Touch your pits campaign & Interview with Fat and the Moon

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Rachel, the intrepid owner of natural skin care line, Fat and the Moon. Read below to learn more about this terrific company, their mission and read the full article...

Fat and the Moon: "Our ‘Show Us Your Pits’ campaign continues along with the taboo topic of touching your pits! I’ve had so many conversations with folks who want to make the change from their current chemy deo to a non toxic one until- record scratch- they hear they have to apply our Deo Cream by TOUCHING THEIR ARMPITS. The mutual head nodding of just a moment prior seems life times away.While troubled by the aversion many have to an easy to reach and seemingly friendly part of the bod, I’m simultaneously fascinated by how aversions are formed in the first place. We can see the power of advertisement, packaging and marketing in the way its messaging has mediated our relationships with our bodies. The packaging of body ‘care’ products tells us how much or how little contact we should have with our bodies. From tampon applicators, to deodorant sticks- we are creating mountains of waste while losing a sense of connection and intimacy with what our mama gave us. Here at Fat and the Moon, we are about intimacy. Intimacy is information, it is the bridge for love and for sharing. Intimacy is touching your pits. " 

Fat and the Moon teamed up with a professional Pit Toucher, Lisa Gainsley a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, practicing 23 years and founder of The Lymphatic Message. We asked Lisa a few questions on the subject of touching your pits.....

REAL Podcast

Diane McDaniel's podcast, REAL started off as REAL CANCER intended to provide an honest conversation to those facing a cancer diagnosis. Diane started a community for those stories and resources of how people helped themselves through their treatment, and what they learned along the way.

The podcast is now called REAL. There are times when things get REAL. You know what she means...I'm sure you've been there too. REAL podcast are stories of adversity, resilience, creativity and transformation.

Diane's strength as an interviewer is refreshing, welcoming. Take a listen to the time I was on sharing my story about what lead me to work with the lymphatic system and cancer patients.

Lisa Gainsley: Facilitating the Healing Journey

Resource: Lymphatic Education & Action Network

World Lymphedema Day is March 6!

Kathy Bates has been vocal about her struggle with Lymphedema since her cancer recovery. She is the spokesperson for the Lymphedema, Education and Action Network, an organization which brings awareness to the battle against Lymphedema.  Today, I'd like to introduce you to the LE&RN organization. Not only are their members on the cutting edge of scientific breakthroughs, they are educating the world on the "lymphedemic" issues around the globe and taking action on solving them.

LE&RN's mission is see a world without lymphatic disease and lymphedema.
The organization raise awareness and grants for continued research, clinical trials and advancements in the field of lymphology. If you or someone you know has, or is at risk of developing lymphedema, then please direct them to LE&RN's website. They live-stream symposiums, publish journals on lymphatic research, and have features where you can Ask An Expert questions.

Finding answers and advocacy forums online can be daunting- so I always steer my clients to  this non-profit where I know they will be in trusted hands.

Join Judi Dench, Steve Ruttenberg, Andy Cohen and Patricia Clarkson as ambassadors for LE&RN.

To learn more, become a member, sign their petition and donate. 

www.lymphaticnetwork.org

Dry-brushing

Dry-Bushing for your health

Dry-brushing is a simple, affordable way to boost your lymph system. It helps eliminate toxic build up on the surface of the skin and increases lymphatic drainage. Try it before your shower so you can rinse off any dead cells afterwards. 

Getting Started: Purchase a dry brush with natural bristles. I like one with a long handle, but a handle-less brush will do just fine too.

(Precaution: If you have Lymphedema, or are at risk for developing Lymphedema, please review the proper technique with your lymphatic therapist first. Newly radiated skin is a pre-caution.)

Important -before you start, know the direction you are going to brush. Brush slowly and gently! 

You want to guide your lymph fluid towards the juncture near your heart and collarbone. Your lymph fluid will ultimately return to your bloodstream there, so keep this in mind when you dry-brush. Set your intention to move the bristles towards your heart.

Start at your feet, brush up your legs towards the top of your thigh. Your inguinal lymph nodes are located at the top of your thigh. These inguinal nodes absorb the fluid from your legs. (If you've had cancer and lymph nodes removed in your inguinal nodes, please consult with your lymphatic therapist on whether you should "re-route" your dry brush technique.)

Next, brush your abdomen in a gathering pattern towards your navel, then up your mid-line past your sternum towards your heart.

Brush from your hands up your arm towards your armpit. Your axillary lymph nodes are located in your armpit. They take the fluid from most of your arm, your torso and breasts. 

Brush your breasts gently towards your armpit. (If you've had breast cancer and lymph nodes removed in your armpit, please consult with your lymphatic therapist on whether you should "re-route" your dry brush technique.)

Brushing the back of your torso is easiest if you have the brush with a long handle. The fluid from the back of your torso from your waist up wraps around towards your armpit where your axillary nodes are located.

Brushing your Face and neck- 

Gua-sha tools and specific face brushes are more gentle on the face. You want to roll your tool from your neck downwards towards your collarbone. Then, direct your brush from your face towards your ear on each side. (Think Nose-to-cheek-to ear) Then move from your chin, along your jaw-bone. Repeat the movement from your nose to your ears. Forehead towards your ears. Then move your tool behind your ear, down your neck to the right and left lymphatic ducts which are located just above your collarbone at the base of your neck.

I like the rose-quartz gua-sha tool for face lymph brushing. There are natural face brushes too. If you are enjoying dry-brushing, have a couple tools to switch off on different days. You don't need to get carried away with gadgets here. Keep it simple. This should be enjoyable. Dry-Brushing 3 times a week is a good plan that most people can maintain. Remember, caring for yourself is a form of self-love and self-respect.