For Women Undergoing IVF Treatment
this can be an exceptionally challenging time both emotionally and physically. Dealing with the rapid change in hormones, physical symptoms and the emotional stress and uncertainty of the treatment can be overwhelming. Managing stress whilst ensuring you are nurturing and caring for your body during this delicate time is vital for your health,well-being and potential success of your treatment.
This 6-week course is designed to nurture and support women undergoing treatment with restorative yoga, yoga nidra (deep meditation) and acupuncture. Each of these natural therapies are shown to be valuable adjunctive practices in supporting the individual through treatment and will be delivered by qualified practitioners in this area of women’s health.
Held in a nurturing, supportive environment with other women also undergoing treatment, this is a time for you to rest and nurture your body and may help in managing some of the physical symptoms you experience throughout your treatment.
All stages of treatment are welcome and no yoga or acupuncture experience is necessary.
This 6-week Course Includes:
* Restorative Yoga asana (poses) to awaken the meridian lines (energy lines) accessed in acupuncture.
* Yoga Nidra (deep meditation) to allow the body to rest more deeply during your acupuncture session.
* Women in all stages of treatment are invited to attend. No yoga or acupuncture experience required.
* Support the endocrine system
* Help manage stress & emotions
* Rest & nurture your body
* Manage hormonal symptoms
* Safe nurturing environment
* Connect with other women undergoing treatment
Course begins 18th April–23rd May
Every Thursday 6:00– 7:30pm
Where: The Devi Shakti Women’s Health Centre
Unit 4, Level 1, 394 Montague Rd, West End Brisbane
About Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the theories underpinning acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment, an organ (energetically represented along a pathway we call a meridian) doesn’t only have physiological or anatomical significance. They also have spiritual and emotional aspects and in some cases, even slightly different roles in addition to those we understand from a western perspective. This allows the acupuncturist to select points that not only consider the actions or functions of the organs, but to also help us better deal with various emotional stresses such as grief, fear and anger.
Across each week of the workshop, a different organ/meridian will be discussed- it’s actions, spiritual and emotional aspects and how they pertain to fertility and the treatment of it. In addition to this discussion and with your permission, Jodi will gently insert pins at 1 or 2 major balancing acupuncture points relevant to the meridian being focused on for the evening. A maximum of two needles (sterile, single use) will be used per person per evening.
This is different to a complete an individualised acupuncture treatment that you would receive in a clinic. You will not be performing asana with needles in! The pins will be applied as Yoga Nidra begins and with the intention of them deepening your meditation and internal balance. They will be removed at the end of Yoga Nidra and before you move.
About Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is an ancient yoga practice meaning psychic sleep. This meditation technique takes the practitioner into a deep state of relaxation, resting on the border between wakefulness and sleep. It invokes a state of inner awareness and contact with the subconscious and higher conscious mind to help release past and on-going emotions, stress, and even trauma.
In Yoga Nidra the physical centres of the body become introverted. When the mind is gently guided to various centres in the body, blood and energy are drawn to it helping to release physical tension and emotional discomfort.
Yoga Nidra is used regularly for pain management, to improve general functionality and well-being of the body, to break habits or create change in one’s life, to help release trauma and deep emotional distress, and greatly improves quality of sleep.
The relaxation techniques used throughout the meditation help to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems— shifting the brain from beta brain activity to the more relaxed alpha and theta activity. During these deeper stages of rest thoughts slow down to 4-8 thoughts per second. A 45 min Yoga Nidra practice is said to have the same restorative benefits of 3 hours sleep.
Yoga Nidra is safe and comfortable to practice as it is conducted lying down on your back listening to the guidance of the instructor. A light blanket and/or socks are recommended during this meditation as the body temperature drops slightly during relaxation.
Meet Your Therapists
Jodi Baldry (Acupuncturist/ Remedial Massage Therapy/ Chinese Herbalist)
Jodi is a clinically registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She is a warm and compassionate practitioner with an absolute love for working with hormonal health and couples experiencing fertility issues-whether they are also having medical assistance like IVF, or not. Jodi also enjoys offering supportive treatment during pregnancy and postpartum recovery. With over 15 years experience, Jodi is highly knowledgeable in how to support the body during these potentially challenging times in a women’s life.
Email enquires to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Ali Howes (PhD Applied Science/ Yoga Therapist specialising in Women’s Health/ Trauma Sensitive Therapy)