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icholas Sparks quotes from the Holy Scriptures in his novel, A Walk to Remember: “Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.” Love is universally acknowledged as the foundational, beautiful essence of life, which is why we have so much fun in February with Valentines’ Day, when love is in the air. Already, 2013 has marked itself as a blessed year for our family. We feel palpably surrounded and supported by love from friends, advertisers, readers and beyond, and are deeply grateful. Lao Tzu once said, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Loving and being loved is so vital to our health and happiness that we can’t live well without it. I hope that you will join us as we tune into ever-fresh ways in which to show our love more fully. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I have started to contemplate meaningful gestures I can make for my mate that don’t cost money. I am open to creative ideas; please email them to me at Publisher@ NaturalWestMichigan.com and I’ll post the best bets on our Facebook page. After 14 years of marriage, we generally find it more nurturing to celebrate special occasions with shared experiences rather than wrapped gifts, but this year I would like to show my number one Valentine special appreciation because he deserves extra kindnesses. Do you agree that this year feels special? I can’t wait to see what presents itself. Each morning I wake up feeling giddy to be alive, fortunate for all of the unfolding good in life. Positive vibes are just bursting out of me. Several people I have already mentioned this to feel the same way, so I project that good will flow to us all in 2013. Kyle and I wish to send the love we receive back to our readers, so please let us know what more we can do to help you realize results in your quest for optimum natural health and sustainable living. If there is a topic you would like us to cover or have suggestions, we want to hear from you. With all our love,
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newsbriefs Enneagram for Everyone
rand Rapids based Kirtan artist Michael H. Cohen has another passion - in his spare time he helps clients, students and workshop participants understand self and others, and demystify relationships through the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a rich and dynamic personality type system with very deep spiritual and psychological roots. The teachings of Michael H. Cohen the Enneagram (www. enneagraminstitute.com) allow us to see how the deeply held patterns of our personality imprison our Essential Self, preventing us from living our deepest and most fulfilling life. Understanding the contours of one’s personality is essential to the yogic path! How does it work? The Enneagram maps one personality type to each of the 9 points and identifies motivation – why a person does something. This empowers each individual to understand their self, and to relate skillfully with all types of people in their work, family and intimate relationships. This knowledge opens a path for personal evolution and transforming relationships from conflict to connection. “The Enneagram for Yogi’s and Everyone” workshop is being offered on Saturday, February 2 from 1-4:30pm at Cascade Yoga. Call the Studio at 616-464-1610 or email us at info@ cascadeyogastudio.com. The workshop is $55 in advance, and $ 65 at the door. See Cascade Yoga’s ad page 16.
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of the nerium oleander plant, an accidental discovery was made: the unique properties of nerium oleander provide remarkable age-defying results when applied to the skin. The finding led to the creation of NeriumAD skincare line, an exciting new product that really works. Check it out for yourself at the Grand Rapids Women’s Expo, March 8-10, and register to win a free bottle of NeriumAD. For more information visit www.myfaceliftinabottle.com or call Katrina at 269-214-4432. See ad page 40.
Weekend of Iyengar Yoga with Senior teacher Mary Reilly
osting Mary is one of the highlights of the year at The Yoga Studio! Mary is a Certified Iyengar teacher and the Director of North Woods Yoga, the Northern Michigan Iyengar Yoga Center in Petoskey. Her teaching embodies the clarity and accessibility of Iyengar Yoga that make this powerful practice available to students of all abilities. Six months or more of yoga experience is recommended for Mary Reilly this workshop and different levels of experience will be accommodated. Join us for a weekend of classes sure to challenge you and expand your perceptions. The schedule will be as follows: Friday, February 22, 6:00-8:00 pm From Basic Actions to Extraordinary Asanas. Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am-Noon Stringing the Bow. Saturday, February 23, 2:30-5:00 pm Evolving your Restoratives. Sunday, February 24, 10:00 am-12:30 pm Balance, Balance, Balance. The workshop will be held at 1100 Wealthy SE. Grand Rapids. Workshop space is limited and priority will be given to those enrolling for the entire weekend. $175 for the whole weekend, or if you register before February 1st, only $150! Please mail a $50 deposit or the full fee to The Yoga Studio in order to register or visit our website www.gryoga.com to download a printable brochure. For more information about Mary, visit her website www.northwoodsyoga.com.
Second Annual Women and Environment Symposium
est Michigan Environmental Action Council and Grand Valley State University are presenting the Second Annual Women & Environment Symposium on Friday, February 15 at the GVSU L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The Women & Environment Symposium will explore the intersection between women’s issues and environmental concerns, examining topics such as environmental impacts on women’s and children’s health, food and farming practices, eco-business and sustainable living, among several others. An invaluable opportunity for professionals and students alike to learn about the issues, their history and current success stories, the symposium is the only largescale meeting between local leaders and stakeholders in the academic, business and activism communities focused on women and the environment. This year’s keynote speaker is Roxana Tynan, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. LAANE works to raise the standards in LA’s economic practices, work that touches on the intersection of environmental justice, equity and economic opportunity. Several of LAANE’s campaigns and projects translate innovative approaches to environmental justice issues into green jobs. Tynan will share LAANE’s experience of moving their community forward on a progressive agenda that balances planet, people and profit. The symposium will also feature workshops on key issues and an awards luncheon honoring local women for their accomplishments on behalf of the environment. Learn more and register at women.wmeac.org. See ad page 8.
The Practice of “A Course in Miracles”
he purpose of this class is to teach “miraclemindedness”, the Course’s simple method of opening to and sharing love, and to apply it to our daily lives. Happier relationships, joy, purpose, and peace will be the result for
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all participants. As the Course says: “Teach only love, for that is what you are,” and “Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world.” Prior experience with the Course is not necessary. New members will be welcomed continuously. The group is held at Fountain Street Church located at 24 Fountain St in Grand Rapids and is facilitated by George Bartnick, a native Grand Rapidian and 30-year student of the Course, a certified Yoga Instructor and former resident of the Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. The Course will be held Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm and is free.
New Massage Therapist at Midwest Massage
ntroducing Sarah Schulte. Sarah lived in Arizona for the past 4 years where she became a Licensed Massage Therapist - completing a 1000hr program at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). She has worked at a chiropractor’s office as well as seeing private clients. As a massage therapist she is trained in Swedish, Myotherapy, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hawaiian massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Being back in her hometown of Grand Rapids, she is finishing her schooling to become a Physical Therapist as well. She loves massage therapy for the healing, relaxation and rejuvenation it brings to your body and mind and she is excited to share this gift with you. Midwest Massage and Salon is located at 6883 Cascade Road in Grand Rapids. Call 616-949-4000. See ad page 31.
Yin Yoga comes to Expressions of Grace
in Yoga is a quiet practice in which participants hold floor postures for longer periods of time while softening the muscles and focusing on the breath. In a yin yoga practice, poses are chosen to stimulate the connective tissues and direct chi energy, bringing
health and vitality to the entire body. Yin yoga promotes stress relief and deeper states of meditation and relaxation. Join Jessica on Sunday evenings at Expressions of Grace for Yin Yoga at 7:00 pm. See ad page 16.
Now Open Flirt Fitness
rand Rapids would like to welcome its first and only premiere poledancing studio, Flirt Fitness. Flirt Fitness offers a safehaven for women to get their sexy-back and enjoy their workouts in a warm, welcoming environment. It offers women a chance to strip away their negative thoughts about themselves, and venture on a journey of finding their inner sex goddess and being. Owner and founder, Amy Oostveen is a certified pole fitness instructor with a background in dance, sports and competitive cheerleading. When she discovered pole as an alternative to traditional fitness, Amy was a bit hesitant to give it a try. “After learning my first trick on the pole I was hooked. It was so much fun!” Oostveen said. Once she saw the changes in her mind, spirit, soul and body, she knew she had to share it. With a candlelit workout, a place free from negativity, and intimate class sizes, Flirt Fitness is a freeing place for all women. Their classes give you a phenomenal, sensual, sexy workout. “You will be amazed how quickly you will lose weight, tone your body, shrink your waistline, feel great and just have fun”, says Amy. Their signature pole classes are a fusion of pole dancing, exotic dance, Pilates, yoga, and much, much more! Flirt Fitness, 415 Norwood St. SE, Grand Rapids. Visit www. FlirtFitnessGr.com or call 616-723-7350. See ad page 13.
Weekend Yoga Workshop with Christina Sell
ignity, Discipline, Dedication and Delight: A Weekend of Yoga with Christina Sell will be held February 8-10 at PeaceLab Yoga in Grandville, MI. Christina is the
founder and director of the San Marcos School of Yoga and offers workshops, trainings and seminars locally, nationally and internationally. She is committed to bringing traditional practices and teachings to modern life. Christina Sell She is the author of Yoga From the Inside Out: Making Peace with Your Body Through Yoga and My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness, and this will be her first visit to Michigan. Workshops will be held Friday, February 8 from 6:008:00 pm. Saturday, February 9 from 9:00-noon & 2:004:00 pm. Sunday, February 10 from 9:00 am-noon. For more information or to register, please go to www. peacelabyoga.com or call 616-745-0310. See ad page 16.
West Michigan Women’s Expo Returns
he West Michigan Women’s Expo is returning to Grand Rapids for its 15th year as an Expo focused on health, home ideas and FUN – giving women something to feel good about. In celebration of 15 years, the Caribbean themed birthday party for the 2013 Women’s Expo, on March 8-10 this year, will feature products, services, and presentations that aim to provide a weekend of education, entertainment and enjoyment. As the largest single consumer event for women in the region, the Expo will feature more than 375 women-owned and women-focused businesses during the three-day Expo held downtown at DeVos Place. The Expo will also feature a Caribbean Vacation Giveaway, Hoop Happy Hoop Healthy’s custom Hula Hoops and Hoop Class Demonstrations, Michelle Grzybowski’s Something Pinteresting is Going On and more. The Expo is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Advance tickets are $7 each and are available at all area Meijer stores. Admission at the door is $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-14. www.kohlerexpo.com. See ad page 39.
Harmony ‘n Health Colon Hydrotherapy
Mary A. DeLange C.C.T. C.M.T. 616-456-5033
Some Beneﬁts of Colon Hydrotherapy: ~ Remove Toxic Waste from ones body ~ Eradicate Constipation ~ Removes Stomach Bloat ~ Increase ones Energy
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Makeup Fearlessly With Sappho Organics
id you know in 1917 scientists discovered parabens and thought they would be great to treat women in menopause because of their estrogenic effect on the body? Instead, parabens became the choice preservative for personal care items for skin, hair and cosmetics. Fully intact parabens are now being found in the middle of breast tumors. Up to 60% of what we put on our bodies goes directly into our blood stream. Women between the ages of 20-40 carry more petrochemicals in their blood stream than any other demographic. Making educated, healthy choices about what you’re putting on your skin has never been easier. In 2008, Emmy Nominated Makeup Artist JoAnn Fowler created an eco-conscious organic makeup line, Sappho Organics. Sérendipité Organiques has the distinguished honor of being one of only four retailers in the entire US and is having a Free Toxic Free Makeover Event on Saturday, February 9th from 11:00am-5pm at Sérendipité Organiques, 944 Cherry Street in Grand Rapids. Two makeup artists, trained by JoAnn, will be here to adorn your already beautiful faces with organic, non-toxic makeup.
Congratulations to Laurie DeDecker, R.N. for becoming a licensed trainer for Healing In America, the U.S. affiliate of England’s The Healing Trust. Established in 1954, The Healing Trust is the largest energy healing organization in Europe where it is well accepted by the U.K. medical system because of its high level of professionalism and its Healers’ Code of Conduct. DeDecker has been involved in wellness and prevention education on a local, state and national level for over 17 years. She has been an R.N. for over 25 years and has had a long-time interest in wellness, holistic nursing, chronic disease prevention and energy healing. DeDecker is available for energy healing sessions using the Healing In America Energy Healing Method at Holistic Care Approach located at 3368 Beltline Ct. in Grand Rapids.
Call Teri at 616-419-8115 to reserve your spot. Receive 10% off your Sappho purchases that day. See ad page 26 & 44.
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Contact Laurie to schedule a session or for course information, at 269-908-1016.
Hot Peppers Help the Heart
ebruary is Heart Health Month, and individuals that like hot peppers have another reason to continue their spicy habit, according to recent research. A study presented at the latest National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society focused on the benefits of capsaicin and its fiery-hot relatives, a piquant family of substances termed capsaicinoids, that give cayenne, jalapeños, habanero and other chili peppers their heat. The research team discovered that these substances boost heart health in several ways: They block the action of a gene producing a substance that makes arteries contract and restrict the flow of blood to the heart and other organs; lower cholesterol by reducing its accumulation in the body and increasing its breakdown and excretion; decrease the size of cholesterol deposits already formed in blood vessels that narrow arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes; and reduce overall levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol while not affecting levels of “good” cholesterol.
Reading Helps Teens Beat the Blues
ooks stimulate the mind in more ways than previously known, and may even help reduce the risk of depression in teenagers, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers report adolescents that spend more time reading books are less likely to experience a major depressive disorder than those listening to contemporary music. Participants were called up to 60 times during five extended weekends over two months and asked if their attention was currently devoted to television, movies, music, video games, the Internet, magazines, newspapers or books. Teens that spent the most hours listening to music were 8.5 times more likely to be depressed than those that spent the least amount of time absorbed in tunes. In contrast, adolescents that read the most (primarily books) were 10 percent as likely to be depressed as those that read the least. Major depression is thought to affect one in 12 teenagers, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Brian Primack, the assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics who led the study, remarks, “These findings may help clinicians and parents recognize links between media and depression. This is worth emphasizing because overall in the United States, reading books is decreasing, while nearly all other forms of media use are increasing.”
Alexander Technique Lessens Back Pain
otoriously difficult to treat, chronic back pain may be behind more disability and days off from work than any other health condition. A recent study published by the British Medical Journal, involving more than 500 patients, concludes that practicing the Alexander Technique, an awareness practice to identify and correct unconscious negative physical habits related to posture and movement, breathing and tension, combined with moderate exercise, can help. The patients were either given normal physician care, massage or six or 24 lessons of the technique, which helped them learn to align the head, neck and back muscles, release unnecessary restrictions and improve overall balance. Half the patients in each group were also assigned to walk briskly for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Massage provided pain relief for the corresponding group for the first three months, and then the benefit had to be reinstated. Patients trained in how to daily use knowledge acquired from practicing the Alexander Technique reported less pain and an ability to do more by the end of the year. Individuals that received six lessons and stuck to a recommended exercise routine did nearly as well as those that had 24 lessons. For more information, visit AlexanderTechnique.com, Amsatonline.org, AlexTechWestMich.com.
The Saltshaker Thief
efore reaching for the saltshaker, consider that excessive dietary salt not only burdens the kidneys and increases the risk of hypertension; it may also deplete vital calcium. Research by Canadian medical researchers at the University of Alberta recently discovered an important link between sodium and calcium, which appear to be regulated by the same molecule in the body. When sodium intake becomes too high, the body excretes it via urine, taking calcium with it and creating a risk for developing kidney stones and osteoporosis. So, pass the pepper instead.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month!
ral health is about more than just a yearly teeth cleaning. What you put in your mouth is just as important! Teaching kids about choosing healthy foods good for their teeth is just as valuable as being sure they are remembering to brush after a meal. Take time to talk to your kids about the function of teeth and how they can help to keep them healthy and strong. Visit www.mouthhealthy.org, a site created by the American Dental Association (ADA) that addresses healthy habits and nutrition ideas for all stages of life to achieve and sustain that lasting grin. So go ahead, start the conversation, and don’t forget to smile! Submitted by Alexandra Hylen, Senior at Hope College and the President of the Pre-Dental Club
onsumers do not need to buy overpriced, sugary sports drinks in order to replenish carbohydrates and electrolytes during or after exercise, say researchers at the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, in Kannapolis. Instead, just grab a banana. The tasty fruit not only offers the same performance boost as sports drinks, but additional advantages, as well. Bananas provide antioxidants not found in the manmade beverages, plus a greater nutritional boost, including fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. Bananas also boast a healthier blend of natural sugars than sports drinks.
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Red, White and True
ag the guesswork of grocery shopping and let the American Heart Association (AHA) Heart-Check mark help identify healthy foods. The red-and-white icon, created in 1995 and now found on product packaging, is a solid first step in building a heart-friendly diet. The AHA is now beginning to include foods with high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—the “good” fats—in the Heart-Check program. Updated requirements also covering sodium, sugar and fiber will take effect in 2014 to allow food manufacturers time to reformulate their products.
globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
Safer Cells Mobile Phones Becoming Less Toxic The Ecology Center, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in conjunction with technicians at IFixIt.com, has published a list of toxic chemicals found in 36 cell phones from a range of manufacturers. The good news is that companies are responding to consumer and regulatory pressure and these troublesome components are on the decline. The Motorola Citrus, Apple iPhone 4S and LE Remarq were the least toxic cell phones in the analysis. Two of the bestselling models, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, ranked fifth and ninth, respectively. Among earlier models, the 2007 iPhone 2G was found to contain the most toxic materials. Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center, concludes, “The takeaway is that mobile phones are chemically intensive and full of chemical hazards, but they’ve been getting a lot better.” The center reported that every phone sampled in the study contained lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury or cadmium. Source: Tinyurl.com/MobileRisk
Animals’ Native Remedies Offer Insights We can learn much from animal species that selfmedicate naturally. Some have developed the ability to alter their diets and behavior in ways that provide protection from lethal, microscopic parasites. Chimpanzees held captive often succumb to infection by a parasitic worm, which can lead to lethal intestinal blockages or secondary bacterial infections. But chimps in the wild rarely experience such deadly ailments. More than 30 years ago, Michael Huffman, who studies evolution of social systems at the University of Kyoto, in Japan, noticed that wild chimps treated themselves by ingesting foods with special properties that fight intestinal worm infections. Scientists recently discovered why monarch butterflies are so picky in choosing the milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs. “The females often taste a plant, reject it and fly away,” explains Jacobus de Roode, Ph.D., of Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. His research team found that butterflies infected with a certain protozoan parasite seek out milkweeds containing high levels of cardenolide, a plant steroid that interferes with parasite growth in monarch caterpillars. Scientists have identified many other species that partake in self-medicating practices, including macaques and sheep. Recognition that various insects such as honey bees and fruit flies share this trait is enabling scientists to rigorously examine the phenomenon in the laboratory, with hopes of finding applications in animal husbandry and even human medicine. Source: The Scientist magazine
Dog Bite Prevention Without proper safety, a dog can quickly go from man’s best friend to worst enemy with one bite. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more emergency room visits from dog bites than from skateboarding, inline skating, horseback riding, baby walkers and all-terrain vehicles combined, with children being the most frequent victims. Many dog bites could be prevented if parents and children were simply aware of the signs that dogs send when they are anxious. An anxious dog is much more likely to bite than is a happy dog. For the dog owner, as a general rule of thumb, the Liam J. Perk Foundation suggests never punishing your dog for growling at people. Often, growling is a dog’s sign of anxiety. Punishing the dog for giving this warning will not make the dog less anxious, it will only encourage the dog to mask its anxiety before biting next time. Instead of punishing a dog for growling, reinforce the growling by backing away when the dog gives this warning (and tell children to do the same thing). The dog will then learn that when he/she is in an uncomfortable situation, he/she can growl to ease the tension, which will lessen the chances of a dog bite occurring. When interacting with unknown dogs, be aware of warning signs that they might give off including suddenly freezing or becoming stiff, standing with front legs splayed, head low and looking at you and/or curled lips that show teeth. If these signs occur, leave the dog alone and give him/her the opportunity to leave without making eye contact with him/her. For more tips and tricks on how to prevent dog bits, log onto www. liamjperkfoundation.org.
Peaceful Spirits Living Spiritual Laws in Prison Living the Power, an organization formed by Marie Jackson in 2010, is piloting its Living the Power Behind Bars program in the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, in New Jersey, with encouraging results. Jackson supplies recommended course and resource materials for workshops aimed to help guide inmates to new ways of thinking and approaching everyday decisions using kindness and self-reflection. Through understanding spiritual laws of attraction and intention, participants learn to deepen and redirect their perceptions of themselves, others, events and circumstances to live a life of increased peace, balance and personal fulfillment, while positively influencing their greater environment. “I’ve learned as much from the women in the program as they have from me,” says Jackson. “Keeping our spirit free is at the heart of peace no matter where we are.” Source: LivingThePower.com/EdnaMahan.html
Paving the Way in Sustainable Streets A one-and-one-half-mile stretch of Cermak Road, on Chicago’s West Side, will soon become one of the greenest streets in the country, and possibly the world. The historic industrial artery is shedding its smokestacks and corrugated steel warehouses for a $16 million makeover by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) that will make the corridor a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum showcase. Improvements range from solar-paneled bus stops to native plants and pavement that absorbs rainwater. Armed with tax increment financing funds and grant money, the CDOT set to work incorporating what may be the most sustainable elements ever to go into a single stretch of road. In addition, all materials were found within a 500-mile radius of the project. Twenty-three percent of the materials used are from recycled sources, and more than 60 percent of the redevelopment construction waste will itself be recycled. Other cities are studying the project as a blueprint for change. Source: Grist.com
Civic Engagement Linked to Social Media The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has revealed that the use of social media is becoming an important feature of political and civic engagement. Approximately 60 percent of U.S. adults use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, and 66 percent of those—or 39 percent in total—have participated in at least one civic or political activity using social media. In a three-week survey conducted last summer, two-thirds of the 2,253 adult respondents ages 18 and older said they had used social media platforms to post their thoughts about civic and political issues; respond to other postings; press friends to act on issues; follow candidates and vote; “like” and link to other content; and join groups formed on social networking sites. Source: PewForum.org 12
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Promise of New Sustainable Power Source at Hand British engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis have succeeded in using an innovative new “air capture” technology to remove carbon dioxide greenhouse emissions from the air and transform them into synthetic gasoline. The two-year experimental project mixes sodium hydroxide with carbon dioxide before electrolyzing the sodium carbonate that it produces to form pure carbon dioxide. Hydrogen is then produced by also electrolyzing water vapor captured with a dehumidifier. The carbon dioxide and hydrogen then produce methanol, which is passed through a gasoline fuel reactor to create the fuel. The prototype minirefinery, in Stockton-on-Tees, in Teesside, produced five liters of gas in less than three months. A larger plant might produce more than a ton of gasoline every day, and a refinery-sized operation is envisioned within 15 years. The fuel can be used in any regular application and if renewable energy were used to provide the electricity, the system would be completely carbon neutral. While the technology has the backing of Britain’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers and private philanthropists, it has yet to capture the interest of major oil companies. Source: The Telegraph
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Fracking Goes Radioactive Grassroots Environmental Education, based in New York state, where extensive underground hydraulic fracturing—known as fracking—is proposed for tapping pockets of natural gas, has issued a report exposing major radioactive impacts of the practice that’s underway in several states and planned for many more. The Northeast’s Marcellus Shale region is coveted for its rich gas deposits trapped in a substrate far below the water aquifer. Fracking not only uses toxic chemicals under high pressure that can contaminate drinking and groundwater—it can also release substantial quantities of deadly radioactive poisons, bringing them to the surface, where they have the potential to pollute air, water, soil, food crops and animal feed. The report notes that the radioactive material includes, for instance, carcinogenic radium-226, with a half-life of 1,600 years, which remains toxic for up to 32,000 years. E. Ivan White, a staff scientist for 30 years on the congressionally chartered National Council on Radiation Protection, observes that such radioactive material could easily bio-accumulate over time and deliver a dangerous radiation dose to potentially millions of people long after drilling is completed. He states, “Neither New York state nor the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would permit a nuclear power plant to handle radioactive material in this manner.” Doug Wood, associate director of Grassroots Environmental Education and editor of the report, says, “Once radioactive material comes out of the ground… it is virtually impossible to eliminate or mitigate. Sooner or later, it’s going to end up in our environment and eventually, our food chain. It’s a problem with no good solution—and the [state] is unequipped to handle it.” Wood believes that releasing radioactive radium from the ground is a moral issue. “We must not burden future generations with this. We must say ‘No.’ to fracking now,” he says, “and implement the use of sustainable forms of energy that don’t kill.” For more details visit, Tinyurl.com/RadioactiveFracking. Join with others protesting fracking locally; find action tools at GlobalFrackdown.org.
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onveniently located at 617 E. Savidge Road in the Village of Spring Lake, On The Path Yoga is one of the few true yoga studios in the Muskegon/Ottawa County areas. There may be others who teach yoga classes and yoga hybrid classes at fitness gyms, churches, or even in multi-purpose rooms, but those do not compare with a studio environment that is truly designed to focus on yoga in its purest form. It is here where people will find a calming, tranquil place to soothe the soul and let the worries of the world fade away. Sandy Parker is the owner, creator and one of the principle instructors of On The Path Yoga. This business was born just over a year ago in a building that was tastefully transformed from a real estate office to the earthy place it is today. In a studio environment, she is able to better control the lighting, flooring, hours of operation, class size and have all the necessary yoga props including a rope wall. Over 25 classes are scheduled each week between a few regular instructors. Some of the classes currently being offered are: Gentle Yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Adaptive Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and alignment-based Level Classes. They even offer specialty classes such as: Yoga for Runners, Shakin’ Shakti (yoga rave/dance party), Pelvic Floor Workshop, Partner Yoga, Men’s Power Yoga, Zoo Zen, Women’s Weekend Retreat and even a pre-natal class called Bija Yoga. Times vary for the specialty classes. The studio is equipped with everything that practicing yogis need, although personal props and mats can be used as well. Parker’s plans and dreams continue to evolve as she strives to create new classes to meet the needs and schedules of her clients. Sandy Parker first began practicing yoga as an escape when her children were young. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and spending more than 25 years teaching aerobics, instructing and learning yoga, coaching runners and swimmers, practicing massage therapy and working in the health and fitness world, she decided to make her dream a reality. Carolyn Heines, Kat McKinney and Senior Level Iyengar Yoga teacher, Mary Reilly, helped Parker learn the skills and knowledge that she has today, which has enabled her to build this business. Parker shows a strong passion for her craft and is dedicated to making her business the best it can be through one-on-one time with students, flexible hours and a variety of classes to choose from. Recently, Parker traveled to Chicago for an intensive workshop on pelvic floor disorders and is happy to now offer a class to help clients who have those types of needs. In addition, Parker is a certified Healthy Foot Specialist, a yoga instructor under the Yoga Fit system and recently completed training for certification as a pre-natal exercise instructor. One unique way that this yoga studio serves its clients is by offering Return2Wellness, an on-site Naturopathic Therapy business in a private, connected office. Anne VanderHoek, NT, runs this part of the business and offers a variety of complimentary therapeutic wellness practices and operates her own schedule and makes her own appointments. VanderHoek offers nutritional counseling, naturopathic consultations and body work including: relaxation massage, reflexology,
lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral, light healing touch and energy work. Clients who feel the need for the type of additional support that Anne offers have the added opportunity to be able to schedule an appointment with her when needed. On The Path Yoga is a successful, true yoga studio that fits perfectly in the village of Spring Lake. Stop by, call or sign onto the website for more information or to register for a class. Currently space is limited, classes are capped at 10-12 people per class and sign-up sheets are available in the studio as well. Classes are $10 each session with no long-term contract. There is also an option to purchase an all-inclusive type membership to take as many classes as desired. Additional resources include a Friday open studio time, which has different yoga stations set up as well as a “Zoo Zen” kids’ class that is offered monthly in the winter and weekly in the summer. Everyone is welcome at On the Path Yoga. Leave worries and cares at home and bring your body, soul, and personal spirit to On The Path Yoga in downtown Spring Lake to experience what Sandy Parker and staff have to offer. You will surely go home with a calmer, healthier body. On The Path Yoga will be moving just down the street to a new, larger facility in late spring. This move will enable them to accommodate slightly larger classes, a separate changing area and a personal gear storage area. Their new address will be at 701 E. Savidge Road. For more information, please contact email@example.com or call 616-935-7028. See ad page 16. Julie Reynolds is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. She has a degree in journalism and also is a certified teacher. Julie lives in the Muskegon area with her family and works as a real estate agent for Greenridge Realty and also as a substitute teacher. natural awakenings
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we need the “high” they produce. Soon, increased amounts of foods like cheeseburgers, potato chips or chocolate chip cookies are necessary to help us feel good again. Handling emotions without turning to food can be a knotty problem, health professionals agree, involving interweaving physical, emotional and spiritual strands.
Food & Mood Solutions for Emotional Eating by Judith Fertig
stressful day might have us seeking solace in ice cream, pizza or potato chips. Other times, we may feel a second donut or another high-calorie treat is our reward for a task well done. Occasional food indulgences are one of life’s pleasures, but habitually eating in response to our emotions can cause weight gain and health problems.
Core Issues “Emotional hunger represents an appetite, craving or desire to eat in the absence of true physiological hunger cues,” explains Julie Simon, author of The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting. “Emotional hunger often feels the same as physical hunger,” she adds, yet it might represent an unconscious longing for pleasure, calm, comfort, excitement or distraction. It can also have a physiological basis. A 2011 study from the University of Leuven, in Belgium, shows that stomachbased hormones can connect directly to the brain, setting up cravings for sugary and fatty foods, suggesting that we are hardwired to want the foods that provide the greatest number of calories in the smallest quantities. Sugary, starchy, salty and fatty foods also push the brain’s “reward” button, prompting the production of more dopamine, the neurotransmitter of pleasure and well-being. Dr. Pam Peeke, Ph.D., author of The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, maintains that these foods also create a difficult-to-break addiction cycle. According to Peeke, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, the more high-calorie foods we eat, the more 18
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One solution is to simply pay attention to what our body is saying. Are we truly feeling hunger pangs? “When we eat in the absence of hunger cues, regularly choose unhealthy comfort foods or continue eating when we’re already full, something is out of balance,” observes Simon at OvereatingRecovery.com. Identifying “trigger” foods might also enlighten us, advises Peeke. “You’re out of control if you have a particular food in your hand and you can’t just enjoy it, walk away and say, ‘Ahh, that was wonderful.’ Life’s okay without that particular food.” The key is being smart about which foods we need to eliminate and which ones will help us feel good and enjoy an overall better quality of life. “When you follow a plant-based, unprocessed, whole foods eating plan, your body chemistry becomes balanced and your biochemical signals (hunger, cravings and fullness) work well,” explains Simon. “Each time you eat, you feel satisfied and balanced, physically and emotionally.”
Emotional Underpinnings Once we understand the physical component of emotional hunger, we can address the feelings that cause it. Most famous for their Rescue Remedy herbal and floral drops that help soothe anxiety, Bach Flower Essences recently created an Emotional Eating Support Kit that includes homeopathic essences of crabapple, cherry plum and chestnut bud. They maintain that four daily doses can help us think clearly and calmly when we fear losing control, plus objectively observe mistakes and learn from them. Some feelings, however, can’t be “gentled” away. “Soothe the small stuff, grieve the big stuff,” Simon advises. Experiencing abandonment, betrayal, domination or violation may require therapy. Lesser stressors can often be soothed by music, being outdoors, talking to a friend, taking a warm bath, walking, meditative yoga or pausing to pray—instead of eating. “No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all,” maintains Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything. “Your world is on your plate.” Roth came to terms with her own food addictions and now leads retreats to help others do the same. When we begin to understand what prompts us to use food to numb or distract ourselves, the process takes us deeper into realms of spirit and to the bright center of our lives, says Roth. She urges us to be present in the moment and to use good food as a sort of meditation. Notice the beautiful greens in the salad and bless the farmer that grew them. It’s one path to realizing the essence of food that’s good for us is a blessing we deserve. Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
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their own, including Rolfing, structural integration, shiatsu and myofascial and craniosacral therapies. Bodywork professionals generally belong to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), whatever their specialized modality. They may also participate in other professional organizations, such as the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, which has some 80,000 members, many of which are also members of the International Association for Structural Integrators. These nonprofits’ websites help individuals locate practitioners in their area. According to Maureen Moon, past president of AMTA, many massage therapists (which don’t refer to themselves as bodyworkers) are trained in various bodywork therapies and intuitively integrate them into their sessions, depending upon each client’s needs. She notes that, “Many AMTA members are so passionate about their profession and meeting the continuing education (CEU) requirements that they go far beyond the units required to maintain their license, which can vary from state-to-state.” For example, Moon has trained in spinal reflex analysis, developed by Dr. Frank Jarrell, neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies, shiatsu and seven massage therapies. “Most AMTA members are CEU junkies,” quips Moon, who points out that national conventions provide continuing education and chapter meetings frequently introduce attendees to new techniques. Some practitioners discover specialties while in search of pain relief for personal injuries or other conditions.
The seed holds within itself hints of its magnificent maturity. So it is with the practice of whole-person health care, which has matured in language, sophistication, credibility and acceptance. In a single generation, we’ve seen its presence grow from the outer edges of holistic and alternative wellness to complementary and integrative health care. Its latest evolution into America’s mainstream is known as functional medicine. The branch of massage therapy, the germination Myofascial Therapy point for myriad therapies collectively known as bodywork, patterns Olympia Hostler, a myofascial therapist the movement’s development. in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, had two
nce considered a luxury for the pampered few, massage was among the first therapies to be widely recognized by physicians as a respected aspect of integrative and functional medicine. Bodywork increasingly shares this status, as it is included in conventional medicine’s more innovative healthcare models that embrace a body, mind and spirit
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approach. One of many examples is Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina, where patient services include a form of integrative massage that blends Swedish massage, myofascial therapy, reflexology, energy work and somatic therapy techniques. In the public’s view, bodywork is still largely associated with massage, although distinct forms stand on
serious horse riding accidents during adolescence and three automobile accidents by age 40, which combined, left her so incapacitated that she could barely walk. “I couldn’t work for three years, because I was so debilitated,” relates Hostler. She found her doctor’s diagnosis of severe permanent damage to the body’s soft connective tissue, or fascia, and the prognosis of a lifetime of living with pain unacceptable. So she began searching for something
that would help restore health. Her investigation of therapies ended with myofascial release, an effective wholebody approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction, developed by Physical Therapist John F. Barnes. “I had several sessions and found lasting pain relief unlike anything I’d ever experienced,” advises Hostler. Unlike massage therapies focused on improving circulation, inducing relaxation or draining lymph fluid, the myofascial treatment reached Hostler’s deepest layer of fascia to free the restrictions causing her pain. “It was amazing that a hands-on application of gentle, sustained pressure into areas of restriction in the myofascial connective tissue could begin to relieve many years of ongoing, intense pain,” says Hostler.
Rolfing As a Certified (advanced) Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner, Robert McWilliams has been able to pursue his lifelong passion in the fields of movement and physical fitness, which included 25 years as a professional dancer and 14 as a professor of modern dance. He taught at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Florida, in Gainesville. “In the 1980s, while I was still dancing, I had an experience with Rolfing, developed by Ida P. Rolf [Ph.D.], that transformed my dancing, increased my athletic performance alignment, coordination, flexibility, balance, muscle tone, expressive power and overall sense of relaxation onstage, as well as in daily life,” relates McWilliams. He currently serves as an assistant teacher at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, in Boulder, Colorado, where he trained. Although McWilliams’ clients generally see him to treat the pain and discomfort of injuries, he says that they frequently change their focus to how their body is working better overall. “This is because injuries tend to resolve themselves after a few sessions of deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system,” says McWilliams. A specialized series of 10 sessions works to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire
body. Each session focuses on freeing up a particular region of the body. The effect releases old limiting patterns and postures and restores the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. “Often, as freedom of physical expression increases, so does emotional expression,” comments McWilliams.
“While Rolfers graduate from The Rolf Institute and attend certified training programs in order to maintain their trademark, and structural integrators can attend any of 14 certified U.S. schools, we are all structural integrators; our training is based on the work of Ida Rolf,” says Diane Roth, a boardcertified structural integrator who has specialized in massage and bodywork for 25 years in the Chicago area. Roth explains that all practitioners in this field of study combine handson freeing and realigning of fascial tissue with awareness and movement education, in order to structurally integrate the whole body. Restoration of postural balance and functional ease greatly helps the body, which, she says, constantly labors against the powerful force of gravity. Like Moon, Roth has studied and incorporated other adjunct therapies and modalities, such as craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. From her perspective, bodywork differs from massage in that it requires more involvement from the client. “I tell my clients that with a veritable village of treatments available, there is always help for anyone that suffers with aches and pains, regardless of age,” says Roth.
Shirley Scranta, owner and director of the International School of Shiatsu, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, discovered The Book of Shiatsu: The Healing Art of Finger Pressure, by Saul Goodman, in a health food store. She subsequently researched the school that Goodman founded in 1978, based on the theories of masunaga Zen shiatsu, kushi macrobiotic and his own shiatsu shin tai. In 1996, Scranta became one of Goodman’s clients. “I drove a roundtrip of 240 miles for weekly treatments natural awakenings
because each session made me feel better and stronger. After five sessions, I enrolled in classes and graduated later that year,” says Scranta. She believes the widely known form of acupressure helped her body reestablish its own intelligence system, which had been distorted by childhood trauma. “This gentle technique applies varying degrees of pressure to release tension, strengthen weak areas, facilitate circulation and balance the life energy that flows through the meridians in the body,” she explains. “In my case, it helped me connect with my body so that I could honor it and do what it needed to rejuvenate itself.”
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Chiropractor Lisa Upledger is vice president of The Upledger Institute, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A craniosacral therapy (CST) practitioner, educator and wife of CST developer Dr. John Upledger, she advises that tension-related problems are a growing complaint in our modern world. Fortunately, such issues are among the myriad conditions that respond quickly
to the gentle touch of this modality. In a 2007 Massage magazine article, she advised that the positive effects of the therapy rely to a large extent on the performance of the body’s inherent self-corrective mechanisms. “CST works through the craniosacral system to facilitate this function and thereby normalize the environment in which the central nervous system functions,” she noted. “As this is accomplished, a wide range of sensory, motor and neurological problems are improved.” CST practitioners listen with their hands to the slow pulsations of the craniosacral system. With a soft touch, equivalent to the weight of a nickel, they explore any fascia restrictions throughout the client’s body, which rests fully clothed in a supine position. Effects of the treatment can be wide-ranging, affecting the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems as well as organs, connective tissues and energy systems. It works to release deeply held physical and psychological patterns held within the body. A coin with different impressions on each side is still only one coin, a
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blend of precious metals. When the coin is tossed to reveal either heads or tails, the visible symbol is one interpretation of the whole imprint—an analogy that may best define the difference between massage and bodywork. All variations on the theme share the same goal—restoring health to the whole person. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Find other natural living articles at her website, ItsAllAboutWe.com.
For More Information International Association of Structural Integrators, Theiasi.org International School of Shiatsu, Shiatsubo.com Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars, MyofascialRelease.com Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Rolf.org Upledger Institute International (craniosacral therapy), Upledger.com
n 2010, the nonprofit Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, published the results of research done by its department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences that confirmed centuries of anecdotal evidence: People that undergo massage experience measureable changes in the responses of their immune and endocrine systems. For millennia, therapeutic touch has been used to heal the body and reduce tension. Today, more than 100 types of bodywork techniques are available, with modalities ranging from massage and deep tissue manipulation to movement awareness and bio-energetic therapies. All are designed to improve the body’s structure and functioning. Bodywork may be used to help reduce pain, relieve stress, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and promote deep relaxation; some therapies simultaneously focus on emotional release. The following list includes many of the better-known bodywork systems. Finding an approach that improves one’s mental and physical health is a highly individual process; with professional guidance, several modalities may be combined for the greatest personal benefit.
Acupressure: Based on the same system as acupuncture, acupressure stimulates body pressure points using fingers and hands instead of needles, in order to restore a balanced flow of life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners “unblock and strengthen.” Common styles include jin shin, which gently holds at least two points at once for a minute or more; and shiatsu, which applies firm pressure to each point for three to five seconds. (Also see Shiatsu.) Tui na and Thai massage stimulate qi through acupressure hand movements, full-body stretches and Chinese massage techniques. (Also see Tui na.) Other forms of acupressure include jin shin do, jin shin jyutsu and acu-yoga. Learn more at Acupressure.com. Alchemical Bodywork: Synthesizes bodywork techniques and hypnosis to address emotional sources of chronic tension and pain held in the body and facilitate their release. Practitioners are typically certified in massage, often in conjunction with hypnotherapy certification. Learn more at AlchemyInstitute.com.
Alexander Technique: This awareness practice helps identify and change unconscious, negative physical habits related to posture and movement, breathing and tension. While observing the way an individual walks, stands, sits or performs other basic movements, the practitioner keeps their hands in easy contact with the body and gently guides it to encourage a release of restrictive muscular tension. The technique is frequently used to treat repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, backaches, plus stiff necks and shoulders. Learn more at AlexanderTechnique.com. Amma Therapy: A specialized form of bodywork therapy, amma (which means “pushpull” in Chinese) combines energetic, rhythmic massage techniques on specific acupressure points to facilitate blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and muscular relaxation. Suitable for individuals in varying degrees of physical condition, amma addresses challenges related to stress and anxiety; neck, shoulder and low back pain; and digestive health. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy: Developed by American Ruthie Hardee, it combines
elements of traditional Thai massage, barefoot shiatsu and Keralite foot massage (chavutti thirummal) for the treatment of chronic low-back and hip pain. Using overhead wooden bar supports, the therapist employs body weight and gliding foot strokes to apply compression massage along strategic points in the back muscles to relieve irritations on the spinal nerve caused by inflammation and swelling. Learn more at DeepFeet.com. Aston Kinetics (or Aston Patterning): Created by bodywork visionary Judith Aston in 1977, this integrated system of movement education recognizes the influence of the body-mind relationship on well-being. It incorporates bodywork, massage, ergonomic adjustments and fitness training in order to ease acute or chronic pain. Learn more at AstonKinetics.com. Ayurvedic Massage: It’s one part of panchakarma, a traditional East Indian detoxification and rejuvenation program, in which the entire body is vigorously massaged with large amounts of warm oil and herbs to remove toxins. With the client’s permission, oil is also poured into the ears, between the eyebrows and applied to specific chakras, or body energy centers, in techniques known respectively as karna purana, shirodhara and marma chikitsa. These treatments, modified to meet the needs of the West, powerfully affect the mind and nervous system—calming, balancing and bringing a heightened sense of awareness and deep inner peace. Ayurvedic massage techniques are grounded in an understanding of the primordial energies of the five elements—ether, air, fire, water and earth—and of the three basic types of energies, or constitutions, that are present in everyone and everything—vata, pitta and kapha. A knowledgeable therapist selects and customizes various ayurvedic massage techniques by selecting the rate and pressure of massage strokes and the proper oils and herbs. Learn more at AyurvedicMassage.com. Bioenergetics plus Core Energetics: A combination of physical and psychological techniques that identifies and frees areas of repressed physical and emotional trauma in the body. Deep breathing, various forms of massage and physical exercises release layers of chronic muscular tension and defensiveness, termed “body armor”. The unlocking of feelings creates the opportunity to better understand and integrate them with other aspects of oneself. Core Energetics is based on the principles of bioenergetics, but acknowledges spirituality as a key dimension of healing. Learn more at usabp.org. BodyTalk: Developed by chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. John Veltheim, BodyTalk is based upon bioenergetic psychology, dynamic systems theory, Chinese medicine and applied kinesiology. By integrating tapping, breathing and focusing techniques, BodyTalk helps the body synchronize and balance its systems and strengthens its capability of selfrepair. BodyTalk is used to address a range of health challenges, ranging from chronic fatigue and allergies to addictions and cellular damage. Practitioners are usually licensed massage therapists (LMT) or bodyworkers. Learn more at BodyTalkSystem.com. Bowen Technique (also called Bowtech and Bowenwork): This muscle and connective tissue therapy employs gentle, purposeful moves, through light clothing, to help rebalance the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
The practitioner’s subtle inputs deliver signals to the ANS at specific locations—muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves—and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity. The technique is named after its originator, Australian Tom Bowen, who also introduced the concept of inserting periods of rest between a series of movements within a treatment session. Sometimes called the homeopathy of bodywork, Bowtech addresses imbalances and both acute and chronic pain. Learn more at Bowtech.com. Breema Bodywork: Often described as a cross between partner yoga and Thai massage, Breema is a movement technique designed to restore vitality at an energetic level. It employs standardized sets of movements, based upon more than 300 sequences, none of which require strong exertions or muscular contortions. Breema techniques, which identify and emphasize nine principles of harmony, can be administered by a practitioner or by the individual as Self-Breema. The therapy originated in the Kurdish village of Breemava, in Western Asia. Learn more at Breema.com. Chi Nei Tsang (CNT): Principles of kung fu and Tai chi chuan, known as chi-kung (or qigong), support this holistic approach to massage therapy. CNT literally means, “energy transformation of the internal organs,” and practitioners focus mainly on the abdomen, with deep, soft and gentle touches, to train the organs to work more efficiently. It addresses the acupuncture meridian system (chi) and all other bodily systems—digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive and musculoskeletal— along with unprocessed emotional charges. Learn more at ChiNeiTsang.com. Craniosacral Therapy (CST): The practitioner applies manual therapeutic procedures to remedy distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism—the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and interconnected membranes. Craniosacral work is based upon two major premises: the bones of the skull can be manipulated because they never completely fuse; and the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect pulse variations. CST, also referred to as cranial osteopathy, is used to treat learning difficulties, dyslexia, hyperactivity, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, chronic pain and ear, eye and balance problems. Deep Tissue Bodywork: In this method, stretching and moving the connective tissue that envelops the muscles (fascia) works to lengthen and balance the body along its natural, vertical axis. Distortions of the connective tissue may be caused by internal reactions and complications due to accidents, emotional tensions or past unreleased traumas. The practitioner uses slow strokes, direct pressure or friction across the muscles via fingers, thumbs or elbows. Deep tissue massage works to detoxify tissue by helping to remove accumulated lactic acid and other waste products from the muscles. The therapy is used to ease or eliminate chronic muscular pain or inflammatory pain from arthritis, tendonitis and other ailments, and help with injury rehabilitation. Learn more at DeepBodywork.com. Feldenkrais Method: This distinctive approach combines movement training, gentle touch and verbal dialogue to help students straighten out what founder Moshé Pinhas Feldenkrais calls, “kinks in the brain.” Kinks
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are learned movement patterns that no longer serve a constructive purpose. They may have been adopted to compensate for a physical injury or to accommodate individuality in the social world. Students of the Feldenkrais Method unlearn unworkable movements and discover better, personalized ways to move, using mind-body principles of slowed action, conscious breathing, body awareness and thinking about their feelings. Feldenkrais takes two forms: In individual hands-on sessions (Functional Integration), the practitioner’s touch is used to address the student’s breathing and body alignment. In a series of classes of slow, non-aerobic motion (Awareness Through Movement), students “relearn” better ways for their bodies to move. Feldenkrais therapy is useful in the treatment of muscle injuries, back pain, arthritis, stress and tension. Learn more at Feldenkrais.com. Hakomi: A Hopi Indian word that translates as, “Who are you?” Hakomi is a bodycentered psychotherapy that relies upon touch, massage, movement and structural and energy work to help enable individuals change their “core” material—memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. Originally created by Ron Kurtz in the mid-1970s and later refined, the technique views the body as an interactive source of information about the unconscious mind. Learn more at HakomiInstitute.com. Hellerwork: Expanding upon the principals of Rolfing, Hellerwork combines deep tissue bodywork with movement education and the dialogue of the mind-body connection. Joseph Heller, the first president of the Rolf Institute, believed that specific movement exercises could help individuals move more efficiently, maintain alignment and mobility and enjoy fuller and easier breathing, as well as increased energy. Although primarily a preventive therapy, Hellerwork also helps alleviate stress-related disorders and musculoskeletal aches and pains. Learn more at Hellerwork.com. HEMME Approach: Derived from elements of physical medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy and physical therapy, HEMME (history, evaluation, modalities, manipulation and exercise) was developed in 1986 by Licensed Massage Therapist Dave Leflet to treat soft tissue injuries and impairments. Pain relief results from restoring alignment and improving myofascial dysfunction. Learn more at HemmeApproach.com. Hoshino Therapy: Professor Tomezo Hoshino’s technique integrates the principles of acupuncture with the art of hand therapy.
Accredited as a doctor of acupuncture, he found that in cases of arthrosis (osteoarthritis) and other painful ailments associated with soft tissue aging, acupuncture afforded only temporary relief. Hoshino Therapy is often used to ease soft tissue disorders such as bursitis, tendonitis, muscular tension and back pain. Hot Stone Therapy: (See LaStone Therapy Stone Massage) Integrative Therapeutic Massage: (See Neuromuscular Therapy) Jin Shin Jyutsu: A form of acupressure refined from ancient Japanese traditions, jin shin jyutsu acts to harmonize the life force within. Practitioners evaluate pulses, body conformation and symptoms to customize sessions designed to alleviate discomfort while addressing its cause(s). Utilizing the hands as jumper cables to reawaken bodily energy, sequences of vital energy-points are held to guide, redirect and reestablish harmony in spirit, mind and body. Learn more at jsjinc.net. LaStone Therapy Stone Massage: This soothing form of massage employs smooth heated or cooled stones to elicit physical healing, mental relaxation and a spiritual connection with Earth’s energy. Stones are placed at different spots on the body for energy balancing or may be used by the therapist on specific trigger points. Warm stones encourage the exchange of blood and lymph and provide relaxing heat for deep-tissue work. Cold stones aid with inflammation, moving blood out of the affected area and balancing male/female energies. The alternating heat and cold of thermotherapy helps activate all of the body’s healing processes with a rapid exchange of blood and oxygen and an alternating rise and fall of respiration rate as the body seeks homeostasis. Learn more at LaStoneTherapy.com. LooyenWork: This painless, deep-tissue approach works with the connective tissue and fascial components by combining the techniques of Rolfing, postural integration and Aston patterning to free tension, remove adhesions and improve freedom of movement. It was introduced in 1985 by Dutch-born bodyworker and counselor Ted Looyen after he received treatment for a serious back injury and decided to develop a massage therapy that would promote recovery from injuries without aggravating the initial trauma. LooyenWork can also address the release and processing of intense emotions. Manual Lymphatic Drainage: This gentle, non-invasive, rhythmical, whole-body massage aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to release excess fluid from loose connective tissues, thus helping to remove toxins. Lymph glands are part of the body’s defense against infection; blockage or damage within the system may lead to conditions such as edema, acne, inflammation, arthritis and sinusitis. By stimulating one of the body’s natural cleansing systems, it supports tissue health. It’s also been effective in assuaging lymphedema following mastectomy surgery. Learn more at VodderSchool.com and LymphNet.org. Massage: At its most basic, this ancient hands-on therapy involves rubbing or kneading the body to encourage relaxation, healing and well-being. Today, more than 100 different methods of massage are available, most of them in five categories: traditional; Oriental or energetic; European; contemporary Western; and integrative, encompassing structure, function and movement. Massage offers proven
benefits to meet a variety of physical challenges and may also be a useful preventive therapy. Learn more at amtaMassage.org. Metamorphic Technique: This noninvasive practice can help individuals overcome limiting beliefs that may keep them stuck in particular patterns manifested in physical, mental or emotional problems. During a “Meta” session, the practitioner uses a light touch along spinal reflex points on the feet, head and hands of the individual. Some people prefer to lie down and may fall asleep during a session, while others prefer to sit up and chat. The practitioner does not attempt to direct energy or outcomes, and sessions do not address specific symptoms or problems. Rather, they help individuals connect with their own life force. Learn more at MetamorphicTechnique.org. Myofascial Release: This whole-body, hands-on technique seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Therapists use their hands to apply mild, sustained pressure in order to gently stretch and soften fascia. Developed in the late 1960s by Physical Therapist John Barnes, myofascial release is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries and scoliosis. Learn more at MyofascialRelease.com. Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET): This mind-body therapy seeks to restore well-being by removing certain biochemical and bioelectrical charges stored in the brain and manifested as illness or imbalances in the body. NET combines techniques and principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine, chiropractic and applied kinesiology to remove blocks to the body’s natural vitality, allowing it to repair itself naturally. Chiropractor Scott Walker formulated NET in the late 1980s. Learn more at NetMindBody.com. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): Specific massage therapy and flexibility stretching help balance the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, emphasizing the interwoven roles of the brain, spine and nerves in causing muscular pain. Its goal is to relieve tender, congested spots in muscle tissue and compressed nerves that may radiate pain to other areas of the body. (Also see Trigger Point Therapy.) Learn more at MyofascialTherapy.org. Ortho-Bionomy: A gentle, non-invasive system of healing, ortho-bionomy reminds the body of its natural ability to restore balance. British Osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls developed the technique to stimulate the body by using gentle movement, comfortable positioning, brief compression and subtle contact to relieve joint and muscle pain and reduce stress. Learn more at Ortho-Bionomy.org. Osho Rebalancing (or Rebalancing): This offshoot of Rolfing focuses on compassionate, gentle touch, combining deep tissue massage, joint tension release, energy balancing and verbal dialogue to relieve tension and physical pain, enhance relaxation and facilitate emotional healing. Rebalancing is usually done in a series of 10 to 12 sessions that work synergistically, although each session is complete in itself. Learn more at Osho.com. Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy: A highly refined system of corrective treatment, Pfrimmer is designed to aid restoration of damaged muscles and soft tissues throughout the body. Fully trained practitioners use specified movements to stimulate circulation and help regenerate lymphatic flow, promoting detoxification
and oxygenation of stagnant tissues. Registered Massage Therapist Therese C. Pfrimmer developed this therapy in the mid-20th century and applied it to recover from her own partial paralysis. Learn more at Pfrimmer.org. Physical Therapy: Traditional physical therapy evaluates difficulties with mobility or function to focus on rehabilitation that entails restorative treatment and instruction on how to make efficient use of the body in daily activities. Physical therapists use massage, exercise, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and other means to help the patient regain functional movement. Learn more at apta.org. Point Holding (Body Electronics): This variation of acupressure requires multiple practitioners to hold acupressure points, sometimes up to two hours, to remove energy blockages, balance the flow of energy within the body’s meridians and help the client achieve associated emotional release. Polarity Therapy: Combinations of therapeutic bodywork, nutritional guidance, yogastyle exercises and counseling aim at heightening body awareness. Polarity therapy asserts that energy fields exist everywhere in nature and their free flow and balance in the human body is the underlying foundation of good health. Practitioners use gentle touch and guidance to help clients balance their energy flow, thus supporting a return to health. The practitioner’s hands do not impart energy, but redirect the flow of the receiver’s own energy. The receiver then recharges himself with his own freed energy. Learn more at PolarityTherapy.org. Postural Integration (PI): This psychotherapy method simultaneously integrates deep tissue and breathwork, body movement and awareness with emotional expression. Practitioners use gentle manipulation, bioenergetics, acupressure and Gestalt dialogue to help individuals increase their sense of emotional and physical well-being. Learn more at icpit.info. Raindrop Therapy: Based on a healing ritual of Lakota Native Americans, in which warm fluid substances are dropped onto the spine, the intention is to relax and open the body’s energy centers. Modern raindrop therapy also blends aromatherapy, soothing heat and gentle massage. Essential aromatic oils are allowed to methodically drip onto the spine from a height of five or six inches. The oils are then gently
brushed up the spine and lightly massaged over the rest of the back, followed by application of a hot compress to facilitate oil absorption and muscle relaxation. Reflexology (Zone Therapy): Reflexology is based on the idea that specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands correspond with every major organ, gland and area (zone) of the body. Using fingers and thumbs, the practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat a wide range of health problems. Zone therapy, an earlier name for this natural healing art, sometimes refers to a specific form of reflexology. Learn more at Reflexology-USA.net. Reiki: A healing practice originated in Japan as a way of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things, Reiki literally means “universal life-force energy”. Light hand placements channel healing energies to organs and glands and work to align the body’s energy centers, or chakras. Various techniques address emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems or pursuit of spiritual focus and clarity. Today Reiki is a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and others in the West. Learn more at Reiki.org. Rolfing Structural Integration (Rolfing): Deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system, which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia, by the practitioners’ hands helps restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, its range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and restore flexibility. Learn more at Rolfing.org. Rosen Method: It’s named for Marion Rosen, a physiotherapist who discovered that when clients verbalized their emotions and sensations during treatment sessions, their conditions would more quickly improve. The non-invasive method uses gentle, direct touch; practitioners, taught to use hands that “listen” rather than manipulate, focus on chronic muscle tension and call attention to shifts in the breath to help individuals achieve greater self-awareness and relaxation. The technique is often effectively used to treat chronic health conditions. Learn more at RosenMethod.com. Rubenfeld Synergy Method: This dynamic system for integrating the body, mind, emotions and spirit combines touch, talk and compassionate listening. Practitioners, called synergists, use gentle touch and verbal sharing to access each of these four levels simultaneously, releasing pain and fears held in the body/mind. The modality, created by Ilana Rubenfeld, who received a lifetime achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy in 2002, facilitates pain management, ease of movement, positive body image and self-esteem, as well as recovery from physical and emotional trauma. Learn more at RubenfeldSynergy.com. Shiatsu: The most widely known form of acupressure, shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure”. The technique applies varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. Shiatsu is used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs; it also may help to diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic
and acute conditions that manifest on both physical and emotional levels. A branch of shiatsu that originated in the United States, called ohashiatsu, includes meditation and exercise. Learn more at ShiatsuSociety.org and Ohashiatsu.org. Soma Neuromuscular Integration (also called Soma): Rooted in structural integration, soma was developed by Bill M. Williams, Ph.D., an early student of Ida Rolf. Through a 10-session format, the modality manipulates the fascia and muscles to release chronic, stored structural aberrations, realign the body and integrate the nervous system. This allows the individual to process experiences more effectively and with greater awareness, which can lead to enhanced learning and perceptual abilities. Learn more at Soma-Institute.org. Sports Massage: The specialized field of sports massage employs a variety of massage techniques and stretching exercises designed to minimize the risk of injury, tend to sports injuries and support optimum performance. Structural Integration: (see Rolfing Structural Integration) Swedish Massage: This is the most commonly practiced form of massage in Western countries. Swedish massage integrates ancient Oriental techniques with contemporary principles of anatomy and physiology. Practitioners rub, knead, pummel, brush and tap the client’s muscles, topped with long, gliding strokes. Swedish massage is especially effective for improving circulation; relieving muscle tension and back and neck pain; promoting relaxation; and decreasing stress. Practitioners vary in training, techniques and session lengths. Tantsu: This land-based version of watsu was developed by Harold Dull as an alternative way to experience watsu’s free-flow and interplay of breath, movement and stillness. Practitioner and client experience breathing, listening and moving as part of a partnered “dance”, without any specific intent to heal or fix something. Learn more at Watsu.com. Thai Massage: A form of body therapy, also called nuad bo-ram, Thai massage incorporates gentle rocking motions, rhythmic compression along the body’s energy lines and passive stretching to stimulate the free flow of energy, break up blockages and help restore general well-being. One of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), it is performed on a floor mat, with the client dressed in lightweight, comfortable clothing. No oils are used. Thai massage aids flexibility, inner organ massage, and in oxygenation of the blood and quieting of the mind. Learn more at Thai-Institute.com. Therapeutic Touch (TT): This contemporary healing modality was developed by natural healer Dora Kunz and nursing professor Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., in the 1970s. Therapeutic Touch is drawn from ancient practices and used to balance and promote energy flow. The practitioner “accesses” the area where the body’s energy field is weak or congested, and then uses his or her hands to direct energy into the field to balance it. Nurses and other healthcare practitioners apply TT to relieve pain, stress and anxiety, and to promote wound healing. Learn more at TherapeuticTouch.org. Touch for Health (TFH): Created by Chiropractor John F. Thie in the 1970s, Touch for Health is a widely used kinesiology system aimed at restoring the body’s natural energies through acupressure, touch and massage. Muscle-testing biofeedback first identifies
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imbalances in the body’s energy flow to organs and glands; it is designed to then help rebalance that energy to improve overall health, while strengthening a person’s resistance to common ailments and physical complaints. Many TFH techniques can be successfully practiced by clients at home. Learn more at TouchForHealth.us. Trager Approach (also known as Psychophysical Integration): This system of movement reeducation addresses the mental roots of muscle tension. By gently rocking, cradling and moving the client’s fully clothed body, the practitioner encourages him or her to believe that physically restrictive patterns can be changed. The Trager Approach includes “mentastics”, simple, active, self-induced movements a client can incorporate into regular daily activities. Trager work has been successfully applied to a variety of neuromuscular disorders and mobility problems, as well as everyday stresses and discomforts. Learn more at Trager.com. Trauma Touch Therapy (TTT): An innovative, somatic approach, TTT addresses the needs of those that have suffered trauma and abuse, including sexual or emotional, witnessing or being victimized by violent crime, battery, war or surgical trauma. The intent is to create a safe, nurturing environment in which the individual can slowly explore healthy touch and investigate sensation and feeling in their body. Certified therapists encourage empowerment and choice; individualized sessions support the psychotherapeutic process. Trigger Point Therapy (Myotherapy): This massage technique is used to relieve pain, similar to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). Practitioners apply pressure to specific “trigger points” on the body—tender, congested spots of muscle tissue that may radiate pain to other areas—in order to release tension and spasms. Treatment decreases the swelling and stiffness associated with muscular pain and increases range of motion. Learn more at MyofascialTherapy.org. Tui Na: A manipulative therapy integral to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), tui na (“tui” means to push and “na” is a squeezing, lifting technique) that employs Taoist and martial arts principles to rebalance the body. Practitioners possess more than 365 hand
techniques; most are variations of pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, percussing or manipulating movements. Tui na is used to relieve arthritic joint pain, sciatica, muscle spasms and other pains in the back, neck and shoulders. It may also help ease chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches and stress associated with tension. Learn more at Tui-Na.com. Watsu (Water Shiatsu): This uniquely nurturing therapy combines the acupressure and meridian stretches of Zen shiatsu with yoga-like postures, all performed in water; this takes weight off the vertebrae and allows for movements not possible on land. In the most basic move, the Water Breath Dance, the practitioner gently floats an individual in their arms, letting the person sink a little as they both breathe out, then allowing the water to lift them as they both breathe in. This connection is maintained in all the stretches and moves and returned to throughout the session. Pioneered by multilingual author Harold Dull in 1980, watsu’s goal is to free the spine and increase the flow of energy along the body’s meridians; he also developed tantsu, which replicates watsu’s nurturing stretches on land. Learn more at Watsu.com. Zen Shiatsu: Founded by writer Shizuto Masunaga, this method of acupressure includes the practice of Buddhist meditation and integrates elements of shiatsu with the goal of rebalancing and revitalizing chi, or life-force energy. A client lies on a mat or sits in a chair, fully clothed, while the practitioner uses one hand to “listen” and the other to provide the appropriate pressure. Full-body stretches and pressures may be used to release areas of chronic stagnation and blockage; clients are encouraged to breathe deeply into their lines of tension. Zen shiatsu can be effective in conditions where emotional disturbance or stress is an underlying factor. Zen-Touch Shiatsu: This hybrid of shiatsu, acupressure and Asian/Eastern bodywork was created by American Seymour Koblin in 1984. It differs from other forms of shiatsu, including Zen shiatsu, by its combined use of light, or “hands off the body”, energy work and extensive, passive stretching methods. Practitioners apply gentle pressure while stretching the client’s limbs gradually, maintaining an attitude of compassion, respect and energetic empathy that serves to stimulate the flow of chi, aiding circulation and vitality. Learn more at SeymourKoblin.com. Zero Balancing: Developed by Fritz Smith, a doctor, osteopath and acupuncturist, zero balancing addresses the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Practitioners use moderate finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize. The goal is to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. Learn more at ZeroBalancing.com. Please note: The contents of this Bodywork Guide are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a practitioner that is licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified to conduct a selected treatment, as appropriate. Updated 2013
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ocated off from Lake Michigan Drive between 8th Avenue and Wilson, Sanative Tranquility LLC, Institute of Sanative Arts is one of Grand Rapids Michigan’s best kept secrets. The serene location offers three components in one—a wellness spa, a state licensed school for massage and bodywork and a yoga studio—to its surrounding Standale, Walker, Allendale and Marne communities. Loree Kennedy CMT, NBC, Licensed Esthetician and Educator founded Sanative Tranquility LLC in 2009 amidst becoming an advocate for change from the hustle and bustle of corporate life. As Kennedy’s desire for something different grew, she sought massage therapy as a way to help people. In response to the clientele Kennedy draws in, she said, “I love the people. I love helping people to better their life or de-stress their life. I don’t feel like I work. To me, it’s just what I’m meant to do.” The people are exactly what Sanative Tranquility LLC is all about. From the moment you are greeted at the spa as you walk in the door, to the time you leave the building, your massage therapist is there with you, giving you the large spa experience in a more intimate setting. It is a time fully committed to relaxation, making it more and more appealing to return for your next massage. The spa offers a wide range of services from Relaxation/ Therapeutic/Deep Tissue/Restorative/Prenatal massages to Raindrop Treatment, Cupping and Hot Stone Massage. Whatever your need may be, Sanative Tranquility LLC is sure to be able to meet it, as their five well-rounded massage therapists are trained to meet specific needs instead of performing the same massage again and again on every client. Kennedy predicts nothing but growth in this industry as massage therapy calms you down with no added side effects. It boasts benefits such as improving balance and flexibility, reducing arthritis pain, relieving stress and physical tension and so on, keeping your overall health in check and making for an ultimately happier life. “It’s a great way to manage pain and normalize your body. More and more people are taking advantage of it,” added Kennedy, “It’s complementary to all of the other healthcare industries. We are by no means doctors; we’re just here to help them.” Though massage therapy does not need any more appeal than it already has, it is now under the healthcare code, allowing more people to take advantage of the many benefits. Upon entering the massage therapy industry, Kennedy quickly realized that she wanted to raise the caliber of massage therapy in West Michigan, and proceeded to open a licensed school where students
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can learn top of the line massage therapy and bodywork techniques. Offering high quality, affordable full massage certification courses as well as great continuing education courses for the experienced therapist, Institute of Sanative Arts is a very private school, usually hosting six to eight students at a time in an environment similar to what they will work in upon certification. The students of the Institute of Sanative Arts leave the school as polished massage therapists, taught to be well-rounded and able to examine their clients to give each the best treatment for their unique selves. Kennedy explained, “Our focus is to the person on the table, at the time, to what they need,” and she strongly encourages this same concept with her students. Students are given a strong anatomy education so they can safely and comfortably work on people while relaxing them at the same time. Massage therapy requires its practitioners to take into account the overall picture, not just a routine, requiring them to be adaptable. The Institute of Sanative Arts provides a great education on massage therapy and bodywork as a whole by utilizing only experienced, successful therapists as teachers. Aside from the spa and school, Sanative Yoga is also in this truly tranquil setting. Yoga generates benefits such as strengthening and toning muscles, increasing body flexibility and also aiding in keeping your body distressed so it is not so compressed. Sanative Yoga provides an inviting space that welcomes creativity and community, imparting peace and happiness to all that partake in the classes on Tuesday nights and/or Saturday mornings. All necessary yoga accessories are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. Also, on February 7, Sanative Yoga will host its second annual Couples Yoga class in conjunction with Valentine’s Day the following week. So whether you are seeking a relaxing and relieving spa experience, hoping to begin or continue your education in massage therapy and bodywork or looking for a peaceful yoga class to try out or join, Sanative Tranquility LLC, Institute of Sanative Arts has much to offer. For more information or questions about Sanative Tranquility LLC or the Institute of Sanative Arts, call 616-791-0472 or visit www.sanativetranquility.com. See ad page 16 & 47. Amanda Merritt is a recent graduate of Cornerstone University with a degree in Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at Mandi. Merritt@hotmail.com.
What is Life Coaching? H
enry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” This is often easier said than done. However, there is a resource that can assist in achieving a simpler life called life coaching. In today’s society, life coaching is certainly on the rise. An alternative to various approaches such as prescription and/or over-the-counter drug options, psychotherapists, counselors, etc., life coaches are available to aid in lifting you out of depression, help you create new goals and challenges in your life and/or to help in such processes as making career changes, losing weight, repairing relationships, quitting bad habits, conquering anxiety, etc. No matter what reason you have for contacting a life coach, a better future is likely in store for you upon doing so. These coaches are your easily-accessible support system when you need a place to turn to. As Karen Peterson of USA Today said, “Using the telephone or Internet, [you] can sign up with an upbeat life coach who becomes a partner in defining a better future.” Life coach Steve Guarino said, “Life coaching is a very powerful way to uncover what people really want out of life. To have a coach working with you can really help you get to the place you want to be. It’s a partnership instead of one person trying to do it all on their own.” That being said, it should be noted that your life does not have to be falling apart before seeking the services of a life coach, and those who do seek the services are not any less competent than those who do not. Those who utilize life coaches simply realize the value of having somebody to help them think outside the box. It is not uncommon to rely on the opinions/perspectives of friends and family who bring to the table their experiences and advise you on what you should do based on those experiences. However, you have to consider that what may be relevant and important to them, may not always be
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equally so for you. Your passions and the things that you want out of life are incredibly specific to you, and life coaches aim to increase the resources available to you to achieve those passions and to obtain what it is that you want. Life coaches are available to help you through the process of change. To keep from losing the forward momentum in that process, a weekly phone call is advised. The coach will help you figure out what action steps can be taken to get you to where you want to go, what things you are willing to do in order to change the pattern of what you’re currently doing, etc. Ultimately the conversations hone in on one theme, holding you accountable in the achievement of a precise set of goals. Guarino noted, “What’s important to one person may be different from what’s important to another person, and that’s where the listening comes into play.” By listening closely, life coaches, therefore, help you uncover what it is that’s most important specifically to you. They are able to connect you with your inner voice and help you get to where you want to go. They thrive on helping people accomplish what they set out to accomplish. Whether you desire big or small changes in your near future, a life coach may be the one to help you reach the unreachable, because your goals and dreams matter. They are what make you you. Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” With this understanding, honor your dreams and goals by pursuing every inch of them, whatever it takes. For more information on Life Coaching contact Steve Guarino at (888-552-8880) or firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad page 5. Amanda Merritt is a recent graduate of Cornerstone University with a degree in Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at Mandi.Merritt@hotmail.com.
Courting Marriage Success
Which qualities do people most desire in a mate today?
The old model of married love held that opposites attract. Men wanted mates that were pliable and nurturing; women wanted men that were ambitious, powerful and protective. The new model is based on similarities of interests and talents. While some women are still attracted to men that are richer, by S. Alison Chabonais taller, more powerful and slightly scary, and some men still want an admiring, tephanie Coontz, proIs marriage becom- yielding woman, the trend favors valuing fessor of history and ing passé? more individualized traits. family studies at The While marriage as an In a reversal from 40 years ago, men Evergreen State College, institution is less powerful are much less interested in a partner’s in Olympia, Washington, than it used to be, people cooking and housekeeping than in her shares her learned perhave higher expectations intelligence, humor and accomplishments. spective in an intriguing of marriage as a relation- Women value a mate that shares houseoeuvre of books—Marship. Precisely because hold chores more than one that is a high riage, A History: How most Americans no longer earner. (See more results of a Pew Research Love Conquered Marriage; feel they have to marry, Center survey at Tinyurl.com/PewTrends.) The Way We Never Were; they are more specific The Way We Really Are; about what they want What guidelines foster and A Strange Stirring. She’s also cofrom it. When a marital relationship a rewarding marriage? chair and director of public education works today, it is fairer, more intimate, Be truly interested in your partner’s ideas at the University of Miami’s researchmore mutually beneficial and less and activities; take pride in their achievebased nonprofit Council on Contempoprone to violence than ever before. Yet, ments; use endearments or offer tactile afrary Families. As a speaker, she shares individuals are less willing to stay in a fection without being asked; have a sense good news on marriage, based on her relationship that doesn’t confer these of humor about differences; and never let extensive study and observations. benefits. irritation or anger slide into contempt.
Relationship Expert Stephanie Coontz Shares Go-To Guidelines
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How can small, daily interactions life. I see many couples reinvigorated by each other’s company after a few hours together engaged in a fun outdoor recreational activity. contribute to intimacy? We all have moments when we are irritated, angry or emotionally or intellectually unresponsive. A mate will tolerate these as long as he or she trusts you to be loving and attentive most of the time. It’s an emotional line of credit—each partner needs to keep replenishing the reserves of trust and good will, rather than drawing them down. Psychologist and researcher John Gottman, Ph.D., suggests people need about five positive interactions for every negative one in an intimate relationship. It’s less the occasional over-the-top gesture and more the regular, small deposits that count—a few words of appreciation, a loving touch, an expression of sexual attraction. If we have trouble remembering to regularly express appreciation, we may do better by asking, “What would have been harder about this day if my partner wasn’t in my life?”
For relevant articles and interviews, visit StephanieCoontz.com. S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazines.
Why do the new realities of marriage emphasize play over work? Successful marriages used to depend upon specialization. Men and women couldn’t substitute for one another in accomplishing tasks. A typical woman couldn’t support herself financially; a typical man didn’t know how to feed himself, do laundry or manage childrearing. Even if couples didn’t share many mutual interests, the partners often took pleasure in being indispensable. Now women can support themselves and men cook and clean. Thus, shared interests and leisure activities, rather than specialized work roles, increasingly serve as the glue of marriage. Play takes people off the work-centric treadmill and introduces novelty into the relationship. Spending leisure time with others also produces higher levels of happiness than cocooning, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. So make it a double-date night.
How do current and potential partners benefit from game changers—from cell phones to the Internet? The Internet makes it easier to meet partners. Once in a partnership, technology can help daily tasks get accomplished efficiently, leaving more leisure time. It also allows us to check in with each other while apart. But e-devices are no substitute for face time. The best way to nurture a relationship is to unplug from the grid and plug into real natural awakenings
BULLY BLUES BUSTERS
Positive Ways to Promote Kindness by Meredith Montgomery
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he National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fears of being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is more than a buzzword. According to StopBullying.gov, it’s defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kelly Hughes, a school counselor at Bayside Academy, in Daphne, Alabama, has noticed a dramatic shift in bullying behaviors. She observes, “Kids are not hitting or punching or pushing each other as much as they used to. Rather, they are using in-person relational aggression such as hurtful words, glares, whispering and excluding individuals, exacerbated by social media and cell phones.” While anti-bullying legislation exists in 49 states (Montana is the exception), approaches for addressing this problem vary. Hughes says, “In my job, I spend a lot of time saying, ‘Just be kind.’ More positive results come from promoting kind behaviors and being ‘pro-hero’ than from simply discussing why bullying is hurtful.”
Calmly Taking Charge Eric D. Dawson, president and co-founder of Boston-based Peace First (PeaceFirst.org), also believes in the power of positive language. “We need to move away from harsh language that
institute works to forward forgiveness for personal, group and societal renewal. It attests that in forgiving a hurtful person, a personal transformation begins that can enhance self-esteem When a first-grader returned to class and hopefulness. Enright’s scientific studies shaken up after being accosted by further demonstrate that when children learn a fourth-grader in the restroom, his about forgiveness, feelings of anger, depression teacher stepped back to see how the and anxiety are reduced. class would use Peace First prin “We believe that forgiveness is a ciples. The boy was immediately choice,” explains Enright. “When you embraced by his classmates, who forgive, you may benefit the person you quickly concluded that it was every forgive, but you benefit yourself far more.” student’s right, not a luxury, to feel Enright recalls his experiences working safe, and thereafter implemented a with incarcerated men that were serving life restroom buddy system. focuses kids on what not to do and instead sentences. “The first thing the assigned thera The offending fourth-grader was ignite their moral imagination—call on pists asked the group to do was to tell me then invited into their classroom to them to be problem solvers,” he says. their story; tell me about the hurts that had hear how each of the first-graders felt To counter bullying in society, been perpetrated on them. One man began personally affected by the incident. Dawson suggests that we all need to to cry, saying that no one had ever asked for He was also required to spend recess be role models, and talk about and celhis story.” The therapists listened to a tale with the first-graders for the next two ebrate peacemaking. “We can’t expect of the cruel disciplinary measures he had weeks. It became a transformative our kids to listen to us when we tell endured at home as a child and recognized a experience for everyone involved. them to be peaceful and share if they correlation with the crime he had committed. The older student was recast from then see us aggressively cut in front of “I’m not justifying his actions, but we can victimizer to a responsible, caring inothers on the road or in the checkout see that he was an extremely wounded man. dividual. He has continued to display line. We can also ask kids how they Many bullies in school have a story, and we improved behavior, volunteering to were peacemakers during their day, in need to take the time to hear their story. help in the classroom and foregoing addition to what they learned.” “Because those that engage in bullying are lunch periods with friends to support Founded in 1992 in response to the often filled with rage from having been bullied the first-graders and their teacher. youth violence epidemic, Peace First prothemselves, they get to a point that they don’t “There’s a misconception that vides programs and free online tools to care about the consequences of their actions, peacemaking is holding hands and help teach students peacemaking skills. including detention,” Enright continues. Instead singing songs,” says Peace First The nonprofit is based on the premise of focusing on the prevention of unwanted bePresident Eric D. Dawson. “It’s more that children have a natural aptitude for it haviors, he says, “Our program is meant to take a set of skills that’s nurturing human and peacemaking can be taught, just like the anger out of the heart of those that bully, so development. It’s working together to other subjects; their curriculum teaches they bully no more.” solve a problem.” and reinforces core social/emotional An elementary school-age participant in skills in communication, creative conflict the Forgiveness Program concludes, “Someresolution, courage, cooperation, empatimes it is hard to forgive someone straight Good for Us and Others thy and civic engagement. away if they really hurt your feelings. It might A New York City student remarks, The International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) take longer to see their worth and show them “Peace First teaches that even if you (InternationalForgiveness.com), in Madireal forgiveness… but it is worth it in the end.” don’t like someone, it shouldn’t affect son, Wisconsin, has added its support to how you work together to accomplish the anti-bullying movement. Stemming Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of something... [putting] peace first makes from the research of IFI founder Robert Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL my heart beat lovelier.” Enright, Ph.D., and his colleagues, the (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
Peace First’s partner schools experience an average reduction of 60 percent in incidences of violence and 50 percent fewer weapons brought to school, plus a 70 to 80 percent increase in observed student peacemaking.
Peace in Action
Adoption Options: How to Make a Good Match and Give Pets a Second Chance by Brita Belli
Anyone can find the exact breed, age, temperament and personality of his or her ideal pet by looking in the nation’s shelters. Comprehensive listings on Petfinder.com now virtually connect us with a whole range of furry friendsto-be; the matter of finding our perfect pet match may mean little more than waiting a week or two until the online listings turn up a dog or cat with all of the attributes you are seeking.
et, fewer than 20 percent of pets living in U.S. households today come from shelters, says Inga Fricke, a director in the companion animals department of The Humane Society of the United States (HumaneSociety.org). Misconceptions are partly to blame for the issue of so many unclaimed animals: the idea that pets in shelters have been rejected because of behavioral problems or persistent illness. That’s rarely true, in any case, Fricke says. Instead, it is the often unforeseeable events in people’s lives that lead them to abandon their pets—a problem she witnessed firsthand after
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the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, when area fishermen, having lost their jobs, gave up family pets en masse. One ABC-TV story called pets the hidden victims of the disaster and reported that hundreds of Gulf Coast pets had been sent to shelters and later euthanized when there was no available room to keep them. Around the country, Fricke says, 4 to 6 million cats and dogs are put down each year and a total of 68 million are sent to shelters. Other reasons contribute to the fact that shelters—particularly those in Southern states—are consistently overrun with animals; lax spay and neutering laws and “puppy mills,” where dogs are bred for profit, sometimes in overcrowded, inhumane conditions, are partially to blame. Mollie Bowen, executive director of Companion Pet Rescue & Transport, a “shelterless” rescue organization in Tennessee, observes that, “Pets in the South are, for the most part, kept outside and allowed to roam.” That results in scores of unwanted litters. “Thus, there is little hope of finding local adopters for them,” Bowen says (tnPetRescue.com). For six years, her organization has served as a go-between, connecting dogs and puppies with families in New England, many of whom desperately want a puppy, as well as a rescue pet. One advantage offered by organizations like hers is that adoptable pets are housed at foster homes for up to a few weeks before they find homes. This gives the animals a chance to acclimate to a home environment, and for foster parents to find out how the animals respond to people, kids, other pets and basic commands. Adopting from a shelter couldn’t be simpler, says adoptive pet parent Tara Healy, an operations manager in Connecticut. Healy went to the local Connecticut Humane Society in Westport for her cat, she says, “… because the animals are all health-checked and the Humane Society offered vet discounts.” She didn’t leave with a black cat, as she’d expected. Instead, she says, “A Bengal cat so loudly and insistently demand-
ed my particular attention, I couldn’t say no.” Now Catfish, or “The Fish,” as the cat is called, has become an affectionate and very expressive part of Healy’s family.
Meet a Pet Match Online When a family doesn’t find a compatible dog or cat at a local shelter, they often turn to Petfinder.com, a search engine directory of the adoptable dogs and cats from nearly every shelter and rescue group across the country. Type in a zip code, set desired criteria and Petfinder will return all suitable adoptable pets within the designated state, as well as neighboring states. Upon closer inspection, a prospective adoptee may find that the eye-catching beagle puppy that prompted a second look is listed as being from a Northeast shelter, but is actually located in Arkansas. Affiliations between northern and southern shelters have become the norm in pet adoption, made possible through several reputable pet transport groups that take up to 40 dogs at a time from one area of the country to another and deliver them to expectant adoptee families at designated drop-off points up and down the coast. While pictures and personality details about a pet may provide some comfort, there may still be some uncertainty about adopting a pet we haven’t met. That’s where the foster parents or direct interaction with the shelters can help. It must be noted, too, that pets that don’t prefer children, have health problems or are not good with other cats or dogs are clearly indicated as such online. Helga Lange is one such foster mom in Arkansas—she’s also the president of Spring River Animal Rescue Effort, or SPARE, Inc. (spare.RescueGroups.org). She currently has six dogs at home—a number that’s always changing. Some are working through medical problems; others are young puppies that would otherwise overwhelm the local shelter. Foremost, she confirms, the role of foster families and reputable shelters is to keep the animals in good health. That includes providing initial immunizations and necessary veterinary care, spaying and neutering as appropriate and treating dogs for heartworm. Dogs needing surgery—including broken limbs and internal injuries—are treated immediately. Beyond the assurances of good health, rescue groups such as hers give prospective adopters someone who can answer questions about how a dog acts from firsthand natural awakenings
experience: Is it calm or high-energy? Is it a cuddler, or does it prefer the companionship of other dogs? “We also take short videos—sometimes several per dog—to show potential adopters how a dog or puppy acts or reacts around people and other pets,” Lange says. When Massachusetts mom Joan Cerrone-Cormier was looking for another pug to befriend her first pug, Peggy Sue, she visited local shelters, but found mostly pit bulls and other larger breeds. She turned to Petfinder and discovered Mia almost immediately—a 16-month-old pug, missing an eye and living in Arkansas. “She was so cute,” Cerrone-Cormier says, “I couldn’t resist.” Mia was living with Lange at the time, after being rescued from a home where she was kept outside 24 hours a day and fed only table scraps. “I was concerned that I didn’t know her personality,” Cerrone-Cormier says. “But after I talked to Helga, I learned Mia was very calm and sweet.” Now, she remarks about how Mia readily sits on people’s laps, has adjusted well to dog food and hardly ever barks. It was Cerrone-Cormier’s first experience adopting a rescue dog, and she says she’ll always choose a rescue animal from now on. If a dog or cat arrives via a transport organization and turns out not to be a good fit for the family, the rescue groups will retrieve the animal and match it with a local foster family or local shelter, or return it to the Southern shelter of origin until it can be readopted. “We not only assure our adopters of this and stand by our word,” Bowen says, “but our adoption contract specifies that the prospective owners will contact us if it’s not working out.”
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Adopting an Older Animal Older animals can constitute a satisfying match, as well as a smoother adopted pet experience. Despite the undeniable cuteness of puppies and kittens, young pets require the most work, training and round-the-clock vigilance. Busy families may not have time for the commitment involved and a lack of bonding or training early on can lead to disillusionment once the cuteness factor wears off. “Just like people, pets grow into their personalities,” says Fricke. “There’s a trend among shelters in receiving a lot of young adult dogs, about 18 months old. The puppy stage has worn off and families find that the dog is not the best personality fit.” Families with young children at home are advised to wait before bringing puppies or kittens into the home. Toddler curiosity can easily turn to animal abuse, which in turn can lead to a child being scratched or bitten, or an animal that becomes aggressive toward children. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that families looking for a pet should choose one with a calm, gentle disposition; in the case of dogs, retrievers and labs are common choices. Its website recommends: “An older animal is often a good choice for a child, because a puppy or kitten may bite out of sheer friskiness.” But, they footnote, “Avoid older pets raised in a home without children.” Lisa Wingard, a Connecticut massage therapist, has two dogs—one she rescued that had been abandoned in a box alongside the road; the other she found at Bridgeport pound. She recommends that people looking to adopt first critically assess their surroundings. “People should consider their space, whether in an apartment, a house with a yard or a condo,” she advises. “They should also consider their free time, because dogs need to take two to three walks outside a day. I would research the type of dog that meets your needs and get some sort of mix of that breed.” When it comes to choosing a rescue dog, however, Wingard says that’s an easy decision. “I feel that adopted dogs really know that they were saved and turn out to be great listeners and extremely loyal, so they don’t run away,” she says. “In general, they are just great dogs.” Brita Belli is a Connecticut-based journalist, editor and author.
herbal tea. $20, half due upon registration, 616-9200369. 5286 Plainfield N.E. Grand Rapids.
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All Month Long 200 hour Yoga Immersion & Teacher TrainingRuns through June. Join Behnje Masson & Rick Powell for a Transformational Journey into the Heart of Yoga. All hours count towards RYT certification. Call 616-366-9642 for full details and teacher credentials. From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi Center, 714 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. Celebration of the Arts- 2/1-2/13. A juried exhibit of spiritual and sacred art, beginning February 1st with an Artists Reception and awards presentation from 7:009:00 pm (open to the public). First United Methodist Church, 227 East Fulton Street, Grand Rapids. Free admission. Call 616-451-2879 or visit www.theCelebrationoftheArts.com for additional information.
Friday, February 1 Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo- Features exhibits and seminars on healthcare, finance, food, vacation/travel, fashion, jewelry, weight loss, home remodeling and improvements, beauty, fitness, and on-site spa services. Open to the public. Tickets at the door. Hours: 10-8 (Fri); 10-6 (Sat); 11-5 (Sun). For information or to exhibit, call 616-532-8833 or visit www.kohlerexpo.com. Lansing.
Saturday, February 2 Peace & Quiet Weekend- Feb. 2-3. Spend time in peace and quiet, with free time and silent Sunday morning. Includes shared room, delicious homecooked vegetarian meals Saturday lunch - Sunday lunch. Optional Pure Meditation Foundation class Saturday afternoon. Private room available. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, (near Lansing) Bath. 517-641-6201, www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org. Bija Prenatal Yoga- 12:00-1:15 pm. There are many benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy, including increased body awareness, strength, and spinal alignment throughout the changes that your body experiences in this stage of life. Also, it improves the quality of sleep and ease in delivery. On the Path Yoga, Spring Lake. Snapshot of Winter: Photography Workshop2:00-3:00 pm. Discover how to capture the beautiful sights winter has to offer in a photograph with professional photographer and teacher Jim Keatings. This is an adult program. $30 members, $36 nonmembers. Limit to 15 people. RSVP now, 616-7356240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids. Pure Meditation Foundation Class for Adults3:00-5:00 pm. Conquer stress, improve concentration, find inner peace, and so much more. Includes book: Self Realization Through Pure Meditation by Mata Yogananda, follow up appointment & continuing support. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Rd, Bath. Pre-registration required. 517-641-6201, info@SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org, www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org.
Monday, February 4 12 Week Journey Toward Whole Health- Sign up for Ottawa Village Chiropractic’s 12 Week Journey
Toward Whole Health, starting today. This is a free online program promoting whole health. Please see www. ovchiro.com or www.ovcyoga.com for more details.
Thursday, February 7 Detox Seminar- 12:00 pm. A detoxification program is not a diet -- it’s a system that helps to nourish, purify, and maintain your body’s health and weight. Come learn about the purification program from Standard Process and discover how to be healthier inside and out. Gaslight Family Chiropractic, East Grand Rapids. Learn Trigger Point Massage- 6:00 pm. Free community workshop sponsored by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals on how to do Trigger Point Massage. 4150 East Beltline Suite #4 Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Seating is limited to the first 30 callers. Make your reservations today by calling 616-447-9888. Dinner at Trillium Haven- 6:00 pm. Join us tonight at this new farm cuisine restaurant. Enjoy a delicious plant based meal with fellow plant lovers. Please make your reservation by calling 616-430-2291. 1429 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids. MomsBloom Volunteer Training- 6:30 pm. MomsBloom’s goal is to support families during the transition after a baby. Volunteers visit a mom once a week to help. Volunteers required to attend a free training session and have a heart for helping families. Contact email@example.com for more information. Grand Rapids. Couples Yoga- 7:00 pm. Explore relationships through the practice of yoga. Using the Chakras, you will explore your relationship with yourself as well as others, and, practicing various postures, with a partner; strengthen feelings of trust, power, and love. $20 per person, Registration required www. sanativetranquility.com/workshops. Serving the Standale, Walker, Allendale areas. 616-791-0472.
Friday, February 8 Dignity: Hip Opening, Pranayama and Meditation with Christina Sell- 6:00-8:00 pm. Weekend Yoga Workshop with International Yoga Teacher, and author, Christina Sell. $45. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville.
Saturday, February 9 Discipline: Standing poses and arm balances with Christina Sell- 9:00 am-12:00 pm. A weekend yoga workshop with International Yoga Teacher, and author, Christina Sell. $50. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville. Free Toxic Free Makeover- 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Sérendipité Organiques invites you to a free toxic free makeover with Sappho Organics. Receive 10% off your Sappho purchases that day. Reservations required. Call Teri at 616-419-8115 to reserve your spot. 944 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids. Rose Beads and Pomanders- 1:00-3:00 pm. Learn how to make century-old rose beads and pomanders. Receive recipes and learn the ancient folklore associated with these two forgotten pastimes. Healthy Heart Truffles will be enjoyed as snack along with
Tracks, Scat, Traps- 2:00-3:00 pm. This interactive hike will get you moving and thinking like the wild creatures of the woods. Learn the survival techniques of trapping and practice your skills. $5 members/ $6 non-members. Family program for ages 7+. Limit to 30 participants. RSVP, 616-7356240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids. Dedication: Forward Bends and Twists with Christina Sell- 2:00-4:00 pm. A yoga workshop weekend with International Yoga Teacher, and author, Christina Sell. $45. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville. Meditation Retreat: Hatha Yoga, Chanting & Meditation- 2:00-4:30 pm. After preparing the body with gentle Hatha Yoga, we will explore the practice of Chanting as a means of guiding us into the Heart of Meditation. 616-366-YOGA. From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi Center, 714 Wealthy St. SE Grand Rapids.
Sunday, February 10 Delight: Heart Opening Back bends with Christina Sell- 9:00 am-12:00 pm. A Weekend Yoga Workshop with International Yoga Teacher, and author, Christina Sell. $50. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville. ECKANKAR-10:00-11:00 am. Join the monthly ECKANKAR Worship Service where people of all faiths are warmly invited to make God an everyday reality. Services are the second Sunday of each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids, 616-2457003, www.eck-mi.org. Yin Yoga/Yoga Nidra Workshop- 1:00-3:00 pm. Yin Yoga leads you to deep release of tension. Then Yoga Nidra will help you travel to a place of pure bliss--right within you. $25. On the Path Yoga, Spring Lake.
Tuesday, February 12 Gluten Free Discussion & Tasting- 6:15 pm. RSVP encouraged as space and tastings are limited, 616558-8334. Keystone Pharmacy, 4021 Cascade Rd, Grand Rapids.
Wednesday, February 13 Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group- 12:00-1:00 pm. Take time out for peace in your busy life. Join facilitator Patrick Duiven for silent meditation followed by an Eckhart Tolle DVD. This group is very informal and newcomers are always welcome. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids.
Thursday, February 14 Heavenly Healings Holistic Health Services Open House - 4:00-6:00 pm. Come share and learn about Young Living Essential Oils, my services and classes. Come sample products & services. No charge, donations welcome. 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids. Call Jodi with any questions, 616443-4225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Snowshoe With Your Sweetie: Night Hike- 6:007:30 pm. Take a romantic candle-lit hike through the snowy woods with your loved one. This easy paced hike is for all experience and fitness levels. Post hike campfire and hot chocolate. With rentals, $10 member/ $12 non-member. Without rentals, $5member/$6 nonmember. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids.
Friday, February 15 Second Annual Women and Environment Symposium- 10:00am-5:00pm. WMEAC and GVSU are presenting the Second Annual Women & Environment Symposium. Roxana Tynan, Executive Director of LAANE. Learn more and register at women.wmeac.org. GVSU L.V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids. Hula Hoop Workshop- 6:00 pm. Burn up to 600 calories per hour. Learn the basics of Hooping, get a great workout and add some fabulous tricks to your routine. Beginning and experienced hoopers welcome. $15 for the workshop includes hoop rental. 616-361-8580. Expressions of Grace Yoga and Books, Grand Rapids. Yoga, Wine, and (Raw) Chocolate- 7:00-9:00 pm. Join us for a one hour yoga class, followed by a wine and chocolate tasting. Wines by The Copper Vine, chocolate by Not Your Sugar Mamas (gluten and dairy free). $25 per individual, $40 per couple. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville.
Saturday, February 16 Reiki I & II class- 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Become attuned and learn how to give treatment to self and others. $200 includes manual and the $50 deposit required to register. 8 CE Hours. Call Jodi at 616443-4225 to register or email heavenlyhealings@ yahoo.com. 4434 Knapp St, Grand Rapids. Your Healing Gift- 1:00-4:30 pm. This introduction to energy healing, as taught by England’s renowned The Healing Trust, will teach you energy healing tools you will be able to use immediately to invoke remarkable changes in your life. Taught by licensed trainer Nancy O’Donohue. $45. Holistic Care Approach, Grand Rapids. Toxic Ingredient Workshop- 3:15-4:30 pm. Help keep yourself and your family safe by learning to decipher good from bad ingredients in makeup and skin care products you all use daily. Receive 10% off purchases that day. Registration required, call 616-419-8115. Sérendipité Organiques, 944 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids. Real Results Party- 6:30 pm. Sick and tired of looking older than you are or feel? Come have some fun on a Saturday night and learn how to look years younger. Join us for fun, food and drinks! Please call Katrina at 269-214-4432. Seating is limited. Grand Rapids. Yoga Immersion with Mimi Ray- Feb 16-17. This weekend is part of a 100 hour program for the dedicated student. We will explore in depth the Universal Principles of Alignment, lifestyle, philosophy & the art of the practice of yoga in the community. 616-361-8580. Expressions of Grace Yoga and Books, Grand Rapids.
Sunday, February 17 Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra with Brent Doornbos & Jessica Roodvoets- 6:00-8:00 pm. An evening of quiet practice and meditation. Yin Yoga focuses on holding asanas in a relaxed manner in order to stretch connective tissues and enhance meditation. $30. 616-361-8580. Expressions of Grace Yoga and Books, Grand Rapids.
Tuesday, February 19 Advanced Reiki Class- 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Learn psychic surgery to remove tough energy blocks and how to set up a crystal grid for healing. $250 in-
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cludes text book, certificate and deposit. 8 CE Hours. Pre-registration and $50 deposit required. Call Jodi to register, 616-443-4225 or heavenlyhealings@ yahoo.com. 4434 Knapp St NE. Grand Rapids. Heal Your Gut- 7:00 pm. Dr. Kathryn Doran-Fisher, ND, CDP, will discuss gut health and its relation to food sensitivities, digestive issues and the GAPS or other healing diets. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 134 N. Division, Grand Rapids. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- 7:00 pm. This program teaches people how to use powerful mindfulness based tools to manage their stress. Carol Hendershot-owner of GR Center for Mindfulness. 4990 Cascade Rd, Grand Rapids. 616-430-2291.
Wednesday, February 20 Metta: The Practice of Loving Kindness- 7:008:30 pm. Janice Lynne Lundy will facilitate these monthly sessions with a brief teaching, a 25-minute meditation session, time for Q&A and socializing. Walk-ins welcome, space is limited. Register online to secure your place in your chosen session(s) dominicancenter.com/open-programs/. 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids.
Friday, February 22 A Weekend of Iyengar with Mary Reilly- Feb. 22-24. The Yoga Studio is honored to host Mary Reilly, Senior Certified Iyengar teacher for a weekend of inspired yoga. $175 for full weekend. Visit www.gryoga.com for details. 1110 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids. Fire of Transformation with Mimi Ray- 6:30 pm. An invitation to light the inner fire of the heart; transform and refine your practice. Play your edge; develop strength, flexibility and joy in community. Call for prerequisites or questions. $18. 616-361-8580. Expressions of Grace Yoga and Books, Grand Rapids.
Saturday, February 23 Your Healing Gift- 1:00-4:30 pm. This introduction to energy healing, as taught by England’s renowned The Healing Trust, will teach you energy healing tools you will be able to use immediately to invoke remarkable changes in your life. Taught by licensed trainer Nancy O’Donohue. $45. Holistic Care Approach, Grand Rapids. American Girl Adventure- 2:00-3:00 pm. Ever wonder what it was like to live like the American Girls Addy and Kirsten? Come to Blandford to experience a day in a typical pioneer’s life. $10 member/ $12 non-member. Family program for ages 7+. Limit 15 people. RSVP, 616-735-6240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids.
Sunday, February 24 Zoo Zen Yoga For Kids- 2:00-3:00 pm. A class designed for kids aged 5-10 to learn about healthy, non-competitive physical movement. Yoga is known to help kids to find focus and develop body awareness. Your little yogis will enjoy moving, stretching, and energizing their bodies! On the Path Yoga, Spring Lake. “Trade of Innocents” Movie Screening- 6:00 pm. A movie on the dangerous human trafficking world, rated PG-13. $5 (pre-purchase at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/trade) or $8 (at-the-door). All profits raised will benefit Women at Risk’s 911 fund. Discussion will follow movie. First United Methodist Church, 227 East Fulton St, Grand Rapids.
Wednesday, February 27 Toxic Ingredient Workshop- 5:45-7:00 pm. Help keep yourself and your family safe by learning to decipher good from bad ingredients in makeup and skin care products you all use daily. Receive 10% off purchases that day. Registration required, call 616-419-8115. Sérendipité Organiques, 944 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids. Intro to GAPS- 6:00 pm. Gut & Psychology/Physiology Syndrome (GAPS), describes the connection between physical and mental health and the health of our digestive tract and the micro-organisms contained within it. Naturopathic Doctor, Certified GAPS Practitioner, Kathryn Doran-Fisher will speak on this topic. $3. 944 Fulton St. E., Grand Rapids. Reiki Share-6:30-8:30 pm. Come share & learn about Reiki. Open to all that care to share Reiki, and those who would like to try receiving Reiki. No charge - donations are welcome. Call or email with questions, 616-443-4225 or heavenlyhealings@ yahoo.com. 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids.
Thursday, February 28 Bamboo-Fusion® (on the table)- 9:00 am-6:00 pm Feb. 28-March 1. NCBTMB 16 approved CE’s tuition $399 includes certificate, 8 piece bamboo kit, carrying case & DVD. For information or to register go to www.sanativetranquility.com\ceclasses or call Loree at 616-791-0472 or sanative.isa@sbcglobal. net. Located in Standale, Allendale area.
savethedate March 8-10 West Michigan Women’s Expo- Features exhibits and seminars on healthcare, finance, food, vacation/travel, fashion, jewelry, weight loss, home remodeling and improvements, beauty, fitness, and on-site spa services. Open to the public. Tickets at the door. Hours: 10-8 (Fri); 10-6 (Sat); 11-5 (Sun). For information or to exhibit, call 616-532-8833 or visit www. kohlerexpo.com. Grand Rapids.
savethedate March 9-10 “Spring” Bridal Show of West Michigan10:00 am-5:00 pm (Saturday), 11:00 am-5:00 pm (Sunday). Save time and money with onestop wedding planning and shopping all under one roof. Visit our website www.kohlerexpo. com and enter for a chance to win $100. Tickets at the door. DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids.
savethedate March 10 Health Feet and Happy Bodies- 3:00-5:00 pm. Learn how your feet affect and reflect your daily postural habits and overall health through alignment principles and Reflexology. Facilitated by Sandy Parker, BS, CPT, and certified Healthy Foot Practitioner and Anne VanderHoek, Naturopathic Therapist. Registration online at www. OnThePathYoga.com. Spring Lake.
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self-defense. $45 for one class/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan, 616-425-1344; www.taijiquangr.com.
Sunday Worship - 10:30 am. A warm and welcoming spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those who are seeking spiritual truth. 1711 Walker Ave. NW Grand Rapids. www.unityofgrandrapids.org.
Kripalu Yoga- 7:00-8:00 pm. Experienced or beginner welcome. Classes begin with breath awareness, and end with relaxation/meditation. $12 Drop in/$60 a 6 class pass. www.sanativetranquility. com\sanative_yoga. Serving the Standale, Walker, Allendale. 616-791-0472.
Monday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments - State-ofthe-art profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616365-9176. Visit Integrativenutritionaltherapies. com for more info. Gentle Yoga - 12:00-1:00 pm Mon/Wed. An ideal class for students who are rehabbing from illness or injury or those with chronic symptoms. Also great for beginners in yoga. $10-17 per class. Seva Yoga, Grand Rapids. Prenatal Yoga- 5:30 pm. A gentle yoga with an emphasis on breathing, preparing and opening the body. Profound nourishment for you and your baby. 714 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. Open Mediation: Why Peace of Mind is Possible & Easy- 7:00-8:30 pm. Come join us for group meditation every Monday. Visit us at http:// www.meetup.com/thebrightpath/. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids.
$30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-theart profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. Visit Integrativenutritionaltherapies.com for more info.
Village Farmers Market- 1:00-7:00 pm. Buy fresh & local from producers that utilize organic farming practices -eggs, meats, cheese, fruits & vegetables, organic Michigan milk and more. Please visit us on Facebook. Spring Lake. 616-935-7312.
A Course in Miracles Study Group- 10:30 amnoon. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. For more information contact Lin Anderson lin. email@example.com.
A Course in Miracles Class- 6:00-8:00 pm. With Cindy Barry. Free will offering. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview. com. 989-352-6500.
Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00 am & 9:15-10:30 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga.com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.
Awakened Women’s Mind Over Brain Classes - 6:00-8:30 pm. First Wednesday of the month. Providing women everything they need to create true and lasting changes. Pre-register with Daina (DINAH) Puodziunas, Dinah@AwakenedPotentials.com. www. AwakenedPotentials.com. Open Mind, Rockford.
Therapeutic Yoga- 5:30 pm. A class to support those who are working with physical limitations and empower them in a new way. 714 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. On Being a Spirit having a Physical Experience6:30 pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. From the Shamanic Teachings of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path w/ Marie Moon Star Seeker. $10. Owl Hawk Clan. Open Mind in Rockford. 616-447-0128. Beginner & Intermediate Tai Chi- Tues or Thurs 6:30-8:00 pm. Yang form for health, focus and
Oils Classes- 6:30-8:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday with Barb Huttinga. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500.
Mystic Angel Classes- 7:00-8:30 pm. With Denise Iwanwi. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500.
Free Haircut with Color- 3:00-7:00 pm. Rahchelle Ewald now offering a free haircut with color at CJs studio salon. Call 616-818-9224 for your appointment. All over color $55. 616-818-9224, Grand Rapids.
Dancing From Within~ Free Form Dance- 6:007:00 pm. Feb. 7 and 21. Fun, safe environment for women to dance to an eclectic, funky mix of world music. Daina (DINAH) Puodziunas. www. AwakenedPotentials.com. Wealthy Theatre Dance Annex, Grand Rapids.
Passage Meditation as taught by Eknath Easwaran- 7:00 pm. Relieve stress, heal relationships, release deeper resources and realize one’s highest potential. 616-636-4023 www. easwaran.org. Grand Rapids.
Pilates at The Well Being- 6:00-7:00 pm. Build strength, endurance and flexibility throughout your body while learning proper breathing techniques helping to decrease stress. $10/class. Equipment provided. Drop-ins welcome. grwellbeing.com 616-458-6870.
Hatha Vinyasa- 9:00 – 10:15 am Tues/Thurs. Classes focus on alignment of asana as well as cultivating balance within your life. Costs $10-17 per class. Seva Yoga, Grand Rapids.
Spiritual Classes- 6:00-7:30 pm. Astrology, numerology, tarot, etc with Gail Brumeister. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500.
The Practice of “A Course In Miracles”7:00-8:30 pm. Learn “miracle-mindedness”, the Course’s simple method of opening to and sharing love. Happier relationships, joy and peace result. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. Free. 616-458-5095. Tai Chi Foundations- 7:15 pm. An introduction to the practices of standing meditation, Chi kung, and the eight foundational stances form which lays a solid foundation for beginning students. 714 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids.
Thursday Reiki healing and Ionic Detox Footspa Treatments- 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Reiki healing treatments with Detox Footspa Treatments $50/30mins. Reiki Treatments $50/hr. Detox Footspa Treatments $20/20mins. $30/30mins.Specials Available. Call 616-690-0546 for appts.
Tai Chi Foundations- 8:00 am. An introduction to the practices of standing meditation, Chi kung, and the eight foundational stances form which lays a solid foundation for beginning students. 714 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. Kripalu Yoga- 8:30-9:30 am. Experienced or beginner welcome. Classes begin with breath awareness, and end with relaxation/meditation. $12 Drop in/$60 a 6 class pass. www.sanativetranquility.com\sanative_yoga. Serving Standale, Walker, Allendale. 616-791-0472. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman - 9:0010:15 am & 10:30-11:45 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga.com for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are indoors if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234. Mixed Level Tai Chi- 9:30-11:00 am. Yang form for beginner to intermediate students. Open class format, traditional warm up. $45 for one class/ week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan, 616-4251344, www.taijiquangr.com.
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BODY CARE PRODUCTS
Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-735-1285 www.MoondropHerbals.com
•Body & Comfort Care products made naturally since 1998 •Essential Oil Blending & Consulting •Bulk herbs, oils, etc. by the ounce •Candles, Spa accessories, Unique gifts •Reference Library •Practitioner discounts •Workspace Rental & Consignment. See ad page 6.
SÉRENDIPITÉ ORGANIQUES, LLC Teri Kelley- Owner 944 Cherry St SE Grand Rapids, 49506 616-419-8115 www.serendipiteorganiques.com
The only retail location in Michigan to exclusively carry organic, non-toxic products scoring ‘Low Hazard, 0-2’ on ewg.org/ skindeep! Product lines are Zum Clean, Face Naturals, Rejuva Minerals Makeup, Elemental Herbs Sunscreen, and Sappho Organic Cosmetics. See ad page 26.
BODYWORK CranioSacral Therapy (CST)/Reiki Master Jamie VanDam 4456 Miramar Ave. NE Grand Rapids, 49525 616-365-9113
CST is a gentle noninvasive form of body work that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in these areas which alleviate pain and stress.
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Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 35.
BUILDING / CONSTRUCTION DLH CONCEPTS
Kyle Hass Licensed Residential Home Builder firstname.lastname@example.org 616-299-5815
Locally owned and operated. Specializing in building quality livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. Call today for a fee quote. See ad page 47.
chiropractic care DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050
WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC
Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.
GASLIGHT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 2249 Wealthy St. SE, Suite #240 East Grand Rapids, 49506 616-458-CFIT (2348) GaslightChiro@gmail.com www.GaslightChiro.com
Experience an individualized, holistic healthcare approach! We combine spinal adjustments, Contact Reflex & Nutrition Response (Muscle Testing), Whole Food Supplementation Orthotics, Massage & Aromatherapy. Common conditions we see include: Chronic Fatigue, Headaches, IBS, Back & Neck pain and Fibromyalgia.
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ain , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurances accepted. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad pages 14 & 31.
cleaning pRoDucts NATURAL HEALTH 4 TODAY, LLC
Clara VanderZouwen, NORWEX Consultant 616-698-6148 email@example.com www.NaturalHealth4Today.com Imagine cleaning with only water! Improve the quality of your life with Norwex products by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. Save Time & Money.
cOlon hydrotherapy HARMONY ’N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Av., N.E. Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 www.harmonynhealth.net Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 7.
TRICIA E. GOSLING
Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 www.holisticenergytherapies.net Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.
cOUNSELING THE WELL BEING LLC Behavioral Health and Fitness Center 616-458-6870 www.grwellbeing.com
We provide counseling to individuals dealing with mental and emotional health issues. We utilize exercise as a research-based form of treatment, for a more holistic approach to mental health care.
dentistry / holistic DENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER
Dr. Kevin P. Flood DDS 616-974-4990 www.FloodTheDentist.com Comprehensive Holistic Dental Services – Amalgam Removal & Replacement. Bio-Compatible, metal-free materials, Low-Dose Digital X-Rays, Gentle Anesthesia, Dentistry for Diabetes, TMJ, Chronic Head & Neck pain and Non Surgical Perio. See ad page 48.
energy healing AMA~DEUS®
Elizabeth Cosmos Grand Rapids: 616-648-3354 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ama-deus-international.com
Ama Deus® healing energy method is a hand mediated technique aligned with love. The energy helps to enhance one’s own and others growth and awareness or physical and emotional healing. See ad page 13.
Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 35.
health food stores
BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS
Clara VanderZouwen 616-698-6148 email@example.com www.NaturalHealth4Today.com
Learn how to address issues of Pain, Stress, Hormone Imbalance, Weight Management, ADD, Allergies, Diabetes & more with Essential Oils, Ionic Foot Baths, BioEnergy scans, Nutritional & NEW Earthing products! Free monthly classes.
HEAVENLY HEALINGS HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES Jodi Jenks - Reiki Master 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 www.heavenlyhealings.org
Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 4693 Wilson Ave. SW Suite 1, Grandville 616-667-1346 Joel@Affordable-Nutrition.com Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. www.affordable-nutrition.com.
I am a Reiki Master that also does Essential Oil therapies including Raindrop Therapy, Emotional Clearing and Spiritual Journey work. Call or email for appointments or questions, 616-443-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad page 7.
Grand Haven 616-846-3026 Muskegon 231-739-1568 North Muskegon 231-744-0852 www.HealthHutt.net Natural & organic foods, vitamins & herbs, sports nutrition, gluten free food, natural body and homecare products. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 35.
holistic health centers
THE HEALING CENTER
KEN PORTER CST, CHT 534 Fountain NE Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848 www.BodyandSoulGR.com
Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.
health education center THE WELLNESS FORUM
Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 www.TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. www.affordablenutrition.com. See ad in page 25.
WEST MICHIGAN PAIN MANAGEMENT THERAPY CENTER P.L.L.C.
4990 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids 616-430-2291 www.WellnessForum.com Educational programs for personal health improvement - Workplace wellness programs - Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health - National conferences.
Herbert Schlichting M.S., CPT., OPT. 6745 E. Fulton, Suite A, Ada 616-706-6132 email@example.com
We offer various neuromuscular therapy treatments pertaining to acute or chronic condition. We o f f e r p h y s i c a l f i t n e s s training in our own facility. Our focus is to eliminate pain while educating patients own ways to prevent injuries.
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BOB HUTTINGA PA-C
332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care, ApoE Gene Diet and Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We take most insurances. See ad page 25.
insurance HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS TEAM Rachael Larabel 616-329-6178 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aplanforeveryone.com
Local independent agent representing providers of dental, health, and accident insurance for individuals and small business. Products are compliant with healthcare reform, offer free preventive care, and dental benefits with no waiting period.
DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY
FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC.
Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050
Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 www.FullCircleMidwifery.com
I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts. www. DynamicChiro.com
In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1200 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways.
HANDS ON HEALING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Pattie Kooy, CMMT, CMT, HTP 5286 Plainfield NE Plainfield Twp, MI 49525 616-648-7217
Professional massage therapist offering Medical Massage, Manual Therapy, Hot Stone, Healing Touch Therapy, Essential Oils, Infrared heat lamp, Bio-energetic Therapy, Hot castor oil packs, Chinese herbal liniments & Detox Massage. Mention ad for $10 off hour massage.
interior design services
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
ALIGn DESIGN, llc
Shawn Merkel, ASID, IIDA 616-916-1071 email@example.com www.Aligndesigngr.com Align your space to be a true reflection of who you are. Specializing in Wholistic design, repurposing and Feng Shui. Full service Residential and commercial Interior design. See ad page 14.
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kinesiology WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC
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Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 35.
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NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 E. Broadway St Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858 989-773-1714 www.nite-mtp.com
Educational Programs: Natural Health 1-4 Years (one weekend per month), Holistic Labor Companion – Doula 6 months (1 weekend per month), Massage Therapy 1 Year (2 weekends per month), Individual Classes available. Over 15 years of excellence. See ad page 2.
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West Michigan Edition
Published on Jan 22, 2013
Natural Awakenings Magazine is West Michigan's premiere natural health, holistic living, green magazine focusing on conscious living and sus...