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Welcome to our Annual 2018 Natural Living Directory issue! Our editorial focus this month, Stress, is a loaded topic these PUBLISHER Gail Heard days. It seems to be at an all-time high in our country and EDITOR Ariana Rawls Fine blamed for many unhealthy thoughts, emotions, behaviors DESIGN & PRODUCTION Gail Heard and serious health issues. Stress is also very subjective. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ariana Rawls Fine A situation that is considered stressful for some might be Nicole Miale Sheri Hatfield another person’s livelihood. SALES & MARKETING Gail Heard Yet there are people who thrive on stress. I spent 20 years DISTRIBUTOR Man In Motion, LLC working as a critical care nurse in one of the sickest units WEBSITE Chik Shank in the hospital; I then followed up with jumping in with both feet into the world of publishing. Both professions are fast-paced and detail-intensive with a lot of deadlines. Even I must admit that I do not enjoy high-level stress all of the time. That is particularly self-evident when looming deadCONTACT US lines conflict with my need for perfectionism and my tendency to take on too much. In PO Box 525 North Branford, CT 06471 that respect, stress is self-induced. My resolution for 2018 is to let go of some of that, but Ph: 203-988-1808 • Fax: 203-488-8523 it will involve a lot of unlearning. There have been many “quick fix” remedies prescribed for stress-related symptoms over the years with many revolving around prescription drugs. Just turn on your TV to be inundated with medication-focused commercials. The use of pharmaceuticals to treat stress-related mental, emotional and physical symptoms has become a serious epidemic in the U.S. In response to ongoing high levels of stress, we see more obesity, NATIONAL TEAM emotional eating and high cortisol levels. Unfortunately, for too many, this has become CEO/FOUNDER Sharon Bruckman a vicious cycle. PRESIDENT Patrick McGroder NATIONAL EDITOR Alison Chabonais But there is good news. Many natural modalities are available that can successfully MANAGING EDITOR Linda Sechrist treat unhealthy levels of stress, and you will read about them in this month’s editorial. NATIONAL ART DIRECTOR Stephen Blancett Filled with information about local holistic practitioners and businesses, our Natural SR. ART/MKTG. DIRECTOR Steve Hagewood Living Directory is intended to support you in achieving and maintaining wellness on all FINANCIAL MANAGER Mary Bruhn levels, whether it is through a massage, meditation, nutrition counseling, psychotherapy, FRANCHISE DIRECTOR Anna Romano chiropractic care, or other services and products. Be sure to keep this directory issue as a FRANCHISE SUPPORT MGR. Heather Gibbs year-round reference. Some modalities that do not resonate with you at this time might WEBSITE COORDINATOR Rachael Oppy NATIONAL ADVERTISING Kara Scofield be just what you need later on this year. If you misplace your print directory issue, you can read it online on’s homepage. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation 4933 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 203 As I always recommend when you read this special issue and every issue, keep an open Naples, FL 34103 mind, trust your heart and indulge your curiosity. Doing so could transform your health Ph: 239-434-9392 • Fax: 239-434-9513 and your life. Brenda Tate Photography


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Destiny or Choice?

16 STRESS IS A CHOICE Choose Wisely to Increase Positive Life Experience

18 DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool




Tips for Finding the Right Practice

26 BE ON THE BALL Putting Extra Fun into Fitness




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DEPARTMENTS 8 health briefs 10 global briefs 12 eco tip 13 community


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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 8

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.


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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.


Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Auto Revolution

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 10

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Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost threequarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

Bottle Buyback

Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.


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Yes to Yarn

Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green

Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it ecoresponsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (, of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. suggests Green Mountain Spinnery ( as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (, for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (, offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (, a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting ( by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit ( make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at

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Fresh Yoga faces their largest transformation, they are attempting to reduce overhead in order to give this new model its best chance. Fresh Yoga is striving to maintain a sustainable model of business, not only for the community but also for the teachers and staff. One key component to the transformation are rates that allow everyone to contribute according to their ability and the resources available to them. In order to do this in a way that ensures they meet their operating costs, Fresh has created a tiered system of rates. They are asking



Into a Donation-Based Studio

resh Yoga wants yoga to be accessible to everyone as no one should feel like yoga is beyond their reach financially. To help make this vision a reality, Fresh Yoga is changing its structure to a donation-based organization. This includes a sliding scale cost structure, $5 community classes, no-minimum donation classes on weekly Seva Saturdays, and need-based scholarships for their yoga programs. Heidi Sormaz, Ph.D., has been teaching at and running Fresh Yoga in New Haven for 15 years. She is grateful to have seen the upsurge of interest in yoga and its growth throughout New Haven. Although more yoga is available, what she primarily sees across the country is exclusivity. She has ReFreshing Fresh Yoga to make it more accessible and more inclusive. Instead of providing the occasional free class for students who cannot afford typical studio prices, she’s committed to a system where people can pay on a sliding scale according to their ability, and maintain a regular yoga practice within a community. Yoga is and always has been about seva, or being of service and giving to others in order to truly be happy in life. Part of the change is a simplification; they are going back to Fresh Yoga’s home base at Erector Sq at 319 Peck Street, and closing the downtown location. Erector Sq is where Fresh Yoga began in the heart of East Rock in 2002. As

community members to participate at the level that works for them and their budget. There are three main payment tiers. The Base Rate is the first tier, and it covers 65 percent of what is needed to run the studio. It provides an affordable option for regular study. The Sustaining Rate is the second tier. It reflects the current market value for yoga classes and helps the studio by meeting the actual operating costs of the studio; these include being able to pay the teachers who are teaching free, $5 donation and no-minimum donation classes for their expertise, time and energy. The Benefactor Rate is the third tier. It is 20 percent higher than the sustaining rate. If an individual can afford this level, they are assisting Fresh Yoga’s efforts to offer tiered, scholarship and need-based classes. For example a five-class card at the studio can be bought for $49 (Base), $75 (Sustaining) or $90 (Benefactor). If someone cannot afford the base level, they can apply for a larger scholarship based on need. They can also attend the $5 donation classes and no-minimum donation classes on Saturdays. Connect at Location: Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St., Erector Sq, New Haven, CT. See back cover ad. Natural Living Resource Directory 2018


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Living with Consequences of STRESS Destiny or Choice? by Pamela and Brad Thompson


as stress become a way of life? For many of us, the answer seems a resounding “Yes!” In today’s fastpaced life, being stressed-out has become the norm. The thinking has evolved to be, “If I am constantly busy, multi-tasking and running around like the proverbial ‘chicken with its head cut off ’, that signifies I am needed, important, useful, and productive.” However, the cost of this constant state is high—often leading to an ongoing barrage of adverse emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms, draining our energy, productivity and ability to think clearly. Although we may recognize anxiety, overwhelm, short temper, frustration or trouble sleeping as indicators of the stress we are under, it is not as common to associate chronic pain, recurring headaches, nervous habits, cravings, a propensity to catch every virus or illness we come in contact with or even disease as such. Yet these too are warning signs our body 14

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is sending to catch our attention. If that level of stress persists, it is likely to lead to greater, more serious consequences, physical and/or emotional. So what can be done? Isn’t stress something beyond our control? To answer these questions, let’s discuss the impact of stress, and how our body and mind are linked. We can better understand why ongoing stress is so detrimental to our health if we look at biology. Our incredible body has been designed to be in one of two modes. It is either in the growth and relaxation response (G&R), or the fight-flight-freeze response (FFF). Due to the function of the chemicals produced in each of these response modes, they cannot co-exist. While in the G&R response, our marvelous body goes about the job of building, repairing and maintaining. The chemicals released create a supportive internal environment, enabling all of the body’s systems to perform smoothly and harmoniously. This is our natural state of being.

The FFF response is just as brilliant. It enables the body to quickly and effectively escape and avoid danger in order to survive. The chemicals released are designed for surges of power and energy. Nothing else matters except to escape, defeat or trick the “pursuing tiger.” Once the danger has passed, our all-knowing body returns to homeostasis, and our nternal chemistry changes to again support growth and relaxation. Our body is designed well and can easily handle small doses of stress, but is not equipped for ongoing stress. When the chemicals released during the FFF response stay in the body for extended periods of time, they create a toxic internal environment and cells start to deteriorate. This is when we begin to experience warning signals, which, if not heeded lead to illness and disease. Our body is inseparably entwined with our mind. How we think determines how we feel. Every thought we think generates

a chemical reaction, putting our body into either the G&R or FFF mode. For example, when we see a dog and think, “Oh isn’t that dog adorable!” the chemicals we produce initiate the G&R response and we feel good emotionally and physically—calm, relaxed, playful, loving. However if our thought is, “That dog is scary!” the chemicals produced ignite the FFF response and we don’t feel good emotionally and physically—scared, anxious, ill at ease, tense. In our modern world, we no longer have real tigers threatening to make a meal of us. Instead we have “paper tigers”— thoughts about things in our environment that our mind perceives are dangerous. Things such as job expectations, deadlines, highway traffic, financial concerns, family demands, food cravings, selfesteem issues, social expectations and cultural mores. How we think about these things becomes the stressor in our life, creating a continuous stream of perceived dangers constantly propelling our body into the FFF response. And, here’s the scary part, most of our thoughts occur automatically and subconsciously.

the emotion(s) behind the physical sensation. Is it anger, worry, frustration?

So, are we destined to be victims of our subconscious thoughts?

When considering our health, we live in very exciting times. Science is providing more evidence of the profound mind/body connection and the efficacy of techniques such as meditation, yoga, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Heart Math and energy medicine. The internet makes it easy to access a myriad of resources and practitioners. While stress is inevitable, we no longer have to be victims and suffer the physical and emotional consequences of being in chronic stress. We now have the knowledge and resources to access our body’s ability to maintain optimum health. How we deal with the stressors in our life is a choice.

Although most of us have been taught differently, dealing with stress and its impact is within our control. Once we understand the connection between the mind and body, and the body’s amazing biology, we begin to grasp the importance of being in the G&R response as much as possible. However, if most thoughts originate in our subconscious mind, how do we know what those thoughts are, and how do we shift them? Here are three simple and effective actions we can take. n Consciously tune in to what we are feeling. The key is to learn to pay attention to our emotions and body sensations. For example, when we are stuck in traffic, notice the tenseness in the shoulders, the knot in the stomach, or the desire to scream at other drivers. These are indicators we are in the FFF response. Identify

n Utilize a mind/body technique. Once we have tuned in to the emotion, calm that automatic, subconscious FFF response and return to the G&R state. Use techniques such as taking three deep, slow belly breaths; EFT to tap on meridian points while acknowledging the emotion; or “pivoting”, which is choosing to focus on thoughts of something we enjoy or love. These techniques serve to immediately calm the FFF response. Later, to reinforce being in the G&R response, we can meditate, use EFT or one of several other stress reducing tools to target any lingering negative thoughts or emotions. n Establish a practice of using mind/body techniques on a regular basis. The goal is to develop and strengthen the habit of being in the G&R response more consistently. Having such a practice also reduces the tendency to react to today’s “paper tigers” as if they were real tigers pursuing us.

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Stress is a Choice

Choose Wisely to Increase Positive Life Experience by Greg Madden

“It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. ~ Hans Selye, author of The Stress of Life


f we are overly stressed and anxious, why is that? Why did we choose stress? According to the Law of Attraction, whatever we focus on, we get more of. That includes our levels of stress. We do, however, have the power to choose to dismiss it immediately and return our bodies to a state of healthy, flourishing ease. Stress—along with chronic stress, tension and anxiety—is serious and can prove fatal for some. This challenging energy locks us into fight-or-flight mode, freezing us out of the present moment where we control our emotional state, which then affects our health. If we are not in the now, we can’t use our brain to focus on what is


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important in the moment; we are lost in the past or the present, where it is impossible to change course. When this becomes habitual is where stress may become a chronic illness. The symptoms of stress that can affect our health are easy to identify once we are familiar with how our individual bodies deal or don’t deal with it. Stress and anxiety are closely connected, and often painfully so. Typically it starts with something that begins outside of us—something we witness or experience—and then the emotion related to the incident implants itself within our energy field or mind. We then feed it with fear and worry until it explodes, often with devastating results. We need to figure out what stresses us out the most as it is different for everyone. Is it family, children, work or personal relationship, a work project, a lack of a

job, struggling to make ends meet, or something else? For some, it is a stew of all of these things, all the time; for others, it happens occasionally. Signs of stress can be small, whether it is a gray hair or two, more wrinkles and worry lines, skin rashes or acne, the occasional shortness of breath, or losing patience quickly. Maybe it is feeling tired yet still being unable get a good night’s sleep, or being sick frequently. Or it can be tension headaches, heart irregularities, uncomfortable digestive issues, body tension, pain, depression, or decreased sex ability or desire. Time management can also become a big issue; the lack of it can create a stressful environment. We need to look at our priorities and the environment we’ve created. It is important to choose wisely because we can only steal from our health

We need to figure out what stresses us out the most as it is different for everyone. Is it family, children, work or personal relationship, a work project, a lack of a job, struggling to make ends meet, or something else? For some, it is a stew of all of these things, all the time; for others, it happens occasionally. for so long without consequences. There is no specific destination when stress enters the body. After dancing with the brain through thoughts, it will infiltrate and attach itself to many of our organs or systems until we understand why we are feeling this way and do something to combat it. The hormonal system, nervous system, heart, intestines, circulation and stomach are all prime targets for stress. And the whole body suffers with reduced energy and immunity. If we don’t respond to early warning signs, the body will start sending clearer messages to us until we alleviate it or there is a health-related event. According to Andrew Bernstein, author of The Myth of Stress, “The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances.” Interestingly, jellyfish, sea urchins and starfish have zero stress; they also do not have brains. Maybe there is a connection there. We need to disconnect from thoughts that lead to increased stressful energy. Choose to release this toxic poison. The good news is that as horrible as stress is to ingest, it is not difficult or expensive to remove.

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There is more good news when it comes to working with internal distress; it is possible to set up a personal alert system to enable us to be keenly aware when we are getting into dangerous health zones. When we experience these personal alerts, there are simple non-prescription alternatives available that will return the body back into ease and prevent further “dis-ease”. Our bodies speak to us whether we are listening or not. Stress can be our teacher by alerting us to what is working in our lives or what needs our attention and correction. Instead of being stressed out, let’s learn how to better get the stress out. n Mindfully center by taking deep breaths, decompress to let pent-up steam out and choose not to be a “pressure cooker” n Add more peace and calm with a meditation experience

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n Drink the purest water and find a diet that resonates n Focus on positive thoughts and language as this is the navigation system to ultimate health n Choose a schedule and time where relaxation and decompression with loved ones or even alone is possible, whether it is a long weekend away or planning a vacation Is there such a thing as good stress? Yes, there is. Psychologists refer to good stress as “Eustress”, or the stress we feel when elated. This energy keeps us enjoying life and being vibrant. Always choose Eustress and enjoy the flow of endorphins. Stress can be both an ally and an enemy. Greg Madden is the director of the Xenia Wellness Center in Hunter, NY. He is a certified biontologist and has studied quantum medicine and tui-na medical massage. Connect at 508-579-7648, or

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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 18

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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

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Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by

eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

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Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined

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carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells,

People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat

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and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control.

When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says.

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t first glance, Mark’s life looks like a train wreck. His wife of 20 years died suddenly of complications from a chronic disease. Two of his three sons were recently diagnosed with learning disabilities, and the company he worked at for the past three decades laid him off (six years away from retirement) when it merged with another company. In a previous chapter in his life, Mark would have returned to a pattern of self-medication and addiction, but that was then. Now Mark practices a lifestyle of resiliency skills—an alchemy he pieced together from counseling sessions, reading best-selling self-help books, a regular meditation practice, cardiovascular exercise, attending a few personal growth workshops and the loyal attendance of his support group meetings. “To me, 22

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resiliency isn’t just bouncing back up from a fall (or series of falls, in my case). Resiliency is a new attitude and outlook on life. I used to feel sorry for myself when stress reared its ugly head. But now I take the high road. I look to see what the lesson is to be learned. Every bad situation has a positive light. I am getting good at not seeing myself as a victim anymore, like I used to. Despite my challenges, I can honestly say I am a happy person now,” Mark says. “To quote Nelson Mandela’s favorite poem, Invictus, ‘I am the captain of my fate, I am the master of my soul.’” Contrary to the message of Invictus, victim consciousness (a perpetual negative attitude) is a common mindset across the country today. Moreover, it reaches toxic proportions when people become stressed. Eavesdrop on any conversation today

(including your own) and within the first five minutes, you are likely to hear people complaining (grieving) about something. While grieving is healthy, prolonged grieving is not, giving credence to the expression, “once a victim, and twice a volunteer.” You can toss your two cents into the whirlpool of negativity, just don’t dive in. Change + Negative Perceptions = Stress Why is there so much stress in the world today? Perhaps the best explanation is rapid change. At no time in the recorded history of humanity has there been so much change: the economy, global warming, technology and social unrest, to name a few. By and large, people don’t like change, particularly the change they cannot control. While change has always been

part of the human landscape, the amount and rate of change on today’s horizon is unprecedented and this has people on edge. Add to this any personal changes and the emotional scales become tipped in negativity. As the expression goes, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” The truth is, any stress that lasts longer than 20 minutes at some level is a control drama, directed and produced by the ego. All stress begs for resolution. Resiliency is the pathway toward resolution. Stress goes by many different definitions (e.g., wear and tear on the body, an inability to cope, the loss of emotional control or an absence of inner peace), but the one definition that most experts agree upon is this: Stress is a perceived threat (real or imagined) to our mind, body, spirit or emotions. The key word is “perceived”, because what one person might interpret as enjoyable, another person perceives as life-threatening. Mark Twain said it best this way: “I’m an old man now, and I have known a great many problems, most of which never happened.” Experts suggest that the types of stress we encounter today are far different from our ancestors’ generations ago. Their stressors were based on surviving physical threats. Our stressors today come in all shapes and sizes, much of it in the form of screen addictions and the overwhelming drone of “digital noise”. And of course some would say many stressors are based on financial survival. Simply stated, most of our stressors today are ego-driven and fear-based perceptions.

camp Auschwitz, taught the world this message: Despite all the hardships life hands us, we have the ability to choose our own thoughts. Victim or victor, the choice is yours. Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, steered the direction of stress management toward relieving anxiety (fear). While this was a good start, it sent many people in a negative direction (down the path of pessimism). Thanks to the inspiration of people like Abraham Maslow and Martin Seligman, over the past 20 years, psychology has made a shift toward the positive, to Positive Psychology. The premise of positive psychology invites people to shift their mindset out of victim consciousness, toward appreciation and gratitude. The focus of positive psychology is to move from a motivation of fear (anxiety) toward a motivation of love (compassion). It is not a denial of one’s reality; rather it is a quest for emotional and spiritual balance (unaided by drugs, alcohol or other addictive means for short-term relief via long-term destructive habits). An Alchemy of Resiliency Skills There is no one relaxation technique for everyone, but there is one technique that works for each person. For Cindy, it was nature therapy. Addictions and ingrained stress-prone behaviors come in all varieties. Cindy’s was her addiction to technology. She could never be without her smart phone.

To escape from the cacophony of the digital world and maintain a sense of sanity, Cindy established a new routine that she calls “healthy boundaries.” Twice a day, Cindy makes a habit of disconnecting from the digital world and connecting with the natural world. She starts each day with a pre-dawn walk at her local park. She loves to watch the color of the clouds change from purple to pink, taking delight in watching the herons, osprey and egrets start their forage for food. Nature, she says, has a wonderful way of putting all of one’s problems into perspective. In this time away from the digital world, Cindy reclaims her personal sovereignty and all is right in the world. The newest research on resiliency reveals that taking time to quiet the mind and recharge personal energy in solitude is important for also recharging our power to endure hardships. Brian Luke Seaward, PhD is a health psychologist and the author of many best-selling books including Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water; Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward; Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart; and The Art of Calm. He is the executive Director of the Paramount Wellness Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He will lead a Holistic Stress Management Instructor Workshop April 15-17, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Windsor Locks. To register, visit may-2018-holistic-stress-managementinstructor-workshop.

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ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.”

She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

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mer Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

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Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Precision Chiropractic & Nutrition Center

Suzanne Sepe Certified Assertiveness Coach 1666 Ridge Road, North Haven, CT 203-843-4012

David DeRosa, DC 857 North Main Street Ext., Wallingford, CT 203-284-9200

Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Suzanne is a Certified Assertiveness Coach and a Mindful Mover. Suzanne’s coaching focuses on awareness of mind and body and how they work together to inform about what we need and desire and how to get that through honest communication with Self and others.

Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Our purpose is to help people transform their health through proper nutrition and lifestyle changes. We specialize in nutritional therapy utilizing a technique called Nutrition Response Testing and pain management through Chiropractic care.

What first drew you to this profession? Realizing the importance of good self-care and how critical it is to health in all areas of life. Being tuned in and turned on by my brain and body has led me to greater clarity of what I love and my purpose of how to help others.

What first drew you to this profession? Since I was young, I have always been interested in how the human body functions. Proper food, exercise, and positive growth quickly became a passion for me.

How is your work different from that of others How is your work different from that of others in your profession? in your profession? I have attained the highest level of Advanced Clinical training in As a dancer and coach, I emphasize the physical along with the the technique called Nutrition Response Testing. There are only a mind and spirit. True health integrates all parts of the whole person few doctors in the state of Connecticut that have attained this level in a practice of self-care. I call this Mindfulness and Body-fulness. of training. What should a client expect from working with you? My clients can expect individual attention that guides and keeps them accountable to creating healthy relationships with their bodies, minds and other people. Honest, clear, kind and respectful communication with yourself and others is taught. How is your practice evolving in 2018? My coaching is being brought into other wellness practices locally and I will be serving people remotely through a course on Daily Om. 2018 will be filled with live workshops in new locations state-wide. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? I am passionate about working together and keeping each other accountable for healing ourselves and our planet. I am especially committed to empowering women to transform themselves, and in so doing, impact the whole planet.

What should a patient expect from working with you? That all the tests and procedures we use are all focused on finding the cause of your health concern and fixing it. In addition, our patients are expected to participate and engage in their path to getting well. How is your practice evolving in 2018? This year there will be an additional focus on combating the obesity epidemic with a breakthrough weight-loss technology and we’re looking to bring on another NRT practitioner to serve more people in the community. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? When a person comes to our office for help, our complete focus and attention is on accomplishing one thing. Helping them achieve their health goals. Our entire staff shares my passion for health and wellness. Natural Living Resource Directory 2018




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 Acupuncture is an ancient Oriental technique which stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance itself. It is based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body in a network of “meridians.” Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. Needles are inserted at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life-force, in order to correct the imbalance. The systems of diagnosis used read the pulse, face, tongue and body energy. Acupuncture principles include the yin and yang polarities and the five elements’ associations with bodily organs.

AKASHIC RECORDS The Akashic Records are an energetic imprint of every thought, action, emotion and experience that has ever occurred in time and space. The Akashic Records can also be understood as the imprint of all experiences of all lifetime in all realities. They are an etheric, holographic, repository of information for human consciousness for the past, present and potentials for the future. The knowledge contained in the Akashic Records is imprinted upon a subtle substance called the Akasha, which describes the energy of Love that permeates and creates everything in the Universe.

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. It is frequently used by athletes and performing artists to improve performance level.

A R O M AT H E R A P Y Aromatherapy is an ancient healing art utilizing the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety, as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled, or placed in baths. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Herbology, Chiropractic, and other holistic treatments. 30

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Uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being and to deepen selfawareness. The therapist works with clients and encourages them to express their feelings and unconscious thoughts through the nonverbal creative process and by observing the forms and content created.

ASTROLOGY A system of traditions and beliefs which 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.

AY U R V E D A Practiced in India for thousands of years, Ayurveda is an ancient medical system combining physical, psychological and spiritual therapies. It focuses on disease prevention and natural maintenance/protection of the whole person (mind, body and soul), achievable through the balancing of five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth). Various combinations of these elements form three energies known as Doshas: Vatha; Pitta; and, Kapha. Every body is some amalgamation of the Doshas, an imbalance of which disrupts health or causes illness. Depending on the individual, treatments may include Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy, Detoxification, Massage, Nutritional Counseling, stress reduction, exercise, behavioral modification, and more.

BIOENERGETICS Bioenergetics is a psychotherapy that works through the body to engage the emotions. Specific postures and exercises create a condition where the body cannot continue both the exercise and the chronic muscular tension and defensiveness (known as body armoring). Continuing the exercise causes the release of layers of body armor. As feelings are unlocked, this creates the opportunity for understanding and integrating those feelings.

BIOFEEDBACK Biofeedback is a relaxation technique that involves careful monitoring of internal body states. Used especially for stressrelated conditions such as asthma, migraines, insomnia, and high blood pressure, Biofeedback is a way of monitoring minute metabolic changes in one’s own body (e.g., temperature changes, heart rate, and muscle tension) with the aid of sensitive machines. By consciously thinking, visualizing, moving, relaxing, etc. one learns which actions produce desirable changes in the internal processes being monitored.

chiropractic – atlas orthogonal

education – integrative / holistic

Corsello Chiropractic Clinic

The Graduate Institute

Edward C. Corsello, DC, BCAO 2021 Main Street, Stratford, CT 203-381-1800 Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Our mission is to build healthy families for a lifetime of wellness in a loving and compassionate setting. We offer specialized techniques, including Atlas Orthogonal (AO) and spinal correction, as well as nutrition, cellular detoxification and weight loss. What first drew you to this profession? I was first drawn to chiropractic while searching for answers for my own health. I suffered with ulcerative colitis for many years before learning that by doing the AO correction in conjunction with spinal remodeling techniques—which took pressure off my nervous system—I could become symptom-free without drugs or surgery. Now I use these powerful techniques to provide permanent relief to patients suffering with neck and back pain as well as many severe and chronic health conditions. How is your work different from that of others in your profession? I am a board-certified AO doctor and trained in advanced spinal correction techniques. I am one of only two spinal correction specialists and only three AO doctors in the state of Connecticut. What should a client expect from working with you? At your initial consultation, you will receive a comprehensive examination using computerized technology that can detect the hidden causes of your health problem and, if medically necessary, advanced biostructural digital X-rays. Treatment consists of specific, gentle techniques to remove nerve pressure. How is your practice evolving in 2018? We are excited to offer the True Cellular Detox (TCD) cellular detoxification program, which is for the person who has the “perfect” diet but is still not getting the health results they desire. No matter how clean of a lifestyle we lead, toxins bombard us from all angles including from our air, water, foods, clothing, radiation and even store receipts. True Cellular Detox is real and lasting because it occurs at the cellular level. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? Call us and mention Natural Awakenings to receive a discounted consultation with X-rays (usually $150 but $45 with this profile). We take health insurance and are currently accepting new patients.

171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252

Summary of education offered: The Graduate Institute is a state-accredited graduate school dedicated to promoting an Integrative and Holistic Worldview through the study of Health, Wellness, Education and Personal and Professional Transformation. What is TGI’s vision and how are your education programs different from that of others in your field? Our vision is that an academic scholarship and education based on an integrative and holistic worldview will enhance a broad understanding of complex human issues, stimulate individual and collective awareness, well-being, and contribute to the betterment, sustainability and regeneration of community and society. We are an independent institution of higher education and provide transformative education based on an integrative and holistic perspective and specifically designed to enable students to reach their full potential in both their professional and personal lives. What should students expect from working with you and your programs? We conduct all of our programs in cohorts, groups of adult students, that establish a collaborative learning environment. This model fosters dialogue and the vibrant exchange of ideas, helping each learner create meaning on a personal level while remaining connected to their larger group. The learning process is dynamic, relevant, and humanized. Are you planning any enhancements or changes in your curriculum or new courses/programs in 2018-19? Enrolling now for our 2018 programs. We offer Master of Arts Degrees in 2-years, one weekend a month; perfect for working healthcare professionals, teachers, and anyone with a busy lifestyle! We also offer Certificate Programs. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about your school? We offer EXPERIENTIAL Learning & Support! Learning doesn’t end in the four walls of our classrooms: Our faculty and administration are always available to guide and support students during their studies. We provide hands-on mentoring and internships for valuable training opportunities as well as potential career placements upon program completion.

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B O DY WO R K A general term referring to therapeutic techniques involved with manipulation and realignment of the body in order to improve its function. Massage and Yoga are perhaps the best known types of Bodywork, both having proven success in relieving tension/stress, promoting blood flow, loosening stiff muscles and stimulating the organs. There are countless Bodywork techniques within Massage (e.g.: Swedish, Shiatsu, Rolfing), Yoga (e.g.: Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini), and otherwise (e.g.: Aikido, Alexander Technique, Bowen, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Rosen Method, T’ai Chi Chuan, and Trager). Finding Bodywork that improves mental and physical health is a very individual process and several can be combined for the greatest benefit.

C H E L AT I O N T H E R A P Y Chelation Therapy is a non-surgical medical procedure that improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing undesirable heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, copper and others from the body. Typically administered in an osteopathic or medical doctor’s office, Chelation Therapy is a series of intravenous injections of the synthetic amino acid EDTA. Once in the bloodstream, EDTA blocks excess free radical production, protecting the tissues and organs from further damage. Over time, injections aim to halt the progress of the underlying condition that triggers the development of many degenerative diseases. More recently, Chelation Therapy has also been used to help reverse symptoms of atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by removing the obstructive plaque that has built up in the circulatory system.

CHINESE MEDICINE Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the world’s oldest 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 known as qi.

CHIROPRACTIC Chiropractic is based on the premise that proper structural alignment will permit free flow of nerve activity in the body. Since the spine is literally the backbone of human health, when spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord (and nerves extending from the spinal cord), resulting in diminished function and illness. Misalignment can occur in a variety of ways including physical trauma, poor posture and stress. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment.


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Colon Therapy is an internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is given with pressurized water by a professional using special equipment. One colonic irrigation is the equivalent of approximately four to six enemas. Colonic irrigations reach every part of the intestinal tract, cleaning out matter that collects and remains for years in the pockets and kinks of the colon. The treatment is used as a corrective process, and for prevention of disease. Colonics are recommended for ailments such as constipation, psoriasis, acne, allergies, headaches and the common cold, to name a few.

COLOR THERAPY and COLORPUNCTURE The impact of color on mood is widely recognized. Color Therapists believe that different hues can treat illness and improve physical, emotional, and spiritual health. According to the theory, the vibrations of color waves can directly affect body cells and organs. Many practitioners also claim that the body emits its own “aura,” or energy field, the colors of which reflect a person’s state of health. Color Therapists apply color through lights or mental suggestion to restore both the body’s physical and psychic levels. Colorpuncture is a system that combines the insights of light physics with the knowledge of the meridian points emphasized in Acupuncture. This non-invasive technique is used to clear blockages and restore healthy energy flow in the meridians. Kirlian photographs track improvements. Another sensory healing technique is light therapy, which attempts to restore well-being and can be successful in treating the depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

CORE ENERGETICS A path of personal growth employing physically 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 places of blocked energy in the body/mind, and recreates the defense patterns learned in childhood that keep people limited and disempowered. Those who experience Core Energetics can be awakened to the fullness of their life-force, feel their hearts open, and become grounded in the integrity of who they really are.

C O U N S E L I N G / P S YC H O T H E R A P Y Counseling and Psychotherapy 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.

education – middle school

education – sustainable nutrition

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School

The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN)

28 School Street, Branford, CT 203-433-4658

Summary of education offered: CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School is Connecticut’s only experientially-based middle school, serving 5th – 8th students. CELC is small by design. Each student is valued, seen, heard, and integral to the whole. Students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning. What is CELC’s vision and how is your education program different from that of others in your field? CELC Middle School is designed to empower youth. With physical changes, hormones becoming fully engaged, this is an intense transitional period, shifting childhood toward the adult self. Presenting young people the chance to interact and engage in authentic experience brings meaning, serving as an introduction to the many facets of the self, on the path to becoming. Are you planning any enhancements or changes in your curriculum or new courses/programs in 2018-19? A signature of its design, CELC consistently provides fresh and exciting opportunities for growth. CELC’s curriculum includes engaging academics, a wide range of weekly outdoor education experiences, guest speakers, and multi-media art classes with professionals in their field. A new collaboration starting January 2018 - CELC will hold classes at the Bushy Hill Nature Center, working with Nature Center staff as part of Homeschool Monday sessions. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about your school? We would love to have people come visit and see us in action, as this is the best way to understand CELC’s educational philosophy and practice. A real success story, CELC builds resilient and competent students who are ready and eager to take on the challenges of high school and beyond, as inquisitive learners and compassionate citizens of the world.

113 Simsbury Road, West Granby, CT 860-764-9070

Summary of education offered: We have a unique education program blending the science of nutrition with the hands-on components of sustainable gardening practices; using food and herbs to make kitchen medicine; culinary skills; and foraging for and using nutrientrich wild food. What first drew you to this profession? We wanted to fill a void by creating a food and health education program people had been asking us for. The vision was to create a program that incorporated all aspects of teaching about food and health with the gold standard of experiential, hands-on teaching. What is TIOSN’s vision and how is your education program different from others in your field? We saw the need to give hands-on experience and connect students to the outdoors in order to give a truly meaningful educational experience. We also bring in experts from the food world to teach sections of the curriculum for a more well-rounded perspective. What should students expect from working with you and your program? We hear again and again that what they learn rocks our students’ worlds. They tell us that their life is never the same and they are grateful. Are you planning any enhancements or changes in your curriculum or new courses/programs in 2018-19? We are integrating more of our graduated students into our programming and offering more educational workshops to the public. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about your school? We bring life-altering perspectives and experiences to our students that change how they live their life while building a life-long community.

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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.

The practice of resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. According to some holistic practitioners, accumulated toxins can block or 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 person 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. (Also see Midwife).



Crystal and Gem Therapy involves the use of quartz crystals and gemstones for therapeutic and healing purposes. Crystals have their own unique energy frequencies. They have the capacity to amplify other frequencies which may assist with healing. They also absorb and store frequencies and can be programmed to carry healing intention. In the ancient art of “laying-on of stones,” practitioners place crystals and gemstones on various parts of the body, corresponding to chakra points, to balance energy flow.

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 and repeating key phrases. 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. EFT enables that release, is easy to memorize, free and can be done anywhere.



A method of expressing thoughts and feelings through movement, Dance Movement Therapy as practiced today was developed in the United States in the 1940s. Participants attend sessions given by trained therapists in which they are encouraged to move freely, sometimes to music. Dance Movement Therapy can be used by people of all ages to promote self-esteem and gain insight into emotional problems, and it is also practiced to help those with serious mental and physical disabilities. As such, it is widely used in the United States, and is becoming established around the world.

Energy Field Work is the art and practice of realigning and reattuning the body between the physical and the etheric and auric fields to assist the body’s natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, energy is channeled through the practitioner and directed into the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. In this way, healing occurs on physical and non-physical levels at the same time. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying-on of hands.


The term refers to psychological methods that change the human vibrational matrix (meridians/acupoints, chakras, biofields) by stimulating specific Acupuncture points. This is often done by tapping these points in a set protocol. Energy Psychology (EP) is frequently used to treat trauma, anxiety, depression, limiting beliefs, sports and work performance, addictions/compulsions, phobias and stress. It is particularly gentle with trauma, eliminating the risk of flooding, or being overwhelmed by traumatic memories. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is perhaps the most well-known of the EP methods.

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 or nourishing.

DENTISTRY ( HOLISTIC ) Dentistry from a holistic approach regards the mouth as a microcosm of the whole body. The oral structures and the body are seen as a unit. Holistic dentists often incorporate such methods as Homeopathy, biocompatibility testing and nutritional counseling. Most emphasize wellness and preventive care while avoiding (and often recommending the removal of) silver-mercury fillings. 34

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holistic healing / massage

Dandelion Wellness


Anna Meglin, LMT #009655, CRP Massage Therapy, Reiki & Energy Medicine 187 Montowese Street, Branford, CT 203-871-9367 Practice/business summary of primary services offered: I offer massage therapy and energy work in customized sessions and provide clients with various modalities to find comfort and peace in a safe nurturing space. My bodywork techniques combine both Eastern and Western modalities with an intuitive approach including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point style and Sports massage as well as Acupressure & aromatherapy, based on my client’s needs.

massage therapy

Elm City Wellness

774 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 203-691-7653 Business summary of primary services offered: We are an independently owned wellness center specializing in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Skincare. How is your holistic business different from that of others in your field? Elm City Wellness massage therapists assess, analyze, and integrate a wide spectrum of body work therapies to help you find relief from pain, immobility and stress.

What should clients expect from working with you and your programs/sessions? What first drew you to this profession? As a healer, I have always been drawn to healing others and helping Our goal is to provide the best massage and body work that can benefit you, whether you want to relax, find relief from pain, or them along their journey. Massage Therapy has given me relief are recovering from an injury. personally in many ways and it is truly a passion of mine to combine these two and be able to heal others. Are you planning any enhancements/changes in 2018? Throughout the year we offer classes and workshops to help you How is your work different from others in your profession? better yourself. Meditation Monday is every Monday at 6pm. We I believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. As a Licensed offer couples massage workshops and training as well as training Massage Therapist and Certified Advanced Reiki Practitioner, courses for massage therapists who are looking to add skills to my work combines both of these Healing techniques to treat the their repertoire. entire body as a whole and assist my clients with healing on a deeper level. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers What should a client expect from working with you? Compassion, competence and nurturing in a safe space to heal with a holistic approach to long term healing on a deeper level.

to know about you and your center? Our goal is to help every client that steps through our doors: Come as you are. Leave feeling better.

How is your practice evolving in 2018? My plan is to fully embrace wellness in my practice and offer other opportunities for healing the mind and soul as well as the body. I’ve started Meditation Groups and hope to hold space for other healing opportunities as the year moves on. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? Whether it be relaxation, stress relief, soothing aches and pains, or energy balancing and healing, I look forward to giving my clients a safe, nurturing space to heal and the opportunity to assist them in reaching their full potential: Mind, Body and Soul.

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glossary E N V I R O N M E N TA L M E D I C I N E 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 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 a complementary way to improve digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. Treatment includes enzyme supplements coupled with a healthy diet that features whole foods.


inflammation, improving muscle and nerve function and preventing artery hardenings. The sulfates found in Epsom salt also assist with flushing out toxins and heavy metals. The use of essential oils in a soaking bath will intensify the cleansing effects for the body and its systems.

GUIDED IMAGERY C R E AT I V E V I S U A L I Z AT I O N Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization involve the effective use of images or symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body in order to cause real physiological changes. In practice, Creative Imagery is the conscious creation of positive thoughts and images and the communication of them to the body to accomplish a desired outcome. It can be utilized for the relief of pain, the curing of disease, or to affect behavioral change. Imagery can take on many forms. It is a flow of thought involving all five senses. An important part of the visualization process, imagination is the ability to create a mental picture of what is desired and transform circumstances of life.

This experiential, energetic, and expressive approach to couples work was developed by Marcia and Brian Gleason. The goal is to assist couples in using their relationship as a vehicle for fulfilling each person’s potential. Exceptional Marriage Mentoring (EMM) helps couples move from self-protective feeling states to expansive, self-fulfilling emotions that allow each partner to become more fully human. The EMM model invites, in a very structured way, full expression of the passionate self, which includes anger, laughter, longing, fear, sexuality, grief, remorse, empathy, gratitude, compassion and love.



An herb is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. Herbal Medicine, by far the oldest form of medicine practiced by mankind, uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Herb plants produce and contain a variety of chemical substances that act upon the body to strengthen its natural functions without the negative side effects of synthetic drugs. Herbs are prepared for internal and external use in a variety of ways, including teas, tinctures, extracts, oils, ointments, compresses, and poultices.

The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education aimed at achieving mental and physical coordination. It involves gentle movement sequences, focused attention, and awareness of entrenched patterns. Approaches include Awareness Through Movement lessons typically taught in groups, and Functional Integration hands-on personalized care given to an individual by a practitioner. Physics, biomechanics, creative learning, and human development are at the core of this method, which aims to increase ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination, aid in rediscovery of the body’s natural capacity for pleasurable efficient movement, and expand self-awareness.

FENG SHUI Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art and science of mindfully arranging objects in order to create or facilitate harmonious energy flow (qi) in environments (building placement, office, home, garden…). Energy is tempered or enhanced so as to positively affect one’s relationships, prosperity, and wellness.

F L O ATAT I O N C E N T E R S Floatation centers use up to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt—a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate—mixed with a warm solution of water in float tanks to produce a high buoyant effect. Soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt has been shown to increase magnesium and sulfate levels in the body. Magnesium can help with reducing 36

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A non-invasive, relaxing and nurturing energy therapy that helps to restore physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance and support self-healing. A gentle touch is used on or near the fully-clothed client to influence the body’s inner energy centers and exterior energy fields. Healing Touch is used to ease acute and chronic conditions, assist with pain management, encourage deep relaxation and accelerate wound healing.


H O L O T R O P I C B R E AT H W O R K Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful technique of selfexploration that combines breathing, evocative music, and a specific form of bodywork. It includes and integrates the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. Presented in a two-day workshop by certified facilitators, participants try to access the four “levels” of experience that are available during breathing; sensory, biographical, perinatal, and transpersonal. By accessing buried memories, an individual can relive their own birth experience or traumatic life events, free up “stuck” emotional or viewpoints, or in some cases experience a mystical state of awareness.

naturopathy / homeopathy

naturopathy / integrative oncology

Naturopathic Specialties, LLC

Adonai Optimal Health & Wellness, LLC

Flo McPherson, ND Naturopathy & Classical Homeopathy Southern Connecticut Women’s Healthcare Associates 247 Broad Street, Milford, CT 203-685-5795 Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Here at Naturopathic Specialties, LLC, I offer nature cure therapies in Naturopathic tradition with a specialty in Classical Homeopathy. Gynecology exams and treatment are offered as needed. What first drew you to this profession? I received my first Homeopathic remedy prescription 35 years ago while seeing a Naturopathic doctor in Seattle. I was moved by this approach to health and have since pursued practice, research and study of homeopathy. How is your work different from others in your profession? As both a Naturopathic doctor and seasoned classical homeopath I can use blood tests and diagnostic tools to create a whole systems approach to your therapeutic plan in addition to prescribing a homeopathic remedy. What should a patient expect from working with you? Patients can expect to have an initial detailed health history covering all aspects of health-mind, body and soul at the first visit. Diagnostic tests may be recommended and/or a homeopathic remedy prescribed. Nutritional and dietary suggestions maybe given. Follow up visits are recommended at intervals of 4 weeks to monitor patient progress and therapies. How is your practice evolving in 2018? In 2018 I celebrate my 14th year in practice! It has been an exciting and fulfilling career! I welcome patients to my practice and continue to study and teach Homeopathy to students, patients and the general public. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? I am dedicated in helping you become the best and healthiest version of YOU! You will feel an open and welcoming environment at my practice and receive the experience of an elder in my field.

Yvette Whitton, ND, MAc 11 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 888-655-8489 Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Results-based, naturopathic medical practice. Area of specialization is naturopathic and integrative oncology. What first drew you to this profession? Some people arrive at a profession by choice, others are chosen. When the bonds of love are severed by a debilitating disease, one is at best to stand still and listen to the message within the tragedy. How is your work different from others in your profession? The human spirit is an energetic entity; the system of cellular communication is based upon energetic signals. “Dis-ease” of the body is attributed to an interruption in the signaling system, misfiring of signals or reversal of electrical charges. The underlying cause of this disruption of signaling occurs with physical, spiritual and mental-emotional disharmony. What should a patient expect from working with you? The focus is on the healing restoration of the individual hosting the disease, and not the disease itself. When all the “host” factors are identified and removed, healing occurs. The absence of a unidirectional thought process is imperative in restoring optimal health. How is your practice evolving in 2018? Adonai Optimal Health and Wellness, LLC recently relocated from Milford and Newtown to Madison. Its new colon hydrotherapy spa offers colon cleanses with the option for ozone-treated water, added forms of oxygen therapy and herbal additives. The suite offers a chlorine-free shower system and an EMF protected environment. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? Empowerment through education and environmental awareness is the beginning of the healing journey. As the physical requires nourishment, so do the spiritual and mental emotional components. Dr. Whitton considers all aspects of the human spirit in generating a treatment protocol and emphasizing disease prevention. Natural Living Resource Directory 2018




H O M E O PAT H Y Homeopathy is a highly systematic 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. The word “homeopathy” is taken from the Greek homeos meaning “similar” and pathos meaning “suffering.” Thus, Homeopathy means “to treat with something that produces an effect similar to the suffering.” This “law of similars,” the concept of “like cures like” is the basic principle of Homeopathy. A remedy is individually chosen based on its capacity to cause, if given in overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those a patient is experiencing.

HYDROTHERAPY Hydrotherapy is 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 in the home as part of a self-care program.

HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnotherapy refers to 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 their own wants and needs, explore other events or periods of life requiring resolution, or generally develop a more positive attitude. It is often used to help people lose weight or stop smoking, and in the treatment of phobias, stress, and illness.

I N T E G R AT I V E M A N U A L T H E R A P Y ( I M T ) This comprehensive treatment approach views all of the body’s structures and systems in an interrelated manner, addressing anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and energetics to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Through manual diagnostics, the practitioner perceives and interprets the body’s subtle rhythms and signals to identify the causes of pain, disease or disability. Interacting with these subtle energies and reflexes, the practitioner facilitates corrective responses from the body to bring about healing. IMT techniques include very gentle forms of deep tissue work, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, joint mobilization, lymphatic drainage, and positional release, as well as Guided Imagery, deep relaxation, Biofeedback, Applied Psychosynthesis, Detoxification, energetic healing and functional recovery.


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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.

INTUITIVE ARTS Intuitive Arts is a general term for various methods of divination, such as numerology, psychic reading, and tarot reading. Individuals may consult practitioners to seek information about the future or insights into personal concerns or the personality. Among the modalities: Numerology emphasizes the significance of numbers derived from the spelling of names, birth dates, and other significant references; psychics may claim various abilities, from finding lost objects and persons to communicating with the spirits of the dead; and tarot readers interpret a deck of cards containing archetypal symbols.

IRIDOLOGY Iridology is the art and science of analyzing the delicate structure of the colored portion of the eye, or the iris. Over 90 specific areas on each iris have been “mapped,” making a total of over 180 zones, which act as a readout gauge to reflect conditions in the corresponding area of the body. Physical weaknesses can be noticeable in the iris long before they would be discernible through blood work or laboratory analysis, thus making Iridology one of a number of tools for preventative selfcare.

J I N S H I N ( J I N S H I N LY U T S U ) A gentle, non-invasive 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 Kinesiology is the study of muscles and their movement. Applied Kinesiology uses the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to indicate whether there is decreased function in any bodily organs or systems, or whether there is an imbalance or restriction in the energy flow. Much of Applied Kinesiology is based on the observed relationships between specific muscles and organs. Testing makes use of Acupuncture meridians and/or interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Applied Kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to a treatment that is being considered.

physical therapy

pranic healing

Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, LLC

Pranic Healing Now

500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, CT 203-315-7727

Practice/business summary of primary services offered: We offer highly skilled manual therapy that is effective for orthopedic/sports injuries, balance/mobility dysfunction, TMJ, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, arthritis, incontinence, headaches, dizziness, concussions, and fibromyalgia. What first drew you to this profession? Practice owner, Phyllis Quinn, PT, was drawn to physical therapy through her mother, the first female in CT to have a private PT practice. At the start of Phyllis’ career, she practiced traditional techniques. Early on, she incorporated muscle energy, myofascial release, and craniosacral methods. She was amazed at the ofteninstantaneous results achieved. Phyllis finds it rewarding to give people pain relief they did not think was possible. How is your work different from others in your profession? Our biomechanical approach works to locate the cause of pain, which may or may not coincide with where pain is experienced. Patients often do well attending once a week or twice a month if high copays or deductibles are problematic (progress may be a little slower at this frequency). What should a patient expect from working with you? Our patients can expect to meet with a therapist for individual, 40-minute sessions of highly skilled manual therapy in a friendly, family-like environment. How is your practice evolving in 2018? We are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of our profession by attending continuing education courses given by top educators in the country. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? Patients receive one-on-one sessions with a therapist. We use gentle, non-painful techniques to relieve your pain. Each of our 4 therapists have been working in the profession for 30+ years. This year, our practice is celebrating 44 years of service.

Nancy Ogilvie 917-331-8531

Practice/business summary of primary services offered: We offer pranic healing, which is a specialized energy healing modality. We can help people with a variety of diagnoses, including anxiety, addiction, back pain, pain management, to name a few.

What first drew you to this profession? After being diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2014, I suffered from a number of symptoms that interfered with my daily life. Pranic healing has helped me overcome my symptoms and live with more energy, happiness, and quality of life than I have had in over a decade. How is your work different from that of others in your profession? Pranic healing is a no-touch healing system. It is diagnosticdriven, and there are specific protocols for each diagnosis that have been tested as effective. Due to the nature of energy, pranic healing works remotely, or long-distance. Also, unlike many other modalities, pranic healing is 85% clearing away congested, dirty, or diseased energy from the energy body. What should a client expect from working with you? Each session begins with a consultation about client’s diagnosis. I can then look up and perform the prescribed protocol. Most clients feel very relaxed and a sense of being lighter and in less pain than when we are finished. Also, clients experience continued improvement over the next 24 hours while the pranic energy is absorbed into the body. How is your practice evolving in 2018? I am looking forward to teaching classes and introducing pranic healing to CT What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? Call us and mention Natural Awakenings to receive a discounted consultation and healing session for $79 (Initial consultations are normally $149 and last approximately 90 minutes).

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MACROBIOTICS Macrobiotics is an Eastern philosophy that is perhaps best known in the West through its dietary principles. Macrobiotic theory begins with the realization that there is a natural order to all things and we can achieve a fuller sense of balance, both within ourselves and with the world around us, by synchronizing our eating habits with the cycles of nature. Low-fat and high-fiber foods, whole grains, vegetables, sea vegetables, and seeds cooked in accordance with macrobiotic principles are stressed.

MAGNETIC FIELD THERAPY Electromagnetic energy and the human body have a valid and important interrelationship. Magnetic Field Therapy can be used in both diagnosing and treating physical and emotional disorders. This process has been recognized to relieve symptoms and may, in some cases, retard the cycle of new disease. Magnets and electromagnetic therapy devices are now being used to eliminate pain, facilitate the healing of broken bones, and counter the effects of stress.

A Medium professes to sense and communicate with spiritual entities, conveying messages from those who are no longer incarnate to people in the physical world. Readings focus on those evidential messages, which are said to be delivered 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 nurse-midwives 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).

M I N D / B O DY M E D I C I N E

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.

The field of behavioral medicine which recognizes the relationship between the mind and body, the body’s innate ability to heal and the partnership between the patient and healer in restoring health. It is strongly research-based and encompasses the field of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). Mind/Body Medicine is used for those conditions, which may be exacerbated by the patient’s emotional stress, such as heart disease, cancer, preparation for medical procedures, autoimmune diseases, pain management, asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal upsets (such as IBS), trauma and insomnia. Treatment commonly includes a blend of Hypnosis, Guided Imagery, Biofeedback and other methods.



A general term for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage Therapy incorporates various disciplines and involves kneading, rubbing, brushing and/or tapping the skin, muscles and connective tissues. Its goal is to increase circulation and detoxification in order to reduce physical and emotional stress and increase overall wellness.

The Montessori method of early childhood education (age range 2.5 to 6 years) was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, who served in special education. Montessori programs utilize a child-centered approach, based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. The teacher, child and environment create a learning triangle where students are encouraged to learn at their own unique stages of development and cultivate their natural abilities through practical play. Children learn through discovery rather than traditional direct instruction. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Components necessary for a program to be considered authentically Montessori include multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time and guided choice of work activity.


M E D I TAT I O N Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus/contemplation used to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. There are many different types of Meditation practiced (e.g.: Buddhist, Mindfulness, Transcendental, Walking), which include a variety of techniques for achieving harmony such as imagery, mantras, observation/awareness and deep breathing. Some meditators seek a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the universe, while others utilize it to gain serenity, alleviate anxiety or high blood pressure, or heighten focus, creativity and/or self-awareness. Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual’s psychological and physiological well-being.


New Haven/Middlesex

reiki / acupressure / sound healing

shamanic energy healing

Susane Grasso, RMT

Eagle Flight Healing LLC

Reiki / Acupressure / Theta Healing®/Sound Healing 2489 Boston Post Road, Suite F, Guilford, CT 203-500-6950 Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing®, Acupressure, and Sound/Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. What first drew you to this profession? My chronic pain from Lyme Disease was alleviated by a Reiki Practitioner which made a believer out of me. How is your work different from others in your profession and what should a client expect from working with you? Each session is individually tailored to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of my client. During the session the chakras are balanced and the aura cleansed of blockages. The deep relaxation that follows provides focus and tranquility. How is your practice evolving in 2018? I’ve added the dimension of sound, sympathetic resonance, to my practice via Tibetan singing bowls. Theta Healing® has also been integrated to add another dimension to chakra maintenance and well-being. I will continue to explore other energy healing modalities. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? It is an honor to provide relaxation therapy for my clients. Working with them to maintain and strengthen their aura is my primary goal. I love watching an energy signature go from ragged and wispy to whole and vital.

Cathy Stubbs, RN, Reiki Master, Shaman Certified Light Body Healer 203-535-8849

Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Shamanic energy healing releases pain, fear, shame, etc, pushed into our physical body, our subconscious and into our luminous energy field. We get loaded up with old unresolved emotions; this affects our physical, mental and emotional health. What first drew you to this profession? In my previous reiki practice, I was “seeing” the constricted emotions of clients in their physical body. I felt called to study and offer shamanic energy healing and am inspired by it as a healing modality. How is your work different from that of others in your profession and what should a client expect from working with you? Clients feel very grounded, centered in self, ‘lighter,’ full of vitality, happier. One client reported feeling peaceful for the first time in his life. How is your practice evolving in 2018? I often offer a visual imagery before the session closes if desired to connect my client with their higher consciousness. This may develop into more visual imagery work in 2018. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? I establish a very safe, loving environment. Issues brought to sessions do not need to be identified with me, just held as intention. Sessions done via phone, skype or in person.

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MUSIC THERAPY Music therapy is an established healthcare profession available for all ages in multiple settings. It is utilized by trained professionals who integrate music interventions in therapy sessions to help address, restore, and/or enhance physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. No musical ability is needed for clients to benefit.

M YO FA S C I A L R E L E A S E ( M F R ) This holistic form of bodywork is used for reducing pain, improving movement and function, and restoring emotional tranquility. MFR is labeled holistic because it involves treating the whole body as a connected organism, recognizing that symptoms in one place may be caused by tight connective tissue elsewhere. This tightness places pressure on pain sensitive structures like muscles, nerves, bones, joints, blood vessels or organs. Such ischemic pressure results in symptoms like pain, tingling, stiffness, and lethargy. MFR is most commonly practiced by licensed Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists who have taken specialized training in this technique. The goal of treatment is to restore balance and alignment to the human structure, and enhance optimum flow throughout the entire system.

N A M B U D R I PA D ’ S A L L E R G Y E L I M I N AT I O N T E C H N I Q U E S ( N A E T ) A non-invasive, drug free, natural modality that tests for and eliminates 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.

N AT U R O PAT H I C M E D I C I N E Naturopathy is a comprehensive and eclectic system that incorporates the use of a broad range of natural substances and natural means to promote health. Naturopathic Doctors work in harmony with the body’s natural healing abilities. Training may include the study of specific approaches such as Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Counseling, Applied Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, minor surgery and basic Obstetrics for assistance at natural childbirth.

NETWORK CHIROPRACTIC Network Chiropractic is a form of chiropractic that views the spine as a powerful “switchboard of consciousness.” The method is based on the belief that spinal adjustment can serve to unify the physical, emotional, and mental body with a universal intelligence or consciousness.


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NLP is a systematic approach to changing limiting patterns of thought, behavior and language. In conversation, practitioners observe the client’s language, eye movements, posture, breathing, and gestures in order to detect and then help change unconscious patterns linked to the client’s emotional state.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING Embracing a wide range of approaches, nutrition-based complementary therapies seek to alleviate physical and psychological disorders through dietary modification and food supplements, and involving either macronutrients or micronutrients. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats, proteins and fiber. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that cannot be manufactured in the body. Nutritional therapy often uses dietary or food supplements, which may include tablets, capsules, powders or liquids.

ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE Employing 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, schizophrenia, cancer, and other mental and physiological disorders.

O S T E O PAT H I C P H YS I C I A N S Osteopathic Physicians are trained to help the body stimulate and restore its own immune system naturally. Osteopathy utilizes generally accepted physical, pharmacological, and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy, with strong emphasis on body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function. Doctors of Osteopathy (DO’s) offer a hands-on approach to the diagnosis and treatment of selected ailments involving bones, muscles, tendons, tissues, and the spinal column through the use of palpation, manipulation, and physical therapy.

O X YG E N T H E R A P I E S Oxygen Therapies alter the body’s chemistry to help overcome disease, promote repair, and improve overall function. These therapies are effective in treating 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 disease are Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Ozone Therapy, and Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy.

PA S T L I F E / R E G R E S S I O N T H E R A P I E S Past Life and Regression Therapies operate on the assumption that many physical, mental, and emotional problems are extensions of unresolved problems from the past — whether from childhood traumas or experiences in previous lifetimes. The practitioner uses Hypnosis (or altered states of consciousness) and relaxation techniques to access the source

wellness center

yoga studio

Middletown Wellness Collaborative

Raven’s Wing Yoga

Janice Juliano, MSW, LCSW - Coordinator Sanibel Professional Offices, Building A, Middletown, CT 860-559-6151 Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Our Collaborative is a group of like-minded experienced practitioners who are committed to providing wellness for a wide range of clients. Each practitioner runs their own business, operating in one location to provide multiple options for mind-body-spirit healing. Common values amongst all practitioners are professionalism, cooperation and respect, and loving-kindness. It was in 2011 that practitioners started coming together in available space at Sanibel Professional Offices in Middletown, which is our current location. After nearly forty years of practice in the field of social work, and therapy, Janice Juliano MSW LCSW, , the coordinator of the Collaborative, realized that best case practice involved holistically paying attention to and treating the mind-body-spirit connection. Synchronistically, practitioners sought out space at Sanibel to provide their services and the Collaborative was born.. Our Center continues to grow and evolve with more practitioners coming on board. How is your wellness center different from that of others and what services can clients expect at your center? Services provided are psychotherapy, individual, couples, family; medication management; medical marijuana evaluation and certification; therapeutic massage; yoga; reiki; shamanic sound healing, professional photography, art classes; and many other classes from our providers and outside speakers. How is your center evolving in 2018? We are in the process of creating another Center in Durham to be open in the summer 2018 where we will have an Art Center with ongoing classes. We will also be offering Life Coaching, Medicine Wheel Ceremony, Facilitation for Systemic Family Constellation, Facilitation for Right Use of Power, to name just a few new things. Please visit our Facebook page. Currently we offer ongoing Chi Restore and Restorative Yoga classes and many other Events.

19 South Main Street, Branford, CT 203-488-9642 Practice/business summary of primary services offered: Raven’s Wing Yoga is for anyone who desires positive change in their lives. We offer various styles of yoga throughout the week and weekends to accommodate any schedule and any level of practice. Many basic, gentle and restorative classes accommodate folks looking to get into the practice as well as a healthy way to relieve stress and pain. More practiced students will find challenge in furthering their abilities as well as creating a meditation practice. What first drew you to this business? My own yoga practice, my amazing teachers, and the fact I grew up in Branford and wanted this to be accessible to all. How is your holistic business different from others in your field? We hold true to the roots of what yoga is. Emphasizing practices that help to focus, calm and center.  We also have a rooster of very experienced teachers, all of which have or are pursuing advanced training’s in yoga, ayuveda and/or yoga therapy.  There is a class for everybody, from the very beginner needing to take it slow, to the folks wanting a mid day centering and revitilization, to the dedicated who are taking their practice deeper. What should participants expect from your classes? Non competitive, no judgement, very welcoming. Are you planning any enhancements/changes in 2018? More work out in the community, working with other studios and teachers to bring about important programs for kids, and older kids alike. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your yoga studio? We’ve been around since 2004, born from the experience!

What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about your center? We strive to be “the one place” for those seeking a healthier, more harmonious, balanced life style.

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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 Personal Fitness Trainer is a certified professional who designs fitness programs for individuals desiring one-on-one training. Trainers offer their services in the privacy of ones home or at various locations (club, office, etc.).

P H YS I C A L T H E R A P Y Evaluates difficulties with mobility or function and focuses 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.

P I L AT E S 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. More gentle 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.

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 in order to recharge and achieve balance.

PRANIC HEALING Pranic healing is an ancient science and art of healing that utilizes prana or ki or life energy to heal the whole physical body. It also involves the manipulation of ki and bioplasmic matter of the patient’s body. Prana is the Sanskrit word for “Life-force energy”— also referred to as Chi, Qi, Ki, or Ruach.

Q I G O N G A N D TA I C H I 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.


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Also known as Conscious Connected Breathing (or by some practitioners as 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 long stored in the body.

RECONNECTIVE HEALING Utilizes light and dimensional frequencies to reduce stress, foster relaxation, and enable holistic healing. Practitioners use their hands to focus a flow of energy into the client’s aura/ energy field. This stimulates meridians and DNA strands, causing a shift that releases old patterns and reconnects clients to their essence and universal energy.

REFLEXOLOGY A natural healing art based upon the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to different parts of the body. Correctly stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands increases circulation and promotes specifically designated bodily and muscular functions in those corresponding areas.

REIKI Reiki, meaning “universal life-force energy” is a method of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things. Reiki practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the chakras (energy centers). There are techniques for emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems, and for achieving spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki is increasingly being integrated into the work of Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Nurses, and others for whom the use of touch is essential or appropriate.

ROLFING Rolfing is a deep tissue massage technique. It re-organizes and improves alignment through connective tissue manipulation.

S A LT H E A L I N G T H E R A P Y Himalayan rock salt has been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Salt caves offer healing benefits of a rock salt rich in trace elements and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iodine, bromine, copper, selenium and iron. Salt caves combine speleotherapy—the use of salt cave and mine microclimates to treat diseases—and halotherapy, which utilizes a salt vaporizer to push dry aerosol salt vapor into the air to help with various respiratory and skin issues, allergies and other conditions.

SHAMANISM Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition that dates back 40,000 years or more. It is based on the belief that all healing includes the spiritual dimension. Shamanic healing usually

natural living directory APPLIED KINESIOLOGY KC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317

Applied Kinesiology is a neurological evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 26.


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2021 Main Street Stratford, CT 203-381-1800 Offering specialized Chiropractic services, including Atlas Orthogonal and advanced techniques to heal the spine and nervous system, as well as physical therapy, nutrition and weight loss. Our unique, holistic approach focuses on correcting the cause of your health concerns. See ad on page 7.






Improve communication, increase understanding, learn caring ways to resolve conflict.Nancy Butler brings 25 years of experience to her compassionate and effective work with couples. Weekly Sessions: • In-depth 3 Session Relationship Consultation • Communication Coaching • Individual Couples Intensive Weekend Retreats.


Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252 The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, and more. Programs are just one weekend a month. See ads on pages 3 and 19.


Jennifer Kriz, LMT #004996 Craniosacral Therapist 203-393-1500 Visit BBW on Facebook


Cranio Sacral Therapy is a powerful, yet gentle, non-invasive therapy that balances and realigns the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve wholebody health and performance. Effective for all ages from newborns to elders; great for migraines, sciatica and more.

501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 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 worldwide. See ad on page 19.




28 School Street, Branford, CT 203-433-4658

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children can flourish during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. See ad on page 27.

Anna K. Meglin, LMT #009655, CRP Massage Therapy, Reiki & Energy Medicine 187 Montowese Street, Branford, CT 203-871-9367 Offers customized bodywork sessions integrating Eastern and Western modalities of massage and energy work based on client needs. Specialties include Sports, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point work, Myofascial, Acupressure, Reiki and Aromatherapy offered in a nurturing sacred space for optimal healing, relaxation and balance. See Profile on page 35.

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involves induction into an altered state of consciousness and journeying into the spirit world to regain personal power and access the guidance of nature and of teachers. This approach may be taken literally or employed symbolically.

SOUND HEALING Sound Healing involves the use of vocal and instrumental tones, generated internally or externally. When sounds are produced with healing intent they can create sympathetic resonance in the physical and energy bodies. Sound healing can bring discordant energy into balance and harmony.

SPIRITUAL HEALING / COUNSELING Spiritual Healing/Counseling comes in two forms. In one, the healer uses thought or touch to align their spiritual essence with the spirit 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 a Divine Healing Force. In the other, the healer transforms healing energy into a vibrational frequency that the client can receive and comfortably assimilate, gently reminding the person’s intuitive core of its inherent healing ability and imparting a vision of health. Spiritual Healers often work within a particular spiritual tradition, seek guidance from “spirit helpers,” and rely on some form of prayer or meditation.

TA N T R A Tantra has emerged as a modern spiritual path of embodied consciousness, with roots in ancient Hindu and Buddhist traditions. It views the “spiritual” as being directly present within the “physical” and respects sensory experience as a vehicle for accessing higher states of awareness. Tantra practices balance the chakras (energy centers) and can contribute to a sense of presence, intimacy and fulfillment in all aspects of living.

TA N T R A TA I C H I Tantra Tai Chi is a recently developed practice of Tai Chi/ Qigong-style body movements designed to be performed with a partner. It can enhance intimacy by sequentially and simultaneously focusing attention on the root or sexual center near the base of the spine, the heart or love center in the midchest region, and the upper spiritual center in the head. The cycling of energy through these chakra centers encourages a blended experience of intimate presence with one’s own internal being and one’s partner.

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.


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Traditional Thai Therapy (also known as “Thai yoga massage”) is an ancient healing system that integrates reflexology, acupressure, conscious breathing and assisted yoga postures with Indian Ayurvedic principles—the combination of which relieves tension, relaxes the mind & body, and provides lasting benefits to the overall health & well-being of the receiver. It has been referred to by many as “yoga for lazy people” because rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed and gently stretched. A traditional session typically lasts two hours in duration and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. Clients wear comfortable clothing while receiving on a floor mat during the session, and no oils or lotions are used.

TRAGERWORK Tragerwork uses passive movement to encourage progressive, generalized release of deep body tension. The client receives a blend of rhythmic, rocking movements, elongations, and gentle compressions so body and mind relax into new and freer movement patterns. Tragerwork helps with stress and specific pain, such as sciatica, back, neck and shoulder pain, and TMJ. It can improve results in Physical Therapy, Psychotherapy, athletic and artistic training, and treatment of disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Post-polio Syndrome, and Multiple Sclerosis.

T R A N S C E N D E N TA L M E D I TAT I O N Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, effortless technique of meditation practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Through the use of a mantra, TM allows the mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought-pure awareness, the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness. In this state of restful alertness, the brain functions with significantly greater coherence while the body gains deep rest.

YO G A Yoga is the practical application of the ancient Indian Vedic teachings. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which means “union” or “to join,” and refers to the joining of man’s physical, mental, and spiritual elements. In Yoga, the goal of good health is accomplished through a combination of techniques including exercises called “asanas” or postures, controlled breathing, relaxation, meditation, and diet and nutrition. Although Yoga is not meant to cure specific diseases or ailments directly, it has been found effective in treating many problems.

Z E N S H I AT S U Zen Shiatsu, sometimes referred to as “Acupuncture without needles,” uses gentle but firm finger and palm pressure to activate the body’s energetic channels and acupoints to bring the body back into balance and harmony on the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual levels. Clients remain fully clothed and receive treatment in a relaxing, comfortable and supportive environment.

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Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 27

MASSAGE & ACUPUNCTURE ELM CITY WELLNESS 774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653

Elm City Wellness is an independently owned wellness center whose services include a variety of massage, community & private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy & facials with locally made Ayurvedic & organic products. Our skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our gift shop features local products, candles, wellness supplies & books, smudge kits and much more. See ad on inside front cover.


Anna Martin, BSW, MSW, LCSW 410 State St, North Haven, CT 30 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge, CT 377 Main St, West Haven, CT 203-606-2071

YOU deserve to be happy. AHBHS helps with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Obesity, agarophobia, domestic violence, ADD, ADHD and anger management. Phone,internet,skype and office sessions. Evening and weekend hours are available. Most insurance accepted, including Medicaid, Medicare and Husky.





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Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 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 abilityto 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, Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 19.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES OF GUILFORD 500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, CT 203-315-7727 (Phone) 203-315-7757 (Fax)

At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See Profile on page 39.

We offer pranic healing, which is a specialized energy healing modality. We can help people with a variety of diagnoses, including anxiety, addiction, back pain, pain management, to name a few. Call us and mention Natural Awakenings to receive a discounted consultation and healing session for $79 (Initial consultations are normally $149 and last approximately 90 minutes). See Profile on page 39.

PSYCHOTHERAPY LAURIE EDWARDS, PSYD Psychology & Spirit 1 South Main Street, Suite 3 Branford, CT 203-747-5320

A psychologist & yoga teacher, I aim to create a safe space to support clients through struggles with anxiety, PTSD, addiction, depression, perfectionism, workaholism, & stress related chronic health problems. My approach integrates Western theories of psychology with Eastern philosophy. I am especially influenced by Zen and Taoist perspectives that emphasize observing cycles of nature to find inner peace and balance. I regard each client as a fellow human being and believe that suffering is a common human experience that can be a doorway to greater self-awareness and authenticity. I am committed to treating you with compassion and respect.

REIKI SUSANE GRASSO, RMT 2489 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT 203-500-6950

Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this, my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing, acupressure and Sound Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. See Profile on page 41.

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787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit. See ad on page 25.

We have a unique education program blending the science of nutrition with the hands-on components of sustainable gardening practices; using food and herbs to make kitchen medicine; culinary skills; and foraging for and using nutrient-rich wild food. Our program brings life-altering perspectives and experiences to our students that change how they live their life while building a life-long community. See ad on page 9.

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Eagle flight Healing offers energy work to expand our sense of self and presence, resulting in vitality, joy, confidence and well-being. Constricting emotions and traumatic events result in suffering from low self worth, poor beliefs and attitudes about ourself and selfimposed limitations. The gentle energy work provided releases these negativities and levels of pain, shame, fear and grief. See Profile on page 41.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 27.

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Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 27.






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Discover the health aspects of the internal martial arts of Taijiquan and Baguazhang and the healing practice of Qigong. Increase vitality and improve overall physical and emotional health, balance and well-being using the relaxed movements of Taijiquan and Baguazhang and the comprehensive methods of Qigong.

Improve the quality of your life through yoga. Marlene is a cancer survivor who introduced yoga to the Shoreline area in the 1960’s & continues to offer morning & evening classes for all ages. She has taught yoga for 50 years & will help you to achieve your goals of increased flexibility, strength & peace of mind.


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In Your Backyard Plus: Super Spices and Ethnic Cuisine

Foods Our Heart Will Love

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March articles include: Just What Are Super Spices? Healthy Ethnic Cuisine, Really! Don’t Forget Your Minerals


ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.

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Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She

and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.



Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.



Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also

widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.

protective HDL cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.

Pumpkin seeds. High in mag-


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nesium—about 764 mg per cup— roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.


magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a boardcertified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Almonds. Sinatra recommends a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and

Beet Juice.

A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.

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Garlic. Allicin, the

sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.


Pomegranate. Drinking

about one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. The ultimate reason of all to keep our hearts in good working order was voiced by Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches by Alison James


ustralian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his career as a dancer while in his own satisfying relationship, Rosenfeld also personally communicated with about 50,000 women, many of which opened up about their own trials and tribulations with dating. A resident of Brisbane, Rosenfeld launched the website au in 2014, sharing what he’s learned in order to help women stop experiencing frustrations in dating and start attracting healthy, happy relationships. He’s also participated in the conversation at The Good Men Project on what enlightened masculinity means in the 21st century.

What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men?

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy?

Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

What are good ways to practice self-care while seeking and sustaining a relationship? Find activities in your day that make you feel nurtured, happy and good about your-

self. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.


SELF-LOVE by Charlie Chaplin


s I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY.

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As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.


Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time.


Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening.

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Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT.


As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.

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We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.

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ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotionalsupport dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation.

Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other

animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

Overcoming Obstacles

When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?”

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes

her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and lowblood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

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Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

TO SUPPORT THE TAILS OF HOPE FOUNDATION: This nonprofit provides critical and lifesaving help to veterans, first responders and search-and-rescue teams. Operating on donations, it covers the cost of purchasing a trained dog, as well as lifetime veterinary care when necessary. LEARN ABOUT DOGS TRAINED FOR SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Parkinson’s disease – Davis Phinney Foundation at ForParkinsons Disabled children – Alzheimer’s disease/dementia – Rover. com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers Sight-impaired – SAMPLE SERVICE-DOG VIDEOS: A pit bull-lab mix that saves a veteran having a seizure: SavesVeteran A pug that helps a veteran with posttraumatic stress: CalmsPTSD

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:30pm9:30pm. Move in the footsteps of our ancestors as we enjoy traditional dances from many cultures, as well as contemporary pieces choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. All dances are taught and no experience is necessary. Suggested donation $8. Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Bob Marley Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. Come be in the positive as we enjoy a Soul Chill Yoga session set to the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Class will be amazingly relaxing, come we celebrate the life and love of Bob! $10. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Akashic Records – 9:30am-11:30am. Learn your Souls purpose, and receive Positive Spiritual Guidance from your Masters, Teachers and Loved Ones. Access Past, Present & Potential Future Information. $20 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-265-2927 or

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Back to Basics: Make an Herb Pillow – 2pm. Enjoy your winter afternoon creating an herb pillow. Herb pillows, or dream pillows, are small soft bags containing perfumed or sweet smelling items such as herbs. They have been around for hundreds of years and used for many different reasons. You will learn the cultural history and uses for these pillows. Create your own herb pillow for yourself or give as a gift for Valentine’s Day. Materials Fee $8. For ages 7 and up. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, A n s o n i a . P r e r e g i s t e r. S p a c e i s l i m i t e d : 203-736-1053. Restorative Yoga Workshop w/ Saskia Bergmans Smith – 2pm-4pm. Relax and retreat from everyday life, using guided passive stretching to release tension and nurture the body from the inside out. $27adv./$33 – Pre-Registration Recommended. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd Wallingford 203-265-2927 or Heal Your Mind, Heal Your Life – Lecture with Leesa Sklover Ph.D., LPC – 7pm-8pm. Techniques in Music Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness and Imagery to bring peace in challenging times. $25 donation appreciated. Madison Beach Hotel- Madison CT. Register: 917-860-0488 or


New Haven/Middlesex

Heal your mind—Heal your life workshop – 9:30am-1:30pm. On the beautiful sound at The Madison Beach Hotel—Madison Music Therapy/ YogaTherapy workshop, Kriyas,Meditation and breathwork aimed at healing the mind and bringing awareness of our essence in difficult times. Aimed at all practitioners and anyone interested in yoga and music. $95. Lunch follows if desired. $20. Registration: 917-860-0488 or

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Yoga for ages 10 -14 at CELC Middle School – 1:30pm-2:30pm. Join for one or all three Tuesday sessions: (2/8, 2/15, & 2/22). Cost: $7 per session. Space limited. Contact 203-433-4658 or to register and for more information.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Fundraiser: Creature Parade –12pm–4pm. This is a chance to get up close and learn about each animal individually and learn about their adaptations and where they came from. The cost of caring for animals is considerable and your contributions will help with their specialized diets, daily care, and creature comforts. EA schedule of animal showings will be listed on our website. Program for all ages. Donation $6 per person/$15 per family. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/ registration: 203-736-1053. Free Breakfast Provided by Assumption Church Breakfast Club & Masters Table Community Meals – 9am-10am. Join us for a hot breakfast or a cup of coffee. All are welcome! Assumption Church Hall, 61 N Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information and in case of inclement weather, call for updates. Breakfast will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792. Open Heart Open Life a Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Ravi Singh – 10:30am-12:30pm. In this inspiring workshop we will optimize our energy and open our hearts. So much depends on our ability to stay inspired and to connect with the flow of Spirit. $40. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Health, Wellness and Craft Valentine Show – 9am-3pm. Get pampered. Free samples. Visit craft makers and beauty experts from across Connecticut – All in one place. Have fun supporting local businesses. Vendors application at Free tickets and posters: Eckankar Path of Spiritual Freedom invites you to a Light and Sound Service – 10am. Inspirational talks and uplifting music awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. Free. Eckankar Temple, 1 Harvestwood Rd. Middlefield.

Nature and Play for Children w/ Autism and Other Developmental Delays – 2:30pm-4:30pm. (or however long your child would like to stay). For children ages 8–12. Will explore ways to introduce your child to playing indoors and outdoors at the Nature Center. Monthly activities include meeting animal friends, taking a walk or easy hike, and nature crafts. We will meet inside at the small classroom and children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Free. Space is limited to 10. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister. 203-736-1053. Free Community Meal Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals: Dinner – 3:30pm-5pm. (winter hours). Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information and in case of inclement weather, call for updates. Dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Valentine’s Day Couples Play at Breathing Room Yoga – 8pm-9:30pm. This Valentine’s Day, join us for frolic and fun at this intimate evening of playfulness with your partner! You will move, laugh, feel light-hearted and connected. 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 The Magic of Tuning In to Your Hidden Nature – 10am-6pm. Connect to those silenced aspects of Self and Nature that lie hidden from the conscious mind with Transformational Breath, Sound Healing and Eco-therapy. $55 deposit to reserve your space. $195 full fee (sliding scale from $95 optional). The Sound Retreat, Chester. Carol Piro: 203-585-9033. Painting on Wood: Signs and Nature Scenes – 2pm. Artist Amie Ziner will show you how to paint a miniature sign on wood. Make a cute sign for a child’s room, a holiday gift, or room décor! Bring your own small piece of weathered siding, cedar shingle, timber, or driftwood. There will be samples available for inspiration. Ages 6 and up, with an adult helper. Paint and brushes will be supplied. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister. Space is limited: 203-736-1053. Self-Nurturing Series: Rhythms of the Day Workshop – 2pm-4pm. Learn simple traditional yogic practices to find your optimal routine. We are creatures of habit, yet introducing the smallest of change can bring about powerful changes in our lives! 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. Partner Yoga Workshop w/ Deb Weber & Bill Banick – 5pm-7pm. Friends, family, couples, partners. All are welcome! Nurtures trust, strengthens communication and creates a sense of playfulness. No yoga experience needed. PreReg: $50/for two by 2/3, $60/ after 2/3. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.



Snowshoe Sunday: Getting Ready for Bluebirds – 1pm. Need to get out? Enjoy the winter with this guided hike through our woodlands and fields. Join Ranger Dan and snowshoe around the Nature Center grounds to clean out the bluebird boxes. Bluebirds will start nesting again in March and April. Great exercise and fun for adults and children ages 8 and up. We have snowshoes to borrow! Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

Nature Art at CELC Middle School for ages 10-14 – 12:30pm-2:30pm. Time is spent outdoors exploring the environment and then will integrate found objects, as well as yarn, fabric and other materials to create a mobile or word art. Cost $7. Contact 203-433-4658 or to register or more information.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Winter Break: Winter Wonderland Activities – 1pm–3pm. Come for fun winter activities on this day off from school. There’s nothing better than gliding through the cool air on your sled. We will take the whole family to our awesome hill for sledding fun, but toddlers should ride with a parent. Everyone should be well-bundled in layers to stay warm. After our adventure we will come inside for hot cocoa and a chance to meet one of the Nature Center’s animals. Free for families and all ages. Families must bring their own sleds. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Group Past Life Regression – 6:30pm-8-30pm. Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Attendees explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why they were born to a certain family. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Call Gayle: 203-265-2927, or email

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Nature Explorers – 10am. (Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14). Join our 4-week pre-school/toddler program for children ages 2-5 and their adult explorer. Participants will have fun exploring nature every week in these outdoor classes.. We will go outside for a short hike and to explore nature every class so please dress for the weather. Classes will end with a light snack (provided or bring your own) and conversation. $40 for all 4 weeks, space permitting (cash or check payable to Ansonia Nature Center) due at first class. Space is limited to 10 children. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister. 203-736-1053. A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. Be supported by the Beauty & rhythm of the seasons and like-minded community. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-265-2927 or

Sound of Soul – 7pm-7:30pm. Singing HU helps you balance, harmonize, and spiritualize your life. It is an ancient sound that’s the essence of all sounds. It has helped people of many different faiths open their hearts more fully to the presence of God. Free. Eckankar Temple, 1 Harvestwood Rd., Middlefield.


The Powerful Mind Workshop


Journey through a powerful meditation to set intentions and help create a vision of what you want for your life & the year ahead, followed by an opportunity to create a vision board

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Restorative Iyengar Yoga – 6pm-7:30pm. All Restorative yoga practices started with the Iyengar family. Go to the source and experience the source of your inner resources and peace. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642).

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Spiritual Nature of Animals: One World Book Club Mtg – 6:30pm-8pm. Uplift your spirit and expand your mind. Join us to explore the wisdom, compassion, and souls of animals. One World Studio, 967 N High St, East Haven. For links to purchase book and sign up visit:

to solidify those intentions.

Cost $40 187 Montowese St., Branford, CT Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Spa Yoga Day – 1pm-4pm. Three-hour session of gentle and restorative yoga with self-care options including massage, aromatherapy, healthy juices or detox teas. $35. One World Studio, 967 N. High St, East Haven. Register early for discount at


Physical Therapy Services of Guilford


Take advantage of a complimentary 10-minute screening to get to the root of the cause to alleviate your pain. Meet with Phyllis Quinn, PT to discuss your symptoms and she will help you decide if physical therapy might be a good option for you.

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500 East Main St, Suite 310 Branford, CT

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Meditation Mondays – 6pm-7pm.Offered every Monday at Elm City Wellness. A 7pm meditation will be added if the 6pm class is full. Classroom is small, so reserve your spot in advance. $5. 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653 or

Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am-4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners and more. Free admission, vendor’s fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655,,

Women’s Guided Mindfulness Meditation Group – 7pm-8pm. Ladies are you stressed? High Demands? Take a moment in a safe space & learn how to set intentions to help focus and regroup. All levels welcome. Meditations run 30-45 minutes in length. Mondays/ $10 (no group 12/25) Location: Now n’ Then Therapeutic Massage, 187 Montowese St, Branford. Contact Anna to register 203-871-9367 or register online at

Sunday Guided Hikes – 1pm. Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning about our trails! See the above listings for hikes with a specific theme. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053. Queer Dharma – 7:30pm-9pm. A forum for practice and discussion relating all dharma traditions and the experience and concerns of LGBTQI individuals and their friends. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual/affectional orientation. Each meeting will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow Street, New Haven, Building B.

monday Homeschool Mondays at CELC Middle School for ages 10-14 – Register now. Classes include Writers’ Workshop, Kingian Nonviolence, Music, and Environmental Education with Bushy Hill Nature Center. Contact 203-433-4658 or for more information. Visit Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417. Monday Tours: Find out about Connecticut’s only Experientially-Based Middle School – 9:45am-11am. Dynamic and rich educational setting for 5th-8th grade, designed to allow students to fully engage in learning. RSVP: 203-433-4658. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am & 7:15pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events.


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Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433.

tuesday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656. Fiber Arts Group – 6pm. Get together with others to work on your fiber arts projects! Bring any kind of fiber work: knitting; felting; crocheting, etc. A great way to dedicate time to your handiwork and socialize too. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 6pm-7pm. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners. No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138. Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield.Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958.

wednesday Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm-1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events. Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm-7pm. Classes led by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Sessions include breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Emphasis on movement, flow and release of tension.. Beginning yoga experience recommended along with loose clothing and a yoga mat. Newcomers please arrive early. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665. Centering Prayer – 6pm-7pm. Mercy by the Sea sponsors two ongoing Centering Prayer groups: A weekly prayer group held in the chapel on Wednesdays;. A second Centering Prayer session is held monthly on the first Saturday of the month. There is no charge for the sessions, however, free-will donations are always appreciated. No prior experience in Centering Prayer is required. For more information, call: 203-245-0401 or visit: Alignment Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown. The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (2/7 & 2/21). Information about loss and grief. Facilitated open discussion. Bridges, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, For information or brochure: Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Facilitator Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, 203-878-6365 ext 344. Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation In the World at Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.

thursday The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford. 203-878-0681., Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:30am-10:30am. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All levels, live music. Each week focuses on a different theme ( ex: mind, heart, Intuition) . All welcome-any physical limitations. Led by Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Leesa Sklover, Ph.D, C-IAYT of Register for first class. Monthly discount /$15 per class. Short Beach Union Church 14 Pentacost St, Branford, 917-860-0488 or Ropes Yoga – 10am-11am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga poses in new and liberating ways. Therapeutic and challenging. Great for scoliosis and back problems. Expert instruction since 1991. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown, 860-347-YOGA (9642). Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm.Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Qigong Group Healing & Silent Meditation – 6:30pm-8pm. (1st Thurs. of the month). All levels of health addressed. No experience necessary. Fee: donation. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Pat for more information if this is 1st attendance: 203-500-6492. The Heart of Recovery – 7:30pm-9pm. A weekly meditation and recovery group for those recovering from addictions of all kinds. We will honor the traditions of anonymity, confidentiality and no cross-talk. Meetings will include meditation instruction, practice, readings & discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow St, Building B, New

friday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 10:30am-11:30am. It only takes an hour to feel good again. Aren’t you worth it? $15 drop in or class cards. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-4158666 or Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. Now also a certified Doreen Virtue Angel Reader. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

saturday Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 9am-10am. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Alignment Yoga with Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 9am-10:30am. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible,and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St, Bridgeport. Reservation only. Jim or Jeannette: 203-254-3958. Creature Features –12pm. Come to meet our furry, scaly, and feathery animal ambassadors. You’ll have the chance to touch and hold them in this free family program for all ages. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Lecture every other Saturday. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: See Me As I Am – 2pm-3pm. Meditation and Float Yoga Class – 2pm-3pm. Women’s Spiritual Wellness Collaboratory – 3pm-4pm. (Starting 2/10). Experience deep peace in a gentle water themed yoga and meditation class. Followed by a women’s group focusing on empowerment, spiritual fitness, creativity through techniques and discussion. Focus inner peace and compassion for Self, other and world in the themes of our time. Choose one or both. $15 per/$ 30 both. Short Beach Union Church, 14 Pentacost St, Branford. 917-860-0488 or

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Natural Living Resource Directory 2018



Calling All Holistic and Green Businesses! Interested in becoming a Provider? Information: 203-988-1808 DURHAM Continued




Kelly Ann Matuskiewicz 203-747-8444

Diana R. Carr 860-349-9542


S.M. Cooper Photographic Artist 203-393-9545


Adam Church, D.C. 203-466-1111



Nancy Ogilvie 917-331-8531

Christopher Chialastri, LMT#005812 Home Visits for Massage Therapy 203-430-3163




Kim Nagle 203-565-6495




Natalie Cashman 860-398-4621


New Haven/Middlesex



Jasmine Manning, N.D. 203-315-6246





Jason Belejack, N.D. 203-824-7428




Joan S. Gilbert 828-551-0420

DENNY CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE Eileen Denny, D.C. 203-407-8468


June Can, Reiki Master Practitioner International Channel & Medium




Marni Esposito 203-430-1009


Psychotherapy-Adults in Transition Emotional & Spiritual Aspects in Health Care 860-461-7569

Thomas Fortuna 203-684-3512


Anita Jones, RMT 203-415-4791








MILFORD continued ROI MARKETING OF NEW ENGLAND Bob Kademian 866-306-9799



Lghtworker of Vibrational Energy LLC Gayle Franceschetti 203-265-2927


Life and Health Mentor 203-610-7477




Sports Medicine Dr. Joel Segalman, M.D. 203-270-6724








HEALTHY FOODS PLUS Natural/Organic Foods/Gluten-Free Vitamins/Supplements/Beauty Aids 203-882-9011

IMPRESSIONS SERVICES Raymond Daneault 800-217-1963

JOANN DUNSING HYPNOSIS Joann Dunsing 203-907-7710


Wt. Release/Loss/HypnoBirthing 203-415-8567


Milford, CT 475-282-4112

NATUROPATHIC SPECIALTIES, LLC Dr. Florence McPherson 203-685-5795


Holistic Counseling 203-878-3140

THE SERENE SPOT Anaika Ocasio 203-400-1293





Candice Pollack, D.C. 203-691-5581




Karen Obier, Reflexologist 203-645-2188

STEAMATIC OF CT Vincent Farricielli 203-985-8000

KellyAnn Carpenter 203-533-9823 Lisa Nastu 203-301-4109


Venice Walters 203-507-0889





David Durso, D.C. 203-553-9300




Michael Guerin 888-542-2936

Aadil Al-Alim & Faith Bredwood 203-389-0089

STAIRWAY 2 HEAVEN Holistic Center



Robert Rubino, D.C. 203-933-9404


SERENITY BODY WELLNESS Rosa Cervoni, LMT #003111 Reflexologist/Reiki Practitioner 203-929-1002





New Morning Market 203-263-4868

Natural Living Resource Directory 2018


Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Foundations Module with Josh Summers at Fresh Yoga April 5-8, 2018

More Information and Registration WWW.FRESHYOGA.COM



Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Workshop: Karma, Ritual and Creativity: The Elements of Good Practice with Josh Summers

Feb 27th, 2018 6-8 PM By highlighting Karma (the matrix of conditionality),Ritual (the container of practice), and Creativity (the imaginative impulse of possibility), Josh will offer fresh perspectives on how these elements of good practice can support you on a path that is uniquely your own.


New Haven/Middlesex

Natural Awakenings New Haven & Middlesex CT FEBRUARY 2018  

2018 Natural Living Directory

Natural Awakenings New Haven & Middlesex CT FEBRUARY 2018  

2018 Natural Living Directory