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y maiden name was Hart and while it’s not spelled the same, hearts have always had a special meaning for me. In our culture, we use February as the month to embrace our hearts and love while we reflect on what love means to us, but I like to think we should take stock in our love all the time. Loving ourselves is just as important as loving others and means taking care of ourselves, and honoring our bodies, minds and spirits. This can be so challenging to do in this busy world we live in with so many demands on our time. Taking time for ourselves we can be rejuvenated and able to be twice as effective in whatever we are doing. It can be difficult to carve out the time, and I can feel guilty because there are so many other things that need to be done. It’s important to keep reminding yourself that if you become depleted physically or mentally, you are not doing any good for anyone.
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” —Christopher Robin This was the email tag line of my sister-in-law who passed away on January 8th. Betsy embodied this quote as much as anyone I have ever known. After more than 30 years as a teacher in the classroom, she never stopped teaching others and learning herself. There was seldom a conversation with her that I did not learn something either, she kept on educating long after the school bell rang and the day ended. It’s amazing how a conversation around the real reasons behind the Civil War or the beginnings of religion could end up as dinner conversation, but it often did and I learned things I didn’t know or hadn’t remembered. Even as she faced the inevitable and scariest phase of her life, she taught us how to conduct ourselves and how to be remembered. Betsy lived in Florida, and whenever we came to town to visit my mother-in-law, she always took time out of her crazy-busy life to spend time with us. We can only strive to remember what we learned from her and be grateful for how she touched our lives. In the months leading to her passing she told us she did not want us to stand by her grave and weep, she is not there. She lives on in so many of us through the wisdom and love that she shared. Love yourself, your family and your friends. Love your pets, your planet and all living things. Let’s share the love all month and all year if we can. I hope we can spread our love in what we think, say and do. Our love is how we will live on beyond our years. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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atters of the Heart Psychic Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., February 10, at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Milford, Massachusetts. The Fair showcases 25 readers, as well as a variety of vendors and free seminars. In support of American Heart Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. Featured speakers include Sheila Marie, a forensic psychic medium and Sherry Lord, an international channel, author, speaker and teacher. Cost is $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Doubletree by Hilton is located at 11 Beaver St., in Milford. For more information, visit DiscoverYouFairs.com. See ad on page 9.
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obley Family Chiropractic is putting the spotlight on fibromyalgia during the months of February and March. Chiropractors are amongst the best at managing the different aspects of mechanical and multiple pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia. Those who have been diagnosed or suspect they have the disorder will want to attend a free, six-week series of discussion classes held on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., beginning Dr. Belinda Mobley January 31. The classes are open to the public and are designed to provide participants with enough knowledge to help them get started back on the road to good health immediately. The classes will cover fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments, nutrition, basic stretching, the role of stress management, headaches, appropriate supplementation and why fibromyalgia responds so well to chiropractic treatment. Other topics will be discussed as needed to address the health of the participants. Attendees do not need to be a patient in the office, or have any desire to become a patient in the office. All are welcome. Dr. Belinda Mobley and Dr. Mark Czerniak co-treat all patients and use gentle full spine treatment, however, Mobley is a certified upper cervical specialist, specializing in conditions such as headaches, migraines, vertigo, neck pain, fibromyalgia and arm pain. She primarily uses low-force instruments to provide specific, gentle adjustments. Czerniak specializes in thoracic, lumbar and pelvic complaints such as low back pain, sciatica, leg pain with numbness and weakness, sacrum and pelvis dysfunction, and all of the associated spasms and muscular symptoms that accompany these conditions. As a whole, the practice offers advice on natural formulations and can supply patients with everything from PhytoMulti, a Metagenics multivitamin with plant extracts, to natural anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants. Mobley Family Chiropractic is located at 30 Olney St., Seekonk, Mass. For more information, call 508-336-0408 or visit MobleyFamilyChiro.com. See ad on page 23.
Life Mapping and Wellness Retreat Set for Southern Italy
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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.
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Face • Mind • Body
by Beth Davis
ichelle Maynard always had good skin, so imagine her surprise when, in her late 20s, her skin became sensitive. She even developed adult acne and often broke out in rashes. Though a dermatologist would prescribe treatments, she was often unhappy with the products’ artificial and sometimes-harmful ingredients. Her desire for a more natural solution led her to an esthetician, where she would receive a facial every four to six weeks. It was a move that would change not only her skin, but also her life. Although she had earned a degree in journalism and was working in the insurance industry at her family’s business, Maynard was so impressed by the positive results of the facials that she decided to return to school at the age of 33 to become a licensed esthetician. After graduating in early 2005, she began working at corporate spas; refining her skills; learning the business; and perhaps most importantly, she gained perspective—a vision for her own skin care spa. “At one high-profile spa, we were given 50 minutes with each client, and then we had to walk them to the product area,” explains Maynard. “That wasn’t fair. I felt as if I could have helped them more if given the time. I wanted to help in a positive way, but it was more about the bottom line.” Her own desire to not only help others, but to offer a healthier way of treating skin through natural, plant-based products led to the opening of 360 Face Mind Body in February 2012—exactly one year ago this month. The health conscious skin care spa offers facials and products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, dyes and fillers. So, not only are the facials relaxing, but they are beneficial to
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men and women of all ages. In fact, Maynard says it’s a common misconception that getting a facial is nothing more than a luxurious way to be pampered. While it can certainly help one unwind, the benefits are numerous. “Getting a facial allows you time to recharge,” notes Maynard. “It increases your circulation and detoxifies; relaxes the senses, nerves and muscles; and increases awareness of your own well-being. Plus facials deep clean and exfoliate the skin to increase cell turnover; stimulate skin functions and metabolism; slow down premature aging; help to alleviate dryness, oiliness or redness; soften wrinkles and fine lines; and facials help clear up blemishes and minor acne. Most importantly, it helps you to feel better about your skin and therefore boosts your confidence.” Dedicated to providing the time and attention necessary to make a difference, Maynard devotes a minimum of one hour to each client and very often spends more time with each client. Each client must complete a Client Consultation form and list any allergies or sensitivities. “It was important to me to be the own boss of my time and to actually give clients what they deserved,” she says. After a client has a facial, Maynard often provides free makeovers using Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, a product line that uses the highest grade of minerals and ecocert ingredients, is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and addresses common concerns such as acne, sensitive skin and signs of aging. After trying many professional product lines, Maynard found the best results from pure, plant-based products with few ingredients. She says that these tried and true products, coupled
with the treatments offered at 360, have produced amazing results for clients. “Many products claim to be pure and botanical, but they don’t list the inactive ingredients,” she comments. “It was important to me to find skincare that not only listed everything, but worked. After extensive research, I found three wonderful products that meet my criteria.” The first is Rhode Island’s own Farmaesthetics, an American herbal tradition of pure, elegant skincare made with organically grown herbs, flowers, oils and grains. Farmaesthetics contain no artificial preservatives, no petroleum products, synthetic fragrances, dyes, fillers or talc. Next is Saian Natural Clinical pure and concentrated anti-aging, anti- hyper-pigmentation and acne products are natural, hypoallergenic and contain no artificial fragrance, color, parabens or propylene glycol. In 2010, Maynard earned her Clinical Oncology Esthetics® certification, which prepares professional estheticians to provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals with health-challenged skin. She understands how cancer and its treatments affect the body at the dermal and lymphatic level, and offers gentle, yet effective, protocols using compatible skin care ingredients. Specifically, she uses Tecniche, a line that is specially formulated for health-challenged skin. “Tecniche is very healing,” she says. “It can help with conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and the severe dry skin many experience during the winter months.” Committed to educating the community about the benefits of natural and organic facials, 360 hosts events featuring facial demonstrations and product information. “People are sometimes apprehensive and this gives them an idea of what to expect,” explains Maynard. For her, seeing the enthusiasm in others is inspiring. “My clients seem to really appreciate the results; they see a difference in their skin,” she says. “That motivates me. I feel as if I’ve developed lifelong friends.” The next Open House Event will be from 6 to 9 p.m., February 28, from 6 to 9 p. m. Call for more information or reservations. 360 Face Mind Body is located at 99 Frenchtown Road, in East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-886-1938 or visit 360FaceMindBody.com. See ad on page 17.
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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
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‘pro-hero’ than from simply discussing why bullying is hurtful.”
Calmly Taking Charge Eric D. Dawson, president and cofounder of Boston-based Peace First (PeaceFirst.org), also believes in the power of positive language. “We need to move away from harsh language that focuses kids on what not to do and instead ignite their moral imagination—call on them to be problem solvers,” he says. To counter bullying in society, Dawson suggests that we all need to be role models, and talk about and celebrate peacemaking. “We can’t expect our kids to listen to us when we tell them to be peaceful and share if they then see us aggressively cut in front of others on the road or in the checkout line. We can also ask kids how they were peacemakers during their day, in addition to what they learned.” Founded in 1992 in response to the youth violence epidemic, Peace First provides programs and free online tools to
The International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) (InternationalForgiveness.com), in Madison, Wisconsin, has added its support to the anti-bullying movement. Stemming from the research of IFI founder Robert Enright, Ph.D., and his colleagues, the 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 and hopefulness. Enright’s scientific studies further demonstrate that when children learn about forgiveness, feelings of anger, depression and anxiety are reduced. “We believe that forgiveness is a choice,” explains Enright. “When you forgive, you may benefit the person you forgive, but you benefit yourself far more.” Enright recalls his experiences working with incarcerated men that were serving life sentences. “The first thing the assigned therapists asked the group to do was to tell me their story; tell me about the hurts that had been perpetrated on them. One man began to cry, saying that no one had ever asked for his story.” The therapists listened to a tale of the cruel disciplinary measures he had endured at home as a child and recognized a correlation with the crime he had committed. “I’m not justifying his actions, but we can see that he was an extremely wounded man. Many bullies in school have a story, and we need to take the time to hear their story. “Because those that engage in bullying are often filled with rage from having been bullied themselves, they
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. get to a point that they don’t care about the consequences of their actions, including detention,” Enright continues. Instead of focusing on the prevention of unwanted behaviors, he says, “Our program is meant to take the anger out of the heart of those that bully, so they bully no more.” An elementary school-age participant in the Forgiveness Program concludes, “Sometimes it is hard to forgive someone straight away if they really hurt your feelings. It might take longer to see their worth and show them real forgiveness… but it is worth it in the end.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
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Why do I need an oncology massage practitioner? Oncology massage practitioners are specifically trained in evidence-based cancer massage techniques. They are taught to know appropriate precautions for a patient’s risk factors and guidelines that must be followed in order to gain the most benefit to ease the effects of cancer and the often-painful side effects of cancer treatments.
What is the difference between oncology massage and a regular massage? An oncology massage session is personalized to a cancer patient. The session is designed using an approach that individualizes the massage for safety and efficiency and considers the patient’s: • Medical condition and overall health history. • Type of cancer and stage. • Devices; IV, Ports, Hickman, pacemaker, etc. • Sites affected from surgery/radiation, IV’s, skin condition, bone involvement, etc. • Blood values including platelet, white blood count and hemoglobin. • Side effects of treatments such as skin changes, neuropathy, digestive problems, etc.
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How often should one get an oncology massage? As often as possible for maximum comfort and benefit. At the medical school of the University of Miami, Tiffany Field, Ph.D., runs massage research programs. Her team has shown that three weekly, 30-minute sessions of massage slowed down the production of stress hormones and increased the number NK (natural killer) cells in women with breast cancer. The women were also more serene and felt less physical pain after just the first session, a well-known effect of massage. Receiving massages from a trained oncology massage practitioner is safer and more effective in helping the patient deal with a cancer diagnosis, its treatments on the body and achieving an enhanced quality of life. For more information, call 401-2472220 or visit ATouchOfHealthRI.com. See ad on this page.
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t’s not uncommon for individuals to crave the benefits of a facelift—but without the negative side effects, or going under the knife. For a more natural solution to facial rejuvenation and transformation, individuals are now turning to acupuncture facelifts, recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show.
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An acupuncture facelift, also known as acupuncture facial rejuvenation, is a safe, minimally invasive, non-surgical technique that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of tiny, delicate needles into specific points on the face to enhance one’s appearance and create a more youthful glow. The treatments, ideal for both men and women, are used to stimulate collagen, as well as plump and firm the face in order to minimize and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. The results are younger looking skin. According to Timothy Armstrong, a doctor of acupuncture at The Alive Academy, the results are minimal to maintain once initial treatments are finished. At The Alive Academy, Armstrong combines targeted acupuncture points
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with a Chinese facial that utilizes the youth boosting benefits of hyaluronic acid to transform a client’s face in just one session. Although results may vary, Armstrong explains that after an acupuncture facelift it often appears as though one has had a chemical peel (fresh baby skin) or a deep cleansing facial. The only side effects with this procedure are additional health benefits resulting in more circulation as the needles are applied on acupressure points producing holistic healing for the body and face.
■ Erases five to 15 years from the face. ■ Gives a more youthful and revitalized appearance. ■ Slows the aging process from within by promoting overall health and wellbeing.
■ Revitalizes the muscles around the mouth, making the lips look fuller. ■ Improves the tone of the jaw line and lifts the cheeks. ■ Strengthens the eyebrows and scalp muscles so the eyebrow arch is lifted naturally. ■ Eliminates puffy or tired eyes. ■ Tightens the neck, reducing or eliminating double chins. ■ Moisturizes the skin by increasing blood and fluids to the face. ■ Reduces and eliminates stress that is evident in the face. ■ Improves hormonal balance, therefore even those with hormonal acne can benefit. ■ Reduces and eliminates age spots, facial blemishes and other discolorations of face.
Dr. Oz has devoted a show to it, celebrities have started switching over and the Chinese have practiced the acupuncture facelift for thousands of years—and now we know why. Anna Scurry is co-director of The Alive Academy, in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3959 or visit TheAliveAcademy.com. See ad on pages 11, 13 & 15.
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umans are conditioned to the conventional rituals of handling death—the embalmed body in a casket or ashes sealed in an urn, a procession of vehicles to the burial site, solemnly gathering and scattering flowers as the remains are lowered into the earth. Many times, planning details are abdicated to the judgment of funeral directors. The notion of green burials envisions something different: a ceremony that engages family members’ ecovalues and nature in a more intimate, sustainable process favoring biodegradable caskets and no toxic chemicals. The movement is gaining in popularity; in 2011, some 300 U.S. funeral homes offered green burial options, up from only 12 in 2008.
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Traditional American burial practices make a sizeable environmental footprint and also pose health risks. The carcinogenic embalming fluid—formaldehyde—is a well-known hazard. A 2009 study in the Journal of the
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National Cancer Institute found that exposure to formaldehyde over a career of embalming put funeral home workers at significantly increased risk for mortality from myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells. Alternatives include formaldehyde-free preservatives made from essential oils, and dry ice. Significant resources are consumed in manufacturing caskets and vaults and maintaining cemetery grass. “A few years back I calculated that we bury enough metal in caskets to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge each year and put so much concrete in the ground via burial vaults we could build a two-lane highway halfway across the country,” says Joe Sehee, founder of the Green Burial Council. The council certifies and lists cemeteries, funeral homes and casket companies that forgo chemicals and offer natural landscapes. The goal is for burials to leave as little impact as possible on the planet.
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look like a cemetery. Its native grasses and mature trees come alive with color each autumn. Wildflowers bloom in the spring and birds build their nests in treetop boughs. “Most contemporary cemeteries are biological deserts,” observes Greensprings spokesperson and science writer Mary Woodsen. In contrast, Greensprings’ 100 acres are surrounded by 8,000 acres of protected forests. Loved ones may be buried in coffins from locally produced timber, or in shrouds—either professionally made or from a favorite blanket or quilt. Biodegradable caskets may be constructed of pine, cardboard, bamboo, formaldehyde-free plywood or hand-woven willow or wicker. LastThings.net even offers free plans to make a simple coffin. Instead of a machine, family members and friends ceremonially take hold of straps and lower the casket themselves. Natural, flat fieldstones honor loved ones. “People feel, ‘I was part of this,’” says Woodsen.
Debate exists over the ecological impact of cremation—a practice expected to be chosen as the end-of-life choice for as many as 46 percent of Americans by 2015. While it reduces the use of large, resource-intensive burial plots, each traditionally cremated body releases 110 pounds of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, including carbon dioxide and monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, mercury and other metals. The Bio Cremation greener alternative—using 95 percent water and 5 percent of an alkali instead of flames and fossil fuels—requires eight times less energy as fire-based cremation, produces no dangerous byproducts and still yields ashes from the remaining bones. To find the states that have approved the process, visit the legislative section at BioCremationInfo.com. Biodegradable urns are also available, including cornstarch bags accented with leaves and petals, sculpted natural salt containers and baskets made of virgin palm. Sandcastle urns are suited for home display or ocean
burial (InTheLightUrns. com). Memorial blown-glass artwork is another option for remains (Tropical GlassDesign.com). Scattering ashes—whether casting them into the air or over a body of water, burying them or raking them into the soil—provides an intimate burial experience and has minimal environmental consequences. Sehee says it’s legal on private land and also allowed in some parks. “It rarely does harm to the ecosystem,” he says. “Calling your local park agency is a great idea. Many allow for scattering and some without a fee.”
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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 point for myriad therapies collectively known as bodywork, patterns the movement’s development.
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 approach. One of many examples is Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina, where patient services
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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 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.
Myofascial Therapy Olympia Hostler, a myofascial therapist in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, had two 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 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
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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 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.
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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 certifi-
cation. 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.
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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.
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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
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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 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
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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 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. Practitio-
ners 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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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 ThreeStage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, maintains that these foods also create a difficultto-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,
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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.
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.
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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.
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Sunday, February 3
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Monday, February 4
Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Rm 204, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567. Katharine@SacredStream.org.
Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I lead a meditation and tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.
Wednesday, February 6
Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Meditation, visualizations and intent will be used to infuse peace and love to the Earth Mother (water clean-up). With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com
Thursday, February 7
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Tuesday, February 5
Yoga Mindfulness and Self Inquiry – 4:306:30pm. In this 3-week series, which draws from diverse wisdom traditions, both the 8-fold Path of Buddhism and the 8 Limbs of Yoga serve as road maps for living to your fullest capacity. $75. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Join us for a different kind of networking event bringing the Business, Arts, Events and Wellness communities together. Door prizes. Light appetizers. Cash bar. $10. Shela Lara Vineyards & Winery, 21-B Reservoir Rd, Coventry. 401-623-8206. OutOfTheBoxNetworking.com.
Reiki Healing, Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. This is an opened Reiki circle/meditation. Reiki will help to release blocks of energy from the body. You will feel a sense a balance, deep relaxation and peace. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. SerenityYogaRI.com. Drum Circle with Mini-Sound Healing – 7-9:30pm. What better way to spend a cold winter night then a warm drum circle with good people. Josh Fonseca has even promised to do a special mini sound-healing session. Suggested donation: $8/person. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. NewDawnEarthCenter.org.
Awakening Through Drum Healing – 10am12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes blocks and restores harmony. $35. Join Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna; group format. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. Yin Yoga – 10:30am-12:30pm. Yin postures target the joints to enhance range of motion and flexibility, while relieving pain and chronic tension in the low back, hips, and spine. $29. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Couples Bodywork – Thai for Two – 2-5pm. Experience: friendship and passion in touching and being touched; techniques to relax or energize your partner; ways to give without tiring; how it feels to let go of the need to be perfect. $75/couple. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.
Sunday, February 10
Introduction to Reiki – 10-11am. Want to learn about Reiki? Want to practice Reiki? This informational class will explain to you what Reiki is, what it can do and how it can help you and others. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, back of building, downstairs, Providence. 401-237-0180. DharmaHealing.com. Matters of the Heart Psychic Fair – 10am-6pm. Event features Sherry Lord, International Channel, author, speaker & teacher, Sheila Marie, Forensic Psychic Medium, and psychic readings, vendors, free seminars and more. $8. Doubletree Hotel, 11 Beaver St, Milford, MA. DiscoverYouFairs.com. Whole Foods 101 – 12-3pm. Want to make some changes to your diet in 2013 and start eating more nutritious whole foods? This workshop is a must. Lots of great information plus lunch is included. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Pranayama Workshop with Guided Meditation - 7-8:30pm. Pranayama practice in the Himalyan Salt Grotto. Introduces the concept of pranayama as well as several basic breath practices suitable for everyone, beginners to advanced practitioners! Guided meditation in the hammocks. Call for pricing. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-4633335. RaffaYoga.com.
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Tuesday, February 12
Reiki Share – 12-1:30pm. This opportunity for giving and receiving Reiki is open to practitioners of all levels. $5. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. For more info & to register, Adriene: 401-741-2278. Free Information Session – 6:30-8pm. Learn how eating for your metabolic type and other holistic lifestyle changes can help you lose weight, gain more energy, improve mood. Reduce stress and reduce inflammation and joint pain. Free. Aull Pilates and Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. AullPilates.com. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Topic: Dream Incubation. Explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve dream recall, set up your dream space, and assist others with their dreams. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. David@YourInnerVision.com.
Wednesday, February 13
Meditation, the Universe and You – 6:30-8pm. An introduction into the multi-faceted, down to earth, world of meditation. Based on the newly released book, Meditation: As Medication for the Soul, by Rajinder Singh. Free. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St, Westerly. 401-596-2877. SOS.org. Santosha Swadhaya Book Group – 6:30-8:30pm. This month the group will discuss the Bhagavad Gita. Group members explore text, and reflect on efforts to discover and apply its meaning to life, teaching each other truths. With Karina Lutz. Suggested donation $5-$10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Learn all about Reiki – 7-8pm. Interested to know about Reiki, an easy to learn gentle hands-on Japanese healing technique? Welcome to this informative discussion. Opportunity to win a free session. With Bobbie Schaeffer. $5 donation. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093. ReikiRI.com.
Thursday, February 14
Live, Love Laugh! Healing Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Be in the moment. Healing meditation helps participants relax, get in touch with personal guidance to work on their own issues; increase your energy; inform your decisions. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St 3rd fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. CreatIgo.org.
Friday, February 15
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Saturday, February 16
Reiki First Degree Certification – 9:30am-4pm. Learn the origins of Usui Reiki, the benefits of the practice and the hand positions used in treatment. Level one attunement and time to review and practice included. $150~Includes materials and certificate. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. 401-741-2278. Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Feb 16-17. 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop. A 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual Love vibration. Visit website for more information. $250 includes Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/ MagnifiedHealing.
Group Manifesting with the Earth – 1-3pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Meditation, visualizations and intent will be used to infuse peace and love to the Earth Mother (animals & plants). With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com Angelic Magic with Jonathan Sousa – 2-4pm. All religions recognize intermediary spirits between the Divine and humanity. In the purest sense, an angel is a messenger relaying power and wisdom between worlds. $30. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. MotherMystic.com.
Sunday, February 17
Reiki Level II Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Continue your journey with Reiki. Receive level II attunement, learn 3 Reiki symbols and how to use them. Advanced Japanese Reiki techniques. Full information packet. With Bobbie Schaeffer. $195. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093. ReikiRI.com. Vinyasa 101: An Intro to Vinyasa – 1:30-3:30pm. Not necessarily new to yoga but new to the notion of moving fluidly from one pose to the next, while maintaining proper form and integrity of each and every asana? $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.
Monday, February 18
Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring own drum. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. Please RSVP: 401-437-1652 or Stan@MassageHealthHE.com.
Tuesday, February 19
Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I lead a meditation and tap on the meridian points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com
Wednesday, February 20
Group Manifesting with the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Meditation, visualizations and intent will be used to infuse peace and love to the Earth Mother (peace & diplomacy). With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com
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Free Beginner’s Svaroopa® Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy deep relaxation with easy poses adapted for you. Moving slowly, learn to release tension and cultivate calm and ease. Beginners welcome. Call to save a spot. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. 8th Annual Illuminated Garden – Feb 21-23. 6-9pm. Thousands of lights will be displayed in the unique features of Ballard Park’s three-acre quarry meadow. Please wear sturdy shoes. Free. Ballard Park, Hazard & Wickham rds, Newport. 401-619-3377. Events@BallardPark.org.
Friday, February 22
Ignite Your Inner Spirit: Empowerment – 7-8:30pm. Love yourself today. Join us for a journey deep within to silence your inner critic. Learn how to inspire confidence in who you are now. Lecture, activities, meditation. $25. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. SerenityYogaRI.com. Reduce Cellulite, Tighten, Tone, Firm and Detox – 7-8:30pm. See how herbal wraps get your sexy back in 45 minutes. Experience the wrap. Enjoy some detox tea and healthy snacks. Wrap Treatment $20 (Reg $30). Waves of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934. WavesOfWellness.net. Last Friday Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. With Gongs of Joy, Joy Quinn Blum. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
Saturday, February 23
Animal Communication Class – 10am-3pm. Come join us in learning how to communicate with animals. Class being taught with Animal Communicator Karen Dailey. Seating limited; call to reserve your space. $55. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellness, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com. Group Manifesting for You – 1-4pm. Have fun while manifesting your future. Using improv, props, visualization and lots of laughter we will work as a group to manifest our goals. Choose one goal to work on. With Shari Bitsis. $25. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com Yoga for Equestrians – 2-4pm. Find out how yoga can help you achieve a balanced seat, communicate more effectively with your horse, and maintain a calm centered focus. $25. Innerlight
Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Meditation for Peace – 4-5:30pm. Seated comfortably, you are guided through a healing visualization on peace, followed by a silent meditation. Will increase your peace, tranquility and transcendence. $5/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com.
Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I lead a meditation & tap on the meridian points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com
Owl Prowl/Full Snow Moon Hike – 6-8pm. Great Horned Owls start looking for love in February. Hike through the forest by the light of the Full Moon to hear some of their calls. Leader: Diane West, Naturalist. Suggested donation: $5/person. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. NewDawnEarthCenter.org.
Ayurvedic & Clinical Herbology – Feb 27-Mar 2. 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Friday; 6-10pm, Staurday. Explore the concepts of herbal terminology, botany, and medicinal uses of herbs for different systems of the body. $375. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.
Sunday, February 24
Uddiyana Bandha & Your 2 Front Feet – 122:30pm. Theresa Murphy’s workshop on floating, flying and arm balances will be fun, and leave you ecstatic by cultivating a lightness and freedom in the belly. Not for beginners. $39. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Vinyasa 102: An Intro to Vinyasa – 1:30-3:30pm. Maybe you attended the Vinyasa 101 workshop or you’ve been to a couple of vinyasa classes and still feel like you have more to learn about this ancient practice?. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Last Sunday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Come relax and find peace within as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. With Gongs of Joy, Joy Quinn Blum. $20. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
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markyourcalendar Reiki + Food Energetics Myra Partyka – 9:30am-4:30pm. Reiki is a form of non-invasive, hands on healing that reduces stress and allows the body to relax, so the body’s healing wisdom can accelerate. This class provides Reiki 1 training and attunement and focuses on the power of healing foods. $150. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com.
Wednesday, February 27
Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Katharine@SacredStream.org.
Thursday, February 28
Manifesting with the Divine – 6-8:30pm. Learn about how to attract abundance in all aspects of your life with the energy of the Angels. $44. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/ MagnifiedHealing. Wise Woman Psychic Share – 7-8:30pm. Calling all women with Psychic Intuition. All women are born with it. Come join in beginner to advanced. Share group to meet biweekly to share in all aspects of life. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellness, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com. HPH Parents’ Grief Support Group – 7-9pm. Helping Parents Heal is a national organization offering support and healing for parents who have lost a child at any age from any cause. Led by Joy Quinn Blum. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952. Spirit.Of.Joy@cox.net. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 7:45-9pm. You activate a vibration in you. Law of Attraction responds with wanted or unwanted experience. Discuss these and more profound ideas about how we create our own reality. $5/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com.
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The Way of the Shaman – Mar 2-3. 9:30am5:30pm, both days. In this experiential workshop, master teachers and shamanic counselors introduce participants to core shamanism: the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving, wellbeing, and healing. $250. All That Matters, 315, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.
markyourcalendar Crazy Sexy Kitchen Book Signing – 3-4:30pm. Chad Sarno, co-author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen cooking demonstration and book signing. Please pre-register for the cooking demonstration as seating is limited. Free. Whole Foods Market, 601 N Main St, Providence. To reserve a seat: 401-621-5990. WholeFoodsMarket.com/Stores/University.
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Friday, March 22
Baby Moon Education Weekend Retreat – Mar 22, 5pm-Mar 24, 7pm. Merge pre-baby getaway and childbirth education in this fun exploration of normal birth in Mystic. Includes hotel, most meals, workshop, gifts, and Seaport tickets. $997/couple. Mother’s Circle – Mystic, CT, Hyatt Place, 224 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT. 401-398-2944. MothersCircle.net.
Sunday, March 24
The RI Red Tent Day for Women – 10am-4pm. Join us for our 5th annual RI Red Tent. A day of relaxation, shopping and pampering. Spa services, classes and a red tent. Event is for women only. $20. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. RedTentRI.com.
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Celebrate International Women’s Day – 5:457am. Join in the Morning Meditation Practice. 6am, Moving Meditation; 6:30am, silent seated meditation. Start your day by centering your energy and move forward into life. $5. Zen Studies Rhode Island, 1282 N Main St, Providence. 401-213-9784. Zen-Studies-Rhode-Island.com.
Saturday, March 9
2013 RI Eckankar Regional Seminar – Mar 9-10. 9:30am-9:15pm, Staurday; 8:15-11:45am, Sunday. Workshops and talks include The Five Virtues – Keys to Fulfilling Your Spiritual Purpose, You are the Eternal Dreamer, Listening – Compassion in Expression and much more. Guest speaker Anne Archer Butcher. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. For pricing & info: 401-828-6973 or Eckankar-RI.org/Seminar. Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear – 10:3011:30am. What if the antidote to fear lay within easy reach? Learn about the tools that can help you find a voice of comfort, wisdom and self-mastership within yourself. Free. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. Eckankar-RI.org/Seminar. Discover Your Power – 1:15-3:30pm. Women taught, Co-Ed. Come challenge yourself and experience the integrity, strength and wisdom of traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. Discover your power and gift. Ages 14 & up. $19. Rhode Island Taekwondo, 36
Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – 10am-5pm. Also April 12, 10am-5pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. $275. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com. Live, Love Laugh! Healing Mediation – 7-8:30pm. Be in the moment. Healing meditation helps participants relax, get in touch with personal guidance to work on their own issues; increase your energy; inform your decisions. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 793-0097. CreatIgo.org.
Monday, April 15
Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program – Apr 15-18. 10am-5pm. A 21-month Level 1 Program meeting the 3rd weekend (4 days) each month. Approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. S.A.M.A. is a consciousness-based school inspired by the matrix of science and art, where ancient wisdom meets modern medicine. $290/month. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.
Monday, April 22
Introduction to Marma Therapy – 10am5pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. CEs available. $155. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.
Friday, May 17
Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – May 17-19. 10am-5pm. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the terminal ends of the body. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.
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Hatha Yoga – 10-11am. Class helps to develop balance, strength and flexibility and awaken your body awareness. Taught by a certified Yoga teacher. $14/drop-in or $9 with Packages. RI Pilates Studio LLC, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All are welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providenc, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence.Shambhala.org. Sunday Meditation – 11am-12pm. Enjoy this relaxing morning class which includes a short talk and a guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives. $8/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org.
Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10am-12:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow paced class. Cultivate a sense of calm. With easy poses and lots of support, you release tension and pain. Beginners welcome. New Students $40/4 classes, $18 series. Time For You Yoga – Maria, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 7-Day Detox Program – 4:30-5:30pm. Join us for a 7-Day Detox Program that will start you on a new course of health. Program includes 3 conference calls that will teach you how to conduct a healthy detox. $49. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com. Basics and Yoga Nidra – 4:30-5:45pm. Begin with gentle centering exercises and yoga asanas, then be guided through a yoga nidra experience. Release tension, anxiety, open your heart and heal. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.com. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Peace Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. Help heal our planet through prayer and love. Trans-denominational celebration. All are welcome to take part in personal and global transformation. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800. Heart of Recovery – 7-8:30pm. Weekly Mindfulness Meditation and 12 Step meeting and discussion. All recovery and meditation traditions, and beginners, are welcome to share experience, strength, hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence.Shambhala.org.
Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
Healthy U, Fitness + Nutrition – 8:30-9:30am. Trying to get into a steady fitness and weight management routine? Join our fun weekly classes that include nutrition and fitness consultations all in one program. $129 for 4, 1-hour classes. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com. Fresh Connections Networking – 9-10:30am. Every other Tuesday. Using the power of women-onlynetworking to discover, reveal, focus and unleash the amazing strengths hidden within every woman. First 2 visits free. Tamarisk Assisted Living, Susan Lataille, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick. 401-769-1325. FreshConnectionsForWomen.org. Mother Nurture: Let Us Take Care Of You – 10:30-11:30am. Stop googling and researching about how to take care of your family. We will do that for you. Let us teach you what every mom needs to know about raising a family and living in health. $35. RaisingFAMILY and 12 Health Solutions, 145 Waterman St, Providence. 401-451-1004. Nanci@RaisingFamily.net. Barre Class – 5-6pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorieblasting cardio. $14/ drop in, $9 with packages. RI Pilates Studio LLC, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.Com. Aikido for Women and Girls – 5:30-6:30pm. Increase confidence and strength. Aikido is a great martial art for women of all ages. Classes tailored to your abilities and level. Give it a try. First class is free. Trial Offer: $100/8 classes. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 N Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. MainStMA.org. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Explore Your Breath – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation, 5 Breath techniques to use in your daily meditation. Learn to clear your mind, focus your thoughts and relax your body with 5 techniques of breathing. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, back of building, down stairs, Providence. 401-237-0180. DharmaHealing.com. Occupy Your Mind a Meditation Course – 7-8:30pm. Meditation is one of the highest art forms used for our best possible self. In this series, learn an ancient system to cultivate inner peace & start the revolution within. $10/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org.
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Viniyoga: Beginners – 7:15-8:45pm. New to yoga or returning to your practice? This class is ideal for staring your yoga journey. Learn the basics of breath-based movement in a supportive environment. $40 unlimited classes/4 weeks. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
Healthy Start to 2013 – 8:30-9:30am, by appt. February Special: Fitness and nutrition assessments with health coach and fitness expert to help you create a strategy for weight, health and happiness. $139. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com. An Innovative Monthly Workshop for Parents – 12-1pm. With Nanci Adams, MA, Parenting Specialist. I understand that raising a family in a fast-paced world is incredibly challenging. I help parents create peaceful, cooperative, healthy relationships with their children. $35. RaisingFAMILY, 145 Waterman St, Providence. 401-451-1004. RaisingFamily.net. Sadhana Yoga Basics – 3:45-5pm. 7-week series, that focuses on the chakras. Tap in to your inner self exploring 7 energetic fields, and re-center as you realign your body-mind. Great for beginners. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.com. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Jennsgobbare@gmail.com. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Barre (Open Level) – 5-6pm. Core and conditioning class, using ballet technique, floor barre, and core exercises. Increase body-mind awareness and build musicality, flexibility and strength. No exp required. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.com. 30 Days to Wellness – 5:30-6:45pm. Holistic Nutrition Program. Learn to stop dieting and lose weight in a healthy, permanent manner without giving up tasty foods. $395 for 4 workshops with food demos. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com. Viniyoga: Beginners – 5:45-7pm. New to yoga or just returning to your practice? This class is ideal for staring your yoga journey. Learn the basics of breath-based movement in a supportive environment. $40 unlimited classes/4 weeks. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.
Zumba with Dr. Cathy – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Kent Stetson’s Rainbow Vinyasa – 6-7:30pm. Fluid and challenging yoga class relieves stress and builds optimum health in Kent’s unique style. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13/drop-in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Just Breathe: Simply Meditate – Thru Feb 20. 7-8pm. These relaxing classes are perfect for beginners and experienced meditators alike. Each class consists of a brief teaching and a practical guided meditation. $8/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org.
Fluid Fitness™ – 11am-12pm. Sedentary, rehabbing, or seeking gentle, effective “exercise?” Reclaim your birthright to move like water and enhance your health. Slow aging, “swim” on land, feel free. $12, $10/seniors. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, E Greenwich. 401-826-2020. SoulisticArts.com. Fibromyalgia Informational class – Thru Feb 28. 11:30-12am. Classes will cover fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments, nutrition, basic stretching, the role of stress management, headaches, appropriate supplementation and why fibromyalgia responds so well to chiropractic treatment. Free. Mobley Family Chiropractic, 30 Olney St, Seekonk. MobleyFamilyChiro.com. Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Fibromyalgia Informational Class – 5-5:30pm. Classes will cover fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments, nutrition, basic stretching, the role of stress management, headaches, appropriate supplementation and why fibromyalgia responds so well to chiropractic treatment. Free. Mobley Family Chiropractic, 30 Olney St, Seekonk. 508-336-0408. MobleyFamilyChiro.com. Fitness Dance: All Levels – 5-6pm. Class encourages the “non-dancer” to shake and shimmy in a fun way that both burns calories, and boosts
stamina. Come to let go and build confidence on the dance floor. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.com. Liz Butler’s Basic Flow Shanti Yoga – 6-7:30pm. For beginner and advanced students, Liz explores breath, flexibility and range of motion so you experience a place of deep inner calm as you build a solid yoga foundation. $13/drop-in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Zumba – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student special 2 for $20; $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. VillageWellnessCenter.com. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxed slow paced class. Cultivate a sense of calm. With easy poses and lots of support you release tension and pain. Beginners welcome. New Students $40/4 classes, $18 series. Time For You Yoga – Maria, 2155 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Beginning Xingyiquan and Baguazhang – 6-8pm. Xingyiquan is characterized by dynamic linear movements. Bagua integrates circular stepping and Daoyin Qigong with martial arts. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com. Individual and Small Group Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Yoga classes that feature gentle poses which release spinal tension and promote a sense of emotional wellbeing. Call or email to reserve your spot. $15 private, $12 group. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com.
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Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. $20. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Kim@EnterYou.org. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. First Friday Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. 1st Friday. Feel completely relaxed and peaceful as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. Joy Quinn Blum, Gongs of Joy. $20. City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
Create Your Own Group Meditation – 8-9am. Meditate together with your friends/family using guided breath control, sound and visualization. Minimum group size 4. Monday-Friday groups also available by appointment. With Robert Arnold. $10/person. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31b Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com. Zumba – 9:30-10:30am. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Addiction or Alcohol Issues Support – 10-11am. Every other week. Our support group will be open to anyone who has addiction issues as well as their family members. Run by Randy. Free. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. For more details: 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. Enjoy a deeply relaxed slow paced class. Cultivate a sense of calm. With easy poses and lots of support you release tension and pain. Beginners welcome. New Students $40/4 classes, $18 series. Time For You Yoga – Natalie, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Kindergarten Kung Fu – 11-11:45am, ages 3-5. Kids kung fu at 10am; ages 6 and up. Women’s kung fu at 9am; men and women’s kung fu at 1:10pm. All classes are suitable for beginners or experienced. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com.
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S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 email@example.com TheNewportMassageSchool.com Ayurveda recognizes 4 stages of imbalance before a Western doctor can give a diagnosis. Using pulse analysis, Vedic astrology, and tongue analysis, I can gain insights about your constitution and current health conditions. This is a transformative, unique educational experience for people who are ready to create the life they were born to live. See ad on page 45.
BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT Aquidneck Nutrients & Wellness Center
170 Aquidneck Ave Middletown, RI 401-324-6167 • Renerxcnn@cox.net Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory loss? We will work with your doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.
CHIROPRACTOR MOBLEY FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 MobleyFamilyChiro.com Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 23.
New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 NewHorizonChiro.com New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assist your healthcare needs! Dr. Kosciusko prides herself in educating her patients on the root cause of their physical ailments, at the same time providing exceptional quality of care to assist in pain relief with long standing results. See ad on page 37.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 450 Chauncy St, at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 Mansfield, MA 508-261-1611 loridelang@comcaStnet InnerHealthofMansfield.com
Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 49.
COUNSELING THE HEART OF HEALING 81 Station St. Coventry, RI 401-828-5065 RumiRachael@aol.com
Making the decision to ask for help overcoming emotional problems and addiction can be a difficult one. Rachael Smith, RN, MA, CRC, LCMHC, and Certified Sex Addictions Therapist candidate helps clients by combing Eastern and Western modalities. She specializes in treating anxiety, grief, trauma and addiction. Rachael’s unique practice blends mind-body practices (yoga, bioenergetics, meditation, chakra psychology) and the creative arts with traditional talk therapy. A group for female partners of sex addicts is currently forming. See ad on page 49.
DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 401-924-0567 fireseedcenter.com
Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.
energy healing Light Soul Therapy Healing
Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 LightSoulTherapy.com LightSoulTherapy@Verizon.net Like peeling an onion, Light Soul Therapy works to release layers of dis-illusion, dis-content & disease. Facilitating the very deep healing energies of Reconnective Healing, The Reconnection & Sacred Stone Massage, the body/mind begins it’s transformation to healing and wholeness. Private Self Mastery sessions & group Meditation gatherings accelerate the healing process. Call today for free 20 min. phone consult. I would love to speak with you. See website for more info.
Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY
Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936 • 360FaceMindBody.com Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 17.
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Massage Envy Spa 1000 Division St East Greenwich, RI 401-336-2900 MassageEnvy.com
Massage Envy Spa has partnered with Dr. Murad, of Murad International, to create four signature facials. Sun damage, acne blemishes, reducing signs of aging, or calming sensitive skin, we have a facial designed for you. Full consultation to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best suited for your skin care needs. Appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings. See ad on page 3.
Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon
Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • FreshFaceSkinCare.net My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 50, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 45.
health food store NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 NaturesGoodnessRI.com
For 26 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment. We are open daily. Please visit our website for a wealth of information. See ad on page 47.
holistic guidance Christine McCullough, MA
Newport, RI 401-847-6551 TheHolisticTarot.blogspot.com TheHolisticTarot.com TheLabyrinthLadies.com
Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 firstname.lastname@example.org TheNewportMassageSchool.com Based on a Vedic form of astrology, numerology and sacred symbols, I can see very specific details of your past, present and future. Together, we can enliven your life’s purpose, understand why have met certain people, and determine events that may occur regarding career, money, love and health. Receive practical ideas for how to become healthier and more radiantly happy. See ad on page 45.
holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings
877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195 PositiveNewBeginnings.com
Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 26.
human potential center The Alive Academy 545 Pawtucet Ave 401-305-3959 TheAliveAcademy.com
The ALIVE Academy is New England's Only Human Potential Center located in Providence, Rhode Island. Specializing in: Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Thyroid, Hormones, Anti-Aging, Nutrition, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupuncture Facelifts, Cellular Healing & all other Wellness needs! Call today to book your appointment 401-305-3959 or visit TheALIVEAcademy. com See ads on pages 11, 13 & 15.
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hypnosis POSSIBILITIES HYPNOSIS CENTER
John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 Possibilities.nu
Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible possible. Start by visitng my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.
interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 email@example.com OneVoiceCentral.com
Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or nontraditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.
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manual lymph drainage POLLY C. JIACOVELLI, LMT, CLT, LANA 120 Wayland Ave, Suite 6 Providence, RI 401-273-4448 LymphCareRI.com
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD™) can assist with cleansing and detoxifying via the lymphatic system, and help support the immune system, reduce pain, swelling and, perhaps most importantly, relax the sympathetic nervous system. Polly Jiacovelli has been treating patients with MLD™ for over 20 years. Find out more how MLD can help Lymphedema, Lipedema and is said to be one of the best holistic beauty treatments. See ad on page 39.
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The Zen Studies Program
1282 North Main St (Inside Main Street Martial Arts) Providence, RI 401-213-9784 Cassandra@zen-studies-rhode-island.com Zen-studies-rhode-island.com Old and new meet under the guidance of a Reiki 4 Shihan. Gain immediate relief from anxiety, depression, grief, pain, loneliness, stress, anxiety and general distress. Discover meaning. Individual and group sessions available. Most feel relief after one session, 4 to 6 provide a firm foundation. Come discover your life.
naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 11.
Keri Layton, N.D.
life & business coaching
111 Chestnut St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • KLaytonND.com Naturopathic medicine at its beSt Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.
Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic
Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • DrCathyPicard.com Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.
organic HAIR SALON Elaine Hewitt
Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • ElaineHewitt.com Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB.
30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456 PetFoodPlusInc.com
Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 47.
reiki Pathways to Healing Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093 firstname.lastname@example.org reikiri.com
Find loving guidance on your healing path with Reiki treatments and classes. Calm your spirit and achieve positive energy through group work in meditation and affirmations. Discover the answers you are seeking through Angel Card Messenger readings.
SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements
Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • Energy-N-Elements.com Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval. “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 37.
tarot readings Karen M. Bentley, B.S
Certified Professional Tarot Card Reader Member American Tarot Association 401-285-1079 501 Angell, St. Providence RI 02906 • karenbentleytarot.com Dynamic Tarot guidance relevant to everyday challanges. Excellent for clarity, creativity, brainstorming, perspective and peace of mind. Readings available by phone or in person by appt. Also available for special events.
therapeutic massage It’s Your Body’s Symphony
2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100 ItsYourBodysSymphony.com
From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 51.
Jane McGinn, BA, LMT
459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.
cathryn moskow, lcmt
145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com 10,000+ massages of experience". Stress buster! "Best of Boston" Muscular therapy for pain relief, rehab/chronic restriction + movement work, agerelated issues, injury work, your goals + aaahhh. Experience a blend of Deep Tissue, Swedish, Biodynamics, Reiki. Medicinal grade essential oils included FREE. Give a gift of a Gift Certificate. Call for an appointment.
wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH
Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • Its-My-Health.com
Office Space. Room available Full or PartTime within a holistic health center in East Greenwich. Rent includes: wi-fi, utilities, web presence, some advertising and shared voicemail box. Call 401-398-2933, Jewel Sommerville, D,Ac., voicemail #1 for more information. Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033. massage therapy Treatment room available for rent within an established chiropractic office. Quiet room, rest rooms available, on-site parking. Utilities included. Call for details 383-3400
FOR sale Updated, mixed-use bldg in N. Prov. Unlimited poss! Bright, 2-level, easily accessible from all points; ample parking, central/ air, fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, large kitchen, hardwoods, open floor-plan. Great for live/work or rental income. Call Ted 401-286-4496.
We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 30.
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Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy
A holistic wellness center featuring Yoga instruction therapeutic massage, skin care and hair removal, Reiki, Karate, Belly Dancing and Acupuncture. Located 5 minutes from the airport and Providence in Historic Pawtuxet Village. We believe in a hands-on approach to health. Our 9 massage therapists, acupuncturist, skin care professional and instructors will help you feel your beSt Online scheduling available at heartinhandmassage.com. See ad on page 35.
massage R olf S tructural I ntegra tion, Therapeutic Bodywork, Thai massage, NCBTMB accredited Thai massage classes. Located off Rte. 6 in Sterling, CT. It’s worth the trip! 860-617-1234, rolfbodyworks.org.
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TIME FOR YOU YOGA
422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-941-2310 villagewellnesscenter.com heartinhandmassage.com
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Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com Specializes in Svaroopa® yoga, which is remarkably easy to do, and offers group classes and private yoga therapy. Through easy angles with lots of support, learn to release the deep tensions in your body. If you have back issues, neck and shoulder problems, or are looking to foster a deep sense of well-being, try a series of private sessions tailored to your needs.
ALL THAT MATTERS
315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Info@allthatmatters.com AllThatMatters.com Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 43.
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