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n other words, whether you love your body or you hate it, you and your body are going to be together all your life, so take care of it. Although we may be getting it right by eating well and exercising, there is another important, often neglected, aspect of self-care. Making the effort to relax, revive and rejuvenate through bodywork is our focus in February.

As an avid tennis player, former water skier and gymnast, as well as being a bit accident prone as a youngster, I have put my body through its share of tribulation and trauma. My body and I appreciate the amazing way bodyworkers can put me all back together, relieving pain and stress and assisting with recovery. My only regret is that I don’t partake often enough. Our feature article, “Bodywork Goes MAINSTREAM,” on page 14, points out that massage and bodywork is not just for relaxing, but has acquired mainstream use in functional medicine. In addition, we have provided a comprehensive guide to the many unique methods of bodywork, so you can find just the right modality for your own body. As we enter this time of greater self-awareness, we become more conscious of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion and expression of the human spirit through these popular healing modalities. This month, consider for Valentine’s Day a couples appointment for a massage, or treat yourself to a recovery session with healing essential oils or light therapy. How about a no-touch energy healing with a Reiki student or master, or perhaps a session with a chiropractor that can help with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia without cracking or popping your spine? We have recently learned more about this; it’s called Activator Method Chiropractic Technique. If you dealing with physical pain make sure you read, “Outsmart Your Pain,” by Maia Rizzi, on page 24, or contact any of our local hypnotherapists for a consultation. As we have learned, chronic pain is stressful, and we all know stress is a killer. So relax and enjoy the many resources in our community, as described here in our pages, to relieve it. Here’s to your heart and health this February!

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esidents of Pensacola have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in an American Cancer Society cancer prevention study from March 14 to 22. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 that have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed. Local enrollment is made possible by partnerships with Baptist Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, West Florida Hospital and The Woodlands Medical Specialists. The study intends to enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. To enroll in the study, individuals will go to a local enrollment location and will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. At home, they will complete a survey packet on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to their health. Upon completion of this process, the Society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The initial and follow-up surveys completed at home will take an hour or less to complete and are expected to be sent every few years.

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he Power Up Energy Expo, the flagship event of the Gulf Coast Energy Network, will be held from March 18 to 20 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, in Fort Walton Beach. The Expo provides an opportunity for participants to connect with energy industry experts, business leaders, policy makers, conservationists and green building enthusiasts as they share innovative techniques to address the energy issues and advance the green building movement. Attendees will hear presentations and panel discussions on the topics of wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, ocean and bioenergy. Savestates, 25% off“We the attendee price. Dave Robau, executive director of Gulf Coast Energy Network, can secure Register online before March 1, 2013 and use promo-code “POWERSAVER”. our nation’s future by improving the way we use energy and by exploring new ways to harness energy while protecting our environment, our national security and human health.” Early registration before Feb. 15 using the promo code POWERSAVER will receive a 25 percent discount. For more information, call 850-855-9850, email coordinator Anna Covington at or visit

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aurie Azzarella is holding a foot reflexology workshop sponsored by the International Institute of Reflexology—The Ingham Method Training Program Phase I & II—from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 17 and 18, at Serenity Salon & Day Spa, in Gulf Breeze. Therapists, nurses, bodywork professionals, parents, young adults and natural health seekers may benefit from learning about this therapeutic method of foot reflexology, taught in a comprehensive, holistic format. Azzarella, practicing Ingham reflexology since 1991, is a Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils educator who teaches monthly classes in the community encouraging individuals to use natural means to balance their bodies back into health and how to maintain wellness and purpose. Cost is $375 for new students (includes book and outline), $250 for returning students. Location: 3331 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. For more information, call 850-380-4943 or email Register at


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oyful Healing Oils presents a fun and educational daylong event on women’s and men’s hormones from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 23, with Dr. Dan Purser, at the Saenger Theatre, in Pensacola. The doctor will explain how hormone levels affect the body and how participants can treat symptoms of menopause, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, migraines and thyroid issues. He will share knowledge about natural pharmaceuticals and Young Living products to help find the body’s balance by looking at one’s own blood work. Attendees are welcome to bring their blood work results to the event for Purser to analyze and make recommendations for optimal hormone health. Purser believes in the biological age reduction benefits of modern hormone replacement therapy, emphasizing natural replacements. These therapies may help prevent breast cancer, bone loss and premature aging, as well as maintain youthfulness, skin elasticity, energy, restful sleep and balanced emotions. Cost is $75 if purchased in advance by Feb. 21 or $100 at the door. Location: 22 East Intendencia (side entrance). For more information and registration, call 850-572-6562, email or visit hormones.

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he 2013 Emerald Coast Health, Wellness, Home, Patio & Family Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15 and 16, at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, bringing, “everything for your healthy and sustainable home, family, community and lifestyle,” say the sponsors. Guests will learn about the newest products and services and receive expert advice and budget-friendly tips on health and wellness, home improvement, gardening, conservation, community programs, family and lifestyle, sustainable energy and more, with local experts, exhibits, speakers, workshops and door prizes. Admission is free. Later in the year, Pensacola Paracon, a convention for fans of science fiction, horror, fantasy, gaming, anime, costuming, fan and indie films, artists, celebrities, comics, Renaissance activities, cosplay, steampunk, theater, performance, literature, publishing, mystery, art, crafts, collecting, model construction, filmmaking and all things paranormal, is planned for August 17 and 18. Vendor inquiries are welcome for both events. Location: For more information, call 850-725-1912 or visit EmeraldCoastHealthExpo. com. Vendors may apply at

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eresa Brown, an Intuitive Medium and Spiritual Healer with more than 25 years of experience has written a new book, Discovering the Power of Ceremony. She feels that it will be especially appealing to a variety of audiences because of its simplicity and candor. The book embraces many philosophies and provides an introduction to ceremony for anyone with a desire to improve the quality of their life. Brown shares her personal stories of how ceremony helped her and many others heal and change their lives. She asks that it is read with an open heart and an open mind.

ust in time for Valentine’s Day, Natural Awakenings is premiering a new online dating site,, in partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, the Internet’s largest and oldest conscious/spiritual/green dating site. Niche, online dating offers singles an efficient way to screen and date potential partners that share similar values and interests and are ready to be in a loving relationship. is designed to facilitate this enlightened way of meeting, dating and connecting. The site will allow singles to join, create a full profile, upload photos and videos, send hellos, indicate interest, and even read and reply to private messages and IMs, all for free. Upgrading, which allows members to initiate personally written messages and IM’s, is inexpensive compared to other online dating sites, with packages ranging from $7.97/month to $16.97/month. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “I’m really excited about this new alliance, which enables us to offer our 80-plus Natural Awakenings publishers around the country yet another way to help their readers connect with likeminded people, this time for the purpose of creating conscious relationships. I can’t wait to hear the new love stories!”


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ebruary is Heart Health Month, and individuals that like hot peppers have another reason to continue their spicy habit, according to recent research. A study presented at the latest National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society focused on the benefits of capsaicin and its fiery-hot relatives, a piquant family of substances termed capsaicinoids, that give cayenne, jalapeños, habanero and other chili peppers their heat. The research team discovered that these substances boost heart health in several ways: They block the action of a gene producing a substance that makes arteries contract and restrict the flow of blood to the heart and other organs; lower cholesterol by reducing its accumulation in the body and increasing its breakdown and excretion; decrease the size of cholesterol deposits already formed in blood vessels that narrow arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes; and reduce overall levels of socalled “bad” cholesterol while not affecting levels of “good” cholesterol.

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alentine’s Day can increase feelings of loneliness, especially for the elderly, and may pose an additional risk factor for health problems such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. A new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, offers fresh evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces negative thoughts about being alone in older adults and also improves their physical health. The ancient practice dates back to the time of Buddha and focuses on creating an attentive awareness of the present moment. In the study, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pennsylvania, recruited 40 healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 85 that were interested in learning the technique. Subjects were assessed at the beginning and end of the study using an established loneliness scale, and blood samples were collected. After eight weeks of meditation training, participants reported decreased feelings of loneliness, and new blood samples revealed reduced pro-inflammatory gene expression (manifestion of encoded information). Inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Lead researcher J. David Creswell reports, “Mindfulness meditation training is a promising intervention for improving the health of older adults. It’s important to train your mind like you train your biceps in the gym.”

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Mobile Phones Becoming Less Toxic The Ecology Center, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in conjunction with technicians at, has published a list of toxic chemicals found in 36 cell phones from a range of manufacturers. The good news is that companies are responding to consumer and regulatory pressure and these troublesome components are on the decline. The Motorola Citrus, Apple iPhone 4S and LE Remarq were the least toxic cell phones in the analysis. Two of the bestselling models, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, ranked fifth and ninth, respectively. Among earlier models, the 2007 iPhone 2G was found to contain the most toxic materials. Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center, concludes, “The takeaway is that mobile phones are chemically intensive and full of chemical hazards, but they’ve been getting a lot better.” The center reported that every phone sampled in the study contained lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury or cadmium. Source:

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Animals’ Native Remedies Offer Insights We can learn much from animal species that selfmedicate naturally. Some have developed the ability to alter their diets and behavior in ways that provide protection from lethal, microscopic parasites. Chimpanzees held captive often succumb to infection by a parasitic worm, which can lead to lethal intestinal blockages or secondary bacterial infections. But chimps in the wild rarely experience such deadly ailments. More than 30 years ago, Michael Huffman, who studies evolution of social systems at the University of Kyoto, in Japan, noticed that wild chimps treated themselves by ingesting foods with special properties that fight intestinal worm infections. Scientists recently discovered why monarch butterflies are so picky in choosing the milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs. “The females often taste a plant, reject it and fly away,” explains Jacobus de Roode, Ph.D., of Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. His research team found that butterflies infected with a certain protozoan parasite seek out milkweeds containing high levels of cardenolide, a plant steroid that interferes with parasite growth in monarch caterpillars. Scientists have identified many other species that partake in self-medicating practices, including macaques and sheep. Recognition that various insects such as honey bees and fruit flies share this trait is enabling scientists to rigorously examine the phenomenon in the laboratory, with hopes of finding applications in animal husbandry and even human medicine.

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Promise of New Sustainable Power Source at Hand British engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis have succeeded in using an innovative new “air capture” technology to remove carbon dioxide greenhouse emissions from the air and transform them into synthetic gasoline. The two-year experimental project mixes sodium hydroxide with carbon dioxide before electrolyzing the sodium carbonate that it produces to form pure carbon dioxide. Hydrogen is then produced by also electrolyzing water vapor captured with a dehumidifier. The carbon dioxide and hydrogen then produce methanol, which is passed through a gasoline fuel reactor to create the fuel. The prototype minirefinery, in Stockton-on-Tees, in Teesside, produced five liters of gas in less than three months. A larger plant might produce more than a ton of gasoline every day, and a refinery-sized operation is envisioned within 15 years. The fuel can be used in any regular application and if renewable energy were used to provide the electricity, the system would be completely carbon neutral. While the technology has the backing of Britain’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers and private philanthropists, it has yet to capture the interest of major oil companies. Source: The Telegraph

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uddy Bowman grew up on a 40-acre farm in the Snake River Valley of Idaho, where everything his family needed was grown, produced, repaired and recycled at home. In that self-sustaining and independent pioneering culture, it was rare to visit a grocery store or a doctor. An all-natural health philosophy became an early part of his way of life. “Farm life taught me the law of sow and reap, and later I found it also applies to all facets of your life,” says Bowman. “I learned traditional values, to be a responsible steward of all resources, and to this day, I don’t smoke, drink or take any prescription drugs. I find the macrobiotic diet is my best medicine.” Bowman’s natural health practices supported an ambitious and challenging career as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He flew 167 combat missions in two tours, including 100 over North Vietnam. He was shot down once and rescued. Bowman was awarded the Silver Star, six Distinguished Flying Crosses and 23 Air Medals. Later, as a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School, he passed the Air Force astronaut physical and flew the NF-104 rocket plane to an altitude of 20 miles. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after earning two Meritorious Service Medals. “It’s clear to me that good health is what makes most things possible in your life. It served me well through the rigors of combat and space flight. Without good health, nothing else matters.” says Bowman. He recognizes the value of higher education and holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and master’s degrees in both business management and counseling psychology. He is also an adjunct professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. As a consultant/advisor and certified facilitator to the Air Force, Bowman instructs in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Covey’s 7 Habits, strategic planning, teambuilding, personal growth and organizational development. To make a difference for others, Bowman supports the growth of local youths as a guest speaker on proactivity, personal responsibility and life planning at all 19 elementary schools in Okaloosa County, the science, technology, math and medicine (STEMM) centers and middle and high schools. Bowman’s passion has turned to light therapy, which he administers in his practice, Light for Life. “Discovering light therapy was a quantum leap in my awareness of the amazing

ability of the body to heal itself as it was designed to do and as nature intended,” he states. “It’s the perfect fit and extension of a lifelong interest in the natural and powerful forces in the universe and our place in it.” He was fascinated to learn that light therapy activates at the cellular level. He pored over the research studies of Nobel Prize winners Nils Finsen and Dr. Louis Ignarro to find that as one big photocell, the body absorbs specific light energy frequencies that stimulate the natural production of nitric oxide, increasing circulation. He explains, “Pure natural healing light helps to bring the body back into its original embryonic frequency and energy balance.” Bowman also learned that inflammation is often the precursor of declining health, and that light therapy reduces inflammation and initiates rejuvenation through the absorption of photons and increased production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the basic energy source of the cell, thus reliving pain and stress. “Light therapy can reverse the stress/inflammation/pain/stress cycle, resulting in a healthier, happier life. My total focus is on my clients in helping them reverse that cycle,” he explains. Bowman immersed himself in the subject, increased his knowledge and qualifications and is now Florida’s first and only professionally certified Quantum Light energy coach with the Board of Advanced Natural Health Sciences. At Light for Life, he uses the FDA-cleared Avalon Quantum Series equipment, comprising of a frequency controller, three flexible pads embedded with 500 pulsing infrared, red and blue LEDs. “My sessions are convenient, private, painless, non-invasive, affordable and best of all—drug-free,” states Bowman. He voluntarily teaches a 12-hour course on Quantum Light Energy Therapy at the Center for LifeLong Learning at the University of West Florida. “It’s time to give back,” he says. “There is a true passion in being able to help others and to contribute something meaningful. This has always given me great satisfaction.” Light for Life is located at 315-A Racetrack Rd., in Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-582-4929, email or visit Jude Forsyth is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings of NW Florida. natural awakenings

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Bodywork Goes MAINSTREAM Helpful Access Points to Health by Linda Sechrist

The seed holds within itself hints of its magnificent maturity. So it is with the practice of whole-person health care, which has matured in language, sophistication, credibility and acceptance. In a single generation, we’ve seen its presence grow from the outer edges of holistic and alternative wellness to complementary and integrative health care. Its latest evolution into America’s mainstream is known as functional medicine. The branch of massage therapy, the germination point for myriad therapies collectively known as bodywork, patterns the movement’s development.


nce considered a luxury for the pampered few, massage was among the first therapies to be widely recognized by physicians as a respected aspect of integrative and functional medicine. Bodywork increasingly shares this status, as it is included in conventional medicine’s more innovative healthcare models that embrace a


body, mind and spirit approach. One of many examples is Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina, where patient services include a form of integrative massage that blends Swedish massage, myofascial therapy, reflexology, energy work and somatic therapy techniques. In the public’s view, bodywork is still largely associated with massage,

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although distinct forms stand on their own, including Rolfing, structural integration, shiatsu and myofascial and craniosacral therapies. Bodywork professionals generally belong to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), whatever their specialized modality. They may also participate in other professional organizations, such as the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, which has some 80,000 members, many of which are also members of the International Association for Structural Integrators. These nonprofits’ websites help individuals locate practitioners in their area. According to Maureen Moon, past president of AMTA, many massage therapists (which don’t refer to themselves as bodyworkers) are trained in various bodywork therapies and intuitively integrate them into their sessions, depending upon each client’s needs. She notes that, “Many AMTA members are so passionate about their profession and meeting the continuing education (CEU) requirements that they go far beyond the units required to maintain their license, which can vary from stateto-state.” For example, Moon has trained in spinal reflex analysis, developed by Dr. Frank Jarrell, neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies, shiatsu and seven massage therapies. “Most AMTA members are CEU junkies,” quips Moon, who points out that national conventions provide continuing education and chapter meetings frequently introduce attendees to new techniques. Some practitioners discover specialties while in search of pain relief for personal injuries or other conditions.

Myofascial Therapy Olympia Hostler, a myofascial therapist in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, had two serious horse riding accidents during adolescence and three automobile accidents by age 40, which combined, left her so incapacitated that she could barely walk. “I couldn’t work for three years, because I was so debilitated,” relates Hostler. She found her doctor’s diagnosis of severe permanent damage

to the body’s soft connective tissue, or fascia, and the prognosis of a lifetime of living with pain unacceptable. So she began searching for something that would help restore health. Her investigation of therapies ended with myofascial release, an effective wholebody approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction, developed by Physical Therapist John F. Barnes. “I had several sessions and found lasting pain relief unlike anything I’d ever experienced,” advises Hostler. Unlike massage therapies focused on improving circulation, inducing relaxation or draining lymph fluid, the myofascial treatment reached Hostler’s deepest layer of fascia to free the restrictions causing her pain. “It was amazing that a hands-on application of gentle, sustained pressure into areas of restriction in the myofascial connective tissue could begin to relieve many years of ongoing, intense pain,” says Hostler.

Rolfing As a Certified (advanced) Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner, Robert McWilliams has been able to pursue his lifelong passion in the fields of movement and physical fitness, which included 25 years as a professional dancer and 14 as a professor of modern dance. He taught at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Florida, in Gainesville. “In the 1980s, while I was still dancing, I had an experience with Rolfing, developed by Ida P. Rolf [Ph.D.], that transformed my dancing, increased my athletic performance alignment, coordination, flexibility, balance, muscle tone, expressive power and overall sense of relaxation onstage, as well as in daily life,” relates McWilliams. He currently serves as an assistant teacher at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, in Boulder, Colorado, where he trained. Although McWilliams’ clients generally see him to treat the pain and discomfort of injuries, he says that they frequently change their focus to how their body is working better overall. “This is because injuries tend to resolve themselves after a few sessions of deep

tissue manipulation of the myofascial system,” says McWilliams. A specialized series of 10 sessions works to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body. Each session focuses on freeing up a particular region of the body. The effect releases old limiting patterns and postures and restores the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. “Often, as freedom of physical expression increases, so does emotional expression,” comments McWilliams.

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“While Rolfers graduate from The Rolf Institute and attend certified training programs in order to maintain their trademark, and structural integrators can attend any of 14 certified U.S. schools, we are all structural integrators; our training is based on the work of Ida Rolf,” says Diane Roth, a board-certified structural integrator who has specialized in massage and bodywork for 25 years in the Chicago area. Roth explains that all practitioners in this field of study combine hands-on freeing and realigning of fascial tissue with awareness and movement education, in order to structurally integrate the whole body. Restoration of postural balance and functional ease greatly helps the body, which, she says, constantly labors against the powerful force of gravity. Like Moon, Roth has studied and incorporated other adjunct therapies and modalities, such as craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. From her perspective, bodywork differs from massage in that it requires more involvement from the client. “I tell my clients that with a veritable village of treatments available, there is always help for anyone that suffers with aches and pains, regardless of age,” says Roth.


Shirley Scranta, owner and director of the International School of Shiatsu, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, discovered The Book of Shiatsu: The Healing Art of Finger Pressure, by Saul Goodman, in a health food store. She subsequently

researched the school that Goodman founded in 1978, based on the theories of masunaga Zen shiatsu, kushi macrobiotic and his own shiatsu shin tai. In 1996, Scranta became one of Goodman’s clients. “I drove a roundtrip of 240 miles for weekly treatments because each session made me feel better and stronger. After five sessions, I enrolled in classes and graduated later that year,” says Scranta. She believes the widely known form of acupressure helped her body reestablish its own intelligence system, which had been distorted by childhood trauma. “This gentle technique applies varying degrees of pressure to release tension, strengthen weak areas, facilitate circulation and balance the life energy that flows through the meridians in the body,” she explains. “In my case, it helped me connect with my body so that I could honor it and do what it needed to rejuvenate itself.”

For More Information International Association of Structural Integrators, International School of Shiatsu, Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars, Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Upledger Institute International (craniosacral therapy),

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Craniosacral Therapy Chiropractor Lisa Upledger is vice president of The Upledger Institute, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A craniosacral therapy (CST) practitioner, educator and wife of CST developer Dr. John Upledger, she advises that tension-related problems are a growing complaint in our modern world. Fortunately, such issues are among the myriad conditions that respond quickly to the gentle touch of this modality. In a 2007 Massage magazine article, she advised that the positive effects of the therapy rely to a large extent on the performance of the body’s inherent selfcorrective mechanisms. “CST works through the craniosacral system to facilitate this function and thereby normalize the environment in which the central nervous


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system functions,” she noted. “As this is accomplished, a wide range of sensory, motor and neurological problems are improved.” CST practitioners listen with their hands to the slow pulsations of the craniosacral system. With a soft touch, equivalent to the weight of a nickel, they explore any fascia restrictions throughout the client’s body, which rests fully clothed in a supine position. Effects of the treatment can be wide-ranging, affecting the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems as well as organs, connective tissues and energy systems. It works to release deeply held physical and psychological patterns held within the body. A coin with different impressions on each side is still only one coin, a blend of precious metals. When the coin is tossed to reveal either heads or tails, the visible symbol is one interpretation of the whole imprint—an analogy that may best define the difference between massage and bodywork. All variations on the theme share the same goal—restoring health to the whole person. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Find other natural living articles at her website, ItsAllAbout

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha

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n 2010, the nonprofit Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, published the results of research done by its department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences that confirmed centuries of anecdotal evidence: People that undergo massage experience measureable changes in the responses of their immune and endocrine systems. For millennia, therapeutic touch has been used to heal the body and reduce tension. Today, more than 100 types of bodywork techniques are available, with modalities ranging from massage and deep tissue manipulation to movement awareness and bio-energetic therapies. All are designed to improve the body’s structure and functioning. Bodywork may be used to help reduce pain, relieve stress, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and promote deep relaxation; some therapies simultaneously focus on emotional release. The following list includes many of the better-known bodywork systems. Finding an approach that improves one’s mental and physical health is a highly individual process; with professional guidance, several modalities may be combined for the greatest personal benefit.

Acupressure: Based on the same system as acupuncture, acupressure stimulates body pressure points using fingers and hands instead of needles, in order to restore a balanced flow of life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners “unblock and strengthen.” Common styles include jin shin, which gently holds at least two points at once for a minute or more; and shiatsu, which applies firm pressure to each point for three to five seconds. (Also see Shiatsu.) Tui na and Thai massage stimulate qi through acupressure hand movements, full-body stretches and Chinese massage techniques. (Also see Tui na.) Other forms of acupressure include jin shin do, jin shin jyutsu and acu-yoga. Learn more at Alchemical Bodywork: Synthesizes bodywork techniques and hypnosis to address emotional sources of chronic tension and pain held in the body and facilitate their release. Practitioners are typically certified in massage, often in conjunction with hypnotherapy certification. Learn more at Alexander Technique: This awareness practice helps identify and change unconscious, negative physical habits related to posture

and movement, breathing and tension. While observing the way an individual walks, stands, sits or performs other basic movements, the practitioner keeps their hands in easy contact with the body and gently guides it to encourage a release of restrictive muscular tension. The technique is frequently used to treat repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, backaches, plus stiff necks and shoulders. Learn more at Amma Therapy: A specialized form of bodywork therapy, amma (which means “pushpull” in Chinese) combines energetic, rhythmic massage techniques on specific acupressure points to facilitate blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and muscular relaxation. Suitable for individuals in varying degrees of physical condition, amma addresses challenges related to stress and anxiety; neck, shoulder and low back pain; and digestive health. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy: Developed by American Ruthie Hardee, it combines elements of traditional Thai massage, barefoot shiatsu and Keralite foot massage (chavutti thirummal) for the treatment of chronic low-back and hip pain. Using overhead wooden bar supports, the therapist employs body weight

and gliding foot strokes to apply compression massage along strategic points in the back muscles to relieve irritations on the spinal nerve caused by inflammation and swelling. Learn more at Aston Kinetics (or Aston Patterning): Created by bodywork visionary Judith Aston in 1977, this integrated system of movement education recognizes the influence of the bodymind relationship on well-being. It incorporates bodywork, massage, ergonomic adjustments and fitness training in order to ease acute or chronic pain. Learn more at Ayurvedic Massage: It’s one part of panchakarma, a traditional East Indian detoxification and rejuvenation program, in which the entire body is vigorously massaged with large amounts of warm oil and herbs to remove toxins. With the client’s permission, oil is also poured into the ears, between the eyebrows and applied to specific chakras, or body energy centers, in techniques known respectively as karna purana, shirodhara and marma chikitsa. These treatments, modified to meet the needs of the West, powerfully affect the mind and nervous system—calming, balancing and bringing a heightened sense of awareness and deep inner peace. Ayurvedic massage techniques are grounded in an understanding of the primordial energies of the five elements—ether, air, fire, water and earth—and of the three basic types of energies, or constitutions, that are present in everyone and everything—vata, pitta and kapha. A knowledgeable therapist selects and customizes various ayurvedic massage techniques by selecting the rate and pressure of massage strokes and the proper oils and herbs. Learn more at Bioenergetics plus Core Energetics: A combination of physical and psychological techniques that identifies and frees areas of repressed physical and emotional trauma in the body. Deep breathing, various forms of massage and physical exercises release layers of chronic muscular tension and defensiveness, termed “body armor”. The unlocking of feelings creates the opportunity to better understand and integrate them with other aspects of oneself. Core Energetics is based on the principles of bioenergetics, but acknowledges spirituality as a key dimension of healing. Learn more at BodyTalk: Developed by chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. John Veltheim, BodyTalk is based upon bioenergetic psychology, dynamic systems theory, Chinese medicine and applied kinesiology. By integrating tapping, breathing and focusing techniques, BodyTalk helps the body synchronize and balance its systems and strengthens its capability of self-repair. BodyTalk is used to address a range of health challenges, ranging from chronic fatigue and allergies to addictions and cellular damage. Practitioners are usually licensed massage therapists (LMT) or bodyworkers. Learn more at Bowen Technique (also called Bowtech and Bowenwork): This muscle and connective tissue therapy employs gentle, purposeful moves, through light clothing, to help rebalance the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The practitioner’s subtle inputs deliver signals to the ANS at specific locations—muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves—and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity. The technique is named after its originator, Australian Tom Bowen, who also introduced the concept of inserting periods of rest between a series of movements within a treatment session. Sometimes called the

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homeopathy of bodywork, Bowtech addresses imbalances and both acute and chronic pain. Learn more at Breema Bodywork: Often described as a cross between partner yoga and Thai massage, Breema is a movement technique designed to restore vitality at an energetic level. It employs standardized sets of movements, based upon more than 300 sequences, none of which require strong exertions or muscular contortions. Breema techniques, which identify and emphasize nine principles of harmony, can be administered by a practitioner or by the individual as Self-Breema. The therapy originated in the Kurdish village of Breemava, in Western Asia. Learn more at Chi Nei Tsang (CNT): Principles of kung fu and Tai chi chuan, known as chi-kung (or qigong), support this holistic approach to massage therapy. CNT literally means, “energy transformation of the internal organs,” and practitioners focus mainly on the abdomen, with deep, soft and

Cupping is Making a Comeback by Dr. Sheryl Roe nce widespread throughout Europe and Asia, the practice of cupping is now limited mainly to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A practitioner might use cupping as one way to aid weight loss or other health issues such as depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. In cupping, a practitioner places a glass container with a partial vacuum inside on a patient’s skin in order to produce suction on the underlying tissue. In TCM, it is believed that qi, the universal life energy energy, moves through the body underneath the surface of the skin. When qi becomes or stopped up or stagnated, it causes pain and other health problems. One of the methods for releasing qi is by cupping, which brings improvement. Cupping has roots in ancient medical traditions across Europe and Asia, In TCM, practitioners thousands of years ago used heated cattle horns to draw pus and blood from boils. Cupping even appears in ancient Egyptian manuscripts. Hippocrates and Galen, pioneers of Western medicine, recommended cupping for many different types of illness. Europeans continued to use cupping and its related practice of bloodletting until the rise of modern medicine in the 20th century, and folk medical practitioners worldwide still use the practice. In TCM, the liver governs the smooth flow of qi, while the spleen is responsible for drawing qi from food and distributing it to the rest of the body.



gentle touches, to train the organs to work more efficiently. It addresses the acupuncture meridian system (chi) and all other bodily systems—digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive and musculoskeletal—along with unprocessed emotional charges. Learn more at Craniosacral Therapy (CST): The practitioner applies manual therapeutic procedures to remedy distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism—the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and interconnected membranes. Craniosacral work is based upon two major premises: the bones of the skull can be manipulated because they never completely fuse; and the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect pulse variations. CST, also referred to as cranial osteopathy, is used to treat learning difficulties, dyslexia, hyperactivity, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, chronic pain and ear, eye and balance problems.

Those having trouble losing weight, or just feel heavy, stiff and tired. It could mean that either of these systems isn’t functioning properly and the qi has begun to stagnate, giving rise to a condition called “dampness”. Cupping can help remove deep-level damp stagnation and allow qi to circulate freely once more. After briefly inserting a flame into a special glass cup in order to remove some of the oxygen, a practitioner will place the mouth of the cup on the skin, usually on the back. Some cups have a rubber bulb attached to them to remove air by suction. The cup, which now contains a vacuum, draws in skin and muscle tissue, often raising a red or black welt. Essentially, cupping pulls an area of stagnation to the surface of the back or whatever body part the TCM practitioner may be using, triggering a reaction in the body’s qi that gets things moving again In the cupping treatment, a practitioner might use a weak vacuum for a brief period of time in order to get the qi moving. The goal is to stimulate blood and qi and remove any stagnation that might be causing weight gain or other symptoms, not to punish you or jolt the system. Stronger methods include moving the cups around once they are attached to the skin. Dr. Roe is an acupuncture physician practicing at 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Ste. 44, in Navarre, and 151 Mary Esther Blvd., Ste. 307A, in Mary Esther. Contact her at 850-225-3460

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Deep Tissue Bodywork: In this method, stretching and moving the connective tissue that envelops the muscles (fascia) works to lengthen and balance the body along its natural, vertical axis. Distortions of the connective tissue may be caused by internal reactions and complications due to accidents, emotional tensions or past unreleased traumas. The practitioner uses slow strokes, direct pressure or friction across the muscles via fingers, thumbs or elbows. Deep tissue massage works to detoxify tissue by helping to remove accumulated lactic acid and other waste products from the muscles. The therapy is used to ease or eliminate chronic muscular pain or inflammatory pain from arthritis, tendonitis and other ailments, and help with injury rehabilitation. Learn more at Feldenkrais Method: This distinctive approach combines movement training, gentle touch and verbal dialogue to help students straighten out what founder Moshé Pinhas Feldenkrais calls, “kinks in the brain.” Kinks are learned movement patterns that no longer serve a constructive purpose. They may have been adopted to compensate for a physical injury or to accommodate individuality in the social world. Students of the Feldenkrais Method unlearn unworkable movements and discover better, personalized ways to move, using mind-body principles of slowed action, conscious breathing, body awareness and thinking about their feelings. Feldenkrais takes two forms: In individual hands-on sessions (Functional Integration), the practitioner’s touch is used to address the student’s breathing and body alignment. In a series of classes of slow, non-aerobic motion (Awareness Through Movement), students “relearn” better ways for their bodies to move. Feldenkrais therapy is useful in the treatment of muscle injuries, back pain, arthritis, stress and tension. Learn more at Hakomi: A Hopi Indian word that translates as, “Who are you?” Hakomi is a bodycentered psychotherapy that relies upon touch, massage, movement and structural and energy work to help enable individuals change their “core” material—memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. Originally created by Ron Kurtz in the mid-1970s and later refined, the technique views the body as an interactive source of information about the unconscious mind. Learn more at Hellerwork: Expanding upon the principals of Rolfing, Hellerwork combines deep tissue bodywork with movement education and the dialogue of the mind-body connection. Joseph Heller, the first president of the Rolf Institute, believed that specific movement exercises could help individuals move more efficiently, maintain alignment and mobility and enjoy fuller and easier breathing, as well as increased energy. Although primarily a preventive therapy, Hellerwork also helps alleviate stress-related disorders and musculoskeletal aches and pains. Learn more at HEMME Approach: Derived from elements of physical medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy and physical therapy, HEMME (history, evaluation, modalities, manipulation and exercise) was developed in 1986 by Licensed Massage Therapist Dave Leflet to treat soft tissue injuries and impairments. Pain relief results from restoring alignment and improving myofascial dysfunction. Learn more at Hoshino Therapy: Professor Tomezo

Hoshino’s technique integrates the principles of acupuncture with the art of hand therapy. Accredited as a doctor of acupuncture, he found that in cases of arthrosis (osteoarthritis) and other painful ailments associated with soft tissue aging, acupuncture afforded only temporary relief. Hoshino Therapy is often used to ease soft tissue disorders such as bursitis, tendonitis, muscular tension and back pain. Hot Stone Therapy: (See LaStone Therapy Stone Massage) Integrative Therapeutic Massage: (See Neuromuscular Therapy) Jin Shin Jyutsu: A form of acupressure refined from ancient Japanese traditions, jin shin jyutsu acts to harmonize the life force within. Practitioners evaluate pulses, body conformation and symptoms to customize sessions designed to alleviate discomfort while addressing its cause(s). Utilizing the hands as jumper cables to reawaken bodily energy, sequences of vital energy-points are held to guide, redirect and reestablish harmony in spirit, mind and body. Learn more at LaStone Therapy Stone Massage: This soothing form of massage employs smooth heated or cooled stones to elicit physical healing, mental relaxation and a spiritual connection with Earth’s energy. Stones are placed at different spots on the body for energy balancing or may be used by the therapist on specific trigger points. Warm stones encourage the exchange of blood and lymph and provide relaxing heat for deep-tissue work. Cold stones aid with inflammation, moving blood out of the affected area and balancing male/female energies. The alternating heat and cold of thermotherapy helps activate all of the body’s healing processes with a rapid exchange of blood and oxygen and an alternating rise and fall of respiration rate as the body seeks homeostasis. Learn more at LooyenWork: This painless, deep-tissue approach works with the connective tissue and fascial components by combining the techniques of Rolfing, postural integration and Aston patterning to free tension, remove adhesions and improve freedom of movement. It was introduced in 1985 by Dutch-born bodyworker and counselor Ted Looyen after he received treatment for a serious back injury and decided to develop a massage therapy that would promote recovery from injuries without aggravating the initial trauma. LooyenWork can also address the release and processing of intense emotions. Manual Lymphatic Drainage: This gentle, non-invasive, rhythmical, whole-body massage aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to release excess fluid from loose connective tissues, thus helping to remove toxins. Lymph glands are part of the body’s defense against infection; blockage or damage within the system may lead to conditions such as edema, acne, inflammation, arthritis and sinusitis. By stimulating one of the body’s natural cleansing systems, it supports tissue health. It’s also been effective in assuaging lymphedema following mastectomy surgery. Learn more at and Massage: At its most basic, this ancient hands-on therapy involves rubbing or kneading the body to encourage relaxation, healing and well-being. Today, more than 100 different methods of massage are available, most of them in five categories: traditional; Oriental or energetic; European; contemporary Western; and integrative, encompassing structure, function and movement. Massage offers proven benefits to meet a variety of physical challeng-

es and may also be a useful preventive therapy. Learn more at Metamorphic Technique: This noninvasive practice can help individuals overcome limiting beliefs that may keep them stuck in particular patterns manifested in physical, mental or emotional problems. During a “Meta” session, the practitioner uses a light touch along spinal reflex points on the feet, head and hands of the individual. Some people prefer to lie down and may fall asleep during a session, while others prefer to sit up and chat. The practitioner does not attempt to direct energy or outcomes, and sessions do not address specific symptoms or problems. Rather, they help individuals connect with their own life force. Learn more at Myofascial Release: This whole-body, hands-on technique seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Therapists use their hands to apply mild, sustained pressure in order to gently stretch and soften fascia. Developed in the late 1960s by Physical Therapist John Barnes, myofascial release is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries and scoliosis. Learn more at Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET): This mind-body therapy seeks to restore well-being by removing certain biochemical and bioelectrical charges stored in the brain and manifested as illness or imbalances in the body. NET combines techniques and principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine, chiropractic and applied kinesiology to remove blocks to the body’s natural vitality, allowing it to repair itself naturally.

Three Ways a Reflexologist Restores Your Body by Laurie Azzarella, LMT, CRR here are reflex areas in both the feet and hands that correspond to every organ, gland, muscle, joint, bone and body part microcosmically. Stress and tension in the body can be released and balance restored through a unique method of thumb and finger walking on these reflex areas. Reflexology opens blocked receptor sites and nerve endings and encourages energy flow into every aspect of the body. A trained reflexologist knows how to restore the body balance by: Understanding the reflex charts: reflexologists study the anatomy of the body as it is reflected on the feet and hands and applying this knowledge to their practice. Using the correct reflex techniques: with an alternating pressure using the pad and/or edge of their thumb, a reflexologist will “walk” over reflex areas. This patterned pressure releases stress and ten-


Chiropractor Scott Walker formulated NET in the late 1980s. Learn more at Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): Specific massage therapy and flexibility stretching help balance the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, emphasizing the interwoven roles of the brain, spine and nerves in causing muscular pain. Its goal is to relieve tender, congested spots in muscle tissue and compressed nerves that may radiate pain to other areas of the body. (Also see Trigger Point Therapy.) Learn more at Ortho-Bionomy: A gentle, non-invasive system of healing, ortho-bionomy reminds the body of its natural ability to restore balance. British Osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls developed the technique to stimulate the body by using gentle movement, comfortable positioning, brief compression and subtle contact to relieve joint and muscle pain and reduce stress. Learn more at Osho Rebalancing (or Rebalancing): This offshoot of Rolfing focuses on compassionate, gentle touch, combining deep tissue massage, joint tension release, energy balancing and verbal dialogue to relieve tension and physical pain, enhance relaxation and facilitate emotional healing. Rebalancing is usually done in a series of 10 to 12 sessions that work synergistically, although each session is complete in itself. Learn more at Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy: A highly refined system of corrective treatment, Pfrimmer is designed to aid restoration of damaged muscles and soft tissues throughout the body. Fully trained practitioners use specified movements to stimulate circulation and help regener-

sion, unblocks nerve endings and improves circulation. Using applied physiology: using a holistic approach, reflexology restores balance to all aspects of the body and encourages the chi (universal life force) to flow through the body unimpeded. If a reflex area is sore, it is a signal that the corresponding body part may be stressed or congested. By applying the correct pressure and working additional reflex areas that relate to the distress, a well-trained reflexologist is able to achieve a sense of well being, homeostasis and relaxation. Often soreness or pain in the feet is the body’s way of communicating an inner issue that needs to be addressed. Reflexology helps to interpret these messages. Laurie Azzarella is an instructor of Ingham Reflexology as well as a licensed massage therapist. She incorporates the use of therapeutic essential oils in her practice, and teaches classes in Pensacola, FL and Daphne, AL. See the calendar for February dates. Contact her at or 850-380-4943.

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ate lymphatic flow, promoting detoxification and oxygenation of stagnant tissues. Registered Massage Therapist Therese C. Pfrimmer developed this therapy in the mid-20th century and applied it to recover from her own partial paralysis. Learn more at Physical Therapy: Traditional physical therapy evaluates difficulties with mobility or function to focus on rehabilitation that entails restorative treatment and instruction on how to make efficient use of the body in daily activities. Physical therapists use massage, exercise,

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very person that has undergone bodywork would like to be able to say, “That was the best treatment I ever had! I felt so safe. All my pain vanished,” after their treatment. It takes two to tango, and we can help create success in the treatment room by the way we relate to a massage therapist, chiropractor, Rolfer, craniosacral therapist or other bodyworker, setting the stage for powerful healing, versus so-so results. Although we collaborate with our bodyworker, we are ultimately responsible for decisions about our body and health. Clear, open communication gives the bodyworker more tools to help us. Honoring ourself by speaking up about our needs helps the bodyworker create a safer experience, too. If we are experiencing pain or feel uncomfortable with a procedure, we should say so. Let the therapist know about the comfort level of lying in different positions and whether pillows or a blanket are needed, or the music turned off. Together, we can explore what works best for our body, which may vary from session to session. We always have the right to stop a session, especially if the bodyworker continues to cause pain after we request a gentler touch. Bodywork is a therapeutic relationship, not a friendship or social hour. It is not our job to entertain a bodyworker with talk or to listen to their problems. While some conversation may be fine, idle chitchat can prevent deeper relaxation and distract us from experiencing our body’s response to a session. Unless the bodyworker is a licensed mental health counselor, they should only discuss what is best for our body, not offer personal advice. 20

electrical stimulation, ultrasound and other means to help the patient regain functional movement. Learn more at Polarity Therapy: Combinations of therapeutic bodywork, nutritional guidance, yogastyle exercises and counseling aim at heightening body awareness. Polarity therapy asserts that energy fields exist everywhere in nature and their free flow and balance in the human body is the underlying foundation of good health. Practitioners use gentle touch and guidance to help clients balance their energy flow, thus

Receiving healing touch can naturally evoke feelings of gratitude. We all like to be around people that care about us, and it is not surprising that a client occasionally wants to pursue a friendship or romance with their bodyworker. The code of ethics for most bodywork professions and state or local laws usually maintain that combining romance with a therapeutic relationship is not allowed. Even mixing personal and professional relationships is not advisable. Getting the results we want is a two-way street. Let a bodyworker know what we desire help with and what our goals for the session are. Relate a complete history of accidents, injuries and surgeries, as well as any ongoing medications and treatments. While an injury incurred 20 years ago may seem unrelated to current issues, it gives the bodyworker valuable information about where patterns and problems might have originated and how those past events might still be affecting the body today. We may receive treatment in areas other than the place where things hurt, because pain in one area may actually be coming from another area. We can ask what can be done on our own to maintain the results of the session. If we aren’t getting results from one type of bodywork, we should ask if there is something else that would be recommended or somewhere else we could be referred. We and our bodyworker are a team, and working together can result in great sessions that just might lead to a better quality of life. Sharalee Hoelscher, RCST, is a certified Rolfer, a registered craniosacral therapist and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. With 20 years of experience as a bodyworker, she practices in Cordova Square, Pensacola. Contact her at 850-450-8508 or

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supporting a return to health. The practitioner’s hands do not impart energy, but redirect the flow of the receiver’s own energy. The receiver then recharges himself with his own freed energy. Learn more at Reflexology (Zone Therapy): Reflexology is based on the idea that specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands correspond with every major organ, gland and area (zone) of the body. Using fingers and thumbs, the practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat a wide range of health problems. Zone therapy, an earlier name for this natural healing art, sometimes refers to a specific form of reflexology. Learn more at Reiki: A healing practice originated in Japan as a way of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things, Reiki literally means “universal life-force energy”. Light hand placements channel healing energies to organs and glands and work to align the body’s energy centers, or chakras. Various techniques address emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems or pursuit of spiritual focus and clarity. Today Reiki is a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and others in the West. Learn more at Rolfing Structural Integration (Rolfing): Deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system, which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia, by the practitioners’ hands helps restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, its range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and restore flexibility. Learn more at\ Rosen Method: It’s named for Marion Rosen, a physiotherapist who discovered that when clients verbalized their emotions and sensations during treatment sessions, their conditions would more quickly improve. The non-invasive method uses gentle, direct touch; practitioners, taught to use hands that “listen” rather than manipulate, focus on chronic muscle tension and call attention to shifts in the breath to help individuals achieve greater self-awareness and relaxation. The technique is often effectively used to treat chronic health conditions. Learn more at Shiatsu: The most widely known form of acupressure, shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure”. The technique applies varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. Shiatsu is used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs; it also may help to diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic and acute conditions that manifest on both physical and emotional levels. A branch of shiatsu that originated in the United States, called ohashiatsu, includes meditation and exercise. Learn more at and Swedish Massage: This is the most commonly practiced form of massage in Western countries. Swedish massage integrates ancient Oriental techniques with contemporary principles of anatomy and physiology. Practitioners rub, knead, pummel, brush and tap the client’s muscles, topped with long, gliding strokes. Swedish massage is especially effective for improving circulation; relieving muscle tension and back and neck pain; promoting relaxation;

and decreasing stress. Practitioners vary in training, techniques and session lengths. Tantsu: This land-based version of watsu was developed by Harold Dull as an alternative way to experience watsu’s free-flow and interplay of breath, movement and stillness. Practitioner and client experience breathing, listening and moving as part of a partnered “dance”, without any specific intent to heal or fix something. Learn more at Thai Massage: A form of body therapy, also called nuad bo-ram, Thai massage incorporates gentle rocking motions, rhythmic compression along the body’s energy lines and passive stretching to stimulate the free flow of energy, break up blockages and help restore general well-being. One of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), it is performed on a floor mat, with the client dressed in lightweight, comfortable clothing. No oils are used. Thai massage aids flexibility, inner organ massage, and in oxygenation of the blood and quieting of the mind. Learn more at Therapeutic Touch (TT): This contemporary healing modality was developed by natural healer Dora Kunz and nursing professor Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., in the 1970s. Therapeutic Touch is drawn from ancient practices and used to balance and promote energy flow. The practitioner “accesses” the area where the body’s energy field is weak or congested, and then uses his or her hands to direct energy into the field to balance it. Nurses and other healthcare practitioners apply TT to relieve pain, stress and anxiety, and to promote wound healing. Learn more at Touch for Health (TFH): Created by Chiropractor John F. Thie in the 1970s, Touch for Health is a widely used kinesiology system aimed at restoring the body’s natural energies through acupressure, touch and massage. Muscle-testing biofeedback first identifies imbalances in the body’s energy flow to organs and glands; it is designed to then help rebalance that energy to improve overall health, while strengthening a person’s resistance to common ailments and physical complaints. Many TFH techniques can be successfully practiced by clients at home. Learn more at Trager Approach (also known as Psychophysical Integration): This system of movement reeducation addresses the mental roots of muscle tension. By gently rocking, cradling and moving the client’s fully clothed body, the practitioner encourages him or her to believe that physically restrictive patterns can be changed. The Trager Approach includes “mentastics”, simple, active, self-induced movements a client can incorporate into regular daily activities. Trager work has been successfully applied to a variety of neuromuscular disorders and mobility problems, as well as everyday stresses and discomforts. Learn more at Trauma Touch Therapy (TTT): An innovative, somatic approach, TTT addresses the needs of those that have suffered trauma and abuse, including sexual or emotional, witnessing or being victimized by violent crime, battery, war or surgical trauma. The intent is to create a safe, nurturing environment in which the individual can slowly explore healthy touch and investigate sensation and feeling in their body. Certified therapists encourage empowerment and choice; individualized sessions support the psychotherapeutic process.

Trigger Point Therapy (Myotherapy): This massage technique is used to relieve pain, similar to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). Practitioners apply pressure to specific “trigger points” on the body—tender, congested spots of muscle tissue that may radiate pain to other areas—in order to release tension and spasms. Treatment decreases the swelling and stiffness associated with muscular pain and increases range of motion. Learn more at Tui Na: A manipulative therapy integral to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), tui na (“tui” means to push and “na” is a squeezing, lifting technique) that employs Taoist and martial arts principles to rebalance the body. Practitioners possess more than 365 hand techniques; most are variations of pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, percussing or ma-

nipulating movements. Tui na is used to relieve arthritic joint pain, sciatica, muscle spasms and other pains in the back, neck and shoulders. It may also help ease chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches and stress associated with tension. Learn more at Please note: The contents of this Bodywork Guide are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a practitioner that is licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified to conduct a selected treatment, as appropriate. Updated 2013

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Is marriage becoming passé? While marriage as an institution is less powerful than it used to be, people have higher expectations of marriage

as a relationship. Precisely because most Americans no longer feel they have to marry, they are more specific about what they want from it. When a marital relationship works today, it is fairer, more intimate, more mutually beneficial and less prone to violence than ever before. Yet, individuals are less willing to stay in a relationship that doesn’t confer these benefits.

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What guidelines foster a rewarding marriage?

Be truly interested in your partner’s ideas and activities; take pride in their achievements; use endearments or offer tactile affection without being asked; have a sense of humor about differences; and never let irritation or anger slide into contempt.

How can small, daily interactions contribute to intimacy? We all have moments when we are irritated, angry or emotionally or intellectually unresponsive. A mate will tolerate these as long as he or she trusts you to be loving and attentive most of the time. It’s an emotional line of credit— each partner needs to keep replenishing the reserves of trust and good will, rather than drawing them down. Psychologist and researcher John Gottman, Ph.D., suggests people need about five positive interactions for every negative one in an intimate relationship. It’s less the occasional over-the-top gesture and more the regular, small deposits that count—a few words of appreciation, a loving touch, an expression of sexual attraction. If we have trouble remembering to regularly express appreciation, we may do better by asking, “What would have been harder about this day if my partner wasn’t in my life?”

Why do the new realities of marriage emphasize play over work?

Successful marriages used to depend upon specialization. Men and women couldn’t substitute for one another in accomplish-

ing tasks. A typical woman couldn’t support herself financially; a typical man didn’t know how to feed himself, do laundry or manage childrearing. Even if couples didn’t share many mutual interests, the partners often took pleasure in being indispensable. Now women can support themselves and men cook and clean. Thus, shared interests and leisure activities, rather than specialized work roles, increasingly serve as the glue of marriage. Play takes people off the work-centric treadmill and introduces novelty into the relationship. Spending leisure time with others also produces higher levels of happiness than cocooning, according to the Gallup-Healthways WellBeing Index. So make it a double-date night.

How do current and potential partners benefit from game changers—from cell phones to the Internet?

The Internet makes it easier to meet partners. Once in a partnership, technology can help daily tasks get accomplished efficiently, leaving more leisure time. It also allows us to check in with each other while apart. But e-devices are no substitute for face time. The best way to nurture a relationship is to unplug from the grid and plug into real life. I see many couples reinvigorated by each other’s company after a few hours together engaged in a fun outdoor recreational activity. For relevant articles and interviews, visit S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazines.


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recorded history. We use only about 20 percent of our brain capacity and much of that is accomplished by our everyday conscious mind; the part of our mind that thinks, reasons, judges and criticizes. New research has been working to unlock the mysteries of the other 80 percent, termed the “subconscious,” that lies within the brain behind the part that governs our everyday conscious thinking abilities. For several decades, neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists have been gradually decoding the operating system of the subconscious, or “unconscious” as it is sometimes termed. We are already living in the age of unconscious influence, says John Bargh, a Yale University psychologist. “This science is currently used to sell soap, win votes and calm prison violence.” It is also used by many sports teams to improve performance and by college students to enhance concentration. Now, hypnosis is used by an increasing number of people to gain control over bodily functions such as chronic physical conditions and pain. Bruce Lipton, a stem cell biologist who taught at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and performed pioneering research at Stanford University before writing his bestselling book, The Biology of Belief, in 2008, states that, ”The good news is that more and more promising techniques dealing with the subconscious mind are being discovered. Especially good results regarding hypnosis and subliminal hypnotic tapes when being used for the purpose of pain control are being observed.” The impact on medicine is profound, says Lipton. “Our health is really based on our perception and our beliefs and attitudes,” with negative attitudes running the show, we are actually using our own self-sabotaging mind programs that generally contribute to disease.

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Lipton believes hypnosis can be used to reprogram the subconscious mind toward more positive perceptions. There has been an increase in scientific support for hypnosis, says David R. Patterson, author of Clinical hypnosis for Pain Control. He says that the potential for hypnosis to offer dramatic pain relief above and beyond other approaches is promising. Among the areas where hypnosis research is proving to have positive results include headaches, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, burn pain, neuropathic pain and chronic cancer pain. Sleeplessness and the relaxation of stress and anxiety which are all major contributors to such chronic conditions as high blood pressure and arthritis are showing very positive results. Even phantom limb pain can be addressed. Dr. Herbert Spiegel, a pioneer in the medical use of hypnosis at Columbia University, states that while scientists are still unsure about some of the mechanisms that underlie hypnosis, they believe that the trance state is simply one of the manifestations of the intricate communication network that links our bodies and our minds. He states, “By using hypnotic techniques, individuals are able to ‘filter the hurt’ from the pain and dissociate themselves from the painful stimulus.” Spiegel believes that a combination of concentration, imagination and cooperation make the technique work. Public interest in participating in and being responsible for their own health and wellness, combined with continued increases in the cost of medical care, are two main reasons why hypnosis is fast gaining nationwide acceptance as cost-effective and efficacious modality of therapy for pain management. It is important to state that the goal of hypnosis is not to eliminate pain altogether. Some pain, specifically acute pain, is

the body’s warning signal that something could be wrong. In certain situations, some pain may be quite necessary for diagnostic purposes by a physician. Hypnosis is a complimentary therapy for pain, not a substitute for medical intervention; it is one of the pain-control tools.

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Is hypnosis sleep?

Hypnosis is actually an expanded sate of awareness. It is merely a state of relaxation that allows communication with the subconscious mind for the purposes of healing and becoming whole.

Does hypnosis act like a truth serum?

The client never needs to reveal what they are not comfortable discussing. In hypnosis, one is quite capable of editing any information they want to.

Is hypnosis involved with any religious affiliation or is it anti-religious?

There are no religious connotations associated with hypnosis. Hypnosis is expressly a brain-oriented scientific and creative focus which only encompasses the brain’s functioning.

During hypnosis, is the subject under the control of the hypnotist? During hypnosis, the subject will never go against his or her moral principles. Hypnosis is used to make only those suggestions to the client that will alleviate their condition and make their life better. The subject is always in control.

with no conscious recollection of how we did it. Becoming absorbed in a movie or a book to the point of tuning out the surroundings is also hypnosis. The period when we begin to rouse from sleep, but before we are completely awake, is also a hypnotic state. Hypnosis is a natural, albeit altered, state of mind we have all experienced that promises to unlock many of the mysteries of the human psyche. Maia Rizzi is certified in pain management and is a nationally certified clinical hypnotherapist, practicing for more than 20 years. Call 850-291-8041 for a complimentary consultation.

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stressful day might have us seeking solace in ice cream, pizza or potato chips. Other times, we may feel a second donut or another high-calorie treat is our reward for a task well done. Occasional food indulgences are one of life’s pleasures, but habitually eating in response to our emotions can cause weight gain and health problems.

Core Issues “Emotional hunger represents an appetite, craving or desire to eat in the absence of true physiological hunger cues,” explains Julie Simon, author of The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting. “Emotional hunger often feels the same as physical hunger,” she adds, yet it might represent an unconscious longing for pleasure, calm, comfort, excitement or distraction. It can also have a physiological basis. A 2011 study from the University of Leuven, in Belgium, shows that stomachbased hormones can connect directly to the brain, setting up cravings for sugary and fatty foods, suggesting that we are hardwired to want the foods that provide the greatest number of calories in the smallest quantities. Sugary, starchy, salty and fatty foods also push the brain’s “reward” button, prompting the production of more dopamine, the neurotransmitter of pleasure and well-being. Dr. Pam Peeke, Ph.D., author of The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, maintains that these foods also create a difficult-to-break addiction cycle. According to Peeke, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, the more high-calorie foods we eat, the more 26

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One solution is to simply pay attention to what our body is saying. Are we truly feeling hunger pangs? “When we eat in the absence of hunger cues, regularly choose unhealthy comfort foods or continue eating when we’re already full, something is out of balance,” observes Simon at Identifying “trigger” foods might also enlighten us, advises Peeke. “You’re out of control if you have a particular food in your hand and you can’t just enjoy it, walk away and say, ‘Ahh, that was wonderful.’ Life’s okay without that particular food.” The key is being smart about which foods we need to eliminate and which ones will help us feel good and enjoy an overall better quality of life. “When you follow a plant-based, unprocessed, whole foods eating plan, your body chemistry becomes balanced and your biochemical signals (hunger, cravings and fullness) work well,” explains Simon. “Each time you eat, you feel satisfied and balanced, physically and emotionally.”

Emotional Underpinnings Once we understand the physical component of emotional hunger, we can address the feelings that cause it. Most famous for their Rescue Remedy herbal and floral drops that help soothe anxiety, Bach Flower Essences recently created an Emotional Eating Support Kit that includes homeopathic essences of crabapple, cherry plum and chestnut bud. They maintain that four daily doses can help us think clearly and calmly when we fear losing control, plus objectively observe mistakes and learn from them. Some feelings, however, can’t be “gentled” away. “Soothe the small stuff, grieve the big stuff,” Simon advises. Experiencing abandonment, betrayal, domination or violation may require therapy. Lesser stressors can often be soothed by music, being outdoors, talking to a friend, taking a warm bath, walking, meditative yoga or pausing to pray—instead of eating. “No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all,” maintains Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything. “Your world is on your plate.” Roth came to terms with her own food addictions and now leads retreats to help others do the same. When we begin to understand what prompts us to use food to numb or distract ourselves, the process takes us deeper into realms of spirit and to the bright center of our lives, says Roth. She urges us to be present in the moment and to use good food as a sort of meditation. Notice the beautiful greens in the salad and bless the farmer that grew them. It’s one path to realizing the essence of food that’s good for us is a blessing we deserve. Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at

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The notion of green burials envisions something different: a ceremony that engages family members’ eco-values and nature in a more intimate, sustainable process favoring biodegradable caskets and no toxic chemicals.

Rest in Peace Sustainable Burials Honor Life by Brita Belli


umans are conditioned to the conventional rituals of handling death—the embalmed body in a casket or ashes sealed in an urn, a procession of vehicles to the burial site, solemnly gathering and scattering flowers as the remains are lowered into the earth. Many times, planning details are abdicated to the judgment of funeral directors. The notion of green burials envisions something different: a ceremony that engages family members’ ecovalues and nature in a more intimate, sustainable process favoring biodegradable caskets and no toxic chemicals. The movement is gaining in popularity; in 2011, some 300 U.S. funeral homes offered green burial options, up from only 12 in 2008.

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Traditional American burial practices make a sizeable environmental footprint and also pose health risks. The carcinogenic embalming fluid—formaldehyde—is a well-known hazard. A 2009 study in the Journal of the 28

National Cancer Institute found that exposure to formaldehyde over a career of embalming put funeral home workers at significantly increased risk for mortality from myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells. Alternatives include formaldehyde-free preservatives made from essential oils, and dry ice. Significant resources are consumed in manufacturing caskets and vaults and maintaining cemetery grass. “A few years back I calculated that we bury enough metal in caskets to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge each year and put so much concrete in the ground via burial vaults we could build a two-lane highway halfway across the country,” says Joe Sehee, founder of the Green Burial Council. The council certifies and lists cemeteries, funeral homes and casket companies that forgo chemicals and offer natural landscapes. The goal is for burials to leave as little impact as possible on the planet.

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a cemetery. Its native grasses and mature trees come alive with color each autumn. Wildflowers bloom in the spring and birds build their nests in treetop boughs. “Most contemporary cemeteries are biological deserts,” observes Greensprings spokesperson and science writer Mary Woodsen. In contrast, Greensprings’ 100 acres are surrounded by 8,000 acres of protected forests. Loved ones may be buried in coffins from locally produced timber, or in shrouds—either professionally made or from a favorite blanket or quilt. Biodegradable caskets may be constructed of pine, cardboard, bamboo, formaldehyde-free plywood or hand-woven willow or wicker. even offers free plans to make a simple coffin. Instead of a machine, family members and friends ceremonially take hold of straps and lower the casket into the grave themselves. Natural, flat fieldstones honor loved ones. “People feel, ‘I was part of this,’” says Woodsen.

Cremation Options

Debate exists over the ecological impact of cremation—a practice expected to be chosen as the end-of-life choice for as many as 46 percent of Americans by 2015. While it reduces the use of large, resource-intensive burial plots, each traditionally cremated body releases 110 pounds of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, including carbon dioxide and monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, mercury and other metals. The Bio Cremation greener alternative—using 95 percent water and 5 percent of an alkali instead of flames and fossil fuels—requires eight times less

energy as fire-based cremation, produces no dangerous byproducts and still yields ashes from the remaining bones. To find the states that have approved the process, visit the legislative section at Biodegradable urns are also available, including cornstarch bags accented with leaves and petals, sculpted natural salt containers and baskets made of virgin palm. Sandcastle urns are suited for home display or ocean burial ( Memorial blown-glass artwork is another option for remains (Tropical Scattering ashes—whether casting them into the air or over a body of water, burying them or raking them into the soil—provides an intimate burial experience and has minimal environmental consequences. Sehee says it’s legal on private land and also allowed in some parks. “It rarely does harm to the ecosystem,” he says. “Calling your local park agency is a great idea. Many allow for scattering and some without a fee.”

Burial at Sea

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency governs the disposal of cremated remains at sea—it must take place at least three nautical miles from land and may include artful flowers and wreaths of decomposable materials. Even non-cremated remains may be buried at sea, provided it takes place at the same distance from land in water that is between 600 and 1,800 feet deep, depending on the location. Another sea burial option is offered by Eternal Reefs, a company that mixes remains into liquid concrete as the centerpiece of a personalized reef ball, lowered to the ocean floor to provide a home for marine life. Before the boat heads out, family members are invited to press handprints into the wet concrete and to decorate the ball with shells and other mementos. Reef balls can hold from one to four people, plus a pet. Sites are cur-

rently available off the Florida, New Jersey and Texas shorelines and can be revisited at any time. “We don’t look at it as a funeral,” remarks CEO George Frankel. “We’re months or years removed from the passing. This is a celebration of life.” Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates. Connect at

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body not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable, as well,” explains Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit. Due to its nonspecific nature, this approach may not be best for an athlete focusing exclusively on one sport. “While it may not help you become an elite marathoner, this can be an effective training regimen for those interested in broad-based, functional fitness,” advises Bob LeFavi, Ph.D., a certified strength and conditioning specialist, senior coach for USA Weightlifting and professor of sports medicine at Armstrong Atlantic State University, in Savannah, Georgia. The program requires disciplined workouts three to five days a week in an intense circuit format with little rest. This allows the practitioner to finish in five to 30 minutes, depending upon his or her current fitness level and the day’s plan.

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A free Workout of the Day (WOD) is posted daily on WODs generally involve exercises using combinations of Olympic weights, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastic rings, climbing ropes, jump ropes and rowing machines. Bodyweight-only exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and pullups are commonly included. Most WODs are named for women or fallen military heroes. Here are a few examples. Cindy – as many rounds as possible of five pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 bodyweight squats within 20 minutes Angie – 100 pull-ups, 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and 100 bodyweightonly squats with in-between breaks Murph – a one-mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 bodyweight squats and another onemile run; advanced athletes do it all wearing a 20-pound vest The objective is to beat one’s own overall best time with each workout. “CrossFit training is unique in that it rarely schedules rest periods, unless specified as part of the WOD,” says Brian Kliszczewicz, a CrossFit researcher and Ph.D. student of exercise physiology at Auburn University, in Alabama. “Your fitness level will determine the length, intensity and duration of each WOD.” Kliszczewicz’ recent research

found that CrossFit subjects expended more than 250 calories on average during 20 minutes of the Cindy workout. Any WOD can be done at home with the proper equipment, a base level of physical fitness and knowing how to properly execute each exercise. Consulting with a coach can help; be sure to ask for credentials and references, including education and experience in sports science and conditioning. Glassman also suggests visiting one of 5,000 CrossFit affiliates worldwide; warehouse-like facilities that are unlike traditional fitness centers in that they don’t have lots of machines. Instead, the only equipment available is what’s necessary for conducting WODs. Workouts are completed in groups, with participants usually performing the same exercises, directed by a CrossFit coach trained to observe individual technique. Because athletes like to compete with themselves and others, they can post their personal bests for each WOD on the CrossFit website.

Injury Risk Professor Henry N. Williford, EdD, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and department head of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Auburn University at Montgomery, cautions, “Make sure the staff at a CrossFit affiliate is appropriately trained to deal with emergencies; at a minimum, they should be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.” Let the coach know of any discomfort or pain during a workout. As an intense workout progresses, many CrossFit exercises can be performed as one is becoming increasingly tired, increasing the risk of injury to a joint or muscle. Beginners, seniors and anyone out of shape or with a previous injury or health condition needs to take additional precautions; basic guidelines for physical activity are published by the American College of Sports Medicine at It’s important to start slow and gradually increase the intensity of workouts. “Personal safety is always a major factor that must to be considered when selecting any exercise regimen,” remarks Williford. Requirements for starting to practice CrossFit exercises include a base level of sufficient physical strength to handle the demands, which may be achieved by first following a less intense plan. Always check with a physician before starting any exercise program. Michael R. Esco, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise science versed in sports medicine and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Auburn University at Montgomery, AL.

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and reinforces core social/emotional skills in communication, creative conflict resolution, courage, cooperation, empathy and civic engagement. A New York City student remarks, “Peace First teaches that even if you don’t like someone, it shouldn’t affect how you work together to accomplish something... [putting] peace first makes my heart beat lovelier.”

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he National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fears of being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is more than a buzzword. According to, it’s defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kelly Hughes, a school counselor at Bayside Academy, in Daphne, Alabama, has noticed a dramatic shift in bullying behaviors. She observes, “Kids are not hitting or punching or pushing each other as much as they used to. Rather, they are using in-person relational aggression such as hurtful words, glares, whispering and excluding individuals, exacerbated by social media and cell phones.” While anti-bullying legislation exists in 49 states (Montana is the exception), approaches for addressing this problem vary. Hughes says, “In my job, I spend a lot of time saying, ‘Just be kind.’ More positive results come from promoting kind behaviors and being ‘pro-hero’ than from simply discussing why bullying is hurtful.”


Calmly Taking Charge Eric D. Dawson, president and cofounder of Boston-based Peace First (, also believes in the power of positive language. “We need to move away from harsh language that focuses kids on what not to do and instead ignite their moral imagination—call on them to be problem solvers,” he says. To counter bullying in society, Dawson suggests that we all need to be role models, and talk about and celebrate peacemaking. “We can’t expect our kids to listen to us when we tell them to be peaceful and share if they then see us aggressively cut in front of others on the road or in the checkout line. We can also ask kids how they were peacemakers during their day, in addition to what they learned.” Founded in 1992 in response to the youth violence epidemic, Peace First provides programs and free online tools to help teach students peacemaking skills. The nonprofit is based on the premise that children have a natural aptitude for it and peacemaking can be taught, just like other subjects; their curriculum teaches

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The International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) (, in Madison, Wisconsin, has added its support to the anti-bullying movement. Stemming from the research of IFI founder Robert Enright, Ph.D., and his colleagues, the institute works to forward forgiveness for personal, group and societal renewal. It attests that in forgiving a hurtful person, a personal transformation begins that can enhance self-esteem and hopefulness. Enright’s scientific studies further demonstrate that when children learn about forgiveness, feelings of anger, depression and anxiety are reduced. “We believe that forgiveness is a choice,” explains Enright. “When you forgive, you may benefit the person you forgive, but you benefit yourself far more.” Enright recalls his experiences working with incarcerated men that were serving life sentences. “The first thing the assigned therapists asked the group to do was to tell me their story; tell me about the hurts that had been perpetrated on them. One man began to cry, saying that no one had ever asked for his story.” The therapists listened to a tale of the cruel disciplinary measures he had endured at home as a child and recognized a correlation with the crime he had committed. “I’m not justifying his actions, but we can see that he was an extremely wounded man. Many bullies in school have a story, and we need to take the time to hear their story. “Because those that engage in bullying are often filled with rage from having been bullied themselves, they get to a point that they don’t care about the consequences of their actions, including detention,” Enright continues. Instead of focusing on the prevention of unwanted behaviors, he says, “Our program is meant to take the anger out of the heart of those that bully, so they bully no more.” An elementary school-age participant in the Forgiveness Program con-

Peace First’s partner schools experience an average reduction of 60 percent in incidences of violence and 50 percent fewer weapons brought to school, plus a 70 to 80 percent increase in observed student peacemaking. cludes, “Sometimes it is hard to forgive someone straight away if they really hurt your feelings. It might take longer to see their worth and show them real forgiveness… but it is worth it in the end.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

Peace in Action When a first-grader returned to class shaken up after being accosted by a fourth-grader in the restroom, his teacher stepped back to see how the class would use Peace First principles. The boy was immediately embraced by his classmates, who quickly concluded that it was every student’s right, not a luxury, to feel safe, and thereafter implemented a restroom buddy system. The offending fourth-grader was then invited into their classroom to hear how each of the first-graders felt personally affected by the incident. He was also required to spend recess with the first-graders for the next two weeks. It became a transformative experience for everyone involved. The older student was recast from victimizer to a responsible, caring individual. He has continued to display improved behavior, volunteering to help in the classroom and foregoing lunch periods with friends to support the first-graders and their teacher. “There’s a misconception that peacemaking is holding hands and singing songs,” says Peace First President Eric D. Dawson. “It’s more a set of skills that’s nurturing human development. It’s working together to solve a problem.”

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the hobby seriously get ish aquariums are An aquarium 30- to 50-gallon tanks.” colorful and wondrous windows to decorates the house. It’s She suggests once-daily feedings or, “If you the sea, showcasing continuous movement, also constant theater, want more interaction with yet evoking tranquility. A mainstay in many with the fish being the the fish, half as much, workplaces, restaurants, twice a day. hospitals and physicians’ actors. If you feed offices, these watery at set times, the fish habitats weave their ~ Ron Elander, owner, will quickly learn and greatest influence when be ready.” To provide a relaxed enviadopted into a home ronment for aquarium life and reduce with children. algae growth, select a tank location in The 2011a low-traffic area, away from windows. 2012 American According to Dobrow, a first Pet Products freshwater collection of colorful species Association Pet that usually coexist well could include Owner Survey reports that 11.9 million angelfish, discus, clown loach, African U.S. households now own freshwater cichlids and fancy goldfish. “They’re all fish (another 700,000 have saltwafun and pretty,” she comments. ter pets). While exotic species offer Aquarium shop owner Ron Elander, great appeal, freshwater fish are less of Octopuss Garden, in San Diego, conexpensive in many cases and require curs. For fresh startups, he recommends less equipment in terms of pumps and including several kinds of African power heads to create water cichlids because, “They chase currents. Careful and each other around a good deal thoughtful planning and are interesting to watch.” He can start ownership off also likes angelfish, which he charin fine finned fashion. acterizes as docile and elegant. A modern water filtraGetting Started tion system is needed to The number of fish desired should eliminate fish waste and dictate the size of the tank. uneaten food that can decay suggests one inch of fish for every 1.5 and contaminate the water. to two gallons in tank size. Mindy Dobrow, owner of Brookline Grooming & Elander warns against showing too much love by overfeeding. “Excess Pet Supplies, in Massachusetts, notes, food settles on the bottom, decays and “Most new owners that want to take


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is eaten later; we get sick eating rotten food and so will fish.” Make frequent partial water changes—one-third of the total every two to four weeks, depending on the number of fish and tank size, according to Dobrow—because filtering alone cannot do the job. Have the household tap water tested for pH (a measure of acidity and alkalinity) in order to know which chemicals are needed to sustain the level between 7.7 and 8.3, again depending on the fish population and tank size. Use LED lights, energy-saving water filters and a heater with built-in thermostat control (to maintain a range between 75° and 82° Fahrenheit) in order to reduce electric utility costs. Creative decorating atop the tank’s foundational gravel base adds to the fun. Make sure anything manmade, such as a model sunken ship or treasure chest, is obtained from a pet store, so it won’t rust or degrade and contaminate the water. Shells, coral and plants also add to a maritime setting. Remember, the more plants installed, the more light (and electricity) is needed to keep them alive.

Health Benefits attests that watching fish lowers respiration and pulse rates, relieves tension and provides relief from stresses. “Children can forge a deep connection and obtain a delayed gratification in tending fish that can be a maturing experience,” says Medical Doctor Archana Lal-Tabak, who practices integrative medicine, holistic psychiatry, Ayurveda and homeopathy at the Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, in Evanston, Illinois. She stresses that fish ownership should be a family experience at the beginning, so that children take their responsibility seriously; it also naturally leads to eagerly anticipated visits to natural waterways.

Lal-Tabak particularly recommends this hobby for children with attention deficit symptoms, because, “Watching fish can slow children down and allow them to appreciate being in the present moment.” A discreet correlation exists between witnessing the compatibility of different species and human potential. Seeing a world of multicolored fish represents a harmonious diversity for a discerning person of any age. Elander further notes that some

fish characteristics make them particularly well suited as pets for the older set. “They don’t bark and you don’t have to take them out for a walk on a cold morning,” he says with a grin. Find more information in the Marine Aquarium Handbook: Beginner to Breeder, by Martin A. Moe, Jr. Animal lover Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor and a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 “Awakening the Heart” Modern Buddhism Public Talk – 7:30-8:30pm. Look at the true nature of our heart and learn to tap into the limitless reservoir of love we have within. Presented by American Buddhist nun Kelsang Chenma. Free. Breathe Yoga Studio, 505 Adams St, Pensacola. 850-450-1878.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Energize Using Led Lights – 10am-12pm. Presentation on the amazing benefits of light therapy and a 20 minute complimentary light session to all attendees. Free. Ever’Man Natural Foods, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-582-3773.

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“The Path of a Pure Heart” Workshop – 10am-1pm. American Buddhist nun Kelsang Chenma will explain how it is possible to keep a pure, loving heart all the time. $20. Historic Old Sacred Heart Hospital, 1010 N12th Ave, Ste 221, Pensacola.850- 450-1878. Better Health with Nutrient Dense, Plant Based Foods – 1-3pm. Mike Kovach, licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine will focus on how diet plays a role in many common health issues. Free:Members; $2: Non-Members. Ever’man Natural Foods, Co-op, 315 West Garden St, Pensacola. 850438-0402.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Pranic Healing Introduction – 1-3pm. Learn how to feel prana and stop negative people from draining you. Techniques to promote general wellness and stress reduction. Donation welcome. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-221-2381. Preparing Your Spring Garden – 1-3pm. Presented by Florida Master Naturalist, Rachel Detoro. Learn how to prepare your soil and what will grow in Northwest Florida. Plan your spring garden. Free: members/$2: non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, Co-op, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-438-0402.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Reflex-OIL-ogy Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience foot reflexology enhanced by Young Living Essential Oils. Learn to relieve back pain, muscle aches, headaches, colds, flu, digestion problems. $10. Serenity Salon and Day Spa, 3331 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze. 850-380-4943.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Living Heart Smart – 9:30-10:30am. Presented by Luther Carter, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., Cardiology Consultants. Free. Jay Community Center, 5259 Booker Ln, Jay. 850-469-7897.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Wine Tasting – 4-6pm. Shop the co-op while tasting our organic and no sulfite added wines. Free. Ever’man Natural Foods, Co-op, 315 West Garden St, Pensacola. 850-438-0402. Jennifer@everman. org.


savethedate Hormone Health with Dr. Dan Purser – 9am5pm. An exciting approach to learning about the endocrine system and how you can treat symptoms of menopause, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, migraines, and thyroid issues. He will share knowledge about natural pharmaceuticals and Young Living products to help find your balance. Can bring blood work for analysis. $75 advance/$100 at door. Saenger Theatre, 22 E Intendencia, Pensacola. 850-572-6562.

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Yoga Class – 8:30am. Please bring own mat. Blue Florida, Located in Cordova Commons, 1680 Airport Blvd, Pens. 850-202-4188.

Pilates Mat Class – 11am. Bring a mat, lose some fat. $10. Eastern Traditions, 7552 Navarre Pkwy, St 6, (across from VinnieR), Navarre. 850-217-6341.

Community Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7pm. $20. Great way to sleep better, quit smoking, and de-stress. Eastern Traditions, 7552 Navarre Pkwy suite 6, Navarre. 850-554-3464.

Lunchtime Pilates Class –12pm. Use of reformers, towers and chairs for intermediate levels. $28 or packages avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. In The Fow with Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria – 5:30pm. Yoga, Movement, Mediation and Relaxation accompanied by live music by DeMaria, 4 time Grammy Nominee. Sanders Beach Community Center, 913 S I St., Pens. 850-436-5198. Multi-level Pilates Mat Class with props – 5:45pm. All levels. $12 or packages avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. Thai Chi – 6pm. All levels. Free. Blue Florida, Located in Cordova Commons, 1680 Airport Blvd, Pens. 850-202-4188. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Strengthen and open the body in preperation for the natural process of pregnancy and delivery. $15. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199. Abhaya Open Yoga – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous Vinyasa flow class taught by Nancy LaNasa. Who doesn’t like yoga on Monday? $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Card Making Class – 10am-noon. We create new cards each week. $10 End of Summer Art Sale –13 local artists, all mediums. Villagio 13700 Perdido Key Dr, Pens. 850-261-9617.

tuesday Metaphysical Bible Study – 10am. Unity of Pensacola. 716 North 9th Ave. Pens. 850-438-2277. Abhaya Slow Flow Yoga – 5:30-7pm. A slower paced Vinyasa yoga class taught by Nancy LaNasa, certified Jivamukti instructor. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Hatha Yoga – 6pm. Flowing postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation. Ask about Yoga4Vets, Karma Yoga, and Gentle Yoga. Drop In, No Contract. The Wellness Center, 4958 Hwy. 90, Pace. Reese Jones CYI. 850-450-5971. Tr u t h o n Ta p – 6 p m . L a s t T u e s d a y o f each month, spiritual discussion with Rev Jamie Sanders. Ozone Pizza Pub, 1010 North 12 Ave, Suite 111, Pens. 850-438-2277. Pilates Mat Class – 6pm. Bring a mat, lose some fat. $10. Eastern Traditions, 7552 Navarre Pkwy, St 6, (across from VinnieR), Navarre. 850-217-6341. Guided Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Facilitated by Brenda Q. Bischoff, C.L.C., C.HT., C.I. $10. 7100 Plantation Rd., Ste. 11, Pens. Weekly Acrylic Painting Class – Let me show you how easy it is to paint. Come join us. 457-8257. Artistic FREE Healing and Meditation Clinic. Physical/emotional protocols, energy based concept to wellness. Lorraine, 501 Adams St., Pns. 850-433-2042.

PTSD Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7pm. Improves sleep and emotions for military and other victims of trauma. Eastern Traditions, 7552 Navarre Pkwy suite 6, Navarre. 850-554-3464. Peace Within with Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria – 5:306:30pm. Learn to calm you mind, open your heart and find your flow through a unique meditation practice presented by DeMaria, a Psyshologist, Author, Speaker and 4x Grammy Nominee. Sanders Beach Community Center, 913 S I St., Pens. 850-436-5198. Yoga with Sudevi Linda Kramer – 5:45-7:15pm. $12 drop in rate, pkgs avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. Abhaya Open Yoga – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous Vinyasa yoga class taught by Nancy LaNasa, certified Jivamukti teacher. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Pilates Intermediate Reformer and Tower Class –7-8pm. 2130 Summit Blvd. Pens. 850-287-5836. PilatesCore Unity of Pensacola Choir Practice – 6pm. Open to all who would like to perform upbeat, contemporary, positive music. 716 N. 9th Ave. Pens. 850-438-2277.

thursday PTSD Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7pm. Improves sleep and emotions for military and other victims of trauma. Eastern Traditions, 7552 Navarre Pkwy suite 6, Navarre. 850-554-3464. Herb Study Group and Cancer Prevention Class – 6-8pm. Participants meet to watch videos, learn recipes and discuss herbal attributes. Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Pens. 850-549-4881. Hatha Yoga – 6pm. Flowing postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation. Ask about Yoga4Vets, Karma Yoga, and Gentle Yoga. Drop in, no contract. The Wellness Center, 4958 Hwy. 90, Pace. Reese Jones CYI. 850-450-5971. Community Acupuncture and Emotion Code Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Bonnie McLean is providing her Community Acupuncture Clinic for stress reduction, combined with Margie Kalaluhi’s Emotion Code sessions. $20/acup, $10/ec. 5012 Muldoon Cir, Pens. RSVP 850-457-3354. Tai Chi and Qi Gong Exercises for Health – 9-10am. $5. Perdido Bay Community Center 13660 Innerarity Point Road. Cheryl 850-492-4451. The Body, Mind, & Spirit Group of Florida – 6:308:30pm. 1st Thurs. Each meetup will have an array of activities, speakers, products, samples, demonstrations, practitioners, and networking opportunities. $5. Pensacola. 850-941-4321. Free Educational Seminars – 7-9pm. last Thurs monthly. Alternative healthcare options and how they are implemented in a modern world. Refreshments. Soulstice Bodyworks, 12385 Sorrento Rd, Pens. 850-725-2330.

Pensacola Little Theatre’s Studio 400 – Tickets $17 for Café seating; $10 for Gen. Admission. 850-434-2042. Pensacola Thai Chi – 8:30am. All levels. Free. Blue Florida, Located in Cordova Commons, 1680 Airport Blvd, Pens. 850-202-4188. The Northern Gulf Coast Chapter of USGBC –12-1pm. Meets on the 2nd Friday of the month at the Bowden Building. Create an Art Journal – 10am-noon. Have fun every other Friday by letting your creative side shine. We’ll learn new techniques. $10. Core and Restore Yoga – 9-10:30am. Guided breath work to relax and release chronic holding. Core strengthening essential to the spine. $15. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199. Wellness Rocks Pensacola – 6-8pm. Last Friday every month. Join other health and wellness practitioners, providers and educators to network and collaborate as we strengthen, educate and build our community. Our Place Pensacola, 811 W. Garden St. Pens. 888-228-8238. .


Iridology and Cardiovascular Screening – 2nd Sat monthly. Dr. Jim Bledsoe will be holding iridology and cardio screenings on the 2nd Saturday of each month. $30/$50. Healthquest, 4761 Bayou Blvd, Pens. Call for appt. 850-479-7220. Abhaya Open Yoga – 9-10:30am. A vigorous and fun way to recover from Friday night. Rock out on Saturday morning at Abhaya. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Spinning and Pilates – 9-10:15am. Special spin bikes that move followed by 1/2 hour mat class. $12. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. Qigong Tai Chi for Beginners – 9 am-10:15am. Third Sat. monthly. Weekly evening practice sessions and this monthly session with Teacher. Navarre. Jude 850-226-9355. Tai Chi for All Ages – 10-11:15am. For wellness, stress relief and immunities. Bring a friend. $5. Chips Health Club, 100 McAbee Court, Gulf Breeze. 850-380-8830. Yoga for Life – 10am.Yoga for Life and Even Flow Yoga. Peace for the body, mind and soul. Seniors $5 discount. Perdido Bay Community Center, 13660 Innerarity Point Rd, Pens. 850-865-7144. 12 Dimensions of Wellness –1:00-2:00pm. Third Sat. monthly. Take inventory of where you are in each dimension and build a wellness plan to overcome resistance to change. $45 for yr long assessment program. Navarre. Jude 850-226-9355. Words of Peace TV – 2pm. Last Sat. Words of Peace “What we are looking for is inside, not outside.” Prem Rawat, also honorably known as Maharaji. Cox Cable Ch 4 and WUWF Public Access Channel, Pens. 850-341-9838. Intuitive Gallery Readings By Ericka Boussarhane – 6:30-8:30pm. International Intuitive Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight. $10. Mystic Cottage, 4971 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola. 850-941-4321.

sunday Sunday Morning Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. Joseph Stanberry will be speaking Feb 10, 17 and 24. Love offering appreciated. Unity of Gulf Breeze, 913 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Unit #26, Gulf Breeze. 850-932-3076. Abhaya Open Flow Yoga – 4:30-6pm. A great way to wind down the weekend with a challenging vinyasa class taught by Jenifer Roberts. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pensacola. 850-439-0350.

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SOULSTICE BODYWORKS 850-725-2330 Soulstice Bodyworks is a massage therapy practice in Perdido providing alternative care for the modern world through intelligent and personalized therapeutic touch. MA#60681


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energy healing BACK TO BASIC WELLNESS Susan Giangiulio MEd, CECP, CLP 850-240-2279 Certified Lifeline Technique™ and an Emotion Code Practition e r a p p l y i n g k i n e s i o l o g y, known as muscle testing, to communicate with the subconscious. One or more sessions release trapped emotions, helping to eliminate personal obstacles and limiting behaviors.

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healing arts HEALING PATH, ALICE MCCALL Transformational Energy Healer & Counselor BS Psychology, MBA, Hypnotherapist 850-585-5496 •

Phone sessions to heal serious health issues, unwanted patterns, and more. Authored Wellness Wisdom on natural health and healing; inspired by her journey with cancer.

HYPNOSIS BRENDA Q. BISCHOFF, CLC, CHT CI Hypnosis, Hypnobliss™, Life Coaching, NLP 850-637-1631, 850-501-3662 Time Line Therapy, Certified NGH Hypnosis Instructor. Imagine living the life you have already dreamed of. Take the first step now. Call for a free consultation. See ad page 10.

MAIA RIZZI, CCHT Nationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Practicing for over 20 years Pensacola, 850-291-8041 Specializing in stress management, behavior modification, feelings of fear and anxiety, weight loss, smoking cessation, motivational issues, relationship problems, inner-child concerns, lack of self-esteem, sports enhancement. Call for a complimentary consultation. See ad page 7.

INTUITIVE ARTS TERESA BROWN 3 W Garden 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 phone. See ad page 23.



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THE BLAKE AT GULF BREEZE Brooke Hicks 850-934-4306 A retirement, assisted living, and memory care community inspiring wellness in an enriched environment. Also, short-term respite program for caregivers to have their loved one stay as a guest; enjoy the many services and personalized care. See ad page 23.

Offers supplement/herbal wellness; assessment practices: iridology, tongue/fingernail/pulse analysis, glandular body typing. Healing therapies: ionic footbath, hot house, chi machine, and massage therapy.

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Committed to patient centered care as well as disease focused treatment, we offer family practice, weight loss, anti-aging, skin solutions and events. See ad page 10.

ROLFING 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 8.

WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS BLUE WILLOW WELLNESS 850-226-9355 • Working with individuals and groups to promote wellbeing through assessment and training to overcome resistance to change. Ask about our Tai Chi classes. See ad page 24.

LIGHT THERAPY AVALON LIGHT KEEPERS 850-424-8261 Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are used to apply concentrated doses of lights and healing sound frequencies to help increase circulation, control pain, reduce stress and increase overall wellness. Ongoing sessions are given at The Golden Almond Health Food Store. Contact us to learn about our free presentations. See ad page 23.

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Abhaya has been voted Pensacola’s Best Yoga five years in a row, as long as we’ve been open. Take a class with us and find out why. See ad page 8.

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.

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