Friday, June 03, 2016

Gifts and tips to help relieve back pain with Esther Gokhale

With so many soon-to-be moms and existing moms are looking for effective relief from back pain, especially with summer just around the corner with these helpful gifts.

The book 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: (Which has sold over 100,000 copies; in eight simple lessons, with no special equipment and no time-consuming exercises, teaches the root of most muscle and joint pain.

Stretchsit® Cushion  (this cushion helps transform most chairs into comfortable chairs that provide gentle traction. Unlike a lumbar support cushion, this cushion elongates rather than compresses your low back, giving you the natural, healthy spinal shape shared by children, athletes, and people in non-industrial societies the world over)

DVD: Back Pain: The Primal Posture Position: (Addresses the root cause of most muscle and joint pain with healthy posture and movement techniques. Four real students are profiled as they successfully navigate degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, stenosis, back muscle spasms, sciatica, bunions, neck pain, shoulder pain and migraines.)

I recevied complimentary product.

 Tips for Managing Pain During Pregnancy by Esther Gokhale

> Anchor your ribs.  With regard to the rib anchor, it's important to know that the ever-growing baby is potentially pulling the mother's back into an arch. An expectant mother who gives in to this pull will be increasingly swaying her back, which can cause lower back pain and other problems. Anchoring the ribs involves keeping the lower border of the rib cage flush with the abdomen.

> Engage your inner corset.  Anchoring the ribs and periodically engaging the inner corset--that is, contracting the deep muscles in the abdomen and back to lengthen and support the spine--is the ticket to well-toned abdominal muscles before, during, and after pregnancy.

> Hinge your hips when you bend.  Everybody needs to hip-hinge when they bend, but this is especially important for pregnant women. This is because lowering the body by bending with the knees and curving the back (as is so common in our culture) puts added stress on the spinal discs at a time when the discs are already being challenged by the additional weight of the pregnancy.

> Stack your weight over your heels.  Positioning the pelvis so that it's slightly tipped forward (anteverted) allows for a natural stacking of vertebrae without muscle strain. Not only does healthy stacking yield good posture that leaves spinal discs decompressed, it also protects ligamental integrity. Ligaments already loosened by the hormone relaxin are less likely to be taxed when bones are correctly stacked.

> Engage your gluteus medius muscles when you walk.  Engaging the gluteus medius, the muscle located in the upper, outer quadrant of the buttocks, helps prevent lower back pain.

>Stretch Lie on your side with supportive pillow. Stretchlying on the side--that is, lying with a lengthened back, anteverted pelvis, and knees slightly bent--represents an opportunity to restore healthy architecture during sleep and reinforce the neural pathways that will help create muscle memory for a healthy J-shaped spine (as opposed to a curved C-shaped spine or an over-arched S-shaped spine).

Esther Gokhale, L.Ac.
Esther Gokhale
Pain Expert and Posture Specialist

 Esther Gokhale (Go-clay) has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine.

After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb® Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living.

Gokhale practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance, and yoga in her Palo Alto wellness center for over twenty years. The Gokhale Method continues to grow as qualified Gokhale Method teachers now teach the method worldwide.

Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into eight languages. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the nationally televised program Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution (available on DVD).

Gokhale has taught at corporations such as Google, IDEO, Varian Medical Systems, and Facebook Inc. She has also presented at conferences including TEDx(Stanford), Ancestral Health Symposium, Weston Price Foundation Conference, and PrimalCon.  She continues to speak with physician groups including Stanford, PAMF, UCSF and has consulted for the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford sports teams.

 In May 2013, The New York Times featured Esther in an article giving her the title, “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley”.

 Esther Gokhale lives on Stanford University campus where she raised three children with her husband Brian White, chairman of the Math Department.

Cassandra's Review-  I was able to try all of the three gifts above and can say that they do work to help with my sometimes more severe back pain.  If you know someone who is suffering with back pain, this would be a great set of useful gifts that are sure to help a lot.   It also helps target other pains.

Blooming Peony Ruffle Sleeve Romper Review

Custom photography:Baby Bee Photography | 
"Mint Ruffle Sleeve Romper" features 100% Cotton Jersey Fabric that has been Custom Printed exclusively for Darling Baby. Each Peony has been hand-drawn with watercolor. This garment is completely handmade in the USA by Darling Baby Shop.

darling baby shop
Darling Baby Shop, a premium online clothing boutique. Darling Baby Shop is a woman-owned business based out of Seattle that offers handmade, vintage-inspired and designer clothes for babies and toddlers.

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- Wrapped so pretty in a light pink tissue paper and doused with a new baby smell, this romper is well made and super soft.    It fit perfectly and looks so adorable.  It did not shrink when I washed it, but I did air dry.

The Karris Family By Ruhani K. Chhabra Review

“The Karris Family”
By Ruhani K. Chhabra
ISBN: 978-1-5144-1789-8
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

Leah Karris doesn't know how to cope with the changes in her family. Her teenage siblings and busy parents don't get along at all. Leah herself deals with bullies like Zoe Hawk and tattletales like Angela Hartman, but the worst difficulty that she has to deal with is her own family. When she goes to visit her aunt, uncle, and cousins, she decides to make her family as good as her cousins'. Leah tries hard to fix her constant family fights, but she soon understands something important that she hasn't realized before. Will Leah succeed? Or will things be as horrible as before? Will they continue being the disconnected Karris family?

About the author
Ruhani Chhabra has been writing since she learned how to grip a pencil. She is an 11-year-old girl who wants to teach literature when she grows up. Chhabra wrote this book to express her feelings about her own family that remains to busy to interact with one another. She currently lives with her parents and teenage brother in California.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- Get ready for a read that is jammed with emotions and circumstances that are ranging from heartbreaking to uplifting and mixed with everything in between.   I had to remind myself the author is only 11 years old, because the writing style is mature older teen kind of tone. and I would think that there might have been some parental help.  However it was a good topic and easy to get through. 

Soul Selfish The Awakening of a Good Girl By Jane Wyker Review


Jane Wyker’s memoir Soul Selfish shows the way to happiness comes from within instead of looking to others to supply it.

Jane remained a ”good girl” into her mid-thirties, bent on pleasing others in the hope of receiving love. This all changed when she embarked on a courageous and passionate inner journey that led her to ownership of her talents, self-reliance and self-love.

Through insightful and spiritually uplifting stories, Jane invites us on her passage from “good girl” to empowered woman, as she slays the personal demons that many have yet to confront.

Let Jane’s journey inspire the possibility for you to become soul selfish, ever more willing to connect to your truth — your soul.

You can learn more  Here.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Jane Wyker, an 80-years-young first time author and former family counselor, says choosing to be soul selfish is a good thing — probably the best thing you can ever do.

Her memoir Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a “Good Girl” (Lioncrest, June 2016) is a story that shows the importance of becoming soul selfish on the path to creating sustained happiness.

Through inspiring and insightful stories Jane shares the happiness, creativity, freedom and peace possible for anyone who wants to honor their authentic self. With her examples, she shares with readers the blessings of awareness and self-love that overflow to others when we dare to be selfish for our soul.

Cassandra's Review- The true beauty of this author pours out in her writing.  I was so happy to take some time out of my week to read her work on a spiritual and loving level, that does make you feel content after finishing.

Drowning with My Hair on Fire by Ce Eshelman Lmft Review

Relief for Adoptive Parents of Traumatized, Attachment-Challenged Children. . . Drowning with My Hair on Fire is a lifeline for adoptive parents trying to navigate the choppy waters of raising adopted children from difficult beginnings.

Author Ce Eshelman's beautiful heart really shines through in the hundreds of letters to parents to read each day when needing hope, inspiration, advice, direction, reminders, or practical help. She deeply understands them and the chaos of their lives and families because she was there, but is now able to give them the wisdom culled from reading every book on the subject, attending hundreds of seminars and workshops, years of her own therapy, and fearlessly facing her own mistakes.

If you are raising a traumatized, attachment-challenged child, Ce is the friend you want, and this is the book you need. "Ce is the real deal. She's one of those rare gems who deeply cares about the people she serves. She is willing to freeze frame and blow up her mistakes for you to see so you can avoid the same pitfalls. She then points to the path of secure attachment. The book itself is a secure base you can return to again and again when things get difficult at home." -Jennifer Olden, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- Helpful, truthful and full of knowledge, this author bring help and great advice in the pages of this book.   It can be a super stressful topic and this book held enough inside to get through most of it.

Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther Review

Broths and stocks have always had a central place in kitchens around the world owing to their ability to comfort, nourish, and heal. In Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen, Jennifer McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen and an authority in the traditional foods movement, illustrates why a good broth or stock is the foundation of amazing and wholesome cooking. Included are over a dozen master recipes for base stocks and then 40 recipes using these stocks in complete meals.

These accessible recipes are appropriate for vegetarians, pescatarians, and meat eaters alike and showcase the nutrient-dense, real food that nourishes the body and soul. The Whole Chicken Broth is the perfect base for Springtime Risotto with Asparagus, Green Garlic, and Chive Blossoms, while the recipe for Fish Stock will bring new life to a classic dish like New England Clam Chowder. People are catching on to this centuries old appreciation of bone and vegetable based broths, and Jennifer McGruther shows how these can be made quickly and cost-effectively at home.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Cassandra's Review- This is the perfect book to me help cook up the odd and ends in the kitchen and the recipes are super easy to follow.  I hope to get more use from this book in the future.

Miniature Red Pocket Tie Key Chain Review

Miniature Red Tie Key Chain - Cool Keychain for Guys - Mens Keychain - Keychain for Him - Gift for Men


In spite of providing you with a fashionable keychain tie, we also want to provide you with our company philosophy. Our purpose is to motivate you to believe in yourself and help you achieve your goals. By carrying a Pocketie on your keychain you will be constantly reminded to live life to the fullest, to fight for your goals and to believe in yourself. The small tie on our keychain represents our values, goals and our desire to enjoy life. We want to share our lifestyle with you and help you achieve your goals.

You can purchase this product on Amazon

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  A good size, but not heavy so it does not wear down your ignition or create a heavier keychain.  It is actually a little, well made tie that is tied to a basic keychain.   It would make a cute gift for father's day.