Archive for January, 2010

Yoga Therapy: The Pelvic Floor and More!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Yoga Therapy: The Pelvic Floor (and More!)

Date: February 28-March 4, 2010 (Sunday-Thursday)

Hosted By Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health  (Lenox Mass)

The pelvic floor is comprised of muscles that are often elusive and seem
beyond our conscious control. Yet, the perineum and the pelvic girdle are an
integral force behind most human functioning. By bringing awareness,
strength, and suppleness to these muscles, you can address incontinence,
alleviate pain in the pelvis, hips, knees, and back, breathe more
efficiently, increase sexual fulfillment, assist childbirth, and facilitate
many functional activities like lifting heavy objects, rising from chairs,
and walking up stairs.

This week, you will learn low-tech, noninvasive techniques that draw from
yoga, tai chi, qigong, Feldenkrais, and conventional rehab therapies to
guide people toward improved health and function. This accessible program
will also familiarize you with the anatomy, pathology, pain mechanisms,
physiology, kinesiology, mind-body energetics, and psycho-emotional aspects
of pelvic floor concerns.

Bridging East and West and addressing mind and body, this program is
designed for physical and occupational therapists, yoga and qigong
therapists, psychotherapists, Pilates teachers, fitness professionals,
somatic therapists, midwives, and everyone with an interest in the pelvic
floor
.

Presented by: Bill Gallagher, Richard Sabel, and Jessica Shapley

Go Here to Register:
http://www.kripalu.org/program/view/YTEW-101/yoga_therapy_the_pelvic_floor_a
nd_more
Or Call Kripalu for Details on Accomodations: (800) 741-7353

For Information on Course Content Email info@eastwestrehab.com or call
(800) 297-3815

Presenter Bios:

Bill Gallagher, PT, CMT, CYT, is director of the East West Rehabilitation
Institute
, a master clinician in integrative rehabilitation at Mount Sinai
Medical Center
, and an instructor in clinical physical therapy at Columbia
University
. Bill has developed a uniquely integrative approach to optimize
pelvic health. By integrating the physical therapy traditions of the East
with therapies of the West, Bill helps his clients maximize function and
minimize pain. He sees a broad spectrum of clients with pelvic floor
concerns in his practice including incontinence, pelvic pain, coccydynia,
and prolapse. Bill can be reached at Bill@EastWestRehab.com

Richard Sabel, MA, MPH, OTR, GCFP, is educational director for the East West
Rehabilitation Institute
, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, and clinical
assistant professor
at SUNY Downstate’s program of occupational therapy.
Richard has successfully integrated Western therapeutic practices with
Eastern philosophy into a distinctive therapeutic approach to help clients
who have been limited by pain and disability reengage in meaningful
activities. He regularly leads community programs and works individually
with clients to address pelvic floor concerns. Richard can be reached at
Richard@EastWestRehab.org

Jessica Shapley, LMSW, CIH, CMT, utilizes a strength-based approach to help
women cope with physical and emotional challenges. She facilitates groups
for new mothers in Manhattan, providing a safe space to get support for the
changes new mothers face, including pelvic floor concerns like incontinence,
pelvic pain, and intimacy. Jessica holds a master’s degree in social work
from Columbia University and is certified in Integral Health Counseling by
the California Institute for Integral Studies. A mother herself, Jessica is
a certified massage therapist, a licensed social worker, and the director of
Momsupport.org. She also teaches infant massage. Jessica can be contacted at
Jessica@momsupport.org

Childcare

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Childcare, it’s one of the biggest issues personally and professionally. I will say, once the childcare piece is in place you can concentrate on the here and now, which is your baby.

Giving yourself enough time to find someone and hire them before you actually have to return to work , should leave you feeling much more confident in your decision.
For all parents,  the overwhelming question of  “how do I begin this search” is often coupled with a fear of leaving their baby with a “stranger”. Good and affordable childcare is an emotional and financial issue for all parents.

A part time babysitter can run $12-15 an hour.  A nanny (full time sitter) can range in price from $400-700.  Referrals come from all sorts of places; neighbors,  friend’s babysitters, the playground, a bulletin board,  your friends. If you are looking for a part time or occasional sitter, you might try calling Cabrini High School at 212 923-3540, talk to the dean of students.  They have identified good candidates for babysitting and will help match a student with a family.  Barnard Babysitting Service is another option.  Their telephone number is 212-854-2035.  For a low fee they will try to match a student with your family’s part-time needs. You also might try posting in the lobby of Columbia’s School of Nursing student service board.  Fax over your job description (212-305-3680) .

Before you interview the perspective nanny/babysitter you might want to find out their past experience and describe what you’ll need. Check references first then have a face to face.  When talking to past employers ask if they’d hire them again.  Find out how they found her and when and why she left.  When interviewing the candidate clearly state what your expectations are and find out how flexible she is. Discuss safety issues and setting limits. Try to figure out what your views on TV or phone use would be, you expectation around nap schedules or housekeeping.  Legally, you can ask anything you might feel is pertinent, from their health or medications they take to their own childcare needs. You can also ask to see an ID or driver’s license. You’ll  want to be up front about vacations, sick days, travel expenses and general expectations. Some families write up agreements that all parties sign.

If a full time sitter is not affordable, Family Daycare, tends to be a less expensive option. Word of mouth and resources such as the Day Care Council of NY (www.dccnyinc.org) can provide licensed listings.  Licensing requires 1 adult per 6 children (2 of which can be infants). Group Family Day Care requires 2 adults (1 provider and 1 assistant) for up to 12 kids, 4 of which can be infants.

Family day care can be a lovely option. Find out if they are licensed, what the ratio is, how the space accommodates both toddlers and infants, ask around and observe. The Department of Health can provide information on reported violations.  For local listings of childcare resources you can look up www.washington-heights.us/  and click on resources and then click on childcare and you will find centers in the area.

Remember, who you hire now might not be the person you have in 6 months, 1 year or 3 . Your needs might change and your child’s needs might change. Factor in a trial period. From my experience there are more good childcare providers than bad. The more time you can have with this person or place before returning to work, the more comfortable you’ll feel leaving your baby.  The relationship, ultimately, can be an enriching and loving experience for your baby and an asset to your family.

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Winter Newsy-Ness…

I am bringing New Mom’s Groups and New Parent Programing to you.  My goal is to connect mothers and families, answer questions and ease transitions.  I provide sleep workshops, teach infant massage and facilitate new mother support groups around the city, in a neighborhood near you.

I am thrilled to add The Discovery Program in Morningside Heights to my list of venues.  This is a wonderful program that has provided programing for families for over thirty years. Morningside Heights has continued to grow into a wonderful family centered community.  I am happy to join their commitment to serving new moms and families in and near Morningside Heights.  With the New Mother Support Groups moms will find their power to embrace the journey.  See you in the neighborhood.

Jessica

Schedules: Programs and Places

Discovery Program Morningside Heights
New Mom Support Group
www.discoveryprogram.com
251 West 100th Street
New Mom’s Support Group
Wednesday February 3 at 12:30
$155
Attention: This is NOT a drop-in class! | Pre-registration required
212-749-8717

Prenatal Yoga Center: UWS
prenatalyogacenter.com
West 72nd Street
http://www.prenatalyogacenter.com/cmps_index.php?page=events
212-362-2985

  • New Mom Support Group for moms with babies newborn-6 months

Attention: This is NOT a drop-in class! Pre-registration required
Mondays Class
Thursdays Class
both 2:30-3:30pm | 8 weeks | $155
Next Monday group: February 8 – April 19 (no meeting 2/15, 3/1, 3/29)
Next Thursday group: March 11 – May 6 (no meeting 4/1)

212-362-2985
http://www.prenatalyogacenter.com/cmps_index.php?page=events

  • Mom Support Group- Settling Baby: Settling Mommy(for moms with babies 5-12 months)

Attention: This is NOT a drop-in class! | Pre-registration required
$155 for new participants | DISCOUNT! $135 for returning 0-6 month group members
Mondays, 4-5pm | 8 weeks
February 8 – April 19 (no meeting 2/15, 3/1, 3/29)
212-362-2985 for discount!
http://www.prenatalyogacenter.com/cmps_index.php?page=events

Kripalu Lenox Ma
The Pelvic Floor and More
http://www.kripalu.org/program/view/YTEW-101/yoga_therapy_the_pelvic_floor_and_more

Bread and Yoga Studio Inwood
4951 Braodway at 207th 212 569 4112

  • Sleep Workshop Jan 12
  • Infant Massage January 26th at 12:30 to registser call 212 569 4112  $25 in advance, $30 at door
  • New Mom’s Support Group Feb 2 at 12:30. This is not a drop in class $125 to register call 212 569 4112
    ask about discounts if you sign up for more than one of Jessica

Wiggles and Giggles Playhouse Washington Heights
West 181st St at Riverside Dr 212 543 2393

  • Sleep Workshop for babies newborn-1 year January 21 at 12:15 register with Wiggles and Giggles 212 543-2393
  • New Mom’s Support Group Weds 11:30-12:30 Feb 3 $125 8sessions
  • Infant Massage

Metro Minis: UES
821 Park Ave at 75th
212-313 9600
http://store.metrominis.net/index.php

  • New Mother’s Support Group begins March 1 at 11:30 $125 Register with momsupport 212-781-6368
  • Sleep Workshop January 27 12:30 ($20 pre pay, $25 at door) http://store.metrominis.net/index.php
  • Infant Massage January 30 3pm http://store.metrominis.net/index.php


Program Descriptions:

  • New Mother’s Support Groups: 8 session series for moms with babies newborn-5 months

A facilitated support and discussion group for moms with their babies (newborn – 6 months)
Find the power to embrace the journey of motherhood with confidence and connect with new moms just like you. Share experiences, ask questions, and make supportive friendships.
Topics include:
mom and baby wellness
breastfeeding/bottle feeding
introduction to solids
sleep issues
staying at home versus working outside the home
isolation
childcare
family life
self image, and more.

  • Settled Mother’s Support Groups: 8 sessions series for mothers with babies 5 months to 12 months

A weekly facilitated discussion on the journey from infancy to babyhood into toddler-hood. Connect with other moms and discuss:
-Sleep issues
-Behavioral issues
-Eating solids
-Breastfeeding or weaning
-Introduction of siblings
-Childcare solutions
-Returning to work
-Family dynamics
-Tapping into your own personal growth

  • Sleep Workshops: 1 to 2 hour group sessions for parents with babies newborn-1
  • What does a schedule even look like?
  • My spouse comes home in the evening and riles up the baby.
  • Is it OK to rock my baby to sleep?
  • Should I put my baby on a schedule?
  • How do I cut down on night-time feeding?
  • Can I sleep with my baby?
  • I feel guilty asking my partner to help at night.
  • My baby is 3 months, can I still swaddle her?
  • Is crying it out the only way?

Your questions and opinions are welcome!

  • Infant Massage: For precrawling babies

Massage is great addition to your toolbox of techniques to sooth and bond with your baby. Massage assists with sleep, colic, communication and relaxation.  Learn the techniques, routine and benefits of massaging your baby.

Infant Massage is taught in a relaxed, hands-on, one hour session with  Jessica Shapley, certified infant massage teacher, practitioner and licensed social worker.

Infant massage is a gift each parent will be able to share with their child throughout a lifetime.