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boobie talk part 2

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

Hey all you breast owning creatures out there. Today I was inspired to talk little bit more about boobs, and the two main actions for your breast health. 

Boobie massage

Our boobs are located on top of our heart, and the location it’s not a coincidence. Us humans we have 2 main points of energy centres. In guys the primary centre is on their penis and the 2nd one is in their hearts. And us females our primary point is in our hearts and 2nd one is in our yonis. That’s why girls are more sensitive, that’s how we were sculptured to be. That’s why it’s so important to connect to your heart point, to your primary energy centre through your boobs.  

Through massaging your breast tissues you’re also releasing all the toxins that may be stored in there. The way our body releases toxins is through our lymphatic system. This automatic detoxification system works through movement. And because our boobs are mainly maid of fat tissues, they are not inhabiting as much in this detoxification system the same way other ares of our bodies. This is the reason why our boobs might collect extra dirt on them, that could create breast cancer for example. And  here  you can find a practical guide for the boobie massage!

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Going braless or at least wireless 

On top of boob massage, a powerful self love act is to g0 braless. The bras pressure, especially the ones with all kinds of metal things on them, creates unnecessary  pressure on your boob tissues. This pressure is also linked in some studies to breast cancer, through same ideology I described above about toxins clotting in your tissues. Not only that in mind, but also how relieved do you feel when you get home and release your boobs from those holders. Well with common sense, you holding that kinda tension the most of your day, is not the greatest act of love to your boobs. If bras in some occasion are totally must for that girl power look, I would go for bralettes or the wire bras which are exactly your size. (and go see an bra expert with this one)  So investing in those good bras, can actually save your life. Or learning to embrace your natural state, and go for that free your boob look, which is my favourite. 

kuu liikuttaa meitä

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: pinterest

Kuu liikuttaa valtameriä. Kehomme on 70% vettä. Kuu liikuttaa meitä. 

Kun pysähdymme huomaamme elämän syklisyyden, huomaamme kuun taivaalla, sen eri vaiheet, uudesta kuusta täyteen kuuhun. Mitä syvemmälle pysähdymme, sitä enemmän alamme huomata. Huomaamme kuinka kuun ollessa pimennossa, energiamme on aivan erilainen kuin täydenkuun aikaan. 

Kuinka kuu liikuttaa sinua, meitä, tätä yhteiskuntaa, koko valtamerta? 

Kuun ja maapallon vetovoima vetää vettä puoleensa. Vuorovedet syntyvät tästä vetovoimasta. Entä miten tämä vetovoima vaikuttaa meihin? Asioita mitä emme nää, mitkä eivät tule päin näköämme, saatamme sivuuttaa. Vain koska emme pysty näkemään vettä itsessämme, ei tarkoita sitä ettei sillä olisi suuri vaikutus meihin. Entä jos vain tunnemme, opettelemme tuntemaan veden meissä, ja sen kuinka kuun eri vaiheet vaikuttavat meihin. Mitä jos kuu on työvälineemme. Sen avulla pystymme hallinnoimaan energian käyttöämme. Mitä jos pystymme opettelemaan syklistä energian käyttöä. Olemaan syklissä luonnon syklien kanssa. Kun käytämme energiamme älykkäästi, elämämme virtaa helpommin.

Istun joogamatolleni, kädessäni höyryävä tee. Pidän mukia sydämelläni, ja luon yhteyttä tähän hetkeen. Kehoni lämpenee jokaisesta hörpystä enemmän ja enemmän. Pikku hiljaa löydän yhteyden hengitykseeni, puhdistan uniset keuhkoni, ja annan kehoni liikkua tämän hetken energia tasoni mukaan. Kun kuu on täydessä loistossaan, energiani on katossa, haluan tuntea palon, käyttää tätä energiaa. Kun taas kuun ollessa pimennossa, taivaan ollessa musta, kaipaan hiljaisuutta, pysähtymistä, pitkiä syviä venytyksiä.  Kun aloitamme aamumme tästä yhteydestä itseemme, koko universumiin, alamme oppia käyttämään energiamme oikein. Antamalla itsellemme hetken löytää yhteys, opetella tätä yhteyttä, joka harjoituksen jälkeen ymmärrämme paremmin itseämme, energiaamme, koko universumin energiaa. 

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Pssttt.. olen kirjoittanut alkuperäisesti tekstin Virtawellbeingille. VIrta on kahden enkelin, hannan ja sonjan upea luomus. He tarjoavat joogaa, meditaatiota ja hyvinvoiva alan luentoja organisaatioille. Näistä enkeleistä vielä myöhemmin lisää!

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boobie talk part 1

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

Our lady parts are divine. Somewhere along the line it became a tabu to talk about them, even though these parts give life, shelter and nourish all of us in our early years on this planet. I love talking about all things shocking, all things tabu. So one day we could share knowledge without any shame and embrace our lady parts. 

So boobs. Those magical lady lumps on your chest. These magic lumps literally produce liquid gold when you breast feed. It’s been documented that breast milk is ever changing to the needs of the baby. The nipple’s aureola literally communicates the needs of the baby, though the saliva. Before our motherhood years, our breasts are still making sure we stay strong and healthy. As their hypersensitive nature, they constantly communicate with the environment, so our bodies will produce what it needs in order to thrive. How amazing is that? They are literally our power houses. If that doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. So how can you honour your breast, show love and gratitude to them daily?

How to love your boobs

  • Your environment is a big one. Everything from diet to clothes, to emotions, water, cosmetics and those nasty chemicals we face daily (especially plastic) have so much to do with your breast health (aka your whole wellbeing). Your body will always work it’s best to provide you with thriving being, but at this day and age our bodies just can’t keep up with the constant stressors from within and outside ourselves. So to thrive, our boobs are calling us to let go of everything that’s polluting them.

  • This includes choosing the diet that best works for you (organic is always a more loving choice).

  • Choose to wash all of your textiles with organic laundry options. Outi Les Pyy is the guru of sustainable laundry.

  • Check your water! Here in Finland we’re blessed with good quality water. But still the water quality varies. So if you feel like the pipes in your house are not the best, go for a water filter. And if you’re living in a place where it smells like a swimming pool in your shower, definitely go get a water filter. After all we’re 80% of water. So you can just imagine what the chemicals will to you, and your breasts.

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  • Yes chemicals, here and there. Chemicals which are not natural, and don’t provide long term happiness are a no- no. I would say artificial chemicals give us an easy way in and out. The main artificial chemical I want to touch upon here is plastic. Plastic is everywhere. And that’s probably my least favourite thing that’s ever been invented. Especially when they stared to put it everywhere. If we’re not careful, the chemicals from plastic will get in touch with our skin, our bodies and yes to our breasts. A big one to pay attention to is the food and liquid we consume and if there is plastic touching it. So all those plastic food containers, bottles and even teflon (yes, it’s a form of plastic), will leak chemicals into your food and drinks. What makes it even worse is exposing the plastic packaging to heat. You might think, so what does it matter if plastic leaks into our system? Well, plastic actually can mimic as one of our primal hormones, as it leaks into our blood streams it can actually act similar to estrogen. Yes, that’s pretty crazy if you ask me. But this is not recommended as a hormone dosing, cause as there is good and bad estrogen. And yes, this is definitely not the good kind. Besides the quality, most of us females suffer from having too much estrogen in us anyway. High levels of stress, and almost all that is harmful t0 our breast also causes us to produce more estrogen. (Just to keep you with me, our main female body hormones are progesterone and estrogen. We need both, and they work in balance together. They rise and drop one at a time, to create our divine cycles, aka our periods.)

  • You are beautiful. Inside and out. You don’t need those chemicals. Those magic products, which are robbing your money and promising magic in a bottle, that’s far from magic. Bottles that are actually filled with chemicals our bodies don’t need. There’s so much natural cosmetics out there. So many variations to try out. But I would say that minimalism goes a long way, and our supportive self talk is a million times more beautifying than any product out there. Which leads me to the last breast love providing action.

  • What’s the relationships you have with yourself? How do you talk to yourself when you see/feel/hear and be yourself. This is the most crucial point to focus on. All the actions will follow when we start to truly notice how much love we are and provide to ourselves. Your self talk does so much. When you can find a place of love within you, you will thrive and you will be loved, because you are love, my love.

women's bank

writer:ona Rihu
illustration: Saara helkala

 "Empower a Woman"

"Empower a Woman"

Women's bank is a Finnish volunteer network that strives to provide women in developing countries a chance to become an entreprenour and build a career. 

"Women in Finland are known for their independence and equal status with men. Finnish women were the first in Europe to win the right to vote and the first in the world to be able to stand as candidates at elections. The country’s municipal day care system has since the 1970’s enabled women to work and have careers. Now Finnish women want to give other women a chance to succeed."

In just over ten years, Women’s Bank’s volunteer network has fundraised well over 10 million euros for women in developing countries.
This money is used for

  • financing projects that improve women's income, productive skills and rights. 
  • Microloans, upgrading skills and other activities in support of women’s entrepreneurial activity
  • Other new and innovative pilot projects focused on enterprises for women.

These donations can improve women's lives drastically. To give these women tools to build a career, to become self-employed and more independent is the best gift you can give. The opportunities this program can give to these women can change their lives for good. And for these amounts that we can so easily spend on a day out on the town, you can make a huge difference in someones life. 

I am guilty of getting caught up my everyday life and drowning myself mundane thoughts about what to have for dinner etc. And that's okay, sometimes your heart needs to rest for a while. But it's also important to remember the magnitude of everything around us. There is a lot of injustice in the world, and there is something that we can do about it. Even if it's a small thing to you, it can mean a lot to someone. Let's not close our eyes. 

So, what can I do?

  • With 15 euros you can pay for daycare so that mothers will be able to attend training.
  • With 30 euros you can enable a woman to receive vocational training, in other words get a profession.
  • With 50 euros you can support the business training of a woman.
  • With 75 euros you can gift a microloan to start a business

Read more about Women's Bank and their mission here

 

 

tracking your cycle

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Ona Rihu

 Natural Cycles thermometer

Natural Cycles thermometer

For us women, It’s extremely helpful to know our cycle inside out and see the bigger picture behind our fertility. Our reproductive system is very complicated and not many of us actually know the specifics of what goes on in our body every month.  I recommend reading the “holy bible” of the female reproductive system, “Taking charge of your fertility” by Toni Weschler to all women. This book has taught me so much. Even if you're not planning on tracking your cycle, it's a huge advantage to be able to understand your body on a deeper level.

By tracking your cycle you can find a whole new world of the female body and see which days you have a chance of getting pregnant and which days you’re safe. So you can use this method to avoid getting pregnant, or to help you get pregnant! And by ‘tracking’ I mean measuring your temperature every day just after waking up and writing it down. I use NaturalCycles because it’s an app that I have on my phone wherever I go. It uses an algorithm that tells me when I’m ovulating, when I have “green days” and it predicts my cycle months ahead. It’s also the first and only certified contraceptive app and a lifesaver to women who don’t want to use hormonal birth control. 

Now, keep in mind that this is a natural method and requires patience, maturity and understanding your body. There is so much to learn about our reproductive system as women and it’s a privilege to be able to understand exactly what goes on in your body each month. You can easily educate yourself online. Read into it, get involved and thank me later! Remember that this method does not protect against STD's.

Note: Natural Cycles is 93% effective and should only be used by women over 18 years old. 

This post was made in collaboration with NaturalCycles.