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appy New Year! I always love the opportunity the new year brings to take stock of the past year and decide if any changes need to be made. The most common focus for the new year is health and wellness—eating better and exercising more. There are many good reasons to embrace a healthier lifestyle—you’ll feel better, sleep better and look better. The new year is also a good time to de-clutter and simplify—move old things out to make room for the new. This holds true for both physical items and emotional baggage. Once we make the room, we can determine what we’d like to welcome into our lives. It can be exciting to think about and plan for new friendships, hobbies, work, adventures and more… In 2015, I hope to strengthen friendships, become more connected to this amazing community and commit myself to practicing yoga on a regular basis. I will seek things that feed my body, mind and soul. How about you? What are your hopes for the new year? Whatever they may be, I am sure you will find local businesses and practitioners in our 2015 Annual Community Resource Directory to help you reach your goals. Speaking of goals, last March a beautiful local teenager accomplished her goal of completing the Shamrock Half Marathon. Sadly, Cameron Gallagher died in her mother’s arms after crossing the finish line. I never had the honor of meeting her, but I so wish I had—Cameron was full of life and love and hope. I have caught a glimpse of her magic through my friendship with her aunt, Clair Norman, and I feel blessed. Clair recently shared some of Cameron’s writings with me, and I thought these words were a perfect way to begin the new year and remind us of what is truly important:

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Cameron’s family, friends and the Speak Up race team will continue to celebrate and honor Cameron’s life and spirit at this year’s Shamrock Half and Full Marathon, March 20-22 in Virginia Beach. Please visit if you are interested in being part of something special. May you always be inspired to believe better things. Happy 2015,

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he Chrysalis Institute is pleased to welcome Rachel Douglas as its executive director. This marks a new chapter in Chrysalis Institute’s development, showing growth and evolution in the organization. Douglas was most recently with Nonprofit Learning Point where she held a joint assignment as a faculty member at Virginia Rachel Douglas Commonwealth University (VCU) and in senior leadership at the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. Douglas worked at VCU for over 10 years, where she earned a Master of Social Work degree. She recently submitted her portfolio to earn the Certificate of Achievement in Nonprofit Management from Nonprofit Learning Point. Offering innovative programs, workshops and practice groups, Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary science. Chrysalis encourages spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith. Location: 3527 Ellwood Ave. For more information, call 804-359-0384 or visit See ad, page 7.

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sk A Holistic Nurse is now Mandalas of Life, offering holistic nursing, conscious aging and inter-spiritual and interfaith programs and services. Owner Hayat Bain, RN, makes this change to reflect an expansion of services. Besides advanced training in holistic nursing, Bain was recently ordained as an interfaith minister. Other new qualifications include Conscious Aging Workshop facilitator and certified leader of Dances of UniverHayat Bain sal Peace. As a certified sound healer, vocalist and classically trained flutist, Bain weaves music and sound throughout all of her work. Mandalas of Life offers an integration of nutrition and alternative health options to optimize well-being through Healing Touch, sound healing, basic EFT/ energy psychology, conventional nursing assessment, promotion of elder independence, health education and referrals. Bain offers weekly visits to assess physical and emotional health, fill medication boxes and make recommendations for safety, health and quality of life. Family members can request consultations for a number of issues including daily assistance and end-of-life spiritual care. For more information, call 804-467-9674 or email See listing, page 41.

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National Happiness Walk Traverses Virginia


aula Francis and Linda Wheatley are walking around the United States to learn what happiness (L-R) Paula Francis really means to and Linda Wheatley Americans. The pursuit of happiness is a central tenet of the Declaration of Independence and this duo is on a mission to promote it. Francis and Wheatley walked away from careers to pursue their dream of conducting this multi-year happiness study, collecting stories about what matters to the people they meet along the way. They are over 1,000 miles into the 8,000-mile journey and their walk took them through Virginia in early November. When asked about their time in Virginia, they noted an element of spirituality in most answers about happiness. They also said they learned firsthand that Southern hospitality is not a myth. Working with interns from the University of Vermont, Francis and Wheatley compile and present their findings in a number of ways—through speaking engagements, blog posts, articles and a future book. A website was created to follow their journey and contribute to this happiness endeavor.

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he Fan is home to a new studio that offers both yoga and Co-Active Coaching. LucidYogi offers professional services for stress management, life transitions, job changes, relationships and domestic issues, intuitive insight, yoga, meditation and spiritual questions. The space boasts a bright and serene setting. Owner, certified life coach and Claudine Varesi yoga facilitator, Claudine Varesi, has been helping clients towards personal development and transformation for over two decades. She fosters relationships based on trust, confidentiality and safety, challenging her clients to achieve the best of themselves. Varesi inspires her clients to feel engaged in, and passionate about, their life and work. Her goal is to help them see the good, find meaning in their lives, feel vibrantly alive, connect deeply with others and make a difference. Location: 2223 Park Ave. For more information, call 804-918-1144 or visit See ad, page 22.

New Lymph Machine for Specialized Treatment


ith over a decade of experience in massage therapy, certified massage therapist Dusty Hooke now offers treatments using LymphStar Pro, a machine that stimulates the lymph system. Hooke is one of only a few therapists in Virginia with a Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy certification. She also has a specialized certification in oncology and mastectomy massage. Dusty Hooke The Lymphstar Pro works by stimulating the lymphatic system using an electrostatic energy field, a field created by exciting noble gases from medical-grade glass therapy heads. These heads are applied carefully and safely to the skin and do not heat the tissue. This new machine runs at low frequencies which encourages the central nervous system to stimulate the parasympathetic system. The Lymphstar Pro treatment is generally used in conjunction with manual lymphatic drainage techniques and can greatly improve the healing process. Location: 3500 Grove Ave., Ste. 106. For more information, call 804-869-4214 or visit See listing, page 41.

Former School Counselor Releases Book


ecilia Thomas is a former school counselor, teacher, PTA president and published nonfiction author. In her book, You Can’t Hide a Dead Fish, Thomas addresses many of the challenging issues facing public school educators. She offers positive suggestions and proven strategies for success, and shares her observations and experiences in an effort to motivate and empower people to shift to new thinking. Cecilia Thomas You Can’t Hide a Dead Fish begins with a senseless, brutal murder that starkly exposes the inadequate resources and bureaucracy that puts all children and ultimately, all of society, at risk. The goal of the book is to show that the average citizen has the power to cause positive change in our public school system. Published by First World Publishing, the book is available at Thomas currently shares a Life Coaching practice in Mechanicsville, The Main Channel, with another former school counselor. For more information, call 804-432-1109 or visit See listing, page 41.

Get Waisted in RVA


here’s a new, local program available that’s designed to help folks lose weight and achieve optimal health by eating real, whole foods. The program, Get Waisted, combines classes, weekly weigh-ins, extensive online support, recipes and menu plans with shopping lists. Personal trainer, Jen Fournelle, is Richmond’s local director. Internist, Dr. Mary Wendt, and chef, Tess Challis, are Get Waisted’s co-founders. The program is based on behavioral science in combination with sound nutritional research, delicious food and holistic support. Location: Onward Fitness Studio, 6788 Forest Hill Ave. For more information, call 571-332-2156 or email

New Lifestyle Management Services Available


ersonal Development Manager, Pauline Stephens, announces the opening of Becoming You Lifestyle Management, a business dedicated to helping clients achieve success while connecting to their true passion. Sessions can be geared to a wide range of issues including improved health, weight loss and career goals. When she was a new mom, Stephens had a profound Pauline Stephens moment of clarity and started her own journey toward self-discovery. She lost weight, improved her health and became certified to teach indoor cycle classes. Her experience has helped prepare her to assist others in personal transformation. Becoming You Lifestyle Management offers one-on-one sessions, workshops and written tools on topics such as overcoming behaviors that limit potential and business branding. For more information, call 804-651-3634 or visit BecomingYouLifestyle natural awakenings

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uthor, dancer and teacher, Cheryl Pallant, was recently trained in Healing Touch, an internationally recognized healing modality for a variety of ailments. Pallant now provides one-on-one treatment sessions to strengthen the immune system, relieve pain and restore mental, physical and spiritual health. Though her original intent was to Cheryl Pallant satisfy curiosity, Pallant’s successes with practice clients during training brought repeat sessions. She is now offering her services to the community. A prominent Korean healing shaman urged Pallant to pursue the path as healer when she was writing an article about her for an anthropology journal. Along with Healing Touch, she is also certified in Reiki. Pallant is a published author of nine books, an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond, an interfaith minister and meditator with 40-plus years of experience. For more information, visit

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The Wellness Village, a group of individual holistic health practitioners, welcomes two new practitioners. Re:form Richmond, a specialized Pilates studio, has added certified teacher Liz King. Along with owner Brooke Fricke, King is licensed to teach Buff Bones, a medically endorsed strength- and balance-building workout for people with osteoporosis and other bone disorders. They are the only Pilates instructors in Central Virginia licensed to teach this program. Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine practitioner, Kristina Allred, is now seeing patients full time at Path Acupuncture. Allred holds a master’s degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is board-certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Her treatments include acupuncture, Chinese Physiotherapy, moxibustion and custom herbal diagnosis and prescription. The Wellness Village offers full-time, convenient access to a wide variety of health and wellness practitioners all under one roof. Location: 1404 Starling Dr. For more information, call Re:form Richmond at 804-652-9398 or visit; call Path Acupuncture at 804-728-5222 or visit See listing, page 41.

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David Herring, owner of Innovative Pain Release Center, recently received training in newly developed integrative manual therapies for upgrading the immune system. He also completed a number of specialized pain release trainings that enable him to more effectively address and treat many sources of pain, includDavid Herring ing tick-born illnesses, autoimmune issues and trauma-related pain. The advanced techniques for craniosacral manipulations enable Herring to better address residual effects of concussions and general head traumas, including ones from years ago. He also learned new techniques to treat foot and ankle issues, carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder. In addition, Innovative Pain Release Center now offers treatment for PTSD-related issues by removing PTSD stress with integrative manual therapy techniques that can address other aspects of pain and dysfunction. Location: 1604 Huguenot Rd., Ste. 4, Midlothian. For more information, call 804-573-9516 or visit InnovativePain See listing, page 43.


ichmond’s newest premier yoga studio, located conveniently in Historic Downtown Richmond. Shockoe Slip Yoga has it all. Everything from Hatha, Vinyasa, Rocket, Restorative and the newest Surf Set Fitness & Yoga. We welcome all levels. Shockoe Slip Yoga Studio 1307-A East Cary Street 804-343-2010 www.Shockoe Slip

Pet & House Sitting – Dog Walking – Overnights Bonded · Insured · PSI Certified · Pet First Aid Trained A Place 4 U 2 Heal, a group of experienced natural health providers, has expanded its services by adding three new practitioners. Melissa Morris of Aegle Radiant Therapy is a massage therapist who utilizes a variety of organic and natural products during her facial and massage therapy sessions. Adina Silvestri of Life Cycles Counseling provides individual, family and group counseling services. She will also be facilitating two groups in 2015; one designed to support the recovery from substance abuse and the other to support the emotional needs of people with cancer and receiving cancer-related treatments. Dr. Michael Wild of GetN2Balance provides assistance with weight loss, health restoration and health maintenance. He uses a neuro-nutritional approach to better health and healing. Each practitioner at A Place 4 U 2 Heal is certified and/or licensed in their chosen specialty. They believe education for clients and their families is a big part of successful treatment. Location: 2008 Bremo Rd., Ste. 111. For more information, call 804-740-4325 or visit See listing, page 37.


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Low Magnesium Levels Linked to Kidney Disease


study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that people with low levels of magnesium in their blood have a significantly greater risk of chronic kidney disease. The researchers correlated the blood levels of magnesium in 13,226 people ages 45 to 65 with the incidence of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease among them. Subjects that had blood serum magnesium levels below what is generally considered the normal range (0.7–1 millimole per liter) were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease and a 139 percent increased risk of end-stage renal disease. Abnormally low levels of magnesium may result from a number of conditions, including inadequate intake of serum magnesium due to chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic stress and the use of medications such as diuretics. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas and figs.


Research from Brazil’s Universidade Nove de Julho has confirmed that pulsed lasers and LED therapy applied during treatment can significantly reduce knee pain. The 86 patients that participated in the study were divided into two groups; one received 12 treatments using super-pulsed red laser and infrared LED phototherapy and the control (placebo) group received 12 treatments using non-therapeutic phototherapy instruments. The patients given therapeutic phototherapy reported feeling significantly less pain, beginning with and continuing after the tenth treatment through a one-month follow-up visit, and showed improved quality of life compared with the study’s placebo group.

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esearchers from São Paulo’s School of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa have found that secondhand smoke negatively affects a child’s hearing. The researchers tested 145 students between ages 8 and 10 that showed normal hearing in standardized tests. Their secondhand smoke exposure was measured by the level of a nicotine metabolite in the children’s urine. The 60 youngsters that had been exposed to secondhand smoke showed significantly lower responses to certain frequencies in both ears when compared to the others that weren’t exposed to the smoke. Researchers suspect that the affecting mechanism may be the acrolein gas that forms from burning tobacco cigarettes. The chemical was found to damage ear cells in a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. A 2012 study of diesel exhaust, which likewise produces acrolein gas, by the Republic of Korea’s Dongguk University, also showed damage to middle ear cells. Supporting these results, a study published in the American Medical Association Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery journal found that smoking during pregnancy almost triples the risk of lowfrequency hearing loss in the child. The study tested 964 adolescents between ages 12 and 15, of whom 16 percent were exposed to prenatal smoking.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

The Boxed Water is Better company was launched in 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to provide a more sustainable alternative to the ubiquitous plastic containers that are made from petroleum products, have big carbon footprints and clog U.S. landfills. Boxed Water containers resemble milk cartons and are far more sustainable because about 75 percent of the box comes from a renewable resource—trees in certified, well-managed forests—and are completely recyclable. The company uses reverse osmosis and carbon filters for its purified drinking water from the municipal source at the location of their filling plant, and then ships the product to retailers via the shortest route to curtail the transportation footprint. Boxed Water has partnered with 1% for the Planet to help with world water relief, reforestation and environmental protection projects, benefiting both humanitarian and environmental efforts.

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America’s Huge New Underwater Park The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument—about 470,000 square miles of ocean surrounding a couple of remote U.S. Pacific islands—is now officially set aside to protect its pristine habitat from deep-sea mining and commercial fishing. Although smaller than the nearly 800,000 square miles of its original plan, the park is still twice the size of Texas. In a final compromise, fishermen will have access to the waters around half of the islands and atolls, while the other half remains protected. Only 2 percent of the entire Pacific enjoys similar protection.

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Safer Groceries Landmark Food Law Being Enforced

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has reached a settlement agreement ( FoodSettlementAgreement) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sets firm deadlines for the agency to fully enact the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. A federal court will maintain supervision to ensure FDA compliance. CFS senior attorney George Kimbrell, who led the case, says, “The first major update to our food safety laws since 1938 must now be implemented in a closed-ended, timely fashion. That means safer food for American families.” Congress passed the law to combat the epidemic of foodborne illnesses affecting one in six Americans annually. After repeated delays, the FDA must now comply with the following court-overseen schedule to implement the final rules: preventative controls for human and animal food (8/30/2015); imported food and foreign suppliers (10/31/2015); produce safety (10/31/2015); food transportation (3/31/2016); and intentional adulteration of food (5/31/2016). Source:

Smart Solar Japan Floats New Nuclear Alternative Two companies in Japan will begin building two huge new solar power islands that will float on reservoirs, following the inception of the Kagoshima floating solar plant as the country’s largest, which opened in late 2013 just off the country’s southern coast. The new direction comes as Japan looks to move on from the Fukushima atomic disaster of 2011 and meet the energy needs of its 127 million people without relying on nuclear power. Before the incident, about 30 percent of the country’s power was generated by nuclear plants, but Fukushima destroyed public confidence, and with earthquakes highly likely in regions containing reactors, Japan is looking for alternatives. Solar islands could also be a solution for other countries where space or nuclear concerns are an issue. It’s possible that one day a significant portion of Europe’s power could come from use of the technology; experts believe the engineering challenges can be surmounted. Source: natural awakenings

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any adults and children enjoy hard candy and chewy sweet treats, especially during the holidays; however, some people are born with soft teeth and thin enamel that renders teeth less resilient to the downside of sugar. As a result, cavities can form. For years, “silver” or amalgam fillings were used to plug the holes. Today, much discussion exists over the best material to be used. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), amalgams consist of at least 50 percent mercury, a potentially dangerous substance. Fortunately, there is a process available where biocompatible materials can be identified and selected as an alternative replacement to silver/amalgam fillings. Mercury is widely held as a toxic substance that is stored in soft tissues such as the muscles, brain, heart, glands and lungs. Over time, the mercury from silver fillings can be released slowly into the system and the potential negative side effects are numerous. Drinking hot fluids, chewing gum and teeth grinding can increase their toxicity. However, exposure to small amounts of mercury does not necessarily pose a health risk and the FDA maintains there is no cause for concern unless patients are “sensitive” to mercury. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “sensitive populations may include pregnant women, children under the age of 6 (especially up to the age of 3), people with impaired kidney function,


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and people with hypersensitive immune responses to metals.” If there is sensitivity, symptoms can include irritability, shyness, tremors, changes in vision and depression as well as numbness and tingling in hands, feet or around the mouth. An article by Dr. Jonathan Levin on popular health advocate, Dr. Oz’s website, states that sensitivity can cause arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraines, memory problems that mimic Alzheimer’s, ringing in the ears, vertigo, nausea and a metallic taste in the mouth. Those with fibromyalgia and thyroid issues are typically more sensitive. Though many dentists ceased using amalgams years ago, there is good news for patients with these fillings— they can choose to have them replaced. According to Green Facts, a nonprofit organization that provides information on health and the environment, alternatives include tooth-colored materials such as composites, cements and sealants. Composites contain several components, including a resin base and ceramic filler, are applied as a paste to the tooth cavity and are typically hardened using visible blue light. Cements and sealants help to strengthen the plug by providing a protective seal to the composite material. Some individuals may be symptomatic from mercury exposure and require medical assistance before having the amalgams removed because further exposure can occur during the removal process. According to Dr. Tom McGuire of Mercury Safe Dentists, “Testing for

mercury is the only way to objectively determine if your body is eliminating higher than normal amounts of mercury.” This process should be monitored and managed by a certified health professional; local natural health providers, such as Optimum Health, offer this service. These professionals can make appropriate suggestions to assess and safely decrease mercury levels and help make amalgam removal minimally intrusive. According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, patients can also learn about a testing process available to help determine the best biocompatible composite materials for the new filling. Available from a number of natural health providers, this testing can increase the chance for zero reaction to the new, more natural filling material. There is more good news. Patients can participate in their own care and help minimize further exposure to mercury by inquiring about the use of a dental dam, a simple device used during the removal process that prevents loose pieces of the old filling from being ingested. Patients should note that if the filling is below the gum, a rubber dam may not be appropriate due to the high probability that the amalgam and mercury may be trapped under the device during the removal process. The dentist will assess the best protocol to minimize the mercury exposure, as improper removal can put a patient at greater risk. In addition, patients can choose a dentist who practices with a comprehensive, natural approach to dental care. Sometimes called “Holistic”, “Biological” or “Biocompatible” dentistry, this type of dentistry encompasses modern science, technology and natural healing. “The essence of Biological Dentistry involves the recognition of the close connection between dental health and the entire body’s immune system,” explains Cheryl Bradford Billingsley, DDS, ND, a local dentist who practices in a holistic, biological manner and owner of Richmond Family Dentistry. (see sidebar, page 17). The result is a more natural, healthy smile. Clair Norman is assistant editor for Natural Awakenings Richmond.

What is Holistic Dental Care? by Dr. Cheryl Bradford Billingsley


id you know that there are natural and holistic options when it comes to choosing dental care? Though these terms are more commonly associated with general health and medical care, dental care guided by the same principles of treating the whole patient in a natural and minimally invasive way is available and growing in popularity. With holistic dental care, getting Dr. Cheryl Bradford to the root cause of the disease is the Billingsley priority and there is a heavy emphasis on promoting oral and overall heath and wellness. Simply stated, holistic dental care takes a full-body wellness approach towards oral health care. The basic principles of holistic dental care include: • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning. • Prevention and treatment of gum disease. • Prevention and treatment of teeth grinding or clenching (which can lead to tension headaches, migraines and physical imbalance). • Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials like mercury or lead. • Patient education and nutrition counseling for the prevention and reversal of tooth decay. The advantages of holistic dental care are numerous, as it can become the first line of defense for preventative medicine. This is because dentists often see patients before they are noticeably ill—periodontal diagnosis and systemic diagnosis are intertwined. While holistic dentistry is not considered a specialty, there are dentists dedicated to practicing in this manner exclusively. As owner of a local dental practice, Richmond Family Dentistry, I have taken the holistic concept a step further by introducing “eco-friendly dentistry”—we have removed many of the known toxins from the practice’s environment and ensure that all materials are as eco-friendly as possible. Additionally, there are only digital X-rays and all water and air in the office is filtered. Holistic and eco-friendly dentistry enhances the patients’ overall dental experience, treatment and general health. Richmond Family Dentistry is proud to promote this approach. Dr. Cheryl Bradford Billingsley, DDS, ND, is board certified in Naturopathic Medicine and an award-winning dental surgeon. Location: 10446 Ridgefield Pkwy. For more information, call 804-381-6238 or visit See ad, page 2.

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place in the functioning of every cell, the building blocks of life; healthy cell function produces proper endocrine (hormonal) functioning, influencing homeostasis. This past August, 12 nationally recognized functional medicine experts participated in the country’s first online Metabolic Revolution Summit to discuss the importance of recognizing the dots that connect the majority of today’s chronic diseases—high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer and even infertility. All of the panelists pointed to the root cause that links them all—the craze for a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet starting in the 1990s combined with a sedentary lifestyle. When several complex conditions exist simultaneously, medical science refers to them as a syndrome. Regardless of how such intricate interrelationships become manifest, all of these syndromes have early-stage signs that include inflammation, high blood sugar and insulin resistance, which can affect metabolic health.

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It’s All About Metabolism Getting to the Root Cause of Disease by Linda Sechrist


ttempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-and-effect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s sophisticated, self-regulating, selfcorrecting and interdependent physiological systems, which work in collaboration with each other and inform us of the body’s status by means of symptoms, deserves a whole-systems frame of reference. Stepping back from immediate concerns to grasp the bigger picture allows for rethinking the Western approach to health. A perspective that connects all the dots works best, beginning with the foundation of wellness—the functioning of 73 trillion cells that are organized into a variety of tissues, including interconnected systems of organs. Optimally, they function together harmoniously to achieve homeostasis, the overall chemical and energetic balance that defines metabolic health.

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engaging them in their own healing process. One popular approach is practiced by Durango, Colorado, Doctor of Chiropractic James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated: A Systems Approach to Vibrant Health. He starts by educating people about the basic functioning of the major body systems involved in their specific health challenges. “To maintain metabolic health, no one should overlook that the body’s intelligence works 24/7 to solve multiple problems simultaneously, including balancing their metabolism. The more complex the pattern of symptoms, the more systems are involved. Whether a single or group of symptoms indicate metabolic dysfunction, it means that numerous systems that rely on healthy cells are unable to perform their normal functions,” explains Forleo. For example, blood sugar issues, excess circulating insulin and buildup of excess glucose stored as fat can lead to metabolic dysfunction. The pancreas, thyroid and gastrointestinal tract—primary glands in the endocrine system that plays a major role in balancing body chemistry by secreting hormones directly into the circulatory system—are negatively impacted. Well-functioning adrenals are necessary to balance blood sugar and one role of the pancreas is to produce insulin. When four of the eight major organ systems—immune,

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Functional medicine’s integrative approach to metabolic health is based on proper nutrition and regular exercise. “The inflammatory agents present in much of the food consumed at each meal in the standard American diet—highglycemic refined carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats—are the biggest offenders,” says Forleo, who notes that the body instead needs good fats, such as those obtained from olive and coconut oils. Factors over which we can exercise some control— physical activity, stress, sleep, diet and circadian rhythms— all play roles in metabolic health. Unfortunately, “We are moving further away from our ancestors’ healthier diet and lifestyle. We’re overfed and undernourished because we’re no longer eating for nutrition, but for entertainment,” remarks Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Mowll, the medical director of Sweet Life Diabetes Health Centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He characterizes metabolic dysfunction as the ultimate problem because it’s the doorway to many other ailments. “A hundred years ago, infectious diseases plagued humanity. Today and in the future, it’ll be metabolic disorders such as obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders and other endocrine problems, diabetes and Type 2 diabetes,” predicts Mowll.

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Dr. Caroline Cederquist, author of The MD Factor Diet: A Physician’s Proven Diet for Metabolism Correction and Healthy Weight Loss, and founder of Cederquist Medical Wellness Center, in Naples, Florida, conducted a one-year study of patients to identify their health issues via blood work analysis. Eighty-nine percent of the men, women and children showed evidence of insulin resistance. This often-overlooked metabolic condition affects how the body processes glucose, a simple sugar and the body’s primary fuel, making gaining weight easy and losing it difficult. Treated with proper diet, lifestyle changes and supplements, plus medication in advanced stages, Cederquist found that metabolic dysfunction is reversible. She explains that long-term insulin resistance can lead to fatty liver disease, high blood sugar and eventually, diabetes. It also directly affects cholesterol levels and can

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induce triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol), increased waist circumference and heart disease. In Cederquist’s young adult patients, metabolic dysfunction was also associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a cause of infertility. Germany’s Dr. Wolf Funfack, a specialist in internal and nutritional medicine and creator of a well-regarded metabolic balancing program, noted that insulin resistance both increases the production of stress hormones and blocks production of the antiinflammatory hormones that slow the aging process. Funfack’s all-natural, personalized nutrition plan, backed by more than 25 years of scientific study, is designed to bring hormonal balance, optimize health and lead to long-term weight management. Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, author of Metabolic Cardiology, goes a step further. He believes that metabolic dysfunction involving cells, hormones and inflammation encompasses the molecular-based essence of all disease. He observes, “Individuals diagnosed with several conditions can leave a doctor’s office with three or four prescriptions, rather than the one solution for reversal and prevention—a healthy lifestyle and non-inflammatory diet to offset and neutralize weight gain, blood pressure elevation and other abnormalities such as high blood sugar.” Mowll agrees that many conventional healthcare practitioners don’t address the root cause of metabolic disorders or provide lifestyle interventions.

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“They simply reach for the prescription pad,” he says. This growing problem presents an opportunity to educate the entire populace. Bestselling Virgin Diet author JJ Virgin, who characterizes the human body as a “chemistry lab,” adopts an easy-to-follow nutritional and fitness approach for metabolic health. She recommends eating the types of healthy fats found in wild fish, raw nuts and seeds, coconut, avocado and olives. Virgin prefers the clean, lean protein of grass-fed beef and wild fish, plus lowglycemic lentils and legumes and plenty of low-glycemic fruits like raspberries, blueberries, pears and grapefruits. Low-glycemic vegetables on her list include green peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onion and eggplant. “When you eat this way, there’s a slow release of sugar, and insulin remains at lower levels,” advises Virgin. As in any systems theory, the whole must be understood in relationship to the parts, as well as the relevant environment. Experts agree that it’s paramount to take an expanded, systemic approach to metabolic health, rather than fixating on only one or two aspects at a time. Metabolic health—from basic cells to the most sophisticated of organized systems— can only be achieved and sustained when the whole system is healthy.

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Interval Training Knocks Down Blood Sugar Exercise Bursts are Fast and Effective by Lisa Marlene


abels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called highintensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults that have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic dysfunction due to a high-sugar diet that causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels and eventually contributes to insulin resistance. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Obesity, the benefits of doing HIIE at least three times a week for two to six weeks include reduction of abdominal body fat, improved aerobic and anaerobic fitness and lower levels of insulin resistance. In a separate study, Norwegian researchers examined the impact that different types of exercise programs had on individuals seeking to reverse

metabolic dysfunction, an overall chemical imbalance largely attributed to insulin resistance. They concluded that despite producing similar effects on body weight and blood pressure, the aerobic interval training group also showed greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity and high-

density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) than those performing continuous moderate exercise. They also exhibited lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Another beneficial HIIE characteristic is that it involves markedly fewer exercise repetitions and less training time. JJ Virgin, a fitness and nutrition expert and author of The Virgin Diet, recommends incorporating burst-style and resistance training for fast, lasting fat loss and improving insulin resistance. Best of all, you can do these exercises in minutes a day. “Burst exercise means working out in short intense bursts of 30 to 60 seconds, coupled with one to two minutes of active recovery time, moving at a lower intensity that allows you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate,” she explains. Two easy examples of this are sprinting to burst and then walking to recover, and running up stairs to burst, and then walking down them to recover. “This should be repeated for a total of four to eight minutes of highintensity bursts per session. Overall, this will take 20 to 30 minutes,” says Virgin. She notes that the increase in stress hormones that occurs during HIIE are counteracted by the simultaneously raised levels of anabolic-building hormones. “Short bursts train the body in how to handle stress and recover. Repeated intense bursts raise the lactic acid level, which in turn raises growth hormone production and supports fat burning. The research is clear that the more intense the exercise, the bigger the metabolic benefit is afterward.”

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Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible? Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want. A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love. It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself. What we give out we get

back, so it all starts with us. Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself. Start with small steps and be gentle. If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7? Practice, practice, practice! Slowly, bit-by-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself. Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life. It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult. If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being? Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot. Say yes to life and the magic it brings. I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather. A third of our life is spent eating, and

it’s essential that we know the best way to do this. Start your day with water and an act of self-love. Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body. Poop every day, figuratively and literally. Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom. Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good. Also, go on a media diet. Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are. Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future. Is scientific research now supporting that? When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that. I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs. I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating selflove and personal affirmations. They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses. It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

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n today’s technology-fueled society, kids spend many hours of their free time staring at smartphones or tablets instead of exploring nature, riding bikes or playing outdoor games with their friends. Rather than just imposing radical reductions in screen time, parents and caregivers can meet youngsters halfway by adding apps to their handheld devices that provide tips on healthy eating, exercise and behavior. Here are five that are fun for kids and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Super Stretch Yoga HD. Super Stretch is the primary character in this yoga adventure in which players are encouraged to, “Create a peaceful, balanced life by living a NAMASTE mission: Nothing is impossible; Always be honest; Make the world a better place; Act with kindness; Share with others; Trust and believe in yourself; and Enjoy and have fun.” Creator and founder Jessica Rosenberg, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, explains, “I translated a curriculum that I’ve been using for kids into an ‘edutainment’ app that combines gaming and real-life kids


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as characters that bring yoga to life.” Players are challenged to master the skills presented by each of the game’s 12 main characters, increasing awareness of breathing and other aspects of how the body works, plus promoting self-esteem. Free in the iTunes App Store. If, the Emotional IQ Game. An adventure game inspired by If, a well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling, players go on a quest through Ziggurat, a fantasy world where they enlist energy creatures called Vims to rid their avatars of dark energy. Youngsters are challenged to complete missions using emotional language. The character traits required to complete the tasks include patience, teamwork and other skills that help kids build emotional intelligence. Free in the iTunes App Store. Smash Your Food. Nutritionist Marta De Wulf, from Bellevue, Washington, felt compelled to develop her innovative app when she realized that while kids understand that certain foods contain too much sugar, fat or carbs, they have

Oh, Ranger! Park Finder. Instead of vaguely suggesting that kids put down their electronic devices and head outdoors, why not ask them to choose an adventure for the whole family? Using the Oh, Ranger! Park Finder app, kids can search for nearby outdoor recreation areas from a comprehensive database of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management sites and U.S. Army Corps recreation areas. Kids can further seek out specific activities from 20-plus categories that range from birdwatching and hiking to boating and camping. Free in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Kids Making Healthy Choices. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that rates of childhood obesity have doubled in the past 30 years. This kid- and parent-friendly app is designed to help. It springboards from San Diego, California’s Merilee Kern’s children’s book of the same title. Embedded via an e-reader, kids can play games, print coloring sheets and explore healthy recipes while parents check out the news section and resource page for links with information for keeping youngsters healthy. “Surveys show that parents often don’t realize that their child has a weight problem,” notes Kern. “It’s important to discuss this topic within the family, and the app helps facilitate this in a non-threatening, helpful way.” It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. Julianne Hale writes and edits for Natural Awakenings franchise magazines and blogs about motherhood at

Healthy Web Edutainment “Parents typically spend 90 percent of their grocery budget on products from the inside aisles of stores,” says Karen Laszio, founder of this award-winning website, which teaches kids about the value of food in the outside (produce, dairy and meat) aisles and how to choose fresh, whole foods to incorporate into kid-friendly recipes for the whole family. Designed for teens and tweens, this PBS Kids Go! website teaches children to make responsible decisions about pertinent issues, including drugs, alcohol, anorexia and bulimia, and how to objectively view celebrities, dating and the challenges of puberty. Visitors can find reliable, accurate information about subjects they may not be comfortable discussing with adults or peers. The National Park Service online Web Rangers program enables kids to create a customizable ranger experience and discover national parks and historic sites around the country.

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Score Healthy and Eco-Friendly Points at Parties For healthy eaters, Super Bowl parties’ bent toward rich, calorie-laden foods compete with our desire to shed some holiday pounds and return to regular diet regimens. Whether supplying eco-beer selections for guests or bringing refreshments to a gathering, armchair players can score green points both in terms of natural ingredients and supporting the domestic economy and environment.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s plant in Chico, California, uses 10,000-plus solar panels and a large on-site water treatment facility for recycling and conserving water. “It’s the number one ingredient in brewing,” says Sustainability Manager Cheri Chastain. “You can generate more energy, but you can’t make water.” Other American microbrews deploy varied eco-solutions. Dave’s BrewFarm, in Wilson, Wisconsin, for instance, obtains most of its energy via a wind-powered generator. Goats “mow” the grass outside the Anderson Valley Brewing plant in Boonville, California. Odell Brewing Company, in Fort Collins, Colorado, practices waste reduction and recycling and uses renewable energy sources. The 100 percent wind-powered brewery also encourages employees to bike to work and/or carpool, and uses biodiesel-powered delivery trucks (the biodegradable fuel emits 78 percent less CO2 than standard fuel). Five of the 2014 Good Food Awards’ winning beers— exceeding the criteria of recycling water, local sourcing and banning genetically modified ingredients—are Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, Virginia; Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon; Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, California; Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, Oregon ( offers information on many other U.S. craft breweries that operate in sustainable ways, including the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, New York; New Belgium Beer, Fort Collins, Colorado; and the Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio. If none of these brews is yet a current favorite, seek them out at a specialty beverage retailer that stocks from multiple regions in order to score a touchdown for us and the Earth. Some just may become part of local fans’ first-string beverage “team” after the game is over.  natural awakenings

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Wood comes in many colors, polished to a high gloss or textured, and can be refinished when styles change. “Timber used to float downriver to the sawmill and not all of it arrived. We salvage logs from the bottom of the Penobscot River for flooring and other products,” says Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “Our wood is as fresh as the day it was cut decades ago.” Cold water preserves the resource and adds a natural patina. Removal of the estimated 700,000 cords of underwater wood will help restore the waterway’s natural eco-system. Note: Wood can scratch or dent and be susceptible to water damage. Even recycled wood might not be eco-friendly. “Wood reclaimed from manufacturing plants can contain machine oils, harsh chemical residue, lead paint or asbestos,”

explains Shafer. “Know where it came from; follow the chain of evidence.”

High Traffic, Pets, Long Life–Linoleum

Linoleum is made from linseed oil, wood powder, resins and ground limestone. Mineral pigments provide rich color throughout, which prevents paler worn spots. A personalized pattern may include borders using linoleum sheets or tiles. It’s long-lasting, durable, fireresistant, biodegradable, has no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) and repels dirt and dust. Note: Vinyl, made from unnatural chlorinated petrochemicals, won’t wear as well or last as long as linoleum.


Bottles recycled into glass tile reflect light, brightening smaller rooms like the bath. Long-lasting ceramic or porcelain tile has no VOCs, is easy to clean and won’t host germs, bacteria or dust mites. Note: Look for lead-free glazed tile. Glass tile may be cost-prohibitive for larger spaces. Most tile can be slick when wet; texturing increases safety.

Child-, Pet- and Elder-Friendly, Warm and Comfy–Cork Cork is lightweight, flexible and can mimic stone, granite, tile, marble and wood, while providing comfortable cushioning. “Cork assumes the ambient temperature in the room, keeping feet warmer. It holds up to dogs, too,” says Tim Tompkins, a Portuguese Cork Association committee member in Greenville, South Carolina. “Cork is both healthy for the consumer and sustainable for the environment.” Note: Due to its cushioning nature, heavy furniture or high-heeled shoes may make indentations.

Wood-Like and Sturdy–Bamboo

Bamboo generally regrows in three to five years, is twice as hard as red oak and can be stained almost any color. Edge-grained bamboo, banded together, turns flooring into a statement. Note: “It’s shipped from Asia and may have formaldehyde glues and durability problems, so shop carefully,” advises David Bergman, a New York City green architect and author of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide.

Long-Wearing Classic Look–Stone Travertine, limestone, granite, slate and marble are all stone flooring options. Stone can increase home value, has a classic look and is a piece of history that adds to any décor, although it’s not a renewable resource. Cork or nonpetroleum-based laminated floors can

give the look of stone without destroying an in-situ natural resource. Note: Large blocks of stone are cut at quarries and transported to processing plants, cut into slabs and transported to a processor to be cut again, shaped and polished before being shipped to the store—a big carbon footprint.

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The Great Imitator–Concrete Easy-to-clean, durable concrete never needs to be replaced. Small repairs can be patched. Large repairs, such as a broken pipe beneath the surface, may require refinishing the entire floor to match the stain color. Some homeowners have created a faux rug using other stain colors to disguise the repaired area. Finishes can make concrete look like hardwood, painted tile, carpet, marble or granite, including terrazzo options. For an entryway, homeowners can design a custom welcome mat, perhaps incorporating a family crest, monogram or motto. Finishes can be textured to varying degrees to increase foot traction. Note: Ensure the structure is sturdy enough to bear the extra weight of concrete. It feels cold underfoot in winter and cool in summer. Epoxy coatings don’t let concrete breathe, so any moisture emanating from the concrete slab will be trapped. Test for the moisturevapor emission rate; problem areas can include sections covered by furniture.

EFT is easy to learn and will help you: • Remove negative emotions • Remove self-sabotage • Reduce food cravings • Reduce or eliminate pain • Implement positive goals

Pamela A. Waitkus, Ed.S., LPC, LMFT, NCC Offices in Richmond and Tri-Cities


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n Mixed and matched floors create a planned flow in an open-concept house. Find fun ideas at n Most carpet is chemical-laden and not so health- or eco-friendly, although there are some exceptions. n Sustainably produced handwoven wool rugs backed with jute are susceptible to the jute retaining spills and pet odors; its yellow-tan pigment also can color rug fibers. Jute eventually disintegrates, leaving clumps of unsecured wool fibers. n In Portugal, bark is hand carved off the tree as cork, which is healthy for the tree. Trees are grown on protected land that also benefits insects and birds. NASA, Mercedes and BMW sometimes find cork a lightweight, durable replacement for steel. The Library of Congress has relied on its original cork flooring for 75 years. n Kinetic energy from people dancing or walking on special flooring can light up the area and send energy back to the grid (see

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self off from the flow of energy in your home and become exhausted,” says the Tustin, California, feng shui expert. “When I ask a client to take half of the stuff off a shelf and then ask how it feels, they almost always take a deep breath. The clutter literally chokes off breath and vitality.”

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tress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could latenight TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all light stimulates the brain, the blue light from electronic devices and some eco-light bulbs disrupt circadian rhythms, prevent production of melatonin and block deep, healthful, restorative sleep. Fortunately, there’s an easy remedy, say Harvard experts: Seek abundant exposure to bright natural sunlight, and then turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Some experts even suggest wearing orange-colored goggles for the last two waking hours to neutralize the energy-sucking blue rays. Here are a few more energy thieves and ways to neutralize them.

Avoid Energy Vampires Problem: We all know someone that exhausts us, according to Dr. Judith Orloff, Venice Beach, California, author of the new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender. Maybe he or she talks endlessly about personal matters, is incessantly negative, a gossip or a guilt-tripper. 28

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Solution: “Take control. Get in the driver’s seat,” advises Orloff. “Create a circle of positive people around you. Stay calm and centered. Distance yourself from energy vampires and if they’re family, limit time spent with them and establish boundaries.”

Recognize Time Leeches

Problem: We fall into the black hole of Facebook or cute kitten videos. Hours pass and we fall behind in more productive activities and then feel drained and groggy. Solution: Time management is essential to preserving energy, says Orloff. Limit time spent on social media. Check email once or twice a day instead of every 15 minutes. “The Internet is addictive, almost like a drug,” explains Orloff. “When you’re online, your energy is cut off and you become a zombie; you’re not in your body. Take a technology fast. Talk to your mate. Make love. Go for a walk in the woods. See your best friend.”

Get Rid of Clutter

Problem: We all have way too much “stuff,” says Linda Rauch Carter, author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. “If you don’t have room, you shut your-

Solution: “Clear out what isn’t needed,” counsels Carter. “Keep a balance by making it a habit when bringing new things into a home or work environments to let go of a comparable number of old things at the same time.” Beware of clutter creep, the slow accumulation of energy-sapping clutter, she says. “I believe the lack of energy so many of us experience is a nearly undetectable, chronic energy drain that seems slight, yet over time becomes a big problem.”

Stop Electromagnetic Pollution Problem: We are all surrounded by energy-draining electromagnetic fields (EMF) from myriad electronic devices and systems in homes and offices, plus cell phone towers and transmission lines. All of these operate on frequencies that can be major energy drains, says Carter. Japanese research physician Ryoichi Ogawa found that 80 percent of his chronic fatigue patients were frequent users of electromagnetic technologies (Omega-News). Solution: Minimize indoor exposure to EMFs by using land lines with corded phones, power strips and shutting off electricity to nonessential appliances when not in use. “I’ve been preaching this for 20 years,” says Carter. Protecting sleep space is a primary consideration. “Make sure no beds are near electrical outlets and cell phones. Get rid of cordless phones, which are like mini cell towers, right there in the house,” she adds. The easiest solution, Carter says, is to put bare feet on bare earth for 15 to 20 minutes a day. “It will pull some of that excess EMF charge right off of you.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at


Both the family and the veterinarian need to feel comfortable with treatments. Ask questions before submitting an animal to any anesthetic or surgery or other medical procedure. Talk with the veterinarian about using this gentle, natural approach to help relieve any concerns if a pet needs sedation or anesthesia. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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any pet parents and some veterinarians have an unnecessary fear of animal anesthesia. Addressing some misconceptions about this common medical procedure can be helpful, particularly in regard to older pets.

Myth #1: Anesthesia is Dangerous Modern anesthesia has evolved into a safe medical practice since it was introduced in 1799 and uses much safer drugs than earlier versions. Still, all medications need to be approached cautiously for the welfare of all individuals connected to its use. Both injectable anesthetic drugs and inhalant anesthetic drugs (gases) can be used safely if properly chosen for a specific condition, accurately dosed and continuously monitored.

Myth #2: Grogginess is a Given When a high-quality medication is properly administered, a groggy state

lasting from several hours to a day or more following a procedure shouldn’t occur. Lower-quality anesthetic drugs injected during discounted spaying and neutering procedures may produce such prolonged recovery periods. It’s safer to use a high-quality, quick-acting, short-term injectable anesthetic, followed by gas anesthesia for anesthetic maintenance, during surgical procedures, including for spaying and neutering. Patients wake up quickly following surgery and can be sent home fully awake soon afterwards.

Myth #3: A Pet is Too Old

No pet is too old for proper medical care. Because older pets don’t metabolize some drugs as well as younger ones, the correct anesthesia must be chosen for the pet’s age and current state of health or medical problems. Too often, pets haven’t received proper care, especially dental cleanings and tumor removals, because their current veterinarian has deemed them too old for anesthesia.

n Each patient is unique and has unique anesthetic needs. n Giving the least amount of anesthesia needed ensures the safest possible procedure. n Analgesics are used to minimize discomfort and meet anesthetic needs. n Some anesthetic drugs may be used to minimize the depth of anesthesia obtained. n Light levels of anesthesia are preferred for minimally painful procedures. n Carefully monitoring the patient during anesthesia helps ensure a good outcome. n Patients should wake up from anesthesia immediately following the procedure. n Patients are sent home immediately following anesthetic recovery. n An older pet can be safely anesthetized by a holistic vet as part of its anti-aging care.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 1 New Year’s Day Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Celebrate the new year and set a vision for 2015 with a yoga class to create balance, health & overall well-being. Sarah Thacker. $17. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

MONDAY, JANUARY 5 Continuing Yoga – 6pm. Integral yoga class for students with some experience. Includes mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation, facilitating a healing experience to go deeper to release stress & integrate it into daily life. Nora Pozzi, ERYT500, PRYT. $108/8 wks; $15 drop-in. Friends Meeting, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061. Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga – 7:45pm. Students w/prev. experience welcome. Includes posture, breathing techniques, Yoga Nidra (15 min. deep relaxation) in a meditative and caring setting. Nora Vimala Pozzi, ERYT500, PRYT. $80/8 wks; $10 drop-in or pay what you can. Friends Meeting, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 Continuing/Mixed Level Yoga – 4:45pm. See 1/5 listing for Continuing Yoga. Nora Pozzi, ERYT500, PRYT. $108/8 wks; $15 drop-in. Location near Carytown. 804-342-1061.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 X-Gentle Yoga – 10:30am. See 1/6 listing. Nora Pozzi, ERYT500, PRYT. $108/8 wks; $15 drop-in. Location near Carytown. 804-342-1061.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 Qigong Class: Inner Smile Meditation & Microcosmic Orbit – 10-11:30am. The Inner Smile focuses gratitude and joy on internal organs to resolve physical and mental tensions that can lead to illness. The Microcosmic Orbit cultivates your internal

orbit of yin/yang energies for balanced chi flow. Joy Black. $35. Good Energy for Life, 555 Southlake Blvd., Ste C-2. 804-971-7135. GoodEnergy or Montessori Open House and School Showcase – 10am-12pm. Montessori Center for the Child, 122 N. Courthouse Rd. 804-794-8661. MontessoriCenter

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 Intro to Ashtanga 8-Wk Series – Sundays, 11:30am. Learn the foundation of Ashtanga yoga. Kyra Haigh. $96/8 wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St (next to Byrd Theatre). Ashtanga

markyourcalendar Welcome to the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path for Young and Old Through the Teaching of Bruno Groening.

Free Introduction and Lecture “God is the greatest physician— for Him there is no incurable illness.” Medically verifiable healings. Tune in to the healing higher power.
“Don’t be credulous. Prove it to yourself!”

January 11 • 3-5pm Unity Church of Richmond 800 Blanton Avenue, 23221

Facilitators: Elizabeth McGowan, 917-572-2349 Rick and Mary Laird, 804-798-0063


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Mental Stimulation: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk. morning classes on Memoir Writing; Latin American History; Opera; Women in the Bible; Geography; Topics in the Humanities, Politics, and History; Intermediate French; Conversational German; Adventures in the Far East; plus luncheon speakers on a variety of topics. Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. 804-355-7282.


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 Kombucha Kamp – 6-8pm. Learn how to make your own fermented kombucha. Each participant will make their own fizzy kombucha soda, fermented ginger bug and will take home their own scoby to start their own brew at home right away. $50. Classes held in Midlo.

Qigong Series: TaoYin Yoga – 6:30-8pm (1/132/24). Gentle, energy-directing Taoist yoga harmonizes chi, relaxes abdominal muscles and diaphragm, trains second brain in lower abdomen and improves overall health and structural alignment. Joy Black. $50/4 classes; $15 drop-in. Good Energy for Life, 555 Southlake Blvd., Ste C-2. 804-971-7135. or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life Series for Seniors – Brown bag lunch, 12pm; Speaker, 12:30pm (4 wks). “The Unfinished Business of Racial Reconciliation” by Michael Paul Williams, The Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist; “More to the Story” by Jason Roop, Style Weekly editor; “VMFA: It’s Your Art” by Ruth West and Louise Brierre of the Virginia Museum; and “Welcome to the New Valentine” by William J. Martin, Director, The Valentine. Free. Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 Nourishing Body and Mind: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk. courses. Gentle Yoga; Feldenkrais; Genealogy: Literary Women; The European Union; Tudor Crises; Enduring Stardom; French, German, Latin, Japanese. Plus luncheon speakers on a variety of topics. Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. First Pres. Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282. New Year, New You! – Be Happier and Healthier in 2015 – 6:30-7:30pm. Looking for more happiness and living a healthier lifestyle? Try using essential oils and tapping! Not familiar with it? Now is your chance to learn why more people are turning to these natural ways to be happy and healthy! RSVP: Nina@

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 Meditation Is the Key to Everything – 1/16-1/18. Learn how to meditate, ways to use meditation in various situations, and a variety of techniques to enhance your practice. Revs. Paraman & Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D. $225. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 Introduction to Feng Shui – 10am-12pm. Learn about the different kinds of feng shui and how they can help you in your personal and professional life with Feng Shui Diva! Robyn Bentley. Followed by potluck lunch. Free/mbrs. Donation/non-mbrs. Central VA Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). River Rd. Baptist Church, River/Ridge Rds. 804-378-4606. Reiki 1 – 10am-3pm. Learn to administer healing energy for a variety of physical and emotional benefits such as relaxation, pain management, anxiety/ depression reduction and enhance intuition. $275. Energy Medicine Center. 804-931-0979. Energy Medicine.Center. Gemmotherapy a.k.a. Plant “Stem Cell” Therapy – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how to combat cold and flu season with unique plant-based homeopathic remedies. Suitable for young and old alike (even pets). Natalie Weaver BCND, Hom. Free. Good Foods Grocery, 1312 Gaskins Rd. 804-740-3518.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22 Healing Plants Class – 6-8pm. Learn how to use safe natural herbal remedies to help fight inflammation, colds & flu. Understand the difference between tinctures, teas and oils. Each participant will make an herbal tincture, herbal throat spray and herbal-infused oil. $50. Classes held in Midlo.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 Secrets of Pranayama: 3 Breakthroughs in 3 Days – 1/23-1/25. Breakthroughs: 1) In Breathing; 2) In Asana Practice; 3) In the Seated Pose. Get beyond effort into consciousness and joy. Bhaktan Eberle. $225. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 Intuition Development - Clairvoyance – 10am1pm. Train, develop and enhance your intuitive abilities with basic to advanced techniques, practice exercises and helpful tips to expand your intuitive abilities. $65. Energy Medicine Center. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

depression reduction and enhance intuition. $275. Energy Medicine Center. 804-931-0979. Energy Medicine.Center.

Carol Stone, PhD. $240. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

Reiki I Certification Class – 12-6pm. Awaken the gift of healing for yourself and others! The Chrysalis Institute, 3521 Ellwood Ave. 804-677-4539.


Partner and Thai Yoga Massage Workshop – 3-5:30pm. Fun and relaxing workshop to learn the intentional and healing touch of partner yoga and Thai Yoga massage. Karen Hansen. $25 by 1/31; $35 after. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St (next to Byrd Theatre).

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Acupuncture Center of Richmond 4th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration (Southside) – 11am-4pm. Mini-acupuncture sessions, chair massage, herbal products, vendors, wellness consultations and tea tastings. Learn more about and experience Chinese medicine and meet our wonderful team of practitioners. Free. Acupuncture Center of Richmond, 1604 Huguenot Rd. 804-501-8060.

Crystals 1 – 2-4:30pm. Learn the qualities, uses and healing properties of various crystals for healing, feng shui and to enhance your life. $65. Energy Medicine Center. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

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Blissful Bacteria Class – 6-8pm. Learn about the importance of including fermented foods in your diet and the techniques needed to ferment any vegetable. Each participant will make and take home their own tangy sauerkraut, delicious dill pickles and fermented garlic. $50. Classes held in Midlo.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Chakra & Tibetan Rites – 2-5pm. Uncover the healing and anti-aging powers of the chakra system & explore the Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation. Kim Leibowitz, RYT-500, E-RYT 200 and Jennifer Hays, MPT. $60. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267, Info@

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Explore the Divine Feminine – 7-9pm. Discover how the Divine Feminine is reemerging in the world today, creating the opportunity for balance and wholeness for each of us. Connect with your own Divine Feminine by exploring her history, her Presence and her promise. Joni Maher and Bland Tyree. $10. Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Reiki 2 – 12-3pm. Learn to administer healing energy for a variety of physical and emotional benefits such as relaxation, pain management, anxiety/

Healing the Body of Chronic Disease with Trace Minerals: Small, Potent andPpowerful Remedies – 11am-12:30pm. Using UNDA Gammadyn remedies can assist with monumental healing experiences in the body ailed with chronic or degenerative diseases. Natalie Weaver BCND, Hom. Free. Good Foods Grocery, 1312 Gaskins Rd. 804-740-3518.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Acupuncture Center of Richmond 4th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration (Northside) –11am-4pm. See 2/8 listing. Free. Acupuncture Center of Richmond, 7233 Mechanicsville Tpk. 804501-8060.



Joint Freeing Series – 1/30-2/01. Promote ease of movement, build strength and balance, release stress, breathe more deeply, roll back the calendar and enjoy life. Hope Mell, ATT, RYT 500. $235. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

Access in Consciousness to Make More Effective Changes in Your Life – 10am-12pm. Followed by potluck lunch. Mary L. Mayer. Free/mbrs; donation/ non-mbrs. Central VA Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). River Rd. Baptist Church, River/Ridge Rds. 804-378-4606.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Partner Yoga & Massage: Valentine’s Day – 2/132/15. Experience the intimacy of Partner Yoga, the tranquility of Yoga Nidra, the blissful effects of Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massage. Renata Gregory, CYT & Dr. Muktan Sullivan, DC, DAy. $395/cpl. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yo gaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Qigong Class: Six Healing Sounds – 10-11:30am. Learn to make vocal sounds with frequencies to keep each vital organ in optimal condition, and physical postures to activate related acupuncture meridians. Good sleep aid. Joy Black. $35. Good Energy for Life, 555 Southlake Blvd., Ste C-2. 804-971-7135. or Partner Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Share strength, balance and concentration by working with a partner on yoga postures. Randi Weiss, E-RYT-500. $25/ person; $45/cpl. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267, Info@

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Mindfulness, Compassion & Difficult Emotions – 2/20-2/22. Experience and explore presence and compassion and how the terrain of difficult emotions can be traversed through mindfulness. Susan

Mysticism and the Transcendent Experience – 7-9pm. What does it mean to be in the presence of the divine? Explore the historical, religious, psychological and experiential aspects of mysticism and the transcendent in this evening workshop. Dr. Isabelle Richman. $10 mbrs/$20 non-mbrs. VCU Student Commons. 804-359-0384.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Intuition Development - Clairsentience – 10am1pm. Train, develop and enhance your intuitive abilities with basic to advanced techniques, practice exercises and helpful tips to expand your intuitive abilities. $65. Energy Medicine Center. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center. Face Reading: Facial Shapes – 2-4:30pm. In an ongoing class series, learn the ancient art of face reading from a Master Face Reader. Face reading is a valuable tool for identifying unresolved traumas, personality traits, talents, health imbalances and a method of guidance to uncover your true self. Bring a picture of someone you know well to read. $90. Energy Medicine Center. 804-931-0979. Energy Medicine.Center.

plan ahead THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Natural Awakenings Networking Night – 6:308:30pm. $5 donation. Apex MD, 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Embodied Awakening, A Weekend Workshop With Michael Stone – 4/10-4/12. Stone is a renowned yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, psychotherapist and activist. His work explores the intersection of spiritual practice and social action. Sponsored by 4025 Yoga. Register: 804-787-4242.

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tions (post-surgery, arthritis, hip/knee replacement, injuries, cancer) or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Benefits: Breathing, relaxation, flexibility, balance, strength, peace. Nora Vimala Pozzi, ERYT500, PRYT. $120/8 wks; $17 dropin. Location near Carytown. 804-342-1061.

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Restorative Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Supported postures and breathwork, relaxation and seated meditation. Heather Rutherford. $60/4 classes w/in month, $110/8 classes w/in month, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267,

New Led Primary Series – 8am. Flow through the entire Primary Series taught in the traditional Sanskrit count; not suitable for beginners. Alicia Golden. $15 or class pkg. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St (next to Byrd Theatre). AshtangaYoga photo by Candice Trimble

Richmond Zen Group – 9am (8:15 orientation). Sitting-walking-sitting, short chant service. 10:30am, Dharma study group. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 9am. Free. Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Richmond Lotus Sangha – 1-2pm. Mindfulness Meditation group in tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting, walking meditation, discussion. McKenzie Casad. Free. 1312 W Main St. 757-553-2780 or Prenatal Yoga – 3:30pm. Prepare your body and mind for the birth of your child. Kyra Haigh. $96/8wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St (next to Byrd Theatre). Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 3rd, 4:30pm. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027.

Healing Touch Clinic – 4th; 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Ann Rust. Free. Mt. Pisgah UMC, Midlo. Register w/Ginger: 804-378-4606. Nia at Chrysalis – 7-8:15pm (1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23). Experience body-mind movement and lifestyle practice, blending Eastern and Western traditions; suitable for all fitness levels. Marybeth Grinnan. $11 mbrs/ $15 non-mbrs. Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.



Svaroopa Yoga Classes – 9-10:30am & 6:30-8pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for Beg/Continuing levels. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT 700 hours. $116/8wks; $16/drop-in. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105 or

Svaroopa Yoga, Embodyment Yoga Therapy, Healing Touch, Reiki – Svaroopa Yoga decompresses the spine and supports release of muscular tension deep w/in body w/out forcing or straining. Improve flexibility, breathing, digestion, balance, posture; build bone strength; strengthen immune system; reduce pain, stress, anxiety, illness; increase energy. Wkend/eve appts avail. Anita Snellings, CSBT, CEYT, CHTP, Reiki Master. 804-356-7477.

Vinyasa Yoga – 4:30pm. Learn the foundation of Ashtanga yoga. Kathleen Brady. $12. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St (next to Byrd Theatre). Meditation Practice – 5:15-5:45pm. Meditation cushions & chairs provided. Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT. $5 donation. Integral Yoga Center/YogaHelps. Friends Mtg, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061.

Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: Contact Cassandra at or 804-901-4583. Walk w/ a Certified Instructor – Mornings & afternoons (times vary). Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details and locations: Call Vanessa at 804-350-6721.

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Qigong – 9:30am. Free. Round House at Byrd Park. Phoebe Antrim. Register: 804-358-1772.


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SilverSneakers Group X Classes – 10 &11:30am. Strength & balance classes. Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details and locations: Call Vanessa at 804-350-6721. X-Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am (1/7-2/25). Combining “Chair Yoga” with yoga on the mat. Designed for people with some physical limita-

Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Open to all. Please come at least 3 times to benefit from the group experience; no commitment required. Alane Cameron Miles, MDiv, Hospice Chaplain & Bereavement Care Coord. Metropolitan Community Church, 2501 Park Ave. 804-353-9477. Tai Chi Chuan – 5:45-7:15pm. Learn the Yang style short form as taught by Grand Master Cheng Man Ch’ing. $165/10wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich, 804-698-0225/ Sondra Sealine, 804-690-9878. TaiChiRichmond@ Healthy-Steps – 6-7pm. Therapeutic movement w/ music for joints, muscles, balance, vitality. Medically designed for breast cancer survivors; perfect for post-surgery, post-rehab conditioning. Talia Moser. $45/5wks; $10 drop-in. Acupuncture Clinic of Richmond, 4801 Hermitage Rd, Ste 101. Register: 804-399-3353 or Breast Cancer Support Group – 1st & 3rd, 6-7:30pm. Free. Kathy Childers, RN. St. Francis Cancer Institute. Register: 804-893-8711. Richmond Lymphedema Support Group Meeting – 3rd (except Nov, Dec, & Jan), 6:30-8pm. Free. Retreat Hospital Boardroom. Angela Denny, PT, CLT, 804-254-5164/Patty Donovan, 804-270-9071. Yoga Philosophy: Raja Yoga – 6:30-8:30pm (1/7-2/25). Learn how to apply the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to your daily life to minimize stress and challenges. Home study, discussions and journaling. Nora Vimala Pozzi, cert. Raja Yoga teacher & trainer. $150/8 wks, $20/drop-in. Location near Carytown. 804-342-1061. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Vipassana Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 40-min seated meditation followed by recorded dharma talk and discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. Contact Elizabeth: 804-840-2193 or Elizarro@

wednesday Svaroopa Yoga, Embodyment Yoga Therapy, Healing Touch, Reiki – See Tues listing. Wkend/ eve appts avail. Anita Snellings, CSBT, CEYT, CHTP, Reiki Master. 804-356-7477. MyPeaceful Walk w/ a Certified Instructor – Mornings & afternoons (times vary). Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details and locations: Call Vanessa at 804-350-6721.

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Richmond Zen Group – 9am (8:15 orientation). See Sun listing. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Soul Play – 10am-12pm. Built around Lightning Dream Work. Cassandra Matt. $25. Register: 804-901-4583 or Journal Writing Practice Group – Every other Wed, 1-3pm. Linda Anson. $25. Call 804-337-5197 for spaces/dates. Vinyasa Yoga - Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30pm. See Monday listing. Kathleen Brady. $12. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St (next to Byrd Theatre). Prenatal Yoga – 5:45pm. See Sunday listing. Kyra Haigh. $96/8 classes. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. 804-622-8211. AshtangaYoga Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Breast & Gyn Cancer Support Group – 1st, 6-7:30pm; 3rd, 12-1pm, Mary Baker, MSN. Free. Bon Secours Mem Reg Med Ctr. 804-893-8711. Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Allows moms-to-be to practice yoga safely through pregnancy using gentle postures that increase flexibility, strength and balance. Edith Smith. $60/4 classes w/in month, $110/8 classes w/in month, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267, Tai Chi – 6:30-7:45pm. Warm-ups & meditation (w/ short 13 movement form). Lili Just Simons, Divine Therapy. $60/mo, $20/drop-in. Humphrey Calder Comm Ctr, 414 N Thompson St. 804-257-5573 or “Let Your Soul Speak” Journaling Practice – 1st, 7-8:15pm. Evening of reflection and writing. Elaine Kiziah & Ann Forburger. $5 donation. Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. “How Can I Keep From Singing?” Practice Group – 3rd, 7-9pm. Song and sharing in the spiritual practice of music-making. Martha Burford. $5 donation. Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264.

thursday Svaroopa Yoga, Embodyment Yoga Therapy, Healing Touch, Reiki – See Tues listing. Wkend/ eve appts avail. Anita Snellings, CSBT, CEYT, CHTP, Reiki Master. 804-356-7477. MyPeaceful Mindful Yoga – 9:15am. Gentle yoga and guided meditation. Susan Kratzer. $10 drop-in. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Rm 18. 804-357-1737. Ashtanga Prep Community Class – 9:30am. Synchronize breath and movement thru precise sequence of postures to cleanse, stretch and strengthen the body and focus and calm the mind. Viktoriya Kosta. $5 cash only. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St (next to Byrd Theatre). AshtangaYoga SilverSneakers Group X Classes – 10 &11:30am. See Tues listing. Details and locations: Call Vanessa at 804-350-6721. Meditation Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Class includes a short, gentle yoga practice along with exploring different styles of meditation. Sarah Thacker, Kevin Casey, Dale Allen. $60/4 classes w/in month, $110/8 classes w/in month, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267, Healing Touch Practice Group – 1st, 7-9:30pm. Pre-requisite HT Level 1. Ann Rust. Free. Midlo. 804-378-4606. Advanced Energy Practice Group – 3rd, 7-9:30pm. Advanced practitioner in any field; learn about a new modality in first half hour. Ann Rust. Free. Midlo. 804-378-4606. VBAC Support Group – 2nd, 7:30pm. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early Set-

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friday Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: Contact Cassandra at or 804-901-4583. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. Free. Capitol Grounds, downtown. 804-747-1215. Journal Writing Practice Group – Every other, 1-3pm. Linda Anson. $25. Call 804-337-5197 for spaces and dates. Caregiver Support Group – 3rd, 2-3:30pm. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x254. Vipassana Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-840-2193 or

saturday Contra Dance – 2nd & 4th, 7-11pm. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr. 804-247-9247/ Linda Salter, 804-266-7355. Dances of Universal Peace – 4th, 7:30pm. Sacred music/chants & simple circle dance. Friends Mtg, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-231-5649.

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SERVICES/CLASSES OFFERED MASSAGE. Deep Tissue, trigger points, lymphedema. Visit or call DeeDee O’Neill, 917-689-1420.


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to this special edition of Natural Awakenings Richmond’s Community Resource Guide. Throughout the year Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, natural living, sustainability and creative expression. In order to serve you even better, we offer this special, convenient directory to keep at your fingertips all year long as a handy reference when searching for the things you need to live a healthier, more balanced life.

2015 Annual



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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE & HEALTH CENTER Ruiping Chi, L.Ac., MD (China) 3924 Springfield Rd, Glen Allen 804-308-3561; 804-387-7651

2015 Annual


Homeopathy 41 Hypnotherapy 41


Laser Therapy


Life Coach


Lymphatic Massage


Massage Therapy


Midwife/Nurse-Midwife 42 Acupuncture 36

Myofascial Release

Allergy 37

Naturopathy 43

Aura Clearing and Balancing


Nutritional Consulting



Breast Thermography


Chiropractor 38 Colon Therapy


Colorpuncture 38 Counseling 38 Craniosacral Therapy


Dentistry 39 Education/Training


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)


Energy Healing


Essential Oils 39 Farm/CSA 40 Feng Shui 40 Fertility 40 Financial Planning


Functional Medicine


Health Coach 40 Health Products


42 43

Pain/Stress 43 Past Life Regression


Pet Care 43 Pet Health 43 Pharmacy 44 Photography 44 Physician 44 Qigong Therapy


Reconnective Healing® 44 Reflexology 44 Relationship Coach


Schools 44 Senior Services


Skincare 45 Sleep Doctor 45 Spa/Salon 45 Tai Chi/Qigong


Thermography 45 Tuning Fork Therapy


Vegetarian 45 Wedding Services


Holistic Health/ Wellness Center


Yoga 46

Holistic Nurse


Yoga Therapy


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Trained and practiced in China since 1985. Specialties: pain management, allergies, fertility, gastro-intestinal disorders, insomnia, women’s heath, emotional issues, chronic medical conditions, cosmetic acupuncture.


Remee Gemo, L.Ac., MSAOM Monte Jackson, L.Ac., MSAOM South: 1604 Huguenot Road, 23113 North: 7233 Mechanicsville Tpk, 23111 804-754-5108 Voted one of the Best Alternative Health Centers by Style Weekly 2011-2014! Specialties: Women’s Health, IVF/ART Support, Infertility, Pain Management, Sports Injuries, Weight Loss, Acupuncture Facelift, Bells Palsy, Chronic Diseases. Appointments Monday-Sunday.

KRISTINA ASCHENBACH, L.AC. Essential Acupuncture, PLLC 5318 Patterson Avenue, Suite E 804-922-3485, Richmond,

Kristina offers individualized and compassionate care through acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle guidance. Specialties i n c l u d e : w o m e n ’s h e a l t h , infertility, IVF support, menstrual irregularities, menopause symptoms, emotional health, digestive issues and support during life transitions.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5700 W. Grace St, Ste. 106 804-358-7071 Founder of Richmond’s first Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture clinic, Keith is a nationally recognized expert in Holistic Health. For over 15 years, Keith has provided quality, personalized care, helping thousands achieve their wellness goals.

JANET L. BORGES, MSTCM, L.AC. Glen Ridge Professional Building 8401 Patterson Ave, Suite 103 804-405-2330

Nationally certified Oriental Medicine practitioner. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and lifestyle counseling. Specialties: women’s health, addictions, emotional challenges and integrative support for chronic disease. Complementary consultations.

CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Xiaoyan Wang, L.Ac., MD (China) 3721 Westerre Parkway, Suite C, 23233 804-301-1784

Trained and practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in China since 1983. Has extensive experience working as a doctor in Chinese hospitals, treating 30-40 patients per day. Your healthcare solution!

DEBORAH FARLEY, L.AC, CHHC Doctor of Oriental Medicine (FL) 804-288-3927, Richmond

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat root cause of dis-ease; Wellness care; and incorporates lab analysis to monitor results. Expertise in neurological and endocrine dysfunction.


20 N. 20th St., Ste. A, Richmond 804-234-3843 Compassionate, comprehensive care near downtown. Affordable group acupuncture available, and private appointments. Specialties include acute and chronic pain, mental/emotional imbalances, allergies, headaches, digestive and women’s health concerns, Lyme. FSA/HSA accepted! Call M-F, appointments M-Th.


3961 Stillman Parkway, Suite D 1909 W. Cary St 804-513-4408 Coming from a family of Chinese doctors, John started apprenticing in Taiwan in 1995 before earning a Masters of Oriental Medicine from Meiji College. He treats a wide range of health issues, and specializes in infertility, mentalemotional disorders and gastrointestinal problems.

ELIZABETH MASTROPIERRO, L.AC. 105 Berrington Ct. Richmond, VA 23221 804-840-2193

LISA CHRISTINA SMITH, DOM, L.AC. Health Offerings, Inc. 804-497-8860, Richmond

Nationally certified in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Since 1998, I offer individualized, constitutional health care using Western and Chinese herbs, diet and food therapy, cupping and moxibustion.


Floyd M. Herdrich, M.Ac., L.Ac., MAP™ 804-698-0225 Family Practice Acupuncture, since 1985, now in Ginter Park. Complementary & Alternative treatment for medical conditions: overriding emphasis on Wellness, Body-Mind-Spirit and quality of life. See ad, page 6.

Offering skilled, compassionate care. Acupuncture, tui na, herbal medicine, qi gong, diet and lifestyle modifications. Treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Specialties include women’s health, musculoskeletal and digestive disorders, acute/ chronic pain.

RIVER CITY COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 1906 N. Hamilton St., Suite E 804-200-4054

ALLERGY AMY LICHONCZAK, BCND 2008 Bremo Road, Ste 111 Richmond, VA 23226 804-740-4325

Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor who focuses on education, identifying root causes and resolving underlying health issues. Specializing in alleviating allergies to food, chemicals, environment and allergy-related health issues (i.e. Autism, Autoimmune, Candida, etc.).

Acupuncture is most effective when you can afford treatment; more so when you can afford to get treatment regularly. $35-$55 new clients; $20-$40 for returning clients. MC/VI & HSA/FSA accepted! Open M-F. Online scheduling available.


West End Eastern Medicine Acupuncture and Wellness 1891 Billingsgate Circle, Ste B, Richmond 804-437-1947


Good For You! Energy Therapy, LLC 804-437-0037, Henrico, VA 23233

A practitioner of Healing Arts since 1987, I combine Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Nutrition, Massage and/or Yoga Instruction into individual treatments for each patient. My approach to treating pain, stress, respiratory and digestive conditions, male/female health concerns, cancer care, graceful aging and more is intended to enhance your physical, mental and emotional wellness.

Your energy body directly affects your thoughts, feelings and life experience. Healing Touch, BioGenesis and Inner Sound are non-invasive techniques proven to clear and balance the energy body and optimize well-being. Feel good right away and even better the next day! Results are cumulative.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. natural awakenings

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The Wellness Village, 1404 Starling Dr. 804-673-2936; 804-814-0221


Benefits of colonics: more effective digestion, maintains regularity, prevents constipation, increases absorption of nutrients, maintains ph in the bloodstream, increases energy, improves concentration, kick-starts weight loss, increases fertility, and balances whole-body well-being!

Remee Gemo, L.Ac., MSAOM 804-501-8060, Richmond

Remee Gemo, L.Ac., originator of L.I.F.T. Facial Acupuncture provides effective, customized, anti-aging treatments to enhance beauty and youthfulness by utilizing natural, non-surgical methods to diminish wrinkles, lift sagging skin, brighten and improve the complexion.




Offering individual sessions as well as multiple practitioner sessions with Karen Madison. Intuitive and Integrative Energy/ Bodywork; Colorpuncture; Massage Therapy; Myofascial Release Therapy; Craniosacral Therapy Reiki.

Cathy S. Phillips, CTT 2900 Polo Pkwy, Ste 103, Midlothian 804-748-7401 Breast Thermography uses infrared sensors to detect heat and increased blood flow around abnormal tissue. An abnormal thermogram indicates a future risk of breast disease. Interpreted by Jeanne Stryker, Board-Certified Radiologist. See ad, page 11.


804-353-2482 (Hours by Appointment)


Psychotherapy and counseling for women’s issues: single parenting, relationships, codependency, life changes, chronic illness, grief and loss, spiritual discernment. In partnership with your specific needs.


Elliot S. Eisenberg, DC 3904 Meadowdale Boulevard, Richmond 804-271-7920 Chiropractic and Massage. Providing pain relief to wellness care for all ages; individualized care programs since 1984. Voted Richmond’s Top Chiropractor in Richmond Magazine’s annual survey. See ad, page 11.

JONATHAN LEBOLT, PHD, LCSW, CGP 14 South Auburn Avenue Richmond, VA 23221 804-683-4536


Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Main Street Spa and Wellness Center 804-644-1084 A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. It restores colon muscle tone, rebalances intestinal flora and improves overall health. Call now for your consultation.

Inner Peace 1893 Billingsgate Circle, Suite B 804-350-6743, Richmond

C r e d e n t i a l e d C o u n s e l o r, regressionist (Soul Sessions), reiki/ energy worker/ intuitive chakra balancing on the amethyst bio-mat, emphasizing the MultiDimensional you! Conscious Counseling for adults an d children, specializing in grief, inner child, and relationship work.


Elizabeth Parchoc, LCSW (Owner) 1504 Santa Rosa Rd. #102, Richmond 804-285-0500; Create a wellness plan that works for you. Address your emotional and spiritual self with our Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years experience. Brief solutionfocused counseling, guided imagery and other models to encourage and empower. Affiliated with The Center for Child & Family Services. See ad, page 3.

DR. DEIDRE W. WHITTLE, LPC, PLC Psychologist/Life Coach 2235 Staples Mill Rd. #110 804-334-0005;

My mission as a psychologist and Life Coach is to utilize my spiritual, academic and personal experiences as a tool to empower and enrich the lives of others, through counseling or coaching relationships. See ad, page 13.


Psychotherapy for Healing and Growth with Individuals, Couples and Groups; Clinical Supervision. Dynamic, interactive and empathic approach. Learn to meet your emotional, spiritual, relational and professional needs. Certified in Psychoanalysis, Group Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision.



1806 Libbie Ave Richmond, VA 23226 804-247-3561

“Awaken From Within” – Offering Individual and Multi-Practitioner Sessions; Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Intuitive and Integrative Energy/Bodywork sessions; Spiral Synthesis; Cell and Core Belief Transformation; Myofascial Release Therapy; Reiki classes and other exciting and empowering workshops.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious

privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~Marcus Aurelius 38

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10446 Ridgefield Parkway Near Short Pump 804-740-4485 Accreditation with the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology. Certified provider of Oral Cancer screening with Velscope. Mercury-free dental practice. Family and cosmetic dentistry. Sedation dentistrycertified practice. Teeth whitening. Invisalign braces. Instructor at Medical College of Virginia Dental School. See ad, page 2.


Education and Healing Arts EnergyMedicine.Center 804-931-0979 Offering energy-based therapies and educational seminars in intuition development, crystal healing, face reading, acupressure, energy work, food/herbal remedies and chakra balancing. Visit our website for monthly class schedules and complete list of services offered. See ad, page 12.


SUNAE HARKET, CBP, BSC Shine Integrative 9210 Forest Hill Avenue, B-3 804-387-5549


Elizabeth Sexton, MA, MS, RMP 1805 Monument Ave, Suite 607 804-677-4539, Richmond Offering Reiki, Energy Healing, Intuitive Advising, and Life Coaching to support you along the path of self-evolution. Providing mentoring in times of stress and change, and energy therapy to balance mind, body and emotion.

We’ll work together to achieve a balance of health, vitality and harmony by utilizing various techniques that unlock your natural ability to heal. BodyTalk, Craniosacral Fascial Therapy, Usui Reiki, Accunect, Vibrational Radiesthesia/BioGeometry, Family/Systemic Constellations.



Rev. Emily Pels, BFA, CHTP, RoHun Doctor 804-740-0509, West End Richmond

5318 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-291-7785 Unique combination of intuitive mentoring and energy healing with a focus on living with intention. Offering energetic support and grounded guidance for healing and transformation. In private practice in Richmond since 1998.

Working together to help you to remember what an awesome gift you are to this world. Experience a powerful healing restoring Joy, Balance, Harmony, Pain Release. Offering Healing Touch, Energy Medicine, RoHun, Crystal Healing, Past Life Regression, Intuitive Art, Meditation Therapy.



Carey Phillips, CMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 804-205-6531, West End

Camie Lee, HTCP 804-339-1944, Richmond

Intuitive and integrative bodywork. Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Structural Integration and massage therapies. Bringing balance and healing to body, mind and spirit. Empowering individuals to live more vibrant lives!

Energy Medicine for the whole family—empower yourself to health through self-care. Blending energy healing, Healing Touch and reflexology to help you deal with stress, pain, ADHD, cancer, surgery and personal growth.


Pamela A. Waitkus, Ed.S., LPC, LMFT Offices in Colonial Heights & Richmond 804-526-9885 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) offers rapid, effective relief from many emotional problems, including trauma, anxiety, phobias, anger, sadness and grief, and is effective in weight release and overcoming self-sabotage. See ad, page 27.



Ann Rust, HTCP/I, VortexHealing® Healing Touch/Quantum Touch/EFT 804-378-4606, Midlothian Specializing in bringing wholeness by clearing deep-seated issues, releasing traumas, repatterning the hara, and reducing pain and stress using a variety of advanced healing techniques and Lightbody integration.


Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP® 804-839-3123, Richmond Clear blocks and restore balance to your life. Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, ThetaHealing™, Emotional Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad, page 3.


Energy Healthcare, LLC 804-272-1242, Bon Air


dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, 212455 804-296-9284 Looking for alternatives? Find out why dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil-enhanced wellness products with the world. Join the vibrant community of Wellness Advocates in the Greater Richmond area as we learn together. Weekly classes offered on all aspects of use. See ad, page 10.

Energy Medicine/Healing, Reiki, acupressure, reflexology. Speaker (International). Classes/ Workshops: Stress Management, Meditation, Energy Medicine/ Healing, Nutrition, Reiki, Intuition, Forgiveness, Chakras, Past Life Regression, Positive Psychology.

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6289 River Road Hanover, VA 23069 804-314-7517

Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5700 W. Grace St, Ste. 106 804-358-7071

Love berries? The Geyer Family Farm in local Hanover has over 30 years experience growing & sustainably caring for dozens of fruits. Join our 2015 CSA—use coupon “fruitful15”.

BUSFARM/FARM TO FAMILY MARKET Your Non-Profit Local Market 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike 804-767-8570;

Indoor Farmer’s Market open all year sourcing locally-grown vegetables, grass-fed meats + dairy, pastured eggs and fresh baked breads. GF, vegan, allergy, WAPF, GAPS, paleo friendly. Apothecary with doTERRA/natural remedies. Year-round CSA Farm Shares. FarmBus Visits—Schools, Events.



R. Keith Bell, Licensed Acupuncturist, will help you incorporate a holistic approach into your fertility plan. He provides pre-conception planning, pregnancy support, & post-partum care & works extensively with those using Assisted Reproductive Technology.

BON SECOURS COMMONWEALTH FERTILITY AND WOMEN’S HEALTH Christine L. Cimo Hemphill, MD, NFPMC 13700 St. Francis Blvd, MOB, Ste 502 804-594-4700, Midlothian

Dr. Hemphill received her medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina and her OB/ GYN residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital/East Carolina University. She completed her fellowship in Medical/Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY® at Pope Paul VI Institute with Dr. Thomas Hilgers, co-creator, Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.


Robyn Bentley 804-241-1685


Certified Professional Feng Shui consultations for your home or business. Author of Creating a Haven: Simple Steps for a Healthy and Nurturing Home. Featured on WTVR TV6, WRIC TV8, Lite98, Home Style, First For Women, The Wall Street Journal and more. Call or visit the website today.

Pasco Financial Group 1906 N. Hamilton Street, Ste D, Richmond 804-833-8603 Helping families and businesses sustain financial health since 1918. We offer diversified planning to match individual needs and lifestyles. Our job is to help you make smart and sustainable choices for the financial wellness of your family and/or your business.

LYDIA NITYA GRIFFITH 804-678-8568, Richmond

Outstanding personal attention. Get back into the healthy flow of life! Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Chinese Astrologer. Over 12 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Free Astrology Readings with every home or office consultation.


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Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222

Board Certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist. Individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle balancing methods, clinical nutrition, advanced therapies to solve difficult health problems or optimize your health.


Nutritional guidance for a more balanced life. Share resources that are available to help you with your health and well-being. Does not matter what your health status is. Learn steps you can take to lead a more integrative lifestyle.


Gayton Crossing Shopping Center 1312 Gaskins Rd; 804-740-3518 Stony Point Shopping Center 3062 Stony Point Rd; 804-320-6767 Natural Foods & Organic Produce. Bulk grains, fruits, spices & nuts. Herbs, vitamins & supplements. Prepared foods: vegetarian & vegan. Books, classes & education. Programs to support the community. See ad, page 9.

THE VITAMIN SHOPPE 11301 West Broad St. Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-360-2456

Vitamin Shoppe carries products to suit all needs. We offer the most competitive pricing, with the highest level of service and product knowledge.


Located at The Wellness Village 804-673-2936 1404 Starling Drive, Richmond At Therapeutic Massage, our long-serving therapists have many years of experience and provide relaxing massage as well as specialized treatments. Schedule your appointment soon. Open every day.

THE WELLNESS VILLAGE AT STARLING A Holistic Approach to Wellness 804-673-2936 1404 Starling Drive, Richmond

We are a group of individual practitioners available full-time under one roof to provide you with holistic therapy options. We offer Massage Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Medical Hypnosis, LCSW, Pilates Studio, and Therapeutic Coaching.


Mandalas of Life 804-467-9674 Holistic nurse and interfaith minister serves families and individuals of all ages. Services include: Integration of nutrition and alternative health options to optimize well-being; Conscious Aging Program facilitation; weekly visits and care management to help elders maintain independence; life celebrations and blessings of all kinds in community.


4870 Sadler Road, Suite 300, Glen Allen 804-205-5129 Helping individuals achieve maximum health from systemic toxicity. Specializing in assisting healing of physiological imbalances causing acute, chronic or degenerative conditions in the body, using Clinical Homeopathy and Bio-Therapeutic Drainage™ techniques.

HYPNOTHERAPY ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & HEALING Dr. Louise Thayer-Lee 1805 Monument Ave, Ste 514 Lee Medical Bldg., Richmond 804-358-0111;

Let me guide you to access your subconscious mind. Here you learn and release the things that hold you back from being your best self. Self-schedule on website and free consults.


Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP® 804-839-3123, Richmond Clear blocks and restore balance to your life! Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, ThetaHealing™, Emotional Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad, page 3.


3500 Grove Ave, Ste 106, Richmond 804-869-4214 Specializing in Oncology/Mastectomy Massage and Lymphatic Therapy. This gentle touch helps detoxify tissue, reduces swelling caused by lymphedema, surgery or injury, and restores tissue mobility. Customized Therapeutic Massage and Massage Cupping are also available.


9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Laser therapy can reduce pain and swelling of strained muscles, tendonitis, irritated discs, inflamed nerves; can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration from old and new injuries. See our website for more information about laser therapy.


Sue Copper Life Coach & Creative Awakenings Facilitator 804-883-7692 Sue employs life coaching and intentional art techniques to alleviate anxiety and gently guide clients toward their desires, direction and purpose. No need to have artistic talent. Meet Sue via a free introductory chat.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Parkway Henrico, VA 23233 804-741-5267 Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs including Deep Tissue, Tr i g g e r P o i n t , P r e n a t a l , Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Couples and Swedish Massage. T h a i Yo g a M a s s a g e , Reflexology, Reiki, and Infant Massage Training. Member BBB. See ad, page 8.

LIBBIE KARALOW, CMT, CCP 804-833-0899, Richmond

Offering individual sessions as well as multiple practitioner sessions with Karen Madison. Intuitive and Integrative Energy/ Bodywork; Colorpuncture; Massage Therapy; Myofascial Release Therapy; Craniosacral Therapy; Reiki.

THE MAIN CHANNEL, LLC Stephen D. Saunders, M.Ed 804-405-5216, Richmond Cecilia B. Thomas, M.Ed, M.Ht 804-432-1109, Richmond

Gain more life balance in a relaxed, strictly confidential setting. Goal and results oriented. Free, 30-minute consultation. Further information available on our website.


Bardos Massage and Wellness, LLC 4124 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23238 Bardos means “an interval between two things”. It is a time when great healing can occur. Specializing in MediCupping, Far Infrared Sauna therapy, Detox Programs, Thai, Ashiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and Raw Food Coaching. Call today at 804-672-3489. See ad, page 47.

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Linda Frazier, CMT, Usui Reiki Master 6130 Mechanicsville Tnpk 804-874-1920, Mechanicsville In practice since 1997. Intuitive massage and specializing in Medical Massage, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Usui Reiki and Vortex Healing®. Reiki sessions & monthly classes.

STILL POINT MASSAGE THERAPY, LLC Martha B. Tyler, RN, CMT 5318 Patterson Ave, Suite E 804-350-7647

Martha draws upon 20 years of experience as a nurse and educator to promote health and wellness through loving bodywork. Multiple modalities and flexible scheduling offered. Email:


Craig Cruse, CMT 1504 Santa Rosa Rd. #102, Richmond 804-285-0500;


1719 W Main St, RVA 804-714-7932 Specializing in Targeted Therapeutic Massage and Build-Your-Own Memberships. Improve your chronic pain, injury/surgery recovery or stress with a Nimbus Massage Therapist. Try the membership program for managing your on-going needs. See ad, page 8.

Massage and therapeutic services to restore and relax your mind, body and spirit. Swedish, deep tissue, energy bodywork, craniosacral, myofacial release, prenatal and pediatric. A tranquil and comforting atmosphere that includes a therapeutic whirlpool tub, organic aromatherapy and other special add-ons. See ad, page 3.



Mary Callender, CPM, LM 804-382-8222

Jill Strotmeyer, CMT 910 N. Parham Rd., Suite 101 804-869-3078, Richmond

Serving the birth community since 1997 as a doula and now as a midwife. Mary can help you have t h e g e n t l e , h e a l t h y, n o n interventive birth you desire at home. She supports VBACs and water births. Practicing traditional midwifery using the Midwives Model of Care.

Welcome to restore massage. The perfect environment for relaxing, restoring and healing. Trained in Southern California. Offering: Deep Tissue/fascia work, Swedish, Reiki, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Lymph-Detox, Fertility and Couples Massage. Relax, renew and receive.



Richmond’s premier massage studio offering a unique combination of traditional Eastern therapeutic foot reflexology with Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and couples body massages. Come experience the difference. Check our website for a special offer.

As a certified nurse-midwife, Jean provides holistic care for women through all life stages. Jean has over 10 years of experience in women’s health care and is a strong proponent of disease prevention and wellness, patient education, informed decision making, and practicing evidencebased healthcare. See ad, page 47.

Jean Curtacci, RN, CNM 13700 St. Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian

9036 West Broad Street, Henrico 804-527-7820

All that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. ~Paul Walker 42

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Melanie Hartman, CNM 13700 St. Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian After practicing as a registered nurse in Labor and Delivery for seven years, Melanie pursued a graduate education in midwifery. Melanie is a certified nursemidwife who supports alternative birthing options. In addition to prenatal, postnatal and newborn care, she offers lactation support for new mothers. See ad, page 47.


Kimberly Smith, CNM 13700 St. Francis Boulevard, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian Kimberly has practiced as a nurse in Emergency, Women’s Health, and Labor and Delivery/MotherInfant care before receiving her Master of Science in Nursing and Nurse Midwifery. She finds it an honor to work alongside families who are welcoming new life. See ad, page 47.


Jennifer Walker, CNM 13700 St. Francis Boulevard, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian Jennifer received her Master’s Degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Utah College of Nursing. One of her primary goals is to help women at all stages of their lives to achieve their greatest level of health and wellness. See ad, page 47.


Derek S. Metzler, MPT 804-644-1221, Richmond Highly specialized Physical Therapy Practice using John F. Barne’s Myofascial Release. Focused on resolving complex issues, especially those chronic in nature. Also treatment for Women’s Health.

NATUROPATHY GRACE GALLIANO, ND, CNHP Treasures of Health 804-427-1061, Mechanicsville

Improve your lifestyle focusing on healing methods that provide holistic, proactive prevention. Dr. Grace will help identify and remove barriers to good health.


PAIN/STRESS GEORGIANNE GINDER, MSC, CHWC Your Best Medicine™ Certified Health and Wellness Counselor 804-248-2627

Feeling down and out? Tired of bad advice, loneliness, despair and pain? Get help making healthy choices. Expertise includes working with highly sensitive people and chronic illnesses. In-depth experience with VCU Healthcare System. Sliding scale available. Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner.



Keisha Banks-Thornton is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health and Wellness Coach who is an expert in food and nutrition. She helps individuals make amazing lifestyle changes through nutrition education and wellness coaching.

Address your pain & discomfort holistically with David’s expertise in Advanced Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)™, Craniosacral, Myofacial Release & therapeutic massage therapy. David facilitates sustained & fast removal of pain & stress by identifying and addressing their causes. Very effective! Relaxing, non-invasive. Free assessments.

Good Nutrition PO Box 1612, Midlothian, VA 23113


South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447; Our expert staff offers Counseling for: Weight Loss, Nutrition, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Stress, Pain Management, Autism, Bio-Identical Hormone R e p l a c e m e n t T h e r a p y, Sports Nutrition, Respiratory Conditions, AntiAging (Optimal Aging), Allergies, Skin Ailments, Auto-immune disorders, GI Issues, Chronic Disease (ie: CFS/FM, RA, MS, etc.)…call today. We can help you get back on track. We also offer workshops, group and corporate programs. See ad, page 15.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5700 W. Grace St., Ste. 106 804-358-7071; As a Certified Holistic Health Coach & Lifestyle Educator, Josh brings years of experience & unique insight to support & empower clients in achieving their goals, improving their health & living an inspired life.

PET HEALTH ANIMAL INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Lodi Kysor, DVM Metro Richmond Area 804-784-0594

Veterinary Holistic House Calls, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic. See ad, page 19.

BETTY BAUGH’S ANIMAL CLINIC 5322 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-288-7387

Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic offers traditional as well as holistic and herbal remedies. Please see our website for information on all services offered. See ad, page 23.

Innovative Pain Release Center 804-573-9516, Richmond


Energy Therapy for All Animals Deborah Wooten, HTCP, HTACP 804-798-1174, Richmond Return your best friend’s love! E n e r g y T h e r a p y — R e p a i r, Balance, and Enhance Your Animal’s Energy System, or Your Own, Today!


804-307-9369 Past life regression may answer questions about life after death, reveal hidden talents, promote spiritual growth and release suffering. Experience it for yourself.

REHABILITATION AT CARY STREET VETERINARY HOSPITAL Alexandra Dahlgren, DVM Cathleen Blanchong, DVM 3210 W. Cary Street, Richmond 804-355-9144

Acupuncturist: specializing in geriatrics, pain management, sports medicine & rehabilitation. See ad, page 7.


Serving Richmond’s West End Linda Anson, Owner 804-337-5197 We offer focused, individualized care for your pets when you cannot be there. We are bonded, insured, certified by PSI, and have received Red Cross Pet First Aid training to ensure the highest level of care. See ad, page 11.

REHABILITATION AT CARY STREET VETERINARY HOSPITAL Kim Raible, LVT Amy Wilson, MSPT 3210 W. Cary Street, Richmond 804-355-9144

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Canine Rehabilitation: underwater treadmill, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, manual therapy and balance/gait training. See ad, page 7.

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South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447; Customized medications—for people & pets—in unique dosage forms to eliminate dyes, sugar, lactose & alcohol, using state-ofthe-art technology. Personal consultations for health issues including Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Thyroid Therapy, Pain Management, Autism, and Dietary Concerns. Natural & herbal medicines; Health Screenings; Cortisol & hormone saliva testing; hair and stool analysis. Weight Loss Rx. We are a destination for health & wellness— your formula for optimal health. See ad, page 15.


Family Physician Apex-MD 5310 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen 804-273-0010 Trained and Certified by American Board of Integrated Holistic Medicine. Specialties: Chronic disease management by integrating Holistic approach; Diet management for hypertension, gout, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease, weight loss. See ad, back page.

MATTHEW C. LEE, MD, RPH, MS 5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492

Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad, page 20.

12230 Ironbridge Road, Suite C, Chester Phone: 804-717-5000 Fax: 804-717-8300 As Virginia’s premier compounding pharmacy, Rx3 has led the way in innovation and quality for 20 years. Nationally-accredited and committed to product quality and safety. Specializing in BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pain Management, Veterinary Compounding, Sterile Preparations and a full line of nutritional supplements. See ad, page 7.

PHOTOGRAPHY RELISH PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEE, LLC Lee Shepperson, 804-874-3674 Debra Shepperson, 804-349-5009

Your Photographer of Choice: Engagement and Wedding Photography; Portraits; Pregnancy and Baby Photography; Celebrations; School and Graduation Pictures; Sporting Events; Holiday Parties; Commercial and Business; Pets and more. Creating your best shots!


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River’s Way Healthcare of Virginia, PLLC 1791 Cambridge Dr., Ste 203, Richmond 804-658-0435 Providing traditional and alterna-tive approaches to support the body’s ability to heal itself. Health assessments, Management of health problems through a functional medicine approach. Accept most major insurances. See ad, page 22.


Qigong Instructor and Healing Practitioner 555 Southlake Blvd., Ste C-2 804-971-7135, Qigong transforms stress into vitality. Chi Nei Tsang therapy and Qigong classes will help you develop healing mind-body connections through movement, meditation, breath work, visualization and intention as you interact with nature and your inner body. Improve flexibility, balance, stress, sleep, digestion and overall health.


Kaille M. Padgett, Associate Instructor & Practitioner Mentor 804-402-4985, Richmond Personally experience the wonder of these astonishing new frequencies that enhance and fuel renewal functions of the body, increase vibratory levels for healing and personal development, and connect us to the fullness of Who We Are. See ad, page 19.


Talia Moser, Reflexologist, IIR certified By appt., 804-399-3353, Richmond Reflexology is a holistic healing art. Applying pressure on points on the feet and hands stimulates a healing response in glands, organs and systems, resulting in better circulation, vitality and peace. International Institute of Reflexology certified.

RELATIONSHIP COACH AMANDA WRIGHT, CTE, CHT, LOM, CMT Relationship/Intimacy Coach 804-991-UNOW (8669)

Bored with sex? Disconnected from self or partner? Insecure or lack confidence in/out of the bedroom? Want to attract your true beloved? As a sacred sexuality educator & Certified Life Coach, I’ll help you confidently connect, feel, love, and play. Learn how now! Partner not required.

SCHOOLS MONTESSORI CENTER FOR THE CHILD School tours available by appointment 804-794-8661 or 122 N. Courthouse Rd., Richmond

Authentic Montessori education for ages 2½ to 12. Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary Programs through Grade 5. Fostering a lifelong love of learning. They say it takes a village to raise a child… Welcome to your village. Look for our new name in 2015—Midlothian Montessori. See ad, page 10.


Ryan Duffy, MSG, Gerontologist, Health and Wellness Coach 203-241-4825, Richmond Ryan Duffy is here to help you and your loved ones age well. With your needs guiding the way, he can help develop a plan for the future. Call now for a free consultation.


1805 Monument Ave, Ste 404 804-525-4038; Richmond


8 Certified & Insured Massage Therapists. Spa Services Easy online Scheduling. Same Day appointments available 8am to 10pm, 7 days per week. Free parking lot. Affordable Memberships available. Let’s help you feel better.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Parkway Henrico, VA 23233 804-741-5267 Consult with Nancy Glenmore Tatum, MSG, Gerontologist, Yoga and Massage Therapist, owner Glenmore Yoga & Wellness, to develop an individualized plan to meet your needs. Increase health, strength, flexibility, balance and confidence. 43 years experience. See ad, page 8.

SKINCARE AIMEE SHAW, MASTER ESTHETICIAN 910 N. Parham Rd. Suite 101, Richmond 804-319-0822 Glow.Skincare Facebook | Instagram /Glow.Skincare

Aimee Shaw has spent over 20 years developing spa treatments for discriminating clients, an alumni of one of the top spas in NYC. Aimee personally performs all services, using a carefully curated selection of natural products.


Board-certified sleep specialist providing complementary and conventional treatment for sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs, narcolepsy, dementia, arthritis, weight loss. Services include: home sleep testing, nutritional analysis, chelation. Many insurance plans accepted.



3037 W. Cary St., Richmond 804-644-1084

Experience rejuvenation for the mind, body & spirit. Massage, Geriatric Massage. Facials, Waxing, Body Wraps, Body Polishing. Colon Hydrotherapy. Blood Type Diet Consultations. Natural Nail Care. Nutritional Products. Wellness Workshops.


Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiation-free image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad, page 17.


Good For You! Energy Therapy, LLC 804-437-0037, Henrico, VA 23233 As your body responds to the expanding and contracting vibration of the tones, your relaxation response releases pain and emotional concerns, offering you balance, clarity and a sense of well-being. Because feeling good is important!


Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Tuesday Evenings, 5:45-7:15pm 804-698-0225, Richmond At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad, page 6.


Phoebe Antrim, Leader 804-358-1772 (call ahead) Byrd Park, Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am Centuries-old Chinese practice helps prevent and recover from chronic disease. Boosts immune system and helps emotional and physical balance. Easyto-learn walking, breathing and hand movements. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Free!

VEGETARIAN VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF RICHMOND P.O. Box 15451 Richmond, VA 23227 804-344-4356

The Vegetarian Society of Richmond is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting vegetarianism through education, activities and advocacy. Meetings open to non-vegetarians.


Our Wedding Officiants are licensed by the state of Vi r g i n i a t o p e r f o r m denominational and nondenominational services. Whether your wedding is large or small, we are here to help make your day special. We provide a list of locations.

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Specializing in Yoga for Children 804-678-8568, Richmond

ASHTANGA YOGA RICHMOND 2902 W. Cary Street, Richmond 804-622-8211

Locally renowned yoga instructor offering classes and private instruction for children as well as summer yoga camp, Yoga with Nitya DVD and children’s book, A Child’s Journey Into Yoga. Private and corporate adult classes, retreats and teacher training.

Come experience the dynamic practice of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga next to the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. Offering daily classes for all levels, Prenatal Yoga and private lessons. New To Us: 3 classes/30 days $30.

INLIGHT YOGA 4617 Chester Square Road, Chester 804-312-1026 Offering an inspiring yoga experience in Chester, Virginia. Small class sizes, competitive pricing and a nurturing environment for all abilities. Vinyasa flow, hatha, gentle, restorative and more. Private instruction and on-site classes also available. See ad, page 3.


Traditional yoga, meditation, personal teaching, small classes, supportive community environment, tranquil atmosphere. Classes any level, any age. Yoga Therapy consultations, certified YTh. Yoga Alliance registered ERTY-500. See website for class schedule—


Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, PRYT, Director Classes at Richmond Friends Meeting: 4500 Kensington Ave 804-342-1061;

The Ukulele Yoga Lady Yoga for Seniors, Corporate Yoga, Workshops & Retreats, 804-239-6977, Richmond & Northern Neck Offering a unique approach to yoga by nurturing the mind, body and soul through music and movement. Sessions are carefully tailored to assist students in letting go and finding ease and peace in daily life.

Teaching since 1992. Training since 1999. Yoga for balancing life challenges + experiencing peace. Expert in Yoga Philosophy, Cancer, Arthritis, Anxiety, PTSD + other health conditions. On faculty at Yogaville, national/ international speaker. Classes include asanas, breathing, chanting, meditation, relaxation, philosophy. Personalized attention.

Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore with our student focused classes, 30+ multi-level classes taught by certified registered Instructors. Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Voted best Richmond Yoga Center. Teaching since 1970. See ad, page 8.

Kirsten Hale, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-519-7471, Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-338-1105, Experience the immediate, reliable results of this restorative yoga that releases deeply held tensions in core muscles along the spine. Small classes for all levels of fitness, meeting your body right where it is. Embodyment Yoga® Therapy, meditation classes and workshops.


Just minutes from Short Pump! 1900 Manakin Rd, Ste A, Manakin-Sabot 804-405-6501 Come in and let your mind go! We offer classes for all skill levels from gentle to advanced, various types of massage therapy, healing touch therapy and meditation. Thank you for trusting us with your mind, body and spirit. Namaste. See ad, page 10.


Buckingham, VA 1-800-858-YOGA (9642)

Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico 804-741-5267

Richmond’s newest premier yoga studio, located conveniently in Historic Downtown Richmond. Shockoe Slip Yoga has it all. Everything from Hatha, Vinyasa, Rocket, Restorative and the newest Surf Set Fitness & Yoga. We welcome all levels. See ad, page 11.




1307-A East Cary St 804-343-2010


3835C Old Buckingham Road 804-598-0700; Powhatan



Serene Yoga Center in rolling Virginia Woodlands. Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings. Silent and Individual Retreats. Workshops. Yoga classes. Meditation. Guest Stays. Welcome Weekends. Vegetarian Meals. See ad, page 6.

Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, PRYT 804-342-1061, Scottie McMullan, MSW Phoenix Rising Practitioner-in-Training 804-258-3613,

A unique body-mind healing practice that combines gentle yoga with active listening to facilitate self-discovery and exploration of the relationship between our body, mind and life.

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make you feel good, and take actions that make you feel good. ~Louise L Hay 46

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In Tibet, Bardos means “an interval between two things.” It is a time when great healing can occur. Bardos is a place to heal and grow, an open space to expand your self awareness, a place to ask questions and a time to let go. We invite you to enjoy our many healing services with our trained and passionate therapists. We specialize in the innovative MediCupping technologies for Body Contouring, tissue hydration, detox, scar tissue reduction and pre and post surgery healing. Our Preventative Care and Holistic Medicine Clinic also offers confidential treatment plans and personalized modalities for pain management and relaxation including: Couples Massage • Thai • Ashiatsu • Deep Tissue • Neuromuscular Therapy • Sports Massage • Swedish • Pregnancy Massage • Far Infrared Sauna Therapy • Raw Food Coaching and nutritional education. Schedule your appointment with Bardos today. Ask about our Membership perks, Packages and Detox Program. Let our heart centered and caring environment help you enjoy a life of balance and bliss.



Courthouse Commons 4124 Parham Rd. Richmond, Va 23228

Phone: 804 672-3489

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Choose a Comprehensive Personalized Health Care Center for Your Entire Family Experience the most comprehensive approach to your Health and Disease Management! • Conveniently Located • Primary & Urgent Care • Open Monday – Saturday • Walk-in Clinic • Same-Day Appointments • Wellness Care

High Quality Care at Your Convenience Maximize Your Health by consulting with a medical expert whose holistic approach blends the very best of evidence-based Western medicine with traditional Eastern medical paradigms. Rumki Banerjee, MD Family Physician Medical Director of Apex-MD Board Certified, Family Medicine Board Certified, Integrated Holistic Medicine

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Integrated Holistic Healthcare Clinic The Whole You

• Integrated Allergy Care • Integrated Skin Care • Integrated Weight Loss

• Integrated Women’s Health • Bioidentical Hormones • Senior Health Care

New Patient Appointments: Wed & Fri, 7:30 am -7pm Our team members are here to Enhance Your Health! Ayurvedic Specialist • Massage Therapist • Yoga Instructor Holistic Nutritionist • Health Coach • Aesthetician • Acupuncturist Hypnosis Expert • Reiki Specialist • Herbal Specialist

Call today for an appointment: 804-273-0010 Open Mon–Fri, 8 am – 6 pm • Sat, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm email: • 5310 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059 We accept most Major Health Insurances. Self-Payees are Welcome. Not all services are covered by insurance. 48

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