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s I stepped outside this mid-August morning to let my dog Cooper, my favorite being on the planet, out for his morning relief, I caught the first feel of crisp and invigorating morning air. While I suspect that we haven’t heard the last of the buzz of the cicadas—famously known as “heat bugs” due to their habit of sounding off during the hottest hours of summer days—autumn is drawing closer. Lifelong New Englanders adapt as we go, welcoming each season with arms flung wide open. This month’s theme of Creative Expression has sparked anew my appreciation for the awesome creative power of nature in its seemingly infinite forms. The purest work of the Universe, natural miracles of invention surround us throughout our lives and contribute to all we can ever potentially create for ourselves, though we dare to call it our own. Although I always appreciate autumn’s splendors, this year I look forward to embracing more of the season’s endless palette of flawless colors, starting with those dressing the trees. They make a lush backdrop for the countless amateurs and professionals taking photographs, painting landscapes and sketching the wonders as an expressed hint of what’s stirred within. Cooler days and nights also bring out cozy sweaters, the scent of fireplaces burning bright and harvest festivals replete with corn mazes, pumpkin carving and apple picking. Nature’s bounty in New England supplies materials perfect for acts of creation. We invite you to dream and “Explore Your Creative Side” with artful activities that make the most of our community. Friends and neighbors are ready to help you dream of fresh possibilities and have fun doing them. Here are links to some ideas that may stir something in you:  September 9: The 20th Annual Cambridge Carnival International lights up Kendall Square.

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 September 15: The 4th Annual Open Lighthouse Day illuminates maritime history and local art.

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 September 22 & 23: The Life is Good Festival music fundraiser for family fun at Prowse Farm, in Canton, benefits kids in need.

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 September 15: The Providence Waterfire embroiders three rivers with food, music and street performances.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


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26 wisewords

Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics by Kim Childs

28 healthykids


30 naturalpet 34 healingways


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newsbriefs Fall Courses and Offerings at Boston School of Herbal Studies

T Automated Personal Training Comes to Brookline and West Roxbury


he world’s first automated personal training studios have arrived in Brookline and West Roxbury. Koko FitClub, dubbed “the future of fitness” by the Los Angeles Times, offers a fast, effective, technology-fueled way to exercise. “Koko is a completely unique take on personal training,” says Koko FitClub Owner Lana Lemeshov. “Instead of human trainers, we feature Koko’s patented Smartraining System Technology, developed with assistance from the founding director of MIT’s Center for Sports Innovation. The programs are simple and efficient, with proven results rivaling those of elite personal training at just a fraction of the cost.” Koko FitClubs of Brookline and West Roxbury join more than 80 other such studios around the United States, and Lemeshov is offering complimentary initial sessions to introduce Boston-area fitness enthusiasts to the program. “Koko offers a mix of technological efficiency and personalized guidance, providing members with 30-minute workouts that create really positive changes in their bodies,” says Lemeshov. “Even former gym haters have fun at Koko FitClub.”

Locations: Koko FitClub, 39 Harvard St. Brookline; and 77 Spring St. (Shaw’s Plaza), West Roxbury. For more information, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline), or 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit See ad on page 25, and Resource Guide on page 44. 6

he Boston School of Herbal Studies, in Arlington, is offering a new Aromatherapy Certification Course this fall. The course meets one Saturday a month, from September 29 through December 1, and covers how essential oils can relieve common ailments, reduce stress, enhance mood and improve memory. Instructor Linda Patterson will also introduce different methods of blending and give demonstrations on how to use essential oils in everyday life. Other fall offerings at the school include a Thursday evening series on such topics as soapmaking, Lyme disease, mushroom medicine and herbal approaches to stress and sleeplessness. “Our students report that the classes offer them new possibilities to improve their well-being,” says Director Madelon Hope. “We were pioneers in bringing herbal education to the Boston area and this is our 12th year of presenting classes, medicinal plant walks, apprenticeship programs and advanced training.” The classes, which meet in Arlington and Lincoln, use herbal gardens and nearby conservation land to teach about the healing energies of plants. Hope says that many local plants have beneficial effects on the environment as well as on human bodies. Cost: $450 for course; other event costs vary. Location: The Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terr., Arlington. For more information, call 781-6466319 or visit See ad on page 27.

Free Online Course to Clear Clutter and Restore Vitality


ertified Coach Daniel Sharp, of Boston Soul Coaching, is offering a free, seven-day course to help people simplify their lives, clear clutter and improve their health. The course takes place online and previews a four-week coaching and clearing program. “This free course allows readers to take the first steps in regaining control of their lives and their health,” says Sharp. “The seven-day class will give readers a glimpse into the personal transformations that take place during the 28-day coaching and clearing program.” Daniel Sharp Sharp says his program applies ancient traditions and wisdom to modern-day issues of health, abundance and joy. “The course is a safe and fun way to finally step up and say, ‘I’m ready for a positive change,’ and receive support through that change,” he says. The free introductory course includes seven days of clutter-clearing techniques that support improved mental, emotional and physical health. Sharp says that participants will be introduced to effective Feng Shui, meditation and creative processes that allow them to unlock hidden potential and vitality within their lives while clearing their physical space of things that they no longer wish to keep. For more information, call 781-763-7685 (SOUL) or visit BostonSoulCoaching. com. See ad on page 26, and Resource Guide on page 45.

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newsbriefs Sound Healing Workshop at Visions HealthCare


isions HealthCare, in Wellesley, will present a sound healing workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 22. The workshop will allow participants to explore variations of sound and tone, learn how each one affects a person’s energetic state and harness this healing tool for personal well-being. “Sound can have a tremendous effect on one’s state of being, which explains why sounding and chanting has been a part of many cultures and traditions since ancient times,” says Patricia Howard, workshop facilitator. “Sounding is a way to both connect to ourselves and expand into different states of consciousness.” Howard has completed two levels of training at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, in Florida, in addition to training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Cost: $90. Location: Visions HealthCare, 170 Worcester St. (Rte. 9), Wellesley. To register for the sound healing workshop, call 781-232-5431 or email For

more information, visit See ad on back cover and Resource Guide.

Living from the Inside Out: A Women’s Retreat


iving from the Inside Out,” a one-day retreat for women, will take place at St. Gabriel’s House, in Arlington, to offer women an opportunity to reconnect with themselves and identify their true desires. The retreat is presented by holistic health coach Cathy Zolner, AADP; psychotherapist Amy Matias, Ph.D., LICSW; and body-mind therapist Alison Shaw, NP, LMT, and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 15. “This experiential workshop includes sessions on slowing down, grounding and centering, listening deeply to our inner voice and body wisdom, learning to focus on what’s most important and making mindful choices that support our passions and life purpose,” says Shaw. “We’ll also cover ways to nourish the body, mind and soul through learning, creativity, movement, guided meditation and sharing.” Cost: $145. Registration deadline is September 6; early registration is recommended. Location: St Gabriel’s House, Bethany House of Prayer, 181 Appleton St., Arlington. For more information or to register, call 617-650-9829 or email Amy@ See ad on page 27. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Lymphatic Drainage Therapy at Myers Bodywork, in Lexington

Whole Foods Market Will Host 5K Event to Benefit YWCA and Epilepsy Foundation


hole Foods Market will hosts its second annual 5K race and kids fun run to benefit the Cambridge YWCA and the Epilepsy Foundation of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine this fall. The event will take place at 10 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) on September 16 in Danehy Park, in Cambridge. “It’s a day to bring the family and enjoy food, fun and fitness,” says Heather McCready, public relations manager for the company’s North Atlantic region. “We’ll begin with a kids’ fun run in which all participants receive a medal, and the 5K run takes place on a flat, fast-paced course through the neighborhoods of North Cambridge.” McCready adds that cash prizes will be awarded to the overall winners for men and women, and Whole Foods Market gift cards will be awarded to the winners of each age category. Cost: $25 pre-registration fee for adults; $30 on the day of the race; children are free. Donations can be made by sponsoring a runner for $25. Location: Danehy Park, 87 New St., Cambridge. For more information and to register, call 617-492-5500 or visit Whole



amar Myers, owner of Myers Bodywork, in Lexington, is pleased to offer lymphatic drainage therapy in her practice. Myers says that the modality is beneficial to anyone needing enhanced immune system support, and safe for those who have had lymph nodes removed. Lymph fluid travels through the body in structures similar to blood vessels, Myers explains, but it lacks a pump such as the heart to move it around. Physical movement around lymph vessels facilitates its flow, as Tamar Myers does lymphatic drainage therapy. “The lymph system is key to our body’s immunity, carrying plasma and immune cells to where the body needs them and helping to cleanse the blood of unwanted material,” says Myers. “If your body’s immune system needs a boost, lymph drainage techniques can be helpful.” Myers adds that those who have had lymph nodes surgically removed can benefit greatly from this therapy. “Anyone who has had even one lymph node removed is at an increased risk of developing lymphedema [lymphatic obstruction],” she says. “Lymph drainage techniques are safe to receive if you have had lymph nodes removed but do not have lymphedema.” Location: Myers Bodywork, 16 Clarke St., Lexington. For more information, call 781-862-8000 or visit See Resource Guide on page 45.

Ride for Kids to Benefit At-Risk Youth Program


he Rodman Ride for Kids will take place in Foxboro on September 29 to benefit the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation for at-risk youth. The ride can be completed in increments of 25, 50 or 100 miles, with varying start times, and features a celebratory party afterwards. All proceeds from the events will go to the Mazie Mentoring Program, which matches Framingham High School students with mentors to help them to stay in school, improve grades, explore secondary education and make plans for the future. “This small group of dedicated employees and mentors at the Mazie Mentoring Program has had a profound effect on every student they have reached,” says Gary Krackoff, Ride for Kids co-organizer. “For the past 14 years, almost every participating student has graduated from Framingham High and gone on to some post-secondary education. The program is even expanding to Waltham High School.” For more information, including how to sponsor or participate in the ride, become a mentor or make a donation, call 508-358-0765, email Lauren Kracoff at or visit

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Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Directory

Yoga Instructors Conscious Being Yoga Your Home or Office 617-775-6227


Yoga Studios

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Belmont Bodytrio Yoga, Pilates & Barre 21 Alexander Ave 617-489-1319

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Watertown Inner Strength Studios 309 Main St 617-924-0111

West Roxbury Inner Strength Studios 1524 VFW Pkwy 617-477-3315

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Personal Training Newton Engin Wellness Coaching 1400 Centre St, Ste 104 617-823-0464

Vitality Personal Fitness 118 Needham St 617-620-3585

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newsbriefs Website Features Free Downloads of Music for Dance, Yoga and Healing


ecording artist Freeana Werth, owner of Promise of Joy Productions, in Acton, has launched a new website featuring music for holistic health practitioners, dance and yoga teachers and anyone on a healing quest. Werth is offering a free music download and an extended summer sale throughout September. Located at, Werth’s music site features spirited and mellow recordings and tribal, earthy and ethereal music. “I’m excited to be sharing this music with like-minded people and I hope many listeners will find the music as healing as it has been for me to record and write,” she says. Werth is available for concerts or live performances, either solo or with assorted world, jazz and classical musicians. For more information, call 978-635-3715 or visit See ad on page 13.

Cambridge Welcomes New Holistic Healing Center


ifetime Health & Consulting (LHC) has opened its doors in Harvard Square to provide client-centered treatments aimed at restoring overall well-being. The center offers a combined approach to address the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual channels of the body, beginning with one of the most influential core organs, the colon. “The colon facilitates the final stage of digestion and it’s responsible for releasing any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual food ingested by the body,” says LHC Owner Sage Joya. “A complete detoxification of the colon is essential to any wellness program.” LHC’s current services include guided colon hydrotherapy, massage, Reiki, holistic counseling and beginner yoga classes for groups and individuals. Joya says that each client will receive a personalized approach to his or her health care through a tailored protocol that addresses individual needs. The center is also seeking unique alternative health practitioners to join their team.

Location: Lifetime Health & Consulting, 1166 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-710-1337 or visit 10

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Call for Cover Art and Photography


reative individuals that would like to see their work featured on the cover of a nationally distributed magazine now have an exceptional opportunity: Natural Awakenings is extending a call for cover art and photography and accepting submissions online via a dedicated webpage. The monthly healthy living, franchised publication, available free in more than 80 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is known for eyecatching covers that feature original works by artists from around the world. “This is an exciting opportunity for artists and photographers to be featured on one of our covers and reach a huge new audience, because our readership exceeds 3.6 million,” says founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman. Selected artists that grant permission to print their work on a cover are featured in a one-third page, professionally written “Cover Artist/ Photographer” editorial (bio) that introduces the artist and includes their website and contact information. Natural Awakenings covers reflect monthly editorial themes, and a variety of selections are distributed to all franchise publishers so they can choose which cover they want to run. “Our covers celebrate creativity and our mission of mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life that feels good all the way around,” says Bruckman. “Art and photography that are inspiring, uplifting and occasionally whimsical can unlock our imagination and nurture our spirit.”

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newsbriefs Rowe Physical Therapy Moves to Wellesley Center


fter 26 years of serving clients in Newton Centre, Rowe Physical Therapy has relocated to Wellesley Center. Owner and physical therapist Cynthia Rowe is now the sole practitioner in the new location, treating patients in a feeCynthia Rowe for-service practice to ensure continued, high-quality care. “I can offer patients more freedom and flexibility as a fee-for-service practice,” says Rowe. “This allows me to focus my treatments on a patient’s best interests and needs.” Rowe says that she will continue to offer specialized and unique treatment approaches to her clients in Wellesley, without the limitations of insurance requirements and contracts. “I think that holistically oriented practitioners such as myself who conduct our practices in this way can better help our clients to achieve the mutual goals of optimum health and wellness.” Location: Rowe Physical Therapy, 148 Linden St., Ste. B-8, Wellesley. For more information, call 781-263-9977 or visit See ad on page 29, and Resource Guide on page 46.

A Day for Learning to ‘Be The Medicine’


haman and medical intuitive energy healer Janet StraightArrow is coming to the Center at Westwoods, in Westwood, to offer people a chance to “Be the Medicine” in their own lives and the lives of others. Her workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on September 30, with an introduction on September 29. Janet StraightArrow “My classes are an experience in ‘being you’ and the teachings are logical, simple and easy to work with in all areas of your life,” says StraightArrow. “Be the Medicine is a path of self-mastery, enlightenment and healing with joy to open our hearts and move us through all of the places needed to master ourselves.” The event at the Center at Westwoods will be more of a ceremony than a class, says StraightArrow, incorporating meditation and practices from around the world. “Healers, teachers and seekers with all levels of experience will enjoy this opportunity to be together in community and move to a new level of awakening,” she says. For nearly five decades, StraightArrow has studied traditions from around the world to offer a unique perspective, a neutral path and numerous ways to assist people in all aspects of their health, relationships, careers and life purpose. Cost: $150-$200. Discount for early registration. Location: The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St., Westwood. For more information, call 781-329-0711 or visit or See Resource Guide on page 44.

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newsbriefs Free Yoga Classes at Natick Farmers’ Market


avid Helfand of Conscious Being Yoga, in Newton, will present two free, 30-minute yoga classes at the Natick Farmers’ Market. The classes will be held on 11 a.m. and noon on September 22, and are open to anyone, regardless of yoga experience. “I think we’ll have a lot of fun and, because we’re holding the event at a farmers’ market, people can also come to browse delicious, local produce before and after the classes,” says Helfand. Visitors to the Natick Farmers’ Market can enjoy raffles and other special happenings every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Natick Farmers’ Market, 1 Common St., Natick. For more information about the free yoga classes, call 617-7756227 or visit For more information about the farmers’ market, visit See the Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Directory on page 9.

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Coming in October

healthbriefs National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is September 26

Watching Magic Boosts Creativity in Children


esearchers from Lancaster University have discovered that youngsters watching creative fantasy films improve their own imagination and creativity. The study involved 52 4-to-6-year-old children. The youngsters were split into two groups and shown two short segments of a popular fantasy movie. The findings showed that the group watching the magical scenes generally scored “significantly better” in creative activities than their peers in the other group that saw scenes without any magical content.

Mate Tea Fights Colon Cancer

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ccording to a recent University of Illinois study, bioactive compounds in mate tea, a beverage consumed in South America for its medicinal properties, killed human colon cancer cells in vitro. The scientists attribute this surprising health benefit to the tea’s caffeine derivatives that not only induced death in the cancer cells, but also reduced important markers of inflammation. Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Why Laptops Should be Renamed... and Relocated


he portable computers that serve as our business and communication “lifelines” may actually be thwarting unborn lives. Researchers suggest that laptop computer (LTC) users should avoid putting the devices directly on their laps, especially for extended periods of time. Recent research reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility examined semen samples from 29 healthy male donors that used an LTC on their laps, near their testes. The scientists found that LTCs connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi resulted in decreased sperm motility and increased sperm DNA fragmentation. A separate study, published in the journal Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, noted that electromagnetic fields produced by LTCs likely induce currents within the body and can expose developing fetuses in pregnant women to unsafe levels. The researchers concluded that, “[An individual’s] ‘laptop’ is paradoxically an improper site for the use of an LTC, which consequently should be renamed to not induce customers towards an improper use.”

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ecotip Upcycle It

Repurpose Just About Anything Repurposing possessions saves money by reducing consumption and helps the environment by taking pressure off landfills. Common strategies include using old newspapers for stuffing or wrapping and used tin cans to collect cooking grease. Author Jeff Yeager, in his book, Don’t Throw That Away, expounds on such everyday “upcycling”. His tips include using a banana peel to shine shoes, sprinkling crumbled eggshells in the garden as fertilizer and natural pest control, and stuffing dryer lint inside empty toilet Chicken coop made from paper rolls for fireplace discarded scrap lumber. kindling. Instead of merely recycling plastic mesh bags, nest a few together and use them as a kitchen sink scrub pad. Fill empty plastic bottles with water and freeze them to make the refrigerator more energyefficient, and also to serve as dripless ice cubes for the family picnic cooler. Before discarding old carpet, salvage the best sections to use in smaller spaces, like a bathroom, closet, car floor or pet house. Instead of buying new shelf liners, consider used gift-wrapping paper for kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Scrap lumber, tile and stones can be made into mosaic art designs. A cat scratching post exemplifies another multi-source (carpet and wood) upcycling project. While about 90 percent of U.S. households now have curbside recycling available, the amount of trash each American produces keeps growing. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average citizen currently generates about 4.5 pounds of trash a day, totaling 600 times their body weight over a lifetime unless they seriously practice the three R’s of reduce, reuse and recycle.

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” ~Frank Capra

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Noodle Doodle Creativity on Tap

Creativity is often perceived as an unpredictable event, the product of an unexpected “Aha!” moment. But a pair of Michigan psychologists, Mareike Wieth, of Albion College, and Rose Zacks, of Michigan State University, decided to research the concept. They discovered that problems requiring a flash of illumination to solve are best approached during the time of day when thinkers are not actually at what they feel is their peak. Reporting their findings in the journal Thinking and Reasoning, they assigned 428 students to fill out a questionnaire with 19 questions, including, “What time would you get up if you were entirely free to plan your day?” and “How much do you depend upon an alarm clock?” Participants were categorized as morning, evening or neutral types and randomly assigned to a morning or afternoon testing session. Some problems were analytic in nature, others were inspiration-based. While the more logical type of problem solving showed no statistical difference, morning people scored higher on the insight-demanding challenges in the late afternoon, and vice versa. Wieth and Zacks believe the results depend upon an inhibitory process that suppresses distracting information. It is thought that this system performs less efficiently when individuals are less alert, allowing random thoughts to enter the decision-making process, resulting in more creative thinking.

Keep Running

Robust Record-Breaking Centenarian In October 2011, a 100-year-old Briton, Fauja Singh, became the world’s oldest marathon runner, finishing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, in Canada, in eight hours and 25 minutes. Last April, Singh went on to complete the London Marathon in seven hours and 49 minutes before announcing that he’ll continue running, but only in races from 5K up to half-marathons, and maybe even a vertical run up skyscraper steps. Born in India, Singh moved to the UK in the 1960s, becoming the world’s oldest halfmarathoner in 2010 at the age of 99, via the Inter-Faith Marathon, in Luxembourg. He has participated in the Olympic Torch Relay twice, in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012. The London resident credits ginger curry, tea and being happy for his endurance. The multiple Guinness World Record-holder says, “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people that are negative, stay smiling and keep running.” Singh trains by running 10 miles every day. Sources: BBC;


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Trash Fashions

The Rehabilitation of Plastic The rap on most plastic is that although it can be recycled, it doesn’t decompose in landfills. For a period of time, the city of Houston halted its composting of household yard waste due to the cost of having to cut and empty the plastic bags used in curbside pickup, even though the annual landfill fees exceeded $1 million. But now the service has resumed, based on the use of new, compostable plastic bags that require no special handling; the city even garners income from sales of composted clippings. Dinnerware, such as utensils, plates and cups, is another niche market in which advocates see potential for use of compostable plastics, especially by cafeterias, restaurants and other institutions. Not only are such items not biodegradable, they often end up being thrown out with food waste. Biodegradable polymers that break down in a matter of months are more expensive; for example, the BASF company’s Ecoflex material costs about two-and-a-half times more than the polyethylene it replaces. But proponents say that it provides value by enabling the largescale collection of organic waste, such as grass clippings and food, and that the potential for growth is enormous. Source: Chemical & Engineering News

Three Steps to Better Posture and Less Pain By Barbara Gosselin


it up straight,” and “Don’t slouch,” are messages that many people hear throughout their lives. Unfortunately, this may cause them to judge their own posture as “bad” and chalk it up to laziness or another character flaw. The truth is that posture is simply the relationship of a person’s body to gravity, reflecting areas that are tight or weak due to years of physical and even emotional stress and strain. The Western lifestyle involves a lot of sitting, which creates some common physical patterns. Over time, the muscles in the front of the hips (the hip flexors) can get very tight, placing a lot of strain on the lower back. In addition, the head tends to migrate forward on the neck, resulting in tightness in the chest and neck and creating the rounded shoulders associated with “bad” posture. These tensions can lead to postural strain syndrome, in which ligaments and other soft tissues are overstretched, causing pain. Chronic back or neck pain, shoulder tendinitis and even hip arthritis can be traced to this syndrome. The good news is that some very simple things can be done to promote good posture, decrease strain on the body, and reduce the pain associated with postural stresses. Here are three easy and important exercises to try: 1. Lie flat on the back with arms resting overhead and no pillow under the head for five to 10 minutes. This helps to release the tightness that can accumulate in the neck and chest throughout the day. While this pose can easily be done at night when settling in for bed, do not to attempt to sleep like this. If pre-existing tightness makes it impossible to lie without a pillow, use small pillows to support the head or arms, gradually decreasing the height of the pillows until they are no longer needed. 2. Bruegger’s Maneuver consists of letting the arms hang down and rotating them outward, elbows straight, so that the thumbs are pointing toward the back. Gently squeeze the shoulder blades together and draw them downward. Hold this position for three or four breaths, repeating it several times throughout the day. This helps to manage chest tightness and shoulder weakness that can contribute to neck pain and shoulder dysfunction. 3. Stretching the hip flexors is the third important step in supporting good posture. Stand next to a stable surface with one hand resting on that surface. Step one foot forward into a wide but comfortable stance. Let the back heel come off the ground and keep the back knee slightly bent. Bend the front knee and lower the back knee toward the ground, gently stretching the front of the hip. Hold the stretch for three or four breaths and repeat two to three times before stretching the other hip. Barbara Gosselin, PT, practices Holistic Bodywork and Craniosacral Therapy at 393 Mass. Ave. in Arlington. For more information, call 781-507-4226, or visit See ad on page 33, and Resource Guide on page 44. natural awakenings

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communityspotlight by regular professional skin care. Our clinic is a classroom atmosphere where instructors are present, and the clients pay a quarter of the price they would pay in a retail setting. We see up to 100 people daily, except Sundays, and our clients enjoy instructor-supervised treatments in a professional and sanitary clinical environment.

Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics:

Beautifying and Empowering Women for Nearly 50 Years by Kim Childs


n the late 1960s, Catherine Hinds opened Boston’s first skin care salon on Newbury Street. In 1979 she established the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, in Medford, which she later sold to her daughter, An. Today the institute is based in Woburn and houses classrooms, a computer lab, training rooms and a clinic that is open to the public for discounted skin care and spa treatments. Each year more than 200 students attend licensure programs and courses in advanced esthetics, spa therapies and the institute’s 200-hour Master Esthetics program for those who want to work in a medical setting. Natural Awakenings spoke with An G. Hinds about the state of the skin care industry and her mother’s pioneering career. It seems that commercials and news stories are always featuring new technologies for attaining better and youngerlooking skin. What’s behind this surge? The baby boomers are driving the demand for advanced corrective skin treatments because they’re living so much longer and concerned about overall wellness. Twenty years ago we couldn’t have said that we could smooth someone’s lines, remove hyperpigmentation and treat acne. Today we have advanced


treatments for these conditions, such as chemical peels, hydrafacials, LED [light therapy] and microdermabrasion. Skin care and spa treatments are no longer just fluff, because today we’re not only concerned with relaxation, but also getting a professional treatment and homecare program that improves the skin. The technology and product ingredients that are now available in our industry are 10 times more effective and results-driven than ever before. What takes place in your student clinic? It gives our students real-time, real experience working on the public doing all sorts of treatments, from waxing, skin care and back facials to makeup application, advanced chemical peels, microdermabrasion and hair reduction. We have a steam room and a full spa here where we do hot stone treatments, herbal wraps, mud baths and exfoliating treatments. We’re using natural, fragrancefree products and treatments that are progressive but not aggressive. Our aim is to coax skin into good health so we talk about the importance of drinking water, eating well, managing stress, following a good skin care program at home and using sunscreen, which is always my number-one recommendation, followed

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What’s the outlook for the skin care industry? If you take a look at some of the recent Department of Labor studies, it’s predicted that esthetics is one of the fastestgrowing careers in the country based on the aging population. We also have the license to touch and, in this day and age, any industry that can help people relax and feel better about themselves is likely to experience tremendous growth. What’s really wonderful is that we create many small business owners, which boosts the economy and supports women and men in becoming financially independent. And what is Catherine Hinds herself up to these days? My mother currently sits on our board and summers on an island in northern New York, where she opened up a bedand-breakfast and spa that she has just sold. She is what we call a serial entrepreneur. My mother is 78 years old and she was one of the original “women’s libbers”. She’s always been a visionary who felt strongly that women should be empowered to have choice. To quote Catherine E. Hinds, “It is never too late and it has never felt like work.” The mission statement of the institute is to create financial independence for women through esthetics. We’ve carried on that tradition for more than 30 years and we feel grateful and blessed. My own daughter, Rachel, is in the personal care industry, so we’re continuing into a third generation. The Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics is located at 300 Wildwood Ave., Woburn. For more information, call 781-935-3344 or visit CatherineHinds. edu. See ad on next page, and Resource Guide on page 46.

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Craniosacral Therapy for Holistic Healing by Mimi Rhys


raniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on treatment for improving total health that was developed more than 40 years ago by Dr. John Upledger, an osteopath. CST focuses on the central nervous system and the tissues that surround it, based on the premise that the brain affects all aspects of body functioning. Because this holistic therapy addresses both physical and energetic components, it can treat a wide variety of conditions and aid those who are seeking relief and are unable to find it elsewhere. CST takes its name from the craniosacral rhythm, which is felt throughout the body and is vital to good health. The rhythm reflects the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain and spinal cord and moves up and down the spine by regular pumping action between the skull, or cranium, and the sacrum. During a CST session, the therapist uses a pressure equal to the weight of a nickel to adjust the skull, spine and sacrum to move freely. Because the soft tissues around these structures are linked by connective tissue, a muscle spasm in the leg, for example, can pull on the sacrum and also affect the skull. CST must therefore treat the whole person, looking for energy blockages and physical restrictions throughout the body. CST is ideal for pain that originates in the head, such as migraines,


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headaches and jaw pain, and also helps with vision difficulties. Because CST directly affects the brain, it’s effective for such issues as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, central nervous system disorders and motor-coordination impairments. This gentle therapy is also perfectly suited to chronic neck and back pain and fibromyalgia, because it does not trigger the body to tighten up in response to the increased pain that some other therapies can cause. A CST therapist can also help clients to release the effects of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The process works to clear energetic blockages that result when the body “walls off” a physical or psychological blow or the memory of an unpleasant event. Such traumas can create “energy cysts” that pull on the tissue around them until they are released. CST clients who experience the release of an energy cyst may suddenly remember events as far back as a childhood trauma or traumatic birth. War veterans, car accident victims and rape survivors are now being successfully treated with CST, typically receiving relief from PTSD in just a few sessions. Mimi Rhys, LMT, is the owner of Phoenix Healing Arts in Brighton. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 617-4137174, or visit See ad on page 29, and Resource Guide on page 45.

Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants. She has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of self-healing and self-regeneration. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has expertise in the areas of Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants, Lasers and Energy Medicine. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.

Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Zirconia Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to other metals Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. IontchevaBarehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Ozone Treatment Ozone is a powerful oxidizer and kills effectively bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Oxygen ozone therapy can be applied as an adjunctive therapy in treatment of periodontitis (periodontal disease), in arresting and reversing carious lesions in initial stage, reversal of initial pulp inflammation in deep carious lesions, treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity. The methods applied are efficacious with no toxicity or side effects. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect methodone of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol, Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of noninjectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’ s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call:


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Exploring Our Creative Side Engaging in Community Arts Brings Unexpected Rewards by Judith Fertig

“Turning, moving, spinning, dresses swirling, music beating, eyes in contact with a partner, then another, then another, then another, and the fiddle turns a corner, the phrase repeats, the dance repeats. You smile. Your body smiles.” ~ Doug Plummer, photographer and contra dancer, Seattle, Washington


hree years ago, Janine Joslin, a savvy business executive, set her sights on becoming a Dazzler, and today is a proud member of the Leawood, Kansas, chapter of community tapdancing troupes. “I love to dance and perform, and I felt that had been missing from my own life,” she says. After a friend suggested it, Joslin showed up for her first practice ready to go, wearing tights and tap shoes. Potential Dazzlers must prove they’ve learned the routines before being selected to perform for the public. Luckily, says Joslin, “I’m a quick study,” and soon took her place in this 50-and-up women’s group that likes to routinely Shuffle Off to Buffalo at area retirement facilities, church halls and special events. Learning the stop-and-go, Broadway-style routines such as Steppin’ Out and Millie is more of a mental challenge than aerobic exercise, comments Joslin.


“The main thing is it exercises your brain.” Performing for appreciative groups is a great feeling, she notes, and helps make the twiceweekly practices worthwhile. Just being around inspiring women has helped Joslin look at aging differently. She’s now applying her business skills to set up her troupe’s first website. Joslin’s experience proves what many dancers, artists, writers, actors and musicians know: Active, hands-on, group participation in the arts is beneficial on many levels.

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In a recent study commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, Gifts of the Muse:

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Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts, the researchers found that, “People that engage in arts in a group setting develop a sense of community as they exchange favors (such as meeting to learn lines or loaning painting supplies); identify themselves with a cast, music ensemble or choral group; and develop a sense of trust and expectations of reciprocity.” It also noted, “Through the arts of ethnic traditions—such as classical Indian dance, Jamaican steel drums or Japanese raku ceramics—participants develop and maintain their cultural heritage and communicate their cultural identity to outsiders.”

Gateway Experiences

Most art disciplines can be experienced at any age. No previous training or ability is required, just a curious spirit and willingness to participate and learn. Fun options range from a painting party, in which participants set up an easel and paint a canvas at Uncork’d Art, in Washington, D.C. (, to African drumming at DrumRise, in Decatur, Georgia ( “A drumming class is a great way to reduce stress, have fun, relax and reenergize, all at the same

time; it has even been shown to positively affect your immune system,” say co-founders Amy Jackson and Colleen Caffrey. Such activities allow us to dabble and explore amidst the power of a group and maximize the joy of artful endeavors, which many prefer to the cost of individual lessons. One of the most accessible community arts is choral music, as it requires no special equipment. Singing in a group can also become a community tradition that gathers people of all ages and lifestyles in fellowship and celebration. Since 1882, singing Handel’s Messiah has become an annual highlight for a Swedish wheat-farming community in South-Central Kansas. For three months before Palm Sunday, 200 farmers, homemakers, college students and business owners from the Lindsborg area gather twice weekly to rehearse the three-hour piece ( Becky Anderson, the owner of Lindsborg’s Swedish Country Inn, who has sung for 41 years, points to a particularly thrilling moment during each performance. “There is just this exhilaration as the audience jumps to their feet yelling, ‘Brava, Brava.’ Golly, that’s fun.” Chicagoans maintain a similar holiday tradition. For 35 years, free DoIt-Yourself Messiah concerts have provided a community-funded uplift ( Thousands of audience members lend their voices to thrilling performances of this masterpiece, led by a world-class conductor and soloists and backed by an all-volunteer orchestra of local professionals and amateur musicians. Storytelling is yet another community performing art that requires no

special equipment. The National Storytelling Network ( advances the art of storytelling through a national conference and local storytelling guilds. The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, in Pennsylvania, meets once a month at a local coffee house ( Members include professional and amateur storytellers, poets, actors and newcomers that love to practice—or just listen to—this ancient art. Strong community and cultural identity is forged on other stages, as well. The Community Actors Theatre, in San Diego, California’s, Oak Park, performs many plays written by local playwrights exploring themes in black culture ( For Calvin Manson, a local poet and playwright who teaches acting workshops, the nonprofit venue feels like a mom-and-pop outfit. “They have the raw talent that could be developed into something wonderful. People don’t just learn to be actors and playwrights. They learn to work together, to commit to a common struggle. When they leave, they know how to work with people, to be team players.” Sometimes, a life change can open the door to a creative outlet. As a newly single 30-something, photographer Doug Plummer says that when he fell in with the Seattle contra dance scene in the mid-1980s, “It became my primary social life.” Derived from New England folk dance, two lines of dancers face each other and move to the rhythms of fiddle music. “Since 2003, anytime I’m in New England, I try to stay over on a Monday and catch the Nelson [New Hampshire] dance,” says Plummer. Likening it to participating in the slow-food and

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

similar local movements, he says, “I feel like I’m entering into a mode of slow-dancing.” At the weekly Nelson gatherings, “The dancers will drift in; singles, couples and families with kids,” he relates. “Someone puts out the fiddle case for the $2 admission. Whoever volunteered to bring baked goods sets them out. Harvey shows up with his fiddle, sits on the fold-up chair on the stage. Bob sits at the piano. ‘Line up for a contra,’ barks Don, in a clipped, Yankee accent. ‘First dance is Monymusk.’ Then everyone just joins in.”

Auditioning for the Role of a Lifetime

The next level of volunteer arts participation may involve an audition and a greater commitment. At the same time, these pursuits offer prime opportunities to expand artistic skills and join in something bigger than one’s self. Since 1873, the Cincinnati, Ohio, May Festival has served as a shining example of community showmanship (May Chorus auditions are held in September, rehearsals begin in January and concerts routinely sell out by May. Music critic Nancy Malitz comments, “It’s that special, tiny sliver of the year when everybody stretches. When hundreds of amateur singers accelerate the tempo by devoting every night to rehearsal and every day to thoughts of the concerts to come… when audiences look their finest, clap their loudest.” Lawrence Coleman, a chorus member for 15 years, has found that singing and networking with other May Festival vocalists has paid off in surprising ways. “I’ve recorded and had other singing engagements and opportunities, all because I’ve been connected to the chorus and the people in it,” he says. Coleman also sings with the rhythm and blues gospel group Fo Mo Brothers, performing at area churches and the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion. Coleman remarks, “I have friends in the chorus from very different walks of life. We come together for the single purpose of making great music. People of differing backgrounds and schools of thought can do more than coexist. It’s confirmed for me that we can learn to celebrate our differences when we

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have a common goal.” ally bedecked in a wine-colored waist Even those that don’t feel inhercoat with tails that he found on eBay. ently artistic can find venturing into Plein air painters forsake the an art form unexpectedly rewarding. indoors to take their paints, easels and Channeling an inner Elizabeth Bennett canvases outside. Plein-Air Painters of or Mr. Darcy is commonplace in Bay America regularly paint in groups in Area English Regency Society waltzes the fresh air and then hold an exhibiand “longways” dances, in Palo Alto, tion; annual workshops help teach California ( Alan Winston, techniques ( At the recent a computer systems administrator and seventh annual Florida’s Forgotten veteran dance Coast event, in the caller, observes state’s Panhandle, “When I’m not doing any that these patbilled as Ameriplays, things just don’t go terned dances ca’s Great Plein appeal to mathAir Paint-Out, right. This is my justificascience-logicartists tion. This is my opportunity featured computer types. set up alongside “It’s a great place amateurs eager to to just be me.” for people that learn more live in their heads ~ Eva Jones, foster parent and ( member of Community Actors to get out and be Whatever social,” he says. one’s newly Theatre, Oak Park, California Appropriately, discovered or the dances all feature choreography longtime treasure, individuals engagfrom Jane Austen’s era. Depending ing in a group arts activity forge strong on the theme of the dance—like the social bonds, keep ethnic arts tradisophisticated Cyprians Ball or spirited tions alive, learn new things in new Return of the Regiments Ball—the ways and experience joyous personal ambience may be elegant or rowdy, growth. explains Winston. Dances are taught … All while creating something beforehand to music such as George wonderful. Washington’s Favourite Cotillion, an 1808 tune performed by musicians Judith Fertig regularly contributes to playing a clarinet, piano and recorder. Natural Awakenings. She’s an awardMany wear period costumes, while winning cookbook author at others come in jeans. Winston is 24

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wisewords Julia Cameron Speaks from Her Heart


Nature does nothing in vain. ~Aristotle

How is unblocking creativity linked to having a prosperous heart and a life of enough? I have taught creative unblocking for 35 years. When I’ve asked my students about money, inevitably their responses are emotional exclamations: “Money is the biggest block to my creativity,” or “I feel like I can handle anything but money,” or “Do we have to talk about money?” I believe that every person is creative, and can use his or her creativity to create a life of “enough”. I have worried about money and found that having money does not end this worry. I have also discovered practical tools that have lifted my students and me out of money worries into a prosperous heart. Prospering is something we can do today, no matter how much money we have. 26

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ulia Cameron is an award-winning author, poet, playwright and filmmaker, perhaps best known for her precedent-setting works on creativity, including The Artist’s Way, The Vein of Gold, Walking in this World and The Right to Write. In her latest book, The Prosperous Heart, she presents a 10-week program that guides readers in developing a life that is as full and satisfying as they ever imagined possible.

Prosperity is not just about money, although our relationship to money must be brought out into the light, and we must be brave enough to look at it candidly. Having enough is having a life beyond need and worry. It’s about finding satisfaction in our lives, improving the lives we have, straightening out our finances and creating a life that is enough for us.

What led you to conclude that a prosperous heart is about a spiritual bottom line, rather than a financial one? My experience of this principle has been cumulative. When teaching The Artist’s Way through the years, I have sometimes been moved to give away memberships in a class in order to help creatively stymied individuals that felt they couldn’t afford the 12-week course. While this didn’t add to my bank account, I felt rewarded on a spiritual level as I watched those students blossom over the course of the class.

What tools do you offer readers in The Prosperous Heart? Morning Pages remain the primary tool of a creative recovery and for establishing prosperity. Three daily pages of longhand writing—strictly stream of consciousness—work to provoke,

clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Counting is another bedrock tool of prosperity; keeping a small notebook tracking every penny in and every penny out puts us in touch with our true values, which is one of the first and finest fruits of prosperity. This daily writing, coupled with counting, brings emotional and financial clarity. Together, they help us discover our true values—both personal and monetary—and uncover the actions that will lead to a life that is truly our own. Abstaining from financial imbalance is simple when we stop debting. A commitment to practicing the tool of abstinence plugs the leaks and our personal lifeboat stops sinking. While this may seem severe, it leads straight to more prosperity. Walking at least twice a week for a minimum of 20 minutes works to put events into a healthier perspective. We may walk out with a problem and walk back in with a solution. Walking also offers the opportunity to encounter sights and sounds that fire the imagination and replenish our inner well of creativity. As we walk, we can experience the richness of the world, as well as our own inner prosperity. I recommend taking a time out once in the morning and once at night, for five minutes, to sit quietly and consciously count your blessings, or simply rest. Time outs also put us in closer touch with our own inner resources. Ideas often come to us during these periods, which prove to be time-efficient and guided by wisdom. Through many years of experience, I have seen how the tools explored in The Prosperous Heart help people from all walks of life come into contact with their true value system. When they act in alignment with their values, they naturally feel a sense of prosperity. When they do what they love and do it well, the money seems to take care of itself. Find the next chapter on personal creativity at Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. natural awakenings

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Making Allowances Learning to Manage Money at a Young Age by Sharon Lechter

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. ~Michelangelo


Instituting an allowance plan that works best for each child is a sound way to start teaching the value of money, budgeting and saving.


y the time a child is 5 or 6, he or she should be able to understand how an allowance works and the reasons for receiving it. When deciding to pay a child an allowance, the family should first talk together about how he or she will be using the money. Is the plan to save it or spend it? Will a parent need to approve any purchases? Learning to consistently put away a portion in a savings account and perhaps gift another portion to charity become valuable life lessons. Many parents adopt the “three piggy bank� method to teach these lessons. My 20 years of experience working with parents and teens has shaped a practical framework of four proven strategies to help a family wisely communicate this mutual commitment and set parameters, including a policy as to the amount and frequency of payment. Allowance decisions can differ from one child to the next in the same family. Personal responsibility: There should be no financial reward for things that children need to do for their own

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health and development, such as responsibly heading to bed on time after brushing their teeth. One father shared that he had to pay his son to brush his teeth every morning and night, so who was in charge? Family or social responsibility: Tasks that contribute to the family or social environment should not result in financial reward, such as washing the dishes or reading to a younger sibling. One mother, after explaining the plan to her children and consistently applying it, saw their attitude transform in just a couple of weeks. Instead of fighting, the three kids now work together each night to clean up after dinner without arguing. Paying for completion of specific tasks: Determine and agree to guidelines that include the general tasks or duties that are expected, the performance of which will result in earning the specified allowance. By defining what is over and above personal, family or social responsibility, parents encourage and reward children for their

With an entitlement mindset, a child simply expects to be paid each week. With an entrepreneur’s mindset, a child finds ways to create value and earn money through applied creativity. extra efforts. Those same kids agreeably cleaning up after meals may also be thinking of extra chores around the house to earn their allowances. Encouraging a child’s entrepreneurial spirit: Inspire children to think of creative ways to earn money and watch in pleased amazement at how creative they become when they really want something. One 12-year-old now has a business collecting cans from all of his neighbors and is earning $100 every other week. He was able to buy the faster skateboard he wanted and even justified it as a business expense, because he could collect the cans more quickly with it. Providing structure and enabling communication in a family’s approach to allowances is critical to ensuring that children learn good money habits that will serve them well for life. It’s a mutually constructive way to teach principles related to the importance of saving, spending less than they earn and consistently giving back to their community. The answer to the question of whether or not to pay a child an allowance and under what conditions rests with the parents. The greater and more vital question is what mindset do they want to create and nurture within their children: a sense of entitlement or an entrepreneurial spirit? The foundational choice is theirs. Sharon Lechter is CEO of Pay Your Family First, creator of the ThriveTime for Teens life and money reality board game and co-author of Outwitting the Devil, Three Feet from Gold and Rich Dad Poor Dad. A recognized financial education expert, she is a member of the National CPAs Financial Literacy Commission. Learn more at natural awakenings

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Doggy Lost… and Found Again Microchips Provide Peace of Mind by Avery Mack


t’s easy for a dog or cat to slip out an unlatched door, open gate or even a window. Three million lost pets are picked up by animal control agencies each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy estimates fewer than 2 percent of wayward cats and only 15 to 20 percent of wandering dogs find their way home again. Most of those that make it back have been identified and reunited through tags, tattoos or microchips. About the size of a grain of rice (12 millimeters), a microchip is injected under the skin into the shoulder area of a dog or cat as a form of permanent identification. The chip itself has no internal energy source, so it will never wear out or run down. Microchips work on a radio frequency identification system (RFIS) that operates on two main frequencies—125 kilohertz (in this country) or 134.2 kilohertz (internationally). A

handheld scanner powers a low radio frequency readout of the chip’s unique identification number and transmits it to the scanner’s display window, much like a retail bar code. Shelters, veterinarians and animal control staff routinely use scanners to check for identification chips in unclaimed pets. If detected, the displayed code can then be traced to the pet’s family.

Microchip Myth Busters False: Microchipping is common. True: The Humane Society of America estimates that fewer than 5 percent of pets have a microchip. False: The chip will move after it’s been injected. True: Technology has improved. For example, one microchip manufacturer has developed a patented anti-migration feature that ensures their microchips stay put. “The chip very rarely migrates under the skin,” says Dr. Amber Andersen, a Los Angeles veterinarian. “Every pet should have a microchip.”

Every two seconds, a pet is lost somewhere in the United States. Shelters report the biggest barrier to a pet and family reunion is a lack of current information. Identification can help bring him home again. Use both a tag and microchip. Keep contact information up to date. When traveling, program a GPS tag with a cell phone number— it’s faster than calling home for messages.


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False: Microchips pose a health risk. True: “There have been no reported cases of tumors at injection sites.” There’s no reaction at all in the tissue around the chip,” reports Dr. Jeff Bryan, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Missouri’s Medical Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Columbia. False: The shelter won’t have a scanner. True: More than 50,000 veterinarians and shelters use scanners. Microchip providers also frequently donate scanners to shelters and rescue groups. False: Implanting a microchip is painful. True: Pets do not have to be sedated to be chipped. Although a larger needle is used than for shots, it won’t be any more painful for the pet than a vaccination. False: It’s expensive. True: Veterinarians set their own prices, usually between $25 and $40. Local shelters and humane societies often sponsor chip-a-thons, where microchips are provided at an even lower cost. Call local shelters, humane societies or rescue groups for details about their next microchipping event. False: Microchipping really isn’t necessary. True: Identification is key in returning a lost pet. The ASPCA strongly recommends the use of a collar tag in combination with a microchip. Collars can break—a microchip assures backup identification that can’t be removed or altered.

GPS Tracking For a dog that likes to jump fences or take himself out on walkabouts, consider using a GPS collar. Tagg’s battery-powered GPS system allows the owner to track a pet from the Internet or a mobile phone app. Simply set up a perimeter of allowed space between 75 and 1,000 yards, and if the tagged pet leaves that area, notification arrives by text and email. The customized GPS function traces the pet’s location on a digital map or via text updates. Avery Mack regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings magazines. Connect at

Pet Locator Resources American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery 800-252-7894 American Veterinary ID Devices 800-336-2843 Home Again 888-466-3242 Tagg 855-738-8244

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FARMERS’ mARKET gUIDE The Boston area is surrounded by an abundance of local, naturally grown produce. Here is a listing of some of the markets available. Please check the days and times, as they may change without notice.


North Harvard St. & Western Ave. 617-495-8052 Fridays, 3-7pm June 15 - October 26

ALLSTON VILLAGE 500 Cambridge St. 978-604-4384 Saturdays, 11am-3pm May 12 - October 27

1200 Beacon St. 617-796-1525 Tuesdays, 1:30-6pm July 3 - October 30


617-997-8669 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am-6:30pm, 6pm after November 4 May 24 - November 20


Day & Herbert St. 781-893-8222 Wednesdays, 12-6pm, 12-5pm after November 4 May 23 - November 21


Russell Common parking lot, Massachusetts Ave. & Pleasant St. 781-858-8629 Wednesdays, 2-6:30pm June 6 - October 24






Belmont Center parking lot, Cross St. & Channing Rd. 617-484-0170 Thursdays, 2-6:30pm thru Labor Day, then 2-6pm June 14 - October 25

CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL SQUARE Bishop Allen Dr. & Norfolk St. 781-893-8222 Mondays, 12-6pm May 21 - November 19


Morse School parking area, Memorial Dr. & Magazine St. 617-864-2942 Saturdays, 10am-2pm June 2 - October 27, except October 20


Charles Plaza, Bennett St. at Eliot St. 617-864-2942 Sundays, 10am-3pm, Fridays, 12-6pm May 20 - November 18



Bennington St. & Meridian St. 617-568-4028 Thursdays, 3:30-6:30pm July 5 - October 18

139 St. James Ave. 781-893-8222 Tuesdays & Fridays, 11am-6pm May 15 - November 20

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER 840 Harrison Ave. 617-414-4542 Fridays, 11:30am-2:30pm June 22 - October 19

BOSTON PRUDENTIAL CENTER 800 Boylston St. 978-448-6499 Thursdays, 11am-6pm May 17 - October 25


1 City Hall Square 617-997-8669 Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-6pm, 5pm after November 4 May 21 - November 21, except holidays

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500 Harrison Ave. 800-403-8305 Sundays, 10am-4pm May 6 - October 28 775 Commonwealth 617-358-5551 Thursdays, 12-4pm September 6 - October 25


Centre St., West Parking Lot 617-730-2000 Thursdays, 1:30-dusk June 14 - October 25

HARVARD UNIVERSITY 26 Oxford St. 617-495-8052 Tue, 12-6pm June 19 - Oct 30


Blue Hills Bank parking lot, 1196 River St. 617-361-6964 Saturdays, 2-5pm July 14 - October 6


677 Centre St. 508-867-7193 Tuesdays, 12-5pm Saturdays, 12-3pm May 15 - December 25


Lexington Center, Massachusetts & Fletcher Ave. 781-860-0729 Tuesdays, 2-6:30pm May 29 - October 23


12 South St. 508-867-7193 Thursdays, 12pm-dusk May 31 - October 25

NEWTON AMERICAN LEGION POST 440 295 California St. 617-796-1525 Fridays, 12-5pm July 6 - October 5


500 Kendall St. 167 Holland St. 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 Thursdays, 11am-1pm June 15 - September 30


446 West Broadway 617-464-5858 Mondays, 12-6pm, except holidays May 7 - November 19


On the plaza, Washington & Prospect St. 781-893-8222 Thursdays, 5-8pm June 14 - November 20


On the plaza, Washington & Prospect St. 781-893-8222 Saturdays, 9am-1pm June 2 - November 17


Sovereign Bank parking lot, Main & Moody St. 781-899-6230 Saturdays, 9:30am-2:30pm June 16 - November 10

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Functional Medicine Taking the Whole Toolbox Approach by Kathleen Barnes

Once called “alternative” medicine, then “holistic” or “complementary” and later “integrative”, the newest evolution is “functional” medicine, designed to search out the underlying causes of illnesses in order to carry out effective treatment.


onventional medicine is like a carpenter that only has a hammer to work with, while functional medicine doctors are working with a full toolkit,” says the author of From Fatigued to Fantastic, National Medical Director of Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii. Conventional medicine addresses symptoms instead of diseases, explains Los Angeles functional medicine practitioner Dr. Hyla Cass, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women. “It tends to treat the symptoms with more and more medications that cause a host of other side effects that also need to be treated and can result in declining health, rather than increased vitality.” “Functional medicine, rather than simply ‘chasing symptoms’ while ignoring the causes, searches for and addresses environmental factors, nutritional deficiencies, genetic tendencies, biochemical dysfunctions and emotional and social stressors that can together


cause the development of symptoms,” adds Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren. He operates Eco-Health Clinics internationally (the U.S. site is in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and serves as president emeritus and professor of nutrition and functional medicine with the California-based University of Natural Medicine. In every case, it takes some investigation to get to the heart of the problems, and the solutions can take many forms. “For example, depression, insomnia and obesity aren’t diseases; they are symptoms,” says Cass. “If we can find the underlying cause of these symptoms, we can address the problem permanently.” An allopathic approach, on the other hand, would routinely recommend a pill to lower temperature for high fever, prescribe a synthetic pill to elevate mood in treating depression, or look to pharmacological anti-inflammatory drugs for simple immune reactions. Tel-Oren is among those that link a vast number of illnesses to stress: “Diverse conditions such as fibromy-

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algia, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, mood and cognitive disorders, various autoimmune disorders, premenstrual syndrome, temporomandibular joint issues, chronic pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, chronic low back pain, chemical and food sensitivities, allergies, asthma and cancer all seem to share common courses of formation. The common denominator for these disturbances appears to be chronic stress.” Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Lenox, Massachusetts, elaborates: “Functional medicine seeks to create balance in the body by looking at seven keys to achieving wellness: nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism and a calm mind. We work through the entire system, help people identify patterns and return the body to balance.” Hyman is a strong advocate of nutrition as the basis for restoring balance to the body. “Food is the most powerful medicine we have, more powerful than any drug, more powerful than anything you’ll ever find in a pill bottle,” he says. Teitelbaum notes, “Conventional medicine is basically run on economics, so doctors are too often influenced by drug company marketing messages masquerading as science that encourage expensive treatments, regardless of their toxicity.” In stark contrast, “Functional medicine instead looks for the lowest cost treatment that is supported by medical evidence.”

Conventional Medicine Case in Point

Fibromyalgia, for example, encompasses a basket of symptoms, usually beginning with overall body pain with specific pain points. Other common symptoms can include extreme fatigue, facial pain, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss and brain fog, depression, numbness and tingling, palpitations, insomnia and headaches, including migraines. “Until a few years ago, conventional medicine decided you were crazy if you complained of these symptoms,” advises Teitelbaum. “Then some expensive medications came

out—promoted by $210 million a year in advertising; so now, patients are instead being told to take medications with lots of side effects.” The most common conventionally prescribed drugs for fibromyalgia target symptoms of insomnia, depression, nerve pain and inflammation. According to Teitelbaum, the vast majority of people treating with these medications continue to experience the same symptoms over a five-year period; only 25 to 35 percent report some improvement. It’s difficult to determine how many Americans suffer from fibromyalgia because many go undiagnosed (the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis is five years). Cure estimates that 5 million Americans, or approximately 2 percent of the population, suffer from this disease.

Functional Medicine Alternative

“Functional medicine practitioners recognize that fibromyalgia represents an energy crisis in the body and use simple, appropriate and effective treatments with no harmful side effects,” says Teitelbaum. “Most often I use a SHINE protocol that I developed, based on 30 years of treating patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, with a 90 percent success rate.” His is just one example of the way functional medicine would treat a difficult-to-diagnose and to treat disease. Cass uses functional medicine very effectively against depression, addiction and a host of women’s health issues. Hyman specializes in managing diabetes and obesity with the tools of functional medicine. “If other medicines worked as well as treatments used in functional medicine, I’d use them, but they don’t,” concludes Hyman. “My Hippocratic Oath says I must help relieve suffering. I can do that with the tools that functional medicine gives me.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women is among her many books. Visit

Attention Deficit Disorder – A Functional Medicine Approach by Wendie Trubow


he medical community defines Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) as the inability to control behavior due to difficulty processing neural stimuli. From a Functional Medicine standpoint, ADD is a symptom of an underlying imbalance that may originate in several body systems. As many parents find themselves wondering if their children have ADD, it’s worth looking at possible underlying physical causes. A Functional Medicine approach to ADD begins by evaluating intestinal function, including the presence of food allergies and the overgrowth of inappropriate bacteria or yeast. Outward signs of gut issues may include eczema, acne, asthma, allergies and anxiety. With more than 100 million neurons, the gut plays a significant role in such brain functions as mental clarity, concentration and the assimilation of new ideas. In 1979 researchers found that gluten and dairy foods produce “exorphins”, noting that these substances may have a “narcotic-like effect” on the body. Children who eat gluten or dairy may produce these exorphins and manifest such things as poor concentration, difficulty following instructions, impaired learning and difficulty sitting still. These are some of the symptoms that are typically associated with ADD. Environmental allergies, caused by such things as dust mites, molds, pets, trees, grasses and cleaning agents, may also cause children to experience fatigue, difficulty concentrating and limited attention span, hallmarks of an ADD diagnosis. Other possible triggers include hypothyroidism, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and diets deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, all of which have been linked to impaired thought processes. While there is no “one size fits all” approach to well-being, there are some relatively easy steps that a parent can take to optimize a child’s function, learning and behavior: 1. Enlist the whole family in going gluten-free for two weeks. This means avoiding bread, cake, cookies, pasta, flour, pizza and all foods containing gluten or wheat. Children are remarkably quick to heal, so parents may see improvements within days of eliminating gluten. After two weeks, add gluten to each meal for three days and notice any difference in your child’s behavior.    2. Ensure that children take a multivitamin containing zinc, as well as the active forms of B12 (methylcobalamin) and folate (5-MTHF). Thirty percent of the population has difficulty making B12 and folate active, and these nutrients in their active forms play a critical role in mental clarity, among several other biochemical reactions in the body. 3. Finally, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of omega-3 fatty acids on brain function. Excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fish, flaxseed, avocados, olive oil, almonds and sunflower seeds. Alternatively, many companies produce a children’s chewable “fish oil.” Dr. Wendie Trubow is a practicing physician and Quality Director at Visions HealthCare, 170 Worcester St. (Rte. 9), Wellesley, with a second Dedham location to open in the fall. For more information, call 781-232-5400 or visit See ad on back cover, and see Resource Guide.

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Breathing for Healing by Joseph Brescia


lthough breathing is essential to being alive, some breathing habits may function beneficially, while others may not. The quality of breathing affects a person’s energy, sleep and mood, among other things. Improving the quality of the breath can release tensions and help the body to heal itself. During diaphragmatic breathing, the respiratory diaphragm stretches down into the belly during an inhale and relaxes up under the ribs during an exhale. Thoracic breathing involves expanding the ribs and lifting the front of the body and chest. Clavicular breathing, at the top of the chest, lifts the clavicles and shoulders. In deep breathing, all three of these phases help to keep the musculoskeletal body flexible. As the diaphragm extends down into the belly, air glides into the lungs and oxygenates the body. The abdominal organs and intestines are gently massaged in the process, increasing the movement of blood and bodily fluids and aiding digestion and elimination. Since the heart rests on top of the diaphragm, it rides along with the motion and is gently compressed and massaged by the lungs as they fill with air. This helps to move blood through the body with less effort. Deep breathing may take some practice for those who are not used to doing it. Try this simple deep breathing exercise while lying flat on the floor: Placing one hand on the belly and the other on the middle of the chest, inhale gently through the nose

and feel the belly rise under the lower hand. Continuing with the same inhale, allow the air to fill the middle of the chest and lift the front of the ribs. Finally, let the air reach the top of the lungs, past the heart area and up to the clavicles and shoulders. Next, exhale gently and effortlessly through the nose, allowing the breath to empty by relaxing the belly, the rib muscles, the mid-chest and the upper chest. With each exhale, notice any tensions that can be released and let them go. Because some tensions may have been present for a long time, you may need to revisit them, coaxing a little more release with each out breath. Be aware that, while some tensions stem from repetitive use or physical strain, some tensions are the result of emotional events. Accessing and releasing these tensions may bring up emotion that has been trapped there. Allowing these emotions to pass through without resistance can release them. Over time, try to increase the number of cycles, consisting of one full inhalation and complete exhalation. Be gentle, relax and enjoy the benefits of this deep, healing breath. Joseph Brescia is a licensed massage therapist at Sollievo Massage and Bodywork, located at 2285 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. To make an appointment, call 617-3543082 and visit for more information. See ad on page 27 and Resource Guide on page 45.

classifieds employment opportunities AD SALES REP – Natural Awakenings is now accepting resumes for full-commission experienced Ad Sales Reps in Southeastern Middlesex County including: Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, Brookline, Boston and Newton. Strong organizational and people skills, computer/database experience necessary. Must be a self-starter. We’re positive people looking for positive associates who are focused on healthy living and a healthy planet to reach like-minded practitioners and businesses, and help grow their client base. Flexible schedule with great earning potential, only you set the limit on your potential. Email cover letter and resume to: Publisher@NaturalAwakenings SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE. SOLLIEVO MASSAGE AND BODYWORK – Is looking for a front desk person part-time. Candidate must have good interpersonal skills, computer skills, and be able to multi-task. Please send inquiries to Rose@

FOR RENT/lease SEMINAR ROOM – Perfect location for your wellness seminar or training class. Seated classroom for 30-50 people or massage table classroom for 10-12 tables. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only. Free parking or walk from Watertown Square. New England School of Acupuncture. Call Steve: 617-558-1788 x 375. TWO ROOMS FOR RENT OR LEASE – In a holistic therapy practice located within Sollievo Massage & Bodywork, North Cambridge. 617-354-3082.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Charles River Herb Walk – 12:15-1:15pm. Join us for a lunchtime walk along the Charles River and learn to identify some of the more than forty different species of medicinal plants growing there. $5. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617750-5274. Strategies For Stress – 7-9pm. Learn herbal and nutritional remedies for managing and reducing stress, including anxiety and panic disorders. Don’t let stress control your life. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Lyme Disease: Hope for a Silent Epidemic – 6:30-9:30pm. In this seminar, there will be extensive discussion of herbal protocols and life style changes to improve health, enhance vitality and reduce the impact of this disease. . $25. 4 Minebrook Rd, Lincoln. 781-646-6319.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Boston Ahts Festival – Sept 7-9. The North End is transformed into a vibrant cultural village complete with exhibits, demonstrations and other attractions all involving visual or performing arts. Witness a wide array of artistic showcases and participate in workshops on ceramics, painting, sculpture and various other crafts. Free. Christopher Columbus Park, 220 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 617-635-3911.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Learn the Lightworkers Healing Method – Sept 8-9. For healing practitioners who want to change their life and the lives of others or a spiritual seekers yearning to transform their life. Learn the Lightworkers Healing Method (LHM) is an angelically guided healing system with the goal of aligning us with our soul’s life plan. It applies to any area of life: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial or interpersonal and is a teachable, learnable skill, not a gift. Level 1: The Foundation, Sept 8-9; Level 2: Letting Go of the Past, Oct 6-7. Hampton Inn Executive Conference Center, 319 Speen St, Natick. 941504-8401. The Artist’s Way: An Introduction – 2-3:30pm. Kim Childs uses exercises from The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity to guide you to a life that reflects your passions and creativity, whether or not you call yourself an artist. Bring a favorite journal or notebook. $18 or class card. The Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington. 617-640-3813. Tribute Concert – 8pm. Honoring the heroes of 9/11. Performed by singer, performer and Cambridge police Lieutenant Pauleen Wells. $40-


$50. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Wellness Retreat – Sept 9-14. Medically supervised individualized programs for weight loss and healing. Focus is on nutrition, fitness, and health needs. Offers organic vegetarian, raw cuisine, juice fasting and liver cleansing. Cost includes meals/snacks, fitness classes, massage and/or acupuncture and evening educational programs. $1,500. Call for special discounts. Scribner Hollow Lodge, Rte 23A, Hunter. 888843-3334. Free Introduction To Reiki – 10am-12pm. Meet the Reiki master teachers Ulrike and Denis Dettling Kalthofer. Listen to a lecture about Reiki and its history, experience a 20-min guided imagery and relaxation, and get questions about Reiki answered. Pre-registration required; space limited. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Learn a complete method of accessing healing energy for yourself and others, including the hand positions and the channel-opening attunements. Practice giving a complete Reiki treatment and receive one. $150. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity – 2-4pm. Recover your creative

Mark Your Calendar Sat/sun, September 8-9 sat/sun, october 6-7 Angelically Guided Energy Healing Classes in the Northeast! Do you want to be who your soul wants you to be, and help others do the same? You can learn to channel Divine healing. It’s a teachable, learnable skill, not a gift. Healers and serious spiritual seekers can learn the Lightworkers Healing Method (LHM) – an Angelically guided energy healing system with an exceptional goal: to align us with our soul’s life plan. LHM applies to any arena of life: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, or interpersonal. Nothing is off limits. Level 1: The Foundation Sept. 8-9 Level 2: Letting Go of The Past Oct. 6-7; Hampton Inn Conference Center, Natick. Level 1 & 2 Combined Retreat Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. For Information/Registration: 941-238-8488, or

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dreams, passions, and projects. Work with Kim Childs in the supportive atmosphere of a group setting. $25. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. Pre-register: Kim@

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 2013 Boston Marathon Registration – 10am. Thru Sept 21 or until maximum capacity is reached. Registration takes place on a rolling basis over the course of two weeks. Registration fills up fast, so don’t wait to register. For details:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 9/11 Wreath-Laying Ceremony – 7:30am. Boston Public Garden in the 9/11 Contemplative Garden. Open to the public. Family visits to the Contemplative Garden are welcome until sunset. 617-782-2911. Flag Lowering, Moment of Silence, Reading of Names – 8:30am. Open to the public. Massachusetts State House lawn. In the event of inclement weather, names will be read during the Commemoration Observation which is by invitation only. Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. 617-782-2911. Annual-Commemoration. Essence of Buddhist Thought and Practice – 7:30-9pm. A five-class series. Step-by-Step introduction to essential Buddhist topics: the nature of mind, meditation, impermanence and more. $15/class. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. Organizing Your Business for Ease, Pleasure, and Freedom – 8-8:30pm. Traditional business wisdom tells us we have to work hard and struggle to have success in life. What if ease and pleasure were just as important? Join our call to explore freedom and success. Free. 978-877-6122. RSVP for call-in info: Pam@WealthyHealthyWomen. com. Home-Based Business Opportunity Call – 8:30-9pm. Interested in a business in the health and wellness industry? Learn how to earn residual income with Team Northrup and how we use personal growth as a business building strategy in a supportive community. Free. 978-877-6122. RSVP for call-in info:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Free Orientation To Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 10am-4pm. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing awareness, calmness and a sense of the present through specific techniques allowing you to fully experience the day-to-day moments that constitute life itself. Learn more about and experience this life-changing program for yourself. Free. Visions Medical Center, 170

Worcester St, Rte 9, Wellesley. 781-232-5431.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 The Art Of Recycled Fashion – 6-8pm. Dig through your closet for an old comfortable pair of jeans and bring them in for a night of repurposing. Together with a few splashes of paint, we’ll transform you and your jeans into a fun, trendy piece of walking art. An evening of creativity, healthy snacks and organic wine. $30. Groton Wellness, 495 Main St, Groton. Space limited, pre-registration required: 978-449-9919.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Jean Houston: The Art & Mystery of Making a Difference – Sept 14-16. For more than 40 years, this powerful teacher has transformed lives. Learn a new vision for humanity and your dynamic role in it. This is the single most powerful seminar Jean Houston and Peggy Rubin have ever given. Making a difference has never been more critical. Sliding scale. Rowe Camp & Conference Center, 22 Kings Hwy, Rowe. 413-339-4954. For details:

the nation’s most common cause of disability. Features a three-mile and a one-mile course with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. DCR Artesani Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton. 617-219-8221. South End Open Studios – 11am-6pm. A glimpse into more than 250 studios and galleries of some of the city’s top artists. Offers a chance to buy directly from the creators of the pieces on display. Free. For more info: Yoga for Mindful Eating – Sundays, Sept 16Nov 4. 5:30pm. Find freedom from emotional and stress eating and reconnect to your internal cues. Explore avenues of healing the relationship with food and begin to nourish from the inside out. $225. Led by Diana Cullum-Dugan, dietitian and yoga teacher. Watertown Center for the Healing Arts, 22 Mount Auburn St, Watertown. 617-3932200.


Sri Ramana Maharshi Documentary and Discussion – 7:30-9pm. Explore this revered Advaita Vedanta master spiritual teacher’s message. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

Weight Loss For Life Information Session – 7-8pm. Join us for a free information session about a practitioner monitored weight loss plan which allows your body to safely burn unwanted fat for fuel and generate weight loss without hunger or side effects. Limited seating. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Free. Acupuncture Alternative Care, 117 Elm St, Somerville. 617776-2020.



Boston Comedy Fest – Sept 15-22. Showcasing the most innovative up-and-coming stand-up comedians in the country, the go-to place for the industry looking for their next big comedy star. A great opportunity for audiences to get an inside look at the best comics of today in a city legendary for producing comedy genius. 800-7125093. For details & pricing: BostonComedyFest. com.

28th Annual Boston Film Festival – Sept 20-24. A chance to view the stellar line up and world premiers. The line up always includes an exciting array of diverse features, documentaries and shorts from emerging artist to worldfamous award winners. Questions-and-answer sessions, discussions and evening receptions provide plenty of opportunities to chat with directors and network. 617-523-8388. For details:

Living From the Inside Out – 8:30am-5pm. An all day women’s retreat. Reconnect to your authentic self and live the live you really want. In this fun and experiential workshop you will learn to nourish your body, mind and soul. $145. St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton St, Arlington. 617-650-9829.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Boston Arthritis Walk – 10am-2pm. Walk to raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis,

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 20th Green Nations Gathering – Sept 21-23. Pam Montgomery will give the keynote address for the Seventh Generation; Health and WellBeing Beyond 2012. Inviting all herbalists, gardeners, farmers, environmentalists, healthcare providers, spiritual ecologists, and Earth stewards; all people who love Earth, respect all her beings, and honor the interdependent diversity needed for peaceful, sustainable life. Sliding scale. Rowe

Camp & Conference Center, 22 Kings Hwy, Rowe. 413-339-4954. Weekend Cooking Workshop: GAPS Style – Sept 21-23. Join Traditional Food Chef and Certified Nutritional Counselor, Monica Corrado as she returns to Groton Wellness. Monica will teach her series of classes Dr. Mercola called “groundbreaking.” Groton Wellness, 495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. GrotonWellness. com. For more info: 970-685-7797 or Autumn Equinox Ritual and Social Time – 6-9pm. Fall’s Equinox is an opportunity to explore balance in our lives as we honor night and day’s equal length. Ritual at 7:30pm, potluck dinner beforehand. Free. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 12-Part Certification Course in Herbalism – Sept 22-June 23, 2013. Becoming an herbalist begins with this 12-part certification program. Learn traditional, scientific and plant-spirit herbalism, emphasizing holism, nourishment and ecological responsibility. Optional payment plans and scholarships available. $1,895/nine months. Herbal Academy of New England, 120 Arlington Rd, Woburn. 781-572-4454. More info: Life Is Good Festival – Sept 22-23. A oneof-a-kind fundraiser, this celebration of music and optimism, features three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games and interactive arts activities. All profits go towards the Life is Good Playmakers, helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. Prowse Farm, Canton. For details & cost: Anatomy I – 9am-5pm. Workshop will involve examination of a non-chemically treated dissected cadaver section of a spinal column. Review of regional anatomy and common injuries will be presented. Also includes the latest sports medicine and acupuncture research, pain referral patterns, meridian topography and muscle origin/insertion. $595. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, Newton. 617558-1788 x 120. A Day of Sound Healing – 10am-4pm. From ancient times and in every spiritual tradition sound and chanting has been used as a way of healing. Enjoy a day of play and exploration. Experience how your voice and tone activates different energy centers in your body. Learn where your

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energy blocks are and leave with an experience of openness and expansion. $90. Visions HealthCare, 170 Worcester St, Rte 9, Wellesley. 781-2325431. Free Yoga Class – 11am & 12pm. Enjoy a free 30-minute yoga class at the Natick Farmer’s Market, 1 Common St, Natick. 617-775-6227. Herbal Dog Walk On The Bike Path – 11am12:30pm. Meet the plants growing wild around us that have specific medicinal applications for our dogs. Will discuss dandelion, Japanese knotweed, red clover, comfrey, sweet leaf, juniper, burdock, yarrow, and many more. Gain a better understanding of how herbs can benefit both our dogs and ourselves. Bring your curiosity, a notebook, and a pen. Well-mannered dogs welcome. $10. Bike path behind Rite-Aid, Davis Square, Somerville. TD Bank Mayor’s Cup – 12pm. A familyoriented celebration that promotes healthy lifestyles and offers a unique professional sports experience. Features nearly 200 top professional racers including Olympians and national champions who compete for prize money. Free for spectators. Didgeridoo Worldwide Meditation and Dance Jam – 7-9pm. Beautiful earthly and ethereal meditative music followed by a silent meditation and break-out dance jam. $20. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Hub On Wheels – 8am. Boston’s only citywide charity bike ride. Choose from 10-, 30-, or 50mile routes. After the ride, enjoy food, tunes, and fun at City Hall Plaza. Ride along the Charles River with no cars getting in your way and explore the greenways and the shoreline. Free snacks and a music festival from 9am-2pm. Free. City Hall Plaza, 1 Cambridge St, Boston. 617262-3424. Reiki 2 Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Increase your healing capability and learn mental, emotional and long distance healing. Learn three sacred symbols and the healing techniques associated with them. Pre-requisite: Reiki I Certification Training. Continuing Education Credits for nurses, mental health professionals and massage therapist available. $300. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Huatuojiaji Points: Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments – 9am-5pm. Techniques taught in this class are a foundation for treating all musculoskeletal injuries and any organ (zang fu) related influences. We will discuss the cause and effect of vertebral fixations and facilitated segments producing chronic soft tissue pain as well as perpetuating (zang fu) pathology. $450. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, Newton. 617-558-1788 x 120.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise I (PACE): Fundamentals – Sept 26-27. 9am-5pm.


Course begins with teaching the TCM practitioner basic sciences of kinesiology and functional anatomy. Learn to assess postural distortions and muscle imbalance that predisposes or has contributed to musculoskeletal injury and posture through anatomical planes while the patient is in a static position. $450. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, Newton. 617558-1788 x 120. Heartburn: The Root and The Remedy – 7-9pm. Learn herbal and nutritional solutions to this common problem. Get right to the source of acid reflux, GERD and heartburn and resolve it once and for all. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. What Is Wisdom? Introduction To Practical Philosophy – 7-9pm. Designed for thoughtful men and women seeking to understand themselves and life. $90/10 sessions. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. Register:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMTER 27 Boston Fashion Week – Sept 27-Oct 6. Indulge in glamorous runway presentations, industry events, shopping incentives, exhibitions, informative programming and exciting parties taking place during this annual tradition. For more info: The Art Of Not Cooking – 6-8pm. Learn to incorporate more raw foods into your diet and how to prepare delicious snacks and appetizers that will also make for great meals. Create desserts that are healthy, tasty and free from the sugar and flour of traditional recipes. $30. Groton Wellness, 495 Main St, Groton. Space limited, pre-registration required: 978-449-9919.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Crack the Personality Code & Take It To The B.A.N.K – 2:30-4pm. B.A.N.K teaches you how to increase sales up to 300%, how to connect faster and easier with prospects and how to sell more product and recruit more sales reps. Learn how to deliver powerful presentations with charisma by cracking the personality code so you can take it to the bank. Free for qualified sales personnel. Best Western Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd, Marlborough. To register, Nancy: 508-9812315.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival – Enjoy a host of jazz, Latin, blues and groove acts. World-

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class music on three stages, great eats and good times stretching six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Family entertainment includes face painting, inflatables, photos and an instrument petting zoo. See website for detailed schedule. Free. Columbus Ave between Burke St & Massachusetts Ave. Free Museum Day – Visit Boston museums for free as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s nationwide Free Museum Day celebration. Participating museums include the Museum of African American History, Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Old South Meeting House, Otis House, Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. For details: Alexander Technique Introduction – 5-7pm. Learn how you can improve your postural balance and coordination, reduce mind and body tension and increase ease of movement by using this mind/body approach which triggers your postural reflexes so you have less to do and yet you are more efficient in what you do. Can apply to any activity and even non-activity like sitting. $50. 33A Harvard St Ste 302, Brookline. 617359-7841. Introduction to Be the Medicine – 2-2:45pm. Be The Medicine is a path of self-mastery, enlightenment and healing with joy. Janet StraightArrow carries a high vibration of energy that will open your heart and move you through all of the places needed to master yourself. $10., 590 Gay St, Westwood. 973-647-2500. Introduction to Soul Shamanism – 4-4:45pm. With Janet StraightArrow. This work combines a profound spiritual practice from Siberia and deep healing and awareness work that connect you to your body, mind, spirit and soul in profound ways that will empower your entire life, health and live your soul purpose. $10. CenterAtWestwoods. com, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 973-647-2500.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Phantom Gourmet Food Festival – 12-4pm. Ticket includes entrance to the streets, indoor and outdoor bars, parties at the clubs and sampling of one hundred of Phantom’s favorite foods. $30/ general, $60/VIP. Lansdowne & Ipswich St, Boston. The Ancient Art of Making Goat Milk Soap – 1-3:30pm. Learn the ancient art of soap making this fall. Watch the demonstration of kitchen chemistry reveal techniques for creating beautiful and successful goat milk soap. All participants will leave with a sample of soap made that day. $45. 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-6466319. A Full Day: To Be the Medicine – 9:30am4:30pm. This day will be a ceremony and class, teachings, meditation and practices from around the world opening each person. Wherever you are in your journey of awakening, the energy and experience will move you to the next level of you. With Janet StraightArrow. $150$200., 590 Gay St, Westwood. 973-647-2500.

ongoingcalendar All Calendar events for the October issue must be received by September 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. the anusara principles of alignment. $17. Majestic Yoga Studio, 223 Concord Ave, Cambridge. Beginner-Level Yoga Classes – Sun-Wed & Sat. Evenings. Small group class introducing yoga flows, poses and sequences linked to breath and core strength. Emphasis on the fundamentals and an interconnection with the body through yoga alignment, meditation, breathing technique and relaxation. $20/class. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, Harvard Sq, 116 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. For scheduling & to reserve a spot: Cutting-Edge Nature, Fusions of Flight and Foliage – Thru Sept 4. 10am-4pm. Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery presents an exhibit of mixed media, collage and intricate cut paper artwork in appreciation of the natural world around us. Free. Moose Hill Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon. 781-784-5691.

Glassblowing Family Experience – 1-2pm. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration with the family. A truly unique experience. $15/person. Make pendants for only $10 more per person. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617442-7444. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Intended for individuals who have been experiencing stress, fatigue, sickness, insomnia, injuries, recent surgery and anyone wanting a quiet, centering respite. A gentle entry into yoga for beginners as well. $35. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. Pre-registration required: 617-395-4227.

Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appointment. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55/initial visit, $20-$40/ follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-269-2287. Men’s Redcord Class – 6:30-7am. A doublesuspension training system using the instability of the cords to condition the entire body. A great and intense workout. $20/drop-in, $90/5 classes, $170/10 classes. Every Body Pilates, 50 Leonard St, Ste 2A, Belmont. 617-484-3311. Gentle Therapeutic Yoga – 12:30pm. Be immersed in healing, community and ease with

Core Fundamentals – 12:30-1:30pm. Also Wed, 12:30-1:30pm. Learn how to effectively use free weights, your body weight, resistance tubing and cable exercises to unleash your body’s natural confidence and power. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617620-3585. Pilates Group Equipment Classes – 5:306:30pm. Also Wed & Fri, 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy a comprehensive Pilates workout using the traditional Reformer apparatus and transform your mind, body and spirit. First class free. Shawn’s Studio, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-3535. Jam’n Cardio Kix – 7:15-8:15pm. Also Wed, 7:30pm. A martial art fitness class that puts several musical patterns together into routines performed continuously to develop cardiovascular fitness, agility and quickness. $100/10 classes, $60/5 classes, $15/drop-in. Corpbasics Fitness & Training Club, 73 Bow St, Somerville. 617-6288400. Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30pm. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. Emphasizes correct alignment within a flowing sequence that will leave you feeling strengthened and energized. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-459-9817. MoneyMoves TeleConnections – 8-9pm. 2nd Mon. Discussions which will dive deeply into many facets of financial fitness from a practical as well as reflective perspective encouraging growth in money-savvy and self-awareness. Free. For details:

Practitioners Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Features monthly guest speakers and presentations and working together with passion and enthusiasm to increase the overall wellness of the community. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Zumba Toning – 6:15-7:15pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. Zumba Dance Yourself Fit – 7-8pm. A fitness program that combines high energy and motivating music with fun, effective and easy-to-follow moves. Open to all fitness levels. $12/drop-in, $90/10 classes. Waltham Zumba, 8 Common St, Waltham. 978-761-2769.

Refreshing Samples – 10am-3pm. Try featured refreshing teas and nutritional snacks. Enjoy a selection of organic teas, treats and snacks for customers to sample. Stop in to see what’s new to try. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870. Natural Healthy Back & Hips Pilates Class – 6:307:30pm. Learn how to increase strength, flexibility and overall well-being of your back

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and hips. Class designed for individuals who desire greater mobility and ease of movement of the spine and hips. First class free. Shawn’s Studio, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-3535.

Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic.

Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome; instruction provided from 7-7:30pm for those who need it. Light refreshments provided. Suggested donation $15. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020.

Friday Night Cooking Series – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of conversation, anecdotes and fun, and a detailed cooking demonstration. See website for specifics by week. $61. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge.

Mind-Body Skills Group for Health and WellBeing – 7:15-9:15pm. Learn and use researchbased, mind-body tools to support wellness and deeper self-awareness. Explore mindfulness, guided imagery, breathing, journaling, biofeedback, drawing, meditation, genograms and more in a safe, confidential environment. $180/8 sessions. Bliss Healing Arts, 100 Main St, Ste 17, Maynard. 508-481-2547. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drug and alcohol free environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039. Online Radio Meditation Music and Yoga Chats – 9-10pm. New, free meditation music radio show on-line streaming at 504-235-1558.

Free Sample Acupuncture Treatment – People new to the clinic can book a free sample treatment on Thursdays. Open Space Community Acupuncture, 66-70 Union Sq, Ste 102, Somerville. 617-627-9700. Anusara Inspired Yoga – Thru Sept 13. 9:3011am. Explore Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment to awaken, align, and move into an uplifted state of being. See rates on website. Samadhi Yoga Studio, 796 Beacon St, Newton Center. 617-243-0034. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Yoga in the Park – Thru Sept 13. 6-7pm. Breathe, stretch and move into tranquility while practicing yoga on your mat in the comfort of JFK Park in Harvard Square. Please sign up in advance on the website. $10 or class card. JFK Park, Memorial Dr and JFK St, Cambridge. Zumba – 6-7pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance


Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. Dental Secrets: A Lifetime of Health – 7-8pm. 1st Thurs. Learn the basics of holistic dentistry, how your teeth can affect the health of your entire body, the dangers of mercury amalgams and root canals, and what to eat to prevent tooth and gum problems. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Hatha Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Suitable for all levels; beginners welcome. Bring a towel and water and a mat if have one. Mats available for use if needed. $15/drop-in, $104/8 wks. A Pilates Fitness and Yoga Studio, 681 Main St, Ste 339, Waltham. 617-750-8599. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-4957461.

The Family Walking Program – 9:30am. Take a healthy walk through the mall in a safe, climatecontrolled environment for both parent and child. Spend time with other parents while your children make new friends and learn the benefits of regular exercise. Meet near Carter’s. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. First Fridays Open Studios – 5-9pm. Over fifty of the United South End Artists open their studios on the first Friday of every month. Free. Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – Thru late Sept. 6pm, games, giveaways and free food samples; sunset, movie. The perfect way to spend a Friday night in the summer. Spread a blanket under the stars and watch a movie at the Hatch Shell by the Charles River. Free.

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Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Meditation Evening – 7-9pm. 2nd Fri. Let the week go and prepare for a work free weekend. Practice mindful meditation, chakra movement and awareness and perhaps read from The Power of Now. $20. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. Confirm attendance: 617-524-7628 or Live Music – 8-10:30pm. Also Sat. Enjoy local food, music and art. Free, no cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400.

Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45am. Stop by for a slowpaced, conscious flow through a morning yoga series. Afterwards, walk around the studio to see the events and offerings within this community. $18. Samadhi Integral Studio, 796 Beacon St, Newton Centre. Vital TRX Cross – 9-9:55am. A revolutionary method of leveraged bodyweight exercise, which allows you to safely perform hundreds of functional exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. Broga II Power – 10-10:45am. See website for slight change in schedule thru Sept 13. High energy, Broga flow class. Good for those ready for a great workout. Familiarity with Broga or yoga recommended, but not required. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-207-9374. Broga I Chill – 12-12:45pm. See website for slight change in schedule thru Sept 13. Energetic, fun, challenging, but set to a chill, accessible pace. Perfect for Broga or yoga newbies or those interested in focusing on fundamentals. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-2079374. Live Music Saturday Nights – 8-10:30pm. We are building a community around local food, music and art. Current show is FRESH – Food and Farming in New England. No cover. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400.

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Amy Pearsall, MD 1622A Beacon St, Ste 205, Brookline 857-288-9416 Individuals seeking a more natural and elemental approach to healing and wellness may benefit greatly from the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. See ad page 3.


150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 20.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9), Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.

Bioidentical Hormone Treatment CONNIE A. JACKSON, MD

55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ad page 10.

chiropract0r NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332

We are an integrative holistic wellness center. Our caring team consists of chiropractors specializing in Network Spinal Analysis, massage therapists and Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners. See ad page 15.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333


Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.


978-854-5214 Our clients understand that their brain controls their life. A balanced brain allows them to experience liberating self-regulation. Love life again. Join us. See ad page 21.


Successful relationships create successful businesses. Offering client communications, Web and creative services, and organizational strategies for holistic health and personal growth practitioners. See ad page 7.

compounding & wellness pharmacy JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad page 9 .

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19 Chestnut St, Arlington, MA 02474 781-643-2344 Fax: 781-641-3483

THE ARTIST’S WAY Kim Childs 617-640-3813

Our practice centers on your comfort, your convenience, and on dental excellence, always. We believe everything we do here should enhance your lifestyle and your health. See ad page 2.

Kim coaches people in the life-changing practices and principles of The Artist’s Way and The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron. No artistic experience required, just a desire to live a rich and more fully expressed life. Workshops offered each spring and fall.



Nancy Anderson 617-501-9241

DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC. 1842 Beacon St, Ste 302, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516

As a wellness service of Canis major Herbals, we now offer dog walking in the Davis Sq, Somerville area. Visit Experienced. Responsible. Insured.

Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad page 21.



Janet StraightArrow, Energy Healer, Shaman, Spiritual Coach 973-647-2500

493-495 Main St Groton, Ma 01450 978-449-9919

Our specialization, healthfocused dentistry, enables us to consider you, our patient, as a whole person, not merely a “dental case.” Therefore, we have the unique opportunity to evaluate every patient, and develop every treatment, procedure and protocol, from an individualized holistic standpoint. We will make recommendations to improve not only your dental health, but your overall health as well. See ad page 11.

Experience profound healing, learning and solutions. StraightArrow’s 45 years in mind-body-spirit medicine, brings a full tool bag and expertise in each transformative session and class. Workshops, retreats and sessions by phone. See Sept. 29 & 30,


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 25.

HERBS COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR HERBAL MEDICINE Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 28.


120 Arlington Rd, Woburn, MA 01801 781-572-4454 Our Academy is focused on the art and science of plant based medicine, from a holistic perspective. All herbalists are welcome, mentors and students. See ad page 10.

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393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 33.

BOSTON SOUL COACHING Daniel Sharp, CSC, CIMT, RMT 781-763-7685

De-clutter your mind, your home and your path to an abundant future with personalized Soul Coaching. Daniel will help you build the life you deserve. See ad page 26.


Cecile Raynor Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 617-359-7841 Learn to relieve body tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth. See ad page 31.


Lexington, MA 781-862-8000 Tamar Myers, in practice since 1992, offers comprehensive bodywork. Her expertise in a wide variety of modalities allows her to design sessions unique to each individual’s needs.


Mimi Rhys, LMT 617-413-7174 Experience what gentle, integrated therapies can do to help you lose your pain. Mimi Rhys offers craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and lymphatic joint release work. See ad page 29.

SOLLIEVO MASSAGE & BODYWORK 2285 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02140 617-354-3082

A therapeutic massage and acupuncture practice specializing in chronic pain, injuries and stress reduction. We are a group of seasoned therapists with combined expertise in various bodywork treatments and approaches. Visit our website for pricing and promotions. Blue Cross & Aetna discounts available. See ad page 27.

holistic health coach NINA MANOLSON, MA, LMT, CHC Certified Health Coach Smokin’ Hot Mom Mentor & Family Wellness Expert 617-771-5121

Nina helps busy moms prioritize themselves so that they look and feel their very best. She also teaches families how to make the shift to healthier eating habits. Free get-acquainted session available. See ad page 9.



170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Internal Medicine Physician with integrative approach and more than 13 years of primary care experience. Also available for consultation. Accepting most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.

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Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 27.

integrative veterinary medical care MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077


978-877-6122 Build your own health and wellness business. As a successful entrepreneur, I’ll teach you how to manifest success and achieve your personal and professional dreams. See ad page 25.


A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 33.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Board Certified in Family Medicine and trained in Functional Medicine, Dr. Kumar is also a practicing Reiki Master. Accepting new patients and most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.

1000A Cambridge St. Cambridge, 02141 617-492-6600

Specializing in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and treatment of sports, dance and work injuries. We also treat computer/musician overuse injuries, carpal tunnel and injuries from motor vehicle accidents. See ad page 26.

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1148 Linden St, B-8, Wellesley Center 781-263-9977

Cynthia S. Rowe, PT has over 26 years of experience as an Integrative Manual Physical Therapist who treats body, mind and spirit as a holistic, total body approach. See ad page 29.



KANGEN WATER速 IONIZERS Nancy Zare, PhD 508-981-2315

300 Wildwood Ave, Woburn, MA 01801 781-935-3344

Attach to faucet. Make alkaline, antioxidant, purified, super-hydrating water. Select 7 pH levels for: Drinking. cooking, cleaning, moisturizing, pets, plants, degreasing, disinfecting and healing.

We offer the finest education and training in skin care and spa therapy as well as affordable skin care treatments to the public. See ad page 19.



Priscilla Gale, of Sacred Song Reiki, utilizes multiple healing modalities and techniques along with Reiki, including Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls, Reconnective Healing, and Magnified Healing.


1160 Boylston St (Rte 9), 2nd Fl, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-739-6010 Customized facials and treatments for all skin types using an exclusive food-grade organic, wild-crafted, chemical-, paraben- and cruelty-free skin care line. See ad page 28.


Rolfing速 Structural Integration is a hands-on, participatory approach to rebalancing the body. Reduce aches, pains, and injuries. Increase energy and grace. Improve athletic performance.


Empowering, action-oriented coaching that helps busy women transform and love their lives. Fully individualized one-onone coaching or powerful small group support for your journey of healthy, vibrant, balanced living. Free initial consultation available.



170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

Dr. Judy Brasier provides primary care, sports medicine, as well as osteopathic treatment. Her goal is to keep you active and well. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.

Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.

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Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...

Natural Awakenings Boston September 2012  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...