For Coping with Difficult Times: a practice of Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation


For Coping with Difficult Times: a practice of Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation

Hi everyone,

No matter who we are, at some point or other we all go through difficult times. 

Metta (loving-kindness) Meditation is a practice that I have found to be simple and an extremely powerful tool to help though these difficult times.

This practice develops grace, ease, perspective, and wisdom when upset has just completely taken over. 

I invite you to meditate with me! Please join me in the video below.

You may also download the just the audio if you would prefer. 

Lots of love,


Metta Meditation. A practice of loving-kindness 


Learning To Make Health Your Hobby. An Interview with Ellen Freudberg


Learning To Make Health Your Hobby. An Interview with Ellen Freudberg

We only have one life here now — why not make it the best that it can be?
— Ellen Freudberg, Wellness Coach

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with the aim of answering the question: "How can we increase our quality of life?" I also find folks drawn to help others in an integrative way tend 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. 

Ellen Freudberg is a wellness coach with a practice on the Main Line, Philadelphia. She was kind enough to answer my questions about her passions and her work as a wellness coach.

Enjoy the interview!

Q: Ellen, thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Where are you from originally? 

ELLEN:  I grew up in Cheltenham, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. Then I moved to Hartford, CT for school and then back to Philadelphia and then to Mullica Hill NJ and finally to the Main Line.

Q: What are you most passionate about right now?

ELLEN: Health and Wellness for me and those in my life! If you ask my friends, they will tell you that i am obsessed (in a good way) with feeling well, being healthy, aging gracefully, and staying fit! 

Recently I have turned my passion into a wellness coaching practice where I help others feel even better than they already do.

Q: Ooh, Can you tell us more about your work as a Wellness Coach?  What is Wellness Coaching?

ELLEN: Sure, as you know, I am passionate about helping people learn how to heal themselves and get in sync with the natural processes that improve health from within. Through my coaching practice I focus on helping my clients develop a “wellness state-of-mind,” learn about the importance of moving their bodies, increase their focus on good nutrition and learning how to breathe and meditate. 

Wellness coaching is the process of guiding clients toward a healthy lifestyle, while providing valuable support along their journey.  Wellness coaches help others achieve their health and wellness goals by providing trusted, science-based information, positive encouragement and continuous motivation.

I assist my clients by aligning their own insights, personal strengths, and goals with practical steps and personal accountability. The coaching system I use makes it easy to create healthy lifestyle changes that really endure.

When you get good advice about how to make health your hobby, there’s only one possible result: you will improve your health, happiness and sense of fulfillment. You’ll increase your life span and live a happier, healthy life.

Q: What do you mean, when you say "make health your hobby?"

ELLEN: Wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. Wellness means that you are beginning to consciously explore the concept of living more healthfully. Focusing on wellness can easily become your hobby – a practice that is fun and fully integrated into your life. And best of all, this hobby will improve your life exponentially. It means that you are constantly taking care of yourself, and that you are developing an awareness about how your choices impact your life.

Ill give you a super simple example. Want to effortlessly incorporate more movement into your life? Make it a habit to leave your car at the far end of the parking lot when you go shopping. This can potentially make a huge impact on your total daily steps. Do this for 30 days and it will become habitual, automatic, and effortless. 

Q: Ellen, great advice! What initially inspired you to study and offer this type of coaching?

ELLEN: I became a wellness coach, because, after years of living unhealthily, I transformed myself. The transformation came through hard work, education, curiosity and a powerful desire to get better. After this transformation I couldn't wait to share my learnings with my friends and loved ones. 

I then saw how others in my community would benefit from what I learned and I wanted to share with a greater audience. I enrolled in the rigorous Wellness Coaching program at the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, where I gained even more knowledge about how to effectively guide others to a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.  

Watching my clients grow, improve and get healthier is incredibly rewarding for me.

Q: Can you tell us what a typical session with you is like?

ELLEN: Here's what's going to happen. At our initial meeting, I carefully interview you to learn as much as possible about your goals and the problems that are blocking you from them. I then develop an individualized coaching strategy for you.  

Now, everyone is different, so depending on your needs, our followup sessions will look different. If you are trying to lose weight for example. Some fun exercises may include, doing a “pantry makeover,” or going grocery shopping together to learn about foods that work with our bodies (not against it) to make their own internal medicine. We might also learn about new foods or different ways to eat, for example, how to graze throughout the day without gaining weight. And we would discover new ways in which to move our bodies that we actually enjoy and will do everyday. It all really boils down to ENJOYING the path you take to fulfill your goals! 

Q: What is your end goal when working with your clients?

ELLEN: My goal is to motivate and inspire clients to make actionable, achievable objectives that can be reached through consistent application of wellness principles and practices. I want to guide my clients to live as simply and healthfully as possible. I want to motivate and support them personally.

Q: What are the benefits of having a wellness coach in your life? 

ELLEN: The greatest benefit of having a wellness coach is that you have a trained professional to guide and inspire you on your journey. The end result:  dramatic improvement in your health and wellness.

Q: What is some advice that you offer your clients, that you think would benefit everyone?

ELLEN:  The single most important advice I offer your readers is the urgency to develop a wellness state-of-mind. Without that, people flounder, try things, give up and fail to change. I talk to clients about the LEAN concept. “L” is for lifestyle (how we live); “E” is for exercise, (how we move); “A” is for attitude, (how we think); and “N” is for nutrition, (or how we eat).

Step 1: Pick one of these right now and try to think about how you can make one little change. 
Step 2: make that little a change a habit, by doing it consistently for 30 days. 

Q: Ellen, what does your morning routine look like?

ELLEN: Before I get out of bed, I do about 20 minutes of transcendental meditation, then I drink a tall glass of warm water mixed with the juice of ½ lemon. And then I am on my mat, practicing ashtanga yoga. Also, if my schedule and the weather permits, I might take a brisk walk.

Q: Do you have a favorite book you are reading right now?

ELLEN: Prime-Time Health by William Sears, M.D. It’s a scientifically proven plan for feeling young and living longer. 

Q: Ellen, thank you so much for your time and sharing your passions and advice. Any final thoughts? And where can folks find out more about you or set up an appointment? 

ELLEN:  I think people really want to be the best possible version of themselves. But we all come up against obstacles that overwhelm us. An experienced knowledgeable, certified wellness coach can help. When you get your lifestyle choices under control, you will feel better. And when you feel better, you will look better, think more clearly, and accomplish much more.    

If you decide to meet with me (the first half-hour meeting is free), I will listen to you with empathy and curiosity, I will be non-judgmental and try my best to motivate you toward a healthy lifestyle that will work and be successful. 

To make an appointment or for more motivation and healthy eating and living tips that really work, please read my daily blog at

When you begin to make health your hobby, you begin to understand how your body works and you’ll start focusing on making good choices for great health every day.
— Dr. William Sears.

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About Ellen Fruedberg

Ellie Freudberg lives in Wayne on Philadelphia’s Main Line. She is a certified Wellness Coach trained by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute of Englewood, Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history from the Philadelphia College of Art and she studied art therapy at the University of Hartford. She then spent 30 years as an interior designer, often using feng shui to help clients create beautiful and inspiring living spaces. She's been practicing Transcendental Meditation, Ashtanga yoga and Pilates for decades. In her Wellness practice, Ellie helps clients focus on an array of ways to improve health and gain a greater sense of well-being.


Grass Fed Bone Broth Recipe - Health starts in your Gut!


Grass Fed Bone Broth Recipe - Health starts in your Gut!

From Chinese Medicine to "Jewish penicillin" (chicken soup), bone broth has been an important natural and holistic remedy in traditional medicines. Over the last few years the amazing benefits of bone broth have come into the mainstream.

Packed with nutrients, minerals, amino acids (Proline & Glycine) , bone broth can:

  • help improve our digestion
  • ease allergies
  • strengthen our immune health
  • support our brain function
  • reduce cellulite
  • re-mineralize our teeth
  • increase hair growth and strengthen hair
  • heal our connective tissue
  • help build our bones

How to make your own bone broth

These days you can actually pruchase good quality, grass-fed, bone broth at your local natural foods store. But Bone broth is super easy to make and will save you some big bucks in the long run! Here's my recipe!!

Note on Grass-Fed meat: I highly recommend getting bones from grass-fed animals. This is because pesticides and hormones get stored in the marrow of the bone. Getting grass-fed non-hormone treated meat and bones will help ensure we don't ingest these unnecessary substances.


bone broth
  • 4 quarts water 
  • 2 lbs Grass Fed Marrow Bones or chicken bones. (ask your butcher, or order from a local farm -(Philly area farm)
  • 1-2 stalks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots 
  • 2 TBS of Apple Cider Vinager (important - to help draw out the minerals)
  • OPTIONAL to tase: Salt, Pepper, favorite herbs, garlic


  1. If you are using beef bones, you can roast the bones in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 350°
  2. Place bones in Large pot or crock pot.
  3. add all ingredients
  4. cook for 24-48 hours (or use an instapot to shorten the time) -
  5. strain and enjoy

Bone broth will stay good in the fridge for 4-5 days otherwise you can freeze it! you can also make other soups out of the broth! add veggies or make pho!

Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!

To your health!,




{Winter Horaries} Activate the following points on Dec 21st between 3 and 7 pm!


{Winter Horaries} Activate the following points on Dec 21st between 3 and 7 pm!

This Thursday on the Winter Solstice, we'll have a very special opportunity to do an acupuncture or acupressure treatment called "Water Horaries." (Learn more about Horaries below)

Some of my lucky patients will be receiving this treatment on Thursday, but if you can't come in for an acupuncture session, fret not! You can perform this treatment on yourself.

DIY Winter Horaries

  1. Create Sacred Space at the right time: On Dec. 21st anytime between 3:00 and 7:00pm, find a quiet space where you can be meditative and still. 
  2. Sit comfortably and begin deepening your breath and relaxing your body.
  3. When you're ready, activate the following 2 points, one at a time, by gently pressing and holding each spot for 3 minutes. 

    Bladder 66: Penetrating Valley – a place to clear away that which no longer serves, release fear, and free obstacles in our path. Located on the side of the foot at the base of the pinky toe. (see pic)

    Kidney 10: Yin Valley – a place to restore calm when there is overwhelm in the mind, emotions, or spirit. Located on the inside of the knee (see pic)

More About Horaries
In Five Element Acupuncture we work with the balance and relationship of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.

Each of these elements are correlated to a season where that particular energy is at its peak.

The energy peaks for

  • Fire in the Summer 
  • Earth in the Late Summer
  • Metal in the Fall
  • Water in the Winter
  • Wood in the spring.

(Psst! Learn more about these Elements in my book: Five Element Acupuncture & You - use the code "ancientwisdom" at checkout to get a FREE copy!)

The energy of our body also peaks in different organ systems during a 24 hour time period we call the Chinese Body Clock

A horary treatment takes advantage of this energetic timing to profoundly influence the body. 

For example we can deeply effect the Water element within a person by using the water point on the water meridians at the water time of day (3-7 pm) at the peak of the water time of year (Winter Solstice). This will help powerfully root a person in the seasonal energetic of Winter and bring balance to the Water Element.  

When Water is out of balance you may feel excessive fear or a struggle to survive. You may experience low energy, deep fatigue, exhaustion, reduced sex drive, lack of trust, and timidity. You may have kidney or bladder problems, hypertension, infertility, and/or back pain.

When Water is in balance you have the gifts of wisdom, stillness, patience, potency, listening, and appropriate fear. You have a greater sense of trust and it's easier to be still. You move slower in healthy ways and create time for introspection and peace; for making room for what's next.

    Let me know how it goes! Or if you have any questions! Have an amazing Solstice!!

    Lots of Love,

    Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
    Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.
    (610) 203-3747



    Try a News Fast!


    Try a News Fast!

    The 24/7 media is constantly bombarding us with information! Real news, fake news, one sided news, sensational news, corporate influenced news, anything to grab at our attention and pull at our heart strings.  

    How are we supposed to find our center when everything is tying to pull us in different directions. Taking a break from the news can be an amazing way to get back to center which will ease anxiety, calm stress, and renew your spirits. 

    I'm not saying that you should unplug and become uninformed about the state of the world. We are all in this together. However, a periodic news fast will give us clarity and help bring a certain ease and perspective back into our hearts and minds. 

    The How-To is simple:

    1. Decide to take a break from the news (radio, papers, magazines, internet news, conversations) for one to two days.

    2. Note down how you are feeling and pay attention to any changes that you notice!

    After your news fast, decide how you want to reintegrate the news back into your life. You may want to be more specific about your sources or limit your exposure.

    And finally, remember to be the change you want to see in the world!

    Lots of love,


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    Yummy & Nutritious Chia Seed Pudding (vegan, paleo)


    Yummy & Nutritious Chia Seed Pudding (vegan, paleo)

    chia seed pudding

    My best friend Wendy recently made me Chia Seed Pudding! It was soooooo good!!! This pudding is delicious, nutritious, great to take with your probiotics (belly bacteria love the fiber!) and easy to make!

    This recipe is:

    • gluten free,
    • sugar free,
    • paleo and 
    • vegan!


    • 1 cup coconut milk
    • 1/4 cup chia seeds
    • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground cardomom
    • 1/2 tsp cacoa nibs
    • Optional fresh raspberries and blueberries to 


    • Mix all the ingredients together in a mason jar or glass bowl
    • Refrigerate  for 1-2 hours (or at the very least 30 minutes)
    • If you wish add your fresh berries!



    Holistic Beauty. The Art of Cosmetic Acupuncture


    Holistic Beauty. The Art of Cosmetic Acupuncture

    I'm so excited to introduce Lei Duan, M.Ac., the latest addition to our amazing team of practitioners. Lei is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes Women's Health, Fertility , and Holistic Cosmetic Acupuncture.

    Holistic Beauty Cosmetic Acupuncture at Village Wellness is a safe, natural way to slow down the aging process and rejuvenate your look. Our style of  cosmetic acupuncture has a very natural look. If you are  looking for an alternative to Botox or other fillers, interested in feeling beautiful inside and out, and able to commit to the 10 session series, Holistic Beauty Cosmetic Acupuncture is for you! 

    What is unique about Cosmetic Acupuncture at Village Wellness?
    2 words: Holistic Beauty. Our holistic approach means that you will ALWAYS receive a full mind/emotion/body/spirit balancing treatment along with the cosmetic acupuncture. Our goal is to have you feel beautiful from the inside out. Beautiful mind, beautiful heart & beautiful body.  

    Read more about Cosmetic Acupuncture and Book Online!



    We now have 4 Community Acupuncture Sessions per week! Still only $35!


    We now have 4 Community Acupuncture Sessions per week! Still only $35!

    Hi Everyone!

    Hope you are having a wonderful day! Im excited to announce that, by request, we have added 4 sessions of community acupuncture per week!

    If you are looking for affordable and easy to access acupuncture, this is it!

    During your sessions you will share a beautiful healing space with up to 5 other patients. This helps us keep the cost down for you. Our awesome team of Licensed Acupuncturist will tend to your needs and help you feel better. If you would prefer a private treatment, we have that too. 

    Are you ready to try it out? 
    We have made the process super simple!
    Just head to the community Acupuncture page for the whole scoop !

    And below is a little more info...

    Here's the current schedule. 

    Community Acupuncture Hours:
    (by appointment only)

    • Tuesdays: 3-5 PM with Gabrielle Geib, LAc.
    • Wednesdays: 10-2 PM with Gabrielle Geib, LAc.
    • Thursdays:  4-7 PM with Gabrielle Geib, LAc.
    • Saturdays: 10-1 PM with Lei Duan, L.Ac.

    Hope you can take advantage of these sessions!


    The 13 Ghost Points of Sun Si-Miao


    The 13 Ghost Points of Sun Si-Miao

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    Happy Halloween!!!!! 

    Halloween is time of connection to the departed. To celebrate this connection to our ancestors, we'll be incorporating special acupuncture points called Ghost Points this Saturday, during Community Acupuncture!

    The 13 Ghost Points were developed in the 6th century by physician Sun Si-Miao to treat mental disorders that were thought to be caused by spirit possession. Sun Si-Miao shifted the idea of spirit possession as a cause of illness, to the idea of having too much phlegm, and invasion of wind, heat, and dampness in the body. He also understood the points serve to cultivate your sense of self through your lifetime.

    Each ghost point has a specific use and are often used together to help anxiety, overwhelm, dizziness, or even not feeling like yourself.

    In our day and age, I see these points as helping to bring a deeper connection to one's self, and a feeling of rootedness in one's path. We wouldn’t be where we are without those who came before us, so honoring the ancestors is an important part of finding oneself. I find these points help create space in an overwhelmed nervous system which so many of us experience these days.

    I hope you can join our beloved Lei Duan, L.Ac, this Saturday for Community Acupuncture! Try out a ghost point and create some room in yourself for reflection and deep connection!

    Reserve your Spot using out online booking system! 

    Happy Halloween!


    National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day.  Oct 24th


    National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day. Oct 24th

    October 24 marks National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day. 

    It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

    DId you know?

    • An estimated 38% of US adults use some form of alternative medicine*
    • 1 in 10 US adults has used acupuncture at least once**
    • 60% of those who have used acupuncture would consider it again for treatment options**
    • 48% of those same people were either “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment***





    Lance's Fall Letter 2017


    Lance's Fall Letter 2017

    Dear patients and friends,

    Its been an interesting start to Fall here in Philly, hasn't it? The unusually warm and humid air has been wonderful on some levels, and on others I feel ready for that crisp feel and autumn smell. I can also think of at least a few patients who are probably feeling the loss of summer. Its such a natural part of the energetic cycle that, in Five Element Acupuncture, the emotion of grief is associated with this time of year, the season of Autumn, and the element of Metal. 

    Lets walk through this energetic cycle and ill explain. If you make it all the way to the bottom there is an amazing audio excerpt to listen to by Martin Prechtel, a Mayan Shaman. He talks about dealing with grief in his culture and I think it is wonderful!


    In Nature, Autumn grants the opportunity to shed what is no longer absolutely essential. The energy (qi) of our brothers and sisters of the plant world, turns inward and descends deep down into their roots. The trees let go of the survival non-essentials and so their leaves fall to the ground creating space for new growth AND rich fertilizer for the future generations. The descent of Qi also allows for rest and rejuvenation during the upcoming Winter months and this stillness and space, in turn, creates a powerful potential energy that is explosively released with the crack of Springtime

    What is so cool (and often forgotten) is that we ARE nature. We too have the Autumn movement that courses through us. In Five Element Acupuncture we call this kind of movement the Metal Element. This part  of the cycle within 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
    In nature the metal element is represented by the crystals and minerals that make up the air we breath and the soil our food grows in. Like these metal elements there is a special kind of reflective feeling that the Fall offers us. In many traditions, including Taoist and Jewish, Fall is the time when the heavens and earth are closest together. A time when we can almost touch the spirit world, a time of deepest connection to our ancestors, those we have lost, those who have come before us. The Fall offers us a powerful opportunity to deeply grieve that which, and those who, we have lost and also offers us space to give thanks and praise for that which is, and those who are, currently in our life. 

    What is the Metal energetic's impact on our different levels of being? 
    Emotionally, this phase of the cycle gives us our sense of self-worth, vitality and resolve. It shows up as our grief, our praise and our sense of awe
    Physically, Metal movement within builds our Lungs, the part of us that takes in vital energy oxygen and lets go of the waste carbon dioxide. It also shows up as our Large Intestine, which both lets go of our rubbish and also intakes the last remains of any essential nutrients.

    Spiritually, the Metal energy gives us the ability to let go, reflect and create space. It offers us the chance to get in touch with our spiritual energy and realize our core values. Metal reminds us of the heavens and our connection to our higher self. 
    The goal of Five Element Acupuncture Treatments is to keep the energy moving through this natural cycle of seasons. When it gets stuck thats when dis-ease, pain or upset occur.

    When Metal is out of balance we may feel excessive grief, deep depression, low self-esteem, low self-worth, emotional withdrawal and excessive materialism. We may not be able to recover from a loss or be inspired. We may have difficulty breathing, or have unhealthy skin or bowel issues. 
    When Metal is in balance we have the gifts of awe, letting go, acknowledgment, respect, inspiration, preciousness and acceptance. 
    If your Fall energy or Metal element is feeling stuck put the following practices to action this week and let me know how if it helps!

    • BREATHE! Go outside, preferably in a natural setting, and allow your lungs to INSPIRE! Sit on a log, a rock or the earth and breathe in and out through the nose slowly and deeply for 5 minutes. As you inhale focus on bringing in that which you desire and as you exhale focus on letting go of that which no longer serves you.
    • 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 - at least 11 minutes, no need to rush these things. p.s. This is a particularly good homework for those who have troubles in this area...Extra Credit goes to those who use a squatty potty.
    • CLEAN HOUSE! You've heard of spring try fall cleaning! Go through your old stuff and get rid of that which you no longer want or need. Those clothes you never weart, those keepsakes from the 3rd grade, that piece of furniture you hate...Whatever... create space in your home = create space in your life! There are plenty of places that will accept donations or check out

    If you have been receiving seasonal acupuncture treatments, now is the perfect time to come in for your Fall session. We can help bring Inspiration 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 in a session please feel free to share this!
    Schedule your session ONLINEemail or call me at (610) 203-3747. 

    Hope to see you soon and please let me know if you have any questions about this!

    with lots of love,

    Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
    Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.
    (610) 203-3747

    P.S. HERES THE AUDIO I was talking about above – Check out this amazing talk about Grief and Praise by Martine Prechtel

    P.P.S.  ENDING TOMORROW (Monday, Oct. 16) – Our October Raffle for a FREE Holistic Skin Care Package at our NEW Village SPA ! 
    Other announcements 


    How to bring Shamanism into Your Life Right Now


    How to bring Shamanism into Your Life Right Now

    By Amy Mermaid Isakov

    I'm leading a retreat in November but I know that not everyone can take the time to slip away for the weekend so I wanted to share with you some of the practical pieces from a Facebook Live event I recently offered.

    Shamanism is a word many people use to mean a variety of things but for my purposes, it means a way of walking in the world that recognizes that all things, great or small, have a soul and are inherently part of one web, one life. It's a path and practice of honoring and relating with both the seen and unseen from a place of LOVE!

    A simple way to bring this awareness into your life is by reclaiming a simple, possibly daily, ritual - the shower.


    1. Offer Gratitude to the Water 
    2. Invite it to clean away that which is not yours and no longer serves you

    These 2 simple steps transforms your shower into a shamanic experience. They restore to awareness the Magic of Reality. 

    You can watch me talk about this as well as a few other things (in concert with the slightly chaotic presence of my daughter) here.

    In the video I talk about:

    • Why Shamanism is relevant for our world
    • My experience of a radical awakening on a meditation retreat
    • Some time ago, I realized I was so much more willing to experience grief and heart ache. So while I have great capacity to experience sadness, I realize needed an equal or greater capacity to experience joy, love and beauty.  

    If you are aching for more connection, searching for some thing deeper. I am making space for you this November 3 thru5.  A retreat on full moon weekend, making masks and reorienting to ourselves through the lens of compassion, a deep, beautiful and fun process. 

    Shamanism restore the narrative of mystery, magic and healing in the world. Today’s problems stem from disconnection. Most people believe that we are separate from our surroundings and I believe that this is why they can wreak havoc and do harm.  It’s a disease.  

    The Universe is primed to support us in remembering who we are and what our capacities are.

    It's our birthright to connect with the Divine so let's bring our intention there. In order to do that we must create the space, a moment to carve out of time and shift our focus.  

    I hope you take some time to honor yourself and this miraculous world we live in, whether it be in the shower, in the space of a breath, or in a weekend with me.

    Hope to see you soon!

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    With my whole heart,

    Registration Closes Tuesday October 3rd:

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     to save your space.

    When: Friday November 3 — Sunday November 5

    Where: Pendle Hill Retreat Center —  Media, PA


    Don't get sick! Holistic Medicine Tips as we gear up for cold & flu season


    Don't get sick! Holistic Medicine Tips as we gear up for cold & flu season

    With my 7 year old Luna back in school, my cold prevention has jumped into full gear! Here are a couple tips to help you not get sick & if you do, how to move through it with grace ❤️.

    1. Prevention

    Sleep + Hydration + Good Food + Relaxation = Feeling Good

    This is my not-so-secret-formula....We all know these, but sometimes we need to be reminded. Taking care of ourselves is not at the top of most people's To Do list's. It's the cheapest healthcare, but life is full, moves fast, and we forget to slow down. If you can take time to tend to these basics, you will beat off most colds before they have a chance to take hold.

    2. Feeling Better

    • Acupuncture
      This is an AMAZING tool for strengthening the immune system and preventing a cold from entering your system. It's also extremely effective at kicking a cold out during its early stages!  Book an immune boosting session online!
    • Lance's Magic Curing Tea
      Take at the very first signs of a cold! Drink this in the evening and go to bed early. It will make you sweat and you'll feel better in the morning. Main ingredients are: Ginger (heating), Cinnamon (heating & circulating), Garlic (anti-vital & anti bacterial), Black Pepper (moving) & Scallions (releases to the exterior).

      Heres the recipe! feel free to share!
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    • Essential Oils: My all time favorite essential oil for cold busting and curing is inhaling the vapors of Therapeutic or Medicinal Grade Eucalyptus essential oil. It's anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and penetrates into the lungs and sinuses to open the passage ways.

      Note: I recommend getting some education about essential oils so you can use them well. I think this is so important, that I've brough in Nicole Kosh, essential oil wizardess to teach us! Her workshop, Easy Essential Oils: Natural Remedies to support our Immune System is this Friday from 7:00-8:30pm. $25 if you bring a friend. Goody Bags included!! Register OnlineSpace Limited.

    Well, I that's it for this episode of Holistic Health Tips!
    Have a beautiful moment!!!!

    with lots of love,

    Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
    Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.
    (610) 203-3747

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    A Practice of Connection When You are Feeling Overwhelmed

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    A Practice of Connection When You are Feeling Overwhelmed

    It would be hard not to feel a sense of overwhelm when reading or watching updates about world events these days—from catastrophic weather to the testing of nuclear weapons to proposed policy changes in healthcare and human rights. 

    The most important thing to know is that being able to “feel” this overwhelm is a beautiful sign of how well your system is working. I would be worried if someone told me that they didn’t feel anything in response to things that are going in the world these days. 

    That said, it can feel like too much. When it does, take these 4 steps: 

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    connect with your body

    1. Connect with your body.

    Take a moment and notice what this feeling is like for you. Where does it sit? In your gut, in your heart, in your head? Try a simple body scan: sit or lie down on a blanket, a soft rug or a yoga mat and say each body part aloud, starting with your toes and going all of the way up to the crown of your head. Notice how each part feels. Another option is to use Village Wellness' free 5-minute body scan.  

    In a quiet space (this can be anywhere: the shower, sitting outside, under the covers, in your car in a Wawa parking lot), consider the information that you got from connecting with your body. Are you someone who gets the “feels” in your gut? Maybe a pit in your stomach; an unsettled feeling deep inside? Or, are you someone who processes overwhelm in your brain by seeking answers to questions about how we got here and worrying about what is coming next. Or, perhaps you simply don’t know where it all lies—you just know it’s in your body somewhere. 


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     2. Honor yourself. 

    Wherever this overwhelm lands in you, honor that space. Place your hands on your belly and send it gratitude for the way in which it serves as a vessel for your experiences, especially those that feel like they are too much to handle sometimes. Remind your gut that it is doing exactly what it is designed to do—send you signals when the big “feels” are happening, They are everything from falling in love to sensing imminent danger. Thank it for allowing you to feel all of this—for giving you the experience of being so alive and connected to the world you live in. 

    Similarly, wrap your hands around your head and send gratitude to your exquisite mind—the space where your magnetic poetry kit creates all sorts of questions, stories, predictions, worries and what-ifs. Thank it for its ability to manage so many feelings and so much data with grace and creativity. Specifically honor its ability to bring the dark alive and not allow you to hide from the reality of human suffering that comes from hurricanes and fires. Celebrate the ways in which it connects you with the universality of human suffering, even to those whose magnetic poetry sets have entirely different sets of words.

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    3. Breathe. You are okay. Your feelings of overwhelm are normal—they are expected responses to unexpected events. 

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    4. Connect with others.

    Close your eyes and notice which sentient being (or beings) comes into your consciousness—it might be a human, a pet, a tree, your garden. Make a plan to connect with that being today or in the days to come. A call, a hug, a silent walk, a letter or a text. “I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed with all that’s going on in the world right now. I don’t necessarily want to talk about it, but I would like to connect.”

    Know that your act of reaching out to connect with others will likely be just as soothing to them as it is to you—maybe even more so. 

    With abundant love for all that you are, 

    Dr. Page
    Holistic Psychotherapist , Yoga Teacher

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    Re-Calibrating with Deep Nourishment... and Healing Trauma


    Re-Calibrating with Deep Nourishment... and Healing Trauma

    By Antanas Vainius, Nourishment Coach

    Living in a processed food culture, our bodies and our minds have lost the ability to perceive what is truly nourishing.  We can easily trick ourselves by believing what advertising tell us -- that what is nourishing is actually only temporarily and momentarily satisfying.  Access to that deep wisdom that our bodies have is key as we navigate how to regain/maintain our health, cultivate wellbeing and open up to our true potential. 

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    Many of us are so removed from the healing power of deep nourishment that often it is hard to imagine what intrinsic wisdom lies in real food. The life force in these foods can be awakened which animates their life-giving nutrients and helps awaken our cells to a level of vitality that manufactured, lab-created foods cannot.  Metaphorically, processed food that employs non-traditional preparation techniques does not speak the language of the body or our cells. The body does not know how to engage with these 'foreign' substances. Normally these foreign substances are tagged as invaders and efficiently scuttled away.  I’m talking about synthetic foods that don’t have any resemblance to foods that previous generations would put on their tables.

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    There is something profound that happens when we experience being deeply nourished. We experience, remember a new baseline. In fact we get to remember what satisfaction feels like - deep, belly-soothing, bone-filling satisfaction - not the glamourized fake Coke fix. The slight of hand has become even more sophisticated and defies detection,  distracting us from our deep hunger -- and birth right - for nourishment.  Eating food that is properly prepared -- soaked, sprouted, fermented, etc -- helps our bodies remember what true food is supposed to taste like and feel in our bodies, eliminating the need for things like heart burn medication. Food is not supposed to be dangerous and unfamiliar, and its digestion does not need to create discomfort  for the body. In a way this discomfort can be understood as a trauma for the body.  In a reverse engineering kind of way, learning what ease, comfort, and relief feels like gives us an embodied - in the body - understanding of how nourishment feels. So any food that doesnt feel that way, isn't nourishing, but stressing.  Such long-term stress can lead to deprivation, deep hunger, numbness, hopelessness,  and general despair that safe nourishing food does not exist.

    This baseline of embodied food trauma can set the stage and makes us tolerant of other trauma because it prepares our bodies and psyches for accepting anything but ease, comfort and goodness from our interactions with the world, and then becoming distrustful of the ease when we do have it.

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    We have an opportunity to recalibrate with true  nourishment.  The path of discovering real nourishment can offer you tremendous if not momentary relief from a life of trauma and stress, and a reminder in the intrinsic goodness of your body and our world, and its capacity to heal, rebuild and recover. 

    The possibility of remembering what deep goodness is only a bite away.   

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    Antanas Vainius, Nourishment Coach is a deeply gifted wizard of nutrition and nourishment, knowing how to make change and healing easy, delicious and fun. His knowledge extends into somatics, energy psychology and breathwork which he uses to help clients move through blocking beliefs and stuck emotion to return to ease and flow.

    Get in touch, email Antanas.


    Yoga Yoga Yoga


    Yoga Yoga Yoga

    Hi all!

    Hope you are having a fantastic weekend! I've been out in Colorado this past week enjoying time with friends and family. The mountain air, farm fresh food, and rainbows, does a body, mind, & spirit good! (here are some pics on Instagram). 

    It's been great to get away, but I'm missing my Village Wellness family and can't wait for all our Fall Happenings!!! The biggest of which is.......

    Weekly Yoga Classes!

    What makes Village Yoga different from other yoga studios?

    All of our classes are holistically focused, meaning the focus is not only on the physical body, but also on subtle energy & depth of soul.

    UNIQUE STYLES with Teachers/Healers
    Each experienced teacher brings a unique essence and style to their classes. All of our teachers also have holistic healing private practices so they are particularly attuned to an integrative perspective!

    Everybody is welcome! Everybody is respected and the class atmosphere is totally judgement free. All sizes, shapes, colors, creeds, genders, and abilities are welcome.  

    Classes are for all levels and beginners are encouraged to join!

    We keep our class size small so we can give as much individual attention as possible. 

    note: Stu's Tuesday & Wednesday classes have already begun and the rest start September 11th! Class size is limited so please reserve your spot!


    Amy's Yoga with a Heart - 9:30-11:00 AM
    Soulful Flow with Page - 7:00-8:15 PM

    Raja Yoga Evening Flow with Stu - 6:00-7:15 PM

    Raja Yoga Morning Flow with Stu - 6:00-7:15 AM

    Amy's Yoga with a Heart - 7:30-8:30 PM

    Note: It is important to reserve your spot using our Online booking system

    For Full Class Descriptions and to
    Reserve your Spot visit the Village YOGA page!

    We also have some other fantastic fall happenings coming up!!!! Including:

    Thank you so much for being part of Village Wellness. We are all so honored to be able to share the work we love with you and to be in service to our awesome community!

    lots and lots of love,


    Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
    Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.
    (610) 203-3747

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    I got bitten by a deer tick.... now what?


    I got bitten by a deer tick.... now what?

    Yup, I pulled the little deer tick off of my belly last week.  I thought about saving the tick,   but was hoping it wouldn't matter. You can send the little buggers off to be tested for Lyme Disease or other infections which can really help in a diagnosis and treatment, but like I said, I didn't do that this time.

    Whenever I see a tick, I pray it's not a deer tick. Lyme's Disease is mainly transmitted by deer ticks and it's no laughing matter. I have too many patients who suffer from this incredibly destructive bacteria. My hope is that the more people who know about this disease and the more seriously they take it, the less people will suffer. Before I tell you my course of action, you need to know that I'm not someone who jumps to antibiotics for a cure. In fact I think that they're generally over used and cause a lot of problems — but if a deer tick is involved, I want act as swiftly and as strongly as I can — and that means antibiotics. 

    Unfortunately, this was not my first bite. About 8 years ago, I had early onset symptoms of what seemed to be Lyme:  fever, chills, sweating, and unusual drowsiness. My wife asked me if I had been bitten and I actually found the tick under my arm while driving! I took immediate action. After a full course of antibiotics and Chinese herbs, I felt much better and hoped I was in the clear for good. 

    This time, I had no immediate symptoms, except a rash around the bite, not even the classic bullseye. It looked more like a giant mosquito bite, but red. After a few days, when it didn't go away, I got worried. I checked in with my Doc and she recommended a 30 day course of antibiotics, which I am currently on.

    I have so many patients who struggle with the long term effects of tick born diseases like Lyme and I am all too aware of the mysterious, bizarre, and harsh symptoms that a little tick bite can potentially bring. 

    In the spirit of 'better safe than sorry', I am writing to share one possible course of action.  If you've found a tick on yourself, please contact your doctor right away.  More and more MDs are beginning to take Lyme and other tick born diseases seriously and the faster you take action, the more likely you'll be to have a clean bill of health.

    Here's what I did when I got bitten by a tick, along with some of what I wish I'd done: 

    1. Stayed Calm

    2. Carefully pulled the tick out with tweezers placed under its head. Try not to squeeze the body of the tick as it could release its stomach contents into you.

    3.  I should have saved the tick in a baggie. You can send the tick off to be tested for Lyme. 

    4. I noticed a rash. It wasn't the classic bullseye, but it lingered and didn't go away after a few days, so I got concerned.

    5. Used medicinal grade essential oils of Rose, Helichrysum, and Laurel leaf locally on the bite. You can do this a few times a day. I unfortunately only did it a couple times. 

    6. Called my doctor.  If you get worried, you have a bullseye rash, a rash that seems to grow, a fever, pain, or flu-like symptoms. 

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    7. ***Note: this is where you go see your doctor and they advise you - I'm not a doctor and don't prescribe or advise about medication. 
    My doc prescribed me:

    • a 30 day course of Doxycycline (antibiotic - 100mg taken twice a day) along with
    • Nystatin (anti-yeast) to be taken with the Doxy. This prevents non-beneficial organism from flourishing in the gut in the absence of healthy bacteria.  
    • Probiotics to be taken 3 hours after the Doxycycline. This also helps to maintain healthy guy flora.

    8. Get  acupuncture:  Acupuncture is amazing at helping the body heal itself and easing any adverse symptoms of the drugs and tick stuff! Plus I'm an acupuncturist and I love acupuncture, so... I'll be at receiving Acupuncture this week. I heard there was a great place nearby.....

    9. When  I'm done the antibiotics, if I am not feeling like myself, I will start taking Chinese Herbs. In the past I've used a combination of Lightning and Thunder Pearls from Classic Pearls. Read this awesome article on Chinese Medicine and Lyme  by founder and herbalist Heiner Fruehauf.

    note: There is an interesting study on Stevia helping Lyme in petri-dishes. But it has not been tested on humans yet and I have no idea about dosing etc. 

    All in all, I trust I will be just fine, because I'm taking fast and strong action against this invasive disease.

    I hope this is of some help to you and/or your loved ones on this journey.

    If you have any questions or are interested in acupuncture treatments  feel free to reach out via email. 


    Welcoming Dr. Page & Introducing... VILLAGE YOGA!


    Welcoming Dr. Page & Introducing... VILLAGE YOGA!

    I hope you are keeping cool on this sweltering day!

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    Did you know that in Chinese Medicine, Watermelon is an herbal remedy for too much heat in the body?! 

    It rehydrates, refills electrolytes, cools the system, and promotes urination. Watermelon also calms the spirit and can help with anxiety! PLUS its delicious! Hint: The best watermelons sound hollow when knocked on! 

    Read More Holistic Health Tips to Stay Cool.

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    Speaking of cool, we are so happy to welcome our new Holistic Psychotherapist, Dr. Page Buck, to The Village Wellness practice.

    Page is now accepting new Holistic Psychotherapy & Wellness Partnering clients on Thursdays and Saturdays. If you know anyone who may benefit from this work, please share. Page is one of the most experienced and deeply caring holistically-minded therapists in Philadelphia. LEARN MORE

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    Page is going to also be part of our spectacular NEW team of Yoga teachers that will be forming VILLAGE YOGA. Page will be joining Stewart SnyderMary Mayer, and Amy Gordon of Amy's Yoga with A Heart to offer yoga classes in Berwyn. Our schedule starts in Mid-August with 5 weekly classes! Our class size will be limited so if you are interested, we are encouraging folks to sign up in advance!  LEARN MORE

    Lastly, I want to thank our fans [Seriously!! Thank you guys sooo much!!] for choosing Village Wellness for Best Holistic Medicine on the Mainline 2017. We feel so honored to have been chosen!

    Thank you for your continued support!!!
    Much love,

    Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
    Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.
    (610) 203-3747

    P.S. Just a gentle reminder to patients booking evening appointments, please feel free to schedule a few weeks ahead as those spots are filling up quickly. Thanks!


    Other announcements: 

    • NEW! Holistic Psychotherapy & Wellness Partnering with the deeply skilled Dr. Page Buck. Wellness is a lifelong journey that often ebbs and flows through the stages and phases of life. The paths we take to sustain wellness evolve as life commitments change, as health needs arise, and as healing practices emerge...Read More.
    • NEW! Acupuncture Facials! These mini-cosmetic sessions are aimed at preserving the face, brining color to the face, and brightening the eyes! Perfect for getting reading for a special occasion! Learn More.
    • $35 Community Acupuncture happens Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Scheduling last minute? call us at 610-203-3747. Don't forget your "frequent flyer" card and get your 11th session for free!


    How Acupuncturists Treat Menopause and Its Symptoms


    How Acupuncturists Treat Menopause and Its Symptoms

    How Acupuncturists Treat Menopause and Its Symptoms
    By Alicia Shulman, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac

    Key Takeaways from this article:

    • East Asian medicine views menopause as a natural part of the aging process
    • Menopause does not have to be symptomatic
    • Acupuncture works to bring the body back in balance, thereby easing symptoms
    • Dietary & lifestyle advice: omega-3 fatty acids, herbal infusions, and energy medicine

    Acupuncturists and Doctors of Oriental Medicine view menopause as a woman’s normal physiological transition to a nonreproductive stage—a natural course of aging.(1) In fact, Linda Joy Stone, OMD, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., proposes that menopause slows the aging process by conserving the body’s vital essence that would normally be lost each month.(2)

    Rather than considering it as a hormonal deficiency, acupuncturists characterize menopause as a decline in Precious Essence and a corresponding increase in yang energy. Precious Essence is a form of energy that the Chinese call prenatal energy, which is stored in the kidneys, and it bestows elasticity and strength to the tissues, regenerative properties to the body, and enhances fertility and libido.(3) 

    If we take care of ourselves, the menopausal years can be a time of great vibrancy, enjoyment, and productivity. Once their cycles have ceased, many women find that they have more energy, have a clearer sense of who they are and what they want, and they find it easier to speak their minds. Lesley Tierra, L.Ac., writes: “This can be a rich time, and deep inward direction can come out of it.”(3)

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    According to East Asian medical theory: 

    • Kidney yin deficiency is responsible for the most common menopausal symptoms: thinning hair, reduced menstrual periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, tinnitus, itchy skin, insomnia, and joint soreness. 
    • Liver qi stagnation produces the symptoms of emotional unease such as nervousness and irritability, as well as constipation, palpitations, and insomnia. 
    • Blood deficiency may present as dizziness, hot flashes, dry skin, insomnia, and also emotional unrest. 
    • Uprising deficient heat is associated with severe symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats, emaciation, and dizziness, nervousness, and irritability. 

    How Acupuncture Supports Menopausal Symptoms

    Menopause does not have to be symptomatic. The acupuncturist’s goal is always to bring the body and its systems into balance, and thereby reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. Your practitioner will diagnose your personal imbalances by questioning you about your symptoms and lifestyle, taking your pulses, and examining your tongue. Common treatment strategies for menopausal symptoms include supporting the kidneys, clearing stagnation from the liver, promoting blood flow and volume if necessary, and clearing any signs of excess heat in the body.

    Dietary Support

    As holistic practitioners, acupuncturists usually make dietary recommendations to support women through their transition. These generally include: 

    • Eliminating stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol, as well as refined foods such as flours and sugars, and processed foods such as fried foods. 
    • Foods that support the body during menopause include whole grains, dark leafy greens, lots of cooked vegetables, seaweeds, and small amounts of fish and animal protein. 
    • It is important at all ages to make sure our intake of essential fatty acids (EFAs) is balanced. Most people who eat a standard American diet are deficient in omega-3 EFAs and consume too much omega-6 and omega-9 EFAs due to the consumption of seed oils and grain-fed animal meat. Flax seed oil is one of the riches sources of omega-3 EFAs and also of lignans, a type of beneficial phytoestrogen. Flaxseed, which is best consumed ground, is one of the best sources of dietary fiber. If you buy flaxseed pre-ground, make sure it is golden flaxseed, as the dark seeds go rancid too quickly to be of value. Fish oil (and particularly krill oil) is another great source of omega-3 EFAs.
    • Herbal infusions are powerhouses of nutrients that support women’s bodies during all stages of life. Two of my favorites for menopausal women are (1) nettles (Urtica dioica) for their ability to support the adrenal glands, increases energy, help prevent night sweats, build blood, and soothe the liver; and (2) oatstraw (Avena sativa) to strengthen the nerves, ease emotional distress, promote sound sleep, and assist libido. (Eating stone-ground oats is another way to benefit from this plant.) For loads of information about herbal infusions and their benefits, read Susun Weed (
    • Acupuncturists often encourage patients to eat seasonally. This means including more raw, cooling fruits and vegetables in the warmers months and more cooked, warming foods in the cooler seasons.

    Another Form of Energy Medicine

    Although acupuncture is one form of energy medicine, there are many others. One of the country’s foremost experts on energy medicine is Donna Eden, whose book Energy Medicine for Women contains valuable information and exercises anyone can do to help support their health and energy on a daily basis. A multitude of Donna’s videos can be found on YouTube for free.

    Research that Supports the Efficacy of Acupuncture and TCM for Menopausal Symptoms

    A mounting body of published literature supports the efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for managing the symptoms of menopause. A small study conducted in China found that the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine together was as effective as hormone therapy in treating the symptoms of menopause.4 Other studies have suggested that acupuncture alone is more effective at controlling hot flashes than herbal therapies.(5) Furthermore, a qualitative study published in 2009 concluded that women who receive acupuncture treatment for hot flashes may experience many more benefits than reported by the outcome measures in clinical trials.6 Finally, a pilot study of acupuncture versus sham acupuncture found that not only did acupuncture significantly reduce the severity of the subjects’ hot flashes, but it also lowered their levels of LH and raised their levels of estradiol compared to the effects of the sham treatment.(7) 


    1. Maciocia G. Obstetrics & Gynecology in Chinese Medicine. London; Churchill Livingstone. 1999.
    2. Cunningham D. The Moon in Your Life—Being a Lunar Type in a Solar World. Weiser Books; Revised edition (March 1996)
    3. Griffin J. Menopause from the Chinese perspective. The Spirit of Ma’at. Accessed June 5, 2017. 
    4. Azizi H, Liu YF, Du L, et al. Menopause-related symptoms: Traditional Chinese Medicine versus Hormone therapy. Alt Ther Health Med. Jul/Aug2011;17(4):48-53. 
    5. Nedeljkovic M, Tian L, Ji P, et al. Effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Zhi Mu 14) on hot flushes and quality of life in postmenopausal women: results of a four-arm randomized controlled pilot trial. Menopause. 2013 May 13. [Epub ahead of print].
    6. Alraek T, Malterud K. Acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes: a qualitative study about patient experiences. J Alt Compl Med. Feb 2009, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p153-158.
    7. Sunay D, Ozdiken M, Arslan H, et al. The effect of acupuncture on postmenopausal symptoms and reproductive hormones: a sham controlled clinical trial. Acupuncture in Medicine. Mar 2011;29:1:27-31.

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    FOOD and EATING: AWARENESS & COMPASSION - the most important ingredients on your plate


    FOOD and EATING: AWARENESS & COMPASSION - the most important ingredients on your plate

    By Antanas Vainius, Nourishment Coach

    As a Nourishment Guide, people come to me looking to change and heal.  By far the most common question I receive is "What do I eat?” 

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    My answer is always the same. There are 2 ingredients that really matter: Awareness and Compassion.  

    Initially it may be confusing to have these two 'invisible' ingredients be so central - after all you can't eat them — but you can eat with them. When we bring these two elements into our food, the soul is fed. When the soul is fed, the mind and body will, in time, receive the benefit.

    What does it mean to eat with Awareness? It means being aware of where your food comes from, who grew it, and how it was grown or made. Learning about these aspects of our food begins the process of painting a fuller picture of what we are putting into our bodies and how it connects us to the world. 

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    With the ingredient of Awareness, food transforms into nourishment....even a slice of pizza can become a source of goodness and celebration that can feed the soul. 

    There are limits to pizza magic though, as you may have suspected.  This is where Compassion comes in to our food choices. Compassion is critical whenever we want to make new and lasting choices. 

    If we choose to eat something without Awareness or Compassion, we will likely end up feeling charged in a negative way which can come out sideways. We may blame our spouse, kids, dog, the crazy driver or the red light, but this ultimately becomes an opportunity to explore our relationship to self. 

    When it comes to our food choices, Compassion helps us hold ourselves with gentleness, neutrality, and curiosity. These qualities inherently make more awareness possible. When Awareness and Compassion co-arise, vistas of possibility open and our relationship with food can become a playground for pleasure and exploration.

    The subject of food, nourishment and eating is so vast. There are spiritual and psychological dimensions, there is individual physiology that impacts our body-mind, not to mention the implications for our planet's body.  

    With awareness and compassion we can uncover connections that will allow us to more easily hold the question 'what do I eat?' and find our way toward deep nourishment... without punishment!

    The more awareness and compassion we can summon, the greater the potential for true change we can access. 

    I want to invite you to join me as we begin to explore....

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    Antanas Vainius, Nourishment Coach is a deeply gifted wizard of nutrition and nourishment, knowing how to make change and healing easy, delicious and fun. His knowledge extends into somatics, energy psychology and breathwork which he uses to help clients move through blocking beliefs and stuck emotion to return to ease and flow.

    Get in touch, email Antanas.