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ev. Jamie Sanders of Unity of Pensacola is now offering sound therapy sessions using the Betar focused vibroacoustic sound therapy system. The Betar system was created to reduce stress, relieve pain and restore balance through a total-body sonic energy “massage” combining low-frequency sound, magnetic waves and music. “This system was originally designed to resonate with the body’s natural energy centers using ELF (extremely low frequency) tones delivered from a focused speaker array,” Sanders says. “Like slipping keys into locks, the Betar tones would use a combination of sonic and magnetic energy delivered by the speakers to achieve a state of harmonic resonance with the participant, allowing them to be ‘opened,’ gently and peacefully.” If there are certain physical challenges to be addressed, Sanders can also use sound frequencies emitted through a Betar Bed to help regenerate the body, mind and spirit. To make an appointment, call the Unity of Pensacola office at 850-438-2277. Sessions are offered on a donation basis. 10

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ptimist Park is Santa Rosa County's most recent recreation area to receive a renovation making it inclusive for people of all abilities. The playground now features a "lumber mill town" theme, with equipment depicting elements of the area's history of river and rail transportation. The 17.8-acre park, located off Old Bagdad Highway at the corner of Parkmore Plaza in Milton, reopened with a public ribboncutting ceremony on July 16. All equipment and components of the renovated park are compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). New, pour-in-place rubberized surfacing makes the play area accessible for all. There are now two groups of ageappropriate ADA-friendly play structures, for children 2 through 5 and 5 through 12, as well as two shade structures and four benches where families can rest. An ADA-compliant sidewalk system provides interconnectivity throughout the majority of the facility, which also features two baseball fields, a pavilion and a dog park. The project cost of $300,000 was funded through the local option sales tax and Santa Rosa County District 2 recreational dollars. County crews completed the demolition and construction projects while contractors installed equipment and paved the parking lot. ADA upgrades to the walking track and restroom improvements are on schedule for future enhancements. "We are excited to open another new all-accessible facility for our citizens and their families," says Santa Rosa County Commission Chair Bob Cole. "We invite the public to come see this beautiful new park for themselves." For more information about the recreational facilities in Santa Rosa County, visit

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Heather Themelaras Madrid December 11, 1976 – July 11, 2018


eather grew up Heather worked playing along the entire time she was the banks of the under care for these conOhio River in the ditions, counseling and upper Ohio Valley, offering wisdom and inbouncing between formation to thousands Martins Ferry, Ohio, who were suffering and where her maternal misdiagnosed. grandmother lived, Heather made and Wheeling, West multiple overseas trips Virginia, where her to adopt children for large Greek family herself and direct others operated multiple to safe contacts. After businesses. She she experienced firsthand finished her high the oppressive poverty in Heather Themlaras Madrid school education Jamaica and Haiti, she bethere in a Christian school, where she gan to support entire villages there. She was received a heart to help children. courageous even when faced by soldiers with After graduation, her health declined, 50-caliber machine guns mounted on jeeps, and she was diagnosed with heavy metal commanding her to turn around. Her fearpoisoning from the water contaminaless faith helped poor women walk through tion resulting from mining operations in the military perimeter outside American the area where she resided. For the next embassies, where favors were demanded and few years, she was under the care of an she responded with the icy steelstare only a Greek woman can give. Austrian-born doctor whoused numerous European methods to chelate and cleanse Heather managed a remodeling comher organs to save her life. She studied pany with her adopted dad and traveled, every protocol he utilized and became working throughout 17 states in one year, to trained in the chelation methods he pracraise finances to adopt and support two Jaticed. She later had her thyroid removed maican children. Although the government and had surgery for endometriosis. wouldn’t complete the adoption paperwork,

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Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not found in diets higher in fatty foods, red and processed meat, refined grains and sweets. The researchers also reviewed other science to date, confirming the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet as well as “healthy” and “prudent” diets, all consisting of greater portions of fruits and vegetables.

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Dolly Parton Donates Millions of Books Singer Dolly Parton donated the 100 millionth book of her career via her nonprofit Imagination Library earlier this year. She began in 1995, donating books to children in her home state of Tennessee. Now, Imagination Library mails 1 millionplus books per month to children around the world. Parton celebrated the milestone by donating to and giving a reading at the Library of Congress. “My daddy couldn’t read and write, and that always troubled and bothered him, so I wanted to do something special for him,” says Parton. “I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it, and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the ‘book lady.’”


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Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trash-free communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.

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A paper published in the journal Science Advances reports sea-level rise projections for San Francisco and the Bay Area in California that had not previously factored in a geological phenomenon called subsidence—the settling or sinking of the land. When too much groundwater is pumped out of aquifers, the land on top sinks. In San Francisco, subsidence is occurring in areas developed atop artificial landfill and mud deposits. The area around the bay is in jeopardy of being underwater by 2100, and factoring in subsidence increases the projected amount of land underwater from 46 to 166 square miles, including half the runways at San Francisco International Airport.

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March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea. Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees, reports the U.S. Global Forecast System model. Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming routine, research has shown. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in July 2017 found that since 1980, these events are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting and more intense. Study author Robert Graham, from the Norwegian Polar Institute, says, “Previously, this was not common. It happened in four years between 1980 and 2010, but has now occurred in four out of the last five winters.” The events are related to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic, with last January’s the lowest on record.

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he path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed and become aware of breaths moving in and out, then feel each one fully by filling the lungs from bottom to top. With each exhale, slowly and completely empty the lungs. On each inhale, refill the lungs again. Mentally reciting “optimum oxygen” three times helps the body deeply absorb the nourishing element. Then bring both hands to the center of the chest to connect with the emotional heart centered there. Feel it pulsing beneath palms and fingers while quietly saying aloud, “I relax my heart.” Let the shoulders release coiled tension and drop gently. Repeat saying, “I relax my heart” and sense the heart fluttering open a bit more. Rest in this feeling. Again say, “I relax my heart” and notice awareness drop into it, a feeling of being present in the heart. Feel all tension and holding-on melting down and out onto the floor.

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Then fill the lungs deeply and release the air through puckered lips; blow out with strength and purpose. Continue for a minute or two, allowing each exhalation to come straight from the center of the chest. When it feels complete, the feeling of active release will subside. Sense how much lighter the heart feels. Further relax the heart and shoulders, letting go into the ocean of love native to our heart. Envision floating safely in this ocean. See it stretched into infinity. Feel its warm embrace. Now choose kindness in this moment. Relax into kindness without judgment or pressure, only loving acceptance. Accept the infinite ocean of love available and open to it. It is filled with compassion, and now so are you. Rest gently for a few minutes, until once again aware of everyday surroundings. Rub hands over both arms, legs, hands and feet to feel present in the room. Then go about a heart-centered day with the waves of the infinite ocean of love gently lapping there. Amy Leigh Mercree, of Naples, FL, author of The Compassion Revolution, is a medical intuitive and relationship and wellness coach. Learn more at

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Adequate protein supports healthy immunity, as does reducing inflammatory foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), caramel color, sodium nitrite, food dyes and chemical preservatives. Such measures help reduce the burden on a child’s immune system. According to Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Anne Rothman, of Thyme Integrative Health, in Pacifica, California, limiting or eliminating processed sugar is also recommended; studies by Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, show that sugar consumption suppresses immune response for five hours. Olteanu notes, “Desserts can be fruits and a small amount of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and actually healthy.” Her favorite sweetener for kids older than 1 year is raw honey; however, she cautions against giving honey to infants during their first year.

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move antibodies through the system and do a better job at fighting invaders, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Exercise is also a renowned stress-reliever, especially outdoors, which manifests the bonus of vitamin D fortification from healthy sun exposure. “I strongly encourage all my patients to spend at least an hour a day playing outside,” says Olteanu. Childhood stress is a real factor that can weaken immunity, yet juvenile anxieties may be dismissed or go unnoticed by adults. Caffeine-free herbal teas and glycerin-based tinctures such as chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower and lavender can be reliable double-duty allies for children, calming them while also promoting immune response. Essential oils are another boon. “The benefits of using essential oils on children are immense. Many oils are safe for all age groups and can elevate mood, induce relaxation and boost natural defenses,” says holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist Patricia Springer, in Mason, Ohio. Springer recommends diffusing organic lemon or orange essential oil for 30 minutes two to three times a day in the house or applying one to two drops on a cotton ball and inhaling. Adding a few drops of Roman chamomile or lavender essential oil to Epson or sea salt makes a calming, immune-boosting bath.

Homeopathy Homeopathy is a system of natural healing to which kids often respond positively. There are well-known over-the-counter remedies that treat acute conditions without side effects, but certified classical homeopath Julia Eastman, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida, recommends a more thorough approach. “Homeopathy can be life-changing, but it’s a system based upon the unique physical, emotional and energetic constitution of the individual. Going to a board-certified classical homeopath is the ideal route, because they can profile the child’s complete constitution, including patterns of illness and personality for the best possible result.” Treating children’s illness homeopathically when symptoms arise without taking the big picture into account can sometimes cause more harm than good. “Homeopathic remedies are not preventive medicine unto themselves, but using them constitutionally can help to improve overall health, immunity included,” says Eastman, who has witnessed dangerously high fevers in infants relieved within minutes when whole-care homeopathy has been applied. Health is wealth, and fortifying the next generation benefits us all. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Germs Can Be Helpful Research from Professor Linda Harrison, of Charles Sturt University, in Australia, reveals that children that are exposed to other children in a daycare or school environment at an early age develop stronger immunity, even though they might sometimes get sick at the outset. According to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, daycare kids have a decreased risk

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For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often 28

calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

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Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

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When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less

to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become overscheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily checkin, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.

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Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climbing

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Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

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Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”

Build Resilience Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, wellbehaved and delighted with life and their parents at all times. Unell used the daily multitask-

ing challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture or advise,” she says. “Upset children can’t really listen.” Yet, they can be heard—a key way to help them mature. Parents that learn to simplify happily discover that their children feel calmer and more loved, socially and emotionally adept, and resilient. Concepts focused on creating connections, rather than parenting perfection, are easy to weave into everyday life.


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xplorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga. The Norwegian’s seventh book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, selected as a 2017 Great Read from the Indie Next List, recounts his experiences and presents observations of many past and present poets, philosophers, artists and other explorers—including Plato, Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, Oliver Sacks, Blaise Pascal, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Denis Diderot and Mark Rothko—in exploring where we find silence and how to invoke it to improve well-being. It provokes reader reflection, demonstrating the kind of active engagement Kagge believes silence invites. He explores why it’s essential to our sanity and happiness and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Kagge, whose previous books address exploration, philosophy and art collecting, runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company in Oslo, where he lives.

Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before? Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a

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practical resource for living a richer life. Silence is a deep human need that in our age, has ended up being scarcer than plastic bags from Louis Vuitton. To me, silence is a key to unlock new ways of thinking. I wanted to write about silence because I consider it nearly extinct.

Which insight from the great thinkers cited in your latest book means the most to you? The Roman philosopher Seneca, 2,000 years ago, said, “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

When they come to the end of it, the poor wretches realize too late that for all this time, they have been preoccupied in doing nothing.” Everything Earthly can be snatched away in an instant. Life is long if you know how to use it. Even if we were to live 1,000 years, our lives would feel short if we threw away this present time. We exist, but few of us actually live.

What have been the most helpful takeaways from your experiences? Your mind—in silence—can be wider than the sky. Silence is about getting inside what you are doing—experiencing, rather than overthinking, and not living through electronic devices and other people.

Where may silence be found? It’s easier to find silence than many people think or believe. I walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun in search of total silence; but I never found it before I turned inwards toward inner silence and uncovered forgotten sides of a universe just as mysterious as outer space. One universe stretches outward, the other inward.

Are there practical steps to achieve a state of silence? You can shut out the world and fashion your own inner silence whenever you run, cook food, have sex, study, chat, work, think of a new idea, read or dance. Silence is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but the opposite; it’s seeing the world a bit more clearly, staying on a course and aiming to love your life as much as you can. I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it’s possible to reach silence anywhere. One only needs to subtract. It’s about finding your own South Pole.

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wimming may be the perfect lifelong sport; it’s a low-impact, joint-friendly, sustainable way for anyone to stay fit at any age. In taking the plunge—including after a prolonged hiatus—be wisely aware of some caveats. 4Allow for relevant muscles to get into swim-shape. Endurance training increases their ability to use oxygen and nutrients more efficiently. 4Although swimming generally boasts low injury rates, avoid overdoing it. For the first month, concentrate on refining proper technique, including minimizing drag. Intense workouts can come later. Here are 10 ways to optimize a swimming workout.

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Make Like a Missile. With hands alongside the body, push off the wall underwater and glide until coming to a stop. Next, try it with arms outstretched about shoulder-width apart and the head tilted slightly upward like Superman flying. Then, repeat while contorting the body into the longest, straightest, thinnest shape possible. Overlap hands, extend arms and fingertips overhead to the max, squeeze biceps over ears with the head down. After pushing off, bring legs together with knees straight and toes pointed to eliminate any rudder effect.

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Look Down. Keep the head down with eyes trained on the lane line, reducing drag and strain on the neck and lower back.


Roll with It. A good side-to-side body roll cuts drag and activates core muscles in powering arm pulls. Practice rolling by extending the right arm forward as far as possible, place the left arm flat against the torso, then push off the wall with the left shoulder pointing upward, the right, at the pool bottom. Maintain this position while kicking eight to 10 times. Then pull the right arm through the water, simultaneously rolling to the opposite side. Then extend the left arm forward and repeat. When pulling, concentrate on directing power straight back. Pushing down on the water squanders energy during the onset of the stroke, as does pushing upward during the final phase. It eliminates bobbing.


Control Hands. Keep hands about shoulder-width apart throughout a freestyle pull. To avoid fishtailing from side-to-side, imagine a vertical line separating two halves of the body and don’t allow hands to cross over it.


Don’t Kick Hard. A good freestyle kick helps maintain balance and positioning to increase speed. Avoid overkicking; small, quick kicks generate almost as much force as large, powerful ones and

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Loosen Ankles. Efficiency is more about ankle flexibility than foot size. If taking up swimming after years of land sports, ankles may be tight and inflexible. Wearing swim fins will loosen them up. Seek Quiet. Make each stroke smooth and “fish-slippery”. Practice swimming quietly. Splashing and thrashing wastes energy.


Follow the 10 Percent Rule. The three basic components of swim training are the duration, intensity and frequency of workouts. Seek to increase one component by 10 percent each week; for example, work on duration first and intensity later. A reasonable goal for most swimmers is to reach three to four sessions a week of 40 to 60 minutes each. Ascertain what’s sustainable for the long term. Once a routine is established, add in short, fast swims, alternating bursts of speed with rest

Take Tomorrow Off. Rest days enable physical gains, especially as we age. For collegiate swimmers, two practices a day, six days a week might be normal. For retirees, four, one-hour swim practices per week can help preserve fitness safely. Team Up. Coaching and instruction are available for all ages and abilities at many YMCA and recreation centers; check U.S. Masters Swimming at club-resources. Learning with others helps keep us motivated. Jim Thornton, of Sewickley, PA, swam for the University of Michigan in 1970, took a 15-year break, and then resumed competing through U.S. Masters Swimming in 1984. He’s placed in the top 10 nationally 96 times in different events and age groups. In 2012, he placed first worldwide in the 200-meter freestyle for ages 60 to 64.

MINDFUL BENEFITS According to studies by neuroscientist Sara Lazar, Ph.D., at Harvard Medical School, being mindful can affect stronger neural connections in the brain, effecting better breath control, improved concentration, less anxiety and enhancing our capacity to be in the moment.

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n Notice the sensation of water on skin and a feeling of weightlessness. n Forget about to-dos and indulge in simple floating; surrender to the support of the water and let go. n Visualize the water washing away worries and stresses. n Push off the wall of a pool or the bottom of a lake with a personal affirmation such as “I am peaceful” or “I open myself to joy.” Clean waters are vital to us all. Do your part by not contributing to overburdened natural resources. n Swim in chlorine-free pools. n Enjoy the beauty and pass on appreciation for special spots. n Take out what we bring in. n Learn more about why we need clean waterways at Green-Living-Archive/We-Need-Clean-Waters and chlorine-free and natural pools at


Stay Hydrated. Even in water, we perspire, and a mere 2 percent dehydration can affect muscle performance. Even slight dehydration leads to water absorption during swimming and in turn, considerable amounts of chlorine or salt. n Sip water every 15 to 20 minutes during a swimming session n Drink water within 30 minutes after swimming for optimum rehydration n Avoid sugary sports drinks; opt for filtered water Rinse off. Due to chlorine’s magnetic alkaline composition and healthy skin and hair’s natural acidity, soaping up doesn’t remove it. To outwit the chemical bond and reestablish a healthy pH balance after exposure to chlorinated or salt water: n Shower before swimming to protect skin from excessive absorption of chemicals. n Apply coconut or olive oil before swimming to moisturize and maintain pH to fend off viruses and bacteria. n Shower immediately after swimming; start with warm-hot water to open the pores and finish with a cooling spray to close them. n Add a few jar capfuls of apple cider vinegar to water and rinse hair and skin thoroughly; the vinegar’s acidity breaks the chemical bond between chlorine and skin/hair, restores pH and prevents skin and hair damage. n Wash hair and skin with sulphate-free, antioxidant shampoo and body wash. Check out August 2018



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ccording to the authors of Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient - Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, they are integral to our health. Joy Stephenson-Laws, the lead author and founder of the nonprofit Proactive Health Labs, in Santa Monica, California, suggests getting a full-spectrum mineral test through a healthcare provider to identify any deficiencies or imbalances. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives a broad, general Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for minerals, it’s not the most up-do-date or the most specific information according to gender, age or stage in life. The more current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) are nutrient-reference values developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies—five private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis, located in Washington, D.C., Irvine, California, and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Intended

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to serve as a guide for good nutrition by covering 40-plus nutrient substances and more demographically specific than the RDA, the DRI provides a scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in the U.S. and Canada. This list of important minerals, based on the worldwide studies collected in the journal Minerals, is a good starting point. Another good reference is the extensive chart from the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences at

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Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: bananas, dried figs, nuts, avocadoes Recommended Daily Intake: 4.7 grams (g) Why we need it: strong teeth and bones, muscle relaxation and contraction, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, fortified nut milk, dairy products, canned sardines/salmon, dried figs, oysters; plus mineral water brands labeled higher in calcium and lower in sodium, per integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil Recommended Daily Intake: 1,000 to 1,200 mg


Why we need it: joint function Food sources: fish, beef, poultry, egg yolks, beans, coconuts, bananas, garlic Recommended Daily Intake: 6 mg of sulfur-containing amino acids per pound of adult weight


Why we need it: works with calcium to build strong bones, repair cells Food sources: salmon, yogurt, turkey, lentils, almonds Recommended Daily Intake: 700 mg


Why we need it: strong bones, energy, mental health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and foods with fiber Recommended Daily Intake: 310 to 320 mg for adult women, 410 to 420 mg for adult men


Why we need it: thyroid function, healthy skin and nails Food sources: seaweed, turkey, cranberries, navy beans, iodized table salt Recommended Daily Intake: 150 mcg Why we need it: lowering cancer risk Food sources: Brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, turkey Recommended Daily Intake: 55 mcg


Why we need it: facilitates production of natural enzymes Food sources: lima beans, cauliflower, peas, soybeans Recommended Daily Intake: 45 mcg


Why we need it: reduces insulin resistance, helps lower cholesterol Food sources: lean meats, whole grains, broccoli, green beans Recommended Daily Intake: 25 mcg for adult females, 35 mcg for adult males We require macrominerals—those we need in larger amounts—as well as microminerals—those necessary in trace amounts. For a good overview from the Harvard University Medical School, visit Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


Why we need it: helps make blood hemoglobin Food sources: breakfast cereals fortified with iron, white beans, dark chocolate, beef liver, spinach Recommended Daily Intake: 18 mg for adult women, 8 mg for adult men


Why we need it: healthy immune system Food sources: nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables Recommended Daily Intake: 11 mg


Why we need it: to ward off colds, aid sexual function Food sources: oysters, shellfish, red meat, whole grains, nuts Recommended Daily Intake: 9 mg for women, 11 mg for men


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s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show that we

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Calculate a personal water footprint at look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste ( Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin ( It’s designed to be flexible so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at and Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ccording to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, if every American cut their water use by 25 percent, the nation would save 2.8 trillion gallons in a year; household faucet leaks alone are estimated to waste 1 trillion gallons annually. Opportunities to save water are everywhere. Here are a few examples for the home, office and lawn, from Water – Use It Wisely’s 100+ Ways to Conserve Water ( Kitchen: Wash produce in a pot of water instead of running the tap, then reuse the water to quench house plants. Bathroom: Save up to 1,000 gallons per month simply by showering for less than five minutes. Laundry room: If city and county codes allow it, have a plumber reroute household gray water to irrigate exterior landscaping rather than losing it to the sewer line. Lawn: Save up to 1,000 gallons a year by refraining from watering the lawn on windy days, when most of the water can blow away. Landscape: Spreading organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture and fend off evaporation, while deterring the growth of water-sucking weeds. Watering in the early morning, when temperatures are low, minimizes evaporation. Use a rain barrel for hand-watering and zone plants by level of drought tolerance. Pool: Use a pool cover and keep water levels to a minimum to reduce water loss and additions of fresh water and chemicals. Office: Conduct a water audit to see where it’s easiest to save water and put in place a water management plan to address any issues. Promote awareness through a company newsletter to encourage employee water-saving efforts. August 2018


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One receives an unlimited amount of love and gratitude from saving a special needs pet. ~Kelly Reeves, co-founder, Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue immune system, had no quality of life until I tried holistic treatments,” says Lara Katz, executive director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, in Mebane. Dottie didn’t gain weight, even though she ate a lot and drank gallons of water a day, resulting in indoor accidents. “A raw food diet resolved many health and housebreaking issues.” Discontinuing regular medications left Dottie miserable and nearly unable to walk. “A massage therapist said her energy centers were blocked,” Katz says. “After an energy medicine treatment, Dottie slept through the night for the first time in months. Her paws looked better short term.” A combination of holistic treatments including cold laser and red-light therapy, Chinese herbs, an anti-yeast protocol and probiotics works best. Katz also uses only eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. “Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Dottie’s visits take a bit of management because of the types of cleaning products used in nursing homes. It’s worth it. She’s completely changed my lifestyle regarding how many toxins we’re exposed to daily.”

Emotional Relief Tracy Krulik, a certified canine separation anxiety trainer in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, is a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. “Using videoconferencing, I can watch my client’s dogs at home, see when panic starts and create daily training plans to keep them safely calm.” Feldenkrais practitioner and author of Grow Young with Your Dog: Learn How You and Your Canine Companion Can Feel Better

at Any Age! Mary Debono, of Encinitas, California, sees a variety of pets. “I invited an Arabian named Easy to be the demo horse during a class I taught,” she recalls. “Sore all over, he couldn’t lift his feet high enough to step over a pole lying on the ground.” Easy showed dramatic improvement through Feldenkrais, which focuses on improved function, rebooting the body by interrupting the cycle of pain and tension, so that the patient realizes change is possible. Debono also treated a rabbit that didn’t like to be touched. “I used the eraser end of a pencil through an opening in his crate. Non-habitual touch gets the attention of the nervous system; areas of tension are sore, so gentle lifts provide relief.” Without pain, movement is easier and behavior improves.

Lesson Learned Sandy Johnson, former actress and author of The Pet Healer Project and Miracle Dogs: Adventures on Wheels, in Los Angeles, was in recovery from Stage 4 kidney cancer when she adopted Charley, a Brussels Griffon. “Her singlemindedness taught me my greatest lesson about the body’s ability to heal,” she says. Animals show less concern about blindness, a bum knee or even the need for a wheelchair than humans do. People that live with special needs animals are quick to say the benefits far outweigh the cost. When we’re open to the possibilities, such pets offer lessons in living life to the fullest. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at



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SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Sea Turtle Baby Shower – 11am-2pm. A family friendly afternoon of games, activities, entertainment to educate and celebrate Sea Turtles. Take the Sea Turtle Friendly Oath, Meet Meg the Mermaid. Touch a real turtle shell. Lots of giveaways. Event includes: Name the Sea Turtle, How Do You Measure Up, Guess the Hatch Date, Sea Turtle Ornament Making, Sea Turtle crafts, Floating in the Gulf Clean Water Demo, Meg The Mermaid, Sea Turtle Oath, Happy Hatcher Relay Race, Eco-Informational Kiosks, Give-Aways, ECUA Quench Buggy, Art vendors, Music, Souvenir Sports Bottles. Sea Turtles Dig Clean Beaches for sale. Free. Landshark Landing, 165 Ft. Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 850-916-6971.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 DIY Personal Care & Spa Make N Take – 6:308pm. Learn a few key points of why natural body care products are extremely important to our health and turn that knowledge into soothing, moisturizing body butter, naturally scented with essential oils and a delightful sugar scrub. Each attendee leaves with their own personalized body butter and sugar scrub. $15. Esther's Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live. com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 Greek Festival – 11am-4pm. Join us at the Emerald Coast Convention Center for a three-day event celebrating the Annual Greek Festival over Labor Day weekend. Come travel to Greece without leaving the Emerald Coast. Enjoy a variety of authentic Greek foods, pastries, wine, live music and spectacular Greek dance performances. $2. Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1540 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 Hand Reflexology & Essential Oils – 2-3:30pm. Let’s discuss the history of reflexology, supporting body systems with hand reflexology, and getting the most out of reflexology with essential oils plus teach each other techniques to complete hand reflexology ourselves or loved ones to maximize your essential oil use. Come prepared to learn and practice. Ever'man Cooperative, 315 W. Garden St, Pensacola. 850-499-3670.

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Hope and Healing – 10:30-11:45am. Hope and Healing is presented by Emerald Coast Hospice and is hosted monthly at Somerby Assisted Living of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Our Hope and Healing hour is about reaching those in need, transforming the pain of their grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally.

With the shedding of tears, healing comes. The newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again. Free. 164 W. Hewitt Road, Santa Rosa Beach. 850-837-2589.


special event Thermography Presentation Presentation by Breast Thermography International’s owner and founder, Dr. Tony Piana. As a safe, painless, non-invasive and popular procedure, themography uses thermal imaging to detect heat and inflammation within the body. Attendees receive a 10% discount thermography scan.

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upcoming special event 2nd Annual Milton Metaphysical & Spiritual Festival Adults $8 • 4-11 $5 • 3 & under Free.

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sunday A Course in Miracles Study Group – 8:30-9:30am and Wed. 6:30-7:30pm. A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. Sundays’ gathering is a time to study the text. Wednesdays’ discussion is time to share our experience of embracing now a holy instant. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola. 850-438-2948. Unity Spiritual Service – 10am. Discover “A Positive Path for Spiritual Living.” All people have sacred worth and are welcome at Unity Pensacola. As ministe, Rev. Jamie’s passion for the truth and a spirit-filled life is evident in all that he does. Charismatic and soulful, his messages are clear, relevant and enlightening. Donations Appreciated. Unity Pensacola, 716 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacoal. 850-4382277. Community Yoga Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Free yoga class to introduce our newest teachers at Dragonfly Yoga, with donations for this class going to The Southern Dog Rescue. Beginning with breath, meditation and then a multi-level Vinyasa flow, cool down and savasana. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St, Ste 2, FWB.

monday Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 8:30-9:30am. Mon, Wed, Fri. For those individuals who have a strong foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Dance Trance Pensacola – 9-10am. A choreographed dance fitness class incorporating jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, ballet and more to popular music. No dance experience necessary, just an attitude of fun and a desire to learn something

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new and different. First Class Free. Communio Health & Fitness, 904 E. Scott St., Pensacola. 904-654-5479. Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9:4510:45am. Mon,Wed,Fri. For those with conditions such as ostoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Intermediate Equipment Class – Noon1pm. Tue & Thur-5:30pm, Sat-9am. Challenging exercises for those who have a foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Improves strength, posture, alignment and flexibility. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Gentle-time Yoga – 4-5pm & 6-7pm. An easy yoga class with slow movements focusing on proper alignment with the use of blankets, blocks, and straps. Perfect for the beginner and experienced student wanting an easier pace. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Only 5 spots available. Call ahead to pre-register. Private individual and group classes are also available. $10 Summer Special. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. Kundalini Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. And Wed. Known as the Yoga of Awareness. It’s a dynamic, powerful tool that’s designed to give you an experience of your truth and purpose. Harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body. The technique precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. The kriyas are a specific set of exercises that generate energy, organize that energy and deliver you to a specific energetic state. For all levels. $79 Monthly. Spice Health Studio, 42 Business Centre Dr, Ste 209, Miramar Beach. 850-399-1149. MJAcupuncture@ Pilates Multi-Level Mat Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Tue 8:30am. For those who have basic understanding of fundamentals of Pilates Mat. Uses a variety of

different props, ex. stability balls, rollers, rings, etc to algin, strengthen, and increase flexibility. $10 account rate/$15 drop in rate. Limited to 8 participants.$30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850287-5836. Truth on Tap – 5:45pm. 3rd Mon. Monthly Spiritual Discussion Group with Rev. Jamie Sanders. Lively spirited discussions of spiritual topics. Discussion is free/ Food is a la carte. Cactus Flower Cafe, 3425 N. 12 Ave, Suite 111, Pensacola. 850438-2277. Gentle-Time Yoga – 6-7pm. Summer Special $10 Class. This is an easy yoga class with slow movements focusing on proper alignment with the use of blankets, blocks, and straps. It's a perfect class for the beginner and experienced student looking for an easier pace. Only 5 spots available. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Call to pre-register. Private individual and group classes are also available. $10 850-651-2286. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave. Suite B, Shalimar. Beach Yoga w/Felicia – 6-7:15pm. Connecting to the elements of nature, this yoga practice on the beach embraces the perfection of imperfection. Connect to the earth, water, fire and air of the captivating beaches of Florida. Pre-registration is suggested: https://tinyurl. com/ycj886eg. It is suggested to leave your yoga mat at home and bring a towel, blanket, or sheet instead. $15 drop-in. Beasley Park, 1550 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB. 850-217-2771. Awaken Your Destiny Masterclass – 7-9pm. Spend an exciting evening designing your life on purpose. Discover the 4 step awaken your destiny formula, how to regain control of your life, how to choose the right goals that will lead you to happiness and success. Bring a notebook, pen and open mind. “We can either make a living or design a life.” ~Jim Rohn. Free. Earthwaking University, 9721 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach. 850- 896-9198.

tuesday Mindful Yin Yoga – 6:45-7:45am. Most of us have a hard time finding stillness in our busy, stress-filled lives. Join us for Yin Yoga as we find stillness and bring our mind and body in equilibrium. Yin consists of slow movements, typically holding postures for 3-5 minutes at a time, working through the connective tissues of the body which increases mobility, circulation and energy. BlissfulBodhi is community focused and dedicated to wellbeing. Welcoming all seekers of yoga, joy and wellness; to grow healthier and happier as a community together. RSVP $12 or discounted 8 Class Pass. Drs. Frisbees & Kracht's Center for Healthy Living, 119 Truxton Ave, FWB. Visit Facebook: AM SUP Yoga – 8am. And Thurs. Beginners welcome, all gear provided. Experience sunkissed bliss. Reservations required, book online at . $55-$75. 239-5606667. Pilates Equipment Class – 5:30-6:30pm. MonNoon, Sat-9am. Challenging exercises for those who have a foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Improves strength, posture, alignment and flexibility. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836.

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Thought Technology – 6:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. With Dr. Tali Cluxton. Law of Attraction studies. Learn and practice techniques to use your intentions in a way that will help you to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Public welcome. Donation fee appreciated. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. Urantia Book Study Group – 6:30pm. 4th Tues. With Meda Arbour. Reading and group discussion of passages from the Urantia Book, a spiritual text that includes information on cosmology, history, biology, deity, man’s origin and future, our spiritual ascension. Public welcome. Donation fee appreciated. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. Art with Heart – 6:30-7pm. 2nd Tues. Canvas and paint supplies included. Join us for an uplifting and relaxing evening. $20 for members, $25 nonmembers. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. Honor Military Yoga Class – 7-8:15pm. Honoring those who serve, have served, and family members holding DOD IDs – US Armed Forces welcome for free. All others may join for a drop-in fee of $12. Beginners welcome and multi-level Hatha yoga class with breath awareness, meditation, sun salutations, restorative cool down, and savasana. Come build strength, flexibility, and clarity of the mind with those that serve this country. Free w/ID or $12. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St. SE, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-218-2575.


years of experience teaching. We will incorporate movement, breath and essential oils. Whether you are getting started or deepening your practice this class is perfect for you. $15. Symmetry Integrative Health, 430 Racetrack Rd NE, Ste B, FWB. 850-217-2771.

wednesday Gyrokenisis Class – 2-3pm. This movement system allows the entire body to be worked through spinal movement. Gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic flowing movements. Most of the exercises are performed sitting on a stool. Limited to 8. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-2875836. Pilates Happy Hour Paddle – 3pm. SUP down a secluded canal and out in the Choctawhatchee Bay to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour (1.5 miles, 45 min. each way). Awesome 3-hour tour. Book online at $60-$90. 72 Mason Avenue, Santa Rosa Beach. 239-560-6667. Yoga Flow w/Felicia – 5:30-6:45pm. Join us for a fun accessible yoga practice. Felicia has over 15

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Dance Trance Pensacola – 5:30-7pm. A choreographed dance fitness class incorporating jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, ballet and more to popular music. No dance experience necessary, just an attitude of fun and a desire to learn something new and different. First Class Free. Communio Health & Fitness, 904 E. Scott St., Pensacola. 904-654-5479. Pranic Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation – 6:30-7pm. With MarVin Corbin. Enjoy the cleansing, de-stressing, and peace of the Life Force Energy Healing. Public welcome. Donations appreciated. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 6:30-7:30pm and Sun. 8:30-9:30am. A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. Wednesdays’ discussion is time to share our experience of embracing now a holy instant. Sundays’ gathering is a time to study the text. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola. 850-4382948.


thursday Mindful Yin Yoga – 6:45-7:45am. Most of us have a hard time finding stillness in our busy, stress-filled lives. Join us for Yin Yoga as we find stillness and bring our mind and body in equilibrium. Yin consists of slow movements, typically holding postures for 3-5 minutes at a time, working through the connective tissues of the body which increases mobility, circulation and energy. $12. Drs. Frisbees & Kracht's Center for Healthy Living, 119 Truxton Ave, FWB. Facebook page BlissfulBodhi.Yoga Body Rolling and Myofasical Release Stretch Class – 8:30-9:30am. Specialized compression balls and foam rollers, myofasical trigger points are released and pain can be eased or eliminated. The newly elongated muscle can then be strengthened even further with greater ease. Limited to 8. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Gentle-time Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm. An easy yoga class with slow movements focusing on proper alignment with the use of blankets, blocks, and straps. Perfect for the beginner and experienced student wanting an easier pace. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Only 5 spots available. Call ahead to pre-register. Private individual and group classes are also available. $10 Summer Special. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286.

First class free. Communio, 904 E. Scott St., Pensacola. 980-475-2194. Yoga Flow – 5:30-6:30pm. Flow and awaken your state of joy. Connecting mind, body and breath, this class focuses on cultivating mindfulness, and decreasing stress. BlissfulBodhi is community focused and dedicated to wellbeing. Welcoming all seekers of yoga, joy, and wellness; to grow healthier and happier as a community together. Welcoming all seekers of yoga, joy and wellness; to grow healthier and happier as a community together. RSVP $12 or discounted 8 Class Pass. Drs. Frisbees & Kracht's Center for Healthy Living, 119 Truxton Ave, FWB. Visit Facebook: How to Speak Unity – 6:30pm.Taught by Mary Enfinger the discussion is for any Unity church member who wants to have a clear answer when family or friends ask, “What is Unity?” Participants should bring a copy of the book How to Speak Unity: A Seeker’s Guide to the Basic Concepts and Terms That Define This Practical Spiritual Lifestyle, by Temple Hayes. Enfinger is a licensed Unity teacher. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N. 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-438-2277.

Nia Dance Fusion Fitness – 5:30-6:30pm. A joyful movement practice that blends simple, low impact dance moves with martial arts and healing arts providing a holistic, whole body workout for your mind, body and spirit. Generally practiced barefoot, shoes are optional. Adaptable for all fitness levels.

Spiritual Capitalist Mastermind Group – 7-9pm. The intention for this group is for everyone in it to net at least a 6 figure income over the next 12 months by providing massive value to the world. We have some amazing projects in the works and could use your help...everyone is welcome. Free. Earthwaking University, 9721 Thomas Dr, PCB. 850-896-9198.


dings, Reunions, Networking Events, For more information, call 850-438-2277.

Submit classified entries online only at The submission form is located on the Advertising web page or call 850-687-0826. $20 for 20 words, $1 per extra word, per month. Due date is the 15th of the month prior to month published. COMMERCIAL KITCHEN RENTAL RENTAL SPACE TO START A FOOD BUSINESS – Commercial kitchen for lease hourly. YourProKitchen is a shared, licensed, culinary incubator that will help you start or grow your own food business. We will help with licensing, safety certification and insurance. Chefs have 24-hour access to a beautiful fully-equipped commercial kitchen located in Panama City Beach. Go to or call 850-527-1085.

EVENT SPACE UNITY OF PENSACOLA FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – Beautiful historical sanctuary that seats up to 300 and/or our Fellowship Hall with tables and chairs for up to 65, stage and kitchen area. Wed-

HELP WANTED BODYWORKS BY BULL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE – Massage therapist wanted to join our team. Must have CEUs in sports/ medical modalities, Experienced. Will provide everything you need. Must help with marketing. 850-651-2286. COMPREHENSIVELY TRAINED PILATES INSTRUCTOR WANTED – Join Barbara Bruni’s team at her busy studio, Pilates Core Training, Pensacola. The studio encompasses a warm and caring environment for clients specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonics, Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. Minimum of three years Pilates experience required; preferably trained in Contemporary Pilates with a rehabilitation background. Must be a team player with the ability to retain and recruit new clients. Send resume to MASSAGE THERAPIST FT/PT – Flexible schedules, benefits, clean, supplied, professional environment, so you can focus on doing what you love. Massage Envy in Pier Park, Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Destin, 850-650-8500. FWB, 850-301-2000 Panama City Beach, 850-563-0070 MM#35714, 36004, 36005.

Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 7:4511:15am. 9am-Intermediate; 10:15am-Beginners. Improve your posture, strength and flexibility. Classes use a variety of Reformers, Towers, and Wunda Chairs, along with small props to enhance the exercises. Experience what it feels like to feel good in your body. Limited to 6. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCore Nia Fusion Dance Class – 9-10:15am. 1st Saturday with Nia Teacher Kat Mansfield for an expressive fusion fitness practice. Simple, low impact dance moves blended with martial arts and healing arts providing a holistic, whole body workout for your mind, body and spirit. Generally practiced barefoot (shoes are optional). All fitness levels. First Class Free. Communio Health & Fitness, 904 E. Scott St., Pensacola. 980-475-2194. MoveWithKat@ Saturdays Intuitive Development Series – 2-4pm. This hands-on class will assist you to develop and enhance your intuitive abilities in everyday life. Limited space. Call for details or to book individual appointments. $25. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola. 850-9414321. Intuitive Group Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. By Intuitive Medium Ericka Boussarhane. Ericka uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in the lives. As a medium, she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Call for details or to book individual appointments. $20. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola. 850-941-4321.

SERVICES MYOFASCIAL RELEASE FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH – Janet Hardy, LMT, BCTMB, John F. Barnes’ expert Myofascial Release therapist offers treatment for many womens’ health issues. For more information, please call 850-231-9131or email CaringTouch SPIRITUAL COUNSELING/COACHING – Spiritual counseling and coaching available with Rev. Jamie Sanders. Metaphysical approach, meditation and affirmative prayer. 850-438-2277.

TREATMENT ROOM RENTAL ROOM RENTAL – Be an integral part of Navarre Living Yoga's healing team. Currently seeking a holistic practitioner to offer complimentary services such as; acupuncture, reflexology, life coaching, nutrition and wellness, or counseling. 850-346-3577

WEDDING SERVICE BEAUTIFUL MARRIAGE CEREMONIES – Spiritual marriage ceremonies with Rev. Jamie Sanders at Unity of Pensacola or your location of choice. Packages available. For more information 850-4382277.

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community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit or call 850-687-0826.


Experience the many benefits of acupuncture. Restoring health naturally to patients for more than 30 years, Dr. Kovar also offers chiropractic care, nutrition response testing with designed clinical nutrition, and massage.


1600 N Palafox St, Pensacola 850-474-1115 An attorney with a heart, Lisa provides a new approach to divorce called Collaborative Divorce, a team strategy designed to minimize the effects marriage and life changes. Also provids family law matters such as guardianship, name change, advance directives. See ad, page 33.


Lisa Rector 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Ste 5 Harvest Village in Navarre 850-833-3003 •

Offering a carcinogenic-free atmosphere and products. certified color specialist and designer cuts, hair extensions, highlights, facials, waxing, massage and a sophisticated, international clothing and gift boutique full of fun and exotic gifts. See ad, page 27.

ORGANIC CONCEPTS BY CAMY AT LE VOGUE SALON 609 W Chase St, Pensacola 850-582-0177

Providing an organic solution to beauty in a world full of chemicals. Organic Salon Systems gives you clean and healthy hair with ammonia free hair color and chemical free styling products. See ad, page 8.

ORGANIC SALON VEDAT Janice Skene 114-B Benning Dr, Destin 850-837-2690

Organic Salon Systems started a revolution of healthier, natural, organic, better performing professional products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens, plastics. See ad, page 23.

BIOFEEDBACK BIOFEEDBACK Teresa Brown-Konell 1211 E Strong St, Pensacola 850-776-1076

Can benefit those with anxiety or depression, increase well being, mental focus and concentration. L.I.F.E. System biofeedback a quantum device is designed to reduce stress, restore balance and allow the mind, body and spirit to heal naturally. Teresa is a biofeedback practitioner. See ad, page 54.

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Karen Kennedy, MD 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Ste 201, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 SculpSure is a non-surgical laser treatment for the reduction of stubborn fat in areas like the abdomen, love handles, back, and inner and outer thighs; and chin contouring. Amazing results with zero down time and without drugs. See ad, page 3.


We’re not just a massage practice anymore. offering massage therapy, art (active release technique) myofascial release, skin care and facials, neuromuscular massage, vacuum cupping, yoga, kinesiology taping with rock tape, advanced sports massage, and therapeutic pedicures performed by a certified practitioner. MM14353. See ad, page 8.


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 In her 22+ years of massage therapy Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 20.


Lezlie's Day Spa 327 S County Hwy 393, Ste 201A, Santa Rosa Beach 850-339-2121 Lezlie specializes in pain and stress management massage modalities. She utilizes massage techniques to reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety and stress to improve quality of life. See ad, page 25.

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Natural Alternative Wellness Center and Smoothie Bar 2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 • Find us on Facebook We p r o v i d e a g r e a t selection of CBD & Hemp oils in a variety of applications such as: droppers, sprays, capsules, softgels, balms and vape liquids. See ad, page 37.


11525 Hutchison Blvd, Ste 103, PCB 850-775-4913 Providing the best CBD oil and hemp products in North America. Hemp oil extracts, food, personal hygiene, soap, mouth wash, skin care. Go online to order or visit our store. See ad, page 31.


339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3. FWB 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-5, Closed Sun Providing the largest selection of CBD oils, tinctures, sprays, softgels, balms and vape liquid in the area, including high dose options for pain, anxiety, sleep and much more. See ad, page 2.


In the Publix Shopping Center 634 W 23rd St, Panama City 850-763-8871 Olive Leaves provides the best CBD oil and hemp products from Carun and is the finest quality, fresh, natural, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, body care products and health information in a fun, comfortable, clean, safe environment. See ad, page 11.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603

At Sunshine Yoga we teach kids through discussion, movement, song and expression. In kid's yoga, children learn yoga postures, self-love and respect for all living things.


April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177

Natural and holistic healthcare. Offering chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, massage therapy, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.


Dr Amy Bell 2410 Lisenby Ave, PC Expertise spanning the chiropractic spectrum specializing in prenatal, pediatric, and postnatal care.


Dr Karen Henard-Carter, DC 4566 Hwy 20 E, Ste 205, Niceville 850-897-1105 • A second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to chiropractic wellness for the family, improving health naturally. More than 23 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance and affordable cash plans.

KOVAR CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200

Practicing locally for over 30 years, expertise in treating pain conditions, auto injury and restoring health naturally through nutrition response testing, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, massage and chiropractic wellness care.

DR. TONY SALAMAY, DC, MS, FASA 520 N Macarthur Ave, PC 850-785-9372

Treating conditions through chiropractic, functional neurology and clinical nutrition such as fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. We treat the root causes and not just masking your symptoms. Always accepting new patients.

CRAFTS & GIFTS STONE SOUP Intuitive Spiritual Center 700 Beal Pkwy, Unit D, FWB 850-533-6565

Fort Walton’s newest eclectic intuitive c e n t e r. L o c a l l y made crafts by local artisans. Intuitive readings, jewelry, paintings, incense, crystals, pottery, semi-precious stones, wind chimes, diaper cakes, hand-painted furniture. See ad, page 14.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY SHARALEE HOELSCHER, RCST Certified Rolfer (MA34039) Registered Craniosacral Therapist 850-450-8508

Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 20.

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DEMENTIA MIND PERFORMANCE CENTER Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB (located inside Path to Wellness) 240 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 251-597-8787

A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drug-free, noninvasive and proven effective. treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, Traumatic brain injury. See ad, page 6.


IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, laser no-suture gum surgery, test for compatible materials, cavity-causing bacteria. Examine for gum disease bacteria. Laser cavity diagnoses, saliva, ph check, oral galvanic screening; no fluoride.


106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 Healthy digestion, well-aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good night's sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders, plus crowns,teeth whitening, bridges,veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital X-ray imaging, CO2 laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings. See ads, pages 9 and 53.


Energy Healer & Synergy Coach 239-560-6667 Remodel your body’s energy field and upgrade your autonomic nervous system programming to manifest radiant health, beaming confidence, optimal weight, great relationships and financial abundance.



Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 850-380-4943 Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeuticgrade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, in-home classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training. See ad, page 17.


850-499-4697 Locations: 30A Farmers' Market at Seascape Resort 90 Seascape Dr, Miramar Beach 9am-1pm Thursdays (Open March 8) 30A Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza 1003C John Sims Pwy, Niceville 9am-1pm Saturdays (Year Round) Sandestin Grand Boulevard Hwy 98 600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach 9am-1pm Saturdays (Year Round) Rosemary Beach Town Center, on 30 A 28 N. Barrett Square, Panama City Beach 9am-1pm Sundays (Year Round) Serene, beautiful, distinctive and exclusive is the best way to describe the 30A Farmers’ Market Family. European and coastal-inspired markets feature local farmers, makers, bakers, and specialty vendors in an inviting market experience. See ad, page 13.


3101 E Cervantes St, Pensacola 850-316-4149 It’s time to take better care of yourself. Start by doing nothing. Experience float therapy and start living life without pain, anxiety and stress. We provide efffective wellness with stateof-the-art science and technology with Wholebody Sonic Vibe, infrared sauna, float therapy and magnesphere magnetic resonance therapy. See ad, page 25.

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An educated and friendly staff, quality vitamins and supplements. Essential oils for a healthy lifestyle. Natural holistic health assessments­—iridology, tongue and fingernail assessment, reflex nutrition assessment—by appointment, $60. See ad, page 15.


Natural Alternative Wellness Center and Smoothie Bar 2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 • Find us on Facebook We offer cutting edge wellness testing/ screenings along with all natural supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products. Very knowledgeable staff that also make great tasting good-for-you smoothies & protein shakes! See ad, page 37.

EVER’MAN COOPERATIVE GROCERY & CAFE 315 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-438-0402 •

Natural and certified organic products, vitamin supplements, local and organic produce, wholesome baked goods, hot deli lunches, environmentally friendly products, and educational classes and events. Mon-Sat, 7am9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm. See ad, page 31.


339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3, FWB 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-5, Closed Sun Natural supplements, herbs, skincare, and essential oils plus organic and specialty foods. In-store 100% organic café (weekdays 9-4) with juices, smoothies, etc. Very knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 2.


New U Life’s SOMADERM™ Gel is the only transdermal, FDA registered product, containing Homeopathic human growth hormone (HGH). This gel is absorbed through the skin and provides the body with greater bio-availability than oral growth hormones and may diminish the effects of aging. This Hormone Distributorship opportunities are currently available. See ad, back cover.

THE "LITTLE YELLOW PILL", PROTANDIM DISTRIBUTOR Deborah Snyder, LifeVantage 614-309-5952 Learn more about using an allnatural supplement which has been scientifically proven to extend life in mammals and addresses the two major underlying causes of disease. Contact me to schedule your free private consultation or for a current class schedule. # 1922480. See ad, page 21.


In the Publix Shopping Center 634 W 23rd St, PC 850-763-8871 Olive Leaves is here to provide you with the finest quality, fresh, natural, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, body care products and health information in a fun, comfortable, clean, safe environment. See ad, page 11.

VITAMINS R US HEALTH FOODS 15500 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Unit 420, PCB 850-588-7575

Panama City Beach’s most complete health food store. Quality supplements, vitamins & minerals, organic food and more. We have gluten -free, non-GMO, dairy-free and vegan products at everyday low prices. See ad, page 15.


Wishful Treasures Newage Gift Store 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola 850-941-4321 Ericka Boussarahne is an author, radio personality, public speaker and professional psychic intuitive who is sought after around the world. She has been featured on television programs dealing with the paranormal and interviewed by national radio stations across the country.


1211 E Strong St, Pensacola 850-206-1853 Experienced intuitive medium, public speaker and author. Find peace, healing and renewal of energy through energetic clearing, past life regression and spiritual counseling. Consultations in person or by phone. See ad, page 53.


ThetaHealing® Teacher & Healer THE Healing Clinic 26 Beal Pkwy SW, FWB 850-217-2771 Choose new beliefs and consciously create a life of health, wealth and happiness. ThetaHealing® is best described as an attainable miracle. Experience or learn it with the only certified instructor in this area.


Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766

Board Certified Gynecologist M D , o ff e r i n g f u l l G Y N services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a noninvasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 3.

DR. TONY SALAMAY, DC, MS, FASA 520 N Macarthur Ave, PC 850-785-9372

Treating conditions through chiropractic, functional neurology and clinical nutrition such as fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. We treat the root causes and not just masking your symptoms. Always accepting new patients.


Cave, MD • Barber,MD • Janis Cook, RN 8990 Ortego Park Dr, Navarre 850-529-0770 Ageless We offer multiple techniques and programs to get you on the right track to better health and a better body. Our services include behavioral therapies, nutritional strategies, hormone replacement pellet therapy, prescription medications and, best of all, the support of a caring staff. See ad, page 17.


Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non-invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 3.


222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-430-9434 • Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers, great benefits. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 21.

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850-261-3596 • The mind is the most powerful gift we have. Using hypnosis, NLP and life coaching you can improve, change or accept anything you truly desire. Reach your full potential. Also offering certified hypnosis training program. See ad, page 30.


Barbara Bruni, Owner 1308 Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836

Our Sunlighten sauna offers the highest quality and quantity of far infrared heat. Potential benefits include lowered blood pressure, weight loss, detoxification, inflammation reduction, pain relief and more. Also included is Sound Therapy for deeper relaxation, as well as Chromotherapy which uses the full spectrum of colored lights on various energy points to help balance your body, each color of which addresses a distinct need. See ad, page 5.

Capstone House • Mystic Festival

INTUITIVE ARTS CAPSTONE HOUSE FUTURISTIC Upcoming Programs: LEARNING CENTER Various Kinds of Intuitive Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1713 Beck Ave. in Panama City

1713 Beck Ave, PC Readings Intuitive Guidance 850-747-9224 Aura Interpretations Crystals and Jewelry for sale Refreshments additional charge

August 19th 1PM until 3PM, “Mind over Mood” Join us for a fun and informative afternoon as we discuss how emotions like love, hate and grief release chemicals in the brain instantly affect your mood and health. We will look at simple things you can implement to minimize how you react to emotional triggers. Sept 9th Capstone Mystical Festival Sept 15th, 6:30 PM “Beyond Native American dreams” Speaker Ben W. Liggin Sr. will speak about NW Florida Native American’s learn about their history, culture, art, music, and their struggles. Sept. 16th 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM “Easy Guide to Meditation” find out how to truly meditate hosted by Jul’s Constantine. Sept. 16th 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM “Spirit Guides and How to Work with them” hosted by Jul’s Constantine. Sept 22nd 6:30 PM “Beyond E.P.I.C” Christy McBee will be speaking on the E.P.I.C. team from Life Management. Sept 23rd 6:30 PM Psychic Fun Night: Come take advantage of our psychics who are coming together to do mini readings for anyone who comes in! Sept. 29th 6:30 “Beyond the Renaissance” Speaker Marcel Hildebrand will take you on a journey back into the renaissance era along with a demonstration. October 14th 6:30 PM Capstone’s Anniversary Party everyone is welcome to Join us.

Readings, channeling, pranic healing, meditations, pranic face lift and body sculpting, reiki, spiritual growth and awareness classes, thought technology, Urantia study, astrology, exploring UFO’s. See ad, page 23.

Weekly Classes

Monday: 5pm Yoga and 7 PM Reiki Tuesday: 6:30pm odd weeks Thought Technology and even weeks Urantia Wednesday: 6:30pm Pranic Healing & Meditation Thursday: 7:00pm 1st and 3rd Astrology 2nd UFO Friday: 6:30pm Beyond Series $15 includes dinner

MASSAGE THERAPY BEACH THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE & SPA For more information, call 850-747-9224 or email

All events have different cost so please visit our website for more information on these, and future events. 5924 Thomas Dr, PCB$5 donation at the door. 850-234-6563

A massage spa for massage junkie with 19+ years in professional therapeutic massage for medical purposes as well as relaxing, pregnancy, sports, lymph drainage and couples massage. Utilizing CBD cream, vacuum cupping, aromatherapy. Facials, hand and foot treatments also available. See ad, page 41.


BLUEWATER CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177

Sports and rehabilitation massage therapy. Natural and holistic healthcare. Chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.

BODYWORKS BY BULL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 4 Ninth Ave, Ste B, Shalimar 850-651-2286

We’re not just a massage practice anymore. offering massage therapy, art (active release technique) myofascial release, skin care and facials, neuromuscular massage, vacuum cupping, yoga, kinesiology taping with rock tape, advanced sports massage, and therapeutic pedicures performed by a certified practitioner. MM14353. See ad, page 8.


Lezlie David, LMT, Esthetician 327 S County Hwy 393, Ste 201A, Santa Rosa Beach 850-339-2121 Lezlie's Day Spa is a unique healing oasis that caters to each client on an individual basis, and customizes each massage, facial and body treatment to your specific needs. See ad, page 24.


34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, #132 Destin • 850-650-8500 99 Eglin Pkwy, #5B, Uptown Station FWB • 850-301-2000 Pier Park, 15801 L C Hilton Jr Dr, #120, PCB • 850-563-0070 Looking for professional, customized massages andfacials? Our professional massage therapists and estheticians will customize massage and facial to fit your needs. Make Massage Envy your spa. Two convenient locations in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. MM#35714, 36004, 36005. See ad, page 18.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA PAINCARE, LLC Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD 4507 Furling Ln, Ste 213, Destin 850-281-8186

Dr. Sheila, now certified to order medical marijuana, specializes in pain care practices based on the body’s ability to heal itself to cure pain using forms of regenerative orthopedic medicine such as major autohemotherapy, prolotherapy, prolozone therapy, ozone cancer treatments, intravenous vitamins treatments, chelation therapy, neural prolotherapy, prologel treatments, platelet-rich plasma and stem cell treatments. See ad, page 14.


Pilates Core Training 1308 Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836

Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT #MA64267. See ad, page 5.


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 In her 23+ years of massage therapy, Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 20.


Myofascial Release Massage Therapist Urban Oasis/LauraTyree Health At Hot Yoga Om (Downtown FWB) 850-642-1015 • A healing sanctuary that relieves stress and alleviates damage caused by tension and strain. Fostering physical, mental and emotional relaxation, while performing postures and breathing techniques with the underlying philosophy and relaxed attitude continuing outside of the studio into life or living yoga. Classes for all levels and private classes upon request. See ad, page 21.


Aymen A Kenawy, MD 850-215-6400 3890 Jenks Ave, Lynn Haven/PC Aymen A. Kenawy, M.D., FACP, FACR, Board Certified Rheumatologist specializes in the treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, stem cell and infusion therapy. See ad, page 5.


Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a noninvasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 3.


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Snoring can be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with the following symptoms Insomnia • Fatigue • Dry Mouth Throat • Memory Loss Morning Headache • Attention Deficit • Fatigue • Nocturia High Blood Pressure • Depression • Moody • Impotence

THE ANSWER CAN BE A CUSTOM ORAL APPLIANCE Dr. Welch focuses a large part of her practice on assisting you in obtaining the best night’s sleep, through simple oral appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you have difficulties using, or are intolerant, with a CPAP machine, an oral sleep appliance could be the solution to getting the sleep you deserve.

PILATES STUDIO PILATES CORE TRAINING Barbara Bruni, Owner 1308 Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836

Feel what it feels like to move and feel good again. From athletic training to rehab sessions, PCT can accommodate every level. We offer Mat, Gyrokinesis and equipment classes. Private or Group sessions available for all levels. Visit website for class schedule and pricing. See ad, page 5.


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Gulf Breeze Proper 221 Gulf Breeze Pkwy • 850-932-3424 Downtown Pensacola 426 S Palafox • 850-607-2772 Join us at Pure to experience the largest Pilates studio on the coast. Variety of equipment and mat classes are offered 6 days a week. Tone your core with Pure.

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Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 20.

Ida Rolf's 10-Series is a method of bodywork which creates profound and lasting results. Restructure your body and discover what authentic freedom of movement feels like again. Call to schedule your session today. LMT# MA64267. See ad, page 5.

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Healthy digestion, well-aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good night's sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. plus crowns, teeth whitening, bridges, veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital x-ray imaging, CO2 laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings. See ads, pages 9 and 53.


Jamie Sanders, Minister 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola 850-438-2277 •

Unity of Pensacola offers spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. We provide philosophy that is spiritual, not religious, and love-based, not fear-based. Rev. Jamie Sanders offers spiritual counseling. See ad, page 9.

Pilates Core Training 1308 Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836

TEACHER TRAINING PILATES AND BEYOND TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL Barbara Bruni, Owner 1308 Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836

450-hour comprehensive training covering the fundamentals of movement, complete repertoire on the mat equipment, and includes modification movements for osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements and other various special needs. Registered with Pilates Method Alliance Registry of School. See ad, page 5.


ThetaHealing® Teacher & Healer THE Healing Clinic 26 Beal Pkwy SW, FWB 850-217-2771 Choose new beliefs and consciously create a life of health, wealth and happiness. ThetaHealing® is best described as an attainable miracle. Experience or learn it with the only certified instructor in this area.

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ThetaHealing® Healer Urban Oasis/LauraTyree Health At Hot Yoga Om (Downtown FWB) 850-642-1015 ThetaHealing® is a meditation technique and spirituality philosophy, accepting of all religions, with the purpose of getting closer to your beliefs Creator. A holistic healing technique allowing you to clear limiting beliefs with meditation and prayer. See ad, page 21.

YOGA STUDIOS DRAGONFLY YOGA STUDIES 184 Brooks St, SE, Bldg 2 Downtown FWB • 850-244-0184

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 21.


222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown FWB • 850-430-9434

Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers, great benefits. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 21.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 Experience traditional yoga in a comfortable and inviting space where you will strengthen your inner spirit and deepen your yoga practice. Sunshine Yoga offers classes for all styles and levels.

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