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Sound Wave Treatments for Migranes and Fibromyalgia Three Area Women Conquer Migraines


he three women had reached the end of their rope. They thought they had exhausted every avenue of treatment, and nothing worked for long. Lori N. Strok, Danielle Wendrychowicz and Tina McLaughlin had all but given up hope finding relief from the crippling head pain that altered their lives. They aren’t alone. The American Council for Headache Pain estimates that 8,700,000 women suffer from migraines each year. Women most susceptible are those between the ages of 35 and 45, when many are at the height of their career, family responsibilities and social life. Strok, for example says, “I was at wit’s end.” The 27 year-old Accounts Payable Manager, had tried several over-the-­counter, aspirin-based medications and more than one prescription medicine. “I took them every day trying to relieve the pain of

25 years and they had been getting worse with time,” she says. Strok had suffered with them for four years and Wendrychowicz for 7 years. Although the number of years that they have suffered with migraines varies, the common thread weaving through the women’s experiences with migraines is how the pain changed, indeed, controlled their lives. Strok, for example, says “It would almost stop my life. I’d leave social functions like parties. I couldn’t work when they were really bad. “McLaughlin sometimes spent the holidays in bed and Wendychowicz says she was exthree-time-a-week migraines,” numerous med­ications and tremely irritable, moody and she says. “They sometimes met with several doctors,” she didn’t want to do anything. covered the pain but they reports. “Nothing helped.” “I was always fatigued didn’t get to the root of the McLaughlin, owner of a and it affected my family problem.” flower shop in Moorestown, life.” Wenclrychowicz says. Wendrychowicz, a school said, “My family doctor sugWhen things looked darkbus driver, shares a similar gested a prescription mediest, a light at the end of the experience. “I’ve been to cine that was so effective,” she tunnel appeared. The three headache centers, taken says. “I had the migraines for women learned about treat-

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ment that was producing startling results in another woman suffering from chronic migraines. The treatment is gentle and effective treatment and requires no prescription medication or physical, hands-on manipulation. It comprises only a pulse of sound directed to a person’s atlas-the top vertebrae that supports the head. After an extensive examination, setting up for the treatment takes only minutes and the sound pulse lasts less than a second. Although a person can barely feel the pulse, it produces dramatic results.

“Since undergoing treatment, I’ve had no headaches,” she says. “It’s even helped relieve the generalized body pain caused by fibromyalgia.” Dr. Sandoz, originally from Cinnamin­son and now in Mt. Laurel explains “Migraines often are caused by physical and stress-related problems due to mis­alignment of the atlas vertebrae. Cor­recting the misalignment alleviates the cause of the problem and relieves the migraines.”

Drs. Joshua and John Sandoz Dr. Sandoz has been working with his son, Dr. Joshua Sandoz, for over 8 years. Their practice is one of only a few in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area who offer this treatment along with Spinal Decompres­sion

Therapy, Class 4 Laser and Neurofeedback Therapy. Strok says, “Dr. Sandoz applied the sound pulse to my finger to show that it was painless and it was, I couldn’t believe it.” She received weekly treatments at first and now goes once ev-

ery three weeks. They have helped better than anything else she has tried. Wendrychowicz shares a similar experi­ence. “Since undergoing treatment, I’ve had no headaches,” she says. “It’s even helped relieve the generalized body pain caused by fibromyalgia.” McLaughlin, too, reports good results. After only four treatments, she was pain free. “I counted the days,” she says. “And I had no migraines for almost three weeks.” For the first time in 10 years she didn’t fear going to sleep and being awakened by a migraine. What’s their advice to other

For the first time in 10 years she didn’t fear going to sleep and being awakened by a migraine. women suffering from migraines? Strok, for example, suggests that they not give up and depend solely on medica­tion. “There is help for your problem and Dr. Sandoz is it.” For more information as well as an appointment, call Dr. Sandoz at 856 2069560. Their new office location is 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204 in Mt. Laurel NJ. . 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204 . Mount Laurel May 2018


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HealThy Life Track Meet and Health Expo Benefits Cancer Patients


he Linwood Health Group will host its 2nd annual HealThy Life Track Meet and Health Expo from 5 to 8p.m. on May 31 at the Haddon Township High School track. Directed by the Haddon Running Company, the track meet portion of the event features 400-meter and one-mile races for adults, 100-meter and 400-meter races for kids, and a family relay. The track meet is professionally timed and includes official race bibs, race bags, giveaways and complete race results. Registration opens at 5 p.m. and the meet will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Pre-Registration is encouraged. The infield of the track will feature a health expo featuring music, face painting, a bounce house, plank contests, healthy food trucks, a basket auction and a 50/50 raffle. Vendors will represent multiple holistic disciplines such as juicing, alternative cancer treatment, chiropractic care, yoga and fitness, essential oils, various health coaches and toxic-free products. The Linwood Health Group is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose formation was inspired by an individual diagnosed with Stage IV incurable cancer that found a cure through alternative/holistic means. The nonprofit raises funds to assist cancer patients that are seeking holistic therapy with health costs not covered by health insurance. The Group also promotes holistic health awareness and education. Cost: Track Meet- Varies/Health Expo- Free. Location: 406 Memorial Ave., Westmont, NJ. For more information or to pre-register, visit

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n The Company Of Horses offers expertly facilitated two-day workshops for adults wanting to actualize their true potential in pursuit of their purpose-driven life. The workshop will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 13 and 14. Through experiences with horses, participants report finding their own truth, self-actualizing and walking away with an enriched knowledge of themselves. Healthy lunches, snacks and beverages will be included. Cost: $500. Location: Pemberton, NJ. For more information, call 609-330-2444, email or visit See ad on page 20.


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Discover and Harvest Wild Spring Edibles at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust


lizabeth Kligge invites you to join her at 2 p.m. on May 20 for a Walk in the Wild at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust. Attendees are asked to meet at the Willoughby House. Kligge grew up gardening and exploring the local wild places near Reading, Pennsylvania. She eventually went on to study primitive survival and teaches workshops across the United States. She is an avid naturalist with a particular interest in tracking, hunting and gathering, and homesteading skills. She is also a certified permaculture designer. The relaxing, guided plant walk will enable attendees to discover the bounty of edibles that nature provides in the form of roots, shoots, stems, leaves, fruits, seeds and bark. Attendees will learn to identify and harvest wild edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants. Safety and the caretaker’s method of gathering will also be discussed. Whether the goal is to supplement and vary your diet, save money on groceries or have a backup plan in the event of a survival situation, learning about wild plants will change the way one perceives the world. Cost: Free. Location: 340 Pine Ave., Deptford, NJ. For more information, call Charles White at 856-217-9138.

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ana Kievit has been an registered nurse for 13 years and has empathically witnessed a wide array of physical, psychological and spiritual suffering in others. Upon embarking on her own journey to self-discovery, she came to learn through the study of quantum physics, that the root cause of all forms of suffering originates in the mind by way of the thoughts and beliefs that created them. Dana Kievit Kievit learned about PSYCH-K (a trademarked process) through the book The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton. It was through this book that she realized she had found the key to help herself and others start living a healthy life filled with joy, peace and freedom. PSYCH-K is a safe and non-invasive modality that has created a rapid and sustainable mindset change for Kievit and her clients. Kievit is available for sessions in Medford, Manahawkin and Wayne, New Jersey, as well as via Skype. For more information, email Dana at Dana@CreateYourClean or visit

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ouch Mother Earth 2018 is where a learning center and music festival meet. Now in its third year, the gathering continues to inspire and raise awareness about sustainable living, reducing waste and caring for our planet through live music, transformative workshops and lectures, learning activities for kids, eco-friendly and spiritually minded vendors and services, plus delicious, healthy food. This exciting, zero-waste event takes place June 1 to 3 on the grounds of Mount Eden Retreat, 183 partially forested acres in the hills of Warren County. Participants can experience life-enhancing, hands-on workshops that include tools for sustainability, along with informative seminars, body movement classes, sound healing, do-it-yourself activities and nutritional advice. This high-vibe gathering will ignite spirit through dance, live music and drum circles around the fire. Featured artists include the VooDUDES, Answer the Muse, Dalien 13 Hands, David Young, Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project, Solar Circuit, Way of the Sacred, Bright Hawk, Gypsy Funk Squad, The Mystical Kirtan of Mirabai Moon, Wild Moon, Tabitha Booth, Dominick Antonelli, Black Bear at Unity American Tribal Belly Dance Troupe, and Richie Olivera. The festival runs from Friday, 5p.m. until Sunday, 8 pm. Participants are welcome to come for just one day or for the full weekend. Onsite camping and inside lodging are available. Cost: Tickets start at $25, kids under 16 free. Location: 56 Mill Pond Rd., Washington, NJ. Vendor and volunteer opportunities are available. For information, complete list of activities and tickets, email TouchMotherEarth2018@ or visit See ad on this page.

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Conscious Community Center Opens in South Jersey


ocara, a conscious community center that offers a variety of classes, workshops, groups, services and special events designed to support healing and connection, has announced the opening of its new Williamstown location location at

1620 Glassboro Road. A refuge for people looking to connect in deeper and more meaningful ways with themselves and others, Gocara offers regular weekly yoga, meditation, qigong, art classes, energy healing, massage sessions, workshops and special events. They host groups on a variety of topics where individuals can share and learn from each other and they recently expanded its offerings to include weekend retreats. “It’s really exciting to watch what started at Samma Vayama Well-Being continue to blossom and grow,” comments founder Drew Assini. “Things have progressed so quickly and come so far already and we are really only just getting started.” The new location, a 3,800-square-foot renovated house, sits on just under six acres in Gloucester County. Plans for organic farming, tiny homes, yurts and expansion are all in the works. “More and more it seems like folks are becoming willing to open up, connect, heal, recover and remember,” continues Assini. “This kind of energy and these kind of experiences is what Gocara is all about.” For more information, email Drew Assini at or visit See ad on page 23.

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eiki Master Kiel Gerhard is offering 30-minute energy tune-ups in the comforts of your own home. Although an advanced reiki practitioner, Gerhard’s energy work sessions often comprise of molecular light therapy, a new energy work system given to him in meditation many years ago. Gerhard has catapulted thousands of people onto a life-changing journey of spiritual awakening and growth.

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Rizzieri Salons, Spa and Schools to Host You Are Beautiful Campaign Fundraiser


izzieri will host a cocktail reception to support the You Are Beautiful campaign at 6 p.m. on May 21 at the Rizzieri Salon and Spa in the Moorestown Mall. The event promises a wonderful evening of food, drinks, music, raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the Virtua Foundation in support of the Cancer Center Hair Boutique. Virtua’s brand new Cancer Center is set to open in Moorestown this fall. The Cancer Center’s Hair Boutique will help complete the wellness circle for women living with a cancer diagnosis by giving them a safe haven for hair loss in a private boutique setting. Complimentary services will be offered including wigs and scarves to help patients feel good about how they look as they undergo treatment. The boutique will be staffed by volunteer experts from Rizzieri Salon, who will work with patients directly in a personal and relaxed setting. Cost: $50. Location: 400 NJ-38, Moorestown, NJ. For more information, email Paula Brown at or visit Foundation.Virtua.Org/Rizzieri. See ad on page 9.

The Conscious Performers Collective Holds New Jersey Audition Workshop


he Conscious Performers Collective, a performers community and budding repertory theater company based in the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia area, will hold its first of many audition workshops on May 6 in South Jersey. The company, which is pioneering to be the first holistic, high-frequency and heart-centered performance group, is currently recruiting professional performers that can create their own work, live consciously and have an active spiritual practice. Audition workshops will be held in several locations on the East Coast and performers that fit the description are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Giulia at ConsciousPerformers

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Wild Flower Artist Offers Henna Tattoos and Face Painting


inda Maldonado, lead artist and owner of Wild Flower Artist (WFA), helps clients celebrate life with colorful body art for all occasions. Offering the highest quality of service, Maldonado focuses on giving clients an excellent experience using peace, love, and temporary body art. A natural organic henna body artist in South Jersey, WFA happily travels throughout the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware area for client services. Maldonado enjoys drawing her intricate henna body art free-handed. The process uses a 100 percent natural henna paste recipe featuring fresh henna powder, lemon juice, sugar and essential oil blends. Aromatherapy oils are also added to enhance the relaxing experience. Many clients have reported a deep sense of ease while having the henna body art applied. In addition to henna, Maldonado also specializes in traditional brush face painting, using paraben and fragrance-free, water-based paints that adhere to the highest standards of quality and safety. This type of paint is perfect for delicate skin. Cost: Varies. Location: Gibbstown, NJ. For more information, call Linda Maldonado at 267-252-9530 or visit See ad on page 39.

Celebrate Spring with The Flower Show of South Jersey


he Horticultural Society of South Jersey invites you to join them for The 2018 Spring Flower Show of South Jersey, held at 7 p.m. on June 12 at the Cherry Hill’s Tilelli Community Center. Attendees will view an array of delightful miniature and themed flower arrangements, selected potted plants, member-grown garden specimens and beautiful horticultural-themed photographs. Cost: Free. Location: 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hill, NJ. For more information, visit

Terra Pest Solutions Offers Discounts in May to Control Ants


erra Pest Solutions will offer discounted services throughout the month of May for the natural control of ants in and around your home. Terra Pest Solutions proudly uses only natural and organic products to control ants of any kind. Although there are many types of ants in New Jersey, the most common invaders this time of year are both carpenter ants and odorous house ants, also known as sugar ants. Carpenter ant colonies can consist of thousands of workers with typically only one queen. These wood-destroying insects can cause extensive damage to window sills, door frames, eaves and other areas prone to moisture. Odorous house ant colonies can contain over 100,000 workers with two or more queens.

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Free Impact Moms Mind & Body Makeover Contest


dvanced Wellness Solutions, LLC will host a free mind and body makeover contest from 5 to 8p.m. on July 10, 11 and 12. The contest will provide one lucky South Jersey mom-in-need with over $1,000 worth of services. Services include life coaching, yoga, symbolic photography, massages, facials, hair, makeup and more. Owner Crystal Pizarro believes this contest will exemplify the power of community and the opportunity for a local mom to experience services intended to inspire her self-enlightenment, without finances being a factor. The unique opportunity will enable a mom, who might not otherwise be able to afford it, to hit the reset button on her life by gaining access to these wellness services and, ultimately, reconnecting with her highest self. “Every mom has had that time in her life when she just needed an extra lift, someone to believe in her and to educate her. This makeover is not meant to remove her obstacle, but instead to remove the blind spots, so that she can regain clarity,” comments Pizarro. “It’s not a makeover that is meant to change her to a new person, but rather to become more grounded and confident in her already beautiful and empowered self.” The mission of Pizarro and the Impact Moms Makeover Dream Team is to empower a local mom while also supporting local business owners. The team is comprised of women leaders in their fields with fire in their hearts for empowering other women to leave their comfort zones and blaze their own trail. For more information, email Crystal Pizarro at Crystal@Pizarro or visit


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Bridge to Your Higher Consciousness Five-Week Series


eginning June 16, Yoga For Living will host a five-week series with Carmen Renee to help people bridge to their Higher Self. Illness, depression, lack of motivation, stress, pain, weight gain and feeling that something is missing are all symptoms of underlying spiritual and emotional blockage and imbalance. The Higher Self always knows better than the ego mind. Allow it to help you through your experiences and challenges. When you truly connect to your higher consciousness, that connection stays with you to provide guidance and healing throughout all aspects of life. Each week of the series opens with a special meditation experience for you to receive what serves your Higher Self. Then, you will take a deep dive into one of the TRUTHs to practically integrate into your life. TRUTH stands for Transcendent Joy, Restore your energy, Use your spirit guides and guardian angels, Tap into the power of presence and Honor the body that holds your spirit. The class will then conclude with Tibetan singing bowl tones, light language blessings to send energy and healing. An hour and a half of John of God crystal light healing bed or reiki session is included as well to help clear, heal and set intentions. In honor of Natural Healing month, Carmen Renee is offering 20 percent off of all services for the month of May with promo code TRUTH. Cost: $125 during pre-registration, $265 after May 31. Location: 1926 Greentree Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ. For more information, call 267-340-2308 or email CR@Carmen See ad on page 17.

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Aromatherapy, the use of aromatic plant fragrances to enhance health and well-being, has been around for centuries. While the Egyptians used essential oils to treat many diseases, aromatherapy became enjoyed on a wider scale in the 11th century, when the invention of steam distillation techniques facilitated the extraction of plant essential oils. Although no in-depth prospective scientific studies on the efficacy of aromatherapy have been performed, there are some reputable studies that found that the use of fragrances have helped to decrease doses of antidepressant medication and induced a general reduction of anxiety and improved overall mood. During aromatherapy, the fragrance molecules are absorbed by the olfactory cells in the nasal cavity, stimulating the olfactory centers in the brain and ultimately reaching the limbic system. The limbic system is an important center for pleasure, emotions and memory. It is also linked with the reason we have vivid, good memories when we smell certain foods. Aroma-therapeutic agents are many essential oils, fragrance oils, incense sticks, cones and dried natural herbs and plants products. SunGlow Chakras has a large line of aromatherapy products including a unique line of aromatherapy jewelry. With six essential oil scents to choose from, one can make a fashion statement as they wear their favorite scent. Oil diffusers are also available, each one hand-carved in India, and includes a free teal light with purchase.

Building Heart Intelligence We have heard countless stories about heart transplant recipients that have taken on likes and dislikes of their donors. This is because the brain has 40,000 neurons. That’s right, your heart has a brain. The heart is the regulator of the body and sets the tone of our internal environment. Like other intelligences in the body, we can intentionally increase the heart’s intelligence. By doing so, many sought after outcomes can occur such as increased well-being, better access to cortical functions, greater intuition, a stronger immune system, stabilized emotions, more vitality and resiliency, less stress, anxiety, depression and dependence on certain medications. Ultimately, the body will function in a more optimal state. Once you learn and practice these techniques to improve your heart’s intelligence, they will last a lifetime. Resource: Julia Gandy, Embodying Wellness. For more information, contact Julia at 609-634-2396. See ad on page 41.

Healthy Shopping on a Budget Grocery shopping can be overwhelming, especially when one is on a budget. Dr. Julia Snyder, a board-certified doctor in family medicine, holistic and integrative medicine, believes that while investing in healthy food is investing in your health, you shouldn’t have to break the bank. While there are many controversies on what “healthy” actually means, there are a few key elements of agreement including eating whole, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables, avoiding empty carbohydrates like sweets and refined flours, avoiding additives like added sugar and salts and having adequate amounts of healthy fat, protein and fiber. The next step in healthy shopping is reading and understanding labels. This can take time at first but once you are familiar with the products shopping gets done faster. Be sure to look at the ingredient list, calories, portion size, fiber, additives and fat content, and try to avoid any trans fats. Remember that many of the best choices Dr. Julia Snyder will not have labels at all. This means you will want to get comfortable exploring the produce section. Saving money usually requires planning ahead. Look at circulars for sales and make meal plans for the week. Look online and in magazines for great ideas to satisfy your palate and budget, and don’t be afraid to try new recipes. Review the Environmental Working Group’s 2017 list of organic fruits and vegetables to find which products you should always buy organically and which are safe to buy conventionally. Also, a recent study found that Aldi stores offer 20 percent more savings than larger retail stores, and with healthier products and organic options. Resource: R-Health. Location: 1040 Kings Hwy., N. Cherry Hill, NJ. For more information, call 856-523-4323 or visit See ad on page 4.

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ne of the more unpleasant side effects of getting older for women is having to undergo routine tests such as mammograms. Yet what many patients don’t know is that there’s an alternative that can evaluate a woman’s breast health and offer the earliest possible detection of breast cancer without compression or radiation: thermography. A method of infrared imaging, thermography relies on cameras that read the entire infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum and produce images. Medical thermography utilizes this infrared technology to provide an image of the body’s physiological responses—and all without the use of radiation, physical contact or other invasive measures. “It’s a completely non-invasive test, which is great news for many women—nobody is thrilled with having their tender breast tissue compressed and radiated between two heavy plates,” says Liesha Getson, a board-certified thermographic technician and holistic health counselor at Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging (TDI), in Marlton. “Yet, this technology can also help women who have previously had inconclu18

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sive mammogram results avoid unnecessary biopsies—or even cancer treatments.” At TDI, a state-of-the-art, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved thermal imaging camera transmits data of the body’s skin temperature to a computer to convert patterns and store them as black and white images. This process allows physicians to detect thermal asymmetry or note alterations of vascular patterns to make a better assessment and diagnosis of breast cancer, in addition to neurological issues and other conditions. “Many studies have indicated that there’s been both an overtreatment and overdiagnosis of breast cancer in recent years, and we’re learning that in some cases, giving women the opportunity to be proactive and make adjustments to their health or lifestyle is enough—and that patients don’t always need chemotherapy or radiation,” agrees Dr. Philip Getson, a board-certified thermologist at TDI and family physician since 1976. He notes that the technology has already been available in other countries for many years; thermography was approved for use in 1957, a decade before the first mammograms were instituted.

“It’s providing women with a more practical approach to their breast health,” he adds. In addition to breast health, thermographic imaging can also assess conditions including fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes, thyroid dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease, sinus infections, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and dental inflammation and infection, among others. Thermography has no known risks or side effects, however Getson notes that patients who have recently undergone radiation or other similar treatments—or who are pregnant or nursing—may not be candidates for this test. “Thermography has helped diagnosis patients who have thyroid-related symptoms but normal bloodwork, or who have an underlying dental infection that a conventional X-ray machine has missed,” Liesha Getson says. “These are issues that can have a constant and serious impact on the body’s immune system, and thermography is helping us to discover these types of infections and provide patients with a treatment plan.” After the test results are received, physicians will discuss their findings with patients; while additional medical testing or procedures may be required, such as a biopsy, Getson says that often a patient will be able to control their symptoms with a more holistic approach—from managing stress or addressing hormone imbalances to improving their diet and getting more exercise. To that end, the practice offers holistic health coaching, an infrared detox sauna, and reiki. “One of our goals is to take the fear out of breast cancer, and give women some of their power back,” Getson concludes. “If a woman has received a cancer diagnosis, we want them to be able to take a step back and make an informed decision… in some cases, there are alternative approaches that can be taken before pursuing life-altering treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.” For more information or to schedule an appointment with Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging at 100 Brick Rd., Ste 206, Marlton, call 856-596-5834 or visit See ad on page 19.

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CRYOTHERAPY Feel Better, Look Great, Do Good by Mica McCullough


hen Cherie Mikell graduated from the Rizzieri School for Beauty and Wellness in 2006, she had no idea that in just over a decade, she would be owning an Orange Cryo Wellness franchise and helping people to feel better, look great and do good. Mikell, who opened Orange Cryo Wellness Voorhees in late November 2017, says her interest in the subject was piqued after reading an article about cryotherapy a few years ago. Married to a former professional football player and with four young children, the topic was put on the back burner until she noticed another franchise location in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. After visiting and meeting franchise owner and founder Robin Gupta, Mikell realized this was something she wanted to pursue. “Seeing people come in miserable and leaving happy and feeling relief, it

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Cryotherapy (cryo means “cold” in Greek) is essentially the process of subjecting the body to extremely cold temperatures for a very short amount of time. Inside the chamber, patients are surrounded by nitrogen gas ranging in temperature from -202 and -200 degrees Fahrenheit. Mikell likens it to “standing in the Arctic naked,” but claims that while it feels extremely cold, it’s not painful, because it’s not a wet cold. One of the primary benefits of cryotherapy is reducing inflammation. “Three minutes of whole-body cryo reduces the same amount of inflammation as an hour-long ice bath would. Your body is basically tricking your mind into healing your body, by pulling blood from extremities to your core, where blood is re-oxygenated, and pumped throughout your whole body,” says Mikell. Originally intended for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, cryotherapy has been used to successfully treat aches and pains in patients from ages 16 to 80, in Mikell’s experience. “We’ve seen numerous patients who are able to reduce the amount of pain medication they take regularly, after these treatments. However, patients with pacemakers, or those who suffer from untreated cases of hypertension, diabetes or Raynaud’s disease should consult their doctor before entering a cryo chamber.” In addition to reducing inflammation in the body, cryotherapy can also boost metabolism, increase the amount of norepinephrine, serotonin and collagen levels, delay aging, and can help in treating acne, age spots and even migraines. Orange Cryo Voorhees offers a wide range of additional services, including NormaTec pulse treatments to reduce lactic acid buildup (great for athletes), and FDA-approved LED light therapy to combat acne, wrinkles and pain management. Even with so many benefits of cryotherapy, some clients are hesitant to climb into a chamber with sub-freezing nitrogen gas swirling around them. “What sets us apart is our attention to detail,” says Mikell. “We make sure everyone follows safety precautions, and we reassure everyone who gets in the chamber. We don’t want anyone to have anxiety about this experience, so our technicians talk to guests during their

time in the chamber, which really makes those three minutes fly by.” Mikell’s Voorhees location participates in charitable programs that allow customers to “do good” when they visit. The Orange Cryo national franchise, in partnership with Tony Robbins through Feeding America, has pledged to provide 20 meals each time the cryo chamber reaches -200 degrees Farenheit. Additionally, the facility carries local brand Wise Ape Tea, which donates 10 percent donation to a different charity for each of its tea blends. At Orange Cryo Wellness Voorhees, visitors will feel good after reducing inflammation in their body, they’ll look good with what Mikell describes as the “cryo glow” from increased blood circulation and they’ll be doing good by supporting local businesses that, in turn, support important charitable work being done around the country. “I take these treatments myself,” exclaims Mikell. “We just want people to feel amazing after coming here, and many people tell us they don’t want to leave. We’ll talk you through the process of what is happening in your body while you’re in the chamber, why it’s happening, and how to keep yourself healthy and hydrated after treatment.” Orange Cryo Wellness Voorhees is located at 156 NJ 73, Voorhees Township, N.J. For more information or to make an appointment, call 856-335-4689 or visit See ad on this page.

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Moving Towards More Natural Solutions for Mental Health


by Andrew J. Assini

any people may want to make the move from a pharmaceutical solution to something more natural. Perhaps they are thinking of trading in anti-depressants for yoga or benzodiazepines for qigong. In most cases, a shift away from a pill in favor of a practice is a great idea and will be supported by health professionals. That being said, there are definitely some things you should keep in mind if you’re thinking about making a change.

First and foremost, consult your health professional(s)

If you’re thinking about ditching your prescription medication, don’t make a move without consulting the prescribing health professional. Depending upon how much you’re taking and how long you’ve been taking them, some medications are dangerous to come off of cold turkey (SSRI anti-depressants to name one) and could have severe consequences and side effects. Discussing your desires with a trained medical professional and formulating a plan to come off of a medication is the way to go. If your current doctor or medical professional is opposed to you coming off of a medication, ask why. They may have good reasons or they may have silly reasons and then you’ll know it’s time to find a new doctor. Either way, consulting your medical professional is the first move to make.

Also talk to a mental health professional

Medical professionals are great as are mental health professionals (psychologists, counselors, therapists). They specialize in mental health. In addition to consulting a medical professional, it’s highly recommended that you sit and chat with a mental health professional as well. Chances are, if you’re looking to change up your medications, there are also going to be changes to your experience. Thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all areas that could become unsettled or different for a little while during a transition from pharmaceuticals to more natural solutions. A mental health professional can assist in the planning stages as well as during the transition, and may prove invaluable in helping address underlying issues which may surface when medications are being phased out.

Start the practice before you stop the pill

Begin your new practice prior to stepping down your dose or coming off any medication. Commit to the practice. Cultivate the new habit. Get in a groove. Then start the process of leaving the medications behind. It’ll be way harder to try and start a new routine during the transition and having your new practice to lean on will make life much easier.

Be prepared for a transitional period

As mentioned earlier, depending upon what medications you’ve been taking and how long you’ve been taking them, your transition could be challenging at times. It’s very helpful to remind yourself that change is a process. It might also be a good idea to take a look at your upcoming calendar during the planning phase. Trying to trade anti-anxiety medication for meditation during the holidays could prove to be quite a tall order. Finding a time of the year when you might have less on your plate could make the transition quite a bit easier.

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Remember to be patient and loving with yourself. A lifestyle change like this is a big undertaking—big rewards, but also big challenges. You’ll benefit greatly from support, from loved ones as well as from yourself. Surround yourself with positive people. Don’t hesitate to treat yourself to something nice after making it through a tough day. Increase self-care practices like massages or flotation therapy or getting your nails done. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in supporting behavior change. Andrew J. Assini, MA, LAC, LCADC, a holistically minded mental health professional, is the founder of Gocara, a conscious community center, and Conscious Contact Healing & Wisdom, a personal and professional development organization in South Jersey. For more information, visit Gocara. org. See ad on this page.

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing explora-

tion into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From

the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

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you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-by-moment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance? The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at



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Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

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During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when


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Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be

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in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

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unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 28

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

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Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

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Moving Through

MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms by Marlaina Donato


ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 30

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after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


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Stay Clear. Evenson contends that

children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you

correct or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

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sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl. com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.


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hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not

only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane

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Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at MayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at HealthyRanchDressing.

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (


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Plant-Based Ranch Dressing “Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely.

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

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sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


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It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that

the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


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Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at, from which this was adapted.



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opportunities to mindfully enjoy nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s ~Sigmund Freud hunting skill and human creativity can be tapped using do-it-yourself treat dispensers and Companionship toys or inventive games. Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter Improved Health changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director helps with depression and isolation.” of the Michelson Found Animals Founda While at Indiana University Bloomtion, in Los Angeles, points to a study from ington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a P. Bellisario College of Communications at cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while Pennsylvania State University, in University increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t The Second National Health and just fun, but a way to feel more energetic Nutrition Examination Study Mortality and positive. With some 94 million YouFollow-up concluded that having a Tube tales of cat adventures online, there’s cat lowers risk of myocardial infarcno lack of available mood boosters. tion (heart attack) and cardiovascular

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When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant


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Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 42

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

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Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

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Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.

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Wrist and Hand Pain/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Treatment for wrist and hand pain that focuses on the wrists and hands isn’t always sufficient. Learn why it is important to look at the bigger picture and treat the body as a unit. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Tuesday Tune-Up Meditation – May 1, 8, 15. 7-8:30pm. With Rita. Come sit in sacred space and receive a tune-up from the higher realms. Class will consist of opening sacred space, breath work and guided meditation as well as sitting/laying in silence, meditation to music/sound.  $22. Just Breathe,  2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 All about Lymphatic Drainage – 7pm. With Dottie Atkins, licensed massage practitioner and a certified manual lymph drainage therapist. Learn how the body connects and stimulates its natural healing abilities, using self-massage and muscle release techniques to enhance blood circulation and reduce pain. Hosted by Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ. Sponsored by DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness. LourdesCare, 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill. RSVP, Judy: 609-221-2285 or

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Hiking Basics – 6:30-8pm. Learn about the basics of hiking: trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, along with local resources and places to go. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Breathe and Balance – 7-8:15pm. Lay down and become immersed in the gentle healing vibrations of Reiki Master Shalini Breault’s crystal bowls while Rita Strough channels personalized healing and balancing for each individual utilizing reiki, Angelic and Ascended Master attunements. $20. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Buti Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Cheryl Natusch.​A calorie-scorching workout which fuses power yoga with cardio-intensive tribal dance + body sculpting primal movement. Every fitness level welcome $15. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

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markyourcalendar Yoga Cape May May 4-6 Holistic yoga retreat. Let’s spring into spring. Refresh, renew, relax and get your zen on. Deepen your experience with yoga and meditation practices for all levels, drum circles, heated pool and hot tub, and more. Includes nutritious vegetarian meals, workshops and playshops. $299/person, all inclusive. $100 deposit will hold your spot.

Karen Manette Bosna: 609-827-8886 or The True Story of Jesus and Mary Magdalena – 7-9pm. With David Young. An in-depth explanation about what actually happened 2,000 yrs ago and a portal between heaven and Earth flute meditation. Also David sings 2 channeled songs written with Mary Magdalena. $30/advance, $35/at door. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Birding with Birders – 7:30-9am. Spring migration season is just around the corner. Bring your binoculars and head out on our trails in search of avian species. Leaders are established birders and each has their own style. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495. Yoga for the Prenatal Student – 9am-3:30pm. Course teaches instructors how to safely welcome pregnant students of all levels into their classes. Yoga benefits and contraindications for different trimester discussed. $85. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or Infinite Possibilities, The Art of Changing Your Life – 9am-5pm. With Kathy Bennett. Take full responsibility for your life and live life abundantly. Learn how your thoughts become things, difference between thriving and surviving, and so much more. A fun, interactive class. Includes all class materials, giveaways, door prizes and light lunch. $165. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609975-8379.

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Call Ahead Camden Waterfront Cleanup – 10am-12pm. Join SJLWT in partnership with Solvay Polymers for a Community Cleanup of the Camden Waterfront. After the cleanup, Mike Hogan will talk about the natural and cultural history of the area. Bags, gloves and grabbers supplied. Meet at the Cramer Hill Preserve, between 32nd & 36th sts, Camden. More info, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086, Free Plant Clinic – 10am-2pm. With Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County at the Green Garden Fair. Get answers to your garden problems. Bring a piece of a diseased plant for identification and treatment suggestions. Can also identify an insect if you bring a sample in a small bottle. Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. 856-216-7130. Camden.njaes. Campfire Session: Trekking Pole Tips & Tricks – 11-11:30am. In this short session, our outdoor experts will show you how to choose, adjust, and use poles to increase the miles and smiles on your next hike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

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Explore the best of local holistic practitioners, and learn what works for you. Find crystals, oils, spa products, unique jewelry and more. Free workshops all day. $4 discount online, $6 at door; free for active & veteran military, emergency response personnel & children 16 & under.

Collingswood Community Center, 30 W Collings Ave, Collingswood. Reiki Level I Certification Class – 11:30am3:30pm. Learn the basics of reiki that you can use for yourself, pets, family members, plants and many other uses. Receive the Reiki Level I Certificate, manual, attunement and practice. $177. Earth Angel Healing,  1500 N Kings Hwy, Ste C211, Cherry Hill.  Registration required: 856-693-3411 or Mediumship Gallery – 1-3pm. Lisa Miliaresis is a psychic medium, speaker, author and reiki master. Join us for this gallery where Lisa will impart wisdom and messages from the other side. $50. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Pre-register:

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Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 9am-12pm. Learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats as we trek along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. Canoe along the perimeter of a Pine Barrens lake, conduct a water quality survey and try dip or seine netting to find out what fish, frogs, and bugs can tell us about their Pine Barrens home. $35/adult, $20/ age 8-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

Birding with Birders – 7:30-9am. See May 5 listing. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495.

Bike Outing at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest – 9:30-11:30am. Join us for a bike ride on the paved 10-mi bike trail. A great place for beginners to break in your road or hybrid bike while taking in the sights and sounds of the forest. Register: 856-810-5560 or Colonial Earth Day at Historic Burrough-Dover House – 12-4pm. Features the beautiful grounds and nature trail of the colonial farmhouse, with games and activities for the whole family. Wildlife rehabilitators and educators of Freedom Center for Wildlife will bring live education animals. Crafts and demonstrations.  Free; donations accepted. 9201 Burrough Dover Ln, Pennsauken. For more info: Interpretive Trail Hike – 1:30-2:30pm. Join an RNC naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. Pace is easy and suitable for adults and teenagers. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Preregister: 609-261-2495. Mullica River 101 Paddle – 1:30-4:30pm. Take a 3-hr trip down the Mullica River from Atsion Lake dam to Beaver Dam with guide and naturalist John Volpa. Get a Pine Barrens Primer by exploring the river for an overview of Pine Barrens habitats, history and plants and animals. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Pranayama Workshop – 2-3:30pm. With Dan Smith. Our breath is very powerful but most people don’t realize this tool is always with them. This workshop highlights the benefits of mindful breathing that can be used in the studio and out. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304. Crystals 101 Workshop – 3-5pm. Explore how to pick, clean, meditate with crystals and more. Workshop includes an 8 crystal starter kit. $30. Relax Mind & Body, 621 S Main St, Williamstown. To register: 856-693-1016 or Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Linda Sheehan. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps and other props to support the body, restorative yoga works to bring profound shifts to the central nervous system, promoting deep restfulness, physical healing and greater well-being. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Crystals: Healing Properties of Crystals and Much More – 6:45-8:45pm. Earth Angel Healing, 1500 N Kings Hwy, Ste C211, Cherry Hill. 856-693-3411.

Fibromyalgia Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Get started with improving your alignment, which can help many conditions, including musculoskeletal pain experienced by those who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Women’s Map & Compass Navigation Basics – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. Learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $30/member, $50/ nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist for a workshop on A Toxin-Free Life. Free health screenings following workshop. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP: Info@ Plant Swap – 7pm. Presented by the Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Come and share your plant abundance with members and guests. Suggested plants include houseplants, seedlings, seeds, bulbs, succulents and cacti, water plants and clean garden tools in good condition. No invasive, sick or insect-infested plants. Please ID your plant and list growing instructions. Free. Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. 856-287-5959. Natural Wonders of the Pines – 7-8pm. Join guest speaker, Cindy Slawski, on a fascinating virtual tour of the New Jersey Pinelands. Learn to locate and identify local flora and fauna, including edible plants that might save your life in a pinch. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Tuesday Tune-Up Meditation – 7-8:30pm. See May 1 listing. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Lightweight Backpacking Basics – 6:30-8pm. Do you want to try backpacking but worry about carrying a heavy pack? Join an REI backpacking expert who will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. marlton.html.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 Exploring by Bike in New Jersey and Beyond – 6:30-8pm. Interested in a biking adventure over a couple of hours or a couple of days, or across the U.S.? Join cycling blogger Silvia Ascarelli for tips on where to go, how to find your route and what to pack. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

Session #3: Three Sisters; Seed Library Hours – 7pm. Join us for the last of our spring sessions as we unveil Three Sisters crops: beans, corn and squash. Get your seeds while they last. Someone will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Free. Collingswood Public Library,  771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. Camping with Kids Clinic – 7-8pm. Learn tips and tricks on how to make camping with your family a great experience, whether you are a first-time camper or an experienced one. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Music of the Spheres: A Sonic Sound Healing with the Planetary Gongs of Earth, Jupiter & Neptune – 7-9pm. With Michele Halliwell. In this sound healing experience, be guided to relax and connect the body and mind, through breath and visualization. $30/advance, $35/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Pinelands Commission Meeting – 9:30am-12pm. The Pinelands Commission is the state agency that oversees conservation and development within the Pinelands boundaries. They hold a regular monthly meeting that is open to the public. 15 Springfield Rd, Pemberton. Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 609-859-8860. Agenda: Tarot and Tea Event – 6-10pm. Come and be charmed with an evening of tarot readings, palm readings, and henna hand designs while sipping decadent teas and having intuitive conversations. Admission free, but payment needed for individual services offered. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304. Tag a Long Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Stephanie Varnum. A class for yogis and the next generation of yogis. Parents & kids ages 8+ can participate together in a vinyasa style yoga class. A perfect way to introduce yoga and mindfulness practices. $20/ adult-child pair; $5/additional “tag-along” child. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. IET with Crystals – 7-9pm. Learn about Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) and the power of healing crystals.  Everyone will receive a 10-min IET treatment and make a crystal bracelet imprinted with the healing energy of IET to take home. Supplies included. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Camden Waterfront Cleanup – 9am-12pm. Join SJLWT and the Camden County Board of Freeholders for a Community Cleanup of the Camden Waterfront. After the cleanup, Mike Hogan will talk about the natural and cultural history of the area. Bags, gloves and grabbers supplied. Meet at the Camden Waterfront Stadium off of Penn St at the waterfront, Camden. More info, Michael Hogan: 609-4762086, John McPhee Pine Barrens Today Small Bus Tour – 10am-3pm. Join Pinelands Adventures on a small group driving tour to visit many places described in John McPhee’s landmark book The Pine Barrens. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

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Get Ready to Bike Event 2018 – 11am-5pm. Get geared up for your next cycling adventure. Drop by REI for a day filled with cycle-centric activities, personalized bike and helmet fittings, and 20-30-min educational sessions. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. World Drumming – 6:30-8:30pm. With Shawn Hennessey. In this incredible evening of high vibration, explore many different drumming techniques from around the world. All skill levels welcome. Bring drums and percussion instrument, if have them. Some drums provided. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Tick Identification and Prevention – 7-8pm. Learn tips and tricks on what to avoid, how to identify different species, and how to keep yourself safe when you are on an outdoor adventure. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Awakening with the Angels – 7-9pm. Each month explore with the Angels as Rita takes you through meditations, invocations and attunements with various beings of a high vibration.  Wisdom downloads and interactive messages activate the class to receive blessings and healing. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.



Canoeing Lessons – 9am-12pm. Learn the basics of canoeing with instructor John Volpa. Learn to paddle on calm water close to the edge of the lake and canoeing terminology, technique and strokes. Ages 10 & up. $45/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 11am-12pm. Learn techniques to open your awareness of your spiritual life beyond the physical. Join us in this month’s topic:  The Spiritual Law of Love. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139  or

Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am12pm. Service includes a reading from the ECK writings, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: Trust in God and Take the Next Step. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or

Chanting for the Soul Concert – 7-8pm. Chant your heart out along with Melissa and Jody or just come and soak up the sacred frequencies as we sing mantra and chants. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 1:30-4:30pm. See May 6 listing. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

MONDAY, MAY 14 Backpacking by Bike: Bikepacking Basics – 7-8:30pm. Bikepacking (backpacking by mountain bike) is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Learn about a fun choice for cyclists, couples or even families who like to ride together. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Tuesday Tune-Up Meditation – 7-8:30pm. See May 1 listing. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Cooper River Cleanup – 9am-12pm. Join SJLWT and Pinnacle Foods for a cleanup of the Cooper River. After the cleanup staff member Mike Hogan will talk about the cultural and natural history of the area. Cleanup supplies provided. Cooper River Park, 1301 Park Blvd, Camden. More info, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086, Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class – 6:308:30pm. Learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. Learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $30/member, $50/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.


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Birth Your Creativity through The Cosmic Mother – 7-9:30pm. The Cosmic Mother is the presence of the divine creative force in all things. Working with the forces of Mother Nature, and the Divine Mother via specific Goddesses and Mother beings you’ll quicken your unique creative potentials in career, artistic endeavours or spiritual enhancement. $25/advance, $35/day of. Cherry Hill. Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Batsto River Naturalist Guided Tour – 8:30am4pm. Explore on water and land while learning about Pine Barrens habitats, history, plants and animals. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

markyourcalendar Energy Medicine 101 & 102 May 19-20. 9am-5pm. Learn a 5-min daily routine that will help improve your energy, how to stay grounded, effects of stress on your energies, and how to lessen its effects, how to protect your aura, pain releasing techniques, energy testing on yourself and others. Each class is full of practice, practice, practice, and ends with each participant experiencing an EEM mini-session that balances and calms their energy. Ask about CEs. Medicine in Balance, Langhorne, PA. Advance registration required:

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The Science of Ayurveda – May 19-20. 9am-5pm. This elective will introduce the student to the fundamentals of ayurveda. It will look at the 5,000-yr-old history and philosophy. $203. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or Pine Barrens Habitats Small Group Tour – 10am3pm. Trip will be an exploration into the various habitats that exist in the pinelands. Characteristics of each habitat will be discussed including flora, fauna, natural and human influence. Guided by Jeff Larson. $60. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Reiki Crystal Healing Sessions with Complementary Chakra Crystal Set – 10am-4pm, by appt. Join Dawn Robinson for a session that will focus on cleansing and balancing your chakras. Relax Mind & Body, 621 S Main St, Williamstown.  Reserve a 60-min session: 856-693-1016. Naturalist-Led Walk – 10:30-11:30am. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495. Bridging to Your Higher Self – 11:30am12:30pm. 5-wk series. Free introduction session. Come join us to discover how you can live through Spirit. Learn how the spiritual surgeries through the John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed can help ascension, physical ailments and spiritual growth. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Register for the free intro: 267-340-2308 or

SUNDAY, MAY 20 What is Heart Intelligence? – 8:30am-4pm. And why do I need to know it? Find out techniques to shift your emotional state that will build the connection between heart and mind. $130 includes materials. $150/6 CEs for Massage Therapists. Embodying Wellness, Moorestown. 609-634-2396. Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 9am-12pm. See May 6 listing. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Batsto Glass & Bottle Show – 10am-2pm. Stop by our expo table to learn about aquatic insects, plants and flora and fauna of NJ. Come see what we’re up to and how you can get involved with SJLWT. Free. Batsto Village Visitor’s Center, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton. More info, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086, Connect With Nature: Shelter Building – 1:303pm. Knowing how to build a simple shelter is an important skill, especially if you were ever lost in the wilderness and needed to protect yourself from the elements. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Preregister: 609-261-2495. Goshen Run Naturalist Guided Tour (Paddle) – 1:30-4:30pm. The seemingly untouched upper reaches of the Mullica River create a magical atmosphere as we paddle 3.5 miles through a contiguous Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

Walk in the Wild: Spring Wild Edibles Walk – 2pm. With Elizabeth Kligge. Learn to identify and harvest wild edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants. Will also discuss safety and the caretaker’s method of gathering. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To register: 856-217-9138. Family Beginner Mindfulness Workshop – 2-3:30pm.With Gwyn. Learn how to become mindful as a family. Sharing the practice of mindfulness as a family increases the levels of well-being in so many ways. $30/family. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

MONDAY, MAY 21 You Are Beautiful Campaign – 6pm. Hosted by Rizzieri Salons and Spas to support the Cancer Center Hair Boutique. An evening of food and drink, silent auction, entertainment and more. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Center Hair Boutique. Reserve your ticket with a $50 donation. Rizzieri’s Moorestown Salon and Spa, 400 NJ-38, Ste 1440, Moorestown. Paula Brown: PBrown@Rizzieri. com. Ticket & RSVP:

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Varicose Veins Class– 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. The number one way to prevent or treat varicose veins is exercise. Why not take it one step further by improving your body’s balance at the same time? There’s a reason your varicose veins are worse on one leg than the other. Come find out why? $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist  for a workshop on Autoimmune Disease. Free health screenings  following workshop. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP:

THURSDAY, MAY 24 South Jersey Organic Gardeners’ Club Meeting – 7pm. With Sandy Crawford discussing plot and community vegetable gardening. Outside meeting at the Whitman Stafford House, 315 Maple Ave, Laurel Springs. Debra White: 856-468-9525. Light Language Group Session – 7-8:30pm. Michelle Jonne offers an introduction to Light Language activation, a deeply layered alchemical transmission of information that speaks directly to your DNA, activating and recoding your personal vibrational signature to assist in connecting back to the Source within. $20. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Glow It Out Vinyasa – 7-8:15pm. Join Gwyn as she leads you through a fun, energetic vinyasa yoga class while Ryan connects his music to the flow of the class letting you dive deeper into your practice. For added fun, everyone will be wearing glow in the dark accessories provided. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Hike the Batona Trail – 8:30am. We’ll keep a moderate pace between frequent stops for stories and exploration of Pine Barrens flora and fauna in wetlands and uplands. Guided by naturalist John Volpa. Ages 16 & up. $45/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid Walk – 10am-12pm. Join South Jersey Land and Water Trust staff member Michael Hogan for a guided wildflower tour of Parvin Lake Park. 701 Almond Rd, Elmer. More info, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086, HoganPhoto@

SUNDAY, MAY 27 Kayaking Lessons – 9am-12pm. Learn the basics of kayaking with ACA certified instructor, John Volpa. This introductory program is designed to help you feel comfortable and competent while learning proper paddling technique. $55/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Turtle Hike at Amico Island – 12-2pm. Join us on a leisurely hike that is great for beginners, photographers, daydreamers, and anyone who just wants to get outside. The slow pace will give you time to soak in the environment and appreciate the scenery around you.  Register: 856-810-5560 or Mullica River 101 Paddle – 1:30-4:30pm. See May 6 listing. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Watga Yoga Introduction – 2-3:15pm. A hyper-concentrated-based yoga practice circled around balance and water. The practice has been newly developed by Gwyn Heusser, owner of Lavender Koi Yoga. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

MONDAY, MAY 28 Batsto River Naturalist Guided Tour – 8:30am4pm. See May 19 listing. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Osteoarthritis Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. There is something you can do to ease, or even eliminate, osteoarthritis pain without drugs or surgery. Begin to move as you were designed, reducing impingements and allowing for increased circulation, oxygenation, and range of motion of your body. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Total Body Strength and Stability for Massage Therapists – May 30 & 6/6. 9am-1pm. Course teaches us to have a good base of strength and stability, so we are able to do our job more effectively and with less effort. $100. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or 

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FOR RENT MASSAGE THERAPY STUDIO FOR RENT – Seeking experienced, NJ-licensed MT to rent/ sublet studio space at holistic healing center in Hainesport. Reasonable rates, great location. Willow’s Touch Massage: 609-781-9410. OFFICE SPACE –Integrative Physician looking to share office space in the Voorhees-Cherry HillMarlton area. Call 856-669-9118. YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

FOR SALE 1,600-SF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY IN HAMMONTON’S ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT – Where the train stops and all of the main South Jersey arteries meet: White Horse Pike, Black Horse Pike, AC Expressway, Rte 206, Rte 54, Philly-AC Rail line. Ideally suited for holistic businesses, events or studio work. Corner location, Open floor plan and easy parking. Enormous income-generating potential! Info: 215-499-7385 or

THURSDAY, MAY 31 Scalp/Face, Hand/Foot Massage – Thursdays, May 31-June 21. 5:30-9:30pm. Course is designed to give students additional tools to draw from when giving a massage to create additional relaxation and therapeutic effects. $200. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or HealThy Life Track Meet and Health Expo – 5-8pm. Features races for adults (400m, mile) and kids (100m, 400m) as well as a family relay (4 x 100m). Expo features health-oriented demonstrations, local vendors and organizations, kids’ activities as well as food trucks and a basket raffle. Haddon Township High School Track, 406 Memorial Ave, Haddon Township. More info: HealthylifeNJ@ or Register for meet: Township/HealThyLifeTrackandHealthExpo. Sound Healing with the Crystal Bowls – 7-9pm. With Michele Halliwell. We will begin with breath work and relaxation and then a guided meditation. We will move into a chakra balancing and then be immersed in a spectrum of meditative healing sound. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Muse-ical Yoga: Reggae – 6:30-8pm. With Jimmy Sell. Celebrate summer as we groove through a great yoga class for all levels to the soul-full beats of some of Reggae’s best music featuring Bob Marley and more. All levels. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Ladies Night Out: Tribal Belly Dance – 6:308:30pm. Learn basic movements based on the American Tribal-Style format of belly dance. No belly baring necessary. Learn, dance, and have a good time in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


markyourcalendar Flower Show of South Jersey June 12. 7pm. With the Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Delightful miniature and themed flower arrangements, selected potted plants, member-grown garden specimens and beautiful, horticultural-themed photographs. Free admission. Tilelli Community Center at Cherry Hill Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill.



markyourcalendar Naturally Awaken Your True Potential July 13-14. 9am-5pm. Professionally facilitated experiences in the company of horses. For adults pursuing a purpose-driven life. Healthy lunches, beverages and snacks included. Max 10 participants. $500.

Burlington County. 609-330-2444.

sunday Back to the Mat & Big Beginnings Yoga – 9-10:15am. Registered Yoga Teacher Melody will help you to gently and safely move through asanas (yoga poses) that increase flexibility, strength and stamina in both your body and mind while building confidence and harmony within your being. $15/ drop-in or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

monday God: An Open Forum – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Mon. Are you aware of God? How would you define your relationship? What role, if any, does He play? Have your thoughts and feelings shifted during the years? An open discussion about what might be a critical awareness as we navigate our journey. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609975-8379. Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave. Sustainable Wild Soul Movement – 7-9pm. Unique female empowerment class incorporating mantra, meditation, stretching and yoga to promote self-love and healing. With Christine Juckett of Lady of Sanctuary. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

tuesday Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 9:30am. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Space limited. Country Lakes Clubhouse, 69 Tensaw Dr, Browns Mills. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or

Tranquil Tuesdays – 6-7pm. Take a break from the stress of the week and join us for a tranquil hour of meditation and mindfulness practices with nurturing aromas of pure essential oils. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am-12:30pm, 1st Thurs. Proven simple self-massage technique teaches you how to eliminate knee pain immediately. Massage applied to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle, while in a seated position. Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to your thigh. No jeans please or bring shorts. Easy to learn, immediate benefits. $15/drop-in. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 6:30pm. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge?  Space limited. $100/6-wk series in advance. American Legion,  2 Meadowbrook Ln,  New Egypt. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Down to Earth Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness. Class touches on the natural world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Cherry Hill-Moorestown – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Tues. Regular chapter meetings.  $5/members, $10/ nonmembers. Details about meetings, including current meeting location & topic: 

wednesday Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856-784-1021. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Also held Fri. Join us for a 10-min meditation. On Wed the focus is love; on Fri, peace. Each week we raise the love and peace vibration personally and globally. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – Begins May 16. 1pm. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Space limited. $48/6-wk class; $12/drop-ins.  Hainesport Twp Bldg, Hainesport. For more info & registration: 609-267-7114. or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 World Drumming with Shawn Hennessey – 6:308:30pm. In this incredible evening of high vibration, we will explore many different drumming techniques from around the world and experience “singing while playing” and your own soul’s rhythms and sounds as improvisation is encouraged. All skill levels welcome. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


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thursday Yoga Flow with Tricia – 7:30-8:45am. Be guided through a flow of yoga postures to warm the body, then move to the floor for deeper stretches. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am12:30pm. 1st Thurs.Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 6:30pm. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Space limited. $115/7-wk series in advance. 1970 Hwy 33, Hamilton. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or

friday Yoga with Props with Theresa – 11am-12pm. A gentle form of yoga using a variety of props, including chairs, the wall, blocks, straps and bolsters. Props helps participants find more space, freedom and stability. $10/class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Happy Hour Yoga with Dana – 6-7pm. Take time at the end of the week to relax your mind, reconnect with the breath and realign your energy. Unique theme each week. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges: Shaman-Based Cosmic Sounds Class – 7pm. For pranic power, well-being and family healing. Sei Jun Kan Korean Karate Studio, Cooper Corner Plaza,  201 Kresson Gibbsboro Rd, Voorhees. More info, Dana Reynolds: 856-993-1786 or Essential Oils 101 – 7-8pm. Learn the basics of essential oils. Attendees receive 10% off all customized purchases. Excludes merchandise. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511.

saturday Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance:

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ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS RENEÉ ROBERTSON, LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST Restoration-You Inc. 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D Moorestown, NJ 856-437-0430

What if there was a much easier way to deal with stress and anxiety? Have your Bars run, gentle touch on 32 points on the scalp that starts a flow of energy and erases years of fixed points of view, judgments, negative feelings and limiting beliefs that hold us back. Sessions include powerful tools to use in everyday situations. Energetic Massage and Bodywork for Women.


Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 Dr. Bartiss is both conventionally and holistically trained giving patients the best of both worlds and the freedom to choose. ICAM’s HEART Program addresses the body’s basic needs in terms of hormone rejuvenation to include adrenal, thyroid, sex and growth hormones as well as the essential neurotransmitters. As an active and founding member of the American Association of Ozonotherapists, Dr. Bartiss is an expert in various forms of bio-oxidative therapies that include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet phototherapy and highdose vitamin C. These and other powerful therapies are offered by only a few hundred medical practitioners throughout the country. See ad on page 25.

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ANCESTRAL HEALING DANA REYNOLDS, MA/M ED Mount Meru Holistic Earth South Jersey & Tri-State area 856-993-1786

Need generational healing? Inhome or in studio treatments available. Won Ki channeling sessions immediately begin to address disharmony, blockages, imbalance and lack in the mind-body continuum. Learn to release and heal your entire family of life’s stresses, conflict, chronic pain/illness, accident, addiction and negativity by tapping into nature’s vital Ki or Qi energy. Shaman sounds classes for ancestral elevation and healing held weekly at Sei Jun Kan Karate Studio in Voorhees. Call for info on Qi sessions or sound classes. Visit website for testimonies.


Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 08055 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 Facebook: Energy of Angels Got Angels? Yes, you do! Find out more by connecting with them via your own customized Angel Art, private Crystal Singing Bowls with the Angels session or Angel Crystal Grid Reading. Using art and sound, Kristy McAdams helps you deepen into your connection with the angels to enhance your life. See ad on page 39.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of ayurveda, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and herbs for natural healing and self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad on page 25.

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BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE RESTORATION THERAPY DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 31.


Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 Dr. Bartiss is among a small group of physicians that pioneered the early “integrated” health care system. As a conventionally and holistically trained physician, he offers the best of both schools of medicine. Dr. Bartiss’ “HEART” Program (Hormone, Endocrine, Adrenal Rejuvenation Therapy) addresses hormone imbalance and focuses on restoring his patients to optimal levels. The simple explanation of this program is that when the endocrine system is balanced, a person is less likely to become ill, over-weight and emotionally imbalanced. ICAM patients report an improved quality of life, both emotionally and physically. See ad on page 25.


Dr. DeCotiis specializes in wellnessbased Chiropractic care: helping the body to function at its personal best while reducing internal and external stresses. We individualize care to optimize performance of body systems by reducing nerve damage, improving spinal alignment, posture, ergonomics, sleep habits, hormone balance and improving overall health through exercise, weight loss, detox and supplementation.


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The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad on page 25.


13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Feeling sick, uncomfortable at home and no one has answers? Could be Geopathic Stress Zones. We dowse and remotely transmute and convert to positive, uplifting energy, permanently! Privacy guaranteed. Details at “Geopathic Stress: Fast and Effective Clearance.”

ENERGYWORK DR. KEVIN GYURINA, DC, CCWP, RM The Healing Space Wellness Center 504 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107 609-361-4401 •

As above so below. Whatever the challenge or problem may be, it is expressed throughout all the layers of your body, mind and spirit. Dr Kevin combines advanced chiropractic techniques with life coaching, quantum energy healing, reiki and advanced detox, vitamin, mineral and herbal protocols to address multiple areas related to the pain. Unique, exciting and impactful results provided in one place from one doctor.


Carmen Renee is a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer, John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed Practitioner and Light Language Channeler. She healed her own depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, low functioning kidneys and colon through diet, exercise and spiritual growth. Carmen Renee helps others on their own spiritual and physical journey. She tailors practical choices that fit your busy life so that you can create the foundation to bridge to your Higher Self. Every human’s purpose is to fulfill their higher purpose. See ad on page 17.


Kiel’s Healing & Back To Nature Oils 856-491-6422 Reiki & reiki certifications, molecular light therapy, hand-blended essential oils, elixir, wild-foraged medicinals, guided meditations, crystal singing bowls, Himalayan retreats. Come back to your true nature, accelerate your life path! Kiel Gerhard is a certified Reiki Master, plant medicine maker, and a service-driven spiritual practitioner, who has catapulted thousands of people onto a life-changing journey of spiritual awakening and growth. Contact Kiel to schedule an appointment to realign the self, connect to Source, and activate your Highest Service. See ad on page 37.

ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor #489656 877-436-2299

Essential oils: revered for thousands of years for their naturally enhancing support of body, mind and spirit. Become a Young Living Essential Oils Member/Customer, and/or an Independent Distributor. See ad on page 15.


Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554

Lisa O’Brien is an experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master and energy intuitive offering private and group sessions. She specializes in clearing blockages and negative programs out of the energy system for healing and advancement on one’s path.

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Lotus Living Space Feng Shui, Physical Radiesthesia, Energy Therapy, Shamanic Healing 201-993-6588 A healthy body, mind and spirit need a balanced and positive environment. Karin is a certified Feng Shui Master and Professional Dowser for Geopathic Stress, Electromagnetic Frequencies, Energy Intrusions and Product Sensitivities. She also offers IET, Shamanic Healing and Psychopomp work to heal mind and spirit.


For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am5pm. See ad on page 19.


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SARAH OUTLAW, CBHC, MH, NRT Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey 1050 N Kings Hwy, Ste 200 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-667-6805

Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad on page 27.

A full spectrum of wellness services are combined to help you live your best, most powerful life without being pulled by life’s daily challenges. Modalities employed are massage therapy, reiki, aromatherapy, innerpeace building skills and HeartMath Coaching and Training. After finding out what pulls you out of your center, you’ll have tools to be the calm in the center of the storm. See ad on page 37.



Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 •

LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad on page 19.

Dr. Jaime Feldman, one of the pioneers in an advanced technique called “Advanced Parts Therapy,” has been able to unlock the subconscious and remove unwanted behaviors: stop smoking (guaranteed), weight loss, stress, depression, pain and anger management, and more. Outstanding success in curing phobias and deepseated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad on page 24.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. ~Plato


Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Hypnoanalysis and Sound Healing can be of great help with stress and anxiety relief, memories, limitations, blocks, fears and obsessions. We rebuild positive values including self-confidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and selfhypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.


Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 • Board-Certified Family Medicine blending traditional family care with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad on page 27.


Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and well-being. Dr. Philip Getson is a board-certified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad on page 19.


Phone coaching at its best 973-444-7301 • I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction life coach. I can coach you on how to attract what you want - both materialistically and emotionally, and how to feel happier and more excited about life!

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MASSAGE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT DOROTHEA ATKINS, TH.D., RN, LMT Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500

MEDICAL SKINCARE AND COSMETICS DR. ANAMARIA NEWPORT, DMS, DMD, MHS, PAC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 10B Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-323-8885

Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad on page 23.

Dr. Newport is a discerning artist, highly experienced master cosmetic injector, and renowned dermatology speaker with 10+ years of extensive medical training. Her continuous dedication for skincare, surgery, dentistry, and cosmetic procedures are enhanced by combining the use of the latest technology and her unique homeopathic style. As an artist, she is genuinely passionate about bringing out the unique beauty in each one of her patients. Look no further for your organic skincare specialist, offering the purest treatments achievable with our personalized natural products.



Affordable relaxation offered at Rizzieri’s Alumni Spa. Staffed by recent Rizzieri graduates, the Alumni Spa is the perfect place to make an appointment with a Licensed Massage Therapist at an attractive price point. Spa experiences are offered in 50-min or 80-min sessions and are customized based on personal needs and preferences. Services include: Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone, maternity massage, deep tissue, and stress relief wraps. Open on Wed and Fri, 4:30-9pm; Sun, 9am-4pm with prices starting at $45. Call for an appt. See ad on page 9.


Lori Dye, LMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner Washington Professional Campus 860 NJ-168 Blackwood, NJ 08012 Located inside Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center 856-401-9550 We are not machines, we are human! Even though we are certainly built like them. We need to treat ourselves with a little extra TLC from time to time. It is important to listen to our aches and pains & emotional stress. It is our body’s natural way of saying “I need attention!” Allow yourself to follow your intuition and set aside some time for healing and regeneration today. I look forward to meeting you and helping to guide you along in your journey healing mind, body and spirit.


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Intuitive Advisor, Medium & Soul Coach The Blessed Self 609-353-7210 Facebook: The Blessed Self Twitter: @Kimara_Medium Internationally recognized Psychic Medium, Reiki Master and Soul Coach, Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition, and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over to experience joy, healing, closure and forgiveness. Phone, video, and in-person sessions, workshops, retreats, private and group readings are available.


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EXTREME COMMUNICATION Lisa Miliaresis, Medium & Author 856-439-6475

Lisa offers private channeling, group channeling and private counseling session for those looking for direction to develop their own personal practice.

Open Tues-Fri, 10am-7pm & Sat, 10am-3pm 703 Stokes Rd, Store #4, Medford, NJ 08055 609-714-8666 Facebook: Nutrition Works of Medford Natural health store supplying supplements, sports nutrition, pain management, gluten-free and vegan items, health/beauty, homeopathics and so much more.


MENOPAUSAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019 •

It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, non-hormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ads on pages 4 and 31.

Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad on page 33.


Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 Join the region’s leading numerologist as you discover your life’s purpose. Encoded in your name and birth date are your lessons, talents and desires. Traci will help you realize your full potential.


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Marlton and Cherry Hill, NJ 856-495-6604 There’s hope and healing for chronic and recurrent pain. Stop treating your symptoms, get to the root cause of your pain, and get back to living a pain free lifestyle without drugs or surgery. Contact Deb Freeman, Postural Alignment Specialist certified by Egoscue University for information. Proven. Effective. Life changing. See ad on page 22.

Create Your Clean Slate 609-312-8518

Are you experiencing stress anywhere in your life? Do you imagine a different life for yourself? Do you wish to accomplish a goal, but there is something in your way and you aren’t quite sure what it is or how to change it? Do you desire more abundance, joy or peace? Guess what, “When You Change the Way You Look At Things, The Things you Look At Change,” Wayne Dyer. And so does as your life as a result. With PSYCH-K, it is quick and easy to turn your reality into one that matches your heart’s desire. Contact Dana for more information or to schedule an appointment. Sessions available in Medford, Manahawkin, Wayne and via Skype.

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Andrea Regal Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 You are so much more than you know! Discover how your greatest challenges reveal your Soul purposes! Learn how to move past the defenses (no longer needed) in your mind, body and energy field to live from your authentic Self. Transmute the fears and pains opening the portals to you multidimensionality. For as you evolve, you evolve the planet! 30+ years’ experience counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul interconnection. See ad on page 39.

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Reiki & Tuning Fork Healing Therapy 856-383-1004 Eileen Toth, Traditional Usui Reiki Master and Tuning Fork Sound & Vibration Energy Healing Therapy. Helps in clearing energy blockages and strengthen overall health. Call or email for details and to schedule appointments.


Earth Angel Healing, LLC 1500 Kings Hwy N, Ste C211, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-693-3411 Michelle is a certified Reiki Master/ Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Master/Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Sound Healer, Crystal and Energy Intuitive Healer for all ages. Michelle assists her clients with discovering their own innate ability to heal their mind, body and spirit.  She offers several classes, one-on-one sessions, group sessions, distance energy healing sessions and much more.

SELF-REALIZATION ANDREW J. ASSINI, MA, LCADC, LAC Conscious Contact Healing & Wisdom 856-595-2220

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Tired of the same old talk therapy? Looking for something more? Conscious Contact Healing & Wisdom offers a spiritually-grounded and holistic approach to wellness and awakening for motivated individuals. There can be an end to suffering, and it can begin today. See ad


WEIGHT MANAGEMENT DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

End yo-yo dieting with our safe and effective Physician-Supervised Weight-Loss Program. Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your weight concerns, individualize a plan to reverse the imbalances identified, and help you to quickly and safely lose the excess weight. Finally, we will transition you to a healthier lifestyle to keep you at a healthier weight. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/ GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative medicine for over a decade. See ad on page 31.


Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, with Maryann Miller, and Intuitive Guidance, with Susan Drummond, are offered at The Center and as private sessions in your home or over the phone. If you are feeling out-of-sorts, have a free consultation to determine the unique approach for your unique journey. See ad on page 39.


1368 Rte 38 E, Hainesport, NJ 08036 609-261-1955  A transformational holistic wellness center designed to assist you with symptoms from  physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors in life. Dorothy, a holistic health facilitator, hosts educational lectures, seminars and meditation sessions to assist in your healing process. Symptoms we work with include: stress, depression, anxiety, migraines, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, ADD, ADHD, arthritis. A wellness massage therapist and yoga therapist are also available.



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WHOLESOME GYNECOLOGY AND INFERTILITY WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019

Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon is a well-respected, board-certified OBGYN in Marlton, NJ. She provides excellent individualized gynecologic and preventative care for women. In addition, she is committed to providing a wholistic, gentle, and compassionate way to conception for women who have been told they cannot carry out successful pregnancy outcomes. The oldest women was 56 years old at conception and successfully delivered a bouncy baby boy. See ads on pages 4 and 31.


Energy Coach, Reiki Master, Wild Soul Movement Teacher Wild Soul Movement is a program that uses sensuality, movement, and mantras to cultivate body connection, trust, love and acceptance. Become the living, breathing embodiment of feminine truth and power. Group and private classes available. See website for class locations and times.


The Sanctuary for Yoga 43 S Main St, Medford, NJ 609-953-7800 Tricia Heiser, founder of The Sanctuary for Yoga, is an experienced yoga teacher, reiki master, certified angel card reader and intuitive soul coach. She helps people who feel lost or out of sorts to regain balance in their lives so that they can live with clarity, wisdom and purpose. Group and private yoga classes/reiki sessions and reiki attunements available.

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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