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Upcountry healing practice offers unique healing experience enise LaBarre, goes “beyond bodywork” with her unique blend of massage therapy, psychotherapy and traditional healing methods — all rolled into one Upcountry Maui practice, Healing Catalyst. LaBarre, who is a university-trained linguist with a background in psychology and a licensed massage therapist, ran a translation agency in San Francisco before moving to Maui 25 years ago. She says that in her healing work, she uses her hands, her intuition and decades of skill and


mind. Her business name, Healing Catalyst, points to her unique approach as a healer. “I don’t do the healing,” she clarifies. “That’s up to your body and the divine. But I help you make connections on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels that catalyze deep and lasting healing.” Clients come with issues ranging from stress, joint problems and back pain to Denise LaBarre of Heal- fibromyalgia, anxiety and ing Catalyst. depression. As LaBarre puts it, “Our bodies naturally use experience to translate the sensation and symptoms to body’s messages for the communicate with us. But

early on, we are taught to ignore our body’s messages and suppress unwanted emotions. At some point, the body begins to signal a backlog of suppressed or stuck emotional energy with physical problems. I help people reconnect internally to hear what their bodies have been trying to communicate through pain, illness and disease. This reconnection kick starts the healing process on multiple levels, and the results are often fast and dramatic. I’ve seen people resolve 10 years of knee pain or a long-held shoulder issue in a session or two.”


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LaBarre’s book, “Issues in Your Tissues: Heal Body and Emotion from the Inside Out,” came out in 2010 and has been a consistent bestseller in several Maui locations. The book is also available from .com and has stories, cartoons and exercises that get readers back in their bodies to breathe better and make healing connections for themselves. “Your healing answers are just waiting for you to breathe in to them.” says LaBarre. Ninety-minute private sessions are available in her Makawao office. A session starts out looking like a traditional spa massage and then evolves into a customized treatment, depending on the needs of her client. LaBarre specializes in women’s issues, and the majority of her clients are “sensitives.” She is known as the “healer’s healer.” While no two sessions look or feel the same, play and emotional re-

lease factor in. LaBarre prides herself on her ability to “hold safe space” and get her client’s inner child to come out and play. Her office is full of toys, and it is not unusual for LaBarre to go outside with a client to jump on her 16-foot trampoline or chop out years-old rage. As Ted Faught, a client, put it: “I read the book — loved it! — and then went to Maui to have a session. What Denise does in person is light years ahead of even what she describes in her book. Maybe because it was exactly what I needed. I don’t have words to describe what happened, but it feels like a light went on, and I hadn’t even realized my bulb was out. I am blown away and forever grateful.” To see LaBarre in action, go /watch?v=nxJ6d6Ibjcs&t=1 0s. For more information, visit www.healingcata To make an appointment, call 575-2244.

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Obstructive sleep apnea underdiagnosed in adult women bstructive sleep apnea syndrome, which encompasses a spectrum of disorders, is characterized by a snoring history and repetitive collapse of the upper airway leading to sleep fragmentation and excessive daytime sleepiness. This common disorder remains underdiagnosed in adult females. One-in-four women in the


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movements (60 percent). The risk for OSAS in women increases with advanced age, the presence of obesity, irregularity of the menstrual cycle and menopause. Pregnant women had as similar risk for OSAS as nonpregnant women. More importantly, in those pregnant women with high risk for OSAS, the reporting of pregnancy complications was very

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doctor who can rule out blockage in the nose and throat. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can often reduce the size of the airway, and their removal may be beneficial for OSAS. â?ƒ An airway-focused orthodontist to help correct abnormal jaw structure and tongue posture that may affect the airway. A sleep-certified and airway-focused orthodontist has the ability to modify the volume of the nasal and oral airway by increasing the width of the jaws, so the tongue has more space in the mouth, instead of pressing against the airway. They can also modify a defective bite to allow the lower jaw and tongue to be positioned forward instead of pressing against the airway. This foundational correction of the oral cavity, its supporting jaw structures and tongue posture can greatly reduce OSAS and need for other remedial measures. The orthodontist can also construct a custom oral sleep

device that is designed to keep the airway open and can oftentimes relieve snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. An oral device might be easier to use than a CPAP. The custom-designed device can open the airway by either increasing the vertical opening of the lower jaw; by bringing the lower jaw and tongue forward; or a combination of the two. Special measuring equipment and 3D X-rays can help a sleep-certified orthodontist get the exact dimensions of the oral sleep device in order to maximize the opening of the airway and prevent its collapse during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a life shortening disorder and all measures must be taken to combat and prevent it. If you or a loved one may have OSAS, contact Sujata Bhatia, D.D.S, M.S. to schedule a consultation. For more information, call 6383078 or visit www.bhatia

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Heart-healthy lifestyles begin in the kitchen eight-loss initiatives and dieting often go hand-inhand, but healthy diets can do more than help women shed pounds. Heart disease is the primary killer of females, but embracing hearthealthy diets can help women reduce their risk of develop cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association reports that heart disease causes one in three female deaths each year in the United States. The AHA also notes that 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Heart valve problems, congestive heart failure, abnormal rhythm of the heart and plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries can contribute to heart disease. Fortunately, healthy choices, including the right diet, can help reduce women’s risk for heart disease risk. Here are a few easy ways to modify eating habits to be more hearthealthy. ❃ Avoid consuming too


many calories. The Mayo Clinic says to control portion sizes so that you are not overloading on extra calories. Eat larger portions of nutrient-rich foods and go sparingly on high-calorie, high-sodium and/or refined foods. Being overweight can contribute to heart problems. ❃ Increase produce consumption. A variety of lowcalorie fruits and vegetables can provide ample nutrition and plenty of healthy antioxidants. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables so that

you get as many vitamins and minerals as possible. Make fruits and vegetables your largest portions when eating. ❃ Reduce sodium intake. Harvard Health points out that too much sodium consumption can increase blood pressure and cause the body to hold onto fluid. Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. See HEART-HEALTHY on Page T8

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aerobic exercise and two periods of strength training each week. Contrary to popular belief, women who weight train will not turn into the bulking behemoths of competitive weight lifting. The Women’s Heart Foundation says that high levels of estrogen make it quite difficult for women to become overly muscular. When they strength train, rather, women’s muscles will improve in tone, endurance and strength instead of size. Resistance training provides an efficient way to build strength and burn calories. A study from researchers at the University of New Mexico found that the body will take between 15 minutes and 48 hours

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may last. Studies performed at the Quincy, Mass., South Shore YMCA found that the average woman who strength trains two to three times a week for two months will gain nearly two pounds of muscle, but lose 3.5 pounds of fat. With that lean muscle addition, resting metabolism increases and more calories can be burned each day. The following are some additional benefits of strength training: ❃ Reduces risk of heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol. ❃ Builds stronger muscles and connective tissues that can increase joint stability. ❃ Improves the way the

body processes sugar, which can help reduce the risk of diabetes. ❃ Reduces rates of depression. A Harvard University study found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than standard counseling. Women who strength train commonly report feeling more confident and capable. Women with no strength training experience can consult with a personal trainer who can teach them proper strength training form. This ensures that the exercises are being done efficiently while reducing the women’s risk of injury. Qualified trainers also can keep people moving toward fitness goals.

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women’s health ❂ august 2018 Heart-healthy Continued from Page T5 ❃ Add more whole grains to your diet. Dietary fiber from whole grains may improve blood cholesterol levels, thereby lowering your risk for heart disease. Dietary fiber also can lower risk of stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. ❃ Choose healthy fats. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, olive oil and flax seed reduce a person’s risk of developing arrhythmia and atherosclerosis. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least twice a week as

a way to boost omega-3 fatty acid levels. ❃ Load up on berries. When choosing fruits, go heavy on berries. Health magazine reports that according to a 2013 study by the Harvard School of Public Health in the United States and the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, women between the ages of 25 and 42 who ate more than three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack compared with those who ate less. The authors of the study attributed the benefit to compounds known as anthocyanins and

flavonoids,which are antioxidants, that may decrease blood pressure and dilate blood vessels. ❃ Indulge in smart ways. When eating sweets, choose dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids called polyphenols, which may help lower blood pressure and reduce clotting and inflammation. Select varieties that contain at least 60 to 70 percent cocoa. In addition to a cardiacfriendly diet, women concerned about heart health should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. Also, pay attention to food labels to make smarter choices.

Reiki Continued from Page T6 legendary book fell off the shelf and into my hand. Validation of my knowing had arrived! How do I transition my life to living these truths? In 1988, I was shown a way. I was introduced to a great gift called reiki natural healing. It wasn’t just handed to me on a silver platter — I had to work for it. In fact to this day I continue to uncover deeper and deeper levels of its unlimited healing

potential. At first I was confused by its simplicity. After training, my reiki master said, “Do these hand positions, and let reiki teach you.” My mind wanted more and yet my desire in learning reiki was to stop giving the mind control of my life. Finally, I allowed myself to be led and excitedly trusted the sensations, thoughts and feeling that were introducing me to my true self while I was assisting others to do the same. It feels good to be part of a process that connects us directly to our source and doesn’t require our

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