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YOGA FOR THE AGES Asanas Assure Vitality

Bodywork Booster How to Turn Back the Clock

Ayurvedic Cooking Ancient System Restores Balance

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s we ease our way into fall, vitality is the watchword for recharging our batteries. Writer Marlaina Donato offers a comprehensive guide to ward off inflammation and premature cell death in “Age-Defying Bodywork: How to Turn Back the Clock.” She explains how fortifying the nervous system through massage, acupuncture and reflexology is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol—and has been embraced by the medical mainstream. It’s wonderful to see how mainstream medicine is opening to alternative forms of healing. In the not so distant past, it was almost unheard of for patients to receive reiki treatments in hospitals and now it’s become a staple in most all major medical institutions in the Boston area. This brings up an interesting conundrum that we see ourselves facing here in Massachusetts with the ongoing efforts by some lawmakers to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, access to many holistic practitioners with Bill S.168, an act regulating bodyworks. Please take a few moments to review the Action Alert on page 8. There you will find information on what you can do if you feel this bill should not be passed as written. A separate and unrelated Bill S665/H3660, which is a safe harbor bill similar to one recently passed in Maine, protects alternative health practitioners and is also coming up for vote this fall. There is a call to action for anyone who has experienced successful treatment through the use of alternative medicine to provide written testimony and/or show up for oral testimony in front of the committee when it convenes in the coming months. For more information and guidance on how to submit or share your testimony or the testimony of your client(s), please visit: August-2019/Testimonies-Needed-to-Protect-Holistic-Health-in-Massachusetts/ or: If you feel so moved, please take whatever action is in your heart today regarding the protection of alternative health care in Massachusetts. Here’s to wrapping up a beautiful summer and embracing the cooler air that’s headed our way. Peace,


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Contents 19 19 ENERGETIC VIBES Feeling Young and Strong at Any Age


How to Turn Back the Clock




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Ancient System Restores Balance

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Oppose S. 168, An Act Regulating Bodyworks

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S.168 is a bill that has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature by Senator Montigny under the guise of a solution to end human trafficking. The bill, if passed, would require professional licensure for more than 200 alternative and complementary holistic modalities and offers no direct route to licensure. In addition, S.168 would dramatically reduce healthcare options for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The bill redefines holistic healthcare occupations as bodywork and affects all modalities that direct movement or work with energy. The bill proposes a Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork that would have three massage therapists and two bodywork professionals on it. These two bodyworkers would have to set the educational requirements of more than 200 holistic disciplines. In addition, professionals can only become licensed if they take courses at state licensed schools. There are currently no state licensed schools that offer courses in the majority of these disciplines. S.168 is currently with the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. A Public Hearing has been proposed for this fall. What You Can Do • Call, email or visit with your personal legislators at their town locations. Find them at Search/FindMyLegislator. • Call and email the members of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Find them at • Give written testimony that will be provided to the Committee for the Public Hearing. A wide variety of stories is needed such as your successful use of your modality, success stories about your clients, names redacted, how, if passed, this bill would hurt your family financially as you would be unable to practice your modality. Include with each testimony: name, professional affiliation, if applicable, email address, street address, town, state and zip, phone number. Email written testimonies to Rita Glassman, executive director, MA Coalition of Holistic Practitioners, at Check • Attend the public hearing and give testimony in person. Oral testimony is limited to two minutes in length. Please let us know if you would be willing to give oral testimony. For more information, contact Rita Glassman at machhp7@ Check for updates and date of the public hearing once it is announced.


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Holistic Perinatal Services and Education Launched in Groton


ife Gate Holistic Living Center is now offering services and resources specifically geared towards individuals and families seeking support during infertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, labor and the postpartum period. The Grand Opening Celebration to officially launch these new offerings will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., October 4, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 5. Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to explore the center, chat with providers, browse retail items and sample treatments. Light refreshments and discounts will be offered throughout the event. Life Gate Holistic Living Center is a safe space where individuals and families can find the services and resources that they need to promote transformation, empowerment, education and healing. Located in a beautifully refurbished yellow farmhouse in picturesque Groton, Life Gate offers a variety of holistic healing treatments, classes and support groups. These resources are specifically geared toward individuals and families seeking support during infertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, labor, and the postpartum period. Clients will be able to take advantage of a variety of services that complement each other and their existing medical care. The center will offer acupuncture and Chinese herbs; therapeutic massage and Asian bodywork therapies; psychotherapy; sound healing, energy healing and reiki; integrative health coaching; perinatal yoga; perinatal support groups for infertility, pregnancy loss, early pregnancy, pregnancy and the postpartum period; lactation support services; labor and postpartum doula services; a guest speaker education series and a Community Wellness hour offered two to three times per week. Wellness packages are available to take advantage of everything the center has to offer.



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earn, experience and sample from the best local health and wellness businesses at the Health and Wellness Show by Walter Perlman taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 22, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, in Norwood. Attendees will receive mini-treatments, buy and sample products and also obtain free health screenings. Register online and receive a two free admission passes. A sampling of modalities includes acupuncture, chiropractic, essential oils, flotation therapy, hearing aids, massage, neurology center, physical therapy, reflexology, skin care, specialty footwear, speech and occupational services, vitamins and supplements and weight loss.

Cost: $5 or free with online registration. Location: 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood. For more information or to register online, visit See ad on page 11.

Festival Promotes Healthy Local Food for All


he 10th annual Boston Local Food Festival, which is Boston’s premier food festival and is ranked as one of the top food events in the northeast region, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 15, on The Rose Kennedy Greenway, downtown Boston. The free event is positioned as New England’s largest farmers’ market celebrating the joys of eating local food. Themed “healthy local food for all,” the festival is presented by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts and based on the principles of local, green and fair. “The Sustainable Business Network’s Boston Local Food Festival, now in its 10th year, supports the innumerable benefits of purchasing locally grown agricultural and food products. Buying local creates community support, builds business viability for our growers and producers, and supports environmental impacts including open space and sustainable energy models. Buying local makes a critical difference for consumers, retail and wholesale food buyers,” says John Lebeaux, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. This zero waste festival attracts more than 40,000 people and offers local farmers, restaurants, chefs, specialty producers and related nonprofits and service providers the opportunity to showcase their local culinary creations and programs in a festival and lively outdoor setting. Eaters will purchase local dairy, meat, produce and fresh cooked dishes made with food grown and harvested in New England as well as try new dishes and products made close to our backyards. More than 75 vendors will be featured at this year’s festival that also offers chef demos, a New England Village, Family Fun Zone, and lively Seafood Throwdown competition. “SBN was one of the first organizations to embrace our message that local seafood is part of our local food system and has demonstrated a commitment to community-based fishermen from the very first Local Food Festival,” says Niaz Dorry, coordinating director for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. “Through the Festival, their programs and related events, SBN has been able to deliver the message to eaters that if you care who grows your lettuce and tomatoes or raises your pigs and chicken, who benefits from it, and how far your landfood travels, then you need to care about who is catching your seafood, who controls the seafood system, and where the fish go that regional fishermen catch.” Cost: Free. Location: The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Zone B, Milk St., Boston. For more information, call 617-395-0250 or visit See ad on page 9.


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Groton Wellness Hosts Stress Management and Resiliency Training


roton Wellness is excited to announce SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Training beginning August 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The program, developed by the Benson-Henry Institute in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, will run for eight consecutive Thursdays through October 24. Its overall purpose is to provide knowledge and guidance towards developing attitudes and behaviors that counter stress, reduce symptoms and enhance people’s resiliency and well-being. Stress is an inflammatory brainbody response that causes or exacerbates symptoms and illnesses. The first class will review the science of stress and the relaxation response. Participants will learn about the many behaviors, attitudes and thoughts that lead to the stress response as well as those that help elicit the relaxation response. All remaining classes will focus the first hour on learning and experiencing a meditation method. The second hour will focus on building skill in a variety of cognitive strategies that help create adaptive responses to stress. Each class will also provide motivational and behavioral strategies that support successful behavior change. Halfway through the program, participants will attend a 30-minute individual medical visit with their program provider. Within one month of program end, participants will attend a 30-minute discharge visit to help them retain the skills they have learned. Cost: $550. Location: 493-495 Main St., Groton. Register at event/smart-stress-management-andresiliency-training/. See ad on back page and in Resource Guide on page 36.

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Integrative Natural Healing and Fractal Art Studio Opens in Danvers



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atural quantum mind-bodyspirit-emotions healer, Kristi Borst, has opened Healing Resonance North Shore Boston in the 1891 Professional Building, Danvers. Healing within the space is amplified by Borst’s transformative energy-in-form healing fractal art prints and canvases which can be purchased. In addition to private and couple’s healing/empowerment/ expansion sessions, Borst offers a monthly group healing circle. This fall’s circles will be held at 6:30 p.m., September 19 (Jumping Toward Your Joy!) and October 17 (Amplifying Your Self Mastery and Unity Consciousness), in Danvers, and include a channeled group message plus individual hands-on healing. Borst, RM, Ph.D., is a natural healer at the quantum level and able to help clients release what no longer serves them and reconnect with their inner peace. She is creator of the Perspective Reboot spiritual energy-healing modality. Sessions and gallery hours are by appointment only. Cost: Private sessions $138-$153; group $40-$42.50; spiritual/medical intuitive $70. Location: 10 Liberty St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-238-9321 or visit See Resource Guide on page 37.

Learn a New Path to Wealth


workshop entitled: Partnering With Your Chief Spiritual Officer For Success and Freedom will be led by May McCarthy from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., September 22, at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, in Warwick. Her workshop, based on her first book, The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance, will show participants how to make the all-knowing power of the universe their new business partner. Those in attendance will learn the seven steps in detail and how to create and cultivate a new partnership, achieving greater financial abundance, happiness and freedom. McCarthy is a successful entrepreneur, investor, business strategist, speaker and author, who for the past 32 years has used sound business practices and spiritual principles to grow several successful multi-million-dollar companies. Now, she travels the country and teaches people how to use these same principles. Cost: $25. Location: 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-732-1552 or visit See ad, page 15. 12

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Reprogram the Mind for Success


oin the Empowerment Partnership for an Integrative Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Certification training from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., October 17 to 20, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Boston-Peabody. Trainees will receive hands-on training, demonstrations, tools and techniques, and an action plan to put into practice as a certified practitioner following the sessions. What we perceive (how we feel emotionally in any situation) and how we perform is wholly tied to what we believe. Some limiting beliefs are obvious, “I’m not good enough, smart enough or attractive enough.” Others are more subtle, such as “It’ll be tough to find a new job in this economy” or “People don’t like someone who talks too much.” Often, when someone has a limiting belief, they don’t test that limit. A man who thinks he’s not attractive enough may never ask for a date. A woman who believes she’s too old to start a new career will simply not try. This four-day program will provide proven techniques to communicate more effectively, build rapport easily, reprogram the mind for success, release limiting beliefs and behaviors and overcome procrastination, lack of motivation, depression and phobias.

Cost: $144 with promo code NATURAL. Location: 1 Newbury St., Peabody. For more information, call 800-800-6463 or visit Empowerment See ad, page 5.

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Recapture Spirit at Hartford’s Spirit Festival


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pirit Festival, a three-day yoga, music, dance and healing event, will be held September 13 through 15 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Riverfront Recapture’s breathtaking system of parks on the banks of the Connecticut River.   In collaboration with and inspired by BaliSpirit Festival—named one of the top 10 yoga events in the world by Yoga Journal—Spirit Festival brings a unique blend of wellness to the United States for the first time, offering more than 60 distinct workshops, classes and performances over the course of a single weekend. The event is suitable for all skill levels (beginners to advanced practitioners) with special programming for children and people who have experienced trauma, such as veterans. Venues along the Connecticut River include the boathouse in Riverside Park, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Connecticut Science Center and tented spaces within the parks on the river. Over the course of the weekend, yoga classes, concerts, workshops, lectures and other activities will provide more than 25 hours of varied, all-inclusive programming. Yoga presenters from throughout the Northeast and beyond include: • Peaceful Warrior Flow workshop with Pia Oliveri • Yoga Para Todas workshop in English and Spanish with Nicole Diaz • Soul Flow with nationally renowned teacher Kenny Frisby • Mindful Yoga Therapy for U.S. veterans • Workshops presented by acclaimed yogis Kiley Holliday, Meredith Evangelisti, LeoRising and Randolph Osgood.   Talks with conscious practitioners include: • Yoga - A Sacred Rhythm with Maya Breuer • An Ayurvedic Approach to Wellness with Ali Cramer • Perfectly Imperfect: Finding Healing and Love in The Beautiful Mess of Being Human with Simon & Schuster author Chris Grosso   Music highlights include performances by: • All-female jazz ensemble The Fiery String Sistas • World Music artist and author Girish • Hartford’s own RaPoet Khaiim Kelly and Lee Mixashawn Rozie • People of Goodwill, celebrating the musical heritage of the African Diaspora   Additional soul-connecting arts experiences include a digital art installation by Balam, a Sound Lounge by The Conduit Center, and late-night dance parties on the riverfront with DJs Kered and Wasine. For parents who may want to include the entire family in their Spirit Festival experience, there are child-centered workshops and performances throughout the weekend including Children’s Yoga, “Trash to Tunes” with homemade instruments, puppet shows by Oompapossum, a hula workshop, and much more. The event will also feature a vendor market selling holistic goods, healing huts offering wellness services in various modalities, and food trucks with healthy eating options. Full weekend passes are on sale now for $245. One-day tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $62 to $135. Children’s tickets are $25 per day and group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. Location: Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Rd, Hartford, CT. For tickets and programming information, visit See ad, page 3.

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Boston Retains Top Spot on 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard The 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, which ranks cities on more than 50 metrics, has again ranked Boston first, earning 77.5 out of a possible 100 points. It’s followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, and Portland. Hartford, and Providence are Cities to Watch. They did not make the top 10 but stand out for adopting several major clean energy policies and programs since early 2017, improving their ranks since the last Scorecard. Hartford created an energy improvement district, began converting its streetlights to LEDs, and has taken steps to improve location efficiency through improvements to the zoning code. Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh says, “Nearly three quarters of Boston greenhouse gas emissions come from our buildings. We’re working hard to improve the performance of those buildings and looking at how new ones can be built smarter. If we’re to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, we have to accelerate our actions and lead by example. That’s why we’ve already surpassed our municipal climate goals and reduced emissions by 37 percent. I’m proud of Boston for leading the rankings once again and am inspired by other cities for their bold action.”     The  Scorecard, using information collected as of April 1, ranks cities in five policy areas: Local government operations. Austin, Boston and Orlando are tied for first place in this area. They have policies to increase efficiency in city government, procurement and asset management.

Community-wide initiatives. Washington, D.C. takes top honors, followed by Seattle. They have GHG reduction goals, strategies to mitigate urban heat islands, and policies or programs to plan for distributed energy systems such as on-site renewables. Buildings policies. Boston ranks first, followed by New York, San José, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These cities have adopted or advocated for stringent building energy codes, devoted resources to building code compliance, and used incentives or requirements to address energy consumption in existing buildings. Energy and water utilities. San Diego stars in this category, followed by Los Angeles, Boston, Chula Vista, Minneapolis and San Francisco. Their energy utilities have efficiency programs delivering significant savings, and the cities and utilities are working together to increase their use of renewable energy. Transportation policies. San Francisco takes the top spot, followed by Washington, D.C., Boston, Portland and Seattle. These cities promote public transit, efficient vehicles and vehicle infrastructure, and freight system efficiency.   For more information, visit city/boston-ma.

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Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report. They compared 99 children with IBD with 396 healthy children using interviews with parents to establish a database. For every 10 minutes of sunlight exposure a day on average, there was a 6 percent reduction in risk, and 30 minutes a day reduced the risk by 20 percent. Also, children with deeper tans were at lower risk. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, has been shown in previous studies to be less common among people that live in sunnier places and closer to the Equator.

Cold or unsupportive mothering styles can harm a child’s health into adulthood, Loma Linda University researchers have found. Compared to adults mothered in a “warm” style, adults that had been mothered in a “cold” manner had an average of 25 percent shorter telomeres, indicating faster cellular aging, a shorter life span and greater susceptibility to disease. The study was based on follow-up blood samples of 200 adults originally enrolled in cohort studies of 130,000 people starting in 1976. Those that described their mothering as cold tended to be overweight or obese as adults, with less education. A father’s parenting style had a much smaller effect and was not significant enough to impact telomere length, the authors found.

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People with generalized anxiety disorders affecting all aspects of life are more likely to have seasonal allergies triggered by grass or tree pollen and people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic allergies triggered by such irritants as animal hair and dust mites, report German researchers at the Technical University of Munich. In the study of 1,782 people, they also found that food and drug allergies were unaffected by psychosocial disorders.

Preventive antibiotics are frequently prescribed by dentists for older patients with certain heart conditions, but Oregon State University researchers recently found that those antibiotics, which can expose patients to unwelcome side effects, are unnecessary 81 percent of the time. Using four years of a healthcare claims database of almost 170,000 prescriptions involving more than 90,000 patients with an average age of 63, the research found that fewer than 21 percent should have been given antibiotics based on heart conditions. The findings are important because dentists are responsible for 10 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions written in the U.S., and overuse of antibiotics contributes to bacteria evolving to make the drugs ineffective.


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Cetacean Liberation

Deathly Air

Canada Bans Captive Sea Mammals

Pollution More Deadly Than Cigarettes

Toxic air is killing more people in Europe than tobacco smoking, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates and the lives of 800,000 people worldwide are cut short by an average of more than two years, the scientists calculated. Although air pollution enters through the lungs, its impact via the bloodstream on heart disease and strokes is responsible for twice as many deaths as respiratory diseases. Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, says, “Toxic air doesn’t just cut lives short. It also seriously affects the health and quality of life of millions of people.”

Canada’s Parliament recently passed legislation banning the practice of breeding and keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity. Violations are punishable by fines of up to $150,000. While celebrated by animal rights activists, the bill doesn’t free marine mammals currently in captivity, those being rescued and rehabilitated, or those being kept for the purposes of licensed scientific research. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the measure would especially impact Marineland, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, amusement park and zoo that has 55 beluga whales, five bottlenose dolphins and one orca, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Marineland said it will comply with the legislation.

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Elephants Never Forget—What They Smell

According to a new report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, elephants have such sensitive olfactory discrimination that they can determine different amounts of food just by sniffing it. Most animals use visual acuity to determine quantities of food, but this study shows that it’s important for psychologists to incorporate into experimental designs the ways in which different animals interact with their environment using all of their senses.

Cultivation throughout the U.S. is becoming more difficult because of unpredictable weather patterns, leading to higher prices and lowered productivity. Farmers are finding that a shift of two or three weeks in a growing season can upset supply chains, labor schedules and other agricultural variables, like the routes that honeybees travel to pollinate fields. Also, climate change is driving a rise in pest infestations that will keep growers scrambling to keep up with rapidly changing conditions. “Decades-long patterns of frost, heat and rain, never entirely predictable, but once reliable enough, have broken down. In regions where the term climate change still meets with skepticism, some simply call the weather extreme or erratic. But most agree that something unusual is happening,” reports The New York Times.

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Tips for Toxin-Free House Cleaning

Cleaning the house shouldn’t be a health hazard, yet studies have linked many popular cleaning products to asthma and other respiratory ills, developmental problems in young children and breast cancer. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group ( warns in its Guide to Healthy Cleaning that both toilet and oven cleaners and heavy-duty degreasers that contain hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide or ethanolamine can cause skin burns, blindness and lung irritation. Products containing ammonia or chlorine bleach produce dangerous fumes when accidentally combined. Even air fresheners and scented cleaning or laundry products

can trigger allergies, and often contain suspected endocrine disruptors such as phthalates and synthetic musk. EWG scientists have evaluated 2,500 cleaning products and posted the results online: Out of 507 all-purpose cleaners, only 59 earned an A for safety and 151 got an F. Other indicators of high eco-standards are a Green Seal or an EcoLogo certification symbol on the product’s container. There are many good, safe and effective cleaning strategies that use natural ingredients. ChasingGreen. org lists 23 ways to use baking soda in the kitchen, including cleaning grease stains, iron pots and baby bottles. For example, to clean both wooden and plastic cutting boards, use a paste made of one tablespoon each of baking soda, salt and warm water. Vinegar, which is nontoxic and antibacterial, is another natural go-to cleaner. An equal mix of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle can clean windows, stovetops, countertops, porcelain and ceramic tile. lists ways to use vinegar to clean everything from crayon stains to mold and mildew, and suggests adding a drop of lavender or citrus essential oil if the smell is unpleasant. cautions not to discard toxic products down the drain or in the trash, where they’ll end up poisoning the water supply or landfill soil. Instead, keep an eye out for local toxic and electronic recycling events.

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in an integrated way which means that each body part works in harmony with the others. As a result, our mind becomes more flexible and we build flexible strength. We reduce or eliminate chronic excess tension in our daily life. We discover that true strength has more to do with our mind and bone structure than the size of our muscles, and that happiness and health is an inside job. Keep the following in mind for the best age-defying bodywork results:  Keep health, joy and happiness an integral part of your fitness program.  Be open-minded and playful.

Energetic Vibes Feeling Young and Strong at Any Age by Cecile Raynor


ge-defying bodywork in the media tends to focus on appearances: a firm, defined and tanned body is often seen as strong and healthy. But does it mean we have a great bill of health? Does it mean we’re free of daily excess tension? And most of all, does it mean we’re truly happy? Modern fitness and modern hatha yoga are an outcome of the 18th-century industrial revolution. Throughout the 19th century, more and more people worked in offices or factories. They no longer got the healthy exercise provided by working outdoors. Over time, personal fitness became a necessity and a focus. Inspired by their own understanding of Olympic Greek athletes’ good looks, bodybuilders started modern personal fitness. At the same time, mirrors became readily available, and appearances became more important than ever before. Popular fashion took over the world by storm and ever since, body-image limitations have launched most of us on a competition to look and behave in a “fashionable” way. We’ve been conditioned to believe that to be manly means being tall and buff while being womanly means being thin and not too tall. We’ve been conditioned to believe that a firm and tanned body means being strong and healthy looking.

 Use quantities of whole foods to detox and nurture the body and realize that whole foods in a capsule might be needed to bridge the gap between what we eat and what is needed to stay healthy.  Remember that our gut health influences how well our brain functions and how good we feel about ourselves at any age.  Spend time in communities.  Spend time just being instead of always doing. Cecile Raynor is a wellness coach, Alexander Technique teacher and tai yoga practitioner. As a Juice Plus+ rep, she educates people on the benefits of whole foods in a capsule as a way to bridge the gap between the food they eat and the nutrition they need to thrive into their optimal health and well-being. For more information, call 617-359-7841 or visit or CecileRaynor. See Resource Guide on page 39.

A Different Perspective

The plain fact is that many incredible-looking yoga teachers end up getting injured. Many successful models are starving themselves. And some healthy-looking adults are experiencing health challenges of all kinds. Rather than focusing on age-defying looks which motivates us to overdo while exercising, we can, instead, measure strength and looks from a different perspective: our good inner health, joy and peace. Beyond appearances and feel-good body sensations, we can learn to listen to our whole-body intelligence. We can use our body Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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As human beings, touch is so important. weakens DNA structures by shortening chromosome-protecting telomeres, a major component in premature cell death and the trigger of genetic, predisposed markers for disease. Studies by Dr. Owen Wolkowitz, of the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrate the link between shortened telomeres and insufficient response to free radicals, resulting in chronic inflammation, now believed to be the catalyst of most degenerative diseases. Psychological stress, according to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, changes how the body regulates inflammatory response. “Stress and inflammation cause pain and disease,” says Certified Reflexologist

Age-Defying Bodywork How to Turn Back the Clock by Marlaina Donato


t has been said that stress kills, and it often can be a slow and premature process, leading to common but avoidable symptoms of decline: impaired memory, loss of mobility, fatigue and decreased libido. Good nutrition, getting enough sleep and staying active contribute to vitality; however, fortifying the nervous system is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol. The key to keeping body and mind young may lie in the therapeutic modalities of bodywork, an umbrella term for up to 350 methods that include massage, energy work and meridian-based therapies like acupuncture, shiatsu and reflexology, which can improve quality of life and promote cellular integrity. Once considered a luxury confined to spas and private home sessions, bodywork is moving into the medical mainstream with reputable hospitals like the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, 20

which offers reiki sessions and instruction for patients and caregivers. According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, reiki and its close cousin Therapeutic Touch comprise one of three top complementary therapies in American hospitals, along with massage therapy and music. The Arthritis Foundation recommends massage for all types of arthritis and pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, as it can reduce discomfort and stress.

The Chemistry of Premature Aging

Busy lives without enough downtime can set up the body to be in a chronic state of “fight-or-flight”, which compromises cardiovascular health, nutrient absorption, waste elimination and immunity. Thanks to groundbreaking researchers like Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, it is now understood that prolonged daily stress

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and holistic practitioner Martha Garland, of CreativeSpirit Healing Arts, in Baltimore. “All of this that we carry in our bodies will make us feel much older than our years.” Through application of pressure on specific reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears, reflexologists like Garland can help promote the natural flow of bodily functions. “Reflexology, a modality that is separate from massage therapy, reduces the tension, stress and pain that we hold in our feet and in the rest of our body, which can promote longevity and better quality of life,” she says. Certified craniosacral therapist Margaret Connolly, of Narberth, Pennsylvania, agrees that mental or emotional strain plays a key role in the aging process. “During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and in that situation, it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities,” she says. Craniosacral therapy (CST) focuses on the cerebrospinal fluid and the


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meninges surrounding the brain, spinal cord and related connective tissue, and helps the body drop out of excessive fightor-flight mode.

Pain, Serotonin and Substance P

Bodywork and its ability to impact the chemistry of stress has far-reaching effects on most bodily systems. Studies in 2016 from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine have shown that massage therapy helps to regulate hormones, boost immunity, improve attentiveness and ease the symptoms of depression. Licensed Massage Therapist Michele Duncan King, of Sea Spell Massage, in Cannon Beach, Oregon, knows firsthand how her work can assist in counteracting the energy-sapping effects of stress. “When the digestive system doesn’t go into the ‘rest-and-digest’ state via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, it can affect muscles, joints, organs and hormones. This, along with elevated cortisol, can certainly make us function less optimally, making us feel older and less vibrant.” Traditional massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, Thai and Lomi Lomi help reduce blood pressure, boost immunity by augmenting natural killer cells, decrease symptoms of depression and support the cardiovascular system. It can also assist lymphatic movement, which can prevent cold hands and feet and achiness. Massage also raises serotonin and dopamine levels, neurotransmitters that play vital roles in memory, mood regulation and immunity. Most significantly, higher serotonin levels are linked to lower levels of substance P, a neuropeptide that is central in pain perception. It soars during times of stress, anxiety and insufficient sleep, and has also been linked to tumor growth and inflammatory conditions.

burg, Pennsylvania. “A good therapist will also educate a client about other benefits of a more holistic lifestyle. I believe any time we give ourselves permission to listen to the body’s wisdom and follow its lead, we reduce stress and increase well-being.” While women are more apt to include bodywork sessions in their health care, men can be hesitant. Connolly encourages both women and men to experience CST and other modalities. “Sometimes men are a bit nervous about being touched, whether the practitioner is male or female. Even when open to hands-on therapy,

some men believe extremely deep pressure is needed in order to be effective.” Not so, says Connolly, who cites the experience of Mark Bertolini, CEO of the Aetna health insurance company, who credits CST with saving his life when he was contemplating suicide and suffering severe neuropathic pain from a skiing accident.

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CST can also have an impact on women’s hormonal changes. “Very slight movement of tissues near the pituitary gland

Multidimensional Well-Being

Bodywork can assist the physical body, but it can also be a restorative balm for the emotions and psyche. “As human beings, touch is so important. Massage modalities invite safe, healing touch,” says Anita Bondi, licensed massage therapist and a founder of the Wellspring Holistic Center, in East StroudsBe sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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can exert a subtle pumping motion on the master gland in a way that will facilitate its ability to produce and release hormones,” explains Connolly. The therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture, which also impacts hormones and works on the brain. A 2018 study by Chinese researchers published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows neuronal improvement through acupuncture in both cognitively impaired patients and healthy individuals.

Tools for Life

Most practitioners believe that deriving benefits from bodywork requires consistency, which can support longevity in unexpected ways. Garland says, “What really makes a difference in reducing chronic stress is consistent stress reduction. One session occasionally will feel good and reduce tension temporarily, but will not make a major difference in reducing stress in the long term.” King agrees: “A massage once a month is my recommendation for ideal overall maintenance, and more frequent sessions for specific conditions or goals.” Research and results confirm that well-being is not a luxury, but a necessity, and puts to rest the idea that bodywork is a guilty pleasure. “The more we do to help ourselves, the better our lives will be as we age,” says Bondi.

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How to Treat Symptoms of ADD/ADHD via Self-Discovery by Maria Meidanis


ttention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are categorized as neurological disorders. Symptoms are present from childhood (before the age of 12) and manifest itself via hyperactivity, inattention and poor impulse control. The underlying causes are both genetic and environmental, and the symptoms present differently amongst individuals. According to L. Eugene Arnold (2006), ADD/ADHD is considered to be a debilitating mental health problem in the sense that it has the potential to hamper a child’s development if not diagnosed and treated properly. It’s important to note that there is nothing inherently "wrong" or pathological with individuals that possess ADHD like symptoms. Rather, people with ADD/ADHD are unique in their brain wiring and merely have a different way of navigating the world. Those with ADD/ADHD traits seek out new and invigorating stimulation, naturally; they are innovative in their thinking, which often leads them to embark on new journeys, explorations and discoveries. Those with ADD/ADHD should work to embrace their unique way of thinking and can gain insight into themselves by employing alternative treatment modalities. The difficulty lies in navigating the pitfalls of our modern world successfully. That is, keeping up with our fast-paced, ever-changing environment and everyday obstacles—from scheduling to maintaining appointments, sitting through meetings effortlessly, making deadlines, waiting in line, keeping a budget, all in the midst of not misplacing one’s wallet or car keys. People with ADD/ADHD need to strike a balance between quenching the thirst of the inner voyager while satisfying the hunger of societal demands and expectations of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Empirical research supports the efficacy of treating ADD/ADHD via Chinese herbals, massage, meditation, mirror feedback, zinc supplementation and acupuncture concurrent with behavioral therapy, according to Arnold. Findings from Mindfulness Training as an Adjunct to Evidence-Based Treatment for ADHD Within Families identified mindfulness training to be an effective self-regulatory method for strengthening attention processes (orienting, alerting and executive attention). Preliminary findings suggest significant improvements in attention processes and prominent mindfulness-based

approaches have been successfully adapted for ADHD. Consider the following holistic and mindfulness-based approaches for navigating the pitfalls of ADD/ADHD:  Seize the moment: Exercise, daily. Commit to just 10 to 15 minutes at the start of each day to jump-start focus and improve concentration. Feeling irritable or restless throughout the day? Integrate two to three minutes of cardio bursts (i.e. jumping jacks, mountain climbers) and/or stabilizing postures (i.e. planks, squat holds) to fire up the core, encouraging the inner voyager to thrive.  Nourish the mind, body and soul from the inside out: Proper nutrition is crucial. Think whole foods such as veggies, proteins and healthy fats (i.e. nuts, seeds, avocados). Remove additives and any food colorings (junk food, processed sugar) from your diet. If there are more than five ingredients listed on a food label that cannot be pronounced, it’s a good indicator that you are consuming harsh chemicals, stripping your adrenal glands from being able to break down food enzymes properly, ultimately exasperating any symptoms you may be experiencing.  Know thyself: Be present. Ask yourself what you need in this very moment to feel grounded, focused and centered. Find what works for you. Create a soothing work space, break up tasks systematically, take breaks, use a visual timer, set a schedule and stick to it, create daily "to do" lists, make a conscious effort to put everything in it’s place to stay organized, utilize the support of mobile apps (i.e. Tile), consider working with a therapist, life coach, teacher, family member or friend to hold yourself accountable; try aroma therapy, essential oils or music to support you in getting through a mundane task. Meditate. Breathe.  Make it fun: Tap into your adventurous nature. Embark on the journey of self-discovery and embrace the inner voyager inside of you. Maria Meidanis is a licensed mental health counselor, and she is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, reiki 1, motivational interviewing and yoga. Located in the Internal Wellness Center at 150 Wood Rd., in Braintree, she puts a new spin on therapeutic services, integrating a holistic, integrative, spiritual and individualized approach to treatment. Contact her at 617-858-8017 or MMeidanis@ For more information, visit See ad, page 8 and Resource Guide on page 36.

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lubricate and cushion joints, provides nutrition and removes wastes.”

Yoga gives us powerful tools so we may age gracefully. ~Lisa Moore

The Power of Yoga

Tapping Into the Life Force by Marlaina Donato


ongevity is something most of us strive for, and increasingly, research shows that implementing a consistent yoga practice can be a fruitful investment toward that goal. Yoga is an eight-branch system of well-being that encompasses exercise, meditation, conscious breathing, diet and other elements, but how it effects mind-body fitness alone is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression. Its stress-busting capabilities help to support challenged adrenal glands and lower elevated blood pressure. Getting on the mat can improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics and also help balance immune responses in individuals with autoimmune conditions or insufficient natural killer cells. Combined research from 22 studies by the University of Edinburgh reveals that yoga, compared to both sedentary lifestyles and other forms of exercise such as walking or chair aerobics, improved the lower-body strength and flexibility in individuals age 60 and older. The findings published earlier this year in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity also showed improved quality of sleep and fewer symptoms of depression. 24

Fewer Health Risks, Stronger Bones

Yoga’s inverted poses increase blood circulation to vital organs, including the intestines, which facilitates assimilation of nutrients and waste elimination. Asanas like shoulder stand, bridge and downward-facing dog stimulate blood flow from the lower extremities to the heart and fortify red blood cells by increasing hemoglobin, guarding against blood clots, stroke and heart attack. Yoga can also strengthen the bones. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Yoga shows improved bone mineral density in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. “Much like a house that sits empty or a car left to sit unused in a garage, our human parts can age and rot without movement. Movement creates more energy,” explains Nancy Poole, a teacher at Clarksburg Yoga and Wellness, in Clarksburg, Maryland. Joints lose flexibility as we age, but yoga movement provides them with essential oxygen, blood and nutrients. Lisa Moore, owner of Free to Be Yoga, in Great Falls, Montana, underscores, “A joint needs to move through its full range of motion to function well. Movement helps

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A 2014 hatha yoga study published in the Journals of Gerontology revealed increased cognitive function in older adults after eight weeks of yoga three times a week. Yoga’s super power lies in its capacity to reset the autonomic nervous system and ramp up mood-boosting serotonin while decreasing monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that disarms the effects of stress hormones like cortisol. Under the influence of yoga, the brain is bathed in calming neurotransmitters, combatting depression and anxiety, and instilling a sense of optimism. “Yoga also helps us to embrace the hard times and ride the waves. With the tools that yoga provides, we can swim toward the light. It also helps us to experience a more intimate relationship with body and soul, and in turn make better choices in all aspects of life,” notes Carmen Ferreira, owner of the Sunshine Barre Studio, in Rocky Point, New York. Moore concurs, advising, “Yoga gives us powerful tools so we may age gracefully. One of them is to manage stress with equanimity.”

The Breath of Life

Conscious breathing is at the core of a dedicated yoga practice, and a lowered risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease gives us another reason to inhale and exhale deeply. Poole observes, “Our general population does not breathe correctly, and many of us even hold our breath unconsciously. For my students, the hardest part of yoga is learning to take deep, full breaths. Old breathing habits must be unlearned. Once attention is given to the breath, tensions can be released.” “Yoga improves lung capacity and brings more energy to the cells, which in turn creates more energy and life force in our bodies,” says Ferreira. “It helps us to live from the heart’s center and foster a better quality of life,” she adds. “Each time we show up on our mats, we show up for ourselves, an opportunity to nourish the body, our one and only temple.” Marlaina Donato is an author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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To address diners’ differing doshas at her restaurant, Divya’s Kitchen, Alter focuses on seasonal dishes that incorporate all six tastes. “By definition, these are tri-doshic foods which can balance all three dosha types.” Good tri-doshic foods include asparagus in spring, berries in summer and root vegetables in winter. “Cooked leafy greens can also be tri-doshic,” says Alter, adding that spices can tweak the natural dosha effect of a given food.

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Ancient System Restores Balance by April Thompson


n Ayurveda, food is medicine,” says Susan Weis-Bohlen, the Reisterstown, Maryland, instructor and author of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally. “How we feed ourselves is the first line of disease prevention and longevity.” First developed in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It works to rebalance mental and physical health in coordination with mind-body energy types called doshas. The primary ones— Vata, Pitta and Kapha—correlate to the five elements of space, air, fire, earth and water, and can fluctuate over time. An Ayurvedic diet can help address dosha imbalances and optimize health and well-being. New York City chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter embraced Ayurveda while suffering from an autoimmune disorder that conventional medicine couldn’t cure. “Food was instrumental to my healing,” she says.

Eating in Season

“Ayurveda is about living in harmony. Eating seasonally and locally, you not only get the most nourishment, but also rekindle your relationship to food and the environment,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque. “In Ayurveda, we look to seasons to determine what to eat based on what is 26

naturally available, like eating light juicy fruits in summer rather than the heavy root vegetables abundant in winter,” notes Weis-Bohlen. Spices and herbs have powerful healing properties that can be combined in different ways to balance doshas in tune with the seasons. “In winter, use warming spices like ginger, cinnamon or chilies, and in summer, season with cooling spices like coriander and fennel, or fresh herbs like cilantro,” says Alter.

Ayurvedic Prep Tips

Proper combination and selection of ingredients are a critical component of Ayurveda, according to Alter, author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen. She says, “Well-prepared food is easy to digest and protects prana—the food’s living force or energy— so it can nourish and energize.” Ayurveda also focuses on the “six tastes” ideally present in every dish: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent. “Western cuisine has a strong salty and sweet bias. Health issues arise from an imbalanced palate,” says Shah. Alter adjusts taste profiles according to the season and the individual’s dosha. “Bitter foods can be very cleansing and help eliminate winter sluggishness. More pungent foods are good in the spring, when the body may feel congested and heavy after winter,” she says.

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Ancient Cooking for Modern Lifestyles

Ayurveda’s rules of the kitchen—such as avoiding cold, raw, processed or microwaved foods, not combining fruits with other foods, and making lunch the heaviest meal of the day—can run counter to the typical Western diet, but with time, Ayurvedic cooking can become intuitive. Ayurvedic meals don’t need to be complicated or challenging to prepare. “A simple apple or plain rice can nourish us,” says Shah. One of Alter’s favorite recipes is an apple or pear stewed with cloves, prepared and eaten first thing in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. Plain almonds are another good protein snack, especially in aiding digestion when soaked and peeled, she advises. A “Buddha bowl” packed with colorful, sautéed vegetables, lentils and a grain like quinoa, barley or millet makes for a simple, nourishing, well-balanced meal, says Shah. “I try to add just enough spice to enhance the flavor, while still being able to taste the sweetness of a carrot or the bitterness of chard.” A cook’s mindset is as important as the meal itself, say Ayurvedic practitioners. Alter believes mindfulness while cooking and eating not only enhances our experience, but also our digestion. Ayurvedic cooking should be fun, ignite curiosity and taste great—not feel restrictive or lack flavor, says Shah. “Food should bring joy, and bring us back in tune with our bodies. Our bodies are smart and will tell us what they need.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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veryone experiences anxiety from time to time. Anxiety can originate from many sources: stress at work, feeling overwhelmed when cleaning the house, or the daunting prospect of sending kids off to a new year. When anxiety interrupts your day to day functioning, this may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. A person suffering from an anxiety disorder can experience many different types of symptoms, both physical and mental in nature. When a person starts to feel anxious, the body goes into hyperarousal, also known as fight or flight, and the physical symptoms of anxiety can appear. Excessive perspiration, nausea, light headedness and a difficulty to breathe are just some of the common symptoms associated with an anxiety disorder. Mentally, anxiety can provoke feelings of fear, dread, helplessness and even anger, all negatively impacting a person’s quality of life. Often, other psychological issues can cause, or be caused by, anxiety. In the mental health field, this relationship is called comorbidity. For example, a person with ADHD might experience anxiety because they are fearful that they make mistakes due to their issues with attention. Insomnia is another example, because if the brain is unable to get the sleep it needs, anxiety can result. Anxiety disorders are common, affecting more than 40 million American adults. The question of how to treat anxiety has long been debated. Common treatments of anxiety include prescribed medications

like benzodiazepines. Medications like this can help improve quality of life, but do not address the underlying cause of anxiety. The catalyst of anxiety might be external (life events or social situations for example), but the cause of anxiety is physical. The anxiety a person feels is a chemical reaction, starting in the brain and affecting the rest of the body. Medical science has progressed far enough that we know which neurotransmitters effect anxiety, and which neural pathways are activated when a person is anxious. Neurofeedback can be used to treat anxiety by targeting these neural pathways and encouraging better, more efficient functioning. Neurofeedback trains the brain to function at an optimal level naturally. The method relies on visual and auditory cues to strengthen neuropathways in the brain, and as a result, the brain begins to work more efficiently. The first step is to schedule a comprehensive intake as every person’s anxiety, or other issue, is unique to them, therefore, no two treatment plans should be the same. Then data is collected using EEG technology to see where the brain is not functioning at an optimal level. Using this data, a protocol is created to target that area of the brain. Using this protocol, a technician uses a program to interpret the brain waves in real time, the client simply watches a screen in their session. When the brain is producing waves in the targeted areas that are congruent with the treatment goal, it is rewarded with a pleasant tone and a piece of a picture puzzle on

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the screen in front of the client. As mentioned before, every case is different, and so often we have different reports of positive results. For some clients, school performance improves because the anxiety holding a student back from working at their highest potential has been reduced/eliminated. In adult clients, work performance improves because a patient can focus and accomplish more in the day. We have athletes report they can play better because they are no longer focusing on their anxiety instead of the game. Neurofeedback is a noninvasive, effective and personalized option for treatment of anxiety and many other issues anyone might be experiencing. For more information on how neurofeedback can help, contact an experienced technician at Advanced Neurotherapy, located at 145 Rosemary St., Entrance J, Needham, at 781-444-9115 or visit See ad on page 18 and Resource Guide on page 35. Dr. Jolene Ross is the founder and director of Advanced Neurotherapy. She is a licensed psychologist and received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.

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Devise a family master plan for tech use. A good place to start

is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Family Media Use Plan (HealthyChildren. org/English/media). “Rules can be general, like no video games on weeknights, or 28


Keep up with the latest tech releases. Join kids in their games,

in sight interrupts focus, University of Texas at Austin researchers found. At night, make sure devices are turned off an hour before bedtime, and then collect them into a recharging basket by the front door. Keep phones, computers and tablets in a public part of the home—out of kids’ bedrooms—so that online activities are in plain view.

How to Click With Young Techies any Silicon Valley executives that design devices and apps have put their own children in tech-free Waldorf schools, reports The New York Times; even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs strictly limited their kids’ screen time. They know firsthand what many parents fear—that kids are missing out on developing life and social skills because of technology that has been deliberately designed to be addictive. Recent studies link excessive digital use by kids to anxiety, depression and, according to a team of University of Southern California scientists published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a doubled risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared with infrequent users. However, there are sound strategies that we can use to help kids navigate the electronic wilds, say experts. “Parent like a tech exec by establishing strong tech limits and actively engaging your kids instead with family, school and the outdoors,” advises Richard Freed, Ph.D., a Walnut Creek, California, child and teen psychologist and author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age.


Ban devices at meals and bedtime. Just having electronics

Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well. ~Mariam Gates very specific, like you can only play YouTube videos on the living room computer when other family members are present,” says Angela Roeber, director of communications at Omaha’s Project Harmony, a child protection nonprofit.


Set sensible time limits. The

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends monitored, minimal screen time for kids under 2 years old; one hour a day for kids 2 to 5; and “consistent limits” for kids 6 and older. “What works best for my family is a simple kitchen timer,” says Anya Kamenetz, author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life.


Talk with kids. Discuss with them why limits are needed, how to evaluate internet information according to its source, ways to exercise caution on social media and why some games are deliberately

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apps and website visits. Check out, which rates such content. If one causes concern, instead of Googling just its name, add search terms like “risks”, “problems” or “child use”.


Employ parental controls.

Websites and games can be blocked or limited within the devices themselves. Consider replacing the Safari or Chrome browser on a device with a kid-friendly version like Mobicip or GoogleSafeSearch, or installing in-depth monitoring programs such as Net Nanny, Norton Family Premier or Qustodio Parental Control.


Create enjoyable alternatives. Bicycle with

kids in a park. Enroll them in sport teams and art classes. “Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well,” says Mariam

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designed to be never-ending. A 2015 Korean study of 2,376 grade-schoolers published in School Psychology International found that if parents show warmth and supervise their kids’ tech use with rational explanations, the children use less digital media.

Gates, an educator and author of Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids.


Do a family digital detox.

During one Sunday a month at home, a weekend away camping or a vacation at a remote spot, keep all devices off and away—and watch how kids grow more responsive as they tune back into “real life”. “Remember, our kids may always be an app ahead of us, but they will always need our parenting wisdom,” advises Sue Scheff, a cyber-safety blogger and co-author with Melissa Schorr of Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate. Ronica A. O’Hara is a natural-health writer based in Denver. Connect at

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience a halfhr reiki healing treatment for stress reduction and relaxation or volunteer as a practitioner and receive a free reiki treatment from your team members. Pre-registration required. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Jean Conners: 617-835-9963. Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientataion – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Sept 15. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 678-657-7730.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientataion – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Sept 18. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Pk, Ste 3950, Woburn. 678-657-7730.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 4th Annual Boston Social Fitness Festival – 7am-3pm. This day-long celebration encourages Bostonians of all ages to move, cycle, play and dance together. Free. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq, Boston. 617-635-3911. Reiki Level II Training – 9am-7pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the system of reiki, and specific healing processes. A gateway to a professional reiki practice and a way to deepen one’s own self-practice. CEUs for nurses and social workers. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. Comprehensive course manual. Ongoing support in your practice. Inquire about tuition discounts for seniors, students, veterans. You may resit at a reduced fee. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617244-8856. Reiki 1 Class – 10am-6pm. Includes learning self-treatment, treating other people, and treating animals and plants. It is taught over 2 full days with plenty of hands-on practice. $250. Life Gate Holistic Living Center, 66 Boston Rd, Groton. 978-448-0405.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Get Clear: Learn Powerful Techniques for Optimum Health – 2-3pm. Learn techniques to get clear and stay clear for optimum health including Biofield Tuning, a powerful sound therapy. Receive a clearing meditation and more. Free. 781-392-4851.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Jumping Toward Joy: Group Healing & Empowerment Session – 6:30-7:45pm. With Kristi Borst. $40/in-person, $42.50/distance. Healing Resonance North Shore Boston, 1891 Professional Bldg, 10 Liberty St, Ste 114, Danvers. 978-2389321. More info:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Concerts for One – Sept 20-29. 12-6pm. 60 Boston musicians will perform in specially modified shipping containers in two pop-up locations. The twist: each concert features just one musician, one listener and lasts just one minute. The goal is to make live music more accessible to those who want to hear it. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway’s Chinatown Park and Harvard’s Science Center in Cambridge. Reiki-Infused Yoga Nidra – 7:30pm. Begin by exploring the samskaras that are most present in your life, create a sankalpa (a vow or conscious intention to support and abide by your highest truth) and then drop into a full 45-min yoga nidra experience. Erin & Keri will be filling the room with powerful healing energy and offering hands on assists to those who would like it. $30. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Reiki Level 1 Training – 9am-7pm. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing for self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness, well-being, and resilience. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $155. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617-2448856. Yoga for Bigger Bodies – 2:30-4pm. A 3-part series. If been thinking about getting into yoga but have been intimidated to go anywhere near a studio. Or, if you’ve tried some classes and just didn’t know how to make the poses work for you. Maybe you’ve been practicing to a home video but are not 100% confident you are doing it right. This is the perfect series for you. $45. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. Revels RiverSing 2019 – 5-7:30pm. Familyfriendly Autumn Equinox celebration. Features over 100 performers of music, song, poetry


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readings, acrobats, circus performers, puppets and a fold band. Free. Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston. Gongs & Himalayan Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 6:30-8pm. In a beautiful, peaceful setting, experience the soothing healing sounds of gongs and Himalayan singing bowls. Restore feelings of well-being, reduce pain and release stress. $35. Just Breathe, 45 E Main St, Westborough. 508-366-8292. Group Distance Biofield Tuning – 7-8pm. Focus: Stepping into your power, speaking your truth. Experience Biofield Tuning, a new sound therapy and energy healing. Includes meditation and discussion of chakras. Free. 781-392-4851.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Health and Wellness Fall 2019 Show – 10am3pm. Get mini-treatments. Buy and sample products. Get screenings. Meet over 50 local health and wellness professionals. $5. Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Rte 1, Norwood. 508-4606656.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Initiating Inspiration Book Club – 7:15-8:45pm. Join the Waltham Public Library and the Agape Spiritual Community. We will be discussing Thich Nhat Hahn’s classic, How To Relax. Free. Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham. 781-3143429.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 A Planet of Hope – 5:30-8pm. Join Manomet, a science-driven sustainability nonprofit, for a fun night to celebrate our partners working for a more sustainable world. $150. The Exchange, Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Ave, Boston. 508-2246521.


optional sample reiki treatment. Pre-registration required. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-6489334. Meet the Doulas – 3-5pm. Includes a brief presentation all about doulas, a chance to meet the Life Gate Doula Group, and talk privately oneon-one with our doulas. Free. Life Gate Holistic Living Center, 66 Boston Rd, Groton. 978-4480405.


save the date Discovering the Science of Self-Healing: An Introduction to Bioregulatory Medicine Join the Marion Institute BioMed Programs for a panel discussion with the authors of Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing. Bioregulatory Medicine addresses the 4 pillars of health, drainage and detox, diet, mind-body medicine, and oral health, using a sophisticated synthesis of the very best natural medicine with modern advances in technology. A rare opportunity to hear from some of the most brilliant minds in medicine today.

Thurs., Oct. 3 6 - 7:30pm $25/advance, $35/day of; includes a copy of the book. Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 1/2 Court St, Plymouth, 02360. 508748-0800. More info: Register:

special event Acton Pharmacy Wellness Fair

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Book signing with Dr. Paul Napper and Acton Pharmacy will host a free Health and Wellness Fair with activities, demonstrations and products, including, acupuncture, chiropractic evaluation, massages, reiki, vitamin and supplement samples and more.

Sat., Sept. 28 10am - 3pm Free. Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-263-3901.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the hands-on healing method of reiki for stress reduction and relaxation. Get your questions answered, experience a guided meditation and an

Integrative NLP Practitioner Certification Training Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) teaches proven techniques to communicate effectively, build rapport easily, release limiting beliefs, overcome procrastination, lack of motivation, depression and phobias. Tap into your conscious and unconscious mind.

Oct. 17 - 20 Only $144 to attend with Promo code NATURAL. Holiday Inn & Suites Boston-Peabody. Register 800-800-MIND

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Quincy Market History Tour – Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide, Linda, at the property directly near Anthem Restaurant. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. Available dates & times:

Martial Arts for Kids at BMAC – 5pm, Mon & Wed. Also 9:30am, Sat. Fun, confidence, coordination and self-defense in a supportive, student-centered class. Classes for ages 3 to teens. Boston Martial Arts Center, 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston. 617-789-5524. For cost:

Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4:30pm select weekdays. Also 3:30pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behind-the-scenes 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: 617-638-9390.

Peace Circle – 6-7pm. 1st Mon. Want to experience greater peace? Join us as we explore different aspects of peace through music, meditation and poetry and how to put it into practice within yourself, relationships, community and the world. All welcome. Facilitator, Gina Colvario-Krupka, RScP. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-5805800. More info: Gina@BelieveInYouToday@ ConcordiaCSL.

monthly Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st day of month. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198.

sunday Support Group for Spouses and Family Members – 9-10am. 4th Sun. Is your spouse or family member a cancer patient or survivor? Please join our monthly support group led by the husband of a cancer survivor. Free. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-987-3310. Sunday Celebration Service – 9:30-10:30am. Change your thinking and change your life through an hour of uplifting music, affirmative prayer, meditation and an inspiring message. All welcome. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. More info: or ConcordiaCSL. Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors and appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston.


Free Guided Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. Experience different HypnoMeditations (prerecorded by Richard Lanza) each week. HypnoMeditation takes you on a journey to states of expansive inner calm which allow for personal transformation and healing. Free. Open Doors, 395A Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, Tremont & School sts, Boston. 617-227-2155. Weekly Divine Meditation – 6-7pm. Experience a powerful guided meditation lead by Bhavna, the Golden Light Goddess. No two meditations are ever the same. Drop-ins encouraged. $10. Bhavna’s Wellness Group, 512 Main St, Penthouse Ste, Shrewsbury. 508-970-5620. Reiki Healing Sessions – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy healers offer their services free of charge. To broaden the spirit of free care and community services to others, please make a donation in any amount for each healing you receive. Donations sent to a variety of local charitable causes. Open Doors, 395 Washington St, Braintree. 781-8438224.

wednesday Restorative Yoga – 12-1:30pm. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families and

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caregivers. Please see the yoga page at website, under services, for more information. Free for patients, survivors and caregivers. St. Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center, 1 Eaton Pl, Worcester. 508-987-3310. Guided Meditation – 2pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Guided meditations for relaxation and healing are intended to assist you release your stress and anxiety. Relaxing body and mind can improve your overall well-being. Free for patients, survivors and caregivers. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-987-3310. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. Donation suggested. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Music Therapy with Laughing Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm 1st Wed. Music can help reduce pain, relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting. It can relieve stress and provide an overall sense of well-being. Join in and drum up good energy. Free/patients, survivors and caregivers; $10/other. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-9873310. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? There is a solution. Come to a meeting. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Rm 10, Lexington. 617610-3748. Meditation on Twin Hearts and Pranic Healing – 7-8:30pm. Meditation on twin hearts is a lovingkindness meditation. Come together as a group to bless the Earth. Reduce stress, boost your energy and receive healing. Donation. Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 857-529-7804. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs, 6 times per academic year. A non-technical lecture

and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. More info:

friday Watertown Mall Walking Club – 9am. Meet the club leader near Carter’s. Start with stretching exercises followed by a walk through the mall. Occasional guest lectures. Free. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Restorative Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/ caregivers. Free/patients, survivors & caregivers; $10/other. JOYashanAH, 915 A Riverside Dr, North Grosvenordale. 508-987-3310. More info: SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood.

Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Receive a 30-min reiki session by appt. Appointments start at 7, 7:35 & 8:10pm. If you have been curious about reiki, schedule a session. $15. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St. Auburndale. 617-244-8856.

saturday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 8-9:30am. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? You are not alone. Today, there is a solution. Join us. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617-610-3748. Restorative Yoga – 8:15-9:15am. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/ caregivers. Free/patients, survivors and caregivers. Oxford Community Center, 4 Maple Rd, Oxford. 508-987-3310. More info: The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton.

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Quan Zhou, LicAc, Nutritionist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

Trinity Lounge, 1314 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-819-4372

Helping patients return to health with acupuncture, ear therapy, cupping, guasha and acupressure, Quan’s expertise lies in the areas of chronic and acute pain, allergy, digestive conditions, stress-related problems, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, respiratory issues, supportive treatment for cancer, fertility, reproductive health, women’s health and difficult-to-treat conditions in conventional medicine. See ad, back page.

Licensed esthetician, certified aromatherapist and practicing herbalist, Angelica offers an array of wellness therapies. From organic and advanced skincare services, henna adornment, natural cosmetic solutions, vibrational sound therapy sessions, herbal medicine and aromatherapy consultations.



Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre 383 Elliot St, Ste F 250 Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 617-964-3332, Fax: 617-332-7601

BRAIN TRAINING Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115

Alana is a certified acupuncturist providing acupuncture, herbal medicine and adjunctive therapies to treat acute and chronic pain, orthopedic conditions, digestive disorders, stress and anxiety, sleep and cosmetic facial rejuvenations for over 10 years. See ads, pages 4 and 9.

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, post-concussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 18.

SYMMETRY NEURO-PATHWAY TRAINING Dianne Kosto, Founder & CEO 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health.

Natural solutions to ADHD, autism, migraines, memory loss and mental fatigue do exist. SYMMETRY is helping families increase grades in school, become more productive at work, manage emotions with calmness and security, and regain their health. Book a free consultation at

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We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an assortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self- regulating processes). See ads, pages 4 and 9.


Edie provides unique, boutique coaching tailored to help you create more love in your life. Courses by Edie: The ABC’s of Love, The “Write” Way to Love, Soulmate Bootcamp, Knotty Minds: Knotty Bodies. Call Edie for a free 10-min session to see if you are ready to make changes that last. See ad, page 8.


Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and realizing your desires? Asking “What’s next?” or “How do I get started?” Kim is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology, creativity, and midlife transitions, to help clients create more personally fulfilling, meaningful and empowered lives. Initial consultations are free.

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COLON HYDROTHERAPY GROTON WELLNESS Katryn Miller, MEd, LMT, Colon Hydrotherapist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

Katryn has always held a deep desire to learn about the body and how it works. After many years of running her own business, Katryn joined Groton Wellness to help others with Colon Hydrotherapy. She holds a training certificate on the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy Device. See ad, back page.

INTERNAL WELLNESS CENTER Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403 Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915

Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 8.



Acton Pharmacy 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA 01721 978-263-3901 Keyes Drug 2090 Commonwealth Ave Newton, MA 02466 617-244-2794 West Concord Pharmacy 1212 Main St, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3100 For more than a quarter of a century, Dinno Health has been a trusted provider of pharmacy services and is committed to providing the highest quality of individualized care for each customer. At our three independent pharmacies, we offer prescriptions, compounded medications, medical supplies, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and vaccines. See ad, page 8.


John Walczyk 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, page 22.


401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.


DENTIST DENTISTRY BY DR. DAVID Amparo M. David, DMD 563 Main St, Bolton, MA 978-779-2888

We look beyond our patients’ teeth in order to improve both their smiles and their quality of life. Our practice offers full preventive services: biological, holistic, functional dentistry, ozone therapy, reconstructive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, dental sleep medicine, implant dentistry, in addition to TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) therapy. See ad, page 25.

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1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, 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 21.


Dr. Apoorva J. Shah, DDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Health-focused biological dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, biological dentistry, mercury amalgam removal, digital dentistry and Invisalign. Dr. Shah is certified in Invisalign and has experience with CAD/ CAM digital technology. He has become increasingly knowledgeable about the mouth-body connection and is excited to offer holistic options to his patients. See ad, back page.


Dr. G. Robert “Bob” Evans, DMD 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Health-focused general dentist at Groton Wellness specializing in biological dentistry, oral surgery, chelation therapy and safe mercury removal. Groton Wellness is a 26-chair dental practice, incorporating functional medicine, a detoxification spa, an organic cafe, and energy medicine center promoting total wellness. See ad, back page.


Dr. Jean Marie Nordin, DDS, IBDM, ND 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Health-focused general dentist, integrative biologic dental medicine and naturopathic dentist specializing in biological dentistry, oral surgery, sleep solutions, chelation therapy and safe mercury removal. Certified trainer of Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) developed by the Benson-Henry Institute in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nordin now teaches staff and other healthcare providers. See ad, back page.



512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 12.

ECO-FRIENDLY HAIR SALON KIMBERLY BRUNO SALON 288 Main St, Reading, MA 01867 781-779-8333

DENTISTRY BY DR. DAVID Martin Kaplan, DDS 563 Main St, Bolton, MA 978-779-2888

Specializing in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Kaplan uses the latest technology available to diagnose and treat infants as well as children and adults. In 2015 he was instrumental in developing the first in the country “Infant Laser Frenectomy” training class through the continuing education department at Tufts Dental School and is an international leader in the field of dental laser surgery. See ad, page 25.


Kimberly Bruno Salon is a boutique ecofriendly hair salon created out of love for our planet and animals. This Certified Green Circle Salon is committed to offering services using high quality products. Experience cruelty-free, vegan products containing organic ingredients, keeping you and the planet beautiful. See ad, page 22.


Kristi Borst, RM, PhD Danvers MA, Wells, ME, by phone worldwide HealingBoston.US Release what no longer serves you physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Kristi's Perspective Reboot integrative healing and spiritual abilities shift pain/dis-ease, feeling lost/ stuck. Private and couple’s sessions. Experience greater wellness, joy, self-mastery.

BRIDGITTE CARROLL, MS, RDN Johnson Compounding & Wellness 781-893-3870 x 149

Bridgitte is experienced and passionate about helping individuals improve their well-being with food and lifestyle changes. Specialties include gastrointestinal issues, inflammatory conditions, anti-aging and weight management although she has worked with people of all ages with many diseases. See ad, page 22.


Dr. Samantha Bogle, DMD, MDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Functional orthodontist specializing in orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, braces and Invisalign. Dr. Bogle loves creating beautiful smiles for her patients with a specific emphasis on early treatment in children to improve facial growth and development. She believes focusing on the airway, proper breathing and early structural intervention can reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later in life. Prevention is key. See ad, back page.

HEALTH COACH YOUR WELLNESS SCOUT Kirsten Wright-Cirit 919-593-2943

Your Wellness Scout provides coaching, resources, and tips to set wellness goals and integrate sustainable solutions and practices without tipping the work, life, family balance.

HORMONE BALANCING FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE GROTON WELLNESS Dr. Henri Balaguera, MD 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

Functional medicine doctor and clinical director of Groton Wellness. Specializes in functional medicine, chronic and infectious disease, autoimmune disorders, functional nutrition, pulmonary disorders, sleep issues, cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunction, natural hormone replacement and preventative medicine. Mindfulness and meditation are at the foundation of his core values. See ad, back page.

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Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 427 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930 Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 16.

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Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 29.

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 29.

JAW PAIN (TMJ) DR. YASMIN’S TMJ SLEEP CENTER 284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-684-1883

Do you suffer from jaw pain or a locked jaw? Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you have headaches, ear pain, facial pain? Do you snore or wake up tired? We can help. Mention Natural Awakenings for 20% off your first visit. See ad, page 18.



Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery. See ad, page 22.

BOSTON MARTIAL ARTS CENTER 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston 617-789-5524

The Boston Martial Arts Center has been actively training and teaching in the Boston area for over 25 years. We have grown from a small, dedicated group of practitioners into a full-fledged martial arts school devoted to training quality individuals in the best martial arts and self-defense available anywhere. See ad, page 11.


GROTON WELLNESS Candace Scholl, ND 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

Dr. Scholl is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in MA and NH treating patients of all ages using scientific, research-based naturopathic medicine as the foundation. Finding the root cause of chronic and autoimmune diseases. She specializes in craniosacral therapy, detoxification, bio-identical hormone therapy, Lyme disease, diabetes, anti-aging, joint disorders, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, endocrine imbalance, epigenetic assessment, cardiovascular health, digestive health, cognitive imbalances, arthritis and more. See ad, back page.

Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydro-massage in a full-service Wellness Centre also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 4 and 9.


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PERINATAL WELLNESS LIFE GATE HOLISTIC LIVING 66 Boston Rd, Groton, MA 01450 978-448-0405

Perinatal services and resources include acupuncture, therapeutic massage, psychotherapy, energy healing, integrative health coaching, perinatal yoga, perinatal support groups, lactation support services, and labor and postpartum doula services. See ad, page 13.

PHYSICAL THERAPY NEWTON PHYSICAL THERAPY 383 Elliot St, Door F, Ste 250 Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 617-916-1655

Manual physical therapy which includes CranioSacral Therapy incorporates the mind-body connection for holistic healing which is essential for effective treatment of chronic pain and/or stress. Effective manual therapy treatment for acute or chronic pain or injury enables therapeutic exercise to be significantly more effective for rehabilitation. See ads, pages 4 and 9.


Christian Verde, Certified Pranic Healer 857-529-7804 A center providing workshops, healing sessions and meditation to alleviate suffering and elevate consciousness through the principles in GMCKS Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga and Kriyashakti.




284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-684-1883

34 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands 617-633-3654 Are you stressed from the pressure of your job, home life, kids or an illness? Do you want to feel calm and relaxed? Experience reiki. Certified Reiki Master/Teacher with over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine providing pure Usui Reiki healing/relaxation sessions.

Do you have sleep apnea but hate your CPAP? Instead you could be wearing an Oral Sleep Appliance that stops sleep apnea without wires, machines or electricity. It is approved by the FDA and is covered by most medical insurances. Stop snoring and start sleeping better. Ask us how. See ad, page 18.


324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856


Providing you with reiki healing sessions, reiki meditation, and reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.

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We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an assortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes). See ads, pages 4 and 9.


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