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he American Holistic Nurses Association Annual Conference will be held in Colorado Springs June 3-6 at the Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs. The conference will explore personal, communal and global environments as a means for creating an emerging framework for healing that incorporates inner peace and hope. Holistic nurses will leave this conference with a deepened awareness of the wholeness of internal and external environments and renewed commitment to their collective voice for healing. There are more than 40 workshops offered. Attendees will receive free one-year, digital subscriptions to two professional journals from InnoVision Health Media: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and Integrative Medicine: a Clinicians Journal. Several events will promote self-care. Morning activities include yoga, Qigong, meditation, WATSU, and NIA. AHNA Executive Director Jeanne Crawford says, â€œWe are celebrating a pivotal moment in nursing. As the demand for whole-person/patient-centered care grows, AHNA celebrates its 30th annual conference and the International Year of the Nurse. We are proud to have our conference be a 2010 IYNurse event in recognition and support of the eight U.N. Millennium Development Goals.â€? All are welcome to attend AHNAâ€™s conferences: nurses, educators, administrators, and other healthcare practitioners from all specialties. Attendees will experience the healing value of holistic community, networks, sharing circles and mentorship. 2010 is the International Year of the Nurse, a year-long public awareness initiative. For more information, contact the American Holistic Nurses Association at 928-526-2196 or visit ahna.org or 2010iynurse.net. See ad page 22.
New Book Release: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth
n her new book called Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth, author Catriona MacGregor illuminates the fact that our connection to nature, animals, and to the earth is a vital part of our existence. In Partnering with Nature, released in time for this yearâ€™s 40th anniversary of Earth Day, declares that a disconnect with nature is not only causing our environmental crisis, but in fact leads to stress, depression, obesity, attention deficit disorders, and apathy in children and adults. According to MacGregor, â€œYou are a different person if you are filled with the warm rays of the sun, the clarity of the blue sky, and the soaring hawk.â€? Partnering with Nature is available wherever books are sold or at BeyondWord.com. See ad page 2.
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Visionary Leadership Intensive is coming to Denver May 15 & 16th. The Visionary Leadership Program delivers the tools that wake up and welcome forth the innate genius in us all. These programs offer the step-by-step tools to directly foster, engender, uncover and develop true and quality leadership. At the heart of the Conscious and Visionary leadership program, attendees discover that all of the qualities admired in other people is already within, available to us. The Visionary Leadership Intensive helps attendees pull away the veils and let it be revealed. Fast-paced and highly interactive, this program is designed to quickly get to the heart of what obscures innate leadership genius and effortlessly reveal the Visionary Leader within you. To reserve your space today, contact The Journey office at 973-680-0271 or ConsciousCompanyWorldwide.com. Cost to attend is $395. See ad page 13.
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oin Margaret Ann Lembo for her Angel Messenger Practitioner® Program coming to For Heaven’s Sake in Denver and Colorado Springs in June. Margaret Ann Lembo is the owner of The Crystal Garden, a bookstore, gift store and spiritual center located in Boynton Beach, FL, since 1988 and is the author of Chakra Awareness: Transform Your Reality Using Color, Crystals, Aromatherapy and the Power of Positive Thought to be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in April 2011. Meet Margaret Ann and experience her comedic nature as she facilitates Crystal Consciousness, Chakra Awareness and Summer Solstice: Honoring the Seven Directions at Shining Lotus in Denver and an Open Forum on a variety of subjects at Celebrations in Colorado Springs. During the Angel Messenger Practitioner® Program at For Heaven’s Sake in Denver, different tools will be shared for receiving guidance from angels, guides, ascended masters and loved ones on the other side, as well as a process to gain knowledge, practice and development of self-trust. Attendees will be giving messages using Divine Guidance throughout the program using the 6 clairs -clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience and claircognizance, clairolfaction and clairgustation. Margaret Ann Lembo’s websites are TheCrystalGarden.com, MargaretAnnLembo.com and SmudgeInSpray.com Visit her blog: www.margaretannlembo. blogspot.com. See ad, page 19 for dates and times or contact the stores for more information.
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Oneness Blessing Deeksha Event With Special Guest Musician/Healer Matthew Kocel
he New Journey Books & Center will host a special evening Oneness Blessing Deeksha event with special guest, international musician and healer Matthew Kocel on May 6th at 7pm. A Oneness Awakening Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. This transfer helps people move away from the sense of separation towards a sense of connectedness and oneness with all creation, allowing feelings of bliss, ease, peace, joy, and love to be more fully experienced in one’s daily life. It is not a teaching or concept, but rather an experience or process that supports all paths or beliefs. This evening will not just offer the special energies of the Oneness Blessing Deeksha, but the experience will be enhanced by the special music and chanting of musician, Matthew Kocel, who is visiting Denver from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. A suggested gratitude donation of $20 is appreciated. The event will be held at The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth Blvd. (77th & Wadsworth in the Indian Tree Shopping Center) in Arvada. For more information call 303-239-8773 or visit JourneyBooks.com. See ad, page 10.
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ap into hidden aspects of the subconscious mind with a Past Life Regression Workshop May 22 in Pine Junction with Iris K Barratt at Customized Hypnosis. It will bring unexpected benefits such as more understanding of oneself and others, more self-love, new attitudes and behaviors that are strongly supportive of well-being. The workshop is being held at the Parkview Plaza, 13700 Hwy 285, Suite 116, Pine Junction, CO, 2:00 pm -6:00 pm. The cost is $80. Bring a blanket and pillow for relaxation. Class size is limited to 8 people. For more information, contact Iris K Barratt at 303-847-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ngel Channeler Catherine Morgan announces a new internet radio show on Higher Consciousness Talk Radio (www.higherctr.net), called “12 Steps to Angels.” “Each week, we discuss one of the steps for bringing the angels into our daily lives.” Morgan notes. “Listeners will be inspired, uplifted, have fun, learn ways to be with the angels from an angel expert, and laugh a lot doing so.” The show airs live on Thursdays, 11 a.m., repeats on Sundays, and is also archived for availability 24/7. Higher Consciousness Talk Radio can be found at higherctr. net. Push the blue blogtalk button to listen live. Listeners can participate by calling 1-646-378-0851. Catherine Morgan can be reached at theangelscircle.com or by calling 720-290-4902. See ad, page 14.
Take the Stress Out of Motherhood with Hypnotherapy
nnouncing “Moms Only,” a special 30-minute guided, relaxed visualization offered by Julie Donlon at Crowning Touch Healing Center. For the entire month of May, receive Moms Only at a special discounted rate. “A quick 30-minute hypnotherapy session,” Donlon explains, “can change your outlook, recharge batteries and boost energy, so you can enjoy your awesome identity as Mom.”
Any moms interested in scheduling a session can call Julie Donlon at 720-530-4229 or Crowning Touch Healing Center at 303-805-2282. Individual sessions $39.00. Group discounts are available with 2 or more moms attending. Gift certificates are available. See ad, page 7.
Free Yoga in the Park
amasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and the Highlands Ranch Metro District have teamed up again to offer a second year of Free Yoga in the Park at Civic Green Park from 8:15-9:15 am every Wednesday and Saturday May 26 through September 4, weather permitting. “We are thrilled to partner again on this project. We feel that Civic Green Park is the perfect venue for offering Yoga in the Park with its central location in our community and beautiful grounds. We hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to participate in this year’s yoga series,” said Carolyn Peters, Recreation Manager for the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts. Seasoned and first time yogis, at least 18 years of age are welcome to participate in the free practice. Bring a yoga mat, sunscreen and a water bottle. Check in at least 15 minutes before class starts, sign a participant park waiver, pick a spot on the lawn of Civic Green Park and be prepared to enjoy an hour of breath with movement yoga as morning is welcomed into our community. Some dates may be excluded due to prior engagements in the park. Nancy Levenson has been practicing yoga for over ten years and is a certified yoga instructor and therapist. For more information please visit namasteworksyoga.com. The Highlands Ranch Metro District provides a variety of municipal services to more than 92,000 people in unincorporated northern Douglas County. For more information, please visit highlandsranch.org or call the Metro District at 303-791-2710.
Register for Colorado’s All-Women Bike Ride
enus de Miles announces registration for its third annual bike ride, being held on August 29 in Boulder County. Organizers are anticipating up to 3,000 participants. “It is truly a unique, one-of-a-kind event,” says Teresa Robbins, Priestess of Venus de Miles. “We are thrilled to provide women with a safe, non-competitive cycling experience in an atmosphere that is supportive, friendly, beneficial to the community, and most importantly, fun.” Venus de Miles is open to women of all ages and ability levels. Participants choose from one of three course options (33, 51, or 67 miles), all winding through the Boulder foothills and fully supported with aid stations, mechanical assistance, and entertainment-fueled rest stops. The celebration continues after the ride at Prospect Park in Longmont, with a community festival featuring gourmet
food, live music by Elephant Revival, cocktails, beer provided by Lefthand Brewery, and a “Wellness Station” offering massage, mini-facials, and other special treatments. Event sponsors and community partners will also be onsite, with great product giveaways and special sales for attendees. Venus de Miles is organized by and benefits Greenhouse Scholars, a Boulder-based non-profit organization that provides mentoring and scholarship support to high-performing, under-resourced students. The 2010 Venus de Miles ride is presented by Trek Women, WhiteWave Foods, and Silk Soymilk. Event sponsors include Luna, Anthem Branding, Lefthand Brewing, Full Cycle, and KUNC Radio. Additional support is provided by BornFit, Zeal Optics, XOOD, and Gebhardt Automotive. More partnerships will be announced in the upcoming months. For Sponsorship Inquiries, please contact Maria Hennessey at email@example.com or 303-859-3317. For more information on Venus de Miles, please visit venusdemiles.com or contact Teresa Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-460-1745.
Unlock Your Potential with EFT
he Creative Counseling Center is offering Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Level 1 training to anyone who wants to learn a powerful technique to heal on June 5th in Greenwood Village. EFT is a process for releasing the internal, subconscious blocks that keep one from achieving one’s personal and professional goals. It is best described as acupuncture without the needles and can be used in any area of life or business that needs release, including food cravings, addictions, sports performance, self-esteem, fear/ phobias and many more. The class will be held Saturday June 5 from 9:00am-3:00pm at 6021 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 216, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. $140. Contact Teri or Kelly at 303-843-6000 or visit creativecounselingcenter.com.
Finding More Pleasure in Life A Conversation with Dr. Christiane Northrup by Ellen Mahoney
hristiane Northrup, a respected obstetrician/gynecologist and visionary in women’s health and wellness, is renowned for the practical medical and emotional counsel she generously shares in her many bestselling books. Among her best known are Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom. Now Northrup is focused on another aspect of women’s health in The Secret Pleasures of Menopause. The idea is to help women of all ages achieve vibrant health by tapping into their inner wisdom in order to experience joy and fulfillment throughout life. Why do you believe the pursuit of pleasure is just as vital for a vibrant life as a healthy diet and exercise?
pleasure have to come first; then the lifestyle supports this. We consider a narrow waist beautiful because it is generally healthy. Too much belly fat is unhealthy, because it produces an abnormal hormonal milieu and can lead to an earlier death from cancer, heart disease and/or diabetes. You have to exercise your body and eat well on a sustainable basis to look healthy— there’s just no way around it. The more you take care of yourself, the more pleasure you experience.
You will not stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan unless you find pleasure in the pursuit of it. You must come to this by yourself and discover that the moment-tomoment way you live your life has to be pleasurable, because there’s not a happy ending to an unhappy journey. For years, I’ve watched people foregoing various foods to look a certain way; I see people who have perfect bodies, but absolutely no joy or life force shining behind their eyes. The joy and
How do we enhance our pleasure in life at any age?
can simultaneously boost circulation. It’s also the über neurotransmitter that signals all body cells to balance out levels of serotonin, dopamine and beta-endorphins, which produce feelings of well-being. Nitric oxide is not stored in the body, so exercise, especially aerobics, helps raise its levels in the body at any age. When someone wins an Olympic gold medal, you can be sure he or she is at the height of a nitric oxide burst.
One of the biggest keys to enhancing your pleasure is to pay attention to what feels good. This is your vital guiding factor. Simple things, like enjoying a bouquet of flowers, are important. Pleasure begins with awakening the senses. I also recommend that you start to appreciate your skin, as well as the other parts of your body that serve you well. One of my older patients told me, “I’m no longer concerned with how my legs look. What I love is that when I get up in the morning, my knees work.” I hold the position that pleasure and happiness are actually the only things that work for us and are sustainable.
Why do you believe that “life has just begun” after menopause? When you are in midlife, you obviously have the same soul as when you were 12. However, if you have negotiated midlife skillfully by getting rid of excess baggage, thinking positively, moving into relationships that support you and making peace with those that haven’t—then you have access to the dictates of your soul. Menopause is a wakeup call. We’re waking up to who we are and to what we love. You find that you don’t care what other people think nearly as
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much as you used to, and yet you are able to better appreciate others because you appreciate yourself. Now that I’m over 50, everything I’m drawn to and everything my body wants to do brings me more pleasure. This goes against everything we’ve been taught—that we’re designed to disintegrate with age, get osteoporosis and decline into chronic degenerative diseases. As of midlife, I feel like I’ve come home to myself. For example, I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for a year and loving it. I’m also happy to report that my daughters have come home to themselves more quickly than I have. I would like to egg all women on with this concluding thought: A woman’s body is designed for pleasure, and when we invite it into our own lives, we are a gift to the world. For more information, visit DrNorthrup.com. Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email evm@Infionline.net.
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Delicious Nutritious Choices for People and Pets Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, et al)
Nine species of this “must have” member of the sunflower family are native to North America, growing to three feet. Brilliant flowers range from pink to dark purple. Echinacea purpurea is the easiest species to grow. Hardiness: Zone 4. Mulch the plants deeply in the fall in areas where winters are severe.
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n the North, spring’s balmy weather is a perfect time to plant that dream herb garden we have been thinking of all winter. In the South, it’s a good time to move container gardens inside the lanai to protect them from the intense summer sun. If experimenting with herbs for the first time or if garden space is limited, start with these four easy-to-grow herbs. All do well anywhere in North America and can do double duty by serving pets’ health needs, too. Many of the herbs we use to liven up our foods or supplement our bodies prove to be powerful medicines for our furry and feathered friends.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Commonly known as pot marigold, calendula’s bright yellow, orange or red-orange flowers are a familiar sight in gardens and landscape designs everywhere. Hardiness: Zone 4 (cold-hardy to -30 degrees F). Growing tips: Sow seeds in early spring, or transplant after the danger of frost is past. Regular watering will produce blooms throughout the year.
Parts used: Harvest the flowers whenever they are in full bloom. Make into herbal preparations while fresh or air dry and store in sealed plastic bags. Uses: Use as a tea or tincture. Fights infection and speeds healing of minor cuts, insect bites, abrasions or post-surgical incisions. When the dried flowers are boiled as a tea and cooled, it serves as a refreshing rinse for itchy skin.
Growing tips: Sow seeds in early spring (or fall in the South) by scattering them atop the ground and covering with just a dusting of soil. Keep them damp throughout germination—or plant starts from a nursery. They need full sun. Parts used: Harvest roots after the plant is at least three years old. The leaves, stems and flowers are useful, as well. Uses: Echinacea is often used to boost the immune system to help ward off indicated bacterial or viral infections, notes a study in the journal Phytomedicine. It is most commonly used for upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold in humans or kennel cough and other forms of bronchitis in dogs and cats. It is best used at the first indication of impending illness. It can be used in various forms; strong teas or tinctures low in alcohol work especially well with animals.
Parsley (Petroselium crispum)
The most common varieties have tightly curled leaves. All are useful and produce clusters of white flowers at the top of the stem. Most will grow to about three feet. Hardiness: Zone 4. Mulch the plants deeply in the fall in areas where winters are severe.
Growing tips: Plant seeds or transplants in spring, as soon as the ground can be worked. Parsley requires deep, well-drained soil and daily watering when the weather is hot and dry. Parts used: The leaf, root and seeds are all good.
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id you know that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are one of the earliest examples of hydroponics? Yes, our ancestors as far back as 600 B.C. were experimenting with soil-less gardening. The word hydroponic roughly translates to â€œwater working.â€? Itâ€™s the most efficient and practical way for terrestrial plants to receive foodâ€Śin the water supply. It is a high-yielding process of up to 40% faster than soil gardening, and very clean-growing as fewer, if any, pesticides are needed. In fact, hydroponic gardens can produce up to 10 times the yield as conventional soil gardens in the same amount of space. Perhaps most importantly, many major studies now indicate that we are eating far fewer nutrients in our food than 50 years ago due to overharvesting, pollution and other causes. As an example, over the entire 20th century the average mineral content in cabbage, lettuce, spinach and tomatoes declined from 400mg to less than 50mg, according to a 2003 report in NewsCanada. What does this mean for you? At a time when we are all trying to conserve resources and do our part for the environment, hydroponics might be the perfect solution. Less water, less space, less chemicals and, best of all, you know where your food is coming from. Knowledge, Integrity, Service, Selection. We pride ourselves on being voted Boulderâ€™s Best 6 years running, and bringing our 15 years of experience to Denver. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff will spend time with you to understand your needs.
General Uses: Parsley is a nutritious supplement that may be added liberally to a companion animalâ€™s raw or canned diet. The leaf juice is rich with the antioxidant chlorophyll and useful as a breath freshener. The oils in the leaves and seeds are thought to stimulate appetite while improving digestion. The seeds also contain trace amounts of limonene, a compound that can be effective in repelling fleas. Teas or tincture preparations of the long (hard to dig) taproot are often used by veterinary herbalists as a diuretic to help rid the body of excess waste. It is also frequently used in the holistic treatment of arthritis.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
With its lance-shaped leaves and clusters of small, white to pink blossoms, valerian is attractive to us as well as to bees and other pollinators. Roots are stringy, brown and earthily pungent. Plants can grow in excess of five feet, lending themselves as shade-bearing companions to shorter plants that need respite from afternoon sunshine. Hardiness: Zone 4. This hardy herb can survive even the harsh winters of southern Canada and maritime Alaska.
Growing tips: Put it in the middle of the garden, where it can stand and demand attention from pollinators. Valerian is easy to grow from transplants and needs full sun. Parts used: Preparations primarily involve the fall root. The upper parts of the plant make weaker medicine. Uses: Long regarded by herbalists as one of the most reliable calming agents in the herbal realm, reach for it when the dog is freaking out due to thunderstorms, a trip to the groomer or the dreaded holiday fireworks (Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology). Valerian helps calm their stomachs, as well as their moods. It is also useful for cats that manifest their anxieties in the form of digestive upset.
Dandelion Bonus (Taraxacum officinale)
Think twice before yanking dandelions, which are among Earthâ€™s most useful herbs. The literature reports impressive nutritive, liver supportive and digestive properties that virtually every animal needs to maintain good health.
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RULES OF THUMB Safe and Effective Herb Use 1. Herbs are generally best used as part of a holistic healing effort, where all aspects of an animalâ€™s health, not just symptoms, are considered.
2. Use herbs carefully and with common sense. Although herbs tend to be gentler and safer than conventional drugs, some are strong medicine and can cause harm if misused.
3. More is not necessarily better. No two animals are alike, and some will require a larger dose than others, but always start small.
4. Avoid using a specific herbal product until you know something about the herbs that are in it. Just because an herb works well for your neighborâ€™s cat doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s necessarily appropriate for yours.
5. Buy products from well-established, reputable manufacturers. Consult with your veterinarian.
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Surviving to Thriving as an Empath
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f a new mother is exposed to cold temperatures, or goes back to normal activities before 21 days, Oriental medicine established that the mother could live with a high risk of joint problems and stroke-like symptoms at a fairly young age. Oriental medicine has proven different causality relationships in pathology. There is a high rate of rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis -- symptoms similar to stroke -- among female Americans. There are multiple factors to create this difference, but Oriental medicine has discovered that a difference in postpartum management is one of the biggest. In Korea, a new mother should always wear socks and long sleeves even when her delivery is in the middle of summer. All the family members take care that she is not to perform ordinary household chores or heavy activities until at least three weeks after birth. Cold shower or eating ice cream? Absolutely not! This is considered almost insane in Korea. Although it’s hard to find modern research on this causality, it’s interesting that Oriental medicine explains that coldness and poor care after delivery can lead to poor health, i.e. serious joint pain, lower back pain, or paralysis of muscles. High prevalence of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis among American populations partly support that theory, because it’s normal to take a cold shower, or to eat ice cream, after the delivery. What might seem strange practices for Americans has worked for Koreans, and other Asian countries, for thousands of centuries. Fortunately, Oriental medicine gives good advice on how to prevent and relieve issues related to poor post-partum management. Poor neuromuscular control with joint problems currently might mean that one went back to routine activities early, or exposed oneself to cold food and temperatures after the delivery. Try a good Oriental medicine practitioner for some solutions. Heayoon Park, Licensed Acupuncturist, Dipl.OM, Pharmacist(Korea) practices evidence-based acupuncture and herbs with visible efficacy in the DTC area. 303-577-9977. See ad page 6.
Herbs for Pets T
oday’s “pet parent” has a wide variety of products to aid them in their quest for good health for their beloved companion. One of the most effective of these is herbs. They have been around for years, successfully treating, curing and preventing a variety of health issues and their use has grown in popularity as people strive to find alternatives to the side effects that many modern drugs create. Much of what we have learned in herbs’ use in people can be applied to our pets as well, though some caution and intelligent research is always advised before proceeding. One herb that can be safely used to treat the most common ailment, diarrhea, is Slippery Elm. The powder form is the easiest in practical application, as it can be added to a pets food, or mixed with warm water or broth and a little carob powder to make it palatable enough to feed on its own. There are even some new products available for pets, such as Honest Kitchen’s Perfect Form, which incorporate slippery elm in their contents for this very purpose. It is calming to the digestive tract, anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate moisture content in the large intestine, all of which helps to alleviate those 2’oclock in the morning nighttime runs! This makes your pet, and you, a lot happier. Stop by Hero’s Pets for recommendations about this and other natural and safe products for your pets’ health needs. Open Monday through Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5. 886 Bowles Avenue,Littleton. Visit herospets.com. See ad page 15.
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aya Abdominal Massage, The Arvigo Techniques TM, is based on the ancient Mayan technique which is an external non-invasive manipulation of the abdomen. This is a holistic approach to health care which includes holistic massage, anatomy and physiology, herbology, nutrition, and emotional and spiritual healing. There is an additional diagnostic with women of accessing the position of the uterus. The modality encourages the health and healing of the whole body through gentle manipulations of the sacrum, hips, and spine as well as massage of the upper abdomen and repositioning of the uterus. There has been great success with encouraging health and relieving symptoms related to digestion, bladder and urinary health, uterine and ovarian health, circulation, fertility, and pregnancy. What many see as a disease, Maya Abdominal Massage sees as a gift that can, if nurtured and nourished, open the doorway to transformation. This technique aids in releasing tension and resistance to change through active heart centered compassion. Healing occurs when we enter the place of the mystery/the void/the unknown, which creates sacred space for deep healing to occur. In Central America, many of the grandmothers, midwives, and shamans know this technique. It is at the core and the center of healing, just as bellies are at the core and center of bodies. When tension is released in our core, the uterus is aligned in a healthy and central position, which helps the body to be more centered and healthy. Most people carry an incredible amount of tension in their abdomen. Often this tension stems from repressed emotions. Abdominal tension can lead to experiences of difficult digestion, impaired circulation, uterine and prostate dysfunction. By massaging our own abdomen or someone else’s, repressed emotions are encouraged to move. This is a powerful and gentle way to help a person heal themselves. So many of the discomforts the modern woman faces with her uterus can be avoided through simple self-care. Because the uterus is a “free floating” organ
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attached loosely to the pelvis by ligaments, the position of the uterus is constantly changing. A hard fall, walking on cold floors, wearing high heels, experiencing sexual abuse, have a long pushing stage in labor (among many other “traumas”), the uterus can shift position. If the uterus is not massaged back to the center, dysfunction can arise. A tipped uterus can cause fibroids, cysts, polyps, endometriosis, flooding, clotting, chronic urinary tract infections, infertility, sciatica, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, etc.
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By learning the simple techniques of MAM, the techniques can be applied on oneself and help to heal and/or prevent the above diseases. For more information about Maya Abdominal Massage, contact Bonnie Baird, Certified Massage Therapist, at soothingtherapeutics.com. To make an appointment with Bonnie call Crowning Touch Healing Art Center, 18425 Pony Express Dr, #107, Parker, CO 80134. 720-318-7749. See ad page 7.
Osteopathy: Hands-On Healing O
steopathy is a science and art of healing that was developed by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still at the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Still was disillusioned with the medical practices of the late 1800’s, which included treatments like routine amputation, bleeding people with leeches and calomel (a mercury-based compound). He believed that many of the medications of his day were useless or even harmful. Dr. Still had further reason to question conventional medicine when, during the meningitis outbreak of 1864, he lost three of his children to spinal meningitis while they were under the best medical care available. His grief led him to dedicate the next ten years of his life to the intensive study of anatomy and physiology in the hopes of finding a better, alternative means of healing. What Dr. Still discovered was that the body already contained much of what we need to be healthy and that the rest could be derived from good nutrition and healthy living. His studies led him to the development of a system of diagnosis, treatment and healing which he named Osteopathy. The foundation of Osteopathy is based on the following principles: (1) that the body is a single dynamic unit of function, (2) that the body possesses a natural self-healing mechanism and (3) that the body’s structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are intimately related. Dr. Still recognized that the body is an integrated whole and that a problem in any one area could potentially affect the entire person. He believed we have the capacity to heal ourselves if the obstacles to healing are removed. Dr. Still identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. He determined that the maintenance of proper structure by occasional treatment enabled the body to function properly and to resist disease by enhancing the immune system. Dr. Still developed a unique method of diagnosis and treatment known as Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). OMT is a natural hands-on approach to guide the body back toward its inherent health. It incorporates approximately fourteen different modalities aimed at relieving pain, strain, injury and stress from the body. Most of these techniques are very gentle, working not only with the bony and muscular structures of the body, but also with the membranous, fluid and bio-energetic systems.
Cranial Osteopathy is a concept first put forth by William Garner Sutherland, D.O. who expanded on an observation previously made by his teacher, Dr. Still. Dr. Sutherland determined there is a palpable movement within the body that occurs simultaneously with the motion of the cranial bones. Sutherland proposed a model called the “Primary Respiratory Mechanism” (PRM) to describe the inherent forces that drive this cranial rhythm. He used this terminology to suggest an essential, vital rhythmic force functioning through the cooperation of a number of physical elements. Cranial Osteopathy uses the primary respiratory mechanism to diagnose and treat problems within the head and throughout the entire body. This natural rhythm of alternating expansion and contraction can be felt from any part of the body by a trained osteopathic physician. This is because the PRM affects every cell, influencing and guiding the physiology of the whole body. Osteopathy, including Cranial Osteopathy, is firmly based in a deep understanding and solemn respect for the anatomy, physiology and embryology of the body. It is effective in the treatment of a number of conditions, including back, neck and joint pain, headaches, pregnancy induced pain and swelling, birth trauma, ear infections, traumatic and sports injuries, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lymphedema, sciatica, scoliosis, asthma, irritable bowel, colitis and other disorders. Gentle osteopathic methods can be safely applied in the treatment of infants, children and adults. Osteopathy is about finding a better way to health. The body is a dynamic fluid system seeking harmony and balance. The goal of osteopathic treatment is the removal of obstructions so that the body can use its inherent healing mechanisms to achieve this harmony, thus reestablishing health to the entire system. Dr. Maria Gentile is the founder of Colorado Osteopathic & Integrative Medicine Associates, P.C. and a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She practices in Northwest Denver. For more information, see ad on page 21.
Allergy Causes, Even Healthy Foods Can Cause Problems H
idden food allergies are a bigger problem than most even realize. Twelve million Americans suffer from food allergies and those are only the food allergies that people are aware of. Even patients with a balanced diet can experience, weight gain, fatigue and digestive problems. How can this be? A well-balanced diet is supposed to be a staple of good health. Good food choices are important, but the effects of hidden food allergies can leave patients not feeling their best and frustrated. An allergy is simply an error in the immune system. As food is consumed, the body begins to break it down. If for any reason, the food is identified as harmful or not perceived as a beneficial substance, the immune system will attack it instead of the digestive system digesting it.
Allergies can develop for many different reasons. One of the most common is due to the presence of a negative external event that becomes associated with a food. For instance, a patient was trying to lose weight. After a detailed history and evaluation, it was found she grew up collecting chicken eggs. From childhood on, she couldn’t stand the sight of eggs. She had developed a hidden allergy to eggs. Egg is one of the most common ingredients in almost everything. It is very hard to avoid. She was treated for her egg allergy and she immediately began to lose weight. Another cause of food allergies can be over-exposure. There is a large population of people that tend to develop allergies later in life. Reviewing their past history, they tend to have the same diet for many years. In many cases the diets may be pretty good, but due to prolonged exposure to the same foods, the body hits a threshold that no longer perceives the food as beneficial and then creates an allergy. These hidden allergies usually present themselves as a noninflammatory condition such as fatigue, weight gain, brain fog or gas and bloating. For this reason, most food allergies are mis-diagnosed by traditional allergy testing which only check for inflammatory markers such as immunoglobulin and histamine responses. Not everything is an allergy, however if you find that you have changed your diet and you are eating healthy foods, yet you are not seeing the results that you were anticipating, it is highly possible that you may have a hidden food allergy. Dr. Schwartz is the clinic director of the Laser Allergy Center of Denver. He has been treating allergies and chronic degenerative conditions for the past 10 years. He offers free lectures on holistic allergy elimination to the public on a monthly basis. If you suspect you have hidden allergies or are looking to eliminate your known allergies, please call 303-996-4663. All consultations are free. See ad on page 14.
Getting to the Heart of Emotions
“Don’t be so emotional.” “ Just think logically and let all emotion go.” These are just some of the phrases one hears when negative emotions, such as anxiety, stress, anger, guilt, fear or depression arise. More than 18% of American adults suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, such as General Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety. Women suffer from anxiety/stress almost twice as much as men. More than 54% of Americans are concerned about health problems caused by the level of stress in their everyday lives. The most common negative emotions are typically in the areas of anger, guilt, fear and depression. What may have been a bad day morphs into a bad week, month, year, or perhaps even decade. To make matters worse, what once may have only affected one area of life, has now overlapped into many/ all other areas of a person’s life. Perhaps it feels as if these negative emotions have one held hostage, pulling the person under, unable to break free. Emotion is nothing more than a
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life habits that can help us understand and cultivate this sort of vitality. Yet in America, vitality is still viewed as the frosting on the cake of life—and not, as in Eastern cultures, its main focus. While good health enhances and helps signify vitality, it can’t deliver all of vitality’s benefits. So, what is the secret to sustaining our vitality or getting it back?
Reconnecting with What Nourishes Dan Buettner, bestselling author of The Blue Zones, is an expert on human longevity and vitality. He’s found that vitality has as much to do with social, emotional and mental health as with physical habits. For instance, diet and exercise play a big part in vitality, but so do things like a sense of life purpose, spirituality and community. Identifying vitality zappers is equally important. Constance Grauds, a registered pharmacist, shamana (female shaman) and author of Jungle Medicine, explains that traditional medicine men believe human disease and suffering is caused by disconnection and that its root is a core fear, or susto. She believes that most Americans are chronically afflicted by susto, living in the grip of one type of fear or another virtually all the time. Grauds suspects that Americans’ excess susto has something to do with chronic anxieties, pressures and “little fears” they face every day: job stress,
money worries, social pressures, relationship troubles and so on. The net outcome is a massive vitality drain. To plug “energy leaks,” we need to build connections to the things that energize and sustain us, such as meditation or prayer, healthy food, loving relationships and mindful exercise, says Grauds. “Energy and vitality come from the joyful things we do in life that are simple, free and right under our noses,” she observes, “like petting your dog, watering your garden and taking a few deep breaths. “Vitality is a measure of the life force within you,” she continues. “When we’re connected to our sources of vitality, not only do we have more energy to be more active and get more done, but we’re engaged, we’re present. We feel that flow of life force pumping through us.”
Where to Start Americans are slowly waking up to the fact that we need to value our vitality more deeply or we risk losing it. It’s best to review vitality zappers and enhancers daily or weekly and repair minor leaks before a trickle becomes a torrent. We can start by finding a place of stillness. Consider meditating, keeping a journal, praying or just walking in the woods while asking our self how we are doing and feeling and what we are missing or longing for. Listen for the signals that say certain connections may have come loose, and that other factors may be pulling too strongly. “Plugging into life is the key to more vitality,” says Grauds. “Find ways to connect to the world outside yourself.” Catherine Guthrie is a freelance writer based in Bloomington, IN. Connect at CatherineGuthrie.com.
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rimary dysmenorrhea (DIS-men-oh-ree-uh) is lower abdominal cramping pain that begins just before or during your menstrual period. It is not associated with any pelvic disease or problems. Primary dysmenorrhea starts during adolescence, usually beginning within three years after the first menstruation. It is considered the most common gynecologic problem in menstruating women, with rates between 40 and 90%. It is reported that primary dysmenorrhea affects more than 18 million women in the United States. Approximately 5 to 15% of these women have severe pain that interferes with daily activities. The associated rates of absenteeism range from 34 to 50% representing 600 million lost work hours and $2 billion in lost productivity annually. The risk factors for severe primary dysmenorrhea include onset of puberty at or before age 11, menstruation starting at an early age, family history of painful periods, menstrual periods lasting 7 days or more and smoking. There is also one study identifying obesity and alcohol consumption as risk factors.
It is reported that primary dysmenorrhea affects more than 18 million women in the United States. The pain of primary dysmenorrhea starts shortly before or at the beginning of the menstrual period and peaks as the flow becomes heaviest during the first or second day of the cycle. It can be a continuous or alternating pain. It can be dull and throbbing or sharp, colicky spasms of pain. The pain may also spread to the lower back and legs. Severe cramping can be associated with nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea or constipation, headaches, light-headedness and frequent urination. It may also be associated with the passage of blood clots, which can worsen cramping. Primary dysmenorrhea has been reported to decrease in intensity after age 25 and may disappear after pregnancy. The exact cause of primary dysmenorrhea is not completely understood, but it is intimately associated with the menstrual cycle itself. During the menstrual cycle, a
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An Osteopathic Perspective Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) includes gentle work with the organs and organ systems, including the uterus and other reproductive organs. A study done on OMT in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea showed that 75% of subjects in the treatment group recorded a statistically significant reduction in menstrual pain intensity as compared with those not receiving OMT. OMT can also help regulate
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A Chinese Medicine Perspective Primary dysmenorrhea is addressed in Chinese medicine by considering three functions. Spleen governs the production of Blood and the transformation of food into Qi. Kidney is responsible for the governing of the ovaries including the formation of the eggs. Kidney function predominates from the onset of the period until the next ovulation. Liver stores Blood to nourish the eggs and releases stored Blood when it is no longer needed. Liver function predominates from ovulation to the onset of the next period. Liver is the organ in charge of moving Qi and Blood, thereby regulating the menstrual cycle. Imbalances in any of these organ systems can cause changes in the menstrual cycle and pain. Treatment with acupuncture and/or herbs will vary depending on which functions are out of balance and the stage of the menstrual cycle at the time of treatment. Maria Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) at Colorado Osteopathic & Integrative Medicine Associates, PC.
A Homeopathic Perspective Many of my patients with menstrual disorders seem to think that having cramps is normal. The menstrual cycle is a natural process and should not cause pain and suffering. In homeopathy we address the whole person and not just the symptoms. My initial evaluation explores the complete hormonal cycle from the beginning of menstruation, paying attention to when symptoms appear in the cycle, the intensity of the symptoms, what makes them better and worse. I explore the exact quality of the pain, the sensation experienced, any associated symptoms and the areas to which the pain extends. It is also important that I understand the patient on a mental/emotional level. Homeopathy can be very effective in alleviating painful cramping. There are over 6000 homeopathic remedies so itâ€™s important that each person is carefully evaluated to find the best one to assist their body in healing itself. To achieve the greatest benefit from homeopathy, a professional trained homeopath should be consulted. Wanda J. Bedinghaus, MD - Healing UnleashedÂŽ,practices at Classical Homeopathic Medicine, 3609 S.Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 132, Lakewood, CO 80235. 303-986-0492 or visit healingunleashed.com.
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MAY 2, SUNDAY Exploring the Self through Art—12-2pm. Spend some time exploring the Self through expression with art. Instructor Laura Heaton. $25. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773. Canine Toe Nail Trimmings—12-2pm. Trimmings by Groomer Kelly Rees at Hero’s Pets. $10 appt. preferred. 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. Info 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com. Self-Esteem for Girls (and Women)—3:30-5:30pm. Develop a strong and healthy sense of confidence. Gatherings may include storytelling, movement, talking circles, creative projects, and more. “Confident Girls Become Strong Women”-Donna DeNomme & Tina Proctor bring over 30 years exp. $10. 18719 W 60th Ave, Golden. Info 303-271-0510.
MAY 3, MONDAY Path of Healing: Conscious Energy Studies—7-9pm. How present are you? Do you feel psychically and energetically equipped to deal with our chaotic and often challenging world? We explore how to be more fully conscious & capable with positive energies, studying practical tech-
niques for healing. $20. For Heaven’s Sakes Books 4383 Tennyson St, Denver. Donna DeNomme 303-271-0510.
MAY 4, TUESDAY Co-Parenting in Peace—11am-1pm. Each Tuesday for 3 weeks. Whether you are divorced, separated, or living with your co-parent, you must know that conflict between the parents hurts the children. This 6-hr workshop is designed to bring more peace into your family. $125. Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon St, Denver. Info 720-290-5715. Parent Event for ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia HOPE!—6:30pm. Brain Balance Achievement Centers are for families with children struggling with ADHD, Learning and Processing Disorders, Dyslexia, Autism, Aspergers, PDD and OCD. We will be talking about what is happening in the brains of our children, why this is happening and how the Brain Balance Program works to make corrections in the brain. Free. 1211 Avery St, Golden. Info 303-278-1780. Metaphysics, Mysticism and Self-Awareness Course—7-10pm. 10 wk. beginning class is part of a multilevel course for the individual interested in self-discovery. Discover who you really are and your purpose for being here this lifetime. Instructor Joe Walkowich. $195/10 wks. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773 or JourneyBooks.com. The Center of Well-Being Pranic Healing Clinic— 7-9pm. Pranic Healing is a no-touch, painless, healing art & science that acts as a powerful catalyst to spark the body’s inborn ability to repair itself. Meditation 1st half hour, with healings to follow. Free. 1385 Carr St, Ste 6, Lakewood. Info 303-430-9112.
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MAY 12, WEDNESDAY Tea with Dr. B—5:30-7pm. A complimentary seminar offering guests a lively discussion on homeopathy and sampling of Wystone’s delicious teas of the month. Free. Wystone’s World Tea. Info 303-986-0492. Universal Life Force Energy and Healing for Your Pets—1:30-4pm. Reiki for Animals with Master Practitioner Annie Morrissey. Through a gentle hands-on process, your companion animal will experience relief from stress, pain and arthritis. Treatment focuses on you and your pet. $30 /30 min. Hero’s Pets, Littleton. Info and Appt 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com. B-Fit Workout—5:30-7:30pm. B-fit trainer Noelle Brownson will help guide you through an hour long workout designed to help motivate and inspire you to push yourself and reach your fitness goals. Come ready to workout, bring water and wear fitness clothes. Outdoor Divas, Cherry Creek North. RSVP Events@OutdoorDivas.com. Success – Dissolve the REAL Blocks to Your Success—6:15-8:45pm. Dissolve subconscious programming that may be steering your life and sabotaging your success. Most of those programs you did not choose and they conflict with your goals. Includes a second session on May 19. $59. Downtown Littleton. ClearSourceCoaching. com, Vicki Nelson 303-955-7532. Introduction to Herbal Teas/Soaks/Steams—6:30pm. Join our experienced Naturopathic Doctor, Colleen Gagliardi, ND for a discussion of herbal teas, soaks and steams for various health conditions. Come taste, smell and enjoy the herbs. Space limited. $30. 12001 W 63rd Pl, Arvada. Info and reservations 406-672-3376. De-Stressor Time—7-8pm. Come experience how easy it is to de-stress. You’ll not only learn how quickly it can be done; you’ll also remember once again how nice it is to feel good. $10. 88 Inverness Circle E, Ste A204, Centennial. Info 303-708-8817.
MAY 13, THURSDAY EFT-Boost Health, Eliminate Fears, Forget Phobias—6:15-8:45pm. Done rearranging your life around phobias, fears and health issues? Others are freeing themselves from issues that have limited and frustrated them for decades. You can too. Class includes a second session May 20th. $59. Downtown Littleton. ClearSourceCoaching.com, Vicki Nelson 303-955-7532. Denver Metro Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting—6:30pm. Use the energy of Summer to grow your plans this May. Join us for journaling and goal sharing for 2010. You can choose to have a smudge and a blessing to help open your mind. Tea will be provided. Free. Denver Waldorf School, 940 Fillmore St, Denver. Info 720-810-5593. Access Your Inner Guidance—6:30-8:30pm. In this experiential workshop, you will learn techniques to enhance your inner guidance for greater clarity and direction in life, as well as healing and transformation. Please bring a journal or notebook and your questions. $25. 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. Info LiveAPurposefulLife.com. Open Door Reading Space—7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will clairvoyantly answer your questions, provide medium communication (May), channel your guides/angels (July) or offer pet healings and communication (June). $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. Info 303-365-0200. Path of the Sacred: Shamanic Wisdom—7-9pm. Drawing from many wisdom traditions, Donna shares true empowerment from a sacred path. With great respect and deep understanding, we explore our personal connection to the spiritual realm in order to live in alignment with our truest nature. $20. 4383 Tennyson St, Denver. Info 303-271-0510.
MAY 14, FRIDAY EFT-Practice Group (Emotional Freedom Technique)—6-7:30pm. This is a practice group for people with a basic understanding of Emotional Freedom Technique. If you don’t know EFT, there are easy ways to learn, including my class on May 13 & 20. Free. Downtown Littleton. ClearSourceCoaching.com, Vicki Nelson 303-955-7532.
MAY 15, SATURDAY Visionary Leadership Intensive—8:30am. Sat. and Sun. Uncover your own authentic greatness and become an agent of conscious transformation in family, career, and society. Be a part of the powerful and fundamental movement that the Canadian Government is now utilizing to transform and empower its entire judicial branch. $295. The Timbers Hotel, Denver. Info 973-680-0271. De-Stressor Time—10-11am. Come experience how easy it is to de-stress. You’ll not only learn how quickly it can be done; you’ll also remember once again how nice it is to feel good. $10. 88 Inverness Circle E, Ste A204, Centennial. Info 303-708-8817. Self-Care through Chakra Connection—10am-2pm. Chakra Connection is a technique that connects and balances the major and minor chakras and enhances the sense of well-being. Chakras are energy centers located within and just outside the physical body. $25. 2606 W Alamo Ave, Littleton. Info 303-586-5230 or BetterHealthWellness.com. Monthly Intuitive/Psychic Fair—10am-5pm. 3rd Saturday of every Month. 10% off any one reading, or 15% off three or more readings if paid one week prior. Animal Communication, Astrological Readings, Aura Cleansing and Chakra Balancing, Aura Photos, Gemstone Readings & Intuitive Palmistry , Past Life Readings, Tarot, Soul Path Readings, and more. $20/20min. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773.
MAY 16, SUNDAY Awakening to the Secret Code of Your Mind—9am5pm. A One Day Workshop based on Dr Darren Weissman’s new book, “Awakening to the Secret Code of Your Mind: Your Minds Journey to Inner Peace” by local
Certified LifeLine™ Practitioner & Certified Instructor of the 1-2-3 Plan, Gail Keeler. You will learn the 1 2 3 Plan of The LifeLine Technique™ . $125. Lafayette. Location and Info 303-956-2382. Soul Body Fusion 1-Day Workshop—10am-4pm. Learn how to align body and soul to live your full potential. Soul Body Fusion is a process developed by Jonette Crowley and the Center for Creative Consciousness. This a powerful process that can be incorporated into any healing process. Instructor, Tryna Cooper. $99. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773. Canine Toe Nail Trimmings—12-2pm. Trimmings by Groomer Kelly Rees at Hereo’s Pets. $10 appt preferred. 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. Info 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com.
MAY 17, MONDAY Detox and Weight Loss—6pm. Learn why it is important to detoxify and clean your body to promote better health and well being; and how to start your own detox regime. A detoxifying cleanse can help your body eliminate these toxins by stimulating your organs. Donation. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. Info 720-318-4053 or Register ChoicesandSupport.com Low Cost Spay/Neuter for Cats—7:30am. First come, first served. Cost is $25 and includes Rabies and Distemper Vaccination (if needed), ear cleaning and a nail trimming. (Cost does not include blood work.) Info call Dumb Friends League at 303-751-5772 x7276. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N Littleton. Info 303-972-1926, email@example.com or HerosPets.com.
MAY 18, TUESDAY Acupressure Level 2—Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage offers short term Certification courses in Canine and Equine Massage and Large and Small Animal Acupressure. Littleton, CO. Contact 303-669-4227, or firstname.lastname@example.org or rmsaam.com.
MAY 19, WEDNESDAY Parent Event for ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia HOPE!— 6:30pm. Brain Balance Achievement Centers are for families with children struggling with ADHD, Learning and Processing Disorders, Dyslexia, Autism, Aspergers, PDD and OCD. We will be talking about what is happening in the brains of our children, why this is happening and how the Brain Balance Program works to make corrections. Free. 1211 Avery St, Golden. Info 303-278-1780. Calligraphy Workshop—7pm. Seven Cups, Denver’s only Chinese teahouse, is hosting renowned calligraphy artist Harrison Tu for an introductory calligraphy workshop. Brushes, paper and ink will be supplied. Just bring your creativity and an eagerness to learn. RSVPs req’d. and it will sell out, so call ahead. $10. 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. Equine Massage Level 1—Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage offers short term Certification courses in Canine and Equine Massage and Large and Small Animal Acupressure. Littleton, CO. Contact 303-669-4227, or email@example.com or rmsaam.com.
MAY 20, THURSDAY Sex for the Long Haul: 7 Tools for Busting Sexual Stereotypes—6-7pm. Certified clinical sex therapist David Clift-Willoughby presents seven tools for overcoming common (but rarely talked about) sexual struggles in long-term intimate relationships. Pre-reg. is required, and is open to both individuals and partners. $10 donation. 6021 S Syracuse Wy, Ste 216, Greenwood Village. RSVP 303-843-6000 or Kelly@CreativeCounselingCenter.com. Student Space & Energetic Boundaries Class—78:30pm. Get EB tools and learn how to use them in the first six wks for $25/class. Got tools? Guided by Rev. DebraRae, you’ll define your space, run your energy, work various energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($10). Attend one or both classes per
calendarofevents month. $10-25. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. Info 303-365-0200.
MAY 24, MONDAY
Oneness DEEKSHAS & Sacred Sound w/Anne & Donna—7-9pm. Come for a Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation $20 donation. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773 or JourneyBooks.com.
Green Cleaning with Essential Oils—6pm. Today’s household cleaning products are filled with synthetics and toxic chemicals that compromise our bodies systems and immune function. Learn how to reverse this toxicity and clean your home with pure therapeutic essential oils. Donation. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. Info 720-318-4053 or Register ChoicesandSupport.com
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Ready for Summer? Spot Reduce and Detoxify— 6:30pm. Learn about a herbal applicator that helps get toxins out of fat cells. Lose inches (often in 45 minutes), tighten loose skin, cellulite and hit problem spots. Learn lots of easy ways to detoxify and get healthier. Applicators available for purchase. Free. Whole Health Center, 9075 Forsstrom Dr, Lone Tree. RSVP 720-308-4089. Sacred Sounds-Crystal Bowls & Drum Circle—7pm. Come share an evening of sacred sound in a group experience of healing sound expression. Bring your bowls, drums, flutes, digeridoos, bells, voices, etc. and enjoy an evening of sharing and community. Feel free to bring a snack to share. Love Donation. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773 or JourneyBooks.com.
MAY 22, SATURDAY De-Stressor Time—10-11am. Come experience how easy it is to de-stress. You’ll not only learn how quickly it can be done; you’ll also remember once again how nice it is to feel good. $10. 88 Inverness Circle E, Ste A204, Centennial. Info 303-708-8817. Canine Massage—11am-4pm. Naturally treat your dog with a safe and effective massage and aromatherapy treatment. Sessions last about an hour, depending on how long your dog wants to go. Appt preferred. Small dogs/$45 and large dogs/$55. Hero’s Pets. 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N Littleton. Info 303-972-1926 or HerosPets.com. Past Life Regression Workshop—2-6pm. Tap into hidden aspects of your subconscious. Better understand yourself and others; have more self love and new attitudes and behaviors that are strongly supportive of your well-being. $80. Parkview Plaza, 13700 Hwy 285, Pine Junction. Class size limited. RSVP 303-847-0786 or Iris@customizedhypnosis.com.
MAY 23, SUNDAY Learn the Levels of Consciousness—12-2pm. How do you make up your mind? Perhaps it would be easier if you knew what your mind is made up of. This is your opportunity to get a brief overview of the levels of mind and consciousness and how they operate. $25. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-E Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773.
LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE JUNE 3, THURSDAY American Holistic Nurses Assoc Conference—8am8pm. Thurs-Sun. AHNA’s 30th Annual Conference ReVisioning Environment: Creating a Habitat for Healing. Discover unique ways to enrich your practice, teaching & life through the creation of caring/healing environments. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S Circle, Colorado Springs. Info & Cost 800-278-2462 or AHNA.org.
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Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning for Dogs and Cats— Teeth Cleanings for Dogs and Cats performed without anesthesia by Certified Veterinarian Turie Norman and Vet Tech Cindy Lloyd. Cost is $150 and a $25 dep. and appointment req’d. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. Appt and Info 303-972-1926. Equine Massage Level 2—Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage offers short term Certification courses in Canine and Equine Massage and Large and Small Animal Acupressure. Littleton, CO. Contact 303-669-4227, or firstname.lastname@example.org or rmsaam.com.
MAY 26, WEDNESDAY Hero’s Pets Salutes Heroes—All day. 10% discount on all products in the store for all Military, Police, EMS, Fire Rescue or other public service member with ID. We appreciate all you do for us. We will donate an additional 5% of your purchases to a select non-profit for that month. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. Info 303-972-1926 or HerosPets.com. Universal Life Force Energy and Healing for Your Pets—1:30-4pm. Reiki for Animals with Master Practitioner Annie Morrissey. Through a gentle hands-on process, your companion animal will experience relief from stress, pain and arthritis. Treatment focuses on you and your pet. $30/30 min. Hero’s Pets, Littleton. Info and Appt 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com. Flower Essences—6:30pm. Join Dr. Colleen Gagliardi, ND for an introductory talk on Bach Flower Remedies and how to use them as gentle supports for healing-for you and your loved ones. 12001 W 63rd Pl, Arvada. Info and RSVP 406-672-3376. Sedona Method Support Group—6:30-8pm. Monthly support group for people using Sedona Method releasing to get support in all areas. Release on goals, relationships, health, stress and more. Enjoy Denver’s releasing community. $15. 2825 Vallejo St, Denver. Info & Reg. 303-762-8994. World Service Meditation—7:15-8:30pm. Each month Denver meditation service group meet to link with groups throughout the world to contact and direct divine energies towards the world’s need for univer-
mission of the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) is to promote awareness about ovarian cancer through advocacy, education and support. COCA is a partner member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA). $30. City Park, Denver. Register online ColoradoOvarianCancer.org/events/ RaceWalkForAwareness.shtml. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Level 1 Training—9am-3pm. EFT Training will teach you how to heal yourself. EFT is a process for releasing the internal, subconscious blocks that keep you from achieving your personal and professional goals. Creative Counseling Center, Syracuse Building 1, 6021 S. Syracuse Way, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. $140. Info Teri or Kelly at 303-843-6000 or visit creativecounselingcenter.com.
sally expressed goodwill. Join us in working with the energies available in Gemini. Free. Info 303-988-1626 or DenverMeditationService.org. Beyond the Law of Attraction—7-9pm. Learn about other universal laws that impact you. Create harmony in your life as you come to an understanding of the workings of universal laws and you begin to consciously work with them through the actions of your will. Instructor Tryna Cooper. $25. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773 or JourneyBooks.com. Free Yoga in the Park—8:15-9:15am. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, and the Highlands Ranch Metro District offer second annual Free Yoga in the Park. Come experience an outdoor morning practice taught by nine different instructors. Participants must be 18 years of age. Free. Civic Green Park, Highlands Ranch. Info NamasteWorksYoga.com/Events.
MAY 27, THURSDAY Herbal Fertility—6-8pm. This class is for women preparing for pregnancy. Herbs that support hormonal balance and the health of the reproductive organs will be prepared into simple formulas. Scientific research will back up traditional knowledge on the use of fertility enhancing herbal preparations. Free. 423 E Alameda Ave, Denver. Info 720-570-2454. Nutritional Cleansing 101—7-8:30pm. This workshop introduces a revolutionary new cleansing/fat burning system, a totally natural, safe and effective program to rid your body of the harmful toxins builtup over your lifetime. Free. 65 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Info 303-934-3600.
MAY 28, FRIDAY Psychic Development-How to Read a Person Like a Book—7:30-9:30pm. Kim Fanelli,a Numerologist and Intuitive Coach, is called The Life Path Lady because of her passionate commitment to introduce people to their Life Path Number. She empowers her clients to live powerful, effective, and peaceful lives. $15. Class size is limited. RSVP and Info 303-237-1102 or Kim_Fanelli@msn.com.
MAY 29, SATURDAY Anton Mizerak and Kim Lorene in Concert—7pm. New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living hosts a concert by multi-instrumentalist Anton Mizerak and singer/ songwriter Kim Lorene. Experience a celebration of life through transformational healing music. Offering. 1680 S Chambers Rd, Aurora. Concert Info 303-369-8222 or ScienceOfMind.org. Psychic & Healing Fair—12-5pm. Give yourself the gift of healing. Visit Sacred Spaces Center and receive readings and various modalities of healing $20/20 min. Readings with Rev DebraRae, aura and angel healings, Reiki and more. Vendors include Enchanted Goddess handmade soaps, crystals and gems, books and more. $2+. 223 Titan St, Aurora. Info 303-365-0200.
JUNE 9, WEDNESDAY Animal Communication—7-8:30pm. Instructor: Lorraine May. $25 by June 2; $30 after June 2. Info, Classes and Events 303-239-0382 or MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com or MishaMayFoundation. org/Events.htm.
JUNE 12, SATURDAY Beti Bike Bash—All Day. From the first timer to the seasoned professional, join us for a landmark event in the mountain bike community. Team Yeti Beti is encouraging all women who mountain bike to come out for the Beti Bike Bash. Test your skills against other women, or experience
your first Colorado mountain bike race. Solo or 3 woman relay. Bear Creek Lake, Denver. Info 303-320-3282 or OutdoorDivas.com.
word we say is a choice. We hold a power that is our most powerful gift. $25. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773.
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Bigger Better Brains Kids Summer Camp—810am. Mon-Fri. Putting the fun into reading, destressing, learning and memory strategies. A must for kids who are struggling and kids who want to excel on the learning fast track. 88 Inverness Circle E, Ste A204, Centennial. Cost & Info 303-708-8817.
Understanding Dogs—7-8:30pm. Wednesdays through July 21. A 6-week comprehensive, holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing. Includes a behavior consultation/coaching session/ treatment plan. Pre-Reg req’d. One Human/One Dog Pair $195; Add’l Human $60. Human w/o Dog $120. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773.
JUNE 15, TUESDAY The Power of Choice—7-9pm. Join Tryna Cooper to explore how to become aware of the power we hold, embrace it, and consciously use it to create the life we want. Our lives are choice. Each action we take is a choice. Each
JUNE 17, THURSDAY Crystal Consciousness and Chakra Awareness with Margaret Ann Lembo—7-9pm. Learn the
ongoingevents sunday Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic— 11am-12:30pm. 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Join us for a spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. 223 Titan St, Aurora. Info SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Think-DAnCe-Meditate—5-7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Energize your life with spiritual exploration twice monthly. We offer a community of individuals interested in expressing spiritual freedom. $10 donation. 1939 S Monroe, Denver. Info TinyUrl.com/yhxg9yf.
monday Finding Peace Within—7-8pm. A free weekly meditation group for all levels of experience. Free yourself from limiting beliefs: Discover your true self through Kriya Yoga Meditation. Led by Kathryn Solie and Alec Story. Donation. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info Journeybooks.com. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga—7pm. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga is an exhilarating and complete Yoga practice. The free flow series uses the Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another allowing fat-burning and building a firm, toned healthy body. No exp. req’d. $79.99/mo (2 classes per week) or $44/mo (one class per week). The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773.
tuesday Free Aura Healings—6-7pm. Simply relax and find clarity during a neutralizing energy wash of your aura to remove unwanted energies. Let your pure essence shine! Free 10 min. healing. 8 East First Ave, #103, Denver. Info 303-668-2358. Majiang (Mahjongg) Nights—6-8pm. Come in for a pot of tea and a friendly game of Majiang (Mahjongg) with fellow tea-drinkers. Beginners always welcome. $2. 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. Info 303-777-2877.
Discover Real Happiness with the Avatar® Course—6-9pm. Join us to explore how your beliefs are affecting your reality and how you can use the Avatar tools to change the blueprint you operate from. Create the rest of your life more deliberately or change repeating patterns. The Avatar Course will be very inspiring and empowering. Free. RSVP Linda 720-320-9681. Avatar® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge, Inc. All rights reserved. Modern-Day-Meditation—7-8:30pm. This meditation uses movement and music to guide people to a more open and calm state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. $10 donation. 1st class free. Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave, Denver. Info 800-338-3788.
wednesday Body Balance-Somatic Movement Classes—910am. Using gentle, easy movements based on the Trager® Approach combined with Pilates-based fundamentals, yoga and Qi Gong exercises, the Body Balance class gently increases relaxation, core strength, balance and coordination while reducing strain and joint pain. $12. 922 Washington Ave, Golden. Info 303-547-2221. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga—7pm. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga is an exhilarating and complete Yoga practice. The free flow series uses the Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another allowing fat-burning and building a firm, toned healthy body. No exp. req’d. $79.99/mo (2 classes per week) or $44/mo (one class per week). The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773
basics of color therapy and chakras and how they relate to gemstones. Gain an understanding of the multiple purposes of working with crystals and gemstone using your intention. You will learn about various types of colored gemstones and their healing qualities. Shining Lotus, 2178 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver. Reg. 303-758-9113.
JUNE 24, THURSDAY Activate Your Ability to Become a Healer—6pm. Discover how you can master the extraordinary work of Reconnective Healing & The Reconnection. In an interactive and experiential class, Christine Upchurch will demonstrate how this all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies can be focused to facilitate healings for others, and yourself. $51. CFU Lowry, 7653 East 1st Place, Denver. Info 720-935-6316.
thursday Majiang (Mahjongg) Nights—6-8pm. Come in for a pot of tea and a friendly game of Majiang (Mahjongg) with fellow tea-drinkers. Beginners always welcome. $2. 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. Info 303-777-2877. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann & Donna—7-9pm. Third Thursday of each Month. Come for a Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. $20 donation. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. Info 303-239-8773.
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