Free Community Lecture: The Receptive Nest

Free Community Lecture: The Receptive Nest

We’re gearing up for “The Receptive the Nest,” a two and a half hour workshop on Sunday, June 5th led by Six Fishes Acupuncturists Cara Frank and Beata Maslanka. It will be packed with information about planning for conception. We’d like to help you make this precious preparation time an opportunity for maximizing your own wellbeing. To give you a taste for what we have in store for you, here are a couple of tidbits we’re sharing ahead of the workshop.

Fertility expert and acupuncturist Randine Lewis speaks about the importance of receptivity while preparing for pregnancy. Receptivity is how your body takes in, adapts, and responds positively to everyday life. It requires awareness, stillness, and space for restoration. One great method for finding stillness and restoring energy is meditation. It takes some practice, and guided meditations are a good start for those new to meditating. Deepak Chopra and Oprah offer a free meditation series at various times throughout the year, and there’s one happening right now. You can sign up here.

Research shows that acupuncture promotes fertility through a number of associated biomechanisms. Licensed acupuncturists and herbalists with advanced training in fertility will be speaking about how acupuncture, Chinese Herbal formulas, nutrition and other modality can help increase your chances of conception.  . We prioritize individualized care at Six Fishes, so each patient’s treatment goals vary, but here are some examples of how acupuncture promotes fertility and  conception:

  • Regulating menstrual cycles, supporting regular

    ovulation

  • Increasing blood flow to the ovaries, thereby improving egg quality
  • Thickening the uterine lining, supporting implantation
  • Improving sperm quality

The Fertility Foundation sums it up nicely in this video.

Preparing one’s body for pregnancy can also be addressed through nutrition. Nutrition is a huge part of Chinese medicine and forms the foundation for optimizing egg quality and balancing hormones. Nutrition is not just about dieting, but rather how we can receive and accept nourishment from external sources in the most sustainable way, appropriate to our hectic lifestyles and to best suit each of our individual needs. We will be speaking about ways of nourishing and preparing one’s body through diet and other nourishing behaviors, with simple food suggestions and tips.

We look forward to sharing much more about how Chinese medicine naturally supports a fertile foundation for women and men. Our trained experts will be on hand to answer your questions about optimal pre-conception nutrition, ovulation, and BBT charting. If you have a specific question about Chinese medicine and fertility you hope to get answered at the workshop, we’re inviting you to send us an email ahead of the workshop. We look forward to seeing you!

The lecture is free, but please sign up here

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Well, where to start. I found Cara via a circuitous route of desperate calls and failed visits to Chinese ‘professionals’ to complement my traditional medicine. I’d been to Chinese doctors who, though I’m certain ‘knew their business’, were unable to extend a personal and caring element that I immediately felt when I contacted Cara.

I knew as soon as I spoke to her on the phone, and spent a full 1/2 hour telling her of the myriad of coexistent problems I was experiencing. Though initially I contacted her for womens’ health issues and simple gallstones, eventually, I ended up with very serious health concerns that she was able to assist with as well. She weaves her natural approach to care with a solid awareness of traditional approaches, and – on the rare occasion when purely natural approach is not sufficient on its own – will recommend a solid combined approach.

She is not focused solely on her own type of care, if a combination of several ends up helping her patient. It’s not even a question as to whether I would recommend her. I’ve done so repeatedly in the more than 10 years I’ve known her!

Pros: visits are like a 4year old to the cookie jar – comfortable warm surroundings, with goodie benefits

S.C.