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Meet Gabrielle, Acupuncturist Extraordinaire

Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

I am so excited for you to meet the new addition to our all star acupuncture team.

I have known Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac. for 3 years and she is an exceptional holistic medicine practitioner (and human-being) truly committed to helping her patients feel better.

Gabrielle began her journey in holistic medicine by studying Reiki, a Japanese healing tradition. She then went on to receive her Master's in Acupuncture Degree from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, where she graduated as a co-valedictorian. 

With her background in the martial arts, Gabrielle has particular interest in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and specializes in helping her patients with Musculoskeletal pain & disorders

Gabrielle is currently accepting patients Mondays (all day) and Tuesdays (morning). She is also running our community acupuncture clinics on Tuesdays (3-5 pm), Wednesdays (10-2pm), and Thursdays (4-7pm). 

Did I mention she is amazing? Well, she is! and I guarantee you will love being in her healing hands. 

Meet Gabrielle on November 3rd, as she will be joining Rachel Hershberger (Functional Nutritionist & chronic disease specialist) and myself for our Winter Wellness Lecture: Thrive this Winter! (only $5 if you bring a friend!)

Thanks so much for your continued support of our little (but growing) healing oasis on the Main Line.

Lots of Love,
Lance
(on behalf of our amazing team of healing arts practitioners)

P.S. Present time Present -  Please use the coupon code: "instantpeace" to enroll in our online meditation course for only $10 (usually $49).  It will be valid for the next 24 hours. (expires Oct 24 at 4:30pm)

Announcements:

  • Community Acupuncture is now 4x per week! Tuesday and Thursday PMs and Wednesday and Saturday Ams!
     
  • We are Over the moon excited that Dr. Trish of Radiance Chiropractic will be joining Village Wellness starting in November! More about Dr. Trish and her unique and gentle community-style of chiropractics for grownups and kiddos coming soon!! 
     
  • Do you miss Damini? Us too! But you can still be in touch because she is teaching online! And join us for Damini's Winter Retreat in Swarthmore!  Check out her schedule and follow her amazing journey!

Class Spotlight:

Sound Healing Philadelphia Mainline

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing and Meditation – Theme: Harmonize Your Intuition With Laura Kellogg

NEW MOON - Friday October 28th  7-8:30 PM

Each New Moon presents an opportunity to deepen and harmonize our lives with the energetics present at the time.  This New Moon in Scorpio will bring forth the opportunity to develop our intuitive and dream senses.  These abilities are critical for tapping into the messages our Higher Selves/Guides/Angels/Divine have for us

Deepen your intuitive awareness by attending this Sound Healing Event where you will learn how to tap into the power of intention and use it with sacred sound healing to open the doors of higher perception in your own life.    Read more –> 


Acupuncturist Berwyn, PA

Originally from London, Karin became a US citizen in 1987. Karin is a wise and very caring individual and practitioner. She studied acupuncture  at The Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in England and The College of Traditional Acupuncture, where she graduated in 1996. Karin has been in practice for over 20 years and specializes in health maintenance, chronic problems, allergy elimination (NAET), pain alleviation, addictions treatment and facial rejuvenation. Read more-->


chronic disease nutrition philadelphia

Functional Nutrition is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. Seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms give clues about the underlying cause of illness or disease. Instead of suppressing the symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, I piece them together to get a picture of the root cause(s) and create a plan offering the appropriate support. Read more –>

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Welcome Patients of Radiance Chiropractic Healing Center

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Welcome Patients of Radiance Chiropractic Healing Center

Dear patients of Dr. Trish,

I am so excited to welcome you to Village Wellness, and we already have one thing in common, we all love Dr. Trish!

I just wanted to give you some basics to help you navigate and integrate into our little healing oasis.

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Directions 

Our address is 6 Waterloo AVENUE, Berwyn, PA 19312. If you are using GPS please make sure you enter Avenue otherwise you'll end up in Newtown Square or by the old waterloo gardens.

Directions from Radiance Chiropractic

Travel East on Lancaster ave 0.4 miles.
Turn Right  onto Waterloo AVENUE.
We are directly next to CLAY'S BAKERY

Parking

There is plenty of parking  -  Please note the 3 lots on the map. You may park in ANY of them. 

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Once inside, make yourself at home.

Please make yourself comfortable in the waiting room. Dr. Trish or her assistant will be right out to greet you. 

Our bathroom is located upstairs, feel free to go on up. 

Super wide angle shot of the Village Wellness waiting room

Super wide angle shot of the Village Wellness waiting room

Here are 3 pages on our site that I think you may find useful. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. My phone # is (610) 203-3747 or feel free to email me at BeWell@VillageWellness.net

Thank you so much,

Love,

Lance Isakov, L.Ac. Co-Founder of Village Wellness

Lance Isakov, L.Ac.
Co-Founder of Village Wellness

 

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Free Functional Nutrition Lecture 🌱 and other goodies

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Free Functional Nutrition Lecture 🌱 and other goodies

Hi Friends, 

Picture credit of Rabab Al-Amin

Picture credit of Rabab Al-Amin

Did you get a chance to see the Hunter Super Moon last night? If not try and time it so you can see it rise tonight at 7:03 PM! Its AMAZING!

Here is a pic of last night's moon courtesy of our colleague Rabab Al-Amin, Acupuncturist Extraordinaire in Baltimore Maryland.

Rachel Hershberger, MS CNS Functional Nutrition, our BRILLIANT Nutritionist, is generously offering a free lecture called The Weight Loss Myth & Strategies for Success this Wednesday eve at 7pm for all of us! 

Rachel specializes in Functional and Integrative Nutrition for Chronic Illnesses like MS, Cancer, Diabetes, Lyme Disease, and Heart Disease along with Anxiety, Clinical Depression and ADHD. She is an EXPERT in her field.

I hope you can take advantage of this opportunity! Oh, and Please feel free to invite friends and family who you think may benefit from this event! You can reserve your spot here.  

Hope to see you there!
Enjoy the moon!!

Love,
Lance
(on behalf of our amazing team of healing arts practitioners)

P.S. If you get this email in time - come join us this morning at 10:30  for our weekly meditation group with Robbie! 


Announcements:


Class Spotlight:

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing and Meditation – Theme: Harmonize Your Intuition With Laura Kellogg

NEW MOON - Friday October 28th  7-8:30 PM

Each New Moon presents an opportunity to deepen and harmonize our lives with the energetics present at the time.  This New Moon in Scorpio will bring forth the opportunity to develop our intuitive and dream senses.  These abilities are critical for tapping into the messages our Higher Selves/Guides/Angels/Divine have for us

Deepen your intuitive awareness by attending this Sound Healing Event where you will learn how to tap into the power of intention and use it with sacred sound healing to open the doors of higher perception in your own life.    Read more –> 


Practitioner Spotlight:

Karin Tetlow, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

See Karin's Schedule

Originally from London, Karin became a US citizen in 1987. Karin is a wise and very caring individual and practitioner. She studied acupuncture  at The Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in England and The College of Traditional Acupuncture, where she graduated in 1996. Karin has been in practice for over 20 years and specializes in health maintenance, chronic problems, allergy elimination (NAET), pain alleviation, addictions treatment and facial rejuvenation. Read more-->


Healing Arts Spotlight

Functional Holistic Nutrition with Rachel Hershberger

Functional Nutrition is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. Seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms give clues about the underlying cause of illness or disease. Instead of suppressing the symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, I piece them together to get a picture of the root cause(s) and create a plan offering the appropriate support. Read more –>

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Upset is Optional & 9 other life lessons - In loving memory of Bob Duggan

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Upset is Optional & 9 other life lessons - In loving memory of Bob Duggan

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My heart is currently so full of both grief and overwhelming awe/gratitude after the passing this week of one of my most influential mentors. Bob Duggan was an embodied advocate of living life to the fullest and his impact on me, my friends, family, patients, and fellow acupuncturists is indelible. Really he’s touched the lives of countless people and I am feeling so grateful for what’s been made possible by this man.

Bob Duggan was the co-founder of The Traditional Acupuncture Institute (later Tai Sophia, and now The Maryland University of Integrative Health), the first accredited acupuncture school in the United States. He helped to legalize acupuncture across the US and paved the way for so many of us who can now freely practice this beautiful healing art. 

Like so many of my colleagues, I first met Bob in 1999 when I visited the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. At the time I had become intrigued with Taoist Philosophy and 5 Element Theory. I sat in on a clinical observation class the students called "Bobservation". It was an opportunity to watch this amazing teacher do what he did best, transform a person instantly with the power of his words. After class, I was so blown away by Bob, his perspective, and the power of his words that I went to the registration office and immediately signed up for a 3 year Masters in Acupuncture program. I hadn’t even experienced acupuncture yet and at the time, honestly, had no intention to stick needles in people. I truly wanted to embody this philosophy I had just witnessed. 

Over the next 3 years, I gained so much wisdom from Bob. He gave me new eyes to see the world through. He offered me a grand, liberating perspective: the freedom to choose. He would say "upset is optional” and “you can choose to not live in the drama." 

I saw miracles happen around Bob. Once, when shadowing him in the treatment room, I saw him talk with a patient in severe pain going through drug detox. Bob read his pulses, said a few words and put one needle in his wrist. Immediately color returned to the patient's face, his smile grew and his eyes, before dull and absent came present and fully alive. Bob turned to me and said “See, miracles are possible." 

In the spirit of a perspective and legacy that cannot be bound by the physical body, here are 10 things I learned directly from Bob that make my life, and the lives of those around me, better every day. Enjoy - and I invite you to continue his legacy by listening to his advice and sharing it with those you love.

1. Upset is optional: Choose not to live in the drama. We have a choice in how we relate to what’s happening and the perspective we take on it. The idea that we have a choice with how we respond to life's circumstances brings freedom.

2. Allow yourself to be a beginner: It’s okay to make mistakes. In fact, that’s how we learn. At any stage of life, allowing oneself to be a beginner opens up a bigger world of possibility, progress, and change.

3. Is it a problem or an opportunity?: This question provides a simple shift in perspective that gives you power to grow and learn rather than suffer.

4. Your symptom is your teacher: What if the body is wise? When it's out of balance it sends a signal, or symptom. When we learn to listen to our symptoms we can truly heal. Understanding why you have a headache, for example, can lead you to empowered self awareness and healing. Often taking a medication masks the symptom but doesn’t grow your soul.

5. Will this serve the future generations?: This question reminds us to think big and remember that we matter. When speaking or acting, ask yourself "would this word or act make my ancestors proud?" and "will my words or act serve the future generations?” 

6. Where do you feel it in your body? When you have an upset, ask yourself "where do I feel this in my body?" and allow the feeling. This is a simple and effective way to foster the connection between your mind and body and listen to it’s wisdom.  

7. Listen: To truly listen means to pay more attention to the speaker than the thoughts in your own head.

8. Acknowledge others and be acknowledged. If someone said something nice to Bob, he would say, "I am practicing taking in acknowledgement, would you say that again so i can really take it in?” This is a powerful and challenging practice that creates so much beauty in the world - try it!

9. Word as Needle: Bob taught that the right words can have the same power of any acupuncture needle, medicine, herb, or drug.

10. Be who you are: How dare you not share the gifts you have with the world?

Thank you, Bob - we are all brighter for your presence in our lives.

Lots of love,

Lance

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5 holistic medicine tips for fall 🍁

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5 holistic medicine tips for fall 🍁

Hope you are having a wonderful beginning of Autumn. I wanted to share these 5 simple and powerful Autumn health tips from the wisdom of 5 Element Acupuncture & Kundalini Yoga. I hope you can use them to keep you and your family happy, healthy, and vibrant this Fall. 

  1. Experience the 3 Part Breath 
  2. Read the articleThe Art of Allowing - How to Let Go
  3. POOP! Sorry if I grossed you out =) In Five Element Acupuncture the best time to poop is 5-7 am, when your Qi is focused in the Large Intestines. So for a week create some time between 5 and 7, wake up early if you need to....Find a good book, magazine or just meditate and LET GO! Give yourself plenty of time, no need to rush these things. Read more about the Chinese Clock.
  4. Declutter your space! You've heard of spring cleaning...now try fall cleaning! Go through your old stuff and get rid of that which you no longer want or need. Those clothes that are too big for you now that you've lost all that weight, those keepsakes from the 3rd grade, that piece of furniture you hate...Whatever... creating space in your home creates space in your life! Check out this book by decluttering guru Marie Kondo
  5. Wear a scarf! read: Why your Acupuncturist Recommends you Wear a Scarf. 

Have an amazing and abundantly spacious Fall! 

Love,
Lance


Announcements:

  • NEW! Community Acupuncture is now 3x per week with our  new Licensed Acupuncturist Gabrielle (more about Gabrielle coming soon)! Sessions are Tuesday and Thursday PMs and Wednesday AMs!
  • Check out our new Free Healing Arts 101 Series

Class Spotlight:

Sacred Yoga & Sound Healing Journey With Lance
Friday October 14th 7-8:30 PM

Join Us for this SPECIAL Kundalini Yoga & Healing Session CELEBRATING the Full Moon. The first half of the class is dedicated to opening, stretching, expanding and raising our energy through Kundalini Yoga. During the second half of the class laying in Shivasna (corpse pose) or sitting in meditation, you will bliss out and touch the infinite as you bathe in the AMAZING universal vibrations of the GONG!!! Read more –> 


Practitioner Spotlight:

Karin Tetlow, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist
See Karin's Schedule

Originally from London, Karin became a US citizen in 1987. Karin is a wise and very caring individual and practitioner. She studied acupuncture  at The Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in England and The College of Traditional Acupuncture, where she graduated in 1996. Karin has been in practice for over 20 years and specializes in health maintenance, chronic problems, allergy elimination (NAET), pain alleviation, addictions treatment and facial rejuvenation. Read more-->


Functional Nutrition is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. Seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms give clues about the underlying cause of illness or disease. Instead of suppressing the symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, I piece them together to get a picture of the root cause(s) and create a plan offering the appropriate support. Read more –>

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Why your acupuncturist recommends that you to wear a scarf...

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Why your acupuncturist recommends that you to wear a scarf...

If you have been to an acupuncturist or have a grandmother in your life, you know to always wear a scarf in windy or chilly weather.

But why? 

In Chinese Medicine it's understood that disease is carried into the body by wind.

In general, Wind Invasion produces the following symptoms:

  • shivering
  • grinding teeth
  • restlessness
  • pain that moves around
  • seizures/shakes

Cold Wind can produce symptoms like:

  • the common cold
  • shivers
  • sneezing
  • runny nose with clear mucus
  • body aches
  • stiff neck

Hot wind can produce symptoms like 

  • Sensitivity to wind
  • Sore throat 
  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Sneezing
  • Body aches
  • Yellow or green mucus

Wind most easily enters and exits the body through points on the back of the neck such as GB 20, Wind Pond. 

If you have symptoms of wind invasion these points can help you feel better and often very quickly.

Keeping Wind out of your system is the best way to stay healthy! The best medicine is prevention so on windy days, listen to your grandmother (or acupuncturist) and wear a scarf!

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The Art of Allowing - How to Let Go

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The Art of Allowing - How to Let Go

by Lance Isakov, L.Ac.

In 5 Element Acupuncture theory, Autumn, represented by the element Metal, is chance to shed what is no longer absolutely essential. The energy (Qi) of our brothers and sisters of the plant world, turns inward and descends down deep into their roots. The trees let go and their leaves fall to the ground creating space for new growth. This letting go also creates rich fertilizer for the future generations. The descent of Qi allows for rest and rejuvenation during the Winter months. This space and stillness gestates energy that is explosively released with the birth of Springtime. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

What is so cool (and often forgotten) is that we ARE nature. What happens outside is mirrored inside. It's not uncommon to feel connected to loss and stripping away while a growing appreciation of beauty comes to the forefront. In Five Element Medicine we understand these things as the movement of the Metal Element. This part of the cycle creates our ability to let go of what no longer serves so that we too can make room for rest, rejuvenation and eventually the re-birth of own new power and possibilities. 

Now letting go is easier said than done, right? Our idea of letting go often means severing or separating thoughts, ideas, things, or even people that we no longer have or want in our lives. But, as you may have experienced, this can be a tricky process. Often, the moment we try to change something it fights back and holds on even harder.
 

So how do we Let it Go? Well the first step is substituting the idea of letting it go with the concept of letting it be. When we let things be, what we are actually letting go of is our expectation of the issue, rather than severing or separating the issue itself. 

This is what the Buddha mean when he taught about letting go of attachment. So the object or issue is still present however our relationship to it has changed. 

An example: If I am holding a pencil in a tight fist, how do I let it go, what do I do? I open my hand. I let go of how I am relating to the pencil, while allowing the pencil to be exactly as it is.

Here's a contemplation practice you can use to apply this perspective to your own life. 

The Art of Allowing: 

  1.  Sit comfortably and easily
  2. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes
  3. Ask yourself the question: "What does it feel like, right now, to allow everything to be exactly as it already is?
  4. Pay attention to what arises and continue to allow everything to be as it is.
  5. When the timer goes off, take a breath, notice how you feel, and then arise. 

Paying attention to your thoughts can be just like watching the leaves dropping from the trees. It provides us with immediate access to space in our experience. Eventually this space will give rise to future possibilities and new growth in our lives. But first things first — let go.

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The 3 part breath for overwhelm & anxiety

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The 3 part breath for overwhelm & anxiety

by Lance Isakov, L.Ac.

As someone who has struggled with anxiety, the 3 part breathing technique and me are best buds. It really helps to bring instantaneous calm to moments of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. I have taught this breath to hundreds of patients, it's simple, potent, and brings a calm focus when done right. 

The 3 part breath is actually a teaching tool to make use of you entire lung. The lungs go from the bottom of the rib cage all the way up to the collar bone. Our goal is to fill the entire lung in a smooth and easy breath. 

  • Sit up comfortably and easily, breathing gently through your nose.
  • Imagine your belly is like a bellow. as you expand your belly the breath falls in and as you pull your navel center in and up the breath pushes out.
  • PART 1 - Belly - Place a hand over the belly button. Now as you expand your belly allow the breath to fall in. Hold briefly and exhale by squeezing the navel center towards the spine.
  • PART 2. Chest-  Place a hand on your chest. Do Part 1. Hold. Now inhale even more by expanding the upper chest. Hold gently and exhale, chest then belly.
  • PART 3. Colar Bone. Part 1 Inhale. Hold. Part 2 Inhale. Hold. Then inhale a tiny bit more into the very top of the lungs under the collar bone. You will notice that the heart center wants to lift and the shoulders want to drop down and back. Exhale!
  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER. Without holding, Inhale Part 1, Inhale part 2, Inhale Part 3, Exhale part 3, 2, and 1. You will have a smooth breath that fills the entire lung. 
  • Continue for 3-5 minutes or as long as you are comfortable. 

 

 

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Massage & Bodywork Spotlight:  Shiatsu Shin Tai with Susan Watson

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Massage & Bodywork Spotlight: Shiatsu Shin Tai with Susan Watson

"The change that is occurring in the world needs to start with raising our individual awareness and recognition of our divinity and oneness with humanity.  Whether they are the impetus for the growth or the integration and bridge that takes one from one state of being to another, energy practices can be an important part of transformation and wellness. "
- Susan Watson

Susan Watson, Master of Shiatsu Shin Tai

Susan Watson, Master of Shiatsu Shin Tai

The one thing that all people have in common is the desire to feel well and enjoy life.  However the fast pace of life and its constant demands to achieve results and to “keep-up” create an environment that generates physical, emotional and psychological stress.  

What is Shiatsu Shin Tai & How can it help us?

Shiatsu Shin Tai is based on the basic principle of restoring motion to the body.  Movement means life.  Life Force/energy gets trapped in the body from emotional, physical and psychological trauma and everyday stressors thereby creating patterns of behavior.  As patterns are created and life force is held we have less and less to create our lives from.  Life Force Recovery is a system of working from a priority of treatment with various techniques to restore that energy to the persons primary information system.  This enables the client to have more energy/life force to create their life.     

You can expect to feel many different sensations with Shin Tai work from light touch to deeper penetrating touch, causing a sense of deep relaxation.  This work builds upon itself as the body learns to relax, breathe, trust and open to a deeper response, restoring movement to your body and your life.

Central Channel Work - this is a protocol to identify the priority of treatment and to access the primary information system.  This then allows the client to receive more present time information in their life.  

Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel - The primary information system.  The governing vessel is called the directing meridian (energy pathway).  The conception vessel, the hara and hip structure are the core of the body.  GV and CV regulate all of the other meridians in the body. 

Shin Tai Fascia Work  - fascia is a connective tissue that runs throughout the body in one sheet and has memory.  Fascia work releases trapped energy back into the system and is good for neuro-muscular pain. 

Structural Alignment  - working with the hip structure and with hip mobility toallow for more energy movement.

Shin Tai Cranial Work - working with the cranial sacral rhythm and the cranial sutures when the body is in a higher vibrational state of resonance.  This allows the body to make self corrections in its system.

Chakra Work  - this is an off the body technique that helps to integrate the chakra centers at their core, helping the organs and energy system

Experiencing this bodywork can support you in having more energy, creativity  and an overall sense of well-being and can be an important and integrated part of any wellness program. 

About Susan Watson, LMT, Dipl. ABT,

Licensed Massage Therapist, Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) ,Reiki Master, Certified Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder style), Certified Tai Chi Instructor,  Teacher at The International School of Shiatsu.

Susan's commitment to transformation and wellness started in 1997, while going through some life challenges.  She started her Shiatsu practice in 2003 and since then have expanded to offer the modalities of Shin Tai, Chakra Healing, Reiki, Pranic Healing and teaching Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Reiki. 

What her patients are saying:

"I felt renewed and reinvigorated person after my Shiatsu/ShinTai treatment with Susan.  With the amount of tension I was able to release, my body felt limber, my mind clear, and my Spirit expanded.  Don't hesitate to have this experience!"  L.W.

“My experience as a Chakra client of Susan Watson’s has been profound.  Her professional, insightful  method in each Chakra Session led to significant breakthroughs for me personally and professionally.  I highly recommend Susan’s approach to Chakra therapy.”  C.W.

"I have been going to Susan for 6 years now.  I've always have had body work through the course of my life and I can honestly say that Susan Watson is the finest body worker I have ever experienced.  She is a true healer who understands the body/mind connection.  I give people I love occasional gift sessions with Susan.  They all tell me how wonderful they felt after the session. It is a gift which is not forgotten easily." T.R.

 

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Lance's Late Summer Letter 2016

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Lance's Late Summer Letter 2016

Hi Friends, 

Hope you are enjoying the end of Summer (Fire element) and the transition into Late Summer (Earth element). It’s always a little bitter sweet isn’t it? The kiddos are getting ready to go back to school, our schedules are changing, and (if we were lucky enough) trips to the beach or lake, camping, and weekday sleep-ins are all coming to an end. Outside the days get a bit shorter, the sunlight is a bit cooler, the air humid and best of all our gardens and farmer’s markets are overflowing with perfectly delicious veggies and fruits. Here are some Late Summer Tips --->

For me, this summer has been quite busy and really wonderful! I have been enjoying merging into the new space with Damini and growing deeper roots in the village of Berwyn. We have added some amazing practitioners to Village Wellness’ stellar team, including Stephanie, our in-house Peruvian Shaman and Rachel, our Functional Nutritionist. I feel so grateful to be surrounded by such seasoned, skilled, and humble practitioners sharing the work they love to do. 

I have also had an amazing summer of adventuring! My daughter Luna (6 yo), my wife Amy, and I had an opportunity to go to the San Fran Bay Area to participate in an awesome camp, we made a few trips to our family’s lake house in the Catskills, and even got to go camping under the stars at Cherry Springs State Park (highly recommended for all you stargazers!). And for our last hurrah, we will be in Colorado on Labor Day weekend to see my brother perform with Ani Difranco at Red Rocks... amazing!

And, as we move into Late Summer, there many changes afoot at Village Wellness. Damini is leaving for her sabbatical in September. Damini has put all of her awesome shamanism, energy and art classes online so we can all still participate from anywhere. And she’ll be back briefly in January to facilitate a Winter Retreat at Pendle Hill in Swarthmore called ‘Painting the Landscape of your Soul’. I have had the good fortune to be a patient, friend, student, colleague, and business partner of Damini through the years and I am so excited to hear about her adventures! I will be extending my hours starting in September to help accommodate Damini's patients as well and will be available Tuesdays through Fridays most weeks. Also starting in September, Karin Tetlow, Acupuncturist extraordinaire,  will also be adding more Monday hours to the online schedule. 

What else?  We have some fantastic upcoming happenings. Community Acupuncture has been really flourishing over the last 2 months and we plan on adding a few more sessions in the Fall. We are  adding free monthly community talks with our holistic medicine   practitioners. They will share their own natural health tips to help us all continue to grow and shine. And in September we will have 2 extraordinary guest teachers offering in-depth workshops. Robbie Russock will offer an 8 week series on meditation with a free intro and Kimberly June will offer her weekend workshop on Family Constellations. Mary Mayer will continue to teach her Laughter Yoga sessions and I will be offering Monthly Yoga and Sound Healing sessions with the gong on Fridays nights around the full moon. 

I am also beginning to plan another open house with yummy food and free healing sessions for sometime in the fall - so stay tuned! 

Lastly, as a valued member of our little community I would like to ask you a few favors.

1. If you have had a positive experience at Village Wellness and would like to leave a review for us on either Google or Yelp, I would greatly appreciate it.

2. Please like our Facebook page. for now its the absolute best place for the whole community to stay in touch and we are committed to sharing positive vibes!

3. As a valued member of our community I trust and respect your opinion. Pretty please, if you have any feedback, or suggestions, or thoughts about how to make things better please let me know!

Thanks again for being part of our little healing oasis on the Main Line!

May you have a sweet Late Summer and may you overflow with Abundance!

Lots of love,

Lance

P.S. here is a direct link to our online booking system if you would like to make an appointment with any of our wonderful practitioners!

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Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element

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Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element

Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac, CYT

This is the character for the Earth Element

This is the character for the Earth Element

Earth Meditation: for 3 minutes - Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the woods in theLate Summer (harvest time).  What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What is the sense of the air on your skin? Pay attention to how you you feel. 

Now, Imagine standing on the raw earth...feel it beneath your bare feet, ground yourself, notice how the earth supports the weight of your body... Earth is the element of the Late Summer season and represents the energy of support, holding, nurturing, nourishment and abundance.

In Late Summer, the activities of Summer start to slow down while harvest time kicks into gear. The plants and trees offer fruit and vegetables that are ripe and bountiful. Food is available for all animals to get fat and happy before fall approaches. Late summer reminds us that Mother Earth gives us all that we need without asking anything in return.

Five Element Acupuncture theory reminds us that we are one with nature and that we follow energetic movements similar to the natural cycle .  Late Summer is a sweet and nurturing time of year isn't it? The fruit is sweet, the air is sweet, even the light is sweet, right!? And best of all we have a surplus of yummy fruits and veggies, the sweet gifts from the growth and busyness of Spring and Summer. 

So how does this the energetic movement of Earth and Late Summer show up in us? 

In 5 element medicine the goal is to keep the energy moving through this natural cycle of seasons. This will help to imbue us with the gifts of the elements. 

Earth shows up as the emotions of sympathy, empathy and compassion. Its our ability to give and receive caring feelings and mothering energy.

I love this card from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck. It demonstrated the energy of late summer beautifully!

I love this card from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck. It demonstrated the energy of late summer beautifully!

Physically, Earth shows up as our Stomach, the part of us that breaks down and digests food; and the Spleen, which transports nourishment around the body. 

Spiritually, the Earth give us the ability to feel completely nourished, stable, secure and abundant in all areas of our life. We feel so abundant, that we overflow with this energy and are able to share our bounty with others.

When Earth is in balance you have the gifts of nurturing, thoughtfulness, nourishment, taste, sympathy, stability and home.

When Earth is out of balance you may feel obsessive worry or sympathy. You may be self-centered or insecure. You may not be able to give or receive help or care from others. You may feel a lack of abundance, like you dont have enough. You may experience, muscle pain, digestive problems, ulcers, headaches or even cancer. You may also find it hard to lose or gain weight.

***Curious about the rest of the elements? Read my ebook: 5 Element Acupuncture & you. (use the code "ancient wisdom")

If your Late Summer energy or Earth element is feeling stuck here are 4 practices that can help:

1. GIVE! Lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need; give a random gift to someone in your life; volunteer your time at a homeless shelter or food kitchen; Give out hugs; Literally feed your partner or friend =)

2. GRATITUDE! Keep a daily gratitude journal; Give thanks to mama earth and the creatures on her for providing your food before you eat; When you say "Thank You" look the person in the eye and mean it from your heart.  

3. RECEIVE! Consciously accept the thank you's, gifts and offerings of others; Be aware of the processes of taking in food, chewing and digesting; When someone gives you a hug, shakes your hand or gives you a high five..What is it like to really take it in?

4. 5 ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE:  If you have been receiving seasonal acupuncture treatments, now is the perfect time to come in for your Late Summer session. We can help bring Nourishment to your body, mind and soul! If you are new to acupuncture, massage, nutrition, or energy medicine, now is the perfect time to jump into sessions =) 

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Michael Phelps has hickies...on his shoulder...heres the scoop..

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Michael Phelps has hickies...on his shoulder...heres the scoop..

The dark circles on Michael Phelps' shoulder have really caught the attention of the mainstream media. They are the result of Cupping Therapy, a technique that we incorporate into acupuncture sessions for sports injuries and muscle aches. 

Glass or plastic cups are placed over areas with stagnation. Air is pumped out of the cups creating a suction. The suction releases stagnant blood and energy to the surface creating a bruise. The result is typically  immediate relief of the ache. Its amazing! And those hickies typically disappear in a few days. What's extra amazing is, if you cup an area without stagnation, no bruise will appear! 

I received some cupping for an achy back and neck! it helped so much! these are the marks left - they will dissapear in couple days.

I received some cupping for an achy back and neck! it helped so much! these are the marks left - they will dissapear in couple days.

 

Got aches and pains? Interested in cupping? come try it out - simply book an acupuncture session online. Cupping is incorporated into our Acupuncture sessions on an as needed basis. If you are not in the Philadelphia area, we are happy to give referrals of great practitioners near you. Just Ask

 

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Village Wellness Community Acupuncture Fundraiser for Ellicott City Flood Recovery

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Village Wellness Community Acupuncture Fundraiser for Ellicott City Flood Recovery

Hi Everyone,

With everything going on in the world around us, I want to take a moment to pause and invite your evolving health in service to a community that is near to my heart. Ellicott City, Maryland was devastated by a flash flood this past Saturday night (click for story and videos) and the damage is the worst the town has ever seen. This town and its community holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Ellicott City while in acupuncture school, met my wife Amy there, and had a Wellness center from 2005-2008 called The Well: a community space for Yoga and the healing arts.  I am so saddened to see the town destroyed. Friends have lost businesses and homes and cars and pets.  A state of emergency was declared for the town.

The rebuild will take years, if they are able to recover. The town is in a flood area and so many had insurance, however flood insurance only covers for up to 1 foot and the waters rose to over 5. Climate change and irresponsible development upstream have heavily contributed to the intensity of the flood.

To help the recovery efforts I am offering a special community acupuncture session on Monday August 8th 6-8 pm. All the proceeds will go to the people and businesses in Ellicott City who are making a valiant effort to recover from the flood. 

Community Acupuncture Sessions are the $35 each. Bring your friends and help spread the word! You'll feel deep relief and your money will go to a good cause. If you are moved to donate more it would be greatly appreciated.  **for those who are new patients please fill out the new patient form. Thanks

If you cannot make the session you can donate directly here: www.HelpEllicottCity.com

Thanks so much,

Love,

Lance

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A Journey by Damini Celebre

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A Journey by Damini Celebre

A Journey. . .

Reflexology was my first foray into the healing arts; that was in 1991. From that moment I knew that I found my path as a healer. 

Continuing on to Shiatsu, Reiki, Energy Healing, Acupuncture, Plant Spirit Medicine, Shamanism, Colorpuncture and Flower Essences. Although never named, all of those modalities were called upon as needed during a session.

I put aside my creative life, which brought me great joy, as I strived to be a stellar healer. Then slowly, over the past ten years, my creative heart insisted that I bring my attention to my artist-self.

Many of you know that I have been teaching intuitive painting, first at the Center, and now on-line. It was the intuitive painting that woke me up with two life-changing projects that happened simultaneously: Writing Painting the Landscape Of Your Soul and creating a new body of paintings I call Conversations with Land.  

That was three years ago. Since then I have been craving the time and space to go deeper into my creative process. Now that Lance and I have joined our fabulous magical forces I feel that I can take some time off to travel and paint.

So as of September, I will be taking a sabbatical. The first part of my time will be as an Artist In Residence, north of Taos, New Mexico. From there I will be traveling to Sedona, Joshua Tree, then up the California coast, communing with Land and hopefully doing a few workshops on the way. That is all I have planned for now as I remember to leave time for Spirit to guide me.

My sojourn will be somewhere from six months to a year.  To stay updated on my adventures please join my email list. I will also be offering a Winter Retreat at Pendell Hill in Swarthmore, PA. Hope to see you there!

I will leave you in the loving hands of Lance and the amazing practitioners at Village Wellness. To schedule an appointment give Lance a call at (610) 203-3748 or you can always book online. I know you will be well cared for. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to know you. It has been an honor to be with each of you on this healing journey we call LIFE.

XX Damini

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5 Natural Ways to Stay Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

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5 Natural Ways to Stay Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! 

Fun Fact Alert: Did you know that these sizzling days are called the Dog Days because its the period when Sirius, the dog star, rises at the same time as the sun?! 

How to stay cool:  When things are working well, our bodies are amazing at keeping us cool! Here are 5 natural ways to help facilitate cooling in the body when AC and swimming aren’t an option ;)


1. Sitali Pranayam

I love sticking my tongue out in public places..;)

I love sticking my tongue out in public places..;)

Yogic Cooling Breath: It’s super simple to do: 

1. Roll your tongue 

2. Take a nice long sip of air through this natural straw 

3. Exhale through the nose. 

Continue for 3 minutes. 

You will feel the cooling effects immediately.  This yogic breath also can help reduce fatigue, fevers, and high blood pressure. 


2. Really Cool Acupuncture Point - Bladder 40 (supporting the middle) 

Try this out! Hold an ice cube (or try peppermint oil - see below) behind the knees! Bladder 40 is an amazing point to cool summer heat!) It also helps with lower back pain, spasms and weakness in the legs, and digestive issues! 


3. Medicinal Grade Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil can be like placing an icepack on the body! Put a drop behind the knees (see above), on the low back, or behind the neck for an instant cool down. You can also add a drop to water. PRECAUTIONS: Make sure you get a medicinal grade essential oil that you can apply directly to the skin. Do not get it in your eyes as it will burn! if you do apply coconut, olive or almond oil to the area. Note that water will amplify the effects but oil will dilute it.  


4. Foods that cool summer heat

Cool as a cucumber ey? Well in Chinese Medicine there are foods that are energetically cooling! Cucumber and Watermelon are both amazing to reduce summer heat. And they just happen to be abundant at this time of year! YUM! 


5. HYDRATE with H20!

Okay this is an obvious one but the most important...drink water! Water helps the body's own natural cooling process more that anything else! I usually recommend my patients drink 1/2 their body weight in water per day. so if you weigh 150 lbs drink 75 oz of water per day.


I hope these help you stay cool naturally!  Oh and don't forget to go swimming!! 

Lots of love,

Lance

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An interview with Stephanie Moore, Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner

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An interview with Stephanie Moore, Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with he aim of answering the question: "How can we increase our quality of life?" I also find folks drawn to help others in these less-conventional fields to be ignited with a particularly deep passion and purpose. These interviews were created to delve into that drive and to discover their tips and insight into living life to its fullest. 

Stephanie Moore is a Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner, Emergency Medical Technician, and Emergency Veterinary Nurse. She practices Shamanic Energy Medicine at Village Wellness.

Enjoy the interview!

Lance

Q: Where did you grow up?
STEPHANIE: I grew up in Wayne, PA. I attended the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, and graduated from Roanoke College in Virginia with a bachelors of Arts in English. I now live in Berwyn PA with my husband, son, 3 dogs and cat.

Q: How did you end as a holistic medicine practitioner?

STEPHANIE: Looking back, I now know that I have always been on the healers journey. The call to shamanism and energy healing came to me in 2010 when I picked up Alberto Villoldo’s book “Shaman, Healer, Sage”.  Every word felt deeply familiar, and a certain remembering began. This return to nature and the ancient wisdom of the earth was the beginning of the road I am now walking.

Q: What is your goal in the treatment room?

STEPHANIE: My mission is to connect. Deeply connect. And hold space for others while they do the same. My ultimate goal with each client is to invite them to align with their highest destiny; to assist people in getting in right relationship with themselves and their body and their life. This begins the moment they walk through my door. Then its about receiving the blessings for having honored your souls calling.

Q: What are a few habits/ lifestyle recommendations you want to offer the world?*

Green Juice, Epsom salt baths, eating in bed, kissing animals on the lips, and Shamanic Journeying! 

Q: Do you have a spiritual practice?

My spiritual practice is love. I work to embody non attachment and non judgement and live with no expectation.

Q: What does your morning routine look like?*

My routine- I plan to wake up at 6AM with the rising sun, meditate, do breath work exercises, make exquisite green juice, and ponder my souls intention for the day. Ok, so what really happens is- I wake up around 9:15AM being poked in the face by my 3 year old, Mason. After unsuccessfully trying to talk him into letting me sleep longer, I rise to find my dogs have shredded a stack of napkins in anticipation of breakfast. I take a deep breath and remember everything is just as it should be, perfect. Im given a spider man mask to wear while I cook breakfast. We eat and play and allow the day to show us its beauty and plan… 

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Q: What book have you given away most? 

STEPHANIE: Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?*

STEPHANIE: My teacher Alberto always says- “we have all been together before, around the fire, with the buffalo at our backs.”

Q: What are you currently most passionate about?*

STEPHANIE: My passion right now is my work and the infinite and wonderful ways we come to heal ourselves and each other across lifetimes! I am constantly in awe of the complexity and perfection of the human experience, it is really nuts!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? what do you like to do for fun?

STEPHANIE: Free time goes to my family about 85% of the time… the rest I split between visits with dear friends and my second family at the Berwyn Fire Company (where I volunteer as an EMT). For me, the ultimate fun time would be hiking some distant mountain or forest with my family and friends- getting lost in nature and building a fire.

Q: Who is your hero?

STEPHANIE: This is my favorite question because its so easy for me! My hero is hands down my husband. I could write an epic on all the reasons he is my hero, but the short version is that he has held impeccable and unwavering space for me the past ten years, and has been the greatest advocate for my souls true journey in this life and many others. I honor him in all ways.

Learn more about the  AMAZING work Stephanie does and schedule an appointment online!

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free breath work class & Laughter Yoga, & what's barre3 all about?

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free breath work class & Laughter Yoga, & what's barre3 all about?

Hey everyone!

I'm still feeling the high of getting to see my brother play last night with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in DC! What an amazing show! For those who haven't heard him yet — check out this video on NPR. I'm a proud brother!

I'm also feeling grateful to Becca Bagge from barre3 in Berwyn! She was kind enough to answer some questions I asked as part of the "Increase Our Quality of Life" interview series I am doing! Read more about Becca, her passions, and the benefits of barre3!

We have some fantastic events coming up including:

Looking forward to catching up soon!

Love,

Lance
and on behalf of the all the practitioners at Village Wellness!

P.S. Here are 3 SUMMERTIME practices from Chinese medicine to do right now!  

 

Class Spotlight:
Energy 101 Online Course with Damini Starts July 11th.
Would you like to feel: clear, healthy, productive, creative, unencumbered, grounded, centered, connected?
Join Damini for three  MONDAYS in JULY from 8pm - 9pm
Includes
: audio programs and a private online support group..Read more –> 

Practitioner Spotlight:

Susan Watson,  LMT, Dipl. ABT, Shiatsu Shin Tai 

Licensed Massage Therapist, Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) ,Reiki Master, Certified Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder style), Certified Tai Chi Instructor,  Teacher at The International School of Shiatsu. My commitment to transformation and wellness started in 1997, while going through some life challenges.  I started my Shiatsu practice in 2003 and since then have expanded to offer the modalities of Shin Tai, Chakra Healing, Reiki, Pranic Healing and teaching Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Reiki...read more-->

Healing Arts Spotlight

Functional Nutrition with Rachel

Functional Nutrition is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. Seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms give clues about the underlying cause of illness or disease. Instead of suppressing the symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, I piece them together..Read more –>

Reminders & Announcements

  • Spread the word! Community AcupunctureWe offer community acupuncture in an open, quiet healing space where other patients are being treated nearby. Sessions are $35 and provided on zero gravity recliners. Super comfy! 
  • Yoga Room/Art Studio - FYI we are in the process of updating and transforming the big space downstairs into a beautiful yoga/community room.

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Lance's Summer Letter #15

Dear Patients, Students, and Colleagues,

I cant believe this is the 15th Summer Letter i have written. Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like bananas ;) We had a fantastic start to summer this year with Amy's 5th annual Mugwort harvest and Solstice celebration on Sunday!

Ron adding to the Dispacho 

Ron adding to the Dispacho 

We learned about the amazing plant Mugwort, which is the dried herb we burn for Moxabustion during acupuncture sessions to energize, build and strengthen Qi energy. We also made a dispacho or a mandala made as an offering and then burned in the fire from the Peruvian Patchakuti Mesa Tradition. It was a beautiful day! here are more pictures from our event! 

One of the reasons I LOVE 5 Element Acupuncture is because it offers an integrative lens with which to see the workings of our bodies, minds, emotions, and world.  When you come in for an acupuncture treatment, I am looking at you through this lens and making sure the cycle of inner seasons is working in the best way possible!

I am so excited to have this opportunity to share more of this perspective with you. Let's talk about the FIRE ELEMENT!

Yesterday we celebrated the Summer solstice. During the Solstice we experience the sun at its highest and hottest and give thanks for the energy of Fire that it offers us. It was made even more special this year by the a rare event of having a full moon and a full sun at the same time!

In Summer, the powerful growth spurts of springtime have given way to an abundance of new life. We have beautiful plants including yummy vegetables and powerful healing herbs, buzzing insects and noisy birds squaking in the loudest voice they can. Summer is the time of year the energy of nature is at its fullest, biggest, brightest. Life is shining and moving as powerfully as it can. 

In us the energetic movement that summertime represents shows up as our fullest capacity of being. We have abundant energy, our biggest heart and love, playfullness, intimacy, relationships and joy come easily and abundantly. 

In 5 element medicine the goal is to keep the energy moving through this natural cycle. When it gets stuck thats when dis-ease, pain or upset occur. When the shining Summer energy (FIRE element) within us gets out of balance you may feel sad, lonely, shy, doubtful, confused, anxious or depressed. You may find it hard to make friends or have intimate relationships. You may feel low energy, lack of warmth or experience insomnia or heart disease.

When Fire is in balance it offers the gifts of warmth, partnership, compassion, joy, laughter and touch. 

If your Summertime energy or FIRE element is feeling stuck here are a couple exercises that can help!

1. DANCE! Turn on your favorite music and let your body move! you can even sing along if you want. There is a wonderful saying from Zimbabwe that goes: "If you can talk you can sing If you can walk you can dance"

2. LAUGH! Just for the hell of it! Do what it takes. read jokes online...tell the good ones to a friend or beloved. watch a comedy or listen to a comedian. You can even join us for The Laughter Yoga Experience!

3. SMORES! Gather your friends and make an old fashioned campfire. Tell stories, jokes, make smores..

If you have been receiving seasonal acupuncture treatments, now is the perfect time to come in for your Summer session. We can help bring Joy to your body, mind and soul! If you are new to acupuncture now is the perfect time to jump into sessions =) Also if you know anyone who may be interested please feel free to pass on this newsletter! 

Click here to schedule your session, email or call us at (610) 203-3747. 

enJOY!!!!

Lance

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Guest Post by Becca Bagge: On the benefits of Barre3

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Guest Post by Becca Bagge: On the benefits of Barre3

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with he aim of answering the question: "How can we increase our quality of life?" I also find folks drawn to help others in these less-conventional fields to be ignited with a deep passion and purpose. These interviews were created to delve into that drive and to discover their tips and insight into living life to its fullest. 

Becca Bagge is the owner of Barre3 Main Line in Berwyn, PA and was kind enough to answer my questions about her passions and the benefits of barre3. 

Enjoy the interview!
Lance

p.s. Becca was generous enough to offer the Village Wellness community a very special  discount to try out barre3 at her studio! read below for the details!

Q: What is barre3?  

BECCABarre3 is a whole-body health approach that includes our workout, our nutrition philosophy and our strong, supportive community. The 60-minute total-body working is designed to help you break plateaus and is inspired by yoga, Pilates, and ballet. We take you through postures that tone and lengthen all major muscle groups, rev your heart rate, strengthen your body, and help you shed weight.

A primary focus of the barre3 workout is alignment and a healthy, tall spine. Each workout is unique, with upbeat music and innovative postures that keep you challenged. But what I love most about barre3 is that, while being challenging, it is totally accessible. In any given class we might have a major athlete working alongside someone with an injury, or a grandmother-mother-daughter trio working out together. All of them will get the workout they need in that moment, in the same class. barre3 is not just a workout – it’s a community. A lifestyle. 

Exercise is just one part of the equation. Exercise, nourish, connect: these are the 3 pillars of the barre3 approach. It’s not just about how hard you work out or the numbers on the scale. It’s about nourishing your body and making connections in order to lead a balanced and happier life. By focusing on whole-body health, we empower you to feel your best from the inside out.

Q: How did you get interested in barre3?

BECCA: It was about 7 years ago. I had always been very involved in fitness classes, but I had just heard about barre workouts. I heard they worked to make your muscles long and lean. I had always put on bulky muscle fast, so this was appealing to me. I started to ask my local gyms if they could start some barre classes, but at the time, no one really knew what these were! There were very few barre studios on the east coast except for those in New York City.  One day I was reading Shape Magazine, and saw a little blurb about Sadie Lincoln and barre3. I ordered their DVD, and was hooked. I ordered every barre DVD I could get my hands on. Ultimately I was the most inspired by everything about barre3. Not only did I feel refreshed, energized, and taller after the workout, but even from that one DVD, I got a glimpse of the warmth and encouragement all of our studios have today. I decided I had to get the real live classes to our community someway, somehow!

Q: What is the difference between barre and barre3?
BECCA: Great question. I haven't been to another barre studio in quite a while, but the feedback we often receive from clients tells us that they have discovered the following things set us apart: barre3 fuses the traditional barre workout with principles from yoga and Pilates. It incorporates a specific 3-step sequence that delivers results, including holds, small movement, and large functional movement. We teach and encourage modifications, so clients can make each class their own. The mind-body connection is emphasized so that the practice never gets easier and always stays challenging. We offer childcare, and we are all about community rather than competition. It is a place many of our clients call their "Happy Place." To really understand the difference, we say, just try it! 

Q: Why did you end up starting a business with it?

BECCA: After finding barre3 I knew I needed it in my life. I also wanted to share it with everyone around me! My initial thought was, “I hope they open one near me!” But soon that thought became, “Wait, why don’t I open one?!” I was a school teacher at the time, and while I enjoyed it, I had always loved helping people find ways to be healthier and happier, and I thought that opening a barre3 studio would be a great combination of my background in education and desire to work in wellness. I was sure my husband, Rich, would think I was out of my mind when I called him at work one day to propose my idea. But he was completely on board, and has been by my side in this business from that moment on. 

Opening our Berwyn studio was certainly a labor of love! We flew to the barre3 Headquarters in Portland, Oregon to meet with the company, but we initially didn’t have the capital to invest in a business like this. Even though most of the pieces fit, we had to put everything on hold for a couple of years. In that time, I became a certified Pilates and barre instructor, and worked at studios and gyms around the Main Line. But I couldn’t get barre3 out of my mind. I knew barre3 was right for our community. So Rich and I worked tirelessly to make it happen. Two years after our initial meeting with the founders, we flew back out to Portland to reconnect, and this time, all the pieces fit. It was a long journey, and we still had over a year of work ahead of us to get everything up and running, but that’s what makes me love it even more. I am so incredibly proud of our studio and of all of the instructors, staff, and clients who make it what it is. 

Q: What kind of folks would benefit from barre3?

BECCA: Everyone! barre3 works to balance the body and the mind. The instructors are trained to differentiate each class to meet the needs of the clients. It’s a place to go whether you want an intense, heart pumping, leg shaking workout, or if you want to just get up, move, breath, and de-stress. When I go in, I pick the kind of workout my mind and body needs that day, and I make it my own with the tools given to me by the instructors. Men and women, old and young, new to fitness and pro athletes, barre3 is seriously for everyone. 

Q: What are the benefits of barre3?

BECCA: 

  • Builds strength and flexibility for optimal body balance
    • Finding balance in your body leads to improved posture, healthier digestion, and a physique that helps you move through life with ease. 
  • Improves posture (we have clients and instructors who have actually measured taller at their doctor visits!)
  • Increased metabolism
  • We have had clients tell us they no longer experience joint or back pain after a regular barre3 practice. 
  • Clients continuously give us feedback about shedding weight, losing inches, and building long, lean muscle from a regular barre3 practice. 
  • Low-impact moves
  • Mind benefits: barre3 classes energize and de-stress. They empower you to make healthier choices all day long.  

Q: Where did you grow up?

BECCA: Rich and I both grew up in Berwyn! We went to Conestoga High School together. 

Q: what is your mission with the work you offer?

BECCA: I love being a part of something that has the mission to make the world a better place. To me there is nothing better than having a career where I can help people find their “Happy Place.” I know that giving to yourself is so important, and has a halo effect on all those around you. You will take better care of everyone in your life if you first take care of yourself. My goal is to help people realize this and make progress with it. It is not easy, or we would all do it all the time! So celebrating small victories is important. Those small victories will continue to layer on with time. 

Q: What is your goal when you are working with your clients?

To empower each and every client to tune in to their personal needs, and to give them the tools to meet these needs. Does the client have a weight loss goal? Does she/he want to de-stress? Are they building strength in their joints to prevent injury? Are they coming back from an injury? Do they just need to get out of the house and breath? It takes practice to tune in and recognize what you need, and to truly honor that. My goal for all clients is to help them learn to listen to their body and to choose what it needs in that moment. And to be OK with whatever that is, whether it’s deciding to take class turbo that day, or just taking a moment in child’s pose during seatwork. 

Q: What are your top 4 healthy habits or lifestyle recommendations?

BECCA: These are all current goals of mine as well. It is always a work in progress!

  1. Give to yourself!  This has many sides to it, but a couple options that I love are: A) Schedule a piece of unstructured time for yourself every week to choose what you want to do. Maybe you sit quietly, read a book, take a walk, or even tackle a chore that kept getting bumped on your to-do list. The point is, your mind needs this moment of time that isn’t filled with absolute “to dos” like the rest of your hours likely are. Decide in the moment what it is you need, and do that. B) Take care of yourself with exercise, sleep, nourishment, and healthy connections. You can only give to others fully when you yourself feel good. 
     
  2. Move throughout the day, every day. We are a society that sits. This takes a toll on our body and everything else we do in life. If you sit at a computer much of the day, for example, set reminders at 30 minute intervals to take a minute to stand up, stretch, and move your spine in all directions. These little bursts of movement can have a great impact. 
     
  3. Sleep! Get enough sleep each night. Try to get off of your electronics well before bedtime to allow you to transition into sleep more easily. 
     
  4. Nourish yourself: With delish whole foods, and with healthy relationships. 

Q: Do you have a spiritual practice? if so what is it?

BECCA: I don’t have a regular spiritual practice at the moment. I do belong to a church, which I attend when I can (although, since the birth of my son, I have found it harder and harder to get there!). I used to set aside time each morning to sit quietly and meditate, if for even 10 minutes at a time. But with the busy day-to-day packed schedules, I have fallen out of doing this. It is currently something I am working on committing to again. 

Q: What does your morning routine look like?

BECCA: (Not too exciting!! Hahaha)

  • Goal: Wake up before the baby, take a moment of quiet time to sit. Write/Journal at least 1 page. And just maybe, sneak in a 10-minute barre3 online video. 
  • Actual: Wake up with the baby. Anytime between 5-6:30 am.
  • I get our 11-month old, Liam, ready for the day while Rich takes the dogs (Warren and Dundee) for a walk. 
  • Get ourselves dressed and ready for the day
  • Feed Liam, Dogs, and ourselves. We often make a barre3 smoothie recipe for breakfast. These are all so tasty and fuel our mornings. 
  • Rich heads to work, and we bring Liam to childcare.
  • Each day’s schedule is different for me, but from here, I either head to a coffee shop or back home to do work for the business, or I go to the studio to teach or take a class. 

Q: What are your current favorite books? 

BECCA: Gosh, this is a tough one!  I have been reading a lot of business and time-management books lately. Two that I highly recommend are The Myth of Multitasking: How Doing It All Gets Nothing Done, by Dave Crenshaw (such a quick read with seriously work-altering insights), and Manage your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by 99U. These were game changers for me. Unfortunately we live in a society that is always “on,” and connected, and everything is an “emergency.” These books rearranged this perspective, and I’m currently working on business and personal goals from both of them. Also, one of my other favorite books is "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me," By Mindy Kaling. For a good laugh. 

Q: What are you currently most passionate about?

BECCA: Trying to live in the moment. To be present and to give myself fully to whoever I’m with or whatever I am doing. 

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? what do you like to do for fun?

BECCA: My number one: Spend quality time with Rich, our son, and our dogs! This is my ultimate best time ever. I also love to just get outside, read, and watch movies!

Q: Who is your hero? 

BECCA: I’ve always said my Grandmother was my hero. She was like a second mother to me growing up. She is Feisty yet nurturing, and she taught me so much about life.  


Becca Bagge opened barre3 Main Line - Berwyn in January of 2014. For years, Becca had practiced Pilates, yoga and other forms of fitness in the Main Line area, and knew that she wanted mind-body wellness to play a significant role in her life. In discovering barre3, Becca realized she had found a program that complemented her vision. She’s so happy to share this unique philosophy with her hometown community. Prior to her work in fitness, Becca was a middle-school teacher, with a Master of Education degree from Cabrini College. Becca lives minutes from her barre3 studio with her husband, Rich, their son, Liam, and their two dogs, Warren and Dundee.


Here is a special offer for the Village Wellness community! 
20% of a 3 for $40 Intro Package! Simply mention this blog post when you register! All contact info can be found at barre3 Mainline .  Offer good till August!

For more information please Visit barre3 Mainline

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Get to know your acupressure points- HEART 9 - Rekindle Joy & Foster Life Direction

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Get to know your acupressure points- HEART 9 - Rekindle Joy & Foster Life Direction

I apologize, usually I send out an email on Sunday eves, but i was so sleepy after a busy weekend! We had great fun being at the Wayne Music Festival on Saturday (although i lost my voice from trying to talk over the music). But it was so nice to see so many familiar faces =). We did some community style acupuncture that went surprising well with the live funk and rock!

Anywhos, I hope you enjoy my latest little venture! Im offering a series of articles based on getting to know your acupuncture points along with secret and ancient pencil acupressure techniques ;) for self-help!

So heres the first one! Focused on Rekindling Joy & Fostering Life Direction - AND a big shout out to Sheila Z. my amazing hand model =) - thank you Sheila!

Hope you enjoy it and let me know if you have any feedback, including suggested topics, so I can make the next ones even better! Also if you think its helpful please share on social media and help me spread the word!

Enjoy the sunny skies!

Love,

Lance  

and on behalf of the all the practitioners at Village Wellness!

P.S. Stephanie our In-house shamanic practitioner is now available to be booked online!

P.P.S. We are pretty much full for this fridays yoga and sound journey (but if you ask really nicely ill try and squeeze you in)

P.P.P.S Amy's Summer Solstice workshop is GONNA BE AMAZING! If you are into that sort of thing ;)

 

Class Spotlight:

Summer Solstice Mugwort Harvest and Workshop June 19th 11-4pm

with Amy Mermaid

This summer solstice we will gather to honor the height of summer and to participate in two time honored rituals of re-membering. One is harvesting our incredible ally of transformation and dreamtime, Mugwort. The other is creating a Despacho, or offering, to all the unseen beings who participate in this dance of life with us. I would love to see you there! No experience necessary...Read more –> 

Practitioner Spotlight:

Susan Watson,  LMT, Dipl. ABT, Shiatsu Shin Tai 

Licensed Massage Therapist, Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) ,Reiki Master, Certified Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder style), Certified Tai Chi Instructor,  Teacher at The International School of Shiatsu.

My commitment to transformation and wellness started in 1997, while going through some life challenges.  I started my Shiatsu practice in 2003 and since then have expanded to offer the modalities of Shin Tai, Chakra Healing, Reiki, Pranic Healing and teaching Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Reiki...read more-->

Healing Arts Spotlight

Functional Nutrition with Rachel

Functional Nutrition is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. Seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms give clues about the underlying cause of illness or disease. Instead of suppressing the symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, I piece them together..Read more –>

Reminders & Announcements

  • Spread the word! Community AcupunctureWe offer community acupuncture in an open, quiet healing space where other patients are being treated nearby. Sessions are $35 and provided on zero gravity recliners. Super comfy! 
  • Yoga Room/Art Studio - FYI we are in the process of updating and transforming the big space downstairs into a beautiful yoga/community room.

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