3 Ways to Practice The Art of Patience

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3 Ways to Practice The Art of Patience

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart...live in the question.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Have you ever felt like you had to explode, break through, create the new — but the timing wasn't quite right, or you rushed into it and your plan didn't end up blossoming?

That's why Patience is one of the aspects of the Wood Element or Springtime Energy — the powerful upward, exploding energy. Like we see in a sprouting tulip, 5 Element Theory understands that brining a vision into fruition requires patience. We must hold the vision and let it ripen before it's ready.

(To understand the Five Elements in context, check out a complimentary copy of the e-Book, Five Element Acupuncture & You. [use code: 'ancientwisdom'])

Patience is a powerful tool.

With patience, we can allow our ideas to percolate to the perfect moment of creation.

We can sit and get to know a stranger, someone different than us, erasing fear and prejudices. With patience comes wisdom, inner strength, and focus. Patience brings better mental and emotional endurance. We all know what it can be like to feel quick to anger. Especially if you're a parent - kids test patience like it's their sole purpose in life. If we actively cultivate patience with tools like breath, curiosity, and choice — we become happier, calmer, and more at home, feeling connected to life!

Now, more than ever, we need to Practice the Art of Patience! We are practiced at never having to wait for anything. We are physically habituated towards instant gratification. Think about it. Any information is available in seconds from our phone. We can purchase almost anything online and have it delivered to us that same day. There's no more going out untethered to everyone you know and love. Our nervous systems wire themselves according to what we repeat most often. This is where we have power.

3 ways to Practice Patience

1. Shift your perspective on a problem (How To): When we shift our perspective, we can unhook ourselves from the well worn grooves and patterns of our nervous system and try on something else.
     a. Think of a challenging situation or problem in your life.
     b. 'Open your mind' by saying "This could mean anything!"
     c. Release any judgements you may already have about the problem.
     d. Be curious and ask yourself, "What is a new way I could look at this problem?" or "What haven't I thought of yet?"

2. Grow Strawberries. Or any other fruits or veggies you enjoy! When you nurture a plant, it  brings you into nature's rhythms. PLUS you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Here's the How-To.

3. Be Creative. Paint. Cook. Knit. Draw. Sing. Write Poetry.  To make good art, we must be patient. Fortunately, creativity has a way of inspiring it.

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. 
- Kurt Vonnegut

Village Wellness  6 Waterloo Ave Berwyn, PA 19312

Village Wellness
6 Waterloo Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312

 

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Stephanie Moore Uses Shamanic Energy to Treat Anxiety and Pain The Wayne native practices at Village Wellness in Berwyn.

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Stephanie Moore Uses Shamanic Energy to Treat Anxiety and Pain The Wayne native practices at Village Wellness in Berwyn.

Originally Published in Main Line Today by MELISSA JACOBS

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To many, shamanic energy medicine might sound a bit out there.

Cleansing chakras, medicine stones and manipulating energy are hallmarks of New Age hocus-pocus. But when shaman Stephanie Moore talks about pain, what she says makes a lot of sense.

Chronic pain—from fibromyalgia to autoimmune disorders to anxiety and even depression—effects people emotionally, physically and spiritually. Western medicine treats diseases on only some of those levels, whereas Moore attacks it systemically.

For example, anxiety is a mental illness that has physical symptoms. It triggers the flight-or-fight response that causes the release of cortisol and adrenaline. Moore can shut off that response. “But if you don’t understand what’s causing it to go off, you’ll leave here and it will go off again,” she says. “That’s why we do the mystical, magical stuff.”

While clients lie on tables, fully clothed, Moore uses medicine stones and her hands to move their energies. Then, she creates a sacred space by chanting and drumming, putting clients and herself into totally relaxed, trance-like states. Then, the talking starts.

To find the origin of their pain, Moore takes clients through their personal histories. “Energy is like a thread,” she explains. “We have to pull it all and get at the root of it, or we’re just plucking weeds.”

Clients can only talk about what they know. Moore gets the rest of the story by communicating with spirits. They aren’t necessarily dead relatives—angels, animals and various energies surround Moore and each client has their own spirit guides. “I ask my guides to connect me to the clients’ [guide],” Moore explains.

But truthfully, Moore doesn’t need the ceremony to “read” clients. Within 10 minutes of meeting someone, and with 100 percent accuracy, she says she can rattle off a decade old physical ailment, an emotional childhood trauma, and something that happened that morning. So why the chanting? “It’s important for people to relax and tell their story from their perspective,” Moore explains. “That tells me where they are, in that moment, and that can guide what we do.”

Generally Moore helps clients break destructive patterns, find forgiveness and create new personal narratives. That’s true with pain caused by mental and physical illnesses. “You need to shift your perspective for a pattern to clear,” she says. “It’s about not being shackled by the past.”

Moore’s past is surprisingly normal. She grew up in Wayne, was raised Catholic and attended the Baldwin School. She married her college sweetheart and worked as an emergency veterinary nurse after they moved to Berwyn.

One day in 2011, Moore was going about her daily routine when she heard the word “shaman,” though it hadn’t been spoken aloud. The experience was so unusual and the word so specific that Moore went to her local library and found a book on shamanism. She’d stayed up all night reading it. The next morning, Moore told her husband that she was meant to be a shaman and the book’s author, Alberto Villoldo, had to be her teacher. Her husband greeted that declaration with more than a bit of skepticism.

Undeterred, Moore attended local meetings about shamanism, and in 2015, enrolled in Villoldo’s course. The 300 hours of training took place in the Berkshires and Andes mountains. “We slept on the ground for a month in a camp with 20 people and studied for 9 to 13 hours per day,” Moore remembers. “We were on detoxifying diets, we did sweat lodges and other rituals. It was a grueling month of bringing up all of my dark stuff. But my teacher taught us to heal ourselves. Then, we had the tools to help other people.”

Moore returned to Berwyn a changed woman. Now, she makes mindful choices about everything, from relationships to the food she eats. She also listens to her spirit guides, which she can now clearly hear. All of that lead her to Berwyn’s Village Wellness, a holistic healing center, and its founder, Lance David Isakov. He helped Moore start her shamanic practice, which is now thriving.

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Sacred Reciprocity – Mending our Relationship with The Earth

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Sacred Reciprocity – Mending our Relationship with The Earth

I recently had the privilege of spending the weekend with 16 other beautiful souls for Part 1 of our 5 Part Shamanic Apprenticeship. It was a wonderful and powerful experience and I am so excited to share my learnings.

One of my biggest takeaways is the deepening of my practice of sacred reciprocity. Sacred Reciprocity is best understood as the heartfelt exchange, gratitude, and acknowledgment for everyone and everything that sustains us.

We are alive because of the balance of this give and take. Think about eating and breathing... We breathe in the waste of plants, Oxygen, while plants breathe in our waste, Carbon Dioxide. We eat life force produced by Mama Earth and we feed her back our waste which is compost for more life. This happens on every level, even the subtle, energetic ones.

Sadly, as we can see from environmental changes and nutritional strife, the balance of give and take with our Mother Earth needs major healing.  She gives unconditionally and we take, take, take. So what can we do to bring back balance?  

Our ancient, earth honoring traditions have built in practices for Sacred Reciprocity; The farmer, who would leave the most prized and precious pieces of corn as an offering of thanks to the Earth at harvest time or the Shaman who would make a despacho, an offering of deep appreciation to the spirits, or simply a pinch of tobacco to a plant before it's used in a healing. 

Many people feel daunted by trying to mend out relationship to the earth, but living in Sacred Reciprocity can be as simple as giving heartfelt thanks or acknowledgement as you walk in the woods, swim in the ocean, or hustle down the sidewalk to the place you need to get to next.  

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but just imagine what would happen if every single human being participated in a sacred relationship of exchange with the Earth?

“When we surrender the need to figure it all out, 
and cultivate the ability to let it all in, 
then our earth walk becomes
a sacred dance of healing service on the planet. 
More than the world needs saving, it needs loving.” -
don Oscar Miro-Quesada

Yours with IMMENSE gratitude, 

Lance

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Back hickies?...heres the scoop about cupping

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Back hickies?...heres the scoop about cupping

Remember the dark circles on Michael Phelps' shoulders during the olympics a few years ago? 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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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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The 5 Perspectives of LOVE

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The 5 Perspectives of LOVE

Love is all around us. Love feels good when we’re sad. Love even heals when we’re sick.

Love feels like it should be simple, right?

And to some extent, it is!

...but, really, what is love? More importantly, how do we find it? How do we recognize it? How do we embrace it?

It’s hard to explain, but it’s quite easy to illustrate. Let’s start with this: There are five simple perspectives that beget love.

I Love You… ish.

Years ago, I remember my first girlfriend saying “I love you.” I treated her - and our relationship - with the idea that she loved me. In the end, she made choices and actions that didn’t align with what I thought love was.

It’s easy to say that she was just saying she loved me because that’s what you do in a relationship, but I choose to believe she was actually acting out of love. At least what she understood love to be.

The real issue wasn’t her, but the “what I thought love was” that really gets us. I love you isn’t universal. When someone says “I love you,” they’re saying “I view you in the way I interpret love.”

This realization lead to a path of discovery. A path to figure out love. How can love mean something different to everyone? Spoiler: it doesn’t.

The Five Perspectives

Unlike “I love you,” pure love truly is universal. Love is a swirling pool of bliss that is always prevalent and exists everywhere. Once we tap into it, we simply live in - and become - love itself. “I love you” is really how far into the pool you allow yourself to be.

1. The Self

Of course it starts with love of self. To love one’s self is much easier than we continue to trick ourselves into believing. Chances are, you already do love yourself to some extent. The catch is… that’s enough! Loving even one part of “you” is the first step. Just keep going down that path and take whatever turn you need to in order to stay on it.

2. The Other

This is the easiest one, for sure. When someone in our life has a positive impact, we love them with ease. Family, friends, children, pets all fall in this “other” category. At some point in our lives, we loved someone other than ourself. I’ll bet there’s someone in your life now that falls in this category.

3. The Stranger

There are certainly people we don’t know that we can love. Feeling for the homeless or helping a group of people that don’t have what you do are both ways that we love strangers. In order to find ourselves wrapped in love, we need to take this one step further and love the person in the car in front of us. To love strangers is to have love for people we may currently be indifferent to.

4. The Jerk

This one isn’t so easy. We actually need to be loving to people that aren’t on our “nice” list. Oh, that person in the car in front of us can quickly go from a stranger to a jerk, right? But, they too are experiencing humanity in all of its struggles. We don’t need to go hug them (though they might need it), but we do need to have positive intentions. The best thing that helped me get this one right is learning about the perspective problem: in short, when we do something wrong, it’s an accident; when someone else does something wrong - even the same thing - it’s a character flaw. The perspective problem is a subconscious behavior socialized into most of us.

5. Universal

Universal love is the neverending belief that the world is out to support us. While we will run into people during our lives that don’t seem to embody our versions of love, universal love teaches us that they will at some point. Universal love is the quintessential love for the sake of loving. You can often find this quality in Veterinarians, Firefighters, and Wellness Practitioners.

When we cultivate each of these Perspectives of Love, we find ourselves bathed in a world of positivity and support.

A Meditation to Help

For most of us, it’s going to take a little bit of work to get to the universal love space. So, here’s a little meditation you can practice whenever you’re feeling like a little love.

NOTE: Inspiration for this comes from a meditation by Neida Ratzlaff at JourneyToYoga.com

  • Find a space you can sit comfortably in for five or ten minutes.

  • Take a deep breath and smoothly let it out. Maybe take another.

  • Focus on your heart and imagine a green glow lighting up with each inhale

  • Consider someone you love, bring a picture of them to mind, and visualize sending that green glow to that person.

  • Find someone from the day that you don’t know - maybe someone you remember from a store or someone you passed on the sidewalk - and visualize sending them that green glow.

  • Bring to mind someone you actively don’t like and visualize sending them that same green glow from your heart. (Good job! That’s the hard one.)

  • Smile.

  • Sit for a few minutes - as long as you’d like - and simply feel the glow of your own heart reaching out to these three others, filling your own body, and maybe even extending that glow to fill the room, the house, the town…

  • You can listen to an audio of this meditation as an mp3

Many of us spend a vast amount of time looking for, hoping for, yearning for love. And the trick of it is that love exists within us. When we free it from there - free ourselves from holding love back - we can experience love in its full glory.

-Stu


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How to Prevent Insomnia with Acupuncture + 3 Sleep Better Tips from an Acupuncturist

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How to Prevent Insomnia with Acupuncture + 3 Sleep Better Tips from an Acupuncturist

One of the more common symptoms our patients come in with is Insomnia – trouble falling or staying asleep. This often leads to a whole slew of other sleep deprivation “side effects”, such as fatigue, lack of focus, decrease in sexual drive, and poor memory.

Our patients often come to acupuncture late in the game, as a last resort, or when trying to get off sleep meds, and even then acupuncture does wonders for them. But regular acupuncture treatments can be highly beneficial in preventing sleep issues that may come up in the future.

The Clinical Evidence Behind Acupuncture for Insomnia and Sleep Issues

  1. A preliminary report in 2004 concluded that, “Acupuncture increases nocturnal melatonin secretion and reduces insomnia and anxiety.”

  2. Another study found that “sleep activity and sleep quality significantly improved following 5 weeks of individualized acupuncture delivered in a group setting

  3. Based“on the results of this study, “it can be concluded that true and individualized acupuncture indeed shows efficacy in primary sleep disorders.”

Not only can acupuncture be helpful for Insomnia itself, but can also help relieve many symptoms that cause disrupted sleep, including pain, restless legs, TMJ, and an overwhelmed mind.

If you are having trouble come try acupuncture, in the meantime here are 3 ‘sleep-better’ tips I often share with my patients:

3 Steps ‘sleep better tips’ from your acupuncturist:

  1.  Turn off your screen
    Blue light (from our devices) signals daytime to our biology. For amazing sleep turn off your screens 2 hours before bed and read a book instead!

  2. Go to bed when you are tired or around 10:30 pm
    This may seem like no-brainer, but we often push ourselves to stay up after our initial evening sleep signal. Go to bed when you FIRST get tired (even if its 8:30 pm)! And know that it’s natural to sleep more in the winter and less in the summer. Don’t let yourself get a second wind!

  3. Make a bed journal - Get all your worrying over with before you go to bed.
    Worry and a busy or excited mind are often get in the way of falling asleep with ease. Use a journal make a list of any tasks you need to accomplish, any concerns you have, or things you need to remember. This will help assure your mind that it doesn’t need to keep track of the ‘to-dos’.

Well, I do hope you have beautiful and bountiful rest! If acupuncture has helped you sleep better, please share about your experience in the comment section below. And as always, please let me know if there is anything i can do for you.

With love,

Lance

Lance Isakov, L.Ac.,
Founder Village Wellness

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Welcome Tara!! Our new Village Wellness Astrologer! 🌙

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Welcome Tara!! Our new Village Wellness Astrologer! 🌙

We are over the Scorpio Moon excited to welcome the amazing Tara Vogel, Certified Astrologer and Certified Professional Coach to our Village Wellness team of practitioners! 

Astrology is the ancient practice of mapping where the celestial bodies were in the sky at the moment of your birth. Your astrological natal (birth) chart is essentially the blueprint of your soul and it can be used as a personalized map of YOU  throughout your lifetime. 

It gives you information about your character, relationships, talents and career, your blind spots, the lessons you’re here to learn and your life purpose.   It reflects the potential of your soul and can be used as a powerful tool to understand yourself and what’s happening in your life at a deeper level. Your natal chart is uniquely living and breathing energetic representation of you! 

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Tara has a unique knack of helping her clients get a bigger picture of who they are and the gifts they present to life. People often come to her when they are facing challenges, big decisions, feel disconnected to their purpose, or want to have a little more clarity in their life. 

Folks who came to the open house yesterday evening had a chance to receive a mini-reading with Tara - and were totally blown away! 

Tara is currently accepting new clients! Learn more about Tara and Astrology and maybe even try a session out - you will not be disappointed! Learn more –>

See you soon...If it is in the stars ✨ 
With lots of love,
Lance
five element acupuncturist

P.S. we have just a couple more spots open for our past life regression class with Sue King this Sunday - if you are interested  see below for the details. 

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or give us a ring anytime to chat! (610) 203-3747

Village News

  1. We had an AMAZING open house this past weekend! thank you to everyone who came out! 
     

  2. We are excited to announce our New Reiki Practitioner Training Program!  Our Reiki One Training will be an in-depth 3 month program slated to start in February. If you are interested in knowing more, reply and let me know!
     

  3. We will be offering Pennsylvania's first, Medicinal Cannabis Jouneying workshop, for card holders only, on Nov. 30th (see below for all the details). If you know anyone who may qualify and be interested please share this email!

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Why I love to hold your hand in the treatment room

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Why I love to hold your hand in the treatment room

Here is the second in a series of articles to help explain particular aspects of Chinese Medicine to my patients! As those of you who have come in for acupuncture know, I spend quite a lot of time with diagnostics including reading your pulses and looking at your tongue. This helps me find the root cause of your upset and gives me information to treat you effectively and safely. Today we will talk about PULSES, next time we'll talk about our tongues!

Chinese Pulse Diagnosis is sadly a disappearing art. Mostly because it is quit difficult, requires an extraordinary amount of sensitivity and knowledge and takes a long time to learn. I have been particularly fascinated with this diagnostic technique and have done years of extra in-depth study with an amazing pulse master fine tuning my skills. 

Okay, this is amazing...when I read your radial (wrist) pulse, not only am I reading the rate, rhythm, and intensity of pulse, but  I am also reading at least 12 different individual pulses - in six positions and two depths (see pic below) When read this way the pulse gives insight into each of the major organ systems of the body.

By comparing the different pulses we can get a really precise idea of how the systems in your body are relating to each other. Are some organ systems compensating for poor functioning ones? Are there blocks in the flow of energy? All of this data provides valuable information in determining the root cause of your pain or upset and tells me exactly where I need to place the needles to help you feel better and even THRIVE!

Cool right?

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heres a simple example of how this can work! Check it out...

In the body the Liver Meridian feeds into the Lung Meridian. So if we feel like the deep middle pulse on the left hand (Liver) is excessive (too much energy) and the deep 1st pulse on the right hand (Lung) is deficient (too little energy) we know that there is a block thats building up in the liver channel and preventing energy from going into the Lung channel. Make sense?

So how would this show up from the patient's perspective? Because the Liver organ system is responsible for anger, and the Qi is damned up there, I can guarantee that this patient is feeling very frustrated. If left untreated this can turn into other upsets down the line like depression, hopelessness, resentment, headaches, visual problems, muscle and tendon pain, and breathing issues. 

Using acupuncture we can get rid of the damn and help the patient feel better instantly! 

Pretty Cool right?!!

If you are wondering about your pulses and want to come in for a diagnostic session simply book online, come in, and I can take a look. 

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Don't get sick! Holistic Medicine Tips for flu and cold prevention

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Don't get sick! Holistic Medicine Tips for flu and cold prevention

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.

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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10 Benefits of Trying Something New

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10 Benefits of Trying Something New

When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?

When I asked our Holistic Wellness Group that question, here were some of the responses:

  • Coffee & conversation Meet Up to meet new friends

  • 2018 was my 40th year and I did alot! 2 biggies were a road trip just daughter and me; other was singing bowl meditation

  • Last week, live video. For an introvert that was a big step

  • Rock climbing for the first time at 46!!!!

  • Adult ballet at 67

  • Yesterday. I ordered a meal on an app for the first time!

I am so inspired by our awesome wellness villagers!

So why try new things?...

10 Benefits of Trying Something New:

  • We stretch ourselves and expand our limits!

  • We get unstuck as we shake up our normal routine and patterns.

  • We develop courage by facing our fears

  • We open our mind by allowing ourselves to be a beginner.

  • We get to know ourselves better

  • We stimulate our creativity

  • We create powerful memories and markers in time

  • It opens up more opportunity for joy in our lives

  • It forces us to grow!

Are you inspired to try something new?

Here are 5 ideas to get you going!

  • Learn a new sport or activity !

  • Travel to a new place (try it solo!)

  • Join a meetup

  • Attend a new class (at Village Wellness! - see below)

  • Spark up a conversation in the coffee shop

I can't wait to hear about what you end up doing and how it feels! If you are able please share in our Holistic Wellness Group (if you are not a member yet, just request to join!)

See you soon!!

Love,

Lance

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

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Why your acupuncturist recommends that you 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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Stress Management & Craniosacral Therapy

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Stress Management & Craniosacral Therapy

Stress Management & Craniosacral Therapy

By Stewart Snyder

Craniosacral Therapy helps stress management by conditioning the central nervous system. It acts as a massage for the body’s messaging system and balances + optimizes the CNS rhythm.

Continued Craniosacral sessions will re-train the brain to process and reset the fight or flight mechanism.

If you imagine a 10 mile drive. If it’s raining. You get caught in traffic. There’s an accident. The 10 miles takes 45 minutes. You wind up late for your appointment despite giving yourself plenty of time. You get out of the car frustrated and agitated. This continues to affect your appointment and the way you move through the day.

On the other hand, if during that same 10 mile drive, the weather is perfect, no traffic, window rolled down and your favorite song comes on the radio. You arrive early to your appointment and the drive feels like a mini-vacation.

Craniosacral Therapy is designed to give all the messages from your body to your brain – and your brain to every place in your body – a smooth path back and forth. So, your day-to-day feels more like the mini-vacation than the frustration and agitation.

Stress Management Science

Our nervous system is designed to help us get out of trouble; it reacts to threats with a stress response called “fight-or-flight” – coined by Walter Bradford Cannon. A series of neurological events triggers the production of cortisol activating the “sympathetic” nervous system – preparing us to fight a security threat or run from a predator. The flood of cortisol increases blood sugars, blood pressure, and boosts energy.

Once out of danger, our Parasympathetic nervous system returns our system back to balance reducing the affects of the cortisol boost.

The Nervous System consists of:

  • the brain

  • the spinal cord

  • the nerves that run throughout the body

The Central Nervous System is typically considered the brain and spinal cord. Both the Sympathetic nervous system and the Parasympathetic nervous system originate in the Spinal Cord.

The Spinal Cord sits in a flexible “skin” called the Dural Tube. The Dural Tube and the Brain contain a fluid – Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). CSF is created by the brain, becomes spent, and is reabsorbed.

We know that our current lifestyle is no longer compatible with our evolution. We just don’t have saber tooth tigers to run from anymore – and our threats to security have more to do with finances than other people – and fist-fighting simply isn’t a socially acceptable response to a parking ticket.

In other words, there’s nothing to trigger the Parasympathetic nervous system back into “control.”

Evolution built this amazing system and our current lifestyle is out of sync with it.

The Theory

The health of your nervous system determines the quality of your human experience.

The Cranialspinal System is proposed to have a pressure-stat model for Cerebrospinal Fluid. That is, it turns on the production of CSF until the system is “full,” then turns the production off until the system is “low.”

This low and full cycling creates a palpable pulse.

The quality of this pulse’s rhythm, strength, and balance determines the overall health of the Central Nervous System. CranioSacral Therapy reads and adjusts this pulse creating a well-functioning nervous system. A well-functioning nervous system is able to turn off the fight-or-flight mechanism and employ the Parasympathetic nervous system.

What People Say:

[CST] improved my ability to move in this world and for that I’m am grateful.


I left feeling relaxed and much more balanced. As an anxious person, being able to relax for a full hour is truly a gift!


[CST] is settling down my overactive system, allowing me to recover rapidly from any experiences that spark anxiety.

Learn More about Craniosacral Therapy

More about the Author, Stewart Snyder

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Yogi Tea Recipe

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Yogi Tea Recipe

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I have fond memories of making my first batch of Yogi tea in 2003 with my dear friend and Kundalini Yoga Classmate Matthew Silverman. As we added the spices to the water the house was filled with this unforgettable, intoxicating, delicious aroma.

Nowadays you can purchase prepackaged Yogi Tea from any natural food store. But if you are ever inspired to follow this recipe your house and belly will be blessed with this warm and nourishing brew.

Happy Tea Drinking!!

<3

Lance

kundalini yoga philadelphia
 

Yogi Tea - The Original Recipe from Yogi Bhajan

Everybody's favorite! Good for the blood, colon, nervous system, and bones. Good for colds, flu, and physical weakness.

This recipe makes 1 cup

  • 10 ounces water

  • 2 slices fresh ginger root (internally heating)

  • 3 cloves

  • 4 green cardamon pods,

  • 4 black peppercorns

  • I/2 stick cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon black tea (a teabag)

  • I /2 cup milk or equivalent

  • Honey, to taste (optional)

Bring the water to a boil and add the spices. Cover and continue boiling for 10-15minutes. Remove from heat, add black tea, and let steep for 1-2 minutes. Add honey and milk, bring to a boil, and remove from heat. Strain and serve.

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Your Year Compass (download) - Gain wisdom from the past year and plan for the new year

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Your Year Compass (download) - Gain wisdom from the past year and plan for the new year

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ― Gloria Steinem

Like many folks, I find this time to be fantastic for assessing the past year and dreaming into the next. 

Last year I used this handy dandy planner called the Year Compass (see below) and I loved it! So Im making some time today to complete my compass. I recommended printing it out, if you are able, and setting aside a few hours for the project!

As we move forward into the new year, the Village Wellness crew and I promise to continue our mission of providing the highest quality holistic services and treatments for all of your wellness needs.

Our goal is that you walk out of here happier, more relaxed, and feeling better than you ever have before.

Please know that we truly value and love every single one of our patients. 

Thank you for being you!!! We're going to have a great year!

Wishing you and yours an AMAZING 2019!!!!!

With deep gratitude.

Lance and the Village Wellness Team of Practitioners 

"YearCompass is a (free) booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. In the routine of everyday life it's easy to lose sight of your true goals and aspirations.

And even though we all have dreams, only a few of us plan for them. Effectively, at least.

YearCompass works simply. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.”

Download the Year Compass

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Lance's Winter Letter 2018

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Lance's Winter Letter 2018

I hope you are feeling wonderful and enjoying your winter holiday experience!

Honestly, It's been a challenging, rich, and deep time for me, as my family grieves the loss of our beloved dog, Nimbus. This beautiful and wild soul that I have had the privilege to walk beside for the past 12.5 years departed this earthy realm on Wednesday morning. We had a beautiful and heartbreaking end of life ceremony at home. 

nimbus

The grief process over the loss of a pet is often made harder because there is not a lot of cultural permission to grieve fully for an animal. But my experience with patients in the treatment room proves that the grief we feel is directly proportionate with the depth of love we have, whether that is for a person, an animal, a plant, or our planet. 

I am SO grateful to you, my beloved community of friends, family, and patients for your amazing care, support, and kindness for Amy, Luna, myself, and anyone else who is grieving the loss of a beloved. Community support matters so much, as uncomfortable as our culture is with death it is the only guaranteed part of life for each and every one of us. 

In Five Element Acupuncture wisdom, Autumn (the Metal Element) holds the energy of death, decay, letting go, and grief. In Fall, The leaves drop as the trees let go of the non-essential Qi in order to preserve their vitality for the colder months ahead. In nature, that death become compost to feed future growth. 

Between death (Fall) and new life (Spring) there is a pause, that we call Winter (the Water Element). In the woods, it is a time of quiet, stillness, and rejuvenation.  Luna has already asked if we can get another dog and our answer is simply, not yet. The truth is we need time to mourn the loss of Nimbus AND then a time for stillness, pause, empty space. Perhaps after that moment there will be room for someone new. 

I invite you to lean on the natural flow of our seasonal energy. Use the current stillness of nature, the hibernating animals, the quiet bulbs and seeds, the dormancy, to foster the much needed qualities of stillness, peace, patience, and depth in us.  

[For more information about the 5 elements please download a complimentary copy of my book: 5 element Acupuncture and You! (Use the coupon code: 'ancientwisdom')]

Enjoy these short days and long nights. 
Breathe. 
Sleep. 
Hibernate. 
Pause. 
Rest.  
Recharge your battery…
so you can generate vital energy - Qi - that will lead to feeling sustained in body, mind, and spirit.  

If you are a current acupuncture patient, the next month is a wonderful time to come in for a special Winter acupuncture treatment. We will gently reset your system, align you with the energetic of the season, and nurture the Kidney Qi – our vital energy.  This will greatly enhance the body's ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality. 

If you are a new patient, now is the perfect time to jump into sessions to help you feel your very best! Simply use our fancy online booking system or give us a ring at (610) 203-3747

Thank you so much for being part of our little wellness community! 

Wishing you and your beloveds happy holidays, and a new year filled with vitality, wellness, abundance, and new possibilities in this precious life of ours. 

With deep gratitude,

Lance

Lance David Isakov
Founder, Acupuncturist

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lots of feelings – dreaming of the future

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lots of feelings – dreaming of the future

Dearest VW Community,

Tara, our new VW astrologer said that according to my chart, I'm entering a very emotional time. Well, it's true....I'm verklempt.

As we approach the end of the year, I have been reflecting on all the beautiful friendships and healing relationships that have been built at Village Wellness. I just feel so honored to have you all in my life and to be part of this little village.

I am on a mission to make 2019 even better, and I would love your help! Please take 4 minutes and complete this little survey.

Everyone who completes it will be given a present! 🎁 

And, did I mention how amazing our practitioners are?! On Friday, we had a practitioner hangout dinner...Wow! I just feel so lucky to be surrounded by such compassionate, wise, and caring healers. I hope everyone has a chance to get to know each and every one of them!

Here's what I have on the docket for 2019 so far:

  1. Acupuncture Fees
    Good News: I am not raising our fees this year for Private OR Community Acupuncture - yayayayay!
    Better News: I am lowering our fees by reintroducing our awesome membership program
     

  2. Acupuncture Availability
    We currently have acupuncture every single day of the week and community acupuncture 5 days a week. In 2019 we are adding even more later evening hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. 

    I am also personally, adding new hours on Mondays starting in January, for private acupuncture and esoteric acupuncture 
     

  3. INTRODUCING The Village Wellness School of Healing Arts (more info TBA)
    We are in the process of creating a school to train folks in the healing arts, including, Reiki, Shamanism, Yoga, and holistic medicine. Our intention is to bring even more wellness and deep healing relationships into our communities, by empowering you to cultivate your healing gifts. The plan is to offer in-depth apprenticeships, trainings, classes, certifications, self-care sessions, and more! It all gets kicked off in February with our Reiki Practitioner Certification Training for Parents - Level One
     

  4. INTRODUCING Corporate Wellness Initiative - Our goal is to bring the Village to the people! If you know an organization who may be interested, please share or email me for more info. Our corporations need to re-instate holistic care in their operations.

Well, I can't wait to journey forward with you!

Wishing you and your beloveds a fantastic Holiday season!

May you be well!
May you be light!
May you feel amazing!

And remember, feeling better is just the beginning...

Lots of love,
Lance
Lance David Isakov, Founder, Acupuncturist

enjoy our nifty online scheduler

or give us a ring anytime to chat! (610) 203-3747

Village News

  1. Nominate us for Best of the Main Line! Please write us in under Acupuncture!
     

  2. Our Reiki Raffle Ends in a couple days  ENTER HERE.... and for those who enter and want to schedule a session asap - just write "entered raffle" when you book online this week. If you win, it will be free, if not we will give you $32 off as a thank you for participating! 
     

  3. More Insurance coverage for acupuncture in PA starting in 2019!!!!  In Particular, some Independence Blue Cross and Highmark Plans. We are encouraging all of our patients to check with their insurance provider as well! LEARN MORE
     

  4. To Celebrate his new Wednesday hours our wonderful CranioSacral Practitioner Stewart is offering 'Pay What You Want Wednesdays through December! LEARN MORE
     

  5. Check out our most popular posts in our Wellness Blog & on the Socials: Facebook & Instagram

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Try our Private Acupuncture Membership Program - back by popular demand

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Try our Private Acupuncture Membership Program - back by popular demand

Hi folks,

I'm excited to announce that our acupuncture monthly membership programs are back for a limited time! It’s an awesome way to invest in your health, save money, and commit to taking breaks for the self-care that lets you show up better in the rest of your life! 

Heres how the Private Acupuncture Membership Works. :
Its pretty simple.

  • You enroll online or in the office.

  • On the 1st of each month, we will automatically deduct $180 from your credit, debit card, or bank using MoonClerk which provides bank level security.

  • There is no contract, the plan is month to month, and you can un-enroll anytime online through your account page or contacting us.

What you get:

  • (2) acupuncture sessions (automatically saving $30)

  • Unlimited additional discounted sessions at $90 each (saving $15 each).

That means if you come weekly, you instantly save $60 per month! Which, by the way, invested at 10% with compounding interest makes you an extra million bucks in only 50 years!  You're welcome =)

But wait... there's more :)
You also have access to The Village Wellness Rewards Program. Here, members receive exclusive offers to other holistic minded businesses in our community.

So what do you think? Want to try out our membership program?
You can enroll right now and though the membership plan officially starts the following month, if you enroll today you will receive $15 off any private acupuncture sessions through the rest of the current month! Woohoo! 

Ready to get Started?
Simply enroll online at the Acupuncture Membership Page.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Lots of Love,

acupuncturist bryn mawr

 


Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Co-Founder, Licensed Acupuncturist

P.S. Here's Our Mission Statement:
Village Wellness is committed to enhancing wellness in our community by providing access to the best holistic medicine services.  We also strive to enable our practitioners to thrive in a healthy and supportive environment. 

Our holistic approach means that we address healing at all levels of self – mind, body, and spirit. We approach each of our patients, clients, and students with the utmost respect and non-judgmental care.

Whether you come in with pain, anxiety, or trying to figure out your life purpose, we are here in service. 

We believe that feeling better is just the beginning of the journey. Our utmost goal is to help you truly thrive.

 

 

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

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

Join us for our special Water Horary Community Acupuncture Session on the 21st! 4:30-5:30 pm

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

How to apply acupressure to the Winter Horary points

  1. Create Sacred Space at the right time: On the Winter Solstice 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

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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