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n living fully, we all inevitably struggle, stumble and fall. In her book Rising Strong, social scientist Brene Brown explores the commonalities shared among those that overcome adversity and emerge, enriched by their struggles, to lead more fulfilling lives. Brown discovered that such people embrace the power of their emotions and lean into pain and discomfort. She asserts that in reckoning with our emotions, we reach our truth. In one of his many uplifting talks, spiritual teacher Matt Kahn said that some of the cruelest words another person can say to us, and something we have all heard at some point in our lives, is “Get over it.” Whether we are lingering in pain over the loss of a relationship, grieving missed opportunities, or struggling with unresolved childhood traumas, these words cut to our core and dishonor our experience and personal truth. Men have the additional cultural challenge of being told, from a very early age, to “man up.” This issue explores the topic of resiliency. April Thompson’s article, “Rising Above Adversity: How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle,” describes how individuals may do more than simply bounce back after experiencing various emotional, mental or physical traumas. Rather, we may expand and grow by giving, practicing gratitude and forgiveness, taking responsibility for our own lives, creating strong social networks, and having a sense of purpose. The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to not get over it. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do,” notes Brown. We honor ourselves by instead leaning into our feelings, respecting our emotions, feeling the pain, and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. These choices empower us to wholeheartedly and soulfully step into new, expanded lives. Here’s to finding and owning our truth, Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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mily Yenor, physical therapist and owner of 1212 Bodyworks, has moved to a bigger space near Goerke’s Corners: 20720 West Watertown Road, Suite 100, in Brookfield. With two decades of experience helping clients find pain relief, Yenor attributes her growth to a specialized therapy she uses, Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT). This technique blends gentle, hands-on therapies with precise, custom-fit exercise progressions. “My training at Marquette University provided a Emily Yenor wonderful physical therapy foundation, but MAT allows us to much more specifically locate and correct the muscle weaknesses that are often undetected by traditional methods,” explains Yenor. Yenor says many of her clients seek out 1212 Bodyworks because they are frustrated by a lack of full recovery from traditional methods, or because other wellness practitioners have told them that nothing more can be done. “1212” is a numerical metaphor for “Stay Positive & Keep the Faith,” as Yenor believes in the innate capacity for the human body to heal given the proper balance of therapeutic intervention and education on caring for oneself, which she instills with each session.

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he seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will be held on June 1, 2 and 3 in Almond, Wisconsin, and registration is now open. This premier event offers excellence in herbal learning opportunities and is renowned for its high-quality instructors, food and community experience. This year’s featured speaker, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, is the author of many herbal and natural health books, including the National Geographic publication Life is Your Best Medicine. She will speak about The Greening of Medicine. The main conference includes more than 65 workshops and presentations for the novice and the experienced herbalist. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from herbal medicine making, herbs for specific body systems, plant walks, mushroom forays, herbs for personal and/or spiritual growth, herbs for mental health and more. In addition to the main conference, preconference workshops and immersions will offer in-depth learning experiences on specific topics, including Building Relationships with Plants; Herbs for the Endocrine System; and a Birth Doula Certification Program. The conference offers a kids’ camp and a teen program. There is a red tent space for women to gather, a marketplace, swimming, meals, archery, fire circles, an evening dance party and more.

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he MidAmerica Hypnosis & Mindset Training Center, a division of the Milwaukee Hypnosis & Wellness Center (MHWC), is currently offering certification and mindfulness training through in-person and online classes in a new, larger location: 15350 West National Avenue, Suite 120, in New Berlin. Rick Paddock, MHWC founder and board-certified hypnotherapist, believes that therapists, healers and clients are quickly recognizing the need to release and reprogram unproductive subconscious habits. They often find that hypnotherapy is the fastest, longestlasting way to achieve change. “Meditation and hypnosis have become ‘go-to’ methods for habit change for many years,” Paddock says. “As more people are seeking to harness their mind intentionally, the need is there for more meditation and hypnosis training.” Paddock, a certified hypnotist and hypnosis instructor through the International Certification Board of Hypnotherapists, has authored three books and produced over 50 hypnosis and mindset training products in the behavior modification, performance enhancement and stress management fields. For more information, call 414-939-6463, email or visit See ad, page 29.

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he Green Team, a natural and sustainable landscaping company, is offering new winter services that include junk hauling, light moving, logistics and other related projects utilizing their fleet of trucks. These services will be available through April 15. In preparation for the edible gardening season, The Green Team will also construct raised garden beds made from locally harvested ash wood. Customers that have unique ideas for gardening projects but lack the manpower, vehicles or time to tackle them can submit their ideas to The Green Team and be entered into a drawing for a free rain barrel ($180 value). Location: 5420 W. State St., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-721-1431, email or visit

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 12


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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 14


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Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Pointing the Way Toward the Future of Integrative Medicine by Sheila Julson


ithin the last decade, acupuncture has steadily moved toward the mainstream. As the danger of addictive narcotic pain relievers becomes a frequent headline, more people are seeking non-pharmacological approaches for relieving pain and discomfort. Natural Awakenings caught up with Dr. William Dunbar, Ph.D. and president of Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM), to learn how acupuncture can be a solution to today’s opioid crisis, and how the school is poised to prepare students for the integration of acupuncture into Western medicine.

How has acupuncture been used for pain management, and what is its role going forward as we deal with today’s opioid crisis? For most of my professional career of 37 years, my specialty was acute and chronic pain management. As a staff acupuncturist, I was part of a multi-specialty team addressing patients’ needs at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, and part of a rehabilitation team at Columbus Hospital, also in Chicago. Because many patients could not take opiates due to prior medical conditions, alternative strategies were successfully 16


employed to control and eliminate postsurgical and chronic pain. The team developed a solution, which was a combination of acupuncture, physical therapy and massage, with acupuncture as the main component. What I’m seeing across the country is that, finally, the medical field has identified that opioids are a huge problem in our society, and acupuncturists are positioned incredibly well to deal with chronic and post-surgical pain. The body has internal mechanisms— endorphins—that we produce to control pain as part of our normal physiology. These neurochemicals are increased by stimulating acupuncture points, so this modality not only controls the pain, it decreases inflammation and breaks the inflammatory cycle.

How is MCOM preparing its students for the integration of acupuncture into pain management? We’re one of the few colleges of acupuncture that actually has a curriculum element specifically created for post-surgical pain and chronic pain management. Using the treatment concepts developed over many years in these integrated settings, our graduates enter practice with all the necessary tools to treat a wide variety of conditions presented by patients. What we did as a college was to recognize early on that there would be a place for acupuncture in typical medical centers. While we train people to be independent practitioners, we also give them the necessary skills to work in a conven-

tional medical setting. That dovetails with this opioid crisis. In order to deal with it, graduates can’t be sole practitioners; they have to integrate their practice with the medical doctors that are treating these patients with chronic and post-surgical pain. Acupuncture is going to be one of the biggest therapies to serve as an adjunct to conventional medicine once practitioners realize that there is an opportunity to lower the dosages—or even completely eliminate opioids—with a non-pharmaceutical solution.

How is MCOM integrating technology to prepare graduates for this integration? The College offers a component of the program through distance education, though obviously students can’t learn acupuncture needle insertion online. The purpose of distance education is to offer our basic sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, that are taught weekday evenings without requiring the student to drive to the campus during the week. For the distance

courses, a faculty member presents a live lecture and takes questions, using multimedia tools that support this type of education. Since 2014, I have participated in programs at the Harvard-Macy Institute at Harvard Medical School which are designed to promote the use of technology in medical education. I joined other medical professionals in learning how to use Twitter and various online platforms, and how to integrate all widgets and tools into lectures. As a student in the Design Learning and Technology graduate program, I have been able to bring these cutting-edge course design concepts to MCOM. The College offers two innovative programs, which contain distance education and newly re-designed course elements: the 36-month combined Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine; and the 27-month Acupuncture Therapist Certificate program. Graduates of both programs are eligible for licensure in 46 states after passing components of a national board examination.

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How does MCOM serve the community? At our training clinic, we charge either $20 (Racine) or $25 (Evanston) per visit, making it affordable for patients on fixed incomes and pensions to come in twice a month because of our discounted fees. We also offer a $5 anti-stress treatment at both campuses, treating stress points that affect the nervous system, thus providing relaxation. My goal has always been to keep treatment fees as low as possible to give students the widest variety of experiences. Annually, our clinic gives about 15,000 treatments. I also do free talks and community outreach. It’s very important that we’re a resource for the health of the community. Midwest College of Oriental Medicine is located at 6232 Bankers Rd., Racine, and 1601 Sherman Ave., 3rd Flr., Evanston, Illinois. For more information, call 262-5542010 or visit See ad, page 15. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.









ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring



12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

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“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,

and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having Forces instructors and civilians. They found a growth mindset is vital, focusing on people that rebounded strongly often shared strengths without disregarding areas needcommon attributes, including embracing a ing improvement. spiritual outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, event, with his home and business buried under five feet of mud and water that being pragmatic serves them far better nearly wiped out his clothing business, than a false sense of optimism about bad Kind Design, overnight. situations, Feldman found, Parents do a “It was the hardest thing saying, “They grieved losses, but thought realistically disservice to their I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I had about what to do next.” kids when they built. It also gave me a “Optimism in the try to remove new perspective on what’s best sense is focusing on adversity from their important. It made me the positive without denyaware that you can replace ing the negative, while lives. When little physical things, but you focusing on what’s in your things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to can’t replace memories. My mind was blown away Martin Seligman, fix it, let the kids by the support I received.” known as the “father of figure out a solution. Redd ended up paying positive psychology”, found that when people They’ll realize it’s not forward the kindness. “We take setbacks personthe end of the world. cleaned and repaired 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inally, viewing them as ~Doug Hensch ventory that were damaged permanent, pervasive and that day, and are donating personal, they develop a them to search-and-rescue teams and ski sense of learned helplessness that inhibits patrols. The more good you do, the more growth and happiness. “It’s important not good other people will do,” Redd professes. to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and Altruism and owning a moral code is extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry another common characteristic of resilient at Yale University School of Medicine who individuals, according to Southwick. Having focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a and resilience. person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. Make Caring Connections It gives you great strength,” he says. Social networks are critical in the face of In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high challenges, resilience experts agree. “When school sweetheart and husband to suicide we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she withdraw when we should do the opposite,” began to process the tragedy, she saw two says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresfriends you have, or even how much time sion and give up or focus on our deep love you spend with them, that matters. All you for one another, get into therapy, and make need is at least one person you can count on.” “We are built to be connected with oth- a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. ers. It has a significant impact in regulating She chose the latter, asking for professtress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilsional help and signing up for the 16-mile ience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. in New York City. “Getting into the best Over the past two decades, Southwick and shape of my life at age 50 became my his colleagues have studied three groups passion. As I walked through the night, I that have come through harrowing events: being Vietnam War prisoners, Special reflected on our beautiful memories as a


Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018


couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.”



Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to

be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men? Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

What mistakes do women make in the courtship phase? Women often get ahead of themselves in the dating stage, instead of taking enough time to let things unfold. I tell women

to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy? As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

What are good ways to practice self-care while seeking and sustaining a relationship? Find activities in your day that make you feel nurtured, happy and good about your-

self. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

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“Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.”

She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and for-

mer Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

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Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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“Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotionalsupport dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation.

Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other

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“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

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heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (

Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

Recovery from Injury and Illness Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through

repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”


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Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

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Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Beginning with a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, the circle provides an opportunity to receive messages from spirit as well as give others messages. An opportunity for anyone interested in increasing intuitive abilities or wanting guidance from realms beyond. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. Angel Study of the Old Testament – 11am. If you read the Old Testament and not understood it, now is the time to learn the metaphysical meaning of the Old Testament teachings. A 10-part class with Rev Brian Griffin. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, Wedding Suite, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414475-0105.

fields; explore different methods to receive messages from the etheric world and determine their strongest intuitive channels; using different perceptual information, learn to draw auras. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.


Crystal Reiki 4-Class Series – Feb 8, 15, Mar 8, 15. 6:30-8:30pm. Students will be attuned to symbols that will enhance their ability to transmit energy for self-healing and/or the healing of others. The first class teaches practical grounding and centering techniques, also how to draw and use the first five symbols in the crystal reiki system $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

savethedate SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Seeking a Soul-Centered Life – Beginning Feb 4. 10:30am-12pm. Develop a life-long practice of meditation and create a deeper knowledge of the self, based on Sarah McLean’s book, SoulCentered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks. Learn the essentials of meditation and practice researchbased meditation techniques as you nourish a compassionate, aware, and authentic approach to a mindful, peaceful life. Joanne Nelson, facilitator, certified by the McLean Meditation Institute as a meditation and mindfulness teacher. $240; preregistration required by Jan 28. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Intuitive Development Level I – 6:30-9pm. Learn about energy and start sensing different energy

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Mediumship Training – Feb 10-11. 9am-4pm. Highly experiential class will teach a variety of techniques to make connections with the spirit world and give an evidential reading. Taught by Amy Wilinski, who trained with many gifted mediums and brings a blend of styles to her work. Overnight options available. $295/commuter, $350/shared accommodation & meals, $375/private room & meals. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920-609-8277.



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Treatment Room Techniques Level I – 12-2pm. Highly experiential class teaches how to create sacred space in the healing room and how to connect with the energy; basic hand positions and techniques to move parts of the body during a treatment; how to clear energy fields and how to release the flow of energy. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-7873001. Anti-Aging from the Inside Out – 1-3pm. Enhance beauty, improve health, and reverse the signs of aging with this nutrition workshop led by Dr. Sarah Axtell. $50; space limited, preregistration required. Tosa Yoga, 6734 W North Ave, Wauwatosa. 414828-7555.


Treatment Room Techniques Level II – 2:304:30pm. Learn techniques that guide clients into relaxed and meditative states; how to use symbols to create sacred space in the healing room; also learn when, why and how to use the symbols in the treatment of others. Class concludes with a Q&A period. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-7873001.

Drum Making Workshop – 5:30pm. Craft your own 15” ceremonial hand drum from buffalo, elk or horse hide; w/Dave Wilinski. Learn about the various medicine gifts each animal spirit brings and how to use the drum for meditation and healing. Overnight accommodations available. $195; includes all materials to create a drum and drum stick; preregistration required.

Couples Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Practicing yoga with a partner allows the two people to relate to one another through assisted poses. Stretch your level of trust and create a positive effect on relationships beyond the physical; with Nikki Estes and Scott Fisher. $40/couple. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972.

Artist Themed Yoga Night Out – 6:30-7:45pm. A fun-filled yoga class reveling in the musical stylings of the one and only Prince. Wear purple if you feel so inspired and get set for a night of movement; with Jill Follett. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda,

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 The Healing Power of Flower Essences – 1-3pm. Learn about the healing power of flowers and how they can support you and your family in daily life,

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and how to choose the right essence. Experience balancing sprays as this is an experiential workshop. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYoga

Foundations of Pendulum Use – 1-3pm. Learn the basics of working with a pendulum; the correct way of holding, programming, asking questions and using charts. Make a pendulum during class. $25; preregistration appreciated. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. The first meeting of the grief support group, for those who have lost a loved one; facilitated by grief companion Sue Albert. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@ Intuitive Development Level II – 6:30-9pm. Additional work to identify and move heavy energies and negative emotions that prohibit full use of intuition. Chakra clearing meditations will aid in the releasing process. Students will also explore protocols they can use to improve their intuition. Instructor: Kristina Nez Begay of Hozho’ Healing. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Partner Yoga Workshop – 2-3:30pm. Experience a deeper connection with your partner through a blend of Yoga, Thai Massage, and gentle supportive movements facilitated by Elizabeth Webb. 1212 Bodyworks, 20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield. RSVP Emily: 414-405-3956. Ash Wednesday Evening Service – 6:30pm. This is the time to claim your true identity, and celebrate it with others. Love offering taken. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 New Moon Celebration – 7-8:30pm. Maximize the energy of the new moon with prayerful kundalini yoga, pranayama meditations and sound healing. Focus on your visions and receive guidance from Spirit. $25; preregistration required. 3810 N. Bartlett Ave, Shorewood. 414-909-2257.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Basic Animal Communication Class – 10am-4pm. Learn to build your communication skills through telepathy with your animal companions in group discussions, grounding/centering techniques, several exercises, a clearing meditation and practicing with pictures of your animal friends. $150, $50/ non-refundable deposit required to reserve space. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister: 262-548-0923. Reiki Level III Certification and Candlelight Attunement – 12:30-5:30pm. Learn to draw the master symbol as well as the symbols that support it. Demonstrate proficiency in drawing the level I & II symbols. Learn and practice the Three Pillars of Reiki and be guided through an intuitive exercise culminating in an energetic connection, diagnosis, and treatment for their partner. Students receive a sacred attunement and certification upon successful completion. $195 with pre-registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel Parenting Workshop – 1-3pm. This interactive 1, 2, 3 Magic – Stop Behavior Program will be facilitated by Gregory Koehler, MS, who will share personal and professional experiences with the program. $40/ couple, $30/single parent. Unity Church of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. RSVP; 262-641-7558.




Sacred Women’s Circle – 6:30-9pm. Gathering in circle with intention is powerful. Come together to honor, listen and share hearts fully with one another; w/Julie Szyba. Meditate. Share. Listen. Grow. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYoga

Drum, Shout, Paint & Breathe – 1-4:30pm. Parents and youth: Dissolve stress, exhaustion and anxiety with drumming and insight oriented art, developing empathy for self and others. No experience needed. Return home more alive and empowered. Drums, instruments art supplies provided. $40/parents, $20/ages 6-17; preregistration required by Feb 15. Art Therapy House, 7646 N Teutonia Ave, Brown Deer. Register, Sandra Zahn: 414-429-0299.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Healing Touch Level 1 – Feb 17, 18. 8:30am5:30pm. Healing Touch is a gentle, complementary energy-based approach to health and healing. An evidence-based practice that offers continuing ed for nurses and massage therapists. $497. Light of Grace Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church. A Waldorf Kindergarten Adventure – 9-11am. Families with children ages 3-5 are invited to enjoy special time with teachers in the Waldorf kindergarten. Especially for families exploring school options. Program includes playtime, craft, and optional tour. $5/family. Tamarack Waldorf School. 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-277-0009. Tamarack



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; w/Stacy Krafczyk. $70/20-minute sessions, cash or check. The Feed Bag Pet Supply 10900 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon. Preregister: 262-241-7061. Healing the Chakras Play Shop – In addition to offering a lesson during the Sunday celebration,

Waldorf Joy of Learning Playgroup – Through May 8. 9-11am. Experience the Waldorf environment during ten weeks of activities with the teacher. For children ages 2 to 4 years old, accompanied by a parent. Additional session on Fri beginning Feb 23. $160. Tamarack Waldorf School. 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-277-0009. Tamarack Intuitive Development Level III – 6:30-9pm. Train yourself to notice minute shifts within energy fields; create personal mantras to assist breaking through old belief systems and thought patterns; exercises that utilize writing, intuitive reading, and psychometry (getting information by holding someone’s personal item). Please bring a physical item for someone else to read. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Introduction to the Akashic Records – 6:308:30pm. What is the Akashic realm and how is it made available to us? How do we access it and how does the information come through? Students will have an opportunity to experience opening the Akashic records and doing a -reading for themselves. The class will follow Linda Howe’s book How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Soul and Its Journey. $40. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. Love is an Inside Job – 7-9pm. Self-love is the pathway to a happier and more successful life. Participate in powerful exercises to help increase your personal love quotient. Led by professional intuitive reader Shala Kilmer. $20. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. More info: 414 475-0105 or

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Waldorf Classroom Observation – 8-10am. See the classrooms in action, followed by a discussion of the Waldorf curriculum. Tamarack Waldorf School. 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-277-0009.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Introduction to Aromatherapy – 12-3pm. Explore a brief history of aromatherapy and its use. Learn how essential oils interact with our bodies on a cellular level to impart their innate healing to help restore the body’s natural balance. Learn about 11 commonly used essential oils. Create your own aromatherapy product personalized for your own benefit. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262787-3001.

Gallery Reading – 6-8pm. Robynne, a gifted psychic medium from the Milwaukee area, will share messages from loved ones in spirit in a compassionate and loving manner for all. $30 Registration is required. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Reiki Refresher – 9am-3pm. Want to brush up your skills on reiki? Take this training for Level 1 thru ART students. Receive attunement and revisit Japanese techniques, symbols, and much more. $150. Class held in Mukwonago. Register with Rhiana: 262-498-4162 or Intuition 101 – 10-4pm. Awaken and define your abilities. Meet your spirit guides learn to protect and shield your energy, create a spiritual practice; learn about journaling, group meditation, intuitive exercises, and more; with Stacy Krafczyk. $150, $50/non-refundable deposit required to reserve space. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister: 262-548-0923. Day of Wellness and Spirituality – 11am. This fundraiser for Happy Endings cat rescue group, sponsored by Firefly Reiki and Kolibri Yoga and Kirtan, will include animal communicators, psychic medium readings, reiki practitioners, new age books, unique crystals, essential oils and jewelry. Live music by Love, Light and Harmony. Donations appreciated. Bluemound Bowl - Lower Hall, 12935 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield. One Command Manifestation Shortcut – 1pm. Manifest your dreams with one command; create wealth with your mind; learn six simple steps to theta, the brainwave that taps into your unlimited potential. Taught by master coach Sunni Boehme. $25. Light of Grace Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Meditation to Hypnosis: Making the Most of Your Meditations – 7pm-8:30pm. Learn the difference between meditation and hypnosis and how to use each for your benefit. $10. Milwaukee Hypnosis & Wellness Center, 15350 W National Ave, Ste 120, New Berlin. 414-939-6463. MilwaukeeHypnosis

plan ahead MARCH Love & Prioritize Yourself: Self-care through Nutrition & Movement – Mar 1. 6-7:30pm. Learn to put yourself first with easy-to-apply nutrition and movement strategies; w/Kelly Kolodzinski and Emily Yenor. 1212 Bodyworks, 20270 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield. RSVP Emily: 414-4053956. Parenting/Education Conference – Mar 3. 8am4:30pm. Informative workshops on education and holistic parents under the theme “From Roots to Fruit: Parenting and Education toward Beauty, Goodness & Truth.” Vendors will showcase products and services. Lunch included. Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14W29143 Silvernail Rd, Pewuakee. 266646-7497. RSVP:

One Command Circles – Mar 4, 11, 18, 25. 1-3 pm, After learning the One Command technique - integrate and practice what you have learned. Support circles enhance your ability to utilize One Command material. Facilitated by master coach Sunni Boehme. $100. Light of Grace Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church. Cornerstones of Health: Ayurvedic Perspective – Mar 5, 12, 19. 6-8:30pm. This is a three-part class, take one part or all three: Personal Constitution, Daily Practices for Inner Shifts, Power of Food as Medicine. Presenter: Mechthilde Moser. $45 each/ Class 1 or 2, $55/Class 3, $130.50/all three; preregistration required. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-5317.

end. $1995, $995/early bird; limited to eight students. Restrictions apply. MidAmerica Hypnosis & Mindset Training Center, 15350 W National Ave, Ste 120, New Berlin. 414-939-6463.

APRIL Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Training – Apr 4-8, Jul, Nov 2018 and Mar 2019. Would you like a deeper connection with nature and the spirit world? Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation meets four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature, etc. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920-609-8277. Holistic Healing with Herbs: Certificate Series – Apr 14. 9am-5:30pm. A six-month comprehensive overview of herbal medicine, holistic healing, and organic gardening. Learn to grow herbs, make herbal preparations, and techniques for emotional, physical, spiritual well-being. Cedar Valley Retreat, West Bend. 608-393-7353. MindSoulAndSelf@ Herb_Classes_ Wisconsin_Illinois/.

Let’s Talk Wellness for Kids – Mar 7, 14, 21. 12-1pm. Discussion about natural approaches to common health issues for kids: Mar 7th, ear infections; Mar 12th, colic and digestive issues; Mar 21st, why your child might be irritable. Free. Settimi Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 17280 W North Ave, Ste G-102, Brookfield. 262-789-0576. Calm the Mind & Body Retreat – Mar 9-10. Fri, 4-9pm; Sat, 9am-4pm. Learn to transform feelings of anxiety into inner calm and strength via gentle movements (Tai Chi & Qigong), self-applied acupressure, meditation, intention and breathing; w/ Lorrie Formella. $199/commuter, $240/shared cabin, $265/private room; additional night stays available on Saturday. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – Mar 10. 10am-4pm. Experience private sessions with experienced readers and healers throughout the day. No reservations necessary just drop in, enjoy, and relax for a well-deserved break. Free entry; services $20 per 15 minutes. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Chakra Workshops – Mar 14. Seven Wednesday classes, one every 3 weeks. 5:30-8pm. Learn about chakras and how they affect your life through fun, interactive practices and writing exercises. Learn methods to heal and balance your chakras. $245. Private residence in Mukwonago. Register: Rhiana, 262-498-4162. Women’s Spring Equinox Chakra Retreat – Mar 23-25. All-inclusive intensive healing weekend in a peaceful setting in Kettle Moraine. Chakra healing, psychic medium, reflexology, Thai Massage, bodywork, yoga, meditation, tai chi, fire ceremony, nature trails. West Bend. Contact Dr Christina Wilke-Burbach at Become a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist – Mar 23-25. Fri, 6:30-9:30pm; Sat, 8:30am-4:30pm; Sun, 9am-3pm. Hypnotherapy certification training week-

FALL 2018 Mists of Ireland Tour – Fall 2018. Explore the sacred circles and holy wells of Celtic lore. Amy and David Wilinski of Golden Light Healing are excited to offer once again this popular spiritual journey on the Emerald Isle. Contact: GoldenLight Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277.


savethedate JUNE 1-3 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. A gathering of internationally acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks; topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, herbal wisdom, the wise woman ways and more. Over 60 workshops, plants walks, kids’ camp and teen camp. Includes pre-conference classes, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. Info:

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Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

sunday A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following fellowship. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm. A slow-flow practice, as proper alignment is built from the foundation up. Incorporating breath-work, poses/movements and relaxation/meditation in each class. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. $10. Light of Grace Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOf Grace.Church.

Friendship and Potluck – Last Sun. Celebrate with a spiritual community; messages and music during the service followed by food and fellowship. Bring a friend and a dish to share. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Sunday Morning Yoga Church – 10-11:30am. A gathering to honor the Divine with sacred songs (mantra), ancient pranayama meditations, and vibrational sound healing. Donations welcome and appreciated. Shorewood location. RSVP, Rosie Rain: 414-909-2257. Seeking a Soul-Centered Life – Beginning Feb 4. 10:30am-12pm. Develop a life-long practice of meditation and a deeper knowledge of self, based on Sarah McLean’s Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks. Learn and practice research-based meditation techniques as you nourish an authentic approach to a mindful life. $240; preregistration required by Jan 28. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Spiritual Youth Development, ages 5-9, the second Sunday of each month. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Unity Church of Light Sunday Service – 10am. Sunday service with Rev Sue Ellen Kelly and the amazing music of George Busateri, John Zaffiro and various soloists. Children’s Sunday school at same time. Unity Church of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield (in Bishop’s Woods West 1). 262-641-7558.


Shamanic Journey and Drumming Circle – 11:30am. 3rd Sun. Meets following fellowship and service. Please bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark, president, board of trustees. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

Caravan of Remembering: Book Club – 6:308pm. 3rd Tue. Sandra Zwirlein facilitates. The group works together to discover and empower our personal life mission’s work. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

Coloring and Crafting Club – 12pm. 2nd Sun. This is a quiet time of fellowship and creative expression. Meets in the fireside room following fellowship and service. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.


monday TOPS Weight-Loss Support Group – Through Feb. 5:45-7pm. Real people, real weight loss. Helping millions to take off pounds sensibly since 1948. $32, annual membership. 4575 S 5th St, side entrance, Milwaukee. 414-841-1685. TOPSWi1381@ Mind Minutes Monday – 7:30-8pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. You can learn to master the mind: understand, control, and change the emotional, habitual patterns of the subconscious mind. Online course. Free; preregister. 414-939-6463. RSVP:

Winter Writing Wednesdays – 11am-1pm. 4th Wed. Women and words, reading, writing, and life traveling. First hour is writing time; second is sharing and listening without critique; with Anne Wondra. $10. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 2nd & 4th Wed. Evening meeting. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@ Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Women Warriors – Jan 10 through Feb 14. 6:308:30pm. The focus is to assist women in finding their value, worth and confidence. Class uses multiple tools to address the whole of being, spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional. $75; limited to 30 participants. Light of Grace Healing & Ed Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-2585555 or

thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion group, currently discussing The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.



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ACUPUNCTURE ANANDA ACUPUNCTURE & HEALING CENTER Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11am. An extremely gentle, individualized class ideal for those dealing with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, other health conditions, post-injury, or those interested in the gentle yoga style. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/ class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@ Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Women Warriors – Jan 11 through Feb 15. 6:308:30pm. See Wed listing. $75; limited to 30 participants. Light of Grace Healing & Ed Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555 or

saturday Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 1st & 3rd Sat. Game nights. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Yoga with Mary Galati – 9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Bring yoga mat or beach towel, wear comfortable clothing; men invited to participate. $7.50 per session. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Sangha/Mindfulness Meditation – 9-10:30am. Facilitated by Hal Dessel and Joe Wittig. The sangha includes sitting and walking mindfulness meditations and Dharma talks in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Insight Meditation Society. Unity Church of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. 262-641-7558. UnityChurchOf Mindfulness Meditation – 9-10:30am. 2nd & 4th Sat. Mindfulness Meditation is based on the teachings of Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Cornelia Beilke, who has taught this technique for over a year. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Citizens Climate Lobby – 10:30am-1:30pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Wedding Suite, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

4528 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-791-0303 Ananda compassionately serves the unique needs of each individual offering a variety of holistic health therapies to support healing at the root and full recovery of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. See ad, page 24.


1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898 Specializing in mental health, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD; stress reduction, digestive and eating disorders, detox and chronic pain. Offering acupuncture, reiki, gong bath meditations.


Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 Stacy Krafczyk specializes in Animal Communication, intuitive readings, after life communication, energy work and healing for both people and animals that helps promote physical and emotional well-being.


Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 Aimee is a Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Practitioner and animal communicator. HTA restores harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system and works cooperatively with traditional veterinary care.


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 39.

SANTOSHA YOGA AND AYURVEDA W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield 262-271-4972

Nikki Estes offers holistic health coaching through ayurvedic consultations, AyurYoga therapy and ayurvedic products and essential oils. Balance the body, focus the mind, enlighten the spirit. See ad, page 9.


19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 21.


15720 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-785-5515 • Exceptional chiropractic and wellness clinic with a special focus on chronic pain relief. Offering MLS Laser Therapy, massage, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, functional medicine, and more. See ad, page 4.

February 2018



Health & Wellness Issue


Feature: Natural Stress Relief Plus: Understanding Nutraceuticals Feature: Living Courageously Plus: Meditation Styles

OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER 15850 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 306, Brookfield 262-226-8349 We combine the best of chiropractic, physical therapy and wellness care. We use a comprehensive panel of diagnostic testing to insure our patients get the highest level of care possible.


17280 W North Ave, Ste G-102, Brookfield 262-789-0576 Special focus on women and children, Dr. Settimi has been providing exceptional wellness care to our community for over 27 years. Our natural approach addresses common healthcare concerns in a warm and welcoming environment. See ad, page 23.

Healthy Food Issue


Feature: Ethnic Cuisine Plus: Super Spices Feature: Climate Health Update Plus: Healthy Home

Women s Health Issue


Feature: Natural Care First Plus: Personalized Medicine Feature: Livable Communities Plus: Natural Beauty

Nutrition Issue


Feature: Farmers Rooted in Health Plus: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Feature: Simplified Parenting Plus: Multilevel Healing


13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Our Crystal Emporium features unique and exquisite crystals, stones and natural stone jewelry at affordable prices. Crystal Workshops and therapeutic Crystal Healing sessions also available.


4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 23.

Body Movement Issue


Feature: Joint Health Plus: Yoga for Flexibility Feature: Game Changers Plus: Chiropractic


Feature: Immune System Boosters Plus: Safe Drinking Water Feature: Uplifting Humanity Plus: Holidays

Health Defense Issue



222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525





Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body p e r s p e c t i v e . We c o m b i n e advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 5.

INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 262-691-4555 •

“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 3.


125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients.


Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 Reiki sessions, gentle therapeutic individual & group yoga in Pewaukee & Muskego. Combining PT knowledge with the wisdom and healing energy of yoga and reiki.


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Visit to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad, page 2.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 •

Sandra Anderson is certified in advanced energy medicine techniques and practices for supporting individuals who are looking for holistic approaches in attaining fulfillment and wellbeing. See ad, page 24.


Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 22.



Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 Discover your gifts with one of our many offerings! Offering healing sessions and training in Milwaukee and Green Bay area in Reiki, Shamanism, Intuition, Mediumship and much more.

MARILYN MURPHY 414-530-5477 Wauwatosa Location Spiritual enlightenment healer offers ascension, shaman release, reiki, advanced crystal therapy. Readings, psychic medium, clairvoyant and teacher; release trapped emotions and past life traumas.

Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-352-6550 Reveal your radiance through natural methods of skin rejuvenation, including photo rejuvenation, gentle peels, natural/ organic customized facials. Susie brings 19 years of experience to every service and has a gentle healing touch. See ad, page 15.


262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Wonderful-life spiritual self-help coaching, resources, and kindred spirit center for women in transformation. Befriend your feminine spirit and roars of awakening. See ad, page 23.


15350 W National Ave, Ste 120, New Berlin 414-939-6463 Become a Certified Hypnotherapist. Empower your Career and change your life forever. Learn to hypnotize anyone. Classes starting soon. Mention this listing for discount. See ad, page 27.


414-810-5858 Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and low-maintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 29.

LYMPHATIC DETOX ALIVE & WELL NATURALLY 140B S Main St, Thiensville 262-297-7070

Teresa Lopez provides ST-8 lymph decongestion with oxygen/ozone, halo dry salt Tx, MediCupping (gentle/intently), infrared therapy, microscopy. Esthetician, Raquel Schmitt: 262-378-0095 waxing/ eyelash extensions.


20+ Integrative natural healing and medical specialists offer drug-free, patient-centered care. We treat the cause, not the symptom, using the latest integrative strategies. Enjoy affordable daily health & fitness classes, all in a beautiful neighborhood setting.

ZUZA’S WAY INTEGRATIVE WHOLE FAMILY CARE 817 N East Ave, Waukesha 262-312-9098 •

Dagmara Beine blends Western medicine with Integrative/ Functional medicine to empower your whole family with knowledge and the right tools to make the most informed decisions for your health. See ad, page 25.


Dr. Sarah Axtell and Dr. Joanne Aponte are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 21.


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 At Trinergy, a holistic mental health clinic, Dr Tummala provides mind-body evaluation & comprehensive treatment plan to address psychological problems & achieve health & vitality. See ad, page 39.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. ~Michelangelo

February 2018


MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHITE WOLF MFR Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855 Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.


Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations


Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117 Offering reiki therapy, psychic medium readings, angel card readings & more. Ann Miller is a psychic medium and certified reiki master. Start your journey to wellness today!

NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 8843 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office

100 Main St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162 Rhiana is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions, call Rhiana.


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 11.

Langlois’ Vital Nutrition Center is at the forefront in optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition equals: Increased energy, more productivity, enhanced emotions, improved brain function and more. See ad, page 40.


401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-332-3636


131 W Seeboth St, #215, Milwaukee 414-552-0820 Rachel Thiel, DPT, OCS blends the art and science of physical movement into a wellness program specifically for you, partnering one-on-one with you every step of the way. See ad, page 10.



The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 15.

SPIRITUAL Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 17.


Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 25.


262-337-1530 Brookfield and Glendale locations Rolfing Structural Integration is a unique whole-body approach that facilitates effortless, upright posture & fluid, pain-free movement. It helps you feel comfortable in your own skin. See ad, page 11.

Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 9.


6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320



We know Jack! Unlike other area grocers, we know by name many of the farmers and producers who supply Outpost with quality goods. See ad, page 13.



13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Wisconsin’s premier School for Energy Medicine Training offering individual classes, certificate and diploma programs. Built on the belief that knowledge, competency and professionalism must exist at the very foundation of Energy Work.


7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point 414-405-3556 Offering yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, naturopathic skin care treatments and remedies, organic makeup. A personalized experience for children and adults in a cozy, home-like setting.

YOGA ROSIE RAIN YOGA AND HEALING Reiki Master/Teacher, Experienced Yoga Teacher • 414-909-2257

Offering 20 years of experience assisting others in their spiritual growth with yoga, meditation, reiki, crystal and sacred sound healing. Sunday Morning Yoga Church 10am.

Santhigram Wellness & Ayurveda Spa Authentic Ayurvedic Services for your Health & Vitality

New Membership Programs Staying Healthy was never so easy!! Call us to learn more about our monthly membership plans We can help with:

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262-955-6600 |

12800 W National Ave. New Berlin WI 53151

February Specials

Couples Massage I hr. Ayurvedic massage with warm herbal oils $150 (reg: $190) February 2018



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