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Infants Breathing Bad Air May Suffer as Teens



study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”. The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers. Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.”

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nticipating surgery can be stressful, and many patients suffer from preoperative anxiety, which can cause serious health complications such as hypertension, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes. Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa have found that complementary medicine, combined with standard use of anti-anxiety drugs prior to entering the operating room, can significantly reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve outcomes. Researchers divided 360 preoperative patients ages 17 and up into three groups: those receiving standard care for preoperative anxiety; those receiving standard care along with complementary therapy, featuring acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of the latter two; and those receiving standard care combined with generic guided imagery via a recording. Anxiety levels were measured preoperatively before and after the intervention on a scale of one to 10, with scores of four or more constituting intermediate or higherlevel anxiety. The study found that complementary therapy in combination with standard care produced a 60 percent reduction in anxiety, with the mean score dropping from 5.54 to 2.32. Combining standard care with reflexology and guided imagery provided the best relief, reducing anxiety by an average of 4.22 points. Patients receiving only standard care experienced a slight rise in their average anxiety level.



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Fenugreek Eases Menopause

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randomized, double-blind study from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, in Bangalore, India, has found that an extract of fenugreek husk (FHE) called FenuSMART can provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings. Researchers studied 88 menopausal women between the ages of 45 and 58. Half were given one gram of FHE per day for 90 days while the other half received a placebo. The study measured the impact the supplement had on the subjects’ menopausal symptoms through weekly telephone sessions. At the study’s end, approximately 32 percent of the women in the FHE group reported no hot flashes, while the placebo subjects saw the frequency of theirs reduced from three to five per day to one or two. Additionally, the subjects that took FHE experienced a 57 percent reduction in night sweats, a 68 percent abatement of mood swings, a 75 percent drop in insomnia and 58 percent fewer headaches.



study from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, in Beijing, reports that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) can be an effective treatment for patients with postpartum depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates herbal treatments based on underlying issues. Researchers analyzed data from 47 clinical trials encompassing 3,795 participants between the ages of 18 and 43 suffering from postpartum depression. The study pooled results into three categories: CHM versus placebo, CHM versus routine treatments (antidepressants) and CHM plus routine treatments versus only routine treatments. The study found that using Chinese herbs combined with antidepressants is the most effective approach, noting that CHM is a safe, effective alternative for patients unable or unwilling to take antidepressants.

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esearchers from Ohio State University, in Columbus, started with data from 6,432 participants in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, conducted in 1979, to study the impact that early job satisfaction has upon health as we age. The new study examined reports of job satisfaction on a scale of one (dislike very much) to four (like very much) for participants between the ages of 25 and 39. Then they compared the responses to mental and physical health reports measured after the participants turned 40. Those that reported low job satisfaction throughout their 20s and 30s exhibited higher levels of emotional problems, depression, sleep problems and excessive worry. Individuals that started out satisfied with their jobs but became less satisfied over time also faced sleep and anxiety difficulties, but exhibited less depression. The participants that reported increasing job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s reported fewer mental health problems. The correlation between physical health after 40 and early job satisfaction was not as strong, but university associate professor of sociology Hui Zheng notes, “Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”

September 2016 survey from Packaged Facts, a division of Market Research Group, LLC, showed that as much as 20 percent of the U.S. adult population is cutting back on supplement use due to consumption of fortified foods. Despite this trend, nutritional supplement sales nationwide are projected to increase by $1.5 billion in just two years to $16 billion in 2018. Fortified foods contain extra nutrients added by manufacturers such as cereal fortified with iron, milk with added vitamin D and pasta enhanced with folic acid. While the original intent of these additives was to improve nutritional deficiencies in people without access to foods that naturally contain these nutrients, consequences now include an overabundance of particular nutrients for some and poor food choices due to a dependence on fortified foods for others. Ingesting naturally occurring nutrients in unfortified foods allows each nutrient to be absorbed together with the other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients contained in that food, enabling them to work together within the body, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

esearchers from the David Grant Medical Center, at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California, have found that oral doses of aloe vera can reduce fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), which indicates the average glucose level over the previous three months, in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Data from nine clinical studies that included 89 diabetes patients were analyzed. Findings suggest that patients with a fasting blood glucose level of more than 200 milligrams per deciliter experienced the greatest benefits from the aloe vera.


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Abandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life. The Associated Press reports that global nonprofits, governments and companies are engaged in efforts to retrieve and recycle as many of the items as possible to protect the environment, save marine life and reduce hazards to marine navigation. A 2009 United Nations report estimated there are 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets deep below the ocean surface worldwide. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that break down and allow trapped marine life to escape. International agreements prohibit dumping fishing equipment at sea; yet in England, small vessels can amass landfill charges of roughly $700 per year, giving them an incentive to ditch broken gear. Pascal van Erp, a Dutch diver alarmed by the amount of equipment he’s encountered, founded the Ghost Fishing Foundation to tackle the issue. He says, “It’s found in all seas, oceans and inland waters at all depths, along the beach and under the sand. I don’t think the problem can be resolved completely, but we can keep it from getting worse by showing the problem to the public and the authorities.” Industry experts and scientists estimate that commercial fishermen annually lose about 10 percent of their traps due to bad weather.

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Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, report that they have finally unlocked a major barrier to exploiting a renewable energy source through extracting pure hydrogen from water. Because the best-performing catalysts for electrochemical oxidation, or “water splitting”, are expensive precious metals, the research team led by KTH Professor Licheng Sun developed molecular catalysts for water oxidation with an efficiency approaching that of natural photosynthesis comprising common, abundant elements, all of which could help change the economics of large-scale hydrogen fuel production. Meanwhile, Daniel Nocera, a professor of energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, a professor of biochemistry and systems biology at Harvard Medical School, have co-created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. Their paper, whose lead authors include post-doctoral fellow Chong Liu and graduate student Brendan Colón, was recently published in Science. “This is a true artificial photosynthesis system,” says Nocera. “Previously, people were using artificial photosynthesis for water-splitting, but this is a true A-to-Z system, and we’ve greatly exceeded the efficiency of photosynthesis in nature.” natural awakenings


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Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have been genetically modified to delay the natural browning process are the first CRISPRedited organisms to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist from Penn State University, crafted the modified mushrooms by targeting the family of genes responsible for the browning effect seen in produce when sliced and exposed to oxygen. Yang was able to reduce the browning enzyme’s work by 30 percent and was granted approval from the USDA because no foreign or altered DNA was integrated into the mushroom genome. The department only assesses whether there’s a risk that the new modified variety of an organism could become a weed or “pest” to other plants. The mushrooms may still be subject to Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are in discussions about developing a new set of rules for the biotech industry in the next five to 10 years. Source: Nature.com 10

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Selfies Promote Animal Cruelty and Death Zachary Crockett, of Pricenomics.com, has found that since 2014, 49 people were killed in attempts to take pictures of themselves with wild creatures. Although there are no statistics on how many animals have been harmed due to selfies, wildlife organizations such as Care for the Wild International are appealing to the public to stop using animals as props. Visitors to China’s Yunnan Wild Animal Park lured captive peacocks from their enclosure and grabbed them by their tails. The birds died as a result. Another group of people at a beach in Argentina was filmed mobbing a baby Franciscana dolphin, an endangered species, while taking pictures, resulting in its death likely through shock and severe dehydration from being removed from the water for too long. Due to the high demand by tourists to take pictures with wild animals, special photographic settings are popping up in Mexico, Europe and Morocco. However, the Association for British Travel Agents stated that no legitimate sanctuary would allow animals to be used as photo props.

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Repurposed Pallets

Texas Company Turns Wood Waste into Furniture Nearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation in the U.S., consuming around 50 percent of the country’s annual hardwood harvest and representing more than 90 percent of the world’s shipping waste. PalletSmart, in Fort Worth, Texas, has been making furniture, home decor and custom projects out of repurposed pallets and other reclaimed material since 2012. Company co-founder John Zaskoda says, “As with any business, we are looking to grow, but want to be smart about it. For now, we are staying put, taking custom residential and commercial orders and producing top-notch furniture.” He sees the endeavor as proof that with hard work and consistency it’s possible to make trash into treasure. Source: PalletSmart360.com



Fungus Among Us

A recent study from the University of Western Australia has found that plants regularly react to and emit sounds through a series of clicks produced by their roots, and that such inter-flora communication may be essential to their survival. Evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano, who made the discovery, listened to the roots of young corn plants and found that they regularly produced sounds in the range of 220Hz, a frequency audible to the human ear. Plants have been shown to influence each other in many ways through nanomechanical oscillations on a molecular scale. Gagliano remarks, “Scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other.” Another biological research team under the direction of Professor Olaf Kruse, Ph.D., scientific director of the Center for Biotechnology at Germany’s Bielefeld University, has shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: It can draw it from other plants (Nature Communications). Gagliano comments, “Considering that entire forests are all interconnected by networks of fungi, maybe plants are using fungi the way we use the Internet.”

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Following eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be better for some loads. RealSimple.com advises that 90 percent of the energy consumed while running a wash load is used to heat the water, so the average household can eliminate as much as 350 pounds of carbon emissions and save about $40 annually by turning the knob to cold. It also notes that some proteinheavy stains, like perspiration and blood, can become more set into the fabric when washed in hot water, which can also shrink synthetic fibers. For sweat stains, DIYNatural.com suggests combining two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a few drops of lemon essential oil and water to make a paste. Mix and spread it on the stain, and then rub it in and let dry. Another pre-laundry option is to pour or spray a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and then soak for about 30 minutes. Mildly soiled laundry doesn’t necessarily need hot water for adequate cleaning, reports the Mother Nature Network. It advises pre-soaking heavily soiled laundry in cold water for about an hour, adding four tablespoons of baking soda to loosen dirt and grime. “Responding quickly to stains always helps,” says Steve Boorstein, a Boulder, Colorado, clothing-care expert on his ClothingDoctor.com website. “For washable clothing, flush the stained area with cool water to remove any solid matter. Never rub the stain in order to avoid driving it deeper into the fabric.” Conserve more energy as well as water by always assembling a full load of laundry. Appliance performance can also make an eco-difference. Energy Star estimates that water savings of between 40 and 75 percent can be achieved with front-loading machines instead of top-loaders. Line drying wins over a clothes dryer in terms of freshness, energy use and kindness to the environment. Start with biodegradable and phosphate-free detergents made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients.


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his will be the fourth year the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA) and its supporters are lobbying for a limited drug authority for naturopathic physicians (ND). Over the past several years, the organization, practitioners, patients and ND advocates have continued the momentum of educating and forging alliances with legislative leaders on the merits and need for a bill to pass both chambers and arrive on the governor’s desk for his signature. “While the State of Connecticut was one of the first of the now 17 states (and the District of Columbia) to provide for

licensure of naturopathic physicians, the naturopathic scope of practice in Connecticut was updated last year but does not allow for prescriptive authority,” states CNPA. “As a practical matter, this means that the statute does not accurately reflect the dramatic advances in the level of education, training, experience and overall competence of NDs over the course of what is now almost a century since the statute was first enacted.” The 2017 legislative session began on January 4 and continues to June 5. Over the next five months, CNPA will submit bill language to the Public Health Committee (PHC) that gives NDs in Connecticut limited drug authority. A Senate co-chair of the PHC has confirmed a push to raise the bill before the committee. Once the bill is raised, CNPA members, ND students and any supporters are asked to contact PHC members and ask them to support voting the bill out of the PHC. The PHC will schedule a hearing for the bill. If the committee votes the bill out of the PHC, it will then go to the House. At that time, the public is asked to contact and ask for legislator support to vote for the bill. The next steps would be sending it for a Senate vote and then, if passed, it will go to the governor’s desk for signature. Actions interested parties can take: n If you are an ND, consider membership in the CPNA. n Contact your legislators to voice your support to have the scope of practice modernized for NDs in the state. n Reach out to CNPA if you need educational material to use in communicating with legislators and to find out if other financial or legislative help is needed. For more information, visit CNPAOnline.org. For legislativespecific updates, visit CNPAOnline.org/Legislative-Action.

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sychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies. Using data from his Love Lab at the University of Washington, John separated thousands of couples into two groups: masters (still happy after six years) and disasters (separated or chronically unhappy in their marriages). One of Gottman’s studies watched 130 newlywed vacationing couples and found that partners regularly made bids for connection, requesting responses from their mate. Choices to “turn toward” or “turn away” revealed the level of engagement and respect in the relationship. Couples that divorced within six years had shown “turn toward” bids a third of the time while couples still together responded to their partner’s emotional need nine times out of 10. An integral element is the spirit couples bring to the relationship: kindness and generosity or contempt, criticism and hostility. “There’s a key habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explains. “They are scanning the social environment for things they can appreciate and express thanks for. Disasters are scanning for partners’ mistakes.” People focused on criticizing miss 50 percent of positive things their


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partners are doing and see negativity when it’s absent. Deliberately ignoring their partner or responding minimally to opportunities for small moments of emotional connection devalues and kills a relationship. Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,” Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.” Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,” Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together. Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Connect at EmilyEsfahaniSmith. com or on Twitter @emesfahanismith.  natural awakenings

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Easy-Grow Microgreens Are Big on Nutrition by Barbara Pleasant


ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing its taste or texture,” she notes.


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The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red

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Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat. Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seed-starting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braunstein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about onequarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within two inches of a bright grow light. Dribble in small amounts of water to maintain moisture

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Abundance Can Be Coached

Create a Healthier Emotional Connection to Wealth by Sheri Hatfield


fool and his money are soon parted. The love of money is the root of all evil. You have to spend money to make money. In addition to the abundance of such proverbial wisdom, there are also thousands of books dealing with the subject of money. With all this available information, why do so many struggle with money? In today’s society, we must have money to survive. Long gone are the days of being able to trade a few chickens for a doctor’s visit or barter goods for services. Oddly enough, most of us don’t even use money to pay for things anymore. Instead, we use plastic that represents the money we have stored in a bank. It turns out that our emotional connection to money—be it the paper and coin kind or the plastic version— can actually determine how much of it we have. Changing the way we relate to money can actually change the amount we have. 16

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Money or abundance coaching can teach us how. By enlightening us to our current relationship with money, a coach or mentor can help us spot our strengths and weaknesses. They can spotlight our current ideologies around money and abundance or how much we deserve and how hard we need to work to have it. “Most people have a lot of emotions surrounding money, and specifically lack or abundance of money,” says Bill

By enlightening us to our current relationship with money, a coach or mentor can help us spot our strengths and weaknesses.


Donaldson, a certified financial planner and money coach in Fairfield County. “As a certified money coach, I help people look into their inner workings around money so that they can change their relationship with it.” Donaldson explains that a certified money coaching program is not just better budgets and financial planning, although it may incorporate that. It is an integrative approach to understanding how people see and approach money to help them achieve their financial goals. “We have given money so much power in our lives,” explains Donaldson. “Money has become a survival mechanism; since we can’t leave money like we leave people, we have to change our relationship with it.” A certified money coach like Donaldson has been trained at the Money Coaching Institute to help people understand their patterns and energies around

money by identifying their “money archetype”.

often find they struggle with financial security.

Money Coaching Institute founder Deborah Price has identified eight archetypes, or money types.

n The Tyrant uses whatever means necessary to win at all costs. They can be a master manipulator of people and money. However, in spite of their apparent success, they can be fearful and lack a sense of fulfillment.

n The Innocent can be overwhelmed by financial information and relies heavily on the advice and opinions of others. Innocents tend to bury their heads in the sand so as not to see what’s going on around them and can be the most trusting of all money types. n The Victim is prone to living in the past and generally has a litany of excuses for why they are not more successful. They have typically been abused, betrayed or suffered a great loss they usually have not processed the pain, thereby feeling as though they “have paid their dues” and needn’t pay anymore. n The Warrior is generally seen as successful in the business and financial worlds. They can be adept investors, focused, decisive and in control. While they listen to advisors, they make their own decisions and rely on instincts and resources to guide them. n The Martyr is often so busy taking care of others that they frequently neglect their own needs. In terms of finances, they generally do more for others than they do for themselves; they can be found rescuing others from one circumstance or another. Often, they have formed an unconscious attachment to their own suffering. n The Fool is a gambler by nature and can always be looking for a windfall of money by taking financial shortcuts. Until The Fool becomes enlightened, they can continue to attract money easily, yet it will quickly slip through their fingers because they are not paying attention. n The Creator/Artist is on a spiritual or artistic path and frequently has a conflicted love/hate relationship with money. They love the freedom it provides them, but have little to no desire to be a part of the material world and

n The Magician is the ideal money type and knows how to transform and manifest their own financial reality by using an ever-changing set of dynamics. After identifying our active and passive money types, a certified money coach may then take us through our background with money, looking at our first memories of money, and our parents’ attitudes and behaviors towards money. Based in the neuroscience that hardwiring happens between the ages of two

With the help of the certified money coach, we can detach from existing, unwanted patterns and reprogram new patterns that establish a different perspective and attitude toward abundance. and 12, many of our thoughts, attitudes and habits towards finances can be traced back to our childhood. These deeply implanted patterns help determine how we relate to money as adults. Upon identification of the money type and exploration of childhood experiences, a journey of discovery can begin. With the help of the certified money coach, we can detach from existing, unwanted patterns and reprogram new patterns that establish a different perspective and attitude toward abundance. This can help us go from a place of feeling undeserving to one of being enough and deserving. It can bring us from thinking we have to step on people to be successful to believing that we can be a good person and succeed without causing harm to others or ourselves. natural awakenings

Jacqueline M. Kane, owner of the Bowen Healing Center in Litchfield County and creator of the Money Magnet Manifestation program, uses a combination of early family paradigm work, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), visualization work and soul clearing to help her clients change their relationship with money. Her program is built on believing that we are responsible for everything in life; if finances aren’t where we want them to be, we need to explore ourselves. “Everything we have learned, experienced or what our parents taught us is in our nervous system and energy field,” Kane says. “Therefore we are going to constantly prove those true. My program helps release old vows and clear away everything at a deeper, energetic level.” Kane identifies some typical blocks and patterns that her clients experience as pain and financial trauma. Pain is an event that we haven’t been able to let go of. Financial trauma—such as being laid off or unexpected debt—has a person harboring anger and negative energy. “We have to ask ourselves: ‘Do you want to let it go or do you want to be right?’ The answer to that is the path to happiness and abundance,” Kane explains. She says most of us punish ourselves for our past and that we have mean inner critics that are really tough; the more we listen to them, the more we hold ourselves back in all areas. Like Kane, Donaldson notes that becoming successful and learning to have abundance requires a lot of internal work. “Forgiveness is a big one for clients,” he says. “They need to forgive themselves and others otherwise they can’t move forward.” Whether it comes from our parents, our religious beliefs or societal experiences, our relationship with money determines our level of abundance. Until we address that relationship, it is difficult to shift anything else. Sheri Hatfield is a freelance writer and marketing professional who lives in Shelton with her son and frequently contributes to Natural Awakenings. She can be reached at Sheri@DayDreamerConsulting.com.

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Bringing Your Best Self to Life and Work The Science of Strengths by Peggy Chappell


ow often do we feel that we are “at our best”? What does our “best self” mean or look like? Are there ways we can purposefully move toward our highest functioning? Over the past few decades, these questions have been a driving force behind the expanding field of positive psychology. Fortunately for all of us, through the application of the scientific method to the study of human flourishing, psychologists have now identified factors that contribute to a meaningful and fulfilling life. They have developed evidence-based tools and practices that offer us a pathway toward well-being.

Know our Strengths

One particularly powerful finding in this body of research is the impact of identifying and applying personal character strengths. Our top strengths—sometimes referred to as “signature strengths” —are defined as the particular patterns of our thinking, behaving and feeling that excite or energize us when purposefully brought forward to meet the experiences of our lives. Because our core strengths are often so 18

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natural to us, many adults do not perceive them as strengths. We may assume everyone possesses the strengths as we do when, in fact, we each bring to the world a unique combination that informs how we approach our work and life. Philosophers, theologians and educators have examined the world of virtues and strengths for thousands of years. But it is only recently that positive psychologists have focused on the systematic study and organization of character strengths. As an outgrowth of this work, there are now several tools we can use to identify our own strengths. One tool that is both accessible as well as scientifically validated is the VIA Character Survey (VIACharacter.org), developed by two psychologists, the late Christopher Peterson, then at the University of Michigan, and Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania. Their collaboration and research examined the areas of virtues and strengths across time and cultures and resulted in a classification of six universally valued virtues and 24 character strengths. As individuals, we each possess a combination of five to 10 “signature strengths,” which are patterns that reflect our true nature. Here we are offered a key to finding our best selves.

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Whether we choose to identify our strengths through informal, narrative review of past experiences or through more formalized, validated surveys, knowing and applying our top strengths can reap significant benefits in work and life. Top strengths are the qualities that make each of us who we are as individuals. In his book, Flourish, Seligman explains that “deploying your highest strengths leads to more positive emotion, to more meaning, to more accomplishment, and to better relationships.” While perhaps difficult to do, it is important to remember that even in the midst of our greatest challenges—even at times of struggle or self-doubt—we still possess strengths. In fact, it is at those very moments in life that we might benefit the most from bringing our true selves forward. Whether we choose to structure 10 minutes each day in which we purposefully focus on a top strength or we ask ourselves the more general question of which strength is resonating at this time, focusing on those parts of our character can shift our experience. Recognizing who we are at our core and arriving in our lives with those strengths offers opportunities for success, engagement, enjoyment and well-being. Peggy Chappell, LCSW, is a speaker, workshop leader and consultant. She brings her experience as an educator and clinician as well as her training in positive psychology, resilience and strengths to promote well-being in schools, organizations and general audiences. Connect at PeggyChappellConsulting.com, Info@PeggyChappellConsulting.com or 203-215-9330.

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Make America HOPE Again Positive Psychology Suggests Action As Fear Antidote


by Angela Pascopella

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Teddy Roosevelt, 26th president, 1901-1909


s the nation steps forward with newly inaugurated President Donald Trump—who comes into office with a controversial recent history of denying truths and casting aspersions on religious, ethnic and other groups—local psychotherapists offer hope in the form of positive action. As one of our past presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, said long ago, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” “Isn’t that great?” says counselor Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen, director of Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, pointing to this famous quote. “It says that action is the antidote to fear. A tenet of positive psychology is that you can’t just sit in a corner and meditate [a problem away]. You have to do kind things, find an activity that gives you happiness, that gives you flow. Everyone can follow Teddy Roosevelt’s words.” In so doing, we all practice positive psychology.

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive psychology, which splashed on the psychotherapy scene over a decade ago, is a branch of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on the strengths that enable people and communities to thrive. It’s not the psychology that 20

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picks apart what is wrong and talks about problems. Instead, positive psychology shifts the focus to what is right and how to use strengths. The field is based on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Dr. Martin Seligman, director of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Positive Psychology Center, is the founder of positive psychology. He discovered that you can create depression by “learned helplessness,” Jorgensen says. Seligman is expanding the practice to education, health and neuroscience, and has already applied his research to teachers and students, U.S. Army personnel, athletes and others. Whether you’re a conservative or liberal, whether you voted for Trump or not, he is now the U.S. president and we all must accept it, the experts say. Like all challenges in life, once we accept “what is,” we can then start moving toward creating a happier reality. “The shock will diminish in time and a reconnection to one’s personal power will resume if we allow it,” explains Sharon Diaz, a therapist and author in Shelton. “Pain is often a catalyst for change and it can foster individual and collective revolution and evolution.” For example, if we view Trump as someone unwilling to recognize his own faults or be self-reflective, then it can trigger us to look at ourselves in the mirror to consider our own dysfunctional thoughts or behaviors and our own sense of entitlement. “It is a call to action on many levels. His role and purpose in life is just as important as our own individual

role and purpose,” Diaz says. “We can’t experience happiness by being a victim of life. We must take charge of who we are, how we cope, what we give, how we receive, and our willingness to open to others and take action.” When people practice positive psychology, they search for meaning or purpose in life and creating a sense of happiness and contentment. “It’s not a ‘Pollyanna’ approach to life,” Diaz says. “Nor is it grandiosity. It’s not about the denial of the reality of our own and others’ dysfunction, but a challenge to be in the right, loving relationship to ourselves and others.” Diaz adds that humans need each other in addition to plants, animals, insects and the Earth and its atmosphere. “Without relating, we only exist and cannot flourish or grow,” she says. And people can learn and practice certain tools that can allow them to see more opportunity, says Megan McDonough, CEO of WholeBeing Institute in Massachusetts. The educational organization trains practitioners in using positive psychology in their coaching and therapy practices, or as consultants for business. “As we cultivate the good, we’re able to see more opportunities and it increases our creativity; it increases our positivity and our problem solving,” McDonough explains.

brought her much pleasure and happiness, especially when she shared the delicious honey with others,” Diaz explains.

Incorporating Positive Goals

Character Strengths and Virtues

Accepting What is Happening

Honesty, integrity and doing for others is important. “Happiness is the byproduct of right living,” the Greek philosopher Socrates once said. Jorgensen cautions that pleasure, which is fleeting, is not the same as happiness, which doesn’t leave. Character can be in the form of treating others the way you want to be treated, or the golden rule. And a tenet of being happy—whether you have a lot of money or not—is giving to others, such as an old coat, guidance or encouraging words. “The happy people with money give their money away or watch others experience the joy with that money,” she says. “Part of unhappiness is the prison of ourselves,” Jorgensen says. “When we are inside ourselves and lack any other feedback or experience, we don’t experience wisdom or joy; we tend to become negative.” Diaz adds that, as a giver, we must also accept receiving; otherwise feelings of resentment may bubble over. “Life satisfaction wanes when we aren’t being replenished,” she says. “I learned my greatest lesson in receiving from complete strangers, simply because I asked.”

There are some core skills of positive psychology that can work for every day. This is not a disease model, for example, in which we talk about what is wrong. Positive psychology is about a healthy model, focusing on human strengths and confidence. It’s not about reinforcing negative thoughts, or continuing to feel like a victim, but acting and being thoughtful about what actions we take. Exercise can support this; it actually builds brain cells in the area that helps boost mood and cognition, Jorgensen adds.

What is our experience in the present moment? “Most inner turmoil comes from resistance to how your life is right now,” Diaz says. “We fight rather than surrender to the truth of the moment.” So we should honor our emotions, she declares. “If we are sad, we need to allow ourselves to grieve because of what we no longer have in our life. If we are angry, we need to set a boundary for ourselves or with others. If we are afraid, we must protect ourselves or flee the situation. And if we are happy, share the joy.” We must also acknowledge the “ugly” parts we sometimes don’t know we have, Diaz continues. In order to change for the better, we must recognize thoughts and behaviors that interfere with our ability to cope with whatever life condition we are facing. She adds that people must distinguish between “madeup” and “true-life” dangers, such as pollution, limited earth resources or the extinction of species. For example, one of her clients became a beekeeper to help repopulate the honeybee population, given the recent years of collapse. “It

Mindfulness Staying in the moment is a key element to any happy life. For example, Jorgensen sometimes takes her patients— some of whom are addicted to drugs—on hikes in the woods or overnight camping trips. “It’s a mindful hike where you focus on being where your feet are,” she says. “It would be so easy to think about your day, and—what you have to do. There is no cell phone. There is no technology. And we take them on a semi-challenging hike; if you don’t stay where your feet are, you’re going to slip and you’re going to fall.” Jorgensen forces them to observe their surroundings by asking questions, such as the different tree species they are seeing on the hike or the different bird calls they are hearing. It keeps them mindful and open to another world. “I can have a media-addicted pasty kid who has never been in the outdoors and teach him mindfulness, to listen to the sounds of nature,” she explains. “I’m pretty biased, but if people are in nature with a kindly guide, they get in touch with something that is innate.”

Resilience Resilience is the key ability of each individual to bounce back-to regain equilibrium-when the going gets difficult, as it naturally will at points during the course of a lifetime. “People are born with varied levels of natural resilience,” Jorgensen explains. If someone is struggling with a past traumatic experience, or just fearful over what the future holds, it’s vital to look back to a time when the person was struggling with a problem and did overcome it.

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“You have to bring them back to a point in life where they did have resilience,” she says. “Suffering comes to all of us. If you haven’t given up yet, you are resilient.” Finding Flow It’s doing anything that absorbs our thoughts. Human beings are most happy when they are active and working or playing to their potential. It can be sports, music, coloring or just doing a tough crossword puzzle. “This is a proven truth. People are not happy when they have tons of leisure time and tons of money and do nothing with it,” Jorgensen adds.

SPIRE Gives Roots and Wings At the Wellbeing Institute, McDonough says, practitioners learn how to coach others to be their best selves by what’s called SPIRE. Similar to the positive psychology tenets, the acronym stands for: n Spiritual, or having meaning and purpose in life; n Physical, or taking care of our bodies and understanding the mind-body connection;

highest and best selves.” “Without hope, we have no belief that something can be achieved,” Diaz concludes. “Close to half the population believe that Trump will be a good president. The other half does not believe it. We can’t place hope in what we don’t believe, so we can either change the belief or place a desire and hope toward something else to achieve what we do believe.” Angela Pascopella is a 26-year journalism veteran and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. She resides in Fairfield County and is the editor of a national, monthly trade publication. Resources Insight Counseling, InsightCounselingLLC.com UPenn Positive Psychology Center, PPC.Sas.UPenn.edu VIA Institute on Character, VIACharacter.org/www/CharacterStrengths-Survey WholeBeing Institute, WholeBeingInstitute.com/MeganMcDonough

n Intellectual, or engaging curiosity and being open to experiences; n Relational, or cultivating solid relationships with people we love and who love us back; and n Emotional well-being, or making choices that elevate our positivity and build resiliency. Using SPIRE, a coach elicits a past time when a patient was at his or her best; they then use that approach to engage the person to better approach daily challenges. It’s a fundamental shift in how to work with people. Instead of facing every day with a list of problems and things to do, we need to be grateful for what we do have. Counting our blessings instead of burdens is evidence-based, McDonough states. When we look at our relationships with others, consider where we focus our attention. If the focus is on what’s wrong with our partner, then that aspect gets bigger, McDonough explains. “It’s learning how to use the lens of our focus or attention.” McDonough suggests people take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. It’s a self-assessment that provides information to help people to understand their core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA survey focuses on best qualities. Pessimism comes with three facets: pervasive, permanent and personal. “Many people are feeling sad, left out and disenfranchised by what’s happening in government,” McDonough says. “When we look with that pessimistic view, it doesn’t help us. We not only want to help our clients and students, but ourselves—that we can lift ourselves where we become constructive advocates aiming for our 22

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Positive Steps for Happiness Shelton-based therapist Sharon Diaz offers five steps to a happier life: 1. Start with a Decision. We have a right to be here. We should be asking what we want and what steps we are willing to take to make sure it happens. 2. Self-assess. What are our strengths? What are our negative thoughts? What are our beliefs about relationships? What are we willing to let go of or forgive? And what are we responsible for? 3. Communicate. I have a right to express myself assertively, and if I don’t know how, I will learn. I show compassion and empathy and understanding to myself and others. I am willing to take a stand against what I no longer tolerate, or if it harms me or others. 4. Access Our Power. We are the owners of our own sense of power, but do not confuse control with power. We need to trust and follow our intuition. 5. Detach from the Outcome. “We can’t berate ourselves for not always being happy, content or joyful,” Diaz says. “When we accept all of our experiences, we can flourish because we are not judging them. We learn from them to evolve.”

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SKY HIGH A Simple Gaze Invokes the Infinite by Sandy C. Newbigging


magine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view. Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement as it flies by. Then we start thinking about the bird: “I wonder where it’s coming from and going? Why is it alone? Has it lost its mate?” At that point, we are no longer feeling calm, but concerned. Inside of each of us, right now, there is a “big blue sky” of awareness with all kinds of “birds” flying around, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and anything in the external world that catches our attention.  Attaining a consistent inner calm is possible by learning to be more interested in and attentive to the conscious awareness that is calmly observing what’s going on in our thinking, emotions, bodily sensations and life. We can live permanently engaged with this awareness and the inner dominion it contains instead of being helplessly caught up in the content of our own or others’ thinking or emotion, which are often conditioned by the world to be more negative than positive. As we mature in this skill, we discover that such awareness is always still, silent, peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite. It reflects who we really are as opposed to who we think we are. Through practice, it becomes our natural way of being and we awake to an excellent way of living To experience this, try the Gently Alert Attention Wide Open (GAAWO) technique. Look at something that’s straight ahead while simultaneously letting the gaze gently open up wider, looking neither left nor right, using passive peripheral vision. Now do the same with up and down, so gentle alertness encompasses an even greater scope. As we do this, we will likely notice that our thoughts are stilled and we feel more present, calm and quiet than a moment earlier. This simple technique works for everyone. By playing with it regularly, we can discover that a sense of peace never leaves us; rather, we leave our innate, peaceful center when we focus on and feel the to and fro movements of our mind. Exchanging typical thinking for staying in a conscious state of awareness helps us to unchain our being from limiting views and perspectives, so that we live more freely.

Sandy C. Newbigging is the creator of Calmology principles and techniques, including the transformative GAAWO. He offers a 12-week Calmology foundation course at CalmClan.com. Connect at SandyNewbigging.com.

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ing calm and centered. The late Ilya Prigogine, a mathematician and physicist at the University of Texas at Austin, won a Nobel Prize in 1977 for his theory of dissipative structures. Whether we are talking about an atom or a solar system, disruption leads to re-creation. The energy released when an old system crumbles frees the energy to reconfigure at a higher level of function. That’s the image to hold in mind during these times of rapid change. The journey from breakdown to breakthrough is a classic rite of passage comprising three parts.

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A Guide to Feeding the Good Wolf by Joan Borysenko


e are living in what Mark Twain called interesting times. Polls report that the majority of Americans are experiencing anxiety, depression and stress. We need to support the emergence of our “wise mind”; staying calm in the chaos is the root of wisdom in these challenging times. There is a parable about two wolves that we may remember from our childhood. A grandfather tells his grandson that all humans have two wolves battling inside themselves. The good wolf is kind, creative, brave and ready to act when the time is right. The other wolf is greedy, judgmental, hateful and filled with fear. The grandson thinks about this and then asks, “Which wolf will win?” The grandfather says, “Whichever one you feed.” Research in mind-body medicine 24

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and positive psychology prove the point. Focusing on the positive can help keep stress in check. But more than that, it helps rewire our mindbody system for resilience, happiness and creativity. Thinking about change as a time of breakthrough—rather than breakdown—is a basic necessity for stay-

Focusing on the positive can help keep stress in check. But more than that, it helps rewire our mind-body system for resilience, happiness and creativity.



Separation is where the ground beneath us gives way and uncertainty prevails. Liminality is the time between “no longer” and “not yet.” The old system is defunct but a new one has not yet emerged. This passage is rife with both danger and opportunity. It is a time for grief, reflection, soul searching, finding allies and mentors, and working together. Return is when the crisis passes; there is a return to an improved level of equilibrium. The most important skills for navigating the liminal time in which we are living boil down to the care and feeding of the good wolf. Rather than triggering the fight, flight or freeze response in the brain’s amygdale, or emotional survival center, staying mindful and present brings an evolutionarily more recent part of the brain online, the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain witnesses without becoming attached and reactive. It is goal directed, clear and capable of mediating the constant internal conversation that goes on inside between the two wolves. How can we fire up our “wise” prefrontal cortex? Benefit finding sure beats fault finding. If we catch ourselves complaining, take a few deep breaths and focus on one thing that is good. At the very least, we are still breathing—that’s certainly a fine thing.

Installing the good. Rick Hanson, PhD, a psychologist and neuroscientist, suggests stopping for 10 to 20 seconds when something good or beautiful comes up. Dwell on it with all senses. That simple act changes our brain and begins to build up our happiness circuits. Exercise is practically a panacea. Eat more plants and fewer bad carbohydrates. If we make our gut bacteria happy and diverse by feeding them well, they will release the neurotransmitters of joy, equanimity and well-being.

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Rick Hanson, PhD, a psychologist and neuroscientist, suggests stopping for 10 to 20 seconds when something good or beautiful comes up. Dwell on it with all senses. That simple act changes our brain and begins to build up our happiness circuits.

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Find a dog or a cat to stroke and cuddle. Failing that, take care of a plant or two. Give it water, food, love, light. Life loves life. As we start the new year, take a few minutes to retrospect the year that has passed, and give thanks for five things in 2016. Gratitude is the best antidote for stress. Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a Harvard-trained cell biologist, licensed psychologist and New York Times-bestselling author of 16 books, living in Santa Fe, NM. Connect with her at JoanBorysenko.com or Facebook.com/JoanBorysenkoCommunity.

I’m not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: ‘live-acy.’ I’m more interested in living. ~John Glenn

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Chiropractic to the Rescue It Helps IBD, ADHD, PMS and Other Conditions by Edward Group


hiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism. More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. Bell’s Palsy. Recovery varies among patients as chiropractors create patientcentric treatment programs designed to improve facial motion and hearing, relieve pain and address other nerverelated issues (Archives of Internal Medicine; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A Canadian survey of chiroprac26

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tors has reported success in using spinal manipulation to relieve IBD, colitis and other bowel disorders (Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology). Cancer. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine publishes numerous studies of therapies supporting cancer patients suffering the side effects of conventional treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that chiropractic care rates as one of the leading alternative medical treatments for pain management, among other related benefits. Chiropractic offers economical and effective strategies that may help quality of life, as discussed in Seminars in Oncology Nursing. High Blood Pressure. While many relevant studies can’t yet generalize results, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics documents success by chiropractors treating hypertension without the downside of medical drugs that can include the risk of stroke (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Chronic Sinusitis. Patients with nasal and sinus passages that don’t


drain properly due to physical or nerverelated causes may find relief through chiropractic care. A study cited in the same journal showed that patients experienced relief of all related symptoms after a single adjustment. Arthritis. A study published in a journal from the the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies notes that arthritis patients obtaining chiropractic care enjoyed better health and quality of life than those that did not. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In clinical studies, combining manual spinal adjustment with soft tissue therapy has been found to relieve PMS discomfort. In one study, two groups of women were tested, switching off in receiving chiropractic adjustments or a placebo alternative. Each time, the group receiving chiropractic adjustments reported the greatest improvements (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A study published in Explore suggests that chiropractic care combined with other holistic elements such as appropriate nutrition may provide a more gentle, yet effective approach than conventional psychotropic drugs. It employed chiropractic treatment for boys 9 to 13 years old diagnosed with ADHD. Spinal manipulation with nutritional supplementation was reported to improve hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness and behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. Headaches. Based on recent studies, spinal manipulation has proven effective against migraines and headaches originating from the neck. Manual therapy of the spine, along with neck exercises, promotes improvement in patients with neck-related headaches. Side effects are rare and minor (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Dr. Edward Group is CEO and cofounder of the Global Healing Center, in Houston, TX (GlobalHealingCenter. com). He is a doctor of chiropractic trained in naturopathy, herbals and clinical nutrition; author of The Green Body Cleanse; and a diplomate of the American Board of Functional Medicine.


Transforming the Way Women Relate to Men An Interview with Alison Armstrong


by April Thompson

or 25 years, relationship expert Alison Armstrong has worked to evolve society by changing the way women relate to men. Her yearning to understand the opposite sex was born from personal challenges, including a failed marriage in her 20s. She began studying men on her own, at the age of 30, beginning with the question, “What if men are responding to women?” What started out as a personal inquiry has become a lifelong pursuit and she’s shared her findings with millions of men and women worldwide. Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of PAX Programs, addresses gender differences, sexuality and relationships. She has written three books, including The Queen’s Code, and speaks to interpersonal insights through workshops, webinars and teleclasses, including free recordings and articles at UnderstandMen.com. Armstrong and her second husband have been happily married for 23 years and now live in Colorado.

Which core differences between men and women cause everyday misunderstandings? The biggest source of mischief is denying that differences exist at all. Both men and women tend to assume that each is a version of the other, which creates significant misunderstandings. We interact with our partners by doing

or saying what works for us. When that doesn’t get the response we’re expecting, we usually draw incorrect conclusions and act in counterproductive ways. For example, men and women relate to feelings differently. Women often make life decisions based on their feelings about something or someone. To men, who tend to rely on facts and set aside feelings, this approach can seem irrational, and relating to women as irrational has predictably bad outcomes.

Where does a couple best start to heal the communication divide? The most powerful thing men and women can do is to address misunderstandings with openness and curiosity rather than assuming we know why our partner did or said something. We should ask ourselves, “What if there’s a good reason for that?” Don’t assume that what’s true for her is also true for him, and vice versa. Once a couple chooses to give each other the benefit of the doubt, a few simple changes can further open up communication. Saying “I need” instead of “I want” will make a huge difference. Because being “needy” is considered unattractive, women avoid this word, not realizing that it connects with a man’s instinct to provide. When asking for something, it’s important to say what it would natural awakenings

provide us. For him, there needs to be a reward equal to or greater than the energy he’ll have to expend. Years ago, I described to my husband in colorful detail the experience of falling into the toilet in the middle of the night; he took it upon himself to make sure that never again happens to the women he loves.

What’s the secret to navigating partners’ differing needs and drives for physical intimacy? The secret is to stop leaving our sex lives to the whims of biology, or making decisions based on whether we “feel like it.” Waiting for a time when both partners feel like it, the kids are at Grandma’s and we’re not too tired leads to sex happening too rarely. Delicious sexual partnerships begin when we decide to stop waiting and instead work on creating the circumstances that put us in the mood. One example is learning to offer “dessert”. Using the desire for food as a metaphor for the desire for sex, we’re often trying to eat together when only one partner is hungry. But dessert sounds delicious anytime; examples might be massage or kissing or other physical activities. Find out what reliably perks up a partner’s interest and put that on the menu.

How can a woman satisfy a man’s desire to provide without sacrificing her independence? American culture tells women that being low-maintenance matters most. Yet, when we allow our partners to fulfill our needs, it can help us unlock our own greatness, as well as theirs. Men are driven to provide for their loved ones and denying them such opportunities takes away their life’s pursuit, which can be emasculating. By asking for what we need, women create opportunities for partnership, satisfaction and fulfillment for both partners. When we allow the men in our life to contribute to us and learn to receive graciously, we discover that it doesn’t diminish our power. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Edward C. Corsello, DC, BCAO 2021 Main St, Stratford, CT 203-381-1800 Contact@CorselloClinic.com CorselloClinic.com

Cathy Stubbs RN, Reiki Master Certified Light body Healer, Shaman 309 Hillfield Road, Hamden, CT 203-535-8849 CathyStubbs@sbcglobal.net EagleFlightHealing@gmail.com EagleFlightHealing.wordpress.com

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 advanced therapies to heal the spine, as well as physical therapy and nutrition.

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 correcting my spine—which takes pressure off my nervous system—I could become symptom-free without drugs or surgery. Now I use these powerful techniques that changed my life 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? My work is different because I am a board-certified AO doctor. I am 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.

Practice/business summary of primary services offered: I offer light body healing, soul retrieval, extractions, conscious dying and other shamanic practices. Light body healing releases unresolved pain, fear, shame, rage, pushed into the subconscious and into our luminous energy field(aura). Our LEF connects to our body through chakras, influencing our health. Shamanic energy medicine clears old beliefs that restrict us, stories that define us, imprints which dictate repetitive behavior patterns, brings back parts of self lost to trauma and agreements. We begin to feel more alive, present, full of vitality, emotional and physical wellbeing, happiness and joy. We are able to desire and dream our life more successfully as we attract new possibilities; free of the past we were dragging along.s

What first drew you to this profession? In my reiki practice, I was “seeing” the constricted emotions of clients in the physical body. I felt called to shamanism. Experiencing the modalities as a student I was amazed with the depth of my own transformation into a person filled with What should a patient expect from working with you? At your initial consultation, you will receive a comprehensive joy and inspiration. examination using computerized technology that can detect the hidden causes of your health problem and, if medically What should a client expect from working with you? necessary, advanced biostructural digital x-rays. Treatment Expect to feel very grounded, centered in self, ‘lighter,’ full consists of specific, gentle techniques to remove nerve of vitality, happier and inspired. pressure. How is your practice evolving in 2017? How is your practice evolving in 2017? Packages for soul integration and bundling offerings together. We are excited to offer the Lighten Up weight loss system, which is customized for each individual and What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers uses revolutionary technology to reset your metabolism. to know about you and your practice? You lose 20-40 pounds and keep the weight off, without I establish a very safe, loving environment. Issues clients feeling hungry or needing to exercise. bring to sessions do not need to be discussed. A new map 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 (usually $150 but $29 with this ad). We take health insurance and are currently accepting new patients.

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glossary ACUPRESSURE Based on the same system as Acupuncture, but fingers and hands are used, instead of stimulation with needles, in order to restore the balanced flow of the body’s life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners unblock and strengthen. Common styles of Acupressure include Jin Shin, which gently holds at least two points at once for a minute or more, and Shiatsu, which applies firm pressure to each point for three to five seconds.

ACUPUNCTURE 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. New Haven / Middlesex NaturalNewHaven.com 30

ART THERAPY 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.

practitionerprofiles Healing Room LLC

Susane Grasso, RMT Therapeutic and Sports Techniques, LLC 2489 Boston Post Road, Suite F Guilford, CT 203-500-6950

Jacqueline Piazza, RMT, CMMI 70 Wall Street-Rear, Madison, CT 203-245-5137 HealingRoomLLC.com Practice/Business Summary and services offered: Meditation Classes, Workshops Reiki Energy Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Facials, Nail Care, Makeup. What first drew you to this profession? To bring inner peace through the teaching of Meditation and Energy Healing Modalities to my clients for the betterment of their lives. I believe that through meditation and energy healing modalities, amazing things can happen in someones life. By using these methods to relieve stress and awaken peace within, you can change your life and the lives around you. How is your work different from that of others in your profession? I have taken all that I have learned through life experience and my training and apply it every day in my work. My passion for my work shows up with love and understanding for each situation. I use my training in every area of my practice including nails and facials. My clients know they are here for more than just a manicure or a facial. There is healing happening the second you walk through the door. What should a client expect from working with you? For anyone who is searching for the way to release what isn’t working in their life, I can help them move forward and find the peace they so deeply desire. I help with Stress Reduction, Pain Relief, Inner Peace, Fear, Anxiety, Increased Energy Levels, Reduce Insomnia, Dissolve Energy Blocks—Just to name a few. How is your practice evolving in 2017? My Wednesday Guided Meditation Circles will continue (open to all levels of meditation experience). I am continuing to further my education to bring more enhancements to my Energy Therapy work and am always looking for ways to deepen my work to bring about the maximum healing for all my clients. Throughout the year there will be many healing workshops. Check my website for monthly updates.

Practice/Business Summary and 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. Credentials/Certifications: M Ed. Founder and Former Director of Complementary Therapy at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford 1998-2009, Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher. Theta Healer.® What should a client or patient expect from working with you and/or your program? 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 2017? 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. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? 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.

What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? I am inspired to do my work by the results I see with my clients. I am given a gift every day, watching and guiding them along their healing journey. It is truly inspiring. natural awakenings

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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.

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96 Cedar Lake Road Chester, CT 860-322-4492 TheSoundRetreat@gmail.com TheSoundRetreat.com

Practice/business Summary services offered: I have studied to become a Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Master and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master since 2005. I offer sound and crystal healings, spiritual counseling, and I am a Certified Angel Card Reader.

What first drew you to this profession? My own personal experience as a recipient of this amazing modality.

What first drew you to this profession? Life stresses, health issues and changes forced me to reevaluate my approach to life, and what was truly important. This self-evaluation process helped me frame the life I wanted to live. Reiki was and still is the vehicle through which I have shaped this life. As a teacher, I seek to pass on the knowledge of this amazing energy of change, and as a guide, I hope to help others find the path that is their calling.

Credentials/Certifications: Private coaching with one of the country’s authorities on the art and science of sound therapy.

Credentials/Certifications: BA Math; MS Early Childhood Education; Sixth Year Certification, Reading; Advanced levels of Reiki training; Reiki Crystal Healing; Magnified Healing, Certified Angel Card Reader.

Practice/business summary and services offered: Sound therapy & healing. Group sound meditations, private and group sessions, hand drum lessons & overnight retreats.

What should a client expect from working with you? A very deep sense of relaxation and wonder. How is your practice evolving in 2017? New programs each Spring and Summer. QiGong, Feldenkrais and music workshops coming up! What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your practice? The setting here is idyllic. The house is surrounded by forest. The work being performed here is very profound and life altering.

What should a client or patient expect from working with you and/or your program? Subtle and/or profound changes may be experienced as a person works with the Reiki energy. As this person allows the changes to unfold, a new life perspective and new understanding of the self opens up. How is your practice evolving in 2017? I will be offering classes in Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki on all levels. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? Reiki offers a wonderful opportunity to help us grow in many ways. It works with us to bring balance, helping us enjoy productive, happy, loving lives. I believe my life purpose is to serve others, and to assist them in making positive changes so they can live the life they dream.

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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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Board Certified Acupuncturist Valley Spirit Wellness 6 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com Concierge care for those suffering from pain, internal disorders, menstrual issues and menopause, infertility, depression and anxiety, insomnia, addiction, fatigue, tune-ups and more. Facial rejuvenation/cosmetic acupuncture also offered. See ad on page 47.

ALLERGIES ADVANCED ALLERGY RELIEF OF CT Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203-239-3400 aarct.com

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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 57.

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Integrative Nutrition Solutions 93 Wedgewood Drive, Waterbury, CT 203-753-2274 Integrative.Nutrition.Solution@gmail.com WinsNutrition.com

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 inside front cover.

Comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle support based upon the principles of integrative and functional medicine. This includes a dietary intervention that takes into consideration biochemical individuality, cultural and lifestyle needs, budgetary constraints, conventional and functional medical labs, and the appropriate application of high quality herbs, botanical extracts, and supplements.


28 School Street, Branford, CT 06405 203-433-4658 mandm@CTExperiential.org http://CTEXperiential.org 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 51.

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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.


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H e a l i n g B o d y, Mind & Spirit: Kim Nagle is a Professional Practioner who employs three Holistic Alternative Therapy methods including Holographic Memory Resolution®, a client-centered, body-centered trauma treatment; hypnotherapy designed to facilitate the client’s quest for self-improvement; and crystal therapy using crystal and gemstone energy for the purpose of assisting client’s in their healing process.




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HOLISTIC DENTIST MARK A. BREINER, DDS, FIAOMT 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-0300 WholeBodyDentistry.com

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 49.



Jacqueline Piazza, RMT, CMMI 70 Wall Street-Rear Madison, CT 203-245-5137 HealingRoomllc.com Weekely Guided Meditation Circles for all levels of experience. All are welcome. Learn to meditate from a certified instructor. Learning to meditate the correct way will insure a successful practice. This will lead to a less stressful and more productive life. See ad on page 25.


6 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com Meditation can be easier to master than you think. Taoist, Buddhist and generic meditation. Beginners and experienced practitioners both welcome. See ad on page 47.




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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.





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Dr. Robert E. Lee Naturopathic Physician Offices in North Haven and West Hartford 203-239-3400 TheLifeCenterofCT.com Getting to the root of your pain. Whether it’s structural, inflammatory, or related to injury, there are options that can significantly improve or eliminate your pain naturally. Here at The Life Center, we identify the pattern and employ a number of therapies such as Gua sha, Massage therapy, Bowen, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Botanical Medicine, Emotional, MindBody Medicine, Egoscue exercises, Laser therapy, nutritional supplements, and dietary changes to manage pain. We are not interested in covering pain up but fixing it and to helping you to understand it. In this way, you will have some say over the way you feel and be empowered to be pain free. See ads on pages 11 and 25.

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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 49.


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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 the proper exercise regimen to maximize health. See ad on page 8.

The Redwing Pond House is a licensed, naturebased preschool offering high quality education in a beautiful setting for your 3 to 5 year old. Daily outdoor exploration and adventures on the grounds of the Ansonia Nature Center with our professional and loving staff are at the core of our program.

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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).

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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.


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Develop physical and mental fitness and find a new harmony of the mind, body and spirit using ancient Chinese arts. Starting with basic movements, warm-up techniques and breathing exercises, you will learn a set of flowing natural movements done slowly with calmness, balance and awareness. Weekly classes, weekend workshops and retreat. See ad on page 47.



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Reiki is a gentle Japanese energy healing modality supporting you on your wellness journey. Treatments available for companion animals too!Call for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 51.

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.




787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 NaturalSaltHealing.com 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 19.


Dr. Jenna Henderson 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203-239-3400 info@thelifecenterofCT.com TheLifeCenterofct.com Medically supervised weight loss program. Get off the dieting merry-go-round and F I N A L LY a c h i e v e y o u r ideal weight. We offer a whole foods diet, individualized nutrition, emotional eating support, meal planning and weight loss coaching. COVERED BY MOST INSURANCES. See ads on pages 11 and 25.


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AWAKEN is a space for the truth seeker focusing on purposeful and transformative healing. Seekers are mindfully guided into the experience of perceiving their life through a different lens. Individual or Group Journeys are offered (from 6 to 9 months). The Journey allows for a series of shifts: Life Happens to You, For You, and Because of You. Schedule a discovery session with Jennifer via email or phone.

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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


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Valley Spirit offers classes in Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa yoga. Emphasis is on alignment, relaxation tools and modifications for practitioners. We provide a friendly, comfortable and supportive environment. All levels of experience are welcome. Classes for beginners and seniors are noted on our weekly schedule. We are also offering a pilates infused yoga fusion class midweek. We will be adding more advanced classes to our listings soon. Please check our website for changes. Spark Your Spirit! See ad on page 47.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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Sustainably Stylish Home Relax into Nurturing Furnishings by April Thompson


e all relish a cozy nest, whether that means lightfilled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts. “Furnishing a home ethically doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style,” says JD Doliner, a business consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doliner’s home is graced with 18th- and 19th-century antiques, organic cotton mattresses, comfy custom-made chairs from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood and handmade wool rugs certified childlabor-free by GoodWeave. “They give me peace of mind as a humanitarian and environmentalist,” she says.

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Debbie Hindman, marketing director for Associates III Interior Design, in Denver, is working with increasingly knowledgeable clients like Doliner asking for sustainably sourced products. Manufacturers, in turn, are upping transparency about product origins, realizing it can provide a competitive edge, she notes.


“We look at the story behind a product and make sure that it aligns with both our company’s and clients’ values,” says Hindman, a co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. “We ask questions like, ‘Are workers paid a fair wage? Was the product made with local materials? What is the story behind the company’s founding?’” The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers partners with businesses and informs consumers to increase environmentally responsible choices in the marketplace. Its 400 members commit to sustainability and transparency in their business practices and submit an annual action plan showing such efforts. Headquartered in Edenton, North Carolina, the council strives to minimize industry carbon emissions and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical ingredients from residential and commercial furnishings. “The residential furnishings industry frequently takes raw materials from one continent, processes and manufactures on another to be consumed on yet another, leaving a huge environmental footprint,” says Susan Inglis, the council’s executive director. As the third largest consumer of wood, these manufacturers bear significant responsibility for preserv-



ing the world’s forest ecosystems and fighting deforestation, reports Inglis.

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To make informed decisions, furniture shoppers need to ask how, where, from what and by whom a potential purchase is made. Lisa Beres, a healthy home expert and former interior designer in Newport Coast, California, and author of Just Green It! advises not taking product claims at face value. Ask if the product has earned a certification like the Global Organic Textile Standard for fabrics or GreenGuard, which verifies low levels of chemical emissions. Not all natural products are sustainably produced; cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Look for certified organic cotton as a responsible textile choice. Beres also suggests renewable fiber sources like bamboo or hemp. “Natural latex is a sound alternative to foam fillers, offering good support and dust mite resistance,” says Beres. Specific animal-based products like down feathers used in bedding can provoke allergies and be produced inhumanely, Beres cautions. Products certified to the Responsible Down Standard, which protects the wellbeing and welfare of geese tapped for their manufacture, offer a humane choice for fluffy down comforters. Look for well-crafted furniture made from locally sourced, reclaimed


or FSC-certified wood instead of particleboard, which usually contains formaldehyde and may be made from unsustainably harvested wood. Sustainable furnishings are both better for the planet and can make a home distinctive. Natural pieces like a countertop made from reclaimed, rough-hewn wood provide a unique beauty that mass-manufactured pieces can’t match and also showcase the material’s natural form and feeling. Her firm promotes durable, timeless pieces over trendy furnishings that a client might discard in a few years. When it’s time to retire a piece of furniture, find a new home for it, whether by donating to a charity or reselling through a consignment store. While cutting corners on home furnishing choices can be tempting, especially when shopping on a budget, remember that today’s quality pieces may become tomorrow’s cherished heirlooms. “Some will spend money on the latest gadget, but hesitate to invest in a great piece of furniture or a quality mattress they’ll spend much of their life sitting or sleeping on,” says Beres. “It’s not a splurge; you’re investing in your health and protecting Earth’s precious resources. It all comes full circle.”

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s safe and trusted as hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy, ozone therapy also harnesses the healing power of oxygen. Since the 1950s, its popularity has increased around the world. Today, more than 45,000 physicians in 50 countries administer ozone therapy to address ailments ranging from endodontic infections and herniated disk pain to arterial plaque and Lyme disease. According to the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, the widespread medical use of ozone began in Germany and has since spread across Europe as an alternative treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The academy notes that allopathic physicians caution against ozone therapy largely due to misinformation and a lack of understanding regarding its efficacy, side effects, expense and safety, even though published international studies as well as U.S. clinical trials have shown it can be used instead of more expensive and dangerous methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals. Therapeutic ozone has a sound safety record and no toxic effects have been observed from proper clinical use (Journal of the American Medical Association). Occasional reported side effects are slight


weakness, dizziness or drowsiness for short periods of time during or after treatment. Rare allergic skin reactions like nettle rash are possible with local applications, although occurrences are mild and quick to resolve. Ozone is an oxidant. Ozone therapy, like exercise, creates health benefits by delivering measured doses of oxidative stress that activate the body’s internal antioxidant systems. The primary natural enzyme in ozone therapy is superoxide dismutase, which stimulates another enzyme called telomerase that keeps DNA young by maintaining the telomere at the end of each DNA strand. A study from Cuba’s University of Havana of herniated disc patients found that ozone therapy provided both oxidative protection and pain relief. Such properties make medical ozone therapy a safe and effective treatment for many infections. It’s been shown to be particularly effective for sinus and endodontic infections (Iranian Endodonics Journal), osteonecrosis of the jaw, ear infections, hepatitis (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), cystitis, HIV, intestinal and blood infections and Lyme disease. Staff of the Sophia Health Institute, in Woodinville, Washington, report remarkably fast results treating such chronic complex infections by

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following intensive intravenous (IV) ozone protocols, with individualized systemic support. Ozonotherapy is a prime treatment for infections, especially viral. Leading experts in oxidative therapy Dr. Robert Rowen, who practices in Santa Rosa, California, and Dr. Howard Robins, director of The Healing Center, in New York City, had good success administering treatment during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. In addition to many patients helped, “It’s been reported that ozone therapy rapidly cured five patients with Ebola during the outbreak,” says Rowen. Ozone therapy is now used to relieve arthritis, neuropathy, degenerative joint and disk disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. A pilot study led by the Universidad de Granada, Spain, saw improvement in the physical and depressive symptoms of fibromyalgia. “Ozone is also effective in treating osteoarthritic knees and, via injection, arthritic hips,” says Rowen. Other individuals describe their experiences of overcoming various diseases using ozone therapy at YouTube.com/user/ RobertRowenMD/videos. One of the most impressive evidence-based applications is relief from the pain of herniated disks, particularly lumbar. More than one meta-analysis deemed ozone treatment an effective and extremely safe procedure, with pain and functional outcomes equal to or better than surgery and far lower complication rates (less than 0.1 percent), along with significantly shorter recovery times (Pain Physician; American Journal of Neuroradiology). According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, oxygen/ ozone therapy used in dentistry offers three fundamental forms of applications to treat oral tissue—ozonated water, ozonated olive oil and oxygen/ozone gas. Ozonated water and olive oil have proved to be an ideal delivery system. Non-toxic and simple to generate, ozone therapy is coming of age as a viable option for both the treatment and prevention of illnesses.

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hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass


we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield, Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.” “Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward

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activities that require concentration or new problem-solving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life.

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This approach works well for pets experiencing a crisis, but isn’t appropriate for restoring health when animals have chronic disorders. It also doesn’t help them to at least live comfortably with incurable problems without the side effects often caused by extensive administration of medications. Conventional veterinary science lacks the proper tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases, it doesn’t take into account an individual’s unique genetic makeup or exposure to toxins such as too many vaccines, drugs or environmental chemicals. Functional medicine always focuses on the unique nature of the patient; there is no “one treatment fits all” mentality. Functional medicine vets are specifically trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and naturopathic remedies to both treat and prevent these illnesses. They can ably help the increasing number of pets suffering from complex, chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, arthritis, seizures, bowel and bladder problems and immune system disorders.

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diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets and detoxification programs, using drugs only when necessary as a last, rather than a first, resort. This whole-pet approach allows doctors to choose whichever therapies are best for each patient. Holistic vets see many patients for which conventional medicine has proven ineffective. Sometimes conventional doctors back away from offering treatment, either because the pet is “too old,” the treatment is “too expensive” or the results are unlikely to be “satisfactory.” Functional medicine can help many of these so-called hopeless cases, return pets to health and often heal disease after principles of functional medicine have been consistently applied to the pet’s everyday lifestyle. Finding a functional medicine vet is challenging, but worth the effort. Focusing on the individual needs of a pet ensures the optimum chance for achieving and sustaining proper health.






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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. Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069.

Wire Wrapped Jewelry Class: Freeform Bangles – 6pm-8:30pm. Designer D. Jaffe will teach you how to make a stack of free flowing bracelets. Early registration required. Beginners welcome. $30 plus materials. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com.


Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of full moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds.  Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927. Return2love3@gmail.com.

Jewelry Making Class: Phoenix Necklace – 11am-12pm. Make a “phoenix” necklace. Learn to make a Mala Style Necklace. Early registration recommended. Free with Minimum Purchase. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. Video Conference Mamas Forum Free Informational Call – 11am-12:00pm. Join Donatella for this Free Informational Call! Donatella’s Mamas Forum spiritual principles add a revolutionary perspective to parenting. In this online course you will be guided step by step to learn how to read difficult behaviors, how to recognize it’s energetic roots and to transform the energies involved in the bigger picture surrounding your child and your family history. You’ll learn to find effective and sometimes creative solutions outside the box of the logic mind. https://donatellamoltisanti-mamasforum.com/ FREE Reiki Clinic with Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm-3pm. Enjoy a 10-15-minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Meet the Psychics Fair – 11am-5pm. A great opportunity to meet most of the psychics, mediums and card readers that are regularly at the shop. 15 minute readings, refreshments, special offers and pricing! Call or email to schedule ahead of time, or walk in on Sunday. See website for bios of each reader. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St S, Woodbury. 203-586-1655. christina@therubytreect.com, TheRubyTreeCT.com. Reiki I class with Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Learn about Usui and Holy Fire Reiki energy, their histories and how to use the energy for yourself and others. Placement (Attunement) given. Certificate and manual included. $125. Hamden. Info/registration: 203-415-4791. Free Reiki Clinic w/Eileen Anderson: Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner – 2pm-5pm. Relax/ Revive and Heal with a 10-minute chair treatment. Edge of the Woods, 379 Whalley Ave, New Haven. ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com.  

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Yoga for Teachers Series Forming – Monday afternoons. (2/6, 2/13, 2/27 & 3/6).  Special series for school teachers all grades, yoga to ease stress, stay focused, and be present.  4 weeks discount. $60. Life Full Yoga, 20 Wall Street, Madison. 203-350-3616. kim@lifefullyoga.com. LifeFullYoga.com.


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 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, call 203-732-7792. Reiki I Certificate w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Provides empowering foundation for selfhealing, support for personal challenges/goals/ relationships and treating others. Wallingford. $150 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Wire Wrapped Jewelry Class: Tree of Life – 11am-12pm. Designer D. Jaffe will teach you how to make a stack of free flowing bracelets. Beginners Welcome. $30 Plus materials. Early Registration required. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. Yoga for Depression & Anxiety – 11:30am12:30pm. (6-week series). Learn gentle yoga forms, breathing techniques and mindfulness meditation to manage symptoms. No yoga experience necessary. Instructor: Ellen McNally. 6-weeks $72 (preregistration required) or drop in $17 per class. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. Register: 203-287-2277. Snowshoe Saturday: Getting Ready for Bluebirds – 1:30pm. 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 older children. We have snowshoes to borrow! Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Chocolate Chakra Workshop – 2pm-4pm. Enjoy yoga to dive into your chakras and a tasting of eight international chocolates paired with the corresponding element of each chakra. $35. Register in advance. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 817 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. BreathingRoomCT.com.


Valentine Partner Yoga w/ Kristin & Bill – 6pm9pm. Connect with your partner through yoga and massage. Create joy and laughter as you relax together while building intimacy and trust in a safe environment. “Just Friends” partners welcome! No yoga experience needed. $90 per couple includes delicious Indian dinner! Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Reiki II class with Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Increase your Holy Fire knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols and distant healing. Placement (Attunement) given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info/registration: 203-415-4791. Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Community Meals – 3:30pm-5pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. In case of inclement weather, call for updates. The dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792 or MastersTableMeals.org. Community Class to benefit Planned Parenthood of Southern New England w/ Leslie – 6pm-7pm. A Community Class with a twist! Our teachers donate their time, the studio donates the space and all monies donated will benefit a different local organization that is doing important work in our community, particularly to support under-served and at-risk populations. By Donation ($10 Suggested). Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Pet Loss Grief Support Group – 1pm. Losing a beloved animal can be tragic and a very emotional time for humans. Susan Wilson has created this support group for those who have lost an animal or have one in the process of moving on. While these sessions are free, donations are accepted. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register/information: 203-736-1053. 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 Return2love3@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Mindful Healing Meditation w/ RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Engage in [+] Energy insights and create lasting, healthy transformations. $25. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869 or PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. Strengthen the success of your 2017 Visions. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 “Opening your Heart to Your Dreams” w/ Sherry Puricelli, MHA, Dream Coach – 7pm-8:30pm. Your dreams are connected to your heart. Learn techniques to: remember and decode your dreams, enhance your intuition, dream for guidance pre-set your dreams for a specific purpose, activate your

dreams through creativity, ceremony, and action. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Jewelry Making Class: Beaded Chain & Pendant – 11am-12pm. Using Beads and Chain learn to make a high style necklace. Early registration recommended. Free with Min Purchase. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. FREE Reiki Clinic with Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm-3pm. Enjoy a 10-15-minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. Skulls and Scats – 1:30pm. From herbivores to carnivores, explore the levels of the food chain of Connecticut’s mammals. Come see our collection of skulls and learn how to identify them by looking at their teeth. We will also teach you the basics in scatology while exploring the Nature Center’s property for clues. Family event. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Donatella Moltisanti’s Sound Healing Concert – 5:30pm-7:30pm. All is Sound. The whole earth is a song. Sound is medicine, and it has been used by ancient mystics for thousands of years to bring a state of Inner Peace and Divine Silence that creates a state of Union with all that Is. Participating in a Sound Healing Concert with Donatella is an opportunity for anyone that wants to bathe in a harmonious field of higher vibrations to achieve unknown states of Inner Harmony. Location: 875 East Broadway, Milford. Contact:  https://donatellamoltisanti-sicilyretreat. com/sound-healing-concerts. Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9pm-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Receive empowering keys to mentalemotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 ART/Master Holy Fire II Reiki class with Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Become an Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Master. Increases your skills and techniques. Learn to teach each level of Reiki to others. Three-day workshop. Placements (Attunements) given. Certificate/manual included. $850. Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. Our Hidden Landscapes: Stone Cultural Features & Ceremonial Sites – 2pm. Hikes in the woods can reveal a variety of stone cultural features to archaeologists and historians. Join Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT, for a PowerPoint presentation on EuropeanAmerican and indigenous stone structures found in our state. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Community Meals – 3:30pm-5pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. In case of inclement weather, call for updates. The dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792 or MastersTableMeals.org.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 President’s Day Owling – 1pm. Join us for a stealthy foray into the forested parklands to seek the haunts of our most silent nocturnal predators. This program is for all ages, but keeping quiet is the key to our success. Upon our return we will warm up in the Nature Center to learn about owl adaptations while meeting two of our resident owls. Dissection of an owl pellet or two will help us discover what our feathered friends eat. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. 2-Part Reiki II Certificate w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6pm-9pm. (and Wed. 2/22). Receive empowering keys to mentalemotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Ho’Oponopono: The Ancient Hawaiian Art of Forgiveness – 7pm-8pm. Presenter: Ryan Jett, Consulting Hypnotist. The process of Ho’Oponopono aligns and cleans up our negative emotions and feelings as well as cleans up our relationships with other people in our lives. During this Powerful demonstration, you will be able to release unwanted emotional baggage from strained personal relationships. Free. Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St, Derby. Contact: Ryan@hypnosiscenterofct.com. 203-497-4976.

TUESDAY, FEBRAURY 21 2-Part Reiki I Certificate w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6pm-9pm. (and Thurs. 2/23). Provides empowering foundation for self-healing, support for personal challenges/goals/relationships and treating others. Wallingford. $150. Call for Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 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.  Wallingford.  Gayle 203-265-2927. Return2love3@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Angelica: An Evening of Angels in Sacred Art with Lisa Morrison – 7pm-9pm. Come to a presentation of Angels in Sacred Art! Learn about how sacred art was created and the healing importance of “the gaze” to the people and patrons for whom it was intended. Bring the beauty of this old world understanding of angels into your personal and spiritual life. $25. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. EnchantedGuilfordCT.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Dream Catchers Class – 11am-12pm. Learn to make a traditional dream catcher to inspire you. Early registration recommended. Free with Minimum Purchase. KanduBeads in the Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. Early registration recommended. Free with Minimum Purchase. KanduBeads.com.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Puppet Workshop – 2pm. Dive into the recycling bin with puppetry artist Linda Wingerter of The Stringpullers Puppet Company! Puppets can be made from anything, and we’ll explore how to imitate animal movements with easy-to-find discarded materials. Then we’ll create characters based on the residents of the Nature Center to take home for your own puppet show. Materials and tools will be provided; just bring your curiosity! Materials fee $10. Recommended for ages 7-12. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register/information: 203-736-1053. Donatella’s Online Video Meditation with the New Moon in Pisces! – 7pm-8:15pm EST. Sound Healing and Energy Alignment with Donatella Moltisanti under the Magic of the New Moon! In the Meditation you will be guided with the power of the sound to heal and to tune into the energies that are ready to be transformed and releasing all that doesn’t serve you anymore. Contact Information: https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/donatellas-online-newmoon-in-aquarius-sound-healing-video-meditationtickets-30746374233

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 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 Return2love3@gmail.com.

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ongoingevents sunday EFT Emotional Freedom Technique w/RMTHolistic Coach Diane Esposito – By appt. 7 Days/ week. Phone/In-Person. Relax, refresh w/take-home techniques and insights to “release stress/pain,” heal and expand free-spiritedness. Wallingford. Register/Complimentary Pre-Session questions: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners and more. Free admission, vendors fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655. Christina@therubytreect.com. TheRubyTreeCT.com.

Iyengar Yoga Fundamentals & Level I – 6pm7:15pm. Begin or refine your yoga practice as you safely learn how optimal alignment makes you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. 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. tmiarts.com.

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.

monday Find out about CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford – Monday Tours. Come see us in action!  CELC combines engaging academics with real-world learning for 5th - 8th graders—fall in love with middle school!  RSVP: mandm@CTExperiential.org. CTExperiential.org. 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. KneadingHands.net. 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. Urban Zen Restorative Yoga – 4:45pm. Urban Zen blends restorative yoga poses, breath awareness, essential oil therapy and Reiki. Leave class feeling calm, relaxed and revitalized. $12-$16. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 817 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. BreathingRoomCT.com.

Nature’s Explorers – 10am-11:30am. Join Wendy for our new preschool/toddler program. This 4-week session is for children ages 2–5 years old with an adult. These outdoor classes will be fun exploring and learning through play. We will learn about nature and science through activities such as hiking, singing, games, reading, and making crafts. Every class is outside. Tuition $40 per 4-week session. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 12pm-1pm. Improve how you move in every day movement sequences. $15 drop-in or class card. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. 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.

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Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 6pm-7pm. (5 Week Series begins Jan 3). Learn to find ease and comfort in every day movements related to neck and shoulders $50/5 weeks. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Call Carol 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. 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. Yoga/Pilates – 5;15pm. Yoga All Levels – 6:30pm7:30pm. Vinyasa Style Yoga with a Slow Flow Adaptable Yoga for All Levels of Experience. $19 Drop-in or $45 Monthly Unlimited Yoga Pass for New Students. Life Full Yoga, 20 Wall St, Madison. 203-350-3616. LifeFullYoga.com.  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. info@ReikiOvertones.com. Qigong for Health – 7:45pm-8:45pm. 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: MECA, 28 Washington Ave, North Haven. Info: 860-301-6433. tmiarts.com.

wednesday Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. 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: EmeiQigongChan.com. Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. 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

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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. 2 0 3 - 8 7 8 - 0 6 8 1 . p r i s c o @ p r i s c o p r. c o m , Milfordct.com.

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). YogaInMiddletown.com. 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: EmeiQigongChan.com. 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.

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. 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. EnchantedGuilfordct.com.

saturday Akashic Record or Angelic Reading w/RMT, Diane Esposito – By Appt. 7 Days/week. Phone/ In-Person. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, receive loving messages/guidance from masters, teachers, loved ones, angels/guides. Develop spiritual senses.  Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Simple Moves 5 week series – 9am-10am. (Begins Jan 7). Learn easy exercises based on Feldenkrais and Qi Gong $50/5 weeks Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. Yoga All Levels – 9am-10am. Vinyasa Style Yoga with a Slow Flow Adaptable Yoga for All Levels of Experience. $19 Drop-in or $45 Monthly Unlimited Yoga Pass for New Students. Life Full Yoga, 20 Wall St, Madison. 203-350-3616. LifeFullYoga.com.  Alignment Yoga – 9am-10:30am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED. 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.com. 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. info@ReikiOvertones.com.

Urban Zen Restorative Yoga – 4:45pm. Urban Zen blends restorative yoga poses, breath awareness, essential oil therapy and Reiki. Leave class feeling calm, relaxed and revitalized. $12-$16. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 817 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. BreathingRoomCT.com.


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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BHcare – A state-licensed, non-profit behavioral health care provider serving Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. It provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention and domestic violence services to improve the lives & health of individuals, families and communities. 203-736-2601. bhcare.org.

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AMERICAN LYME DISEASE FOUNDATION – Dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment, of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Lyme, CT. Info: aldf.com.

HYPNOSIS/ LIFE COACHING HYPNOSIS THERAPY CENTER – Providing the help you need to Relax & Resolve: stress, anger, anxiety, emotional issues, bad habits or the past. Life Coaching for personal & professional development. Psychic Readings for insights or Music Therapy to re-balance the mind & body. Madison. 203-245-6927.

INTUITIVE READINGS AT ENCHANTED INTUITIVE READINGS AT ENCHANTED DAILY – 11am-3pm. Akashic, Angel, Aura, Clairvoyant, Goddess, Mediumship, Runes, Tarot, Tea Leaf Readings offered from eight world-class intuitives and masters. $1/minute. Enchanted 1250 Boston Post Rd ,Guilford. 203-453-4000. For more information and a schedule of who is available each day visit EnchantedGuilfordCT.com.

CT LYME RIDERS, INC. – Founded in 2007 by motorcyclists Sandy Brule & Tony Gargano. A 501(c)(3) non profit public charity aiming to bring awareness to the public about Lyme Disease. Events & info. 860.537.0255, ctlymeriders.com.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT CONNECTICUT CHAPTER, AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION – Mission: “To Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure” for those w/Parkinson’s Disease & their caregivers in CT. Education, support & socialization. 860-2489200, ctapda.org.

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