She was in tears when we first talked.
“I’ve worked with a dietician and we found a diet that makes my body hurt less. But, Parijat, I’m miserable. Food is such a big part of our culture and I can’t eat any of it anymore. I’m not sure that my body not hurting anymore is worth it if it means I can’t eat what I want”
Soon after, a friend asked me, “Would you be willing to teach me how to reduce inflammation without giving up all sweets & alcohol?”
Of course, there are inflammatory foods, especially in the Western diet. But it got me thinking…why do so many of the solutions to an anti-inflammatory lifestyle involve strict dietary restrictions?
Especially when gut health is only part of the picture of why inflammation happens in the body anyway…
And that’s how Soothe: Inflammation was born.
Why is Soothe: Inflammation needed?
1. Because when you’re living with chronic or traumatic stress, you’re living in a body that is functioning in an inflammatory state.
Eating anti-inflammatory foods, taking anti-inflammatory supplements, cutting out inflammatory foods (while helpful) won’t address the physiological state of survival that you’re in.
A state that requires you to be in a body with an activated inflammatory response.
2. Because the nervous system itself can trigger inflammation.
3. Because in addition to everything you’re already doing to try and reduce your inflammation, you deserve to have the full picture of how the nervous system plays a role!
Why is this important?
Because we know that inflammation underlies most chronic health complications.
But for someone who’s living with chronic or traumatic stress, inflammation isn’t in and of itself the root cause.
The state of your body is.
This state is determined by your nervous system.
Reducing inflammation by accessing the true root cause helps relieve many symptoms of health conditions such as:
If you’re going to be TTC, this is especially important for you because chronic and traumatic stress increase inflammatory markers in the body that have been connected to pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, and preterm labor.
Joining us now, before you’re ready to TTC can help you set up a strong foundation for a healthy future pregnancy!
Who should join Soothe: Inflammation?
1. You know you have inflammation in your body and you’ve tried a lot of things to improve it but it’s not quite better yet, or not at the level you want it to be at yet.
2. Not sure if you have inflammation? Does this resonate? (This is not a comprehensive list)
You keep forgetting things
Getting sick often
Skin irritation/rash/eczema flare
You feel “old”
3. You don’t want another year to go by living with that 👆 in your day to day.
4. You also know you’re living with chronic/traumatic stress but you’ve tried all the meditation, deep breathing, therapy and yoga without enough relief.
5. You recognize you may need to make some dietary changes, but you are not willing to give up so many foods that you can’t enjoy life anymore.
6. You aren’t willing to do any crash diets or exercise until you’re blue in the face (anymore).
7. See again, you don’t want your quality of life to suffer just to get rid of inflammation.
In Soothe: Inflammation, I will not teach you…
How to stick to a Keto, AIP, South Beach, or meat only diet
How to calm down
How to heal trauma
How to suck the joy out of your life for the sake of getting your bloodwork to land between a particular range.
In Soothe: Inflammation, I will teach you…
How your nervous system is driving the inflammation in your body
What to do besides deep breathing and positive thinking to actually shift your body out of survival and into an anti-inflammatory state
Foundational neurobiological practices you need to master so it does not need to create an inflammatory state anymore.
How to support your body through the peaks and valleys of life and the inflammatory response that
I know how frustrating it is to live with inflammation, especially when you’ve tried everything you can think of.
You haven’t done anything wrong in your efforts to reduce inflammation.
In a body that’s living with trapped survival stress, the tools have to be used at the right time for maximum benefit!
So, let’s create that right time, right now, so you can use the tools you love.
By working with Parijat I learned to manage my IBS and anxiety. I like Parijat's practical and hands on approach. She gives you things that you can actually do..
What is Soothe: Inflammation?
Soothe: Inflammation is an 8 week group program that teaches you a trauma-informed, neurobiological approach to reducing inflammation without cutting out all the foods you love to eat.
In this 8 week program, you’re going to learn body-based practices that support nervous system and immune system regulation.
At this point, I’m often asked, “Does this mean you’ll teach us mindfulness or deep breathing?”
I will teach you neither!
The body-based practices you’ll learn will help you access your sensory and sensorimotor system to facilitate completing the stress physiology cycles that weren’t able to be completed.
These incomplete cycles maintain the trapped survival stress in our bodies that translate to the inflammatory response that we live with.
All to say, we’ll be doing a lot of sensory work, a lot of gentle movements and posture related work to help you release that trapped survival stress in a way that will help you to re-regulate your immune system.
Ok but, specifically…how?
We allow your body to complete the stress physiology cycles that weren't able to be completed (through no fault of your own) months or years ago.
We support regulation of the sensory system, a crucial branch of the nervous system that is responsible for keeping us in our anti-inflammatory state.
We use posture and movement to maintain safe fluidity in your body, as opposed to the rigidity that chronic/traumatic stress keeps us in. (This is everything from our eyeballs and eyebrows to our fingers and toes and everything in between.)
When we can shift your body state from survival to safety, so that down to the cellular level your body is functioning optimally, your body no longer needs to create an inflammatory response all the time.
The inflammatory response is then saved for when we really do need it:
When we have an injury
When we eat foods that we're allergic to or intolerant of
When we're sick
By the end of 8 weeks, you’ll walk away with
Clarity about where specifically in your body survival stress has been trapped (hint: it’s usually not the parts of the body that are hurting or screaming in discomfort)
An understanding of how trapped survival stress has been contributing to your inflammation
Foundational practices on how to release the trapped survival stress from a body-based, neurobiological perspective (see: not deep breathing or meditation) in order to move your body to an anti-inflammatory state
This is not a prescriptive program where I tell you to do something and you go and implement. That’s not how the human body works.
Together, we are going to work together to adapt what I teach so it works for your body.
I have not known progress and healing until I worked with [Parijat]. She's so empowering, compassionate, and warm. She just knows how to get to the root quickly. Don't think, and just work with her. If you're ready to do the work, you'll get more out of it than you can imagine.
Here are the details:
Six (6) 90 minute calls where I’ll guide you through foundational neurobiological practices shown to shift your body so it no longer needs to operate in its proinflammatory state.
Each call will include 60 minutes of teaching and guided practices + 30 minutes of Q&A.
Weeks 1-2: 90 minute group calls
Week 3: integration week
Week 4-5: 90-minute group calls
Week 6: integration week
Weeks 7-8: 90 minute group calls
8 weeks of access to a private discussion forum (off of Meta) where I will answer your questions between calls as you take these practices and make them your own in your day to day life.
One (1) 45-minute private call you can schedule at any time during the 8 weeks to answer personal questions about the material we covered and how to take this into your everyday life as the program comes to a close.
3 month membership to the Trauma Informed Inner Circle after the program is complete
Even more details:
Calls are Wednesdays starting at 2pm PT / 5pm ET.
Come in your pajamas
Bring a meal or a warm drink
Come as you are
The program will be capped at 6 people to make sure you get enough individualized attention and have your specific questions answered.
Soothe: Inflammation is closed for 2022. We will reopen in 2023.
I had so much pain and inflammation in my body. I was struggling to walk some days, unable to sleep at night due to the pain and discomfort. Since working with Parijat, I've noticed a gradual decrease in pain, inflammation, and tension. My PT has noticed it as well. I went from seeing her weekly to monthly as needed.
The investment for Soothe: Inflammation is a mid 4-figure investment.
Multiple payment plans are available.
If you pay in full, you will receive access to an additional 30-minute private call with me to be used within 3 months of Soothe: Inflammation ending.
Soothe: Inflammation is closed for 2022 and will reopen in 2023.
Parijat Deshpande is an Integrative High-Risk Pregnancy Health Strategist, Somatic Trauma Professional, Speaker and Author. She is the CEO of a global boutique company whose mission is to improve pregnancy outcomes and end prematurity by incorporating a trauma-informed neurobiological approach to perinatal health.