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Aging Gracefully

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ur feature editorial this month, “Aging Gracefully” on page 28 is perfect timing for me. I turn the big Five-O in May. Never being real concerned, or even conscious of my age half the time, I’m not really bothered by this, maybe just a little in awe. Where have 50 years gone? It just doesn’t seem possible to me. Every time I get closer to a milestone, the appearance of that age seems to change too. Isn’t 50 the new 40 anyway? I so remember when 30 was old. As we live longer lives, we are staying active longer. If we only have this one body to carry us through, taking care of it is more important than ever. I was happy to see that I already follow many of the rules to live by suggested in this article. I am taking advantage of this milestone and using it as a time to take stock. Where I am I at this point in my life? What would I like to change? I feel so lucky that while there may be a few structural issues I’d like to change (odd aches and pains, gray hair that grows straight up!), overall I have come up with a great deal of gratitude. For my health, happiness and that of my family and friends. Also good timing, as summer approaches, is our article “Outdoor Options for Feline Friends” on page 40. Our two cats, brother and sister, are quite different. The girl (Bailey) has no interest in going outside, but her brother (Max) just loves it. So far, he has just gone out with us. Yes, we really do stay outside and hang with him. He has been quite well behaved, staying within the yard but now that he is almost five, I don’t know how much longer we’ll be able to contain him. Although I hate the thought of the dangers that await him outside on his own, I respect that he (like us in some ways) needs to follow his heart and make his own path. His desire to explore outside is overwhelming and, at the end of the day, this is his natural environment. It breaks my heart when he is looking to go out and I don’t have time to sit with him. To see him prancing across the yard in the sunshine is just priceless. I’m looking forward to a great birthday and a sunny summer! Enjoy your new age with each passing minute.

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60 Face Mind Body, a health conscious skin care spa, will be a vendor at the Gloria Gemma “Our Heroes” Survivor Fashion Show at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, in Cranston, at 5 p.m., May 11. At 7 p.m., patrons can join the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation for a seated dinner, entertainment and fashion show. The spa will host an Open House event from 5 to 8 p.m., May 16. All products will be 15 percent off. Two new products will also be available: COOLA organic suncare, featuring plant UV SPF 30 for face and plant UV SPF 30 for body, and Farmaesthetics Tansynella, a 100 percent natural, organic bugscreen to repel insects while moisturizing skin. 360 Face Mind Body is located at 99 Frenchtown Rd., in East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-886-1938 or visit 360FaceMindBody.com. For fashion show tickets, call 401-861-4376. See ad on page 13.

Quintessential Gardens Earns Awards

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uintessential Gardens, an organic gardening business dedicated to creating and maintaining outdoor living spaces using the most natural and sustainable methods possible, recently won two awards at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. The first award was for Environmental Vision for the exhibit that best demonstrates the design and execution of ecological concepts in a landscape setting by the Ecological Landscape Association. The second award was for the creation and extraordinary use of sculpture in a garden for the “From Maiden to Mother” granite sculpture carved by owner Phil Cook. Quintessential Gardens is a licensed, registered and insured company offering services to the coastal areas of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They offer a variety of services including perennial gardens, garden renovation, organic vegetable gardens, general maintenance, annual plantings, tree and shrub care, landscape design, garden and lawn consultations, window box and container planting, seasonal garden cleanups, mulching beds, organic fertilization, patios, stone wall construction/renovation, walkways, fire pits, water features and more. Owners Phil and Jessica Cook have impressive backgrounds in the industry. Jessica has worked in various areas of horticulture for almost 20 years. She is a certified by the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscapers Association, earning the title Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist. She is also a member and accredited by the Northeast Organic Farming Association as an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Phil brings his artistic talents to every job. His granite sculpture and stonework have won many positive reviews and awards from art and sculpture shows, as well as numerous showings in the Providence and Boston Flower Shows for more than 10 years. For more information, call 774-451-3848 or visit QuintessentialGardens.net. See ad on page 15.

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r. Luke Pinatello, a board certified chiropractic physician and owner of Live Proper Chiropractic, is offering a free weight loss seminar the first Monday of every month. The seminar is limited to only those suffering from weight-related issues, as well as their family members. Pinatello says participants can expect to safely lose between 2 to 5 pounds per week on the program. Inspired by Pinatello’s own successful weight loss, participants will learn how to eat correctly, gain proper health and maintain a healthy weight once the loss is realized. A plan is custom designed for each individual, taking into consideration that person’s lifestyle. Doctors and certified coaches, as well as interactive online service and support makes it easy to stay focused from anywhere. Free health seminars, education and counseling for participants are also available. In addition to weight related issues, Pinatello specializes in providing exceptional care through the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, neck pain, migraines and headaches, herniated discs, pinched nerves, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal conditions, subluxations and stress related issues. Live Proper Chiropractic is located at 77 Franklin St., in Westerly. For more information or reservations, call 401-315-2300 or visit LiveProperChiropractic.com. See ad on page 15.


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uke’s Bakery, a brand new Gluten Free Bakery in Fall River, will participate in Fun 107’s Women’s Chocolate Affair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 9, at Rachel’s Lakeside, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Visitors to the event can enjoy three hours of decadent samples from numerous vendors. All of the products at Duke’s are made on site daily and are 100 percent gluten free. Available items include cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, muffins, pizza, fudge, magic bars, cheesecake and tarts. The bakery also offers products that are grain free, refined sugar free, soy free, casein free and artificial dye free. Committed to community, Duke’s Bakery supports Autism research and believes that food is a piece of the puzzle to helping people affected by autism begin their recovery. In honor of Autism Awareness and Action month in April, they sold puzzle pieces to support biomedical research for autism recovery. Duke’s Bakery is located at 162 Columbia St., in Fall River, MA. For more information, call 508-837-0624 or 508-558-6421 or visit DukesBakery.com or Facebook. com/DukesBakery. See ad on page 35.

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hen was the last time you felt really good? Do you want to recover from stress, trauma, injury or other health concerns? FIX’D Health Care offers progressive doctors of chiropractic dedicated to healing. Dr. Thomas Kollars and Dr. Esther Hersh invite patients for treatment of the whole body, treating the cause, not just the symptoms. Dr. Kollars does personalized energy balancing techniques, harmonic resonance instrument therapy, laser meridian pain relief and chakra balancing. Dr. Hersh specializes in nutritional therapy, utilizing medicinal botanicals and whole food, organic supplements. “Research shows that all pain and illness -physical or emotional- result from changes so significant that our bodies can no longer fix themselves,” says Dr. Kollars. “We are the most progressive chiropractors in the northeast. Our techniques are very different from other doctors. We at FIX’D Health Care will not ‘crack’ your back because research shows that our scientific instruments move bone 25 percent more effectively than regular adjustments. This is safer and more comfortable. We are a wellness care clinic and use proven techniques that help to relieve pain, restore movement and remove obstacles to your well-being.” FIX’D Health Care is located at 62 Franklin St., #10, in Westerly. For more information, call 401-596-3493 or visit FixdHealthcare.com.

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he Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, a new space that offers group classes and private lessons, will hold its grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 11. The event will feature free dance classes, teacher demonstrations and fun activities for all ages. All are welcome to join in; no previous dancing or music making experience is necessary. The Rhody Center offers a wide range of group classes and private lessons for adults, teens and children. Students may try, for example, Bollywood dancing, West African drumming or capoeira. In addition to ongoing classes, there will be regularly scheduled social dancing nights and occasional workshops. According to executive director Julie M. Raimondi, the center hopes to offer rare opportunities to the public at affordable rates. In so doing, it strives to develop a sense of community, and it aims to nurture the creative expression and personal enrichment of its participants. The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance is located in the Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St., in Pawtucket. For more information, including the day’s schedule of events, call 401-3270920 or visit TheRhodyCenter.org. See ad on page 19.

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ow is the time to shed dull and dry winter skin and get refreshed and rejuvenated for the spring and summer months. Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, offers a 1 2 3 treatment designed to will do just that and more. Step one is microdermabrasion, which takes off the fine layers of the epidermis, removing the dead skin cells. Votta says it’s the best way to keep the skin at its best. “You can spend thousands of dollars on skin care products and make-up, but if you have layers of dead skin, your skin care products will not penetrate into the skin and your make up will not look the way it should,” she advises. “Microdermabrasion also reduces enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and sun spots. It leaves your skin smooth as glass.” The second step is red/blue light therapy featuring LED lights that beam into the dermis. Red light produces collagen that promotes firming and tightening of the skin. Blue light kills bacteria topically and beneath the surface of the skin. (Blue and red light can be combined to help both skin conditions). Step number three is oxygen, which repairs and restores the skin and promotes new and healthy skin cells, resulting in skin that looks and feels renewed. Fresh Face Skincare Center is located at 1221 Reservoir Ave., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-944-4601 or visit FreshFaceSkincare.net. Appointments are required. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive $5 off the 1 2 3 treatment or any other facial treatment on the Fresh Face website. See ad on page 35.

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or a more complete approach to healing, Fresh Plate Health (FPH) is offering new programs that combine energy healing with the power of food. A free open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., May 8, for those people who would like to learn more about Reiki and try a free healing session. The following week, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 13 and 15, FPH will offer “Reiki + Food Energetics,” a new workshop that integrates the healing power of Reiki with the transformational potential of food. According to FPH’s founder and health coach Lynne Donahue, a Reiki healing session can often begin the healing process for someone who is ready to address an underlying physical, emotional or spiritual issue with which they have been struggling. Fresh Plate Health is unique in that it specializes in supporting the healing process through providing clients with a deeper understanding of how food affects health. “We show our clients how to aid their healing through nutritional choices,” she says. Fresh Plate also offers health coaching and training programs for people wanting to create vibrant health. Beginning on May 22, Certified Personal Trainer Jen Santos will lead a 5K training program for individuals looking to get in shape for the summer. “All of our programs help participants achieve their best weight and feel vibrant again,” says Donahue. “Programs are also designed to address the circumstances that cause stress.” Fresh Plate Health is located at 660 Main St., East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-884-1114, email Lynne@FreshPlateHealth.com or visit FreshPlateHealth.com. See ad on page 11.

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Dr. Layton Launches Fitness Challenge

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umford Dental is now offering additional pain management services for patients suffering with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ, through focused head and neck massage therapy. Tina Vecoli, a certified dental assistant with Rumford Dental and a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist, will offer massage services on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at a room designated for her clients’ comfort and treatment at the Rumford Dental offices. In addition to therapeutic massage for symptoms of TMJ dysfunction she offers Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massage. She is also available to provide chair massage at business locations. Rumford Dental is located at 20 Newman Ave., in Rumford. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Tina Vecoli at 401-533-6496. See ad on page 8.

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any are discovering the value of energy therapy for rehabilitation, emotional well-being, health enhancement and career advancement. The Heavenly Hugs Wellness Center is a professional energy Gladys Ellen therapy training center and educational facility open for workshops, training and private sessions. Training Programs include the Usui System of Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho), honoring the spiritual lineage of Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Integrated Energy Therapy®, and Magnified Healing®. Additional classes include mediumship training, angel intuitive workshops, and guided meditation nights. The programs at Heavenly Hugs are designed to teach students hands-on energy healing, professional business practices and assist those seeking personal development and spiritual awareness. According to owner and facilitator Gladys Ellen, once students are certified in any of the energy therapy programs, they are prepared to take the work into the world and earn a living with their own healing practice. Training programs are suited for individuals, therapists, health professionals, and personal development coaches looking to enhance their practices. Ellen says that her mission is to apply the highest standards of excellence to all energy therapy services, educational training programs and self-healing practices. Heavenly Hugs is located at 917 Warwick Ave., in Warwick. For more information, call 401-935-8451, email Gladys@ Heavenly-Hugs.com or visit Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes. See ad on page 37.

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hysical inactivity has been called the public health crisis of our time. The vast majority of work that Americans do is sedentary. Commutes are almost entirely made in cars or other wheeled vehicles. Is 45 minutes of walking or the yoga class three times a week enough to sustain our health? Naturopathic Doctor Keri Layton is organizing the Whole Family Fitness Challenge to help people find out. The Fitness Challenge is based on the Presidential Fitness Test many people did, and still do, as children. This challenge will utilize the adult version of the test and the children’s version for kids six and over. Each person will be given his or her own individual report on aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. In addition, any group of three or more will be given a group score. Groups can then challenge other people to form a group and find their score at events throughout the summer and fall. Those interested in participating can take the Challenge as part of the Great Outdoors Pursuit on Sunday, May 19, in Lincoln Park. For more information, visit WholeFamily5K.com or call 401-536-4327.

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ermanent makeup artist Diane Slinko will be an exhibitor at the Rhode Island Tattoo Expo from 5 to 11 p.m. May 10, noon to 11 p.m., May 11 and noon to 6 p.m., May 12, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Permanent make-up offers an ideal solution for individuals who are allergic to cosmetics. Slinko knows women. From being a wife, an active mother of four, supporting her family and putting herself through school, she knows the modern woman’s struggle. She knows the connection between feeling good, looking good and needing to save time and money while living a busy lifestyle. Her nurturing nature has made it easy for her to connect with women on a personal level. She specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips using organic dyes. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Additionally, she can offer expert advice regarding the latest makeup fashions. “Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance,” she says. “We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look. The end result is a more beautiful you.” For more information, call 401-855-4333 or visit DianesMakeup.com. See ad on page 35.

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newsbriefs McArdle Chiropractic Celebrates One Year

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r. Catie McArdle is celebrating one year at her new location in Cranston with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m., May 21. All are welcome to attend and enjoy refreshments, door prizes and chiropractic education. McArdle has been practicing chiropractic in Rhode Island for four years and enjoys getting people healthier and pain-free everyday. At McArdle Chiropractic and Wellness Center, she takes a holistic approach to treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. “Usually there are underlying conditions to the problem, such as nutrition, muscular imbalances, postural issues or ergonomic problems that must be addressed to fully heal the Dr. Catie McArdle condition,” she says. “Patient education is a key factor in getting people to understand where their pain is coming from and how they can change things in their life to fix it.” McArdle practices using diversified chiropractic techniques in addition to ancillary physiotherapies, like ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation. The office is centrally located just off Route 295, with convenient office hours and daily availability. Space is available for a massage therapist to rent in this suitable location also. Early morning and late evening appointments are available, as well as office hours every other Saturday. McArdle is a participating provider with most major medical insurances. McArdle Chiropractic and Wellness Center is located at 2220 Plainfield Pike, in Cranston. For more information, call 401-383-3400. See ad on page 10.

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Massage by Niko Offers May Special

New Chapter Of Bereaved Parents/USA Launched in RI

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oy Quinn Blum and Kathleen Soares have each experienced a daughter’s untimely death and want to help other grieving parents and their families come to grips with the tragic loss of a child of any age from any cause. So the two came together to launch a new chapter of Bereaved Parents USA in Rhode Island, called The Rhode Island and Nearby CT and MA Chapter of BP/USA. They will be centered in South County, Rhode Island. Few parent bereavement support groups exist in southern New England, therefore the group is also available to those across the nearby state borders of Connecticut and Massachusetts. The initial meeting of the chapter will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., May 28, at the Kingston United Church of Christ in Kingston. The monthly meetings thereafter will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The mission of BP/USA is for bereaved parents to come together to create and facilitate a group that can offer support and comfort to other grieving parents and families and help them to rebuild their lives following the death of a child. The volunteer leaders must be bereaved parents, just like those who attend. The group is open to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings of a deceased child. For more information, call Joy at 401-258-3952, email Spirit.of.Joy@verizon.net or visit BereavedParentsUSA.org.

Nature’s Goodness Hosts Demonstration

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obert Rockwood, president and founder of Replenish Plus, a line of all natural organic lotions for the skin, will host a demonstration of the company’s Sundone sunscreen, from 1 to 5 p.m., May 18, at Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store. According to Rockwood, Sundone sunblock is completely comprised of food grade ingredients, with no toxins. It contains no water and is vegetable glycerin based. It uses a proprietary bioactive zinc oxide, which has been infused with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen—the building blocks of the human body. “This allows the zinc oxide not only to block the sun better than anything else on the market, but just as importantly, when combined with the other ingredients, it serves to heal past damage to the skin,” notes Rockwood. Sundone is SPF 36 and covers the widest possible range of protection for both UVA and UVB rays. “It also is a free radical scavenger,” explains Rockwood. “Most sunscreens produce harmful free radicals, Sundone does just the opposite; it hunts down free radicals and destroys them.” Replenish Plus products, available at Nature’s Goodness, are formulated to make the skin look its very best by revitalizing the surface of the skin and energizing everything below the surface. The skin creams all contain natural ingredients that provide sunblock protection without any harsh chemical additives and the ingredients are 100 percent pure botanical. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store is located at 510 East Main Rd., in Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-7480 or visit NaturesGoodnessRI.com or ReplenishPlus.com. See ad on page 35.

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iko Stamatakos, licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage by Niko, is offering $10 off the first visit for the month of May. Stamatakos offers Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy (a form of soft tissue manual therapy) and deep tissue massage, as well as Reiki therapies. He has more than 15 years of experience as a massage therapist and tailors massages to meet the specific needs of each client. In addition, for other wellness practitioners, Stamatakos is offering office space (single or multiple rooms) for rent at his wellness center. Massage by Niko is located at 699 Fall River Ave., in Seekonk. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-996-6129 or visit NikoMassage.com. See ad on page 21.

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More Sleep Helps Shed Pounds

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njoying more zzz’s is not usually associated with weight loss, but a growing number of epidemiological studies suggest that insufficient sleep may be linked to a greater risk of weight gain. The latest results from a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior points out that sleep behavior influences body weight by affecting not only how many calories we consume, but also how much energy we expend. When researchers at Tübingen and Lübeck universities, in Germany, and Uppsala University, in Sweden, investigated the effect of short-term sleep deprivation on hunger, physical activity and energy levels, they discovered that insufficient sleep increased the participants’ sensations of hunger by raising the level of the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin. The less sleep a person had, the hungrier they felt. After only one night of disrupted sleep, the volunteers moved around less and burned off fewer calories in their resting state than their counterparts that enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

Yoga Reduces Depression in Pregnant Women

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regnancy hormones are known to cause myriad physical and emotional symptoms, including unexplainable mood swings. The fluctuations are more serious for one in five expectant moms because they also experience major depression. Now, a groundbreaking study by the University of Michigan offers new hope. Pregnant women identified as psychiatrically high-risk that participated in a 10-week mindfulness yoga intervention experienced significant reductions in their depressive symptoms. Mothers-to-be also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.

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ometimes referred to as the aristocrat of vegetables, asparagus has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It was prized by ancient Greeks and Romans for its taste and reputed medicinal qualities, and 19th-century French bridegrooms, believing it was an aphrodisiac, frequently ate several helpings on the eve of their nuptials. The crop reaches its peak during April and May. Packing a fiber-filled punch of vitamins A and C, this princely veggie also delivers significant helpings of folate and rutin, which help to strengthen blood vessels. Its delicate flavor is best preserved by stir-frying or light steaming. Source: FruitsAndVeggiesMatter.gov

The Exercise Advantage

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aking a brisk walk or bike ride may stave off cognitive decline better than reaching for the daily crossword puzzle, says a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh reviewed the medical records of more than 600 Scots born in 1936 that were given MRI scans at age 73. “People in their 70s that participated in more physical exercise, including walking several times a week, had less brain shrinkage and other signs of aging in the brain than those that were less physically active,” says study author Alan J. Gow, Ph.D. Surprisingly, the study showed that participating in mentally and socially stimulating activities, such as visiting family and friends, reading or even learning a new language, did little to ward off the symptoms of an aging brain. Study participants will undergo a second MRI scan at age 76, and researchers plan to compare the two scans to see if the links between exercise and better brain health hold up.


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environment for children without taking things personally. The frontal cortex responsible for making decisions is still developing in the adolescent brain. Weathering mood swings and reactive outbursts, mothers can learn to remain steady, understanding that teens are not capable of giving back equally because their minds have not yet fully matured. “That’s how teens learn to return to a calm place, by seeing our mom remain steady through our storms,” Eliza observes.

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Northrup believes that a daughter’s peers play a large role in her successfully navigating the teen years, but emphasizes that, “A mother’s influence wins. Be consistent in your loving and clear about rules and boundaries, while encouraging a sense of their own worth and autonomy.” Teenagers are anxious to grow up and do their own thing, but until they have internalized safe and reasonable boundaries, they need someone else to establish them. Northrup reports how teen clients that were given too much freedom… “come in aching for boundaries and feel that their parents don’t care about them. It is the parents’ job to create healthy, though not rigid, boundaries.” What has worked for Heather is to casually join Mary Meghan in her room with an intention to be present and actively listen to her. “I say something simple like, ‘I have missed you,’ and then allow her to open up to me without being critical or judgmental,” she explains. “Sometimes we listen to music or look at outfits in magazines together.”

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or many, the “Actively engaging who co-authored strong motherMothering & Daughwith my mom has daughter bond tering with her daughseems to suddenly enabled me to balance ter Eliza, gently reunravel when adolesminds mothers, “The my independence with mother-adolescent cence appears. “Parenting is exasperating a dependable bond, daughter relationand wears you out,” ship is asymmetrical. which helps me grow Mothers are responsisighs Heather Thomas, of Houston, Texas, into my true self. Plus, ble for being the adult a mother of three, in the relationship as it allows my mom to their daughters grow including 16-year-old Mary Meghan. up. Understanding know the real me.” Mothers can gain this can be a relief to ~ Eliza Reynolds some comfort in the both of you.” biological reasons for Part of the responthe onset of emotionally charged argusibility of being an adult is to provide ments and repeated curfew violations. a safe psychological and emotional It begins with changes in the brain caused by an increase in the hormones that stimulate girls’ ovaries, and by age 10 or 11, the hormones become elevated to levels comparable to those Avoid the use of absolutes (never, always, everyone, forever) because they leave of postmenopausal women. no room for differing opinions or shared responsibility for problems. For exam Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of ple, replace “always” with “often,” or “everyone” with “a lot of people.” Mother-Daughter Wisdom, points out Soften statements by turning heated one-liners into “I” statements. Say, “I that in addition to experiencing mood feel like you don’t call when you say you will,” rather than, “You never call swings and temperature changes similar when you say you will.” to those of menopausal women, girls’ Instead of open-ended questions, try a three-word check-in. Both mother rising estrogen, unbalanced by proand daughter share three words that describe their current emotional state gesterone, may likewise produce brain honestly and authentically. Take turns sharing. There is no need to explain why irritability. “It’s no wonder girls are both these words were chosen, but it can give both parties a better glimpse into each cuddling with and screaming at you in other’s current state of heart and mind. the same day,” she points out. Nurse Practitioner Sil Reynolds,

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“Girls know when you’re paying attention, and your tone and body language speak louder than words,” confirms Eliza. She also notes that, “How was your day?” doesn’t work as well as the more specific, “How did your test go?” As with any relationship, there are occasional conflicts and misunderstandings, but there’s always potential for repair. Eliza and Sil encourage mothers and daughters to reconnect through the repair process; with heartfelt restoration, the bond grows stronger.

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ing uncomfortable periods shadowed by the unknown no one is there to say: “Stop and rest. Welcome this time. Pay attention. There are riches here to unearth. This in-between time is precious and beautiful, too.” Unlike Johnny Mercer’s advice in his song lyric; “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative and… don’t mess with Mr. In-Between,” we can choose to honor “Mr. In-Between” by celebrating these recurring natural periods of significant change with personalized ritual and ceremony.

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From the time Norman Vincent Peale’s bestselling book, The Power of Positive Thinking, was published in 1953, through the success of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, mounting attention has been paid to the notion that positive thoughts can be powerful magnets to attract health, wealth and lasting fulfillment. Still, American society as a whole seems addicted to the paradigm of achieving success and finding happiness—and getting there as quickly as possible. As a result, we sometimes attribute fault to or lose patience with those that are mired in life’s “in-between” times.

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Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. —Ralph Waldo Emerson nep, best known for his studies on the rites of passage in different cultures, describes “liminal space” as the threshold at which a person is leaving one level of status and entering another. Often, when people think of some of the in-between times in their life— such as contemplating a career change, realizing a relationship is ending or experiencing the heartbreak of sitting at a parent’s hospice bedside—they feel it is no longer possible to maintain their identity in the same familiar way. Dur-

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white bread and white rice from the diet, as well as processed prepared foods.

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Eat natural foods that cleanse the lymphatic system. Some lymphatic cleansing foods are dark green vegetables, ginger, sea kelp, citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, flax seeds, wheatgrass juice, radishes and garlic.

Step 4 The lymphatic system supports every other system in the body, including the immune, digestive, detoxification and nervous systems. Lymph is the fluid that bathes every cell in the body and can become sluggish when we do not exercise, eat the wrong types of foods or endure a prolonged, serious illness. The lymphatic system is a key component in our defense against disease-causing infections and toxins, so let’s boost it up with these seven highly beneficial health-enhancing steps.

Spend time in a steam room or sauna. Sweating eliminates toxins from the lymphatic system and the heat from the sauna or steam increases breathing and heart rate, two factors that also help to accelerate lymphatic drainage. Those who suffer from a serious illness or have an acute heart, circulatory or respiratory problem should consult a physician before sweat bathing. Do a liver cleanse. When the liver is congested, the lymph system is also congested. People can find natural liver cleanse products online or at the local health food store. Do not go on a detox diet if diagnosed with diabetes, low blood sugar, an eating disorder, heart condition or any other chronic condition unless cleared by a doctor.

A lymphatic massage can help with natural body detox and have a powerful effect on our health. Some benefits include:

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Exercise every day. A sedentary lifestyle causes the lymphatic system to become stagnant. Deb DeAngelis When we exercise, we stimulate the lymphatic system into action and promote a healthy immune system. Walk briskly, run or use a mini-trampoline to wake up the lymphatic system.

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Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), developed by Emil and Estrid Vodder in 1936, is the manual manipulation of the lymphatic system using gentle, prescribed strokes in a specific order, direction and rhythm. The Vodder-method increases the movement of lymph through the entire system which renews, nourishes, strengthens and regenerates the cells, removes waste products, relaxes the nervous system and strengthens the immune system. It is performed without oils and is considered safe even for those with sensitive skin.

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Use herbs to clean out the lymphatic system. DetoxSafely.org suggests dandelion root, yellow dock root, burdock root, goldenseal, nettles, parsley and myrrh.

Do not have a lymph massage if an acute infection, thrombosis or serious heart disease is present. Consult a physician with any questions regarding individual health needs and concerns. Deb DeAngelis is a licensed massage therapist with advanced training in the Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage with Medical Spa Certification. She and her husband own Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, located at 310 Maple Ave., Ste. L 05-B, Barrington. For more information, call 401-437-1652 or visit MassageHealthHE.com.

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Umeboshi Tea Umeboshi plums, termed “the king of alkaline foods”, are a species of apricots from Japan. A pickled fruit, they have a sour and salty flavor. Drinking umeboshi tea alkalizes the blood and works to relieve fatigue, nausea and indigestion while restoring energy. Makes 1 cup. Drink one a day for one month.

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a missing link in Western nutrition and a key to returning Americans to health. They both believe that specific medical concerns—including allergies, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders and body pains—are directly related to toxicity, which responds well to gentle detoxification. Their suggestions for reducing the overload based on 60 years of combined experience include eliminating pro-inflammatory processed foods, alcohol, coffee, refined sugars and bad fats; increasing daily intake of healthy, organic, fiber-rich foods; and gently cleansing at least twice a year, using a natural approach.

How to Begin

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the onset of spring and fall suggest appropriate times for internal cleansing. Although strictly protein drink fasts are not encouraged, a minimum of 20 grams of high-quality protein should be consumed daily. Read labels and pick a sugarless protein powder.

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1 umeboshi plum, rinse 1 cup purified water ½ tsp Japanese kuzu powder 2 or 3 drops tamari or gluten-free tamari 1. Remove seed from the plum. Cut remaining plum into small pieces or mash. 2. Place plum pieces, water and kuzu in a small sauce pan. Stir or whisk to dissolve the powder. It will look like milk with pink bumps. 3. Stir while heating at medium temperature for 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid turns clear and appears a little thicker. Turn off heat. 4. Add tamari drops and stir gently. Drink while hot. Source: Recipe courtesy of Brenda Watson. A simple one-day, weekend or seven-day cleanse for experienced or inexperienced individuals begins every morning with a total body dry skin brushing prior to showering, and then drinking a minimum of 10, eight-ounce glasses of water throughout the day. This includes a tasty green juice drink, followed by an eight-ounce glass of water for breakfast, lunch and a healthy afternoon snack. Watson’s favorite green cleansing recipe consists of liquefying one-and-a-half cucumbers, two stalks of celery, half a Granny Smith apple, a


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handful of spinach or any other type of green vegetable, a few sprigs of parsley and a tiny piece of lemon. Then, an hour after breakfast and lunch, sip a cup of herbal tea, take two or three capsules of spirulina and two capsules of omega-3. For din~ National Cancer Institute and the National ner, liquefy one teaspoon of red Institute of Environmental miso paste in eight ounces of hot water and add five sprigs of Health Sciences wakame seaweed. “To fight hunger during the day, drink more water with lemon or ginger, warm herbal tea or green juices,” advises Watson. To increase fiber intake, Berry suggests placing ingredients in a VitaMix or the more affordable NutriBullet, which pulverizes everything added, even whole flax seeds. Juicers, which are harder to clean after using, separate the liquid from the fibrous pulp, which human intestines need to create at least two daily bowel movements. Add oat or rice bran, citrus pectin or other natural fibers as a bulk agent. A natural, non-chlorinated water enema using simple home apparatus available at local stores can also be incorporated into the regimen, as necessary, “An enema [initially] affects only the intestine’s lower third, so hold in the room-temperature water for five to 15 minutes, if possible,” suggests Berry.

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Aging Gracefully It’s No Mystery: We Now Know How by Kathleen Barnes

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ost of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy—even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some much-anticipated Golden Years. Fortunately, it’s never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives. Experts recommend that a handful of simple, scientifically validated health strategies will help us age gracefully and beautifully. “Most of us are living longer, but not necessarily better,” advises Dr. Arlene Noodleman, medical codirector of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, in Campbell, California. “Many people face decades of chronic debilitating disease, but you can minimize or even eliminate that period of life and maximize health. It’s all about your lifestyle.”

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Whether the goal is disease prevention, retaining a sharp mind, weight control, balancing hormones, maintaining good posture or supporting glowing skin, all the experts Natural Awakenings asked agree on a core strategy that can extend life and improve its quality in later years: Take a walk. Or, undertake another enjoyable form of outdoor exercise for about 30 minutes a day.

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Greet the sun. Exposing bare skin to sunlight for 15 minutes three times a week allows natural production of vitamin D. Researchers at Boston University, Harvard University and others attest that sufficient doses of the vitamin help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, relieve menopausal symptoms and support longevity. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to cell health and overall proper body functions. Aim for consuming one ounce of water every day for every two pounds of body weight. Eat a healthy diet. This means lots of vegetables and fish, some lean meats and poultry and moderate amounts of fruits and grains for weight control; abundant antioxidants to prevent deterioration that leads to chronic disease; and vital nutrients to support and extend life. Avoid sugars in all forms, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and for many, wheat and wheat gluten, especially for those with excess abdominal fat. Get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours is more than beauty sleep. Studies consistently report that it’s essential for energy and the prevention of a host of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Nurses’ Health Study; plus UK research in Diabetes Care, the European Heart Journal and British Journal of Cancer). Regular turning in and waking times, plus sleeping in a dark room, are important to optimize melatonin production; it is not true that we need less sleep as we age. Use the right supplements. Take a high-quality multivitamin every day, preferably an organic product based on whole foods for optimum nutrition. Fish oil is also essential for nearly everyone for heart, brain and joint health. Vitamin D is critical, especially in the winter months and for darkerskinned people that need greater sun exposure to manufacture it. Also add curcumin; according to numerous clinical studies, including those from Baylor University and the University of California-Los Angeles, it can help prevent and even reverse cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and digestive disorders.


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Caregivers for parents or other relatives with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are often concerned about experiencing such regression themselves. “There is some evidence that a tendency to memory loss can be inherited, but in any case, there are things you can do to prevent and even possibly reverse memory loss,” counsels Noodleman. Reducing stress is the best way to keep a sharp mind, she says. “Chronic stress inhibits the cerebral cortex (the brain’s gray matter, responsible for higher mind function, including memory), resulting in a lack of judgment and other impaired brain function. So, manage stress and memory function will improve.” Deep breathing and increased oxygenation of the blood helps relieve stress and deliver nutrients to brain cells. Practicing yoga postures like the shoulder stand and headstand, or exercises using an inversion table, for just a few minutes a day can improve circulation to the brain and may help keep brain cells intact. “It’s important to keep brain cells healthy and alive by keeping blood sugars and blood pressure under control,” urges Doctor of Osteopathy Lisa Ganghu, an internal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City. High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for strokes

and mini-strokes that result in brain cell impairment, she says, adding, “Some research even suggests that caffeine may improve memory and focus.” “Use it or lose it,” concludes Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, an integrative medical authority from Kona, Hawaii, and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Extensive research shows that challenging the brain with puzzles and language courses, having an active social life and getting regular exercise are all related to maintaining optimum brain health. “People who age gracefully are physically and mentally active,” adds Noodleman.

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A proper diet is a good place to start to take control. Ganghu recommends largely plant-based diets, like the Mediterranean, to keep common repercussions of aging at bay. Teitelbaum contravenes traditional medicine’s stance and says that most people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.” To prevent and control diabetes, Teitelbaum emphasizes, “Avoid sugar; it

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causes premature cell aging that affects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS Genetics study from the University of Montreal. (Also see Tinyurl.com/ GlycationExplained.) Reproducing cancer cells typically don’t die as other cells in the human body are programmed to. Recent research by Baylor University and others based on the Human Genome Project strongly suggests that curcumin taken as a dietary supplement (400 mg a day or more) can persuade cancer cells to commit suicide and stop their wild and potentially fatal reproduction. Ganghu further recommends limiting exposure to environmental toxins from sources such as common garden and household chemicals and agricultural spraying (choose organic for safety).

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aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recommends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

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Weight Control

A large body of research from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and managing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to

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“Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation, descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed. Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nutrition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an economical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupressure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.”

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Although sales of antibiotic-free meat comprise a tiny fraction of the total market, retailers like Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s cannot get enough antibiotic-free meat to meet the demand, according to a New York Times report. In a Consumer Reports National Research Center telephone survey, more than 60 percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay at least five cents a pound more for meat raised without antibiotics. For three years, Scott Sechler, owner of Bell & Evans, an organic meat processing company near Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, has been feeding his chickens a specially milled diet laced with oregano oil and a touch of cinnamon as a method to fight off bacterial diseases that plague meat and poultry producers without resorting to antibiotics, which some experts say can be detrimental to the humans that eat the meat. Noodles & Company, a fast-growing chain of more than 300 restaurants, has added antibiotic-free pork to the ingredients customers can add to their pastas. It ensured a year’s supply in advance by committing to receiving cuts of meat that were not in relatively high demand. Dan Fogarty, executive vice president, remarks, “We’re deliberately voting with our pocketbooks.”

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for someone like that to meet men. Online dating allows her to essentially create a love life from scratch. The problem is that most people think they can just go online and succeed, without realizing that there’s an actual skill to it. You can’t just shop for a partner the way you can order up other things on the Internet.

Don’t write an online profile that’s full of adjectives, activities and clichés. Telling a story that illustrates who you are is much more enticing. Post a picture taken within the past year, have a clever user name and write initial emails that are funny and confident. I like the idea of flirting with a potentially special someone online, moving from email to the phone and making plans for a real-life date over the course of about a week. That’s a good, organic process. My preference is to meet for drinks on a Saturday night, but it doesn’t have to be cocktails if that’s not your scene. I just like the romantic atmosphere of meeting for drinks because dinner dates tend to be too static and coffee dates are too casual. The goal is not to meet tons of people as quickly as possible. The goal is to build up trust and rapport via email and phone communications, so that when you do go on a first date, it’s comfortable and actually feels like a second date. I encourage my clients to go on real dates, not interviews.

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atural Awakenings recently launched its own online dating site, which got us wondering… what does it take to find that ideal someone? We decided to call on dating coach Evan Marc Katz, author of I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating, for advice. Katz, who calls himself a personal trainer for love, coaches successful women in the art of successful dating. He says that while online dating simply makes sense in today’s world, it’s important to do it wisely.

Online dating is nearly the norm these days. What has changed? It’s a perfect marriage of technology and opportunity. There are about 100 million singles in the United States, and everyone has a personal computer and a phone, which allows us to connect immediately with people we’d never meet in the course of our day-to-day life. Think about a woman in her 40s that wants to date and lives in a suburb with kids, has a full-time job and whose friends are all married; it can be hard

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What are some best practices once you commit to the process?

I created an audio series called Finding the One Online, in which I share best practices and some key mistakes to avoid. For example, people sign up for online dating for a month and expect to fall in love in 30 days. That’s like being 50 pounds overweight, signing up for a one-month gym membership and quitting after only losing three pounds because you didn’t meet your goal. The process of finding a good match is more like training for a marathon—you can’t log on and manifest a partner right away by talking to everyone on the site in a month’s time. That’s completely unrealistic, and yet it’s the number one reason people fail, because they expect too much too soon and don’t stick around long enough to learn how to use the system.

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The things that sustain a marriage are kindness, consistency, compromise, laughter, shared values and trust. Those should be at the top of your list, instead of height, weight, age or income. The problem is that such qualities may not appear in someone’s online profile or even on the first date. Too many couples make decisions based on chemistry, and that can be a terrible predictor of success for a lasting romantic relationship. Connect with a health conscious, environmentally aware, spiritually evolved friend and mate at NaturalAwakenings Singles.com. Reach Evan Marc Katz at EvanMarcKatz.com. Kim Childs is a writer and creativity coach in Boston. Visit KimChilds.com.


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n addition to relieving symptoms of menopause and andropause and helping maintain a normal, balanced hormone system, healthy eating can yield many other benefits. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine research reports, these include weight management, bone health and fertility and natural defenses against breast and prostate cancers and osteoarthritis symptoms. Despite drug-free approaches to hormone health that predate synthesized 20th-century hormone replacement therapy, the pharmaceutical industry has all but vanquished eating appropriately nutritious foods as a means to balancing hormones. Why do people embrace external sourcing when natural internal functioning is the better, less costly and more permanent solution? Even the current bio-identical upgrade of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may lead to some biological dependency on these substances. Appropriate BHRT should include an analysis of how the individual uniquely metabolizes hormones and functional foods that can help. An edible approach to hormone health provides deep nourishment for glands, enabling increased production of what they lack due to changes associated with age or illness. Healthy eating likewise reduces the activity of excess hormones already in the body, beneficially mimicking their previous function without the unwanted

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greens and the root vegetables kohlrabi and rutabaga contain glucosinolates, which help protect DNA from damage, according to a study published in Current Science. Also, ever-increasing preclinical and clinical evidence shows that consuming cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of more than 100 health problems, including a wide range of cancers, like those affecting the bladder and breasts.

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Pomegranate

The resemblance of the inner topography of a pomegranate to an ovary is more than poetic homage. Pre-Renaissance Western herbalists commonly held that a plant food’s visual similarity to a human organ indicated a positive health correlation. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology on pomegranates by Japanese scientists revealed that the seeds and fleshy capsules within which they are suspended, called arils, contain estrogens structurally similar to those found in mammals. Preclinical results published in Phytochemistry may explain why extracts of these plant-derived bioidentical hormones mimicking estradiol, estriol and estrone are capable of replacing the function of an ovary. A Japanese study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that female mice whose ovaries had been removed and were later fed pomegranate juice and pomegranate seed extract for two weeks showed reversals in bone loss, uterine weight loss and anxiety.

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Unwelcome symptoms of perimenopause (which can last years before the completion of menopause) can be offset through daily ingestion of ground flax, which can be added to cereals, salads and other foods. Ground flaxseed mixed with dried berries is particularly palatable. As the ovarian reserve of naturally manufactured hormones exhausts itself and prompts an imbalance, flaxseed is particularly effective in rebalancing levels of desirable estrogen metabolites, such as breast-friendly 2-hydroxyestrone. It contains a fiber, lignan, that upon digestion produces two important phytoestrogens capable of stimulating the body’s natural estrogen receptors in cases of estrogen deficiency and blocking both synthetic and natural estrogen when there is excess (as with estrogen-dominant conditions from puberty to menopause). These properties have been confirmed in human clinical studies performed at the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Thus, flaxseed may be considered a source of plant “estrogen” capable of prompting regression of estrogen-sensitive cancers, including those of the breast and prostate. Extremely versatile in culinary applications, combining flaxseed with ground cumin provides a medicinally potent homemade seasoning supporting women’s hormonal health.

Cumin

Cumin—actually a fruit disguised as a spice—has tremendous hormone-mod-


ulating properties recently confirmed by findings in Experimental Biology and Medicine. Japanese scientists demonstrated that cumin seeds can inhibit loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen in a female rat model of age-associated osteoporosis. They further found that the cumin seeds did not have estrogen’s weight-promoting and possible carcinogenic effects on the uterus. Imagine the potent hormonebalancing properties of a dinner of steamed rutabaga dressed with ground flaxseeds and cumin with a side of mustard greens with olive oil and pomegranate dressing. It beats a serving of Premarin with a serving of unwanted side effects any day.

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I know I have too much stuff, but it all has sentimental value. Morgenstern recommends us-

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I might need this someday.

Tako encourages people to enlist a clutter buddy, “an objective set of eyes who will set you straight when you hold up a skirt that’s out of style.” Morgenstern suggests asking, “What is more important to me… this object I don’t have any immediate need for or the space I’ll have by getting rid of it?”

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life or inner peace?” That higher goal is a touchstone for what to keep and what to pitch. Following are common clutter-based roadblocks and tips from professional organizers on how to get around them.

I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start. Tako encour-

ages clients to start with the visible clutter, such as junk accumulated in an entryway, and take 10 to 15 minutes to tackle the area. “People are always surprised by how much they can accomplish in a short time,” she comments. Morgenstern recommends making a checklist, starting with the areas with the most obsolete stuff and the least sentimental attachments. “The first one is the hardest, but you’ll probably find a lot of opened space if you can get through a few areas; then there is a cascading effect as you move forward.”

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I don’t have time to declutter now. Morgenstern acknowledges

most people are “time-starved”, and cleaning out their closets is the last thing they want to do with precious free time. Yet clutter costs us time and money because, “You end up losing things, wasting valuable real estate and replacing things you forgot you had,” she notes. It also hinders our ability to focus and process information, because visual clutter divides and competes for a person’s limited attention span, according to a recent study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute. For more motivation, imagine the joy of finding buried treasure. Morgenstern reports that nearly all of her clients find some form of funds, whether uncashed checks, objects with resale value or cash.

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“Something feels wrong in my body.” Listening to our body’s subtle

signals is a critical part of exercising an intuitive sense. The body is a powerful intuitive communicator, delivering early warning signs when anything feels off, weak or just not right, so that we can address it sooner, rather than later.

“I’m in danger.” Social conditioning

has helped to create unconscious beliefs that can cause flawed first impressions and ill-advised snap decisions;

it’s vital that we check our subjective feelings against mental rationalizations. If some person or situation feels untrustworthy, pause to pay attention, even if the feeling might later be proved inaccurate.

“I want to help.” Evolution has inherently enabled us to quickly “read” faces and other emotional signals. For example, the sympathy instinct nudges us to change the subject when wedding talk makes a newly divorced colleague cringe or general conversation about past rough landings makes an airplane seatmate nervous—subtle gestures that can make a big difference in another’s day.

“I just knew it was right” story. It might be about the time they first spotted their sweetheart or crossed the threshold of their new house. When intuition signals that we’ve found something or someone truly right for us, the choice often becomes easy. It feels healthy and good, without resistance or conflict. Using our instincts helps lead us to smart choices that improve our quality of life. Judith Orloff, M.D., is the author of the international bestseller Second Sight, upon which these tips are based. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles, Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cuttingedge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine. For more inspiration, visit DrJudithOrloff.com.

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sure the plants in your garden are safe, in case your cat is tempted to taste anything. Say no to foxglove and lily species, since they’re poisonous to cats.” Find an extensive list of both safe and problem plants at Tinyurl.com/ ASPC-ToxicPlantGuide. Note that aloe vera, asparagus fern, philodendron, dieffenbachia, tomatoes and many varieties of ivy are also among species that can cause consequences ranging from an upset stomach to kidney failure and even death, if ingested.

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In lieu of safe garden access, experts suggest likewise setting aside a small area inside any enclosure for a pot of plants. Also, pet tents made by Sturdi Products and Kritter Kommunity facilitate more portable enclosures. Houlihan finds that, “In case of a sudden change in weather, the cat can avoid heat stroke or a scary storm.” Then there’s the live entertainment factor: “Cats love vertical space, so a cat tree or actual tree limb, properly anchored, can let him have a better view of birds, lizards, toads, chipmunks and squirrels without harming them,” she says. “It’s like kitty television.” larly prone to harm. An enclosure is the best way to keep a cat safe outdoors.” Paris Permenter and John Bigley, bloggers at CatTipper. com, an online magazine for cat lovers, built a “catio” for daytime use by their felines. Located in Cedar Park, Texas, their four rescue cats need protection from coyotes. “It’s attached to our house, like a small screened porch,” explains Permenter. “The cats use an open window that’s fitted with a cat flap for access; we also have a human-sized screened door, so that we can go in to clean the room. It’s enriched their lives and given a former community cat a better home, as well.” In Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Jane Dorsey, volunteer coordinator for the Cat Care Society, utilizes “habicats” both at the shelter and at home. Because her first cat, Chessie, was an escape artist, Dorsey decided to use a large dog pen (12 feet long by six feet tall) as an enclosure. Stood on end, it attaches to the house and has a weatherproof panel roof. A cat door leads to the kitchen. “Chessie’s personality improved because she was able to decide when to go in and out. For easy cleanup, we used pavers for flooring.”

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Trading in the car keys for more two-wheeled time could curb many of society’s woes, from spiraling healthcare costs to deepening carbon footprints. Yet, the main reason many bicyclists love going for a spin is that it yields a greater sense of well-being and contributes to a healthier, more rewarding life.

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know it sounds crazy to say that bicycling is a silver bullet for all of these things, but I think it is,” says Elly Blue, 34, author of the recently released book, Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation. Blue’s life was transformed when she made a bicycle part of her daily world; so much so that she now dedicates her writing career largely to the subject.

“Bicycling is just so much more rewarding than driving,” remarks Tammy Strobel, 34, who gained national attention with her husband when they simplified their lives by building a 128-square-foot house. Cycling to work and to run errands was “a huge” piece of their transformation, even after the

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couple hauled their tiny abode from Portland, Oregon, (where Blue also resides) to a cattle ranch in California. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans that generally bike to work grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2008, a statistic that doesn’t surprise Blue. She first tried bike commuting after growing weary of relying on the bus system. “I got hooked on just how good it felt. It’s like flying.” Blue soon found that cycling was also a faster way to commute, restoring control of her schedule, reducing stress and boosting her happiness. Strobel, who adds that enjoying nature and increasing daily exercise are also cycling benefits, says it’s bolstered

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her happiness and quality of life. “I don’t have to spend time going to the gym,” explains the freelance writer and photographer. “I’m getting my exercise on my bike. I feel healthier and in better shape now.” Several studies show dramatic health benefits for bike commuters. The Archives of Internal Medicine reported that when University of Copenhagen researchers analyzed mortality from all causes in 13,445 women and 17,441 men, they found that non-bike commuters, even those otherwise physically active, had a 39 percent higher mortality rate during the 14-year study period than those that biked to work. In another study, researchers followed 67,143 women in Shanghai (of whom more than 75 percent cycled) and found those that used bikes had a 20 to 50 percent lower risk of earlier mortality than their non-regularly exercising counterparts. They also boasted reduced rates of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (American Journal of Epidemiology). Studies published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health further found that countries with higher numbers of biking or walking commuters have lower obesity rates. Cycling boons transcend health benefits, expanding social circles for example, Blue and Strobel agree. “I was introduced to a whole new community,” Strobel recalls of her time in Portland with new cycling friends that she joined for group rides and camping trips. Blue suggests finding fellow cyclists by seeking riding groups online or participating in charity rides. She observes that cycling can instill a greater sense of community, because it’s easier to stop and interact with others. Cycling also makes people greener and leaner. It reduces gas and car maintenance costs, while keeping polluting vehicles off the road, observes Strobel, who cleared college and other debt by making her life transformation. “There are just so many benefits to bicycling, and they are all really big things that contribute to the quality of life,” advises Strobel. “It feels so good to be on my bike and just slow down. In my old life, I was moving at such a fast pace that I didn’t even notice the change of seasons. With cycling, you


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Wednesday, May 1

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8; $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Introduction to Your Chakras – 7-8:30pm. Learn about energy centers (chakras) and their effects on different parts of the body. Mary will show you basic ways to make adjustments for healthy energy flow. $15. New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. NewDawnEarthCenter.org. Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. Working on animals/plants/ minerals. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 2

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Monthly Posture Clinic – 7-8:30pm. Dedicated expressly towards finding alignment and understanding the energetic connection of how postures work in your body. Bring questions and a willingness to experiment. $15. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Friday, May 3

Shirodhara Therapy – May 3-5. 10am-5pm. Learn how stream warm oil over the crown chakra, magnifying the senses, dispersing negative electrical impulses from stress, reversing imbalances such as insomnia and depression and rejuvenating the face. CEs available. $375. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com. Stories from the Dreamtime – 7:30-9:30pm. Tribal storytellers feed their people strands of light woven into a feast of words. Stories of mythic tales with their roots in the Southern Hemisphere will be shared. Donation appreciated. Mary Kate Jordan, fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Info@FireseedCenter.com.

Saturday, May 4

Literacy Volunteers May Breakfast – 8:3010:30am. Join us for music, raffles, and kid’s activities at Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc.’s May Breakfast at Nino’s on Lake Tiogue, 446 Tiogue Ave, Coventry. $11/adults, $5/ages 6-10, free/under 5. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc., 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103. CoventryLibrary.org/lvkc.

Pilates Day Open House – 12-3pm. Come and see what the Pilates method is all about. Archival videos, advanced demo, vendors, raffle, specials, food, and fun. Free 20-min Bollywood Zumba class. Free. Jen McWalters Pilates and Beyond, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. 401-475-0084. McWaltersPilates.com. Masterpath.The Divine Teachings of Light and Sound – 1:00-2:30. Introductory talk and video presentation by a higher initiate of these teachings, which has the objective of attaining Self and God Realization. Free. Crowne Plaza-At the Crossings, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI 02886. The Greenwich Room. MasterPath.org Amrit Yoga Level 1 Immersion – 1-3:30pm. Experience the depth of meditative awareness in a physical practice. Awaken your prana with entire Level 1 sequence as designed to be practiced, and finish with Yoga Nidra. $25, $12/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809. YogaAtSantosha.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 and find rhythm with your horse. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.

Sunday, May 5

Integrated Energy Therapy®: Basic – 9:30am6pm. Energy Therapy Training with the Angels. One of the next generation, hands on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. $195 includes Workbook & IET Certificate. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys Ellen, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/IET. Sunday Sound Bath & Meditation Group – 10am12pm. Discussion of metaphysical and holistic health topics followed by a period of meditation, and concluding with a gong bath. Led by Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. Free; donation requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. First Sunday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Relax and de-stress as the sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums wash over and around you to bring you to a state of bliss. Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. $20. Citi Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

Monday, May 6

Paranormal Investigation Workshop – 6:308:30pm. At the end of this workshop you will actually be part of an investigation. Learn how to investigate haunts, learn the tools have the total experience. $35. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com.

Pendulum Basics Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. A Pendulum is a tool that can help you access Divine Guidance and your Higher Self. Learn the different types, selecting, programming, testing & the many uses of a Pendulum. $44 includes Quartz Pendulum. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys Ellen, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes. Shamanic Journey Group – 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. $10. Katharine Rossi, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Rm 204, Mill at Shady Lea, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567. Katharine@SacredStream.org.

Tuesday, May 7

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to 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. Donation accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 8

Reiki Open House – 5:30-7:30pm. Heard about Reiki but never tried it? Relax, release and renew with us during our open house. Free Reiki sessions and information about our other holistic health programs. Free, donations and gratuities accepted. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com. Tarot Workshop with Nelia – 7-8:30pm. Learn Tarot Card reading in-depth classes will be held every other week. You will love the class so informative. $35/class. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Drum healings restore balance bringing us into alignment with our true nature through power and soul retrievals, removal of energetic blocks. Awaken to your power. $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329. JKReikiHealing@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 9

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:30am. Tour the school, visit classes in session, discover the Waldorf difference. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. MeadowbrookSchool.com. Past Life Meditation to Heal Present – 6:308pm. Past life regression a powerful tool in healing emotional problems and phobias. Participants have reported feeling supported refreshed, renewed and insights into issues. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. To reserve spot: 401-793-0097. CreatIgo.org.

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Han Way Aha – 6:30-8:30pm. Yes, yes, yes there are ways to improve, attract and change your life for the better. Learn to be positive, focus on what you want and achieve your goals. Learn to do it. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 1 Blackstone Ter, Providence. 401-237-0180. DharmaHealing.com.

Friday, May 10

Story Hour – 10-11am. Activity is appropriate for toddlers, pre-school age children and their caregivers. Space limited so please call to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228. MeadowbrookSchool.com. Sound Bath Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a vibrational sound experience of pure bliss, relaxation, and release of negative energies, created with rattle, frame drum, didgeridoo, singing bowl, and gong. $25. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Healing Meditation: Reiki – 7-8:15pm. This is a guided meditation with special focus on healing the emotional body. Find inner peace, harmony and complete relaxation. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148. SerenityYogaRI.com.

Saturday, May 11

Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy – 9am5pm. What is your heart’s desire? You can have it. This class develops and empowers your manifestation skills for the soul’s mission. Call $275. Discounts may apply. Herbs & Angels, 1989 A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. For registration details, Linda: 401-383-2344. The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance Grand Opening Celebration – 10am-6pm. Fun activities for all. Free classes: 10am-3pm; teacher demonstrations: 4-5pm; open dance floor: 5-6pm. Free. The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket Armory, Pawtucket. TheRhodyCenter.org. Introduction to Reiki – 1-3pm. Reiki basics will be explained and all your questions addressed. Also be able to sample the Reiki healing energy. Free. Sylvia Collins RM/T, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. To reserve spot: 401-921-4397. TheLightWithinRI.com. Empowering Extraordinary Kids – 1-4pm. Mindful playshop for children 10-14yrs. Topics include chakras, managing energy, meditation for personal guide and healing with crystals. Useful skills can be used daily. $44. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. To reserve spot: 401-793-0097.CreatIgo.org. Find Your Balance: Outside & Inside – 1-4pm. In this Svaroopa® yoga workshop learn simple, supported poses to release the tension in your body and improve your balance, from the inside out. With Natalie Schiffer. $50. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To reserve spot: 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. All Natural Basic Skin Care – 2-3:30pm. Class will cover cleaning, steaming and moisturizing for all skin types. Please bring a bowl, towel and something to hold your hair back. Taught by Elaine Gagne. $30. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. MotherMystic.com. Connecting to the Other Side – 7-8:30pm. In this Spirit Gallery, psychic Steph will be connecting with your loved ones. She incorporates psychic messages as well as messages from the other side. $15. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com.

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Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day Yoga – 10-11:15am. Start the day off with an aah. Brunch can wait. Celebrate Mother’s Day by bringing mom to class for free. All levels beginner class with Cheryl. Ages 12-100. Free. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, (across from Cole Middle School), E Greenwich. 401-354-9112. FocusYoga.com.

Monday, May 13

Reiki + Food Energetics – 6-9pm. Explore your natural healing ability. Join Reiki Master Myra Partyka and Health Coach Lynne Donahue for Reiki 1 training and exploration of healing foods. $150/2 workshops & Reiki 1 attunement. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.com. Angel Meet Connecting with Angels – 6:30-8pm. Weekly get together to learn how to connect with angels and to share you experiences. A loving group of like-minded persons. Treat yourself to a wonderful experience. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com. Book Club: Health, Food, Business – 7-8pm. Bring your favorite book and/or books on meditation, business, or health, food or yoga. We will share with you our favorites. Brief discussions on each topic. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 1 Blackstone Ter, Providence. 401-237-0180. DharmaHealing.com.

Tuesday, May 14

Lunch Time Reiki Share – 12-1:30pm. Open to practitioners of all levels. Spend a little time giving and receiving this soothing, healing energy. $10 donation. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. If interested in attending, Adriene: 401-741-2278. IET “Energy Share” – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of healing and rejuvenation for certified IET® Practitioners. All levels welcome. $10. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys Ellen, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/IET. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. Come to explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve your dream recall, assist others and have fun. $15. Katharine Rossi & David Barr, fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088. David@YourInnerVision.com.

Wednesday, May 15

Windows into Waldorf – 3:45-5pm. Interested in the Waldorf Early Childhood program? Join us for a parent orientation, adults only please, call to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228. MeadowbrookSchool.com..

Thursday, May 16

RI Holistic Healers Association – 6:30-8:30pm. Do you have a “miracle” to share? If so, please join us to share “Your Special Story” of a special/ miraculous event experience. Meeting is open to all. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. RIHHA.org. Tea with Intentions – 7-8:30pm. Herbal teas are a delicious and easy way to fit herbal healing into any lifestyle. Come and learn how with Barbara Aspland, Wolf from Garden Gate Herbals. $15. New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. NewDawnEarthCenter.org.

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Friday, May 17

Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – May 17-19. 10am-5pm. Sacred Stone Therapy 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, integrating western and Ayurvedic massage techniques. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com. Free Friday Chair Massage – 11am-2pm. Stop by for a free 15-minute chair massage. 1st come, 1st served. Get the kinks out for the weekend. Never had a massage before? This is a great way to start. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. MassageHealthHE.com. Free Yoga To Benefit Friends Way – 6-7:15pm. Free Class with Tobi. All levels. Donations to benefit Friend’s Way, RI’s only family bereavement center. Free. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, (across from Cole Middle School), E Greenwich. 401-354-9112. FocusYoga.com. Connecting with Your Spirit Guide – 6:308:30pm. What are Spirit Guides? Types of Spirit guides. How to stay in contact. Tools to work with you Guide also powerful and effective meditation along with workshop. $35 includes supplies. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. Register: 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com.

Saturday, May 18

Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn Reiki for healing and stress relief. You can treat yourself, others and pets. Informative teaching, hands-on practice. Level I Attunement, Manual and Certificate. $135. Sylvia Collins RM/T, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. TheLightWithinRI.com. Psychic Fair for Tourettes Syndrome – 11am-5pm. Have a fun-filled pack day where there will be readers and healers and a low discount price and all proceeds will go to the Tourette Syndrome foundation. Enjoy. Free admission; fee for readings/healings. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com. Group Manifesting for You – 1-4pm. Join us as we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We will make vision boards, develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize as a group for each other. With Shari Bitsis. $35. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com. Replenish Plus Skin Care Demo + 20% off – 1-5pm. “SUNDONE” sunscreen is now available. 100% natural, 100% incredible. Come meet Robert Rockwood, owner and founder, and find out what is “really” in your sunscreen product. Free. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store, 510 E Main Rd, Middletown. 401-847-7480. NaturesGoodnessRI.com.

Monday, May 20

Traditional Thai Massage Class – 9am-5pm. 4-day class offers 32 NCBTMB CEs. Learn prone, supine, side and seated positions. Class size limited to 4 students. Thai lunch included. $600. Rolf Bodyworks, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. 860-617-1234. To register: RolfBodyworks.org.


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 L05-B, Barrington. Please RSVP: 401-437-1652. Stan@MassageHealthHE.com.

Tuesday, May 21

McArdle Chiropractic Open House – 4-6pm. Come celebrate one year with refreshments, door prizes, and chiropractic education. A great chance to meet the doctor and tour the facility. All are welcome. Free. McArdle Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 2220 Plainfield Pike, Cranston. 401-383-3400. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to 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. Donation accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, May 22

Shamanic Journey Group – 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. $10. Katharine Rossi, fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Katharine@SacredStream.org.

Mother Mary: Queen of the Angels – 6:30-8:30pm. Mother Mary brings messages of love and compassion to all that call on her. Join us as we gather together to embrace her abundance of love and celebrate her special month. $25. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys Ellen, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes.

Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. Working on peace and diplomacy. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

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Thursday, May 30

Integrated Shanti Flow Yoga – 4-6pm. Hollis Mickey’s powerful flow will integrate body, mind and spirit. You will strengthen all aspects of your being and learn to be fully present in every moment. $16/drop-in; $15/prepaid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Last Sunday Gong Healing Meditation – 6:308pm. Come relax and find peace within as the healing sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums wash over and around you. Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. $20. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

Tuesday, May 28

Adult Indigo and Light Worker Gather – 6:308pm. Gather with like-minded individuals to talk about different interests and ideas. Discuss what you see going on the world around you. Share, support, network, relax and enjoy. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. To reserve spot: 401-793-0097 or Debbee@CreatIgo.org. Intuitive Practitioner Energy Share – 6:30-9pm. An evening dedicated to those who’d like to develop or share their intuitive skills in a supportive environment; angel card readings, mediumship, tarot, etc. $15. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys Ellen, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes. Parents Grief Support Group, BP/USA – 7-9pm. Bereaved Parents USA (BP/USA) is a national organization with local chapters that offer support and healing for parents who have lost a child at any age from any cause. Free. Kingston Congregational Church, 2610 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. Contact Joy: 401-885-4339 or Spirit.Of.Joy@verizon.net.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to 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. Donation accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7:30-9:30pm. Drum healings restore balance bringing us into alignment with our true nature through power and soul retrievals, removal of energetic blocks. Awaken to your power. $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9808. Contact@YogaAtSantosha.com. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 7:459:15pm. 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 suggested donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com.

Yoga for Depression and Anxiety – 7-8:30pm. This is a gentle yoga class with focus on breathing methods to calm the mind and body. Learn poses to help with your overall health and promote a sense of well being. $15. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148. SerenityYogaRI.com.

Saturday, June 1

Midwifing the Great Turning – 10am-4pm. Work that Reconnects. Paradigm-shifting, life-affirming experiential deep ecology workshop. Revive our interconnected passion for social and ecological healing. $50. Dance & Drum Ecological Awakening, 1 Hamlin St, Providence. 401-497-5968. YogaForPeace.MassagePlanet.com.

thursday, June 6

Restorative Yoga Master Class – 7:30-9pm with Katherine Conte. Props will be used to provide a supportive and relaxing environment. aaahhh! FOCUS, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich FocusY\yoga.com

Monday, June 10

Registered Yoga Teacher Training Program – 10am-5pm. June 10-12, June 27-30, July 5-7: 9am8pm & July 8-22: 12-6pm. Massage CEs available. Based on Hatha Yoga and inspired by Ayurvedic medicine, our yoga program is more than exercise and stretching, it is a holistic healing educational retreat integrating mind, soul and body. Graduate as a teacher or join the class for your own personal growth. $1,800. Dr. Carlos Santo & Karyn Chabot, SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.

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Meditation workshop – 6-8pm with David Beretta. Suitable for all. FOCUS, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich FocusYoga.com.

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Friday, May 31

The 1st Angel Whispers Adventure – 10am-3pm. Join us for our very first adventure to A Spiritual Garden in Mansfield, MA. We’ll carpool to the garden for a guided tour, picnic lunch, meditation, Labyrinth walk and more. $44 includes Garden Angel gift. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. 401-741-2278.

Creative Writing Workshop/Adults – June 2223. 10:30am-3pm. StudioWriting creative writing (all genres) retreat. Includes 1 lunch. Nurturing, supportive workshop in private home by the water. Led by AWA affiliate; MFA. $125. Little Compton. 781-209-2505. StudioWriting.com.

Last Friday Gong Healing Meditation – 7-8:30pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls bring you to a state of bliss. Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence.. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com

The Work that Reconnects – 10am-4pm. Workshop to honor our feelings for the state of the world, to clarify and energize our role in its healing. Designed by Buddhist activist Joanna Macy, run by locals. $50, time exchange available. Spiral Ecology, 1 Hamlin St, Providence. 401-497-5968. YogaForPeace.MassagePlanet.com.

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Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Joy Is Within You. Weekly Meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang and veggie potluck lunch. Yogananda’s teachings; healing prayer circle after lunch on 4th Sunday. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Sadhana Lab – 6:30-7:45pm. Open level practice infusing yoga, isometrics, self massage, and dance exercises. Experience a different approach to mindbody oneness. $8/drop-in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, first fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.com.

Monday

Reiki Healing Treatments – 8am-4pm. Reiki is a non-invasive form of energy healing that treats the body, mind, spirit and emotions giving you an overall feeling of well-being. Have your own spring cleaning. $35 for 1 hr. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/Meditation.html. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. Cultivate bliss. With easy poses and lots of support, you release tension and pain. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Maria Sichel. New Students $40/4 classes; $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Kripalu Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Paula Levesque. New Students $40/4 classes; $14/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.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. Gentle Shanti Yoga – 6-7:30pm. This class, great for beginners, introduces you to the wisdom of your body through breath, movement and mindfulness. Class also helps you relax and reduce stress. $13/drop-in; $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. 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 Pla, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

Tuesday

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 women. First 2 visits free. Tamarisk Assisted Living, Susan Lataille, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick. 401-769-1325 x11. FreshConnectionsForWomen.org.

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Vbarre – 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; Packages Available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Aikido for Women and Girls – 5:30-6:30pm. Increase confidence, self-empowerment and strength. Aikido is a great martial art for women of all ages and physical capabilities. Classes tailored to your level. Try it. First class free. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 N Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. Mrwerthsensei@gmail.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. 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 Pl, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

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Mindfulness Meditation – 8-8:30am. Join us to meditate for a half hour each week in a supportive environment. Practice in your own tradition or learn new techniques and reap the benefits of a quiet mind. Donation only. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Jennsgobbare@gmail.com. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Chakra Balancing Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Come balance your chakras, which are energies in us that affect our communication, emotions, will power, relationships, thoughts, intuition and the ability to feel secure. $20. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/Meditation.html. Barre (Open Level) – 5:15-6pm. Conditioning class that incorporates basic ballet technique, floor barre, and core exercises. Increase body awareness and musicality, build flexibility. $8/drop-in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, first fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.com. Get Back in Your Skinny Jeans – 5:30-6:30pm. Holistic Nutrition Program. Learn to stop dieting and lose weight in a healthy, permanent manner, without giving up tasty foods. $50/30-min sessions. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. FreshPlateHealth.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.

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Kent Stetson’s Rainbow Vinyaasa – 6-7:30pm. Kent’s fluid and challenging yoga class relieves stress & builds optimum health. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13/drop-in; $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Spin Class – 6:30-7:30pm. This indoor cycling class provides a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout for all levels of fitness. Limited space; sign-ups required. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Feeling Healthy and Fit at Every Age – 6:45-8pm. Oxidative Stress is our ticking time bomb and causes aging and over 200 diseases. In this informational session, learn how to reduce oxidative stress with a new medical breakthrough. Free. Held in Warwick. For details, Leslie: 401-742-0512. Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st Wednesday. For relaxation and focus, group meditation. $5. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. For more info, Sharon: 401-742-2354. Path2Harmony.net. Reiki/Energy Circle – 7-9pm. Information and energy sharing session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. $5 donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. For more info, Debi: 401-263-1107. Path2Harmony.net.

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FluidlyFit™ – 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. 401-203-5696. SoulisticArts.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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-7:30pm. Be in joy. Release stress, relax body, awaken energy in blissful Ananda Yoga class followed by meditation. Suggested donation $10. Kyle (401-789-1288) at Grace Yoga 35 Weaver Rd – No. Kingstown. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Piloxing – 5:45-6:45pm. Piloxing blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates in a fun and challenging way. $14/drop-in, Packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Medial and Therapeutic Qigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Qigong is a Chinese art that effectively strengthens and balances our energy. Taught by Master Wu Wen-Ching coauthor of Qigong Empowerment. Enrollment open until May 2. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.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 specials 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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Guided Meditation – 7:30-8pm. Each day holds something new to see; something new to hear; something new to learn; something new to experience. Bring more awareness into your life. Also on Tuesdays. $5/drop-in (suggested donation). The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bld 8, first fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Kim@EnterYou.org. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

Hope St Farmers Market - 9am-1pm. Opens May 18 Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Ends May 11. 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. Meditation Clinic – 11am-12:15pm. 2nd Saturday. Whether new to meditation, or experienced, if you’re having difficulty meditating, let’s explore solutions and practice together. Yogananda’s techniques. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Beginning Tai Chi – 12-1pm. Registration is open until May 5 for the 12-wk 24 Posture Tai chi course. Multiple class times, Wed, 1pm and Thurs, 7:30pm, allow for class make up time. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 435-6502. WayDragon.com. Learn To Meditate Workshop – 1-4pm. 2nd Saturday. Meditation brings balance, rest, and a growing sense of inner peace. Learn Yogananda’s meditation techniques through Ananda and experience the joy within you. Suggested donation $25. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

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Beach Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for yoga at Easton’s (First) Beach Saturdays, in front of the Pavilion on First Beach to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. Free Parking. $15/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Gentle Yoga & Stretching: Mixed Level – 9-10:15am. Designed with new students in mind. We will gently ease into yoga postures giving the body an opportunity to relax, and learn new movements. $8/drop-in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, first fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. TheHeronStudio.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.

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Pilates Mat – 10-11am. Pilates Mat classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com.

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

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. With easy poses and lots of support you release tension and pain. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Pat Spencer, RYT. New Students $40/4 classes; $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Register: 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.

DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email acaiberri@cox.net. Visit acaiberri.com for more information.

Rolf Structural Integration, 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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communityresourceguide acupuncture THE ALIVE ACADEMY

Dr. Tim Armstrong, DaC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959 TheAliveAcademy.com Dr. Tim is a one-of-a-kind acupuncturist who specializes in Cosmetic Acupuncture, including the Acupuncture Facelift and Acupuncture Tummy Lift in addition to Medical Acupuncture. He is patientcentered and determines which points and treatments you need through a detailed consultation and biofeedback scan. Rejuvenate your life, mind and body from the inside out. See ads on pages 2 & 29.

AYURVEDIC CONSULTANT Aermid Ayurveda

Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988 aermid-ayurveda.com Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic medicine from India. It is completely natural, relying on diet, lifestyle, yoga and herbs to treat mental/physical imbalances. Achieving balance in body and mind strengthens immunity and activates the body’s natural healing power. As a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, I can help you determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.

Community Ayurvedic Herbalist

Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT Community Ayurvedic Wellness & Education Center 39 Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT Women and Infants Integrative Wellness Center 33 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 401-323-4638 CommunityAyurvedicHerbalist.com Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to you, your loved ones and our communities. Through one-onone consultation, herbal supplements & workshops, our services are for anyone wanting to feel healthier, stronger and more content with life. Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation services offered.

S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 karyn@sacredstonehealing.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 46.

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Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 NewHorizonChiro.com

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 yur doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.

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 39.

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Dr. Erica Brown, DC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959 TheAliveAcademy.com Dr. Erica practices individualized and patientcentered care. During care she employs the use of different modalities depending upon your specific needs. Therapies include: vibration therapy, ballistic activity and stabilization exercises. She is certified in Graston, A.R.T, & Kinesiotaping and utilizes many techniques including: Cranial Work, Diversified, Thompson and SOT. For the health of you and your loved ones, choose Dr Erica Brown. See ads on pages 2 & 29.

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 46.

FIX’D Health Care

Dr. Thomas Kollars Dr. Esther Hersh 62 Franklin St. #10 Westerly, RI 02891 401-596-3493 drkollars@gmail.com fixdhealthcare.com drhersh.blogspot.com

Do you have a health concern? Do you really want to feel better? At FIX’D Health Care you can recover from trauma, injury, and chronic pain. We offer a variety of innovative and proven therapeutic techniques, tailored to the needs of each patient. Call today to make an appointment with the most progressive chiropractors in the Northeast!

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 13.

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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 Wakefield, R. I. 401-284-0363 LightSoulTherapy.com

Working to release layers of disillusion, dis-content and dis-ease, using the deep healing energies of RECONNECTIVE HEALING* THE RECONNECTION*SACRED STONE THERAPY* CUPPING, private SELF MASTERY sessions and MEDITATION gatherings, the body/mind begins its transformation to heath and wholeness. Call today for a FREE 20 min. 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 13.

Dianne Colardo 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.

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by Ellen Champlin Residential Home & Office Cleaning North Kingstown and Surrounding Areas 401-742-1669 or 401-884-1295 AlignForWellness.net

Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 karyn@sacredstonehealing.com TheNewportMassageSchool.com

Long term health concerns for your family and pets, along with environmental pollution are dramatically reduced with use of chemically free cleaning products. We are dedicated to helping protect you and your loved ones in your home, office and the environment by using non-toxic cleaning products. Chemical-free cleaning improves indoor air-quality by reducing harmful gases and the ill effects of conventional cleaning agents. Call or visit our website for more info.

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 46.

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 35.

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 51, 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 35.

Kimberly Gumkowski Massage Envy Spa 1000 Chapel View Blvd Cranston RI MassageEnvy.com

Rejuvenate your skin with a Murad Healthy Skin Facial customized exclusively for Massage Envy Spa. A knowledgable Esthetician will analyze your skin. Then, Relax and experience the therapeutic benefits of Murad›s Three Step signature treatment along with a personalized home care regime designed to meet your skin care goals. Spring is the time to put your Best Face Forward. Facial appointments available 7 days week. See ad on page 35.

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 30.

human potential center The Alive Academy

541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 TheAliveAcademy.com

holistic guidance Christine McCullough, MA

Newport, RI 401-847-6551 TheHolisticTarot.blogspot.com TheHolisticTarot.com TheLabyrinthLadies.com Let me help you move through times of transition and transformation in your life. I offer integrative, holistic insights and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Reiki II, Body Talk, Ear Coning, Life Coach, Non-denominational Celebrant.

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. comSee ads on pages 2 & 29.

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Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at MyHolisticVillage.com.

John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd (Suite B), Warwick, RI 02888 401-374-1890 • possibilities.nu Transformational hypnosis for lasting personal change. Smoking cessation. Weight loss. Stress. Pain. Relationships. Career issues.

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hypnotherapy and life coaching Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Linda J. Cole C.H 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-339-3942 Direct Linda@OptimisticInisght.com Linda is a retired teacher/guidance counselor that has dedicated her life to helping and healing humanity through her various methodology and innovative holistic approaches. Linda is a NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner and a Certified Reiki Practitioner with a Bachelor of Arts/Social Science and Masters in Education/Counseling. See ad on back cover.

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Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Kurtis Lee Thomas C.H 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-651-2626 Direct OptimisticInisght.com Kurtis is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Certified Life/Business Coach, as well as an NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified NLP Practitioner and Certified Reiki Practitioner. Kurtis is known for helping transform people’s lives and is often referred to as the human “Happy Pill”. Call Kurtis today for your FREE consultation! See ad on back cover.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 nathalia47@aol.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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The world needs you to be yourself. an-inspired-life.com Info@an-inspired-life.com

makeup and beauty Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

99 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 35.

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 37.

meditation zen community center 50 Dunnell Ln Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-213-9784 Info@z-cc.com z-cc.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 13.

Are you looking for more meaning and purpose in your life? Let us help you live the life you were meant to.  Through honoring the whole (mind, body & spirit), we offer affordable coaching, education, inspiration, connection and creative exploration.  

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Keri Layton, N.D.

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.

nutrition THE ALIVE ACADEMY

Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 TheAliveAcademy.com Anna believes in targeted solutions and nutrition specific to each individual’s needs and body composition. Specializes in helping people with: anti-aging, thyroid and autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, chemical sensitivity, weight loss resistance, digestive disorders, cellular healing and epigenetics. She overcame her own health conditions naturally in 2009 and has worked many others to help them reclaim their life and heal themselves naturally. See ads on pages 2 & 29.

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. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 17.

pet foods Pet Foods Plus 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 41.


pet grooming Grooming by Alicia @ Dog Patch

Alicia Fitzpatrick 99 Brownleee Blvd, Warwick, RI 401-391-7983 or 401-736-0907 GroomingByAlicia@gmail.com

Compassion and patience for animals is what makes me the perfect choice to groom your beloved pet. As an Animal Behavior College Certified Groomer, I am trained to groom as well as ensure a calm and safe experience for your pets, including the use of all-natural and organic products. Call to book your appointment today! See ad on page 41.

reiki Pathways to Healing Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093 bobbie@reikiri.com 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.

The Light Within

Sylvia Collins Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397 TheLightWithinRI.com

I am a Certified Usui Reiki Master/Teacher who combines Chakra balancing with Crystal Healing in my Reiki practice, along with Spiritual Counseling and Angel Card reading. I possess a true desire to allow you to become a self-healer and develop genuine self-empowerment. Combining my spiritual intuition and life experience, I provide you with clarity and a deeper understanding of the steps required for your soul’s growth and healing.

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.

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Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy

Innisfree Body Works

18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 401-461-3788 InnisfreeBodyWorks.com Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100 ItsYourBodysSymphony.com

422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-941-2310 villagewellnesscenter.com heartinhandmassage.com

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 51.

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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 8.

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, age-related 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.

TIME FOR YOU YOGA

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.

yoga and holistic health center 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 44.

yoga and meditation Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems

Cinthya Esquea Esquea Yoga 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-481-8875 Direct EsqueaYoga.com

wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • Its-My-Health.com 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 37.

Learn to relax, achieve more flexibility, physical strength and quiet the mind at the same time while enjoying the experience of yoga. Cinthya Esquea is a qualified Yoga Alliance teacher and founder of Esquea Yoga, Therapy and Fitness. Inc. For more classes and yoga events check out her website. See ad on back cover.

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Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Hypnotherapy | Life Coaching Business Coaching | Yoga Meditation | Energy Healing

HYPNOTHERAPY Dissolve old thought patterns; Re-create new ones!

MOST COMMON VISITS:

YOGA Stretch your boundaries!

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Pain Management / Reduce Stress/Sadness Stop Smoking / Weight Loss Overcome Fears/Addiction / Sleep Problems Confidence Building / Sports Enhancement Relationships and Intimacy Spirituality and Personal Growth Career Planning & Entrepreneurship Finances & Budgeting / Health & Lifestyle Motivation / Family & Parenting Coping with Abuse (verbal/physical)

LIFE COACHING Reach your highest potential! ENERGY HEALING Heal invisible wounds!

Sampler Package* MAY SPECIAL $200 $ 144 See which service and practitioner is right for you: • 1/2 hour Hypnosis session with Linda or Kurtis • 1/2 hour Yoga or Meditation session with Cinthya • 1/2 hour Energy Healing session with Elizabeth • 1/2 hour Life or Business Coaching session with Kurtis or Linda *includes one substitution of services

Linda J. Cole C.H

Certified Life Coach Certified NLP Practitioner Certified Hypnotherapist

Kurtis Lee Thomas C.H Certified Life Coach/ Business Coach Certified Hypnotherapist

Cinthya Esquea Registered Yoga Teacher Meditation Instructor

Elizabeth “Rainbow Dancer” Shaman Reiki Practitioner/Energy Healer

Call Today for your FREE Consultation 401.369.7600 Corporate Packages and Group Rates Available!

845 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

www.OptimisticInsight.com

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