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ealthPoint Acupuncture, a clinic dedicated to bringing acupuncture to the community at affordable costs, is now located within Allure Salon, in Lahaska. Together, the salon and clinic offer services for nails, skincare, facials, bodywork, massage, acupuncture and facial acupuncture. “I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of Allure, an established Bucks business for 14 years running, with such a great, friendly staff. It’s a pleasure,” says Lauren Cunha, HealthPoint Acupuncture owner and licensed acupuncturist. Cunha earned her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees in Gainesville, Florida. Cunha is committed to helping improve people’s mental and physical well-being. Location: Hollyberry Square, 5667 York Rd., Lahaska. For more information, call 267-544-9881 or visit AllureSkinCareNailsBody.com and HealthPointAcu.com. See listing, page 47.
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nited Way of Bucks County will hold its Bucks Knocks Out Hunger event from 8 a.m. to noon, June 20, at Delaware Valley College. BKO Hunger is both a one-day food packing event run by hundreds of volunteers and a fundraiser for Bucks County’s food pantries. Fundraising is going on now at UWBucks. org/BKOHunger until the day of Bucks Knocks Out Hunger supports food pantries the event. & senior centers throughout our community. BKO Hunger aims to raise awareness for food insecurity in Bucks County $5 = 20 meals; $10 = 20 pounds of fresh and create an opportunity for people to give, advocate and volunteer to make produce from local farms. Every $1 counts! the community a better place for all. It will provide food pantries with 100,000 shelf-stable meals, more than 30,000 pounds of locally grown produce and Share the #BKOHunger message thousands of pounds of lean proteins and other perishables that are typically on Twitter and Facebook. hard for pantries to secure. Pack meals or pick produce For over 60 years, UW Bucks has been improving lives in Bucks County on Friday, June 20, 2014. by uniting donors, advocates and volunteers around the common good. United Way programs focus on the building blocks for a good life: a quality SPONSORED BY Visit www.uwbucks.org/BKOHunger education, a stable income and good health. Programs touch more than one in five lives in or call United Way of Bucks County Bucks County each year. at 215.949.1660 to get involved.
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holistic Fitness, a women’s wellness and fitness center in North Wales, has launched a holistic weightloss program for women. Having already helped hundreds of women lose weight healthfully, the center aims to help women end their lifelong struggles with weight loss and dieting. The Wholistic Women’s Weight Loss Program is a sixweek immersion program that addresses the two key components virtually all other weightloss plans lack—the mind and body. During the six-week program, each participant is supervised by three of the center’s women’s specialists—a registered dietitian, a licensed therapist and a personal trainer. “Our program is a three-pronged approach. We address the body with nutrition and exercise and the mind through behavior modification and exploring underlying emotions that are connected with the weightloss struggle,” explains Melody Nagy, president of Wholistic Fitness. Wholistic Fitness is a full-service women’s wellness center featuring group fitness classes, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, personal training and more.
his fall, the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Program is partnering with Silver Lake Nature Center, in Bristol, to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders reaching out to their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science and stewardship. The training—including 55 hours of classroom and field sessions—will take place at Silver Lake from September 16 to November 11. PA Master Naturalist is an annual volunteer leadership program including volunteer training, annual volunteer service and continuing education in the natural sciences. Master Naturalist volunteers design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to education programs and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations. Interested individuals can apply by June 2 at PAMasterNaturalist.org. The Silver Lake Nature Center is a 235-acre nature preserve located in Bristol Township, Bucks County. It is a facility of the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation with additional funding and staffing provided by the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center.
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rgannons Natural Market is starting the summer season with the unveiling of the Organnons Grub Shack, a vintage food truck designed by local artist Brandon Spector, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The truck—situated in the garden area next to the market—offers a wide variety of non-GMO, organic and gluten-free options from Danielle Gannon and Carly Hanellin’s menu. Offers include a BBQ Portobello mushroom cap burger, pesto chicken grilled cheese, Asian ginger pear salad and a raw, gluten-free “sushi” wrap. Organnons, which carries only non-GMO items, is also expanding its locally inspired demonstrations and tastings. A cooking demonstration on June 21 will teach attendees how to use Dirty Dust—an all-natural, nonGMO spice blend that can be used on any edible creation, including chicken, burgers, fish, tofu and even ice cream.
r. Denise Kelley and Judy Roberson, LMT, will open the doors to their new office, Joy Integrative Medicine, in Buckingham Green, Holicong, on June 2. Kelley and Roberson acknowledge that there are many paths to healing and they will work together with patients to create a personalized treatment plan. Services offered include whole body thermography, ClearMind, neural therapy, Matrix Regeneration Therapy, nutritional infusion therapies, body sculpting and detoxification. Kelley has been practicing integrative, holistic medicine since 2001 and is trained in family medicine. She has also studied functional medicine, environmental medicine and most recently, European biological medicine. “I look at the whole picture when it comes to health by looking at all influences including physical, environmental, nutritional, emotional and spiritual,” says Kelley. “My passion is to use an integrative approach to truly find the balance between the art and science of medicine.” Roberson came to the healing world through her own and her family’s health issues. She has been working with whole body thermography since 1998 and has been training and teaching thermography since 2002.
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THE HEALING POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig
fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing— that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or
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How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D.,
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Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at ByronKatie.com. Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.
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orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.
What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every wellintentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.
How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it? We are vibrational beings inhabiting a
vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.
How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?
The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.
What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Desai.com. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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• Drink plenty of water every day. Drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day helps rid the body of toxins to avoid dull and dehydrated skin. • Get adequate sleep. Try to clock at least eight hours of sleep each night. • Eat well—and right. Fresh fruits and vegetables and protein-rich foods are most beneficial to the skin. • Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular and other aerobic activities help stimulate and maintain regular blood flow throughout the body, making the skin glow. • Keep stress to a minimum. Stress can make the skin dry, causing it to look old and haggard. • Avoid sun’s harmful rays. Wear a sunscreen whenever skin is exposed to the sun. Renee LeMasney is the founder and formulator of Remarle Natural Skin Care, based in Bensalem. For more information, call 215-245-6448 or visit RemarleLLC.com. See listing, page 49.
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hat is LENS? Low energy neurofeedback system, or LENS, was developed by Len Ochs, Ph.D, in the early 1990’s as a drug-free and highly effective method to enhance brain functioning and flexibility. This safe and effective technique uses faint electromagnetic impulses to the scalp to retrain the brain. In the over 20 years since its introduction, this painless and noninvasive procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals decrease anxiety, increase and improve attention and concentration, reduce depression, increase overall energy and enhance creativity and the ability to be present.
ADD/ADHD: LENS decreases distractibility and impulsivity, and increases focus and the ability to concentrate. Life becomes much easier and manageable and less of a struggle.
Who can benefit from LENS and how? Children, teens and adults who experience anxiety, depression, tics, traumatic brain injuries, chronic fatigue and chronic pain can benefit greatly from the treatment. Also abetted by LENS are those who have ADD/ ADHD, OCD, Autism, Asperger’s, addictions and more. Here is a further explanation on how LENS can help individuals with such concerns.
Depression: LENS can help with Depression, even in certain cases where it has been resistant to other types of treatments. It can increase energy and focus, brighten mood and outlook and begin to restore a sense of hope and healing.
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OCD, Autism, Asperger’s, Tics: LENS can help reduce or eliminate OCD, increase social awareness and sensitivity in individuals with Autism and Asperger’s, and to reduce or eliminate the tendency in individuals with tics.
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Pets: Even dogs, cats and horses with anxiety, seizures and other mental/ emotional problems benefit from this therapy. LENS effectively reduces anxiety, fears, depression and reactivity, while improving outcomes for concussions and potentially reducing frequency and severity of seizures. Jeffrey Rutstein is a clinical psychologist specializing in body-centered psychotherapy, mindfulness and neurofeedback, including the use of the LENS technique, with offices in Lambertville and Skillman, NJ. Connect with him at 609-426-4144 or DrJeffreyRutstein. com. See ad, page 17.
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Paddle-Happy Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun by Lauressa Nelson
ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili
Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like surfboards, stand up paddling is com-
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monly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guardapproved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water. SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a freelance writer in Orlando, FL, and a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings.
Getting Kids Excited to Clean by Renata Myers
ith the school year ending, kids are about to be spending a lot more time at home, which often means more messes. We’ve all seen kids’ rooms that look like war zones, with toys and clothes scattered about. If the mess is not controlled, it has a tendency to spread throughout other rooms as well. These tips will help keep their rooms—and the rest of the house— in tip top shape! Get them involved in the cleanup. Label boxes, baskets, milk crates, plastic tubs—anything they might store toys in—to teach them how to sort toys and keep them off the floor. Let the kids decorate the containers to be personal and fun. Install bookshelves wherever possible to stack toys and books. Let kids do “adult” cleaning jobs. Sometimes loading the dishwasher or helping mom clean up after a baking session is fun—especially for smaller children. Plus, it teaches good habits. Set a good example. Teach kids good cleaning habits by being neat and tidy. Hanging up clothes and putting things away after using them sets a good example. In today’s busy world, this can be tough, but it’s important. Make cleaning fun. Set a short period of time each day or each week that kids have to straighten up their room. Make a game out of it with a timer and give rewards for jobs well done. It will become a good habit and they’ll have fun. Let kids listen to their favorite music while cleaning. A little noise will be worth a clean room. Renata Myers is a home cleaning expert and president of Pazeto Cleaning Service, serving Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. For more information, call 267-388-7818 or visit PazetoService.com. See ad, page 51.
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Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart.
Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.
Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free
electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.
Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.”
Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says.
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therapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dogwalking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says co-founder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
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9am-5pm. An annual, small-town smorgasbord of entertainment, crafts and food, including plenty of strawberries. A new Strawberry Queen and King will be crowned at the end of the day. Wilbraham Park, W Perry St, Cape May, NJ. 609-884-9325. WestCapeMay.us.
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6:15-8pm. Join the Doylestown Food Co-op to discuss Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf. Club meets the second Tuesday of each month and begins with a potluck; bringing food optional. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Doylestown.coop.
7:30-8:30pm. $55. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison. 908-996-3311. HypnosisNJ.com. Relaxation through Hypnosis | Edison, NJ 8:30-9:30pm. $55. Reduce stress using creative visualization, imagery and hypnosis techniques. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison. 908996-3311. HypnosisNJ.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Third Eye Fluorite Journey | Yardley 7:30-9pm. $25. Meditate with a natural fluorite octahedron—included in the registration. Learn about the third eye chakra and the mineral fluorite, then relax with beautiful and healing sounds. Yoga Love, 10 N Main St, Yardley. 267-840-8003. RainbowsOfHealing.com.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Lives of Summer Wildflowers | New Hope 1-3pm. $15/mbrs, $20/non-mbrs. Learn about the many interesting interactions of summer wildflowers, with author and photographer Carol Gracie. Includes a book signing. Call to register. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. bhwp.org. All-You-Can-Eat at Arnold’s | Lansdale 6:30pm. $12. Fruit-Powered.com’s Brian Rossiter will launch four of his recipe books and talk about the
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Menopausal Group Visit | Langhorne 1-3pm. Shared medical visit for patients experiencing menopausal or peri-menopausal symptoms. Talk with Dr. Warner about this shared issue and gain extensive knowledge on the subject. Medicine In Balance, 940
The Who Tribute Show | Sellersville 8pm. Who’s Next performs The History Of The Who, a chronological journey celebrating 50 years of The Who. Show features exciting costume changes and a multimedia presentation. Sellersville Theater, 24 W Temple Ave, Sellersville. 215-257-5808. ST94.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Lyme Disease Support Group | Langhorne 5pm. Lyme disease is a growing local problem. This group supports those with Lyme and works to educate the public. All are welcome. Middletown Municipal Building, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. 215-741-5902. LowerBucksLymeGroup.org.
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Lose Weight with Hypnosis | Edison, NJ 10-11am. $55. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison. 908996-3311. HypnosisNJ.com.
many facets of freedom. Special guests will join him to discuss their journeys back to optimal health. Must register in advance. Arnold’s Way, 319 W Main St, Lansdale. 215-361-0116. ArnoldsWay.com.
Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: GreenshireArts.org Please register for all activities. Info@GreenshireArts.org 215-538-0976 Sunday, June 1 Rumi Poetry & Guitar Concert 4pm potluck, 5pm concert Rumi helps to deepen our capacity for welcoming the Inner Sun of our life journey. Michael London, guitarist, and Lisa DeVuono, poet. $20, plus appetizer. Saturday, June 7 Aging as a Spiritual Practice 1-4pm Find meaning that goes beyond the physical fact of aging. Learn to cultivate wisdom, compassion and gratitude in the face of challenges and discover a new role in relationship to self, others and community. Barbara Gordon, M.A., LMFT. $40. Drumming Circle 6:30-8:30pm Experience the incredible power and freedom of group drumming with its variety of rhythms that bring us together as community. Val Hopkins, Certified Drum Circle Facilitator. $20. Mondays Dragon’s Gate Tai Chi Chuan 7-8:15pm Connect to the body with ancient movement practices for overall health. Tap into calm, clear energy. All levels. Lyn Hicks. $15. Tuesdays, June 10 & 24 Men’s Group 6:30-8pm Who are we as men in today’s society? What is our purpose in life, connection with others and ourselves? Jim Curley, MEd, certified holistic coach. $10.
Thursday, June 12 Spiritual Empowerment Series 6:30-8:30pm Activate inner resources and create new levels of personal fulfillment. Explore techniques for spiritual and metaphysical transformation. Rev. Tina Frazier, spiritual mentor, hypnotherapist. $20. Wednesday, June 25 Highly Sensitive People Support Group 6:30-8:30pm Are you highly sensitive or know people who are? Learn tools to integrate the positive self-image that comes with embracing one’s sensitivity. Rev. Tina Frazier. $20. Saturday, June 14 Reiki II 10am-5pm At this level, Reiki works more powerfully. Learn how to transmit this healing energy over distance and time, apply to ideas and situations, eliminate unwanted habits and enhance talents. Receive 8 CEs. Rev. Arlene Curley Ph.D. $200. Saturday, June 21 Sacred Sweat, Chakra Dancing in the Shire 6:30-8:30pm On this Summer Solstice, breathe and dance to activate the body. With music and movement, restore the rhythms of the heart. Bring water and a towel and trust in the appearance of lightning bugs as we overlook the gardens. Kristen Allis Urffer, MEd. $15.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Natural Digestion and Weight Loss Solutions | Fairless Hills 6-8:30pm. Complimentary dinner at 6pm, followed by workshop 6:30-8:30pm. Demonstration and Q&A to follow. Call to RSVP. Gorman Optimal Health Solutions, 333 N Oxford Valley Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-943-2584. Gorman-Health.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Ethics | Doylestown 9am-4pm. International School of Shiatsu, 10 S Clinton St, Doylestown. 215-340-9918. Shiatsubo.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Beast of a Feast | Norristown 6pm. $35. Celebrate the zoo’s 90th birthday with a “Roaring 20’s” fundraising event. Tickets include allyou-can-eat food, live entertainment, animal encounters, casino games and a silent auction. Also enjoy a unique bird show and giraffe feedings. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown. 800-652-4143. ElmwoodParkZoo.org. Campfire Magic | New Hope 7-8:30pm. $5/mbrs, $7/non-mbrs. Enjoy an evening of stories, marshmallows, folklore and songs around a blazing fire in the pavilion. Led by folksinger Anna Stange. Call to register. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. bhwp.org.
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June 14 Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping 9am-4pm Massage therapists earn 6 CEUs. La Salle University Bucks County Center, 33 University Dr., Newtown. August 9 Lifting Your Vibration as a Healer: Self-Care 9am-4pm Open to the public. Massage therapists earn 6 CEUs. La Salle University Bucks County Center, 33 University Dr., Newtown. September 20 Senior Massage 9am-4pm Massage therapists earn 6 CEUs. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown.
savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown 215-348-5755 SusanDuvalSeminars.com Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. Tuesday, June 3 White Buffalo Woman—Group Sessions 1:30-4:30pm & 6:30-9:30pm Limited to 12 people, everyone will experience a shamanic healing and a channeled message from angels, masters or guides. Past lives are frequently described, and how they relate to current lives. Eve Kerwin, White Buffalo Woman. $125. Afternoon in New Britain; evening in Doylestown. Wednesday, June 4 White Buffalo Woman—Private Sessions 9am-9pm Receive a shamanic healing, focusing on points of blockage or dis-harmony, followed by a personalized channeled message from an ascended master, angel, archangel, higher self or inner child. $250 for one hour. Doylestown. Thursday, June 5 Intuitive Tarot Readings 4:30-8:30pm With Mary Barnett’s clear vision, find guidance during challenging times, gain insight about particular life patterns and connect with inner wisdom. $60 for 30 minutes. Doylestown. Thursday, June 12 You are a Natural Born Medium 7-9pm Rev. Paul and Rev. Deborah Rees have helped many “ordinary people” become professional mediums or simply to connect with deceased loved ones for themselves, friends and families. This lecture focuses on the concerns about the early stages of personal intuitive psychic medium self-development. $35. New Britain. Friday, June 13 Psychic Mediumship Gallery Demonstration 7-8:30pm Paul and Deborah Rees give peace to people
that those they love not only live on, but are still around them. $35. Doylestown.
Sat-Sun, June 14-15 Intensive Practical Mediumship 9am-6pm This course is designed for the maximum amount of development in the minimum amount of time, under the instruction of Paul and Deborah Rees. Beginners wishing to learn how to connect with the other side and seasoned working mediums will greatly benefit. $325 for new students, $275 for returning students. Doylestown. Monday-Tuesday, June 16-17 Private Psychic Mediumship Readings 11am-8pm With Paul and Deborah Rees, receive guidance for life situations or gain proof of the survival of someone who has passed over. $110 for one hour. Doylestown. Tuesday, June 24 Mediumship Clairvoyance, Past Lives, Astrology Readings, Do-In Reiki Healing 1-7pm In a mediumship clairvoyant session, Rev. Jay Gullo will connect with passed loved-ones, explore life missions, past lives and guidance for the future. In a past life session, learn how past lives affect today. An astrology reading indicates what the year will bring. Do-in reiki is very healing and beneficial for the mind, body and spirit. $80/$120/$160 for 30/45/60 minutes. Doylestown. Sacred Journeys
June 19-22: Crestone, CO Retreat
July 12-18: Swim with the Dolphins, Bimini Aug 7-10: Mount Shasta, CA Retreat Oct 17-26: Machu Picchu & Peru
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October 24-26 Nature’s Stones Fall Conference Learn energy healing with crystals and precious stones. Holy Family University, 1311 Bristol Pk., Bensalem.
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sunday Gentle Yoga | Quakertown 8-9:15am. Slow and gentle practice is a great place for beginners, students recovering from illness or injury, those with limited range of movement, and prenatal and postnatal women. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Sunday Stroll | Bristol 2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.com. Reiki Share | Langhorne 2-4pm, Reiki share for practitioners; 4pm, Reiki experience for the community. Opportunity to share experiences with other local Reiki practitioners. Facilitated by Valarie Haag, ND, and Ian Haag, Usui Reiki Masters. Third Sunday. Free/donation to The Peace Center. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. RainbowsOfHealing.com. Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 4:30-6pm. Join us for an open drum circle where we will make music and have fun. Bring any instruments desired; there will be plenty of instruments to share. Third Sunday. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. RainbowsOfHealing.com. Val@RainbowsOfHealing.com.
Laughter Yoga | Ambler 10-11am. Laughter is the best medicine. Come practice laughter exercises with yoga breathing, which will leave participants energized, relaxed and happier. $5. The Resiliency Center, 602 S Bethlehem Pk, Ambler. TheResiliencyCenter.com. Tea & Play | Upper Black Eddy 10-11am. Enjoy a cup of tea with an early childhood teacher and learn about early childhood programs while little ones explore a nursery classroom. Children birth to age 4 are welcome. Call to register. First Monday. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606. RiverValleySchool.org. Yoga For Seniors | Collegeville 11:30am-12:15pm. Through a complete series of seated and standing postures, increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Release stress and gain mental clarity during breathing exercises. Chair support is offered to safely perform postures. Free to all eligible Medicare members. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com.
pain-free daily activities. Please RSVP. $9. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Free Acupuncture & NRT Demos | North Wales 5-7pm. Visit the women’s wellness center for a free acupuncture and/or nutrition response testing demo. Treating pain, migraines, allergies, hormonal issues, digestive disorders and more. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. WholisticFitnessOnline.com. Yoga Beginner Series | Quakertown 6-7pm. Learn breathing exercises, basic postures and their alignments, plus relaxation techniques. This series is for those who prefer a slow and steady pace, and those with health concerns. Runs June 23 to July 14. Pre-registration required. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Prenatal-Friendly Yoga | Collegeville 6-7:15pm. This beginner, hatha-style class takes place in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. Those who are pregnant can enhance the bonding process with their baby, support the baby’s development and strengthen body, mind and spirit. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com. Mental Health Support Group | Doylestown
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7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville. BucksBeekeepers.com. Food Group | Langhorne
Boot Camp | Quakertown 6-6:45am. This 45-minute boot camp class combines interval training with plyometrics, body weight and kettle bell exercises to improve strength and endurance. Also held on Thursdays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Info@ MoondogYoga.com. Health Matters Radio Show 9am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at WNJCradio.com. Discount on Scrubs and Wraps | Lansdale 10am-8pm. 25 percent off scrubs and wraps. Get soft skin, detox and glow. Lansdale Massage Therapy and Wellness, 55 E Main St, Lansdale. 267-263-2697. Lansdale-Wellness.com. Free Yoga and Meditation for Veterans | Bristol 11am-12pm. Free class for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and their partners. Mats included. Also held on Thursdays, 12-1pm. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963. MeghansFoundation.org.
7-9pm. Join other like-minded foodies for this healthy eating potluck. Each month has a different theme, with talks about healthy food and clean living. Call to pre-register. First Tuesday. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. MedicineInBalance.com. Patti@MedicineInBalance.com.
wednesday Alignment-Based Yoga | Quakertown 9:30-10:45am. Vinyasa flow with attention to anchoring stability, recruiting proper muscle action and balancing effort with surrender. Leave each class with therapeutic practices to use at home. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Free Skin Analysis and Discounts | Lansdale 1-8pm. Come in for a free skin analysis and receive 15 percent off skin care. Call to schedule. Lansdale Massage Therapy and Wellness, 55 E Main St, Lansdale. 267-263-2697. Lansdale-Wellness.com. Zumba Gold | Buckingham
Service Industry Wellness Discount | Collegeville 2-8:30pm. Tuesdays are the day for servers to get rewarded and thanked for all that they do with a 20 percent discount on all regularly priced services. Mention this listing; by appointment only, unless “Walk-Ins Welcome” sign is displayed. Aster Massage Therapy, 373 E Main St, Collegeville. 484-269-0406. AsterMassage.com. AsterMassage@gmail.com. Free Thai Yoga Mini-Sessions | North Wales 5-7pm. Experience profound relaxation with a free Thai yoga mini-session. This ancient healing art is performed on a comfortable floor mat which gives the body full support. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. WholisticFitnessOnline. com. Vinyasa Flow | Quakertown 6-7:15pm. Vinyasa is a yoga practice focused on linking breath and movement. The importance of the breath is emphasized. All levels; drop-ins welcome. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046. MoondogYoga.com.
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5:30-6:30pm. Zumba Gold is the low-impact version of Zumba Dance Workout. Improve cardio, bone density, prevent osteoporosis and enhance ability to perform pain-free daily activities. Please RSVP. $9. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Qi Gong | Richboro 6-7pm. $15/drop-in, $60/package of 5 classes. With Master Roberto Pena. Vishala Spa, 981 Second Street Pk, Richboro. 215-322-6035. Vishala-Spa.com. Quieting the Mind Playshop | Hatfield 6:30-7:45pm. Explore how to quiet the mind through gentle body movement, breath, self-awareness and expressing feelings. Get in touch with the deepest part of the self to access peace within, gain clarity and feel good. $20. Windward Farm Garden Retreat, 613 Fairhill Rd, Hatfield. 215-262-1419. Intuition Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Develop intuition with a spiritual community and share synchronicities. Develop intuitive muscle with an exercise and guided meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Second Wednesday. $5. Inner Light Holistic
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thursday Free Yoga and Meditation for Veterans | Bristol 12-1pm. See Tuesday listing. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963. MeghansFoundation.com. Slipper Book Club | Philadelphia 1-2pm. Free program for book lovers who relish the opportunity to discuss and weigh in with friends or other voracious readers. An informal way to meet new friends, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of sharing a passion for reading. Registration required. 610-3598632. GoldenSlipperSeniors.org. Women’s Group Acupuncture | North Wales 3-7pm. Treating women for hormonal imbalances, infertility, headaches, chronic pain, inflammatory diseases, digestive disorders, sleep disturbances and more. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Medication-Free Alternatives | Fountainville 6pm. Learn about Neuro-Modulation Technique and other alternative therapies for allergies, pain syndromes, acute and chronic illnesses. Third Thursday. Integrative Health Care, 5055 Swamp Rd, Ste 203, Fountainville. Preregister: 215-230-4600. All Levels Hatha | Collegeville 6-7:15pm. Hatha yoga is a slower practice that emphasizes posture alignment, enhancing muscle tone, flexibility and a peaceful mind. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com. Prenatal Yoga Classes | Harleysville 6-7:15pm. Moms-to-be use yoga to prepare their bodies to bring new life into the world. Learn tools and techniques to strengthen the body for labor and delivery. Suitable for those new to yoga. $16. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pk, Harleysville. 215-740-1354. AnahataYogaWellness.com.
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Sacred Sound Healing/Meditation | New Britain 7-8:30pm. Tami Trapp channels healing sounds from tribal beings who previously walked upon and cherished the Earth. Third Thursday. $21. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. 267-312-6913. Yoga | Bristol 7:30-9pm. For all ages and abilities. $8/mbrs, $10/ non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org. Ascension Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Ascension class designed to move into becoming a channel of grace, the next step of intuitive development. First Thursday. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191. InnerLightHC.com.
friday Guided Meditation | Gilbertsville 9:30-10:30am. Using guided visual imagery, learn to meditate to center oneself, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and create balance through mind, body and spirit. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Route 100, Gilbertsville. InnerLightHC.com. All Levels Vinyasa | Collegeville 9:30-10:45am. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic sequence of postures that synchronizes movement with breath and integrates awareness and alignment, strength and
flexibility. Includes sun salutations, standing, arm balancing, inverted and seated postures. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-4092696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com. Community Yoga | Quakertown 9:30-10:45am. Experience the magic of yoga at a walletfriendly price. Great for beginners or an addition to existing practice. $5. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Info@MoondogYoga.com. Story Time Yoga | Quakertown 1:30-2:15pm. Join us for a seasonal story, songs, games and yoga poses that encourage literacy and a healthy lifestyle. For children ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers. Third Friday. $5. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Relaxing Yin Yoga | Langhorne 5:30-6:45pm. Transition from the crazy week to a relaxing weekend with this class to soothe the body and soul, with teacher Sally Miller. Please call to register. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. MedicineInBalance.com. Yoga Makes Me Happy Hour | Quakertown 6-7pm. This class will challenge physical and mental stamina while linking movement with breath. Explore limits while learning to listen to the body’s needs. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Hatboro Farmers’ Market | Hatboro 6-9pm. Enjoy shopping from local farmers and artisans and grab a bite from food trucks. Featuring Reed Silk Studio’s simple toys for creative children, on alternat-
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saturday Bird Walk | Bristol 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Beginner Integrative Yoga Class | Buckingham 8:30-9:45am. Integrative yoga will support the healing process, assist in alignment, refine and remind the body of its natural blue print. Please bring your own mat. $14. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Mixed-Level Integrative Yoga Class | Buckingham 9:45-11am. Integrative yoga will support the healing process, assist in alignment, refine and remind the body of its natural blue print. Please bring your own mat. $14. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Hot Rockin’ Yoga | Quakertown 11am-12:15pm. Hot yoga is perfect for exploring poses deeper and detoxing the body. Some experience required. Second and fourth Saturday. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. MoondogYoga.com.
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With 27 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, and work with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals that want to improve their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The state of New Jersey and many Fortune 500 Corporations employ our programs. See ad on page 5.
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Bellabaci is a modified version of ancient cupping therapy. Silicone cups use no heat yet provide the same benefits as traditional cupping. Can be used by therapists and individuals at home. Easy to learn technique. Aids smoothing of wrinkles and cellulite, relieves muscular pain, digestive disorders and many other varied stagnation in the body. Available for treatments, purchase, and practitioner training. See ad on page 29.
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Wagner Integrative Therapies has Alternative Pain Management & Health Solutions. Kelly specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Chronic Migraine and Stress-Related Headache Relief, and has developed a systemic approach to Myofascial Pain Relief. Also offered: Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Paraffin Treatment, Aromatherapy and more. Visit our beautiful 3,000-square-foot facility. See ad on page 14.
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