Bach Rescue Remedy – My Personal Story

My bottle of Bach Rescue Remedy
My bottle of Bach Rescue Remedy

It has been over 9 years now since I was introduced to Bach Rescue Remedy.  Honestly when I was first made aware of this product I really thought, “this is a bunch of bologna and it is clearly if anything a placebo effect.”.  Well that was at least my thought until this past fall.

What is Bach?

Bach Flower Remedies Limited utilizes flower essences to create products to help with a number of different emotional states.  Bach Rescue Remedy is a natural stress relief spray.  It provides a gentle, non habit forming stress relief by simply being sprayed in the mouth.  The product is homeopathic, vegan and gluten free.

Well as I was saying, I was introduced to Bach over 9 years ago and I purposefully had not used it.  I recommended it to guests and to my friends and family because I wanted to believe it would work, but I felt honestly that there was no way a spray was going to do anything for my mental health.

It was September of this past year when I was heading back to work after my maternity leave with my daughter and my son, who had just turned 2, was now going to go to daycare full time vs. part time.  I had convinced myself that he would be fine.  He would not be upset that he didn’t get to spend part of his week with his grandparents and he would totally understand why his mom had to go to work…you probably all know where this story is going.  Instead of having a well adjusted 2 year old I had a sobbing, clinging, frazzled, massively emotional 2 year old who I literally had to yank off my leg when I left him at school.  It was horrible.  Day after day he sobbed and I sobbed in the car on the ride to work because I felt like the worst human being alive.  I had no idea what to do.  He was 2 and emotional and I was a breastfeeding, mother-of-two, hormonal roller coaster myself.  There was no magic pill for this situation, but then as I was sitting at my desk I looked over to our retail shelves and saw Bach Rescue Remedy.  It was then I thought, “I have nothing to lose.”

Now on the bottle it did say that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to consult a doctor and it also said that it should be not directed at children under 12, so I went to my doctor and told her what I knew and what this was.  Her personal advice was that it would be fine for me and for my kiddo to use (please advise your own physician when considering taking Bach).  So the next day I purchased some, and the day after that I tried the spray on my son.  His immediate reaction was, “that is spicy mama”, and he wanted nothing to do with it.  I went to Pam our Massage Department Manager and asked if there was any other way to apply it.  She suggested spraying some into my hand and then rubbing it on the back of his neck, so that was what I tried next.  It had been just over a week of using Bach and then it happened.  I asked my son when he got to school if he wanted “his spray”, he said yes and I applied it to the back of his neck.  He then took my hand, walked calmly into the classroom, gave me a hug and a kiss goodbye and said, “bye mom”.  I LEFT STUNNED!

Once in the car with my jaw picked off my chest, I realized that this spray might have done the trick.  Driving to work that day was incredible.  I was happy and my stomach didn’t feel in knots.  Ever since I have been using Bach Rescue Remedy and telling everyone about it.  Not only that but I started to use it too.  I don’t use it everyday but I use it when I start to get stressed or I worry.  Having kids, a full time job and a busy husband there are a number of things that cause stress, so each time I feel that feeling coming on I just spray some Bach Rescue Remedy and I instantly start to calm down.  I became more rational, clear-headed and I worry A LOT LESS.

I was a non believer and I became a believer.  If this is just a placebo effect, well I don’t care.  It gives me a homeopathic option to help my kids not cry, and for me to worry less.  I will take that option any day. http://www.bachflower.com/

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Mom of two

Baby Posture

A lot of things can affect your posture.  If you work on computers, you might find yourself slouched forward on occasion.  If you work in construction, you might find that you have your arms over your head most of the time and your head tilted back.  Maybe you are working in your garden this summer and you are on all fours with a rounded back.  Keeping good posture is difficult and it only becomes more difficult when you put children into the mix (children that need to be held that is).  Here are a few posture tips to take into consideration when you have a new addition to your family.  There is already a lot to think about when you have a new baby, but if you can check your posture once and a while you will save your body from additional pain.

  1. When holding your baby, try to not arch your back.  Taking on the additional weight of a baby naturally drives you to tip back so that the baby can rest more on the front of your body.  Instead of arching to compensate for the weight, spread your feet apart to shoulder width, pull your shoulders down and hold your baby facing out at your waist.  Place one hand under the child’s bottom and one underneath their arms.  Baby’s head will then naturally rest on your chest.  This will put baby’s weight more in your arms and less on the back.

    Correct posture when holding a baby
    Correct posture when holding a baby
  2. Try not to carry your baby or baby’s car seat on your hip.  When doing this your hip pops out, leaving your back to not be in alignment.  You will then find that your body learns to compensate for this in a variety of ways and it can cause pain in not only your hips, but your back, neck, shoulders and legs.  Instead carry baby as noted in #1 or in the car seat in front of the body.
  3. If breastfeeding, make sure that you have a supported feeding position.  Bring baby up to you/breast and then have adequate pillow support under your arm at the height of your breast.
  4. Lastly, if carrying a baby using a sling or carrier, make sure to have baby’s weight evenly distributed on the body.  Slings and carriers are amazing when it comes to giving mom’s arms a much needed break, but if the sling or carrier is not the right size or is not correctly adjusted to mom, then you will find yourself feeling discomfort.  Make sure to read the instructions provided with your product of choice and that if there are size variations, you pick the size suited for you.

If you find yourself experiencing pain or discomfort after participating in numbers 1-4 above and are unable to find relief, schedule an appointment with a licensed Massage Therapist.  They can then evaluate your overall posture and help you find additional methods to lessen the aches.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Mom of 2.

Pregnant Skin

With pregnancy comes a variety of changes, but one that affects about 90% of pregnant women in one form or another is a change in their skin.  Due to the spike in hormones, the blood volume increase, and the potential of increased secretions of the sebaceous glands, pregnant women can experience acne and hyper-pigmentation along with potential psoriasis, eczema or rosacea if predisposed to these.

Well I know for a fact (well actually just assumed fact), that no pregnant woman is excited about the potential of acne, wrinkles, and brown spots let alone psoriasis, eczema or rosacea, so what should a pregnant woman due to help with these problems?

1.) Consult a doctor.  Speak with your doctor to find out what they recommend to use during your pregnancy.  Some ingredients such as salicylic acid (usually found in acne products), is not recommended for pregnant women.

2.) Take your information from your Doctor and set up a skin consultation with a licensed Esthetician.  Most Estheticians (all of them at Kneaded Relief) are familiar with what should and should not be used on pregnant women.  They also know how to keep a pregnant woman comfortable during a facial service by either propping up the head or providing support so you can lay with your legs on their side.

3.) Start an at-home care regime that is safe for your use but also keeps your skin in check between visits with your Esthetician.  Most products for at-home use will have calming or barrier building properties, and will not include abrasive exfoliation or harsh ingredients.  Also, a sunscreen should be used.

4.) Schedule facials every 4 weeks.  Allow an Esthetician to be part of your pregnancy experience.  By seeing you on a consistent basis they are then able to manage your skin and the products you are using more efficiently.  Your skin turns over every 4 weeks which alone should be a reason to head in to see a professional, but with also being pregnant your skin will go through a majority of ups and downs and this will give you the opportunity to stay up-to-speed with it.  Facials available at Kneaded Relief.

Being pregnant and navigating all of the unique things that happen is a challenge in itself.  Let professionals who are educated on pregnancy and the skin provide a comfortable environment and an enjoyable experience for you.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Currently Pregnant with 2nd Child

Bioelements is the product line used and can be customized for pregnant skin.
Bioelements is the product line used and can be customized for pregnant skin.

References: Skin Inc Magazine – February 2016

Stay-at-home Mom and Full Time Entertainer

My Son - The Easy and Happy Baby
My Son – The Easy and Happy Baby

Recently I have been feeling stressed (for lack of a better word) after a full day with my son.  My son is 12 months old, and by most standards would be considered an “easy” baby.  He is cheerful, plays well, eats everything I put in front of him, cries only when he needs to express something pressing, and loves to be snuggled.  Because of this, I have been going over and over in my brain multiple times of WHY or HOW can I be drained when my son is so incredible?  I sometimes need to pass him off at the end of the day and when my husband asks, “what did you guys do today?”  I sometimes can’t even really think of anything that was so hard.

I decided that I was going to take my son to a Parent-and-Me class today held at our local library.  It consisted of a half hour of singing, reading and playing with bean bags and then a half hour of free play time for all the kids.  Kids ranged from ages of 12 months – 24 months and it was during the free play time that it finally all made sense to me of why I get tired after a seemingly non-eventful day with my son.  I was sitting with 4 other mothers and our kids were all playing together.  We all had not met before, and we were holding a basic get to know you discussion…”How old is ______?”, “Do you have other children?”, “Are you a stay-at-home mom?”, etc.  After about 15 minutes of discussion, the woman next to me leaned back and stated, “It is so nice to have someone else entertain my child for awhile.”.  And right then and there is when I figured it out!!!  Though being at home with your child requires you to feed, bath, clean, put to sleep, run around after him or her, it also requires for you to be your child’s full time Entertainer.  It is your desire to entertain your child because you love them and don’t want to see them upset.

Imagine for a second if you had to go to work every day and entertain a single person ALL DAY LONG who couldn’t easily communicate what they like or want or makes them happy.  You just had to keep guessing and doing everything you could to keep them in good spirits.  On top of that, you had to keep them healthy and alive.  Thinking of it like that makes a big difference.  This is probably one reason why people have other children because at some point one kid can entertain the other.

A simple comment made at this class eased my inner mental frustration, and I don’t feel as much guilt about wanting to pass my son off after a day together.  I also think that relates to something I hear quite often as a new mom, which is, “take time for yourself.”.  Each time I would hear this I would shake my head in agreement, potentially even set up a time to get out of the house on my own, and then when the time would come I would still feel incredibly guilty about leaving.  Knowing this new found information, I now realize that the guilt I was feeling was associated not with being a bad mom by leaving him for a few hours but that I felt like he was going to be happiest with me and it would not be possible to have him be as happy with someone else.  Clearly after seeing how over-joyed my son was yesterday with the other kids and moms, I now know how potentially wrong I had it.

Moral points of my story…
1.  When you become a parent, you are now officially a parent and an entertainer.
2.  There may be easy babies but being a parent is not an easy job.
3.  Guilt is a natural feeling, but I am going to choose to not feel as guilty because others can entertain.
4.  Every parent deserves time off.

Dana Neal
Spa Manager at Kneaded Relief