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energy healing and energy psychology (EP). Within the umbrella of “energy work” there exists a wide range of treatment options, from the ancient to the innovative, all with the purpose of balancing the body’s energetic flow, and achieving an optimal state of physical, emotional and spiritual health. Well-known body-centered practices like yoga, massage, reiki, acupuncture, reflexology and osteopathic manipulation; EP techniques including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping”; Eric Pearl’s reconnective therapy; and Donna Eden’s energy medicine curriculum are only a sampling of the modalities that make up this growing body of practices. We’re also celebrating the sea change in popular culture, as energy healing as a whole becomes more widely recognized by the mainstream. The National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s 2012 survey reports that approximately 38 percent of U.S. adults and approximately 12 percent of children used some form of complementary health treatment, and that they collectively spent $30 billion in out-of-pocket costs on those services. Nearly 30 percent of that spending was for practices classified as energy medicine. The office’s 2016 strategic plan allocates considerable federal money to continued clinical trials to identify the safety and usefulness of these practices in disease prevention and treatment. Surely, this is a sign of a turning tide. Examples of this shift abound in healthcare, educational and correctional settings. Yoga, after proving its efficacy as a form of physical fitness and stress relief, is currently being mined for its usefulness in managing more subtle, energetic aspects of mind and emotional regulation in schools, rehabilitation and prison settings. Major medical centers are now offering a range of complementary and mindbody approaches, such as acupuncture, tai chi and massage, in combination with conventional, allopathic medical treatment, and they are measuring their results in respected, peer-reviewed journals. Nurses are training in reiki and Healing Touch and are offering those services to patients in oncology, surgical and palliative settings. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, over 800 American hospitals offered reiki as part of their hospital services. Whereas EP evidence was mostly anecdotal ten years ago, The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) now cites over 80 research studies, including multiple randomized controlled trials published in professional and refereed journals, that confirm the treatment value of energy psychology when applied to many different problems, such as post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress management and performance enhancement. In 2012, ACEP became the first organization to be approved by the APA to give psychologists continuing education for energy psychology. The research investigating the benefits of these modalities continues to increase as the interest from the public demands it. It’s exciting to think about how these developments could impact the way we approach physical and mental health in our near and distant futures. Imagine teachers that can help children with ADHD into yoga poses, nurses trained to use hands-on healing after chemotherapy sessions, test proctors teaching EFT to a room of nervous students, and law enforcement officers skilled at guided mindful meditation, bringing presence and peace to the carceral environment. Come, open your mind with us, and consider the possibilities for wellness in a more “energetic” tomorrow. Together, we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

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uzanne Walski, doctor of veterinary medicine and owner of Meadowbrook Animal Healing, and Lyn Hicks, who cocreated The Room at Meadowbrook with Walski, will host a Vibrant Living Festival for people and their companion pets at The Room at Meadowbrook, in Ottsville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on October 8, to celebrate the many ways healthy living can be experienced by people and their furry friends. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are invited to attend with their human companions. The gathering will bring together many different healing and expressive art practitioners in one space. Classes and workshops will be offered free throughout the day, and healing services will be available for a fee. Offerings include yoga, qigong, women’s health, reflexology and aurasoma with jin shin jyutsu. Animal lectures and demonstrations will include chiropractic, acupuncture, Bach Flower Remedy and nutrition. Healthy snacks, made by a local nutritionist, will be available for purchase. The event will culminate in a sound healing experience. “This is an event where people can learn to take better care of their own health, and also learn how many of the same healing practices can be applied to their pets,” states Walski. Walski has been serving the Pennsylvania community since 1987. She worked at several animal hospitals before opening Meadowbrook Animal Hospital. In 2000, she added chiropractic care, and in 2005, she became a practitioner of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine acupuncture. As her services evolved, so did the hospital, becoming Meadowbrook Animal Healing. Walski provides holistic healing for pets, including animal reiki, acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, Bach Flower Remedy and individualized nutrition consultations.

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ina’s Rocks has relocated to 120 South York Road, in Hatboro. An open house to celebrate the recent move will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on October 15, and includes angel and tarot card readings, sound healing, a rock raffle and refreshments. Parking is available on South York Road and in the municipal lot behind the building. The serene, peaceful shop boasts an expansive selection of rare and unique tumbled stones, crystals, fossils, rocks and minerals, as well as books, artwork from local artists, pure, organic essential oils, incense, candles and custom, handmade jewelry. Customers can choose their own stone and have it made into a unique piece of wearRina able art. The vape bar that shared the former space will not be moving to the new location, allowing the collection to be enjoyed in a smoke-free and relaxing environment. Rina, a member of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society, provides personalized customer service. “If someone is looking for a particular mineral, rock or crystal, in a size, shape or color that we do not carry, we will find it for them,” she says. “We take many trips across the U.S. on rock quests and have many connections around the world.” An array of services and educational classes are also offered. Drop-in guided meditation with music is held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Thursdays. A drum circle is held from 7 to 9 p.m., the third Friday of each month. Additional classes for adults and children, as well as speakers from the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society, are held throughout the year. Event details can be found on the website. Location: 120 South York Rd., Hatboro. For more information, call 215-443-ROCK (7625), email or visit and rinasrockspa. See ad, page 33.

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onnie Fenty, M.Ed., Labyrinth Specialist, will present two workshops about the history and mystery of this ancient symbol. From 1 to 4:30 p.m., on October 9, participants will create a seven-path labyrinth and walk its path. Two weeks later, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., on October 23, they will discover how the labyrinth can be used for conflict resolution and explore the Native American belief that every decision must be based on what effect it will have for seven generations into the future. This experience will culminate outdoors with a labyrinth partner walk. Labyrinths have long been used as a model of life’s path of transformation, representing the journey to one’s own center and back again out into the world. This enables individuals to expand their vision of what is possible, shaping their life’s story into one that portrays inner truth. Connie Fenty has long shared her love of the Earth and passion for peace, inspiring individuals to spend more time in nature where they can realize personal healing, wisdom, serenity and wholeness. As a member of the International Labyrinth Society, Fenty has been an annual presenter at conferences held all over the country, and she presently serves on the society’s board of directors. Her originally designed “Common Ground Labyrinth” was selected by the Labyrinth Society to be included in its entry to the World Trade Center Memorial Competition. Cost: $45 for the October 9 workshop; $30 for October 23. Location: 3620 Sterner Mill Rd., Quakertown. For more information, call 215-538-0976, email or visit See calendar, page 40.

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he Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment invites participants to tune up their body, mind and spirit and experience the love of higher consciousness at the Second Annual Spiritfest Expo & Holistic Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on October 22 and 23, at the New Hope Eagle Firehouse. Show organizer Tony Kenton says, “This is our second year hosting this autumnal event, and if you haven’t yet experienced one of our shows, this is a joyful, festive event shared by like-minded people who are resonating at a high vibration. Feel the energy similar to an adult version of the flower power of the 1960s and 70s.” Kenton adds, “If you dress up for Halloween and surprise us, we will surprise you!” Every hour of the event will feature free special guest speaker presentations on metaphysical topics. Area psychic readers and mediums, energy healers, mindbody therapists and holistic practitioners will offer massage, stress management techniques and many more healing modalities. New age products, aroma and holographic therapies, artwork, jewelry and crystals will also be displayed for purchase, along with a natural food court. Cost: $7. Location: 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope. For more information, call 267-261-2768 or visit See ad, page 12.

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eng Shui Studios, in partnership with Green Street Luxuries spa and GSL Organics skin care line, presents “Becoming,” a self-empowerment workshop, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., on October 26. The workshop will be interactive and discussion-based. “If you can dream it, you can be it, if you have the right tools,” says Jana Schneider, owner of Feng Shui Studios. Schneider is a feng shui consultant, theta healer, yoga instructor and holistic counselor. “I help students learn how to manifest their desires by connecting to the universal energy source within.” Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice of harmonizing one’s physical setting to support health and happiness. ThetaHealing is an alternative healing technique that allows for immediate, positive changes to a person’s emotional, mental, spiritual or physical reality. “At Green Street Luxuries, no matter the reason you walk in our door, you have to leave better than the way you came in. That includes our carefully selected workshops and classes that will show and teach you ways to improve your life,” says Candy Pack, Green Street Luxuries founder, owner and master healer. Cost: $25, includes admission, handouts, worksheets and refreshments. Location: 617 W. Main St., Lansdale. Register online (suggested) at Tinyurl. com/becoming-thetahealing-Oct26. For more information, call 267-8791554. See ad, page 2.


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onnect with holistic and spiritual vendors from all over the East Coast at the sixth annual Inner Light Holistic Expo, being held at the Coventry Mall, in Pottstown. The expo will run November 12 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and November 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend this community-based event. Over 100 vendors are expected, including reflexologists, psychic readers, aura photographers, reiki practitioners, chiropractors and massage therapists, as well as organic products such as candles and soaps. Expo organizer Cristina Leeson, who owns Inner Light Holistic Center, in Gilbertsville, says the focus is on the energy of spiritual community that has been created at the expo since the beginning. “Our vendors come back every year and are so caring and committed to our expo. They show their passion of their gifts and share so freely, making it a very loving event,” she says. Free lectures will be offered all weekend, with topics such as essential oils, meditation, spiritual and intuitive development, chiropractic care and healthy herbs. “People are hungry for knowledge and are seeking more spiritual and holistic avenues. It’s time to put our focus back on ourselves and what we feel resonates with what our spirit craves. We have the answers within,” Leeson says. Attendees are encouraged to try something new and connect with others that are interested in spiritual and holistic growth. “In these modern days of technology, we find ourselves more and more separated from each other. It is my mission to show just how many of these caring and compassionate people are out there, empowering our community and the world,” says Leeson. Natural Awakenings of Bucks & Montgomery County is the official media sponsor of this year’s festival. “The mission of our publication is to support and promote the holistic health practitioners in our area, and to spread their good work to the increasing numbers of local people that are embracing a holistic lifestyle. Cristina’s expo is an incredible opportunity to do that in a concentrated way,” says Publisher and Director of Advertising Partnerships, Karen G. Meshkov. In reference to the wide range of vendors that will be at the event, she offers, “Their success is our success—we are interdependent, and together, we are Making the Awakening here in BuxMont.”

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laine Berk, therapist, will be offering individual, 90-minute John of God crystal bed healings from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., October 12, at Greenshire Arts Consortium, in Quakertown; October 14, at Kaleidoscope Angels, in Douglassville; and October 19, at Soulutions, in Newtown. Sessions include guidance to set healing intentions, 60 minutes on the crystal bed, high-vibration healing water, energetic support while on the crystal bed, ceremonial music used for release and transformation, and prayers used by John of God at The Casa de Dom Inacio de Loyola, his healing center in Abadiania, Brazil. The John of God Crystal Healing Bed consists of seven pure, specially selected quartz crystals that are suspended 12 inches above the client. The crystals are lighted through color lenses that are then aligned to correspond to the body’s seven main energy centers, called chakras. Berk explains, “Opening and clearing these energy centers while also cleansing and restoring the biofield or aura—the energetic field surrounding the body—promotes healing, because blockages, imbalances and energetic disturbances can cause or contribute to everything from anxiety and depression to pain and physical illness.” Many people report an enhanced sense of peace, health and well-being; others report emotional and physical guidance, clarity and healing. João Teixeira de Faria, internationally known as John of God, was in the U.S. in September for healing sessions. Berk is honored to be chosen as one of a select few granted permission to bring his crystal bed therapy to others. She is offering these sessions for those that missed him, those that had the blessing of seeing him and wish to continue their healing, and for those that seek alternative healing therapies and are curious. Berk offers crystal light therapy as part of her extensive array of services for helping clients to resolve their most vexing issues. Cost: $100. Make an appointment by contacting the location of choice. Greenshire Arts, 3620 Sterner Mill Rd., Quakertown, 215-538-0976. Kaleidoscope Angels, 1056 Old Swede Rd., Douglassville, 610-689-3999. Soulutions, 126 North State St., Newtown, 215-968-9750. Learn more about Elaine Berk at See ad, page 19.

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aCrema Botanicals will participate in the fourth annual Awaken Healing Expo, from 10 a.m. on November 5 until 6 p.m. on November 6, at Williamson Banquet & Event Center, in Horsham. Their topical cannabidiol CBD products will be available for purchase, and they will be on-site to answer any questions about CBD and the benefits of using CBD products. In the fall of 2015, DaCrema Botanicals, headquartered locally in Plymouth Meeting, was formed by Mitchell Ebert and Joe DaCrema, with the mission of making the highest-quality CBD products: natural, safe, with superior therapeutic value and without the side effects of industrial pharmaceuticals. The CBD used in DaCrema Botanicals products is derived from contaminant-free, GMOfree and pesticide-free agricultural hemp seeds harvested in Eastern Europe. The hemp health movement is on the rise, as more and more people are using hemp products for relief from a variety of health conditions, including antibiotic-resistant infections, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety attacks, diabetes, muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain. DaCrema’s most popular product is the topical salve, a healing balm that supports relief from muscle, joint and nerve pain, and accelerates skin and wound healing. The highly concentrated CBD drops are also popular for people seeking a holistic option for stress and anxiety. The Awaken Healing Expo, organized by Greg Campisi, founder of the Awaken Center for Human Evolution, is a weekend-long event that brings together vendors, healers and practitioners from a variety of modalities to provide group healing sessions, presentations, readings, activities and more. Location: 500 Blair Mill Rd., Horsham. For more information, call 267-261-3843, email or visit and Healing-Expo. See ad, page 31.

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newsbriefs Doylestown Veterinary Hospital Expands with Holistic Pet Care


oylestown Veterinary Hospital announces it is broadening the services provided by the practice to include Holistic Pet Care. Pet owners interested in holistic programs for the care of their pets now have a veterinary practice in the Central Bucks area that offers a variety of traditional and holistic options. “Doylestown Veterinary Hospital has been integrating holistic modalities like acupuncture and laser therapy with our conventional veterinary practice for some time, and we are excited to be expanding those options even further,” says Dr. Laura Weis, who owns the hospital with her husband, Dr. Randy Weis. “The veterinary hospital has been dedicated to the health of pets since 1972, with a tradition of offering compassionate care through modern medicine and technology.” Weis’s practice provides homeopathy and nutritional counseling. She explains, “The objective of homeopathy is to trigger the body’s natural defenses so with each step in making the pet healthier, the body gains a greater ability to heal. It’s a gentle approach to wellness that lasts throughout the lifetime of your pet.” The benefits of a homeopathic approach to pet care include an overall increase in health, longer lasting results with fewer in-between treatments, no toxic side effects and reduced healthcare costs over the life of the pet. On staff, Drs. Ashlea Erk and David MacDonald are certified veterinary acupuncturists. MacDonald also has years of experience working with herbal therapies. They both agree that a fully integrative approach to pet health care enhances patient comfort and offers unique solutions to a variety of medical conditions. “Offering conventional medicine and holistic therapies allows the medical team to provide highly individualized pet care,” MacDonald explains. “We can work with the pets and their caregivers to choose therapies that accomplish the proper balance for a healthy life or a unique solution to more effective treatment of a chronic illness.” Location: 380 N. Shady Retreat Rd., Doylestown. For more information or to schedule an appointment for either their conventional or holistic services, call 215-345-6000 or visit DoylestownVeterinaryHospital. com. See ad, page 9.


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isa Rhodes, a doctor of podiatric medicine, licensed acupuncturist and owner of Integrative Health Care, in Fountainville, announces a new modality, In Light Wellness Systems. The non-invasive and restorative polychromatic light therapy system is intended for clinical, professional and home use, and has been FDA approved for pain syndrome and peripheral neuropathy, with a Dr. Lisa Rhodes variety of settings and combinations that allow application for children and adults. Rhodes conducts a client consultation and performs an evaluation to determine the inclusion of light therapy sessions in a treatment protocol. In Light Wellness Systems can also be used for facial rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits, and as therapy for infection, depression, anxiety, allergies, auto-immune disease and inflammation. It can support the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the muscular and skeletal systems, and the technology is currently under development for FDA approval for use with traumatic brain injury cases. In addition, the light therapy device provides support for clients suffering from TMJ. Light diodes are embedded into pads of different sizes. During a light therapy session, a light-emitting pad is placed directly on the skin, and can be applied underneath clothing. The pad is connected to the machine, and Rhodes sets the wavelength for the desired effect. Session length is between five and 40 minutes. “I am amazed at the significant and rapid decrease of symptoms and pain relief that clients are receiving,” enthuses Rhodes, who has been using In Light Wellness Systems for four months. “A particular example comes to mind. When a client who received light therapy sessions for TMJ returned to her orthodontist, he was shocked at how much her TMJ had improved,” she explains. “This new modality offers us another powerful tool to help support the wellness journey of our clients.”

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r. Julie Lachman recently debuted the VitaminMed Program at her practice in Doylestown. A naturopathic doctor who is devoted to helping her patients restore their health naturally, Lachman Dr. Julie Lachman has seen positive results from the products and considers them a good fit with her focus on holistic health. “Holistic health takes an integrated approach to your health to discover the reason for the symptoms, rather than the symptoms themselves,” she says. VitaminMed products are designed not just to help patients lose weight, but to produce other health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugars. The VitaminMed program consists of four products that are engineered to work in tandem with each other. One product is full of amino acids that help counter cravings. There are also vitamins to help with proper red blood cell formation, neurological function and DNA synthesis. The products also support detoxification, as fat stores a lot of unwanted material that can make people sick. A fourth product addresses gastrointestinal health and regularity, and includes herbs that have been shown to help balance blood sugar. “Everyone is losing weight, even women with thyroid issues,” says Lachman. Lachman has a weight loss manager on staff who helps to determine if a patient is a good candidate for the program and helps walk them through it. “It is very exciting to be able to help people in this way,” she says. Location: 196 W. Ashland St., Doylestown. For more information, call 267-915-6072 or visit See ad, page 21.


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she developed. She also t felt like an offers YogaDance classes angel performing and bodywork sessions. surgery.” That’s Empowerment is how one fellow massage an important driver for therapist describes a sesKeesler, who wants her sion with Nita Keesler. clients not only to enjoy Keesler is owner of Back their massages and feel in Balance Massage & better, but also to learn Wellness, which has lofrom and take part in the cations in the BensalemLanghorne area and in process. “I really enjoy Cheltenham Township. working with people Helping clients that participate in their Nita Keesler unwind and get back in own healing,” she says, balance is what Keesler and welcomes clients does best, she says. “I help people to that are open to combining traditional feel empowered in their healing prodeep-tissue work with Thai massage or cess, creating awareness and balance assisted stretching. “Both of these have in their bodies and their lives through a cumulative, positive effect over time, therapeutic massage, assisted stretching if done regularly.” Back in Balance has naturally deand classes on posture and flexibility.” Keesler is no newbie to bodywork— veloped a focus on corporate wellness programs, which Keesler says are badly she’s been practicing since 1994 and needed in most workplaces. “These teaching massage since 2001. She programs show how routine workplace specializes in teaching clients selfhabits might negatively impact posture assisted massage techniques they can and flexibility. I provide simple techuse at home through her Posture and Flexibility program, a signature program niques that help prevent chronic aches

while also offering ways to destress while at work.” Too much sitting, badly designed furniture and stress all have negative effects on office workers, she explains. These can affect posture and flexibility, which “affects us on so many levels, from causing aches and pains, limited movement, making us feel older, affecting our digestion and even our mood, not to mention our appearance.” In the future, she hopes to expand her presence with therapeutic massage concierge services for corporate clients. At times, Keesler says, she meets clients that have never had a professional massage. Usually, the reason is “fear that the therapist will judge their appearance. However, that is not what I focus on; I see a person in need of healing touch, and I seek out muscle tension. I try to be the therapist that I would want to go to, in technique, values, integrity and compassion.” Back in Balance clients agree, describing Keesler’s touch as “not only practiced but intuitive” and voting her business “Best of Philadelphia” in PhillyFit and Philadelphia magazines. “Elderly clients and active military alike tell me I am deep yet gentle,” says Keesler. Some of Keesler’s clients are veterans, and she is passionate about supporting their needs. Back in Balance offers a “Protect and Serve” discount to veterans, as well as to police, fire department and EMT clients as a token of her appreciation for their service, and donates gift certificates and auction items to fundraisers in their honor. Military and first-responder work can be especially taxing on the body, so massage and bodywork services and classes can carry particular benefits for these clients. Back in Balance invites new clients that are looking for an empowering and healing approach to massage therapy. For more information, call 267-9801727 or visit Back-In-Balance.Massage See ad, page 11. Sarah Grey is a published author and editor whose writings bring together food, culture, community, language and politics. Connect at SarahGreyWrites. com and

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athy Fennelly has worked in medical settings her entire professional life. As a registered nurse for 30 years, she has worked in emergency rooms, cancer wards, surgical units, neurological and cardiac intensive care units, home health care and rehabilitation centers. In each setting, Fennelly’s motivation was the same: the profoundly intimate experience of supporting patients through their healing journey. After a second career in pharmaceuticals, Fennelly ultimately decided to return to patient care. This time, she extended her professional skillset to include the practice known as Healing Touch. Healing Touch is a non-invasive energy healing technique that was founded and developed in 1989 by Janet Mentgen, a nurse who observed the positive effect of energetic touch with her patients. Involving 30 different hand techniques, it is now recognized by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association and is nationally accredited with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a complementary therapy at hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes and hospices across the country. While Healing Touch is not a substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis or treatment, it is safe for all ages when used as a stand-alone wellness practice or as a non-invasive approach that integrates seamlessly with a conventional medical regimen. The practice is particularly supportive to cancer and hospice care—studies

have shown it is effective for decreasing stress and anxiety, staving off depression, reducing pain and boosting mental clarity, all of which strengthen the immune system, speeding up surgical recovery and shortening hospital stays. Fennelly, who offers her services to cancer patients and their caregivers at the Bryn Mawr Cancer Center as well as in her office, assisted living facilities, private homes, hospitals and outpatient facilities, explains that the power of Healing Touch is both parts science and spirit. A host of statistically significant data in peer reviewed medical journals leaves little scientific doubt that the practice creates the release of endorphins and oxytocin, and that those messengers positively impact the body’s healing mechanisms. Yet, it is the psycho-spiritual dimension of the work that inspires Fennelly most: “I focus on the heart, allowing feelings of compassion and unconditional love to inspire the intention in the client to move energy through. They are really healing themselves, and I am just helping them.” “We have a subtle energy field, or biofield, that surrounds us, and energy centers within our body supporting us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” describes Fennelly. “The concept of this energy, often called chi or prana, is well-known in Eastern medical traditions. If this energy field becomes stagnant and/or congested, the energy is compromised and affects our entire well-being.” During a session, Fennelly centers herself, becoming quiet, focused

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n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longerlasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified  Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying

the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally

felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications—backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes— therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (




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n any given day there are hundreds of yoga classes taking place in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. However, only one is being offered inside the area’s largest maximum-security prison, State Correctional Institution Graterford (SCI Graterford), the 87-yearold correctional facility in Collegeville that is home to 3,500 incarcerated men. “Breathe. Just breathe. Feel the chest rising and falling.” The voice of Mike Huggins, founder of the Transformation Yoga Project (TYP), reverberates from the cinder block walls of the prison gym. Fifteen men sit quietly on their mats, listening to the instruction of the mindfulness practice. The class is new for everyone, offered in response to an acknowledgment by policy makers and prison officials of the high rates of psychological problems experienced by individuals within the prison system, and the studies showing the relationship between yoga and reduced anxiety and depression, enhanced cognitive function and self-control. While yoga in prison may seem like a strange concept, it provides tools to help these men find comfort in a very uncomfortable environment. As a former inmate, Huggins knows firsthand the enormous emo22

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by Karen G. Meshkov and Michelle Bense tional upheaval that can come from being incarcerated. It was this distress that led Huggins to start practicing yoga in his cell during his first few months in prison in 2011. While other guys were lifting weights and playing cards, Huggins was moving through the postures and breathing exercises he learned at Power Yoga Works when he was a high-powered corporate executive. After receiving a sentence for a whitecollar misdemeanor, he found that the practice that had helped with lowering his stress and keeping him fit “outside” was helping to keep his body healthy and his mind calm and centered while he was on the “inside”. Huggins’ yoga poses quickly captured the attention of the guys on the block, and in a short time Huggins was teaching yoga—multiple classes a day— to an ever-growing number of participants. “Yoga was a source of strength, happiness and inner calmness in an environment filled with pain, sadness, hatred and despair,” Huggins says. “The power is real, it’s tangible and it’s within each of us. For instance, after guiding a yoga session, two inmates were in tears for the first time in their lives as they tried to deal with their inner demons. Yoga facilitates the creation of a safe zone, even within prison, where men

can be vulnerable as they work on their stuff in a non-judgmental way.” Huggins founded the Transformation Yoga Project in 2012 and, four years later, it has grown into a dedicated team serving people impacted by trauma, addiction and incarceration. Their classes are “trauma-sensitive”, in that they are explicitly designed to be effective for releasing deeply held, unresolved and painful experiences. People that regularly participate in the classes become aware of their mental patterns and habits and how those patterns relate to behaviors; they learn how yoga can be a tool for restoring the connection between mind, heart and body. The point of the practice is to develop the whole person and increase sensitivity and compassion toward oneself and others. Huggins is right on time with this kind of work: with incarceration rates at all-time highs, and a spike in heroin and prescription medication abuse, the number of individuals and families impacted by addiction and criminalization is unprecedented. “Ninety percent of the people in prison are going to be released. They’re going to be neighbors in our communities. What happens after they serve their time?” questions Huggins. “This is similar for people in recovery. After rehab or other programs

they’re coming back into the community, and many are at a loss as to where to go next. An ongoing yoga practice that they can use to provide physical and emotional well-being can be a critical part of their success as they take those next steps to rebuilding their lives.” TYP’s work is growing. In 2015 alone, the organization served more than 1,300 participants in its recovery program and 2,000 in the prison program, as well as over 500 through veterans’ classes at nearly a dozen different facilities in the greater Philadelphia area. Huggins explains, “Our objective is to provide those in physical and mental prisons access to practical and integrative mindfulness tools they can draw upon even when they are not in a class setting. Whether dealing with confrontation in the prison yard or working on recovery from addictions, yoga provides the opportunity to practice mindfulness and find practical solutions to difficult situations. Transformation Yoga Project facilitates this practical application of yoga as a lifestyle, on and beyond the mat.” TYP believes strongly that the opportunity to practice yoga should be available outside of the institutions TYP serves; people need to continue their yoga practice during re-entry, the transitional experience that people go through when they are establishing new lives. To meet this need, TYP has developed a unique studio partnership program, working collaboratively with local yoga studios to provide classes specifically designed for those who are in the process of rebuilding. TYP is actively seeking more partner studios in the Bucks, Montgomery and surrounding areas to support their growing programs. “We have facilities calling us every day that want us to start classes. But right now, we don’t have the resources,” says Lynn Rosenstock, TYP’s director of development and a longtime advocate of creating positive change in the criminal justice system. Partner studios make a difference and allow TYP to expand by setting up collection boxes at check-in desks, making monthly or annual donations, hosting or sponsoring donation-based trauma-sensitive classes and/or collecting supplies.

“We love receiving mats and blocks,” Rosenstock shares. “When we can get these kinds of supplies covered by donations from the yoga community, TYP can direct more money toward the costs related to instruction—meaning we can teach more classes to more people who need them.” Partner studios can also extend scholarships to TYP participants that would like to complete their Yoga Teaching Training (YTT). “Some of our best teachers are former TYP participants in recovery. They totally understand,” says Huggins. TYP just completed its first 200-hour certified YTT program at SCI Graterford (a maximum-security prison), so the men can teach within the prison or in the community upon release. Inmate-led yoga programs are being developed for both hospice and cancer patients. “They have that experience that can reach out and connect to others on another level,” says Huggins. TYP is truly grateful for those who participate and support their mission. They use social media to promote and support partner studios’ Transformation Yoga classes and events, as well as to acknowledge donations. Studios are also invited to participate in the Gratitude Festival, scheduled for spring 2017. As TYP is a sponsored media partner of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, participating

studios also receive special recognition in the yoga directory and discounted advertising rates. Donations to TYP are tax-deductible. For Rosenstock, a devoted yoga practitioner herself, the greatest gift of being a part of this effort is karmic. “By supporting this work—through financial contribution, in-kind donation, volunteering and sharing the word—studios and their clients know that they are empowering others to use yoga to heal and transform their lives.” For more information, call 267-3629216, email Lynn@Transformation or visit Transformation See ad, page 25. Karen G. Meshkov is the Publisher and Director of Advertising Partnerships for NA BuxMont, as well as an Integral Yoga teacher. She works with her husband on Broken On All Sides, a documentary and organizing project that confronts issues of systemic racism and mass incarceration in the U.S. Learn more at Michelle Bense is a freelance writer and editor based in Charlotte, North Carolina who is currently working with Mike Huggins on a book about his experiences. Connect with her at EditorMichelle


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he household is settling for the night when the 5-yearold cries out, “My throat hurts!” “There’s no need to panic,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, in Pecos, New Mexico, an integrative physician and chief medical officer of Weil Lifestyle. “It’s pretty easy to figure out if it’s strep throat, which requires antibiotics, or something you can treat at home.” Only 10 to 20 percent of sore throats in children are caused by Streptococcus bacteria which, if not properly treated, can lead to heart damage. The first question to ask is, “What are the symptoms?” If these include sudden onset of a severe and worsening sore throat without any complaints of scratchiness; a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more; headache or stomach pain; and the lack of a stuffy nose, cough or sign of a cold—a trip to the pediatrician is essential and a course of antibiotics is necessary, says Low Dog. The vast majority of youngsters’ sore throats, which may accompany a common cold, are caused by viruses and will heal on their own in about a week. Many natural remedies will help children feel better and relieve the pain; some cost so little they are nearly free. Salt water gargle: “A glass of warm water with half a teaspoon of sea salt swirled into it is an old-school remedy that works well for kids at least 5 years old,” says Erika Krumbeck, a naturopathic doctor and licensed primary care physician practicing pediatrics in Missoula, Montana. She notes that a salt water gargle can also moderate the symptoms of strep until the child can see a doctor. The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies confirms that the salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed throat tissues. It also loosens mucus and removes other irritants, including bacteria, allergens and fungi. Just make sure children don’t swallow the salt water, counsels Krumbeck. 26

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Warm compresses: A warm water compress using a wet hand towel applied for 10 or 15 minutes every hour loosens mucus and is soothing. “It’s amazing how effective these familiar practices are,” says Krumbeck. “Grandma knew what she was doing.” Lemon juice and honey: “Honey is sweet, so kids love it,” says certified nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, of New York and Los Angeles. This traditional recipe works because the honey has antibacterial properties and the lemon juice is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants. Snyder cautions that babies younger than 12 months old should never be given honey because their immune systems cannot handle the bacterial spores sometimes present in the sweet treat. Elderberry: The tiny purple berries of the Sambucus nigra L. plant shortens the duration of colds and flu often suffered by air travelers, according to research that includes a large Australian study. Elderberry syrup appeals to kids because it tastes delicious. Low Dog recommends keeping a bottle on hand at all times because it’s hard to know when a child will complain of a scratchy throat. “This yummy syrup is good for all ages. It’s so safe. I love it,” says Low Dog, adding, “Plus, you can always use it on whole-grain pancakes.” Sage and Echinacea: Drinking sage tea and gargling with echinacea are old-time remedies for sore throats that now have scientific backing, says Snyder. Go for a twofer and add a little echinacea to the tea, she suggests. A Swiss study showed that an echinacea/sage spray soothed sore throat symptoms just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray, which can have side effects that include more swelling and even allergic reactions; the suggested spray should not be used with children under 12. Pairing up a dose of safe and gentle, time-tested sore throat recipes with a big hug will go far toward relieving most little ones’ suffering. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

UNSAFE DRUGS Acetaminophen, a popular ingredient in over-the-counter children’s cold medicines like Tylenol, has been linked to twice the risk of developing asthma. Immediate side effects can include rapid heart rate and convulsions. Ephedrine, pseudophedrine and phenylephrine are popular ingredients in children’s cold medications even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they’re not effective. Side effects include the possibility of unsupervised children overdosing on the sugary concoctions and can even prove fatal. In 2008, the FDA warned parents not to use any such cold medications for children under 4. Antibiotics are not effective against the viruses that cause most colds and flu. Antibiotics kill bacteria like those associated with strep throat, not viruses. Using antibiotics for a cold can actually lead to future antibiotic resistance.


The Path to Harmony Traditional Chinese Medicine, Music, Reiki and Applied Kinesiology by Carrie Jackson


he work of the Music Apothecary, in Wyndmoor, is the latest design of a healing music system that incorporates various Eastern and Western healing modalities to bring the body’s energetic systems “into phase”. The result can be the resolution of chronic allergies, addictions, food issues and other health-related imbalances. The music is an energetic music based on the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can target organs, tissues and meridians that are in need of repair. Practitioners Michael Legge and Mariko LaFleur are currently offering one-hour sessions to clients that begin with organ, supplement and food testing through energetic response via applied kinesiology (AK) kits. “Any organs, tissues or meridians that are out of phase will pop up when we test clients energetically through the use of the pendulum. We then use a tool called The Music Prescription Generator that will display which musical treatment will bring coherency back into the unbalanced organ, or into whatever part of the body needs balancing,” says Legge.

When working with patients, Legge and LaFleur combine Jikiden Reiki, a medical reiki designed to target areas of distress, with the Music Apothecary techniques for the greatest energetic impact. “The synergy created through this combined modality is a unique energy medicine that delivers maximum power for bringing the system back into homeostasis,” Legge explains. Legge and LaFleur are also working with another revolutionary AK kit from Ireland. The Food & Lectin AK Test Kit contains 150 ampoules, or samples, of meats, fish, dairy, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, drinks and spices. “Many food sensitivities can be traced to the lectins present in these food groups, which can cause digestive irritability and inflammation,” says Legge. Location: 7703 Elm Ave., Wyndmoor. For more information, call 215-801-6393 or visit Music See ad, page 4. Rei + Ki

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Acupuncture, Actually A Practical Look at Qi and ‘Energy’

powerful method of stimulating the immune system and cytokines (chemical messengers). Plus, with acupuncture needles you can physically loosen tight muscle and connective tissue to release restrictions and improve blood flow. I think one of the challenges in studying acupuncture scientifically is that its methods do so much, all at once. One exact mechanism eludes us. That’s why, even though I have a very scientifically oriented mind, I still prefer the traditional Chinese and Japanese pre-scientific theoretical concepts. We still haven’t discovered a better way to describe the complex processes happening here.

P: What makes acupuncture unique compared to other modalities that work with the subtle energy of the body? G: Acupuncture is old, people! Over

Paolo Propato and Grace Rollins, licensed acupuncturists at Bridge Acupuncture, discuss the energetics of acupuncture and what it’s like to work and train in their field of Chinese medicine. Paolo: What is qi? Grace: Many people think of qi as

“energy”, but I think that’s too materialistic of a translation. Qi is basically a very useful term that sums up complex processes that together create recognizable phenomena in the body. If you try to think of qi as some kind of literal substance or force you’re just going to frustrate people interested in scientific backing; you won’t find a measurable “energy” that corresponds to what people who practice Asian medicine are talking about. “Qi” for acupuncturists is “weather” as it relates to the body. Weather is electromagnetic and gravitational relationships between elements and molecules; it’s pressure dynamics, thermodynamics, radiation; it’s many processes, all overlapping and influencing each other. We can study it, characterize it and make predictions about it. The same way that we recognize many patterns in weather, we learn how to recognize patterns in 30

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qi, so we can influence bodily functions and promote health.

P: What do acupuncture methods actually do? G: The traditional answer is that they

stimulate special points that harmonize qi in the body, thereby promoting proper function and health. Scientifically, stimulating acupuncture points with needles and moxa has been shown to generate complex responses. Needling causes distortions in chains of connective tissue throughout the body, which link different muscle groups, joints and organs. It also fires nerve endings that light up vastly different areas of the brain and spinal cord. Acupuncture causes an electrical distortion in the body’s electromagnetic field—you’re putting a metal needle into an ionic solution (the body), which immediately creates an electrical polarity. The micro-injury caused by needling and moxa heat is also a very

2,500 years old! Moxibustion, the practice of heating acupoints with the ember of dried mugwort, is even older. So even though acupuncture is dealing with complexities that resist the scientific method, it has withstood a very important test with its continued use over such a long period of time. A good scientist remains openminded to the things that science doesn’t yet have the tools to measure and explain. That applies to a lot of what happens in healing. But that doesn’t mean you have to be openminded to everything. Innovation is good. It helps our medicine get better and better, but with a methodology that is mainly observational, you have to be careful not to be led astray. For this reason, I approach change cautiously, and I gravitate toward Japanese acupuncture, which monitors feedback during the session. We’re always checking diagnostic qualities in the pulse, the abdomen or a symptomatic area for signs that our treatments are having the desired effect. Vetting my methods this way gives me confidence.

P: What are you feeling for before, during and after needling? G: Patients like to ask me if I can

“feel the energy,” and if you think of it like qi, the summation of complex

processes, then the answer is absolutely yes. We rely on touch, smell, sight and sound to collect information about the patient—especially touch in Japanese acupuncture. If I have to wear a BandAid on just one finger, I feel like I have a hand tied behind my back—it affects what I can feel. Before needling, I’m feeling diagnostically for areas of restriction, imbalance and dysfunction in the patient. This might be structural, as in certain muscle groups or vertebral bodies that are too tight, twisted or compressed. Often internal imbalances will also be represented by certain qualities in the pulse, on the tongue or in reflective zones of the abdomen and back. For example, cardiac problems often show up with specific tender points on the upper torso and back. Next I’m feeling for an appropriate point location; there are traditional anatomical locations as well as certain qualities that identify a “live” point. Depending on the point, it might be a recessed area, a tight spot, a tender spot, thicker skin or connective tissue— qualities that indicate a more effective point. When I insert the needle, there is a feeling I seek that acupuncturists call the “arrival of qi”. To me it’s like a density on the end of the needle, like it’s connected well. Learning to recognize it is part of our craft. After needling I will re-check the diagnostic signs to see if the acupunc-

ture was successful at balancing the qi. If I did a good job there should be signs of improvement; if not, I might need another point, or a different one, or to add moxa, for example. I’m also feeling the qi of the person as a whole. This is the intuitive part, synthesizing the input from all of my senses.

P: How do you cultivate the necessary skills? G: I started studying acupuncture at

the same time I started studying Aikido and Zen meditation. Like acupuncture, Aikido trains the various senses of the body to harmonize with another person’s qi. These practices help me to be more centered and attuned to my patients, and to myself. An invaluable part of my training is a regular apprenticeship with the acupuncture master Kiiko Matsumoto. I spend at least two or three weeks a year shadowing her here and in Japan, taking in practical knowledge as well as the qi of her practice—the complex

combination of qualities that allow her to be a dynamic, effective practitioner. Taking my own health seriously is also a critical way that I stay attuned to the balance of qi in others. I believe in it, I live it! I work on my posture throughout the day and study how to move in a way that’s healthy and efficient. I try to eat in a way that’s balanced ecologically, that doesn’t do me harm and that fills me with vitality. I get outdoors and experience the natural world to help keep those areas of my consciousness and humanity alive. I meditate, do yoga and exercise a lot, and I try to play and have fun. Last but not least, I get regular acupuncture! Bridge Acupuncture, located at 30 Garden Alley, in Doylestown, is a Legacy Advertising partner of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. To schedule an appointment with Paolo Propato or Grace Rollins, call 215-348-8058 or visit Bridge See ad, page 13.

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any people seeking alternatives to modern prescriptions have discovered the benefits of craniosacral therapy (CST). However, what many people don’t know is that CST is an adaptation of osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine (OCMM). OCMM was first revealed to the osteopathic medical community in the 1930s by William Garner Sutherland, DO. He founded his discovery upon the theory that the central nervous system has its own inherent motion, which drives the movement of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord as well as around the expansion and contraction of the skull. When this system moves freely, our nervous system is able to adapt to our environment and our daily

life. However, when there is restriction in this motion, we are met with varying degrees of discomfort: pain in our muscles, chronic ear infections and colic in children, headaches and TMJ, to name a few. Osteopathic physicians have been trained and tested in diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions, with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. During osteopathic medical school, physicians are required to complete 400 hours of specialty training in osteopathic manipulative medicine. Those physicians choosing to continue with specialty training in OCMM begin with a 40-hour introductory course in which they learn to diagnose and treat the head (cranium) and tailbone

Dr. Julia Helstrom (sacrum) within their context in the rest of the body. OCMM is seen as one treatment modality within a comprehensive treatment plan. Each individual’s tissue patterns are as different as their personalities, and hence each treatment will differ to meet the individual’s needs. Julia Helstrom, DO, is an osteopathic physician and founder of Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine. For more information about OCMM, visit To learn more about Dr. Helstrom, visit BCIMedicine. com. See listing, page 46.

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hen people hear the word “massage”, they often think of what most people associate with Swedish, deep muscle or other specialties that focus on the muscles. Although those forms of massage offer a number of benefits stemming from relaxation and release of muscle tension, shin tai shiatsu is unique in that it incorporates a wide range of techniques and skills from Chinese Medicine that work together to restore the life force, or chi, to the body. Shin tai shiatsu practitioners receive years of training and are required to maintain continuing education within the field to enhance their specialty and continue to evolve their skill set. Similar to acupuncture, shin tai shiatsu incorporates the benefits of meridian opening with use of acupressure, with and without joint rotation. Meridian opening assists in the flow of life within the body. The practice involves central channel (along the spine) opening, as well as stretches, pulls and rotations. Structural (aligning the spine) work can assist in healing trauma, arthritis, degeneration and overuse. Additionally, shin tai brings the value of myofascial release to the client, providing enhanced fascial relaxation, reduced compression and soft tissue health. Incorporating cranial-sacral work with shin tai enhances the experience and can help with chronic headaches, migraines and memory issues, as well as lower back pain, balance issues and dizziness. Shin tai shiatsu is performed fully clothed on a gravityreducing cushion, providing the client optimal comfort. A shin tai practitioner is well trained to identify areas of focus—both the good and the problematic areas—to open space within both to restore balance. As a result, each session can be uniquely different. Shin tai practitioners are trained to identify trauma and emotional blockages within the body and bring healing to a level beyond just the body, encompassing emotional and spiritual health. Bringing back the life force allows the client to have full access to their unique source within. Laurie Van Valkenburgh is a licensed massage therapist, certified bodywork therapist and founder of Shiatsu Shin Tai Bodywork Therapies, in New Hope. She also provides shiatsu shin tai services every Wednesday at Medicine in Balance, 940 Town Center Dr., Ste. F-9, in Langhorne. For more information, call 267-5666056 or visit See listing, page 44.

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ith the many energy healing and energy psychology modalities available today, practitioners and consumers might not always know where to turn for sound information about training, research and professional standards in the field. Fortunately, there’s a locallybased organization addressing this international concern. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1999, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), headquartered in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, has a global membership of more than 1,200 licensed mental health professionals and allied health practitioners. ACEP members adhere to a code of ethics and are dedicated to exploring, developing, researching and applying energy psychology and energy healing methods to alleviate human suffering, enhance human performance and access human potential. ACEP has been a staunch advocate for ethical and professional standards in this emerging field of energy-based health care over the past 17 years. The organization led the charge in overturning institutional bans against providing continuing education for psychologists and other professionals studying these modalities. As the body of research on energy psychology and energy healing has grown in rigor and volume, the possibilities for creating truly integrative care have increased as well. Between its international conference, national trainings, institutional advocacy, humanitarian outreach, online courses and free research pages, ACEP offers a wealth of information and support for both practitioners and consumers interested in bringing energy healing into the mainstream. The amount of science and research that supports subtle energy methods is growing. There have been 82 published studies on the effectiveness of Meridian Tapping Techniques, including Emotional Freedom Techniques, a method derived from acupressure that involves tapping with fingertips on the body’s meridian points to release energy blockages. ACEP has detailed much of the science behind energy healing in a new online program that features the field’s leading researchers, such as Bruce Lipton, Jim Oschman, Beverly Rubik, Dan Siegel, Dean Radin and many others. The course covers energy psychology, energy medicine and energy healing and offers continuing education to mental health professionals, physicians, nurses and body workers. While this course is geared toward practitioners, it’s also appropriate for people that want to be educated about the science behind these energy healing methods. Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP, is the Executive Director of ACEP. For more information about programs, call 619-8612237 or visit



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Blu Ball – 7pm-12am. Benefit for the Doylestown Food Market educational community programs. Dances to the music of Cherry Lane Band. Casual event, everyone is encouraged to wear “Blu”, from blue jeans to blue second-hand dresses. Awards will be given for the bluest attire, and the least amount of money spent on a blue outfit. 700 Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. BluBall.Rocks.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Ambler Food Co-op Member Meeting – 4-6pm. Join us for a very important membership meeting. We will be presenting, discussing and possibly voting on the next steps toward making our communityowned grocery store a reality. Nearing 350 member households, we are very close to deciding on the location of our store, and membership participation is essential. Wissahickon Fire Hall, 245 Race St, Ambler. 215-326-9792.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 Kevin Hines on Hope, Healing and Recovery – 7pm. New Vitae Wellness Foundation will host behavioral health advocate and author Kevin Hines, who survived a suicide attempt after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin will talk about achieving personal wellness and destroying the stigma associated with accessing behavioral health services. Everyone is welcome to attend; however, preregistration is required. Free. Quakertown High School, 600 Park Ave, Quakertown. 610-928-0173. Connecting with Archangel Michael – 7:30-9pm. Remove old karma, cords and energy that have attached to your existence and restore energy with protection and healing. Connect with Archangel Michael and his divine healing and shielding, using meditation and guidance. Includes demonstration and handout. $18. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W

Richboro Heal Your Heart from Loss Healing Conversations 6:30-8:30pm October 12

Oktoberfest in Ambler – 11am-6pm. The Ambler Food Co-op will be tabling information and a fall craft in front of their office during the town’s festive annual Oktoberfest. Do you know our two potential locations? Come learn more, and bring a craft home for the autumn season. 131 E Butler Ave, Ambler. 215-326-9792. Open House – 1-5pm. New location and we’re having an open house. First 15 people attending receive a free ionic cleanse foot bath. There will be food and prizes. All welcome. Back to Health Chiropractic Center, 593 Bethlehem Pike, Ste 9, Montgomeryville. 215-412-8081.


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Ambler Food Co-op First Friday – 5-8pm. Visit our table at Ambler’s monthly First Friday. Enjoy food from local vendors, make a fall craft and get updates about Ambler’s community-owned grocery store. Do you know about our potential locations? 2 S Ridge Ave, Ambler. 215-326-9792. Fun First Friday at the Market – 5-8pm. Join us for an evening of live music with local singersongwriter Lily Seward, wine, cider and samples of Solebury Orchards apples and Yaffa’s Joy sesame treats. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@Doylestown. coop.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Vibrant Living Festival – 11am-5pm. A day of vibrant living. Classes, workshops and experiences in the healing and expressive arts. Qigong, yoga, energy workshops, nutrition, aurasoma color therapy, jin shin jyutsu, holistic animal healing, card reading and more. Merchants with healing tools, gifts and services. Healthy food, meandering the gardens, ending with a sound healing experience. $10. The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@HarmonyHill

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Group Tuning Fork – 11am-1:30pm. Tuning forks bring the chakras into balance. Vibration alters your body’s biochemistry and brings your nervous system, muscle tone and organs into harmonic balance. Experience all chakras balanced; instantaneous, deep state of relaxation; mental clarity and brain functioning increased; physical energy and mental concentration increased; left and right brain hemispheres balanced. $30. Soul Spirit Connection, 122 N York Rd, Ste 6 (rear), Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-657-5011 or 215-858-4448. Food for Thought Book Club – 6:15-8pm. Join our book club. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month. This month we are reading Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi. The author offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors. Everyone is welcome. Doylestown Book Shop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

I will be sharing my personal story of my husband’s murder. I hope you will all share your stories. We will learn that your loved ones are still with us. Looking forward to meeting you. Blessings, Donna.

Donna Glatz The Art of Being a Woman, Circle – 7-8pm. We will have a clothing swap this month. Bring any of your clothes that you no longer use and swap with others. Delve deeper into the ancient woman cultures and practices in health, nutrition, movement, beauty and ritual. Discussion, dancing, nourishing and playing with the Red Tent Principles. $10. The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@HarmonyHill Skin Care Discussions – 7-8:30pm. Donations benefit Manna on Main Street. Florence Nightingale Challenge. Come with your questions and concerns and get the answers from Candy St Martine-Pack. Advanced registration required. Refreshments, handouts, max 15 people. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. 267-879-1554. Candy@

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 Learning from Your Sacred Self – 6:30-9:30pm. Your subconscious holds billions of bits of information, memories from lifetimes. Guidance by an experienced counselor who has helped thousands thru the oldest meditation, offering life-changing experiences. Helping us tap into subconscious information about who we are, learning our unique gifts to utilize for ourselves and others, the planet. $65. 25 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ. Kathleen Downey, 858-401-3144.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Yaffa’s Joy at the Market – 10am-12pm. Enjoy a sampling of Yaffa’s Joy Natural Sesame Treats and Solebury Orchards Apple Cider–a great Saturday morning combo–delicious. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Open House at Rina’s Rocks – 10am-7pm. Come celebrate our recent move down the street. Enjoy angel and tarot card readings, sound healing, a rock raffle and refreshments in our smoke-free environment. Browse our expansive collection of crystals, fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry, oils, more! 10% off special through October 15. Rina’s Rocks, 120 S York Rd, Hatboro. 215-443-ROCK (7625). Rina@

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savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 Back to School: Essential Oils and Healthy Tips Oct 5, 6:30-8:30pm Attention teachers, parents: Prepare for a healthy school year. Learn how to use essential oils to keep yourself and your children healthy, get a good night’s sleep, manage emotions, increase focus and boost immunity. Receive tips on how to make mornings go smoother, how to get rid of germs, take the stress out of homework. Learn about natural recipes for back to school essentials. $20. Sacred Sounds, Healing Touch, Gentle Yoga Oct 6, 6:30-8:30pm From chaos to harmony: Restorative yoga, reiki, tuning forks, music. Relax the entire body, release stress and quiet the mind. This amazing combination brings you to a state of harmony and peace. $30. Seniors: Gentle Seated Yoga Oct 6, 9:30-10:30am Increase bone density, agility, circulation, equilibrium: Use chairs to bear weight, bringing muscles into easy stretches. 8 weeks/$80. Chakras and Energy Oct 8, 9:30am-12:30pm Learn about chakras, your energy centers and how they affect your entire being. Build a greater awareness of how energy flows and how to be an advocate for your own well-being. Included in this course is light movement and breath work. $50. Experience the Labyrinth Oct 9, 1-4:30pm Learn about the history and mystery of this ancient symbol, and learn to draw the classical labyrinth pattern. We then adjourn outside to dedicate sacred space, create a labyrinth and walk its path. $45.

Discover Your Dosha – 11am-12pm. A dosha is your unique constitution. Ayurveda is an ancient science that provides a personalized approach to health and wellness. Learn the basic principles of ayurveda, your personal constitution and how small changes in daily routine can cultivate health and vitality, increase energy, promote better sleep and digestion and reduce inflammation. $15. Body Smart Wellness, 680 Heacock Rd, Ste 204, Yardley. 267-753-9262. Intro to The Chakras – 2-5pm. Learn about each chakra from the root chakra up to the crown chakra. Did you know that each chakra has a connection to our physical body, emotional body and our spiritual body? Learn how exploring and balancing any chakra can help bring healing and balance to the whole body. $40. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 Restorative Yoga with Live Flute – 2-3:15pm. Experience live classical flute music while being guided through a gentle restorative yoga practice. What a lovely way to spend an autumn afternoon… allowing the physical, mental, energetic and emotional body to relax in restful yoga poses while being serenaded by the soft, soul-soothing sounds of the flute. $20. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 You Are Not Who You Think You Are – 7-9pm. Where is your mind limiting your true understanding of your development, of your gifts, who you are? Where are you confused as to what your spiritual experiences are and how to “frame” them correctly? How does this confuse us about our purpose, and lack of clarity hold us back? $22. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. Candy St MartinePack, 267-879-1554.


John of God Crystal Bed Sessions, 90 minutes Oct 12, 13, 9am-9pm Healing sessions combine the power of color, light and crystals for the body’s chakra and bio-field energy systems: feel peace, relaxation; alignment with higher self; restful sleep; release of blocked energies; physical restoration; increased vitality. Also included is guidance for healing intentions, prayers, music. $100.

Food Educational Tank – 7-9pm.Why do we eat what we eat, when we know what we know? With Holistic Health Coach Kira Kraiman. Learn the basics of behavioral change and how to apply them for improved health. Topics include cravings, comfort eating and a plan for behavior change. Email to register. $8. Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N Broad St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@

Sacred Geometry 101 Oct 18, 6:30-8:30pm Discover how math and spirituality mesh together, providing an expansive view of the universe. Learn the symbolism of a circle, cross and medicine wheel, and how they relate to daily living. Culmination includes meditation using sacred geometry symbols that bring all aspects of life together in love. $30.


The Labyrinth: A Tool for Promoting Peace Oct 23, 1:30-3:30pm Learn about the peace maze used for conflict resolution. View paths of labyrinths from the perspective of the Native American belief that every decision must be based on what effect it will have for seven generations. Experience a labyrinth partner walk. $30.


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JourneyDance with Toni Bergins – 7-9pm. Toni Bergins comes back to Philly. JourneyDance leads participants on a journey of physical and emotional transformation using your natural intuitive movement. We activate imagination and utilize diverse forms of improvisational dance, yoga and ritual to an inspiring soundtrack of world music, creating an ecstatic celebration of the human spirit. Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia. Jade Groff, 215-779-6448. JourneyWithJade@



savethedate 5th Annual Holistic Health Extravaganza October 22 • 9:30am-5pm Experience and shop for unusual, holistic, green, locally made/crafted items and services/sessions.

Cost: Entrance fee is $5

which supports our local fundraiser and gives you two raffle tickets. American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln

New Egypt, NJ (across from Agway, off Rte 528)

Siobhan Hutchinson, 609-752-1048 JourneyDance Workshop – 12-3pm. Toni Bergin’s Lovin’ Me Transformation Series: Expressive Movement into Artful Sharing. Explore healing that comes from improvisational dance and expressing your personal medicine with words, music and song. Movement explorations to inspire your heart and shift your relationship with yourself and others. Be seen and heard in spontaneous group playful sharing. Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia. Jade Groff, 215-779-6448. Journey

savethedate Yoga Training for Justice System October 22-23 • 12-6pm Two-day workshop, led by Brianne Murphy and Mike Huggins, from Transformation Yoga Project, hosted by Dhyana Yoga. Workshop reflects their experience leading yoga and mindfulness classes throughout criminal justice system. Focus on trauma-informed approach, both theoretical and practical applications. Intimate setting limited to 25 participants, includes hands-on practical exercises.

Cost: $250 Dhyana Club, 1611 Walnut St, 4th Fl, Philadelphia

Brianne Murphy, 484-730-1999 How to Eat with Love – 2-5pm. Through the technologies of yoga asana, guided journaling, video, an exclusive Eat with Love meditation and honest conversation, we’ll explore the landscapes of our physical bodies and emotional worlds. If you’re ready to begin a more loving relationship with your body and with food, this workshop is for you. $60. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354. Dancing with the Angels – 6:30-9pm. Experience the connection to Mother Earth energy and to the angelic energy that surrounds each of us. The evening includes a brief synopsis of the archangels, grounding and connecting with crystals and singing bowls, and then experiencing the love and beauty of the angels through intention, music & movement. Registration recommended. $40. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pk, Harleysville. Kelly Thomke, 215-534-4989. Kelly@EarthRhythm



Run for MS Research 5K & Festival – 9am-3pm. Chip timed 5K run/walk and family festival to benefit MS research. Individuals and teams welcome. Race awards, presentation and community festival. Halloween costume contest and parade, live entertainment shopping, adoptable pets, over 80 exhibitors, shopping, games, crafts, food, costumed characters, animals/reptiles, inflatable bounce houses and giveaways. Warminster Community Park, 350 E Bristol Rd, Warminster. Karen Lynd, 267-446-5110.

Becoming – 7-9:30pm. If you can dream it, you can be it. Learn how to manifest your desires by connecting to the universal energy source within. Using feng shui, ThetaHealing, meditation and positive thinking you will discover tools to assist to bring about the changes needed to create your best self. $25. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. Candy St Martine-Pack, 267-8791554. becoming-thetahealing-Oct26.

Apple Crunch at The Market – 1-2pm. Celebrate National Food Day by crunching into a delicious Solebury Orchards apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better for our health and the environment. Sample a variety of apples and enjoy a cup of cider. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@Doylestown. coop.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 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, 122 N York Rd, Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-858-4448.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Embrace, the Movie – 7:30-9:30pm. Don’t waste a single day of your life being at war with your body. Join us for a special viewing of Embrace, the movie that’s changing the way women see their bodies. Reserve your tickets at $11. Richland Crossing Cinema, 185 N West End Blvd, Quakertown. 215-292-8636. Contact@Wordtree. net.


savethedate Empowered Light Holistic Expo October 28-30

Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Hall D Oaks, Pennsylvania

Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082 Empowered Light Holistic Expo – Oct 28: 5-9pm, Oct 29: 10am-6pm. Visit Healing Touch by Kathy’s booth for a free Healing Touch session and walk feeling calm, relaxed, centered and grounded. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Hall D, 100 Station Ave, Oaks.


OPPORTUNITIES NOW TRAINING – Attention yoga teachers, massage therapists, nutritionists, reiki and healing practitioners: supplement your income and expand your repertoire of expertise as a colon hydrotherapist. This unique healing modality has immediate earning potential. Train and work locally within months. THE HEALTHIEST COFFEE on the planet. Do you want some extra cash? Unlimited potential. Interested? Call 215-858-4448. WORK FROM HOME – Flexible schedule, advertising/marketing/customer relations. No Inventory/Home Parties/Selling Products. Call Susan Pontelandolfo, 267-474-7536.

Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. October 2, 12:30-3pm Community Gathering: Soup Sunday Connect with community. Share favorite culinary delights. Bring a friend. Love donation. October 6, 7-8:30pm You are a Natural Born Medium (Paul and Deborah Rees of the UK have helped many “ordinary people” to become professional mediums or simply to connect with deceased loved ones for themselves, friends and family. They are respected worldwide for their expertise of how to develop intuitive awareness and psychic mediumship skills, which they believe is everyone’s birthright. This lecture will focus on the concerns so many individuals have in the early stages of personal intuitive psychic medium self-development. $35. New Britain. October 7, 7-8:30pm Psychic Mediumship Gallery Demonstration Paul and Deborah Rees give peace to people that those they love not only live on, but are still around them. Their dynamic personalities and years of experience guarantee a warm environment and excellent readings. $35. New Britain. October 8, 9am-6pm and October 9, 1-9pm Intensive Practical Mediumship This highly motivating and exciting course is designed for the maximum amount of development in the minimum amount of time, under the instruction of Paul and Deborah Rees from the UK. This will be a practical workshop, full of exercises. If you’re a beginner wishing to learn how to connect with the other side or a seasoned working medium wanting to be pushed much further, then you will greatly benefit. $295 ($245 returning students). Doylestown. October 10-11, 11am-8pm Private Psychic Mediumship Readings With Paul and Deborah Rees, you may receive guidance for your life situation, or they can focus on proving the survival of someone who has passed over. You may request either one of them, or we will choose for you. CD recording provided. $120 for 45 minutes. Doylestown.

FOR RENT PEACEFUL COUNTRY SETTING – Building includes four gathering rooms, kitchen and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. 215538-0976.


SERVICES EQUINE GESTALT COACHING METHOD – Connect with horses emotionally and spiritually for life changes. Your horses or mine. 215-5387720. InThe HOLISTIC SERVICES – Life counseling, reiki, energy healing, psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, weddings, memorial services, holistic workshops and more. 215-538-0976. 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 267-9922519 or visit for your free personal assessment.

October 15-16, 11am-7pm Private Channeling Sessions Sheryl Blumenthal is a clear, strong channel for the divine. Converse with your and Sheryl’s spiritual guides. Clarify your higher purpose, relationship concerns, health issues and career choices. $110 for 30 minutes, $135 for 45 minutes, $170 for 1 hr. Doylestown. March 31-April 2 Sacred Journeys and Retreats New Mexico Hot Springs Retreat. Author Dana Micucci will teach about the ancient mysteries and the world’s wisdom traditions, as we learn how to activate our Light Bodies for higher dimensional living.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help – 7-8:30pm. Learn various self-care techniques that you can do on yourself to increase the flows of energy and healing of your body. Sue Walski will share ways this ancient healing art can support you to heal yourself. Very easy, peaceful and an informative way to know thyself and heal thyself. $20. The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Sue Walski, 610-428-1519.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 Ambler Food Co-op at Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. We’ll be running the kids’ tent at the Ambler Farmers’ Market. Come by to make a fall craft, and get updates about the progress we’re making towards opening a community-owned grocery store. Did you know that we have 350 member households? 29 W Butler Pike, Ambler. 215-326-9792.

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Breaking Free! 4-Week Series October 11 • 7-8:30pm We get into ruts and routines because they feel safe and comfortable. Is it time to take a risks and explore new ways of thinking? We will dig into what is holding you back, why you want to break free and learn how to face your deepest fears and setbacks.

Reiki Level One (Fall CE Series) October 19 • 10am-2pm The physical/self level of reiki. Learn the basic fundamental concepts. Explore the use of chakras with reiki. Understand & receive your first attunement. Practice. Savings if enrolled in the entire series. 5 CEs for LMTs. Last chance to earn CEs for Reiki. Also a PM option: October 24, 5:30-9:30pm. Cost: $140

Cost: $99

Quakertown Integrative Health Center 600 W Broad St, Quakertown

Quakertown Integrative Health Center 600 W Broad St, Quakertown

Tracy McGovern, 215-858-8195

Michelle McInnis, 269-598-7857

Inner Light Holistic Expo November 12-13 Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Monthly Women’s Radiance Circle October 17 • 7-9pm

6th Annual Inner Light Holistic Expo at our new location at the Coventry Mall in Pottstown, in the former Ross Department Store location. Crystals, jewelry, books, aura photography, massage, reiki, hypnotherapy, chiropractors, psychics/medium readers, ionic cleanse, spiritual gifts and more. Vendor spaces available.

The global shift toward the feminine is in its tumultuous backlash phase. How do we participate? Handle the negative? What is our role? Using books as a medium we will explore concepts of feminine energy, history, lore, future possibilities. Third Monday each month. This is more than just a book club.

Free admission; Free lectures

Cost: $13

Coventry Mall 351 W Schuylkill Rd, Pottstown

Quakertown Integrative Health Center 600 W Broad St, Quakertown

Cristina Leeson, 610-413-8191

Tracy McGovern, 215-858-8195

Dancing with the Angels Retreat November 18-20 Friday 5pm-Sunday 11am What if you didn’t have to look outside of yourself for answers? What if you knew with total certainty that you are connected to a universal energy and could trust your intuition without a doubt? Experience a weekend of self-exploration and learning methods to connect with your angels. Investment for the weekend includes double occupancy room, meals and all activities.

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sunday Transformation Yoga - 5-6pm. Transformation Yoga provides mindfulness-based, trauma-sensitive yoga to develop skills to navigate life with comfort and ease. Perfect class for beginners. Suggested donation $10 to benefit Transformation Yoga Project, a non-profit that serves people impacted by trauma and addiction. Twisters Wellness Center, 131 E Butler Ave, Ambler. 215-654-5393.

monday 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. Natural Pain Relief – 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. Meetup. com/SpiritualEvolutionGroupHatboro.

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 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.



Meditation at The Solebury Club– 6:30-7:10pm. Meditation doesn’t change what’s going on outside you–but it changes how you handle it inside. And that makes all the difference. This meditation class is led by Ian Heim and immediately follows the Vinyassa Foundations class. Free. The Solebury Club, 4612 Hughesian Dr, Buckingham. BShymon. 215-794-8434.

50 Percent Off Ayurveda Consultations – 12-7pm. Feeling exhausted, lacking motivation? Having trouble sleeping or IBS issues? Dr. Moore uses the ancient science of ayurveda to determine your constitution, find where imbalances are and offer a definitive plan to bring you back into balance for optimal health and well-being. Schedule your half-priced consultation today. Yardley or Doylestown. $40. Sea Star Yoga and Wellness, 196 Ashland Ave, Doylestown.

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Find Yourself thru Acting and Voice – 7-8:30pm. Self-empowerment thru creativity, a step to a new path in life especially when being taught by a holistic counselor and artist with over 35 years of experience. Learn techniques from National and Royal Shakespeare companies, NYU, HB Studios, Neighborhood Playhouse, on camera, cold readings, monologue, audition techniques, scene study, voice. $50. 25 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ. Kathleen Downey. 858-401-3144. CoreLevelHealing@gmail. com. Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditation for relaxation and balance. You will be guided to a serene place where your daily stress will melt away. Soft music and candlelight will soothe and relax you. Theme changes weekly. Call for cost. Rina’s Rocks, 120 S York Rd, Hatboro. 215-443-7625. Rina@

friday Y12SR Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Sharing circle in the style of 12 Step meetings followed by a gentle, therapeutic yoga practice. $10 suggested donation, but you are more important than your money. Donations benefit Transformation Yoga Project. All are welcome. Twisters Wellness Center, 717 Bethlehem Pike, Erdenheim. 215-836-1719. Y12SRPhilly. Sound Healing and Meditation – 3rd Friday, 7-8pm. Enjoy the soothing and relaxing sounds of crystal bowls and singing bowls. Led by Elena Marino. Call for cost. Rina’s Rocks, 120 S York Rd, Hatboro. 215-443-7625.

saturday Shiatsu Community Clinic – 1st Sat, 9:15am4:45pm. 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, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. LearnShiatsu@ Theosophical Principles – 10-11:30am. Reading and discussion of sections of Bhagavad Gita and Notes on the Gita by W.Q. Judge. Presented by Tommy Kehoe. Joint effort of the United Lodge of Theosophy of Philadelphia and the Theosophical Society in America, Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street and Gravel Hill roads, Southampton. Nancy Bragin, 215-512-2900. NBragin@ Ancient Wisdom Traditions – 12-1:30pm. 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 and Gravel Hill roads, Southampton. 215-512-2900.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.


Grace Rollins, MS, LAc, NTP Paolo Propato, LAc 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 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, page 13.


Plymouth Meeting Providing the highest quality hemp-based healing products. Locally produced. CBD (healing hemp oil) is legal, effective, and safe for many health issues. Salves, tinctures, more. See ad, page 31.


Professional Development Services 267-935-9097 • Office organizer and “next actions” coach for business professionals in their homes or business offices, including high-level administrative support services, program coordinating, project management.

CRYSTAL – COLOR – LIGHT HEALING 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, page 19.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator 215-534-4989 • JourneyDance is a whole-body experience that tickles the mind and nourishes the soul. It is freestyle movement to world music where self-expression releases tension. Visit the website for upcoming dances or to book a JourneyDance for a group. No dance experience needed to feel this wild freedom.


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 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, page 7.


Dr. Beth Skovron 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860

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A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses Return to the natural cycle of life The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley No embalming No concrete crypt Casket must be biodegradable

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, back page.

Nondenominational Non-profit

For tours and information, call Ed Vogrins at 610-868-4840 1121 Graham Street • Fountain Hill, PA 18015 •


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LANAP & IMPLANT CENTER OF PA David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120

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, page 2.


Stimulating specific brain regions, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) is clinically p r o v e n t o s a f e l y, effectively help with depression. Non-invasive, non-medication, FDA-cleared. Medicare/ insurances accepted. See ad, page 27.


Learn How Savvy Social Media Can Make Your Business More Visible and More Lucrative. The first step is to set-up your FREE Discovery Session, so we can learn more about you and your business, where you are now with your social media and where you want to be. Here are just a few of the ways we can help: s Social media creation and management s Customized social media packages s Customized training for small businesses s Keeping up with trends, tips and tricks

Start Growing Your Business Today. Call Savvy Social Media Now To Schedule Your FREE 30-Minute Discovery Session.


Michelle Arbore, Social Media Trainer and Speaker at Savvy Social Media

85 Sherman Rd, Ottsville 484-312-0011 • A holistic, mindfulnesscentered independent school for grades 9-12, incorporating meditation and martial arts with quality academics. Our students become lifelong learners and are ready for life’s challenges. See ad, page 21.


Kathy Fennelly, RN, CHTP 1062 E Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Ste 13-A 610-698-8643 •

Relax, restore and rebuild with a C e r t i f i e d H e a l i n g To u c h Practitioner. Appointments available in my office, satellite locations or your home. Also offering group outreach programs. See ad, page 38.

150 Antioxidants Per Cup • Dottie • 215-858-4448 natural awakenings

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1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm 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, page 23.


215-736-3803 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.


Arnold B Meshkov, MD 1077 Rydal Rd, Ste 307, Rydal 215-920-0815 • 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, page 35.


MEd, LPC, NCC 484-634-6743 Lisa is a fourth generation healer and intuitive empath; she provides a unique metaphysical experience where you get to connect with your departed loved ones while under hypnosis. Her clients call it “experiencing a piece of heaven on earth.” Her sessions have also helped to heal people from various health conditions.


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Wellness Coach 267-753-9262, Personalized guidance in defining and reaching your vision for better health and life satisfaction with ayurveda, holistic nutrition, h y p n o t h e r a p y, y o g a a n d meditation for adults, children and mothers-to-be. See ad, page 36.


Nita Keesler, LMT, BCTMB Langhorne/Bensalem/Cheltenham 267-980-1727 • 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, page 11.


Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 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.


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope • 267-566-6056

Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.


Jonathan Flowers 413 Conshohocken State Rd, Bala Cynwyd 610-724-2540 Discover the musician you are meant to be. Patient, personalized instruction in piano, voice and music theory/composition. All ages and levels, including children, teens and adults. Holistic approach incorporates mindfulness practices to cultivate relaxation, mental focus and creativity. See ad, page 16.

NATURE CENTER SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol 215-785-1177

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 •

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society; Naturopaths are specialists in complex diseases, ie, autoimmune. She has additional training in women’s health and pediatrics and certification as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner. She sees patients of all ages. See ad, page 21.

NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION, LLC Tina Stashko, ND, PhD, MIfHI Emmaus • 610-965-8132

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, page 37.

NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-348-2115

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 33.


Past Life Regression and Nutrition Therapy New Hope/Lambertville/Worldwide 858-401-3144 • Certified holistic counselor, soul retrieval, past life therapy, energy clearing, nutritionist, bestselling author of Healthy is Delicious, certified yoga and qigong instructor, voice and life coach. 25 years of experience guiding selfempowerment with compassionate care.

EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd, Counseling Psychology 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 •

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, page 19.


Julia Helstrom, DO 10 S Clinton St, Ste 101, Doylestown 267-454-7262, Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine: where traditional family medicine and alternative modalities combine for an individualized plan. Come attain your personalized optimal wellness.



Scott P R Berk, MD, AAFP, AIHM 33 Rupell Rd, Hampton, NJ


Providing a common-sense approach to health care, and an alternative to traditional primary care. A wide array of options for diagnostic testing and treatment. See ad, page 14.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • 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, page 11.


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, page 32.


1494 N Charlotte St, Pottstown 610-310-3884

380 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown 215-345-6000

Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling, and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 9.


A spa-like experience, tapping into the therapeutic properties of pure Himalayan salt for physical and emotional health. Individuals and groups. Also offering reiki, reflexology, yoga. See ad, page 18.

267-380-0467 • Serving Bucks & Montgomery Co. Upper Bucks Web provides small business owners with premium and affordable web services and package pricing plans. Get your business on the web ASAP. See ad, page 16.




HeartWell House Expressive Therapies The Resiliency Center 1811 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown Classes in additional locations 315-329-9838 • Deep relaxation, self-expression and activation of your highest potential can be reached with individual therapeutic work. Within a unique and light-hearted atmosphere, John integrates art therapy, sound, individualized herbal preparations, and skills for stress reduction. We’ll create a program that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle.

ANAHATA YOGA & WELLNESS CENTER 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville 215-740-1354 •

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, page 20.


Trauma-informed yoga for prison, recovery and veterans. See calendar for classes. Inviting local studios to partner with us to provide healing through empowerment. See ad, page 25.

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Stress-Free Dentistry

Sit back - Relax - and Say “Ahhhh”

Dental Care in a spa-like atmosphere With every visit, we offer COMPLIMENTARY services to help you relax, such as: • Massage Chairs • Refreshment Center • Music & Video Headsets • Hand Treatments For No Extra Charge

Heritage Dental Spa is a truly unique dental practice Not only can you trust Dr. Skovron with all of your Holistic Dentistry needs and treatment plan, but you can trust that the team at Heritage Dental will make you feel as comfortable as possible in their relaxing spa atmosphere.

Offering Anxiety-Free exams and cleanings, PLUS State-of-the-Art Holistic and Metal-Free dental services  Safe removal of mercury fillings  Non-surgical gum treatments  Tooth-colored restorations  ClearCorrect® “invisible” orthodontics  Bio-Compatible Implants  CEREC® one-day metal-free crowns

 Holistic solutions for sleep apnea  Root Canals - Specialists on premises  Dentures secured by implant snaps  Now offering: High tech digital scanning with less radiation and 3D imaging

“This is by far the best dental appt I have ever had. I have a terrible fear of dentists and I was put to great ease. Very detailed appt which made me feel that they took everything into consideration. I really can’t say enough.” ~ Janice M.

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Energetic Body - OCTOBER 2016  

Serving the Bucks and Montgomery areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.

Energetic Body - OCTOBER 2016  

Serving the Bucks and Montgomery areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.