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uman beings have a collective fascination with our own eyes. While sight is just one of the five senses, it maintains a universal primacy in how we understand, interpret and communicate with the world. In so many cultures, the eyes represent the essential nature of connection to self, others, soul and spirit. Eyes have been a recurring theme in my life: my great-great-grandfather and great-grandfather were optometrists who gave eye exams in people’s homes on the Lower East Side during the turn of the century. My family still owns and operates Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs and Wink Optical, a chain of local optical shops that they founded over 125 years ago. In this issue, we hear from one of their best and brightest opticians about how technology is helping to bring greater clarity to how people see. I spent several years working in my family business as an associate optician, helping patients choose their glasses and ensuring their lenses and frames fit properly. I was frequently surprised that the very act of looking into another person’s eyes, whatever your intention for doing so, brings you into an undeniably intimate exchange. The very same things that are in your own eyes—happiness, surprise, fear, pain—you see reflected back. In a mutually held gaze there is commonality, connection and communion. In addition to being a reservoir of our emotions, our eyes also hold information about our physical well-being. The science of using the eyes to understand a person’s health is centuries old. Iridology, pronounced “EYE-rid-ology,” involves studying the iris of the eye for patterns, colors and other markers that can reveal, to an experienced practitioner, a wide range of information about the body’s needs and tendencies. Sclerology studies the whites of the eyes to understand overall health. This month’s issue features an introduction to these modalities and visits with local practitioners who specialize in them. I hope what we are sharing shows you a new perspective—so to speak— with insights and information that will enrich your life during this month of March and beyond. With you in Awakening,

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personal transformation. “The info session allows us a chance to get connected to students and potential students in a friendly, low-pressure way. Even if you are just thinking about teacher training, we would love to meet you,” says studio owner and advanced yoga practitioner Kathy Tooley. “If AYTT isn’t right for you, maybe the Deepening Your Practice series would be more appropriate, or one of our other classes and workshops. I encourage anyone who misses the information session to still give us a call, since our April offerings will fill up quickly.” The mission of Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center is to offer yoga, ayurveda, meditation and reiki in a space of safety, comfort and compassion that brings students into loving connection to their truest selves. Location: 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. For information or to register, call 215-740-1354, email Info@AnahataYogaWellness.com or visit AnahataYogaWellness.com. See ad, page 13.

Doylestown Food Market Presents Just Eat It


oylestown Food Market will present the first feature of its annual Farm Fresh Film Series at 7 p.m. on March 10, at the County Theater, in Doylestown. Just Eat It, a documentary about food waste, traces the experiences of the filmmakers, who, after learning of the billions of dollars worth of food that is tossed out each year in North America, pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on foods that would otherwise have been thrown away. Just Eat It is presented in partnership with the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and caring community sponsors. The goal of the Farm Fresh Film Series is to present relevant, food-related films that engage and inform. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion and audience talkback. The expert panel for Just Eat It will feature Steven M. Finn, a sustainability and supply chain leader and managing director at ResponsEcology, and Cathy Snyder, Founder and Executive Director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. The Market is planning a food waste awareness campaign in tandem with the screening, where attendees will have the chance to make a personal commitment to reducing their waste. Upcoming films in the Farm Fresh Film Series will be June’s Tapped, about the effects and consequences of our reliance on plastic water bottles, and November’s Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farmlands, about veterans becoming farmers. Location: County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets: $8/$10, available at County Theater, Doylestown Food Market or online at Doylestown.coop. See ads, this page and page 33.


Neurobiologist to Explore Quantum Spoon Bending and More in Pottstown Workshops


ene Ang, Ph.D., will present several energy healing workshops from April 4 through 10 at the Comfort Inn, in Pottstown. The first workshop, Quantum Spoon Bending: A Model for Healing and Transformation, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on April 4 and will serve as an introduction to the potential for quantum energy to affect our physical reality. Through a series of sessions Gene Ang beginning April 5, Ang will offer comprehensive training in three levels of the Arcturian Healing Method, a complete energy healing training that guides participants in deepening their current level of healing abilities. Level 1 attunes participants to a broad spectrum healing frequency called the Arcturian Healing Light (AHL) and introduces 10 healing techniques to complement the AHL during healing sessions. Level 2 attunes participants to four more healing frequencies that align people to their higher selves, healing the nervous system, working on the cellular and DNA level and balancing the endocrine system. Level 3 initiates people to working with powerful Arcturian healing guides and attunes them to more healing frequencies associated with the Earth. Interspersed with these trainings will be two additional stand-alone workshops, Uncollapsing the Wave from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 6, and Transpersonal Chakras from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on April 8. Personal time with Ang can be scheduled through Presence Healing Sessions from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 5 and 7. Ang received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford in human biology and philosophy/religious studies, and earned his Ph.D. from Yale in neurobiology. He combined his knowledge from more than a decade of training and facilitating healings—with various energy modalities and his direct connection to the space of consciousness called the Arcturians— into the Arcturian Healing Method. The method can be used by itself or combined with other modalities, and many participants learn this modality for self-healing and inner development. Location: 99 Robinson St., Pottstown. To register, call 610367-1919 or email dejae45@aol.com. For more information, visit GeneAng.com. See ad, page 12.


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he Foundations Program, the first year of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine Certification training, will be offered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, in a series of four weekend sessions. The first session will be held next month, April 21 to 24. Classes will be conducted from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday evening, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The remaining sessions will be offered July 7 to 10, September 22 to 25 and December 8 to 11. The Foundations Program is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of Donna Eden, who has co-authored several award-winning books on the topics of energy medicine and psychology, including Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality and Energy Medicine for Women: Aligning Your Body’s Energies to Boost Your Health and Vitality. The program includes lectures and presentations as well as guided practice from experienced Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioners. Graduates of the Foundations Program are able to apply their training immediately, but often choose to deepen their knowledge and skills by taking a second year of classes in Phoenix, Arizona. Second-year graduates are recognized as Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioners and are listed in Eden’s directory at InnerSource.net. The training will be led by Geoffrey White, EEM-AP, a practicing Eden Energy Medicine clinician from Princeton, New Jersey. White has been an energy medicine practitioner for eight years and is currently practicing at East Meets West Acupuncture and Energy Healing Center, in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The teaching assistants will be Elsie Kerns, EEM-AP; Marty Levine, EEM-CP; and Denise Paolini, EEM-CP. EAST MEETS WEST


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rt Gutkin, founder of Medintuitive Holistic Healing Center, will present a Mein Shiang seminar and learning session from 2 to 4 p.m., on March 20, at the Medintuitive Center, in North Wales. Participants will learn the basics of this 3,000-year-old Chinese art, developed by the Taoist monks. Useful to practitioners and laypeople alike, Mein Shiang allows the face reader to understand the personality of the individual through observation of the lines of the face, shape of the lips, eyes, ears, nose and various other facial features. Gutkin, an experienced Mein Shiang practitioner, has performed hundreds of face readings over the years and Art Gutkin reports remarkable accuracy. “The lines and characteristics of each person’s face reflects the individual’s childhood experiences both physically and emotionally,” he explains. “Face reading often reveals repressed memories, which lead to realization of the reasons why people react in a particular manner to other individuals and situations. Beyond personality profiles, Mein Shiang also provides the face reader with the ability to recognize the body’s sickly areas.” Gutkin, a retired trial attorney of nearly 40 years, is a certified hypnotherapist with an advanced certification in past life regression, a professional member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming and a certified life coach. He also holds certification in cognitive behavioral therapy. Seminar attendees will receive instructions in Mein Shiang and will have the opportunity to receive a basic reading session. All attendees will also receive a coupon toward a Mein Shiang certification program. Pre-registration is required before March 15, and credit cards, checks and money orders are accepted. Cost: $20. Location: Medintuitive Center, 309 N. Sumneytown Pike, North Wales. For more information and to preregister, call 215-740-0766 or email ArtGutkin@ gmail.com. Visit online at Medintuitive.com and DelValHypnosis.com. See ad, page 3.

Learn Seed Nutrition at Soul Spirit Connection


oul Spirit Connection will offer free Seed Nutrition classes at 7 p.m. on March 7 and 21, at its studio in Hatboro. Seeds are a hot topic in nutrition, and the supermarkets are full of options—from chia to hemp, pumpkin to flax. These short evening seminars explain the essence of seed nutrition and how to incorporate seeds into your life for optimal health and healing. Dottie Gannotti, the founder of Soul Spirit Connection, explains, “Seeds are 20 to 30 percent more potent than whatever that seed produces. They are the most concentrated form of nutrition produced in nature.” Seed nutrition is gaining in popularity for its reported ability to alleviate symptoms related to low energy, hormonal issues, digestion, sleeplessness, inflammation, skin problems and other hard-to-treat conditions. Location: 122 N. York Rd., Ste. 6, Hatboro. For more information, call 215-858-4448, email DotGnot@gmail.com or visit SoulSpiritConnection.com. See ad, page 14.

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SL Organics, the exclusive natural skincare line created and produced locally at Green Street Luxuries Spa and Boutique, in Lansdale, will now be available for purchase at area Kimberton Whole Food Markets in Kimberton, Ottsville, Douglassville, Downington and Malvern. GSL Organics is an ideal partner for Kimberton Whole Foods, which aims to build strong cooperative ties within the community while providing shoppers with products that are natural, organic, and paraben-, SLS- and gluten-free. All five area locations will offer the following products from the GSL Organics product line: After Shower Extra Moisturizing Cream (5oz), Calendula Salve, Itch NO More, Organic Vapor Balm, COCO Scrub, Honey & Oatmeal Lotion, Calendula Soap and Oatmeal Soap. “Our customers near the Kimberton Whole Food locations can now pick up their much-needed skincare products closer to their homes. We are thrilled to be able to give our customers this convenience,” says Candy St. Martine-Pack, aromatherapist and owner of Green Street Luxuries. Pack conceives of and formulates all GSL products from her onsite workshop. GSL Organics products are also available for purchase online at GSLOrganics.org. For more information, call 267-879-1554. Visit Green Street Luxuries Spa and Boutique in person at 617 W. Main St., Lansdale, or online at GreenStreetLux.com. See ad, page 16.

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ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”

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ecent research from the Netherlands’ Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition has discovered that negative and aggressive thinking can be changed by supplementing with probiotic bacteria. The triple-blind study followed and tested 40 healthy people over a period of four weeks that were split into two groups; one was given a daily probiotic supplement containing seven species of probiotics and the other, a placebo. The subjects filled out a questionnaire that measured cognitive reactivity and depressed moods using the Leiden Index of Depression Sensitivity, which measures negative and depressed thinking. After four weeks, the probiotic group showed significantly lower scores in aggression, control issues, hopelessness, risk aversion and rumination, compared to the placebo group. “The study demonstrated for the first time that a four-week, multispecies, probiotic intervention has a positive effect on cognitive reactivity to naturally occurring changes in sad mood in healthy individuals not currently diagnosed with a depressive disorder,” the researchers concluded.

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The Eyes Tell Our Story

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o poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between overall health and eye health is rarely addressed during conventional eye exams, which are based on standard protocols for prescribing eyeglasses, drugs or surgery. Conventionally trained optometrists and ophthalmologists, lacking education in nutrition and alternative approaches, treat the eyes as isolated organs. In contrast, systemically oriented, holistic eye experts treat them as integrated parts of the whole body. Eye doctors like Marc R. Grossman, doctor of optometry, a co-founder of Natural Eye Care, Inc., of New Paltz, New York, and Edward C. Kon20

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drot, a medical doctor and founder of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plant-based formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified


homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slit-lamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue of the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our vision. His toolbox includes multimodal protocols like homeopathy, detoxification, oxygen therapy, low-level microcurrent to stimulate cellular activity, palming (using the hands over closed eyes) and other alternative methods to reverse visual loss. He regularly uses the Myers’ cocktail, an intravenous therapy with a high concentration of B-complex and C vitamins, taurine (an amino sulfonic acid), trace minerals and zinc. “Regardless of your eye condition, regular eye exercises can increase eye muscle flexibility and support circulation for better delivery of oxygen, essential nutrients and the flow of energy to the eyes,” says Grossman. He notes that “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014, was the first of its kind to link physical exercise with improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. While Kondrot emphasizes that vitamins A, C, D and E are essential to eye health, particularly in preventing macular degeneration, he cautions that taking a supplement is no substitute for expanding the diet to include foods such as kale, spinach, parsley, collard greens, cooked broccoli, green peas, pumpkin and Brussels sprouts. All include lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of important carotenoids contained within the retina and found in the leaves of most green

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See and Be Seen: Putting Optical Care in Perspective with Joe Reganato You are a professional, licensed optician. What’s your favorite part about your profession? I’ve been a professional optician for 25 years. I love to share what I know to help people look good and see well. When people have problems with their vision or their vision changes, that really impacts their life. Being able to help someone when they are experiencing those kinds of issues is very gratifying—like when I see a patient in their mid-forties who suddenly can’t read the menu, or their eyes are really tired and teary at the end of the day. When I collaborate with the optometrist, we can help restore comfortable, clear vision to them and really improve their quality of life.

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Hands down, it’s overexposure to screen time, something we call “Computer Vision Syndrome”. It results in dry eyes, blurriness, headaches and neck strain, and it’s what happens to people when they are spending 10 to 15 hours a day looking at tablets, computers and smartphones. And in this day and age, that’s more and more of us.

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astigmatism of the cornea will need special lenses as well, even if they are young and require only a single-vision lens. So the cost is quite variable, and it’s very personal. No matter what, glasses are such an important part of people’s everyday lives, and it’s a shame they are often overlooked—no pun intended. Your eyewear is very much like a car—an investment that needs ongoing upkeep and care. That’s why it’s important to work with a reputable office or boutique with experienced, skilled professionals and reliable warranties that handle issues like a broken wire or a lost lens. It should be somewhere that has a strong reputation for providing the highest quality of care.

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Iridology and sclerology can be beneficial tools for anyone whose work or practice supports the holistic well-being of others.

Health is in the ‘Eye’ of the Beholder Iridology and Sclerology Help Detect Whole-Body Issues by Michelle Bense


hile proper eye health in itself contributes to improved vision, some specialized practitioners examine the appearance of the eyes to extrapolate the state of other health conditions and systems in the body. These professionals study the colored part, or iris, of the eye— a field known as iridology—and the whites, or sclera, of the eye—known as sclerology. Both methods involve identifying discolorations and variations in the eye that correspond to disruptions or issues occurring throughout the rest of the body. Practitioners of each discipline are trained to help a patient discover various health problems and assist in taking the steps needed to solve them. During a session, the iridologist or sclerologist usually photographs the iris and sclera using a specially designed digital camera. The resulting images are then compared to professional charts and analyzed. Each person’s iris has a unique blend of colors, fiber density and

structures, according to the Center for Iridology. These patterns represent certain energies within different body systems, which, when interpreted correctly, can indicate where underlying body weaknesses, strengths and genetic predispositions lie. Although iridology is generally believed to have originated in Europe, with various irisrelated studies attributed to eighteenthand nineteenthcentury scientists in Hungary, Sweden and Germany, iris analysis appears in records dating back to ancient Babylon. Sclerology’s beginnings are also believed to be ancient, with references to it found in 3,000-year-old Chinese writings. Medieval medical journals depict sclerology, and Native American cultures have passed down similar teachings from generation to generation. Sclerology is popular for its ability to indicate current health issues without being invasive. According to Sclerologist.com, signs of ill health can show in sclera long before symptoms arise, or before blood test findings—up to 13 months in advance.

While the two practices often overlap iridology is typically seen as an indicator of a client’s genetic weaknesses or tendencies, while sclerology shows its strength in giving clues to the body’s current status. In particular, sclerologists read stress and congestion in the body—often indicators of potential cardiac issues— as lines, colors, pigments, clouds and films in the sclera. Iridology and sclerology can be beneficial tools for anyone whose work or practice supports the holistic well-being of others, such as massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, holistic nutritionists, herbalists, energy healers and physiotherapists. Through iridology and sclerology, a holistic health professional is able to assess areas within the body that need nutritional, energetic and spiritual support to maintain optimum health. The modalities can be valuable in confirming another diagnosis, seeing which organs are affected by an illness, indicating developing problems and more—all in a nonintrusive, educational way. Michelle Bense is a freelance writer and editor for Natural Awakenings. Connect with her at EditorMichelle Bense@gmail.com.

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Local Focus: A Q&A With Birgit Lueders What do you do?

How did you get interested in this work?

I’m a master herbalist, an intuitive wellness coach and a certified comprehensive iridology instructor. I teach people how to take care of their own health, guided by the science of reading the iris.

How does iridology integrate with your work?

Birgit Lueders

Iridology is definitely the most important aspect of my practice. We are all genetically unique, but unfortunately health advice, especially dietary suggestions, tends to be offered as though we all fit into the same box. By looking at and reading the iris, I am able to gather information from the deepest level of the body. This information is crucial for any herbal and nutritional suggestions, and it avoids trial and error.

I am originally from Austria. Iridology is much more widely practiced in Europe and abroad, and I was always compelled by how ancient this work is. I noticed that the United States holds many people working in alternative healing, but that there weren’t too many doing iridology.

What have you observed about your patients during the time you have been practicing? I’ve noticed that more people are willing to look to alternative protocols than to medication or surgery now than they were even a few years ago, even if it means more effort on their part. Healing with herbs and through iridology does take more

patience and commitment, but I think more people are waking up to the fact that if they can treat the root cause of their ailments, they will ultimately be better off than just treating the symptoms.

What is the one thing that you wish more people knew about their health? Our bodies speak, but many of us have stopped listening. We need to get back in touch with hearing what our bodies are trying to communicate. If we stretch our thinking, our bodies will stay flexible spiritually, emotionally and physically. Birgit Lueders’ next Iridology Certification course will be offered March 12-13, in Malvern. For more information, call 484-222-1441, email BirgitLueders@gmail.com or visit CenterForIridology.com. See ad, page 28.

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to shiatsu, but uses full palm compression instead of finger pressure to work muscles. “Think of a cat walking across your back,” says Keesler, adding that with Thai, the body is massaged and stretched at the same time. To further enhance flexibility, Keesler developed what she calls “therapeutic/assisted stretching,” a 50/50 blend of Thai massage and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), which she says “tricks” the muscles


into stretching a little further. Keesler echoes Scranta’s sentiment that the therapy should not be painful. “I really believe in tuning in to my clients’ needs and not going beyond what the body is willing to accept,” she says. “My clients feel safe with me.” Keesler earned board certification from over 750 hours of training in addition to her more than 20 years of experience. She’ll add another 100 hours of continuing education this year alone, well above the 24 hours required every two years to maintain licensure. In a survey, her clients described Keesler as kind, caring, intuitive and compassionate, the very characteristics she strives toward in her work. That attitude is what Angela Wagner and partner Jim Funk strive to engender in students at the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks. With a combined 40 years of experience, they founded the school, approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), eight years ago to counter what Wagner calls “cookie cutter” training. “We wanted to create better massage therapists through individualized education in a smaller, personal environment geared toward students’ unique strengths,” she explains. Students’ career longevity is as important to the school as teaching Courtesy Nita Keesler, Back in Balance


actually pull the spine out of alignment, so massage and assisted stretching can help with spinal integrity. Both integrate perfectly with chiropractic, enabling adjustments to last longer,” Kessler says. One of her most popular offerings is Thai massage, which is similar Courtesy Nita Keesler, Back in Balance

raditional massage and basic stretching exercises may be what most people think of first when it comes to maintaining or restoring flexibility, but there are a variety of lesser known, yet highly effective, options available to BuxMont residents. One such option is shiatsu, described as “acupuncture without needles” by Shirley Scranta, diplomate in Asian bodywork therapy and director of The International School of Shiatsu. The 5,000-year-old practice differs from traditional massage in a number of ways. The client remains dressed in loose, comfortable clothing, and no creams, oils or lotions are used. Sessions are typically conducted on a futon on the floor, and practitioners may use their forearms, knees or feet in addition to hands to work on different areas of the body. As in acupuncture, the therapist works along the body’s energy meridians, which is why Scranta considers the practice to be more energy work than body work. “Shiatsu is vigorous, not delicate,” says Scranta, “but it should not be painful.” The word “shiatsu” translates to both “finger pressure” and “community coming together”, and during a session, energy is gathered to areas called tsubos, which affect the body’s parasympathetic system, lowering heartbeat and respiration. Scranta maintains that a shiatsu session of 45 to 60 minutes can offer rejuvenation equivalent to up to four hours of sleep and provide a sense of overall well-being. “It literally helps the body repair itself,” she says, adding that its integrative nature can unblock stagnant energy, allowing the recipient to move forward not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, as well. Facilitating movement is something massage therapist Nita Keesler, of Back in Balance Massage & Wellness, knows well. “Tight muscles can

or visit Back-In-Balance.Massage Therapy.com. See ad, page 29. The Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks is located at 141 E. High St., in Pottstown. For more information, call 610-705-4401 or visit Massage-Training.net. See ad, page 14. Elisa Smith is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. She can be reached at Elisa.Smith.PR@gmail.com.

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mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed side-by-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce. Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy, says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Flor-


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ida. “Our diet should be 60 percent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”

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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study


Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama.   Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin.    “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of

What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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oloring books are no longer solely the domain of children. Immersion in this fun, creative pastime by adults even for just 30 minutes can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. Doctor of Psychology Nikki Martinez, in Chicago, says that famed psychotherapist Carl Jung believed coloring helps patients release anxiety. “It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills,” says Martinez. “After I underwent a major surgery, I was on bed rest for eight weeks, and adult coloring books were a lifesaver. They passed the time, were pretty and kept me in a constant state of calm. I devoured them.” Publishers Weekly reported combined 2015 sales of 1.75 million copies for the 10 bestselling adult coloring books through November. This trend was years in the making, originating when parents colored with their kids and sometimes on their own. Adults around the world now join coloring

book clubs, hold related parties and take coloring breaks at work. Last fall, Barnes & Noble hosted the one-day AllAmerican Art Unwind, where customers colored and uploaded their results to Instagram and Twitter. Hallmark sent a crew of artists and calligraphers to select locations to help customers color their greeting cards. “We scheduled a coloring session for a 55-plus community workshop,” relates Ninah Kessler, a licensed clinical social worker with the Sparks of Genius Brain Optimization Center, in Boca Raton, Florida. “People had so much fun they wouldn’t leave. It’s creative, portable and inexpensive. You never face blank paper because the lines are there; you just pick the colors. There’s no stress about possibly making mistakes.” “Animals, jungle or floral themes, and Zen-inspired mandalas are popular. Customers like realistic, intricate drawings,” explains Idalia Farrajota, a Dallas executive with Michaels craft stores, which offers free, in-store coloring ses-

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hree million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family as leading reasons. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem; the Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, interprets rationales such as, “Kitty has a sensitive stomach [throws up] or pees under the bed [likely a urinary tract infection].” “I prefer to call such things issues, not problems. They’re often evidence of natural instincts that need to be redirected,” says Anne Moss, owner of TheCatSite.com, from Tel Aviv, Israel. “A vet visit will rule out physical concerns so you can move on to behavioral issues.” Once a cat’s adapted to living with humans, life becomes more pleasant for everyone. Cats can be trained. Dallas cat owner Bettina Bennett of WhichBoxMedia.com advises, “Start early, attach rewards and be consistent. Our four cats don’t scratch the furniture, come when called and know when it’s bedtime.” Clicker training works well, adds Becky Morrow, a doctor of veterinarian medicine who teaches at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. “I have 13 cats living in my home and a sanctuary housing 65 more. They’ve learned to walk on a leash and obey commands.” Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, has found that scratching furniture, biting people, nocturnal activity, throwing up and ignoring the


litter box are the five most common complaints. Scratching lets Kitty leave her scent, stretch and shed old claws. He suggests, “Get a scratching post, but don’t put it in an-out-of-the-way location. Cats like to be where we are. Start with it in the center of the room and gradually move it to the corner.” Measure how tall a cat is when standing on her hind legs with front legs fully extended. Get a post that is half again as tall so she can really stretch. Gently rub her paws on the post first, and then dab on a bit of catnip as added enticement. Cats don’t like unfamiliar textures, so avoidance training tools can include laying aluminum foil or backing-side-up carpet runners over furniture arms and cushions plus double-sided sticky tape at the corners to preserve upholstery. When humans become a target for a cat’s pounces, use toys as decoys. A short play session will satisfy their desire to hunt. Leave curtains open so she can see outside, clear shelves for climbing and have a cat tree or window shelf for optimum viewing. A nearby bird feeder will hold a feline’s attention for hours. Werber advises, “For undisturbed household sleep, get the cat toys out about an hour before your bedtime. Fifteen minutes of play will tire a pet. Let him calm down and then feed him. A full cat is a sleepy cat.” Some cats nibble, while others gulp food and then throw up. The

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Fun First Friday – 5-7pm. Joe Montone will be performing original songs from his music project, Heat Thunder, with guest appearances from local musicians. Check out more from Joe at Heat-Thunder. com. Enjoy wine, cider, and a sampling of Mira’s Homemade Granola. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Doylestown.coop.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Volunteer Work Day – 9am-5pm. Help us maintain our grounds. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet and/or dirty, and bring your own water bottle to refill. We hold this event rain or shine. Give us four hours and we’ll give you lunch. Please call to let us know if you will be helping out. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org. Intro to Thai Massage – 9:30am-4pm. 6 CECs for massage therapists or personal enrichment. Basic Thai Massage on the table sequence & variations for stand alone or integrated with traditional massage. Assisted stretching, rocking, compression, intuitive development and centering techniques. Improves posture, flexibility, energizing as well as relaxing and deeply hypnotic. Additional classes held this Fall. $150. Back In Balance~Massage & Wellness, 1810 Willow Ave, Bristol. Nita Keesler, 267-9801727. iNitaUnwind@gmail.com. Back-In-Balance. MassageTherapy.com. Open House – 10am-12:30pm. We invite you to discover the unique features of Waldorf education and how your child can benefit from River Valley’s synergy of arts, academics and experience. River Valley Waldorf School offers parent-child classes, nursery, mixed aged kindergarten and grades 1-8. Childcare available. Please call to register. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. Cindy Schretlen, 610-982-5606. melissoula1976@yahoo.com. Restorative Clinic–The Back – 1-3pm. Focusing on releasing tension, moving energy blocks and creating space and length. Gentle adaptable poses are held for 3-5 minutes to balance the meridians in the body and renew energy. Variations are offered for

all levels, from the beginner to the advanced student. Some yoga experience is suggested. Space limited to seven. $25. Balanced for Life Yoga, 45 Berklee Rd, Devon. Lynn W Feinman, 610-608-1430. NaturalHealthOptions.us. BalancedForLife.Yoga.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6 Reiki Level 1 Training – 11am-5pm. Learn the amazing power of reiki. This certification qualifies you to work with clients, friends, family and especially yourself. Explore energy from a practical and spiritual perspective with discussion, guidance, meditation and hands-on practice. Receive a reiki attunement from Valarie and Ian. Support, manual and framed certificate all included. $150. Rainbows of Healing, 123 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@RainbowsOfHealing. com. RainbowsOfHealing.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 Food for Thought Book Club – 6:15-8pm. All are welcome to join Doylestown Food Market members for a discussion of Wheat Belly, by William Davis. We meet every second Tuesday of the month. Feel free to bring an optional snack to share. The Doylestown Bookshop offers a 20% discount on book selections for the club. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Doylestown.coop. Creating on Purpose Info – 7-8:30pm. Creating on Purpose, by Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman, is a book that uses the chakras and effective chakrarelated exercises to help you create a life of purpose and joy. Join us for this free information session. Series begins 3/29. $240 for eight workshops. $35 monthly payment option. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. Kathy Tooley, 215-740-1354. KTooley22@hotmail. com. AnahataYogaWellness.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 Eating to Optimize Hormones – 6-7:30pm. Menopause doesn’t have to be a “metabolic crisis”. Your diet is invited to embark on a menopausal makeover. Learn how to embrace this stage of your life with a food and supplement approach that can help combat weight gain and support hormonal changes.

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Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: GreenshireArts.org Please register for all activities. Info@GreenshireArts.org 215-538-0976 The KK Mastery Meditation: A Unique Experience March 2, 6:30-8:30pm Through group meditation we enter into the deep presence of our Greater Self, creating a powerful energy vortex for our Guides and Higher Self to assist in spiritual expansion and healing. The KK Mastery Meditation, derived  from Ken Kaplan’s personal experiences, can become one of the most powerful self-help tools when used regularly. Workshop is appropriate for those that already practice meditation. Ken Kaplan, intuitive coach, dream specialist, medium, 45 years’ experience. $20 Holotropic Breathwork Workshop March 5, 12-5pm Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful experiential breathing process that allows for deep self-exploration and healing. This provides an opportunity to work on issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationships and life transitions. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter an expanded state of awareness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the breather, which guides the experience. Breathers work in pairs and are fully supported by both their partner and the facilitators in the room. Laurane McGlynn, Psy.D., clinical psychologist. $75. Learning to Love Yourself and Others March 12, 9am-2pm Learn how to attract more love into your life. Knowing how to love yourself is essential in order to live a full and exhilarating life. Self-love is at the very core of well-being, joy and self-empowerment. Experience essential principles of true love. Gain personal insights that will help attract the goodness of love into your life. Jon Satin, Chris Pattay: Possibility Coaches. $57. Memorial Tree Planting and Potluck Spring Equinox, March 20, 12:30-3pm Let’s celebrate the life of Jim Curley, Greenshire Director, who passed away Christmas Eve. We connect our hearts in this community potluck and tree planting. Reservations requested. Reiki I: March 31, 10am-4pm (DAY CLASS) Discover the powerful healing energies that flow through the universe, and learn to become a channel of these divine forces to heal yourself and others. Arlene Curley, Ph.D. $100. Reiki II: April 2, 10am-5pm What a wondrous level of Reiki. Distant healing is the focus of this class: Distant healing for other people, and ‘inner distant healing’ for yourself. Learn how to connect to your subconscious and re-program old habits and emotions. Arlene Curley, Ph.D. $200.

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Functional Origins with Audrey Fleck MS, RD, 101 N 5th St, Perkasie. 215-257-5301. Audrey@ FunctionalOrigins.com. FunctionalOrigins.com.

Studio, 156 Green St, Doylestown. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@RainbowsOfHealing.com. RainbowsOfHealing.com.



Guided Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Led by art therapist John Muraco, enjoy guided meditation each Thursday in February with amazing sounds, including crystal singing bowls, gongs and more. The evocative sounds support one’s process of moving through emotions and help deepen awareness. Space limited; please RSVP by phone or online to save your spot. $15. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. BridgeWellness@gmail.com. BridgeAcupuncture.com.

Reiki 1 – 10am-5pm. Reiki an ancient healing modality that heals the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and helps pain management. Come get your attunement and turn on your healing hands to assist your family, friends, pets and plants. Certified at end of class. $150. Soul Spirit Connection Wellness & Detox, 122 N York Rd, Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-858-4448. dotgnot@gmail.com. SoulSpirit Connection.com.

Special Screening of Just Eat It – 7-9pm. As part of the Farm Fresh Film Series, this film about food waste in America will inform, inspire and entertain you. Panelists after the movie include an expert in global food waste and the founder of Rolling Harvest. Tickets are available online at Doylestown. coop, the County Theater box office or at the Doylestown Food Market. $8/$10. County Theater, 20 E State St, Doylestown.

The Secrets of Root Lock – 2-5pm. Addresses the energetic implications of mula bandha (root lock) and the lowest chakra according to ancient yogic texts. Learning several exercises to develop awareness, you’ll practice using this lock to enhance specific yoga postures. Practicing not only strengthens core abdominals, it also creates emotional stability and calm in your life. $40. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga@hotmail.com. WholeBodyYogaStudio.com/workshops.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11 From Illness to Health – 6:30-8pm. Join Connie as she shares how she reversed serious illness using only natural methods. RSVP. Free. Doc Bakers, 22 N Main St, Doylestown. Connie Guerin, 267-3371681. Connie@ConnieGuerinTherapy.com. Meetup.com/Doylestown-Mind-Body-Wellness-Meetup.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12 Spring Clean Wellness Retreat – 3/12-3/16, 9am3pm. Join counselor, nutritionist, author of Healthy is Delicious, Kathleen Downey, CSCP, in New Hope. Individualized assessment, delicious gourmet-level organic meals and diet that you will want to stick with. Juicing, yoga, biking, hiking, workout program that’s right for you. Massage with Courtney Downey, BCMT, Far Infrared Sauna and more. Core Level Healing, Main St, New Hope/Lambertville. Kathleen Downey, 858-401-3144. CoreLevelHealing@gmail.com. CoreLevelHealing.com. Iridology Course I – 9am-5pm. Iridology certification course. Become an Iridologist. Level I class will be held March 12 and 13. Level II class will be held April 16 and 17. Learn how to read your patients’ eyes to identify emotional, physical and spiritual strengths. $750. Awakening Wellness Center, 10 Ruthland Ave, Malvern. Birgit Lueders, 484-222-1441. BirgitLueders@gmail.com. CenterForIridology.com. Clean with Clean Cleaning Products – 10:30am12:30pm. Tandi’s Naturals, based in Lancaster, offers “clean” cleaning products, free of harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. All ingredients are sourced locally from farms and foraging. Oldfashioned tallow, rendered from local Lancaster County beef, is used for the soaps. Meet, greet, and try some samples. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Doylestown.coop. Reiki KIDS Class – 1-4:30pm. Magic Hands. In this workshop children will get in touch with subtle energy and learn simple methods of using reiki. We honor their unique perspectives and present reiki in a way they can understand. For kids 6-12 years old. Includes Reiki Kids Certificate and Children’s Reiki Manual Coloring Book. $50. Dragonfly Yoga


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TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Biofeedback for the Brain – 6:30-8pm. Dr. Sherri Zaffrin, chiropractor and BrainCore Neurofeedback therapist, will discuss the book Biofeedback for the Brain, by Paul Swingl, and present on the benefits of BrainCore neurofeedback therapy, a painless, drugless, permanent approach to help with issues such as anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, memory loss, migraines and more. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 Main St, Doylestown. Dr. Sherri Zaffrin, 214-412-8081. Dr.Sherri@verizon.net. BackToHealthCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 TM Program Intro Lecture – 6:30-8:30pm. Free public introductory lecture on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Program. Find out why over 6.5 million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. Start enjoying your life to the fullest. Email CSmith@tm.org to reserve a seat. The next fourday course will be from March 19-March 22. 5792 Carversville Rd, Doylestown. Carole Smith, 215783-4629. TM.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17 TPP – What’s Being Traded Away? – 6:308:15pm. GMO Free PA and NJ meet to explore the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership “trade” treaty that could affect the food supply. Meeting will feature a tele-conference with special guest, TPP expert Adam Weissman, who will answer questions and help us understand the impacts. Learn what you can do to stop the TPP. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ. 856425-2221. GMOFreeNJ@gmail.com. GMOFreeNJ. com/events.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18 Solar Plexus ~ Pyrite Journey – 7:30-9pm. Dissolve the illusion of separateness and the needs of the ego. Open up to your power and confidence. Journey through sound and guided meditation with a beautiful raw pyrite palm stone. A guided journey


of beautiful, healing sounds in the note of E, gongs, crystal singing bowls, native flutes, bells, etc. $25. Yoga Love, 10 N Main St, Yardley. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@RainbowsOfHealing.com. RainbowsOfHealing.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Healing Angels – 10am-4pm. Angels are divine messengers and helpers. Come learn how to do a heartlink, calling, connecting and meditating with the Healing Angels. They each have special healing gifts they want to share. They will assist in your healing process in many ways. You will have nine experiences in the class. $115. Soul Spirit Connection Wellness & Detox, 122 N York Rd, Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-858-4448. dotgnot@gmail. com. SoulSpiritConnection.com. Taste a Different Granola – 10:30am-12:30pm. Mira’s Homemade Granola, created by local Mira Yardumian, comes in three flavors, each using five or fewer raw and organic ingredients. The nutritious and tasty granolas are vegan, GMO-, soy- and gluten-free, contain no refined sugars, are low in sodium and have significant fiber and protein. Enjoy them alone or as a topping for almost anything. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Doylestown.coop. Natural Egg Dying Class – Basic 101 – 1-2pm. We will use common vegetables, berries, and spices to create beautiful eggs. You will be able to take home some of the dyes you created along with your finished eggs. This class will be led by PA Master Naturalist, Patti Burd. Registration due by 3/14. $7/ person. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org. Coffee Lovers Take Note – 1-3pm. The Coffee Scoop will be sampling their locally roasted organic and fair trade coffee blends. Come meet Bethany, daughter of owners Warren and Karen, and find out what makes these coffees special while learning which will be your favorite morning roast. 10% off Coffee Scoop coffee during the sampling event. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Doylestown.coop.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20 Mein Shiang Face Reading Seminar – 2-4pm. Join experienced practitioner Art Gutkin and learn the basics of Mein Shiang, a 3000-year-old Chinese art developed by the Taoist Monks. Understand the personality of the individual through observation of various facial features. All attendees will receive a coupon towards a Mein Shiang certification program. Pre-register by March 15. $20. Medintuitive Center, 309 N Sumneytown Pike, North Wales. 215740-0766. Medintuitive.com. DelValHypnosis.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 21 West Chester University Harp Ensemble’s Celtic Music Concert – 6-7pm. Join us for this delightful concert. Tickets will be for sale at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center. $5. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org. Anti-Inflammatory Foods 101 – 6-7:30pm. Inflammation is considered to be the root-cause to chronic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and autoimmune conditions. Inflammation can even contribute to weight gain or make it difficult to lose weight. Find out what foods can

“turn off” inflammatory pathways in the body. Call to register. $10. Functional Origins, 101 N 5th St, Perkasie. Audrey Fleck, 215-257-5301. Audrey@ FunctionalOrigins.com. FunctionalOrigins.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 Cleanse with Eastern Medicine – 7-8pm. Mental, physical and spiritual toxins are a part of modern life. A seasonal cleanse both purifies and invites you to know yourself. In preparation for spring, licensed acupuncturist Paolo Propato will empower you with cleansing techniques from the perspective of East Asian medicine, including acupuncture, diet and qigong techniques. $15. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato, 215348-8058. BridgeWellness@gmail.com. Bridge Acupuncture.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24 Kids & Nature – 9am-4pm. Also Friday, March 25. Six to twelve-year-olds are invited to spend some of their winter break with us as we explore the trails, play games, make a craft and visit with our animals. Outdoor and indoor activities. Light snacks provided. Sign up for one or both days. Registration and payment due by 5pm, 3/17. Fee per day: $35/member; $40/non-member. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org. Guided Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Led by art therapist John Muraco, enjoy guided meditation each Thursday in February with amazing sounds, including crystal singing bowls, gongs and more. The evocative sounds support one’s process of moving through emotions and help deepen awareness. Space limited; please RSVP by phone or online to save your spot. $15. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. BridgeWellness@gmail.com. BridgeAcupuncture.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 10-11am. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $59. Hypnosis Counseling Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ. Barry Wolfson, 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com. Clean with Clean Cleaning Products – 10:30am12:30pm. Tandi’s Naturals, based in Lancaster, offers “clean” cleaning products, free of harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. All ingredients are sourced locally from farms and foraging. Oldfashioned tallow, rendered from local Lancaster County beef, is used for the soaps. Meet, greet, and try some samples. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Doylestown.coop. Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 11am-noon. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $59. Hypnosis Counseling Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ. Barry Wolfson, 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 28 Intro to Thai Massage – 9:30am-4pm. 6 CECs for massage therapists or personal enrichment. Basic Thai Massage on the table sequence & variations for stand alone or integrated with traditional massage.

Assisted stretching, rocking, compression, intuitive development and centering techniques. Improves posture, flexibility, energizing as well as relaxing and deeply hypnotic. Additional classes held this Fall (Mondays). $150. Back In Balance~Massage & Wellness, 1810 Willow Ave, Bristol. Nita Keesler, 267-980-1727. iNitaUnwind@gmail.com. Back-InBalance.MassageTherapy.com. Winter Escape Detox Retreat – 3/28-4/2, 10am2pm. Escape to a new lifestyle in Florida with gourmet flavor. Join author, counselor, nutritionist Kathleen Downey, CSCP. With individualized care, yoga, meditate, bike, kayak, beach time. Clear up health issues. Option for massage with Courtney Downey, BCMT. All organic gluten, sugar, soy and dairy-free meals, and juicing. Palm Coast, Florida. Kathleen Downey, 858-401-3144. CoreLevelHealing@ gmail.com. CoreLevelHealing.net.

savethedate Quantum Spoon Bending with Gene Ang, Ph.D. April 4 6:30-9pm

This class demonstrates: Accessing the Field, Spinning, Resonance, Dimensions, Symbols, Accessing the Light, Embedding Intention and other techniques to bend spoons and forks. Receive direct physical proof that one’s mind can change something in one’s physical reality. For more Gene Ang offerings from April 5-10. See newsbrief, page xx, and ad, page xx. Cost: $55 The Comfort Inn Hotel 99 Robinson St, Pottstown To register: 610-367-1919 or dejae45@aol.com Info: GeneAng.com

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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. April 1-3 New Mexico Hot Springs Retreat Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa has been a source of healing for thousands of years. It’s the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water. With esoteric teachings from ancient wisdom traditions, discover how to activate your light body for soul expansion, self-mastery and heart-centered higher dimensional living. We’ll soak in the sacred springs, hike to the stunning mica mine and visit the breathtaking Christ in the Desert monastery for energy work and healing. Our retreat leader, Dana Micucci, is an energy practitioner, teacher and author of books about world cultures, travel and spirituality. Extend your stay and visit Georgia O’Keeffe country, the majestic Taos Pueblo, the “holy dirt” church at Chimayo and the mysterious staircase of the Loretta Chapel in Santa Fe. Limited to 22 people; there are 9 spots remaining. April 21-24 Sedona Retreat (Extension April 25-26) Just two hours from the Grand Canyon, Sedona is a sacred site and power spot, renowned for its magnificent beauty, red rocks, vortices, great energy, as well as art galleries and metaphysical shops. This retreat will focus on enhancing our spiritual path. We’ll learn practices to develop the Diamond Body, a unique energetic structure in our energy field, and the Symbol of Life, an ancient glyph that can be created in our energy field for rapid spiritual development. Afternoon hikes and a Quantum Spoon Bending class are included. Facilitator Gene Ang, Ph.D. in neurobiology from Yale, is an expert in consciousness, energy medicine and the integration of science, spirituality and healing. July 2-8 Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini, the Bahamas

Learn Lymphatic Drainage, with Elisa DiFalco. Hands-on training, watch demo, practice, receive and refine your techniques. Learn full body sequence, med spa, face, pregnancy, sports, sensory integration. Study seven full days for 48 hour certificate; individual days may be taken as space allows. Cost: $1,050


Bimini is a small island in the Bahamas, renowned for the pods of dolphins who call it home. With warm turquoise waters, Bimini is paradise for people seeking to connect with these wise and beautiful creatures. We will go out every afternoon to swim with the dolphins. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer, as life vests are available. We will also snorkel over the Bimini road, reputed to be part of ancient Atlantis, explore the island on golf carts, visit the Healing Hole, see the exquisite Dolphin House and relax on gorgeous beaches. Our private chef will prepare three delicious gourmet meals for us every day and can accommodate special dietary requirements. Limited to 14, with 10 spots left.

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savethedate Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program - Foundations April 21 - 24 A life-changing series of classes designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of Eden Energy Medicine, taught by Geoffrey White, EEM-AP. The first year of this twoyear program is being offered in a four-weekend series: April 21-24, July 7-10, September 22-25, December 8-11. East Meets West Acupuncture and Energy Healing Center 1002 Birchfield Dr, Mt Laurel, NJ Geoffrey White, 609-468-1286 GeoffreysEnergy@gmail.com InnerSource.net

Reflexology Overview for LMTs May 5 - May 6 9am-5pm JourneyDance Wednesdays, March 2-30 6:30-7:45pm How does your body feel like moving today? Slow and swirly or rhythmic shimmying? Join me in the dance to find out. This is our weekly JourneyDance of self-care and community. Comfortable movement clothing and a water bottle are encouraged. See you on the dance floor. Cost: $15


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Reflexology Practitioner Program September - March One Full Weekend per Month Saturday & Sunday, 9am-7pm

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If you have a passion for helping others, feel a connection to the holistic mindset, hold an appreciation for the energies of the body and its ability to self-heal, then becoming a reflexology practitioner may be a great fit for you. Learn this gentle healing art and become a facilitator of wellness. 7-month, 150-hour professional program is NCBMTB CE approved. Easy payment plan available.

Soul-Celebrations Free Call-In Class: Unleash Your Doubt March 15 7-8pm

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Transformation Specialist Michelle McInnis is hosting a free call in event. Are you ready to Unleash Your Doubt? In this class we learn powerful and practical tools that help you shift into a new way of thinking. Come join the family and receive support, new tools and a inspiring visualization. Register on website to receive dial-in info. Michelle McInnis Info@MichelleMcInnis.com MichelleMcInnis.com

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 A Time to Blossom, Bloom & Shine May 7 9am-1pm Women’s sacred space to celebrate & honor themselves. Invite moms, daughters, girlfriends. Start this weekend honoring women with a day of sacred meditation, empowering visualizations, conscious dance, energetic connections. Enjoy this fun and fulfilling day. Snacks and gifts included in your investment. Register by May 1. Cost: $95 for two Country Creek Winery 133 Cressman Rd, Telford Tracy McGovern, 215-858-8195 Tracy@EssentialConnections.biz mkt.com/essential-connections/ blossom-bloom-shine

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sunday Reiki Share and Community Drum Circle – 3rd Sunday, 2-6pm. At 2pm, connect with area Reiki practitioners and have an opportunity to practice and receive Reiki. Those who are not attuned are welcome to attend, receive a treatment and be part of the community. From 4:30-6pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. RainbowsOfHealing.com.

monday Seed Nutrition Seminar – 1st & 3rd Monday, 7pm. Come join us to learn how you can get 8X your body’s daily requirement of nutrients in 60 seconds, keeping yourself healthy all winter and beyond. Proven science, independently verified, incredibly effective results. 122 N York Rd, Ste 6 (rear), Hatboro. 215-858-4448. Dotgnot@gmail. com. meetup.com/SpiritualEvolutionGroupHatboro.

tuesday Ashtanga Yoga Flow – 5:30-6:45am. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga Studio.com/workshops. Slow Flow – 10-11:15am. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 403 E Walnut St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYogaStudio.com. Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 5:30-6:45pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBody YogaStudio.com. Heated Vinyasa – 6-7:15pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, North Wales. 215661-0510. WholeBodyYogaStudio.com. Yin/Yang Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYogaStudio.com.

wednesday Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Schedule online or by phone. Located upstairs; call if you have disabilities. $30. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture.com.

Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. 4TheMINDS.org. 4TheMINDS@gmail.com. JourneyDance – 6:30-7:45pm. How does your body feel like moving today? Slow and swirly or rhythmic shimmying? Join me in the dance to find out. This is our weekly JourneyDance of self-care and community. Comfortable movement clothing and a water bottle are encouraged. See you on the dance floor. $15. The Authentic Self, 281 Tabor Rd, Third Floor, Ottsville. Kelly, 215-534-4989. Healing Through Consciousness Series – 6:309:30pm, every other Wednesday, 1/20-5/25. With Susan Watson. Learning tools to increase your energy and keep your vibration in a higher place. Call 610-742-2789 to register. International School of Shiatsu, 10 S Clinton St, Ste 300, Doylestown. Shiatsubo.com. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Come one, come all to destress your body and mind, feed your soul what it’s really looking for, learn how to live more in balance, enjoying your life. You deserve it. Experienced and inexperienced welcome. 122 N York Rd, Ste 6 (rear), Hatboro. 215-858-4448. Dotgnot@gmail. com. meetup.com/SpiritualEvolutionGroupHatboro. Ancient Wisdom Traditions – 7-9pm. Exploring ancient wisdom traditions through the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Presented by the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. NancyBragin.com/theosophicalsociety-abraxas-lodge. Meditative Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. This class offers traditional and modified poses which are held for longer than a few breaths in order to facilitate entering a meditative state and a meditative practice. The class occurs mostly on the floor with the use of props for support. The class will include an hour of traditional practice; poses, and pranayama (breathing) with a 15-minute meditative option at the end or choose a rest pose. 45 Berkeley Rd #204, Devon. 267- 226-7767. BalancedForLifeYoga.com. Prenatal Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Prenatal Yoga is a wonderful opportunity for moms-to-be to prepare their bodies for bringing new life into the world. In community with others, women will learn tools and techniques to get ready for one of the most significant experiences of their lives. $17. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. KTooley22@hotmail.com. AnahataYogaWellness.com.

Yoga – 7:30-9pm. Stretch, tone and get flexible. This ongoing class is great for all ages and abilities. $8 member; $10 non-member. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org.

friday Mommy & Me (Postnatal) Yoga – 11am-12pm. This class is a wonderful way to strengthen your body gradually while teaching you to integrate mind/body principles from the yoga tradition into your life as a mom. Focus will be on core strengthening, breathing and relaxation techniques. Dads are welcome too. Class cards available. $20 drop-in. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga@hotmail.com. WholeBodyYogaStudio.com.

saturday Saturday Morning Bird Walk – 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Come on out. Free. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org. Higher Brain Living Chat – 9-10am, 3rd Saturday. What isn’t working in your life? Learn about Higher Brain Living, enjoy a cup of coffee with reishi mushrooms. Higher Brain Living can change your brain and life. Inspiration to Wholeness, 53 Darby Rd, Ste F, Paoli. 484-302-1502. HBLSherylGoodling.com. Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm, 1st Sat. First Saturday shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy, and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $40. International School of Shiatsu, 10 S Clinton St, third floor, Doylestown. Shirley Scranta, 215-340-9918. LearnShiatsu@ gmail.com. Shiatsubo.com. Theosophical Principles – 10:30am-12pm. Reading and discussion of sections of Ocean of Theosophy by W. Q. Judge. Presented by Tommy Kehoe. Joint effort of the United Lodge of Theosophy of Philadelphia and the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. NancyBragin.com/ theosophical-society-abraxas-lodge.

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Grace Rollins, M.S., L.Ac., N.T.P. Paolo Propato, L.A.c. 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 BridgeAcupuncture.com Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad on page 7.

ART THERAPY HEARTWELL HOUSE Expressive Therapies John Muraco, ATR, RYT 315-329-9838 HeartWellHouse.com

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Art therapy, an alternative to talk therapy, is a way to express yourself creatively with no artistic talent required. Receive emotional balance, empowerment, and a deeper sense of self-understanding in a safe environment. Muraco is a registered art therapist, yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle and wellness counselor, specializing in adolescents and those who have lived through emotional or medical trauma or serious illness. Expressive arts groups, stress reduction classes, and personal wellness and herbal remedy making classes available. Call for a free, 30-minute consultation.

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JOHN OF GOD CRYSTAL BED HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Elaine Berk, MEd Counseling & Energy Psychology 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534

John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens, and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad on page 37.


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ENERGY HEALING VIBRATIONAL ENERGY HEALING & WORKSHOPS Rainbows of Healing 123 W Maple Ave Langhorne, PA RainbowsOfHealing.com

Rainbows of Healing offers many services such as private healing sessions with Reiki, Crystal Balancing, Sound Therapy and more. Check out our website for ongoing and special event workshops. Visit our Metaphysical Boutique for unique crystals, jewelry, Native American flutes, handcrafted items and much more.

GREEN LIVING ENVIRONMENTAL HOME STORE 320 N Broad St, Doylestown 267-880-6791 Nick@EnvironmentalHomeStore.com

Our mission is simple: to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. We want to make healthy, responsible and beautiful building practices available to everyone. We pride ourselves on representing the finest manufacturers of sustainable building supplies. Visit us at our one-stop-shop and we will work with you to help you “go green” for any of your rooms. See ad on page 31.


1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm TheOrganicMattressStore.com Celebrating our 12th Anniversary, doing business since 2004. Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. See ad on page 12.

GREEN TRAVEL BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 1635 River Rd, New Hope 215-862-2924 • BHWP.org Tues-Sun 9am-5pm

The 134-acre Preserve features more than 800 species of native plants in a naturalistic setting. Explore miles of trails running through picturesque woodlands, meadows, and aquatic habitats. Diverse educational programs are offered year round.




480 N Gulph Rd, Ste 100, King of Prussia 717-818-5254 Jacqui.Company As an Intuitive and Futurist, Jacqueline Cassel serves as a coach and confidant to those who know more is possible in their own lives, for their organizations and in their communities. Uniquely collaborating with each client, Jacqui delivers a more complete vision of possibilities and potential obstacles as she intuitively “sees” energetic influences beyond the five senses. See ad on page 13.

Arnold B Meshkov, MD 1077 Rydal Rd, Ste 307, Rydal 215-920-0815 • AbingtonCardiology.com Board-certified cardiologist with 35 years in private practice. Offering a holistic approach to cardiology with an emphasis on outpatient management, prevention, diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment. See ad on page 33.



Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 DentalWellnessCentre.com


Barbara Meza, LMT, HHP 33 S Delaware Ave, Ste 201, Yardley ConsciusVita.com Provider of integrated wellness dedicated to client care. Service includes massage, lymphatic drainage, contemporary cupping therapy, acupressure, nutritional and herbal guidance and aromatherapy. 201-978-7335. ConsciusVita@msn.com. See ad on page 9.


Kathleen Downey, CSCP New Hope/Lambertville/Worldwide 858-401-3144 • CoreLevelHealing.net CoreLevelHealing@gmail.com

Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad on page 25.


Alternative holistic counseling, nutritionist, soul retrieval, past life therapy, author of Healthy is Delicious, detox retreats, yoga, voice coach. 25 years of experience.


Dr. Beth Skovron 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See ad with special offers on back page.



David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W. Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120 PerioImplants.us

215-736-3803 DrSusanBurger@gmail.com LiveWithVitality.com Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops. See ad on page 2.

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Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad on page 14.

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Barry Wolfson 3000 Valley Forge Cir, Ste 3400, King of Prussia, PA 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton, NJ 2 East Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 908-303-7767 • HypnosisNJ.com

With 30 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, confidencebuilding, 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 7.


Nita Keesler, LMT, BCTMB Langhorne/Bensalem/Cheltenham 267-980-1727 • iNitaUnwind@gmail.com Back-In-Balance.MassageTherapy.com Board-certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. 22 years of experience. Therapeutic, deep tissue and Thai Massage with an intuitive touch. Corporate onsite programs; couples massage; YogaDance, posture, flexibility classes. See ad on page 29.


Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 InYourHands.MassageTherapy.com Megan’s therapeutic massage technique works deeply by targeting specific problem areas while keeping in mind the whole. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping and Aromatherapy, and also offers Therapeutic Yoga instruction. Relieve pain and stress, increase body awareness, heal and relax.

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Silver Lake Nature Center (SNLC) is the home of the area’s first Earthship, a carbon-zero structure built with recycled products, that heats and cools itself, that gathers its own water, recycles its own waste, and produces food. Education, recreation, research and advocacy.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND LLC 196 W Ashland St, Ste 112, Doylestown 267-895-1733 DrLachman.com

Julie Lachman, ND, is a graduate of the prestigious Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. She sees adults and children of all ages. Naturopathic doctors are specialists in complex cases, like autoimmune diseases. She has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics, Lyme disease and recently became certified as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner.


Lynn Feinman, Doctor of Naturopathy 53 Darby Rd. Ste C, Paoli 610-608-1430 NaturalHealthOptions.us A holistic and natural approach to women’s health issues, hormonal balance, digestive health, natural immunity, anxiety/depression and many other health conditions. Dr. Lynn Feinman also developed “The Nutritional Cleanse” and the “Mindful Eating” customized coaching programs for succeeding at personal health goals. Call for a free phone consultation. See ad on page 27.

NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION, LLC Tina Stashko, N.D., Ph.D., MIfHI Emmaus 610-965-8132 NaturalHealthPromotion.net

Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as i r i d o l o g y, s c l e r o l o g y a n d biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential. See ad on page 19.



Jeffrey L. Griffin, DC JOHN OFOffice GOD Campus, CRYSTAL Bailiwick SteBED 26, HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Doylestown Elaine Berk, MEd 215-348-2115 Counseling & Energy Psychology Center4NaturalHealing.com 110 North State St, Newtown Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor 215-970-1534

with 31 years of practice experience John of God Crystal Bed in chiropractic care that is blended Healing cleanses, opens, and together with enzyme nutrition. invigorates the body and This combination of treatment soul by balancing and modalities allows Griffin to clearing one’s chakras and successfully treat a wide variety of energy field. Colored lights, health complaints, ranging from chosen to match the chakra neck and back pain to headaches, colors, radiate light and energy through precision digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, website. See ad on page 38. physical & spiritual well-being. See ad on page 37.

PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd, Counseling Psychology 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 • PastLifeRegressionPA.com

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a trained psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad on page 37.

PET THERAPY DR. JULIE ANN ALLENDER 306 Rickert Rd, Sellersville 215-799-2220 PetTherapyParadisePark.com

Dr. Allender’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 15.

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Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad on page 11.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown Info@InnerSpa.org 215-968-9000 • InnerSpa.org InnerVitalitySpa.com A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad on page 11.

classifieds Fee for classified ads is $1 per word per month. To place a listing, email content to Publisher@NABuxMont.com by the 10th of the month. FOR RENT PEACEFUL COUNTRY SETTING – Building includes four gathering rooms, kitchen and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. 215-538-0976. GreenshireArts.org. VERY FLEXIBLE AND AFFORDABLE SUBLEASE AVAILABLE – Join The Center for Integrated Health, in Harleysville. We are searching for like-minded holistic practitioners (chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths, psychologists, reiki masters, etc.) to join our acupuncturist, obesity specialist and holistic nutritionist. Ideal for new or part-time practitioners or second office for established providers. Includes rent, Internet, utilities, website and all CAM costs. For more info visit IntegratedHealthOf Harleysville.com. Interested parties call Neil Mathews at 215-872-2756.

HELP WANTED Organic wellness spa seeking PT LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Must be dependable, client focused, and willing to learn additional spa services. Send resume to: Christine@InnerSpa.org.

OPPORTUNITIES EXPANDING COMPANY looking for people who have a drive and a passion for helping others and want to get paid very well for doing so. No experience necessary; will train. 215-858-4448. WORK FROM HOME – Flexible schedule, advertising/marketing/customer relations. No Inventory/ Home Parties/Selling Products. Call Susan Pontelandolfo, 267-474-7536.


YOGA ANAHATA YOGA & WELLNESS CENTER 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville 215-740-1354 • AnahataYogaWellness.com Info@AnahataYogaWellness.com

A welcoming, cozy, Kripaluaffiliated studio with the sacred mission of serving from the heart. Offering yoga and ayurveda classes and workshops, meditation and energy healing sessions. See ad on page 13.

HOLISTIC SERVICES – Life counseling, reiki, energy healing, psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, weddings, memorial services, holistic workshops and more. 215-538-0976. GreenshireArts.org. UNIQUE NUTRITION PROGRAM – How much does the guy at the vitamin store really know about your body? Introducing a Nutrition Program as unique as you are. Call 267-992-2519 or visit MyIDLifeRocks.com for your free personal assessment.

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