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.
I don't have a high-risk pregnancy but I am very anxious during this pregnancy? Can I still take your course?Yes absolutely! While women who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, pregnancy after loss, pregnancy after infertility or pregnancy after prematurity are at higher risk for anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy, you will definitely benefit from the course even if you have a low-risk pregnancy and are feeling anxious.
I've already tried a bunch of mindfulness apps. How is this any different?Most of these mindfulness apps miss a critical piece of the puzzle, which the concept of safety. If the apps haven't taught you how to move through fight/flight/freeze and come back to a feeling of safety in your body, that's likely why they haven't been as helpful as you'd hoped. The Pregnancy Brain Course is your introductory course to helping you feel safe again so you feel less anxious and improve the health of your pregnancy.
I already have Pregnancy Brain your book. How is this any different?The book is not a replacement for the course. There is a difference between reading about what's possible and processing it intellectually, and actually experiencing the impact of improved nervous system health and stress/anxiety release. Additionally, there are tools, techniques and additional content in the course that are not in the book. If you've read the book and are left wondering, "Now what?" or "How do I stay on track with this to actually see results?" then this course will be perfect for you.
Is this the only resource I need to release stress during my pregnancy?The Pregnancy Brain Course is a great foundational step to lay the groundwork to experience less anxiety, lowered stress, and improved mood if you don't currently have pregnancy complications. If you do have pregnancy complications and/or are looking for personalized support, you will want to join my private 1:1 program, Path to Baby.
Is this program going to teach me how to heal my past trauma and losses?No, and there's a reason for that! Deep healing work should be done in a way that is very specific to your body and your health during pregnancy. The delicate balance that your body keeps between your nervous system, endocrine system and immune suystem to maintain a healthy pregnancy can be easily altered with deep healing work if the tools and strategies you use are not tailored to your specific body. The Pregnancy Brain Course is designed specifically to help you feel safe during pregnancy - to give your body the necessary and frequent rest and reprieve from the anxiety of your pregnancy. If you find that your pregnancy is triggering trauma from your previous high-risk pregnancy, I highly recommend the Path to Baby program for you instead, which is personalized to your body, and your health.
Will there be new content every day for 6 months?Oh no! That is far too much new material to try all at once. The course is designed intentioanlly with pre-determined rest days, catch up days and breaks so that you do not overload your system. Progress is seen in these days of rest and in the repetition of the techniques you'll learn.
How long does this course go for?This is a self-paced course and you will receive emails every day for 24 days. Then you will receive 5 extra months to access the materials. You will have access to the course material for a total of 6 months.
How much time is this going to take?The exercises themselves don't take more than 15 minutes at a time. You'll be encouraged to do them multiple times per day, but most are simple enough that you can do them almost anywhere. You'll receive emails every day for 24 days about this course and you will have access to the course materials for 6 months.
Can I talk to Parijat during this course?This is a self-paced, virtual course that does not include a live component. If you'd like more personalized support, please review the Path to Baby program.
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.