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

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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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4 Clinically Proven Benefits Of Reiki Therapy

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4 Clinically Proven Benefits Of Reiki Therapy

4 Clinically Proven Benefits Of Reiki Therapy
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac. L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.,

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It works with life force energy the subtle electrical flow that keeps us moving. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki  balances your whole system including body, emotions, mind and spirit. When in balance, your own self-healing mechanisms function at their very best.

The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words - Rei, which means ‘Universal energy’, and Ki, which is ‘life force energy’, so Reiki is actually ‘spiritually guided life force energy’. Reiki is administered by "laying on hands" and promotes healing by helping the body to balance itself from a very deep level, restoring physical and emotional well-being

Reiki has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Reiki has been scientifically shown to decrease pain levels, speed healing and relax the mind and body.

Here are 4 clinically proven benefit of Reiki. 

  1. Reiki Helps with Pain, Fatigue, and Anxiety. A study conducted by The University of Calgary demonstrated that Reiki Client going through Cancer treatment “experienced significant improvements in quality of life”  as compared to a group of recovering patients that simply rested without Reiki. The study found  “significant decreases in tiredness, pain, and anxiety, which were not seen in the resting condition.” 

  2. Reiki significantly decreased Blood Pressure. A study at The Institute of Neurological Sciences, found that the “Heart rate and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in the Reiki group compared to both placebo and control groups.” 

  3. Reiki provides longterm relief for Depression and Stress.  In a clinical study on the long-term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of psychological depression and self-perceived stress “showed a significant reduction in symptoms of psychological distress in treatment groups as compared with controls and these differences continued to be present 1 year later of Reiki performed.”

  4. Reiki provides support as much as some Beta Blocker Drugs for those recovering from a Heart Attack. Study by Yale University in  found that “The Reiki effect on Heart Rate Variability (HRV) after a Heart Attack  was similar to that of propranolol in the BHAT (Beta Blocker Heart Attack Trial.)” The Study was done in an acute care setting and found that the “Reiki treatment was associated with an increase from baseline in mean Likert scale score for all positive emotional states (happy, relaxed, calm) and reductions for all negative states (stressed, angry, sad, frustrated, worried, scared, anxious).”

Reiki De-mystified

What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

Reiki encourages one to let go of tension, anxiety, and fear thereby  providing a profound sense of peace and wellbeing.  Clients typically report feelings of positivity, balance, and deep relaxation. Some even feel a wonderful glowing radiance after a treatment .

How does it work?

Reiki is positive energy that flows into the client’s body through the hands of the practitioner. This balances the energy in the body and activates the body’s own healing abilities.

How many sessions should I have?

Just one session can change be a powerful support!  Initially, receiving Reiki more often can be beneficial if you are feeling anxiety, tension, or pain. Typically clients come weekly for 1 month and then begin to space out sessions to bi-weekly and then monthly. Eventually you will have a sense of when you need a session.

What are the benefits of Reiki? Here are just a few of the many examples:

  • Increased Energy Levels

  • Increased Mental Clarity

  • Personal Ability to Grow

  • A Sense of Calm or Balance

  • Emotional Healing & Stability

  • Clearing & Balancing of Chakras

  • Can Provide Relief from Chronic Pain

  • Boosts & Strengthens the Immune System

  • Compliments & Supports Conservative Medical Treatment

  • Helps the body deal with side effects of conventional medications

  • Helps to Deal with Suppressed or Blocked Emotions & Feelings

  • Reduces Stress, Tension, Anxiety, & General Emotional Distress

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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. 

enjoy our nifty online scheduler

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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❤&nbsp;What is the best time to make love... According to Chinese Medicine?

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❤ What is the best time to make love... According to Chinese Medicine?

❤ What is the best time to make love... According to Chinese Medicine?
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher

Did you know that according to Chinese Medicine there is a best time to poop! There is also a best time to eat, to nap, to dream, to meditate and even to make love! I remember being wowed the first time I learned about the Law of Midday/Midnight or The Chinese Clock as its commonly known. Qi moves through the body just like a wave moves through water. The crest of this wave circulates through particular organ systems at different times of the day.

For example from 5-7 am, there is a greater amount of Qi in the Large Intestine. How is this helpful? Well, if you suffer from constipation, you will be more likely to move your bowels at 6 am than at any other time of day!

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? The stomach Qi is strongest from 7-9 am! It is easier to digest anything in the am! At the opposite time, from 7-9 PM the qi is lowest in the stomach, that is why a light dinner is beneficial!

What can you do instead of eating a big dinner? Make love! From 7-9 pm the Qi is in the Heart Protector/Circulation Sex function of the body! This function is responsible for relationships, communication, and the birds and the bees =)

So here are 3 more examples:
Best Time to Meditate: 3-5 Am - Lung time - Connection to Spirit/Breath 
Best Time to Nap: 3-5 PM  - Siesta time! When the Qi is in the Bladder - the storehouse of energy in the body!
Best Time to Dream/be creative: 1-3 AM: Qi in the Liver - creativity and the wandering etheric body (Hun). (know any artists who like to create at that time of the morning?)

What time is it now? check the clock below to see what you could be doing! and if you have any questions feel free to ask! If you are wondering about the health of your internal Chinese Clock, simply book an appointment online, come in  and I can take a look. 

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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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The 13 Ghost Points of Sun Si-Miao

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The 13 Ghost Points of Sun Si-Miao

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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.

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

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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.

Ingredients

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  • 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

Directions

  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!,

Lance

 

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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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We Care - 20% off sessions for survivors of assault [no questions asked]

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We Care - 20% off sessions for survivors of assault [no questions asked]

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We are living through interesting times. It's painful to see such a lack of care for human decency and it can be re-traumatizing for survivors to hear the conversations around sexual assault that populate the media these days.

Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine can be an amazing tool for easing trauma, whether it happened yesterday or 35 years ago. To learn more about the many ways acupuncture can help please read our acupuncture page.

Now through the end of November we are offering 20% off to all survivors of rape or sexual assault, no questions asked.

When booking your appointment simply write “WeCare” in the notes section - or mention “We Care” when checking out and we will extend this discount.

As of now WeCare can be applied to the following:

  • Community Acupuncture

  • Private Acupuncture

  • Cranio Sacral Sessions

This is for ALL survivors, whether you reported it or not, whether you were believed or not. No questions asked.

It has never been more clear that we are the people we have been waiting for. Thank you for being part of creating the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible and allowing us to support you all in this way.

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Grief, the energetics of Autumn, and the Metal Element in Five Element Acupuncture

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Grief, the energetics of Autumn, and the Metal Element in Five Element Acupuncture

In Five Element Acupuncture, the emotion of grief is associated with 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!

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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:

  • 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 cleaning...now 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 www.freecycle.com

SEASONAL TREATMENTS
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 =) 

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

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New possibilities on the New Moon

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New possibilities on the New Moon

Hope you are having the best magical rainy evening! Did you know that there are 3 powerful events happening right now that make it the perfect time to do some deep soul-searching and intention setting?

1. its raining…alot!
We can use this rainy time to energetically wash away the old and release that which no longer serves.

2. Its the Virgo New Moon
The New Moon is the perfect time to start new things! Virgo reminds us to get in touch with our purity, our essence. Its a time to sow seeds that are in alignment with out highest intentions. Virgo also reminds us that small, meticulous, every-day, actions can lead to great changes over time.

3. Its Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year.
This is a time that people all over the world hold strong intentions to sincerely apologize for wrongs they have committed and to forgive those who have wronged them. It is also a time to clean the slate and start anew with abundance and sweetness. 

So in the spirit of right timing I have a challenge for you if you willing!
Take some time over the next 24 hours and use this time to still yourself and contemplate:

Is there a seed you would like to sow?….Is there an intention to make or an small action to take that will allow for self-growth and added value to your life and the lives of those around you? 

If you come up with something I would love to hear about it! Either email me here or post it in our Holistic Wellness Group! And if there is anyway I can help you please let me know!!

As part of my Rosh Hashanah tradition, I would also like to take a moment to ask your forgiveness for any wrong I have made to you. If I have wronged you in any way, please take a moment to let me know. I have learned over the years, that the practicing of asking for and offering forgiveness has led to profound healing and the opening of doors that were previously shut. And for this I am truly grateful.

Thank you so much for being part of my life and our community at Village Wellness. Wishing you and yours a beautiful, fulfilling, and sweet new Lunar Cycle!

With lots of love,

Lance

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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 had recently 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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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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 A Who's Who of the BEST Acupuncturists this Side of the Mississippi=)

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A Who's Who of the BEST Acupuncturists this Side of the Mississippi=)

Hope you are having an splendid moment. Did you know we now have an amazing team of FIVE extraordinary, fully accredited, and licensed acupuncturists at Village Wellness?

We ALL practice holistic acupuncture, meaning we treat the person who has symptoms rather than just the symptoms themselves. But we each have our specialities too! 

Here is a handy dandy list so you can keep it in mind when you are booking your appointment: 

  • Gabrielle focuses on helping folks with emotional/mental upsets like anxiety, depression, and overwhelm. She also is amazing at helping with musculoskeletal upsets like aches and pains. Gabrielle also manages our Community Acupuncture Program.
     
  • Lei specializes in women's health issues, hormonal upsets, and fertility support. She is also our Cosmetic & Facial Acupuncture Guru. She can help with those fine lines & wrinkles, bring color to the face, and a sparkle to the eye.
     
  • Carey, specializes in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and is super helfpul for physical injuries, pain, and muscle tightness.
     
  • Karin does Five Element Acupunture and Allergy elimination (NAET). 
     
  • I (Lance) focus on helping folks with spiritual level work. My main interest is helping my patients with Spiritual awakening and aiding them in feeling more like themselves. I also work with people who already feel well and healthy to give them an edge,  expand possibilies,  and help them feel even better! 

Wow! 5 amazing acupuncturists under 1 roof! I believe the greatest transformation comes from the beautiful healing relationship that develops between you and your practitioner. At Village Wellness, each of us is completely committed to this level of healing and transformation!

If you have any questions about who the right practitioner is for you, drop me a line, and we will figure it out together!!

I hope to see you soon!

Lots of love,

Lance

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Do you feel grateful? Chances are you suffer less too...

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Do you feel grateful? Chances are you suffer less too...

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What are the benefits of a grateful outlook? A study (PDF), by the Universities of California and Miami set out to examine just that. Here is what they found.

1. Weekly Graditute. One study focused on people who were to write down, on a weekly basis, 5 things they were grateful for from the previous week. They found that "weekly benefit listing was associated with more positive and optimistic appraisals of one’s life, more time spent exercising, and fewer reported physical symptoms."

2. Daily Graditude.  In Study 2, people were asked to complete a survey every evening regarding what they were grateful for.  This group had even more positive affects including more interpersonal benefits. "People led to focus on their blessings were also more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another, suggesting prosocial motivation as a consequence of the gratitude induction."

3. NMD and Gratidude. The third study focused on people with Neuromuscular Disease. They were also asked to report their gratidutes daily. The results were "in greater levels of positive affect, more sleep, better sleep quality, and greater optimism and a sense of connectedness to others. In Study 3, we even found that the gratitude intervention led to reductions in negative affect."

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Working with our shadow emotions though the lens of Five Element Acupuncture

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Working with our shadow emotions though the lens of Five Element Acupuncture

Our collective attention is, yet again, to the tender subject of suicide with the passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, most notably.  

This has me reflecting on our fast paced, modern world.  Our relative freedom and abundance also comes with immense pressures and intense challenges. Some of these look like the pressure to perform, to be happy, to "look good", or to get it "right."

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Let's look at just one area where this shows up — social media. We see our friends, family, or celebrities, like Anthony Bourdain, living the apparent dream life. This can bring up questions for us either quietly or in a very significant way, that make us question our choices, our lives, our joy. "Why don't I have the dream life?" "What did they do to have such a perfect life?"  These nagging questions push on us to be happy, to perform, to look good, and to conform. 

We live in a culture where having things,  – money, fame, titles, and fancy stuff are cherished above most else, even without a diagnosed mental illness, these pressures can spiral down into what I'll simply call dissatisfaction.

In her article "Regrets of the Dying" Palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware expressed the following 5 "surprisingly common" themes of dissatisfaction from her patients on their deathbed:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

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Happiness starts with being well

To foster  'true happiness' starts with being well.

Sleep well, eat well, move well, play well, relate well, and work well.

Be generous, live with integrity, and be kind. 

Be your authentic self. express your feelings, be with friends, and have community, commune with nature. 

Remember your true value does not decrease based on someones inability to see your worth. 

Practice taking joy in the little things. 

When we get stuck...Acupuncture and our shadow emotions

In Five Element Acupuncture we understand that emotions are a healthy part of being human. Our bodies are wise and we have emotions for good reason. The goal in acupuncture is to keep it moving - problems arise when we get stuck and stagnation of emotions ensue.  By  understanding  the shadow side of the emotions, we can use them to heal, and take better care of ourselves and those around us. 

The Wood Element – Depression 

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Appropriate anger uprises when we feel violated whether it's physically, emotionally, or mentally. That anger is there to serve us in taking effective action. When there is no appropriate expression/action this uprising energy gets stuck. Eventually the "explosion" upward turns inward and that leads to profound inner turmoil or resignation.  

To Feel Better with the Wood Element:  When you feel violated and anger ensues - take appropriate, safe, ethical, and effective action to right the wrong. A release of anger can be as simple as saying 'no', punching a pillow, or shouting alone from the gut in a safe space like your car with the window up.

The Fire Element – Mistrust & Cynicism  

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Appropriate sadness arises when we feel heart broken or disappointed. This feeling is there is to serve us in creating space, allowing the heart to heal. When there is no appropriate space or expression of sadness, this energy turns inward and brings about cynicism and a deep lack of trust. 

To Feel Better with the Fire Element:  When you feel sad, do your best to allow the feeling and give yourself a safe space to heal. Effective communication, having support through friends and community, or listening to music can be helpful in making room for the shadow side of the Fire element. 

In a world that puts pressure on us to feel happy all the time, remember that beauty thrives in diversity of experience – it's okay to not feel happy.  Give yourself the space and support you need.

Earth Element – Obsessive and Compulsive Worry

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Appropriate empathy arises when we are concerned for the care of others. This feeling is there  to serve us in creating a powerful bond with those we care about. When stuck, this energy turns inward and can bring about obsession, worry, and/or compulsiveness.  

To Feel Better with the Earth Element:  When you begin to feel worry, do your best to allow the feeling and not fight it.  Remember to trust the process.

Practicing the art of gratitude is one of the best remedies for the feelings of worry and obsession.  

Metal Element – Despair

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Appropriate grief arises when we lose someone or something precious to us.  Grief arises to help us create space, mourn and integrate that which we have lost. When we get stuck in grief, this energy can turn inward and bring about feelings of despair.  

To Feel Better with the Metal Element:  When you begin to feel grief, do your best to allow the feeling and not fight it.  Remember to trust the stages of grief.

Creating ceremonies of remembrance and honoring is a powerful way to move the energy. Deep and powerful breathing also moves stuck feelings and relieves heaviness of the heart.

Water Element – Fear & Anxiety

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Appropriate fear arises when we are placed in what we perceive as a dangerous situation. This feeling is there to serve us in creating safety and respect of that danger. When we get stuck in fear, this energy can turn inward and bring about feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.  

To Feel Better with the Water Element:  When you begin to feel fear, do your best to allow the feeling. If appropriate, heed the warning. If you need to move through it, breathe intentionally to promote feelings of courage.  

If you are feeling anxiety, pay attention to what may be the root fear underlying those feelings.

Deep and powerful breaths develop courage to move through the fear. Meditation will also allow you to cultivate perspective so you can sort out what needs to be feared and what doesn't.

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You are not alone & it’s not personal

When our emotions are balanced and flowing, they arise to serve and guide us. If they get stuck, try one of the suggestions above.

You are not alone, even if you’re feeling that way. Know that others are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Reach out! There are friends, family members, community centers, gyms, wellness centers, schools, classes, meet-ups, clubs, support groups, and support hotlines. 

If you or someone you know is struggling and you find this helpful please feel free to share. 

Wishing you a full and abundant life of allowing, presence, and harmony.

Lots of love,

Lance

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The Healing Art of Hugging

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The Healing Art of Hugging

I love hugging! I'll take any hug I can get! A 1 second squeeze, a 3 second embrace, even a loooong 20 second healing hug! Sure, it can be a bit awkward to linger - but if both parties consent, the research is there to support major healing benefits of a nice long hug!

Here are the Top 3 Health Benefits to a Long Hug - Scientific Proof included!

1. A hug of 10 seconds or more increases Oxytocin.
Also known as the "love hormone", Oxytocin regulates social interaction,  bonding, underlies trust, and is an antidote to feeling down.  When Oxytocin is released it also balances your blood pressure and heart rate. (see the science)

2. Hugs reduce pain, ease Asthma, help with diabetes, and improve our immune systems. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine has carried out hundreds of studies into touch. They have found evidence of significant effects, including enhanced growth in premature babies, diminished pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, and improved immune systems. (see the science)

3. Hugs help with feelings of depression.
Hugging stimilates the production of Serotinin. Low Serotonin has been linked to feelings of loneliness and depression. As Serotonin is released feelings of pleasure, elevated mood and happiness increase. (see the science

So now that we have all the science lets experiment with this healing art for ourselves! For the next week, i challenge you to find one consenting person or loving pet each day to practice a 10 to 20 second hug with. Pay attention to how you feel before and after. so that you can see the benefits for yourself!

I would love to hear from you about your experience so please send me a note!

Happy Hugging! 

Lots of Love,

Lance

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