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What is Improv?
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Please join as we gather together beyond the printed page. The event will be a salon held on the first Full Moon of 2014 There is evidence that for most of recorded history, communities would gather to commune and discuss the goings on of the day. One form of gathering were Salons. In Ancient Greece were called symposia and served as conversations and feasts. The Roman banquets were an offshoot to provide an egalitarian forum of the sharing of ideas. The tradition continued much later during the French Revolution salons.
“Community is a safe place precisely because no one is attempting to heal or convert you, to fix you, to change you. Instead, the members accept you as you are. You are free to be you. And being so free, you are free to discard defenses, masks, disguises; free to seek your own psychological and spiritual health; free to become your whole and holy self. —M. Scott Peck. The Different Drum.
“It is probable that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.” —Thich Nhat Han
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Publisher’s Corner The greatest gift you can offer is a healthy, whole you A couple weeks ago, my dog Z and I went to an Improvisational Sound Circle. Z has outweighed me since she was 9 months old. Even so, she is not a particularly brave dog and the sounds coming from the circle intimidated her. I wouldn’t allow her fear to take me away all together, but I did step to the side and sat down beside her. This seemed to placate her and she relaxed enough to lie down, and so did I. With my whole back side in union with the earth and Z in contact with my right side, the drums, chanting and variety of sounds permeated my being in a way that sitting up had not allowed for. I was expecting to participate, but instead had a perfect healing experience. The sound circle was on the first day of a week-long retreat for Z and I. We stayed at Earthlands in a cottage down a narrow wooded path, leaving behind my car, electricity and running water. (Full disclosure; there was an office about a half mile away that we walked to for powering up my phone). Besides the intention of seeking new vision and taking time to write, I had no plans or obligations. Our days were a simple flow; we ate when hungry, slept when the candle went out, walked to explore, and sat among the ferns to listen and write. I never directed Z’s behavior either, and we were continually in sync. At the end of the week, I had not realized new vision, and instead felt emptied out. Not devoid of meaning, rather it was a state of pure experience. There were no hopes of being somewhere else, no need to do something different or be better. It was enough to watch a leaf fall from its tree. I was enough enjoying a fern dance in the sun. It felt as though I was engaged with primal life. Meanwhile, my personality was having a profound emotional cleansing of the false structures and judgments that often come with today’s abstract culture. It is my belief we should all get emptied out every year, month, week, day. How we each go about this is an individual process. For me it was done by going in to the woods, for you it might be while learning an altogether new activity. I was expecting vision, but instead had a perfect healing experience. As we drove out of Earthlands, it became clear how relaxed I had been. In contrast while driving my body was tense about taking the right exit, staying in the correct lane, not going too fast, not going too slow. In addition, the noise and the lights were insulting compared to the quiet and beautiful spaciousness I had felt in the woods. It had taken us about five minutes to find the rhythm of nature. Meanwhile, back in the world of schedules, rules and right/wrong, I struggled to find my cadence. This is symbolic of a greater question I’ve been working on for years; how to keep my ancient nature awake while participating in the modern world. Just like the sound circle and my retreat, the answer may not be what I expect, but the perfect healing experience.
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Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
What is Improv? by Terrie Giffor
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Mindful Motion by Lisa Millis Book to Read Interview with Bill Plotkin The Benefits of Juicing by Michael Lenz The Power of Language by Annie Gregson 8 Ideas From Stoicism by Jules Evans Dowsing For All by Aime Trent Millet
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Healing Springs Mission: With knowledge comes choice. Our mission at The Healing Springs Journal is to address the whole person by providing articles and stories that allow the reader to make empowered lifestyle decisions in relation to the wellness of their mind, body, spirit, and environment.
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Still Point is an interfaith retreat center located just minutes from downtown Saratoga. We offer space for reflection and personal time as well as programs for healing and enriching oneâ€™s spirit, mind and body. Mailing address: 20 Still Point Road, Mechanicville, NY 12118 Telephone: 518-587-4967 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.stillpointretreatcenter.com Take 24 hours from your busy schedule. Enjoy the stillness and power of nature on our partially wooded land. Re-connect to your deep self.
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OnTrack Health & Wellness Announces the implementation of New Technology. OnTrack Health & Wellness, uses the ZYTO bio-communication program that enables extensive health related information about each client to be gathered through a direct link between the client and the computer. This information is then used by a Wellness Counselor as part of a holistic approach to improving ones health and wellness. The scan is complementary for new clients, and takes about five minutes to conduct. Using ZYTO technology, OnTrack Health & Wellness can identify a biological preference for nutrition, therapies and treatments as part of a process of creating a personalized and unique wellness program for each individual client.
â€œOne size does not fit all when it comes to health and wellness. Using ZYTO we are able to approach wellness on an individual basis, creating a custom plan for each unique client" said Gina Disney, Wellness Counselor. "The results have been impressive because this approach takes into account the body's own biological preference as part of our development of a holistic health plan.â€? OnTrack Health & Wellness offers clinic services to people seeking wellness in the Malta, Saratoga and Clifton Park areas Partners Nicole Fellini and Franesa Pyle founded Saratoga and is now registering appointments for clients interested in Botanicals over a shared passion to bring to the community a new being scanned with this technology. For more information about integrative healing space, as well as health and beauty products that ZYTO technology visit www.OnTrackScans.com. Healing Springs I # 71 December â€˜13â€”January â€˜14 6
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the founder of Body-Mind Centering® coming to Saratoga Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the founder of Body-Mind Centering® (BMC), will be presenting a six-hour workshop at Skidmore College, June 25 & 26, 2014. As a pre-conference presenter, she will precede the 29th Annual BMCA U.S. Conference in an experiential workshop entitled “New Frontiers in Body-Mind Centering.” Cohen was a dancer turned occupational therapist turned experiential body mind researcher. She is known for her somatic exploration of the body-brain using movement, touch, sound, and imagery. Her understanding of the body systems, development, embryology, and cellular consciousness is based on science, anatomy and physiology. Those who practice Body-Mind Centering embody developmental patterns and tissues under the skin. BMC allows knowledge and understanding to come from sensation and the shifting personality of fluids, organs, nerves, and more. BMC recognizes the body as the teacher and permits the transformation of patterns and habits through somatic experience. BMC Practitioners have dozens of hands-on palpations that stimulate deep aspects of the body and brain. They also initiate movement from areas of the body not typically part of conscious awareness, such as the endocrine glands or low brain reflexes. BMC training programs take place around the globe and BMC teachers, practitioners, and educators use the work in creative projects, healing professions, psychology, infant development, embodied yoga, disability intervention, education, the arts, and more. “The process of embodiment entails initiating breath, movement, voice, awareness and touch from any cell and/or collection of cells (as tissues and systems) and to witness what arises: the qualities of breath, movement, voice, and touch, the mindfulness such as the feelings, sensations, emotions, memories, dreams, thoughts, image and insights and the physiological effects. Once gaining consciousness of an area of tissue in ourselves we can share this process with other from the same place in ourselves, such as bone to bone or organ to organ and discuss our experiences with each other.” Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, “Sensing Feeling & Action: The Experiential Anatomy of Body Mind Centering®”, Third Edition, 2012, Contact Editions. For more information about the 29th Annual BMCA US Conference and registration for Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s workshop: www.bmcassociation.org/conferences .
Saratoga Integrative Medicine Education Network Upcoming Program The Saratoga Integrative Medicine Education Network, or SIMEN, has an upcoming program scheduled for Monday, December 9 at 6:30 pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., in the Community Room. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The name of the program is “Where Am I?: Empowerment and the Art of Mastery.”
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and ownership for their actions, thoughts and motivations for what they do. To become healthy means taking full ownership and not giving your power away to your doctor; in addition, realizing your full potential in life, which means achieving Mastery, also means not giving your power away to anyone. What do you want in life? Good health, happiness, realizing your full potential, Mastery? It all begins with knowing where you are. The first part of this program will be a showing of the controversial documentary “Obedience to Authority,” based on the infamous Milgram experiment. This film, which is not for the faint of heart, will push your buttons and truly force you to think about the questions of Empowerment and Mastery. After the film, there will be a discussion led by Michael Wayne. Michael Wayne is an Acupuncturist, Author, Founder of the Saratoga Integrative Medicine Education Network, and Producer/Host of the online interview series, Interviews with the Leading Edge. For more information, call (518) 210-1557.
Adirondack Retreat For Women Letting Go: An Adirondack Retreat for Women who are Ready to Move On is scheduled for January 24-26, 2014 at the Glen Lodge in Warrensburg, NY. This 3rd annual, weekend-long getaway is presented by the Bona Fide Butterflies, who facilitate growth and empowerment workshops and retreats. Glen Lodge is the backdrop to a weekend of pampering of the body and soul with ceremony, creative explorations of the things that limit us and how to move past those barriers. Activities include gentle yoga, self-discovery through shared discussion, journaling, non-threatening art projects and lots of time for relaxation and reflection. Participants can enjoy the outdoor stillness on the wintery grounds of the Lodge, curl up by the fire in the Great Room, and relax in the sauna. $350 per person for the weekend includes lodging, professionally prepared vegetarian meals and all workshop materials. Space is limited so early enrollment is recommended. For the complete weekend agenda and registration information visit www.bonafidebutterlies.com or call Annie Gregson at 518-532-0275.
“Women in Nature” opening The “Women in Nature” opening by local photographer, Deborah Neary will be held Saturday January 11th 4-8 pm at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa, Saratoga Springs, New York. Please come, bring your friends to celebrate our beautiful natural world and the women who made these photographs possible. Refreshments and light fare will be donated by Putnam's Restaurant of the Gideon Putnam Hotel. Wine will be available for purchase. There will be entertainment by local musicians Jackie Callahan and Clem Marino. Sarah Hopkins will be giving Tarot readings. Complimentary Chair Massage, Make-Up Application, Eye Treatments, and Foot Massage provided by Roosevelt Baths & Spa. The artist will be giving away a Nature Photo Shoot. As well there will be other prizes include Spa Service of Choice, and Mineral Baths. Since coming to America 25 years ago, Deborah has been a professional photographer in Saratoga Springs, New York. Contact Deborah at email@example.com.
The National Museum Of Dance Joins Global Campaign “ONE BILLION RISING” On Friday February 14, 2014, from 12:00 to7:00 p.m., The National Museum of Dance will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. For more information about V-Day, go to www.vday.org. ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. On February 14, 2014, V-Day’s 16th anniversary, The National Museum of Dance will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. For more information about this global rising, go to www.onebillionrising.org.
The Bona Fide Butterflies are Anne Gregson, a Certified Professional Life Coach, Certified “Live Your Vision” Coach, and freelance artist; Debbie Philp, owner of True North Yoga Studio in Schroon Lake, a professional yoga instructor and ACE Certified Personal Trainer; and Beti Spangel, a freelance writer and strategic planning enthusiast. Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 8
Stop by the National Museum of Dance for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, an hour! There will be dancing, sharing, and drumming throughout the day. Please check our website for specific times and dance genres. This is a free event that is open to everyone. All donations and proceeds will benefit the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Join your community in an effort to raise awareness about the epidemic of violence against women and rise in solidarity with the One Billion Rising around the world. To learn more about One Billion Rising: Strike, Dance and Rise with The National Museum of Dance, please call 518-584-2225 ext. 3009 or e-mail the organization at Sue@dancemuseum.org. You can also check out our website at www.dancemuseum.org for event and general museum information. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Open House/Reception The Center for Balanced Living and With Woman Wellness Midwifery, PLLC is having an open house/reception at 15 West Main Street, Cambridge, NY on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Please join Joanne Steele, CNM, PhD and Deborah Dittner, FNP-C, RMT, CHHC, AADP as they announce their monthly workshop schedule to occur the first Wednesday of each month. Each workshop will be held at 6:30 pm with a charge of $10 per person. Topics to be discussed are but not limited to: Holistic nutrition, Essential oils, Thermography, Integrative gynecology, Reiki, Holistic primary care, Healthy eating on a budget, Understanding cholesterol, The health care system as we have known it is changing. We hope to empower our patients to educate themselves with lifestyle changes as we look at the whole person and not just a single symptom. As Hippocrates once said “All disease begins in the gut” and “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”, we approach health care looking at all aspects of each individual. For more information, please call 518-252-1032.
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Please join in a gathering of The Healing Springs Community on WHAT IF your PHYSICAL THERAPY included the first full moon of 2014 on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30. We deep tissue massage, myofascial release, will be meeting at the National Museum of Dance at 99 South cranio-sacral therapy, acupressure, muscle energy Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Thich Nhat Hanh says “It is probtechniques, joint mobilization, yoga, pilates, able that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. egoscue individualized programs The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a communi...and was covered by INSURANCE? ty practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community INTEGRATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY: IPT practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.” What would that look like www.inspiredtherapy.com to you? Please join in and let us know. To RSVP, please email Ask your doctor for a referral today. Katrina at katrina@healingspringsjournal. If you don’t get around (518) 373-0735 to that, please join us anyway. # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs 9
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What is Improv and how can it benefit you?
by Terrie Gifford he complete word is improvisation; meaning to perform “in the moment:” In other words, making something up on the spot without planning. This can be in the form of acting, playing a musical instrument or any form of creative expression.
Learning to improvise can help you in many ways. Studies show when we think in different ways, we actually increase brain cell function. Practicing improv promotes brain cell activity because improv exercises help you think on your feet. Once you feel comfortable thinking on your feet, your confidence level and
self-esteem improves. This new-found ability translates to greater social ease and a more outgoing personality. Becoming a better communicator is another benefit of improv. Because you are encouraged to listen carefully to your scene partner’s suggestions, you can improve your listening skills. Also, speaking in a clear and effective manner is important in responding during improv scenes. Speaking and listening skills are listed in the New York State English Language Arts Core Curriculum, therefore educators believe developing these communication skills are necessary for success in life. Did you know the most requested trait by employers is the ability to work on a team? Improv aids us in becoming better team players by teaching 1) taking turns, 2) going along with another person’s idea, and 3) not dominating a scene. If you have never been on a sports team, you may not have had the chance to practice these lessons in collaboration and cooperation. Lastly, improv can be cathartic and therapeutic because in improv scenes we are assigned a character to play. Through these characters we can explore accents, attitudes, emotions and different ages. This allows us to step out of our comfort zones into an area of personal growth. One of my improv workshop participants said recently, “Improv is the most fun I’ve had as an adult.”
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One final note: Because improv is “off the cuff,” responses are often comedic, which stimulate laughter. A hardy belly-laugh increases our oxygen levels, relieves tension and improves our mood; all of which boost our immune system and ward off illness. You can take an improv workshop or plan for a night of improv with friends to try out your talent and improve your brainstorming, communication and team work abilities. Let’s face it, the laughter alone is worth it. If you can’t arrange for a workshop, you can purchase the DVD “You Can Do Improv,” which is an educational video thoroughly explaining the principles of improv, complete with a handbook of 12 improv games to practice in the privacy of your own home. Visit www.terriegifford.net for further information
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A starting point is realizing that this duality is, in reality, an illusion, because everything (and I mean everything, from those peak experiences to the guy who cuts you off on the Northway) is God, Spirit, or whatever word you use for the Divine. Everything is One, a One that, as Science of Mind founder Ernest Holmes taught, “encompasses seeming opposites.” When you’re actively practicing your spirituality in daily life, you realize that you can no longer compartmentalize your life. There’s not a work life, a family life, a recreational life and a spiritual life. It’s all spiritual, it’s all one, and the greatest challenge for those who choose to meet it is to see the divine in all they experience. In a prayer, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin commanded, “Lay hold on me fully both by the within and the without of myself. Grant that I may never break this double thread.” It would be easy to live our “spiritual” lives ensconced away in community where meditation, prayer, sacred service and spiritual study were the only focus and everyday routine. Or, if we could go from conference to conference or retreat to retreat, being inspired by spiritual teachers and challenged to deepen ourselves in new ways, surely it would be easy to maintain our focus on the absolute spirituality of this
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“...this wonderful challenge is, how do achieve that realistic balance between the spiritual and the seemingly ‘human’ aspects of ourselves and our lives? It’s essential that we choose not one or the other, but both at the same time.” world in which we live. Both those options, however, are unrealistic. We have jobs, families, and other activities that require our attention. So again, this wonderful challenge is, how do achieve that realistic balance between the spiritual and the seemingly “human” aspects of ourselves and our lives? It’s essential that we choose not one or the other, but both at the same time. Through consistent spiritual reading and study, centering, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and other spiritual practices, we can be gently led to this integration of inner and outer that turns our whole lives into a beautiful spiritual practice. This is not a solo endeavor, however. When we join with other like-minded seekers in spiritual community, we find the inspiration, support, love and encouragement to stay the course on this life-long journey of weaving the divinehuman tapestry of our lives here on earth.
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Mindful Motion by Lisa Millis iving well in a world that doesn’t always support healthy lifestyle choices is a challenge. Multiple conditions in our environment can develop sedentary, unhealthy habits such as sitting at a computer, or on the phone all day, disconnecting from nature, driving everywhere, eating processed foods, limiting meaningful connections with the people we love, and collapsing in mental exhaustion at the end of each day. Sound familiar?
Imagine driving on the Northway when you notice your temperature gauge warning light blink on. You’re overheating. What do
you do? Some people I pose this question to say, “Stop the car and check it out.” But most admit they would just keep driving. Unfortunately, that same approach often applies when it comes to the warning lights on our own control panel of mental and physical health. Our bodies send us low-level warning signals when we’re stressed: insomnia, headaches, increased use of unhealthy coping mechanisms like tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, weight gain, low libido, chronic pain in the shoulders, back, and neck, and even the occasional unkind (and unnecessary) verbal outburst. Untreated, these signals can advance to mid-level warnings like high blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders, addiction, and increased risk of injury. Ignore all your warning lights for too long and it can lead to diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, physical injury (i.e., fractures and sprains), troubled personal and work relationships, or depression. But even if we heed these warnings, it’s hard to know how to begin a journey of recovery that leads to total wellness.
Begin By Letting Go As you start each day, make a promise to yourself to only carry that day’s burdens. Too often, we tote more than our fair share— including burdens that are not even our own. We dwell on yesterday’s challenges until we’ve lost the energy to focus on
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today’s. To practice mindfulness is to learn to let go of what is not in your control. Forgive yourself for the role you played in creating past burdens so you can start living in the present.
an analytical distance? It’s not necessary to judge anything as good or bad, simply notice your thoughts and sensations for what they are. Then let them go.
Connect With Nature
Completing your walk, congratulate yourself for your initial intention to practice mindful walking, no matter how many times your mind wandered, or how “well” you thought your practice went. Remember, your intention to be mindful is the key to good practice.
Nature is a wonderful teacher, whether you live in the city or the country. In the Northeast, we benefit from the shifting energy of the changing seasons, nature’s way of signaling change and renewal. Be mindful of these changes in the Earth, in your daily environment, and how they affect your mind and body. Sense the rhythms of each season. Use it to enliven your senses and bring your physical self into accord with the world around you. Harmony begins when you become aware of, and take action to repair, what is out of tune.
Walk Set your intention to walk mindfully. What does this mean? Begin with a few deep breaths and the plan to spend your walk aware of your physical surroundings, your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Be sure your posture is tall, your arms bent at 90 degrees, thumbs facing up. Each step, lightly touch the ground with your entire mid-foot. Notice your feet hitting the ground. Feel the sensation. If you sense you are striking with force on your heel or toes, correct it. Lean from your ankles and work to increase the number of times your feet touch the ground. This will assure an injury free, efficient walk. Look around. What do you see and hear? How does the air feel against your skin? What do you smell: fresh-cut grass, raked leaves, wildflowers, ice? What thoughts engage your mind? What emotions? Are they intense, mild? Does your internal experience pull you deeper inward, or can you observe your thoughts—and your self—from #
Try to move daily for a brisk walk of at least ten minutes. Set a goal to walk, with good form and moderate intensity, up to three times a day, five days a week for a total of 150 minutes (2.5 hours). Walking is a terrific, no-frills way to get your mind and body in motion—today. Poet John Donne once wrote, “never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” The bell Donne refers to is the funeral bell, the bell that reminds us of our too-brief journey on Earth. But Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, author and Professor Emeritus of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at UMass Medical School, suggests there is another bell: the bell of mindfulness. It tolls for each moment, awakening us to our senses, inviting us to experience our lives now, while we have this life to live. Lisa Millis (M.A. Psychology/Counseling) is a certified health coach with the American Council on Exercise, a running coach and regional training program coordinator for Fleet Feet Sports, and a counselor in Walk/Run Therapy. Learn more at LisaMillisTotalWellness.com. 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs 15
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‘Tis the Season to Give Health to Our Children by Sarah A LoBisco, ND ur children need our help. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) and USA today about 4% to 6% of American youth are obese. Although the AHA reports that the number of overweight and obese children is leveling off, the percentage of severe obesity within the same age range is increasing. These statistics put our youth at higher risk for adult type disease including high blood pressure, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and musculoskeletal problems.
I have discussed in previous articles how our children are overfed yet malnourished. This is due to the American processed, junk food diet. A diet of sugary treats makes our children crave more unhealthy food and fill up on empty calories, leading to the dreary health state they are in.
The Emotional Effects on Our Children’s Health
body functions, especially for little ones. One recent UCLA study published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and reported on psychcentral.com demonstrated that there was a connection between psychological issues in childhood and physical diseases as they grew up. Furthermore, societal impacts of abuse, along with the lack of proper nourishment in the overall population, are contributing to a sad generation. For example, Scientific American reported that even babies experience depression in our modern world! This puts them at risk for higher levels of suicide and addictions. Where does this leave us? The good news is that we can help our children. The first step is by being a positive role model. This can be accomplished through our own lifestyle choices that encourage our youngsters, tweens, and teens’ to thrive through the following means: Choosing wholesome, organic food that is full of healthy nutrients as often as possible.
When most people consider health, it is the bodies’ physical Teaching our children to manage stress effectively. This can well-being that predominate their thoughts. However, the emobe through supporting them, various energy techniques, and tional and social aspects of health have huge impacts on how the mindfulness. 16 Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
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Using proper, quality, individualized supplemental support for their growing bodies. Scheduling fun sport activities or participating in family exercises.
Modeling our own need for restoration and rest and getting proper sleep.
Decreasing our environmental exposure in our home by purchasing organic personal care products and cleaners.
Family Dining Another helpful hint for happier and healthier youth is having regular family dinners. Not only do children and teens who have regular family dinners report better self-esteem, but they are also less likely to partake in addictive behaviors and substances. When we think of the holiday season, most of us think of what we can give our children. Let’s give them the gift of a healthier and happier life. Happy holidays to all the HSJ readers and contributors! Please contact author for sources used in article. Sarah LoBisco, ND is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) in Bridgeport, CT. She is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Vermont State and holds a BA in psychology from SUNY Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco is a contributing item writer for the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) and has had published several articles. She is also a speaker on integrative medical topics for medical professionals and is currently an accepted candidate in the Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) certification program. Dr. LoBisco currently has a private integrative medical consulting practice located in Ballston Spa, NY. She incorporates Naturopathic, Functional, and Conventional medicine with her specialized training in essential oils, herbs, whole food supplements, mind-body medicine, and psychology to form an integrated approach unique to each and every individual client. Her recent blogs and information on her clinic can be found at www.dr-lobisco.com and www.saratoga.com/living-well. She is also a featured expert blogger on Dr. Oz’s sharecare.com and360menopause sites. Dr. Sarah LoBisco can be reached at 518-339-4788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As author Gary Snyder notes, “To speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness.” To have a wild mind is to have a whole mind. People with wild minds are those who have cultivated and embodied their innate human wholeness — the full rainbow spectrum of capacities, talents, and sensibilities that constellate our evolutionary birthright. My new book, Wild Mind, is a field guide to the cultivation of this astonishing medley of wholeness. It introduces what I call the Nature-Based Map of the Human Psyche, which identifies and describes the four facets of indigenous human wholeness. Collectively, these four facets of wholeness make up what I call the human Self (with a capital “S”). The Self contains all the innate human resources we need to mature psychologically and spiritually, to become fully human, to serve life well — actually, to do anything well. And the thing we most need to do well now in the early twenty-first century is to transform our Western and Westernized cultures from being life destroying, as they are now, to being not only life sustaining but actually life enhancing. Sadly and tragically, mainstream Western culture does little to support the cultivation of any of the four facets of the Self — and actively suppresses two of them — but healthy traditions around the world, including those found in Western culture, provide an abundance of practices for cultivating the fourfold Self. Wild Mind presents an eclectic collection of contemporary, Western, nature-based practices for the cultivation of the Self. At this time in our journey as a species, we’re being summoned by the world itself to make many urgent changes to the human project, but most central is a fundamental re-visioning and reshaping of ourselves, a shift in consciousness. Wild Mind guides us to reclaim our original wholeness, our indigenous human nature granted to us by nature itself. The key is not to merely suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully flesh out our multifaceted wild minds, committing ourselves to the largest story we’re capable of living, serving the greater Earth community.
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GARDEN in Saratoga Springs by Wendy Wood Ordway he Garden is a very wonderful space on the border of Saratoga Springs and Greenfield. It is 1.5 miles driving west from Saratoga Hospital on Church Street. The address is 434 Church Street which is also 9N. The Garden is a healing space and also a place to spend the night. There is a motel and the house where the therapy services are located. The Garden is on four acres, a corner lot with fabulous trees, amazing flowers in season and a koi pond complete with waterfall.
sage therapist and she very much wanted to open her own space. Suzanne wanted to contribute something to the Saratoga Springs community. On Oct. 29, 2011 Suzanne purchased theGarden. Before she found the Garden she looked at 14 different properties in her quest for the right space to make her dream come true. Once Suzanne came to the property she fell in love with it. The property needed a lot of work. The pond was a major project. It is a very special element of the outside Garden space.The Garden opened its doors 3 weeks after it was purchased. Suzanne says her objective is to make the Garden an inviting space, gentle and friendly. Suzanne is a Master Gardener. She says the name she chose for the space is all about symbology. At the Garden the new therapists are the seedlings. Experienced therapists are the perennials, the ones that are the anchors with deep roots. Then there are the annuals who come and go. Suzanne sees the Garden as a place for people to really bloom no matter how long they are there. The therapeutic services that are currently available at the Garden are massage, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, energy medicine and medical grade skin care. To find out about the practioners at the Garden go to www.thegardeninsaratoga.com
Wendy Wood Ordway OTR, BCST is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist who works at the Garden. She moved her business to the Garden this past April after finding out how great the space was from Dana Balassi, Licensed Acupuncturist who has her office there. Wendy loves her space at the Garden and looks forward to staying rooted there for awhile. # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs 19
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It wasn’t until she changed her perspective from trying to be on a “diet” to deciding to eat healthy food, that her entire focus changed. Once she made the change to a healthy food lifestyle, the whole family got on board and we’ve been on a clean eating quest ever since. I’ll admit that when she first brought home a juicing machine I was a bit skeptical. The idea of drinking juiced vegetables didn’t sound all that appealing to me, but I was very supportive of her and her new healthy eating lifestyle. One evening after work, she handed me a glass and asked me to try some. I took a sip and to my utter amazement, it was one of the most refreshing drinks I had ever tasted! The fact that I was not a vegetable lover made my conversion that much more dramatic. I couldn’t believe that vegetables could taste that good (with the help of some apples, lemon, and ginger). To add to my excitement was how much energy I had even after the first glass. Ever since, I’ve been juicing as often as possible, and I recommend it to everyone I talk with about nutrition and wellness. So the big question is “why juice?” I went to the website of Joe Cross, the inspiration behind the terrific documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, to find the best synopsis of the benefits of juicing: “Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition while freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
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anguage originates from thoughts and feelings. And language holds clues that can help you identify underlying possibly subconscious - beliefs and attitudes. Getting really clear about your beliefs and attitudes is the first step in creating a life that is excellent, that is lived on your own terms. By paying attention to the words you use, you will notice what may be blocking you from moving forward. For example, imagine telling a friend about a dream you have to open up a consignment shop. You’ve been wanting to do this for years but haven’t taken any action. In telling your friend about it, you say “I should call the bank and talk with them about a small business loan.” Should? Ooh. Red flag. Think about it - should implies someone else is running the show, that you have no choice. Or you have some doubt around whether you really want to. By changing one word in that sentence, you will feel more like you are in control: “I could (or) I will call the bank and talk with them about a small business loan.” Change the language and see if that feels right. Should can be an indicator that you’re not on the right track. Or it can push away the responsibility for the action. Let’s look at more dis-empowering words and what you can replace them with: REPLACE ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WITH ... Need to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Choose, want Have to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Choose to, want to Can’t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Not willing to Always, never . . . . . . . . . .Sometimes, often, seldom, in the past
I used to say “I’m always late.” Then I whammied myself with a 3prong approach to change this habit. First I shocked myself with the realization that, when I was late, I was unintentionally disrespecting the people waiting for me. Ouch. I was out of integrity. I was often late because I would start something or not stop doing something Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
when it was actually time to leave. So I began noticing this, keeping a careful eye on the clock and setting the time to leave 10 minutes earlier. Finally, I changed my language AND corrected (nicely) anyone else who dared to say "She's always late." I no longer say I'm always late and I politely point out to naysayers that that is no longer the case most of the time. This way I'm reinforcing the concept and creating a new habit of on-timeness. We hear (and believe) every word that comes out of our mouths. This is what the world of affirmations is all about it - hearing it is eventually believing it. Then doing it. Thoughts create words create action. REPLACE ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WITH ... But . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .And Must . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Choose, desire, want Try . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Intend, aim, (or drop it altogether) I taught kindergarten through 12th grade art for 23 years and I heard a lot of “I’ll try”. When I heard this, Yoda’s voice would softly whisper “Do or do not. There is no try.” (Sometimes I would say this out loud.) Or point out that saying “I’ll try” means you've already imagined being unsuccessful. So drop try from your vocabulary - your mind will hear you and believe you. Wouldn't you rather conjure up success? More words to drop from your vocabulary: Maybe. (This introduces uncertainty.) I would like to ... (Simply make the statement or acknowledgement - a preface diminishes the statement.) Kind of, sort of, you know. (Unnecessary.) And then there’s the power of “I”. Yes, you, taking responsibility for your world, your situation, your choices. If you really want to put yourself in the driver’s seat of your life, express yourself responsibly and authentically by starting your sentences with I. REPLACE ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WITH .. You make me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I feel angry/sad/afraid when My job makes me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I am frustrated by a job that When you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .When I ... Susan Jeffers, from her book ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’, puts it another way: moving from Pain to Power. PAIN (Victim) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POWER “I should” implies you have no choices . .“I could” puts things in the realm of choice. “It’s not my fault ...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“I am responsible for ...” “It’s a problem.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“It’s an opportunity.” (You may not see it that way right away.) “I’m never satisfied.” . . . . . . . . . . . . .“I want to learn and grow.” “Life’s a struggle.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“Life’s an adventure.” “I hope ...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“I know ...” “If only ...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “Next time ...” “What will I do?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“I can handle it.”
I’ll-crush-you-with-my-words way but from a peaceful, centered and sure core of trusting yourself. And that’s another key to living a most excellent life.
Annie Gregson is a high-spirited life coach who serves the world with compassion and authenticity, injecting fun into the serious business of creating your life. She is also a printmaker The words we use come from a lifetime of habit. The first step in and freelance artist, exhibiting her etchings in the Glens Falls changing a habit is noticing, then begin practicing changing a area. She brings coaching, art and fun to the Adirondack word here, a word there. Small steps. It may feel awkward at first. retreats and workshops facilitated by The Bona Fide Over time, more empowering words come to mind automatically. Butterflies, standing side by side with Debbie Philp, owner of And as you hear yourself talk with more confidence and power, True North Yoga, and Beti Spangel, freelance writer and legal you will feel more confident and powerful, not in a dominating, secretary. Check it all out at http://www.annegregson.com. # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs 23
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Homeopathy; Jerome Pindell This question is one that has concerned me for years, and I am actually happy that it has finally come into the spotlight of public concern. Our population seeks to extend the limits of our sports for ourselves, but also for the professionals that are paid to entertain us. We ask and are given more aggressive play, but the risk to anyone that engages in “pushing the envelope” is becoming evident. The push to go beyond the limits of the last great action is an aspect of human nature, and an admirable quality that gives us the joy and excitement of living, but there are always limits to any endeavor. When an action leads to head injury (or any other serious bodily injury) then we need to step back and ask whether the risks are worth the adrenaline rush. It may seem like it at the time, but if we are unprepared for the multitude of repercussions, then we open ourselves to injuries beyond our expectation.
from one area of expertise to another area of the brain and retrain it for the needed tasks, as long as it is done quickly enough after a trauma. That involves quick and decisive responses after the trauma. Can alternatives deliver that needed healing stimuli to the brain? My experience says yes, it can and should be a part of an overall plan of addressing injury. Trauma has a cause and a number of manifestations. It is often not hard to recognize the cause, but the manifestation can often come slowly and insidiously, as we are seeing with football players. The 1st case of head injury came to me over 20 years ago. The initial reason for the visit was mild depression and chronic constipation. After extensive questioning I began to feel that a couple of soft-ball hits to the back of the head was a possible cause of the problems. I later learned that constipation was an effect of blows to the back of the head, as it can affect the action of smooth muscle, the large intestine, and thus cause constipation. Depression and other related issues that she faced, also fit the homeopathic remedy that I chose and can be related to brain injury. The homeopathic remedy that I chose, relieved, years after the injury, many of the effects of those head injuries. Homeopathy takes into account the cause as well as the observable effects. It can be used when all that you have is the cause and suspect the possibility of effects. Any head trauma carries the possibility of bruising. Bruising is bleeding and the homeopathic remedy, Arnica is a powerful assist to the body to relieve swelling as well as to stem the bleeding. This reduces the trauma. The sooner that the trauma is relieved the better the possibilities of healing. No other remedy is more important for every parent, coach, and athlete to have and use.
The brain is very plastic, meaning that it can adapt and change to Other remedies are important to know about for treating head meet a large variety of needs, and even shift responsibilities injury and can be useful if administered properly. It was not my 24 Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
remedy of choice in the case that outlined above, but homeopathy should be a part of all brain trauma intervention.
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Chiropractor; Lynn Allison When I was young and hit my head, I would act embarrassed and pass it off as no big deal. The only concern was if you lost consciousness or vomited. New research is showing that any head trauma can affect us. So that knock on your head from on the bottom of the cabinet, a slip and fall, wrestling all have the potential to results in a mild concussion. A mild concussion can cause headaches, confusion, disorientation, irritability, altered learning skills, even a personality change which can last for a week and up to a year. Thanks to research on athletes we are more aware of the long term results and starting to change how we treat concussions. Immediate treatment of mild concussion is rest (non stimulating so no computer, video games, TV), lots of fluids, arnica, antioxidants especially Vitamin C, increased protein and omega-3 fatty acids to help repair. You do not have to stay awake after a concussion but there is an increased danger of bleeding in the brain or clot so watch for the danger ; increased headache, eye pupil size change or different in one eye verses the other, slurred speech. These warrant emergency care. Makes one wonder about kids and contact sports. There are new protective helmets coming out to reduce the shock level in some sports and this is great, but remembering that all bones do not fully ossify until in the teens may make us rethink flag football. Some retired footballers are demonstrating Post Concussive Syndrome and the possible correlation with Parkinson’s disease is being researched. Alternative care to support the healing would be craniosacral therapy to encourage the washing of the brain with nutrient loaded cerebrospinal fluid, myofascial release therapy, zero balancing and one team in PA found the Bowen technique was effective. There are MDs who specialize in concussion and can evaluate the progress but always better to allow time to heal from any head trauma. # 71
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Since the time of that early case, I have also learned how to effectively use other modalities, which are Jin Shin Jyutsu and hypnosis. My colleagues, who write for this column, also have tools for assisting people with head trauma. We need to expand our use of and acceptance of alternatives in the treatment of brain injury. What do we loose by opening to the possible? I have used homeopathy with remarkable success in many forms of head injury, and only wish that I could have used it more often than the opportunities that I have given.
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Stoicism I Wish I’d Learned
in School by Jules Evans hilosophy and psychology need each other. Philosophy without psychology is a brain in a vat, artificially cut off from emotions and actions and the habits of life. Psychology without ethics is a chicken without a head, focused entirely on evidence without any clear sense of the goal. Practical philosophy is a bridge between the evidence-based techniques of psychology, and the Socratic questioning of philosophy.
I wish that, when I was suffering from social anxiety and depression at school, someone had told me about Stoic philosophy, and explained their idea that my emotions are connected to my beliefs and attitudes, and we can transform our feelings by changing our beliefs. Instead I had to find all this out for myself, and it took me several rather unhappy years. When I did finally come across ancient philosophy, it helped me enormously. Here are eight key ideas from Stoicism that, speaking personally, I wish I’d come across at school:
It’s not events that cause us suffering, but our opinion about events. People often think ‘Stoic’ means ‘suppressing your emotions behind a stiff upper lip’. This is not what ancient Stoicism meant. The Stoics thought we could transform emotions by understanding how they’re connected to our beliefs and attitudes. Often what causes us suffering is not a particular adverse event, but our opinion about it. We can make a difficult situation much worse by the attitude we bring to it. This doesn’t mean relentlessly ‘thinking positively’ – it simply means being more mindful of how our attitudes and beliefs create our emotional reality. We don’t realize that often we are the ones causing ourselves suffering through our thoughts. Have you noticed how people react very differently to exactly the same event, how some sink rapidly into despondency while others shrug it off? Perhaps we can learn to be more resilient and intelligent in how we react to events.
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Our opinions are often unconscious, but we can bring them to consciousness by asking ourselves questions Socrates said we sleepwalk through life, unaware of how we live and never asking ourselves if our opinions about life are correct or wise. Yet we assume automatically they’re true. The way to bring unconscious beliefs into consciousness is simply to ask yourself questions. Why am I feeling this strong emotional reaction? What interpretation or belief is leading to it? Is that belief definitely true? Where is the evidence for it? We can get into the practice of asking ourselves questions and examining our automatic interpretations. The Stoics used journals to keep track of their automatic responses and to examine them.
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This is another very simple and powerful idea from the Stoics, best presented by Epictetus, the slave-philosopher, who divided all human experience into two domains: things we control, things we don’t. We don’t control other people, the weather, the economy, our bodies and health, our reputation, or things in the past and future. We can influence these things, but not entirely control them. The only thing we have complete control over is our beliefs – if we choose to exercise this control. But we often try to exert complete control over something external, and then feel insecure and angry when we fail. Or we fail to take responsibility for our own thoughts and beliefs, and use the outside world as an alibi. Focusing on what you control is a powerful way to reduce anxiety and assert autonomy in chaotic situations – the stories of Rhonda Cornum, Viktor Frankel, James Stockdale or Sam Sullivan to illustrate this idea – they all faced profound adversity but managed to find a sense of autonomy in their response to it. The Serenity Prayer is also a nice encapsulation of this idea.
Choosing your perspective wisely Every moment of the day, we can choose the perspective we take on life, like a film-director choosing the angle of a shot. What are you going to focus on? What’s your angle on life? A lot of the wisdom of Stoicism comes down to choosing your perspective wisely. One of the exercises the Stoics practiced was called the View From Above – if you’re feeling stressed by some niggling annoyances, project your imagination into space and imagine the vastness of the universe. From that cosmic perspective, the annoyance doesn’t seem that important anymore – you’ve made a molehill out of a mountain. Another technique the Stoics used (along with Buddhists and Epicureans) was bringing their attention back to the present moment, if they felt they were worrying too much about the future or ruminating over the past. Seneca told a friend: ‘What’s the point of dragging up sufferings that are over, of being miserable now because you were miserable then?’ # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs
Saratoga Integrative Practitioners Network www.saratogaintegrativepractitioners.com The power of habits One thing the Stoics got, which a lot of modern philosophy (and Religious Studies) misses with its focus on theory, is the importance of practice, training, repetition and, in a word, habits. It doesn’t matter what theory you profess in the classroom if you don’t embody it in your habits of thinking and acting. Because we’re such forgetful creatures, we need to repeat ideas over and over until they become ingrained habits. It might be useful to talk about the Stoic technique of the maxim, how they’d encapsulate their ideas into brief memorizable phrases or proverbs (like ‘Everything in moderation’ or ‘The best revenge is not to be like that’), which they would repeat to themselves when needed. Stoics also carried around little handbooks with some of their favorite maxims in. What sayings do you find inspirational? Where could you put them up to remind yourself of them throughout the day?
Fieldwork Another thing the Stoics got, which modern philosophy often misses, is the idea of fieldwork. One of my favorite quotes from Epictetus is: ‘We might be fluent in the classroom but drag us out into practice and we’re miserably shipwrecked’. Philosophy can’t just be theory, it can’t just be talk, it also has to be practice. If you’re trying to improve your temper, practice not losing it. If you’re trying to rely less on comfort eating, practice eating less junk food. Seneca said: ‘The Stoic sees all adversity as training’. I love the bit in the movie Fight Club where students from Tyler Durden’s school get sent out to do homework in the streets (even if the homework is a little, er, inappropriate, like intentionally losing a fight). Imagine if philosophy also gave us street homework, tailor-made for the habits we’re trying to weaken or strengthen, like practicing asking a girl out, or practicing not gossiping about friends, or practicing being kind to someone every day. Imagine if people didn’t think philosophy was ‘just talking’.
Virtue is sufficient for happiness All the previous main points are quite instrumental and value-
neutral, but Stoicism wasn’t just a feel-good therapy, it was an ethics, with a specific definition of the good life: the aim of life for Stoics was living in accordance with virtue. They believed if you found the good life not in externals like wealth or power but in doing the right thing, then you’d always be happy, because doing the right thing is always in your power and never subject to the whims of fortune. A demanding philosophy, and yet also in some ways true – doing the right thing is always in our power. So what are we worried about?
Our ethical obligations to our community The Stoics pioneered the theory of cosmopolitanism – the idea that we have ethical obligations not just to our friends and family, but to our wider community, and even to the community of humanity. Sometimes our obligations might clash – between our friends and our country, or between our government and our conscience (for example, would we resist the Nazis if we grew up in 1930s Germany?) Do we really have moral obligations to people on the other side of the world? What about other species, or future generations? Those are just some ideas I’ve found useful, and which I’ve found people of all ages respond to in workshops (including teenagers). Based on the book Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations. Copyright © 2012 by Jules Evans. Reprinted with permission from New World Library. www.NewWorldLibrary.com. Journalist and writer Jules Evans is policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He helps run the London Philosophy Club, the biggest philosophy club in the world, with over 3,000 members, and is one of ten BBC Next Generation Thinkers for 2013. He teaches and blogs about practical philosophy. His website is philosophyforlife.org.
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DOWSING for all by Aime Trent Millet ll creatures can be considered natural dowsers in the sense of accessing and responding to. Considered instinct, intuitiveness, psychic knowing or just to inner intuitive (in-to-it) knowledge without having studied the system. Dowsing in the practiced term is the use of tools for focus and the ability to ask the correct questions as a quality of discipline for accuracy.
Many people are, knowingly or unknowingly already utilizing this skill. Many times I have had body workers, energetic therapists and practitioners tell me; “My hands just know where to go”. This is in fact what is known as “hand dowsing”. We all know people who can tell you direction, others that know the exact time or where to find certain animals or fish. We have all been thinking of a friend only to have the phone ring to find they are calling or had the phone ring and known who it was before answering. Every parent has had a feeling about a child and then the next communication validates it. Or a mother sends just the right thing to an absent children before being asked.
Practitioners often know before meeting a client or being in direct touch with them what they’ll need or be working on. Ever brought a book or other object someplace it did not appear to be relevant to only to find once there it was exactly what was “coincidently” needed? Think of times in your life when you or another have just “known”. There are almost unlimited methods of correctly accessing information coming through ones consciousness that is accurate, relevant and correct. There are however common and accepted dowsing methods taught through out the world. First; how does this work? We could give many examples of a unified consciousness.. “The hundred monkey effect”. Scientists working on an inland were observed by the monkeys living there while washing their food. Soon the monkeys that saw the act were also copying the act and started washing their food. When the scientists went to the other side of the inland the monkeys there, although not in contact with the first group had started washing their food also. What astonished the men however was the fact that when they visited other inlands the monkeys there
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How do we access this? We know it depends on the pituitary and endocrine glands. Muscle testing or kinesiology is actually a type of dowsing. When we encounter our truth, something true to ourselves ( not necessarily another’s untruth), our energy field raises, gets stronger. This shows up as increased muscle strength in kinesiology. Your sight may brighten or lose color sensitivity when one encountesr a “yes” or “no” response to stimulus. Ones audio shell may change, as if moved to a smaller or larger echo chamber. You may feel your body energy drop or raise. One may feel larger or smaller. I know one dowser who trained his eyes to rapidly blink for “no”. Tools are commonly used to “train” or refine this discipline. The most common are: Y-rods, pendulums, L-rods, Bobbers and “Stick” plate. The classic image of the water dowser is a person with a Y shaped stick (willow is the common choice) hands on each fork with the stem facing forward walking slower over ground, having asked the right question in the right way. When over water the stem of the Y is pulled sharply downward toward the water source. In the bible Moses struck the rock with a stick and out came water. A fine dowser was he. Best time to dowse, especially when beginning, is first thing in the morning when fresh and of uncluttered mind. Have a glass of water as this stimulate the endocrine glands over the kidneys and face east. The common direction found in many spiritual disciplines.
With the pendulum one has a weighed string. You hold the string attached at the end of its length, slowly pull the string up through the fingers with the other hand in till the pendulum starts to swing in defined direction or circle. You will usually find 3 spots this happens. These are the lengths that are in relationship with your physical size. One may ask “show me yes” then “show me no”. Usually “yes” is clockwise, “no” counter clockwise or “yes” is forward and back swing and “no” sideways swing. This is not always the case and one wants to define their own response. I prefer a known question such as “I am in Chicago Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
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were washing their food also although contact between the monkeys was impossible. Before the Second World War in England a species of bird learned to fallow the milk trucks making deliveries, pluck the cardboard stopper from the milk bottles when dropped off and help themselves toe the liquid. Although limited to a range of a few miles the same species of bird started immediately to do the same all over England without viewing the act. Here’s the interesting thing that also separates this “consciousness” and action from time limitations. During the war all milk deliveries were suspended in till 1947. Despite many generations of the birds living and dying before the return of delivery the birds immediately started fallowing the milk trucks, plucking the stoppers and drinking the milk. Genetic memory? Well then…another: scientists worked for decades trying to grow a certain type of crystal. Finally a lab was able, in top secret, to grow the crystal. Within 2 weeks a dozen independent labs world wide announced they had succeeded in growing the crystal at virtually the same time.
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IL” (counter clockwise “No”, then “I am in Saratoga Springs New York” (clockwise affirmative). I also often hold the palm of my other hand under the pendulum. With L-rods the short end of each is held loosely in each hand the long end horizontal. One asks the question to be answered in the right way and usually proceeds to walk forward when seeking an energy field such as aura boundary, electrical, EMF or micro-wave field , underground cable or a brake in a water line. The answer “Here” or “Yes” can be the rods crossing. Or they swing “open” when a particular aura layer or health condition is defined or encountered. The bobber works like the Y-rod by being pulled downward or at an angle in response to that that is being searched for. The “stick” plate, my specialty, works in reaction the GSR or Galvanic Skin Response. When a person’s energy field senses their truth the GSR changes like a magnet.. When softly rubbing a surface, Formica is a good surface. When a “yes” or affirmative response happens the fingers seem to “stick”. I use this method in “radionics” a refined health analysis and balancing method. How to ask the question is the part requiring the most training and discipline. If asking “is there water here” the answer will always be yes, as there is water everywhere and in everything. “Is there portable drinking water with in reachable distance in amounts suitable to provide a family of 4 year around?” is a better question. Questions to keep most available: “May I dowse for this?” “Is there another time I should dowse for this?”(if “no” to the first) “Is there another way I should ask this question?”, “Is there another question I should ask?” (or ask first). .
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Aime Trent Millet is a 20 member of the American Society of Dowsers and 28 year radionics practitioner. He is president of the Mohawk-Hudson chapter of the ASD based in our area and teaching dowsing and radionics. He also does Saratoga mineral waters tours and lectures on water, Radionics, intentional devices Katrina Clay • 518.583.3277 and dowsing. Trent designs intentional wellness devices. He can firstname.lastname@example.org be contacted at Spiritflytrent@yahoo.com or 802-723-5880. F.B. page Saratoga water witch # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs
JANUARY: The New Year begins with an increased interest in educational activities. This is a good time to apply for study and travel programs or travel for enjoyment. Following the Full Moon on the 16th, you are able to complete your studies and other communications. Jupiter remains retrograde all month and you are open-minded to other’s ideas and suggestions.
FORECAST December 2013 & January 2014
Using Standard Time locate your Rising Sign or Ascendant. If your birth time is Daylight Savings Time, subtract one hour. Your actual Rising Sign or Ascendant may differ depending on certain time of birth and dates; however, not to confuse the nonastrologer use the sign indicated for your Forecast. This placement is similar to the transiting planet’s location in your Natal Chart, except for exact degrees, and will correctly indicate your Forecast. For example, if you are a Gemini born at 6:38 P.M., your Ascendant is Capricorn. IT SHOULD BE NOTED: In December, Uranus turns direct on the 17th in Aries. The Full Moon occurs on the 17th at 25:36 Gemini. In January, the Full Moon occurs on the 15th at 25:58 Cancer. Jupiter remains retrograde all month.
ARIES ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Self-improvement, including a search for meaning and truth are the interests for this month. After Uranus goes direct on the 17th, you want more personal freedom as you expand your self-awareness and outlook on life. The Full Moon also on the 17th, finds you becoming involved with neighbors in community projects. This is a good time to attend a workshop or class. JANUARY: The New Year begins with achieving a career goal, or the equivalent. There can also be a new opportunity or recognition for a project well-done. After the Full Moon on the 16th there will be more interaction with your family and in domestic areas. Jupiter remains retrograde all month bringing with it a sense of contentment through your home and personal security.
DECEMBER: Relating with others and partnerships, both business and personal, are highlighted for this month. After Uranus turns direct on the 17th, you find enjoyment in helping old and new friends with their community and humanitarian projects. The Full Moon also on the 17th, indicates a change in your image. You may decide on buying new clothes or changing your hairdo. JANUARY: The New Year begins with resolving joint financial matters and the settling old debts or commitments. There is also a renewed interest in the psychic or abstract studies. After the Full Moon on the 16th, you work to complete any financial decisions or collect on any monies due. Jupiter remains retrograde all month as you make plans to improve your future financial status.
CANCER ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Daily habits, working conditions and health are the focus for this month. Following Uranus going direct on the 17th, there may be new opportunities for advancement in your work area or even well-deserved recognition. The Full Moon also on the 17th, brings an interest in spirituality and your inner child. You are able to correct past mistakes and move forward. JANUARY: The New Year begins with your involvement in personal and business relationships. This is a time when you want to be noticed and appreciated by others. After the Full Moon on the 16th, you begin to change your self- expression and image. You may begin with a new hairdo or color. Jupiter remains retrograde all month as you reach out to expand your horizons.
LEO ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Self-expression, loved ones and children are the enjoyment for this month. After Uranus goes direct on the 17th, you gain new insight as you expand your awareness of universal and spiritual subjects. The Full Moon also on the 17th, rules your hopes and wishes and can be a time to analyze your goals and directions. You may decide to make changes as you set new goals. JANUARY: The New Year begins with some form of recognition for your work which may be primarily creative. In turn, this brings you more enjoyment through your work. Following the Full Moon on the 16th, your interests turn to spirituality and the psychic. Jupiter remains retrograde all month and brings in a time of personal healing on both an inner and spiritual level.
DECEMBER: Joint finances, shared assets and transformation are important for this month. Following Uranus going direct on the 17th, it is easier to resolve existing problems once and for all and VIRGO ASCENDANT to everyone’s satisfaction. The Full Moon also on the 17th, rules DECEMBER: Home life, one’s family and emotional security your personal income and finances. You examine your budgeting are favored for this month. Following Uranus turning direct on the 17th, you go through a period of change where your needs will as well as your spending and saving habits, if necessary. 32 Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
become different and less restrictive. The Full Moon also on the 17th, places attention on your career, or the equivalent. You may find yourself dealing with people in authority or the government. JANUARY: The New Year begins with pleasurable time spent with loved ones and children. Your activities involve areas in which you have fun with others. There may also be a new romantic interest, if applicable. After the Full Moon on the 16th, you meet with friends and become involved in their community projects. Jupiter remains retrograde all month and you set long-term goals.
LIBRA ASCENDANT DECEMBER: All communications, short trips and everyday environment are the focus for this month. After Uranus goes direct on the 17th, you see the importance that cooperation brings in your close relationships. The Full Moon also on the 17th, renews your interest in intellectual pursuits. This is a good time to begin a study, attend a formal class or even a workshop. JANUARY: The New Year begins happily with social activities, family gatherings and events. Any existing problems are resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. After the Full Moon on the 16th, you look forward to completing on-going projects and receiving possible recognition. Jupiter remains retrograde all month and can bring opportunities for advancement or achieving a goal.
SCORPIO ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Financial security, one’s values and spending habits are analyzed for this month. Following Uranus turning direct on the 17th, you may decide to change your work if it has become tedious or routine. The Full Moon also on the 17th, can be the time to resolve and settle old debts or commitments regarding joint assets or finances. You may explore the psychic. JANUARY: The New Year begins with all forms of communications whether it be speaking, teaching or writing. This is an excellent time for educational pursuits and short trips. Following the Full Moon on the 16th, your interest in intellectual pursuits or continuing studies returns. Jupiter remains retrograde all month and you question how you can reach out expand your horizons.
SAGITTARIUS ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Self-projection, personality and appearance are highlighted for this month. After Uranus goes direct on the 17th, loved ones can become somewhat unpredictable. Creative endeavors are also more enjoyable. The Full Moon also on the 17th, indicates changes in your relationships, both business and personal. You learn through others the importance of compromising. JANUARY: The New Year begins with an desire for financial security and increased personal assets. There can be opportunities for advancement with their work or business projects. After the Full Moon on the 16th, you rethink your shared assets and finances and may make changes. Jupiter remains retrograde all month and you find time for emotional rejuvenation and healing. #
CAPRICORN ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Spirituality, the inner child and karma are subjects explored for this month. Following Uranus turning direct on the 17th, you become more flexible and are able to resolve any problems that you have been experiencing. The Full Moon also on the 17th, gives you the desire for both work efficiency and physical efficiency. You may begin either a diet or exercise program. JANUARY: The New Year begins with renewed self-confidence, ambition and knowing that you can achieve your personal goals. This is the time put your best foot forward and to ‘shine.’ Following the Full Moon on the 16th, you are able to compromise and strike a balance with someone special. Jupiter remains retrograde all month making you more tolerant in your partnerships.
AQUARIUS ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Humanitarian groups, friends and long-term goals are favored for this month. After Uranus turns direct on the 17th, intellectual pursuits become interesting as you reconsider attending a workshop or formal classes. The Full Moon also on the 17th, brings you enjoyment through your loved ones and children. It can also indicate a new romantic interest, if applicable. JANUARY: The New Year begins with a feeling of spiritual attunement and an interest in the mystical. You may explore such areas as meditation, karma or your inner child. After the Full Moon on the 16th, you take pride in your work accomplishments or services that you provide for others. Jupiter remains retrograde all month as you investigate a new health plan or fitness program.
PISCES ASCENDANT DECEMBER: Career or the equivalent, status and aims in life are important for this month. Following Uranus going direct on the 17th, you are more flexible in matters that deal with money and personal possessions. Keep yourself open to new opportunities. The Full Moon also on the 17th, rules your home and personal affairs. This is the time when old matters are often resolved. JANUARY: The New Year begins with you helping your friends with their community and humanitarian projects. You are developing a more universal outlook on life. Following the Full Moon on the 16th, your hobbies and spending time with loved ones bring you happiness. Jupiter remains retrograde all month and new creative and romantic possibilities become possible, if applicable. Arlene is an Author, Astrologer and Para-Consultant and has studied and worked with astrology for more than thirty-five years. She has also been a professional astrologer since 1980. Arlene has a Certificate of Merit from Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson (CA 1982) and a Certificate of Proficiency from the Mayo School of Astrology (London 1985). In addition, she holds certifications from the National Spiritualist Association of Churches (19822014) as both a Medium and Healer (Lily Dale, NY). Arlene can be reached at Astrological Concepts, telephone (518) 371-8097 or Visit My Web Site at: http://www.yourstarsite.com 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs 33
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Monday, Dec. 9 Where Am I?: Empowerment and the Art of Mastery—A program that explores our ability to take ownership of our actions, helping us become more empowered and cultivate more mastery. Includes a showing of the controversial documentary, “Obedience to Authority,” based on the infamous Milgram experiment. With acupuncturist and author Michael Wayne. 6:30 pm, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Free. Sponsored by Saratoga Integrative Medicine Education Network, or SIMEN. 518-210-1557.
Calling Shamanic Practitioners: A Drumming Circle is forming in the Saratoga Springs Area for shamanic practitioners. It will meet bi monthly on Monday evenings at 6pm and Sunday afternoons at 4pm. We will drum, chant, journey, share and get support concerning our shamanic practice. Contact Amejo Amyot, Ph.D for more information and dates and place. email@example.com
December 14 & 15 Free Acupuncture Acupuncture Nirvana is offering free acupuncture all day 115pm. Acupuncture Nirvana is located at the Shirt Factory, Garden level (G-05), 21 Cooper St., Glens Falls, NY. Contact Kat with questions at 518-409-6993 or go to www.acunirvana.com
Saratoga Integrative Practitioners Network (SIPN), Come meet your fellow practitioners and learn more about what they are doing. We meet approximately every 6 weeks at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. For more information; www.saratogaintegrativepractitioners.com
Sunday, December 15 Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, All you need to do is lie down and listen to receive the immense benefits and deep nourishing rest that will be provided by the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra. You can’t do it wrong! Just passively relax, renew and restore as you are skillfully led to discover your heart’s true longing and embody it in lasting and meaningful ways. Try Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra to enhance your overall health and wellness. Yoga Mandali 4:00- 6:00 PM, $25 in advance, 454 Broadway, 2nd floor, Saratoga Call 518-573-0571 to RSVP
Mondays and Wednesdays Gentle Kripalu Yoga Classes, 4:00-5:30 PM $15 walk-in, Join Nini Gridley for a compassionate blend of warm-ups, sequenced asanas, shavasana, pranayama, and meditation designed to pacify the “Vata” energy through a well rounded yoga practice that is relaxing yet energizing for all levels of practitioners. Wednesday, January 1 Beginners are welcome. It’s gentle for New Moon today at 6:15 am edt, It is the BEST time for fresh starts and new beginevery body. www.yogamandali.com 34 Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
nings! Make your MoonWish! Call Nini Gridley for details on the New Moon Meditation 518 573-0571. Thursday, January 16 The Healing Springs Journal Salon, gather together in community with readers, writers and advertisers of the Healing Springs Journal. A night of inspirational conversation and community. $10 ahead of time $15 at the door. Starts at 6:30 at the National Dance Museum, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. January 24-26 Letting Go: An Adirondack Retreat for Women who are Ready to Move On is scheduled at the Glen Lodge in Warrensburg, NY. This 3rd annual, weekend-long getaway is presented by the Bona Fide Butterflies, who facilitate growth and empowerment workshops and retreats. 350 per person for the weekend includes lodging, professionally prepared vegetarian meals and all workshop materials. Space is limited so early enrollment is recommended. For the complete weekend agenda and registration information visit www.bonafidebutterlies.com or call Annie Gregson at 518-532-0275. Thursday, January 30 Blue New Moon today at 4:40 am edt, It is the BEST time for fresh starts and new beginnings! Make your MoonWish! Call Nini Gridley for details on the New Moon Meditation - 518 573-0571.
SAVE THE DATE June 27-29 29th Annual US Body-Mind Centering® Association Conference, Experiential Workshops, Performance, Research, Dialogue, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, www.bmcassociation.org/conferences
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“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away” —Henry David Thoreau “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing”
“I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.” —Georgia O'Keefe
Body-Mind Centering & The Moving Body
“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity—then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective.” —David Suzuki
29th Annual U.S. Body-Mind Centering® Association Conference
June 27 – 29, 2014 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY (3 hrs. from NYC, Boston & Montreal)
Steve Clorfeine Pre-Conference 6/25 - 6/26
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DIRECTORY Practitioners of
ACUPUNCTURE Michael Wayne, Saratoga Springs & Clifton Park, 518-210-1557
Raindrop Therapy, Reiki, Young Living aromatherapy products, 518.587.7680, email@example.com
Diane MacDonnell, MD, Glens Falls, 518-745-5889
ART THERAPY Judd A. Brynes, Saratoga Springs 518-222-7882 and Lake George, 518-668-2922
The Acupuncture Studio, Glens Falls, 518-615-0505 Dana Balassi, Dipl. O.M., L.Ac., Gentle Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Qigong. Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park. 206-5798267. www.turtlemoonacupuncture.com
Ann Simpson-McDowell, licensed creative art therapist, Clifton Park, 518-9825376, www.havenofhopecounseling.com
ANIMAL CARE Jill Stewart, Equine Sports Massage Therapist and Canine Massage Therapist, Certified Aromatherapist 518-339-4348, Jillstwrt@yahoo.com www.Privatelabel-aromatherapy.com
Susan Hamlin, The Saratoga Animal Whisperer Animal Communication, 518-245-8010, www.animal-whisper.com Kristina Dallas, DVM. Ancient Arts Veterinary Acupuncture. Saratoga Springs, NY. 727-2940. Holistic care for pets. House calls. Coryelle Kramer, 518-620-6115, www.CoryelleKramer.com, Mail@CoryelleKramer.com Jessica Corey, Salem,NY, 518-491-3339, nuyou.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. biofeedback for dogs can help with discovering the underlying causes of behavior issues, detect lyme, parasites, food sensitivities, stressed organs and chakras, sends corrective energy as well. AROMATHERAPY Jill Stewart, Cert. aromatherapist, full line of human and animal aromatherapy products, single essential oils and custom blends Gift baskets and party favors available 518-339-4348, Jillstwrt@yahoo.com, www.privatelabel-aromatherapy.com
ASTROLOGY Arlene DeAngelus, ADeAngelus@aol.com
BACH FLOWER ESSENCES Nini Gridley, MS Ed, BFRP, Consultations by appointment, in person or over the phone. 518-573-0571 or email@example.com, www.ninigridley.com
Dr. Lynn Allison, Saratoga Springs, 518-268-9542, firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Tracy Bloom, Albany by Stuyvesant Plaza, 518-464-3611, www.drtracybloom.com COACHES Donna Bird LCSW, CCH, Coaching and Counseling: Stuck? Coaching with counseling helps open up blockages to success, so you can reach your highest potential. Blending traditional and complimentary modalities can help you to become successful at whatever you strive for.www.donnabird.com 518-584-0698. Cate LaBarre, Personal and group coaching by phone and teleconference. Workshops in Saratoga Region. http://TheFordInstitute.com/CateLaBarre 518-882-9880, http://CateLaBarreCoach.com email@example.com Dragonfly Coaching Services Lynn Browne CPC, RMT Transform your life on your own terms! www.dragonflycoachingservices.com 518-428-6287 Anne Gregson, 518-532-0275, 321-6203, AnneGregson@gmail.com, www.AnneGregson.com Nina Woodard, 518-210-9417, firstname.lastname@example.org
BODY-MIND CENTERING® Toni Smith, MFA, 518-629-0034, email@example.com
COUNSELING Avis Burnett, Clifton Park, 518-371-0579
BREAST THERMOGRAPHY Patricia Luccardi, Delmar and Chatham, 518 929-7579
Breakthrough Counseling Center, Saratoga, 518-683-2202, www.breakthroughcounselinginc.com
CAREER COUNSELING Penny Loretto, 518-798-6057, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.careerchoic.com
Haven of Hope, 518-982-5376, email@example.com
CENTERS Still Point Interfaith Retreat Center, www.stillpointretreatcenter.com, 518-587-4967 Kawing Crow Awareness Center, 518-893-2620, www.kawingcrow.com New Thought New York, classes and workshops, 518-384-0942, www.newthoughtnewyork.org
CHIROPRACTORS Andrée Fucci, Clinical and Holistic Delmar Chiropractic, Delmar, Aromatherapist, classes, consultations, 518-439-7644 36 Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
Judd A. Brynes, Saratoga Springs 518222-7882 and Lake George, 518-668-2922 CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Margery Chessare, LMT, BCST, Sessions and classes in the Saratoga area, 518-893-0421, ChessareMargery@gmail.com Linda Thompson, 518-885-3707, www.holistichealingartssaratoga.com Dr. Lynn Allison, Saratoga Springs, 518-268-9542, firstname.lastname@example.org Sue Coughtry, LMT, www.suecoughtryLMT.com, Delmar, 518-689-2244, www.stramcenter.com
Wendy Wood Ordway, OTR,CST The Body’s Rhythm-at the Garden. 434 Church St. Saratoga Springs 518-5884466, email@example.com Cathy Saladis LMT, Albany & Clifton Park, 518-229-0741, www.headtotoe123.com DENTISTS Dr. Richard Aulicino, Lake George 518-668-9888, www.lookingoodnewsmile.com EMBODIED YOGA Anna Witt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-256-9628 ENERGY Jack Treiber, 518-225-4692 Energy4HH@Yahoo.com, www.saratogaintegrativepractitioners.com/treiber.php www. energyforhealthandhealing.com, energyforhealthandhealing.com Nina Lockwood, Healing Touch and Integrative Energy Medicine, 518-7915120, email@example.com. Sarah Root, “New Earth” Energy Attunements, 607-353-9833, Sarah@RadiantAlignment.com, www.RadiantAlignment.com, Oneonta, Albany, Binghamton Areas Helene Brecker, Malta, 518-331-4859, firstname.lastname@example.org Terry Fluri, LMT & Elizabeth Marsh, LMT, Reiki, Chakra Balancing at A Peaceful Place (518) 371-2225 Kimberly Hayden, Saratoga, 518-8590842, email@example.com Shari Parslow, Shamanic Services & Intuitive Massage, 518-879-9365, firstname.lastname@example.org, luminiousenergymedicine.net EQUINE-FACILITATED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Bari J. Bannister, Corinth, 518-6542398, www.windhorsewisdom.com
HOLISTIC PRIMARY CARE Jessica Davis, MD. Stillwater, NY. email@example.com, (518) 6646116. www.jessicadavismd.com, HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE Larry Malerba, DO, DHt, Guilderland, NY. 518-357-4210 Jerome Pindell, Clifton Park, 518-3745492, www.jeromepindell.com HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS Private Label Aromatherapy: Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, All Purpose Cleaner, Household Cleaner, Essential Oil Deodorizing Sprays, Essential Oil Blends for Laundry and Dryer, Hand Soaps and more. Custom products also available. Jill Stewart 518-339-4348 Jillstwrt@yahoo.com, www.PrivateLabel-Aromatherapy.com HYPNOTISM Donna Bird LCSW, CCH, Specializing in the mind-body approach to wellness with hypnosis. Eliminate eating issues, addictions, stress, panic, depression, overeating and more. Produces and sells hypnosis CDs & MP3s at www.donnabird.com Saratoga office 518-584-0698. George Guarino CH, offices in Delmar and Clifton Park, 518-256-6549 www.HypnosisWorksWell.com, george@HypnosisWorksWell.com Barbra Stevens, 518-755-5053 IMPROVISATION Terrie Gifford, Create Your Own Improv Night, 518-956-3901, www.terriegiffrord.net INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE North Country Holistic Care Center, Glens Falls, 518-745-5889 Ann Carey Tobin MD, Delmar, 518-506-6303, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.partnersinhealing.info LIGHT THERAPY Dr. Lynn Allison, Saratoga Springs, 518-268-9542, email@example.com
518-689-2244, www.stramcenter.com. MASSAGE THERAPY Linda Thompson, 518-885-3707, www.holistichealingartssaratoga.com Healing Path Massage, Schenectady, 518-374-8654, www.healingpathmassage.com Sue Coughtry, LMT, Delmar, www.suecoughtryLMT.com, 518-689-2244, www.stramcenter.com A Peaceful Place, Clifton Park, 518-371-2225, www.peacefulplace.com Kimberly Hayden, Saratoga, 518-8590842, firstname.lastname@example.org Hands of Hope Therapeutic Massage. Therapeutic massage and foot reflexology. Call Gail @ 518-878-1823. Rotterdam. MATRIX ENERGETICS Rowena Fay, Still Point Interfaith Retreat Center, www.stillpointretreatcenter.com, 518-587-4967 email@example.com MUSIC THERAPY Dennis Dominick, 518-361-5343, Djd1948@roadrunner.com MYOFASCIAL RELEASE Virginia Touhey at A Peaceful Place, (518) 371-2225 NATURAL FOOD STORES Four Seasons Natural Foods Store & Cafe, Saratoga, 518-584-4670, wwwFourSeasonsNaturalFoods.com Pure-N-Simple, GlensFalls, 518-798-4047 NATUROPATHY Sarah A. LoBisco, ND, Ballston Spa, 518-339-4788, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dr-lobisco.com Joanne Halloran, ND, Saratoga Healing Arts, 518-369-7080, www.doctorjoanne.com
FENG SHUI Brenda Cary Jenks, Hudson Falls 518-321-5940, www.fengshuibcj.com
Healing Path Massage, Schenectady, 518-374-8654, www.healingpathmassage.com
HEALING TOUCH Nina Lockwood, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner/Instructor, 518-7915120, email@example.com
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE Dr. Tracy Bloom, Albany by Stuyvesant MASSAGE Sue Coughtry, LMT, Plaza, 518-464-3611, www.suecoughtryLMT.com, Delmar, www.drtracybloom.com # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14 I Healing Springs 37
NUTRITION The Natural Improvement Center, Queensbury, 518-745-7473
ORGANIZATIONS Saratoga Integrative Practitioners Network (SIPN), www.saratogaintegrativepractitioners.com PHARMACY Fallon Pharmacy, Latham, Saratoga, 518-220-2005, www.fallonpharmacy.com
PHOTOGRAPHY Trisha Millier Photography, Vivid, artistic, and elegant images with a timeless quality. Specializing in natural light photography, location portraiture, and weddings. Available for booking in New York, New England & Worldwide. www.TrishaMillier.com Info@TrishaMillier.com 518.683.4999
James and Janet Orzano, Reiki Masters since 1993. Reiki Sessions/ClassesSaratoga Springs. SacredSourceReiki.com
Penelope Jewell Reiki classes and sessions www.ReikiWorks.info, www.penelope.org 518-480-9118 Sue Coughtry, LMT, www.suecoughtryLMT.com, Delmar, 518-689-2244, wwwstramcenter.com
RETAIL Peaceful Inspirations, 518-439-7039
Living Recovery, 12 Step gifts, Latham, 518-785-5258
PHYSICAL THERAPY Integrative Physical Therapy, 518-373-0735, www.inspiredtherapy.com
Magic Moon, Saratoga, 518-583-2488
PILATES Reform, Saratoga Springs, 518-871-1315
RETREATS “Dreaming Our Joy” facilitated by Jae Way, Holistic Life Coach, oneselfcares.com
PSYCHIC INTUITIVE CONSULTANT Kimberly Hayden, Saratoga, 518-8590842, firstname.lastname@example.org PSYCHOTHERAPY Donna Bird LCSW, CCH, Certified in EMDR, Hypnosis and Wave Work. Specializing in managing anxiety, depression, addictions, eating issues and trauma. Produces Hypnosis and Guided Imagery CDs & MP3s for health and wellness. Available at www.donnabird.com Saratoga office - 518-584-0698. Wendy Ball LMHC, certified in EMDR and Hakomi therapies, specialize in trauma related disorders, couples counseling and life transition coaching. Albany office. 518813-8524. www.wendyballcounseling.com REIKI Linda Thompson, 518-885-3707, www.holistichealingartssaratoga.com Joyce Willson RN, RMT, The Art of Reiki, Troy, 518-271-7802, www.theartofreiki.com Joan M Frederick Classes/Treatments 518-829-7400, ProvidenceReiki.com
RISING STAR HEALING Sarah Root, RSP. Rising Star energy clears blockages on all levels, promotes clarity, awareness, growth. In person or distant sessions equally powerful. Transform your life! Sarah@RadiantAlignment.com, www.RadiantAlignment.com, 607-353-9833 ROLF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION Nick Pavoldi, 518.389.2200, BodyworkProfessionals@gmail.com SPAS Roosevelt Baths & Spa, Saratoga Springs, RooseveltBathsAndSpa.com, 877-313-2709 SPACE FOR RENT Beekman Artists Studios, 79 Beekman St. Saratoga Springs email@example.com, www.beekmanstreetarts.com Simor Center for Wellness, Saratoga Springs, 518-210-4703 Office for Rent, 61 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY. ACO Property Advisors, Inc.(518) 584-9578 (x2)
SPIRITUAL SCHOOL Sarah Root, Karuna/Usui Reiki Classes School of the Golden Rosycross, a gnos& Treatments, 607-353-9833 tic spiritual school for our time. 38 Healing Springs I # 71 December ‘13—January ‘14
Lectorium Rosicrucianum Conference Center, 21 Bushnell Avenue, Chatham, 518.392-2799, www.lectoriumrosicrucianum.org, firstname.lastname@example.org TAI CHI The Tai Chi Center, Saratoga Springs, 518-583-9315, www.the-taichi-center.com The Lemon Tree Yoga and Healing Arts Studio, Glens Falls, www.lemontreeyoga.com, email@example.com, 518-301-3291, 301-3293 Asian Arts Tai Chi Center, Albany, 518-489-1458, info@AsianArtsGrp.com, www.AsianArtsGrp.com TREE SERVICE Foothills Tree Service, Practicing sustainable tree managment, 518-893-2620, www.kawingcrow.com WELLNESS CENTERS A Peaceful Place, Clifton Park, 518-371-2225, www.peacefulplace.com Healing Path Massage, Schenectady, 518374-8654, www.healingpathmassage.com Solutions for Healing and Renewal, Clifton Park, 518-383-8311, www.solutionsforhealingandrenewal.com YOGA Yoga in the Adirondacks, 518-2513015, www.yogaintheadirondacks.com Yoga Mandali, Saratoga, 518-316-1308, www.yogasaratoga.com True North Yoga, Schroon Lake, 518-810-7871, www.TrueNorthYogaOnline.com The Lemon Tree Yoga & Healing Arts Studio, Glens Falls, 518-301-3291, www.lemontreeyoga.com Saratoga Springs Yoga, SaratogaSpringsYoga.com
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