausted new mother, with her last resources, enabled her new baby to enter the world and take her first breaths while the baby’s father cut the umbilical chord.

I have not focused on the efforts and wisdom of the medical staff at the hospital as this article was not about them but I do want to recognize that everyone worked skillfully as a team. I am grateful I was able to be included in what might be called the beginnings of integrated medicine and childbirth.