February 2024 Natural Awakenings Sarasota

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Love on a Leash Cardiovascular Benefits of a Healthy Mouth FEBRUARY 2024



Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Using Breathwork to Manage Stress

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Alternative Medicine C O U R S E S I N C LU D E :

• Dietary Influences on Health and Disease • Nutrition and Aging • The Herbal Medicine Chest • Detoxification and Healing • Antioxidants • Health Psychology

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WELCOME TO OUR HEALING COMMUNITY Keeping your dream alive, nurturing Your WHY, building Your inner faith is key. It requires good personal management skills to maintain a Powerful Mindset. To achieve success you have stay healthy and stress free, while solving life's constant challenges. Having a good circle is important. We're happy to have you. Passionate French Designer, Entrepreneur, Healer Gaëlle Wizenberg created Objects of Magic to give you the tools needed to ORDER THE LIFE YOU WANT. Mini retreats to give you a place to run to when needing peace and a safe grounded space. Intention candles and crystals designed locally and special healing and sustainable workshops to help you grow and equipped to achieve anything you set your mind to. JOIN OUR MINI RETREATS We offer New Moon and Full Moon Mini Retreats that are 2 hours of pure relaxation for the mind. Clear stress, anxiety, get re-powered. Stretch your body and mind, get rejuvenated and sleep better. understand the moon energies and learn to work with it for better flow.Make new friends and become part of our community. Southgate community center , Pineaple Yoga studio and Myakka locations. Check events page for ongoing dates. MAGICAL FARM & RETREAT Healthy Workshops - Reconnecting to nature the sustainable way. We offer Reiki level 1,2,3, Crystal 101, Power of intentions, Yoga, Guided meditation, Breath-work. Healing Cooking lessons, Juicing, gardening. Private Sessions: Reiki & Sound bath natural healing Healing Parties - contact us to plan your next celebration. Corporate retreat - Team building - Rejuvenate & feed your staff mojo. Interior Design consultation. Create a space with you in mind. Powerful interior. Table d'hôte - Private chef, dining under the Myakka stars Farm to table. 14900 Coker Gully Rd, Myakka City, FL 34251 - Love@ObjectsOfMagic.com - 818-793-7834


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If the first two bones in your neck are misaligned, communication between the brain and body is interrupted and can cause numerous health problems. Dr. Drew Hall has practiced the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique for the last 20 years in Los Angeles and Carson California before opening his third clinic right here in Sarasota, Florida. Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a unique chiropractic technique that focuses all its attention on the upper neck and how it impacts the brainstem and central nerve system. The Blair technique is precise, gentle, and does not use any pulling, popping, or twisting of the neck.

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on Heart Disease:

28 Oral Health Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

30 Homeopathy for Athletes

31 Helping America’s Kids Eat Better



Plant-Based Milk Alternatives


Mimi Guarneri on Treating the Heart With Love

36 Mindful Breathwork 38 Love on a Leash 38

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Publisher’s Letter




Welcome back to another issue of Natural Awakenings! This is a special month for us because it marks the 30th anniversary of all Natural Awakenings franchises across the United States. We are so grateful for your continual readership—it’s because of this community that we have been able to thrive in the holistic wellness space for 30 years. The theme for this issue is all about heart health (Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, after all), so without further ado, let’s dive right into the beneficial and inspirational content that’s waiting for you inside. Our feature article starts with the connection between oral and heart health. Innovative new research explains how dietary habits impact oral bacteria and gut microbiota, which ultimately affects your heart. Learn more about the strides that holistic dentists, nutritionists, digestive specialists, and functional medicine practitioners are making to bolster cardiovascular wellness through nutritional choices and oral hygiene behaviors.

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Another contributing factor to heart health is stress relief, and this month’s “Healing Ways” article explores the benefits of breathwork for effective stress management. Over time, chronic stress can cause high blood pressure and inflammation, which could increase the risk of cardiovascular issues. However, as this article points out, intentional breathing techniques will help center your mind, stabilize your heart rate, calm your nervous system, and restore your entire self back to a state of balance and well-being. When we think of the term, “cardiovascular,” exercise often comes to mind—but it can be tough to find enjoyable cardio workouts that are also low-impact enough to protect those delicate joints. That’s where our “Fit Body” article comes in. From yoga and Pilates, to water aerobics and cycling, to elliptical circuits and walking, this article is full of ideas to help strengthen your cardiovascular fitness without causing pain in your joints.

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We can’t wait for you to uncover all this inspiration (and more!) inside our latest issue. As usual, it’s an honor to be part of your continued wellness journey, and we will see you back here next month for even more content to enlighten and uplift you in 2024.

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Full Spectrum Health Welcomes Lynn Iverson to their Team

Esteemed local esthetician Lynn Iverson has joined Full Spectrum Health’s Eminence Organics Green Spa, and she brings a host of natural, non-invasive electrotherapy treatments with her. Iverson has extensive knowledge of natural skincare treatments and shares Full Spectrum Health’s commitment to honoring the unique needs of each client. This approach, along with her calming presence, make Iverson an ideal fit for the Full Spectrum team. In addition to offering facials, peels and body scrubs, her services also include CACI facials, LED light therapy, Ultrasonic Exfoliation, Hydro Dermabrasion, Radio Frequency facials and Derma Rejuvenation facials. These all-natural, non-invasive skin procedures stimulate collagen and elastin production; minimize wrinkles, inflammation and sun damage; reduce pore size and scarring; and create sustainable firming and lifting effects. Quality, organic skincare products and treatments ensure that your skincare regimen is effective, rather than increasing toxic build-up. Full Spectrum Health will empower you with the information and tools to take better holistic care of your own skin and body. Location: 2106 Bispham Rd., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday by appointment. For more information, call 941952-1200, email Info@FullSpectrumHealth.com or visit FullSpectrumHealth.com. February 2024


New Updates at The Dance Alliance of Bradenton

The Dance Alliance of Bradenton is busy with exciting new projects. This organization is currently auditioning dancers for its performing company, and the next run of performances will begin on April 13. In addition, the search continues for a yoga or wellness partner, as well as a line dance and ballroom dance instructor or partner. The Dance Alliance is also planning a homeschool dance program for the spring, and the team is currently building connections with local homeschool groups to ask for their expert advice, input, and feedback on how to implement this new addition. The beautiful studio is also available for class, workshop, presentation, performance and event rentals. Conveniently located off SR64 and I-75, it offers 1300 square-feet of suspended maple dance floor, reception area, an extra activity and dressing room, a mini kitchen, a Smart TV, a Bluetooth sound system, and onsite parking. Location: 862-62 St., Cir. E #103, Bradenton. For more information, call 941-201-5608 or visit DanceAllianceOfBradenton.com.

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Personal Designs Activation Private Session

Catherine Rosenbaum is a gifted teacher, guide, and visionary. A true empath who, through love, compassion, humor, and joy, lives out her Human Design as a Reflector. Only 1% of the human population are Reflectors which are pure lunar essences, who can reflect back to us the deep, and often hidden, intimate (jeweled) facets of ourselves.

Rosenbaum is a Reflector, blending all universal maps with Astrology, Quantum knowledge, Gene Keys and anything that includes the Awakening of Humanity codes. She gets to the heart of what matters, and when revealed, that once-held energy is free to be available for new opportunities that arise for our highest personal growth and for the upliftment of all. To sit with a Reflector is a unique experience that can be revelational. Her clarity, insight, and support through a session can open up profound pathways of self-understanding. Offering a one-hour Personal Designs Activation private session to activate our Personal Designs. The private one on one session with Catherine will activate personal Soul Contracts and multi-dimensional encodements. Catherines’ empathic abilities, as a Reflector, will erase the old stories of our minds and transmit back into our SoulCrystals of the heart. This is a subtle transition/transmission that can happen in an instant. Catherine will walk you through your Personal blueprint charts, designs and DNA maps, and once within your fields, transmit your light codes back into your auras Soul Crystals. This is a non-verbal electrical photonic Mirror that will prepare you for what is coming. The Show, the outer Matrix around us is closing out. The best way out is within, the power of you. Catherine has an entourage of Guidance beings. She speaks of the Universe and within you, so do you. In our hour together, we will call in support from our Higher teachers, and clear the data that has been called Blocks, lower fields and fearful loops that keeps us in the 3D. After removing the shadow self, the not-self, Universal Cosmic Nutrino fields of Goddess (yin-yin) energy will emerge from your Soul plans once again. Collectively our true power increases and our Intuition aligns with New Earth Codes – New Earth, New Human. For more information call 941-518-5309, or email CatherineR3333@ gmail.com for an appointment, or visit CatherineRosenbaum.net.

Upcoming Services Available at Best Medicine

During the month of February, Best Medicine, the holistic medical practice of Carol L Roberts, MD, will offer a unique service to both patients and non-patients alike. No doctor visit is required to book an appointment for cognitive testing.

The word “cognitive” refers to the ability to think. As you age, it’s normal to wonder if you will be able to continue functioning independently in those later years of life. Fortunately, there are lifestyle changes you can make to prevent or slow the progression of memory issues. There are several risk factors for dementia, but the end result is always a shrunken network of neurons in the brain which can no longer process signals correctly. Knowing your baseline cognitive function is the first step to dementia prevention. Best Medicine offers a test, called CNS (for central nervous system) Vital Signs. This test has been scientifically validated, and it is currently used in brain research. It measures 16 different brain functions: processing speed, visual memory, social acuity, cognitive flexibility, complex attention and other capabilities that can slow down with age. The test is administered at Full Spectrum Health, and it takes about 45 minutes to complete. Location: 2106 Bispham Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $99, no insurance accepted. For more information and to schedule an appointment, 941-404-8030.

Experience the Benefits of a Sound Healing Practice

Sound therapy is an ancient modality that dates back over 40,000 years, and Wild Ginger Apothecary has partnered with Sophia Kehler to bring the benefits of sound healing to the Sarasota community.

Kehler is a Spiritual Curator who has used a holistic approach to health and wellness for over 20 years. Her sound baths include both crystal bowls and tuning forks. A sound bath is a practice to manage anxiety and soothe the nervous system. Researchers have found that sound waves affect the human nervous system in positive ways. Sound waves can also lower your blood pressure more than traditional meditation can. These “Sound Bath Journeys” occur on the first Sunday of each month at 6 p.m, as well as the first and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Some upcoming dates to mark in your calendar include February 4 and March 3 at 6p.m.; February 6 and 27 at 7 p.m.; and March 5 and 26 at 7 p.m. Wild Ginger Apothecary is a high-vibrational boutique in Gulf Gate. Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. Store hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sound Bath cost: $22. Mon-Sat 10-5pm., your onestop-shop for crystals, CBD, and unique gifts for everyone you love. For more information and to book a one-hour session, call 941-312-5630 or visit WildGingerApothecary.com.

Anti-Aging Seminars with Dr. Anna

Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on February 14 and 23, both at 1:30 p.m. She will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and her muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, both of which can make you look like your Snap Chat filter pictures. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store to access the meeting ID number. If you cannot attend the seminar live, Dr. Anna will send you a link to watch at your own convenience. Dr. Anna performs a unique type of acupuncture facelift that she invented. The muscles of the face and neck are progressively retightened to retrace the steps that aging took. An initial package of 10 treatments is required, and the results last for 18 months before a one-treatment touchup is required to maintain the lift. In these seminars, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition, she will discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna which offers the same muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. Her Pearl Cream is an anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, a men’s anti-aging line and a sports performance line. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 store hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit FacesByDrAnna.com and PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.

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The Om Shoppe and Spa Announces Upcoming Class Schedule

The Om Shoppe and Spa is excited and honored to continue a relationship with The Sound Healing Academy in 2024. Check out the available classes and workshops and please be sure to book ahead, as these classes tend to fill up three to four months in advance. “Sound Healing Academy Certification Level One” will take place on April 13–15 (only a few spaces left), August 17–19, and October 12-14. This three-day immersive workshop will be offered at The Om Shoppe with Beth A Snyder, CCHT Therapeutic Sound Practitioner and Clin-

Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.

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ical Hypnotherapist. Online coursework is also required. Learn techniques in gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, drums, tuning forks, and your own healing voice. “Sound Healing Academy Certification Level Two” will take place on May 16–20 and October 31–Nov 4. This five-day immersive workshop will also be held at The Om Shoppe with Beth A Snyder, CCHT Therapeutic Sound Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist, and online coursework is required as well. Successful completion of “Sound Healing Academy Level One” is a prerequisite for this Diploma Program. In this class, you will continue exploring the benefits of sound healing and how it affects energy. You will also learn techniques to assess energy blockages on clients and how to release those blocks through sound. “Crystal Singing Bowl Certification” will

take place on March 10–11. This is an excellent choice for those who want more of a relationship with crystal singing bowls. You will experience an introduction to the art, science, and alchemy of your unique Integral Sound Healing process. Learn both foundational and advanced knowledge, skills, and techniques to work with crystal singing bowls for sound healing. Finally, “Tuning Fork Certification” will take place on July 14–15 and Nov 17–18. This fun two-day intensive, world-class workshop and online learning portal will take you on a deep dive into sound healing with Tuning Forks. Participants at all levels of training, skill, and experience are invited to join in. Location: 4801 S. Tamiami Trail #5, Sarasota. For more information and to register for a class, call 941-706-3257 or visit TheOmShoppeAndSpa.com.

Objects of Magic Announces Lineup of February Events February at Objects of Magic is set to be a month of profound transformation and rejuvenation, with a lineup of events that promise to elevate both your spiritual and intellectual well-being. These are not just events—Objects of Magic is committed to fostering a community of growth, learning, and spiritual exploration. You will not want to miss out on these transformative experiences. Space is limited, so secure a spot for yourself as soon as possible. On February 4, you are invited to an extraordinary “Root Chakra All-Day Retreat,” from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is a journey into the core of your own being. Immerse yourself in Kundalini yoga and guided meditation, tailored to nurture the Root Chakra. You will learn to conduct a self-checkup, clear Reiki Healing, maintain this vital energy center, and explore the connections between your emotions and the Root Chakra. For even deeper insight, AURA photography also is available, with the skilled Jurate coming all the way from Tampa. On February 10, starting at 4:30 p.m., Objects of Magic will offer a “New Moon and Chinese Dragon New Year Celebration.” Embrace the transformative energy of the new moon and welcome in the power and wisdom symbolized by the Dragon. This event is a personal invitation to renew your spirit and set intentions for the lunar cycle ahead. On February 16, come experience Objects of Magic’s third “Bitcoin and Yoga Retreat,” during which you will delve into the fusion of both modernity and mindfulness. In this era where digital currencies have the influence to reshape our world, this retreat offers a unique blend of relaxation and financial enlightenment. Enjoy scrumptious food while unraveling the mysteries of Bitcoin. This session, ideal for beginners, is an introduction into the realm of cryptocurrency, which sets the stage for more advanced retreats in the future. On February 24, “Celestial Celebrations: A Full Moon Retreat” will be held in the serene and majestic setting of Myakka. This is a moment to pause, reflect on your life path, and realign with your personal goals and dreams. This experience, which will also include an enjoyable dinner, is an opportunity to connect with others in the beauty of nature. In addition to all of these events, Objects of Magic also offers yoga each Wednesday evening, from 6–7 p.m., in Myakka. Please RSVP ahead of time to participate. For more information and to register for any of these events, visit ObjectsOfMagic.com.


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Discover Spiritual Healing with Dr. Joy Pedersen

After teaching the Law of Attraction in Hollywood, Dr. Joy Pedersen recognized a pattern in her clients of experiencing blocks that prevented them from being able to manifest their desires. Fortunately, she found a solution in spiritual healing. The Archangel Michael appeared before Dr. Pedersen, asking her to join him in a healing practice and write his book, Wisdom of the Guardian: Treasures from Archangel Michael to Change Your Life. Since starting her own formal practice, Dr. Pedersen has served both individual clients and businesses across the globe. As an intuitive, she identifies the underlying causes of various life challenges and often sees the contributing factors from a client’s past lives. Using spiritual healing, she clears the incidents, emotions, and karma from those circumstances, empowering others to live in the present and effortlessly seize new possibilities.

Ozone Therapy Therapeutic ozone bonds with viruses, bacteria, mold, pesticides, parasites, metals, or anything that is toxic to the body and dissipates it on contact without any side-effects. Xavier Menard has been administering Ozone Therapy in a relaxing steam cabinet, on a moderate temperature for 24 years.

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(Sarasota, Florida) Dr. David Cifra, DC who is board certified in the specialty of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression has been peer-nominated and recognized again in 2023 by the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression. This advanced certification is provided in conjunction with Disc Centers of America, which sets the gold standard in training and research, on the latest, most effective options for the alleviation & treatment of

Dr. Pedersen works directly for Source as a global healer. She teaches the inner workings of life, as well as how to dialogue with Source, the higher self, and the inner child. She offers group healing, training sessions, and spiritual guidance from Heaven.

spinal disc disorders, which often cause low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, pins and needle sensations and more.

Clients seek her out for help with finances, family and relationships, work and business, mindset issues, health and well-being, and concerns about personal and global affairs. She lifts trauma, karma, curses, spells, dark magic, and other forms of darkness that can hold someone back from reaching their potential.

Dr. Cifra is committed to helping his patients AVOID narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries.

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In addition to their noninvasive treatments of fat reduction and skin tightening, Cryo Studio Sarasota has expanded their offerings to now include Painless Cryo Laser hair removal. The world’s first 4-wavelength laser uses groundbreaking European technology which chills the skin, meaning you feel cool while your unwanted hair heats up and then vanishes. There are no hot spots or discomfort, it is just a seamless, fast and pain-free experience. The Cryo Laser is safe for all skin and hair types, providing everyone the opportunity to experience the future of pain free hair removal. Long sessions are no longer required as the new technology delivers 8 shots per second in shot-by-shot mode and 10 shots per second in sweep mode, which allows the treatment to be administered more quickly. Most clients need 8-10 treatments depending on skin type, hair type and body part, and with their lifetime guarantee they can treat any hair that did not get removed. Their treatments are administered by certified and highly trained professionals, and supervised by their medical director. They offer affordable payment plans with zero interest. Location: Cryo Studio Sarasota, 2100 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-241-1540 or visit CryoStudioSarasota.com. 16

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first gene editing treatments for sickle cell disease. Co-developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics, the exa-cel treatment uses new technology to modify a gene involved in red blood cell shape and function. It is too early to say whether the treatment will be permanent and without side effects, as only about 100 people have undergone the procedure, and they have been followed for less than two years. According to the National Institutes of Health, sickle cell disease is a group of genetic disorders that affect hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen to the body. In sickle-cell patients, red blood cells are crescent-shaped and do not bend, instead of being disc-shaped and flexible. This anomaly can block blood flow to the body, leading to strokes, eye problems, infections, fatigue and severe pain. Until now, a bone marrow transplant was the only cure. CRISPR technology—short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats—allows scientists to strategically modify the DNA of organisms. The exa-cel treatment involves removing a patient’s bone marrow stem cells, editing them using the CRISPR technology, destroying the untreated bone marrow and re-infusing the modified cells to replicate and repopulate the body.

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A new study has uncovered details as to why exercise is beneficial for heart health and blood lipid levels at any age. The study reported in the journal Nutrients compared the physical activity and lipid levels of 45 older adults aged 60 to 80 with 63 younger adults aged 20 to 35. In addition to measuring high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol), the scientists also considered the size of the HDL particles, which provides insights into the type and functionality of HDL as it absorbs excess cholesterol from the blood and transports it back to the liver to be recycled or excreted in bile. Researchers found that, regardless of whether the individuals were younger or older, the physically active participants exhibited higher HDL, as well as more of the types of HDL that are cardio-protective, and a greater capacity to process cholesterol back to the liver, which is one of the key anti-atherosclerosis functions of HDL.


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A common flavanone called hesperidin found in citrus fruit may help protect against heart disease, according to a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials published in Current Developments in Nutrition. Researchers analyzed 12 studies involving 589 participants that examined the effects of hesperidin extracts on various outcomes, such as inflammatory markers, body mass index, insulin resistance and lipids. After accounting for variability across the groups of participants, researchers found that hesperidin significantly reduced both total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) in obese individuals under age 50 that consumed approximately 500 milligrams per day of hesperidin for more than six weeks. It also had a positive impact on inflammatory markers, insulin sensitivity and fasting blood glucose. Beneficial effects were not noted on other risk factors of heart disease, such as high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol), triglycerides, body mass index and blood pressure. Hesperidin can be found in oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and grapefruit, in whole fruit or juice form and in commercially available supplements. Consuming grapefruit might interfere with certain medications for heart disease, so patients should consult with their doctor before making any dietary changes.


According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), semaglutide, a medication sold as Ozempic by Novo Nordisk, may be associated with heart-health improvement. For one year, the researchers followed 529 obese participants that had heart failure with ejection fraction, a condition where the heart pumps normally but is too stiff to fill properly. Half of the participants received semaglutide, and the other half received a placebo. Participants on semaglutide had almost double the heart improvement as measured by a standard heart failure questionnaire. They also experienced an average reduction of body weight of 13.3 percent (compared to a 2.5 percent reduction in the placebo group) and could walk an extra 66 feet in six minutes. In another study of semaglutide also published in NEJM, participants on the drug had a 20 percent lower risk of fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and strokes than those taking a placebo. The multi-center, double-blind, randomized trial included more than 17,600 obese participants aged 45 or older that had cardiovascular disease, but no history of diabetes. Half of the participants received the drug, while the other half were given a placebo and were followed for approximately 40 months.

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True to her word, Ritual Room Spa came into existence near the end of 2023, and it has since transformed into a premier, restorative healing destination. “Ritual Room Spa is inside of a Registered Historic 1920s Cottage, located between downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key. To step inside feels just like entering a luxurious European retreat,” Quinn-Jones continues. “Each element is curated for a tranquil, immersive experience. You will feel transported from the moment you walk into the dressing room and wrap yourself in a plush, comfortable robe. Then, you’ll be welcomed into our sanctuary relaxation room with soft, classical music and an invitation to enjoy some champagne—or a delicious non-alcohol alternative, such as our white tea cranberry elderflower infusion and our collagen smoothie infusion.”

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elecia Quinn-Jones, owner of Ritual Room Spa, felt drawn to facial treatments at an early age. This innate passion motivated her to become a licensed Esthetician—a journey which took her across Europe and Bali, training in the various facial techniques and practices of these distinct cultures. The fusion of European and Balinese facial massage that Quinn-Jones learned overseas ultimately inspired her to fulfill a need right here in Sarasota. “The modalities I became exposed to in my travels were not offered anywhere else within the Southwest Florida area,” she notes. “But I knew that, by combining results-driven skincare products and a holistic, comprehensive view of health, I could use my expertise in facial massage to nurture physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.”

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These precursors finally build to the main event: Ritual Room Spa’s extensive menu of deeply nourishing skincare treatments. “All our facials are customized to each person’s unique wellness needs, so first we offer a complimentary skincare evaluation which includes our special Balinese and European facial massage,” Quinn-Jones explains. From there, you can choose a number of different services to promote full-body health and relaxation. When asked about a few of her personal favorite skincare offerings at Ritual Room Spa, Quinn-Jones does not hesitate to answer. “Our therapeutic body treatments facilitate incredible benefits. We use French harvested detoxifying seaweed, as well as Sedona clay mud, for both nourishment and regeneration at the skin’s cellular level. We also have some chocolate-inspired treatments in honor of Valentine’s Day this month!” There’s no shortage of facial treatments as well, she points out. “Royal Ritual, our premier signature facial, is pure comfort and luxury. Our signature facials combine revolutionary skincare technologies with vitamin therapy modalities for deep restoration. “Our heated amethyst mat treatment is another revitalizing option that uses crushed amethysts to release penetrating ions, remove toxins, and lower stress. We also offer many other effective skincare techniques such as peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, high-frequency LED therapy, lamprobe, lash and brow services, and gentlemen’s facials.”

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So why is Quinn-Jones so passionate about sharing her immense love for skincare with the Sarasota community? The reason is simple: Skin health maintenance and holistic mind-body wellness are inextricably connected. Lifestyle habits such as balanced nutrition, adequate sleep, and consistent exercise impact the health of your skin. Whereas optimal skincare treatments help resolve certain underlying issues to keep you vibrant at any age. The proof is in the long-term results, so come reap these benefits for yourself at Ritual Room Spa. During the month of February, Ritual Room Spa will offer a gift of love to commemorate Valentine’s Day. Choose from a 60-minute Royal Rose Quartz Facial with a rose quartz mask to brighten and detoxify the skin ($120) or a 60-minute Decadent Chocolate Body Mask with cacao-infused Sedona mud to soften and tone the skin ($150). You can also purchase both treatments as a package, which includes a 90-minute chocolate body wrap and mini rose facial ($250). All treatments come with a European-Balinese facial massage, as well as complimentary champagne (or a non-alcoholic alternative) and chocolates in the Sanctuary Relaxation Room Until February 13, a 50% discount is also available with the code LOVE. Celecia Quinn-Jones is the founder and owner of Ritual Room Spa, located at 2088 Hawthorne Street, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule a skincare treatment, call 941-203-6543 or visit RitualRoomSpa.com.

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The Intersection of Beauty, Wellness, and Relaxation: Q&A with Luma MD Spa by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


n this world of “quickfix remedies” that claim to relieve stress, remove toxins, and revitalize a youthful appearance, it can be easy to forget real wellness is not surface-deep. A sustainable approach to mental, emotional, and physical health requires diving beneath the exterior to restore balance from within. That’s where holistic beauty, wellness, and relaxation intersect. In this month’s Community Spotlight, Cheryl Elsbree, co-founder (along with Dr. Scott Elsbree) of Luma MD Med Spa and Wellness Center in Sarasota, sheds more light on these three components and how they can join forces to nurture the healthiest version of you.

Natural Awakenings: What kinds of services do you offer at Luma MD Med Spa, and can you elaborate on the philosophy of combining wellness, beauty, and relaxation modalities into one comprehensive treatment regimen? Cheryl Elsbree: Because our med spa is a close part of our hybrid concierge internal medicine practice, our services extend beyond the conventional spa menu for an integrative approach to health, beauty, and relaxation. We perform holistic skincare and beauty treatments such as natural and organic customized facials, dermaplaning, and microdermabrasion for gentle exfoliation, and non-invasive cosmetic face and hair restoration procedures. We also promote mind-body wellness through naturopathic and 22

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functional medicine techniques such as herbal remedies, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and nutritional counseling. If you are looking for stress relief, we offer a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere where mindfulness practices and relaxation treatments are an integral part of our holistic spa services. Luma MD’s philosophy is rooted in the awareness that beauty is not just skin-deep. We recognize the connection between physical, mental, and emotional health, then we integrate our wellness modalities with beauty and relaxation techniques to create more balanced, comprehensive, and sustainable self-care practices. We aim to provide a sanctuary where our clients and patients can rejuvenate, enhance their natural beauty, and nurture well-being from the inside out. NA: Sarasota is such a vibrant community for holistic and alternative healing—what sets Luma MD apart from other wellness centers in the area? How do you strive to offer patients a uniquely beneficial and memorable experience? Elsbree: In the heart of Sarasota, Luma MD stands out as a beacon of excellence for holistic wellness with an unwavering commitment to offer a transformative experience for all our patients. We don’t merely focus on one aspect of beauty and well-being—instead, we embrace the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. As such, we offer diverse treatments that cater to the multi-faceted needs of our community. What truly distinguishes Luma MD is our compassionate and highly skilled team. From licensed therapists and medical aestheticians, to holistic medicine practitioners, we’re committed to prioritizing the unique needs of each patient through clear, open communication and collaborative, personalized treatments. We aim to make everyone feel heard, supported, and empowered on their journey to total health. Step into an environment curated for tranquility and rejuvenation. Our state-of-the-art facilities have the latest technologies to enhance your mind-body wellness. Beyond treatments, we serve as an educational hub where our clients can learn more about holistic practices, nutritional guidance, and mindfulness techniques. We also host events to foster a sense of holistic community to connect, share experiences, and come alongside each other in pursuit of wellness. NA: The New Year is traditionally a season to hit the refresh button on wellness priorities—what piece of advice or insight would you offer someone who wants to recommit to their health, but might not know where to start? Elsbree: It’s a commendable decision to prioritize your wellness in 2024, and as you embark on the journey, please know that you’re not alone—we are here to guide you on this transformative path. If you’re not sure where to start, consider the following steps: 1.

Reflect on your wellness goals. What do you want to recommit to this year? Whether it’s physical fitness, mental health, nutrition, or a combination of these, defining your objectives will offer both clarity and motivation.


Identify a few small, manageable steps. Setting overly ambitious goals can be too overwhelming. Start with objectives that feel attainable, then challenge yourself with more incremental goals as you continue to build momentum.


Consult with health professionals who can offer personalized, actionable guidance. Nutritionists, fitness trainers, and holistic practitioners will help you create a tailored strategy based on your own specific needs or goals, then form a realistic plan. Consider your schedule, preferences, lifestyle, and potential obstacles. This will increase the likelihood of long-term success.


Nurture your mental health. Incorporate mindfulness practices, meditation, or activities that spark joy. Mental and emotional balance are crucial for well-being.


Explore modalities that strengthen the mind-body connection. Try yoga or an infrared sauna to elevate natural immunity and detoxification, as well as acupuncture, or a holistic spa such as Luma MD for treatments that contribute to integrative wellness.


Share your progress with others. This support network will offer encouragement, accountability, and connection on your wellness path.


Pay attention to the signals in your body. If an exercise or nutritional choice does not feel right, be open to adjustments. Listening to your own body will foster a more sustainable and intuitive approach to health maintenance.


Stay consistent to establish new habits and create positive changes. This process takes time, so be patient with yourself. Celebrate small victories along the way, and remember that optimal health is a lifelong journey—not a destination.


Acknowledge each milestone, no matter how small it might feel. Re-evaluate your goals, reward yourself for new achievements, and be willing to adapt as necessary. Applauding your efforts is essential for building motivation.

NA: Finally, are there any new updates in the works for Luma MD in 2024 that you’re excited to share with our local community? Elsbree: Progress is constant within the realm of medical aesthetics. Technological advancements, treatment innovations, and other new techniques continually refine the landscape. Here at Luma MD, we take pride in our commitment to staying ahead of these developments, ensuring that our services are not just up-to-date, but also reflect the pinnacle of excellence in our field. Dr. Elsbree and I believe that continuing education in our field is critical. Therefore, we stay at the forefront of medical aesthetics, and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to share that education with our clients and patients. Luma MD Med Spa and Wellness Center is located at 2601 Cattlemen Road, Suite 305, Sarasota. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-342-1333, ext. 204 or visit LumaMDSkin.com.

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Bursitis Larry could not reach behind himself because of tension in the pectoral (chest) muscles and restriction of the fascia at the front of his shoulder joint. These issues were likely caused by a fall onto concrete two years prior, which caused shoulder pain for several weeks. The resulting muscular imbalance eventually led to inflammation and pain in a fluid-filled cushion of tissue called a bursa. This intensified pain to the restricted motion of the shoulder.

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elieving shoulder pain requires a careful, thorough approach for this complicated joint. The shoulder moves more freely than any other joint in the human body, and both its movement and stability are controlled by over a dozen muscles. Whether dealing with tendonitis, arthritis, or mild tears of the rotator cuff, successful treatment of most shoulder problems hinges on treatments that restore muscle function and balance. Restrictions in the connective tissue called fascia—often due to prior injuries—are frequently the cause of shoulder muscle dysfunction. Finding and treating these restrictions can restore muscle balance and strength, which relieves shoulder pain. To illustrate the complexity of shoulder issues, let’s look at the cases of three patients, whom I will refer to as Pat, Larry and Sue. Pat could not raise her left arm to her head, resulting in a diagnosis of tendonitis. Larry could not reach behind him or even into the back seat of his car. He was told that he had bursitis in his right shoulder. An MRI of Sue’s right shoulder showed a small rotator cuff tear. She was unable to lift a coffee


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mug or drive her car without experiencing intense pain. Each of these three patients suffered from different problems, but the roots of their pain could all be traced back to fascia—a fibrous connective tissue that covers muscles, nerves, bones, joints, and most other tissues in the body.

Tendonitis Pat’s tendonitis occurred because lifting her arm caused a tendon to pinch. Examination showed that her latissimus dorsi muscle (the largest shoulder muscle) was contracted and overly tight whenever she lifted her arm. This caused the joint to align incorrectly during motion, which resulted in that painful, uncomfortable pinch. Pat required fascia treatment in her low back area, which is where the latissimus muscle is anchored. There were also restrictions in the fascia of the left side of her rib cage and her left biceps muscle. In addition to fascia release therapy, she also received a specific massage therapy to coincide with her low back treatment. After a few weeks of these interventions, she was able to raise her left arm as high as the right, with comfort and ease.


In addition to treating Larry’s pectoral muscles and right shoulder joint, fascia restriction in his thoracic spine (mid-back) was also released. As we continued with treatment, he regained a full range-of-motion, without pain. However, I warned him to stop reaching behind from the front seat of his car into the back to grab his briefcase. That position is unnatural and stressful to the shoulder. thus causing a repetitive re-injury each time he performed this movement.

Rotator Cuff For Sue, her shoulder movements were unstable due to uneven tension and weakness of muscles around her shoulder blade. Sue’s pain built gradually over several months, rather than making a sudden appearance. The instability and awkwardness in her shoulder movements caused an incremental degeneration which, in turn, led to her rotator cuff tear. Sue’s primary issue was in the serratus anterior muscle underneath her shoulder blade. She also had restricted fascia at the base of her neck and down her triceps. In addition to treatment with fascia release therapy, Sue learned to perform specific shoulder stretches and exercises to speed her healing and prevent re-injury. After this treatment was complete, Sue could drink her morning coffee and drive without complaint. She still had to avoid strenuous lifting due to the rotator cuff tear, but she had no difficulties accomplishing her normal daily activities.

Solving the Problems The solutions to these three different problems share one commonality—the need to

restore muscular balance and stability to the shoulder. By using specific therapies to release fascia restrictions, stress was removed from the irritated connective tissue, allowing it to heal. This kind of fascia release for muscles of the shoulder often relieves pain even when there is a minor tear or other injury. In the cases of Pat, Larry and Sue, all three found significant relief and the ability to return to their daily routines.

The Common Thread No two shoulder issues are exactly the same. However, almost all these conditions can be improved by restoring muscular balance and stability to the joint. There are many important facets to a successful shoulder treatment plan, such as stretches and strength exercises. The treatment that I usually find most critical is fascia therapy, because restrictions in the fascia are often the main cause of muscle weakness, tension. or imbalance. When fascia therapy is combined with other treatment methods to restore muscular balance and control of the shoulder joint, many types of shoulder pain can be minimized or relieved entirely. This is even true when shoulder surgery has failed to resolve shoulder pain, or has created new pain due to scar tissue. Eric Winder, D.C., uses gentle manual therapy and rehab techniques to help patients with a wide range of pain and injury problems. Dr. Winder has offices in Sarasota and Osprey. For more information, call 941-9578390 or visit Gentlebay.com.

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Turning Back the Clock on Heart Disease: The Functional Medicine Approach to Cardiovascular Wellness ol levels as the body attempts to repair this damage. Unfortunately, continuous exposure to these toxins only worsens the situation, increasing cholesterol levels and plaque production. Chelation therapy, however, addresses this by removing toxins and providing nutrients that help repair and restore artery health. The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), published in 2013, presented some remarkable findings.

by Dr. Fred Harvey s we enter February, also known as American Heart Month, it’s the ideal time to share an important message: cardiovascular disease can be reversed. In this country, the prevailing approach in healthcare often focuses on chronic illness management, but what if we could do more than manage? What if we could eliminate these conditions altogether? This is where the journey to redefine cardiovascular health begins.



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Patients who had previously suffered a heart attack saw a 20 percent reduction in mortality, recurring heart attacks, and the need for stents or bypass surgery. The results were even more impressive for diabetic patients with a history of heart attack, showing a 50 percent reduction in those same complications. These benefits both persisted and improved over five years—a result that statins alone have not been able to achieve. But there is more to this story. Dr. Dean Ornish’s groundbreaking work in his 1997 book Reversing Heart Disease demonstrated how a vegetarian diet, exercise, and meditation or stress reduction could reverse coronary disease. He showed that these lifestyle changes could reduce plaque in heart arteries. Fast forward to the twenty-first century, and we now have technology to assess plaque burden and its functional impact on the heart through non-invasive CT scans. This offers detailed insights without the need for invasive procedures. In our approach, we probe beyond the initial diagnosis to sustainable healing. We employ the latest laboratory analyses, like those from Boston Heart and Cleveland Heart Labs, to understand the metabolic impacts of cholesterol, inflammation, and toxicity on arteries. Our comprehensive program includes Chelation Therapy,


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Oral Health Tips to Prevent Heart Disease How Regular Trips to the Dentist Can Save a Life by Steven Masley, M.D., FAHA, FACN, CNS


eart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and, despite public opinion, it is just as deadly for women as it is for men. The illness was responsible for a staggering one in every four male deaths and one in every five female deaths in 2021, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And yet, it is preventable 90 percent of the time with the right lifestyle choices, such as saying goodbye to cigarettes, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, reducing alcohol intake and keeping stress at bay. Other powerful precautions relate to oral

health. Left untreated, gum disease and sleep apnea have the potential to cause dire cardiovascular consequences. The good news is that treatments are available to decrease and often eradicate their threat.

GUM DISEASE AND THE HEART Although blood pressure and cholesterol are considered major risk factors for heart disease, there is another culprit that should not be ignored: inflammation. While arterial inflammation may be the vascular response to harmful assaults such as infections or injuries, it can also arise when

there is an imbalance in the gut microbiome or inflammation of the gums—also known as periodontal disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, gum disease affects 47 percent of adults aged 30 or older and 70 percent of adults by age 65. Bleeding gums are telltale signs of gingivitis, which can promote the growth of disease-causing bacteria and produce substantial, body-wide inflammation. A 2021 study published in Scientific Reports evaluated the effect that oral health problems had on all-cause, cardiovascular disease and respiratory mortality. Scientists followed almost 3,000 white and African American men and women aged 70 to 79, as well as just over 7,700 British men aged 40 to 59 for nine and 15 years, respectively. Researchers reported that periodontal disease was associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in the American group, a finding that was consistent with a similar study of older people in Taiwan. The scientists also noted that tooth loss and cumulative oral health problems correlated with higher all-cause mortality and higher respiratory mortality, while dry mouth appeared to be related to only all-cause mortality. A 2012 study published in Kardiologia Polska of people with diabetes and periodontal disease showed that gum inflammation was highly correlated with increasing arterial plaque, as well as increases in markers of inflammation and blood pressure levels, suggesting a significant connection between periodontal disease and an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Another study published in 2013 in the Journal of the American Heart Association followed more than 400 subjects over three years and found that greater gum inflammation and higher growth of pathological bacterial species in the gums were strongly associated with increased growth of arterial plaque. The researchers concluded that an improvement in periodontal status was associated with less progression in carotid atherosclerosis, thereby emphasizing the importance of gum care as a possible preventive health measure.


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PREVENTING GUM INFLAMMATION In addition to a healthy diet, exercise and stress management, taking measures to improve dental hygiene will go a long way toward reducing the risk of heart disease. A dental hygienist can easily identify gingivitis and probe for deep gum pockets—an indication of periodontal disease—while a simple saliva test can determine the presence of disease-causing gum species. The following measures are recommended: • Brush teeth for two minutes twice daily, ideally with an electric toothbrush. • Floss and use a Waterpik every day. • Visit the dental hygienist two to four times per year for a thorough cleaning. • Have the dentist measure gum-pocket depth to check for inflammation. • Especially for those with gum disease, have saliva tested for bad bacteria at least annually.

SLEEP APNEA Considered and treated as an oral health issue, sleep apnea increases the risk for heart disease. According to the American Medical Association, approximately 30 million Americans experience sleep apnea, but only 6 million are diagnosed with the condition where breathing and air flow repeatedly stops and starts. People that suffer from this ailment are more likely to experience abnormal heart rhythms, hypertension, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes, the Mayo Clinic cautions. Sleep apnea gradually worsens over time. As the airway increasingly fails to deliver air to the lungs, oxygen levels drop, causing adverse impacts on the heart and brain. Three factors decrease airflow: weight gain, aging and, for some people, genetics. When a person puts on extra weight, their neck thickens, diminishing the airway, and as we age, tissues in the neck become softer and sag. The symptoms for sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, noticeable stops in breathing at night, awakening with a dry mouth and morning headaches. These symptoms should prompt a discussion with a physician or dentist to schedule

an overnight sleep test to confirm a diagnosis—either in a sleep laboratory or at home, depending on the degree of symptoms. The mainstay of treatment for those with sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device worn over the nose or mouth to maintain pressure in the airway, keeping it open during sleep. Alternatively, a dentist can fit a patient with a mandibular device to help open the airway. The implement looks like a mouthguard that pushes the jaw forward to make the airway larger and improve airflow at night. Another technique is to tape a patient’s mouth shut while sleeping to force breathing through the nose. Continuous nose breathing helps promote nitric oxide in the bloodstream, which induces the relaxation and dilation of blood vessels and airways. Duct tape or another household tape should not be used for this, as there are specially designed, hypoallergenic strips that are shaped to sit directly on the lips. Some have a small vent that allows for a little mouth breathing. In a small study published in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, mouth taping led to significantly less snoring and fewer instances of lapsed breathing in 30 patients with mild sleep apnea.

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After starting a chosen therapy, the overnight sleep test should be repeated to confirm that the airway is open and adequate oxygenation levels are being maintained. Additional tips to reduce sleep apnea include: • Lose weight. According to the Sleep Foundation, a loss of 5 to 10 percent of total weight improves obstructive sleep apnea by 38 percent, and weight loss of more than 10 percent results in a nearly 49 percent improvement. • Avoid alcohol and sleeping medications before bedtime, which suppress breathing and cause the airway to sag. • Change from back-sleeping to side-sleeping. More than 50 percent of people with sleep apnea find that their symptoms worsen when they sleep on their backs. Steven Masley is a physician, nutritionist, trained chef, clinical professor at the University of South Florida, chief medical director of KnoWEwell and creator of health programs for public television. He is the author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up. Connect at DrMasley.com. February 2024


Fit Body changed. The most helpful remedies may turn out to be those that are not typically thought of for sports injuries. A person’s underlying sensitivities may necessitate a different remedy, one that addresses the whole person, even when their chief complaint is a sprain, bump or bruise. At other times, athletes are looking for ways to get their mind in gear for fierce competitions and extreme training. The following remedies often prove helpful in such situations. These remedies are based on traditional homeopathic practices and have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For dosages, consult with a local homeopath.

Homeopathy for Athletes Remedies to Address Common Sports Challenges by Lauri Grossman, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA)


eing physically active is vital to good health, but accidents and injuries are bound to happen. This is where homeopathy can shine. The soccer star David Beckham used homeopathy for his broken foot before competing in the World Cup. James Ellington, the British Olympic sprinter, used homeopathy for muscle and joint pain before his competitions. Champion figure skaters Jayne Torvill and Elvis Stojko used homeopathy for their bruises. These world-class athletes recognized that homeopathic medicines speed healing and get them back in training quickly, and without troublesome side effects. Arnica, bryonia, hypericum and ruta are go-to remedies for sports injuries. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 6 million Americans and 200 million people worldwide use homeopathy on a regular basis. Evaluating sports and activity injuries has


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Gelsemium sempervirens can bolster the timid athlete that reports a weak stomach, a jittery feeling and weak knees before the starting gun goes off. It can restore their calm and equilibrium. This remedy can ease performance anxiety in other settings as well; it’s a favorite of actors and musicians to relieve stage fright, and executives choose it to calm nerves before major business deals. Nux vomica can help the athlete that is irritable, on edge and needs to chill out before climbing onto the racing block. It can also help the super-competitive kid that loses a game and lambasts fellow team members about how their actions led to the loss. Nux vomica helps them become more amenable to the idea that it is not okay to yell at teammates and shift their focus away from the loss and toward enjoyment of their sport. Aurum metallicum is suited to the intense, idealistic competitor that sets impossibly high goals. From their perspective, it is their duty to win and become depressed if their team does not win. These people, young and old, are hard on themselves. Aurum metallicum can help soften the perspective on winning or losing and shift the mood away from depression. This remedy is also known for its ability to heal headaches that come on after experiencing loss or failure. Natrum sulphuricum can help the athlete


that becomes seriously depressed after sustaining a head injury in football, field hockey or other contact sport. It can also help with other types of mood changes after head injuries, as well as troubling physical symptoms. Magnesia phosphorica, which is made from magnesium and phosphorus, can help alleviate cramps and muscle spasms that would be improved by heat, such as those earned after a hard workout or challenging day on the golf course. It also offers temporary relief of menstrual cramps. Cuprum metallicum is another approach to managing sudden cramps, especially those in the limbs, hands and feet. Arnica, which is made from a type of mountain daisy, assists the athlete and weekend warrior to relieve muscle aches and stiffness, swelling and discoloration from bruises. It is also available in topical gel, cream and ointment forms that may be applied to the affected area. Lauri Grossman is a chiropractor and certified homeopath in New York City. She has been practicing, teaching and presenting on homeopathy for more than 40 years, and she serves as president of the board of directors for the National Center for Homeopathy, a leader in homeopathic education for 50 years.

Healthy Kids

Helping America’s Kids Eat Better How Three Women are Leading the Movement by Megy Karydes



ccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of children aged 1 to 5 have not eaten a vegetable today. Each week, nearly one in three won’t eat a piece of fruit, and more than half will have had at least one sugar-sweetened beverage. Kids consume 66 grams of sugar per day— that is a whopping 53 pounds of added sugar a year, according to the American Heart Association. The foods and drinks kids consume have tremendous impact on their overall health, and these statistics suggest that many parents and guardians need to do a better job of steering their offspring toward more nutritious options. Mounting scientific evidence reveals that a healthy lifestyle from infancy to adulthood helps people maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Many youngsters today don’t eat enough nutritious meals, playing a major role in how they perform in school, according to a study published in Journal of School Health. Prompted by perceived needed changes in childhood nutrition, the private sector is stepping up to improve the ways we teach and feed our youngest, hoping to raise healthier future generations. Here are three examples.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move!” national campaign in 2010 to reduce childhood obesity and teach children and their caregivers how to create healthier eating habits and lifestyles, and her work didn’t end when she left the White House. In May 2023, she helped launch PLEZi Nutrition, a food and beverage company for children with a stated mission “to be a driver of change, creating higher standards for how we make and market food and beverages for our kids, leading with nutrition, taste and truth.” “I’ve learned that on this issue, if you want to change the game, you can’t just work from the outside. You’ve got to get inside— you’ve got to find ways to change the food and beverage industry itself,” Obama said at The Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival. “I’m proud to announce the national launch of a company designed not just to provide better products, but to jumpstart a race to the top that will transform the entire food industry.”


In 2009, Jyl Steinback created the national nonprofit Shape Up US to provide teachers, children, parents and communities with the tools they need to adopt healthy, lifelong habits. Rather than trying to impact school lunch programs that are notoriously difficult to change, the author and co-author of multiple books, including Think Outside the Lunchbox Cookbook, brings her nutritional curriculum into classrooms. She created five booklets with hands-on activities that support sustainable living and plantbased nutrition, as well as the Hip Hop Healthy Heart Program for Children that fo-

cuses on cardiovascular health. Since 2009, her programs have been used in 34 states, reaching more than 100,000 children. Steinback believes in the power of early education. “If you start with K [kindergarten] through sixth grade, you’re planting that seed,” she explains, adding that children are naturally curious and willing to try new things as long as they’re involved in the decision-making process. One way she coaxes kids to make better choices is by prompting them to go grocery shopping with their parents and pick a food they’ve never eaten before.


“We have this belief that we can feed children anything,” says public health nurse Meryl Fury, the president and CEO of Plant Based Nutrition Movement. “People will say, ‘Let them be kids; let them eat donuts; let them eat Pop Tarts.’ We feed them mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, and we think it’s fine, but our data shows that children have increasing rates of obesity, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. These are things that never occurred in children before, and it’s very much connected to our lifestyle.” Fury recommends that parents and teachers model better behavior and improve the school food culture in general. Instead of using candy as rewards in the classroom, other incentives can be offered such as stickers, pencils or other non-food treats. She reminds parents and teachers that some children might have attention deficit disorder or other challenges that relate to impulse control or self-regulation, and high-sugar or highly processed foods and dyes are not good for them, or anyone. If children initially resist trying new foods, Fury encourages adults not to give up. “Boil it, mash it, sauté it, simmer it, roast it, serve it raw, serve it with sauce or serve it as a dip,” she suggests. It can take one to two dozen times of exposing a child to a new food before they’re even willing to try it, but the healthy benefits could be lifelong. Megy Karydes is a Chicago-based writer and author of 50 Ways to More Calm, Less Stress: Scientifically Proven Ways to Relieve Anxiety and Boost Your Mental Health Using Your Five Senses. February 2024


Conscious Eating

Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Benefits for People and the Planet by Carrie Jackson


hile plant-based milks have been around for centuries, they have historically played second fiddle to other dairy alternatives, but not anymore. As people are becoming more conscious of the impact their food choices have on their health and the planet, plant-based milk has turned into a mainstay in most grocery stores. Touting sustainability benefits, a creamy texture and pleasing flavors, soy, oat, almond, cashew and even macadamia nut milks are having their moment. According to the Good Food Institute, 41 percent of American households purchased plant-based milk in 2022. Most major milk brands, such as Nestlé, are offering plant-based alternatives, while specialty companies like Elmhurst 1925 and Eden Foods are continually expanding their selection. “Plant-based dairy is now more than 15 percent of the milk industry,” says Elysabeth Alfano, co-founder and CEO of VegTech Invest, a firm that manages the first exchange-traded fund dedicated to plant-based companies. “This is driven by the quality of the products, including oat, almond, soy, pea and hemp milks as proven options. With 65 percent of people worldwide and more than 80 percent of African Americans and more than 90 percent of Asian Americans being lactose intolerant, plant-based milk is a great alternative.”

When selecting beverage options, many consumers also weigh a company’s ethical choices. Alfano predicts the beginning of the end of traditional factory farming, saying, “People are seeing how inefficient and harmful meat production is and are making the connection between saving the environment and their lifestyle choices.” Leah Hoxie, senior vice president of innovation at Oatly North America, observes, “People opt for nondairy milk for a variety of reasons that are usually personal and nuanced. These can include allergies, nutrition, ethical and environmental concerns, and, of course, taste. Oatly makes nondairy milk alternatives that have the same creamy taste, frothy feel and functionality as cow’s milk while also generally having a lower climate impact. We’re also seeing generational differences in milk preferences, with a recent Oatly flash poll finding that 54 percent of Gen Z and 49 percent of Millennials prefer plant-based milk to cow’s milk.” Like many other plant-based companies, Oatly has expressed a commitment to creating lasting environmental change. “With roughly one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions coming from the food system, and about half of those emissions coming from the livestock or the animal-based sector, the greatest impact we at Oatly can have as a company is to convert people from dairy milk to oat milk. Our research shows that Oatly Barista sold in the U.S. has a 46 percent lower climate impact than comparable cow’s milk, supporting our larger mission to make it easy for people to eat better and live healthier lives without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources in the process,” explains Hoxie. While plant-based milk alternatives may tout health benefits, the specific ingredients and processing methods play a role in their nutritional value. Just because something is plant-based doesn’t automatically make it healthier. “There are misconceptions that either nondairy milks are automatically less healthy than cow milk or that they are inherently more nutritious, but the truth


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is it depends on what’s in the milk,” says Taylor Wolfram, a registered dietitian who specializes in vegan nutrition. Plant-based dairy alternatives have differing nutritional advantages, and it is best for consumers to make their own comparison. “Soy and pea milk—the protein superstars of plant milks—contain some fat and, when fortified, are an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D,” Wolfram explains. “Hemp has a little less protein, and oat and almond milks are very low in protein. Hemp milk is rich in ALA [alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants]. Nondairy milks may or may not contain added sugars and fats or be fortified, so it is best to check the nutrition facts panel to see what levels of nutrients each specific product contains.” Ultimately, the best plant-based dairy may be the one we love to consume. “Enjoyment and taste are highly subjective experiences,” Wolfram says. “I encourage folks to try different options and find what they like.” Carrie Jackson is an Illinois-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. Connect at CarrieJacksonWrites.com. Go to NASRQ.com for recipes.

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Wise Words

Mimi Guarneri on Treating the Heart With Love by Sandra Yeyati


fter graduating first in her class at The State University of New York Medical Center, Dr. Mimi Guarneri began her career at Scripps Clinic, in San Diego, as an attending physician in interventional cardiology, where she placed thousands of coronary stents. Recognizing the need for more comprehensive and holistic approaches, she founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and served as medical director for 15 years, combining state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology with lifestyle programs and alternative therapies like acupuncture, healing touch, meditation and yoga to diagnose, prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Guarneri is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and integrative holistic medicine. She is a founder and president of The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine; co-founder and medical director of Guarneri Integrative Health, in La Jolla, California; and a clinical associate professor at University of California, San Diego. In 2012, The Institute for Functional Medicine honored her with the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. Guarneri is the author of The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing and 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential.

What is holistic cardiology? It’s about treating the whole person—body, mind, emotions and spirit. If you have a tree with sick fruit on it, you can keep cutting off the branches, or you can ask, what does the tree need? Does it need more sunlight or water? How is the soil? Does it have minerals? With patients, the question we should be asking is why does someone have diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease? And then you ask, what is the soil of a human life made of? That soil is made of micro and macro nutrients, physical activity, having a purpose in life, joy and a good night’s sleep. At our center we call these the pearls of health.

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isolation. When people have major, life-changing events—death of a spouse or child, divorce—all of a sudden, they start having cancer, sudden death and heart attacks. So, when I look at someone that had a heart attack, I don’t just want to know about their symptoms the day of the attack. I also want to know what was going on six months before, because that’s where you find the story. “I’ve been under stress. I lost my job. I lost my house. My wife told me they wanted a divorce.” This is where you start to get the stories that add up to the ultimate cardiovascular event.

How do you translate that inquiry into the healing journey? Everyone needs something different at a different point in their life. Some people need to change what they’re eating or start walking, but then you have to look at why they’re not taking care of their physical body. Depressed people say, “I have 20 friends in this pack of cigarettes.” They don’t say, “Let me eat Brussels sprouts and take a walk.” I have to deal with the underlying issue, which could be things like depression, stress or loneliness. I also want to know my patient’s spirituality, because if they believe in a higher power, we can tap into that to give them strength and help transform what’s going on.

What tools do you have in your integrative medical arsenal? The whole framework of integrative medicine is to understand and use the wisdom of other global healing traditions. For a patient with back pain, I may use healing touch, acupuncture, massage and medication. I may send somebody who is stressed to transcendental meditation training. I may pull from Ayurveda to help people with digestive issues. The most important thing is looking at your life and finding joy, meaning, purpose, looking at where you can serve, where you can connect. This is the piece that is missing in many people’s lives. Also, look at where you are holding onto anger. Have you done your forgiveness work? How can you begin to practice gratitude?

Why do you say that patients are motivated not by fear but by caring? They’re motivated by love. Love is the secret ingredient. People will do everything for three months after a heart attack because they’re terrified, and then they go back to their old ways. They start to gain weight because they never did the deep work to look at what got them there in the first place. A perfect example is one of my heart patients who came in with a walker. She said she had sciatica, and immediately we gave her a shot for her pain. We also did some acupuncture. I got a beautiful message from her the next day, which made no mention of the shot or the acupuncture. Instead, she said, “I felt so much better from the second you gave me a hug.” It’s that kind of connection that makes all the difference. Sandra Yeyati is the national editor of Natural Awakenings.



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nervous system and instill calm. It can serve as a pillar, along with nourishment, movement, restful sleep and connection with community and nature, toward maintaining homeostasis in the body. “Breathing is free medicine,” he asserts. “It is your anchor, and every breathwork technique starts with observing your breath and connecting with yourself and your body.”

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Stress or anxiousness sends the sympathetic nervous system into overdrive, affirms Meena Malhotra, M.D., a functional medicine practitioner and founder of Chicago-based Heal n Cure integrative clinic. The goal of breathwork, a catchall term for a variety of breathing practices, is to balance the autonomic nervous system. Many breathing techniques involve holding the breath, which stimulates the vagus nerve.

Mindful Breathwork Managing Stress and Heart Health

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he sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are key partners in regulating heart rate, stress levels and breathing. Stressors such as traffic jams, work deadlines, financial limitations and family conflicts can disrupt this synchronized partnership and lead not just to emotional anguish, but also to high blood pressure, inflammation and increased cardiovascular events. An inquiry into how breathing relates to

the nervous system begins with the vagus nerve, the largest highway within the parasympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve runs from the brain and through the body, down to the gastrointestinal system. “It is the most complex of the cranial nerves and regulates heart rate and the body’s stress response,” says Poonacha Machaiah, CEO of The Chopra Foundation. Machaiah suggests breathwork as an effective mind-body practice to balance the

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“Deep breathing is the best way to stretch and stimulate the vagus nerve,” Malhotra explains. “When the vagus nerve is stimulated, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system is calming, which helps bring the body into balance.” Just like how there are various types of yoga to achieve different goals, the same holds true for breathwork. “There’s something for everyone,” notes Sandy Abrams, the Los-Angeles-based founder of The C.E.Om and author of Breathe to Succeed: Increase Workplace Productivity, Creativity, and Clarity Through the Power of Mindfulness. “Breathwork is the love language of the nervous system. Being in a state of frequent, chronic stress—even low-grade— makes it difficult to enjoy any experience. Breathwork can calm, balance or boost the nervous system. Simply by breathing in ways that calm the nervous system, you can immediately shift from stressed to calm.” Abrams recommends simple breathing practices that don’t take a lot of time. “The nervous system can become more balanced and relaxed with even just one slow, light, nourishing breath,” she remarks. For beginners, she suggests shifting from shallow, rapid chest breaths, which can induce stress, to deeper ones that activate the diaphragm. “It helps to place one hand on the belly and feel the expansion outward

as you inhale for about six seconds, tracing the breath up to the chest and then slowly exhaling for six seconds.”

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The popular “four-seven-eight” method involves inhaling for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of seven and exhaling for a count of eight. “Four-seven-eight is a very effective stress reduction tool,” Malhotra says. “I suggest that everyone do it while stuck in traffic or while that hourglass cursor on the laptop is spinning. Instead of checking your email or fidgeting with your phone, do a breathing exercise.”

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Other techniques may employ longer or shorter counts, but Abrams notes that there is no need to obsess over counting—just go by feeling. “Relaxation comes with extended exhales that are about twice as long as the inhale,” she asserts.

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Abrams also uses the “bumblebee” technique, which increases nitric oxide to the nasal cavity. Simply inhale lightly and deeply through the nose and during the entire exhale, make a humming sound. The hum can be amplified by gently closing the ears. The kid-friendly “lion’s breath” helps release stagnant energy. “Close your eyes and inhale through your nose. During the exhale, open your eyes wide, stick out your tongue and shake your hands. Hiss like a fierce lion,” Abrams advises. “Adding movement feels good and makes everybody laugh; laughter is breath, too.” Parents can use the lion’s breath to calm rowdy children in the car or while shopping. It can also help children learn to control their emotions.

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Abrams notes that her breathwork techniques are for relaxation and balancing the nervous system; those with contraindications should consult a physician. Malhotra adds that there are other ways besides breathwork to stimulate the vagus nerve, but some are not safe to do at home and should be done only under the guidance of a medical doctor. “These breath tools are free and accessible to anyone,” Abrams says. “They can be used in so many different ways, at different times. I encourage everyone to play around with their curiosity about these different breath tools.” Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. February 2024


Natural Pet showing that during walks, power is negotiated through mutual interaction, disproving the idea that authority goes only one way. This understanding reveals the complex bond formed during walks, emphasizing that power is shared, adding to the special and mutually helpful connection between humans and their dogs. Spending Time Together: Walking creates shared moments. Whether exploring familiar places or trying new routes, these shared experiences become lasting memories that make the connection between dogs and owners even stronger.

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Communicating Nonverbally: While walking, owners and dogs interact without words. The leash becomes a kind of language, where owners express feelings and intentions through body language and energy, helping them understand each other better.

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he emotional bond between dogs and humans is a powerful force that extends beyond mere companionship. Known for their unwavering loyalty and intuitive understanding, dogs offer a source of comfort and emotional support. In return, the companionship and care provided by humans create a sense of security and happiness for their canine friends. The seemingly ordinary act of dog walking can bring vitality and other benefits to those on both ends of the leash.

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Fostering Trust: Walking builds trust and reliance. Dogs trust their owners to guide and protect them during walks, creating a sense of safety and mutual dependence, which deepens their bond. Enjoying Quality Time and Affection: Walking is a time for closeness and affection. A simple pat, a gentle scratch or just being near each other during walks creates moments of connection that strengthen the emotional tie between dogs and their owners.

PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS Physical Well-Being: The relationship between dogs and humans contributes significantly to the physical health of both parties. For Melissa Sherman, an animal communicator, energy healer and holistic pet health coach, a walk is more than just a routine. It is a holistic strategy to improve her pets’ well-being. Leading her pack of seven dogs through daily forest walks becomes a channel for physical vitality, mental engagement and emotional catharsis. Sherman’s insight reinforces the idea that


regular nature walks contribute not only to the physical health but also to the overall happiness of both dogs and their human companions. Exercise Opportunity: Regular activities like dog walks also provide valuable exercise for their human counterparts. Research published in The Gerontologist indicates that older adults that regularly walk their dogs are more likely to meet physical activity recommendations and exhibit greater functional ability compared to nondog owners. Cardiovascular Health: An assessment of studies and data by the American Heart Association concluded that dog ownership is likely linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. This positive association is primarily attributed to the active practice of dog walking.

QUALITY-OF-LIFE BENEFITS Stress Reduction: Studies have shown that the presence of a dog can have a calming effect on humans, reducing stress levels and promoting overall mental well-being. The simple act of petting a dog releases feelgood hormones, creating a harmonious cycle of emotional support. Increased Happiness: Dogs bring joy and a sense of purpose to human lives, particularly for those living alone or facing health challenges. The responsibilities of caring for a pet instill a routine and structure that contribute to an enhanced quality of life. Unconditional Love and Companionship: Perhaps the most profound aspect of this bond is the unconditional love and companionship exchanged between dogs and humans. Dogs are non-judgmental, offering a constant source of emotional support and companionship. In return, humans provide the care, attention and love that form the bedrock of this unique relationship. Ruth Roberts is an integrative veterinarian and holistic health coach for pets, as well as the creator of The Original CrockPet Diet. Learn more at DrRuthRoberts.com.

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Calendar of Events THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Holistic Healing & Wellness Center - All month long. 29 days In February to give the gift of love. Buy One session and bring your loved one too. Change your energy - transform your reality. Offering Tesla Biohealing, pain release, energy, sleep, and advanced emotional release. At our Tesla biohealing Center, guests enjoy the super boost of high-strength Biophoton Life Force Energy. With the unique experience of Tesla Biophoton Generators, people stay relaxed and receive biophotons into every living cell of the body. People going through life challenges work with us to heal the root cause of their discomfort. Shift, reset, regenerate, and rewrite your story with Dr. Medge Jaspan, DHS. Holistic Healing & Wellness Center, Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Rd. 120P Longboat Key, 941-299- 9399, Info@ MedgeJaspan.com, MedgeJaspan.com.


Sacred Sound Journey - 6:30-7:30pm. Class begins with breath relaxation. Participants lay down on yoga mats or in a hammock with an eye bean bag and relax into the healing sounds of the crystal healing bowls, Womb Drum, Native American flute, 34 inch diameter gong, and various handmade earthen instruments. Organic sound frequencies directly from the instruments (not digital recordings) slow down brain waves to a deep restorative state which activates the body’s internal healing processes and parasympathetic nervous system. Sound can be a conduit for accessing higher consciousness or connecting to spirit. $25/pp (must preregister and pre-pay). Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com. Cosmic Center Manifesting Abundance Through the 2/2 Frequency with Rev. Nancy & Baba Sharone - 7-8:30pm. Continuing with energetic juncture points that started with the Lion’s Gate Portel of 8/8/23, we will use the next juncture point of 2/2 to access this most potent Gateway to manifest abundance in all areas of our life but with a focus on financial abundance. For both new and past participants, we use this opportunity to harness these special energies to manifest what we want in our lives as powerful co-creators. We will also plant the intention for Dreamwork later that night. When aligning with this vibrational frequency you attune your body, mind and spirit with your Creative Higher Divine Guidance. This brings forth Positive Attraction Alignment into your life. Baba Sharone will transmit a Special Abundance Frequency given on July 3, 2023. We will use the spiritual tools to concretize our goals. $40. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Vendor Blender - 10am-2pm. Come join many local businesses for a day of fun. Come see these vendors: Pixie Dust, Kara’s Pantry, Bohoklo, Vital Surg Gear, CometCreations, BinyCreates, Riah’s Jewelry, FairyHair by Juliana and many more. Location: 2120 Tamiami Trail S., Venice. 2024 Year of the Dragon - 10:30am. Join Laurie Pawli as she walks you through what 2024 holds. The Lunar New Year is the first


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classifieds new moon of a lunar calendar with the focus on a different animal each year. 2024 is the year of the Wood Dragon, which represents quickness, organization, and heat. In this workshop, you will learn what 2024 will bring based on cycles from the history of previous years, determine your Chinese Animal, discuss Feng Shui adjustments to create your best possible year, best directions to bring in positive energy of the year, group participation to Welcome the Gods of Wealth to your doorstep on February 9th. Pre-registration is required to attend, $25. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Lunar New Year - Year of the Wood Dragon - 3-4pm. The beauty of the Lunar New year is coming to Palm Studio. If you are not familiar with the Lunar New Year, it is a 4000 cultural event that recognizes the shift in the vibration of the year. Recognized in Thailand, Vietnam, China and many other countries, this is a 15 day festival that begins with the new moon and lunar cycle at the beginning of each year. About a week before the Lunar New Year which is February 10, 2024 this year, a massive cleaning begins of the homes to remove any negative energy from the previous year. Preparations are made to get haircuts, new clothes, and prepare red envelopes with money that represents good fortune for the upcoming year. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Root Chakra - All Day Yoga Retreat - 9:30am5:30pm. Enjoy a day at a fabulous farm and retreat including Kundilini Yoga with Petra, Root Chakra & Chakra checkup, delightful lunch, aura pictures, crystals, Chakra healing and clearing meditation, guided meditation and sound bath, finishing up with cookies and tea. Sign up: ObjectsOfMagic.com/ Pages/All-Events. Objects of Magic Farm & Retreat, 14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City, 818-793-7834, ObjectsofMagic.com. Ayurvedic Workshop - 1-3pm. Join us for an enlightening session where you will gain insights into your constitution (Prakriti) and current imbalances (Vikriti), paving the way for a holistic understanding of your health. Ayurveda originated in India. It emphasizes the balance of mind, body and soul through personal nutrition. Ayurveda is science of the body based on a Hindu Tradition of medicine embracing our bodily systems. The use of diet, herbal treatment and Yogic breathing all contribute to overall well-being and improved health. The word Ayurveda means knowledge of life. During our sessions with Sugandha we will delve into core principles and learn how inherent constitution can shape individuality and well-being. $35/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. Call 941-404-8030 to sign-up. Best Medicine Inc., 2106 Bispham Rd., Sarasota, 941-4048030, BestMedicineFl@gmail.com. Sparkle and Shine at Turning Tides - 6-7:30pm. Check for details on our Facebook page. Turning Tides, 6672 Cortez Rd., W., Bradenton, 941-280-4673, Info@ TurningTides.us. You can find us on social too! FB: @TurningTidesWithDrHutch IG: TurningTides_DrHutch.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Cosmic Center’s Lunar New Year of the Wood Dragon Workshop with Laurie Pawli - 7-8:30pm. Welcome 2024, the Year of the Wood Dragon, which is at our doorstep and it’s going to be hot with the fire energy of the dragon. We want to share how you can make this your absolute best year, what to expect, and how the fire of the Dragon will impact our lives. This year represents quickness, organization, and heat. Learn what 2024 will bring based on cycles from the history of previous years, discussion of Feng Shui adjustments to create your best possible year,information on best directions to bring in positive energy of the year, group participation to Welcome the Gods of Wealth to your doorstep and determine your Chinese Animal.$25/in-person and online. Register for both: us06web.zoom. us/webinar/register/WN_a44g-AEpTD2xcRbkoRV4EA Payment ATD if space available. Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Sound IN~FuSiOn with Carol Hall and Shawn Bowen - A Restorative Sound Healing Meditative Journey - 6:30-7:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Come immerse yourself in the healing frequencies of organic sound to rejuvenate and realign your body, mind, emotions and spirit. With special guest Holly Williams on hammered dulcimer. Bring a pillow, mat, blanket, antigravity chair, water bottle as desired. Chairs available. $25/ATD, $20 by Feb. 8 via Venmo, Paypal, or Zelle. At Unity of Venice, 125 N. Jackson Rd., Venice, 941-484-5342, VeniceUnity.org. Sound Immersion Meditation with Sandra and Michael Katala - 6:30-7:30pm. Various sound techniques will be used to cleanse negative energies and create space to align the body on an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. This meditation will be done off the floor and in the air! You will be cocooned in Aerial Hammocks for an ethereal experience. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Heart Health - Love is a Nutrient - 2-4pm. Dr. Carol Roberts from Best Medicine will be presenting a series of free classes, comprising a course in the normal functioning of the human body and some of the ways it can go wrong. Classes offered every first Wednesday in person at Full Spectrum Health as well as their Facebook Live. Registration required.


Readings with AL & Goeff Potts - beg. 10am. Al & Goeff Potts, UK Mediums will be doing 4 half hour readings each, starting at 10am in the Learning Center. Fee $40. Please contact the office to schedule a reading at 941-9536620 M-F, 8:30am-12:30pm. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

Creating and Healing Relationships workshop with Ann O’Brien at Wild Ginger Apothecary - 10:30am. In this month of love, this workshop will support you in attracting love into your life as well as improving existing relationships. Through discussion, guided meditation, energy clearing and awareness practices, top-selling author Ann O’Brien will cover: embodying love and increasing your capacity to have it; releasing your blocks and past relationships; healthy boundaries, balancing individuality and connection; and manifesting your desires by shifting your vibration. Q&A held afterwards. Private readings and energy healings by Ann are offered from 1pm-5pm. Pre-registration required. $30. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Al & Goeff Potts will be Conducting a “Discussion of Mediumship and Healing” 2:30-4:30pm. Discussion is being held in the Learning Center. Fee $25. Please contact the office for more information. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. New Moon Myakka Mini Retreat - 4:30pm6:30pm retreat, 7pm to close dinner and bonfire. Our Full Moon Mini Retreat includes an engaging line-up of activities led by seasoned experts. Gaëlle Wizenberg will start the retreat with a powerful mindful power talk, followed by a light yoga session, guided meditation, sound healing, and various other healing practices. These sessions are designed to help you establish a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you. Sign up: ObjectsOfMagic.com/ Pages/All-Events. Objects of Magic Farm & Retreat, 14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City, 818-793-7834, ObjectsofMagic.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Cosmic Center Free Lecture Update with Soul Braid Walk-in Ken Lloyd and Mini Healing - 7pm. As predicted. Ken’s Gifts continues to unfold. On December 12/12/23 Ken’s higher self-named Kamarik walked into his body and then on New Years eve Ken, the 13 soul aspects and Kamarik were merged into a single collective in what is known as a soul infusion. Over the next 4 months this new collective will be integrating and enhancing every layer of Ken from his furthest energy field down into every atom of the physical body. These modifications will amplify and streamline his current healing gifts to touch the masses and set the foundation for additional gifts. As always Ken will be providing the audience with a mini healing session. Limited seating, Please RSVP. Register: KenLloydOfficial.com/ccosl. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram. Pixie Dust’s Kids Mindfulness Class - 10am. Join Anna at Pixie Dust for her mindfulness kids’ class. This month the kids will work on the theme love and hearts. Anna will read a story about love and all children will experience a wide variety of craft centers that they will have fun exploring in many creative ways. Many wonderful crafty items will come home with your child. $18. Pixie Dust, 1476 Main St., Sarasota, 941-366-6325, PixieDustSRQ.com. Eckankar: The Path of Spiritual Freedom - Experience HU: The Sound of Soul - 11am. Sound of Soul events offer the chance to chant the ancient mantra HU and enjoy spiritual conversation in the company of

like-hearted Souls. HU is a love song to God for spiritual seekers of all faiths and religious backgrounds. Eckankar Center & Reading Room, 3650 Webber St., Unit F, Sarasota. 941358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Reiki 2 Certification - 12pm. Congratulations -you have already experienced the incredible energy of Reiki in Level 1 and are ready for more. This class is dedicated to teaching you how to go deeper with Reiki. You have received your Attunement and are now open to learning about sacred Reiki symbols. Upon finishing this level, you will now be able to give Reiki sessions to other people. In completion, you will receive a Reiki Level Two Certificate. Led by Jean-Luc and Paula of Casano Wellness. Pre-registration required, $150. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin - 3-4pm. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an aerial hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful vibrations of sound penetrate the body which consists of approximately 70% water and gives a gentle internal massage to all your cells. Let the positive vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.


Cosmic Center Transformational Group Healing with Soul Braid Walk-in Ken Lloyd - 7pm. Since Ken’s last group healing, more profound gifts have been added for him to assist humanity in its individual and collective healing. This in-person event at the Cosmic Center will amplify and accelerate your healing journey across the mind, body and soul often resulting in the body healing rapidly without logical explanation. The trauma connection to past lives, ancestor’s and our universal existence also known as contracts, ancestral trauma or karma can be healed and released across the entire line. Direct in-person events with Ken will be less available as he begins to launch his international mission. Take this opportunity while you can. $100. Limited seating, please RSVP. Register: KenLloydOfficial.com/ccosl. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 A Way with Words: A Poetic Valentine Venture - 7pm-8:30pm, 2nd Wednesday. Mark your calendars. Doors open at 6:30pm to first come, first read /sign up. Readings are 5 min to 7 min. per reader. Come read your poetry or written words in an accepting ambiance of our wondrous diversity. Coffee, Tea & Snacks available. $5 Admission. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. Presented by Carol Borsello, with Rev. Zan Benham, 941922-7839, or Zan@woman-spirit.com


Bitcoin 101 Yoga Retreat - 5-9pm. Yoga, Bitcoin retreat, dinner and bonfire included (weather permitting). Understanding money and Bitcoin and Crypto currencies is important as it is going mainstream. We will be sharing all the knowledge we’ve accumulated and

experienced, so everyone gets a better understanding of what Bitcoin is all about. Come and join the chat. Get most of your questions answered. Sign up: ObjectsOfMagic. com/Pages/All-Events. Objects of Magic Farm & Retreat, 14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City, 818-793-7834, ObjectsofMagic.com. Cosmic Center Visiting New York Relationship Astrologer - May Ling is a New York-based astrologer originally from central Florida who has been involved in the Astrology since the 90s. She has read several 1000 charts for clients that include CEOs of fortune 500 companies, Crypto and NFT Leaders, actresses that headline on Broadway and have lead roles on major Netflix Series, and more. She is famous for providing her clients with annual updates on love, business, family and a focus on Parent-Child relationships. Special discounted prices for the Cosmic Center $65./1/2 hour reading or $120./1 hour reading. Pay and Book your 1/2 hour session: Calendly.com/astrologywithmay/astrology-reading-with-cosmic-center?month=2024-02 or Pay and Book your 1 hour session: calendly. com/astrologywithmay/cosmic-center-astrology-with-may?month=2024-02 For further information, call 917-836-2721, or 941-3719333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Cacao and Song with Sema at Wild Ginger Apothecary - 6pm. Invoking the spirit of devotion, Sema invites you to join in a heartopening activation of a cacao ceremony with song, this evening is designed to attune the mind and spirit to prayer, connection to the Divine, and celebration. Pre-registration required, $20. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. “Crystal Tibetan Bowl Concert” - 7-9pm. Sound Healer, Robert Austin will be presenting a “Crystal Tibetan Bowl Concert” in the Sanctuary at Sarasota Center of Light. $25 (in person only). Please contact the office for more information at 941-9536620 M-F, 8:30am-12:30pm. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Drum Making Workshop with Sema at Wild Ginger Apothecary - 8am. The art of drum making is a ceremony. It has a life of its own and delivers unique lessons, messages and challenges for each person. It is an initiation into the embodiment of an intention. This offering is for those who have been feeling the call of the drum; who long to connect to their own voice and the voice of their ancestors; who have healing work to do around lineage, Earth connection, and silencing; who simply desire to sing and drum more and channel; and for those who are undergoing a voice and truth activation. We will have a lunch break after we weave our drums. Then we will beautify and bless them and make our drumsticks which are the masculine counterparts to our feminine instruments. We will conclude with closing our circle. And we will take our cherished drums home with us. All drum materials are provided. Pre-registration required, 8am-8pm, $350. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary. The Rockin’ Kirtan Band - 6:30-8:30pm. This beautiful vibrant, full of great energy Kirtan Band, returns to Sarasota after their summer break. RTI provides chairs, bolsters,

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blankets and pillows. Bring your family and friends to this uplifting venue of raising your vibration with spirit filled songs and mantras. $10/ATD, pp. At Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, FL. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


Gem Trunk Show with Abdul - 9am-5pm 19 & 20. Come in and visit Abdul Wardak and browse his selection of crystals, tapestries, beads and jewelry from Afghanistan. Free. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com. A Reiki Share for Reiki III Practitioners 7pm-8:30pm. This Reiki share is ongoing, the 3rd Monday of each month. Bring a table if you have one. $5/ATD. At Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839, or Zan@ woman-spirit.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 “She Let Go” - “ZEN” Restorative Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation for Women 9:30am. Special 90-minute meditation for women only, offered via ZOOM. This nourishing practice is designed to help balance our nervous system, it will be very calm and peaceful - a much needed respite for all. Relax the body, still the mind & sooth the nervous system. No yoga or meditation experience necessary. Simply find a comfortable and distraction-free space, whether it be your yoga mat or even your bed. Safe & convenient from the comfort of your own home. Our goal is to guide you into a deep state of relaxation, allowing you to fully let go and experience profound peace. Restful and restorative. $11 love offering (or included in the unlimited monthly). Women only, Sign up for the Zoom link at HealingHerWorkshops. com or call 941-830-3040. Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin - 3-4pm. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an aerial hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful vibrations of sound penetrate the body which consists of approximately 70% water and gives a gentle internal massage to all your cells. Let the positive vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Campfire Chat - 11am-12pm. For military veterans and active-duty service members. Join us for a Fee BioCharger session promoting healing, wellness, and camaraderie. RSVP to reserve your spot: https://l.bttr.to/3sR89 or by calling the office at 941-280- HOPE (4673). Turning Tides, 6672 Cortez Rd., W., Bradenton, Info@TurningTides.us. You can find us on social too! FB: @TurningTidesWithDrHutch IG: TurningTides_DrHutch. Bemer Live Demonstration at Turing Tides - 2-5pm. Join Dr. Hutch for a complimentary 8-minute Bemer session today. Turning Tides, 6672 Cortez Rd., W., Bradenton, 941280-4673, Info@TurningTides.us. You can find us on social too! FB: @TurningTidesWithDrHutch IG: TurningTides_DrHutch.


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Full Moon Myakka Mini Retreat - 4:3010pm. Retreat 4:30-6:30, 7pm Dinner and Bonfire to close. Our Full Moon Mini Retreat includes an engaging line-up of activities led by seasoned experts. Gaëlle Wizenberg will start the retreat with a powerful Mindful Power talk, followed by a light yoga session, guided meditation, sound healing, and various other healing practices. These sessions are designed to help you establish a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you. Sign up: ObjectsOfMagic.com/ Pages/All-Events. Objects of Magic Farm & Retreat, 14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City, 818-793-7834, ObjectsofMagic.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Meadows Farmers Market - 9am-3pm. Love Yourself Wellness Market. Join us for love month. Take advantage of getting yourself well with different movement and wellness activities with our teachers and vendors on the lawn. Meadows Farmers Market, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-315-7773, MeadowsFarmersMarket.com, Facebook and Instagram.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Thermography at Turning Tides - Florida Medical Thermography will be joining Turning Tides today. Sign up here: FloridaMedicalThermography.com/Schedule/ or for more information contact Turning Tides, 6672 Cortez Rd., W., Bradenton, 941-280-4673, Info@TurningTides. us. You can find us on social too! FB: @TurningTidesWithDrHutch IG: TurningTides_DrHutch.


Cosmic Center Sarah Breskman Cosme, CHt Coming to Sarasota - March 1-3. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light is happy to announce that renowned QHHT Practitioner who follows in the footsteps of the famous Delores Cannon will be offering two lectures and a powerful Group Regression. Sarah Breskman Cosme is the best-selling author of A Hypnotist’s Journey to Atlantis and the author of A Hypnotist’s Journey to the Secrets of the Sphinx. Sarah is a Master Hypnotist, a level 3 practitioner of Dolores Cannon’s QHHT, and a student of Dr. Brian Weiss. With a passion to reveal hidden or undiscovered knowledge vital to the enlightenment of humanity, Sarah continues to speak about her work worldwide. Her work is now featured internationally on programs such as Fade to Black with Jimmy Church, Coast to Coast AM, and Gaia TV. Reserve your spot at CCOSL.com calendar or call 941-371-9333. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, Facebook and Instagram.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Regenerative Retreat Circle: A Day of Healing at the Holistic Healing & Wellness Center - Come and spend a day to relax and treat yourself, your friends and your loved ones. 90 minutes one-on-one with each practitioners Michele D’Ambrosio, Shea Shuman, Lenka Schwartz, Helen Bergbaeur & Dr. Medge Jaspan. Holistic Healing & Wellness Center, Dr. Medge Jaspan, DHS, Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Rd. 120P Longboat Key, 941-299- 9399, Info@MedgeJaspan.com, MedgeJaspan.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Private Psychic or Mediumship Readings


with Rev. Mary Torrey - 10am-2:30pm, March 4-8. Fee is $77/30-minute reading. Please contact the office to schedule an appointment, 941-953-6620. At the Learning Center, Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Spring Cleaning for Your Body - 2-4pm. Dr. Carol Roberts from Best Medicine will be presenting a series of free classes, comprising a course in the normal functioning of the human body and some of the ways it can go wrong. Classes offered every first Wednesday in person at Full Spectrum Health as well as their Facebook Live. Registration required. Call 941-404-8030 to sign-up. Best Medicine Inc., 2106 Bispham Rd., Sarasota, 941-4048030, BestMedicineFl@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Spirit Message Gallery Readings - 7-9pm. Readings from multiple mediums. It’s a loving and tender evening of connecting with your departed loved ones. $15. Please call the office or pay at the door 941-953-6620. In the Sanctuary at Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Focus Your Pocus - 1-4:30pm. Join us on a magical old fashioned Spirit Funfest. Learn how spirit talks to us and experience old fashioned Table Tipping yourself, as well as Old Time Flame Messages and much more. $25. Contact the office or pay at the door 941-953-6620. In Davis Hall at Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,

Ongoing Events

Sunday Unity of Sarasota - 10-10:15 am - Meditation, Celebration Service - 10:30- 11:45am. In-person and livestream at UnityofSarasota.org under services tab. Celebration service includes a contemporary talk and lively music. Youth ministry program “The power of life to create a world that works for all:”. 1st Sunday is Birthday & Anniversary Sunday; 3rd Sunday is Potluck (bring a dish to share)! Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Cosmic Center Sunday Sabbath Services - 10:30am, except Dec 24th. In person and on Zoom. Join our rotation of reverends every Sunday as we connect with our Family of Light. First Sunday - Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth (Baba Sharone). Through the Divine Names of God and conscious intention we create the Sacred Space to connect to the Healing Power of the Divine. Expect MIRACLES! Second Sunday - A Channeling of Dimensions of Love with Rev. Nancy Robinson. She will Uplift, Guide, Inspire, Heal and help promote Peace and Harmony in the Heart. Third Sunday - Ecstatic Kabbalah with Rev. Annie Eng anchored in Kabbalah Tree of Life Ceremony and Wisdom. Fourth Sunday – Rev. Robin bringing you wisdom teachings from around the world and ages, accompanied with her crystal harp. Fifth Sunday – Rev. Richard Brooks, developing pathways to consciously unite humanity and the world in the energy of Universal Love. This Service helps you

align with the Higher Wisdom and Blessing that is available to all of us. Love Donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County - 10:30am. Sunday morning service. We are a lay-led fellowship providing meaningful worship. We provide a welcoming space and time to explore what we find worthy in a variety of faith experiences. This month’s theme is change. Check the website for Sunday’s speaker and topic - guest ministers, community folks, and members. Bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, and your expansive heart to 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd in Port Charlotte or visit UUFCC.org. Universal Service - 10:30am. Each Sunday with a rotation of Reverends. This is a weekly egalitarian service which celebrates all of humanity’s religions together on a single altar. It is a place where East meets West, offering opportunities for spiritual growth and sharing. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020. RisingTideInternational.org, for info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sunday Morning Celebration Service, In-Person and Zoom - 11am, in person healing at 10:30 in Flexer Healing Chapel before service. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation and messages. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance - 3-4 pm, fourth Sunday of every month. Come discover professional sound healing with musicians and certified sound healing professionals. The OM Shoppe & Spa is the area’s leading supplier of Vibrational Medicine tools to help those seeking to feel better, improve happiness and reach higher states of consciousness. The OM Shoppe is honored to have aligned with professional musician, shamanic sound guide, musical instructor and sound healer Zen Seraphine. The Sonic Sunday Journey’s will be held once a month on the last Sunday of every month. Care and collaboration with the certified sound healers Beth A Snyder, CCHt and Nancy Parlor of The OM Shoppe ensure the experience you have with us is specifically designed and based on researched sound healing techniques, rhythms & intervals to help you remove emotional, mental and spiritual blocks. Past traumas in your bio filed are considered and full resolution through the Sound Journey is achieved. You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com. Cosmic Center Study Group the Pistis Sophia - The Faith of Wisdom with Kim Converse - 1-4pm, 2nd Sundays, beg. Jan 14. In-person and on Zoom. Join Kim Converse, our Keys of Enoch® facilitator, as we

embark on the study of the Pistis Sophia, an ancient Coptic Gnostic text (gnosis means ‘knowledge’) with commentary by Drs. J.J. Hurtak and Desiree Hurtak. The Pistis Sophia “the Faith of Wisdom” is a teaching given to the disciples of Jesus afetr his resurrection as the Christed Jesus for a period of 11 years not only to his male disciples, but also to his female disciples. $20. per month. “Pistis Sophia” book $50 plus shipping at: KeysofEnoch.org. KimConverse@gmail. com with questions. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram. Lightness Of Walking - Live - Online 2-4pm, 11, 18, 26. Your new walk wants to fit who you are today. You move forward, into your ‘younger you’, well-balanced and pain free. In this live, online Lightness of Walking Program designed and taught by Bonnie K you will find your walk, lighter and easier, not by walking, but by refining your A’s, B’s & C’s. You might not have the ‘body’ of your youth but you can have the experience of lightness and ease as you learn a process that will help you enhance your alignment, balance and coordination so you have a tool for a lifetime of enjoying your walk. $279/12 hours of classes (2 hours each session), plus 2 individual zoom sessions, booklet, replays and much more. Sign up here: LightnessofWalking.com. Sign up for a free E-book: FeldenkraisInSarasota. com/Free-Ebook-and-Videos-Registration/

Monday “Health & Nutrition” - 10-11am. With Fred Harvey, MD of The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine. Health & nutrition is a live callin or email Ask the Doc health show from 10-11 on WMNF 88.5FM public radio Tampa. Email questions to DJ@WMNF.org Resident Medium, Pranic Healer and Spiritual Counselor at The Cosmic Center 1-5pm. Rev Nancy Lee Robinson is available by appt only at The Cosmic Center for Spiritual Counseling, through medium/intuitive readings, pranic healing, aura & chakra clearing, inner child healing, past life regression and restorative release (emotional release). These sessions guide you on your spiritual path, releases energetic, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual blocks that keep you from moving forward and raising your vibration to higher levels. Other times available by appt only – call/text 941-313-0418 or at RevNancyLee52@gmail.com. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes - movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota.com/Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/ Monday Night Meditation - 6pm. All are welcome to come and explore with us a variety of meditation practices as we allow spirit to guide us. Come gather connect and breath as we open to the possibilities. Arrive early, doors

close at 6pm to honor our sacred space, Love donations welcomed. Spirit Speaks, 411 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 734-464-6828. Unity of Sarasota – Sangha SRQ Refuge Recovery - 6pm. Meets every Monday. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Pub Theology - 6:30–8pm, 2nd Mondays. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your spiritual questions. Meetings held at the Olive Garden in The Landings, 4910 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. For info, contact Unity of Sarasota, 941-955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Cosmic Center Anchoring Light Transmission Meditation - 6:45pm. With Baba Sharone. A call to all Lightworkers. The Anchoring Light Transmission Channeled Meditation has been a gathering point for Lightworkers and Planetary World Servers to come together and assist in the ascension of our planet and all her life in cooperation with our expanded family of light. As Anchors of Light, we take our important role in the spiritual hierarchy to manifest the divine plan of love, light, peace and oneness to our planet. Participants who serve in anchoring this Celestial Radiant Light Energy from the ascended realms benefit from the wisdom, guidance and grace that flows from it which brings forth healing, peace and accelerated spiritual growth. In person and online. Love offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday Unity of Sarasota – Colleen Cassidy Art Class - Call Colleen for placement info at 941-320-0552. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, UnityofSarasota.org. Cosmic Center Restorative Stretching 12:15pm. With Danielle Nance. Learn how to gently relax the muscles, loosen the joints, strengthen the tendons and ligaments, as well as fortify the bones. The goal of this special stretching technique is to move the Qi (life force energy), enhance circulation, and ease the body into a nourishing state of relaxation and wellbeing. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram. Unity of Sarasota – Soul Sisters - 1-3pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Unity of Sarasota - A Course In Miracles - 6-7:30pm. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota 941-955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Cosmic Center Weekly Embodied Awakening Community Circle Kundalini Yoga and Breathwork - 6-7pm. Lead by Vicki Somoya. Outdoor Kundalini Yoga and Breathwork followed by indoor movement to ground, cleanse and reset our bodies, minds and souls, set to joyful uplifting music tracks. Time for chatting and light refreshments. Please bring something to share if you feel called. Please bring a yoga mat! (Some extras mats are available). $20 Suggested donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram. Cosmic Circle of Lightworkers Discussion Group - 7pm. A circle of like-minded spiritual friends coming together to create a safe

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and sacred space to talk and discuss things on your mind, spiritual insights, experiences, questions and other dynamics related to our individual and collective spiritual path. An opportunity to meet new and old like-minded friends and to share and network. The group will be facilitated by Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth (Baba Sharone), Rev. Nancy Lee Robinson and other ministers of The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light. Let’s come together as “The Family of Light” and grow together! Love donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.


Unity of Sarasota – A Course in Miracles - 1011:30am. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 11am. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes - movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota.com/Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/ Cosmic Center Gentle Flow Yoga - 12:301:30pm. With Stephanie Jarvis. Join Stefanie RYT 200 for a Gentle Flow Yoga class geared specifically for those new to yoga or those who are interested in a gentle practice. This class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. Breathing techniques and meditation is also integrated. Each class will end with an extended period of relaxation. No experience or flexibility required. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL. com, Facebook and Instagram. Free Reiki Healing Clinic - 4-6pm. Come visit our new location. Reiki is an ancient healing technique that is thousands of years old. Reiki is the Chi or life force energy that runs through each of us and is directed and transferred during a Reiki session. Free session every Wednesday. Angel Ministries, 1890 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesFl.org. Wednesday Wisdom Share - 6pm. A gathering of “Light-Minded” Souls is a sacred circle that meets to honor and support each other weekly. We are all awakening and expanding in new ways. Whether you are just becoming aware or have been on your path. We offer a safe and supportive space to share. Bring your stories and experiences, or just listen as others share theirs. Doors open at 5:45 and doors close at 6pm to honor our sacred space. Love donations welcomed. Spirit Speaks, 411 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 734-464-6828. Objects of Magic Myakka Yoga - 7pm, 7, 21, 28. This hour-long session will leave you refreshed. Stretching is so beneficial for your health. Join us and meet new friends. $30 donation. Call to RSVP. Sign up: ObjectsOfMagic.com/Pages/All-Events. Objects of Magic Farm & Retreat, 14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City, 818-793-7834, ObjectsofMagic.com. The Om Shoppe Sound Bath - 7-8pm, second Wednesday of each month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation. Zooey Seraphine, Creative Director for the


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OM Shoppe & Sound Therapy Practitioner, brings to you these beautiful singing bowl sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heighten mindbody awareness. Experience the power of sound to help you access connection, relaxation, and inspiration with a transcendental OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath. Lay on zero-gravity chairs as 2 trained sound facilitators guide you into meditation, letting go, and present awareness with celestial sounds to elevate consciousness and transform your mind, body, and spirit. These sound bath sessions provide an accessible way to help you release your stress and rejuvenate midweek in an uplifting, guided sound meditation facilitated by OM Shoppe sound therapy practitioners and professional musicians. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com.


FREE Optimizing Health through Functional Medicine Talk with Dr. Hutch at Turning Tides - A Whole Body Healing Sanctuary - 6-7:30pm. Dr. Hutch will cover various health problems using a functional medicine approach, review optimal lab ranges, and discuss how nutrition is more than just a substance. Let us help you on your journey to healthy! RSVP, space is limited, dinner served. To register: https://l.bttr.to/lFCyc Turning Tides, 6672 Cortez Rd., W, Bradenton, 941-280-4673, Info@TurningTides.us. You can find us on social too! FB: @TurningTidesWithDrHutch IG: TurningTides_DrHutch. Colleen Cassidy Art Class - Call Colleen for placement info, at 941-320-0552. Unit of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Free Kombucha Tasting at Flobucha 5-6pm. Join us for a free Kombucha tasting at Flobucha Sarasota’s first Kombucha Bar in Gulf Gate. Enjoy a free test flight of our 6 delicious locally made Kombuchas and do something good for your health at the same time. Kombucha is known for its high nutritional value and support for healthy gut bacteria. Bring your friends and come hang out and have a good time. Location: 2725 Mall Drive, Sarasota, Info@Flobucha.com, follow us on social media: Instagram.com/ Flobucha and on Facebook: Flobucha. Cosmic Center Tai-chi With Reuben – 5:30pm Tai chi is a practice that involves a series of slow gentle movements and physical postures, a meditative state of mind, and controlled breathing. Tai chi originated as an ancient martial art in China. Over the years, it has become more focused on health promotion and rehabilitation. Some of the benefits are: reduces stress, improves mood, better sleep, promotes weight loss, improves cognition in older adults, reduces risk of falling in older adults, improves fibromyalgia symptoms, and improves COPD symptoms. Reuben Fernandez offers Chen Tai Chi for all levels and has 20+ years’ experience training and teaching. Wear loose clothes and shoes with low heels and soles. Running shoes are discouraged. Bring drinking water, and a hat. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.


Unity of Sarasota - A Course In Miracles - 6-7:30pm. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota 941-955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Cosmic Center A Course in Miracles - 7pm. With Rev Nancy Robinson. A Course in Miracles, scribed by Dr Helen Schucman with Dr Bill Thetford in the 1970s. It is a study program of spiritual psychotherapy designed to awaken in us the truth of our oneness with God and Love. Through the course one learns how the practice of forgiveness assists in releasing elements of the past with a willingness to follow higher guidance, cultivating a miracle-mindedness. Schucman is said to have received the material through ‘inner dictation’ from Christ. Online Zoom only, $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CCOSL.com, Facebook and Instagram.


Colleen Cassidy Art Class - Call Colleen for placement info, at 941-320-0552. Unit of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Unity of Sarasota– Friday Night Spirit Express - 7pm, 1st Friday – Kirtan; 2nd Friday (6pm) – Movies; 5th Friday (6:30pm) - Puppet Karaoke. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301. UnityofSarasota.org.


Guided Meditation - 10:30-11:45am for a guided meditation. When you learn how to find inner peace and joy among chaos, you can tap into it anytime, anywhere. Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center is a space to learn how to calm your mind, cultivate peace and joy, and live in the present moment. Private meetings, corporate training, blessings, weddings, memorials and other ceremonies are available with our monks. These in-person events take place at the Sanctuary of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice. A Zoom link is available on the website BLBMC.org. Contact Info@BLBMC.org. for more information. Psychic Saturday - 11:30am-2:30pm, 1st Sat only. In Davis Hall of Sarasota Center of Light. There is a 15-minute reading for $20 and in Flexer Healing Chapel there is healing with a $5 love donation. All are welcome! Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-9536620, or after hours 727-492-2977, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Lightness Of Walking - Live - Online 2-4pm, 10, 17, 24. Your new walk wants to fit who you are today. You move forward, into your ‘younger you’, well-balanced and pain free. In this live, online Lightness of Walking Program designed and taught by Bonnie K you will find your walk, lighter and easier, not by walking, but by refining your A’s, B’s & C’s. You might not have the ‘body’ of your youth but you can have the experience of lightness and ease as you learn a process that will help you enhance your alignment, balance and coordination so you have a tool for a lifetime of enjoying your walk. $279/12 hours of classes (2 hours each session), plus 2 individual zoom sessions, booklet, replays and much more. Sign up here: LightnessofWalking.com. Sign up for a free E-book: Fe l d e n kra i s I n S a ra s o t a .co m / Fre e - E b ook-and-Videos-Registration/

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

Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine CARYN L. YOUNG, DOM, AP, OTR Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 2801 Fruitville Rd.Suite 135, Sarasota 941-924-8833 • IntegratedPath.com

The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine,Acupuncture, Energetic Medicine, Bloodwork Analysis,Clinical Nutrition Assessments and ZYTO Elite to restore balance. Over 30 years of clinical experience!

DR DEBORAH SCANDIN AP RRT Acupuncture Physician Respiratory Therapist Located at Dr. Luo’s Oriental Medicine 3292 Fruitville Rd., STE 104, Sarasota 941-955-8882 DrLuoAcupuncture.com

Dr Scandin has over 25 years combined experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Respiratory Therapy and Neuromuscular Massage. She treats : flu & colds, sore throat, asthma, headaches, sinusitis, sport injuries, trauma and total wellness .


Lindsay Boyum, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M., LMT 1487 2nd St, Ste. D, Sarasota. Located downtown by Whole Foods and Kahwa Coffee. 941-735-3575 GoldenAgeAcupuncture.com

Offering Five Element Acupuncture and energy medicine (Quantum CranioSacral Therapy), Lindsay uses gentle techniques to correct imbalances in body, mind, and spirit, helping you be the best version of yourself and restore a new Golden Age.

SARASOTA CENTER FOR ACUPUNCTURE AND NUTRITION Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM Nationally Board Certified Dipl.Ac Complimentary Meet & Greet The Medical Complex 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-951-1119 • ScanSRQ.com

Sarasota Center For Acupuncture and Nutrition is an integrated wellness practice addressing all health issues.We will find the key to unlock your highest level of health and wellness. Complimentary meet & greet.


Internal/External Beauty 6608 Gateway Ave., (Gulf Gate), Sarasota 941-554-8623 NaturalApothecaryShoppe.com Instagram:The Natural Apothecary Shoppe FB: Natural Apothecary Shoppe

Organic skincare, (made on the premises), natural cosmetic kits by 2 time Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist Laurie Lombardi. Professional supplements, enzymes, vitamins, CBD, homeopathy, herbal consultant by our Holistic Pharmacist.

Chiropractors SARASOTA CENTER FOR ACUPUNCTURE AND NUTRITION Leo Gallego, DOM, Dipl. O.M., A.P. Complimentary Meet & Greet The Medical Complex 2650 Bahia Vista St., STE 101, Sarasota 941-951-1119 • ScanSRQ.com

Sarasota Center For Acupuncture and Nutrition is an integrated wellness practice addressing all health issues. We will find the key to unlock your highest level of health and wellness. Complimentary meet & greet.

Acupuncture Facelift FACES BY DR ANNA

Anna L. Baker, D.O.M. Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician 941-924-2723 • FacesByDrAnna.com

Unique muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift done with 12 hair-thin needles, none of which are on the face. Results documented photographically. Only one maintenance treatment needed every 18 months. Free consultation includes facial analysis. Monthly seminars, call for schedule.


6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Mon-Sat 10-5pm.


Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 • Eric.Winder.dc@gmail.com

Professional care with a personal focus. Feel better through proper alignment, and get back to work and play! See our website for more information.

Community INTUITIVE READINGS & GUIDANCE, SPIRITUAL BOOKS, & CLASSES Michelle Marie Angel S.M.I.L.E. -- Spiritual Miracles Intentional Living Education Smile4Love.com MichelleMarieAngel.com VisionarySolutions4Smile.org

There are many kinds of support on all 3 websites. There are 3 books that will change your life, events, audio books, messages, podcasts, and more at Smile4Love.com. Books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Live Love, Forever Free, and It IS A New World After All will help you attain higher consciousness, replace old programming, and give you tools for empowerment and self-development. Classes: Manifesting- Pixie Dust and Zoom, Rock My World for Teens, Life Purpose, DreamWriting, and Starseeds meetup on Zoom: VisionarySolutions4Smile.org. Readings - Zoom or local. MichelleMarieAngel.com. Text Michelle at: 541-261-4483. Email: Michelle@Smile4Love.com.

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Energy Healing



Perette DeJean-Cannady 8051 North Tamiami Trail, STE E-2, Sarasota 941-587-5648 •VibrationalBlissWellness.com Perette@VibrationalBliss.com

The Voice Reveals What the Body Knows! Did you know that your voice has 12 silent vibrational frequencies? The Voice Analysis Harmony program is a non-invasive cutting-edge tool. It offers insight into where your physical and emotional systems are stressed out and offers musical frequencies to restore balance. For more information go to VibrationalBlissWellness.com.

Feldenkrais Method


THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD® Lessons for Children (ABM), Adults, Classes, Prof Seminars Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248 Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com FeldenkraisInSarasota.com

The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941360-2248, Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.

Functional & Lifestyle Wellness KORMAN RELIEF & WELLNESS CENTER

Laura Korman, DC, DACBN Chiropractor, Diplomate in Nutrition 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charlotte 941-629-6700 • DrLauraKorman.com

Dr. Korman specializes in helping peri-menopausal women eliminate pain, fatigue and unwanted belly fat through functional medicine, lifestyle strategies and regenerative therapies so they can reclaim their vitality and stay engaged in the life they love. We offer PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy), Class IV Deep Tissue Laser, Near & Far Infrared Sauna, Decompression Therapies, Whole Body Vibration and carry a professional line of supplementation.


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Dr. Debbie Hutchinson DCN, CNS, LDN, IFMCP-c, CHHC 6672 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton 941-280-4673 Info@TurningTides.us TurningTidesWithDrHutch.com

Turning Tides with Dr. Hutch is a Whole-Body Healing Sanctuary here to help you identify underlying causes of chronic health problems through the view of a Functional Medicine lens. When you’ve tried all the conventional methods and aren’t getting answers, we dig deeper to identify the root-cause. Our goal is to lead you on a journey to a healthier you with compassion and proficiency. We offer personalized, targeted services and a host of inhouse modalities to aid you on your way. Functional Medicine health programs, Salt Therapy, Infrared Sauna, BioCharger, IonCleanse Foot Detox, BrainTap, Bemer, Cold Plunge, Meal Plans, and many special events such as Sound therapy in the Salt Room, Thermography, and live Master Classes on various health topics. Call or visit us today to set up your session! You can find us on social too! FB: @TurningTidesWithDrHutch IG: TurningTides_DrHutch.


Cara Nadolny Parrish Etsy.com/Shop/LowerCaseGirlShop Instagram: LowerCaseGirl

Cara, local artist from Bradenton and owner of Lowercasegirl, designs wearable art and holistic jewelry/gifts with meaning. Throughout her many years of working with gemstones and learning of their healing properties/energies, Cara has created conversation pieces that will bring joy to you and your loved ones for many years to come. Creating one of a kind enchantments one bauble and frippery at a time for over thirty years. Each package is hand wrapped in handmade papers from around the world and wax sealed with an information card. Visit us on Etsy or Instagram.


Caroline Crawford Messages from the spirit world with clarity and compassion. 941-402-9595 • CarolineCrawford.org CarolineCrawfordorg@gmail.com

Highly gifted British Medium and Master Healer, Caroline channels messages of healing to comfort, inspire and empower you from your loved ones and her team of Angelic beings. Receive guidance & insight into your life now and your future career, relationships, health and spiritual path with renewed confidence and optimism. Touching hearts for over four decades, Caroline is currently based in Sarasota. By appointment only, in person, by phone or zoom.



Rev. Nancy Lee 941-313-0418 call/text RevNancyLee52@gmail.com RevNancyLee.com

Rev Nancy Lee is a certified medium and internationally certified Pranic Healer. She has been offering her services to the public of mediumship, intuitive readings, spiritual counseling and healing since the 80’s. During the sessions, departed love ones, guides, teachers and guardian angels come through and give life changing messages and energy healing.

SOUL AND LIFE PATH READINGS, MASTER HEALER AND SPIRIT CHANNELER Paul Crawford Your Soul is the library of all your past life and current experiences. 941-402-9508

PaulCrawford.org • Crawford.Jerama@gmail.com Channeled messages from my spirit team Jerama gives you the opportunity to understand yourself, your life path and life’s challenges from the perspective and wisdom of your soul. Gain insight, understanding, healing and inspired direction to remove unresolved karma and achieve further growth and expansion.


801 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 941-412-4334 • CafeEvergreen.net

Cafe Evergreen is a natural, organic restaurant. Our menu consists of many organic recipes designed to not only taste delicious, but also enhance your health. Open Monday-Saturday, closed on Sundays.

Organic Salon HAIR & EARTH ORGANIC SALON 200 Central Ave, Suite 18, Sarasota 941-284-9563 HairandEarth.GlossGenius.com

Erinn offers Sarasota excellence in conscious haircare. Cuts, color, highlights, smoothing treatments and more. Metaphysical gifts too! Kevin Murphy color line as well as retail products available. Comfortable, private space for calm, creative collaboration. Call or text Erinn Earth for an appointment or consultation. Or schedule online at: HairandEarth.GlossGenius.com.

Pain Management Neck and Back Pain

Shamanic Practices




Rev. Zan Benham, BSL, BD, CHT 941-922-7839 Spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, Reiki healing, breath, and energy work, hypnosis, soul retrieval, past life regression all to empower and help you move into the Divine flow of the joy and power within you.


Dr. David Cifra, DC

Non-Surgical Spinal • Decompression Specialist

Office: 941-358-2224 • Cell: 315-345-7390 DrCifra@SarasotaDiscCenter.com SarasotaDiscCenter.com

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr.David Cifra,DC. Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery, NO Injections. Call today 941-3582224. FREE CONSULTATION.


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Gain life changing insight from the Spiritual Hierarchy, as they touch on your past lives, present mission and purpose, and future opportunities. Learn how to increase your Chakras and Auric field. Checkout the Star People Characteristics on website.Appointments In-person or phone.


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Level 1, 2 and 3 Reiki Healing Certifications held monthly at Wild Ginger Apothecary with instructors Paula and Jean-Luc Casano of The Remedy Room. Visit WildGingerApothecary.com for more information or to schedule your training! Private classes are also available for small groups of 4 or more. Mon-Sat 10-5pm.

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A place of Light and Uncondition-al Love bringing together awak-ened and awakening minds and hearts for healing, enlightenment, support and joy!


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Experience the peaceful energy, love and light of our metaphysical spiritual community. Join us for the inspiration, healing and connection to Spirit in our services, classes and social gatherings.


Certified Instructor for the Tibet Lamasery Jill Morris 2010 Pine Terrace Suite B Sarasota 941-321-7197 DoctorJillMorris.com

Tai Chi Gung is a regenerative system of health and longevity developed by Lao Tzu 3300 years ago. It combines movement, breathing, and the mind to increase the vital energy, or life force of the body systems to cultivate more inner peace, improved balance, deeper sleep, mindfulness, and spiritual wisdom in your life to name a few. Sign up for classes at DoctorJillMorris.com


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