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t feels quite freeing within seconds; an immediate and tangible change”, says Dr. Neal Smookler. What Smookler is describing is a fascinating method that resets and refreshes the brain back to it’s youth. “It seems as if you are growing younger; that was dumbfounding to me in those early days, still is.” At 51, Smookler has been ‘re-setting’ brains for almost two decades now. Smookler is serious about his work and others take him seriously, despite his smiling hazel eyes and youthful looks. After reeiving his doctorate from the prestigious Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, he moved

back to Boston, but within just a few years was introduced to Alphabiotics. “After my first Alphabiotic brain reboot, I was, uh ... humming. I was literally resonating in what I can only describe as an insulated cocoon of warmth, openness and peace. It felt like a valium taking effect while in a flotation tank. I felt like my mind, my body, even my cells went through a decompression. It was like nothing I had ever experienced. Life began to take on a bit of a magical view that I hadn’t felt before. I remember waking up one night because I was so happy.” “As much as I loved chiropractic - I couldn’t turn away from my experience. So with a warm, fuzzy feeling I said goodbye to my past incarnation as a D.C. and discontinued all chiropractic activity in order to function full time as an Alphabioticist.” So just what was this discovery? In a sense, “water-wings” for dissolving limitation.

“Inside your head is a physical mechanism that enables the brain to reboot itself. A reset button, if you will. I want to be very clear; it’s not there by accident. We’re hard wired by Mother Nature this way. I was trained twenty-one years ago to know where the mechanism is located, and exactly how to activate it.” “Alphabiotics is a simple way to address any challenge or limitation, health or otherwise. The method results in a release of unconscious, accumulated stress - resolving vastly complex issues with stunning simplicity.” “With the participant lying face up on a specially designed table, the alphabioticist performs a very unique ‘hiccup’ movement of the head.” One present theory suggests that the pineal gland in the brain has the ability to create a piezoelectric charge when it is deformed. In physics, a piezo-

electric charge is a ‘spark’ created as the result of an applied compression (alphabiotic method) on a crystalline structure (the pineal gland.) The compression causes the pineal gland to deform and then reshape - resulting in the conceptual spark. In mere nanoseconds, neurons begin to fire spreading the potential throughout both brain hemispheres, triggering the reset. “As long as the internalized fight-or-flight response, which is really a low level state of alarm or shock, goes unchecked; the end result is diminished potential - read that, limitation.” “What I believe the alphabiotic method is accomplishing is bringing a person out of shock by enabling the brain to

override the daily ‘emergency stand-by’ mode, like an ‘all clear’ signal, prompting the brain to begin a series of systems checks, assessing various levels of function, while re-setting the blueprint (DNA) back to a more youthful, uncorrupted (by stress) version.” “As we are designed for whole brain function - this is the mode it defaults to; energy wasted on the stress response is reclaimed to address any challenge or limitation.” When asked what he enjoys most about that work - Smookler hesitates for a moment, then as if the answer was there all along he replies, “people often come with a sadness, an emptiness. After a re-set, the light returns, you can see it in their eyes, that spark.”

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n honor of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, on September 21, I want to share a poem comprised of contributions by children ages 5 to 11.

What Peace Means to Children The World We All Need by Kids for Peace

Publisher/Editor Maisie Raftery Managing Editor Nancy Somera

Peace is… a wish that grows around the world everyone feeling music in their hearts everyone having someone to love everyone knowing they are in a safe place everyone knowing they are beautiful inside and out singing together making art and sharing it with others growing a garden, planting a tree protecting animals getting Dorothy back home everyone playing sports instead of going to war happiness for all, peace on Earth and pizza for all people being kissed goodnight every child having a family every child having a ball to play with at least one hug a day a warm bed to dream in

the angel in my heart using your voice for good treating others as you wish to be treated sending all soldiers home to their families people shaking hands keeping our world safe knowing anything is possible having fun and being kind helping people in need everyone having an education everyone having good food goodness laughter love meditating nature

the beauty that surrounds the world

Kids for Peace Pledge I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way. I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day. I pledge to care for our Earth with my healing heart and hands. I pledge to respect people in each and every land. I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small. I pledge to do my part to create peace for one and all. Wishing you whatever Peace means to you,

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Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


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newsbriefs Natural Awakenings Publisher Speaks at Round Table for Holistic Health Professionals


isa Chin, founder of B-veloping, presents a Round Table for Holistic Health Professionals at 6 p.m, September 18, at Newton Physical Therapy. The event, a networking opportunity for integrative health practitioners, features guest speaker Maisie Raftery, publisher of Natural Awakenings Boston. Raftery will speak about effective advertising strategies for holistic health and wellness businesses. “The B-veloping Round Table is part networking, Lisa Chin part knowledge share and part business development,” says Chin. “It’s unique among networking opportunities because of its specific focus on holistic health, featuring business topics that are catered to the needs of this group.” Chin says that past participants have learned how to corral their niche market, exchanged business models with other practitioners and picked up wellness tips while enjoying healthy, homemade snacks. Cost: $35. For more details on the event, including location information, call 857-288-8675, email Lisa Chin at or visit B-veloping.

Webinar for Nurses on Body-Mind Principles and Interventions


lison Shaw, an integrative nurse practitioner and founder of Bodymind Resourcing, presents an educational webinar program for nurses who want to incorporate body-mind principles and interventions into their practice. A four-part webinar series, Bodymind Resourcing for Nurses, takes place on Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16 and 23, with Q&A teleclasses offered on Thursdays, October 10 and 24. “Nurses are natural holistic practitioners, as they intuitively understand that people are whole and minds and bodies are one,” says Shaw. “Bodymind Resourcing is a unique, integrative approach that can be incorporated into any kind of practice.” The program offers a new way of seeing illness and health by teaching the Bodymind Principle, a comprehensive model that explains the anatomy and physiology of the body-mind connection. Shaw says that webinar participants will learn to help their patients release the physical, emotional and energetic blocks to healing. “They’ll learn to become guides for their patients, helping them listen deeply to the wisdom of their bodymind connection,” she says. “One of the most powerful interventions a nurse can offer is to help patients learn how their physical and psychological states interact to promote illness or health, and help them transform limiting patterns.” Cost: $90. Register at Bodymind To connect with Alison Shaw, call 781-646-0686 or visit See ad on page 29, and Resource Guide on page 45. 6

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newsbriefs New Book on Pain Relief and Healing for the Back and Spine


Emily Chan, ND

Workshop on Learning to Live Powerful and Free


mily Chan, ND, of Modern Integrative Medicine, and Blane Friest of DDM Productions, present Live Powerful and Free, an inspirational and life-changing event from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, September 28, at the Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, in Cambridge. It is designed for entrepreneurs, busy professionals and anyone with a zest for life that seeks the skills required to live with balance and authenticity. “Participants will connect with their inner passions and desires at home, in relationships and in business,” says Chan. “They’ll also understand the science behind how the brain works, in order to release mental blocks and gain practical techniques to support a success mindset.” Chan and Friest will also share powerful transformational skills to overcome stress, with opportunities for hands-on practice and experience during class. “These techniques are simple enough to be done at home or work in three minutes or less,” Chan adds. Cost: $47. Location: Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave., Ste. 301, Cambridge. RSVP at To learn more, call 617-299-6151 or 978-4188625 or visit or See Resource Guide on page 45. 8

ntegrative Yoga Therapist Raven Sadhaka Seltzer of SelfHealing Solutions announces the publication of her new book, Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life, a 30-day program to help eliminate chronic pain and cultivate healing through holistic movement and breathing techniques. Seltzer considers herself living proof that complementary healing methods, such as yoga therapy and Ayurveda, can be effective in healing chronic pain and spinal conditions. “Diagnosed with spondylolisthesis at the age of 37, I was told that I would need spinal fusion surgery in order to live pain-free,” she recounts. “My decision to take an alternative healing route led to my current career and life’s work of helping others.” Using photographs and descriptive text, Back to Balance begins with simple and effective techniques to release the compression of nerves. The short chapters that follow outline everything from simple anatomy and gentle movements for stretching and strengthening, to lifestyle and diet tips, to charts for assessing sleep ergonomics. “The book offers a program that slowly builds each day,” says Seltzer. “This leads to a gentle strengthening of the core muscles, which can prevent future injury.” Seltzer plans to offer Boston-area workshops on the program this fall. Back to Balance is available at To learn more, call 617-942-0644 or visit See ad on page 42 and Resource Guide on page 46.

Workshop on Brennan Healing Science in Westwood


atricia Howard, a Brennan integrative healthcare practitioner, presents a workshop on Brennan Healing Science from September 20 to 22, at the Center at Westwoods, in Westwood. Participants can attend the Friday night introductory lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. or register for the entire weekend. Participants will discover the energy dynamics of relationships, says Howard, in order to break habits learned in childhood. “We do not create any new energy reactions after the age of seven, so any time we go into fear we’re using the coping mechanisms of a child,” she Patricia Howard reports. “By learning to ground ourselves and unhook from patterns we can make more loving, adult choices.” Brennan Healing Science is based on the work of psychiatrist William Reich, who observed that trauma stopped the natural life force in a child’s body and potentially led to energy blockages. Brennan students learn to perceive these blocks on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Howard, a graduate of the Brennan Integration Therapy program, sees clients in her private practice and at Visions Healthcare. Cost: Lecture $20; weekend workshop $275. Location: The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St., Westwood. For more information, call 617-524-7628 or visit See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on page 45.

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newsbriefs Deva Premal & Miten Bring MatraFest to Medford


eva Premal & Miten will be in Medford on September 18 to bring the sacred spirit of India’s ancient mantras to audiences at the Chevalier Theatre. The Medford concert at 7 p.m. is part of the MantraFest 2013 Tour, the duo’s 25-city North American tour, featuring special guests Manose, Maneesh de Moor and The GuruGanesha Band. The couple fell in love playing meditation music together at an Indian ashram and have been sharing their love of that music with eclectic audiences across the globe ever since. For Premal, who was raised in the mystical traditions of the East, the spaces between the sounds are just as important as the music itself. “Music is nourishment, but then you have to give yourself time to take it in so you can reap its benefits,” she observes. Manose, a bamboo flute virtuoso from Nepal, is also featured on the couple’s latest release, A Deeper Light. “If ever we were to doubt that we are supported by the divine, we just have to turn around and look to see who is with us,” says Miten. “Manrose is a gift from God. Just wait until you hear it all.” Location: Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford, MA. For tickets, starting at $30, visit Listen to samples at See ad on page 7.

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Life is good Festival Returns to Canton


ack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates and YO GABBA GABBA! will headline the 2013 Life is good Festival on September 21 and 22 at Prowse Farm, in Canton. The Festival is a twoday celebration of music and optimism and will feature three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games and interactive arts activities. More than 30,000 fundraisers are expected to come together over the weekend to raise over $1 million for The Life is good Kids Foundation to help kids in need. Saturday’s music lineup includes Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Roots, Dawes, Trampled by Turtles, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Lake Street Dive, Gentlemen Hall and Quinn Sullivan. Performing on Sunday is Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Good Old War, Delta Rae, Bahamas, Jesse Dee, Josh Panda and the Hot Damned. The kids’ lineup both days will include YO GABBA GABBA!, Recess Monkey and Josh and the Jamtones. The Life is good Coffee House, new this year to the festival, is a relaxed, intimate atmosphere where festival-goers can enjoy the new line of Life is good coffee and a music lineup curated by Ryan Montbleau. Cost: Adults $65 1 day/ $120 both. Kids $20/$35. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit See ad on page 23.


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Whole Foods Opens Store with Rooftop Farm in Lynnfield


fter two years of design collaboration with a team of architects, designers, engineers, and horticultural specialists, the new Whole Foods Market, in Lynnfield, has opened with the addition of a 17,000-square-foot farm on the rooftop. In addition to providing shoppers with hyper-local produce, the rooftop farm also retains stormwater and acts as a layer of insulation to minimize heating and cooling costs. The rooftop farm was designed and installed by Recover Green Roofs, a Somerville based company specializing in vegetated green roofs, living walls and rooftop farms. Whole Foods Market and Recover prioritized the use of local, sustainable materials and resources throughout the project. Read Custom Soils, in Canton, blended the lightweight, quickly draining soil and the plants were sourced from Red Fire Farm, in Granby. After Recover completed the design and construction of the rooftop farm, Green City Growers, also based in Somerville, assumed the responsibilities of harvesting and maintaining the crops. The estimated 10,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables and herbs are for sale in the market and used in their prepared foods department. Location: 100 Market St., Lynnfield. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit lynnfield. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Free Alexander Technique Demonstrations at Jamaica Pond


Free Weekly Buddhist Meditation Sessions in Waltham


igpa Boston is hosting free weekly meditation sessions on Monday evenings from 7 to 9:15, in Waltham. No previous meditation experience is required, and a basic introduction to the practice is provided at the sessions, which do not take place on national holidays. “Rigpa aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of modern men and women,” says event organizer Richard Snow. “We are open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom and, with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist teachings a complete path of study and practice.” Rigpa is a Tibetan word that can be translated to mean intelligence or awareness. Founded by Sogyal Rinpoche, Rigpa centers can be found in 23 countries around the world. Cost: Free. Location: 24 Crescent St., Ste. 308, Waltham. For more information, call 617-855-5086, email or visit Boston.


ecile Raynor, founder of Alexander Technique and Thai Yoga of Brookline, is offering free demonstrations of the Alexander Technique at 2 p.m., most Sunday afternoons at Jamaica Pond, in Jamaica Plain. Raynor says the sessions will help people to develop awareness of how to use their bodies more efficiently. “The technique promotes better posture and mind-body balance, and it can be experienced on the spot,” says Raynor. “This is not a lecture but an experiential event, and a practice that’s helpful for neck, shoulder, back, joint and postural issues.” Raynor says the Alexander Technique is especially good for walkers and runners. No prior experience with the Alexander Technique is necessary, Raynor notes. “It is a mind-body learning process based on the fact that the balance of the head, neck, and back fundamentally influences the functioning of the whole person,” she says. “It allows every part of our body to do only what it is designed to do.” Sessions will continue through the warm weather. For more information, visit Call 617-359-7841 to verify the Sunday afternoon sessions before heading over to the pond. See Resource Guide on page 43.

Workshop to Get Unstuck and In Touch with Dreams and Creative Passions


reative living coach Kim Childs presents an Introduction to The Artist’s Way from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, September 7, at The Arlington Center, in Arlington. The workshop features exercises and instruction based on the book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron. Childs says that her workshops are for anyone wishing to expand or explore their creativity, eliminate unproductive habits and make time for Kim Childs what they truly love. “Many have tried working through the book on their own, but most have greater success with support and accountability,” says Childs. Cost: $18. Location: 369 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. To register, call 781316-0282 or visit To contact Kim Childs, call 617-640-3813, email or visit See Resource Guide on page 44.

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healthbriefs Milk Linked to Acne


eens with acne might consider cutting back on milk and other dairy products. Foods with a high-glycemic index (carbohydrates affecting blood sugar levels) are the leading causes of acne at all ages, according to a meta-review of studies and clinical trials published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Now, researchers at New York University say milk’s natural hormones may additionally stimulate the acne-producing hormones present at puberty. “Milk is designed to grow things—namely babies—and in the case of cows’ milk, calves,” comments Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution. “It’s naturally full of muscle-building anabolic hormones… which [also] cause bad acne.” Hyman considers cows’ milk “nature’s perfect food only if you are a calf,” and warns of “60-some hormones in the average glass of milk; even organic, raw and bovine growth-hormone-free milk.”

Jog or Walk to Live Longer


slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans. It only takes 1.5 hours of slow-to-average-pace jogging a week to reap the longevity benefits. Walking is also beneficial; the National Institutes of Health says it can add up to 4.5 years to the average life expectancy. Seventyfive minutes of brisk walking a week can add 1.8 years to life expectancy after age 40, according to study results cited in PLOS Medicine.

Hair to Dye For


hree-quarters of American women are interested in changing their hair color, particularly to cover gray, according to a Clairol study. But other studies show they should be wary of most traditional hair dyes and consider natural alternatives. A study from the University of Southern California published in the International Journal of Cancer, for example, identified women using permanent hair dyes at least once a month to be at the highest risk for bladder cancer. As early as 2007, the European Union banned 22 potentially dangerous chemicals in cosmetic and body care products, including hair dyes. In the journal Materials last year, British researchers warned of the increased cancer risk from toxic chemicals called secondary amines, found in European- and U.S.-manufactured permanent hair dyes, because they remain on the hair for extended periods long after application and can penetrate skin. Meanwhile, increasing demand by consumers for safer products has expanded the market for natural hair dyes containing henna, oils and extracts from berries and other fruits, plus vegetables. Many are now available at pharmacies, organic salons and online, including do-it-yourself recipes.

Antibacterials May Make Kids Allergy-Prone


dults’ obsession with antibacterial soaps, toothpastes and other personal care products may be making our children more prone to many allergies, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. While not the direct cause, researchers say such products may impair the development of children’s immune systems. In a study of 860 children between the ages of 6 and 18, researchers found elevated levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in children from households where these products were used. IgEs increase when exposed to allergy-causing substances like pollen, pet dander and certain foods. Urine levels of triclosan, an antibacterial agent used in soaps, mouthwash and toothpaste, provided the strongest link to increased IgE levels and increased allergy risk. Parabens, preservatives with antimicrobial properties commonly found in shampoos, conditioners, lotions and body washes, were strongly associated with allergies to pollen and pet dander. These results confirm the “hygiene hypothesis” that society’s focus on cleanliness has actually prevented children from getting dirty and developing strong immune systems that are regularly challenged and strengthened by pathogens, say researchers.

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globalbriefs Shellfish Solution

Bivalve Farming May Purify Fouled Waters Scientists are investigating whether mussels can be grown in urban areas as a way of cleansing coastal waters of sewage, fertilizers and other pollutants. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has placed an experimental raft at the mouth of New York City’s Bronx River with long tendrils seeded with geukensia demissa hanging beneath it. The two-year experiment will test whether the ribbed mussel can survive in the industrial and organic effluent found there. If it does, that could have implications for cleaning up coastal waters all over the world. The idea of using bivalves like mussels, oysters and clams to purify waterways has been on the minds of conservationists and scientists for decades. If the creatures can absorb enough nitrogen from the polluted water, it will prevent algae blooms that deprive waterways of the oxygen needed to support life. Other researchers also are investigating the beneficial effects of raising seaweed and kelp in conjunction with bivalves to clean coastal waters. Source:

Oil Alternative

Bio-Breakthrough Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Use Researchers at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, attest they have succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar, to produce a large quantity of hydrogen in a method that can be performed using any source of biomass. “Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” projects Y. H. Percival Zhang, the associate professor of biological systems engineering who is spearheading the initiative. This environmentally friendly method of producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost zero greenhouse gases and doesn’t require costly heavy metals. Most hydrogen for commercial use is produced from natural gas, which is expensive to manufacture and generates a large amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. “It really doesn’t make sense to use non-renewable natural resources to produce hydrogen,” says Zhang. “We think this discovery is a game-changer in the world of alternative energy.”

Solar Socket

Portable Power from Any Windowpane The Window Socket, a new device that attaches to any window using a suction cup, provides a small amount of electricity to charge and operate small devices from its solar panel. Inventors Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, of Yanko Design, note, “We tried to design a portable socket so that users can use it intuitively, without special training.” Even better, the charger stores energy. After five to eight hours of charging, The Socket provides 10 hours of juice to charge a phone, even in a dark room. The device is not yet available in the United States. Find more information at 14

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Fare Sharing

Three Is the Perfect Number With increasing traffic congestion and escalating gas prices, carpooling has become a way of life in America’s biggest cities. Now new high-tech innovations such as ridesharing apps that make the process more efficient have given rise to a new class of riders know as “slugs”. The term was originally coined by bus drivers trying to distinguish between commuters awaiting carpool drivers and people standing in line for the bus, just as they used to stay vigilant for fake bus tokens known as slugs. In many urban centers with specific lanes dedicated to cars with three occupants (HOV-3), having clearly marked entry and exit points benefits everyone—drivers move faster and save gas; riders get to work; and the environment gets a break. The magic number is three—something about having just two occupants doesn’t seem as safe to many people, although the concept is the same. If the worst happens and no drivers show up, there’s always the bus. Source:

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Furnature: Making Homes Healthier and More Beautiful by Kim Childs


arry Shapiro, co-founder of Furnature, in Watertown, comes from a family that has been making custom furniture in the Boston area since 1927. Nearly 25 years ago, Shapiro opened Furnature after a friend’s extreme chemical sensitivities made him realize that beds, sofas and chairs could actually make people sick. This led him to begin designing comfortable, healthy furniture using organic, non-toxic materials. Natural Awakenings asked Shapiro to share more about Furnature’s history and practices.

before. They had to close down and meticulously clean the plant to prepare for our order.

What kinds of problematic ingredients do you look for? Most regular or what we call mainstream furniture includes polyurethane, commonly referred to as foam, which is Barry Shapiro an oil-based product with all kinds of chemical ingredients and flame retardants. When it comes to the wood frames, a lot of the glues that are used are full of chemicals, and most of the stains How did a family friend trigger the launch of Furnature? would not be suitable for anyone with chemical sensitivities. My wife’s friend had an immune system that was severely All of the barriers that keep the soft materials inside the furcompromised due to pesticide exposure. She had to get rid niture are made of synthetic textiles, and I could go on and of practically everything in her home, and she asked if we on. Springs are about the only things that are non-aromatic, could make some custom upholstered furniture that she or inert, and they won’t bother anyone unless they’ve been could tolerate. We also did some testing, exposing her to treated with oil. all the individual ingredients in furniture. We tested wood, fabrics, metal, stains and a host of other ingredients and What about the wood itself? came to find that the solution for her was organic cotton We had to do all kinds of research to find wood that would batting, which went in the cushions and body of her sofa to work. Oak and pine, which are most often used in furnimake it comfortable. We actually had to find a manufacturer ture, create their own natural chemicals that people with to make this organic cotton batting, as it hadn’t been done sensitivities cannot tolerate. For instance, oak has tannins 16

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and pine has resin that’s used to make turpentine and there are a lot of people who cannot tolerate pine. We use hard rock maple, which was proven to be tolerable to most people, including the customer who started us on this path. We also found a special kind of leather, used by some car manufacturers, that doesn’t seem to bother people with sensitivities. Twenty-five years later, are more people aware that their ailments could be triggered by furniture in the home? Absolutely. We probably get a dozen calls every day from people who realized that their new sofa, mattress, recliner or sectional was making them sick. They may have symptoms like itchy and runny eyes, a cough or irritated throat, or rashes, dizziness and headaches. In severe cases, their airway may even start to close. They figure out that the new furniture is to blame because the symptoms appear soon after the items arrive. How do you make your bedding flame retardant without using chemicals? We wrap everything in organic wool, which is naturally flame retardant because it smothers the fire. It can also be used to cover furniture that’s off-gassing chemicals and causing problems for people. In fact, customers from all over the world send us their upholstered chairs, sofas, rocking chairs and footstools for this very reason. We repair the item, glue it together with healthy glues that you could actually drink, and use water-based stains that are safe and well tolerated by most people. What excites you about this business? When the idea came to us, it was an opportunity to do something different and good. It’s what has kept my career going because it’s a really good feeling to know that you can create furniture for someone’s home that is comfortable, healthy and looks great. The designer in me gets to have fun, too. Recently we made some enormous pillows out of shredded natural rubber that kids really enjoy. I love contemporary furniture, and I get the chance to share my ideas with clients, which is always fun. Location: 86 Coolidge Ave., Watertown. For more information, call 617-926-0111 or visit See ad on page 27.

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WORKOUTS Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


t’s the Sabbath, a day of “Exercise can “the flail.” As the World Beat playlist picks up the prayer, and millions of people across America are be a powerful pace, Pierrat leads the group a funky, rave-like quietly sitting or kneeling, gateway to through series of dance moves humbly communing with a power greater than themthe spiritual.” aimed at “opening up” the hips and chest and someselves. ~ Chantal Pierrat thing less tangible deep But inside the Alchemy inside. By song five, the of Movement studio in Boulsweat is flowing and some are dancing der, Colorado, the Soul Sweat faithful unabashedly, eyes closed, lost in the are connecting with their higher power music. Others are smiling broadly, makin a different fashion. In bare feet, and ing eye contact in the mirror. wearing yoga pants and tank tops, they The sense of joy and interconnectfind a place before a wall-to-wall mirror edness in the room is palpable. “Exerwhile a slow, Afro-Brazilian rhythm cise can be a powerful gateway to the vibrates the wooden floor. spiritual,” observes Pierrat, the founder At the urging of instructor Chantal of Soul Sweat, a highly choreographed, Pierrat, they let their arms and necks spiritually charged dance workout. go limp, shaking off the week’s stresses Twenty years after the yoga craze via a sensual, full-body writhe she calls 18

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introduced Westerners to the possibility that the two seemingly incongruous goals could be intertwined, the spirituality-fitness link has spread well beyond the yoga mat. It has spawned fusions ranging from Body Gospel, a Christian workout tape, and Jewish Yoga classes to triathlon programs rooted in Native American teachings and Buddhismbased running meditation workshops. In addition, creative instructors have been fusing body/mind/spirit classics like yoga and Pilates with hard-core cardio disciplines like spinning and boxing. Half of all U.S. fitness clubs now offer mind/body programming, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the portion of classes dedicated to “mind/spirit” versus just “body” is on the rise. “The newer programming is balanced 50-50, rather than the 80-20 body-mind split of the past,” estimates Sandy Todd Webster, editor in chief of IDEA’s publications. At a time when, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the number of people that identify with “no organized religion” continues to grow (topping one-fifth of Americans and one-third of U.S. adults under 30), more people than ever are exploring exercise as a path to both flatter abs and deeper self-discovery. “We have spent so long focusing on the mind and the brain… but that is not the whole story,” says Pierrat. “The somatic, or physical, expression of spirituality is the future.”

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The notion that intense dancing or a long run could spark what feels like a spiritual awakening makes sense to Philadelphia-based research neuroscientist and physician Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain. A pioneer in the field of integrative “neurotheology”, he has for years used brain imaging technologies to study the impact religious or spiritual practices like deep meditation, intense prayer and speaking in tongues have on the brain. Exercise, he says, provides many of the same effects. In addition to prompting a surge of feel-good endorphins, a highly strenuous workout is one of the few activities that can lead to simultaneous activa-

“God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?” ~ Marcus Freed tion of both sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (calming) nervous system reactions. “Normally, when one of these is active, the other one shuts down, but when people drive one or the other to a very heightened level of activity, there is some evidence that the other turns on too,” explains Newberg. That intense dual firing can paradoxically lead to an interruption in sensory information traveling to areas of the brain that control our sense of ourselves at any moment. “Not only do you have this great feeling of energy and calmness, but you tend to lose your sense of space and time,” he notes. Newberg’s own research also suggests that when people “surrender” themselves in a spiritual practice, the frontal lobe (the practical part of the brain that keeps our thoughts in check) quiets. He speculates that something similar may happen in the midst of, say, a marathon or intense dance, enabling out of the ordinary thoughts and feelings to surface. “It can allow for creativity— a blending of different, more intuitive ideas in ways you don’t normally mix things,” comments Newberg. So, is exercise able to only make us feel like we’re having a mystical experience, or is it somehow actually opening a channel to the divine? Newberg declines to go there, commenting that a brain scan tells what’s going on in the brain, not in the soul. Yet he has no doubt the two are inextricably linked. He says, “There are many well-known examples of intense experiences, like Sufi dancing, generating spiritual experiences for people.”

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Marcus Freed is one of those people. He grew up in a traditional Jewish family in London, England, and attended a rabbinical seminary in Israel. Still, he felt that something was missing in his spiritual life. “I thought, ‘God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?’” Freed says that Biblical text often references the body: King David, in the

Book of Psalms, says, “Let all my bones praise the creator.” The Jewish Talmud refers to a rabbi that “stretched his spine with a prayer of gratitude.” Yet, Freed observes, the physical elements of daily spiritual practice have been largely forgotten over the centuries. When he discovered yoga, it filled a gap for him. “I found a way to draw upon this incredible spiritual literature but ground it in the body, so that experience is not just in the head, but also in the heart.” Thus, Freed founded Bibliyoga, which launches each class with a Hebrew or Kabbalistic teaching, followed by poses that incorporate its themes, as reflected in his book, The Kosher Sutras: The Jewish Way in Yoga and Meditation. The practice, now taught in cities around the United States and Europe, has prompted the birth of similarly religion-infused classes, including Christ Yoga, and the Jewish Yoga Network. “A lot of people separate things, saying they’ll get their spirituality from one place and their exercise from somewhere else,” says Freed. “I think they are missing out.”

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The spirituality-exercise link likewise resonates through other traditionally solo pursuits such as triathlon activities and running, in which many athletes say a more mindful approach to training has infused their sport with more meaning, and in some cases, improved their performances. Ironman Marty Kibiloski, formerly a competitive marathoner and road racer, led what he terms a “high achievement, low contentment” life for years, measuring his self-worth by timed results that never quite satisfied him. In 2006, he attended a Running with the Mind of Meditation three-day workshop, based on Rinpoche Sakyong Mipham’s book of the same name. The retreat combined with his newfound interest in Buddhism, completely redefined running for him. Kibiloski prefers to steer clear of the word “spiritual” (which he sees as natural awakenings

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“Mobile meditation… trains you to have your mind be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.”

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~ Marty Kibiloski somewhat ambiguous) when describing what he now experiences when running. Instead, he frames it as a vehicle for self-discovery, a mobile meditation that provides the intense focus and freedom from distraction that enables him to “awaken to how things really are.” He now leads the retreat that proved pivotal for him, drawing more than 100 runners each Labor Day weekend to the Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Participants learn to focus on the cadence of their footfalls, their breathing and their surroundings to, as he puts it, “move meditation beyond the cushion.” He remarks, “It trains you to have your mind be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.” Triathlete Mark Allen credits his work with Brant Secunda, a shaman and teacher in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico, for enabling him to overcome negative self-talk and physical stresses

and go on to win the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, six times in the late 1980s and early 90s. He notes, “In every one of my physical workouts, I also focused on training the spiritual aspect, so that when I got that chatter in my head, saying, ‘This is too hard’ or ‘I want to quit,’ I could go to a quiet place, rather than a negative one.” Based on their book, Fit Soul, Fit Body: Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, the pair conduct workshops around the country on how to strengthen both soul and body by intertwining both. “Some people think you are only spiritual when you are praying, but when you are moving your body, that is an intensely spiritual experience, too,” says Allen. “It’s my way of saying, ‘Thank you for letting me be alive.’” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Drawing newcomers eager to break a sweat while staying true to their mind/body and spiritual roots is the aim of yoga, Pilates and tribal dance instructors that are busy introducing innovations. Here’s a quick look at just some of them. Aero boga: This approach to yoga-dance fusion is designed for older adults that follow the bhakti yoga philosophy. Buti: Teachers of this 90-minute, high-intensity workout that fuses yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics aim to unlock the shakti spiral and release the hips to help energy flow freely in the first and second chakras. Piloxing: Created by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca

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Nordic Walking Moves Body and Mind by Katleen Reid, PT


ince the 1990s, Nordic walking has been one of the fastest growing recreational fitness sports in Scandinavia and Europe and has since been introduced in the United States. Enjoyed during any season and on most terrains, Nordic walking has been promoted internationally as a sport and fitness exercise based on the movement of walking; cross country skiing and snowshoeing are two well-known examples of Nordic fitness sports. Specially designed poles with straps are used while walking to increase the aerobic effect by up to 40 percent and reduce the stress on joints. With each pole placement in the ground, the muscles of the arms, shoulder area and trunk are actively stimulated. The swing of the arms and the powerful placement of the poles influence the length of the strides. A small arm swing means a limited pelvic rotation and a shorter stride length, while increasing the pole movement lengthens strides and increases the rotation of the pelvis and the upper body. A proper Nordic walking technique

trains nearly every muscle of the body making it an ideal total body workout for all ages and physical condition. Straps on the poles allow walkers to relax muscles in the arms and shoulder area between each push off, resulting in a fluid connection between all parts of the body. Walkers can adjust the level of performance by varying the intensity of pole pushes and stride lengths, creating a customized workout each day. During Nordic walking, the mind becomes engaged in the flow of synchronized movement between shoulders, arms, hands, spine, hips, knees, ankles and toes. It helps people focus forward and facilitates the use of a “soft eye� to the surroundings. Once this flow has been experienced, it easily carries over into other areas of life. Katleen Reid, PT, is a national Nordic walking coach. Contact her at info@NordicWalkingRI. For more information, visit

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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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Functional Medicine for Anxiety and Depression by Richard Chen, MD


he Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that 18 percent of adults are affected by anxiety, while The World Health Organization has stated that 19 percent of Americans will suffer from depression in their lifetime. Fortunately, functional medicine provides treatment options for these mood disorders that allow people to be active in their own recovery. Causes of Depression and Anxiety Depression can vary from a long-term condition to that which is temporarily triggered by a specific life event. From a diagnostic standpoint, depression consists of having low mood, low self-esteem and the loss of pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Anxiety becomes a disorder when it begins to change a person’s life. From a functional medicine perspective, one person’s depression or anxiety may be very different from another’s. The factors involved in depression and anxiety are psychological, cultural, genetic and related to lifestyle choices, diet and environment. While people often think that they’re depressed or anxious because of life events, more times than not biochemical issues within the body precede the negative external event. Imbalanced biochemistry affects a person’s

The factors involved in depression and anxiety are psychological, cultural, genetic and related to lifestyle choices, diet and environment. view of life and their reactions to events. In many cases the cause of depression or anxiety is an internal, biological concern. Food sensitivities are an unrecognized factor in mood disorders, and research suggests that up to half of all Americans are affected. The most common food sensitivities are gluten and dairy. People with food sensitivi-

ties have a delayed reaction to food, which may present itself as heartburn, joint aches, fatigue or other symptoms. They may also feel depressed from eating food that puts stress on their system. Similarly, food sensitivities may cause anxiety because of the stress on the body. The Role of Serotonin Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for a sense of peace. A person lacking serotonin may feel fearful and anxious, suffer sleep challenges and crave carbohydrates or other foods, based on the emotional environment in which they grew up. Some people have genetic issues that predispose them to making less serotonin. Family of personal histories of cancers (especially prostate, breast and endometrial cancers), depression, anxiety, alcoholism, early heart attacks, strokes or recurrent miscarriages flag the possibility of genetic issues that could affect serotonin levels. Physicians can test for the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and, based on results, recommend supplements and dietary changes that support the body in making more serotonin. Another neurotransmitter that calms the body is Gamma-Aminobutryic acid (GABA). Low GABA levels can lead to a racing brain and anxiety.

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Other Causes of Mood Disorders Hormone imbalances can also be behind depression symptoms. For instance, abnormal levels of estrogen in women and testosterone in men can trigger depression or anxiety. Problems with other endocrine glands, such as depleted adrenals, can cause mood disorders. Chronic stress in a patient’s life can deplete the adrenals to the point where they feel depressed. Additionally, an underactive thyroid may result in symptoms of depression. Treating Depression and Anxiety with Medication Functional medicine physicians view each mood disorder as unique and treatable. If medication is warranted, many patients do well with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro. SSRI medications, which work by blocking the breakdown of serotonin, can be effective for both depression and anxiety. Some studies suggest that these drugs lose effectiveness if used for more than one or two years. They may also bring on such side effects as weight gain, sexual dysfunction and drowsiness. Medications for curbing acute anxiety include Ativan, Valium, Xanax and Klonopin. These drugs can become addictive, however, and withdrawal from them must be medically monitored.

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Supplements for Mood One alternative to medications is the use of supplements, including 5-hydroxytryptophan (5htp), which helps the body make serotonin. This supplement should not be used by patients taking medications that affect serotonin, such as SSRIs, unless their healthcare provider is knowledgeable in 5htp usage. Because ongoing stress can deplete magnesium, a mineral that’s helpful for reducing muscle tension, supplementation can be effective. A good form to take is magnesium glycinate, which is well absorbed and doesn’t cause uncomfortable bowel symptoms. If zinc-copper imbalances

are the issue, zinc supplements can help when used with the supervision of a healthcare provider knowledgeable about zinc-copper issues. Diet, Exercise and Bodywork Approaches Because all neurotransmitters are made from protein, nutrition can be used to improve mood. Foods high in the protein tryptophan, which turns to serotonin in the body, include avocado, pork, chicken, eggs and turkey. Eating foods high in zinc such as red meats, chicken, and eggs, while decreasing foods high in copper such as nuts, chocolate, soy, shrimp, lobster and sunflower or sesame seeds can help the body raise zinc and GABA levels to calm the brain. It is best to consult with a doctor to determine which foods are the best form of medicine for an individual’s particular health issue. Physical activities that can help with mood include any form of exercise that a person enjoys. Other options include acupuncture, yoga therapy, craniosacral therapy and other types of bodywork. While some people prefer doing relaxation therapy on their own, others benefit from a therapeutic touch. Considering all of the possible treatment options, a functional medicine physician can help to determine which approach is best, based on a patient’s needs and preferences.  Dr. Richard Chen is a board-certified family medicine doctor available for both primary care and functional medicine consultations at Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St., Dedham. For more information, call 781431-1333 or visit VisionsHealthCare. com. See ad back cover and Resource Guide on page 45.

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Schools Go Green Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover by Avery Mack

With paperless homework, bookless backpacks, zero waste lunches, plastic-free filtered water and classrooms without walls, today’s parents and teachers are bringing eco-friendly ways to schools and giving students an early appreciation of the importance of environmental health.


oing green goes both ways— home to school and school to home. Alysia Reiner, an actress and eco-advocate from New York’s Harlem neighborhood, became involved with the Bank Street School for Children when her daughter enrolled at age 3. “I’m green at home, so in my mind her school had to be green, too. With no programs in place, I made suggestions, which got me elected co-chair of the green committee,” says Reiner, with a smile. “Today, we have a school-wide composting program serving 1,500 students that has reduced previous levels of food waste by 75 percent. To raise awareness and funds to support it, we sold reusable snack sacks, stainless steel water bottles and home composting bags.” An innovative chef focuses on organic foods with vegetarian options for school lunches. The next step is a rooftop garden. When Sheila Hageman, an author, teacher and public speaker living in Milford, Connecticut, first read the memo requesting garbage-free lunches for


her three children at the New England School-Montessori, she couldn’t imagine packing food without the use of plastic wrap, sandwich bags or paper napkins, but, “Now, it’s no big deal,” she says. “I use glass containers and cloth napkins. The kids eat better quality food. It costs less, too, because prepackaged snacks are out.” She notes that the governing rule is one protein, one fruit and one vegetable. The school even has a natural composter—a class guinea pig that loves to eat leftover veggies. Students often bring the first of their homegrown vegetables each season for show and tell in the classroom, where they normally eat lunch. It’s a neat way to avoid massproduced food; the school has no cafeteria. “A little change becomes part of a

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lifestyle,” remarks Hageman. Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, for grades nine through 12, in West Palm Beach, Florida, provides a near-paperless experience for students, all of which are issued computers. Homework is assigned, completed, graded and returned; tests are given and graded; report cards are sent and textbooks studied—all online. “We buy one set of print books, since not all students learn the same way. But e-books can be updated electronically each year, saving the educational costs of outdated materials and financial costs of replacement,” says Teresa Thornton, Ph.D., the science teacher who spearheaded many of the school’s green initiatives. “By the end of the year, they know how to use software programs to organize and analyze information.” In Pittsburgh, Chatham University follows the example of eco-pioneer and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, a class of 1929 alumna, to preserve, maintain and restore nature. With the goal to be carbon neutral by 2025, sustainability becomes part of every decision. The Chatham Eastside facility, located in a revitalization area, reclaimed a former manufacturing complex. “We are the first school in Pennsylvania to have a solar hot water system,” says Mary Whitney, the school’s sustainability coordinator. “Bottled water was banned in 2011 and filtered water stations provide free refills for stainless steel bottles. The rent-a-bike program is especially popular with international students.” The two campus Zipcars shared by students can be reserved for a fee. Students also ride free on public transportation. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, students gain the knowledge and experience to extend the difference they make beyond greening their school. Anne Vilen, a designer for expeditionary learning schools like Donaldson, says, “It’s empowering for students to discover they can make a real impact.” Connect with Avery Mack via

Greening Massachusetts Schools by Nancy Somera


o date, 136 schools across the Commonwealth are members of Green Schools, an award-winning nonprofit organization that partners with schools to develop a clear framework, as well as strategies and environmental education programming, to create greener and healthier schools. They provide a number of hands-on, environmental education and STEM-based (science/technology/engineering/mathematics) programs and resources to help students, teachers, schools and communities make a green difference. Founder, Executive Director and Program Director Robin Organ has been responsible for extending Green Schools’ reach beyond Massachusetts to develop strategic partnerships in more than 20 states and 22 countries. U.S. Senator John Kerry says, “Project Green Schools’ innovative programming will help our kids become the next generation of environmental leaders.” Green Schools is planning its first annual golf tournament and luncheon on September 19, at the Norton Country Club. A shotgun start begins at 9 a.m., and proceeds from the tournament will help them continue to develop and provide environmental education programs and resources to K-12 schools and communities in areas such as conservation, health and wellness, renewable energy, sustainable schools and a host of other programs. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is also a leader in promoting greener, healthier schools across the nation. Each September, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC coordinates the Green Apple initiative, giving individuals,

On average, green schools save $100,000 per year on operating expenses, use less energy and emit less CO2 than conventionally designed schools. companies and organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places, free from toxins, molds and poorly lit, overcrowded classrooms and buildings. The Green Schools at USGBC Committee Massachusetts Chapter is once again promoting the Green Apple Day of Service, aiming to have more than 50 projects registered across the state this year on or around September 28 to advance healthy, sustainable schools. Examples of

projects include indoor or outdoor cleanups, preparing a garden, creating signage that communicates reducing waste, and any other project that promotes healthy schools and community service. A step-bystep toolkit is available at MyGreenApple. com to help organize service day projects, and a 20-minute webcast introduces those interested to project ideas, volunteer recruitment tips, fundraising ideas and more. For more information on Green Schools or to register for the golf tournament, visit Contact Steve Muzzy, USGBC MA Green Schools program manager, at SMuzzy@usgbcma. org for help in organizing a Green Apple Day event at your school.

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Looking to lose weight, exercise more, beat your best running or cycling time, or simply keep track of what you eat? Here are five free apps that can help you get the job done. Fitocracy: Uses game-like stats to spur on friendly competition and increase your dedication to working out. Available on: Android, iOS, and Web. Fitsby: Workout motivation app asks you to put your money where your mouth is. It uses a combination of gamification and betting to push you and your friends to reach a desired goal for exercising. Available on: Android (an iOS version is reportedly coming soon). GAIN Fitness: Workout coaching app and website. It lets you set and schedule routines for exercising at the gym, at home, or while on the go. Available on: iOS and Web. Free to download; $2.99 per additional exercise pack. Lose It!: Designed for counting calories and logging exercise, it helps with weight loss, especially for those that eat name-brand American foods. Has a strong community of supportive people to help you stick to your goals. Available on: Android, iOS, Kindle, Nook, and Web. MyFitnessPal: One of the best allin-one calorie counter and exercise trackers, that is quick and easy to use. Has an active and supportive online community. Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, and Web. Source: PC Magazine

Playing the Game of Fitness by Lana Lemeshov


ccording to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are the world’s greatest killers, causing an estimated 36 million deaths each year and 63 percent of all deaths globally. Many of these illnesses are called lifestyle diseases—illnesses that befall us when we don’t prioritize healthy nutrition or fitness. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 79 million Americans are prediabetic today, but only 11 percent are aware of it. Studies have shown that simply moving our bodies at least 30 minutes per day with some level of exertion can actually halt or reverse these health concerns. So why don’t more people make this a priority? For most people, it is difficult to prioritize fitness in daily life. For others, the complexity associated with choosing the right gym, personal trainer, boot camp or class deters them from even starting the process. Thus, the first course of action—and the one that sticks—is to avoid the

responsibility altogether. Compounding the situation is the prevalent availability of inexpensive fast food, often usurping fresh, homemade, healthier options. It is a recipe for building a nation of unhealthy and unhappy citizens. However, the future does not need to remain so bleak. As found with many daily chores, technology has often interceded to make lives better, easier and more fulfilling. Today, many options are available to support the path to health and fitness. Tools that help measure progress, such as a pedometer that tracks miles walked or stairs climbed, help assure that exercise is accomplished. Evaluation tools that assess body composition (lean muscle versus fat, weight, height) work to measure and validate future success. Applications and programs also exist to help track calories consumed versus burned, plan meals and create shopping lists—all to assist with eating the right foods in the proper amounts to maintain a healthy weight and fitness level. While technology is helpful, it also adds to the noise of confusion.

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Consumers are expected to spend over $400 million by 2016 on a wide variety of gadgets, gizmos and tools that successfully support getting fit. An additional $61 billion will be spent in the weight loss industry. The majority of dollars spent on gadgets are by consumers hoping to capture basic and necessary information about their bodies and their progress, but also to maintain their motivation to get fit and to stay healthy. In this digital age, consumers have learned to play the ‘game’ of getting fit. So, what’s the answer? Consumers can benefit from a solution that is both scientifically supported and digitally managed to ensure success. A perfectly balanced fitness program that both inspires competitive goal setting and tracking of results, such as the one used at Koko FitClub, could be the key to getting many people off the couch and actively developing their fitness life. Lana Lemeshov is the owner of Koko FitClub, located at 39 Harvard St., in Brookline Village, and 77 Spring St. (Shaw’s Plaza), in West Roxbury. For more information, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline) or 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit to schedule your complete Fitness Assessment. See ad on page 19 and Resource Guide on page 45.


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petbriefs Matching Fund Campaign Benefits Animal Rescue Groups and Shelters


specially for Pets (EFP) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering five local animal rescue groups and shelters the opportunity to win thousands of dollars. From now through September 30, EFP shoppers can make a donation to the MATCH 25 Rescue/Shelter Fund and the store will match it dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. “This means that up to $50,000 or more could be divided and donated to five local rescues and shelters,” says Amy Kinne, EFP director of business development. “It’s a great way for our customers to help homeless animals.” The total funds raised will be divided among five animal rescue groups and shelters, to be chosen by electronic voting in October. Additionally, for each $1 donation made, the shopper’s name is entered to win up to $500 in dog food or up to $300 in cat food. “This incentive will hopefully increase the number of times or dollar amounts that a person donates,” says Kinne. Location: Especially for Pets has locations in Acton, Canton, Medway, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland and Westborough. For more information, call 617-964-7387 or visit See ad on page 36. There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~ Christopher Morley

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Annual Walk for Animals Benefits MSPCA


he 5th annual Walk for Animals takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, September 8, at Nevins Farm, in Methuen. The yearly event benefits the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). The Walk for Animals features contests, prizes, food, music, kids’ activities, canine demonstrations and other animal antics. “There is something for everyone at the walk,” says MSPCA Volunteer Sheri Gustafson. “People can form a team, get sponsors, walk with their family and friends and help us raise money to help animals.” Those who can’t make the event can be virtual walkers by visiting

Location: MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen. For more information, call 978-687-7453 or visit Interested exhibitors or sponsors can email

New England Pet Expo Comes to Wilmington


he New England Pet Expo is coming to the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, in Wilmington, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 21. Admission is free at the family-friendly event, and all pets are welcome, provided they are on a fixed lead and current with their vaccinations. The day features a special appearance by Shorty Rossi and his pit bull, Hercules, stars of Pit Boss on the Animal Planet channel. More than 165 pet-friendly exhibitors, vendors and rescue groups will also be on hand for the expo, which includes live demonstrations on obedience training, pet care and animal advocacy, giveaways and prizes, discounted pet products, and a talent and costume contest. Free parking is available at the expo, where more than 200 pets will be available for adoption. Cost: Free. Location: 99 Fordham Rd., Wilmington. For more information, call 800-977-3609 or visit NewEngland See ad on page 37. natural awakenings

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oston K9 Concierge and New England Dog Training will bring Kids & Dogs: Pitfalls & Potentials to the Boston area, a seminar for families to learn how to reduce risk and enhance the child-dog relationship. Collen Pelar and Jennifer Shryock present the two-day event taking place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., September 21 and 22, at the Cambridge Armory. More dogs are being adopted from breeders or shelters into homes with either young children or expecting parents. This timely and important seminar covers human/ canine miscommunications and remedies, strategies to decrease bite incidents, in-home management techniques and managing the myriad challenges parents face today.

Parents, expecting parents, trainers, shelter, rescue workers, nannies and medical professionals are welcome. A free community event for expecting parents will be held from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., September 22. Pelar is the author of the widely praised book, Living with Kids & Dogs (winner of the Humane Society’s Compassionate Care Award) and Shryock is the founder of Family Paws Parent Education. Information provided will help keep families, kids and dogs safe as well as help reduce shelter and rescue returns and surrenders. Cost: $95 for one day, or $179 for both. Lunch is optional. Location: 450 Concord Ave., Cambridge. For more information or to register, call 917-699-6440 or visit See ad on page 37.


Six-Legged Runs Best-Buddy Workouts Go the Distance by Barb Amrhein


magine the ideal workout buddy; one who is ready to join you at a moment’s notice without question, enjoys your company, never critiques your effort or outfit and doesn’t cancel at the last minute. Chances are, you’ll find this paragon right there next to you as you read this, watching with soulful eyes, tail wagging in hope of hearing the magic words: “Let’s go for a run!” Your dog can be your best fitness friend. Enthusiastically joining in a regular jogging or running routine will build stamina, strengthen muscles and burn calories—for both of you. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adult Americans are

obese; likewise, data compiled by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention indicate that more than half of the canine population is overweight. “Not only do dogs need exercise, they need a lot more than we do,” advises Jack Burke, program director for the Mercy College School of Veterinary Medicine. Keep that in mind to stay motivated, then turn off the tube, put the laptop on standby and head outdoors. Just heed these tips to ensure your twofer workouts are healthy and enjoyable. Know your dog. Sustained jogging or running benefits many dogs, although not all, and can

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be problematic for some, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). DogBreedInfo. com supplies a helpful list of dogs that can go, and enjoy, the distance. Long-legged lopers, such as Labradors, Dalmatians and most retrievers, are good long-distance running companions. It’s wise to recognize that racing breeds, like greyhounds and whippets, are sprinters, rather than endurance athletes. It’s unfair to expect small, short-legged dogs to “pick up the pace.” Shortnosed breeds—pugs, bulldogs and boxers, for example—have trouble breathing during vigorous exercise. Get your vet’s blessing. Be sure your dog has a full checkup before joining you on jogs. The vet can also advise whether an animal is too young or old for sustained running, when short distances or a more stately pace would be better. Buy a good leash. A leash is a non-negotiable piece of equipment. Mark Renick of Connecticut Canine Training and Behavioral Services recommends using a six-foot lead for running. “It’s long enough so that you won’t step on your dog, but short enough so you can keep him under control,” he advises. Use this leash just for jogging and your dog will soon connect it with running, rather than strolling while sniffing every tree or lamppost.

Practice obedience skills. “Sit, stay, come,” and “heel” are commands that need to be in a dog’s working vocabulary. If they aren’t, enroll in an obedience course before hitting the pavement or trails. Start slowly. Begin each session with a walking warmup. For the first few weeks, alternate jogging/running with lots of walking. “Start younger, middle-aged and overweight dogs on a moderate program of walking 10 to 15 minutes once or twice a day,” advises Howard Erickson, professor of physiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Then, gradually add distance, as both partners build endurance. End each session with additional walking as a cool-down. “Training is key, says Dr. Gerald Pijanowski, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana. “It is as important to train your dog to run or hike long distances as it is to train yourself.” Don’t overdo. The Surgeon General recommends that for optimal health, people exercise 150 minutes each week at moderate intensity. The AVMA reports that “Dogs will exercise past the point of exhaustion to please a beloved companion,” and advises us to be sensitive to their health and comfort. Be safe. Always keep these guidelines in mind: Don’t run with a dog just before he eats or after he has eaten. Face oncoming traffic; this puts a heeling dog on your left, away from cars or bikes. Check paw pads for signs of irritation or bleeding. Pavement is hard on a dog’s feet; grass and dirt are kinder. Summer-hot asphalt and concrete can burn sensitive feet, and snow can cause frostbite. Carry water for both of you, and offer some every 20 minutes. Watch for signs of overheating, such as heavy panting or salivating, and stop immediately if you observe these, cooling your pet slowly with cool, not cold, water. The best times to exercise are early morning or evening. Don’t jog daily; canine muscles and joints, too, need to rest and recuperate. Fitness is more fun when a buddy’s along and the health benefits abound. Learn more at and racing/training/dogs. Barb Amrhein is a freelance writer and editor based in Southwest Florida. Connect at

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Buddhist Meditation Workshop – 2-5pm. Also Sept 8, 15. An opportunity for newcomers and beginners to learn meditation and ask questions, as well as for experienced practitioners to engage in group practice and discussion. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617510-8051.

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 help you get unstuck and in touch with 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 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-640-3813.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Cosmetic Acupuncture Grand Opening – 1-6pm. Cosmetic acupuncture grand opening at the JCC, Marblehead. Reduce wrinkles, look and feel younger, have firmer skin and improve skin conditions. An exciting alternative to plastic surgery and non-invasive techniques. Call to schedule a free consultation. JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Rd, Marblehead. 781-464-0106.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Charles River Herb Walk – 12:15-1:15pm. Join us for a fun, informative walk with the plants along the Charles. Learn to identify over a dozen herbs growing wild right here in Boston, and their uses in herbal medicine. $5. Charles River, JFK St at Memorial Dr, Cambridge. 617-750-5274. Herbal Remedies for Stress – 7-9pm. Boost natural immunity, build stamina and develop balanced reactions to stressful events with the aid of herbal allies. Learn to use herbal remedies to manage and reduce stress, whatever its source. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Free Yoga Therapy Demo – 10-11:30am. A highly individualized, self-empowering process that combines the healing properties of healthcare and yoga. The group Yoga Therapy classes are 8 weekly classes, each covering a particular theme such as cultivating personal energy. After this class you have the option of signing up for the 8-week Yoga Therapy Progam. The program itself cost $180. Demo free. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431. HMI Healing: Learn to Lead from your Highest Self – 6:30-9:30pm. A mini-workshop with Elisabeth Taylor & Nancy Pagan. Heart Mind Integration (HMI) Healing is profound work which repairs body, mind, spirit and soul. It merges powerful shamanic techniques with modern psychological understanding for personal healing, transformation and empowerment. $25. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 781-6431586.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Requires a partner. Space limited, registration required. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Introduction to Meditation Course – Thru Oct 9. A five-week introductory course that presents basic information and techniques relating to meditation. For those interested, the course can be followed by another that focuses on mantra meditation, advaita philosophy and meditation. $120. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. 9/11 Wreath-Laying Ceremony – 7:30am (time to be confirmed). Boston Public Garden’s 9/11 Garden of Remembrance memorial. 9/11 Flag Lowering, Moment of Silence, Reading of Names – 8:30am (time to be confirmed). Massachusetts State House lawn, 24 Beacon St, Boston. Ferment & Foment with Jerry Ogusky – 7-9pm. Fermented foods provide probiotic bacteria, restore healthy gut flora and impact metabolism, digestion, and immunity. Includes hands-on demos, discussion of techniques and tastings. No prior experience necessary. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Creative Expressions Painting Party – 6:309:30pm. Grab a little respite from your hectic life, enjoy the company of friends and create your own work of art - all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit, a non-profit holistic support network for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. $40. Cindy’s Studio and Creative Design, 148 Thompson Rd, Webster. 508-9873310. Breathing Free and Clear – 7-9pm. Co-taught by an herbalist and a body-worker, this class teaches methods and remedies to tune in to breath and release unconscious constriction which inhibits full respiration. Breathing exercises, chest-

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opening stretches and postural cues supported by herbal teas, tinctures, steams and medicinal smoking blends. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Stop Sabotaging Your Health – 9-11am. Learn a totally new perspective on health and how to achieve the level of health that until now you only dream about. $10. Roots & Wings Yoga & Healing Arts Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 877609-6767. Breast Cancer Support Network Meeting – 10am. Guest speakers featuring topics relevant to holistic health of those affected by breast cancer and a chance to connect face-to-face with other patients, survivors, family and caregivers and meet some of the volunteers of the Bosom Buddy Network. Free. Oxford Public Library, 339 Main St, Oxford. 508-987-3310. Stretch Yourself! A Yoga and Self-Exploration Half-Day Retreat – 1-5pm. Join Karen Fabian, certified/registered yoga teacher and founder of Bare Bones Yoga, and best-selling author, Brett Blumenthal as they present an afternoon of yoga and self-development. See website for additional details. $65. Cambridge Masonic Hall Association (CMHA), 1950 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Network Spinal Analysis Class – 3-4pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself. This is possible through an advanced chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Learn the basics of this fascinating modality including a live demonstration. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Rte 9, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. Live Music and Yoga – 5-7pm. Spend an uplifting and relaxing evening in the studio. Live music yoga classes leave you feeling rejuvinated and inspired. $20/pre-registration. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-8680055.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Low Back Pain – 9:30am-4:30pm. Understand the different types of low back pain and how to differentiate them through palpation of the low back. Learn specific treatment protocols for different types of low back pain. Emphasis is placed on traditional Chinese medicine and meridian theory. Apply theory learned in class with partner participation. $120. Cortiva Institute Boston, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-2000. Yoga for Mindful Eating – 5:30-7:30pm. Thru Oct 27. In 7 weeks, explore impulses, emotional eating and old behaviors around food to clear out limiting habits, patterns and beliefs and renew your relationship with food. $225. Watertown Center for the Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-393-2200.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Workshop for Body-Breath Integration – 7:308:30pm. Learn how to de-stress your life and calm your mind. Release tension and energy blockages in the body. Create more focused healing with your chiropractic care. A powerful and inspiring

workshop with Dr. John Coleman. $30. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted. com.

balanced life and honor the time of year when day and night are of equal length. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617926-4155.


The Ancient Art of Soap Making – 6:30pm. Watch kitchen chemistry reveal techniques for creating beautiful and successful goat milk soap. Workshop will cover the benefits of different ingredients (goat milk, coconut oil, palm kernel, olive and shea butter), molds, recipes and tools. Participants leave with a sample of soap made that day. $35 plus $10 materials fee. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-646-6319.

Mantrafest 2013: An evening with Deva Premal & Miten – 7pm. Special guests The Guruganesha Band. Get ready to experience the beauty and bliss of the world’s most sacred mantras. Reserved seating only. $30-$108. Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 29th Annual Boston Film Festival – Check website to confirm dates for 2013. 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 world-famous award winners. Questions and answer sessions, discussions and evening receptions provide plenty of opportunities to chat with directors and network. 617-523-8388. Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6-7pm. A space where women can connect with peers, access information, pose questions, request resources, and share experiences. Open to all women and includes those who are considering using natural birth control and those already familiar with sympto-thermal methods, as well as those who are interested in using these methods to learn more about their health and bodies. Free. Cambridge Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. Live Food Skills Night – 6-9pm. Lenore will inspire you to add more live foods into your daily life. Learn how to prepare delicious blender soups and smoothies. Experience the art of creating beautiful, nourishing blends for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Includes instruction, resources, food for preparing recipes. $50. Natural Vitality Studio, 123 Union St, Ste 202, Easthampton. 413695-0942.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 South End Open Studios – 11am-6pm. Also Sept 21. A glimpse into more than 200 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. Hand Reflexology – Thru Sept 22. This workshop provides a variety of ways to include hand care in your treatment protocol. Participants will learn the anatomy and kinesiology of the hands, as well as skin and nail pathologies. See website for additional details. $350. Cortiva Institute Boston, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-2000. Hands of Light Workshop – Thru Sept 22. Brennan Healing Science is an enlightening system of energy healing work that combines handson healing techniques with spiritual and psychological processes, touching every aspect of your life. $275. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-942-0644. Community Dinner and Autumn Equinox Ritual – 6-8:30pm. Join others to share spirit, conversation, food. Stay for the Fall Equinox Ritual as we appreciate the many ways to lead a

Anatomy of the Human Energy Field/Aura – 7-9pm. This evening lecture marks the start of the Hands of Light weekend workshop, yet can be attended as a standalone lecture. Gain a better understanding of the auric field, see how illness is held as a distortion in the energy field before it manifests as illness in the body. $20. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-5247628. Harvest Moon Yoga & Equinox Celebration – 7-9pm. The theme of harvesting is universal and so we will harvest our wisdom and creativity from the inside out, honoring our progress and our gifts, and giving thanks to the Universe for the abundance we have in our lives. Focus will be on moving meditation, chanting of mantras and other creative expression. $20/advance registration, $25/door. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-942-0644. Impresaria Presents: Fall 3rd Friday Soirees – 7-9pm. Beloved classics sung with exquisite simplicity, as Diane Taraz uses music to explore the lives of people from all walks of life as they struggled through a dark but inspiring time. $15/$12, includes refreshments. Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St, 2nd flr, Arlington. 781-6431586.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 The Life is good Festival – Sept 21 & 22. 2-day celebration of music and optimism featuring three stages of nationally known musical talent, handson games and interactive arts activities. More than 30,000 fundraisers are expected to come together over the weekend to raise over $1 million for The Life is good Kids Foundation to help kids in need. Adults $65 1 day/ $120 both. Kids $20/$35. Prowse Farm, Canton.

hensive course addresses the body systems, their common ailments and the essential oils most helpful for each condition. See website for future dates. $400 plus $50 materials fee. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781646-6319. Night of Stars on Boston Common – 7pm. The first-ever free Boston Common performance kicks off the celebratory 50th season with a night of amazing performance, featuring the Boston Ballet dancers and live music from the Boston Ballet orchestra. TD Bank Mayor’s Cup – 11:30am-5:45pm. A family-oriented celebration that promotes healthy lifestyles and offers a unique professional sports experience. Features nearly two hundred top professional racers including Olympians and national champions who compete for prize money. Free for spectators.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Hub On Wheels – 8am-1:30pm. Boston’s only citywide charity bike ride. Choose from 10-, 30-, or 50-mile 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 Open House – 10am-2pm. Explore a free, 15-minute sample energy healing to release physical, mental and emotional blockages. Perfect for folks who are curious about Reiki and want to try this technique without committing to a full session. Space limited, reserve today. Donations appreciated. 11 Auburn St, Waltham. 617-699-2389. Reiki Clinic- Free for Practitioners – 1:304:30pm. An opportunity for clients to receive a Reiki treatment at the introductory rate of $15 for a half hour treatment by a group of practitioners. Reiki is an ancient hands-on energy healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing on all levels. Reiki Practitioners participate in giving and receiving Reiki treatments. By appointment only, call to reserve your space. $15/clients, Free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 617-710-3683.


Health Freedom Day Training – 9am-5pm. An experiential training that teaches you in a very relaxed and comfortable setting how to break free from the habits and attitudes that are holding you back from experiencing the level of health you deserve. $297. Roots & Wings Yoga & Healing Arts Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 877-609-6767.

Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body and learn techniques to effectively do at home. Requires a partner. Space limited, call to register. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332.

Peak Performance Workshop – 10am-12pm. Knowing more about the ingredients of personal flow helps determine best future action. Join this workshop to explore individual peak performance as a leverage for all you deserve. Call for specific location. $25. Cambridge. 617-764-5268.


Aromatherapy Certification Course – 10am5pm. 4 sessions. Learn how essential oils work to heal the body, mind and spirit. This compre-

Love, Sex and Intimacy: Helping Couples Connect – Thru Nov 6. This 8-week class is an experiential training designed to provide the needed skills to feel comfortable and competent addressing the more vulnerable and delicate issues of sexuality in relationship. $480. The Center for Intentional Living, 11 River St, Wellesley. 781239-1773.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Boston Fashion Week – Thru Oct 5. Indulge in glamorous runway presentations, industry events, shopping incentives, exhibitions, informative programming and exciting parties taking place during this annual tradition. Free Zumba Classes – 4:30-7:30pm. Come with friends and family to try out 3 of our new Zumba classes that will be ongoing every Friday. Zumbatomic for kids only (4:30-5:15pm). Zumba Family (5:30-6:15pm), and Zumba fitness adults only (6:30-7:30pm). Free. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd Flr, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Free Museum Day – Visit Boston museums for free as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s nationwide Free Museum Day celebration. See website for additional information. MuseumDay. Horses Know The Way Home Workshop – 8:30am-3pm. Experience the combination of personal development and self-improvement principles through the way of the horse. Learn with life coach, Brian Reid and Brenda Lee how to apply the thirteen HKTWH principles in your life to find joy, balance and happiness. You do not need any equine background to benefit, just an open mind and willing heart. $99. Black Walnut

Farms, 863 Tower Hill Rd, Wickford. 401-4020819. Spa for the Spirit: Autumn – 10:30am-4pm. A one-day retreat for your whole self: body, mind and spirit. The start of a new season is a profound time to do inner work and find clarity about your intentions for the next span of time. Ground yourself by dedicating a day to self-care and spiritual reflection. $85/by Sept 26, $100/door. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-9264155. Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival – 12-6pm. Enjoy a host of jazz, Latin, blues and groove acts. World-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. Wild Edibles Fall Workshop – 1-4pm. A unique monthly experience for adults. Learn to identify, process, prepare, cook, preserve and eat on the spot. Learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles and medicinals. $40/advance, $45/day of. Conway. 413-522-0338. Live Powerful and Free – 1-4:30pm. Dr. Emily Chan, naturopathic doctor and Blane Friest, international speaker and founder of DDM productions

will be presenting a life changing and one of a kind inspirational event. Walk away with skills to live with balance and authenticity. $30. Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, 3rd flr. Cambridge. 617-299-6151 or 978-418-8625. or

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Meet the Reiki master teachers, Ulrike and Denis Dettling Kalthofer and listen to a lecture about Reiki and its history. Experience a 20-min. guided imagery and relaxation and get your questions about Reiki answered. Pre-registration required, space is limited. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Safety Day Micro-chip Clinic – 12-4pm. Have your pet chipped, photographed and/or vaccinated for rabies. Dr. Nord of Framingham Animal Hospital will be inserting chips and giving vaccines. Fee includes registration with Home Again. 100% of donation goes to All Dog Rescue. Please pre-register. Walk-ins accommodated as time permits. $35/micro-chip, $20/rabies vaccine, $25/pet photos. Especially for Pets, 44 Main St, Wayland. 508-647-6923.

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Boutique Yoga – By appt. only. 1-hour sessions designed specifically for the beginner. Come to this peaceful, comforting and well-balanced environment to begin or enrich your Vinyasa yoga practice. Private, semi-private, trio or quad. $100-$125. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-7101337. Dead Sea Scrolls: Life In Ancient Times – Thru Oct 14. Witness one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discover an amazing story where a Bedouin goat herder stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea and discovered the scrolls. A once in a lifetime exhibit. Ticket includes general Exhibit Halls same day or within 6 months. $32/adults, $29/seniors 60+, $27/children 3-11. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. Free Energy Yoga Class – Call for scheduling. 70-minute class focused on building strength and warmth of the core. Move through periods of stretching, breathing postures and energy meditation. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-354-9642.


Free Tour Of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a behind-thescenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617638-9390. Yoga at The Breathing Room – Located next to Life Alive, this studio is like no other in that it offers various styles of yoga, massage, acupuncture and more. $25 explorer pass for one week of yoga. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. Alexander Technique for Neck, Back and Joint Pain – 7pm. First day of every month thru Oct 5. Learn how to improve postural balance and coordination, reduce mind and body tension and increase ease of movement using this technique. $50. Alexander Technique & Thai Yoga, 33A Harvard St, Ste 302, Brookline. 617-359-7841. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First day of every month. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. Doreen: 617-849-3198.

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Gentle Beginners Morning Yoga – 10-11:15am. Also, All-Level Yoga, 11:30am-12:45pm. All classes are taught in the Kripalu style and can be gentle, moderate or vigorous. $15/drop-in, $12/ students with ID. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge. Free Breathing and Meditation Group – 2-3:15pm. Join us for bi-weekly breathing, relaxation and meditation sessions. Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Free. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-354-9642. Jamaica Pond Sundays – 2-4pm. A free clinic to give Jamaica Pond walkers the experience of reduced neck, shoulders and back tension with better posture. No prior experience necessary. Jamaica Pond, Boat House, Boston. 617-359-7841. Tong Ren Energy Healing Class – 4-6:30pm. Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of “chi,” or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality. Free, donation up to $10 accepted. Spaulding Re-

habilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave, Charlestown. Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574. Expression Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Expression Flow is a Vinyasa-based flow that incorporates vocal exercises to open the body and voice. Great for creative souls and those looking for more expressiveness in their lives. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207.

Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appt. 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. CrossTrain Class – 5-6am. Come to a challenging and fun class. Expect a warm up, combined upper and lower body exercises, endurance, strength and stamina development. All levels benefit. $10. Victory Field, 40 Orchard St, Watertown. Inclement weather at Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617438-4467. Yoga at East End House – 5:30-6:30pm. A free (donation suggested) yoga class with Caitlin Green for the community. The East End House, 105 Sprint St, Cambridge. 617-824-8644. Caitlin Free Yoga – 6pm. Starting Sept 9. In honor of National Yoga Month. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Listen to your body and do what feels best. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. 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. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617459-9817. Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232. Yoga for Cyclists – 7:45-9:15pm. A beginnerfriendly class for cyclists and other athletes. Emphasis on releasing chronically tight muscles and gently strengthening the core. Restorative poses used to release stress and cultivate deep

relaxation. $17/drop-in. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-316-0282.

Chi Lel Qigong for Integral Health – 11:15am12:15pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $120/8-session series, $20/session. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-minute concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-523-1749. Kundalini Yoga – 2:30-3:30pm. Enjoy the union of body, mind and soul. Kundalini yoga is a discipline combining physical, mental and spiritual practices for developing strength, awareness, character and consciousness. $10/class summer special, otherwise, $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Qi Yoga Studio, 419 Boylston St, 7th flr, Boston. 617-838-0928. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for free trial. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd flr, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Zumba Toning – 6:30-7:30pm. 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. Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. The Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic is offering Reiki sessions on a donation basis as a means of service to the community. Donations accepted. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101. Gentle Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. Yoga that is about moving slowly and attentively to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Come and try it. See for cost details. Breathe Wellness, 162 Cook Ln, Marlboro. 617699-2389. Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic is offering Reiki sessions on a donations only basis. Kathleen at KWelcome09 or Doreen at 617-849-3198 for an appt. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Last Tues. An opportunity to try something new, crack open the door or just take a moment for yourself to de-stress. Appointments for 30-min sessions. $10 suggested. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. 339-526-9759.

Refreshing Samples – 11am-2pm. Try featured refreshing teas and nutritional snacks. Enjoy a selection of organic teas, treats and snacks. Stop in to see what’s new to try or call ahead to find out in advance. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-8933870. Tong Ren Energy Healing Class – 12-1pm. Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of “chi,” or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality. Free, donation up to $10 accepted. Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-5:30pm. Also Thurs & Fri and Sun, 9:30am-12:30pm. Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown residents, take advantage of effective acupuncture at an affordable rate. Sliding scale $20-$40. Initial consultation $30-$50. OM Namo Community Acupuncture, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-868-0756. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. $10/suggested donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Philosophy Works: An Intro to Practical Philosophy – 7-9pm. Contact Dennis with questions related to Practical Philosophy. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 978443-1743. 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.

Rising Energy Flow – 7-8am. A morning Vinyasa class dedicated to your re-awakening. Come to set an intention and invigorate your energy for the week ahead. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. Gentle Kundalini Yoga and Gong Relaxation – 8:30-10am. Stimulates and balances the glandular and immune systems in preparation for meditation. The body is strengthened and the mind is centered. $110/10 classes, $12/drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-332-3675. Early Explorers – 10:30am-12pm. Children ages 3-6 will move, learn and create. Investigate the science and beauty of winter through explorations, games and art. Afterward, warm up by reading stories, doing craft projects and other fun indoor nature activities. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $5/members, $7/nonmembers. Mass

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Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. 617-983-8500. Kundalini Yoga – 2:30-3:30pm. Enjoy the union of body, mind and soul. Kundalini yoga is a discipline combining physical, mental and spiritual practices for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. $10/class summer special, otherwise, $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Qi Yoga Studio, 419 Boylston St, 7th flr, Boston. 617-838-0928. 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. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. 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. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. 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. 617-495-7461.

Heron Homeschool Wilderness Survival Program – 9:30am-2pm. Throughout Fall, Winter and Spring. Your child can learn wilderness living skills and nature awareness while fully immersed in nature. $50-$65/class, sliding scale. Amherst. 413-522-0338.

Children’s Films – 10am & 11am. Free children’s movies at the library each week. Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian St, East Boston. 617-569-0271. /EastBoston.htm. 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. Yoga for All Levels – 10-11:30am. All-levels, Vinyasa flow-style yoga experience that offers a dynamic approach to a safe foundation. Say yes to exploring a deeper experience in your practice and join with your highest aspirations. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Somerville. 617-3932200. 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. 617-9264968. 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. 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. 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. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. 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. Conscious Body – 7-9pm. Exercise and enjoy your body while developing body awareness. Feel younger and rediscover play. Tone, stretch and release tension. Movement and massage for fun and wellness. No experience necessary. Register by phone. $15 or donation. Watertown Square MA, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-254-4088. Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – Thru late Sept. At sundown. The perfect way to spend a Friday night in the summer. This series of family movies provides the perfect excuse to grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head for an evening of entertainment under the stars. Free. 617-787-7200.

Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am-12:15pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with Ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617997-9922. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-6742400.

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personal growth plus: mindfulness DECEMBER

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Gentle and effective acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine consultations, diet and lifestyle counseling. Specializing in chronic pain, migraines, fertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive upsets and stress management.


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 6.

VISIONS HEALTHCARE 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 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.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Effectively using BioIdentical Hormone Therapy for 9 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.


Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 Learn to relieve and prevent excess tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session.


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 26.


Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the subtle energies of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 42.

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)


Rezakkah Norins 22 Mount Auburn St, Watertown 02472 617-254-4088 20 years of experience with many techniques, Rezakkah offers comprehensive bodywork tailored to each individual’s needs. Specializing in oncology massage and self-care education.

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

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 21.

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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 17.

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910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 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.



Brian Reid is an internationally acclaimed life coach with Brenda Lee, a Shire horse. Through his discoveries with Brenda Lee, Brian founded Horses Know The Way Home and developed 13 principles that guide his teachings. See ad page 9.


Marie Wetmore, Certified Coach 781-670-7090

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

Kim can coach you in the life-changing practices and principles of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. No artistic experience required, just a desire to get unstuck and live more joyfully, authentically and in color. Group intensives offered each spring and fall.


Designed Alliance works with each client in a collaborative coaching partnership to clarify, articulate and create action plans toward self-identified growth, positive change and achievement. See ad page 29.

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Liz Marcano-Pucillo 640 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026 781-329-3800

industry. See ad page 21.


Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the

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781-296-5158 As a Neuro Linguistic Programming master, Aaron works with people who want to improve the quality of their life. Also uses reflexology and the powerful effects of Reiki for healing and balance.

Accomplish your goals: coaching for self-care, balance, organization, time management, career change, professional success, etc. Manage decisions and transitions confidently. Learn to self-coach. Individual coaching and workshops available. Call for a free trial.

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 ads pages 2 and 3.


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A whole-person approach to psychotherapy. Mindfulnessbased, solution focused. Teens, transitioning young adults, adults. Specialties: relationship stress, academic stress, depression, anxiety. See ad page 14.

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

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 24.

GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, FARM TO TABLE CAFÉ 493-495 Main St Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

The only holistic center of its kind on the East Coast. Groton Wellness synergistically fuses state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, detoxification, spa therapy, nutrition and a host of complementary therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. See ad page 15.


781-891-5439 Abbey Brown has been successfully working with dog behavior and obedience training since 1980. She has a master’s degree in psychology and animal behavior. See ad page 37.

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


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Board Certified through the American Board of Family Medicine as well as the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Available for primary care and consultation. See ad on the back cover.

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 32.



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


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.

As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 24.

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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 19.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 17.

Integrative/Functional Medicine EMILY CHAN, ND

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686

Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151 Naturopathic medicine address root causes of illness, interconnection of body-systems, and approaches each patient based on their individualized needs. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, autoimmune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.

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 25.


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910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Board-Certified Family Medicine physician trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.

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With a background in Energy Healing & Consciousness (Barbara Brennan), Sound and Mindfulness, Patricia supports you in understanding and releasing patterns that no longer serve you so you can blossom. See ad page 11.

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170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.



Improve all your relationships. Learn to navigate difficult conversations with confidence. Our training programs show you how. See ad page 27.

All-natural body products made from the purest ingredients in the world. Dead Sea minerals, salts and aromatherapy sprays, lip elixirs, body powders and handmade soaps. See ad page 14.

150 Fearing St, Ste 4-A Amherst MA 01002 413-230-3260



Raven Sadhaka Seltzer, MA, E-RYT500 617-942-0644

Feeding mind-body-spirit through therapeutic and restorative yoga, Ayurvedic counseling, meditation, pranayam and Reiki; specializing in low back pain and digestive issues. See ad page 42.

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Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body.See ad page 26.

Kimberly Sparks 401-822-1530



Works one-on-one to develop a program for your body/mind to be brought back into balance. Currently accepting new clients.

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

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 37.


Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282

Offering website design and business consulting for small businesses and providers in private practice.


Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston 617-838-0928


Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

We yoga our bodies, why not our eyes? Improve: vision, memory, reading, relaxation, inner sight while reducing dependence on glasses for individuals, groups, yoga classes.


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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.

YOGA THERAPY ALAINE AMARAL, BFA, RYT 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Integrative Yoga Therapy is a highly individualized, self-empowering process that connects healthcare with yoga. Heal from chronic pain or illness. Individual & group offerings. See ad on the back cover.

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Natural Awakenings Boston September 2013  

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 2013  

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