50 Ways to Practice Self Care


Self care has gotten a reputation for being a bit of an exclusive club that only the elite can join. Sure, self care can be a day at the spa or a weekend yoga retreat, but it can also be as simple as drinking enough water and being kind to yourself.

Self care opportunities are everywhere, but in our distracted world, it can be a challenge to connect with our true desires and needs.

In an acupuncture appointment a few weeks ago, my acupuncturist asked me such a simple question: “How are you?” I was tempted to default to my usual response: a huge smile followed by “I’m great! Busy, but great.” Instead, I paused, took a breath and replied “I honestly have no idea- I haven’t checked in with myself in days.”


We all have self care struggles. Here’s some brutal honesty: I run a wellness center, but have a somewhat twisted relationship with my own self care routine.

Some days I’m so tired that I fall asleep before my 7 year old. Some days, I stare at a computer screen for hours without taking a break. Some days I binge watch Netflix with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Some days, I snap at my kids and lots of days I don’t do the foam rolling that I know will make my body feel better.

But some days actually ARE great: Some days I go for long walks in the woods and do yoga and journal and make time for real conversations with friends. Some days, I turn off the ringer on my phone and play board games with my kids. Some days I cook healthy food and divide it into jars so that I have a quick and easy lunch ready for the crazy mornings. Some days, I drink green smoothies and have family dance parties in the living room.


Self care is most definitely a journey. It’s not getting a massage once a year on your birthday or adding another checkbox to your to-do list. It’s a cumulation of all the little things we do that improve well-being and happiness. It’s taking deliberate action to improve your physical, mental and emotional self. And it’s different for all of us.

What fills your cup? How do you take care of you? What does self care mean to you?

Here are 50 simple ways to incorporate self care into your day.

  1. Drink tea - make it a daily ritual

  2. Say bye bye to a toxic “friend”

  3. Surround yourself with people who lift you up

  4. Set boundaries and stick to them

  5. Exercise- outside if possible

  6. Spend time with small kids and let yourself be silly

  7. Spend time with a senior citizen - ask them about their life and practice truly listening

  8. Respect and cherish your body- treat it with the same awe that you would a newborn baby’s

  9. Go to bed early

  10. Take time every day to reflect and be grateful - buy a journal or download and app so it becomes habit

  11. Do a social media detox

  12. Text a friend you haven’t seen in years just to let them know you’re thinking of them

  13. Forgive people

  14. Buy the expensive face cream

  15. Snuggle your partner, your kids, your pet, your friend’s pet

  16. Create a budget and stick to it

  17. Say “no” to something that doesn’t feel right

  18. Color in an adult coloring book

  19. Learn where your food comes from and give thanks before meals - to the farmers, the sun, the earth

  20. Pause before you react

  21. Stand barefoot on the earth

  22. Buy a small piece of really good quality dark chocolate and sit down to savor it

  23. Buy a homeless person a hot coffee and a sandwich

  24. Find an mantra that resonates with you and say it often

  25. Listen to live music

  26. Tell an overwhelmed mom in the grocery store that she’s doing a good job: Let her cut in line.

  27. Reach out to a friend who is grieving - cook them food, clean their house, be present

  28. Get a massage

  29. Give away the things you don’t need

  30. Make soup for a sick friend.

  31. Buy yourself flowers

  32. Go to therapy

  33. Support local- write an online review for a small business you love

  34. Write down 5 things you love about yourself

  35. Take 10 deep breaths

  36. Light a candle every month when there is a full moon

  37. Ask for help

  38. De-clutter your desk

  39. Acknowledge other people’s accomplishments

  40. Cook yourself a meal from your childhood— dig up your grandma’s favorite recipe and share stories of her while you eat

  41. Say thank you

  42. Say I’m sorry and mean it

  43. Follow up your “I’m sorry” with “How can I make it better?”

  44. Make time for a friend date

  45. Make time for a solo date

  46. Hold the door for someone

  47. Save money every week- it doesn’t matter how much

  48. Protect your time like you do your money

  49. Eat your vegetables

  50. Learn to love being alone

Fight or Flight: Do we have it all wrong?! 

The Fight or Flight Response Comes Into Question.

The tend & befriend response: The female reaction to stress. 


The term “fight or flight" was coined by Walter Cannon in 1932. The theory is simple: When under stress (ie: a huge saber-tooth tiger appears), we either prepare for battle (fight) or we run away as fast as we can (flight). In the face of something frightening, a surge of stress hormones (namely adrenaline) cause the heartbeat to increase, you begin breathing faster, and your entire body becomes tense and ready to take action.

But that science was based on men.


A little known fact that the “stress response” was developed primarily by testing male subjects: Female hormones were just too variable because of the cyclic nature of women. 

Let that sink in…women were intentionally omitted from the studies because their hormones were more variable.

Fast-forward to the year 2000

In the year 2000, Taylor et al. proposed that the primarily male based research may have caused us to overlook a unique female stress response which they termed “tend-and-befriend." It’s theorized that females release oxytocin (the LOVE hormone—generally associated with labor and lactation) in response to stress, and this release of oxytocin is responsible for the “tend and befriend” response. 


Oxytocin has been nicknamed the love hormone because it is associated with feelings of empathy, trust, sexual activity, social bonding, and maternal behaviors. It is found in much higher levels in females than males. 

When oxytocin comes on board during times of high social stress or pain, it may "lead people to seek out more and better social contacts," says Taylor.

Natural Selection: Rethinking Groups


Historically, befriending has many benefits for women and their children, namely protection. Females couldn’t fight or flee while pregnant or caring for their children. The formation of female groups would ensure that offspring were cared for and would also aid in the defense if a threat were present: Being part of a group would increase the likelihood of survival.

While modern day stressors aren’t quite as extreme as in the past, we are constantly bombarded with micro-stressors day in and day out. The stressors have changes, the stress has not.

So if every fiber of your being is longing for a tribe of sisters, it’s because it’s engrained in your physiology! 


Adult friend-making aint easy.


It’s challenging to make new friends as an adult. It’s even more challenging to make new friends as a mom of little kids: a friend who doesn’t mind conversations being interrupted every 30 seconds by a screaming toddler or yet another last minute cancellation due to sickness. 

Community is our biggest core value at Luna, and we strive to be a space that fosters LOVE, support, and CONNECTION. 

For women, having support is not only important, it’s crucial and it’s engrained in our DNA. Having a village of like minded friends is the ultimate form of self care! 

Part of becoming a Luna member is huge discounts on all of our community events.

Embrace Darkness: Our 5 Essential Tips for Winter Wellness

The wild power of winter


Tuning into seasonal cues is an art that has been disregarded by our busy culture. 

The winter season signals a time of darkness, quiet reflection and turning inward. In nature, all living things are undergoing a process of drawing in and conserving resources. Leaves drop from trees and nutrients run back down into the earth. Animals hibernate and plants recede into the ground. 


True darkness (along with true silence) is a rare thing for humans living in modern times, particularly those who live in cities. 

Even though we may innately be feeling the pull to go inward, we tend to do the opposite. ’Tis the season of parties, shopping and saying yes to way more than we want to.  

If you’re feeling the desire to retreat, slow down and connect with yourself, here’s a few simple ways to stay grounded and honor your needs. 

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
— Pietro Aretino

5 Essential Tips for Winter Wellness


1. Create a ritual around darkness

As the days shorten, dinner is often served after sunset. Embrace the darkness by dimming the lights and eating by candle light. Young children tend to find candles mesmerizing, and it can help adults to quiet the endless mind chatter. 

Candles could also be lit at the end of the day or week to signal a time for reverence and reflection. Check out this post for a non-denominational Advent tradition. 


2. Eat warm, soothing foods

Create a winter ritual around food. At our house, winter Sundays are a day for soup making: The morning is spent chopping vegetables and simmering broth so that there is warm, nourishing soup to eat all week long. 

As you seek out a weekly meal routine for your family, it’s an ideal time to connect with your culture by creating meals that were prepared by your ancestors. In India, curries stoke the digestive fire. The Irish cook warming beef stew during the cold months.


3. Reflection and preparation

Winter is a great time to reflect on the year past and also to prepare for the new year to come. It’s a powerful time to set big intentions. When we create the space to dream big for ourselves, it’s more likely that those dreams will come to fruition.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves
— Mary Oliver

Meditate, grab a journal or maybe even try creating a vision board. What worked for you this past your and what didn’t? How can you make next year even more joyful and fulfilling?


4. Be of service

The Dalai Lama once said: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

It’s been shown that giving brings happiness not only to the person who receives, but also to the giver! Studies show that when we help others who are in need, the portion of our own brain responsible for feelings of reward and happiness are activated. 

The holiday season is an ideal time to embrace the reason for the season: Regardless of your religion or beliefs, the holidays are a time for giving. When you see an opportunity to help another human, do it! 

Being of service can be as simple as holding the door for someone or buying a cup of coffee for a stranger. There is something magical about random acts of kindness and paying it forward.


5. Nourish your body! 


The way we treat our bodies is a direct reflection of our self worth. Are you being mindful of how you’re treating your body or are you stuffing it full of cookies and wine while skimping on sleep and exercise? In the midst of the stressful holiday season, it becomes even more important to LOVE YOURSELF and to nourish your body.

What is it your deepest desire? What is your definition of self love? A potluck with a small group of people who fill you up? A pile of fuzzy blankets, a pot of hot tea, and a good book? A lavender scented bubble bath? Ask yourself what makes your HEART happy and take the steps to make it happen!

If you do one thing:


Carve out time for self care: pencil it into your schedule (in permanent marker!) and make it a priority. Schedule a massage or gift your best friend with one! Better yet, gift yourself with consistent, monthly self love by signing up for a Luna membership: the gift that keeps giving all year long. 


Acupuncture for the Immune System

Navigate a healthy seasonal transition!

Summer is behind us and the kids have settled into school.  The holidays are on the horizon, as is the dreaded cold and flu season.  We want you to be healthy and happy this winter, which means taking great care of yourself this fall!

Eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest are so important to staying healthy. However, we can all use a little extra help in fortifying our immune systems and promoting balance and relaxation.

Life doesn’t have to be a chain of never-ending colds!

Acupuncture helps stimulate the immune system and promote optimal flow of energy in the body.  We utilize acupuncture, herbal medicine, and complementary modalities such as cupping and MOXA to bolster the body’s natural defenses against pathogenic influences, ie. colds and flus. 

Acupuncture is SAFE and free from the negative side effects commonly associated with medications like drowsiness and fogginess. In fact, the side effects of acupuncture include improved quality of sleep and more balanced mood throughout the day!

Finding Balance

How does acupuncture work for immune support?  Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on the body.  In other words, it helps return the body to homeostasis, or balance.  A treatment can tonify a deficient condition by building up and accessing the body’s reserves, RESTORING ENERGY and function.  Or, a treatment can calm and clear conditions that are considered excess, or gumming up the works.

Studies show that acupuncture stimulates innate immune response by augmenting NK cell activity, activating cytokine production, increasing blood flow, and much more.


Come in for your seasonal acupuncture treatment and create a self-care plan to get you through the upcoming wet and cold months.

Ready to get started?

Don’t forget that we have free childcare available during many appointment times, making it easier to let us take care of you.  You deserve it!


Tuning In: Our Essential 5 Fall Wellness Tips!


Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, the air has a certain crispness and pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere. Fall is an important transitional time from the hot, yang days of summer to the cooler, yin days of winter.

Everything starts to turn inward and slow down: It’s the perfect time of year to take extra care of your body to prevent illness and boost energy. 

Establishing a Healthy Foundation for Fall

Our immune systems can really be challenged by the shorter days and cooler temperatures this time of year: Colds, runny noses, clogged sinuses and sore throats abound. Prevention is key in cold and flu season, and a healthy lifestyle is the foundation for good health.

New to Luna Wellness? Welcome!


Here are 5 tips to help you stay healthy this season! 


1. Nourish your body with seasonal foods: 


Autumn is harvest season: the time to reap what you planted in the spring and nurtured throughout the summer. Fill your plate with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. Greens are plentiful, as is a rainbow of vitamin rich veggies that can be thrown into a quick soup along with blood building bone broth and virus fighting garlic and onion. 

Get your ABCs: arugula, beets and carrots (and all of nature’s bounty) can keep you healthy all winter long. 

2. Tune into nature’s sleep cycles. 


With the transition to fall, you may be noticing a change in your energy levels. If you’re feeling extra sluggish, embrace it! The decrease in energy is likely related to the decreased amount of sunlight. Before electricity, humans were tuned into natural sleep cycles: The absence of light meant that it was time to sleep. So, as the endless days of summer wane, go to bed earlier when you can. 

3. Spend time in nature.


Forest bathing is all the rage lately, and with good reason. A new meta-analysis in the journal Environmental Research finds that people who spend more time in green spaces have significantly reduced risks for a number of chronic illnesses: Those who spend more time in nature have reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduced risk of type II diabetes. Get outside and indulge in the crisp coolness of the season. 

4. Express gratitude

Autumn is when we traditionally focus on giving thanks, and it’s the perfect season to buy a sparkly new notebook and begin a formal gratitude journal. According to a 2012 study in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people. What are you thankful for today? 

3. Boost your immune system with bodywork.


When your body is balanced and nourished, it can function the way that it was designed to do! Your body is an amazing and complex system that can fight off germs and stop sickness in it’s tracks. If your body is aligned and your chi is flowing, you WILL feel better! 


Birth of a (Superhero) Mom

By Eve Bernfeld 

About five months ago my friend Lisa* became a superhero.  She had her first baby.  We have a word for that: “Mom.”  A super palindrome that, as many have pointed out, spells Wow upside down.

I met Lisa a couple years back when she came to me as a student of the Alexander Technique.  Through the course of her time taking Alexander lessons, she got married, bought a house, embarked on a career change, got pregnant and, most recently, became a mother.  And somewhere along the way we became friends.  

Throughout her pregnancy she (and sometimes her husband) continued to come for lessons on how to use her body efficiently though pregnancy, labor and parenting.  I tried to hide it, but I was giddy with expectation of her getting to become a mom.  Because she was about to become a SUPERHERO.  And as eager as I was to meet her baby, I was even more eager to meet her.  

In my experience, whatever life has thrown at you so far and all the strength and grit you have developed over your life, pales in comparison to what you find yourself capable of when you have a child.  

The trouble is, when you become a superhero, you don’t know you’re a superhero, because chances are, you feel like shit.  

But heroic you are.  To use Lisa and her husband (yes, dads are superheroes too) Peter as examples…  They have had it harder than some parents and easier than others, having dealt with unexpected cesarean birth, sleep deprivation, tongue-tie, anxiety, insomnia, eczema, flaring up of a repetitive stress injury, and grandparents who want to be helpful, but think vegetables grow in a can.

I don’t think they feel heroic (in response to reading a draft of this blog, Lisa responded: “I feel like my super power is not showering”).  But they are all still here and their adorable daughter is thriving.  

The other day I was enjoying a cup of tea with another superhero (i.e. mom) friend, Mari.  I had the honor of being present at Mari’s birth and wow, was she super.  After laboring for 37 hours, she pushed her baby out in one push.  I kid you not.  (I also would not recommend it.)  Her daughter just turned six and Mari has always been sort of a mom-mentor to me, as my kids are two years younger.  We were discussing some other friends of hers who are about to become parents and we were giggling—not unkindly, I hope—at the ride they are in for.  


Because it’s pretty hard to know what it is like to be called upon to be a superhero if you haven’t lived it yourself.  Parenting is common and as a culture we are so accustomed to judging how people are doing it, (Hint: nobody gets a perfect 10) even, or especially, if we haven’t done it ourselves.  Being a parent is so commonplace that we tend to miss the enormity of it.  After I had kids I looked back in awe at everyone I had ever worked with who was a parent.  Whoa—how the hell did they ever get anything done?

My guess, parents, is that life feels out of control much of the time (I was going to say “new parents,” but I am currently trying to increase the length of time that it’s acceptable for a mom to show up at work to find random kid schmutz on her shirt—is four years too many?  Can I hear 14?).  You don’t feel like the glamorous, muscular superheroes that fill our movie theatres on a monthly basis.  But being super isn’t about fancy costumes or one-liners, but instead about dealing with the deluge of chaos that gets thrown at you every single day.  (One last case in point: The other day I was in my neighbor Julia’s kitchen, chatting and drinking a Memorial Day margarita.  With her super mom-bat-hearing she heard a little voice from another room say, “I have to go pee pee!”  She yelled to her husband, who was closer.  He scooped the little guy up and leapt over toys and furniture and other kids to get him to the bathroom in time.) This blog is a love letter to parents, but I feel like I need to offer more than cheerleading.  So here are a few pieces of unsolicited mom-mentor advice:

  • Always take an opportunity to pee.  Who knows when you’ll get another one?
  • Same goes for sleep.
  • Same goes for eating.
  • Let your house be a wreck for a few years.
  • Find or cultivate a community.  I have wonderful friends all over the city and all over the world.  But the people I lean on every day are the parent friends I met at the playground and bonded with when I took the plunge and invited them over for a summer potluck two years ago.  

Carry on!  I see you, and you are SUPER.  

*Names have been changed, because every superhero needs a secret identity.


Eve Bernfeld, MA, M.AmSAT, is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and the owner of In Balance Alexander Technique. She also teaches at Lewis & Clark College. The rest of the time she tests her superpowers by running after her four-year-old triplets. Learn more about her here



10 Ways to Support Your Breastfeeding Partner

By Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC

New research confirms that postpartum support - from a partner in particular - tends to have more influence on breastfeeding initiation and continuation than more formal support from a healthcare provider.

In the early days of having a newborn, the non-breastfeeding partner may feel concerned that they can’t do much to help with the baby.  On the contrary, there are plenty of things to do to support the breastfeeding mother: Here are just a few of them.

  1. Bring snacks.  Breastfeeding moms are a hungry bunch!  They require about 300-500 additional calories per day. One-handed snacks like nuts, string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, granola bars, and fruit are ideal because generally one hand is occupied with the baby.  Snacking becomes a way of life when breastfeeding.
  2. Bring water.  Breastfeeding can make a mom very thirsty - the initial letdown is sometimes like a switch gets flipped and they need water NOW.  
  3. Help her get comfortable.  A successful breastfeeding session starts with the mom’s comfort.  Pillows behind the back, a stool for the feet, and a blanket on the lap are all ways to increase comfort. When nursing a newborn, mom will probably be in one spot for a while (babies can nurse for anywhere from 10-40 minutes), so they might as well be as comfortable as possible.
  4. If any breastfeeding tools are being used (supplemental nursing systems, nursing pillows, etc), give a hand in helping get them set up and ready.  It makes a nursing session much easier if these things are at the ready when it’s time to sit down.
  5. If mom is pumping breast milk, washing pump parts is one of the nicest things a partner can do to help.  If there is a pumping plan in place or if mom is working outside the home, having pump parts ready to go is greatly appreciated.
  6. When the baby wakes in the middle of the night to nurse, change the diaper.  It’s a great opportunity to work as a team - the non-breastfeeding partner can change the diaper so that the breastfeeding partner can focus on feeding the baby.  
  7. Bring the baby to mom.  If the baby is in a separate sleeping space, a very supportive action is to get up and bring baby to mom.  It’s one less thing mom has to worry about, and a couple more seconds of shut eye for her.
  8. Give encouragement.  Breastfeeding can be difficult - especially in the early days when you’re sleep-deprived and everything is new.  Moms need to hear that they’re doing a great job and that their hard work is appreciated. 
  9. Give mom a break.  After a 2-hour cluster feeding session, mom may want a hot bath or a moment to rest.  Talk to your partner about tag-teaming to make sure everyone is getting some R and R.  
  10. Help mom find support.  Breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally, and many moms need additional support in the beginning.  Find local resources like the nearest IBCLC, mom’s groups, or Baby Blues Connection. Have a list available just in case she needs it.  


Consider these ways to be involved in the breastfeeding journey - your partner will be grateful for the support and encouragement! 

Note: There are many ways that families can provide milk for their babies; for the purpose of this post, the author uses she/her pronouns in regards to the breastfeeding parent. 

Reference: Impact of Male-Partner-Focused Interventions on Breastfeeding Initiation, Exclusivity, and Continuation.  Mitchell-Box, Braun, 2013. Journal of Human Lactation 29(4) 473–479


Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC, provides home visit lactation consultations to families in Portland and surrounding areas. She has a special interest in the newborn period and oral restriction. 

Learn more about Adrienne at Wy'East Lactation

TRUE Health!

Caring for the Whole

Thoughts and Tips on Cultivating True and Sustainable Self-care

In the US, we’re taught to pay attention to our bodies only when something is wrong— and the typical treatment is aimed at covering up the symptoms rather than finding the cause. 

  • Got a headache? Pop an aspirin.

  • Insomnia? Fill up with coffee and power through your day.

The average American is willing to spend hundreds of dollars every month to have the latest technology in their pocket, but balks at the thought of spending a quarter of that on a massage

At Luna, we genuinely believe that your health is your wealth! 

If you’re body isn’t functioning at its peak potential, it’s going to affect every single aspect of your life. 

Simply NOT being sick is not enough


Just like being happy is different than being “not sad,” being truly healthy is much different than being “not sick” or “not in pain.” 

Self care is more than getting a massage once a year on your birthday.  It’s all about the journey, and it’s a journey that takes dedication and consistency. 

Thought Exercise:

For many Americans, it still is a luxury

For many Americans, it still is a luxury

  • Do you HAVE to get your teeth cleaned every 6 months? No- but you will have fewer cavities and less decay if you do.

  • Do you HAVE to get your car’s oil changed every 3,000 miles? No- but it will run more efficiently if you do.

  • Do you HAVE to tune your bike up every spring? No- but it will be a smoother ride if you do.


The Root Structure of Pain & Discomfort 

The practitioners at Luna address the issues that your medical doctor won’t: We dig deep and find the root cause of the symptoms that are showing up in your body.

side effects vs. side benefits

And the rewards are infinite! While the side effects of medications are less than desirable things like weight gain, insomnia and moodiness, the side effects of regular bodywork include:

  • more restful sleep,

  • improved digestion

  • a more positive outlook on life


We want you to feel better.

and then, we want you to feel good– consistently

We had a heartfelt vision to create a space where people could gather, heal and be part of a community that promotes the kind of self-care that changes lives.

Our approach to wellness is accessible and holistic: It involves balancing lifestyle, nutrition, movement and spirituality supported by a COMMUNITY that will catch you when you fall.  

Doesn’t it sound lovely? Giving your body the love, care, and nourishment it deserves? 

There are plenty of quality places to get a decent massage, and we want you exploring & practicing consistent self care, even if it's not with us.


But if you want something more, and a truly holistic approach to your wellbeing, we've got you covered.

At Luna, we make it so SIMPLE to take care of yourself. Our memberships give you the very best deal on services while holding you accountable to get the care you need. 

Accessability & Affordablity are Key


We have some low commitment options, as well as huge discount for committing to a year of self care. 

Check out our options with the link below and shoot us an email if you have ANY questions! 

Are you ready for self care that will change your life? 

How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help You Get Pregnant!

Are you tired of feeling completely helpless when it comes to your fertility? Are you staring down the road of medications and their side effects? Overwhelmed by the emotional and physical burden, relationship strain, and/or financial burden caused by infertility? Are you struggling to make sense of all the conflicting information and advice out there on getting pregnant? Are you emotionally exhausted from tracking ovulation, crying over negative pregnancy tests, and wondering if you will ever have a baby of your own? 

Today more and more women are experiencing the pain of infertility. They are searching far and wide for treatments to help them conceive and carry to term. Most women are unaware that infertility can stem from an issue within the nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord: It's our body's master control system. Fertility health, conception and birth all require a properly functioning nervous system. Nerves transmit impulses and sensations to every part of the body, allowing them function optimally. The nerves that innervate our reproductive organs pass through the spine. Fertility can be affected if there’s an imbalance in the bony structures of the back and pelvis: These misalignments can interfere with the delicate nerve impulses going to the ovaries and uterus. Spinal and nervous system imbalances can also affect the body systems that coordinate the delivery of hormones, preventing their normal function and contributing to hormone imbalance. According to the American Pregnancy Association, “In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits." 

Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference in the nervous system is their primary goal. Chiropractic adjustments remove any interference between the nervous system and the rest of the body. A healthy nervous system promotes reproductive function! Chiropractors trained in fertility work also help to balance the bony pelvis and pelvic floor muscles so that your body is in the optimal position to conceive, carry and deliver a baby. 

Chiropractic is a safe and economical alternative to traditional medicine, as it focuses on whole body wellness. While chiropractic care does not treat infertility; it does help to establish a healthy connection via the chemical messengers (hormones) in the body so that your body can do what it was made to do, which is conceiving and delivering a healthy baby! 

Natural methods are easier on the body, less expensive, and less invasive. In addition, these treatments can be applied prior to and during conventional options such as IVF.

Every treatment plan at Luna is tailored specifically for your body and includes a combination of bodywork, herbs and/or supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes to optimize health and wellness for you, and ultimately, for your baby.


Three Amazing Benefits of Prenatal Massage


Ever wonder why this pregnancy thing has been so romanticized by so many? Or maybe that was just me. I got really sick each time. I remember lying on the couch of our old Portland bungalow and watching the buds on the trees forming, literally this is how I spent months in between vomiting and working. I had one saving grace, I was a doula and childbirth educator and I knew that prenatal massage would help me. The massage helps to move excess hormones that cause nausea out of your system. I felt so lucky to know many gifted Portland area prenatal massage specialists.

Every time I even laid my swollen, tired, nauseous body on one of their cozy tables I immediately felt relief, just being in this healing space was nurturing. But then the actual massage would happen and I’d melt and truly rest and even dream a little. It fortified me on so many levels.

When I was pregnant with my second baby I went over to a lesser known friends house for dinner. The woman had four children and she wanted to make me dinner, was she a Goddess? Probably. But in between big mouthfuls of salad and goat cheese crostini she said something that always stuck with me. She said “Being pregnant is like climbing a mountain at every moment in your existance for forty weeks, the least the rest of us can do is to take care of you during that time and directly after. It’s temporary but it’s really stressful, it’s a good time to let people help you.” After that I had no problem asking for help or letting myself be taken care of. I don’t know what it is about being pregnant that many of us proud women feel like we should just be able to power through and do everything ourselves. Prenatal massage has been around forever, for a very good reason, because it helps significantly. We all deserve to feel nurtured. That is why it is offered at Luna Wellness. Prenatal massage helps moms cope on a all mind, body issues but here are the three biggest things it helps with:

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Three Benefits of Prenatal Massage:

1. Pain Reduction- Prenatal massage can improve circulation which reduces swelling and clears excess hormones, it helps improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles. It helps prevent headaches, reduces back pain, reduces joint pain, assists in an overall sense of wellbeing and improves immune functioning.

2. Stress Reduction- Prenatal massage helps to reduce stress, fear and anxiety, helps with sleep which can also increase libito and help mamas access their intuition and trust. We now know that stress can affect babies health so anything that reduces a mom’s stress level puts her baby at an advantage to being healthier in all areas. And we all want healthy babies.

3. Bring on Baby- Prenatal Massage can help babies come at the perfect time for both mamas and babies because it helps to bring about more of the feel-good hormones that kick start labor at the perfect time. The hormone oxytocin is released through massage and it helps you go into labor at the right time for you. Massage will not put you into labor if your body is not ready but it can help prime you for a healthy birth. It’s like the sun hitting ripe apples on the tree, if the apples aren’t yet ripe, they won’t fall it just helps the apples grow. But if the conditions are just right that sun will indeed assist in the apple’s descent. 

Side note: If you are experiencing a high risk pregnancy please consult your doctor about massage.


Chiropractic Care for Newborns


Even before babies are born, structural imbalances and nerve irritation can occur in the uterus from awkward fetal positioning and restriction of movement (known as intrauterine constraint). After spending the last few months of gestation in a cramped uterus, the process of being born can be intense. It is a tight fit, and babies often get pushed into uncomfortable positions while descending through the birth canal.


The baby’s head plays a big role in the opening of the cervix, and large forces are placed on the infant’s delicate skull, neck and spine during the birthing process. These stresses are increased if interventions such as a vacuum or forceps are used. Cesarean births can also be traumatic for babies as they are extremely fast, and significant tractional forces are used to pull the baby out of a relatively small incision in the uterus. A thorough chiropractic evaluation is a vital step in giving your baby the best possible start. Newborn chiropractic treatment is extremely gentle, and it will help your baby feel comfortable in his body.

Conditions commonly treated in newborns:

Nursing, breastfeeding, latch difficulties, torticollis, colic, reflux, breech presentation, shoulder dystocia, difficult birth.

Postpartum Chiropractic

If you feel overwhelmed after giving birth, you are not alone. 

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The lack of attention given to new mothers in our society is disheartening. Gone are the days of being surrounded and guided by your “village” of grandmothers, mothers, aunties, and cousins. The “fourth trimester” is real, and new mamas need to take care of themselves as well as their families.

After completing the enormous task of growing and birthing a human being, new mamas are often left on their own to figure it all out. The demands of raising an infant combined with the hormonal roller coaster of motherhood, sleep deprivation, isolation, a body healing from childbirth, a weakened and overstretched core, and countless hours spent in hunched over positions (nursing, baby wearing, changing diapers) can wreck havoc on the body.

Why you should see a chiropractor postpartum:

Postpartum support is not a luxury! Making the time to care for your physical and mental self after giving birth should be an essential part of your birth plan. Many physical, psychological, and spiritual changes occur in the initial weeks postpartum. Six-week postpartum checkups are typically brief encounters, where you may or may not be reminded to do your kegels. An entire year could easily go by between the postpartum farewell and the next check up.

Postpartum chiropractic can bridge this gap in health care. New mamas should be adjusted shortly after giving birth to quicken recovery time and normalize overall pelvic and spinal bio-mechanics. Moms are encouraged to seek care as soon as possible after giving birth. Babies and older kids are always welcome to tag along at appointments.

Prenatal Chiropractic


During pregnancy, your body may become misaligned as your center of gravity changes. Prenatal chiropractic care can reduce back pain and result in shortened labor.

Visiting a prenatal chiropractor prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in the bony pelvis, muscles and ligaments. Proper pelvic alignment allows for a faster labor, with less chance of awkward fetal positioning.

One study showed that women who were adjusted during pregnancy had 25% shorter labors than women who were not. This percentage went up to 36% in women who were delivering their second or third babies.

The importance of chiropractic care during pregnancy:

Studies show that up to 80% of women will experience back pain during their pregnancies. It should go without saying that your body changes during pregnancy. The average weight gain of 25-35 pounds, combined with the stress placed on a woman’s body by the baby, can result in significant discomfort. Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can decrease and even prevent the common aches and pains that go along with pregnancy.

Throughout pregnancy, mama-to-be’s center of gravity changes from day to day, as the belly grows and the spinal curves shift. Many women look for alternatives to pain medications and drugs during pregnancy. Prenatal chiropractic care is a safe and natural alternative for pain relief.

Common issues that respond well to prenatal chiropractic care include: low back pain, hip pain, sciatica, mid back and rib pain, and pubic symphysis dysfunction.