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s promised last month, we have devoted a good portion of this month's magazine to bodywork. The cornerstone of this content is our updated Bodywork Guide. In this, you'll find everything from Acupressure to Zero Balancing, and everything in between. Our editors spent a great deal of time bringing the list, we last published a couple of years ago, current. There are many new modalities and updated descriptions. We hope you benefit from the information. The goal, of course, is to provide you information you can use when seek out bodywork for yourself. Recently, we both found ourselves in need of physical therapy to recover from surgeries we had. Since we had an advanced draft of this month's guide, we found it helpful in understanding some of the techniques used. We wish the same for you, should you need it. Obviously, you'll want to keep a copy of this on hand for future reference. You'll also note that, simply because of space limitations, we were not able to include some of the listings in the print version of our magazine. If you visit our website, however, you'll find the expanded version with all listings. Also, if you discover something we overlooked, we'd love to hear from you so we can include it in our next guide, whenever that happens to be published. The companion theme to bodywork this month is "relationships." For this topic, you'll find some guidelines for maintaining a successful marriage as well as positive ways to promote kindness in the "Bully Blues Busters." Bullying has become an important topic in the last year, so we felt this a timely contribution. The new Michigan Healthy Living Events seminar series we mentioned last month is very close to launch. At press time we still didn't have some of the facilities firmed up for these events, but we'll be announcing those in the next couple of weeks both on our website and via our email list (make sure you're signed up!). The response we've received from readers and businesses about this new program has been very positive and we're anxious to get started. Also, begin watching for all the other great Spring expos, festivals and fairs being planned. Some have been announced in this issue, but as more come to our attention we'll be placing them on our website and in future issues of the magazine. We can't wait for Spring! So until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!
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newsbriefs New Test to Identify Hidden Body Stress Offered in Sterling Heights Do you have a special event in the community? Open a new office? Move? Recently become certified in a new modality?
r. Bence DC, CCWP has joined a growing number of chiropractors that have upgraded their level of care to assess the health and wellbeing of their patients. Patients can now receive a COREscore™ report that helps identify hidden body stress and the effects it has on their overall body and health. The COREscore™ can be completed in less than 15 minutes, is non-invasive and produces instant feedback to the patient. Dr. Bence uses the INSIGHT Millenium technology that’s certified by the Space Foundation and used on Super Bowl Champions, Olympic Gold medalists and star athletes. Patients of Dr. Bence will have the added benefit of being able to view their COREscore™ online through their private patient website. “We are extremely excited to be able to bring this cutting-edge technology to our community,” states Dr. Bence. “Providing the highest level of care for our patients is the goal and the COREscore™ is a powerful and simple way to measure and report the efficiency of a person’s autonomic nervous system. This painless and non-invasive test can reveal hidden body stress that shows how your body deals with weight gain, trouble sleeping, energy, emotional issues and pain!” Bence Chiropractic Wellness Center is located at 39573 Mound Rd in Sterling Heights. For more information or to obtain a COREscore™ report, call 586-978-9900 or visit BenceChiro.com. See ad page 9.
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re you ready for a cleanse or detox but don’t know where to start? Drs. Marc and Colleen VanHoogstraat invite you to join them for To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse? to discover the health-restoring power of cleansing. In this class, you will learn how you can change your life and move toward a better body and better health in as little as 3 days. "Due to the toxic nature of our modern lifestyles, we are exposed to enormous amounts of chemic-als, processed foods, environmental toxins, medications, artificial substances, and the like. A simple colon cleanse isn’t going to cut it!” Dr's. Colleen and Marc says Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat. “The question isn’t VanHoogstraat and family should you detox, but how and when. Inflammation is a major byproduct of toxicity and a leading contributor to all chronic illness. An optimal cleanse begins at the level of the cell. A true cellular detox – support for the liver, kidneys, colon, and cell membrane inflammation – is the way to go." The class will be offered at Lifetime Wellness on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm and is free to the public. Free samples will be served. Lifetime Wellness is located at 51 S. Washington, Suite D in Oxford. For more information, call 248-628-4886 or visit LifetimeWellness.net. See ads pages 13 & 25.
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The festival has become one of America’s largest Earth Day celebrations. In 2011, the event was rescheduled to a later date and renamed the Green Living Festival (GLF), leaving a void in local Earth Day observance. MGT is bringing back the event which will leverage the branding, date and location that produced record attendance. The GLF will continue as a separate late summer or early fall event. The MI Earth Day Fest provides a wide variety of opportunities for participation, including product and service promotion, event and program sponsorship, non-profit education, advocacy and fund-raising, volunteering, entertainment and educational programming. It offers an unmatched opportunity to connect with thousands of people eager to learn about green and healthy living, products, services and programs. For further information, visit miEDF. com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kerrie at 248-808-3601.
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he Alexander Technique works by helping you identify and prevent the harmful postural habits that can cause or aggravate stress, pain or lack of effectiveness,” explains Carol MacCallum Strozier, Alexander Technique practitioner. “You learn to release tension and rediscover balance of mind and body. With increased awareness you can be poised without stiffness, move gracefully with strength, and be alert and focused with ease.” Strozier is offering a demonstration on February 18 from 1-2:30 pm at the South Oakland Family YMCA. During the demo, you will learn to use your body according to design and move with less effort but more ease. For additional information on the technique, visit amsatonline.org. South Oakland Family YMCA is located at 1016 W Eleven Mile Rd in Royal Oak. For more information or to register, call Carol MacCallum Strozier at 248-885-0305 or see her ad on page 49.
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r. Megan Strauchman, medical director of the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center in Grand Blanc, is hosting special seminars on the history, use of and research on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This will be the ultimate Q&A seminar where you can get all of your questions answered. "Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT," explains Dr. Strauchman, "is a revolutionary treatment for many neurological diseases and conditions. Classically, HBOT has been used for fracture healing, healing diabetic ulcers, and carbon monoxide poisoning. However, newer research has shown the significant benefits of HBOT for conditions like autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and as a complementary cancer therapy." Seminar uests will receive a special gift for attending. The seminars will be held on February 8th and February 22nd. Both seminars will begin at 6pm and run for approximately 45 minutes. One guest at each seminar date will win an introductory HBOT package. Seating is limited so reservations are required. The HBOT seminars will be held at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center in Grand Blanc, 8293 Office Park Drive, located on the southwest corner of S. Saginaw St. and McCandlish Rd. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 810-6943576 or email the office at email@example.com. Their website is NWPRC.com. See ad page 53.
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Bernadette Bazinet Bernie’s is open 7 days a week and offers a café on Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. They serve a variety of sweets for the health conscious such as gluten-free peanut butter cookies, oatmeal coconut bars, and more. They also offer organic coffee and tea. “We always have classic music playing and the smells of grandma’s kitchen for a comfortable shopping experience,” says Bernadette Bazinet, owner of Bernie's. “But beware, its a bit chilly at Bernie’s; saving the planet by using less energy in such a large building comes at a price. So bundle up!” Bernie’s Best Used Furniture is located at 3370 Highland Rd in Waterford. For more information, please visit: Facebook.com/BerniesBestUsedFurniture or call 248-738-3734. See ad page 18.
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elissa Turbow, Certified Thai Massage Therapist, is pleased to announce that she has recently relocated her practice, Melissa Turbow Massage Therapy, to Birmingham. After graduating from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in 2009, Melissa built up a successful practice working one on one with clients to help them achieve their bodywork goals through use of Neuromuscular Therapy, Thai Massage, Myofascial release and Sports Massage. "I'm excited to reach out and serve the Oakland County and Greater Detroit communities," says Melissa. Melissa Turbow Massage Therapy is located on the main level of the professional building at 1775 East 14 Mile Road in Birmingham. For more information, contact Melissa at 734-660-7854 or visit TurbowTherapy.com.
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ow many healthy people do you know that take several prescription medications? On February 23, 2013, Rebekah’s Health and Nutrition Source in downtown Lapeer is sponsoring a workshop titled, Natural Alternatives to Common Prescriptions. The special guest speaker for this workshop is Mark Morningstar, DC, a functional neurologist at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers. In this workshop, Dr. Morningstar will be discussing the most common prescribed medications, the conditions for which they are prescribed, and natural alternatives you can use to help restore your health naturally. This workshop will arm you with information you can put to use immediately for you and your loved ones. "Prescription medications are not intended to cure medical conditions," explains Dr. Mark Morningstar, DC Morningstar. "They only serve to micromanage your metabolic pathways so that the symptoms of the condition are covered up. They do not address the underlying causes of the disease." The workshop will be held at the Marguerite deAngeli Library in downtown Lapeer. You can sign up for the workshop by calling 810-664-6971. Reservations are required for this event. For more information, call 810-660-8585. The Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Centers has offices in Grand Blanc and Richmond. Visit their website at NWPRC.com. See ad page 20.
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r. Madhu Subnani, M.D., of Timeless Health & Beauty Medical Spa in Rochester, is pleased to announce Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a new therapy which relieves pain and heals faster.
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ooks stimulate the mind in more ways than previously known, and may even help reduce the risk of depression in teenagers, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers report adolescents that spend more time reading books are less likely to experience a major depressive disorder than those listening to contemporary music. Participants were called up to 60 times during five extended weekends over two months and asked if their attention was currently devoted to television, movies, music, video games, the Internet, magazines, newspapers or books. Teens that spent the most hours listening to music were 8.5 times more likely to be depressed than those that spent the least amount of time absorbed in tunes. In contrast, adolescents that read the most (primarily books) were 10 percent as likely to be depressed as those that read the least. Major depression is thought to affect one in 12 teenagers, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Brian Primack, the assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics who led the study, remarks, “These findings may help clinicians and parents recognize links between media and depression. This is worth emphasizing because overall in the United States, reading books is decreasing, while nearly all other forms of media use are increasing.”
n the HealthSpotlight published on page 15 of our January 2013 issue, center column, paragraph 3, line 7; the sentence should have read that "The hyperbaric oxygen chamber provides an aerobic or hyper-oygenated environment in which the tumors cannot grow." Find the article in full either in the January issue or on our website as: Natural and Integrative Approaches to Cancer Treatment.
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alentine’s Day can increase feelings of loneliness, especially for the elderly, and may pose an additional risk factor for health problems such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. A new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, offers fresh evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces negative thoughts about being alone in older adults and also improves their physical health. The ancient practice dates back to the time of Buddha and focuses on creating an attentive awareness of the present moment. In the study, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pennsylvania, recruited 40 healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 85 that were interested in learning the technique. Subjects were assessed at the beginning and end of the study using an established loneliness scale, and blood samples were collected. After eight weeks of meditation training, participants reported decreased feelings of loneliness, and new blood samples revealed reduced pro-inflammatory gene expression (manifestion of encoded information). Inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Lead researcher J. David Creswell reports, “Mindfulness meditation training is a promising intervention for improving the health of older adults. It’s important to train your mind like you train your biceps in the gym.”
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Hot Peppers Help the Heart
ebruary is Heart Health Month, and individuals that like hot peppers have another reason to continue their spicy habit, according to recent research. A study presented at the latest National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society focused on the benefits of capsaicin and its fiery-hot relatives, a piquant family of substances termed capsaicinoids, that give cayenne, jalapeños, habanero and other chili peppers their heat. The research team discovered that these substances boost heart health in several ways: They block the action of a gene producing a substance that makes arteries contract and restrict the flow of blood to the heart and other organs; lower cholesterol by reducing its accumulation in the body and increasing its breakdown and excretion; decrease the size of cholesterol deposits already formed in blood vessels that narrow arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes; and reduce overall levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol while not affecting levels of “good” cholesterol.
onsumers do not need to buy overpriced, sugary sports drinks in order to replenish carbohydrates and electrolytes during or after exercise, say researchers at the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, in Kannapolis. Instead, just grab a banana. The tasty fruit not only offers the same performance boost as sports drinks, but additional advantages, as well. Bananas provide antioxidants not found in the manmade beverages, plus a greater nutritional boost, including fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. Bananas also boast a healthier blend of natural sugars than sports drinks.
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efore reaching for the saltshaker, consider that excessive dietary salt not only burdens the kidneys and increases the risk of hypertension; it may also deplete vital calcium. Research by Canadian medical researchers at the University of Alberta recently discovered an important link between sodium and calcium, which appear to be regulated by the same molecule in the body. When sodium intake becomes too high, the body excretes it via urine, taking calcium with it and creating a risk for developing kidney stones and osteoporosis. So, pass the pepper instead.
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tephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, shares her learned perspective in an intriguing oeuvre of books—Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage; The Way We Never Were; The Way We Really Are; and A Strange Stirring. She’s also co-chair and director of public education at the University of Miami’s research-based nonprofit Council on Contemporary Families. As a speaker, she shares good news on marriage, based on her extensive study and observations.
taller, more powerful and slightly scary, and some men still want an admiring, yielding woman, the trend favors valuing more individualized traits. In a reversal from 40 years ago, men are much less interested in a partner’s cooking and housekeeping than in her intelligence, humor and accomplishments. Women value a mate that shares household chores more than one that is a high earner. (See more results of a Pew Research Center survey at Tinyurl.com/PewTrends.)
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Be truly interested in your partner’s ideas and activities; take pride in their achievements; use endearments or offer tactile affection without being asked; have a sense of humor about differences; and never let irritation or anger slide into contempt.
While marriage as an institution is less powerful than it used to be, people have higher expectations of marriage as a relationship. Precisely because most Americans no longer feel they have to marry, they are more specific about what they want from it. When a marital relationship works today, it is fairer, more intimate, more mutually beneficial and less prone to violence than ever before. Yet, individuals are less willing to stay in a relationship that doesn’t confer these benefits.
Which qualities do people most desire in a mate today? The old model of married love held that opposites attract. Men wanted mates that were pliable and nurturing; women wanted men that were ambitious, powerful and protective. The new model is based on similarities of interests and talents. While some women are still attracted to men that are richer,
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How can small, daily interactions contribute to intimacy? We all have moments when we are irritated, angry or emotionally or intellectually unresponsive. A mate will tolerate these as long as he or she trusts you to be loving and attentive most of the time. It’s an emotional line of credit— each partner needs to keep replenishing the reserves of trust and good will, rather than drawing them down. Psychologist and researcher John Gottman, Ph.D., suggests people need about five positive interactions for every negative one in an intimate relationship. It’s less the occasional over-the-top gesture and more the regular, small deposits
that count—a few words of appreciation, a loving touch, an expression of sexual attraction. If we have trouble remembering to regularly express appreciation, we may do better by asking, “What would have been harder about this day if my partner wasn’t in my life?”
Why do the new realities of marriage emphasize play over work? Successful marriages used to depend upon specialization. Men and women couldn’t substitute for one another in accomplishing tasks. A typical woman couldn’t support herself financially; a typical man didn’t know how to feed himself, do laundry or manage childrearing. Even if couples didn’t share many mutual interests, the partners often took pleasure in being indispensable. Now women can support themselves and men cook and clean. Thus, shared interests and leisure activities, rather than specialized work roles, increasingly serve as the glue of marriage. Play takes people off the work-centric treadmill and introduces novelty into the relationship. Spending leisure time with others also produces higher levels of happiness than cocooning, according to the GallupHealthways Well-Being Index. So make it a double-date night.
How do current and potential partners benefit from game changers—from cell phones to the Internet? The Internet makes it easier to meet partners. Once in a partnership, technology can help daily tasks get accomplished efficiently, leaving more leisure time. It also allows us to check in with each other while apart. But e-devices are no substitute for face time. The best way to nurture a relationship is to unplug from the grid and plug into real life. I see many couples reinvigorated by each other’s company after a few hours together engaged in a fun outdoor recreational activity. For relevant articles and interviews, visit StephanieCoontz.com. S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazines. February 2013
help teach students peacemaking skills. The nonprofit is based on the premise that children have a natural aptitude for it and peacemaking can be taught, just like other subjects; their curriculum teaches and reinforces core social/emotional skills in communication, creative conflict resolution, courage, cooperation, empathy and civic engagement. A New York City student remarks, “Peace First teaches that even if you don’t like someone, it shouldn’t affect how you work together to accomplish something... [putting] peace first makes my heart beat lovelier.”
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The International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) (InternationalForgiveness.com), in Madison, Wisconsin, has added its support to the anti-bullying movement. Stemming from the research of IFI founder Robert Enright, Ph.D., and his colleagues, the institute works to forward forgiveness for personal, group and societal renewal. It attests that in forgiving a hurtful person, a personal transformation begins that can enhance self-esteem and hopefulness. Enright’s scientific studies further demonstrate that when children learn about forgiveness, feelings of anger, depression and anxiety are reduced. “We believe that forgiveness is a choice,” explains Enright. “When you forgive, you may benefit the person you forgive, but you benefit yourself far more.” Enright recalls his experiences working with incarcerated men that were serving life sentences. “The first thing the assigned therapists asked the group to do was to tell me their story; tell me about the hurts that had been perpetrated on them. One man began to cry, saying that no one had ever asked for his story.” The therapists listened to a tale of the cruel disciplinary measures he had endured at home as a child and recognized a correlation with the crime he had committed. “I’m not justifying his actions, but we can see that he was an extremely wounded man. Many bullies in school have a story, and we need to take the time to hear their story. “Because those that engage in bullying are often filled with rage from having been bullied themselves, they
‘pro-hero’ than from simply discussing he National Education Association why bullying is hurtful.” estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fears Calmly Taking Charge of being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is more than a buzzEric D. Dawson, president and coword. According to StopBullying.gov, it’s founder of Boston-based Peace First defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior (PeaceFirst.org), also believes in the among school-age children that involves power of positive language. “We need to a real or perceived power imbalance. move away from harsh language that fo Kelly Hughes, a school counselor at cuses kids on what not to do and instead Bayside Academy, in Daphne, Alabama, ignite their moral imagination—call on has noticed a dramatic shift in bullying them to be problem solvers,” he says. behaviors. She observes, “Kids are not To counter bullying in society, hitting or punching or pushing each oth- Dawson suggests that we all need to er as much as they used to. Rather, they be role models, and talk about and celare using in-person relational aggression ebrate peacemaking. “We can’t expect such as hurtful words, glares, whispering our kids to listen to us when we tell and excluding individuals, exacerbated them to be peaceful and share if they by social media and cell phones.” then see us aggressively cut in front of While anti-bullying legislation exothers on the road or in the checkout ists in 49 states (Montana is the excepline. We can also ask kids how they tion), approaches for addressing this were peacemakers during their day, in problem vary. Hughes says, “In my job, addition to what they learned.” I spend a lot of time saying, ‘Just be Founded in 1992 in response to the kind.’ More positive results come from youth violence epidemic, Peace First propromoting kind behaviors and being vides programs and free online tools to www.NAeastMichigan.com 24 Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI
get to a point that they don’t care about the consequences of their actions, including detention,” Enright continues. Instead of focusing on the prevention of unwanted behaviors, he says, “Our program is meant to take the anger out of the heart of those that bully, so they bully no more.” An elementary school-age participant in the Forgiveness Program concludes, “Sometimes it is hard to forgive someone straight away if they really hurt your feelings. It might take longer to see their worth and show them real forgiveness… but it is worth it in the end.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
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The seed holds within itself hints of its magnificent maturity. So it is with the practice of whole-person health care, which has matured in language, sophistication, credibility and acceptance. In a single generation, we’ve seen its presence grow from the outer edges of holistic and alternative wellness to complementary and integrative health care. Its latest evolution into America’s mainstream is known as functional medicine. The branch of massage therapy, the germination point for myriad therapies collectively known as bodywork, patterns the movement’s development.
nce considered a luxury for the pampered few, massage was among the first therapies to be widely recognized by physicians as a respected aspect of integrative and functional medicine. Bodywork increasingly shares this status, as it is included in conventional medicine’s more innovative healthcare models that embrace a body, mind and spirit approach. One of many examples is Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina, where patient services include a form of integrative massage that blends Swedish massage, myofascial therapy, reflexology, energy work
and somatic therapy techniques. In the public’s view, bodywork is still largely associated with massage, although distinct forms stand on their own, including Rolfing, structural integration, shiatsu and myofascial and craniosacral therapies. Bodywork professionals generally belong to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), whatever their specialized modality. They may also participate in other professional organizations, such as the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, which has some 80,000 members, many of which are also members of the International Associa-
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tion for Structural Integrators. These nonprofits’ websites help individuals locate practitioners in their area. According to Maureen Moon, past president of AMTA, many massage therapists (which don’t refer to themselves as bodyworkers) are trained in various bodywork therapies and intuitively integrate them into their sessions, depending upon each client’s needs. She notes that, “Many AMTA members are so passionate about their profession and meeting the continuing education (CEU) requirements that they go far beyond the units required to maintain their license, which can vary from state-to-state.” For example, Moon has trained in spinal reflex analysis, developed by Dr. Frank Jarrell, neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies, shiatsu and seven massage therapies. “Most AMTA members are CEU junkies,” quips Moon, who points out that national conventions provide continuing education and chapter meetings frequently introduce attendees to new techniques. Some practitioners discover specialties while in search of pain relief for personal injuries or other conditions.
Myofascial Therapy Olympia Hostler, a myofascial therapist in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, had two serious horse riding accidents during adolescence and three automobile accidents by age 40, which combined, left her so incapacitated that she could barely walk. “I couldn’t work for three years, because I was so debilitated,” relates Hostler. She found her doctor’s diagnosis of severe permanent damage to the body’s soft connective tissue, or fascia, and the prognosis of a lifetime of living with pain unacceptable. So she began searching for something that would help restore health. Her investigation of therapies ended with myofascial release, an effective wholebody approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction, developed by Physical Therapist John F. Barnes. “I had several sessions and found lasting pain relief unlike anything I’d ever experienced,” advises Hostler. Unlike massage therapies focused on improving circulation, inducing relaxation or draining lymph fluid, the
myofascial treatment reached Hostler’s deepest layer of fascia to free the restrictions causing her pain. “It was amazing that a hands-on application of gentle, sustained pressure into areas of restriction in the myofascial connective tissue could begin to relieve many years of ongoing, intense pain,” says Hostler.
Rolfing As a Certified (advanced) Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner, Robert McWilliams has been able to pursue his lifelong passion in the fields of movement and physical fitness, which included 25 years as a professional dancer and 14 as a professor of modern dance. He taught at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Florida, in Gainesville. “In the 1980s, while I was still dancing, I had an experience with Rolfing, developed by Ida P. Rolf [Ph.D.], that transformed my dancing, increased my athletic performance alignment, coordination, flexibility, balance, muscle tone, expressive power and overall sense of relaxation onstage, as well as in daily life,” relates McWilliams. He currently serves as an assistant teacher at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, in Boulder, Colorado, where he trained. Although McWilliams’ clients generally see him to treat the pain and discomfort of injuries, he says that they frequently change their focus to how their body is working better overall. “This is because injuries tend to resolve themselves after a few sessions of deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system,” says McWilliams. A specialized series of 10 sessions works to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body. Each session focuses on freeing up a particular region of the body. The effect releases old limiting patterns and postures and restores the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. “Often, as freedom of physical expression increases, so does emotional expression,” comments McWilliams.
“While Rolfers graduate from The Rolf Institute and attend certified
training programs in order to maintain their trademark, and structural integrators can attend any of 14 certified U.S. schools, we are all structural integrators; our training is based on the work of Ida Rolf,” says Diane Roth, a boardcertified structural integrator who has specialized in massage and bodywork for 25 years in the Chicago area. Roth explains that all practitioners in this field of study combine handson freeing and realigning of fascial tissue with awareness and movement education, in order to structurally integrate the whole body. Restoration of postural balance and functional ease greatly helps the body, which, she says, constantly labors against the powerful force of gravity. Like Moon, Roth has studied and incorporated other adjunct therapies and modalities, such as craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. From her perspective, bodywork differs from massage in that it requires more involvement from the client. “I tell my clients that with a veritable village of treatments available, there is always help for anyone that suffers with aches and pains, regardless of age,” says Roth.
Shirley Scranta, owner and director of the International School of Shiatsu, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, discovered The Book of Shiatsu: The Healing Art of Finger Pressure, by Saul Goodman, in a health food store. She subsequently researched the school that Goodman founded in 1978, based on the theories of masunaga Zen shiatsu, kushi macrobiotic and his own shiatsu shin tai. In 1996, Scranta became one of Goodman’s clients. “I drove a roundtrip of 240 miles for weekly treatments because each session made me feel better and stronger. After five sessions, I enrolled in classes and graduated later that year,” says Scranta. She believes the widely known form of acupressure helped her body reestablish its own intelligence system, which had been distorted by childhood trauma. “This gentle technique applies varying degrees of pressure to release tension, strengthen weak areas, facilitate circulation and balance the life energy
Mark Rogers, of Advanced Bodywork, LLC, in Birmingham, Michigan had a thriving Rolfing and massage therapy practice until a herniated disc required him to have back surgery. While surgery alleviated the intense pain, nagging sciatic pain still lingered down his leg which threatened to end is bodywork career. Then he discovered Bowenwork, the unique Australian manual therapy technique that not only took away his pain, but gave him a new career option that became his passion and the main technique he now utilizes in his practice. "Bowen was the breakthrough I needed to heal my body. I was amazed at how a technique so simple and non-invasive could have such powerful affects on my body that I knew I had to learn it myself," adds Rogers. "In the first Bowen session that I received," he says, "I tried to pay attention to what the practitioner was doing, but it was so relaxing that I just decided to enjoy the session" It took a few sessions to unwind his body and soon the nerve pain in his leg subsided and the tight muscles around his spine relaxed. "I often felt balanced and taller after sessions, just like I did when I would get Rolfed," adds Rogers, "only the Bowen touch didn't hurt at all and the results last just as long... if not longer! What I really find amazing about Bowen, is the number of 'Bowen Miracles' that happen. Clients who have tried lots of other therapies many times get an almost miraculous cure with Bowen. Migraines, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, sciatica, TMJ...and more. It really makes coming to the office fun!" For more information, contact Mark Rogers at 248-761-4135, or visit AdvancedBodyworkLLC.com. See his ad on page 15. that flows through the meridians in the body,” she explains. “In my case, it helped me connect with my body so that I could honor it and do what it February 2013
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Craniosacral Therapy Chiropractor Lisa Upledger is vice president of The Upledger Institute, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A craniosacral therapy (CST) practitioner, educator and wife of CST developer Dr. John Upledger, she advises that tension-related problems are a growing complaint in our modern world. Fortunately, such issues are among the myriad conditions that respond quickly to the gentle touch of this modality. In a 2007 Massage magazine article, she advised that the positive effects of the therapy rely to a large extent on the performance of the body’s inherent self-corrective mechanisms. “CST works through the craniosacral system to facilitate this function and thereby normalize the environment in which the central nervous system functions,” she noted. “As this is accomplished, a wide range of sensory, motor and neurological problems are improved.” CST practitioners listen with their hands to the slow pulsations of the craniosacral system. With a soft touch, equivalent to the weight of a nickel, they explore any fascia restrictions throughout the client’s body, which rests fully clothed in a supine position. Effects of the treatment can be wide-ranging, affecting the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems as well as organs, connective tissues and energy systems. It works to release deeply held physical and psychological patterns held within the body. A coin with different impressions on each side is still only one coin, a blend of precious metals. When the coin is tossed to reveal either heads or tails, the visible symbol is one interpretation of the whole imprint—an analogy that may best define the difference between massage and bodywork. All variations on the theme share the same goal—restoring health to the whole person. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Find other natural living articles at her website, ItsAllAboutWe.com.
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n 2010, the nonprofit Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, published the results of research done by its department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences that confirmed centuries of anecdotal evidence: People that undergo massage experience measureable changes in the responses of their immune and endocrine systems. For millennia, therapeutic touch has been used to heal the body and reduce tension. Today, more than 100 types of bodywork techniques are available, with modalities ranging from massage and deep tissue manipulation to movement awareness and bio-energetic therapies. All are designed to improve the body’s structure and functioning. Bodywork may be used to help reduce pain, relieve stress, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and promote deep relaxation; some therapies simultaneously focus on emotional release. The following list includes many of the better-known bodywork systems. Finding an approach that improves one’s mental and physical health is a highly individual process; with professional guidance, several modalities may be combined for the greatest personal benefit. Acupressure: Based on the same system as acupuncture, acupressure stimulates body pressure points using
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fingers and hands instead of needles, in order to restore a balanced flow of life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners “unblock and strengthen.” Common styles include jin shin, which gently holds at least two points at once for a minute or more; and shiatsu, which applies firm pressure to each point for three to five seconds. (Also see Shiatsu.) Tui na and Thai massage stimulate qi through acupressure hand movements, fullbody stretches and Chinese massage techniques. (Also see Tui na.) Other forms of acupressure include jin shin do, jin shin jyutsu and acu-yoga. Learn more at Acupressure.com. Local Acupressure Resources: core health institute
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Alexander Technique: This awareness practice helps identify and change unconscious, negative physical habits related to posture and movement, breathing and tension. While observing the way an individual walks, stands, sits or performs other basic movements, the practitioner keeps their hands in easy contact with the body and gently guides it to encourage a release of restrictive muscular
tension. The technique is frequently used to treat repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, backaches, plus stiff necks and shoulders. Learn more at AlexanderTechnique.com. Amma Therapy: A specialized form of bodywork therapy, amma (which means “push-pull” in Chinese) combines energetic, rhythmic massage techniques on specific acupressure points to facilitate blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and muscular relaxation. Suitable for individuals in varying degrees of physical condition, amma addresses challenges related to stress and anxiety; neck, shoulder and low back pain; and digestive health. Ashiatsu oriental Bar Therapy: Developed by American Ruthie Hardee, it combines elements of traditional Thai massage, barefoot shiatsu and Keralite foot massage (chavutti thirummal) for the treatment of chronic low-back and hip pain. Using overhead wooden bar supports, the therapist employs body weight and gliding foot strokes to apply compression massage along strategic points in the back muscles to relieve irritations on the spinal nerve caused by inflammation and swelling. Learn more at DeepFeet.com. Aston Kinetics (or Aston Patterning): Created by bodywork visionary Judith Aston in 1977, this integrated system of movement education recognizes the influence of the body-mind relationship on well-being. It incorporates bodywork, massage, ergonomic adjustments and fitness training in order to ease acute or chronic pain. Learn more at AstonKinetics.com. Ayurvedic Massage: It’s one part of panchakarma, a traditional East Indian detoxification and rejuvenation program, in which the entire body is vigorously massaged with large amounts of warm oil and herbs to remove toxins. With the client’s permission, oil is also poured into the ears, between the eyebrows and applied to specific chakras, or body energy centers, in techniques known respectively as karna purana, shirodhara and marma chikitsa. These treatments, modified to meet the needs of the West, powerfully affect the mind and nervous system—calming, balancing and bringing a heightened sense of
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awareness and deep inner peace. Ayurvedic massage techniques are grounded in an understanding of the primordial energies of the five elements—ether, air, fire, water and earth—and of the three basic types of energies, or constitutions, that are present in everyone and everything—vata, pitta and kapha. A knowledgeable therapist selects and customizes various ayurvedic massage techniques by selecting the rate and pressure of massage strokes and the proper oils and herbs. Learn more at AyurvedicMassage.com. Bioenergetics plus Core Energetics: A combination of physical and psychological techniques that identifies and frees areas of repressed physical and emotional trauma in the body. Deep breathing, various forms of massage and physical exercises release layers of chronic muscular tension and defensiveness, termed “body armor”. The unlocking of feelings creates the opportunity to better understand and integrate them with other aspects of oneself. Core Energetics is based on the principles of bioenergetics, but acknowledges spirituality as a key dimension of healing. Learn more at usabp.org. BodyTalk: Developed by chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. John Veltheim, BodyTalk is based upon bioenergetic psychology, dynamic systems theory, Chinese medicine and applied kinesiology. By integrating tapping, breathing and focusing techniques, BodyTalk helps the body synchronize and balance its systems and strengthens its capability of self-repair. BodyTalk is used to address a range of health challenges, ranging from chronic fatigue and allergies to addictions and cellular damage. Practitioners
are usually licensed massage therapists (LMT) or bodyworkers. Learn more at BodyTalkSystem.com. Bowen Therapy Technique (also called Bowtech and Bowenwork): This muscle and connective tissue therapy employs gentle, purposeful moves, through light clothing, to help rebalance the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The practitioner’s subtle inputs deliver signals to the ANS at specific locations—muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves—and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity. The technique is named after its originator, Australian Tom Bowen, who also introduced the concept of inserting periods of rest between a series of movements within a treatment session. Sometimes called the homeopathy of bodywork, Bowtech addresses imbalances and both acute and chronic pain. Learn more at Bowtech.com. Local Bowen Resources: Advanced bodywork, LLC 1775 E. 14 Mile Rd Birmingham • 248-761-4135 AdvancedBodyworkLLC.com
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contortions. Breema techniques, which identify and emphasize nine principles of harmony, can be administered by a practitioner or by the individual as SelfBreema. The therapy originated in the Kurdish village of Breemava, in Western Asia. Learn more at Breema.com. Chi Nei Tsang (CNT): Principles of kung fu and Tai chi chuan, known as chi-kung (or qigong), support this holistic approach to massage therapy. CNT literally means, “energy transformation of the internal organs,” and practitioners focus mainly on the abdomen, with deep, soft and gentle touches, to train the organs to work more efficiently. It addresses the acupuncture meridian system (chi) and all other bodily systems—digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive and musculoskeletal—along with unprocessed emotional charges. Learn more at ChiNeiTsang.com. Craniosacral Therapy (CST): The practitioner applies manual therapeutic procedures to remedy distortions in
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Feldenkrais Method: This distinctive approach combines movement training, gentle touch and verbal dialogue to help students straighten out what founder Moshé Pinhas Feldenkrais calls, “kinks in the brain.” Kinks are learned movement patterns that no longer serve a constructive purpose. They may have been adopted to compensate for a physical injury or to accommodate individuality in the social world. Students of the Feldenkrais Method unlearn unworkable movements and discover better, personalized ways to move, using mind-body principles of slowed action, conscious breathing, body awareness and thinking about their feelings. Feldenkrais takes two forms: In individual hands-on sessions (Functional Integration), the practitioner’s touch is used to address the student’s breathing and body alignment. In a series of classes of slow, non-aerobic motion (Aware-
ness Through Movement), students “relearn” better ways for their bodies to move. Feldenkrais therapy is useful in the treatment of muscle injuries, back pain, arthritis, stress and tension. Learn more at Feldenkrais.com. Hakomi: A Hopi Indian word that translates as, “Who are you?” Hakomi is a body-centered psychotherapy that relies upon touch, massage, movement and structural and energy work to help enable individuals change their “core” material—memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. Originally created by Ron Kurtz in the mid-1970s and later refined, the technique views the body as an interactive source of information about the unconscious mind. Learn more at HakomiInstitute.com. Hellerwork: Expanding upon the principals of Rolfing, Hellerwork combines deep tissue bodywork with movement education and the dialogue of the mind-body connection. Joseph Heller, the first president of the Rolf Institute, believed that specific movement exercises could help individuals move more efficiently, maintain alignment and mobility and enjoy fuller and easier breathing, as well as increased energy. Although primarily a preventive therapy, Hellerwork also helps alleviate stress-related disorders and musculoskeletal aches and pains. Learn more at Hellerwork.com. HEMME Approach: Derived from elements of physical medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy and physical therapy, HEMME (history, evaluation, modalities, manipulation and exercise) was developed in 1986 by Licensed Massage Therapist Dave Leflet to treat soft tissue
injuries and impairments. Pain relief results from restoring alignment and improving myofascial dysfunction. Learn more at HemmeApproach.com. Hoshino Therapy: Professor Tomezo Hoshino’s technique integrates the principles of acupuncture with the art of hand therapy. Accredited as a doctor of acupuncture, he found that in cases of arthrosis (osteoarthritis) and other painful ailments associated with soft tissue aging, acupuncture afforded only temporary relief. Hoshino Therapy is often used to ease soft tissue disorders such as bursitis, tendonitis, muscular tension and back pain. Jin Shin Jyutsu: A form of acupressure refined from ancient Japanese traditions, jin shin jyutsu acts to harmonize the life force within. Practitioners evaluate pulses, body conformation and symptoms to customize sessions designed to alleviate discomfort while addressing its cause(s). Utilizing the hands as jumper cables to reawaken bodily energy, sequences of vital energy-points are held to guide, redirect and reestablish harmony in spirit, mind and body. Learn more at jsjinc.net. Local Jin Shin Resources: core health institute
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See ad page 9 Metamorphic Technique: This noninvasive practice can help individuals overcome limiting beliefs that may keep them stuck in particular patterns manifested in physical, mental or emotional problems. During a “Meta” session, the practitioner uses a light touch along spinal reflex points on the feet, head and hands of the individual. Some people
prefer to lie down and may fall asleep during a session, while others prefer to sit up and chat. The practitioner does not attempt to direct energy or outcomes, and sessions do not address specific symptoms or problems. Rather, they help individuals connect with their own life force. Learn more at Metamorphic Technique.org. Myofascial Release: This whole-body, hands-on technique seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Therapists use their hands to apply mild, sustained pressure in order to gently stretch and soften fascia. Developed in the late 1960s by Physical Therapist John Barnes, myofascial release is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries and scoliosis. Learn more at MyofascialRelease.com. Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET): This mind-body therapy seeks to restore well-being by removing certain biochemical and bioelectrical charges stored in the brain and manifested as illness or imbalances in the body. NET combines techniques and principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine, chiropractic and applied kinesiology to remove blocks to the body’s natural vitality, allowing it to repair itself naturally. Chiropractor Scott Walker formulated NET in the late 1980s. Learn more at NetMindBody.com.
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Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): Specific massage therapy and flexibility stretching help balance the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, emphasizing the interwoven roles of the brain, spine and nerves in causing muscular pain. Its goal is to relieve tender, congested spots in muscle tissue and compressed nerves that may radiate pain to other areas of the body. (Also see Trigger Point Therapy.) Learn more at MyofascialTherapy.org. Osho Rebalancing (or Rebalancing): This offshoot of Rolfing focuses on compassionate, gentle touch, combining deep tissue massage, joint tension release, energy balancing and verbal dialogue to relieve tension and physical pain, enhance relaxation and facilitate emotional healing. Rebalancing is usually done in a series of 10 to 12 sessions that work synergistically, although each session is complete in itself. Learn more at Osho.com. Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy: A highly refined system of corrective treatment, Pfrimmer is designed to aid restoration of damaged muscles and soft tissues throughout the body. Fully trained practitioners use specified movements to stimulate circulation and help regenerate lymphatic flow, promoting detoxification and oxygenation of stagnant tissues. Registered Massage Therapist Therese C. Pfrimmer developed this therapy in the mid-20th century and applied it to recover from her own partial paralysis. Learn more at Pfrimmer.org. Physical Therapy: Traditional physical therapy evaluates difficulties with mobility or function to focus on rehabilitation that entails restorative treatment and instruction on how to make efficient use of the body in daily activities. Physical therapists use massage, exercise, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and other means to help the patient regain functional movement. Learn more at apta.org. Point Holding (Body Electronics): This variation of acupressure requires multiple practitioners to hold acupressure points, sometimes up to two hours, to remove energy blockages, balance the flow of energy within the bodyâ€™s meridians and help the client achieve associated emotional release.
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hormone function as well as environmental toxicities that could be contributing factors. Fatigue can be an underlying symptom of depression or some other nervous system disorder. Within the brain are many different chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemicals are responsible for sending signals back and forth between nerve cells. If any of these chemicals become out of balance it can lead things such as depression or anxiety disorders. Testing is available to measure these neurotransmitter levels to see whether or not this could be an underlying cause of fatigue.
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reflexology (Zone Therapy): Reflexology is based on the idea that specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands correspond with every major organ, gland and area (zone) of the body. Using fingers and thumbs, the practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat a wide range of health problems. Zone therapy, an earlier name for this natural healing art, sometimes refers to a specific form of reflexology. reiki: A healing practice originated in Japan as a way of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things, Reiki literally means “universal life-force energy”. Light hand placements channel healing energies to organs and glands and work to align the body’s energy centers, or chakras. Various techniques address emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems or pursuit of spiritual focus and clar-
rolfing Structural integration (rolfing): Deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system, which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia, by the practitioners’ hands helps restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, its range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and restore flexibility. Learn more at Rolfing. org. Local Rolfing Resources: the dOwNINg CLINIC
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on chronic muscle tension and call attention to shifts in the breath to help individuals achieve greater self-awareness and relaxation. The technique is often effectively used to treat chronic health conditions. Learn more at RosenMethod.com. rubenfeld Synergy Method: This dynamic system for integrating the body, mind, emotions and spirit combines touch, talk and compassionate listening. Practitioners, called synergists, use gentle touch and verbal sharing to access each of these four levels simultaneously, releasing pain and fears held in the body/mind. The modality, created by Ilana Rubenfeld, who received a lifetime achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy in 2002, facilitates pain management, ease of movement, positive body image and self-esteem, as well as recovery from physical and emotional trauma. Learn more at RubenfeldSynergy.com. Shiatsu: The most widely known form of acupressure, shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure”. The technique applies varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. Shiatsu is used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs; it also may help to diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic and acute conditions that manifest on both physical and emotional levels. A branch of shiatsu that originated in the United States, called ohashiatsu, includes meditation and exercise. Learn more at ShiatsuSociety. org and Ohashiatsu.org. Soma Neuromuscular integration (also called Soma): Rooted in structural integration, soma was developed by Bill M. Williams, Ph.D., an early student of Ida Rolf. Through a 10-session format, the modality manipulates the fascia and muscles to release chronic, stored structural aberrations, realign the body and integrate the nervous system. This allows the individual to process experiences more effectively and with greater awareness, which can lead to enhanced learning and perceptual abilities. Learn more at Soma-Institute.org. Swedish Massage: This is the most commonly practiced form of massage in Western countries. Swedish massage integrates ancient Oriental techniques with contemporary principles of anatomy and physiology. Practitioners rub, knead, pummel, brush and tap the client’s muscles, topped with long, gliding strokes. Swedish massage is especially effective for improving circulation; relieving muscle tension and back and neck pain; promoting relaxation; and decreasing stress. Practitioners vary in training, techniques and session lengths. Tantsu: This land-based version of watsu was developed by Harold Dull as an alternative way to experience watsu’s freeflow and interplay of breath, movement and stillness. Practitioner and client experience breathing, listening and moving as part of a partnered “dance”, without any specific intent to heal or fix something. Learn more at Watsu.com. Thai Massage: A form of body therapy, also called nuad bo-ram, Thai massage incorporates gentle rocking motions, rhythmic compression along the body’s energy lines and passive stretching to stimulate the free flow of energy, break up blockages and help restore general well-being. One of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), it is performed natural awakenings
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Tui Na: A manipulative therapy integral to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), tui na (“tui” means to push and “na” is a squeezing, lifting technique) that employs Taoist and martial arts principles to rebalance the body. Practitioners possess more than 365 hand techniques; most are variations of pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, percussing or manipulating movements. Tui na is used to relieve arthritic joint pain, sciatica, muscle spasms and other pains in the back, neck and shoulders. It may also help ease chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches and stress associated with tension. Learn more at Tui-Na.com.
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Therapeutic Touch (TT): This contemporary healing modality was developed by natural healer Dora Kunz and nursing professor Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., in the 1970s. Therapeutic Touch is drawn from ancient practices and used to balance and promote energy flow. The practitioner “accesses” the area where the body’s energy field is weak or congested, and then uses his or her hands to direct energy into the field to balance it. Nurses and other healthcare practitioners apply TT to relieve pain, stress and anxiety, and to promote wound healing. Learn more at TherapeuticTouch.org. Local Therapeutic Touch Resources: The Downing Clinic
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See ad page 9 Touch for Health (TFH): Created by Chiropractor John F. Thie in the 1970s, Touch for Health is a widely used kinesiology system aimed at restoring the body’s natural energies through acupressure, touch and massage. Muscle-testing biofeedback first identifies imbalances in the body’s energy flow to organs and glands; it is designed to then help rebalance that energy to improve overall health, while strengthening a person’s resistance to common ailments and physical complaints. Many TFH techniques can be successfully practiced by clients at home. Learn more at TouchForHealth.us. Trager Approach (also known as Psychophysical Integration): This system of movement reeducation addresses the mental roots of muscle tension. By gently rocking, cradling and moving the client’s fully clothed body, the practitioner encourages him or her to be36
lieve that physically restrictive patterns can be changed. The Trager Approach includes “mentastics”, simple, active, self-induced movements a client can incorporate into regular daily activities. Trager work has been successfully applied to a variety of neuromuscular disorders and mobility problems, as well as everyday stresses and discomforts. Learn more at Trager.com. Trauma Touch Therapy (TTT): An innovative, somatic approach, TTT addresses the needs of those that have suffered trauma and abuse, including sexual or emotional, witnessing or being victimized by violent crime, battery, war or surgical trauma. The intent is to create a safe, nurturing environment in which the individual can slowly explore healthy touch and investigate sensation and feeling in their body. Certified therapists encourage empowerment and choice; individualized sessions support the psychotherapeutic process. Trigger Point Therapy (Myotherapy): This massage technique is used to relieve pain, similar to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). Practitioners apply pressure to specific “trigger points” on the body—tender, congested spots of muscle tissue that may radiate pain to other areas—in order to release tension and spasms. Treatment decreases the swelling and stiffness associated
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Watsu (Water Shiatsu): This uniquely nurturing therapy combines the acupressure and meridian stretches of Zen shiatsu with yoga-like postures, all performed in water; this takes weight off the vertebrae and allows for movements not possible on land. In the most basic move, the Water Breath Dance, the practitioner gently floats an individual in their arms, letting the person sink a little as they both breathe out, then allowing the water to lift them as they both breathe in. This connection is maintained in all the stretches and moves and returned to throughout the session. Pioneered by multilingual author Harold Dull in 1980, watsu’s goal is to free the spine and increase the flow of energy along the body’s meridians; he also developed tantsu, which replicates watsu’s nurturing stretches on land. Learn more at Watsu.com. Zen Shiatsu: Founded by writer Shizuto Masunaga, this method of acupressure includes the practice of Buddhist meditation and integrates elements of shiatsu with the goal of rebalancing and revitalizing chi, or life-force energy. A client lies on a mat or sits in a chair, fully clothed, while the practitioner uses one hand to “listen” and the other to provide the appropriate pressure. Full-body stretches and pressures may be used to release areas of chronic stagnation and blockage; clients are encouraged to breathe deeply into their lines of tension. Zen shiatsu can be effective in condi-
tions where emotional disturbance or stress is an underlying factor. Zen-Touch Shiatsu: This hybrid of shiatsu, acupressure and Asian/Eastern bodywork was created by American Seymour Koblin in 1984. It differs from other forms of shiatsu, including Zen shiatsu, by its combined use of light, or “hands off the body”, energy work and extensive, passive stretching methods. Practitioners apply gentle pressure while stretching the client’s limbs gradually, maintaining an attitude of compassion, respect and energetic empathy that serves to stimulate the flow of chi, aiding circulation and vitality. Learn more at SeymourKoblin.com. Zero Balancing: Developed by Fritz Smith, a doctor, osteopath and acupuncturist, zero balancing addresses the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Practitioners use moderate finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize. The goal is to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. Learn more at ZeroBalancing.com. Please note: The contents of this Bodywork Guide are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a practitioner that is licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified to conduct a selected treatment, as appropriate. Editor's note: Several additional modalities are in the expanded online version of this article on our website. To read more, visit our Online Articles page: NAeastMichigan.com/onlinearticles. Also, check out our Natural Directory, starting on page 49, and advertisers throughout the magazine, for other local practitioners and resources who may offer some of these services.
I Can't Read! Using Emotional Freedom Technique to help students deal with reading issues by Annette Richards
motional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of meridian tapping developed by Stanford engineer Gary Craig. It is based on Thought Field Therapy (TFT), one the of very first-if not the first-meridian tapping interventions developed by psychologist Roger Callahan during the 1980's. Dr. Callahan was experimenting with Chinese acupuncture meridians, which became popular in the US following President Nixon's visit to China in 1970. One of his aides became ill and required an emergency appendectomy and acupuncture was used as a complimentary medicine to assist with surgical intervention. Dr. Callahan discovered that when the meridians were stimulated when the client held a distressful thought or belief consciously, the related negative or distressful emotion decreased in intensity or disappeared completely after a few rounds of tapping on the involved meridians. Gary Craig learned TFT and went on develop the EFT protocol for easier use by the general population, and greater reliability of use between professional therapists. Today, the term energy psychology is being used to refer to various forms of meridian tapping, Reiki, massage, etc. Some experts believe that EFT, and related meridian tapping, is one of the fastest ways to recover from emotional problems, including those at the base of some physical problems. Over the years, clients of mine, whether adult or children and members of my own family have struggled with reading. I have had success using EFT to help them improve reading by exploring with questions such as: • Can you recognize each letter? • Do you recognize both capital and
small case letters? • Do you know how each of them sound? One can also start with the statement: I can’t read, I'll never learn how to read, or use what the person "says" of their inability to read. It is important to have some way to understand the emotional intensity or reading skill before using EFT in order to rate for a difference following EFT application. To accomplish this, one might assess the level of negative tension experienced when seeing words, imagining or recalling an experience when there was an expectation to read; or simply have the person read something and assess, by observation, their skill, tension and/or frustration. Be alert for negative self-talk or beliefs. To begin, one might start with the statement: Even though I don’t know how to read, I accept myself, while tapping side of hand, followed February 2013
by three rounds of tapping each of the 14 acupoints.* Then, ask the person to rate the experience on which EFT was applied and watch for a reduction in intensity. Or, if you had the person read before applying EFT, simply ask them to try reading the same content again and evaluate. The cause of reading issues may have many sources, sometimes related to the person's experiences at the time reading is taught and sometimes simply related to the person's readiness. It is important to explore the their beliefs about learning to read, about themselves and any other statements they might remember parents or teachers making. Because some students experience pressure, fear and anxiety, it can make learning to read more difficult. I have experienced good progress using EFT to help with reading issues. These students not only improved academically, they also seemed to have more enjoyment with personal reading.
Annette richards, lMSW, AAMET and Level 3 Advanced Practitioner, is the owner of Emotional Freedom Techniques Services, LLC, in East Michigan. She has over 25 years in social work in various capacities and learned EFT five years ago. For more information call 248-334-9214 or visit her website at AnnetteRichardsEFT.com. See ad page 51.
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stressful day might have us seeking solace in ice cream, pizza or potato chips. Other times, we may feel a second donut or another high-calorie treat is our reward for a task well done. Occasional food indulgences are one of life’s pleasures, but habitually eating in response to our emotions can cause weight gain and health problems.
Core issues “Emotional hunger represents an ap-
petite, craving or desire to eat in the absence of true physiological hunger cues,” explains Julie Simon, author of The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting. “Emotional hunger often feels the same as physical hunger,” she adds, yet it might represent an unconscious longing for pleasure, calm, comfort, excitement or distraction. It can also have a physiological basis. A 2011 study from the University of Leuven, in Belgium, shows that
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Physical Signals One solution is to simply pay attention to what our body is saying. Are we truly feeling hunger pangs? “When we eat in the absence of hunger cues, regularly choose unhealthy comfort foods or continue eating when we’re already full, something is out of balance,” observes Simon at OvereatingRecovery.com. Identifying “trigger” foods might also enlighten us, advises Peeke. “You’re out of control if you have a particular food in your hand and you can’t just enjoy it, walk away and say, ‘Ahh, that was wonderful.’ Life’s okay without that particular food.” The key is being smart about which foods we need to eliminate and which ones will help us feel good and enjoy an overall better quality of life. “When you follow a plant-based, unprocessed, whole foods eating plan, your body chemistry becomes balanced and your biochemical signals (hunger, cravings and fullness) work well,” explains Simon. “Each time you eat, you feel satisfied and balanced, physically
Emotional underpinnings Once we understand the physical component of emotional hunger, we can address the feelings that cause it. Most famous for their Rescue Remedy herbal and floral drops that help soothe anxiety, Bach Flower Essences recently created an Emotional Eating Support Kit that includes homeopathic essences of crabapple, cherry plum and chestnut bud. They maintain that four daily doses can help us think clearly and calmly when we fear losing control, plus objectively observe mistakes and learn from them. Some feelings, however, can’t be “gentled” away. “Soothe the small stuff, grieve the big stuff,” Simon advises. Experiencing abandonment, betrayal, domination or violation may require therapy. Lesser stressors can often be soothed by music, being outdoors, talking to a friend, taking a warm bath, walking, meditative yoga or pausing to pray—instead of eating. “No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all,” maintains Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything. “Your world is on your plate.” Roth came to terms with her own food addictions and now leads retreats to help others do the same. When we begin to understand what prompts us to use food to numb or distract ourselves, the process takes us deeper into realms of spirit and to the bright center of our lives, says Roth. She urges us to be present in the moment and
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hile dogs, cats, fish and birds populate most pet homes, other animals can be just as much fun to own.
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Miniature horses are not to be confused with Shetland ponies. Minis are fully grown horses, bred for pulling carts, not riding. They require the same care as a larger horse and make good therapy animals. An adult mini is about the same size as a standard-sized horse’s newborn foal—about 34 to 38 inches tall at the withers (between the shoulder blades), although some are smaller. “Trained minis are good, gentle interpreters of emotion,” says Veronique Matthews, founder of Hearts & Hooves, a nonprofit equine therapy organization in Austin, Texas. “We visit abused or autistic kindergarten-age children with a ratio of one child, one horse, one handler.” Walking on a handheld leash, a mini can help a child to cope with fear and anxiety.
A few years ago, alpacas were regarded as the next moneymakers when breeding and sales brought high prices for fleece, along with their waste, sold as soil-enriching manure. After the trend peaked, many herds were sold, often to ill-suited owners, and some needed rescuing. Michelle Zumwalt, a job consultant for people with disabilities in Spanish Lake, Missouri, has hosted rescued alpacas for eight years; the number
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Friday, February 1 Health Starts Here 28 Day Challenge Kick Off! - 7pm. Looking to improve your dietary habits after the holidays? Join us for the kick off of our 28 Day Challenge, a month long comprehensive resource to help you make the most nutritional choices possible! FREE. Registration required. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400.
Saturday February 2 Guacamole Madness for the BIG Game! - Save the date, stop in for FRESH guacamole made to order-YOU pick the ingredients we make it for you right in our produce department. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy 248-649-9600. Big Game Beer Tasting - 2-4pm. Sample some of your favorites or try some new brews – all in time for kick off! $5. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. Guacamole Madness for the BIG Game! - 11am2pm. Stop in for FRESH guacamole made to orderYOU pick the ingredients we make it for you right in our produce department! Whole Foods Market, Troy. Info: 248-649-9600. Essential Oils & Your Health - 2pm-4pm. Learn to use plants in their natural state with time-tested, powerful, pure essential oils, to work WITH your body's immune system, not against it. FREE. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.
Tuesday, February 5 VegMI Presents: Vegan 101 - 7pm. Join
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Wednesday, February 6 Transforming Urban Spaces to Native Landscapes - 7:30-9pm. Presented by Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener and owner of Black Cat Pottery. Her abiding interest in things natural – and indigenous – is reflected in her whimsical creations. FREE. Clarkston St. Daniel Church Cushing Center, 7010 Valley Park Drive. Info: 248-454-6300. The Amazing Thyroid! 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues.Vitamin Shoppe, Shelby Township. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register Eliminate allergies naturally - 6-7:30pm. Learn how to eliminate seasonal, food and environmental allergies with the Jaffe Mellor Technique (JMT). Effective for gluten, pollen and pets, etc. FREE. De Angeli Library, 921 W Nepessing, Lapeer. Mark Cordner 810-441-9053. Health Starts Here: Eat Your Greens! - 7pm. This class will show you how to add the all-important leafy greens into your diet! Nutritional information, cooking techniques, and even strategies to get your children to eat them – we’ve got you covered! Registration is required at our customer service desk. FREE. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400.
Thursday, February 7 Fracking Comes to Michigan - 7-9pm. Learn about the dangers drilling for gas in your city pose to our drinking water, air and Great Lakes. Rita Chapman, Sierra Club Clean Water Director FREE. Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills. Info: 248-854-2195. Weight Loss Success! - 6:30-7:30pm. Free seminar - Discover what our clients are doing to lose 30-40 lbs in only 12 weeks! Learn exactly what to do for healthy and permanent weight loss. FREE. Better Body Better Health Institute, 51 S. Washington, Ste D, Oxford. Dr. Colleen 248-628-4886. See ads pages 13 & 25. DIY Acupressure Facelift - 3-5:30pm. Learn to do Acupressure Facelift for yourself using organic skin care elixirs which you can make in upcoming classes. Call for additional class times. $25. Mercy Center 28650 11 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills. Core Health Institute. Esther Morton-McCormick 734-383-3545. Juicing for Health with Anca - 7-8pm. Learn about
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juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Customer Service 248-371-1400.
Friday, February 8 Partner Yoga Fun! - 7:30-9pm. This form of yoga welcomes all! Come with a partner, a sweetheart, mom, dad, a friend or even by yourself! All levels and flexibility are invited. $25.00. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Healthy Aging Seminar - 12-1pm. Want to live a healthier and longer life? As we approach our midfifties, more challenges arise and knowing how to deal with the obstacles, which come along with those challenges, is critical. Nationally acclaimed and Certified Nutritionist for MegaFood, Buddy Ojeda will talk about a more seamless aging process and how to enjoy your life to the fullest at 55 years of age and beyond. FREE. Better Health Market, 2053 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills. RSVP to Better Health Market 248-334-9500. See ad page 55.
Saturday, February 9 Awakening to Love - 6-8:30pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. In this workshop, you'll have the opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Freeland. Call 734523-8566 to RSVP. Healthy Aging Seminar - 2-3pm. Want to live a healthier and longer life? As we approach our midfifties, more challenges arise and knowing how to deal with the obstacles, which come along with those challenges, is critical. Nationally acclaimed and Certified Nutritionist for MegaFood, Buddy Ojeda will talk about a more seamless aging process and how to enjoy your life to the fullest at 55 years of age and beyond. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River Rd, Novi. RSVP to Better Health 248-735-8100. See ad page 55. Connect to the Realms - Shamanism to Embodied - 10am. Same. Different. Learn how to identify your tools for the most effective use in your daily life. Unlock your pure potential and experience movement from aligned mechanisms that allow for internal connections-the power of Embodied Meditation. $15. Gianna Arqe CET, CT. BSEI, 27752 Franklin Rd, Southfield. 248-880-9382. Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting - 3–5pm. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, stop by our Specialty Department to sample some delicious wine and chocolate pairings! Please remember that you must be 21 years old to consume or purchase alcohol. $5. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. Essential Oil Uses 101 - 1-2:30pm. Bring your health ailment and we will help you find the essential oil that will help you heal naturally, safely, and effectively. FREE. Compounding Pharmacy & Wellness Ctr, 8170 23 Mile @ SE Corner Van Dyke, Shelby Twp. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611. See ad page 46. One Stop Shop to Pamper Your Valentine Event! - 1-4pm. We’re celebrating Valentine’s day and
offering a customized sugar scrub station PLUS we’ll be dipping strawberries and other exotic fruit to order, just for you! Pick your own essential oils and natural ingredients all wrapped up with a bow; then stop over to our chocolate station and have your fruit dipped to order and take it to go, not to mention our dinner options, wine and cheese-Whole Foods Market in Troy is your one stop shop for Valentine’s Day! Whole Foods, tRoY. 248-649-9600. Jivamukti Yoga with Abby hoot - 3-5pm. J i v a m u k t i Yo g a a c h a l l e n g i n g v i n y a s a practice infused with Ahimsa (non-violence), Bhakti(devotion), Scripture(ancient texts), yoga of sound & meditation. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, chesteRField. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. natural thyroid solutions! - 10-11am. Discover what to do when the medication doesn't work. Learn why you still feel "lousy" even when your tests are "normal." FREE. Lifetime Wellness, 51 S. Washington, Ste D, oxFoRd. Dr. Marc 248-6284886. See ads pages 13 & 25. Awakening to love - 7-9:30pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. In this workshop, you'll have the opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, southField. Call 734523-8566 to RSVP.
MONdAy FEBRuARy 11 Wheatgrass Juice tasting - 5-7pm. Talk with Anca Iordachianu of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with raw foods. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Rd, tRoY. Dawn Danhausen 248-649-9600.
TuESdAy, FEBRuARy 12 Better health now and for the Future - 6;308:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN and FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will cover the elements and benefits of the program, which focuses on food, special testing and meeting your goals for a healthier life by using a personalized approach. Conducted in both individual sessions and group meetings. $5 advance/$8 at door. Call to register. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Ste, 100, clARKston. 248-625-6677. See ad page 9. Pregnancy, newborn & Kid care - 6:30-7:30pm. Join us as we teach you which oils are safe and effective for pregnancy, newborn care, and kids of all ages - so that means YOU TOO! $5. Soothe Your Soul, 2B S. Washington, oxFoRd. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611. See ad page 46. to cleanse or not to cleanse! - 6:30-7:30pm. Discover a revolutionary 3 day cleanse that will launch you toward a better body and better health. Easily surpasses other cleanses. FREE. Better Body Better Health Institute, 51 S. Washington, Ste D, oxFoRd. Dr. Colleen 248-628-4886. See ads pages 13 & 25.
WEdNESdAy, FEBRuARy 13 digestion issues? – nothing Working? 7-8:15pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will discuss hidden causes of… Acid
Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea! Don’t let digestive problems rule your life! Attend this seminar and learn drugless solutions! Whole Foods, RochesteR hills. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register. organic Perfume & massage oil - 3pm-5:30pm. Aromatherapy playgroup: learn to make your own organic perfumes and massage oils before Valentines day! Call for details. Materials fee applicable. Donation. Mercy Center 28650 11 Mile Rd, FARminGton hills. Core Health Institute. Esther Morton-McCormick 734-383-3545.
ThuRSdAy, FEBRuARy 14 chocolate dipped extravaganza! - 3-7pm. We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year and dipping fruit, pretzels, marshmallows and more to order! Stop in to treat your valentine with goodies you pick and we’ll custom dip them in wonderful decadent chocolate. Don’t forget about our FREE Custom Floral Wrap with any floral purchase! Whole Foods, tRoY. 248-649-9600.
SATuRdAy, FEBRuARy 16 Awakening to love - 5:30-8pm. See description for Feb 9th event listing. FREE. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main, Ann ARBoR. Call 734523-8566 to RSVP. drum circle with tom Price - 7:30-9pm. Drum circle led by Tom Price, drums provided. Night concludes with Heart Chakra Meditation with Tibetan Temple Drum. Adults only. Register online. $20. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BeRKleY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. how to have Better Balance - 11am-12pm. Tips to get your weight and energy in better balance. Tired of diets always taking "away" from you? Learn what you can "add" to bring your body, energy and mind in better balance through food choices and quality supplementation. Susan Parker Stewart is a student, teacher and researcher of healthy living. Her goal is to raise awareness about the nutritional choices we make affecting every aspect of our lives - body, mind and spirit. FREE. Better Health Market, 2053 S. Telegraph, BloomField hills. RSVP to Better Health Market 248-334-9500. See ad page 55. how to have Better Balance - 2-3pm. Tips to get your weight and energy in better balance. See expanded description in event listed directly above. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River Rd, novi. RSVP to Better Health 248-735-8100. See ad page 55. simple delicious Raw - 10am. Presented by Deb Klungle, Nourished Body, Satisfied Soul. Register at our Customer Service Desk. 2 for $10. Whole Foods Market, RochesteR hills. 248-3711400. See ad page 7.
MONdAy, FEBRuARy 18 Alexander technique demo - 1-2:30pm. A lecture/ demo with activities to illustrate a few of the many aspects of this practical Technique. Take away useful and beneficial tools. FREE. S. Oakland Family YMCA , 1016 W. Eleven Mile Rd., RoYAl oAK. Carol MacCallum Strozier 248-885-0305. See ad page 49. hypnosis for comfortable and Relaxed
childbirth - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing parents Janice & Will Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing, as they share why a relaxed body experiences comfortable childbirth and how fear affects labor and intensifies sensations while birthing. FREE. Whole Foods Market, RochesteR hills. 248-371-1400.
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TuESdAy, FEBRuARy 19 stress: the silent Killer - 6-8pm. Presentation & Complimentary Dinner (value $85) by Dr. Pavel Bence, DC, CCWP, Nat’l speaker, physician and leading wellness coach. Learn to recognize potential health problems before symptoms appear and how to prevent cancer and heart disease. Harness 100X more energy! Dance till you’re 100! Complimentary gifts for attendees. FREE, but seating limited! Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Avenue, steRlinG heiGhts. RSVP Caroline Bence 248-608-6589. See ad page 9. Pregnancy, newborn & Kid care - 6:30-7:30pm. Join us as we teach you which oils are safe and effective for pregnancy, newborn care, and kids of all ages-so that means YOU TOO! $5. The Minds Eye, 81 Macomb Place, mount clemens. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611. See ad page 46.
WEdNESdAy, FEBRuARy 20 Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity campaign Kick-off - Thru 3/31. Join us in empowering entrepreneurs in the global community by making a tax deductible donation to the Whole Planet Foundation. 100% of your contribution goes to micro lending programs in Africa, Asia, Central America and the United States. Whole Foods tRoY. health starts here: the World of Beans - 7pm. Join us as we show you how to add these nutritional powerhouses into your everyday diet! Cooking techniques and nutritional info will be provided! Registration required. FREE. Whole Foods Market, RochesteR hills. 248-371-1400.
ThuRSdAy, FEBRuARy 21 Reiki share - 7-8pm. Attend an introduction to
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Reiki, an energy method that promotes relaxation and balance, and receive a mini-Reiki session. Donation's accepted. Rose Knight, GRosse Pointe. Rose Knight 586-777-1604. Why and how to Fix Fatty liver disease - 7pm. Dr. James Lewerenz, Longevity Health Institute. 1555 E. South Blvd, RochesteR hills. Info: 248-459-1139. See ad page 2.
FRIdAy, FEBRuARy 22 essential oil uses 101 - 7:30-8:30pm. Bring your health ailment and we will help you find the essential oil that will help you heal naturally, safely, and effectively. FREE. White Lotus Yoga, 67989 Van Dyke, Romeo. Shelley Dempsey 586-557-2530. See ad page 46. Friday night Flights - 5:30pm. Discuss pairings for selected wines and cheeses, as well as how to match wine to meals. Flights will vary based on availability. Customers must be 21 to purchase alcohol. $10. Whole Foods Market RochesteR hills. 248-371-1400.
SATuRdAy FEBRuARy 23 transformational Quartz crystal singing Bowl emersion session - 7-8:30pm. Bring personal crystals and stones to charge during the session. $25/person. Namaste Yoga, 309 S Troy St, RoYAl oAK. See ad page 21. Perscription Alternatives - 1-3pm. Dr. Mark Morningstar is giving a presentation on healthy and natural alternatives to taking prescription medication. FREE. Rebekah's Pure Living, 921 West Nepessing St, lAPeeR. Marguerite De Angeli
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Hot Dogs for A Cause To Benefit The Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) - 1-4pm. Stop by Whole Foods Market in Troy donate $3 to our WPF and get a hot dog (vegan OR traditional) with chips & all the trimmings. Your donation is tax deductible and will help to empower entrepreneurs in the global community! $3-LUNCH. Whole Foods, tRoY. 248-649-9600.
sowing seeds successfully – 6-8pm. Learn techniques to sow seeds for early germination indoors, hardening off, and direct planting into the soil using household materials. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeeR. 810-667-6546.
Juicing for health with Anca - 10-11am. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca shares story about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, RochesteR hills. Customer Service 248-371-1400.
TuESdAy, FEBRuARy 26 What’s new in Perennials – 6:30-8:30pm. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in perennials, then you don’t want to miss this one. We’ll see what���s being offered at the nurseries that need to be on your “must have” list of plants. $25. Mott Community Education. lAPeeR, 810-667-6546. nature's medicine cabinet - 7pm-9pm. Join us to learn how you can take charge of your health with doTERRA's Essential Oils & treat 100+ ailments naturally. Must RSVP to attend. FREE. Revitalizing Touch Wellness Spa, 824 N. Main St, RochesteR. 248-652-4067. Pregnancy, newborn & Kid care - 6:30-7:30pm. Join us as we teach you which oils are safe and effective for pregnancy, newborn care, and kids of all ages - so that means YOU TOO! FREE. Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Ave, WARRen. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611. See ad page 46.
WEdNESdAy, FEBRuARy 27 essential oils For cold & Flu - 7pm-8:30pm. Learn how to defend yourself against the cold and flu by using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Find out which oils work best to boost your immunity and strengthen your body to better protect yourself from cold and flu viruses. FREE. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave., RochesteR. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 16. digestion issues? – nothing Working? 78:15pm Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will discuss hidden causes of… Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea! Don’t let digestive problems rule your life! Attend this seminar and learn drugless solutions! Vitamin Shoppe, AuBuRn hills. FREE! Call 248-879-
ThuRSdAy, FEBRuARy 28 tired, Achy, Weight struggles? - 6-7:30pm. Is Gluten Destroying your Health, Energy and Weight Loss Goals? Talk and Fat-Burning Coffee Tasting. Diane Culik Holistic MD, expert Dietician Annette FREE. ABC Wellness, 37300 Dequindre Rd Ste 102, steRlinG heiGhts. Kia Ross 855-669-9355. See ad page 52. Raw Food Basics: Warm Foods - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this series for newbies. Learn how to warm living foods while still keeping them raw. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, RochesteR hills. Customer Service 248-371-1400. See ad page 7.
WEdNESdAy, MARCh 6 cleaning with essential oils – 6-8pm. Find out which ones sanitize, degrease, and break down permanent ink. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeeR. 810-667-6546. Raw Foods for healing - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body & learn how to support your body’s natural healing process by eating clean, lowglycemic raw foods. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 West Maple Rd, tRoY. Deb Klungle 248497-4189. See ad page 7.
ThuRSdAy, MARCh 7 Juicing for health with Anca - 7-8pm. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, RochesteR hills. Customer Service 248-371-1400.
ThuRSdAy, MARCh 21 Raw Food Basics: eat Greens - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this series for newbies. Learn more ways to incorporate those important leafy greens into your diet. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, RochesteR hills. Customer Service 248371-1400. See ad page 7.
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ongoingevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via our online submission form by the 12th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. No phone or fax submissions, please. Visit NACalendar.com to submit online. 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-5638615. See ad page 54. Primordial Sound Meditation 9:30-10:15am. $3 donation. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. 248-350-1500. See ad page 50.
Cafe Sunday - 11am-4pm. Sundays offering organic coffee and tea, with variaty of gluttan free organic vegan and raw treets to purchase to make your visit like a family visit. Bernies Best, 3370 Highland Rd, Waterford, 48328. Bernies Best 248-5566326. See ad page 18.
Yin + Restorative w/Shannon - 7:30-8:45 pm. A gentle class to balance and restore body and energy. All bodies welcome. $14 or pass. House Of Yoga, Berkley, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.
Yoga - 9:30am & 2:30pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3600. See ad page 11.
Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. Warren. 586-751-7500. See ad page 16.
La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, Lake Orion. Tawnya 586-604-4074.
Pilates - 10-11am. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress release. $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, Waterford. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 14.
Breastfeeding Info/Support: La Leche League of Warren - 10:15 am. 1st Mondays. FREE. St. JohnMac. Hosp. Med. Educ. Ctr, 12000 E. 12 Mile. Enter @ Main Hosp. entrance & turn L. Mtg in 1st bldg on L, Audit. A. WARREN. Info: Ginny 586-940-1634. Chair + a Taste of Yin w/Abby - 11am-Noon. This class is for all ages, with limited mobility or range of motion. $14. or pass. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248556-0992. See ad page 54.
Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 5:30pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving meditation. $12. Powerhouse Gym Yoga Studio, 400 East Brown Street, Birmingham. Jen Cooper 248-563-7300.
ON TARGET Basic Yoga - 7:30-8:45pm. Basic Yoga with a different focus each week. Learn how yoga can help it all $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old
Hypnotherapy with Frank Garfield, C.M.Ht. Also Thurs 9:30am-7pm by appt. Frank teaches and specializes in all aspects of hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Free Consultation. Warren. Call 586-751-7500. See ad page 16.
Acupressure Open House - 12-7pm. Try it all: Body/Mind Acupressure for pain weight & stress management. Acupressure Face-lift, organic skin care, personal perfumes & antioxidant elixirs, Far infra-red Bio-Mat. Experienced effective coaching, therapy & training. FREE. Core Health Institute, 28650 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. RSVP Esther McCormick B. A. Ac.T. 734-3833545. Monthly EFT Group - Second Tue 6-9pm. Oakland County. Details: Annette: 248-334-9214. See ad page 51.
Yoga - 7pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586795-3800. See ad page 11.
Kangen Water - 7-8pm. 1st/3rd Tues. Benefits of balancing body pH, increase hydration, neutralize free radicals. FREE. MigunLiving, 725 S. Adams Ste 100, Birmingham. Info: Migun Living 248-203-7744. See ad page 46. Tong Ren Group Healing Classes - 7-8:30pm. Everyone receives a personal healing and a pi gu weight control experience Donation $10. Tong Ren Healing System, Auburn Hills. Linda Kent 248-373-9414. See ad page 51. Macomb County Homebirth Circle - 7-8:30pm. Social gathering where women are supported for their choice to birth at home. FREE. Thrive In Line Chiropractic, 51309 Mound Rd, Shelby Township. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836.
Yoga - 9:30am & 3:30pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ad page 11.
Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350.
Pilates - 11:30am-12:30pm. Creates a balance in
the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress releases $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, Wateford. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 14.
First Time Free Slow Flow Yoga - 7-8pm. Slow Flow Yoga with Allisen. For beginners and intermediate. Namaste'. $10. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Billie Tobin 248-350-1500. See ad page 50. Slow Flow Yoga - 7pm. First Class Free, Walk-in $10 or series rates. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. 248-350-1500. See ad page 50.
Sun/Moon Hatha Yoga - 7:30-8:45pm. Yin and Yang combine in this popular yoga practice in a serene setting. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.
Basic Hatha Yoga Foundations - 7:30-8:45pm. Join Jeremy Wednesday nights for a foundation yoga class (asana + breath). $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.
Gentle Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. Combines gentle movement, simple poses and breathing techniques. All Levels $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Yoga - 5:30 & 7pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ad page 11.
YOGA for Men & Women - 6-7:30pm. Beginning & Intermediate. Bring your own mat or one provided. Taught by Chris Duncan, RYT 8 years Astanga Yoga. $12 drop in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. Yoga Class, Intermediate/Advanced Level 3-6 - 7pm. Life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ad page 11.
Pilates - 7-8pm. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress relief $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, Waterford. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 14. Young Living Essential Oils - 7-8pm. 3rd Thurs only. Natural alternatives to laboratory drugs. FREE. Migun Living, 725 S. Adams Ste 100, Birmingham. Info: Migun Living 248-203-7744. See ad page 46.
La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7:30 pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, Lake Orion. Tawnya 584-604-4074. Yin/Yang Yoga with Barbara - 7:30pm-8:45pm. This class balances masculine and feminine energies through Hatha + Yin. $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248556-0992. See ad page 54.
Yoga - 9:30am. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, steRlinG hts. 586795-3800. See ad page 11.
heart2heart healing with Billie tobin - 10am. Group healing session designed to release core issues. $20. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, southField. RSVP 248-350-1500. See ad page 50. Pilates - 10-11am. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress release. $10. Fit Zone for Women, 16112 Middlebelt Rd, livoniA. Staff 734-525-4636. See ad page 14.
chair Yoga - 12-12:45pm. Can't get to the floor? You can still practice yoga weekly, using a chair. FREE. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARRen. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. hatha Yoga - 3-4:15pm. Yoga class linking breath and movement - easy to moderate flow. Varies weekly, encompassing tong len meditation, restorative yoga and flowing yoga series. Relax and unwind from the week's activities. Instructor: Sue Albert, Certified Yoga Instructor RYT. $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, RochesteR. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 16.
Jen's Warm slow Flow Yoga- 6-7pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving meditation. $12. Powerhouse Gym Yoga Studio, 400 East Brown Street, BiRminGhAm. Jen Cooper 248-563-7300. energetic Flow vinyasa Yoga - 6-7:15pm. Fun and challenging yoga in a warm room. Flex, strengthen and breathe easy. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARRen. Pattie McCann 248-5638615. See ad page 54.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6-7:30pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. commeRce tWP. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd. Info: 866-914-3663. emotions Anonymous - 7-8:30pm. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Donations. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. Eleven Mile Rd, WARRen. Info: Rosemary 586-776-3886.
vinyasa Yoga - 9-10am. Awareness of body through poses building strength and flexibility. Destress $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, WAteRFoRd. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 14. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous 9-10:30am. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. WAteRFoRd, at Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Rd. Info. 866-914-3663.
Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking meeting - 1st Sat/9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, WARRen. Register 586-751-7500. See ad page 16. chair Yoga - 12-12:45pm. Yoga for those with limitations. Sit & breathe with a kind, caring teacher. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARRen. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.
Pre-natal Yoga - 12:15pm-1:30pm. Gentle poses & breath is used to focus & calm for pregnancy & labor. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, chesteRField. Santosha Yoga 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Wine sampling saturdays - 2-4pm. Thru Feb. Join us at our cheese island in our wine department for some FREE wine tastings! NEW wines each weekend. Whole Foods, tRoY. 248-649-9600.
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Natural Networking at its best! Connecting you to the leaders in naturally healthy living in our community. To find out how you can be inbe included in this directory each month, call 248-628-0125 or visit: MHLAS.com.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
New Life Allergy Treatment Ctr.
State of Michigan Registered, NCCAOM Certified. Former MD in China served North American people for over 27 years with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 16.
Computerized Allergy Te s t i n g / t r e a t m e n t s . C e r t i f i e d i n N A E T, BioSet, JMT and BioKinetics. 11 years experience. Specializing in: Environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin problems , headaches , fatigue and Candida.
Chinese Health Clinic • 248-276-8880 Hailan Sun, MD (China) Dipl. Ac 3075 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills ChineseHealthInstitute.com
Acupuncture health alliance Susan Burke, OMD, L.Ac 1890 Southfield Rd., Birmingham 248-582-8888
Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 44.
Community Health Acupuncture Center
Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist Advanced NAET Practitioner 725 S. Adams S-185, Birmingham 248-792-2229 • NewLifeAllergy.com
To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha
1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135 AdvancedBodyworkLLC.com
“The alternative, alternative therapy!”‑ Unique, gentle and effective pain relief technique. Not massage. Back/neck pain, Fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder and more. 15 years bodywork experience. See ad page 15.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~ Oscar Wilde
Cardiology Healthy Heart & Vascular, PLLC Michael Dangovian, DO, FAAC 39242 Dequindre Ste 103, Sterling Heights 586-795-3600 HealthyHeartAndVascular.com
A unique practice with a blended model for wellness. Full-service cardiology, stress testing, echocardiography, Holter monitoringYoga, workshops. Take control of your health and wellbeing. See ad page 11.
801 Livernois St., Ferndale 248-246-7289 • CommunityAcuCenter.com
Effective acupuncture treatment in our comfortable, quiet communitystyle treatment room. Affordable sliding scale fees, $15-$35 per treatment, no income verification.
115 S. Washington St. • Oxford OMWellnessInstitute.net 248-236-0027
Troy Farwell, MS HHP. R e g i s t e r e d Ay u r v e d i c Practitioner and Herbalist with over 10 years of holistic wellness counseling. Specializing in digestive, stress, sleep issues along with the popular rejuvenation program.
The Thinking Person's Response to Pain & Stress Learn to identify, eliminate and prevent harmful postural habits that can cause, or aggravate, stress, pain or freedom of movement.
Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers
10683 S. Saginaw Street, Suite B Grand Blanc, 810-694-3576 MichiganWellnessAndPainRelief.com
Dr. Morningstar is the developer of the TornadoSuit and ARC3D Scoliosis Therapy. His treatment approach has already received national media attention for it's long-term effectiveness. Preventing scoliosis surgery in children, and maximizing pain relief function in adult scoliosis patients. See ad page 20.
Carol Strozier • 248-885-0305
505 W. Breckenridge • Ferndale 586 Lakeside Park • Port Huron AlexanderTechniqueStudios.com CStrozier@AlexanderTechniqueStudios.com
Troy Farwell MS RAP HHP
Dr. Jamie L Cramer 4101 John R Rd., Ste 300, Troy 248-680-7200
Healthy Foods Chef /Teacher Detoxifying Ionic Footbaths Royal Oak, 248-953-9402
Homeopathic and Natural Approach to Health for Chronic & Acute symptoms including: Seasonal & Environmental Allergies, Headaches, Concentration, Attention issues, Brain Fog, Mold Candida, Itchy Skin, Constipation, Digestion, Muscle, Sinus issues. Hormone Balancing including Menopause, Acne....the list is practically endless. Advanced Computerized testing, EDS, Auriculotherapy, Biofeedback Certifications. • Gift Certificates Available.
Experience exceptional Chiropractic without any twisting, cracking or popping. Dr. Cramer is trained in the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Ta p i n t o y o u r h e a l e r within! Please visit www. NUCCAInfo.com. See ad
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Progressive Chiropractic Dr. Mike Paonessa 716 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 248-544-4088
Dr. Mike, a husband and father of three, takes pride in offering family chiropractic care using techniques tailored to each individual’s needs. Progressive Chiropractic offers massage, Reflexology, supplements, pillows and supports.
Van Every Chiropractic Center
Dr. Anna Saylor, DICCP Dr. Lara McMahon, DC 4203 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak 248-616-0900 - VanEveryChiropractic.com
Life Coaching Melissa Gray Life Coaching by Melissa 248-320-2912 LifeCoachingByMelissa.com
Digestive health TheDigestionDoctor.com
Begin your journey to a better life today! Contact me to discover the benefits of working with a life coach. Your first session is free.
The Mental Fitness Center
850 W. University, Suite C, Rochester 248-601-3111 www.MentalFitnessCenter.org
Dr. Christine Kaczmar 47729 Van Dyke Ave. • Shelby Township 586-685-2222
Founder of "14-Point Digestion Discovery System" Solutions for Diarrhea, IBS, Constipation, Colitis, etc. When the source of stress is known, the treatment becomes obvious. Dr. Christine uses 100% natural digestive formulas to nourish your body back to health. See ad back cover.
A natural approach to mental and physical health, offering counseling, behavior analysis, coaching, nutrition and physical fitness training, for individuals, couples, families and persons with special needs. See ad pg 25.
Get the best Chiropractic adjustment of your life! We offer a unique, breakthrough, gentle approach to Chiropractic care called Koren Specific Technique (KST). See ad page 12.
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wills family chiropractic Dr. Jason Wills 5885 S. Main St., Suite 4, Clarkston 248-922-9888
Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. Visit their website at: WillsFamilyChiropractic.com. See ad page 11.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Dentistry David W. Regiani, DDS, PC
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. ~ Nelson Mandela
coaching / Counseling Billie Tobin
Board Certified Alternative Psychology Practitioner 248-789-1980 • BillieTobin.com In person, Phone session or Skype
Integrated Spiritual Life Coaching is quantum healing for those who choose to move forward in life to joy and success. Namaste’
Holistic General Dentistry 101 South Street, Ortonville 248-627-4934 RegianiDental.com
Education / schools NATURAL MEDICINE, MASSAGE THERAPY, ENERGY MEDICINE 734-769-7794 NaturopathicSchoolofAnnArbor.net
Three integrated diploma programs: Naturopathy (ND), Massage Therapy/ Energy Medicine, Master Herbalist. Continuing education, student clinics. Please SCHEDULE, TUITION, CURRICULUM ON WEBSITE.
OM Wellness Institute
Mercury and metal-free dental materials, non surgical perio treatment, Invisalign© Orthodontics, DDS weight-loss system, cosmetic dentistry and TMJ pain diagnosis & treatment. Over 25 years of providing dental services to the community. See ad page 13.
115 S. Washington St. • Oxford OMWellnessInstitute.net 248-920-6595
HPS Advanced Dental care, PC Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS 4741 24 Mile Rd., Ste. C, Shelby Township 248-652-0024 • HPSDental.com
Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI
Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice is committed to practicing dentistry with a biocompatible approach. We perform mercury free/mercury safe dentistry in a friendly, caring atmosphere for the entire family. See ad page 17.
OM Wellness Institute is a Nationally Accredited school launching a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) program with emphasis in herbology, ayurveda or aromatherapy. The program is virtual and
Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words. ~ Francois Rabelais
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Annette R. Richards, LMSW, AAMET Level 3 Advanced Practitioner 248-334-9214 • AnnetteRichardsEFT.com
FeNg ShuI CAtherINe hILker, OwNer
Coming Next Month!
Creating Sanctuary 248-547-4965 www.CatherineHilker.com
Life Coaching, Feng Shui and Space Purification services. Call today and make permanent positive changes in your home, business and life.
Experienced EFT Practitioner offering regular EFT groups to borrow benefits and individual sessions, weekdays, evenings and weekends to learn EFT for personal use;
qI heALINg SANCtuArY
Gary Blaze • 248-250-1831 2820 W Maple, Suite 232, Troy QiHealingSanctuary.com
Qi Healing Sanctuary provides rejuvenating, relaxing Qi healing treatments by 30 year expert healer and Qigong t e a c h e r, G a r y B l a z e . Treatments: $40. "Gary is the real deal!" ~ Lynne McTaggart.
tONg reN heALINg SYSteM Linda Kent Auburn Hills • 248-373-9414 email@example.com
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500 East Fourth Street, Royal Oak 248-547-7916 • TheInnSeasonCafe.com
Vegan and Vegetarian Gourmet Cuisine in a clean, modern design with natural woods to create a soothing and comfortable dining retreat. Open Tuesday through Sunday. See ad page 13.
The Mar/Apr 2013
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Tong Ren: recommended by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Private sessions, weekly healing classes. For more information, visit: www.TomTam.com.
32418 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills 888-234-2128 LiveSmartBar.com
Michigan made. Supports healthy aging and longevity. Only 98 calories, 100% of daily Omega-3. Distribution, affiliate, fundraising and wholesale programs available. See website for details. See ad page 55.
OILS FOr heALthY LIvINg
Dena Holmes, doTerra Representative 248-303-3611 • OilsForHealthyLiving.com dena@OilsForHealthyLiving.com
Discover the power of nature with Essential Oils that work with your body’s chemistry to create balance/wellness. PURE & POTENT oils are safe/effective – take charge of your own health! Contact us for a free samples! See ad page 46.
LuCkY’S NAturAL FOOdS, LLC Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Historic Business District LuckysNaturalFoods.com
W h o l e F o o d Vi t a m i n s , Minerals, Herbs, Homeopathy. Supplement Savings Card, Organic Groceries, Wheat & Gluten-Free Products, Amish Poultry & Eggs, Fresh Amish Turkeys for the Holidays.Personalized service, knowledgable staff, special orders.
YOuNg LIvINg eSSeNtIAL OILS
Irene Marz Independent Distributor 810-691-1317 • HealthfulOils@gmail.com IreneMarz.VibrantScents.com
Curious why the Wise Men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus? Why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible? Call for FREE "Missing Link" CD. (Income opportunities also available). See ad page 19.
NAtureS better wAY
880 W. Dryden Rd., Metamora 810-678-3131 My4Life.com/NaturesBetterWay
We are helping "take Transfer Factor to the World." We also carry top quality herbal and nutritional supplements.
News, articles and Calendar Events dedicated exclusively to healthy living for our animal friends. Healthy Living for Happy Pets
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The Downing Clinic
Introducing new vegan, gluten free entrees, soups and salads. Dine in or carry out. Receive FREE pound or entree with purchase of equal or lesser value. See ad page 55.
Integrative Internal Medicine practice owned by Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician. Practice emphasizes natural treatments where possible and uses special testing to determine health and nutritional status. Support services onsite include:Acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Rolfing® Structural Integration, Massage, Healing Touch, IV Therapy. Clinic specializes in primary care, natural treatments for menopause and andropause symptoms, Osteoporosis, cholesterol management, Candida, Fibromyalgia. See ad page 9.
32418 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills 248-855-9463 VineyardDeli.com
Hypnotherapy Mid-Michigan Hypnosis Center Hypnosis Delivers • 810-423-6541 3280 N. Elms Rd., Flushing www.HypnosisDelivers.com
Foods & Gardens
HYPNOSIS to achieve YOUR goals-Lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress. Offering: VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND, HYPNO-BAND. Private, couples, family, small group sessions. NEW CAREER? Hypnotism certification courses forming NOW.
1467 E 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights 248-548-3060 1555 E South Blvd, Rochester Hills 248-459-1139 LongevityHealthInstituteInc.com LewerenzMedicalCenter.com
A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT - Hyperbaric O 2. See ad page 2.
Counselor, MA, Certified Hypnotherapist 26711 Woodward, Huntington Woods 248-688-6469
Specializing in counseling and/or hypnotherapy for self esteem, anxiety,stress,selfhypnosis, pain control. See ad page 16.
Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers
10683 S. Saginaw Street, Suite B Grand Blanc, 810-694-3576 MichiganWellnessAndPainRelief.com
integrative medicine ABC Wellness • Diane Culik, MD 37300 Dequindre Suite 102 Sterling Heights • www.DrCulik.com 855-NOW-WELL (855-669-9355)
Board Certified Holistic MD. Get Free online Reports and Videos. Alternative Secrets to Health and Thyroid and Adrenal Essentials. Alternative-Health-Secrets.com Thyroid-Adrenal-Solutions.com
Budaj Chiropractic and Nutrition
5793 W. Maple, #147, West Bloomfield 248-626-0001
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Laura Kovalcik, DO, FACOI 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • TheDowningClinic.com
Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI
In practice since 1983. Multiple non-invasive techniques for effective treatment outcomes. Medical knowledge, combined with Chiropractic and nutritional expertise treats the source of the problem, whether chronic or for prevention. See ad page 19.
Comprehensive treatment options to maximize your results. Bio-identical hormones, IV nutritionals, HcG weight loss, manipulation under anesthesia, decompression therapy, exercise with oxygen therapy, and cancer therapies. See ad page 20.
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~ Jim Rohn
massage therapy Vickie Evans, CMT
The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • TheDowningClinic.com
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Medical spa Timeless Health & Beauty medical spa 810-724-0480 542 N. Cedar, Imlay City
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Mental Wellness A Perfect Balance
Debbie Bollen • Jenny Harwood Farmington Hills • 248-254-7827 PerfectBalanceMind.com Holistic, non-invasive brain optimization technology, identifying where brainwave patterns are not functioning at optimal levels. Specializing in: anxiety, memory/focus problems, sleep issues, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Brain Injury.
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The Wellness Counselors
Laura J. Russell, LLPC, NCC 115 Walnut Suite #2 • Rochester 248-812-9048 • TheWellnessCounselors.com
Successfully helping people who suffer from autoimmune diseases or pain to improve the quality of their lives. Treating: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression using EMDR, CBT and Relaxation. See ad page 39.
Customized health solutions Julie Koning, RD Royal Oak • 248-795-5494 NutritionByJulie.com
Integrative/functional nutrition assessment- children and adults, meal plans, food sensitivity and metabolism testing. Ongoing classes–see website. Medicare provider for diabetes /chronic kidney disease (non-dialysis).
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Organic Lawncare A-1 Organic Lawns, L.L.C.
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We believe in protecting and preserving your family and home environment with natural fertilizers that use the power of nature to beautify your property. See ad page 10.
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oxygen/hyperbarics nutritional counseling advanced nutritional solutions Lee Rossano, CNC Rochester Hills • 248-652-4160 whysuffer.NET
Alice Goodall, RN, BSN V.P. MI Holistic Nursing Assoc 586-646-0066
Nutritional counseling/ herbal remendies based on the COMPASS® nutritional assessment. Identify deficiencies in your body in the comfort of your own home. Serving SE Michigan. Goodallsherbs@comcast.net)
Lee brings 10 years of clinical experience, the most advanced assessment techniques, and a lifetime of intuitive healing with personalized health plans to help cease suffering. That means better sex, energy, and a greater sense of happiness! See ad page 29.
Longevity Health Institute 1467 E 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights 248-548-3060 1555 E South Blvd, Rochester Hills 248-459-1139 LongevityHealthInstituteInc.com LewerenzMedicalCenter.com
A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. HBOT (Hyperbaric O 2), We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support. See ad page 2.
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raw food nourished body | satisfied soul Deb Klungle • 248-497-4189 Certified Raw Food Chef & Educator YourNourishedBody.com
Learn how simple, nutritious, & delicious raw foods can be! Services include customized private instruction & detox support. See ad page 7.
Physicians Compounding Pharmacy
1900 S. Telegraph Rd Ste 102 Bloomfield Hills • 248-758-9100 PhysiciansCompoundingPharmacy.com
Your only local womanowned, compoundingonly pharmacy. Custom medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. Bio-identical HRT, pain management, veterinary, pharmaceutical grade supplements. Consultative services for hormones and nutritionals.
Pets Reiki & Pet Communication Facebook.com/petra4pets Petra4Pets@gmail.com
In-person (Flat Rock or Berkley) or distance Reiki and shamanic services for pets. Pet communication to resolve issues, at end of life, or just for fun.
Dr. Pavel Bence, DC, CCWP • 248-568-4212 39573 Mound Road, Sterling Heights WellnessChampions.org
National speaker, Physician and leading wellness professional specializes in optimum health, the prevention paradigm, maximizing wellness i n t h e w o r k p l a c e . To schedule a Lunch/Learn Lecture, Health Fair or Computerized Stress Analysis, contact PR Director Caroline or email: Bence@WellnessChampions.org. See ad page 9.
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20 W. Washington, Ste 10 • Clarkston 248-909-3700 • Leslie@AETherapy.com AdvancedEnergyTherapy.com
Do you or someone you love have cancer? Reiki can help reduce side-effects of Chemo/Radiation therapy. It also reduces stress and promotes healing. Pet Reiki available too.
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A center dedicated to helping you live a better life utilizing medically proven techniques including yoga, bodywork, optimal nutrition and education, with the focus on making our clients experts in their own health & wellness. See ad page 11.
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2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992 HouseOfYoga.net
Woodside Animal Clinic
27452 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak 248-545-6630 Doc4Pets.com
Dr. Simon is the owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak, where he practices both alternative and conventional medicine on dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents. He is the author of 4 pet care books. See ad page 43.
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Reiki Level II Attunement Saturday, February 23 Call us or visit our website for details. See the calendar in this magazine for more classes.
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Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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