Naturally Supporting the Immune System: Class TBA in January!

Whether you chose to vaccinate or not, are you among the many parents who wonder how to naturally support their children’s immune systems?  We get many questions at the store about what to use for this or that – and this is THE CLASS to help parents get comfortable and understand some of their natural resources when a child gets ill!   Surveying natural therapies such as essential oils, herbs, homeopathics, and minerals, you’ll gain a good introduction to the numerous natural modalities that you can use to support your children both for prevention and also in acute situations, including many communicable childhood illnesses.   This class is a great stand alone for those wanting to incorporate a greater range of holistic modalities for prevention and treatment, or as a follow-up to our “Vaccines #1:  Informed Choice.”

Teaching is Nicole Paquin, Certified Traditional Naturopath and Instructor at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education in Mt. Pleasant.  “Vaccine #2:  Supporting the Immune System Naturally” is held at Indigo Forest, Tuesday TBA, January 2011, at 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  $30/person or $50/two people.  Space is limited, please call Indigo Forest to register 734.994.8010.

Holistic Therapies @ Introductory Rates Through Christmas!

Has it been a while since you’ve done something for yourself, but the budget or your schedule just hasn’t had room?   How can you continue to give and give, or keep your family balanced, or maintain that fast pace at work – if you don’t help your system out with some healthy IMPUT once in a while?

This is an important time of year to take care of yourself, and the price is right!

Our store manager, Juliana Sanchez, is also currently a student in the Certified Naturopath program at The Naturopathic Institute of Mt. Pleasant, MI (THE top naturopathic school nationally.)  She is offering introductory rates through December 24th, 2010, on holistic therapies such as Cranial-Sacral, Light Healing Touch, Meridian Allergy Corrections, and Reflexology.  These therapies benefit the whole person, and are ideal for EVERYONE!

Cranial-sacral is a light touch therapy that encourages proper bone alignment, and function of the cerebral spinal fluid throughout the body.

Light Healing Touch is a therapy performed by many holistic practitioners and medical professionals such as nurses.  LHT is a fully clothes therapy, where the client relaxes on a massage table as the practitioner works above the body on their electromagnetic field.

Meridian Allergy Corrections are gently and highly effective ways to deal with those pesky allergies.

Reflexology is a therapy which the practitioner works on reflex points on the bottom of the foot.  (Did you know that there is a ‘map’ of your whole body on the sole of your foot, and that one can work on your lungs, or colon, from your foot?)  Benefits are often similar to those that would result from a whole body massage!

reflexology map

Simple Reflexology Chart

While rates for this work range typically from $60-$90 per session, Juliana’s introductory rate is ONLY $20 for an hour-length treatment!  Available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the work day, with a three day lead time preferred.  There are a limited number of sessions available, so sign up now!

P.S.  from Beth the Owner:  “We get rave reviews on Juliana’s work, often that people are getting better results than they’ve gotten with other long-established practitioners.   I can tell you from personal experience that this is a lovely chance to work with a fantastic student.”

Healthy Living, and Healthy Dying….

A new topic to raise here publicly here at Indigo Forest…..In a business that so many think of as ‘that mommy-baby store,’ we actually view ourselves as a Life-Cycle Store, and are often quietly helping our customers not just when they welcome new family members, but also when their loved ones pass on as well.  Owner & midwife Beth Barbeau, along with her sister & doula, Laura Bailey, spent much of 2009 caring for their mother in their home with Hospice Care.  So much of what Indigo Forest is about paved the way for the family, from the Franchincense oils to soothe the spirit and ease labored breathing to the homeopathics that moderated the extreme ‘side effects’ of her illness, from the flower remedies that supported the sisters emotionally to the “Honeypot Beeswax Light” that glowed comfortingly through the entire journey.

When Grandma passed on Nov. 2nd, 2009, it seemed natural to continue to care for her at home.  That ‘Home Funeral’ turned out to be one of the most healing events of their lives, and many friends and strangers have come to share in it’s wonder & tenderness.    Unusual words to be used for death, truly.  Often, in the hubbub of caring for young children, the issue of loss is distant for many people.  Yet death is an event that bumps in to each of our lives eventually….. and Indigo Forest is there when it does.   We’ll be offering more commentary & information on this journey over time for those that are interested; we urge you to explore this topic as you are ready, for even a little information ahead of time can pave the way greatly.  And if this is too raw, or you are not ready for it, return to our home page and save this for another time.  We understand.

If you’d like to know more now, there is a unique workshop being held on Saturday, Nov. 20th from 1-5 pm.  Entitled, “Changing Visions of Death Care in our Culture“, it includes watching the movie Departures and talking about creating new traditions while reviving old traditions in death care.   Led by two special resources here in Ann Arbor, Merilynne Rush, Home Funeral Guide and Marnie Burkman, MD, ABIHM, this afternoon promises to be a sensitive and eye-opening experience.  For location and more details, go to  Blessings.

Ann Arbor’s Original Nursing Cafe’

While breastfeeding may be the ‘most natural thing in the world,’ it often does not seem to come naturally to many babies & their mothers these days .  In spite of often heroic efforts on the part of mamas who read and educate themselves passionately, work to have a healthy satisfying birth, and ‘do everything right’ for their little ones, nursing mamas in our society are often left to sort out breastfeeding problems by themselves, searching for solutions and (often expensive) professional help on the web or through word-of-mouth contacts.

Indigo Forest was founded in part to help pick up the pieces in the postpartum chapter of our lives – and to support families as they address the very challenging next experience after the long-awaited birth – parenting!   Recent Nursing Cafe’ topics have included improving the latch, slow weight gain, “Helpful Relatives”, engorgement, mastitis, thrush, getting the baby to sleep, baby wearing, post-partum recovery, adjustment of older siblings, weaning the baby off the nipple shield & reflux.

Since we opened three and a half years ago, we’ve been offering a free nursing support group every Wednesday afternoon from 2-3 pm.  Ladies – come join us for some tea, some company, and some fresh ideas.  Siblings welcome, toys available.

The Nursing Cafe’
Wednesdays 2-3 pm
No Cost
Community, Support & Professional Guidance