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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Acupressure Point - Lesser Palace - #recharge

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Acupressure Point - Lesser Palace - #recharge

Heart 8 - Lesser Palace is the fire element point on the fire element channel.  

This point is a palace, a retreat space, where our heart can receive deep care, rest and revitalization. When our heart center feels completely drained, this beautiful point can help to recharge and return our vitality. It can temporarily free us of the burdens we carry to give us space to restore our life force. 

Lesser Palace is an embodied reminder of the abundance and innocent joy of the heart. 

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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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The Benefits of Forest Bathing

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The Benefits of Forest Bathing

I have always found going for a walk in the woods to be wondefully theraputic. Over the years it has become an essential part of my self-care routine. Walking in the woods, no matter what the weather is like, helps to clear my mind, provides deeper access to my intuition, and eases my heart. 

A few years ago, I discovered a Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku that completely describes the therapy of walking in the woods.  It has been translated into english as Forest Bathing - taking in the forest atmosphere.  

Studied Benefits (from The Shinrin Yoku Organization) of Forest Bathing include:

  • Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells. (Research Study)
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced stress (Research Study)
  • Improved mood
  • lowered Cortisol ( Research Study )
  • Increased ability to focus,
  • Helped with ADHD
  • Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
  • Increased energy level
  • Improved sleep

Forest Bathers also have reported:

  • Deeper and clearer intuition
  • Increased flow of energy
  • Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
  • Increased flow of eros/life force
  • Deepening of friendships
  • Overall increase in sense of happiness

Looking Deeper - Research & Articles on Forest Bathing

Conclusion

Go for a walk in the woods!!!! You will feel even better than you already do!!!

Love,

Lance

 

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Village Wellness in Berwyn practices the art of cosmetic acupuncture

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Village Wellness in Berwyn practices the art of cosmetic acupuncture

Oringinally Published in the Main Line Times

EASTTOWN >> Move over Botox. There’s a new needle in town.

Lance Isakov, owner of Village Wellness, offers clients cosmetic acupuncture treatments, along with acupuncturist Lei Duan and other staff members.

Recently, Duan carefully placed about 30 needles into the legs, abdomen, ears and face of Linda Schellenger, of Berwyn.

“I have a philosophy of aging gracefully,” said Schellenger, 55, a retired Merck executive who now teaches yoga at Verge in Wayne. She did not want to use a medical treatment or to undergo elective surgery but still wants to look her best.  READ THE FULL STORY

 

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Grief and the Gift

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Grief and the Gift

A fellow acupuncturist, Rebecca, passed away after a long dance with cancer.  My wife, Amy, was in the room with her when she took her last breath. What a powerful and ineffable moment. The weight of her passing presses on my heart in unexpected waves. My world is changed.

We all experience grief, whether it's the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the passing of a beloved pet, the loss of a house or even a special object. 

I work with patients every single day in the treatment room who are going through grief. And though much of it is a mystery, there are 3 things I absolutely know...

One is that grief can show up differently for everyone. It has no timeline and no agenda — no predictable course. Because this is true, I understand there is no right or wrong way to grieve. 

The second is that to heal grief, we must engage a process of authentic allowing. We must let the emotion move — laugh, cry, scream, throw things (not at people) or be still. The more we can allow the feelings that arise within grief, the more we receive the gift of that loss. I know it can be hard to think of the silver lining when grief hits hard, but truly there is medicine here. When we allow grief we become the embodiment and expression of the essence, wisdom, teachings of that person we have lost. 

The third and final knowing I have is that grief asks us all — the community — to hold those who are grieving, even though it's uncomfortable. To give them space to move through it – to cry, to scream, to pull their hair out, to rip their clothes, to feel the heartbreak, to look bad. To, ultimately, help them allow the process. 

So, thank you, my beloved community for holding space for me as I mourn Rebecca. And please know that I and all of the practitioners and staff at Village Wellness are committed to holding space for you, in whatever ways life shows up. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Lots of love,

Lance

P.S. If you would like to read some of the last writings of my friend Rebecca you can find them here

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Easing Stress & Anxiety – Free Online Workshop

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Easing Stress & Anxiety – Free Online Workshop

Workshop by Stewart Snyder, CranioSacral Therapist, Yoga Teacher

Workshop Takeaways:

Have you had this happen:

You say to your friend: “I’m really stressed out”

Your friend says “put a tablespoon of coconut oil on your right eye, then make 6 cups of turmeric tea, and do yoga.”

Your friend is well-meaning for sure, but the reality is there's not a "one trick" to reducing stress and anxiety.

The more we study reports by people not trying to sell something, the more we find stress IS a chemical condition in the body, but it’s the lifestyle that causes it; another counter-chemical in the body - or trick - isn’t going to be entirely effective.

Stress vs Anxiety

Stress is a chemical condition.

Anxiety is a response to the stress - caused mostly by fear of the stressful situation.

A pill - quick fix - is more like avoidance - trying to feel good - than it is helping us. We have this natural flow of avoidance. What we actually need… is practice

Practice A: Being with the anxious situation. Immersion Therapy

Practice B: Being in the non-stressful environment.

*New* causes of Stress

There's no more saber-tooth tiger, so what is causing this discomfort?

  • Trying to fix everything - we have quick-fixes for our basic needs, so we never learn to be OK with discomfort
  • Fear of missing out - we're spending a lot of time seeing images of other people happy and enjoying our life as if they do that all the time. This is causing us to be anxious that we're not doing enough with our life.
  • I'll be happy when... - our basic desire is for happiness and rather than enjoying where we are, we point to some goal that's going to make us happy. But, in this scenario, when we achieve the goal, we don't really enjoy it; we create a new goal, once again postponing our true desire - happiness.
  • Time alone - the data rich experience we have is making us connection poor. We no longer interact with others as much as we used to.

Lifestyle facets that will help reduce stress

Co-regulation: Go into a meditation group, the Zen master doesn’t get all flustered with the group of stressed out people… the group of people gets mellowed out. Hang out with someone who’s happy, blissful, or feels like good juju VS sitting by yourself scrolling through endless “amazing life” photos on Facebook?

Groups & Community: In our past, if we were alone, we were dead. Our bodies respond to being alone with chemicals to keep us alert and cautious of saber-tooth tigers

Deep Breath: Fight or flight ticks off because our body and mind are a bi-drectional system.

Meditation: Practices stilling the mind (what are you thinking about. Sit in blank space)

Yoga: Exercise / endorphins, moving energy, 

Gratitude: Nothing fixes what you’re stressed out about like focusing on what you’re happy about. Spend a few minutes writing down what you’re grateful for when you wake up.

Homework

That word alone causes stress! But, let's create a trigger to help us anyway.

  • The next time you feel stressed or anxious (with a big inbox to sift through or seeing tons of vacation pictures), notice the feeling and stop what you're doing.
  • Take the deep full smooth breath; release the breath easily. (repeat 2 more times if desired)
  • Write down something you're grateful for.
  • BONUS: Rather than hopping right back into the stress-inducing experience, plan some time with a friend, find a group that meeting, or reach out to someone that just feels good to be around.

 

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Beating Depression – Free Online Workshop

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Beating Depression – Free Online Workshop

Workshop by Stewart Snyder, CranioSacral Therapist, Yoga Teacher

Workshop Takeaways:

Does the modern approach to depression work?

Depression has become so common and treatment-in-a-pill so prevalent that we have started to simply accept the feelings as “just how things are.”

We doubt ourselves. We give up hope. But, we don’t have to! New research is leading toward depression being tied to low fulfillment in four areas of our life… and away from the idea that depression is simply a spontaneous drop in brain chemicals.

The idea that depression is caused by a spontaneous chemical deficiency comes from a series of bad scientific assumptions.

Actual studies¹ results do not show that pills work.

  • 25% of the people in the trial had a natural recovery from depression.
  • 50% of the people in the trial recovered by changing the story of their pain / depression
  • 25% had a recovery that could be associated with the pills
  • Pills effectiveness is 1/3 that off getting more sleep
  • 65% - 80% of medicated people continue to be depressed

Medically, you can be diagnosed with clinical depression the day after a life-altering event. From a doctor's treatment perspective, "by the book," there is no room for grieving.

Depression can be tied to 4 things we need fulfilled in our life to feel "good."

  • Feel we belong
    • Loneliness causes most of depression.
    • Evolving as a tribal culture, if we were alone, we would very often die quickly. Our bodies respond to loneliness negatively in order to keep us alive.
       
  • Feel we are valued
    • Often this is tied to productivity in work.
    • Can also be connected to relationships
       
  • Know we are good at something
    • e tend to downplay what we're good at and emphasize what we want to be doing.
       
  • Have a sense of security
    • We tend to tie our security to money

Beating Depression

Ask yourself 4 questions and take the time to write out the answers. This will force you to create an actual focused response.

  1. How + where do you belong? - ignore the voice that says "I don't" and stop to figure out how or where you do.
  2. What do you do to add value and to who? - Family / Friends / Volunteer
  3. What are you good at? ... and how/when can you do it for someone soon?
  4. What is the very worse case scenario for you? - The key to this question is to follow it up with writing down the actual chances this worse case would happen?
    BONUS: Eat well, get enough sleep, move your body everyday

Holistic Treatments for Depression

  • Acupuncture: Releases feel-good chemicals into the body.
  • Craniosacral Therapy: Resets your central nervous system to turn off the "I might die" response in the brain/body
  • Yoga: Moves the majority of the body to rid you of old stale energy/patterns and add new healthy energy

¹Much of the figures and some ideas of this talk came from the book: Lost Connections

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Holistic Self Care for Neck Pain – Free Online Workshop

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Holistic Self Care for Neck Pain – Free Online Workshop

Workshop by Gabrielle Geib, Licensed Acupuncturist
Contributors: Lance Isakov, Alisa Oswalt, Karilen Mays

 
 

Workshop Takeaways:

What is Neck Pain?

Pain on the back, sides, even front of the neck. Pain in these areas can extend down into the tops of the shoulders or back, can radiate up into the back of the head around the ear, jaw, or even to the temple and eye. Due to where the various neck muscles attach and where their pain radiates, all of theses areas can be involved in “neck pain”.

What Causes Neck Pain?

  • Muscular pain (most common). Muscles overused -> get stuck tight -> tug on the things they’re attached to -> feelings of tension and pain, may have the feeling that the area is tight but you don’t know how to relax it.

  • Stress

  • Migraines - many people who suffer from migraines have tight neck muscles and describe the feeling of the migraine attack as beginning on the shoulders, neck or where the neck and head meet, then spreading to other parts of the head. Although migraines are a more complex issue, addressing the neck may help to minimize some migraines.

  • Nerve pain - nerve impingement or damage affecting the neck area.

  • Bone involvement - neck bones out of alignment, causing pain in the muscles and/or nerves around them.

  • Inflammation (arthritis in the joints of neck) - irritating the surrounding bones, nerves, muscles.

Self Care Practices for neck pain

GOOD POSTURE - Our skeletons are designed to support most of the weight of our body. Having good posture and alignment goes a long way towards relieving neck pain. Balancing your body on your skeletal system properly helps to reduce the strain on your muscles, which typically have to compensate when you’re in an unnatural position.

STRETCHING -  Most of us don’t stretch or move nearly as much as our bodies need to. You can even do some of these simple exercises while standing in line, at your desk at work, or while watching TV. Stretching helps to strengthen your muscles, which helps keep your bones in place, making alignment a little easier.

  • LEANING STRETCHES: Gently lean your head to one side as far as it will go, and then stretch the other side. Do a similar motion leaning forward, and then backwards. You can interlace your fingers on the back of your head to help add a little gentle pressure when leaning forward. To give yourself a bit more of a workout and help build up your neck muscles, lay flat on your back on your bed with your head hanging over a side and do the same exercises.
     
  • BOBBLE STRETCHES: Stand and let your body hang loose, then gently bounce with your knees while gently leaning your head to one side as far as it will go, and then stretching the other side while “bobbling” your head. The natural pull of gravity will help to stretch your muscles more than just doing it yourself.
     
    • TIGHTEN AND RELEASE: Tighten your shoulders as much as you can while raising them up towards your ears. Hold that position for a short while, then in a quick motion, bring your shoulders down and breathe out. Hands can just hang loose.
       
  • ARM CIRCLES: Your arms can be straight out, or just hanging loosely at your side. Use forward and backwards motions.

ACUPRESSURE POINTS

HEAT vs. Cold:

  • Heat applied to a tight area can help increase the circulation, dilate the blood vessels, and help to loosen up the muscles and relax tight areas.
  • Cold generally constricts tight areas and doesn’t help, unless the pain is severe and it’s used temporarily to help numb the pain.

GUA SHA: Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped with the edge of tool with a blunted, round edge, like a ceramic soup spoon. It is thought to stimulate new oxygenated blood flow to the areas, thus promotes metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing and recovery. It does not cause bruising. It is the release of blood cells from the tissue bed, and does not damage capillaries. Even light scraping can cause reddish marks

PROFESSIONAL HELP: When the above methods aren’t enough, seek the help of professional services, like massage/Shiatsu therapy, chiropractic care, cranial-sacral release, or acupuncture.

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{video} How can we tap more deeply into our passion, invigorate our purpose, and strengthen in our will?

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{video} How can we tap more deeply into our passion, invigorate our purpose, and strengthen in our will?

Takeaways:

  • Sometimes it is hard to feel our passion for what we do in life or it is hard to muster the will to make the important changes that will bring us and others profound joy.
  • Use the '7 Whys' exercise to uncover your underlying purpose and passion
  • To Do: 
    • Pick an area of your life that you want to create, enhance, or evolve.
      • example: "I want to live each day to its fullest!"
    • Ask yourself "Why do I want to live each day to its fullest? and answer honestly.
    • after each questions continue to ask "Why?" until you have completed 7 cycles. 
  • At some point you will begin to uncover the underlying passions, you may feel this emotionally and/or you may feel a renewed sense of energy .

Challenge:

  • Take a few moments to practice the "7 Whys" exercise. Notice the results.
  • Please share your thoughts and learnings with me via email or through our holistic Wellness facebook group.

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{video} How can we change negative thoughts into positive ones?

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{video} How can we change negative thoughts into positive ones?

Takeaways:

  • Our mindset, the way we see the world, is formulated by thoughts
  • Thoughts are formulated by the subconscious and conscious questions we ask ourselves.
  • Our mind will answer any question we pose to it, whether it has to make up the answer or not.
  • If you ask negatively framed questions with negative assumptions, such as "Why does this bad thing always happen to me?", you will answer it with negative answers
  • If you ask yourself positively framed questions with positive assumptions, such as "How did I get so lucky to be here right now?" you will answer it with positive, helpful, answers

Challenge:

  • Today practice posing positively framed questions. Notice the results.

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Please share your thoughts and learnings with me via email

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Don't Be a Fool – Be an Aware Fool!

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Don't Be a Fool – Be an Aware Fool!

By definition a fool is someone who has not learned from past mistakes. A fool with awareness however, lives moment to moment with complete trust, innocence, intuition. The past, judgements from others, and even cultural conditioning are not holding her back and intuition and creativity are operating at their peak.

The Aware Fool's actions may look unwise and ridiculous to those around her, but the fool is not being guided by external validation or the need to be right.

The Aware Fool goes on trusting no matter what. She can be hurt, or judged, criticized, mocked, but her trust is so pure, she continues on. 

The Aware Fool knows that nothing can be taken from her. 

Today, I encourage you to take a moment and be an Aware Fool.

Trust love, even if you heart has been broken. 

Trust friendship, even if you have been let down.

Trust goodness, even if you have been disappointed.

Practice being an Aware Fool and notice what changes in yourself.

Foolishly Yours,

Lance

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Can Acupuncture Help with Fertility? How about Anxiety?

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Can Acupuncture Help with Fertility? How about Anxiety?

I had an amazing and touching moment recently when I got to meet the 4 month old baby of one of my acupuncture patients who came for help with fertility

I shared a bit about the experience in a Facebook post. It’s an incredible privilege to get to help people in this way.

The holistic acupuncture that we offer at Village Wellness has so much power, but NOT because we hit particular points that bring about a magical cure.

The healing power comes from helping to bring each individual patient to an internal place of balance. 

Patients come in for a variety of reasons: infertility, back pain, weight gain, anxiety, or other "tickets in the door."

can acupuncture help with fertility


The truth is, regardless of the upset, acupuncture can be of great help to you. There reason for this is that Acupuncture is a unique approach that resets our mind, body, and emotions, it helps to bring us back to our naturally balanced state. 

In this balanced state, self-healing naturally occurs and the signals, or symptoms, of the deeper imbalance, dissipate.

Our body's are amazing healing machines! They just need a little nudge now and again to get back to center. 

I'll give you the secret recipe to help keep your body in a prime state of self-healing.... Ready?

  eat well
  hydrate
  sleep well
  move your body
  do work you love
  contribute to the world
  love
  have fun
+ relax
____________
= feeling great!

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

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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love,
Lance

 

Metta Meditation. A practice of loving-kindness 

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