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How to Keep the Mind Young and Memory Sharp

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“Have you seen my keys?” “Now, why did I come in here?” “Her name is on the tip of my tongue.” If you catch yourself uttering such phrases, listen up:


emory generally starts to decline in our 30s, as the brain shrinks with age. One of the first and most prominent signs is that ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon,” advises neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Brain. Studies show that the adult brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in midlife, as neurons in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus wither and the branches between


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them thin. Add hormonal changes, which can starve gray matter of nourishing estrogen and progesterone; less-than-stellar cardiovascular health, which tends to limit blood flow to the brain; and a gummy protein called amyloid plaque, which can hamper neuronal function; and cognitive decline may be exacerbated. Already, one in five people older than 65 suffer from “mild cognitive impairment” (persistent memory problems severe enough to be noticeable by

of us should be eating less. “The key to the brain maintaining and even regenerating itself is the activation of a set of genes that code for a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” explains Perlmutter. “BDNF is significantly enhanced in people that simply cut down their calorie consumption.” Several animal and human studies support this conclusion. One 2009 study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, divided 50 men and women age 50 and older into three groups that slashed calorie intake by 20 percent, 30 percent and not at all. After three months, the groups that restricted their calories saw their verbal memory scores jump by more than 20 percent. Perlmutter notes that just being overweight in the prime of life can promote excess inflammation and free radical production—two enemies of a healthy brain. A 2005 study of 10,000

men and women conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that people that were obese in their early 40s had a 74 percent increased risk of developing dementia later in life. “Just a 25 percent reduction in calories over one month’s time can have a profound effect on boosting memory,” Perlmutter notes. Eat a brain-building diet. Aside from cutting calories, experts say it’s critical to load up on foods that boost neurogenesis (the development of new brain cells) and stall brain atrophy. Eating more fish (or omega-3 supplements), adding fruits and vegetables and cutting back on refined carbohydrates do just that, advises Dr. Christiane Northrup, obstetrician, gynecologist and author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. “The brain is mostly made up of omega-3 fats, and many women, in particular, are lacking them in their diet,” she observes. Perlmutter notes that supplementing one’s intake of omega-3 fatty acid DHA, present in fatty fish and marine algae, has been shown to switch on the genes that jumpstart BDNF production. DHA is also anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy blood flow to the brain. But people shouldn’t wait too long to load up on it. One 2010 trial of 485 healthy adults with mild memory complaints found that those who took 900 milligrams per day of algae-based DHA supplements for six months made significantly fewer errors on memory tests than they had at the study’s onset. Another study by the National Institute on Aging, however, found that DHA supplementation had little impact on patients once severe dementia had set in. So, sooner is better.

Healthy fats aside, dark-colored fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and plums are all rich with antioxidants, substances known to scavenge cell-damaging free radicals in the brain. Also, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain a powerful compound called sulforaphane, believed to boost the body’s own production of antioxidants. One famous 2005 study followed 13,388 women over several decades, and found that those that ate the most cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens stayed mentally sharp for far longer than those that ate the least. New research from Rush University, in Chicago, further suggests that a deficiency of B12, found in fish, liver, milk and eggs, may hasten brain shrinkage as previously functioning cells die off. Overloading on refined carbohydrates like white flour, pasta and potatoes carries a similar result. “Elevated blood sugar can destroy the brain,” advises Perlmutter, pointing to a 2005 study in the journal Neurology, which linked accelerated brain shrinkage with elevated blood sugar. Prevent hormonal havoc. Ebbing hormones can also have a measurable impact on our ability to recall words and follow through on tasks, says Hawaii naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. One 2009 University of California study of 2,362 women between the ages of 42 and 52 found that 60 percent suffered memory and mental-processing problems. “I hear about it almost every day from women in my practice,” comments Steelsmith. “They’re trying to find the word for, say, ‘garlic’ or ‘pen,’

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eople are anxious to do everything they can to improve their child’s intelligence, yet many are focusing their energy in places where they are not getting the best payoff for it,” says neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. In their new book, Aamodt and Princeton University Neuroscience Professor Sam Wang try to dispel what they believe are many myths that have


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led parents to worry too much about the influence they can have on a child’s cognitive development and in some cases, have led to doing more harm than good. Aamodt says that genetics and thousands of years of human evolution have already exerted a heavy influence on a child’s developmental future before he or she is born. In the absence of abuse and neglect, and with good nutrition and a stimulating environment, a child’s brain “raises itself” in many ways, the authors maintain. Meanwhile,

they argue that there is little scientific evidence showing that factors like birth order and exposure to classical music and educational videos have an impact on cognitive development. “Children come ‘out of the box’ with individual temperaments that strongly influence the possible paths they can take through life,” Aamodt observes. “Most parents believe that they can have a bigger influence on their child’s personalities than they actually do. They should relax and enjoy their kids more.” The authors offer these scientifically backed tips for parents and caregivers to influence a child’s developing brain: Don’t stress during pregnancy. “The hormones produced in the mother’s body during stressful times can cross over into the placenta, exposing the child. If it’s a chronic condition, it can lead to problems with brain development,” counsels Aamodt. One 2008 review paper from Harvard Medical School led researchers to conclude that babies born to stressed mothers are more likely to suffer from autism spectrum disorders. Others, from researchers in Canada and the UK, found that women that endure natural disasters while pregnant are more likely to have babies that suffer from schizophrenia, decreased IQ and depression. Animal research has repeatedly demonstrated that babies of stressed mothers often grow up with touchy stressresponse systems. Switch off the baby videos. University of Washington researchers have found that baby educational videos, like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby fail to boost language skills and may actually slow acquisition of vocabulary. “For every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than infants that did not watch them,” the report said. Other research by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that exposure to action-packed videos may increase the risk of development of attention disorders. “Babies are wired to learn from other people, and every period of time they are not interacting with people because they are watch-

ing TV interferes with that face-to-face interaction,” says Aamodt. Teach a second language. Bilingual children consistently outperform single-language speakers in tests of executive brain function (a measure of organizational and planning skills) and tend to be better at making choices and understanding other people’s perspectives, Aamodt says. “The very first act of speech for a bilingual person is picking which language to use, and you do that based on your understanding of the other person’s perspective.” Aamodt recommends exposing youngsters to a second language in infancy—if possible, just by speaking to them in a different language—and exploring more formal instruction before the age of 8. Foster self-control. “Ultimately, parents can make the biggest difference in their child’s adult quality of life by promoting self-control,” Aamodt says. Recent research published in the journal Science and elsewhere suggests that children with greater self-control (meaning they can resist temptation, stay on task and control their own behavior) achieve greater success in school, the workplace and their personal lives. “Preschool children’s ability to resist temptation is a much better predictor of academic success than their IQ scores,” Aamodt notes. She recommends engaging in progressively more challenging tasks. “You want to stretch the child just a little; get them to do something a little bit hard, but that they can succeed at if they concentrate.” Encourage study breaks. “Some very old science tells us that to learn effectively, you need to take breaks and allow your brain to consolidate what you have already learned before you go back and try to learn some more,” says Aamodt. “If you study a total of an hour, you will learn twice as much if you break it up into two 30-minute spans.”


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WABI SABI LOVE Embracing Imperfections in Relationships by Arielle Ford


he ancient Japanese art form of Wabi Sabi honors all things old, weathered, worn and impermanent by perceiving the beauty in imperfections. It discovers grace in things modest, humble and unconventional. Wabi Sabi love is the art and practice of appreciating the quirks and imperfections in our self and our partner. Listening with our heart, we come to see with it, too. Discerning the hidden dance between partners brings emotional maturity to our relationships as we shift our focus from what’s wrong to what’s right. This new, true view deeply bonds us and is a key to everlasting love—and any harmonious relationship.

We shift our choices from “what I want,” to what is ultimately best for the relationship.

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Spiritual teacher David Deida counsels, “Practicing love often means… surrendering all hold on the familiar act you call ‘me.’” By choosing to turn everyday conflict into compassion, we cultivate a more loving relationship through humor, listening, intimacy and generosity, even when someone is acting out, refusing to listen or shutting down. Acceptance and its counterpart, understanding, are crucial to achieving relationship harmony. It’s the highest form of love and, like most things worth striving for, requires patience, commitment, personal responsibility, playfulness and practice. Imagine how great it is to feel loved all the time by a friend and partner—during the good, the bad and everything in-between.

It starts when we shift our perception and see our mate’s behavior through a gentler and kinder lens of mutual respect and lightheartedness. Research by Psychologist Sandra Murray, Ph.D., at the University of Buffalo, reveals that donning “rose-colored glasses” and idealizing our partner leads to more happiness and satisfaction in a relationship, and that the happiest couples focus on what’s right. In what is known as the Pygmalion effect, the greater the expectation placed upon people, the better they perform. Keeping an open heart and mind also prepares us to receive our partner’s best expectations and highest level of caring, even if it might seem different than what we expect. When we choose to lovingly accept each another, let go of issues and apologize for any wrongdoing, it transforms the relationship. Overall, we better appreciate the bigger picture and go from being annoyed to enjoyed! Bestselling author Arielle Ford is a leader in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. Her new release is Wabi Sabi Love ( Subscribe to a free Soulmate Secret newsletter at

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NATURAL LIVING INDEX Practitioner Profiles


Throughout the year Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for natural health, nutrition, personal growth, green living, fitness, and creative expression. We are pleased to offer this special edition, including local Practitioner Profiles, the Natural Living Glossary, and our extensive Fairfield County Natural Living Directory to support you in leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. 18

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practitionerprofile Connecticut Spine and Health Center Dr. Scott Bender


r. Scott Bender has successfully treated hundreds of patients with Fibromayalgia and severe chronic pain using the Atlas Orthogonal (AO) procedure. He first discovered the amazing healing potential of this as a patient while attending Chiropractic College. While in school, Dr. Bender suffered a serious injury. He tried every available traditional chiropractic procedure available, but still suffered with horrible neck, and lower back pain. After a year of constant and severe pain, Dr. Bender met a doctor who changed his life. This doctor specialized in an advanced spinal correction procedure called AO. Immediately after the first visit, he began to feel Dr. Scott Bender the amazing results under Atlas Orthogonal care. His body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that plagued him quickly left his body. Dr. Bender realized he had found his Life Purpose. Upon graduation, he trained as an intern with several of the most respected AO doctors in the country and in 1997 he opened his own Atlas Orthogonal office in Stamford. 14 years later, CT Spine and Health Center has become the busiest AO office in the northeast, attracting patients from all over the world. The AO procedure is completely painless, and with no side-effects. See ads page 6 & 63.


Scott Bender, DC Connecticut Spine and Health Center 111 High Ridge Road, Stamford 203.967.8888 Dr. Bender is the only BoardCertified physician in CT to offer the Atlas Orthogonal procedure Conditions Treated: • Fibromayalgia • Chronic Back Pain • Chronic Fatigue • Migraines • Headache/Neck Pain • TMJ

Associates in Family Chiropractic & Natural Health Care Dr. Mark Joachim & Dr. Risa Sloves


r. Mark Joachim, is the first and only physician in Connecticut to have advanced certification in the BioSET Allergy Elimination Technique, a drug-free and injection-free approach to diagnose and eliminate food, environmental and chemical allergies. He also runs the Non-Surgical DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression for herniated/ bulging, or degenerated discs, sciatica, and Dr. Mark Joachim and stenosis. Dr. Joachim is also certified in Dr. Risa Sloves acupuncture. Dr. Risa Sloves is 1 of 10 Chiropractic Physicians in Connecticut with Board Certification in Maternity and Pediatric Care. She specializes in pre- and postnatal chiropractic care including the Webster and Bagnell Breach Turning Techniques, as well as pediatric chiropractic care including cranial sacral treatment for children of all ages and abilities. Dr. Sloves is the Fairfield County Leader of the Holistic Moms Network and the founder of Women of Wellness, a network of prenatal and early family care, in Fairfield County. See ad pg 9.

Mark Joachim, DC Risa Sloves, DC 156 East Avenue, Norwalk 203.838.1555 Specializing in: • Allergy Elimination (seasonal, food, environmental) • Infants and Children • Pre- and Post-Natal Women

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practitionerprofile Michael E. Doyle Helping Patients Find the Right Balance for Optimal Health


ichael E. Doyle, M.D.MD is a Board Certified Family Physician who’s objective is to provide patients with the safest and most effective medical care. He does this through a combination of conventional and alternative medicine, focusing on identifying and treating underlying conditions rather than symptoms. A graduate of Cornell and Georgetown, Dr. Doyle utilizes the latest science and traditional approach to health. Through the use of natural treatments such as nutritional therapies, bioidentical hormones, and lifestyle changes, he helps his patients restore their health and renew their vitality. Treatments are geared toward Dr. Michael E. Doyle enhancing wellness, rather than simply producing “normal” test results. Dr. Doyle treats each patient as an individual according to his or her own specific needs. This unique care that integrates the best of conventional and alternative medicine leads patients to come from all around the country to be treated by Dr. Doyle. See ad pg 2.

Michael E. Doyle, MD 22 Fifth Street, Suite 201 Stamford 203.324.4747 Conditions Treated: • Hypothyroidism • Fatigue • High Cholesterol • Menopause & Female Hormone Deficiencies • Male Hormone Deficiencies • Digestive Problems • High Blood Sugar and Diabetes and Much More… Primary Treatments: • Lifestyle • Nutrition and Dietary Changes • Natural and Bio-identical Hormones





well-respected naturopathic physician who has helped countless adults and children, Dr Schweitzer attributes his 25+ years of success to a wealth of experience using advanced diagnostics and cutting-edge therapies – all combined with an important blend of active listening, patient education and optimizing nutrition and energy flows. Electrodermal screening, Ondamed® frequency therapy, targeted individualized nutrition, “Brainpaint” EEG biofeedback, healing lasers, allergy desensitization – all of these and more are used to treat the underlying causes of patient health issues. Dr. Schweitzer did clinical research in endoDr. Marvin Schweitzer crine pathophysiology and immunology at McGill University and went on to earn his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at NCNM in Portland, Oregon. He obtained further training in Europe, and later established his caring patient-centered family practice in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1986. Fluent in French and German, Dr. Schweitzer is married with two children. See ad pg 12.



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1 Westport Avenue Natural therapies for over 25 years Norwalk, CT 06851 D r Ma r v i n S c h w ei tz e r. co m 203.847.2788 203.847.2788

Treatments include: • Ondamed® Frequency Therapy • Asyra® Diagnostics • Brainpaint EEG Biofeedback • Sensible Detoxification • Allergy Desensitization

practitionerprofile The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center Whole-Body Dentistry and Whole-Body Medicine


ith two unique practices under one roof, the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center is the premier medical and dental center for holistic care on the East Coast. Our doctors offer an individualized, integrative approach for treating a range of conditions and are dedicated to helping patients achieve a greater level of health and well-being.

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Mark A. Breiner, DDS, is a leading authority on holistic/ biological dentistry. Author of the book, Whole-Body Dentistry, Dr. Breiner is a well-known speaker, who has been a guest on numerous national radio and television shows. Dr. Breiner is sought after for all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry. It is this blending of conventional and alternative dentistry that provides unique benefits for his patients. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, past President and Fellow of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and a Diplomate of the College of Dentistry, American Association of Integrative Medicine. Adam Breiner, ND, is the medical director of Whole-Body Medicine. In addition to being a family practitioner schooled in naturopathic medicine, Dr. Breiner offers various energetic modalities that are the basis for his successful resolution of many confounding health problems. He is also the only physician in Connecticut who offers both Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Real-Time All-Digital EEG Neurofeedback to help with neurological conditions including brain trauma, stroke, and ADD. His skills in detecting and removing the “obstacles-to-cure” have had Lyme patients from far and wide seeking his expertise. Elena Sokolova, ND, spent eighteen years as a primary care physician in St. Petersburg Hospital in Russia. With her background in both traditional and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Sokolova offers a wide-range of expertise. During her 25 years of practice she has treated many female health and stress-related concerns, including hormonal imbalances. Many patients seek her out for her expertise in metabolic typing, Chinese Medicine, and Abdominal Manual Therapy. David Brady, ND, CCN is a leading nutritional product formulator and consultant to some of the most innovative nutraceutical companies in the country. He is currently Vice Provost of the Division of Health Sciences and Director of the Human Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport. He is the author of the book, Dr. Brady’s Healthy Revolution; What You Really Need to Know to Stay Healthy in a Sick World. Many seek his expertise in the areas of metabolic and functional medicine, including thyroid, adrenal, gastrointestinal, and long-term fatigue issues. See ads pg 3 & 46.

Dental: 203.371.0300 Medical: 203.371.8258 “I love to smile now, my teeth look beautiful.” ~Barbara B. “I have had only excellent experiences with “Whole-Body Dentistry” and gained an overall, improved sense of well being.” ~Thomas L.

“They really listen to you here. You come here, it’s a peaceful atmosphere. They’re kind to you. They don’t pressure you ...the name Whole-Body Medicine encompasses it.” ~Dana C. “After ten (Hyperbaric Oxygen) treatments, we started to see my mother’s brain start to wake up. She became more alert; the whole nursing staff was astonished.” ~ Patrick M. “EEG, which helps to pump up my brain and… calm my nervous system down. And it really works wonderfully. It’s given me back my life.” ~ Linda P. “My son is now happy and confident, and he made first honors. It’s been an amazing experience, it’s been wonderful for him to have had the EEG Neurofeedback, and be who he can be.” ~ Maria G. “My life has been changed dramatically for the better!” ~Michelle U.

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practitionerprofile Riverside Obstetrics & Gynecology Combining mainstream and natural approaches to women’s health


iverside Obstetrics & Gynecology is a fullservice medical practice that has provided advanced medical care for women for five years. What sets the practice apart is the ability to blend state-of-the-art medicine (including minimally invasive surgical procedures) with holistic therapies. The medical team includes Russell Turk, MD, Karen Zino, MD and Louise Napoli, ND, a doctor of naturopathic medicine. A small medical staff allows Riverside OB/ GYN to offer patients a personal treatment approach that considers each woman’s medical history, symptoms and goals. For example, the doctors counsel patients interested in a more natural pregnancy regarding how to achieve Dr. Russell Turk and a low intervention birth, avoid a C-section or Dr. Karen Zino safely undergo VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section). Likewise, an extensive evaluation and consultation can be done to review treatments for uterine fibroids or determine whether menopausal patients are candidates for bioidentical hormone therapy. See ad pg 9.

Russell Turk, MD Karen Zino, MD Louise Napoli, ND 1200 East Putnam Avenue Riverside 203.637.3337 Fax: 203.637.3307 Specializing in: • Personalized Pregnancy Care • Minimally Invasive Surgical Care • Managing Menopause • Women’s Wellness and Prevention

UB Clinics at the University of Bridgeport


n January 2010, Dr. Jared Skowron created the Pediatric & Autism Clinic in the UB Clinics and has since helped thousands of children by treating colds, asthma, eczema, stomach complains, ADHD, and other health conditions. Dr. Skowron, a national expert in natural medicine for children, provides natural healthcare through nutrition, vitamins, homeopathy, and education about raising a healthy child. The clinic also specializes in the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) biomedical therapy for autism. While most DAN! doctors charge $1,000 for each visit, Dr. Skowron and his team are offering natural healthcare to all children for less than an average Dr. Jared Skowron co-pay. “Research shows long-term health problems start when children are young. By treating your child today, naturally, you are giving them a lifetime of health,” Dr. Skowron says. The Pediatric & Autism Clinic thoroughly analyzes each child providing nutritional analysis and physical exams, while educating parents about the wonders of herbs, vitamins, and homeopathics. See ads pg 26 & 53. 22

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Jared Skowron, ND 60 Lafayette Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 203.576.4349 Services offered at UB Clinics: • Naturopathic Medicine • Pediatrics • Dental Hygiene • Chiropractic • Acupuncture

practitionerprofile The Center for Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Susan Rzucidlo Listening and caring...wouldn’t you prefer a doctor who makes time for both?


he Center for Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) is renowned for offering Naturopathic Care in a relaxed family environment. Our physicians take the time to teach each patient how to restore and maintain their health. CNM physicians evaluate the whole person, not just a particular organ or system. In addition to general family medicine and pediatrics, CNM offers specialties such as acupuncture, allergy assessment/management and nutritional counseling. Our office integrates traditional knowledge with the best of modern medical science and standards of care. Head physician, Dr. Susan Rzucidlo, ND is a Dr. Susan Rzucidlo frequent contributor to newspapers and television. When Dr. Rzucidlo is not treating patients, she is conducting educational seminars, cooking and fitness classes. Dr. Rzucidlo understands that nutritional and lifestyle counseling goes beyond the doctor’s office, since food and exercise play an integral part in a healthy life. The Center for Naturopathic Medicine is committed to providing up to date Naturopathic treatment in a caring atmosphere. The CNM philosophy is that Listening and Caring is essential to a patient’s health. See ad pg 2.

ARC Sacred Center – The Alliance for Raising Consciousness We Care About the Spiritual Wellness of You and Your Family


he ARC Sacred Center is a spiritual, therapeutic and energy filled center that offers the community a place to grow, heal, learn and love in safe and compassionate surroundings. Using the healing arts for the mind, body and soul and interfaith spiritualism, our goal is to open our hearts and minds to love for one another and ourselves. As we live more consciously as a community, the energy we create will multiply into the universe. Rev. Christine Guerrera, LMFT is an Interfaith Minister, Psychotherapist, Spiritual Rev. Christine Guerrera and Counselor and Energy Healer who has more Rev. Arlene S. Powers than twenty years experience in human services and the healing arts fields. Chris uses compassion and spirituality to guide clients through life issues. Rev. Arlene S. Powers is an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counselor who believes that love and compassion are key to healing the earth, each other and ourselves. Arlene works with children and the community sharing this message. See ad pg 28.

The Center for Naturopathic Medicine Susan Rzucidlo, ND 3335 Main Street, Stratford 203.377.1525 Facebook: The Center for Naturopathic Medicine Services Offered: • General Family Medicine & Pediatrics • Acupuncture • Facial Rejuvenation • Nutritional/Diet Counseling

Rev. Christine Guerrera & Rev. Arlene S. Powers, co-founders 458 Monroe Turnpike Monroe, CT 06468 203.268.1ARC (1272) Services: • Weekly Interfaith Service Gatherings • Children’s Programs • Sacred Ceremonies • Psychotherapy • Spiritual Counseling • Massage and Energetic Body Work • Healing Groups/Sacred Circles • Wellness Workshops • Book Clubs/ACIM Study Groups • Movement/Dance Therapy • Meditation and Yoga

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businessprofile The Graduate Institute


he Graduate Institute is an accredited, not-for-profit institution of higher education located in Bethany, CT. Founded in 1999, The Institute is dedicated to creating learning environments that enable colleagues (i.e. students) to pursue their passions and affect change in their lives and work. Its programs are designed to meet the intellectual and spiritual needs of contemporary thinkers on their paths of personal and professional evolution. The Institute’s cutting-edge, holistic programs bring together a community of like-minded individuals to study at the emerging frontier of learning. Classes meet one weekend per month and are designed for working professionals. Faculty includes renowned thinkers from around the world… including Bernie Siegel, Caroline Myss, and other visionaries. In 2012, The Institute introduces two new Certificate programs – in Integrative Health Coaching and Ecotherapy. See ad pg 7.

The Graduate Institute 171 Amity Road Bethany, CT 06524 203.874.4252 Programs of Study Include: • Integrative Health and Healing • Integrative Health Coaching • Ecotherapy • Conflict Transformation • Organizational Leadership • Oral Traditions • Conscious Evolution

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Tully Health Center Stamford, CT 203.276.4777 Working in collaboration with you and your medical team, we offer patient centered care that blends conventional and complementary medicine tailored to achieve your personal needs and goals. Modalities may include acupuncture, nutritional & lifestyle counseling, trigger point injections, botanical and supplement consulting, guided imagery, Reiki and other mind body therapies. Medical insurance is accepted. See ad pg 17.


The Healing Point, LLC 61 Sherman Street, Fairfield, CT 06824 203.887.6789 Take control of your health with acupuncture. Treatments are designed to meet your specific needs in a relaxing atmosphere. Conveniently located in the heart of Fairfield Center. Now offering free consultations. See ad pg 15.

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Ingri treatments help alleviate Pain, Depression, Neck & Back, Anxiety, Headaches, Stress, Allergies, Asthma, Arthritis, Digestive, Menstrual, Infertility, and Smoking & Weight Loss Issues. See ad pg 32.


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Dr. Mark Joachim Advanced Certified Practitioner 156 East Avenue, Norwalk 203.838.1555 BioSET can eliminate all food and environmental allergies related to behavioral issues, asthma, eczema, headaches, fibromyalgia, sinus conditions, gastric disorders and chronic health conditions. Safe for all ages, without drugs, shots or side effects! See ad pg 9.


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Ayurveda & Life Style Management 203.857.4123 Jaya is an Ayurvedic specialist with 20 years experience. She offers life style management, other Ayurvedic counseling, Ayurvedic cooking and educational classes by appointment only.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counseling, including nutritional and herbal needs. Specializing in physical ailments, as well as insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings.


Kim Roach, Colorist 15 Square Acre Dr, Stamford 203.461.9543 Beautiful, lustrous and long-lasting hair color doesn’t have to be harmful to you or the environment! Kim Roach, expert hair colorist, uses Organic Color Systems for safe, non-toxic, and paraben-free hair color. Schedule an appointment today! See ad pg 14.


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Michele Maestri Murphy 53 East Avenue, New Canaan 203.966.5655 It is possible to enhance your beauty and wellness while being in harmony with the environment! Safe, beautiful alternative to toxic haircare services, with great emphasis on every organic and earth-friendly detail. Organic manicures also available! We cater to mind, body, and soul. See ad pg 57.

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NATURAL LIVING GLOSSARY ACUPRESSURE: Based on the same system as acupuncture, but fingers and hands are used, instead of stimulation with needles, in order to restore the balanced flow of the body’s 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 of acupressure 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. ACUPUNCTURE: An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance itself, based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of ‘meridians.’ Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. Diagnosis of an imbalance is made by “reading” the pulse, face, tongue and body energy. To correct it, a practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life force. Acupuncture principles include the yin and yang polarities and the associations of the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood with bodily organs. AIR PURIFICATION: The process of reducing contaminants in the air. Air purifiers are either passive (waiting for particulates to come to the device) or proactive (sending out the solution to the pollution). Filter-based purification traps airborne particles. UV lamps sterilize air that passes by the lamp via air currents or forced air. Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) in-duct units are mounted in forced-air HVAC system. Ionizers generate electrically charged ions

to attract airborne particulates. Radiant Catalytic Ionization (RCI) uses a combination of UVX light and ionization to remove airborne particulates and sterilize surfaces. Ozone generators are used as whole-house air cleaners to remove major smoke odors, musty smells and toxic mold. ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: A system of re-educating the body and mind to support and facilitate proper posture and ease of movement. Through gentle manual guidance, accompanied by verbal directions, the Alexander teacher coaches the student to become aware of unnecessary tension and to unlearn longstanding patterns of movement. The Alexander Technique is an established method for helping to improve chronic conditions such as back, shoulder or neck pain, nervous tension, poor coordination, breathing problems and vocal strain. Athletes and performing artists frequently use it to improve performance level. ALKALINE WATER: Drinking water that has been treated through the use of a water ionizer. Proponents of alkaline water believe that high acidity in the body contributes to a number of physical illnesses and conditions, from fatigue and weight gain to more serious disorders. They believe that drinking alkaline water can help resolve these health problems by raising the body’s pH level. AROMATHERAPY: An ancient healing art that uses the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety and a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled or added to a water bath. Often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology and chiropractic or other holistic treatments.

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ART THERAPY: Uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being and to deepen self-awareness. The therapist makes a diagnosis and determines treatment plans by encouraging a client to express his or her feelings and unconscious thoughts through the nonverbal creative process and by observing the forms and content created. ASTROLOGY: A system of traditions and beliefs that holds that the relative positions of celestial bodies either directly influence life on Earth or correspond to events experienced on a human scale. Modern astrologers define astrology as a symbolic language, art form and type of divination that can provide information about personality and human affairs, aid in the interpretation of past and present events, and predict the future. AYURVEDA: The oldest medical system known to man and a comprehensive spiritual teaching practiced in India for 4,000 years. It focuses on achieving and maintaining perfect health via the balance of the elements air, fire and water (illness is considered an excess of any element). A patient’s body type, determined according to Ayurveda principles, is the basis for individualized dietary regimens and other preventive therapeutic interventions. Ayurveda prescriptions might include purification procedures for the restoration of biological rhythms; experience of expanded consciousness through meditation; nutritional counseling; stress reduction; enhancing neuromuscular conditions; and behavioral modification.

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Dr. Risa Sloves is 1 of 10 Chiropractic Physicians in Connecticut with Board Certification in Maternity and Pediatric Care including Webster and Bagnell Turning Techniques. Also provided: acupuncture, BioSET Allergy Elimination Technique and the DRX9000 Spinal Decompression. See ad pg 9.


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111 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203.967.8888 Dr. Bender is Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure, a gentle method for the detection, and correction of misalignments of the Upper Cervical Spine. He is also a founding member of the Trauma Imaging Foundation, a non-profit multispecialty physician group dedicated to the accurate diagnosis, and treatment of Brain, and Spinal Trauma. See ads pg 6 & 63.

TRUE HEALTH FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Oronoque Shopping Plaza, 7365 Main St. Stratford, CT 06614 203.923.8633

Dr. Peter J. Braglia, DC provides customized chiropractic care for the whole family. Improve your health and well-being with safe, natural chiropractic care and whole food nutritional supplements including our detoxification/ natural weight loss program.


Joan Law, Member IFSG 203.260.7770 Clutter clearing is a very emotional process that feels like therapy, and takes emotional stamina to go through it. I can help you clear the clutter to simplify and focus your life with feng shui principles to keep your home clutter free.


Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics Gentle, safe, effective colon cleansing 203.542.7822 Starting a cleanse or detox, trying to lose weight or just getting ready to clean up? Colonics are a great complement to any program.


Since 1993, Rye, NY 914.921.LIFE (5433) Now offering personalized cleanse programs, as well as our personalized colonics, since 1993. Rejuvenation at its best! See ad pg 50.

GREENWICH COLON HYDROTHERAPY Kelly McCoy Located at Natural Medicine & Wellness Center Old Greenwich 203.698.9088

Experience relief from congestion and discover a greater sense of est. 1996 well being. Colon Hydrotherapy helps to regain a deeper flow and creates balance in a world with pressure and toxicity. Relaxing treatments aid in achieving personal awareness to internal harmony. See ad pg 58.

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Ready to start feeling healthier? Take your first step with this gentle cleansing p r o c e d u r e . Wa t c h o u r colonic and detoxification videos on our new video website located at Call for Free CD on Detoxification. See ad pg 3.


Body-Oriented Process Work Offices in Greenwich and NYC 203.570.2876 Within a supportive and empathetic relationship you will be guided in releasing and transforming patterns of behavior and core beliefs through the energy in your body. See ad pg 36.

COUNSELING KELLEY HOPKINS-ALVAREZ, MS, MSED, NCC Solution-Focused Counseling Ridgefield CT 203.948.0938

I am a board certified counselor, and know that making that first call to a counselor can be tough. I value your time and will work hard with you to bring about change at a manageable cost. See ad pg 58.

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AYURVEDIC MASSAGE: One part of Pancha Karma, a traditional detoxification and rejuvenation program of India, 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, which have been modified to meet the needs of the West, powerfully affect the mind and nervous system—calming, balancing and bringing a heightened sense of awareness and deep inner peace. BEE VENOM THERAPY (BVT): The therapeutic application of honeybee venom, through live bee stings, to bring relief and healing for various spinal, neural, joint or musculoskeletal ailments.


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INTERFAITH SERVICE GATHERINGS themed service interfaith dialogue children's program community social

Every Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Preparation Meetings Saturday, Feb. 4th & 11th, 5 - 7 p.m. Ceremony & Celebration Saturday, Feb. 18th, 5 p.m. (Family and Friends Welcome)

oTHER EVENTS ANd oNGoING spiritual Junkie movie night

Friday, Feb. 3

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Friday, Feb. 10 & 24, 7:30 - 9 p.m. whole body, whole heart therapy support group

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m. chants for spirit, chants for peace

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 - 10 a.m. a course in miracles study group

Mondays ~ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wednesdays ~ 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information visit: or contact us at:

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BIODEGRADABLE: Capable of decomposing rapidly into elements found in nature, such as water, carbon dioxide and organic matter, when exposed to sunlight, air, water and microorganisms. BIOFEEDBACK: A relaxation technique that monitors internal body states and is used especially for stress-related conditions such as asthma, migraines, insomnia and high blood pressure. During biofeedback, patients monitor minute metabolic changes (e.g., temperature, heart rate and muscle tension), with the aid of sensitive machines. By consciously thinking, visualizing, moving, relaxing, etc., they learn which activities produce desirable changes in the internal processes being monitored. BIO-FUEL: Fuel derived from renewable biological material, including plant-derived fuels like ethanol and biodiesel, as well as methane, which is emitted from landfills and livestock manure management systems during the anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition of organic material. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas when released into the environment. So, recovery and combustion of methane to produce energy can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT (BHRT): The treatment of the symptoms of menopause (and its male equivalent, andropause) through the use of hormones that have the same chemical structure as those naturally produced by the body. Many compounding pharmacies have staff trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), which is thought by its proponents to have fewer risks and side effects than traditional methods of hormone replacement. BODYWORK: Massage and the physical practices of yoga are perhaps the best-known types of bodywork; both have proven successful in relieving tension and stress, promoting blood flow, loosening stiff muscles and stimulating the organs. Massage therapies encompass countless techniques, including Swedish massage, shiatsu and Rolfing. The same is true for yoga. Other types of bodywork include martial arts practices like aikido, ki aikido and Tai chi chuan. Some others are the Alexander technique, Aston patterning, Bowen, Breema bodywork, Feldenkrais method, Hellerwork, polarity therapy, Rosen method, Rubenfeld synergy and Trager. Finding bodywork that improves mental and physical health is a highly individual process. Several types may be combined for the greatest benefit. CARBON FOOTPRINT: The total amount of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, emitted over the full life cycle of a product or service. Also, stands for an individual or family’s total carbon dioxide contribution resulting from their activities, including energy use and vehicle driving habits.

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CARBON NEUTRAL: An entity or process that achieves net zero carbon footprints by obviating or offsetting more carbon emissions than it produces. CARBON OFFSET: A carbon emissions reduction credit that represents investment in a project that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by funding clean energy projects, such as wind farms, which displace energy produced from polluting fossil fuels. Carbon offset credits are a way for individuals and businesses to offset the carbon emissions produced through daily activities. CARBON SEQUESTRATION: A natural or engineered process that captures and stores carbon emissions to prevent their release into the atmosphere and help mitigate global warming. Natural sequestration occurs when forests, soil and oceans absorb CO2, release the oxygen and store the carbon. Non-natural processes involve capturing carbon emissions from industrial processes and pumping them deep underground for long-term storage. COMPACT FLUORESCENT LAMP (CFL): A screwbased CFL is an energy-efficient alternative to a standard incandescent bulb. CFLs use about one quarter of the energy of a standard bulb while producing the same light (lumens) and lasting up to ten times as long. CHELATION THERAPY: A safe, painless, nonsurgical medical procedure that improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing undesirable heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from the body. A series of intravenous injections of the synthetic amino acid EDTA are administered, usually in an osteopathic or medical doctor’s office. The EDTA blocks excess free radical production, protecting tissues and organs from further damage. Over time, injections may halt the progress of the underlying condition that triggers the development of various degenerative conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and cancer. CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION: Childbirth classes for expectant families help them be better prepared for natural childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. They cover relaxation techniques, exercise, nutrition, anatomy, stages of the birthing process, birth positions, postpartum recovery, caring for and feeding the newborn, and consumer issues.  Childbirth educators are certified by one or more organizations, having studied that organization’s specific birthing philosophy. Some focus on relaxation and pain-coping techniques. Some encourage women to recognize and use their innate abilities and intuition to birth. Hypnosis for childbirth is a method of childbirth preparation that uses hypnotic techniques, imagery and positive affirmations to create a calm, comfortable birth experience. CHINESE MEDICINE: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world’s oldest and most complete systems of holistic health care. It combines the use of medicinal herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, massage and therapeutic exercise, along with the recognition that wellness in mind, body and emotions depends on the harmonious flow of life-force energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). CHIROPRACTIC: Based on the premise that proper structural alignment permits free flow of nerve activity in the body. When spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves radiating from it, potentially leading to diminished function and illness. Misalignment can be caused by physical trauma, poor posture and stress. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment.


Transformational Psychotherapy 34 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830 203.550.2111 Sandra Eagle, LCSW blends techniques from the psychotherapeutic and consciousness traditions to facilitate breakthrough. Her evolutionary perspective helps awaken an alignment with Purpose and a sense of what each is here to contribute to the shaping of consciousness in family, community, work, and our world. All ages.



Accredited institution offering skilled training in the following fields: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Admin Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Information Technology and Electrical Systems Technician; day/evening classes, Financial Aid (if eligible), free placement assistance. See ad pg 56.


Offering accredited, holistic degree programs for adult learners 203.874.4252


Craniosacral Therapy & Alexander Technique Greenwich and Westport 203.570.2059 Craniosacral Therapy releases compressions and restrictions in the body-mind, supporting contact with your Inner Wisdom while releasing pain such as headaches, TMJ, back and neck pain. See ad pg 36.


Margaret H. Wagner
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of their souls.

Using music from around the world, students move freestyle through five energies (Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness) to release what is holding them back and listen more deeply to the creativity


The Graduate Institute is an accredited, not-for-profit institution of higher education located in Bethany, CT. Founded in 1999, it offers Master of Arts degrees and Certificate programs in emerging fields of study. See ad pg 7.

EEG NEUROFEEDBACK ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, EdD, LPC, LLC 898 Ethan Allen Highway, Suite 6 Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.4848

Looking for an alterative to medication to help yourself or your child? EEG Neurofeedback is a safe, valid and research-based alternative to medication. Neurofeedback helps those with ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sports-related Concussion, Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorder, Learning Disability and other conditions.



Adam Breiner, ND, Director Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258

We develop each child’s unique capacity to engage meaningfully in the world by integrating experiential and artistic learning, academic excellence, respect for diversity, and reverence for nature. See ad pg 55.

Improve Brain Function with RealTime EEG Neurofeedback. Learn about about this amazing technology, watch patients tell their own stories of improved focus, concentration, help in recovery from traumatic brain injuries on our video website at See ad pg 3.

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Blissful bodywork in a sacred space. Holistic massage, Reiki and shamanic healing for pain, trauma and stress relief. 


Expressive Therapeutic Coaching 203.261.7615 Children, teens, adults Practical, ongoing support while handling issues such as ADD, depression, difficult parenting, obesity or loneliness. Traditional and creative sessions to help you manage life more comfortably and joyously. See ad pg 38.


Tracy King LCSW-R Early childhood thru adolescent counseling 914.589.6755 Supporting children and parents with expert knowledge in the field of mental health and psychiatry. Specialized in treating preschool age through adolescence with behavioral/emotional issues such as abuse, trauma, divorce, separation anxiety. See ad pg 50.


Westport and Greenwich 203.532.0660 K a i a o ff e r s family, kids, prenatal, and mommy and me yoga classes and workshops. Kids teacher training available. Individual and group Lamaze, HypnoBirthing, Breastfeeding, individual lactation consultations, support and services for c-section deliveries also available. See ad pg 13.

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COLON THERAPY: An internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is administered with pressurized water by professional using special equipment. A colonic irrigation is the equivalent of approximately four to six enemas and cleans out matter that collects in the pockets and kinks of the colon. The treatment is used as both a corrective process and for prevention of disease. Colonics are used for ailments such as constipation, psoriasis, acne, allergies, headaches and the common cold.

CRYSTAL & GEM THERAPY: Practitioners use quartz crystals and gemstones for therapeutic and healing purposes, asserting that the substances have recognizable energy frequencies and the capacity to amplify other frequencies in the body. They also absorb and store frequencies and can essentially be programmed to help effect healing. In the ancient art of ‘laying-on of stones,’ practitioners place crystals and gemstones on various parts of the body, corresponding to its chakra points (energy centers), in order to balance energy flow.

COMPOSTABLE: Organic matter that will decompose into a nutrient-rich material under aerobic (with oxygen) conditions.

DANCE / MOVEMENT THERAPY: A method of expressing thoughts and feelings through movement, developed during the 1940s. Participants, guided by trained therapists, are encouraged to move freely, sometimes to music. Dance/movement therapy can be practiced by people of all ages to promote selfesteem and gain insight into their own emotional problems, but is also used to help those with serious mental and physical disabilities. In wide use in the United States, this modality is becoming established around the world.

CONSCIOUS LIVING: As we become increasingly aware of the interdependence of humans, animals and the planet, progressive businesses are concerning themselves with far more than the bottom line. They know that today’s consumers are willing to invest in what they believe in, from fair-trade goods to animal-friendly and environmentally sound products and services. CORE ENERGETICS: a path of personal growth employing physical expressive techniques for emotional release and psychological process work. Developed by John Pierrakos, MD, Core Energetics is a marriage of Body Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development. The work brings consciousness to how energy gets blocked and to how defense patterns learned in childhood get recreated, allowing an individual to release limited and disempowering thoughts and patterns. COUNSELING / PSYCHOTHERAPY: These terms encompass a broad range of practitioners, from career counselors, who offer advice and information, to psychotherapists, who treat depression, stress, addiction and emotional issues. Formats can vary from individual counseling to group therapy. In addition to verbal counseling techniques, some holistic therapists may use bodywork, ritual, energy healing and other alternative modalities as part of their practice. CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST): A manual therapeutic procedure to remedy distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism—the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and interconnected membranes. Craniosacral work is based upon two major premises: that the bones of the skull can be manipulated, because they never completely fuse; and that the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect variations in that pulse. CST is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), ear and eye problems, balance problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia and hyperactivity.

DECLUTTERING: Based on the theory that clutter drains both physical and mental energy. Decluttering involves two components. The first focuses on releasing things (clothing, papers, furniture, objects and ideas) that no longer serve a good purpose in one’s life. The second focuses on creating a simple system of personal organization that is easy to maintain and guards against accumulating things that are neither necessary nor nourishing. DECOMPRESSION THERAPY is a nonsurgical means of relieving pain to the lower back and neck and is often referred to as spinal decompression therapy. Decompression therapy is a spinal disc rehabilitation program that slowly and gently stretches the area of the spine while decompressing the discs. DEEP TISSUE WORK: A technique of stretching and moving the connective tissue that envelops the muscles (fascia) in order to lengthen and balance the body along its natural, vertical axis. Distortions of the connective tissue may be caused by internal reactions and compensations due to accidents, emotional tension or past-unreleased traumas. Deep tissue massage works to detoxify tissue by helping to remove accumulated lactic acid and other waste products from the muscles. The therapy is used to ease or eliminate chronic muscular pain, help with injury rehabilitation and reduce inflammatory pain caused by ailments such as arthritis and tendonitis. DETOXIFICATION: The practice of resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. According to some holistic practitioners, accumulated toxins can drain the body of energy and make it more susceptible to disease. Detoxification techniques may include fasts, special diets, sauna sweats and colon cleansing.

DOULA: A woman who supports an expectant mother through pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. Studies indicate that support in labor has profound benefits, including shorter labor, less desire for pain medication, lower rate of Caesarian delivery and more ease in initiation of breast-feeding. Fathers have reported that they were more relaxed with a doula present because they felt reassured, and therefore freer to support their mates. ECO-FRIENDLY: Intended or perceived to have no harmful effect on the natural environment and its inhabitants. EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (EFT): A self-help procedure founded by Gary Craig that combines fingertip tapping of key acupuncture meridian points while focusing on an emotional issue or health challenge. Unresolved, or ‘stuck,’ negative emotions, caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system, are seen as major contributors to most physical pains and diseases. These can remain stagnant and trapped until released by the tapping. EFT is easy to memorize and portable, so it can be done anywhere. ENERGY-EFFICIENT: A system or product that uses a reduced amount of energy compared to one of comparable size and quality by using advanced technology and/or special design features. ENERGY FIELD WORK: The art and practice of realigning and re-attuning the body between the physical and the etheric and auric fields to assist in natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, the practitioner channels and directs energy into the cells, tissues and organs of the patient’s body to effect healing on physical and nonphysical levels simultaneously. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying on of hands. ENERGY HEALING: The art and practice of realigning and re-attuning the body between the physical and the etheric and auric fields to assist in natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, the practitioner is thought to channel and direct energy into the cells, tissues and organs of the patient’s body to effect healing on physical and nonphysical levels simultaneously. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying on of hands. ENERGY STAR: A joint program through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that sets energy efficiency guidelines for products, homes and businesses. (See

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FITNESS YOGA FOR EVERYBODY 27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield 203.254.YOGA (9642)

Independently owned and operated Kripalu Affiliated Studio. Classes 7 days per week: Kripalu, Kundalini, Anusara, Viniyoga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Baby & Me, Restorative, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Middle School, Extra Gentle.

FITNESS TRAINING PERSONAL LINDA T GOTTLIEB, MA, CPT Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer FitTraining, LLC 203.877.5270 Over 25 years experience

Are you: Frustrated that your clothes no longer fit? Disappointed in your lack of energy/decreasing health? Overwhelmed about what to do but KNOW you must do SOMETHING? Visit today and download your FREE “No Ifs Ands or Butts” report.


Serving Fairfield & Westchester Counties 203.790.9809 Create a mood… a relaxing space…an inviting outdoor alcove…or a dramatic focal point with WOW-appeal!! Listening to the client and following the clues of the land, Camilla Worden Garden Design will create a customized space for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of your property. From Master Plans to simple consultations, we are here to guide you in your search for pleasing and functional outdoor spaces.


Authorized Shaklee Distributor 569 Round Hill Road, Greenwich 06831 203.253.1462 Shaklee’s organic cleaning products are safe, non-toxic, biodegradable and powerfully effective. Concentrated and economical, a little goes a long way. GET CLEAN’s water pitcher and carbon block filters reduces 2x the contaminants compared to competition.

GREEN LIVING CUSTOM SLEEP DESIGN, LLC 57 Main Street, 2nd Fl. Westport, CT 203.227.7900

CSD has developed a revolutionary process that designs a mattress specific to your body characteristics using natural foam and organic covers. Visit our showroom to learn more.


All Natural & Organic Products Buy online at 203.558.2662 Green Maid, Inc. provides online home shopping for natural, organic and eco-friendly home and personal care products. Also providing Green residential cleaning services in select areas. See ad pg 53.


Nicholas Borrell, BA, CHt 131 Ramapoo Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.7660 THE HEALING HOME – In concert with profound intuitive, compassion-based healing and feng shui principles, builder Nicholas Borrell creates an opportunity to change your life by changing the space you live in. See ad pg 36.


Tully Health Center Stamford, CT 203.276.4777 Working in collaboration with you and your medical team, we offer patient centered care that blends conventional and complementary medicine tailored to achieve your personal needs and goals. Modalities may include acupuncture, nutritional & lifestyle counseling, trigger point injections, botanical and supplement consulting, guided imagery, Reiki and other mind-body therapies. Medical insurance is accepted. See ad pg 17.


Ann Carter, CS 203.536.0609 Expect healing without drugs. The principal of healing in Christian Science is based on early Christian practice. Mind and body are restored through spiritual regeneration. Practice is applied according to rules taught in Mary Baker Eddy’s authorized system of metaphysical therapeutics. No pharmaceutics or physical therapy.

HEALING CENTER REV. CHRISTINE GUERRERA, LMFT Psychotherapist, Interfaith Minister ARC Sacred Center, Monroe 203.268.1272

Chris is a licensed psychotherapist and inter-spiritual teacher offering psycho-spiritual therapy and sacred ceremonies such as baby blessings, weddings, interfaith gatherings and healing workshops. See ad pg 28.


A Holistic Healing & Education Center 2 Park Street, Norwalk 203.727.8685 A full wellness Center with a large network of top practitioners offering: Infra Red Sauna, Ionic Foot Bath, Gem Therapy, Energy Healing, Reiki, Flower Essence, Meditation, Breath Work, Voice Mapping, Weight Management & Detox and more. See ad pg 52.

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Integrated Health Center Combining Traditional Natural Healing Wisdom with Modern Science and Your Personal Health Goals Services offered: • Breast Thermography • Craniosacral Therapy • Colonic Hydrotherapy • Rapid Fat Loss/ Weight Management • Detox Programs • Homeopathy • Body Reshaping & Skin Tightening

Get Allergy Relief! Non-Invasive No Needles - No Drugs Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) effectively addresses the many symptoms of allergies and sensitivities… naturally.

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Dr. K. Pramila Vishvanath, LCEH, PA, ND Dr. Mark Sanders, ND

2324 Post Rd • Fairfield • 203.259.2700

Chiropractic • Acupuncture • Nutrition Programs specializing in: Stress & Sex Hormone Rebalancing - Weight Loss - Toxicity Diagnosis & Removal

Relieve pain and restore the body to optimal health... naturally Dr. Tom Worden dc, Director 41 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury • 203-748-8093

ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE: Explores the role of dietary and environmental allergens in health and illness. Factors such as dust, mold, chemicals and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases, ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression. ENZYME THERAPY: Can be an important first step in restoring health and well-being by helping to remedy digestive problems. Plant and pancreatic enzymes are used in complementary ways to improve digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. Treatment includes enzyme supplements, coupled with a healthy diet that features whole foods. FELDENKRAIS® METHOD: Helps students straighten out what founder Moshe 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 unlearn unworkable movements and discover better, personalized ways to move, using mind-body principles of slowed action, breathing, awareness and thinking about their feelings. FENG SHUI: The ancient Chinese system of arranging manmade spaces and elements to create or facilitate harmonious qi or chi (pronounced “chee”), or energy flow, by tempering or enhancing the energy where necessary. Feng Shui consultants can be an asset to both personal and business spaces, either before or after the spaces are created. FLOWER REMEDIES: Flower essences are recognized for their ability to improve well-being by eliminating negative emotions. In the 1930s, English physician Edward Bach concluded that negative emotions could lead to physical illness. His research also convinced him that flowers possessed healing properties that could be used to treat emotional problems. In the 1970s, Richard Katz completed Bach’s work and established the Flower Essence Society, which has registered some 100 essences from flowers in more than 50 countries. FOOD MILES: The distance food travels between its place of origin and consumption. FOSSIL FUELS: Solid, liquid or gaseous fuels formed underground millions of years ago, by the decay and fossilization of dead organisms. The resulting fossil fuels, including coal, oil and natural gas, are nonrenewable because they take millions of years to form. Burning fossil fuels releases pollutants into the atmosphere, including greenhouse gases that are altering the Earth’s carbon cycle and destabilizing the climate. FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: A personalized medicine that focuses on primary prevention and deals with underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for serious chronic diseases. Treatments are grounded in nutrition and improved lifestyle habits and may make use of medications. The discipline uses a holistic approach to analyze and treat interdependent systems of the body and to create the dynamic balance integral to good health. GLOBAL WARMING: An increase in the average global temperature brought on by the gradual and steady increase in greenhouse gases that trap the sunlight’s heat in the atmosphere. GREEN BUILDING: An approach to site selection, building orientation, design and construction that minimizes a structure’s impact on the environment. Green building considerations include minimizing site disturbance and construction waste; employing renewable technologies for heating, cooling and electrical systems; and incorporating sustainable, recycled, low-water and energy-efficient materials and products.


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Chiro Care Wellness & Health 209 Bruce Park Ave, Greenwich CT 06830 203.622.8266 Holistic health care practice incorporates spiritual connectedness to God with homeopathy, chiropractic (in conjunction with neuromuscular therapy), lab testing, nutritional medicine and ZYTO technology. Treats patients, not disease. One-stop center with remote session capability.


HOLISTIC DENTIST DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.245.4041

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs.


1250 Summer Street, Stamford 203.487.6020

Jeffrey C. Zimmerman, Executive Director 180 Post Rd. East, Westport 203.557.9329

Private acupuncture and medical qigong sessions with Jeffrey Zimmerman, LAc and other licensed practitioners as well as group classes, lectures and special events. Space rental available.


Licensed - Insured 203.559.8946 Over 8 years experience providing personalized in-home healthy meals prep and freezing. Trained by United States Personal Chef Association at Culinary Business Academy and by Institute for Integrative Nutrition. See ad pg 38.


Westport and Greenwich 203.532.0660 Kaia’s cafes are built entirely of eco-friendly materials; from shelving constructed of plant stalks to straws made from corn. All food products are 100% organic. We serve soups, salads, wraps, juices and smoothies. See ad pg 13.

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The Way Dentistry should be! Discover the relationship of mouth and body. Learn what 96% of dentists won’t tell you. Find out how your mouth can help you sleep better, walk straighter and have improved relationships


5520 Park Ave, Ste 301, Ffld Town Line Merritt Pkwy, Exit 47 203.371.0300 Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold world-wide. See ads pg 3 & 46.



Sue Muro, Holistic Health Counselor Monroe, CT 06468 203.520.9449 Seasonal Group Cleanses for Women. The solution to feeling healthy and confident in your body is figuring out what foods work best for you – because what you eat changes everything. Lose weight, take control of your health, and eliminate cravings in four weeks.


Linda Russell-Getz, RN, BSN, MS

 34 Imperial Avenue, Westport
 203.767.5962 Partner with me to manage stress, pain, or chronic disease. Balance will be achieved by combining Eastern and Western traditional healing with effective nursing interventions.


Hypnotist, Life Coach, Intuitive Counselor Author, Reflexologist 203.451.0914 Create a life you love! Unique individual and group sessions, ongoing workshops. Connect to your future! Be the person you want to be!


Nutritional Counselor Alissa Nagy, CHC, AADP 203.364.5742 Wallingford, CT Are you ready for a breakthrough in your health? I bring a holistic approach to nutrition and lifestyle to help you discover the best way to reach your goals. Food changes everything. Imagine what your life would be like if you had clear thinking, energy and excitement every day. I am dedicated to helping you find balance with meals, work, family, relationships and taking care of yourself. Schedule your free 30-minute consultation and start your journey.


Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx 1177 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203.595.0110 Fast, effective methods for weight, stress, fear, pain, smoking, etc. 
Certified Hypnotherapist, Thought Field Therapy™, Time Line Therapy™, NLP and Complementary Medical Hypnosis, since 1989. See ads pg 24 & 30.

NATALIE COLICCI, ND, CCN, CHT 4154 Madison Avenue Trumbull, CT 06611 203.371.1021

Dr. Colicci’s approach to medicine is a functional one, incorporating natural therapeutics and holism with a foundation in science. Natural family healthcare using botanical medicine, individualized nutrition, homeopathy and hypnosis. Most major insurance is accepted.

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Opening our doors on

February 1st, 2012 Exploring the Body, Mind and Spirit

Grand opening gala event will be February 11, 2012 featuring a concert and lecture by Lon Milo Duquette

aromatherapy, art shows, book lectures & signings, diet & nutrition workshops, meditation, massage, psychic & tarot readings, yoga...all in an elegant boutique setting 17 Washington Street, South Norwalk, CT • 203 220 9532 Conveniently located across from Klaff’s just one block from the South Norwalk train station

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. ~Albert Einstein

Lose Weight Without Diet, Drugs or Exercise “Acu-Thin™ was/is a turning point in my life? I’ve lost 15 lbs so far – and it was easy. No more craving snacks between meals and I literally eat half of what I used to eat at mealtimes. I feel so much better, and the Acu-Thin™ program makes a significant difference in my success.” - Patrice B. (note: Patrice B. eventually lost 50 lbs!) BEFORE

The ACU-THIN program is a system of weight loss based on the principle of Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) used to decrease the desire for food. It is done with needles or done without needles. This program has been shown to be effective for several years in our office without increasing exercise or involving extreme changes in diet. Results are usually noticed quickly and loss of appetite can be immediate.

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GREENWASHING: A deliberate attempt by a business or entity to mislead the public into believing a product, service, company or practice is environmentally sensitive when in fact it is not. GUIDED IMAGERY & CREATIVE VISUALIZATION: Uses positive thoughts, images and symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body to accomplish a particular goal, desired outcome or physiological change, such as pain relief or healing of disease. This flow of thought can take many forms and involve, through the imagination, all the physical senses. Imagination is an important element of the visualization process; it helps create a mental picture of what is desired in order to transform life circumstances. HERBAL MEDICINE: This oldest form of medicine uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Herbs produce and contain various chemical substances that act upon the body to strengthen its natural functions without the negative side effects of synthetic drugs. They may be taken internally or applied externally via teas, tinctures, extracts, oils, ointments, compresses and poultices. HOLISTIC DENTISTRY: Regards the mouth as a microcosm of the entire body. The oral structures and the whole body are seen as a unit. Holistic dentistry often incorporates such methods as homeopathy, biocompatibility testing and nutritional counseling. Most holistic dentists emphasize wellness and preventive care, while avoiding (and often recommending the removal of silver-mercury fillings. HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK: A self-exploration technique that combines breathing, evocative music and a specific form of bodywork to integrate one’s physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions. At workshops run by facilitators, participants try to access the four “levels” of experience that are available during breathing: sensory, biographical, perinatal and transpersonal. By accessing buried memories, individuals can relive their birth experience or traumatic life events, free up ‘stuck’ emotional viewpoints or experience a mystical state of awareness, such as connecting with the Universe. HOMEOPATHY: A therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared plants and minerals to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and healing processes in order to cure illness. Homeopathy, taken from the Greek words homeos, meaning “similar,” and pathos, meaning “suffering,” employs the concept that “like cures like.” A remedy is individually chosen for a person based on its capacity to cause, if given in an overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those the patient is experiencing. HYBRID (VEHICLE): A vehicle that combines two energy sources to power a car—the most popular being hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) in which a gas-powered engine and a battery-powered electric motor work in tandem to decrease fuel consumption.

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GREENHOUSE GASES: Gases that allow solar radiation to enter the Earth’s atmosphere and warm its surface, but prevent thermal radiation from escaping from the atmosphere, thereby contributing to global warming. Greenhouse gas emissions come primarily from the combustion of fossil fuels to produce energy.

HYDROTHERAPY: The use of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full-body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used at home as part of a self-care program.


Board Certified Hypnotist & Instructor Mind Matters Hypnosis Center 50 Albany Tpk. Canton, CT 860.693.6448 You’ve heard people say that we only use 10% of our mental capacity. Lisa has helped thousands of people, just like you, safely and easily tap into the other 90% of their mental power, located within the subconscious mind, by using hypnosis and other advanced tools. Imagine what you could improve with her help.


Tully Health Center Stamford, CT 203.276.4777 Working in collaboration with you and your medical team, we offer patient centered care that blends conventional and complementary medicine tailored to achieve your personal needs and goals. Modalities may include acupuncture, nutritional & lifestyle counseling, trigger point injections, botanical and supplement consulting, guided imagery, Reiki and other mind-body therapies. Medical insurance is accepted. See ad pg 17.


Optimal Health Medical, LLC 203.348.8805 Medical doctor practicing holistic/ alternative medicine & weight reduction in Stamford, CT. Nutrition, Allergy Desensitization, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement for men and women. See ad pg 47.

INTEGRATED MEDICINE & NUTRITION 495 Main St, Mount Kisco, NY 914.242.8844

Dr. Wald and Dr. Shah offer a team approach for all of their patients. Attend their seminars or call them with your questions or to become a patient. Visit


Conventional & Alternative Medicine 22 5th St Suite 201 Stamford, CT 06905. 203.324.4747 Specializing in Natural and Alternative approaches to restoring health. Focusing on underlying causes of illness. Hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, nutrition and much more. See ad pg 2.


Russell Turk, MD Karen Zino, MD 1200 East Putnam Avenue Riverside, CT 06878 203.637.3337 Riverside Obstetrics & Gynecology is a fullservice medical practice incorporating traditional and holistic approaches to women’s health. The practice includes two OB/GYN’s and a naturopathic physician. See ad pg 9.



Intuitive Angel Reader 203.801.8177 New Canaan, CT Channel of angels since she was 5 years old, Ana receives the messages your guardian angels and archangels have about the probable futures in your emotional, professional and health life as well as other people’s lives you would like to ask about. 60 and 30-minute readings available in person, via Skype or telephone. English and Spanish.


Psychic Medium Greenwich, CT 203.531.6387 Joan guides you on your path drawing on her intuitive powers. As a medium, she can bring to life, friends on the other side. She is recognized by the books The 100 Top Psychics in America and Files from the Edge.


Behavioral Optometrist Norwalk: 203.840.1991 Trumbull: 203.268.8852


Dr. Schulman specializes in vision therapy, pediatrics, learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism, TBI/stroke, and preventative and alternative vision care. She also practices Iridology, the study of the iris. Gain insights into your physical, emotional and spiritual being through this unique reading.

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Counselor • USUI Reiki Master Office: Bethel, CT 203.545.3664 Creates and performs Weddings, Union Ceremonies, Memorial Services and Baby Blessings. Life transitions - bereavement counseling; facilitating a deeper connection with yourself, others and the Divine.

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HYPNOTHERAPY: A range of hypnosis techniques that allow practitioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The altered state that occurs under hypnosis has been compared to a state of deep meditation or transcendence, in which the innate recuperative abilities of the psyche are allowed to flow more freely. The subject can achieve greater clarity regarding his or her own wants and needs, explore other events or periods of life that require resolution, or generally develop a more positive attitude. Often used to help people lose weight or stop smoking, it is also used in the treatment of phobias, stress and as an adjunct to the treatment of illnesses. INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: This holistic approach combines conventional Western medicine with complementary alternative treatments, in order to simultaneously treat mind, body and spirit. Geared to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness, it neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies, without serious evaluation. IONIC FOOT DETOX: This machine is a modern energy therapy device that balances the body’s natural energy system. By introducing a high level of negative ions into the water of a foot bath, the feet, utilizing principles of reflexology and the science of ionization and osmosis, create a positive cellular environment and enable the body’s natural detoxification processes to function at their peak. IRIDOLOGY: Analysis of the delicate structure of the iris, the colored portion of the eye, to reveal information about conditions within the body. More than 90 specific zones on each iris, for a combined total of 180-plus zones, correspond to specific areas of the body. Because body weaknesses are often noticeable in the iris long before they are discernible through blood work or other laboratory analysis, iridology can be a useful tool for preventive self-care.

JIN SHIN (OR JIN SHIN JYUTSU): A gentle, noninvasive energy-balancing art and philosophy that embodies a life of simplicity, calmness, patience and self-containment. Practitioners employ simple acupressure techniques, using their fingers and hands on a fully clothed client to help eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions. KINESIOLOGY / APPLIED KINESIOLOGY: The study of muscles and their movement. Applied kinesiology tests the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to identify decreased function in body organs and systems, as well as imbalances and restrictions in the body’s energy flow. Some tests use acupuncture meridians and others analyze interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Applied kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to treatments that are being considered. LEARNING THERAPY: An interactive, non-drug treatment for learning challenges (like ADD/ ADHD or classroom behavioral issues) or for enhancing learning, often through patterns of movement thought to stimulate neural pathways. Types of learning therapy include programs/curricula designed by Brain Gym and the Seattle-based HANDLE Institute.

LIFE COACH: A professional who helps clients identify their personal and/or professional goals and design a plan or institute techniques for achieving them. The life coach works with clients to recognize and overcome any obstacles that may interfere with achievement of those goals. LOCAVORE: A person who eats only locally grown and raised food in order to support local economies, sustainable agriculture and independent farms. MACROBIOTICS: An Eastern philosophy best known in the West for its dietary principles. Macrobiotic theory posits that there is a natural order to all things. By synchronizing our eating habits with the cycles of nature, we can achieve a fuller sense of balance within ourselves and with the world around us. Although not a specific diet, it emphasizes lowfat and high-fiber foods, whole grains, vegetables, sea vegetables and seeds, all cooked in accordance with macrobiotic principles.

LED: An acronym for light-emitting diode: An extremely energy-efficient, long-life light source.

MAGNETIC FIELD THERAPY: Electromagnetic energy and the human body have a vital and valid interrelationship, making it possible to use magnetic field therapy as an aid in diagnosing and treating physical and emotional disorders. This process is reported to relieve symptoms and may, in some cases, retard the cycle of new diseases. Magnets and electromagnetic therapy devices are now being used to eliminate pain, facilitate the healing of broken bones and counter the effects of stress.

LEED: An acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. This nationwide program provides guidelines for residential and commercial construction projects aimed at improving energy savings, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality, reducing CO2 emissions and heightening stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. (Visit

MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (MLD): A gentle, non-invasive, rhythmical whole-body massage, aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system to carry away excess fluid in the loose connective tissue, which helps remove toxins. Blockage or damage within the system may lead to conditions like edema, acne, inflammation, arthritis and sinusitis. The therapy stimulates one of the body’s natural cleansing systems to help bring tissues to a healthier state.

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LIFE COACH LISA MEADE, PHD 203.445.0117 Spiritual Life Coaching incorporates the structure and direction of personal life coaching with a foundation in spiritual practices, intentions and insights. Contact to learn more.


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Massage sessions are designed to promote relaxation and enhanced wellness. A holistic approach uniquely designed and focused to get to the source of your wellness needs. Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Energy and Oncology massage


Westport and Greenwich 203.532.0660 Kaia offers bodywork services that include all forms of massage techniques and touch therapies to relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. We offer swedish, deep tissue, mother to be, athletic massages and many more. See ad pg 13.





With 20 years of experience, Elizabeth integrates: Myofascial, Deep tissue, Foot Reflexology, Energy Therapies and Body-Centered Techniques, customizing the session to meet the client’s needs. Also: Chair Massage for special events and business functions.

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Therapeutic Massage & Chair Massage Elizabeth Tilly, LMT Ridgefield, CT 203.894.1714


Gerry & Maureen Reinholtz 800.742.7140

Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner Old Greenwich/Stamford 203.561.8535;


Robin has been providing massage and Reiki for over 15 years. Specializing in Swedish, Pregnancy, Trigger Point, Injuries and Infant/Child Massage Instruction. Sessions are individualized to meet your needs. See ad pg 16.

Offering preventive healthcare with visits starting at $10. Clinics include Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Dental Hygiene. UB Clinics also provides radiology and laboratory services, as well as herbal medicines and homeopathics at our onsite dispensary. See ads pg 26 & 53.


Laura Giacovas 722 Danbury Road Ridgefield CT 06877 914.941.2400 914.424.5795 Enhancing wellness and quality of life through massage therapy and integrated holistic healing with generosity of time, heart and spirit.


Lorin Ingber (Oni), LMT 49 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.544.8811 Oni incorporates a variety of therapeutic modalities in her massage sessions. Each session is customized to bring healing and pain relief based on the specific needs of the individual.


60 Lafayette Street Bridgeport, CT 203.576.4349


41 Kenosia Ave, Danbury 203.748.8093 Combining natural health treatments, chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutrition to relieve pain and restore the body to optimal health and balance. See ad pg 32.


158 Danbury Road, Suite 8 Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.431.4443 Natural family healthcare using nutrition and biochemistry; herbal, homeopathic, and energetic medicine; lifestyle transformation and detoxification, to promote well-being of body, mind and spirit. See ad pg 16.

TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION® PROGRAM Kathy Connor, Fairfield County Director 111 East Ave, Suite 109, Norwalk 06851 203.286.8531

The TM® technique is a simple, natural program for improving all areas of life including enhanced brain functioning through the development of consciousness and improved health due to elimination of stress and fatigue.

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MASSAGE THERAPY: A general term for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy incorporates various disciplines and involves kneading, rubbing, brushing and tapping the muscles and connective tissues by hand or using mechanical devices. Its goal is to increase circulation and detoxification, in order to reduce physical and emotional stress and increase overall wellness. MEDITATION: The intentional directing of attention to one’s inner self. Methods and practices to achieve a meditative state are based upon various principles using the body or mind and may employ control or letting-go mechanisms. Techniques include the use of imagery, mantras and observation, and the control of breathing. Research has shown that regular meditation can contribute to psychological and physiological well-being. As a spiritual practice, meditation is used to facilitate a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the Universe. It can also help reduce stress and alleviate stress-related ailments, such as anxiety and high blood pressure. MEDIUMSHIP: A medium professes to mentally see, hear and/or sense persons or entities in a spiritual dimension, and convey messages from them to people in the physical world. Readings focus on evidential messages from recognizable personalities in the spirit world. The messages are delivered as guidance for one’s “highest good.” MIDWIFE: A birth attendant who assists a woman through the prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum stages of pregnancy. The mother is encouraged to be involved and to feel in control of her birthing experience. Midwives are knowledgeable about normal pregnancy, labor, birth and pain relief options. They respect the process of birth as an innate and familiar process. Certified nursemidwives are registered nurses who have received advanced training and passed a national certification exam. Nurse-midwives collaborate with physicians, as needed, especially when problems arise during pregnancy. (Also see Doula.) MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE: A safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The use of Myofascial Release allows the practitioner to look at each patient as a unique individual. Myofascial Release is a type of soft tissue massage, which incorporates stretching and massage of the connective tissues, or fascia. Myofascial Release operates on the principal that many people hold stress in their muscles, which causes the muscles to seize or lock. This is exacerbated by muscle injury and scarring. Myofascial Release aims to access these areas of blockage and tension to release them, thereby freeing up the muscle and allowing it to move more easily and effectively.

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NATUROPATHY: A comprehensive and eclectic system whose philosophy is based upon working in harmony with the body’s natural healing abilities. Naturopathy incorporates a broad range of natural methods and substances aimed to promote health. Training may include the study of specific approaches, including massage, manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, counseling, applied nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and minor surgery plus basic obstetrics for assistance with natural childbirth. NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP): A systematic approach to changing the limiting patterns of thought, behavior and language. Through conversation, practitioners observe the client’s language, eye movements, posture, breathing and gestures, in order to detect and help change unconscious patterns linked to the client’s emotional state. NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS: Identifying nutrient challenges are critical because they can affect all body functions as well as organ, joint and bone stability. Proper nutrition, supported with whole food supplements, promotes overall health and provides the human body the building blocks for tissue repair, helping re-establish proper function throughout the body and aiding in all the bodies healing processes. To further support your health, whole food and herbal supplements may be added to your health care plan to maximize the benefits of your chiropractic treatments. Given the proper nutrition, your body has the amazing capability of keeping itself healthy. Nutrition should be individualized to meet each person’s needs. Whole food supplements along with herbal products are an important key to overall health and wellbeing.

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NAMBUDRIPAD’S ALLERGY ELIMINATION TECHNIQUES (NAET): A noninvasive, drug free, natural modality that tests for and eliminate allergies. NAET uses a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture, acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutritional medicine. One allergen is treated at a time.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING: Embracing a wide range of approaches, nutrition-based, complementary therapies and counseling seek to alleviate physical and psychological disorders through special diets and food supplements. These will be either macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins and fiber) or micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements that cannot be manufactured in the body). Nutritional therapy/counseling often uses dietary or food supplements, which can include tablets, capsules, powders or liquids.


K. Pramila Vishvanath, ND Mark R. Sanders, ND 2324 Post Rd, Fairfield 203.259.2700 Serving Fairfield County for 20 years. Specializing in craniosacral therapy, classical homeopathy, allergy assessment and treatment, nutrition, weight management, body reshaping and skin tightening, detox, colonics, breast thermography. See ad pg 32.

DR. MARINA YANOVER, ND, LAC 1300 Post Road East, Westport 203.255.5005

Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Natural Face Lift using microcurrent therapy. Specialties include Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pain Management, Skin Care. Insurance accepted.



Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad pg 3.

4154 Madison Avenue Trumbull, CT 06611 203.371.1021

Dr. Colicci’s approach to medicine is a functional one, incorporating natural therapeutics and holism with a foundation in science. Natural family healthcare using botanical medicine, individualized nutrition, homeopathy and hypnosis. Most major insurance is accepted.


Marvin P. Schweitzer, ND 1 Westport Ave, Norwalk 203.847.2788 Family Health Care using all natural therapies for 25 years. Acupuncture, Bio-Identical H o r m o n e s , H o m e o p a t h y, Chinese/Western Herbs, Allergy/ Toxin Testing, Oxygen Therapy, Meridian Stress Assessment, Nutrition/Enzyme Therapies. See ad pg 12.


Authorized Shaklee Distributor 569 Round Hill Road, Greenwich 06831 203.253.1462 As the nation’s # 1 natural nutrition company, Shaklee’s clinically-proven vitamins, supplements, sports nutrition and weight loss products reflect the highest quality, potency, efficacy and purity available. Call for your free complimentary consultation and sampling.


Chopra Certified Ayurveda Instructor Food Coach Institute of Culinary Education graduate 203.912.1656 Toxic? Symptoms: Overweight, fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, anxiety. Solution: easy, 100% pure, gentle yet deep tissue cleanse/detox. Benefits: weight loss, better digestion, improved sense of well-being and balanced body.

NUTRITION NATALIE COLICCI, ND, CCN, CHT 4154 Madison Avenue Trumbull, CT 06611 203.371.1021

Dr. Colicci’s approach to medicine is a functional one, incorporating natural therapeutics and holism with a foundation in science. Natural family healthcare using botanical medicine, individualized nutrition, homeopathy and hypnosis. Most major insurance is accepted.


Lisa Primps, Isagenix Consultant 203.325.9565 Isagenix Organic Cleanse - Safely lose unwanted pounds & inches. Cleanse harmful impurities from your system. Burn fat & build muscle. Reduce unhealthy cravings. Gain energy & improve mental clarity. Want more info? www.NutritionalRebalancing. com - call Lisa at 203.325.9565 for the current website password. My user name is Lprimps. Get a free shaker with any 9 day cleanse and get a free hydrafacial at my spa with any 30 day cleanse - a $150 value! See ad pg 36.


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ORGANIC: In the United States, a product that has been produced in accordance with the Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, which sets national standards for the production, handling, and processing of organically grown agricultural products. Organic growing methods and inputs serve to enhance the ecological balance of natural systems. For example organic producers conserve soil and water, use renewable resources and grow food without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. (See ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE: Employs vitamins, minerals and amino acids to create nutritional content and balance in the body. Orthomolecular medicine targets a wide range of conditions, including depression, hypertension, cancer, schizophrenia and other mental and physiological disorders. OSTEOPATHY: Uses generally accepted physical, pharmacological and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy, with a strong emphasis on body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function, in order to restore the body’s natural healing capacities. Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) are fully trained and licensed according to the same standards as medical doctors (M.D.) and receive additional extensive training in the body’s structure and functions. OXYGEN THERAPIES: Alters the body’s chemistry to help overcome disease, promote repair and improve overall function. Properly applied, oxygen may be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including infections, circulatory problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, allergies, cancer and multiple sclerosis. The major types of oxygen therapy used to treat illness are hyperbaric oxygen and ozone. Hydrogen peroxide therapy (oral or intravenous) can be dangerous and should be avoided. PAST LIFE REGRESSION: Past life and regression therapies operate on the assumption that many physical, mental and emotional challenges are extensions of unresolved problems from the past, either childhood traumas or experiences in previous lifetimes. The practitioner uses hypnosis or other altered states of consciousness and relaxation techniques to access the source of this “unfinished business,” and helps clients to analyze, integrate and release past traumas that are interfering with their current lives. PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER: A certified fitness professional who designs fitness programs for individuals desiring one-on-one training. The goal is to provide optimal fitness results in the privacy of one’s home or at another location, such as a club or office.

PHYSICAL THERAPY: Evaluates difficulties with mobility or function to focus on rehabilitation, through a restorative treatment program 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.

REAL TIME EEG NEUROFEEDBACK: Involves direct training of brain function. Using computer processing to capture electrical activity in the brain, an individual can reward the brain with positive feedback, changing its activity to desired, more appropriate patterns. Gradually, the brain learns and remembers how to exhibit only the good patterns.

PILATES: A structured system of small isolated movements that demands powerful focus on feeling every nuance of muscle action while working out on floor mats or machines. Emphasizes development of the torso’s abdominal power center, or core. Gentler than conventional exercises, Pilates, like yoga, yields long, lean, flexible muscles whose gracefully balanced movements readily translate into everyday activities like walking, sitting and bending. Can help in overcoming injuries.

REBIRTHING BREATHWORK: Also known as conscious connected breathing, or vivation. Rebirthing is a means to access and release unresolved emotions. The technique uses conscious, steady, rhythmic breathing, without pausing between inhaling and exhaling. Guided by a professional rebirther, clients re-experience past memories, including birth, and let go of emotional tension stored in the body.

PLUG-IN HYBRID: A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), like an HEV, has both an electric and gas-powered motor. Unlike HEVs, the PHEV will run entirely in electric mode until the electric charge expires, at which time a gas backup engine is started. Once returned to the garage, a PHEV can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet and recharged. POLARITY THERAPY: Polarity therapy asserts that energy fields exist everywhere in nature and that the free flow and balance of this universal energy in the human body is the underlying foundation of good health. Practitioners use gentle touch and guidance to help clients balance their energy flow, thus supporting a return to health. The practitioner’s hands do not impart energy, but redirect the flow of the receiver’s own energy. The receiver then recharges himself with his own freed energy. PROLOTHERAPY: A rejuvenating therapy that uses injections of natural substances to stimulate collagen growth, in order to strengthen weak or damaged joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles. Often used as a natural alternative to drugs and/or surgery to treat pain syndromes, including degenerative arthritis, lower back, neck and joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, and torn ligaments and cartilage. QIGONG & TAI CHI: Qigong and Tai chi combine movement, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) in the body, improve circulation and enhance immune function. Qigong traces its roots to traditional Chinese medicine. Tai chi was originally a self-defense martial art descended from qigong and employed to promote inner peace and calm.

RECONNECTIVE HEALING™: Uses light and dimensional frequencies that work on all levels of the body/mind to reduce stress, foster relaxation and raise the body’s healing vibration. The idea of Reconnective Healing is to reconnect the meridian or acupuncture lines on the body that have become disconnected from the larger, universal grid of meridian lines. RECYCLE: The act of diverting objects from the waste stream for the purpose of turning them into useful raw material that can be used to create new products and materials. Recycling is a closed loop process; materials that are diverted from the waste stream must be bought back by consumers in a successive product form. REDUCE: The act of making deliberate reductions in consumption levels in several areas (e.g. energy, water, packaging, consumer goods, etc.) to conserve resources, reduce pollution and avoid waste. REFLEXOLOGY: A natural healing art based upon the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to every part of the body. Correctly stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands increases circulation and promotes specifically designated bodily and muscular functions. REGRESSION THERAPIES: Operate on the assumption that many physical, mental and emotional problems are extensions of unresolved problems from the past, such as childhood traumas. The practitioner uses hypnosis, or other altered states of consciousness, and relaxation techniques to access the source of “unfinished business,” and helps clients to analyze, integrate and release past traumas that are interfering with their current lives.

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REIKI: Means “universal life-force energy.” Reiki is a method of activating and balancing the life force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). Practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the body’s chakras (energy centers). Various techniques can ease emotional and mental distress, heal chronic and acute physical problems and achieve spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki can be a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and others for whom the use of touch is essential and appropriate. RENEWABLE ENERGY: Energy generated from renewable resources is unlimited or rapidly replenished and therefore, cannot be exhausted. Includes power generated from wind, sunlight, water flow, biomass and geothermal heat. SUSTAINABLE: A way of doing something that maintains resource renewability and environmental health over time to meet both present and future needs. REUSE: The act of finding continuous uses for objects and materials in order to extend their useful life or substituting pre-owned durable goods for newly manufactured items. ROLFING STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION (ROLFING): A hands-on technique for deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system, which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia, in order to restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, the 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.

SHAMANISM: An ancient healing tradition, which believes that loss of power is the real source of illness and that all healing includes the spiritual dimension. Shamanic healing usually involves induction into an altered state of consciousness and journeying into the spirit world to regain personal power and to access the powers of nature and of teachers. Shamanic healing may be taken literally or employed symbolically, but in or out of its cultural context, the tradition can be both self-empowering and self-healing.

SPIRITUAL HEALING / COUNSELING: Practiced in two forms. In one, the healer uses thought or touch to align his or her spiritual essence with that of the client. The healer works to either balance the spiritual field or shift the perceptual base of the client to create harmony between mind and body and draw the client into the active presence of Divine Spirit. In the other, the healer transforms healing energy into a vibrational frequency that the client can receive and comfortably assimilate, reminding the person’s intuitive core of its inherent healing ability.

SHIATSU: The most widely known form of acupressure, Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning finger pressure. The technique applies varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. Used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs. Shiatsu may be used to help diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic and acute conditions that manifest on both physical and emotional levels.

SPORTS MASSAGE: A specialized field of massage, employed to minimize the risk of injury, tend to sports injuries that do occur, and assist in achieving optimum performance.

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SUSTAINABLE: A way of doing something that maintains resource renewability and environmental health over time to meet both present and future needs. SWEDISH MASSAGE: The most commonly practiced form of massage in Western countries. Swedish massage integrates ancient Oriental techniques with principles of anatomy and physiology. Practitioners rub, knead, pummel, brush and tap the client’s muscles. Swedish massage is widely practiced; thus, practitioners vary widely in training, techniques and session lengths. TANTRA: Has emerged as a modern spiritual path of embodied consciousness, with roots in ancient Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Tantra views the ‘spiritual’ as being directly present within the ‘physical’ and respects sensory experience as a vehicle for accessing higher states of awareness. Tantric practices balance the chakras (energy centers) and can contribute to a sense of presence, intimacy and fulfillment in all aspects of living.

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THAI MASSAGE: A form of body therapy that 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), Thai massage is performed on a floor mat, with the client dressed in lightweight, comfortable clothes. No oils are used. Thai massage aids flexibility, inner organ massage, blood oxygenation and quieting of the mind. THERMAL-ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE: The term generally applies to an automated bed or table in which the recipient lies down on their back. Beneath them a series of Far-Infrared rollers move up and down the spinal column providing a spinal alignment while emitting healthy light energy rays that penetrate approximately 2 inches into the body stimulating cell activity & improving circulation to peripheral areas of the body, while activating the lymphatic system (detoxification). THERMOGRAPHY (THERMAL IMAGING): A diagnostic technique that uses an infrared camera to measure temperature variations on the surface of the body, producing images that reveal sites of inflammation and abnormal tissue growth. Inflammation is recognized as the earliest stage of nearly all major health challenges. THOUGHT FIELD THERAPY (TFT): Promoted as a highly effective, non-invasive, healthy alternative to long-term or drug-related psychotherapy. Used for stress management and stress relief, as well as the reduction or elimination of anxiety and anxiety-related problems. TFT is designed to address the fundamental causes of specific problems, balancing the body’s energy system and eliminating most negative emotions within minutes, while promoting the body’s own healing ability. TRAGER APPROACH (PSYCHOPHYSICAL INTEGRATION): A system of movement re-educa-

tion that seeks to address 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 see that physically restrictive patterns can be changed. The Trager approach includes “mentastics,” simple, active, self-induced movements that can be done by the client during regular daily activities. Trager work has been successfully applied to a variety of neuromuscular disorders, and to the stresses and discomforts of everyday living. TRIGGER POINT/MYOTHERAPY: A massage technique used to relieve pain, similar to Neuro Muscular 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 with muscular pain and increases range of motion. TUI NA: A manipulative therapy that is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tui na (“tui” means to push and “na” is a squeezing, lifting technique) employs Taoist and martial art principles to bring the body back into balance. Practitioners profess more than 365 hand techniques, most of which are variations of pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, percussive 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. V.O.C.: Volatile organic compounds; found in many paints, finishes, synthetic foams, adhesives and stains; readily evaporate to the atmosphere, where they contribute to air pollution and can be hazardous to human health. WATER PURIFICATION: The conventional process has been to remove undesirable chemicals, materials and biological contaminants from water supplies

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IMPROVE YOUR SNOOZE Sleep Aids versus Sleep Sappers by Judith Fertig


an eating a whole-wheat peanut butter cracker or sipping tart cherry juice help us sleep? Either is certainly worth a try, because most of us aren’t getting enough shut-eye. According to the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation, 64 percent of America’s adults frequently experience sleep problems; nearly half wake up at least once during the night. This deficit of restorative rest can affect our health. “Lack of sleep can affect the immune system,” says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, of the Mayo Clinic Sleep

Disorders Center and an officer of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Studies show that people that don’t get a good night’s sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.” A concept called sleep hygiene refers to good health practices that promote sleep. For example: Is the room dark or quiet enough? Is the mattress comfortable? Have we allowed sufficient time to wind down after daily activities to become relaxed? What we

eat or drink also can have a profound effect on getting a good night’s rest.

Sleep Sappers Physicians, naturopaths and nutritionists generally agree that these key factors delay or disrupt sleep. Food and drink. According to Jamie Corroon, a naturopathic physician with Seattle’s Bastyr University, eating or drinking too much during the day may make us less comfortable when settling down to sleep. Also, spicy foods may cause heartburn, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and discomfort during the night. Caffeine. “Caffeine’s stimulant effect peaks in about one hour, and then declines as the liver breaks it down. So, if you go to bed by 11 p.m., you’ll have to stop your caffeine intake by 2 or 3 p.m. to avoid insomnia,” advises bestselling author Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She also cautions about energy drinks that incorporate herbal caffeine that may include guarana seeds, kola nuts and yerba mate leaves. Nightcaps. Although many people think of alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, according to experts at the National Sleep Foundation.

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psychological and physical comfort we associate with a certain food or drink. Options include some old reliables. Walnuts and tart cherry juice. Studies conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, in San Antonio, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that these two foods are great sources of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. Tart cherry juice was found to be especially effective in reducing the time it took subjects to fall asleep. Herbs. According to the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, some herbs have a mild, sedative effect. Three traditional herbs used for sleep are valerian, German chamomile and passionflower. The European practice of sipping a warm tisane, or herbal tea, made from these ingredients can be warming and soothing, preparing us to sleep. These herbs are also available as supplements. Complex carbohydrates. “Enjoy a bedtime snack,” recommends Bauer, of about 200 calories or less; mainly complex carbohydrates, with a touch of protein, such as some banana with peanut butter, yogurt or a small amount of whole grain cereal with skim milk. “By combining an ample dose of carbohydrates together with a small amount of protein—such as yogurt or turkey— containing the amino acid tryptophan, your brain produces serotonin, known as a calming hormone.” A warm, milky drink. Research scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that the chemical properties of milk—mainly protein and tryptophan—were not enough to ensure a good night’s sleep (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). However, sleep and wellness expert Anna de Vena, who writes for SleepWellFeel, observes, “I love curling up with any kind of warm milky drink before bed, especially in the wintertime. There is a calming association with warm milk and sleep… from the time we were infants, when we drank milk and went to sleep.”

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Yoga, Dance & Fitness Yoga for Everybody Announces New Non-Profit, Yoga for All


or many of us, it’s easy to sign up for yoga classes, but what about the other less fortunate people who cannot afford yoga, who don’t have access to yoga, who don’t even know about yoga? Could they too somehow discover and enjoy the benefits of yoga? At Yoga for Everybody the resounding answer is “Yes, of course!” as it announces the creation of a new non-profit, Yoga for All Cooperative, Inc. Evelyne Serais, owner of Yoga for Everybody, says “Yoga has meant so much to me since I started practicing many years ago. It has not only positively changed my life, but also saved me from the negative pull of many challenges. We have formed this organization to give back and offer yoga to populations who would not otherwise have access to it.” Look for more news on Yoga for All Cooperative coming soon, including programs like bringing yoga classes to clients at The Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program for the staff at the Center. Also, save the date for the Coop’s first major fundraiser to be held at the beach in Fairfield the evening of Thursday, June 21st. Those interested in donating, volunteering time and talents, or would like to learn more about the Yoga for All Cooperative, contact Jacquie Le Meur at Yoga for Everybody is located at 27 Unquowa Road in Fairfield. For more information call 203.254.YOGA or visit

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EAT PLASTICFREE Healthy, Practical Tips for People and the Planet by Brita Belli


lastic is nearly impossible to avoid these days, but we should beware of its health impacts.

First, consider that the chemicals that form plastic compounds are let loose when plastic becomes worn, scratched or heated. When we use plastic containers for food and drinks and these chemicals are freed up, they can enter our food supply and contribute to a toxic buildup in our bodies. Exposure to such chemicals poses particular danger to pregnant women, babies and young children, whose hormone and brain development can be more easily affected by such toxic insults. Next, consider that Americans annually send more than 29 million tons of plastic to landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Once there, it deteriorates, yet never fully breaks down. Plastic is one of the least recycled forms of packaging, due to its myriad recycling codes and disposable convenience (consider how many of us 50

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return plastic grocery bags to the store). Even worse, countless plastic bags, containers, six-pack rings, beverage straws and other plastic human detritus have found their way into our oceans. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates there are currently 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean. Plastic garbage patches entangle, choke and kill turtles, dolphins and other sea life or, after the eroding effects of sun and saltwater, disintegrate into microscopic plastic pellets consumed by fish, which then wind up on our dinner plates. Here are some ubiquitous plastics of concern and practical ways to avoid using them. Plastic food storage containers. With plastic storage containers (particularly polycarbonate plastic, with a 7 recycling number or resin identification code), the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is of primary concern. BPA molecules are linked to form the plastic, but some

molecules can escape and leach into food contents. BPA is a known hormone disruptor that has been tied to miscarriage, prostate and breast cancer, obesity and in children, behavioral and cognitive problems. If the plastic is worn, scratched, repeatedly washed or heated, leaching is more likely. Alternative: Use stainless steel or glass containers that can be frozen and heated without worry. Plastic water and soda bottles. Flimsy plastic beverage bottles (bearing a number 1 recycling symbol) are made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a petroleum-based plastic that can leach antimony, a metal linked to lung disease, heart problems and stomach ulcers at high concentrations; and phthalates, a common plasticizer associated with male genital deformities, low sperm counts, early puberty, susceptibility to allergens and autism. Hot conditions (such as the inside of a car) increase the leaching potential, as can reuse. Alternative: Invest in a few stainless steel reusable water bottles. Plastic sandwich bags. Most plastic sandwich bags are made from low-density polyethylene (LDPE), indicated by resin code 4. Although not

known to leach chemicals (it’s still wise to avoid microwaving them, however), they contribute to the massive quantity of plastic waste produced each year. Alternatives: Many reusable cloth lunch bags plus glass, bamboo and stainless steel snack containers are available.

The United Nations Environment Programme estimates there are currently 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean. Clear food packaging, plastic squeeze bottles and peanut butter containers. Many pre-wrapped items in the deli or produce section, as well as condiment squeeze bottles and peanut butter containers bearing a number 3 code, are made with polyvinyl chloride or PVC, one of the most dangerous plastics. During the production of PVC, harmful chemicals like lead, dioxins and vinyl chloride are released that have been tied to health outcomes ranging from learning and behavioral problems to cancer and birth defects. Fatty foods such as cheeses and meats wrapped in number 3 plastics are particularly prone to leaching phthalates.

Alternatives: Opt for food that’s not wrapped in plastic, such as meat from a butcher or deli counter, rather than prepackaged in the refrigerated bin. Also consider switching to condiments and peanut butters packaged in glass. Styrofoam takeout containers. Polystyrene foam is technically a number 6 plastic. It’s common in to-go containers and egg cartons, and the styrene that can leach out is tied to many health impacts, including neurological damage and harm to the liver and kidneys. Further, styrene is known to build up in body fat, increasing its toxic potential over time. Alternatives: Shop at natural grocery stores and places where customers can bring their own containers. With egg cartons, opt for cardboard, preferably made from recycled material. Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine. Find green home kitchenware at Natural Awakenings’ online store, Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,; United Nations Environment Programme,; Healthy Child Healthy World,; Our Stolen Future,

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Depression affects about one in 10 adults each year and nearly twice as many women as men, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Although exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do when you are feeling blue, it’s a sure way to climb out of the morass and achieve a brighter outlook, higher energy levels and good heart health.

n winter months, people get sluggish in many ways, and the resulting buildup of toxins can make them feel achy. They often interpret their fatigue and tension as depression, but that’s not necessarily so,” says Carolyn Dean, a pioneering physician, naturopath, nutritionist and author, with 25 years of experience treating diet and health issues. “The best, most natural way to pull toxins out of the body is through movement,” she advises. Becoming active is a good way to both lift depression and promote overall health, including a healthy heart, one of the largest and most vital muscles in the body. Getting off the couch often begins by identifying what you enjoy and will be most likely to continue doing. Setting reasonable goals is important. If you haven’t exercised in awhile or feel guilty for taking time out of an already busy day, try starting with a five-minute workout, and then increase the duration as you get stronger and feel better. Dean suggests that one good way to start is by walking and using a pedometer, or climbing stairs with a step-counter (10,000 steps a day is a reachable goal). You can make a game of competing against yourself. Invite friends to walk with you or create your own walking club to help stay on track with a cardio-exercise

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The Benefits of Burnout An oxymoron? Not according to psychologist Joan Borysenko. by Linda Sechrist


oan Borysenko, Ph.D., a pioneer in integrative medicine, is a renowned expert on the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and the spiritual dimension of life as integral aspects of health and healing. Most recently, the Harvard-trained biologist and psychologist explored the anatomy of burnout with Facebook friends in her latest book, Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive.

What does it mean to physically, emotionally and spiritually burn out?

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When you’re stressed out, you keep chasing the same old carrot, whatever that may be for you. But when you’re burned out, you eventually give up the chase. The hope that you can create a meaningful life fizzles and you find yourself sitting in the ashes of your dreams.


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In a culture wedded to positive thinking, burnout and its first cousin, depression, are thought of as disorders in need of a fix. What if instead, we see them as losses of naïveté, false identities and faulty assumptions that are making way for a more authentic life? What if we viewed burnout as an invitation to come into alignment with a more elegant expression of our gifts, relationships and overall life energy? The late psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, Ph.D., who first popularized the concept in his 1980 book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement,

believed the condition is a painful affliction of good people trying to give their very best. He defined it as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”

Why do we burn out even when we regularly use self-care practices? Many people are shocked to learn that even though I’m a positive person, with a regular yoga and meditation practice, as well as healthy eating habits, I have burned out more than once. Ironically, but predictably, I was trying to do and be my best. For me, burnout means that my most loving, creative self goes missing; I contract into the smallest, most negative version of myself, which is not a pretty picture. I find that for many people that intellectualize a great portion of their lives, burnout doesn’t become real until they are not only physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, but are also in pain. Knowing ourselves and our limitations is essential, because our tendency is to become complacent and think we’re too busy to tend to our wellbeing, or else believe we can do even more because we practice self-care.

Keep in mind that we can’t solve burnout with the same level of consciousness that created it. We have to catch ourselves in the act of overlooking our true needs, stop, do a self-inquiry that looks at things as they are, and pinpoint what drains our energy, as well as what brings us to life.

How did writing Fried affect you? In order to follow my own advice, I completely changed the way I live. I realized that at age 66, I needed to pay more attention to my physical body. Physical therapy and Pilates floor exercises are now a priority five days a week, as well as yoga, both of which have helped to correct my hip joint problems. For aerobic exercise, I walk fast for 45 minutes at least five days a week. In inclement weather, I ride an indoor bike. Altogether, it averages out to 90 minutes of daily exercise, five days a week.

What is it about living “in the now” that feels so enlivening? When we live in our heads and intellectualize, we tend to spin negative thoughts that hurt our physical health and sap our energy. By actively focusing on what we are doing in the moment, we can engage our senses, more thoroughly enjoy ourselves and have an awareness of being that is not possible when we are ruminating over past memories or projecting ourselves into daydreams about a far-off future. In such present moments, because we are relaxed and open to our inner wisdom, as well as our interconnection with the exquisite wholeness of life, we feel the most vital and alive. Connect at and 211406562428.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Aging Skin, Moles, Growths, Tags, Spots, & Blemishes: How & Why Do They Develop? 6:308:15pm. Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren shares why one’s diet, exposure, and general health create various skin conditions. Catch A Healthy Habit Café. Fairfield. 203.292.8190.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Psychic Fair 12-4pm. Albertson Church will host a Psychic Fair. Come enjoy one of many psychics. Mediumship, tarot, astrology readings available $30 each. Albertson Church. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. 914.909.0914. Oliver 2pm & 7:30pm. Also Sun 2/5 at 2pm. Ticket: $25 adults; $20 children. Available only through the box office. Ridgefield Playhouse. 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. 203.438.5795. Restorative Yoga: Shanti Patha- A Calling Out for Peace 2:30-5pm w/ Michelle Dalbec-Brunet. Yoga is designed to alleviate suffering in body, heart and mind. $40 paid by 1/28; $50 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. 27 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield. 203.254.9642. Reiki Refresher for All Levels 7-9:15pm. Reiki practitioners only. Gigi Benanti shares techniques that will help raise one’s Reiki vibration, includes a re-attunement. $35 + $8 material fee. Angelic Healing Center. Norwalk. 203.852.1150.

curriculum which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. $25/class. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe. 203.268.1272.


Play and Tea Day 1-2pm. Enjoy a sip of tea while one’s children play. Learn about Waldorf-inspired Kindergarten and the Growing Together program for children. $15. The Clover Hill School at Christ Episcopal Church. Norwalk. 203.661.6484.

M.A. IN INTEGRATIVE HEALTH AND HEALING Thursday, February 9 • 5pm Meet program co-founder Dr. Steven Horowitz, speak with alumni, and learn about a cuttingedge Masters degree in integrative medicine! 5 pm at Stamford Hospital’s Tully Health Center, Conference Rm. B.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 1st Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point 9-11am. Leaders bring spotting scopes and help everyone locate and ID wintering birds. All ages and beginners welcome. Questions? Call Cynthia Ehlinger: 203.413.6756 or Meredith Sampson: 203.637.9822.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 A Course in Miracles Mini Intensives 10am12pm w/ Joan Goss. Also 2/13, 2/20, 2/27. A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a self-study

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 What are Mind-Body Spirit Groups? 7-8:30pm w/ Dr. Gina De Siena. A powerful, effective combination of research-based healing therapies help deal with life changes, stress, and illness in a supportive group setting. Free. Move2wellness. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522. ACT vs. SAT: The Basics on College Admissions Tests 7:30pm. College consultant Susan Wexler & tutor Rafe Steinhauer explain the difference between the two college entrance exams & answer questions from students & parents. Free. Westport Library, McManus Room. Free. 203.291.4800.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Mastering Manifestations 7:30-9pm. Attract new or improved relationships. Step into one’s true power now. Learn basic and advanced Law of Attraction skills with Roberta Russell. $20. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522.

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Attract Your Perfect Mate! 1-4pm. An empowering workshop helps create new or improved relationships. Learn and practice the Art of Manifesting with Roberta Russell. $50. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. Must pre-register. 203.403.2522.

M.A. IN INTEGRATIVE HEALTH AND HEALING Tuesday, February 28 • 5pm Meet program co-founder Dr. Steven Horowitz, speak with alumni, and learn about a cuttingedge Masters degree in integrative medicine! 5 pm at Stamford Hospital’s Tully Health Center, Conference Rm. B.

Family Yoga 2:30-3:30pm. This class is designed for children 5-12 and adults to share. No prior yoga experience in necessary. $20. Special discount for 3+ family members. Yoga for Everybody. 27 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

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Healing Circle 6-7pm. All are welcome dress comfortably no yoga equipment needed. Chant a simple healing mantra followed by a live gong meditation with healing intentions. Free. Yoga for Everybody. 27 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Information Session on the Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Healing 5pm. Dr. Steven Horowitz, Chief of Cardiology hosts this session for working professionals. Free. Tully Health Center. Conference Room B. Strawberry Hill Rd. Stamford. 203.874.4252. Cacao Cacao Cacao Celebrate Cacao 6:30pm. Why was Cacao know as the food of the Gods? Learn some of the lesser know powerful healthful facts about Cacao. $20. Catch A Healthy Habit Café. Fairfield. 203.292.8190.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Animal Communications 1-3pm. Learn the language of telepathy and how to hear animals, to deepen one’s bond and promote wellness. $35. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522. Partner Yoga for Couples 2-4pm. Enhance one’s relationship and communication skills by connecting more deeply with one’s partner through yoga! $30/per person if purchased 1 week in advance; $35 p/person thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. 27 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Angel Card Reading 7-9:30pm w/ Gigi Benanti Usui/Karuna Reiki Master. Introduction to Angel card reading for oneself and others. Mini-Reiki sessions included at end of workshop. $28. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk. Preregister: 203.852.1150.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Information Session on the Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Healing 6pm. Cuttingedge degree program explores the full spectrum of complementary and alternative healing modalities designed for professionals. Free. The Graduate Institute. Bethany. 203.874.4252.



Manifesting Spiritually Healthy Relationships 7-9pm. Learn what makes a relationship spiritually healthy. Release negative, heal some & manifest new. Guided meditation included. $15. Jane Russo’s Wellness Room. Stratford. 203.377.7984.

Start a Relationship With Your Angels 7-9pm. Meet & receive a message from an Angel. Bask in the energy and love. Guided meditation included. Beginners & experts welcome! $15. Jane Russo’s Wellness Room. Stratford. 203.377.7984.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Shamanic Healing and Channeling 11am3pm. Eve Kerwin, healer and channel for White Buffalo Woman will give individual messages. $50. Albertson Church. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. Contact Alison: 914.610.5146.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Earth Spirit Workshop 6:30am. The focus is the Spirit of the Owl, exploring both the physical and spiritual realms of the owl. Learn about the natural history of the owl and the role in folklore and legends. $25. A Hand in Healing. 244 Main St. Bridgeport. 203.556.7777. Mastering Manifestations 7:30-9pm. Create Financial Abundance. Step into one’s true power now. Learn basic and advanced Law of Attraction skills with Roberta Russell. $20. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Green Juice Therapy 6:30pm w/ Lisa Wilson. The Raw Food Institute will be demonstrating recipes using greens and explain the importance of Greens in one’s diet. $15. Catch A Healthy Habit Café. 39 Unquowa Rd. Fairfield. 203.292.8190.

The Hit Men 8pm. Enjoy original members of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jim Croce, Barry Manilow. $45. Ridgefield Playhouse. 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. 203.438.5795.

Alzheimer’s became an occasion to reconcile with a family member. Westport Library. McManus Room. Free. 203.291.4800. Intro to Reiki 7:30-9:15pm. Dr. Oz recommends Reiki. Receive a mini-Reiki session. Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher. $10. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk. Must pre-register: 203.852.1150.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Play and Tea Day 1-2pm. Enjoy a sip of tea while one’s children play. Learn about Waldorf-inspired Kindergarten and the Growing Together program for children. $15. The Clover Hill School at Christ Episcopal Church. Norwalk. 203.661.6484.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Information Session on the Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Healing 5pm. Join Dr. Steven Horowitz, Chief of Cardiology hosting this session for working professionals. Free. Tully Health Center, Conference Room B. Strawberry Hill Rd. Stamford. 203.874.4252.

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sunday Choosing Joy Allison Spitzer, Expressive Therapeutic Coach. Re-charge, renew, & refresh your relationships and your outlook. Engaging, creative activities and dialogue. By appointment: $50/couple. Periwinkle Health. Trumbull. 203.261.7615. Affordable Yoga 8:30am. Tired of feeling tired, stressed or out of shape? Give yoga a try and see why so many people are hooked. Lose weight, reduce pain, lower blood pressure. Cost. 8/$80. Interplay Health. Stamford. 203.845.8856. Interfaith Service Gathering and Fellowship 10am-12pm. Explore and celebrate life, love, spirituality, healing and community. My Little Light children’s program available while parents attend gathering. All are welcome! Love offering/Donation. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Reiki Practitioners needed any/every Sunday 10am-12pm. ReikiOvertones held at Home for the Elderly. Fairfield. For more info call Jeannette or Jim: 203.254.3958. Celebration Service 10:30am w/ Rev. Shawn Moninger. Enjoy and inspiring message and great music. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Sunday Worship 11am-12:15pm. Doors open at 10:30am for Silent Prayer and Meditation. Worship service integrates music, prayer, healing, meditation, inspiration and Spirit Communication. Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. 203.637.4615. New Eckankar Class: The Call of Soul 11am12:30pm. 3rd Sunday monthly. Book discussion. Learn to go inside oneself because this is the source of all Truth. Newtown. Register: 203.417.8434. Taoist Qi Gong and Chen Style Tai Ji 3pm w/ Master Wanf Feng Ming. 4-90 minute classes/ $100. 1018 Hope St. Stamford. Please contact Luis: 203.570.1752. Lecture or Workshop with Mystic Birinder Bhullar 4-6pm. Topics: Happiness, Karma, Sex, Money, Energy, Relationships, etc. Deep meditation work also presented. Birinder is a Sufi Messenger of Truth. $40. Ananda Center. New Canaan. Call Anne: 203.273.7364. Meditation 7pm. Led by rotating practitioners. Free. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522.

monday Pilates Mat Class 9am w/ Megan Bascom, Instructor. Basic level class focused on the principles of Pilates including alignment, breath, and core strengthening. A great place to start or strengthen technique. $20. Black Rock Pilates. 2889 Fairfield Ave. RSVP: 203.335.1987.


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Be Strong, Stretched & Center Yoga 9-10:15am w/ Lara Ward. Also held Fridays. Bring healthy alignment to the body while finding the centered calm within oneself. Jewish Community Center. Sherman. 10 classes/$130. Drop-in $17. 860.354.6241.

techniques from meditative and psychotherapeutic traditions promoting healing and expanding consciousness. 8 sessions. Ongoing sessions available. 34 E Putnam Ave. Greenwich. Info/fees: 203.550.2111.

Group Cycling Classes 9:15am. Also on Saturday & Sunday. Various times thru-out the week. Enjoy different instructors for each class. All levels welcome. No-Limit Health & Fitness. 1120 Federal Rd. Brookfield. Call for complete scheduling: 203.775.8548.

Gentle Yoga 7:15am. Also held on Thurs. Beginners welcome. Pass also good for Sunday 8:30am class. 8 classes for $80 or $12 per class. JazzerciseFitness Center. 633 Hope St. Stamford. 203.845.8856.

Svaroopa® Stress Relief Yoga 9:30am, 11am & 5:45pm w/ Mazie. Rejuvenating and bliss-filled (yin & yang) asana and pranayama practice unravels tension, increase circulation, flexibility, energy, enhancing immune system. $20. $150/10 classes. Catch Your Breath. Fairfield. 203.255.9111. Children’s Expression Sessions 4:15-5:15p.m. Playful, creative arts workshops enhance self image and esteem. Ages 8-12. $35/session. Allison Spitzer 203.261.7615. The EDGE Learning System 5 & 6pm. Ages 6-12. Groups enhance the child’s motor, speech, reading, math, social and visual skills improving grades, performance and self esteem. $50. Total Learning and Therapy Center. Trumbull. 203.268.8852. Family Karate Night 5:30-6:30pm. June Fagan teaches Kempo Karate to families. No experience required. $20 each or $60 for a family of 4 or more. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. Please call: 203.938.3690. Bible Study 7pm. 2nd & 4th Friday monthly. Watch video presentation of new Testament book, followed by discussion with Rev. Shawn Moninger. Love offering. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Bible Study 7pm. 3th Friday monthly. In depth Bible study with Rev. Ed Townley. Love offering. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. The Thought Exchange 7pm w/ David Friedman. A support group based on having new thoughts. What if what one’s life just mirrors one’s thoughts? Cost: Love Offering. Unity Center for Practical Spirituality. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Belly Dance Fusion 7-8:30pm w/ Naima Provo, LMT, RMT. No experience necessary! Learn movements focusing on muscle isolation, core strength, and correct posture. Drills and stretches to music cardio style. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522. Gentle Yoga 7:30pm. Also held on Wed. Beginners welcome. Pass also good for Sunday 8:30am class. 8 classes for $80 or $12 per class. JazzerciseFitness Center. 633 Hope St. Stamford. 203.845.8856. Affordable Yoga 7:30pm. Tired of feeling tired, stressed or out of shape? Give yoga a try and see why so many people are hooked. Lose weight, reduce pain, lower blood pressure. Cost. 8/$80. Interplay Health. Stamford. 203.845.8856. Group Therapy for Men and Women 8-9:30pm w/ Sandra Eagle, LCSW. Begins 2/28. Combines

tuesday Summer Expression Sessions! Allison Spitzer, Expressive Therapeutic Coach Creative arts workshops. Children’s self esteem blooms through imaginative, no-pressure projects and activities. Ages 9-12 By appointment: $35/session Periwinkle Health. Trumbull. 203.261.7615. Women’s Karate Class 9:30-10:30am. June Fagan teaches Kempo Karate to women of all ages. No experience required. $20. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. 203.938.3690. Iyengar Style Yoga 9:30-10:45am w/ David Schoenberg. Beginners Class (does not mean easy, but accommodating with use of props). Practice asanas and pranayama: develop strength, balance, poise. $15. Redding Meditation Center. 9 Picketts Ridge. Redding. 203.544.1090. Yoga on Summer 12:30-1:30pm. Also held Thursday. Create balance, relaxation, flexibility, strength, and flow in one’s body and life. Mixed Level Vinyasa Yoga in an open, relaxing dance studio. 4/ $60; $17 drop-in. Downtown Stamford. 914.393.9221. Feldenkrais® classes 5:45-6:45pm. Lisa Shufro, certified instructor, leads this gentle tune-up for mind and body. Great for flexibility, better posture, and stress relief. $20. Dew Yoga. Stamford. 203.274.5085. Gentle Hatha Yoga w/ Letty 5:45-7pm. All ages & abilities. $20/class. Classes ongoing. Greenwich Senior & Arts Center. 2nd Fl. Meeting Room. 299 Greenwich Ave. 203.862.6750. Yoga Presbyterian (Fish Church) 6-7pm. Hatha Vinyasa Flow. Drop-in’s $15; 10 card classes $120. All classes taught by E-RYT. 1101 Bedford St. Lounge. Stamford. Questions: 203.550.8811. Green Drinks Bridgeport 6-8pm. 4th Tuesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Bridgeport. Call for Location: 203.536.4695. Green Drinks Fairfield 6-8pm. 1st Tuesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Locations vary, call 203.536.4695. HEAL Support Circle 6:30-8pm. 3rd Tuesday monthly. A peer-support group led by trained co-facilitators is for victims/survivors of emotional abuse or any violence or trauma, the group meets monthly. Brookfield Town Hall. For info call 203.305.2137.

Qi Gong/Reiki Meetup 6:30-8:30pm. Study alternative healing modalities, concentrating on Reiki, chi gung, meditation and mantra w/ Andy Sinn. $15. The Ananda Center. 16 Forest St. New Canaan. 203.273.8364. HIV/AIDS Education Support Group 7-8:15pm w/ Rodney Mailloux, MS LADC. For those affected and infected, and any related substance abuse and lifestyle issues. Free. APGD. 30 West St. Danbury. 203.778.2437. Lyme Disease Support Group 7-8:30pm. 3rd Tues monthly. Informational, emotional and experiential support to cope with the mind-body distress of chronic illness. Free. Weston Library, 56 Norfield Rd. Register with Deni Weber: 203.544.6094. Acupuncture, Health & Greening The Environment 7-8:30pm weekly talks with acupuncturist Ingri Boe-Wiegaard. Free. Location varies; Wilton, Bethel & Fairfield. Call Ingri for info: 203.259.0166. MMA Classes (Standup Fighting & Grappling) 7:15-8:30pm. Also on Thursdays. Sensei Robert Neal, ranked #1 Masters Level, National Title Holder. $10 per class. No-Limit Health & Fitness. 1120 Federal Rd. Brookfield. 203.775.8548. Course in Miracles 7:30pm w/ Joan Goss formerly of Unity. The Course is a self-study curriculum which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. At Rebecca’s. 156 Compo Rd. South. Westport. 203.921.8654. Back Yard Beekeepers 7:30pm. Last Tuesday monthly January-June and September-November. BYBA’s provides its membership with practical info on how to’s of beekeeping. 6:30pm for new beekeepers. Free. Norfield Church. Community Rm. 64 Norfield Rd. Weston. Reiki Healing Shares 7:30pm. 1 & 3rd Tuesdays. Gigi Benanti Usui/Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher For Reiki Practitioners only. Exchange ongoing since 1996. Instructions included $10. Held at Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk pre-register: 203.852.1150. Psychic Circle 7:30-9pm. 3rd Tuesday monthly. Come play in the psychic world. Enjoy tapping into intuition; connect to guides and deceased loved ones. No experience necessary; everyone can play. $25. Info: Melanie Barnum, CH. 203.451.0914. Therapy Group for Recovering Alcoholics 8-9:30pm w/ Sandra Eagle, LCSW. Begins 2/8. Teaching grounding techniques, used to selfregulate e.g. anxiety, depression, volatility, cravings. 8 sessions. Ongoing sessions available. 34 E Putnam Ave. Greenwich. Info/fees: 203.550.2111.

wednesday Mood Massage: Expressive Arts Therapy Allison Spitzer, Expressive Therapeutic Coach Simple, playful activities for one’s health, growth, change. Stretch, visualize, reflect. Women and teens. By appointment: $25/session. Periwinkle Health. Trumbull. 203.261.7615. Early MornYoga 8-9am w/ Carol Shwidock MA, OTR, RTY. Start the day with this motivating Kripalu style class. Mixed level class. Drop-Ins encouraged. Harmony Yoga Studio. 48 Union St. Stamford. 203.962.4672.

Kripalu Yoga 9:30am. Relax, refresh and renew w/ Kat Barton, 500 hour Kripalu Professional Level Yoga Teacher. $10 w/class card, $16.99 walk-ins. The Graceful Planet. Newtown. 203.426.8215. Yoga for 50 to Infinity 10:45am. Cost is only $1. Bethel Senior Center. Municipal Center. 1 School St. Bethel. 203.792.3048. Course in Miracles 12pm w/ Joan Goss formerly of Unity. The Course is a self-study curriculum which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. Westport Therapeutic. 37 Franklin St. Westport. 203.921.8654. Gentle Chair Yoga for Every-Body Class 121pm w/ Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, CIYT. Gentle yoga increases relaxation while decreasing pain and stress. $18 drop-in/$80 for 5 classes. Associated Neurologists of Southern CT. Fairfield. Registration required: 203.333.1133 ext. 152. Weekly Back School 1:30pm w/Dr. Christopher Mascetta. Free. Ridgefield Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 10 South St., Ste. 205, Ridgefield. RSVP – seating limited: 203.431.1688. Green Drinks Greenwich 5:30-7:30pm. Greenwich is joining the vibrant Green Drinks movement! Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Locations vary, call 203.661.4774. Mindfulness and Healing 5:45-7pm. Beginner’s mind, patience, acceptance, let go, let be, serenity is not freedom from the storm it is peace amidst the storm. Paul Epstein, ND. $25. Shamatha Yoga. 838 High Ridge Rd. Stamford. 203.722.2358. Green Drinks Norwalk 6pm. 1st Wednesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Locations vary, call 203.536.4695. Middle Eastern Belly Dance 6-7:30pm. Advanced Level. Instructor: Riskallah Riyad. First class free. A Common Ground. 346 Main St. Danbury. 203.267.1677. Green Drinks Stamford 6-8pm. 4th Wednesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Locations vary, call 203.536.4695. Easy Does It Yoga 6:30-7:40pm. A gentle class focused on basic poses and breathing techniques to rejuvinate the body. Great for beginners. Lara Ward, 25 yrs experienced. Consolidated School 12 Gillotti Rd. New Fairfield. 860.354.6241. Reiki Share for Practitioners 6:30-8:30pm. Starts 9/7/11. 1st Wednesday monthly w/ Tracy Mignone and June Fagan. Practitioners share experiences and practice the healing modality. $10 Donation. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. 203.938.3690. Reservation required. Intro to Feldenkrais classes 6:30pm. 1 hour. A gentle tune-up for mind and body. Special focus on improving balance and breathing. $21.50/class. The Ananda Center. 16 Forest St. New Canaan. 203.274.5085. Journey within, Do you feel stuck? 7pm. 1st Wednesday monthly. Need support trying to begin something new? Support, intuitive insight, wisdom. Facilitator: Cindy Miller, intuitive. $20. Newtown Congregational Church. 14 West St. Newtown. Call: 203.426.9448.

Reiki Share/Circle 7pm. 2nd Wednesday monthly w/ Hilda Swaby. Reiki for stress reduction and healing, supports changes in one’s world, balances the mind, body & spirit. Bring family and friends. Love Offering. Stamford. Call for directions: 203.554.1238. Mastering Manifestations 7:30-9pm w/Roberta Russell. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Confused? Frustrated? Learn basic and advanced Law of Attraction skills for more money, happiness, better health and relationships. Come to one or all classes. Fee: $20 per class. Move2Wellness, 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. Call to register: 203.403.2522. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation w/ Leesa 7:30pm. A blend of postures, kriyas, pranayama & meditation, which teaches the art of relaxation & self-healing. $17/class. Santosha Center for Yoga & Health. 27 Hawleyville Rd. Newtown. 203.364.0851.

thursday Yoga on Summer 12:30-1:30pm. Tuesday and Thursdays. Create balance, relaxation, flexibility, strength, and flow in one’s body and life. Mixed Level Vinyasa Yoga. Cost: $17 or 4/ $60. 201 Summer St. 2nd Fl. Downtown Stamford. 914.393.9221. Bellydance Creative Healing Workshop 6-10pm w/ Maria Fiora. Use dance and dance stretches to energize, be creative and relax the mind. Mention Natural Awakenings to receive a free class with the program. 201 Summer St. Stamford. 203.353.4363. Yoga Presbyterian (Fish Church) 6-7:15pm. Gentle beginners. Drop-in’s $15; 10 card classes $120. All classes taught by E-RYT. 1101 Bedford St. Lounge. Stamford. Questions: 203.550.8811. Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi) Class 6:30pm w/ Cliff Martin. Integrated Healthcare Associates. 992 High Ridge Rd. 3rd Fl. Stamford. Info: 203.750.0731. Buddhist Chanting 7-8pm. Hosted by June Fagan. All welcome. Free. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. Please call: 203-938-3690. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation 7-8:30pm. A sacred technology that awakens the spirit, energizes the body and relaxes the mind. All ages & fitness levels. 10/$170. $20 drop in. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522. HEAL Support Circle 7-8:45pm. 2nd Thursday monthly. A peer-support group led by trained cofacilitators is for victims/survivors of emotional abuse or any violence or trauma, the group meets monthly. Norwalk Library. For info call 203.305.2137. A Brush with Soul 7-9pm. 2nd Thursday monthly. Expressive arts engaged to explore one’s creative Self with Alexandra Philippas. Love offering. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Night Out, Night Off, Cranky Couples ReConnect 8-9pm. Re-charge, renew & refresh your rel-ationship. Engaging, creative activities and dialogue. $40/couple. Allison Spitzer 203.261.7615.

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Mildly Miserable Fun for the Fed-Up, Fat, or Cranky! Allison Spitzer, M.A, Expressive Therapeutic Coach Regardless of one’s aches, size, or age, enjoy easy, playful creative activities to soothe body and spirit. No sweat, no worries. By appointment. $25/session. Periwinkle Health. Trumbull, 203.261.7615. Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes For Health and Rejuvenation 9am. $15. Wudang Tai Chi of Stamford. 414 West Main St. Please contact Luis: 203.570.1752. Nutritional Evaluation Visits 10am w/ Debi Greco, MD. Free. 31 Hawleyville Rd. Hawleyville/ Newtown.Call to schedule appointment: 203.798.8114. Middle Eastern Belly Dance 11:45am-12:45pm. Beginner Level. Instructor: Riskallah Riyad. First class free. A Common Ground. 346 Main St. Danbury. 203.267.1677. Drumming Circle 7-9pm. 1st Fridays. Drums available or bring one. Suggested Donation $10. Touch of Sedona. 452 Main St. Ridgefield. 203.438.7146. Kirtan 7-9pm. 2nd Friday of every month. Satya Franche and Ma Kirtan. Call and reponse chanting. Suggested donation $10. Kids free. Touch of Sedona. 452 Main St. Ridgefield. 203.438.7146. Spiritual Junkies Movie Night 7-10pm. 1st Friday monthly. New movie ever month. $6. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Circle of Life 7:30pm. 4th Friday monthly. Wondering what one’s Life Mission is? Ginny Brown explores: love, trust, permission, and forgiveness as tools in navigating through life’s opportunities, losses and changes. $28. Monroe. 203.268.3262. Reiki Circle 7:30pm. 1st Fridays. w/ Luciana Walker Reiki Master. Experience Universal Reiki energy in an evening of Reiki’s healing effect. Release all stress and tension, relax muscles and mind and renew soul and spirit. $15. Easton. 203.767.6453. Reiki Drumming Circle 7:30pm. 3rd Fridays. w/ Luciana Walker Reiki Master. An evening of integrating sound with Reiki. Sound especially drumming is a wonderful way to promote inner peace while having fun. $15. TLC of Fairfield. 203.767.6453.

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Monthly Angelic Teleconferences: One hour with the Angels 1st Saturday of the month. First bi-lingual program w/ Ana Mercedes Rueda, facilitator. $20. Info: 203.426.9448. Yoga & Pilates Fusion 8:30am w/ Kat Barton. Class utilizes weights, bands and balls. $10 w/ class card, $16.99 walk-ins. The Graceful Planet. Newtown. 203.426.8215. Pilates Mat mixed level 8:30am. A combination of a traditional Pilates mat class and core challenging exercises using physio-ball. Great for anyone from athletes to someone who wants to tone. $20. Black Rock Pilates. 2889 Fairfield Ave. Call: 203.335.1987. Therapeutic Yoga 8:30-9:45am w/ Carol Shwidock. Carol combines Occupational Therapy knowledge with a passion for yoga in this healing Kripalu style class. All levels welcome. $20 or $180/10 classes. Harmony Yoga. 48 Union St. Stamford. 203.962.4672. Pre-natal Yoga 9:15am. This class will combine yoga postures, breath work, and relaxation techniques, in preparation for labor, delivery and the postpartum period. Register: $185/10 weeks. United Church of Rowayton. 210 Rowayton Ave. Register: 203.253.0764. Yoga Presbyterian (Fish Church) 10-11am. Hatha Vinyasa Flow. Drop-in’s $15; 10 card classes $120. All classes taught by E-RYT. 1101 Bedford St. Lounge. Stamford. Questions: 203.550.8811. Intro to Feldenkrais classes 10:30am. 1 hour. A gentle tune-up for mind and body. Special focus on improving balance and breathing. $21.50/class. The Ananda Center.16 Forest St. New Canaan. 203.274.5085. Latin dance for relaxation from the week 10am w/ Maria Fiora. Fun workshop to get your weekend going. 201 Summer St. Downtown Stamford. 203.353.4363. Mommy & Me Yoga 11am. Babies 6 weeks to crawling. Restore and rejuvenate through stretching and strengthening poses. Babies enjoy yoga for digestion & sleep. $185/10 weeks. United Church of Rowayton. 210 Rowayton Ave. Register: 203.253.0764. The Universal Reiki Plan 11am-1pm every 3rd Saturday. Private Reiki Sessions available. $10 suggested. ReikiShare/Workshop 1:15-4pm. ReikiOvertones students free. Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant. Bridgeport. ReikiOvertones. Indoor Winter classes, info or appointment call Jim or Jeannette: 203.254.3958. Psychic Fair 12-4pm. 1st Sat monthly. Come enjoy one of the many psychics. Mediumship, Tarot, Astrology readings available $30 each. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. 914.909.0914. Wine Tasting 12:30-8pm. Come to the Saturday Wine Tastings. A variety of organic wines always in stock. Free. New England Wine & Spirits. 590 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.438.6331.

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