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s we move into the month of February, we are reminded how quickly life can turn on a dime. The tragedy in Haiti might nudge us to live more in the present moment, enjoy every possible minute with loved ones and find passion and contentment in the things we dream about doing with our lives. Since the people of Haiti will need help for a long time, we have included in our Global Briefs section on page 14 a list of organizations if you would like to help. On a lighter note, in keeping with our “Laugh More” theme, I am intentionally taking time out (as much as I can) and finding humor in the everyday things. Thank goodness for the men in my family. They have a knack for not taking things so seriously. Every day, they make the women in our family crack a smile or laugh out loud. Jim’s family is made up of entirely dry-humored males who “think” they’re funny (even if they are not) but manage to do or say something everyday to keep it light. Just the other night after Jim came home from work, he was doing funny character impressions, and we all enjoyed a good belly laugh before bed. I was mentioning this to one of our editors and she remarked that she was at a business meeting recently with two men and two women, and the men made them laugh. It would make an interesting study on humor and the differences between men vs. women, wouldn’t it? We encourage everyone, especially women, to laugh more. A good place to start is in the feature article “Laugh More” on page 18, with the additional side bar “Ways to Fun-up Your Relationship” on page 20. Enjoy Valentine’s Day with someone you love, and remember to sit at the “kids table” – it’s way more fun! Live longer – be happier – laugh more!
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newsbriefs Yoga Mobile Business Brings New Experiences to the Upstate
oga A GoGo LLC is a new mobile yoga business that brings the yoga experience to you. Based in the Greenville/Spartanburg area, Yoga A GoGo specializes in yoga parties for children and adults, individual and group yoga training, and team-building events. They also do yoga scout badge events. Yoga parties for adults range from restorative to power and can be a great addition to a birthday, shower, or any life event. Children’s yoga parties can be catered to any theme including superheroes, rainforest adventure, sports, and much more. Yoga can be a great addition to a sleepover party. Yoga A GoGo brings all equipment necessary to your home, school, business, or chosen party location. A certified, experienced, and insured yoga instructor leads the yoga sessions. Yoga A GoGo was founded by three yoginis - Leslie Lehman, Allison Skinner, and Iris Amick, who have a combined yoga experience of over 28 years. Yoga has numerous benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. Regular practice of yoga tones, strengthens, and lengthens the muscles while improving the internal workings of the body. Increased joint strength, improved balance, and core strength are a few of the many benefits of yoga. Starting in February, Yoga A GoGo is hosting a Power Yoga Bootcamp at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg (200 E. St John St.) on Monday and Wednesdays from 9:15am to 10:45am. All skill levels are welcome and class will end with a guided relaxation. For more information about Yoga A GoGo, call 864-208-7608 or visit yoga-agogo. com.
First Health Center Moves to Larger Location in Spartanburg
irst Health Center recently moved from Taylors to a new, larger location in Spartanburg. Dr. James Worth, D.C., said the larger treatment facility was necessary to satisfy the requirements of his thriving practice, which had outgrown its former space. The new facility features several new exciting technologies including RF/Laser/LED to promote fat loss, wrinkle and acne reduction. The center also features computerized Chiropractic services. “Many of my patients want to lose weight and get in Dr. James Worth shape,” explained Dr. Worth. “These new treatments reduce fat without using surgery or drugs. The abdominal or visceral fat is the problem for many people. It is the belly fat that is so harmful to your health. Heart disease, diabetes and cancer are all linked to excessive belly fat.” “Fear of cracking, popping, twisting and rough adjustments keep many people from getting the chiropractic care they need,” explains Dr. Worth. First Health Center features the PulstarFras adjusting instrument that allows chiropractic adjustments without the twisting, cracking and popping. This new technology is changing the way many Chiropractors adjust their patients. “Once people experience this new type of Chiropractic care, they will not settle for anything less, often driving many miles to get it,” explains Dr. Worth. Dr. Worth graduated from Life University school of Chiropractic in 1997. He has been in the Upstate for the last two years and loves it here. First Health Center is located at 1522 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg. For more information or to schedule a low-cost initial examination and computerized spinal evaluation, call 864-595-6117 or visit FirstHealthSC.com.
Sargent Chiropractic Clinic Hosts Blood Drive
argent Chiropractic Clinic in Mauldin hosted its first blood drive for the year on January 8. It was a great event that helped raise the required 300 units of blood that Greenville Hospital System needs per day. A Blood Drive will be held at their clinic every two months for the remainder of the year. The dates
for future blood drives for 2010 are March 5, May 21, July 23, September 24, and December 3. Hosting a Blood Drive serves a dual purpose. Dr. Sargent wants to help the community at large, and donating blood also makes the donor healthier. Donating blood helps to effectively lower blood pressure and cholesterol naturally. Natural health care is Dr. Sargent’s main focus, so a blood drive is a way to help the community and his patients as well. It is also a great way to cooperate with the medical community. Dr. Sargent enjoys close working relationships with many medical practitioners in the area and seeks to foster those relationships whenever possible. Sargent Chiropractic Clinic offers food at the blood drive to help folks get their strength back quickly so they can easily perform their daily tasks. Dr. Sargent encourages everyone who can donate blood to do so, as this “keeps you and your community healthy.” For more information about Sargent Chiropractic Clinic and their Blood Drives, call 864-676-9922 or visit SargentChiropractic.com. See ad, page 21.
newsbriefs ABC’s of Health Moves to Mauldin
New Health and Wellness Clinic Opens in Greenville
fter 11 years in Greenville, ABC’s of Health has moved to a much larger facility in Mauldin to add an Advanced Healthy Lifestyle Training program to their unique specialty healthcare facility. ABC will now have a classroom that can seat up to 60 people for their classroom training sessions. Some of their classes will be Free as an introduction to their special training courses. ABC’s new healthcare facility is located at 437 N. Main St., Mauldin in the Golden Strip Shopping Center, directly across from the Mauldin Post Office and Wachovia Bank on US Hwy 276/ Laurens Rd. The shopping center is two blocks north of the center of Mauldin; it is easy to locate and has a very large parking lot with free parking. ABC’s of Health offers quality health products and services at competitive prices. Products available include vitamins, minerals, herbs, enzymes, essential oils, proteins, whole food supplements and much more, including quality air purification equipment, water filters, shower filters, water alkalizers/ionizers, and water purifiers (Distillers, RO or UV systems). For more about ABC’s of Health and their products and services, call 864329-0004 or visit ABCofHealth.info and ABCofHealth.com. See ad, page 19.
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aximized Living is excited to announce the grand opening of its latest health center in the Upstate. Darrah Family Chiropractic Dr. Josh Darrah, wife Stacy will be its 46th health and wellness clinic to open in the United States. The health center and family is part of a global wellness organization to change the way healthcare is viewed and delivered around the world. Darrah Family Chiropractic offers two wellness programs: Life Management and Customized Nutrition. Life Management programs are designed to build healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships -- the way God intended. Customized Nutrition programs take the guesswork out of knowing what specific nutritional needs you may have to really be healthy. To celebrate the opening of this state-of-the-art wellness facility, Maximized Living will be donating up to $20,000 in free exams, x-rays (if needed), and consultations on a first-come firstserved basis. Dr. Joshua Darrah and his staff at Darrah Family Chiropractic have been extensively mentored and trained by two top wellness doctors in the country and are part of the U.S. Olympic Wellness Advisory Board. They are committed to providing safe, effective, and drug-free healthcare to the community through corrective chiropractic care, nutrition, and advanced wellness workshops. To help promote health and wellness in the community, Dr. Darrah is available free of charge to speak and give wellness workshops to all area churches, schools, businesses, and groups. Darrah Family Chiropractic is located at 1791 Woodruff Road, Ste. I, Greenville. For more information, call 864-254-9915.
Matrix Energetics: The Essence of Energy Medicine
wo years ago, naturopathic doctor and chiropractor Richard Bartlett created a stir in the scientific community with the publication of Matrix Energetics, a book that challenges conventional perceptions of reality. According to Bartlett, Matrix Energetics® is a consciousness technology based on the laws of quantum physics and focused intent. “Thousands have used this consciousness technology to create ‘healing’ for themselves, their families and even the environment in which they live,” says Bartlett. The technology was developed after many years of research, and Bartlett says that it, “produces physically verifiable results that often defy rational explanation.” Dr. Norman Shealy, one of the world’s leading experts in pain management and founder of the Shealy Institute, calls Matrix Energetics, “the essence of energy medicine.” “The book Matrix Energetics demonstrated how easily we can rewrite the rules of our reality,” says Bartlett, “whether it concerns our health, our happiness or even our understanding of what is physically possible.” Bartlett’s upcoming book, The Physics of Miracles: Tapping in to the Field of Consciousness Potential, is based on his seminars. According to Bartlett, it takes readers “further into Matrix Energetics while sharing new concepts on the cutting edge of transformation.” Dr. Richard Bartlett teaches his groundbreaking techniques across the United States. For information, visit MatrixEnergetics.com.
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Attention Chocolate Lovers: Valentine’s Raw Chocolate Adventure Workshops
alentine’s Raw Chocolate Adventure Workshops are just a few of several new classes and workshops now available to the public through Sustainable Greenville. The workshops will take place at Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville on Thursday, February 11 from 7pm to 8:30pm ($10) and at Unity Church of Greenville, 207 E. Belvue, on Valentine’s Day from 2:00pm until 4:30pm ($20 suggested love offering – no one turned away). As everyone knows, Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate. This workshop is an exciting way to discover what’s great about raw chocolate as an alternative to conventional chocolate. It will explore what chocolate is, where it comes from and its history. Raw chocolate desserts will be made and everyone will get to sample them. Sustainable Greenville has expanded from being just an online resource to all things sustainable. It is a resource to the community that also includes information about classes, workshops and consulting on sustainable living, organic foods and sustainable business development. The website also has a sustainable literacy page with a listing of over 800 books and videos. For more information, call 864-313-2145 or visit SustainableGreenville.com.
A Better Way Chiropractic, LLC Now Open in Greer
anda Cecco, DC and her staff are dedicated to bringing better health and a better way of life by teaching and practicing the true principles of chiropractic wellness care. They have recently opened A Better Way Chiropractic, LLC in downtown Greer. Vanda is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College and also certified as a prenatal care specialist. Her expertise spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum to help achieve her patients’ wellness objecVanda Cecco, DC tives. A Better Way Chiropractic emphasizes custom treatment plans on an individual basis and they offer non-drug health solutions. Treatment options for patients range from prenatal to sports injuries, ADD/ADHD, allergies, neck/back pain and headaches. The services go beyond standard chiropractic care by offering electrical muscle stimulation and trigger point therapy, which is done by licensed therapists in-house, therapeutic exercise and nutritional counseling. Insurance is accepted and processed by administrative staff. A Better Way Chiropractic, LLC is located at 916 W. Poinsett St, Greer (located in the heart of Downtown Greer). For more information call 864-877-9337 or visit ABWChiro.com.
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newsbriefs Shadow an Intern Day at Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg
n Thursday, February 25, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg will be offering Shadow an Intern Day to anyone who is interested in a chiropractic career. This event is free to the public; however you must register by February 19. Get the inside perspective on what it’s like to go to chiropractic college and prepare to be a doctor of chiropractic from the students who are doing it now. See first-hand what it’s like to be an intern at a chiropractic college, including observing patient visits. For registered guests, the college will provide lunch with interns and Sherman faculty. During Shadow an Intern Day, you’ll spend the afternoon with a student intern in our Chiropractic Health Center and observe patient visits, learn about the daily responsibilities of a chiropractic intern and tour our digital X-ray suite to see how chiropractic X-rays are taken. For those who are interested, the school offers an evaluation of your prior educational transcripts from one of our admissions counselors or advice about coursework to take if you are still in college. Shadow an Intern Day is a way to discover whether chiropractic is the career for you. For more information, call Kristy Shepherd at 800-849-8771 or 864-578-8770, ext. 221 or visit sherman.edu/edu/future/ shadowintern.asp to register online.
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Laughter Yoga Benefits Belly Muscles
n experiment to assess the effect of laughter of yoga on back pain by sports science student Ulrich Rehm of Münster University, in Germany, turned up an encouraging conclusion. In conducting research for his Ph.D. thesis, he hooked up two healthy young men to an electromyograph (EMG), which measures strength, endurance and increases in muscle activity. Rehm monitored some of the abdominal and back muscles that are addressed by conventional strengthening exercises or even in sports physiotherapy. First, his fellow students performed a series of conventional physiotherapy exercises on a mat for 30 minutes. Next, they performed another 30 minutes of laughter yoga exercises. The working conclusion was that, “Simulated laughter exercises engage as many abdominal muscles as conventional physiotherapy exercises, sometimes even more.” Initial findings are backed by overseeing professor Dr. Heiko Wagner, who teaches kinesiology at the university.
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Children Playing Outside Laugh More
hild of Our Time, a televised research project co-produced by the BBC and The Open University in the UK, is halfway through its ambitious 20-year mission of tracking the development of 25 children since birth. One of Executive Producer Tessa Livingstone’s studies has found that the more children played, the more they laughed, especially when outside. In fact, children who played the most laughed up to 20 times more than others. As a child psychologist, Livingstone maintains that it is important to get the balance right between unstructured play and the high level of structured activity, such as music, drama and language classes, which take up so much of the modern child’s time. Children who are allowed to play and explore outside are likely to be more adventurous, self-motivated and better able to understand risk when they grow up, according to Livingstone. Her research team found the amount of time children are allowed to roam out of their parents’ sight has dropped by 90 percent over the past 20 years. “This is an extraordinary change and it says a lot about our fear of modern life, pedophilia, etc. Children learn two things from this: Strangers are fearsome and dangerous, and it’s dangerous to go outside,” she explains. She also notes other research indicating that children are probably safer from stranger danger when playing outside with other children than when playing online alone.
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Why a Smile is More than a Smile
omantics everywhere may be happy to hear why the adage, “Smile and the world smiles with you,” holds true—at least according to a psychological study which proved just seeing a smile activates the muscles in our face that make that expression, even if we’re unaware of it. The psychologists further discovered that positive emotion words, such as “laugh” or “funny,” also influence our facial muscle activity, as well as our judgement. In the experiment, volunteers were subliminally shown emotion verbs and adjectives while watching cartoons. Half of the participants held a pen to their lips to prevent them from smiling, while the remaining group did not have their facial muscles blocked. The results revealed that volunteers found cartoons to be funnier when they were preceded by smiling-related verbs rather than frowning-related verbs. More, those who had been free to smile while watching the cartoons judged them more positively. Source: Association for Psychological Science, 2009
A Crush on Garlic
hen it comes to protecting heart health, freshly crushed garlic works better than garlic supplements or dried garlic. New research published by the American Chemical Society explains that the heart-healthy effects of raw, crushed garlic result from hydrogen sulfide, a chemical that forms when fresh garlic is cut or smashed; when eaten, the hydrogen sulfide relaxes blood vessels, allowing for better flowing of blood to the heart.
New Clue to Love at First Sight
eave it to genetics (and pairs of fruit flies) to answer a question that has perplexed humanity since the dawn of science. An American and Australian research team has found that, before mating, female fruit flies experience a biochemical state that amounts to “genetic priming,” making them more likely to mate with certain males over others—research that sheds a bit more light on the complexities of mating and reproduction.
Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 2009
Chocolate Calms Emotions
Chocolate can indeed assuage emotional stress, according to a new clinical trial. Researchers reporting to the American Chemical Society found that “highly stressed” volunteers, eating about an ounce-and-a-half (about 40 grams) of dark chocolate a day for two weeks, experienced reduced levels of stress hormones. The chocolate even partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances by modifying metabolism.
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hermotherapy, also called ‘heat therapy’, is the application of heat to the body for pain relief and health. The Amethyst BioMat is a pad which lies on top of a massage table or your home mattress. It converts electricity into far infrared rays (FIR), nature’s invisible light, through a computerized control panel, produced by Texas Instruments. FIR was discovered by NASA to be the safest, most beneficial light wave. It reduces swelling, increases blood flow and has been shown to destroy cancer and viral cells without harming surrounding healthy cells. Exposure to (FIR) is the key to preventing metastatic cancers and strengthening the immune system*. It penetrates 6-8 inches into the innermost recesses of the body, stimulating healing and regeneration to all cells including blood vessels, lymph glands and nerves. FIR provides a heat source that relieves pain and fatigue of the body muscles. The BioMat also produces negative ions, nature’s energizer, which delivers a molecular level massage, soothing jangled nerves and knotted muscles. This accelerates and deepens all cleansing processes of the body. Through research done by Dr. Takada Maku in Japan, it was discovered that when negative ionization is introduced, the ions in calcium and natrium (salt) in the blood increases, and the blood is purified by increasing blood alkaline. Far infrared rays and negative ions produced by the BioMat are transferred through amethyst quartz channels which cover the entire surface of the mat. Amethyst is nature’s super conductor, scientifically found to offer the steadiest, most powerful delivery of healthy far infrared light waves. Amethyst is a stone used to help with problems involving the central nervous system. This stone is commonly associated with peace. It has been known as “nature’s tranquilizer” by many because of its effectiveness in relaxing not only the mind but also the nervous system. It helps at all levels of mind, body, and spirit. This technology is being used in spas and professional practitioners’ offices all over the world. Microsoft and Boeing have placed these mats in their facilities for employees to use. *As stated in the book The Fourth Treatment for Medical Refugees by Nobuhiro Yoshimizu M.D. Ph.D. Nakamachi Garden Clinic Director For more information about Thermotherapy and the Amethyst BioMat, call Perfect Balance Natural Health in Greenville at 864-236-8072 or Bridge to Wellness in Simpsonville at 864963-4466. 14
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By Michele Senac
Coming in March
in the Happy Moments
o much has been written about stress that some of us may have become cavalier about the topic. We may take the approach that everyone has stress, so, what is the big deal? The big deal just may be the difference between a happy, healthy life or a life that is not! According to internationally renowned leader in self-development, Dr. Wayne Dyer, “A happier life comes from lack of stress, self confidence and a feeling of worth.” Some of the symptoms of stress are feelings of irritability, pain, anxiousness, depression, fatigue, mental fogginess and difficulty sleeping. Left untreated, stress may cause serious health problems. Bonnie Tollison, Licensed HeartMath® Provider of Stress Less….For Life says “All stress results from only two problems: perception and/or communication. The most effective way to manage stress is to manage emotions.” One of the ways Tollison helps clients learn to manage emotions is through a program called HeartMath. She guides the client through a process that not only helps calm the nervous system but also effectively brings balance to the hormonal system. When there is stress, negative emotions cause the stress hormone cortisol to rise and the anti-stress, anti-aging hormone DHEA to fall. This can cause physical symptoms which, left unrecognized, may lead to health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and hormonal imbalance – to name a few. With hypertension, Tollison explains, the nervous system is responding to some type of stimulation. The sympathetic nervous system is affected and adrenaline is released, which makes the heart beat faster. Cortisol is also released, blood vessels constrict and the blood pressure rises. According to Tollison, just as negative emotions take a toll on health, positive emotions can help relieve stress – and start reversing some of the damage the stress has caused, especially on the nervous system. What makes HeartMath unique is its effect on the hormonal system – helping to balance the cortisol and DHEA. The heart has its own intuitive intelligence and is always communicating with the brain. When you shift the focus from the mind’s mental “chatter” to the heart, you gain mental clarity. The rest of the body then works in sync, bringing better health – physically, mentally and emotionally. When asked for an example of an immediate way to live a happier life in the midst of stress, Tollison responds: “Live in the moment. Be more aware of the things around you that make you smile or bring a feeling of warmth …. and spend some time “soaking up” the feeling. Many of us are too busy thinking about what we have to do next to enjoy the moment we are in. Take every opportunity to breathe in the happy moments. A change of heart changes everything.” For more information contact Bonnie Tollison at 864-901-4433 or www.StressLessForLife.com. See ad, Back Cover. Michele Senac is a freelance writer in the Upstate, and can be contacted at 864631-9335.
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Yoga LAUGHTER Exercises
Catalyst for Laughing Alone by Dr. Madan Kataria
expression. he slogan of all laughter clubs It helps to keep the following is, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” points in mind while doing laughter This is based on a scientific fact yoga exercises: that even if you are faking it, the body • The purpose is to prolong the exhacannot differentiate between real and lation, in order to empty the lungs make-believe emotions. This is how completely. This will help you to laughter exercises convert artificial inhale deeply and get more oxygen laughter into bouts of real laughter. It flowing into the body. While dohinges on coming to genuinely laugh at ing laughter exercises, try to keep hearing the absurd, silly sounds of your laughing until you run out of breath, own voice. removing residual air from the lungs. The fun starts with ha-ha-ha, he-he• Keep your chin up; it becomes much he, ho-ho-ho, as you play with laughter easier to laugh if you are looking exercises to discover what amuses you. upwards. It also makes the respiraInitially, faking laughter may seem awktory tract straight and facilitates the ward, but with practice, your body will become conditioned, and the moment you start faking, it will quickly turn into the real thing. Laughter yoga emFake it ‘til you ploys a voice reinforcemake it. ment technique based on the natural sounds of laughter. As children, we shout and scream to express ourselves fully, but as adults we have been conditioned to control the pitch and tone of our voice to the point where we are unable to express our feelings to the fullest. The freedom and expression of the voice affects the freedom of emotions in the mind, and vice versa. Everyone has a distinct signature of laughter that continually changes, according to our state of our mind and personality type. Given the natural feedback between body and mind, by opening up your voice to the sounds of laughter, you can bring about a change in your overall emotional
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flow of air. • Spreading your arms out and looking up creates happy body language. Because of the body-mind link, a happy posture facilitates the release of happy chemicals in the brain.
Voice Reinforcement Voice reinforcement techniques help to bring laughter more easily. Start by taking a long breath and start saying haaaa-haaaa-haaaa-haaaaa-haaaa five to seven times. Then, try to laugh and keep laughing until you completely run out of breath. Another approach is to use the vowel sound Aeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, and prolong it while raising your arms over your head. With your chin up, laugh haha-ha-ha. Repeat the technique, using Aaaaaaaaa and Oooooooo. Do each five to six times and take a few deep breaths in-between. Voice reinforcement techniques are best performed while standing, but you can also do them while lying down. Some people find that bringing their knees towards their chest helps to expel the residual air more easily.
Breath Holding Technique The way to employ the breathholding technique is to take a long breath, raise your arms over your head and hold your breath, while stretching the spine backwards. As you try to continue to hold the breath a little longer, you will burst out laughing. The position builds up pressure inside the lungs and facilitates laughter; gradually, the brain develops a new connection between breathing, stretching and holding the breath and laughter, and it becomes a conditioned reflex. Another variation is to keep your eyes closed and take a long breath. Hold it as long as possible, avoiding the urge to laugh. The anticipation of laughter is what prompts real outbursts of laughing. In the beginning, do it deliberately or pretend to laugh; soon, you will experience the real feelings and laughter will be spontaneous.
One Meter Laughter Stand or sit to perform one meter laughter. If standing, place your feet
a little apart and position both your hands to the far left. Then, slide one arm over the other and stretch it to the opposite shoulder, as if measuring a one-meter piece of fabric. Note these three stages: first, touch the elbow while sliding; second, reach the opposite shoulder; finally, stretch out both arms to either side, push your chin up, open your mouth a bit wider and laugh heartily. This technique, which opens the diaphragm, allows laughter to flow easily straight from the belly. It has a cathartic effect as you release pent-up emotions and experience a sense of joy and freedom.
Aloooha Laughter Derived from the traditional Hawaiian greeting, Aloooha laughter stimulates brain and body as it facilitates circulation and blood supply. It is ideally performed in the morning in bed, upon waking. Sit up on your knees and place some cushions in front of you. Raise your arms, push up your chin and start saying a prolonged Aloooooo in a crescendo. End it by saying a loud haaa and laugh heartily. Bend down as you do this to dig your head into the cushions; carry on and don’t stop if you’re enjoying it. As you dig into the cushions, you can also cover your head with your arms as you continue to laugh. This
encourages the flow of air and can feel stimulating. Many people even move towards longer, hysterical laughing to experience a total feeling of release and well-being.
Holding Your Knees Laughter This last exercise helps facilitate the upward movement of the diaphragm by pressing in on the abdominal muscles. It, too, helps improve circulation and stimulates blood flow to the brain. It involves simple steps of pulling in the knees and releasing them as you exhale and inhale. • Lie on your back, hold your knees together with both your hands and slowly bring them closer to your chest. • While doing this, push your chin upwards and keep your mouth a little
open and exhale. This straightens the respiratory tract and allows a freer flow of air. • Now, release your knees and inhale while taking in deep breaths. As you bring your knees closer and push your chin upwards, use the sound reinforcement techniques of laughter. Say a prolonged haaaaaaa in a crescendo and then start laughing. Take a few deep breaths in-between spells of laughter. While laughing, you can open or close your eyes, depending on what makes you comfortable and helps keep you laughing. Childlike giggling is another great way of breaking into truly tickled laughter. Dr. Madan Kataria is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs; connect at LaughterYoga.org.
by Enda Junkins
Laugh More WHY FEELING TICKLED IS GOOD FOR US Be aware. When the corners of our mouth turn up involuntarily and we must swallow unsolicited giggles, we may be giving way to laughter addiction.
he high that we gain when we laugh until we hold our sides, roll about on the floor and feel the tears streaming down our cheeks is addicting. So, what protects us from such loosey-goosey, nonsensical fun? Only our own serious, controlled approach to life, from sex to the family vacation. Human beings are not born serious. We begin life fully equipped with an innate playfulness and the ability to laugh freely. Sadly, most of us curb our playfulness and laughter as a sacrifice to the serious business of adulthood. In order to keep laughing, we need to be in a partial state of playfulness, either consciously or unconsciously. Laughter therapy is one way to help us ease our adult seriousness and retrieve that lost sensation of play. Laughter is not only fun; it is also good for us. At last, something good for us that is also enjoyable. There is no need for yucky-tasting diet concoctions, profuse sweating in concentrated exercise or tough changes for this particular pursuit of health. All that’s required is pure, unrestrained, old-fashioned laughter. Laughter heals the body and eases painful emotions like anger and fear (see this month’s Healing Ways de-
partment). It helps us cope with daily survival in a pleasant and effective way. Contrary to common perceptions, in my 20 years as a laughter therapist I have found that laughter is born of tension, stress and pain, so most people need not worry about being able to laugh. Stress has been called the number one health problem today; we’ve all got it. Laughter therapy is about learning to laugh freely again at the many things we deal with that aren’t otherwise funny. Children will play with almost anything except direct pain. Adults were intended to do the same. When we can play with our pain, we laugh. When we laugh, we shift our perspective and problems shrink to a manageable size. We don’t diminish their importance,
Relieve stress Resolve conflict Enhance communications Enrich relationships Have fun but we feel less overwhelmed. Laughter is warm, bonding and contagious. It connects with those we love and with our fellow human beings.
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We need to feel good. We need to feel connected. We need to feel safe. We need to laugh more. Anyone can join the laughter movement. All it takes is a willingness to risk some loss of control. The timid may start with a few shy giggles. The courageous may jump in with deep belly laughs. A sense of humor is not required. There’s more than enough stress to go around, and absurdity abounds in our daily lives. All we have to do is believe, let go and clap our hands, and laughter will live again. So will we. When we laugh, we feel deeply, which allows us to live fully. We can encourage everyday laughter at home by being playful with our families. Wear a clown nose when putting children to bed. Break up chores by indulging in a pillow fight. Ease conflict by saying something light and unexpected. Let hand puppets help with family communication or say it with a humorous hat. Life at home doesn’t have to be serious; it’s far too important for that. We can slip laughter into the workplace with a few lighthearted windup toys. Play with frustrations by writing them on shoe soles and walking on them. Wear a temporary tattoo that
Laughter is the human gift for coping and for survival; ringing, pealing, roaring, bubbling laughter. Chuckling. Giggling. Snickering. Snorting. These are the sounds of soul-saving laughter that springs from our emotional core and helps us feel better, see things more clearly and creatively weigh and use our options. Laughter helps us roll with the punches that inevitably come our way. We unleash the power of laughter every time we laugh. expresses our mood for the day. No one need see it. Find ways to celebrate stress; we might as well enjoy it. We can practice laughing, so that we can laugh when we need it most. Mother Nature laughs. She created people playful and funny. She also created laughter. Why, in pursuit of serious things, have we short-circuited both our play and our laughter? In our frenzy to succeed and to have it all, we have shortened everything. We have fast food, fast banking, fast fun, fast shopping, even fast sex. Today, life is a longer process on a shorter schedule, and for that, we need lots of laughter. Our natural laughter is neither fastpaced nor high-tech. It’s not expensive and it can’t be bought. Others can’t do it for us. All of us can do it ourselves, however, because we’re born with it, and it’s our right to reap all its benefits. On the off chance that we occasionally find ourselves headed off to “smell the roses” from a drive-in window, at least we can laugh at our own folly. Enda Junkins, known as “The Laughing Psychotherapist,” is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. For information on her keynote talks, seminars and workshops, visit LaughterTherapy.com. natural awakenings
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Ways to Fun-up Relationships
Smile at each other when you first wake up. Exaggerate your affection for each other. Make everything bigger than it is and add a dash of silliness. For example: Holler “I love you;” speak of your undying love in terms the universe; or romantically describe each other’s eyes with over-the-top comparisons, such as blue as the deep blue sea, green as a rajah’s emeralds. Laugh together at the funny things seen and experienced on a daily basis. Go on a spur-of-the-moment picnic. Dance together in the living room, in the parking lot, on the street or in the mall. Read to each other before you go to sleep at night. Cuddle up together on the couch when you watch TV. Find some time during the day to enjoy a long passionate, romantic kiss. Walk together holding hands, and swing those hands. Share at least one bit of humor each day. Tell each other the good things about one another. Make a special time each day to laugh and talk for just the two of you. Practice hanging out together over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Develop lots of different, playful ways to say, “I love you.” You might, for instance, use different accents or languages; make a banner for the living room; create a card; or write it on the mirror in lipstick. Use your imagination to develop playful greetings for each other, like a dramatic hug, enthusiastic joy at seeing each other and overdone messages about missing each other.
Source: Enda Junkins
“Social psychology research shows that children laugh, on average, 150 times a day; adults, only six times a day. During an average day, a child will smile 400 times; an adult no more than 15 times.” ~ Robert Holden, Ph.D., founder of The Happiness Project, in Living Wonderfully 20
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Seven Life Tools How to Stay Lighthearted in Challenging Times by Kari Joys
n today’s tough economic times, many people are facing very difficult life situations. Mounting uncertainties seem to permeate the atmosphere of thought because so many have already lost their jobs and their homes. It’s not easy to stay cool, calm and collected when you don’t know what to expect tomorrow. You may feel that staying lighthearted is impossible in today’s world. But in working as a psychotherapist for 30 years, I have found that, again and again, employing these seven simple tools enables individuals to come through the darkness to a more lighthearted way of living.
Cry the tears that need to be cried—tears clean the windows of your soul. If there’s no one to talk to, write your feelings in a journal until your body relaxes and you feel a sense of relief.
See every challenge as an opportunity to grow. Ask for divine help to face challenges in the best way possible and to find a positive solution that feels good to you.
Choose a new reality. Affirm to yourself “I’m choosing a new reality.” Then change your negative thoughts and beliefs about your challenges to positive thoughts and beliefs.
Imagine in living color what it would be like if a total miracle happened in your life. What you would see, hear, feel, smell and taste if, by some miracle, your life took a definite turn for the better?
Brainstorm possible solutions until you find one that feels good to you. Take some positive action today towards changing your life for the better.
Practice showing love to every person you come in contact with. Remember that when you give love, love also comes back to you. Look at the funny side of life and find things to laugh about. Share your sense of humor with everyone around you, so that they can laugh and have fun, too. Repeat this process every day until things get better. Once you get started, you may want to continue doing it for the rest of your life. Spokane psychotherapist Kari Joys is director of the Center for Creative Change and the author of Choosing Light-Heartedness. A lighthearted seminar leader, she is a member of the American Counseling Association and a certified Yuen Wellness practitioner. Learn more at Kari-Joys.com. natural awakenings
Eco-Broker Nancy Riehle A Pioneer in the Local Green Real Estate Movement
by Tessa Porter May
oing green is the latest trend in many industries and the real estate market is no exception. Real estate broker Nancy Riehle is a pioneer in the local green Real Estate movement. Riehle, Managing Partner of Eco-Realty International in Spartanburg, began her journey in green real estate after attending a professional conference in 2006. While there, she learned that going green was a major trend on the horizon for real estate. “At the time, I had an investor who wanted to buy a house in an older neighborhood and he asked ‘what can I do to stand
out?’ and I said, well why don’t you try renovating it green?” Her suggestion paid off. The home stayed on the market only a fraction of the time that was typical for that area and sold for $100,000 more than anything else on the street. Interest was so great, 250 people attended the open house. Since then Riehle has developed a passion for green retro-fitting of existing properties as well as green building. She has earned her EcoBroker designation and her certification as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional. Because of her specialized green education, Riehle is able to instruct buyers and sellers on what to look for in a potential property and how to determine what it takes to “green” a property. Riehle’s expertise recently gave her and Eco-Realty an opportunity to
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work on the nation’s first green retro-fitted intercontinental hotel located in Duncan, SC. She was able to convince the owners of the new Holiday Inn Express that going green with the renovations was a great way to save money on their bottom line. Not only will the hotel receive tax incentives for their environmental efforts, they will also save money on utility costs. For instance, the hotel is designed to capture 500,000 gallons of rain water that can then be used to wash the guests’ linens, saving the business an estimated $1500 in water bills monthly. The team is also planning a downtown Spartanburg condominium development that will feature a “green” or “living” roof. A green roof is either completely or partially covered with vegetation to provide insulation, lower urban air temperatures and create a habitat for wildlife. Riehle says of going green, “It’s a healthier choice as well as
an economical choice.” Riehle is committed to bringing the green movement to residential real estate as well. She is often asked to clarify the confusion around the “greening” process. “The only thing that saddens me is when people say ‘oh, it’s just too expensive and this green thing is all about global warming and that’s just a hoax.’ Well, this is climate change and this is conserving the Earth. Whether you are Democrat or Republican it doesn’t really matter.” Riehle is also asked about the costs of going green. “Everyone is under the illusion that to go green is so expensive but it really isn’t now. The pricing has come way down.” She also believes that sellers who “green” their homes gain a competitive advantage in the market. Potential buyers stand to save money in utility costs and have the advantage of living in a healthier, less chemical-filled environment. Green renovating and building also focuses on the use of local materials, saving on energy costs and supporting the local economy. In fact, Riehle is putting these ideas into practice in her own green kitchen renovation. When selecting materials for the project,
she felt it was possible to avoid the environmental impact of importing materials such as marble. “ I looked on the South Carolina geological map and saw that there’s a big vein of marble that goes right through the Upstate [and into] Georgia. I finally found a quarry in Georgia called Marble Mountain…so that’s what going to be on my countertops.” With consumer awareness rising and federal tax incentives offered to businesses and consumers going green, Riehle has seen a tremendous growth in the green real estate industry. “Compared to 2006, it is amazing how mainstream it has all become.” Riehle and her partners at EcoRealty are enthusiastic about the future of green real estate in the Upstate. They believe that promoting sustainable development and smart growth through green building and renovation practices saves real estate buyers money and provides sellers with a competitive advantage. As Riehle says, “I have a total passion for what I do…going green is the
right thing to do.” Eco Realty International is located at 199 N. Dean St., in Spartanburg. For more information contact Nancy Riehle at 864-278-8088 or visit EcoRealtyIntl. com. See ad, page 22. Tessa Porter May is a freelance writer in the Upstate, and can be contacted at 864-414-0060.
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KEEP KIDS SINGING COMFORT, PLAY, TEACH by Jacqui DeBique
inging to children helps promote their development, so go ahead and give a “moo moo” here and a “moo moo” there; do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around. When it comes to children’s songs, it turns out that this really is what it’s all about—simple, silly lyrics that are fun to sing over and over again, with little more to them than that. Parents and kids love singing songs like Old MacDonald’s Farm and acting out The Hokey Pokey together. Making music and movement a regular part of our children’s lives supports their growth in joyful ways and brings beauty into their days. According to the parenting and child development experts at Invest in Kids, Canada (InvestInKids.ca), a national charity aimed at helping parents improve their parenting skills, traditional classics sung routinely with our kids can have tremendous benefits. Invest in Kids’ thorough, research-based approach to parenting specifically aims to transform everyday parent-child routines and activities like singing favorite songs into teachable moments that actively support a child’s healthy social, emotional and intellectual development. Its positive approach to “opening a world of possibilities” is called Comfort, Play & Teach. Here’s how, illustrated via Old MacDonald’s Farm:
If you do this: Repeat the song several times, each time encouraging the child to say the name of a farm animal that she knows and make each animal’s unique sound (e.g., baa, cluck, oink, quack, woof-woof or gobble). Your child will: Feel increasingly confident as you pay special attention to her when singing this familiar song. Older babies, who are now using 10 to 20 words, will proudly demonstrate what they know about animals and the sounds they make.
If you do this: Suggest different farm animals that the child may be less familiar with. If he doesn’t know the animal’s sound, demonstrate the sound for him, or he can invent one. Your child will: Build his imaginative skills as he tries to make these new sounds and pretends to be various farm animals. Toddlers are especially eager to try new things and love to pretend.
If you do this: Use a picture book about farm animals or puppets to make an
activity visual and tactile. This supports a child with little prior experience with farm animals. Your child will: Expand her vocabulary and build understanding of how farm animals differ from pets or jungle animals. Once a preschooler is speaking in complete sentences, she is likely to adore stories and will sit for longer periods as you read to her. Songs like this one also can be used to build social skills. For instance, a group of young participants can take turns in activities and discussions. As they begin to experiment with sounds, words, word patterns, rhymes and rhythms, they also build speaking, listening and reading skills. Coming to identify familiar sounds in the environment encourages development of thinking and problem-solving skills, as well. So, before you fade, deciding one more chorus of a favorite tune is one too many, remember, there’s more to the exercise than meets the E-I-E-I-O.
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Seeking Out Humor
By Michele Senac
id you know that if a person holds a slight grin – just a little uplift of the corners of the lips – for 60 seconds, a message is sent to the brain to release endorphins? Endorphins are the feel-good hormones which provide a sense of well being, boost the immune and cardiovascular systems and reduce physical pain. If a slight grin is that beneficial, imagine the benefits of a good, belly laugh! John Burton, Ed.D., LPC, knows about the benefits of laughter in his life and the lives of his clients. According to Burton “Laughter helps us to take a step back from a situation and find relief, change perspective and have more energy. Our lives don’t feel so heavy anymore and we can go on from there.” In his practice, Burton employs techniques that help raise consciousness, teaches clients not take things so personally, and gives clients tools to lighten up, which are the keys to personal freedom.” His therapeutic template, called Sacred Sequence, restores natural order in clients’ lives and releases illusions which are painful and limiting. Burton acknowledges that not every situation has humor in it; yet humor can be found in some parts of a situation. “One of the challenges is that our conscious minds look too closely at things, and we get bogged down and then we get stressed”, according to Burton. When we laugh, healing and relief can occur. Norman Cousins, journalist and writer, is considered the father of laughter as medicine. In 1979, he wrote Anatomy of An Illness, which is about how he laughed himself out of a serious disease. Cousins had a severe autoimmune disease and was plagued with constant pain. He devised various methods for pain relief that included watching Marx Brothers movies and laughing for 10 minutes a day. His pain decreased and he was able to sleep comfortably. When the pain recurred, he repeated the process. Burton’s advice to anyone in the midst of a painful situation is to remember that nothing is permanent – things change; all the information is not yet in; don’t make conclusions; keep an open mind; look for and find the humor in any situation. Seek out the humor because it feels good! For more information contact John Burton, Ed.D., LPC at 864-467-1077 or www.DrJohnBurton.com. See ad, page 17.
by Stanley Coren
niversally known and appreciated for their playful, uninhibited nature, dogs’ penchant for play generally reflects these creatures’ more or less juvenile minds; they have been bred to remain much like their wolf puppy forebears for all of their lives. It’s part of what makes them unconditionally loving companions that like to frolic and do silly things that make us laugh. Humans tend to equate such play with a sense of humor. Charles Darwin may have been the first scientist to suggest that dogs have a sense of humor. As part of his renowned evolutionary studies, Darwin considered the emotions of animals and humans, looking for parallels and similarities. It appeared to him that dogs do have a sense of humor, which appears best when they are playing a sort of emotional add-on to their games. In the 1872 edition of The Descent of Man, Darwin writes: “Dogs show what may be fairly called a sense of humor, as distinct from mere play; if a bit of stick or other such object be thrown to one, he will often carry it away for a short distance; and then squatting down with it on the ground close before him, will wait until his master comes quite close to take it away. The dog will then seize it and
rush away in triumph, repeating the same maneuver, and evidently enjoying the practical joke.” The Nobel Prize-winning ethnologist, Konrad Lorenz, says that it is during play that dogs actually appear to laugh. In his book, Man Meets Dog, Lorenz describes it this way: “… an invitation to play always follows; here the slightly opened jaws which reveal the tongue, and the tilted angle of the mouth which stretches almost from ear to ear give a still stronger impression of laughing. This ‘laughing’ is most often seen in dogs playing with an adored master and which become so excited that they soon start panting.” While we cannot enter the mind of a dog to examine the mischievous machinations of its mental state, it is possible to determine how playful a dog is comparatively speaking. Not all breeds are created equally; some are definitively more playful than others. Some seem to have a sense of play that they cannot suppress, while others seem to shun play. Two animal behaviorists from the University of California-Davis, Dr. Benjamin Hart, a veterinarian, and Lynnette Hart, a zoologist, had a group of experts rank 56 different breeds of dogs in terms of playfulness. By playfulness,
they mean things like a willingness to chase balls or Frisbees and to engage in games like hide-and-seek. Those that ranked highest included the Irish setter, English springer spaniel, Airedale, golden retriever and poodle. The bloodhound, bulldog and basset hound ranked low. Following are the results of the Harts’ research. The most playful breeds: Irish setter, English springer spaniel, miniature schnauzer, cairn terrier, Airedale terrier, standard poodle, Shetland sheepdog, golden retriever, Australian shepherd, miniature poodle and German shorthaired pointer. Above average playfulness: Vizsla, fox terrier, Labrador retriever, Boston terrier, Yorkshire terrier, West Highland white terrier, toy poodle, German shepherd, silky terrier, Welsh corgi and Shih-Tzu. Average playfulness: dachshund, Weimaraner, bichon frise, cocker spaniel, Scottish terrier, Dalmatian, boxer, pug, Maltese, beagle, collie and Brittany spaniel. Below average playfulness: Norwegian elkhound, Doberman pinscher, Chesapeake Bay retriever, Siberian husky, keeshond, Afghan hound, Pomeranian, Lhasa Apso, Newfoundland, English sheepdog and great Dane. Least playful breeds: Samoyed, Chihuahua, Rottweiler, Pekingese, akita, Alaskan Malamute, Saint Bernard, basset hound, chow chow, bulldog and bloodhound. As many human companions may attest, playful dogs are sometimes a mixed blessing. While they are a joy to people who can handle the occasional bout of chaos, they may exasperate those who cannot. For a person who values peace and quiet, a Pekingese that is happy to snuggle up, but shuns play, may suit better than an Irish setter that will try everything to get his human up and responding to his overwhelming need to play and exercise his sense of fun. Stanley Coren, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of several books on dogs, including The Intelligence of Dogs, How Dogs Think and The Modern Dog. His website is StanleyCoren. com.
February is Frigid but Film Series Features
licks for Thought
is a three-year old independent film series about sustainable solutions presented by the Greenville Organic Foods Organization (GOFO) and Upstate Forever. The film series is devoted to showing agricultural and environmental films not easily found in the Upstate or even in the region. These films are documentaries that really
make people think and ask questions about how culture and environment interact. In 2007, GOFO started showing films at Coffee Underground in Greenville with the intent of using the film medium as a basis for educating and creating discussion on the subject of organics and sustainable agriculture. Then in the fall of 2008, Upstate Forever partnered with GOFO to show a series of films that also included environmental themes at Furman University. The series then moved to the Upcountry History Museum, where the series will begin for the third time starting Tuesday, February 2. The films will be presented in the Upcountry History Museum’s state-of-
the-art theatre, and each film will be sponsored by a company that is related to the film by way of their products or services. The sponsors will open the film with comments on what they are doing to support the environment and health of the Upstate community. Participants will be able to ask questions and speak with the sponsors before and after the film. The film series has relied on the support of many companies that have been willing to give of their time and resources to present films that represent what their underlying missions strive for. Whole Foods Market has been a consistent sponsor for the last three film series and will once again cater all film screenings with natural and organic snacks and drinks. The museum will open at 5:30pm for a reception where participants can meet and greet. The films will then start at 6:30pm, lasting for about an hour and a half to two hours, followed by a short question and answer period. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online. For a full review of each film and to purchase tickets, visit FlicksforThought. com.
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e all have a natural health and healing system attacks were randomly assigned to either a standard cardiac within our body that is our biological inheritance, rehab program or the program plus the viewing of a comedy but which too many of us have forgotten how to video, three times a week for a year at the rehab site. During use. It is our innate sense of humor. the year, the comedy video group had suffered fewer ad Strong scientific evidence in multiple fields of research ditional heart attacks and fewer episodes of cardiac arrhythnow supports the view that humor plays a significant role in mia. They also had significantly lower blood pressure than sustaining health. Humor’s many benefits to a great extent the control group. hinge on its ability to generate in us positive emotions, even Another recent study in the peer review journal, Heart, substituting a positive for a negative state in the presence of may provide an explanation for humor’s reported boost to stress. A general agreement in the broad field of psychoneucardiac health. Here, researchers found that watching a roimmunology (studying the interaction between psychologi- comedy video significantly increased the diameter of a major cal processes and the body’s nervous and immune systems) artery in the arm (vasodilation), while watching a stress-inis that emotion, and its underlying physical changes in the ducing film reduced the diameter of the artery (vasoconstricbody, is the key to understanding the link tion). This constrictive effect in response to between mind and body when it comes to stress is well-established, and is known to health. result in increased blood pressure. Your sense of humor The earliest modern research on humor This relaxation effect at the arterial is one of the most and health, from the 1980s and 90s, first level, in response to humor, is consistent powerful tools you showed that a good dose of humor works to with the muscle relaxation effect that strengthen the immune system and reduce mounting evidence also associates with huhave to make certain pain. Results of 30 to 40 studies consistently mor. Muscle relaxation is the key goal of all that your daily mood demonstrate such benefits. stress management techniques, because it A common claim for the reduced pain generally leads to the easing of psychologiand emotional state associated with humor and laughter attrical tensions. Concurrently, several studies, support good health. butes it to the production of endorphins (one published in such journals as The Journal of of the body’s built-in pain reducers), yet only Rheumatology and The American Journal of one study in the past 25 years supports this the Medical Sciences, now also have docunotion. The noted reduction in pain may rather be due to the mented a reduced level of stress hormones circulating in the known muscle relaxation effect that results from humor and blood of study participants in response to humor. laughter, or to humor’s power to mentally distract us from the The latest research on the relationship of humor to source of pain. health, underway in Japan, is now extending humor’s ben One exciting new finding is how humor contributes efits to relief of specific diseases. While less well-established to good cardiac health. More than a decade ago, a study than the findings relative to pain and the immune system, published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology showed that several humor-related studies published in The Journal of humor is heart-healthy, even if one has already experienced Rheumatology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of a heart attack. In the study, patients who had suffered heart Psychosomatic Research and The Journal of the American 30
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Medical Association have demonstrated significant contributions to health or well-being in cases of diabetes, certain skin sensitivities, arthritis, asthma and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (one European study to date). Many cancer patients claim that their sense of humor has helped keep them alive, while plenty of evidence points to humor as a powerful tool in helping cancer patients and others cope with serious illness and other highly stressful life circumstances. In one large Norwegian study of individuals diagnosed with cancer, those with a stronger sense of humor (as measured by a standardized sense-of-humor test) also had a 70 percent higher survival rate than others over the following seven years. Finally, itâ€™s interesting to note that in healthy individuals, watching a one-hour humorous video also increases the number and activity of the natural killer cells that seek out and destroy tumor cells and also help fight off the latest cold and flu viruses and other foreign organisms. While humor and laughter are not a substitute for a physicianâ€™s or practitionerâ€™s care, findings show that they do help. A developed sense of humor, let loose to play, assures that our body and mind, supported by positive emotions, are at work on our behalf, helping to sustain good health and wellness. Paul McGhee, Ph.D., president of The Laughter Remedy, in Wilmington, DE, is internationally known for his own humor research; for supporting references and detailed discussion of humor/health issues, see Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health, released this month via AuthorHouse.com. Also visit LaughterRemedy.com.
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Blood Analysis – 1-2pm. The “Blood Guy”, Ray Fritsch, will be back to do blood analysis. Pricing varies. Be Natural, 300 E. Blackstock Rd, Spartanburg. 574-5468.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Scribblers Writing Group – 7-8:30pm. Creative writing group for adults. Scribblers at every level are welcome. Simpsonville (Hendricks) Branch. Call 963-9031. Upper Cervical Health – 7:30pm. Dr. Jamie Browning discusses how and why to keep the spine healthy. Free. Space is limited. Bella Haven, 806 John Dodd Rd, Spartanburg. RSVP: 439-0565.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Valentines Day Luncheon – 10am-3pm. Celebrate the day of Hearts. Drum Beats, heart beats. Please bring a dish to share. $10. Space is limited. Bella Haven, 806 John Dodd Rd, Spartanburg. Register at 439-0565.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Take Back Your Time – 2:30 & 7:00 pm. Discussion on the epidemic of overwork and over-scheduling that threatens our health, families, communities, and environment by Seattle author and filmmaker John de Graaf. Free. Furman University, Burgess Theatre in the Watkins Student Center. 294-3418.
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Fountain Inn Book Discussion – 7-8:30pm. Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas. Fountain Inn (Kerry Ann Younts Culp) Branch. Call 862-2576.
Raw Chocolate Class – 7pm. Learn about chocolate and enjoy raw chocolate desserts and treats in time for Valentine’s Day. $10 per person. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - Tapping Towards a Better Life – 6-8pm. Needle-free form of acupuncture based on connection between the body’s subtle energies, emotions, and health. Simple, fast and can be done anywhere. Free. The Open Book, 110 S Pleasantburg Dr. 282-8989.
Celiac Support Group – 7-8pm. Free. Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 527-4220.
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Childcare Training – 6-8:30pm. Mauldin (W. Jack Greer) Branch. $15 per class. Lifelong Learning of Greenville County Schools. 355-6053.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Transformational Coaching – 6-8:30pm. The first professional course offered to life coaches after receiving their basic certification. Instructor, Dianne Greyerbiehl, Ph.D., master transformational life coach and professionally certified coach. Call for pricing. Life Coaching Institute, 211 Century Drive, Suite 215A. Register at 282-8989.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Heart Consciousness Class: The Louise Hay Philosophy – 1-3:30pm. Discover “Heart Consciousness” $10. Space is limited. Bella Haven, 806 John Dodd Rd, Spartanburg. Register at 439-0565. Super Bowl Event – Free. Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 527-4220 for time and additional information.
Yoga for Athletes – 10:45am-12:00pm. Companion for athletes of all sports. Yoga helps you develop a better breathing technique while improving balance, flexibility, core strength, & endurance. Drop-ins welcome. Club Members/$10; Non-members/$12. Packages available. YellowBall Yoga located at Riverside Tennis Club, 435 Hammett Bridge Rd, Greer. 848-0918. Meditation class with Kelsang Nyema – 1-3:30pm. $15. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053.
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Buttons and Triggers – 6:45-9pm. Discussion and dinner. Gene Wagstaff discusses the buttons and triggers people push that cause us to get angry, irritated or to just “lose it”. Free. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. RSVP: 297-1105. Native Plant Society Meeting & Program – 7pm. Patrick McMillan, botanist, naturalist, host and co-creator of the award-winning ETV nature program Expeditions. Free. J. Verne Smith Technical Resource Center Auditorium, Greenville Tech Main Campus, Greenville. 242-5400.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Greenville International Alliance for Professional Women 2010 Kickoff Meeting – 11:45am-1pm. GIAFPW is a membership organization committed to furthering professional and personal growth. $13/members, $18/guests. The Commerce Club, 55 Beattie Place, Greenville. RSVP 48 hours prior to meeting. 244-0944. Childcare Training – 6-8:30pm. Berea (Sarah Dobey Jones) Branch. See Tuesday, February 15 6-8:30pm listing for details. Healthy Living Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Call for class subject. Free. Bridge to Wellness, 607 NE Main St, Simpsonville. 963-4466.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 How to “I Do” – 10am-12pm. Practical advice and valuable tips. Mauldin (W. Jack Greer) Branch. 277-7937. Tuning Forks Introduction – 1-3pm. Beryl Paxton discusses what they are, how they work, and how they can help your health. Free. Space is limited. Bella Haven, 806 John Dodd Rd, Spartanburg. RSVP: 439-0565.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Vegetarian’s Pot Luck – 5:30pm. Bring a generously sized vegan dish to share as well as your own plate, utensils and drinking vessel. Free. Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 527-4220.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Carolina Waterbirth Open House – 6-7pm. Meet the midwife and tour a birth center. Q&A session. Free. 915 South St, Simpsonville. RSVP: 329-1000. Sharing/Gathering of Like Minds – 7:30-9:30pm. Like-minded people meeting for an evening of sharing, thoughts, questions and discussion on various topics. Bring snacks to share if you can. $10. Space is limited. Bella Haven, 806 John Dodd Rd, Spartanburg. Register at 439-0565.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Shadow an Intern Day – 11am-4pm. Get the inside perspective on what it’s like to go to chiropractic college and prepare to be a doctor of chiropractic from the students who are doing it now. Register by February 19. Lunch included with Registration. Both are Free. Sherman College of Chiropractic, 2020 Springfield Rd, Spartanburg. Register at 578-8770, ext. 221.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Preparing to Invest – 10am-12pm. First of six week session. Discussions on how to create a budget, set investment goals, establish emergency funds and practice good financial habits. Free. Hughes Main Library, Meeting Rooms A-C. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 527-9293. Kid’s Guide to Money – 11am-12pm. Each child will receive A Kid’s Guide to Money and a new look at money in kid’s terms. Best suited for school age children. Free. Hughes Main Library, Story Room. Registration begins February 12. 963-9031. Blessingways – 2-4pm. A gathering of new and expectant families. Free. Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 527-4220.
Restorative Yoga – 10:45am-12:00pm. Focuses on strengthening the body with props and relaxation techniques.Club Members/$10; Non-members/$12.YellowBall Yoga located at Riverside Tennis Club, 435 Hammett Bridge Rd, Greer. 848-0918.
Advanced Healthy Lifestyle Training – Introductory classes each week (day and evening classes). Free. ABC’s of Health, 437 N. Main St, Golden Strip Shopping Center, Mauldin. 329-0004. Children’s Garden – Always open. Corner of Broad and River St, Greenville. 246-5508. Migun Thermal Massage Trials – Product trials for newcomers to experience how Migun can reduce stress and fatigue and create relaxation. Free. Migun of Greenville @ Mitchell Park, 4109 E. North St., Suite 100A. 242-1160. Reiki and Biofeedback – By appointment Mon-Fri. Use energy within to help with pain and stress and become healthier . . . rejuvenate. Pricing varies. The Rejuvenation Lounge, 1054 E. Butler Rd, Greenville. 254-9126 or 505-9892. Summer Camp – Half & full day. Children will learn about many different cultures, techniques and mediums. Call for age groups & pricing. Creating Artists for Tomorrow, 1711 Old Spartanburg Road, Greer. 244-0616. Working With Children – Greg Spindler, LMT, will work with Autistic children (ages 9 & under) free of charge in between his regular clients. Carolina Structural Energetic Therapy, 107 Memorial Dr, Greer. 877-3500.
Meditation in Action: Practices to Help Shift Your Inner State - 3:30-5pm. First Sunday each month. Especially for those who have trouble with, or can’t find time
Yoganize and Yoga Therapy Classes 8:30am; 10.30am and 6.30pm. All levels, ages and fitness levels welcome. Pricing varies. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053. Ladies Day – 9am-5pm. Manicure/Chair Massage offered with any service. Free. Breakaway Honda, 330 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 234-6632. Service dept. Yoga–9am. Basic Yoga posture to develop strength, balance and flexibility. Increases focus and releases tension. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790. Community Acupuncture – 12-5:30pm. Economical group opportunity to benefit from natural therapy. Plan for at least 45 minutes for therapy. $15. Be Natural, 300-G E. Blackstock Rd, Spartanburg. 574-5468. Yin Yoga – 12-1pm. Yin Yoga activates and harmonizes the flow of life energy within you. Poses are held for 2-5 minutes. $10 per class. YOGAlicious, 123 Dunbar St, Spartanburg. 515-0855. Community Acupuncture – 5-7pm. Mini-acupuncture session in a group setting by licensed Acupuncturist. Therapy uses 4 needles to reduce stress and elicit relaxation. $20. Willow Wellness Center, 309 Jones Rd, Taylors. 578-0732. Prenatal Yoga – 5:15pm. Poses bring relief to the common aches of pregnancy while restoring energy and calming mind and body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Kid’s Cooking Class – 1pm. Learn how to make some great healthy snacks for kids. Recommended age is 8-13. Younger children must be accompanied by adults. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Free. Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 527-4220.
upcomingevents SATURDAY, MARCH 20 Spring Cleaning Natural Awakenings Health Expo - 12-4pm. Meet natural & eco-friendly businesses and fitness and wellness providers. Free chair massages, win prizes, and sample some of the natural health services offered in the Upstate. Free. Hosted by Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 248-4910.
Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – 5:30-6:30pm. Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves create a dynamic fitness program. Ditch the routine. $10 per class. Special package pricing available. 787 E. Butler Rd, Mauldin. 881-1557. Boot Camp – 6-7pm. Indoor/outdoor fitness designed for losing weight and toning muscle. Full body workout with core emphasis for those stubborn abdominals. $130 for 12 sessions. Right Jab Fitness, 3400 Anderson Rd, Greenville. 363-3923. Weight Loss Information Session – 6:15pm. Discuss the tools needed to lose weight and keep it off. Tour the facility and meet the staff. Free. Nutrition Solutions, 2104 Woodruff Rd. Greenville. 676-1248. All Levels Yoga Class – 6:30pm. Relieve tired muscles and calm the stress of the day. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Belly Fit – 6:30-7:30pm. Belly Fit incorporates the clean, crisp techniques of Belly Dance for a full body fitness experience. $12 per class. Special package pricing available. Space is limited – Please RSVP. MuvE Fitness in Motion, 787 E. Butler Rd, Mauldin. 881-1557. Nia Dance/Fitness Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Throw off your shoes and dance. $10 per class, non-members welcome. Riverside Tennis Club, 435 Hammett Bridge Rd, Greer. 848-0918. Tai Chi with George Gantt – 6:30-7:30pm. Tension and stress reduction, soft, flowing movements that emphasize force, rather than strength. $15/class, $65/5 classes, or included in Equilibrium Gym Membership. Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596. Healthy Living Classes – 7pm. Different discussion each week. Free. Awe Chiropractic, 4006 E. North St, Greenville. 232-5495. Pilates With Props – 7-8pm. Props class uses small apparatuses including fitness rings, stability and medicine balls. First class free. 1 session/$12; 5 sessions/$55; 10 sessions/$100. Pivotal Fitness Center, 5000 Old Spartanburg Rd, Taylors. 3203806 or 292-8873. Real Life Birth Classes – 7-9pm. Natural Childbirth Classes. Call for cost. Carolina WaterBirth, 915 South St, Simpsonville. 329-0010. CarynF@ CarolinaWaterBirth.com. Less Stress Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Beginner to intermediate class suitable for all fitness levels. Stretch, breathe and relax. First class free. $10 per class. Less Stress Yoga, CenterStage Dance and Performance Company, 413 SE Main St, Simpsonville. 419-4204.
Nia Dance/Fitness Class – 6:00am. Throw off your shoes and dance. $12 drop-in, $50 for 5 classes. MuvE Fitness Studio at 4Balance Fitness, 787 East Butler Rd, Mauldin. 288-8532. Belly Fit – 9:30-10:30pm. See Monday 6:30pm listing for details. Children’s Story Time – 9:30am. All ages welcome. Free character cookie. Coffee To A Tea, 54 Lois Ave, West Greenville. 350-6506.
Dime Cookie Day – First Tuesday. 10¢ mini chocolate chip cookies all day. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300. All Levels Yoga Class – 11am. Recharge your day with this morning class, energizing, stretching, rejuvenating mind and body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Yoga – 11am-12pm. For ages 55+. Hatha Yoga is a class of various postures, one flowing into the next while also working on breathing techniques. No experience necessary. Small membership fee required. Senior Action, 50 Directors Dr. Greenville. 497-3660. Yoga Class – 11am-5:45pm. Our certified instructors are sure to enlighten you in the art of and philosophy of both Hatha and Flow Yoga to help you flex and de-stress. $8-12. The Rejuvenation Lounge, 1054 E. Butler Rd, Greenville. 254-9126.
Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – 7:308:30pm. See Monday 5:30pm listing for details.
AARP Tax Assistance – 9am-2pm. AARP offers free tax assistance to the elderly and low-income taxpayers. Greer (Jean M.Smith) Branch. 8778722. NIA Dance/Fitness Class – 9:30-10:30am. A combo of yoga, martial arts and dance for stretching & stress relief; muscle toning, flexibility and cardio conditioning. Let’s dance! $12 per class. MuvE Fitness in Motion, 787 E. Butler Rd, Mauldin. 881-1557.
Zumba – 11:15am. Dance your way to fitness with this Latin-themed class. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790.
Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-6pm. Local farm products including grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, lamb and turkey. Majority of products bear the Certified South Carolina grown seal including pasture- raised eggs, & organic produce. Live Oak Farms, 230 Sam Davis Rd, Woodruff. 991-9839.
Yoga – 12pm; 5:15 & 6:45pm. All levels, ages and fitness levels. Pricing varies. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053.
Senior Day – 10am. Seniors 60+ receive 10% off total purchase. Normal exclusions apply. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105.
Community Acupuncture – 4-7pm. Second Tuesday of the month. Economical group opportunity to benefit from natural therapy. Plan for at least 45 minutes for therapy. $15. Bridge to Wellness, 607 N.E. Main St, Simpsonville. 963-4466.
Ionic Foot Baths - 11am-3pm. Detox the body with an ionic foot bath by Jan King. $30 for first timers; walk-in or by appt. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 313-2896 or 297-1105.
Kids Karate with Sensei James Huss – 5-6pm. Emphasizes stretching, tumbling, and foundation exercises to introduce young people to the disciplines of Karatedo. Ages 8-12 $40/month. Suenaka Zenzan Dojo, Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596. All Levels Yoga Class – 5:30pm. Slow the stress of your day with a yoga routine of breath and postures to balance and detoxify the body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Karatedo/Aikido with Sensei James Huss – 6-9pm. Karatedo style, also known as “White Crane” Karate, incorporates grappling and traditional karate weapons, and a path to personal betterment. Aikido develops strength, balance and flexibility of body and mind, $50/month, unlimited classes. Suenaka Zenzan Dojo, Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596. Tai Chi Aerobics with George Gantt – 6:307:30pm. Combines music and an upbeat pace with time-honored Tai Chi movements. $15/class, $65/5 classes, or included in Equilibrium Gym Membership. Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596. Sivananda Method Hatha Yoga – 6:30-8:15pm. Hatha Yoga taught in traditional style by Bruce Cable. $10 or donation. Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville. 271-4883. Meditation Class – 7pm. Learn to meditate. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Stress Reduction Workshop – 7pm. Workshop on reducing stress. Free. Synapse Chiropractic, 955 W. Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer. 848-0505.
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True Water Sampling - 11am-5pm. First Wednesday. Sample alkalizing True Water. Sampling Special: Buy 1 gallon, get second gallon 15% off. All Natural Health & Beauty Center, 101 College St, Simpsonville. 963-2882. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – 12-4pm. Qualified volunteers will provide free income tax assistance. Hughes Main Library, Meeting Rm A. Community Acupuncture – 12-5:30pm. See Monday 12-5:30pm listing for details. Be Natural. Greenbrier Farms Day - 12-5:30pm. Local organic veggies, meats, and plants from Greenbrier Farms at Scratch, 1818 Augusta St, #106, Greenville. 370-9992. 5-Step Meat Demos – 3-5pm. Weekly tastings featuring samples from producers who are part of a new 5-step Humane Animal Treatment program. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300. All Levels Yoga Class – 4:30pm. 45 minute class for downtime with yoga practice before heading home. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. All Levels Yoga Class – 5:30pm. A yoga routine of breath and postures. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – See Monday 5:30pm listing for details. Boot Camp – See Monday 6pm listing for details. Karatedo/Aikido with Sensei James Huss - See Tuesday 6-9:00pm listing for details. Medical Qi Gong with George Gantt – 6:307:30pm. Boosts the immune response against
AARP Tax Assistance – 9am-2pm. See Wednesday 9am-2pm listing for details. Group Power Classes – 9:30am, 4:45 & 7:05pm. Weight training program designed to condition all major muscle groups. $10 per class. Free w/membership. Greer Athletic Club, 905 North Main St, Greer. 877-4647. Yoga/Pilates – 9:30am; 5:15 & 6:45pm. All levels, ages and fitness levels. Pricing varies. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053.
varies. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053. Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-6pm. See Wednesday 10am listing for details. Prenatal Yoga – 11am-12pm. Stretch, breathe and prepare for your big day with a certified prenatal yoga instructor. Doctor’s note required. Email Jennifer Wenning: email@example.com for pricing and details. Mauldin Sports Center, 10 City Center Drive, Mauldin. Community Acupuncture – 12-5:30pm. See Monday 12-5:30pm listing for details. Be Natural. Fancy Friday – 3-5pm. Regular tastings of recipes and learn how to prepare a variety of dishes. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300. Boot Camp – See Monday 6pm listing for details.
Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-4pm. See Wednesday 10am listing for details. Senior Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle stretching and strengthening class for anyone 55+. $2 per class. Mauldin Senior Center, Corn Road at 699 Butler Rd, Mauldin. 419-4204. Zumba – 10am & 7:30pm. See Tuesday 11:15am listing for details. YMCA-Eastside. All Levels Yoga Class – 11am. A morning class for energizing, stretching and rejuvenating mind and body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Yoga Class – See Tuesday 11am-5:45pm listing for details. The Rejuvenation Lounge. Tai Chi Chih – 1-2pm & 5:30-6:30 pm. For ages 55+. A set of movements completely focused on the development of energy called chi. Small membership fee required. Senior Action, 50 Directors Dr. Greenville. 497-3660. Kids Karate with Sensei James Huss – See Tuesday 5pm listing for details. Karatedo/Aikido with Sensei James Huss - See Tuesday 6pm listing for details. NIA Dance/Fitness Class – 6-7pm. See Wednesday 9:30am listing for details. Tai Chi Aerobics with George Gantt – See Tuesday 6:30pm listing for details. All Levels Yoga Class – 6:30pm. See Monday 6:30pm listing for details. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc. Less Stress Yoga – 7-8pm. See Monday 7:30pm listing for details. Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – 7:30-8:30pm. See Monday 5:30pm listing for details.
Group Power Classes – 8:30 and 10:30am. See Thursday 9:30am listing for details. Less Stress Yoga – 9-10am. See Monday 7:30pm listing for details. Tai Chi with George Gantt – 9-10:00am. See Monday 6:30pm listing for details. Yoga – 9am. $10; 5 classes/$40; first class free. Unity Church of Greenville, 207 E. Belvue Rd, Greenville. 292–6499. Clay Works – 10am-2pm. Create some art. Creating Artists for Tomorrow, 1711 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-0616. Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-4pm. See Wednesday 10am listing for details. Yoga – 10am. All levels class. Coffee, tea and socialization after class. $12 per class. Pricing packages available. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053. Medical Intuitive – 11am-5pm. Achieve optimal health on a cellular level. Walk-ins are welcome. Willow Wellness Center, 309 Jones Rd, Taylors. 233-3033. Zumba Fitness – 11am. The big dance/aerobic craze are a fusion of Latin International music blended into a dynamic fitness system. $10 per class. The Rejuvenation Lounge via Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 1054 E. Butler Rd, Greenville. 254-9126. Coffee Cupping/Tasting Workshop – 1pm. Coffee & Crema is conducting coffee cuppings at Haywood Mall. Free. Belk 700 Haywood Rd, Greenville. (Inside Haywood Mall, at the lower entrance to the Belk department store) 678-9173 or 235-0051.
ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture of Greer
Ruth Kyle, L. Ac. 106 Memorial Dr. 864-877-0111•Greer Has great results with acute and chronic pain, migraines, frozen shoulder, sciatica, back pain, stress; specializes in orthopedic issues and more, in an educational tranquil environment. See ad, page 8.
Joan Massey, L. Ac. 300 E. Blackstock Rd. 864-574-5468•Spartanburg Specializing in wellness, natural hormone therapy, allergies, autoimmune problems, and pain using acupuncture, herbs, laser therapy, and detoxification techniques.
GREENVILLE NATURAL HEALTH CENTER
Marina Ponton, L. Ac. 1901 Laurens Rd. 864-370-1140•Greenville www.GreenvilleNaturalHealth.com. Specializing in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and therapeutic massage therapy. We also offer a natural health services and products that will help you meet your health goals including herbs, nutrition, fertility, and pain management. See ad, page 29.
AIR PURIFICATION ABC’s OF HEALTH
437 N. Main St. 864-329-0004●Mauldin www.ABCofHealth.com & ABCofHealth.info Clean air (oxygen) is vital to cellular health. Enjoy a healthier home environment with an air purifier that can deactivate microbes colonizing in central ductwork and in the air throughout your home (bacteria, fungi, viruses). See ad, page 19.
ALKALIZING WATER ALL NATURAL HEALTH & BEAUTY CENTER
Bobby Caston, Preventive Health Consultant 101 College St. 864-963-2882•Simpsonville www.NaturalFarmacy.net. We offer preventive health programs and products that are based on a holistic approach to good health. Currently, we are offering True Water, an alkaline ionized water, that is truly one of a kind, and supports wellness in many specific ways. See ad, page 8.
Indoor Rowing Classes - 7:30am & 9:15am. Fullbody and cardio workout; any age and fitness level. Rates vary. Greenville Indoor Rowing, 1901-D Laurens Rd, Greenville. 281-1505 or 498-8608. Yoga Class – 8.30 & 10.30am & 12pm. Healing yoga therapy and regular yoga. All levels. Pricing
certain viruses. $15/class, $65/5 classes, or included in Equilibrium Gym Membership. Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596.
ALLERGY/NUTRITION PERFECT BALANCE NATURAL HEALTH
Barbara Morris RN, BS 1934 N. Pleasantburg Dr. 864-236-8072•Greenville www.PerfectBalanceNaturalHealth.com. Barbara looks at all your health needs – working with you to relieve allergies, improve immune function, relieve pain, increase energy, regulate hormones, clean up your diet and improve nutrition. See ad, page 31.
BODY RESHAPING GARMENTS Internal Fitness
400 S. Main St• Mauldin 864-757-1269 or 864-386-1942 www.Internal-Fitness.net. Men and Women drop 2-3 dress/ pant sizes in minutes with our Reshaping Garments. Receive 20% off retail price this month. Abdomen Men’s Shirt $78.00. Women’s Body Magic Garment $168.00. Get a free consultation to reshape your body. See ad, page 19.
BRAIN TRAINING LEARNING RX
864-627-9192•Greenville 864-595-2855•Spartanburg www.LearningRx.com/Greenville LearningRx makes finding the solution to y o u r c h i l d ’s learning struggles simple. Schedule a cognitive skills test to discover the answer. The problem can be fixed. See ad, page 10.
CHILDBIRTH CAROLINA WATERBIRTH
915 South St. 864-329-0010•Simpsonville www.CarolinaWaterBirth.com. “Where Birth Comes Naturally.” Offering attentive, personal, one-onone care for you and your family with Midwives, Doulas, and GYN care. See ad, page 32.
FRANZ FAMILY SPINAL CARE
205 Bryce Court (off Woodruff Rd in Woodruff Place) 864-987-5995•Simpsonville www.FranzFamilySpinalCare.com. A health and wellness center that provides NUCCA chiropractic care for the whole family. All adjustments done by hand with none of the cracking and popping. We also provide BioMeridian Testing and whole food organic supplements. See ad, page 23.
SARGENT CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC, PC
611 N Main St 864-676-9922•Mauldin www.SargentChiropractic.com. Helping people reach their health goals without drugs and surgery is our mission. Chiropractic care is safe, effective, and gentle. Can Chiropractic help YOU today? See ad, page 21.
955 W. Wade Hampton Blvd 864-848-0505•Greer www.SynapseChiropractic.com. A wellness practice that incorporates consultation & education in a modern facility. Gentle torque release adjusting, state-of-the-art biofeedback, and neurological stress testing at reasonable rates.
DUPUY FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
1209 NE Main St, Ste C 864-399-9563•Simpsonville www.UpstateChiropractic.com. A Family Wellness Educational Institution that empowers its patients with knowledge about reconnecting with the inner healing power of the body. Specializing in Chiropractic, Whole Food Nutritional Counseling, Pulsed Electro Magnetic Healing Energy, Lifestyle Coaching, and Muscle Re-Educational Exercise. See ad, page 19.
JOHN BURTON, Ed.D., LPC
600 East Washington St. # 608 864-467-1077•Greenville www.DrJohnBurton.com. Through interactive and experiential modalities, break free of your illusions and empower yourself to reach beyond an ordinary life. See ad, page 17.
HEALTH FOODS Earth Fare − The Healthy Supermarket
3620 Pelham Rd. 864-527-4220•Greenville www.EarthFare.com. Earth Fare offers a fantastic selection of products including local organic produce, naturally raised meats, seafood, supplements, natural beauty products, and a beautiful eat-in café, deli, and juice bar. Check out our event calendar for upcoming happenings.
Market For Life
Margaret Griffin 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, #15 864-268-9255•Taylors Natural foods, bulk foods/herbs, nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, books, health and beauty aids, pet supplies. We specialize in customer service! Special orders welcome.
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COLON HYDROTHERAPY BETSY S. EXTON, MA
Creative Health 14 S. Main St•Greenville 864-233-4811 Obtain optimal health by cleansing toxins and waste from the body. I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapist for 5+years, achieved advanced-level certification. Worked at the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute. See ad, Back Cover.
BRIDGE TO WELLNESS, LLC
607 NE Main St 864-963-4466•Simpsonville www.YourBridge2Wellness.com. Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. Also offers additional detox services such as ionic footbath, far infrared Bio-mat, and ear-candling. Clean professional office. Disposable supplies. See ad, page 13.
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Jody Harris & Gigi Perry 161 Verdin Rd 864-297-1105•Greenville Vitamins and women’s products, goat’s milk and cheeses, raw juice & smoothie bar, Sami’s wheat/ gluten-free products, vegan/spelt and sugar-free baked goods, pet wellness, monthly healthy living classes. See ad, page 8.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET
1140 Woodruff Rd. 864-335-2300•Greenville www.WholeFoodsMarket.com Imagine a farmers market: fresh produce, meats, a fish market, a gourmet shop, a European bakery, the corner grocery store, and eat-in café, all rolled into one. Taste new foods, exchange ideas and learn about the issues important to the local food community and the environment. Monthly calendar of events. We want to be your neighborhood supermarket. See ad, page 20.
ABC’s OF HEALTH
437 N. Main St. 864-329-0004●Mauldin www.ABCofHealth.com & ABCofHealth.info Quality healthcare products at competitive prices – vitamins, minerals, herbs, enzymes, proteins, whole food supplements, etc.; also air purifiers, water filters, shower filters, alkalizers/ionizers, and water purifiers. See ad, page 19.
HEALTHY HOME Living Healthy Technologies
Mike and Pam Reekie Air & Water Purification 864-271-0330•Greenville Info@LivingHT.com. Trendy and eco-friendly technologies of air and water purification for your home and office featuring a “Try before you Buy” policy. Feel and taste the difference. See ad, page 23.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TRAINING ABC’s OF HEALTH
437 N. Main St. 864-329-0004 Mauldin www.ABCofHealth.com & ABCofHealth.info Level One Class is free – an introduction to vital healthcare concepts that can empower you to take charge of your health. Call for current class schedule. See ad, page 19.
HOMEOPATHY Augusta Street Clinic
Dr. Roger Jaynes, DC, DNBHE 864-232-0082•Greenville RogerJaynez@yahoo.com www.AugustaStClinic.com. Bio-energetic testing to show any energy imbalance, vitamin or mineral deficiency, and identify environmental allergies. We offer a variety of services at affordable rates. See ad, page 25.
LIFE COACH Life Coaching Institute
Dr. Dianne Greyerbiehl 864-282-8989•Greenville LifeCoaching@att.net www.LifeCoachingInstitute.net. We are a coach-counseling center specializing in inside out deep change. The result … being the person or organization you can be. See ad, page 29.
MASSAGE/BODYWORK ESSENTIAL KNEADS MASSAGE THERAPY
Tammy Forbes, LMBT #5494 425 North Main Street, Suite C 864-616-1380•Simpsonville www.TammyForbes.MassageTherapy.com. Massage positively affects EVERY system in your body. It is the first step in your journey to health and wellness. Come on in and reduce your stress, relieve your tired achy muscles and just relax! First visit is just $35 for a one hr. session. What are you waiting for? See ad page 11.
JENNIFER ULRICH, LMBT #6507
Upstate Neurology 103 Clair Drive 864-295-0051•Piedmont Want to feel whole again? Come in and speak with an attentive therapist who will listen to your needs. Swedish and Therapeutic deep tissue offered. See ad, page 11.
JONI DURHAM, LMT #2926
Creative Health 14 South Main Street 864-233-4811•Greenville Joni utilizes many massage modalities to bring relief of pain and facilitate healing. Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones, cupping, aromatherapy. Relaxing, replenishing, therapeutic massage therapy. See ad, Back Cover.
Tai Chi Massage
June Lordi, LMBT #4599 106 Memorial Dr. 864-877-0037•Greer 27 years experience in stress and pain reduction, and rehabilitative massage therapy. Tai Chi/massage instruction. Work with athletes, maternity, infants, elderly, and medical referrals.
THE PAMPERED SOLE
Linda Goulart, LMBT #4812 864-907-4940•GVL and SPTBG www.PamperedSoleOnline.com. Professional foot pampering. Bringing balance to mind, body and “sole”. We create a memorable experience in the comfort of your own location or ours. Great for any occasion. Individual or group rates available. Check out our web site for package descriptions. See ad, page 11.
Duane Herndon, LMBT #6215 425 North Main Street, Suite C 864-979-8548•Simpsonville www.ZenBodywork.MassageTherapy.com. A unique massage experience tailored to meet your specific health and wellness needs. Relaxation, stress relief, and muscle pain reduction are just a phone call away. Your first session is only $40 (a savings of $20) Don’t delay – Call today. See ad, page 11.
NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING CREATIVE HEALTH
Massage Therapy at Acupuncture of Greer
Rita Cunningham, LMBT #5999 864-451-9295•Greer Stressed out? In pain? Relax, and enjoy health benefits with a therapeutic massage designed just for you. Swedish, deep tissue, foot reflexology, pre-natal services. Call for monthly specials.
Alicia Hall, CNHP, RYT 14 S. Main Street 864-233-4811•Greenville Through one-on-one consultation, Alicia provides guidance and education for a greater understanding of one’s individual health and wellbeing. Also a registered yoga instructor. See ad, Back Cover.
CREATIVE HEALTH MIND, BODY & SPIRIT MASSAGE THERAPY
Kellyann Battista, LMBT #6131 425 North Main Street, Suite C 864-356-5901•Simpsonville www.MindBodySpiritHealing.MassageTherapy.com. Looking to release muscle tightness? Stressed out or Anxious? Stress doesn’t go away, it Accumulates! Swedish, Neuromuscular, Hot Lava Shell, Prenatal And Infant Massage Available. Your first one hour session is only $35. Relief is just a phone call away! See ad, page 11.
Alison Lively, CNHP 14 S. Main Street 864-233-4811•Greenville Utilizing Iridology and Kinesiology to identify your specific health needs, developing individualized programs for anyone seeking optimum health. Also providing specialized programs for children. See ad, Back Cover.
Melanie Parrish, CNHP 14 S. Main Street 864-233-4811•Greenville When given the proper tools, our bodies can heal or resist a state of “dis”ease. Allow me to assist you in reaching this goal. Specializing in Nutrition and Iridology. See ad, Back Cover.
SKIN CARE CREATIVE HEALTH
Mickie Grist 14 S. Main St 864-233-4811•Greenville Experience the relaxing, rejuvenating, and cleansing power of Ayurvedic facials and body treatments; a wholistic approach to skin care addressing the body, mind, and spirit. See ad, Back Cover.
Terry Hall-Hines, CNHP, CNC, MH, CTN, AANC 14 S. Main Street 864-233-4811•Greenville Terry Hall, founder of Creative Health, Greenville’s first wholistic center, continues with her mission to teach others to heal their bodies the way God intended. See ad, Back Cover.
STRESS MANAGEMENT STRESS LESS….FOR LIFE
Bonnie Tollison, L. HeartMath Coach 864-901-4433 •Greenville www.StressLess-ForLife.com. Feel calm in the midst of turmoil. Experience less stress, anxiety, anger and depression through HeartMath’s stress management and biometric feedback. For adults and children. See ad, Back Cover.
Kristin DiPrima, IE, #2833328 864-553-9810 KDiPrima@gmail.com. www.KristinDiPrima.MyZrii.com. Products are based on Ayurvedic principles which help to energize, revitalize, detoxify, and balance your body internally. Endorsed by the Chopra Center for Well-being. See ad, page 17.
PAIN/STRESS REDUCTION INVEST IN WELLNESS
Bonna & Jeff Wallace 864-979-5611•Upstate BonnaWallace@yahoo.com. www.MyNikken.Net/BonnaWallace Are you enjoying your life to the fullest? Concerned about bone health? If you’re hurting we have natural products that help. Call for a sample today!
Migun of Greenville
4109 E. North St. Ste #100-A 864-242-1160•Greenville www.MigunOfGreenville.com. Migun means beautiful health! 30-day Free trial of the relaxing Migun thermal massage system to reduce pain and stress in your life. Call today! See ad, page 12.
RESTAURANTS Coffee To A Tea
54 Lois St. 864-350-6506•Greenville www.CakeSquaredGreenville.com. All-natural, chemical-free coffee, tea, and pastries. Also available are freshly-baked breads, art breads, gluten-free, sugar-free, and other “special diet” items.
STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION Carolina Structural Energetic Therapy
Greg Spindler, LMT SC#4609 107 Memorial Dr. 864-877-3500•Greer www.GregSpindler.com. Treating acute and chronic pain, using advanced, soft-tissue releases to achieve quick and long- lasting res u l t s . Yo u T u b e . c o m / watch?y=if09SgdEfgk. See ad, page 11.
TAI CHI/QIGONG qi WORKS STUDIO, LLC
31 Boland Ct., Suite 147 864-420-9839•Greenville www.QiWorksStudio.com. Rebuild your body’s balance, flexibility, strength, memory & health with Tai Chi & Qigong exercises. Classes in Qigong, Tai Chi 24, 103 & for Arthritis. Natural selfhealing exercises. See ad, page 29.
WHOLISTIC CENTER THE REJUVENATION LOUNGE
1054 E. Butler Rd, Suite D 864-254-9126 •Greenville Wills1054@msn.com. For Body Mind and Spirit. Rejuvenate, relax and relieve stress through, Yoga, Massage, Oxygenation, Reiki, Biofeedback, Real fresh fruit smoothies and an inspirational, motivational library. See ad, page 11.
Willow Wellness Center
Jan Posey, CBT, CNHP 309 Jones Rd. 864-233-3033•Taylors JanTheMother@aol.com. Offering therapies including Quantum biofeedback, Voice Remapping, Reiki, Reflexology, acupuncture, ask a nurse, medical intuitive, massage, and Scalar Wave Laser. See ad, page 4.
YOGA/PILATES LESS STRESS YOGA
Nicole D. Jordan, RYT 864-419-4204 www.Less-StressYoga.com. Reduce stress and build strength and flexibility with a private or group yoga session. Classes are accessible to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. See ad, page 9.
QI WORKS STUDIO, LLC
31 Boland Ct., Suite 147 864-420-9839•Greenville www.QiWorksStudio.com. Basic Iyengar Yoga to rebuild your body for flexibility & strength. Qigong, TaiChi handforms & TaiChi Arthritis available for balancing natural qi flow. Perfect compliments. See ad, page 9.
YELLOWBALL YOGA STUDIO
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