Thank you for voting us for best acupuncture of Philadelphia

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Thank you for voting us for best acupuncture of Philadelphia

Wow we are so honored and grateful to you guys for voting and choosing us this year! We won the best acupuncture in Philly and made the top ten best massage and chiropractics in Philadelphia.

We value and love every single one of our patients, and everyone that has come through our door has left feeling better, happier and armed with tools for greater wellness.

We will continue to providing the highest quality services and treatments for all your needs, so you will walk out of here happier, more relaxed and feeling even better!!!

Thank you for being the best patients around!! 

<3

Lance & the whole Village Wellness crew

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The Passions and Perspective of an Amazing, Holistic and Integrative Physical Therapist: an interview with Hina Sheth

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The Passions and Perspective of an Amazing, Holistic and Integrative Physical Therapist: an interview with Hina Sheth

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

Hina is the owner of and amazing Physical Therapist at Rebalance Physical Therapy in Narberth, PA. She was kind enough to answer my questions about her passions and the unique aspects of her physical therapy practice. 

Enjoy the interview!

Lance

p.s. Hina was generous enough to offer our Village Wellness Members a very special discount at her Rebalance PT. Check out the details here.

Q: Hina, thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Can you tell us where you are from originally?

HINA: I was born in London and boy do I wish I still had a British accent…but I moved to Orlando, Florida when I was 4.  Yes Micky Mouse was my best friend.

Q: What initially inspired you to become a more holistic Physical Therapist?

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HINA: I was frustrated with not being able to completely help someone with spine, hip and pelvic issues.   I didn’t like the current model of how physical therapy was being delivered.   I knew there was something missing and I was motivated to figure it out.

Seeing someone go from looking and feeling lifeless, anxious and in pain to then seeing them become motivated, active and happy is enough to keep me doing this forever.  What better gift then to know you had a part in helping that happen.

Q: What are your thoughts about how a more integrative medicine approach fits in to our current health care model?

HINA: I feel that our current health care model has become highly specialized.  Even though this can be a very good thing, I think we have lost the “global” picture in creating such specialization.  Our bodies don’t work in parts.  It’s a brilliant system that communicates with each other and works together. 

My mission is to educate the community and my peers on how this happens from a musculoskeletal point of view.  Nutrition, the brain, and movement are all important to maintaining and healing.

Q: What makes the PT you offer at Rebalance different?

HINA: What makes Rebalance different is that we look at the person as a whole.  Our bodies function as a whole so why are we looked at so often in pieces and treated in pieces.   We really listen to the client and try to connect all the pieces of their past and present injuries or dysfunctions and try to connect it together to get a clear picture of their current problem.  We use our hands to evaluate and assess from everything from the the soft tissue (which is the fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments) to the joints.  We look at the efficiency of the body and look for the area of breakdown in performance.

Q: What are your 5 top healthy habit recommendations you share with your patients?

HINA:
1. Eat less sugar, eat more organic rainbow color vegetables, eliminate processed foods, and drink water
2, Sit less!
3. Mediate or do at least 15 minutes worth of something mindful everyday
4. Spend some “me” time.  
5. For a longer healthier life….seek advice, even if its just once, from a holistic integrated physical therapist…you’ll be amazed at what you can learn!

Q: Hina, do you have spiritual practice?

HINA: I try to meditate 15 min at least 3 per week…but we know that life can get busy.  So I try to be as present as possible throughout the day.  Whether it’s when I am treating, with the kids, driving, or cooking.   I try to focus intently on what I am doing and the feeling it gives me.  I also try to spend time alone and I find this is when I am connected most to something greater then me.

Q: What does your morning routine look like?

HINA: I meditate for  15 minutes, down a big glass of water, make sure I hug my kids (even if they are sleeping), and get 1 hour worth of intense work done before seeing clients.

Q: What is your Favorite book?

HINA: The power of now and life of Pi

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

HINA: If you always do what you have always done, you get what you’ve always gotten.

Q: What are you most passionate about right now?

HINA: I see it more and more often that into a women’s late 50 and 60’s…way after they have had children…. neck, back and hip and other issues start.  So many times women, after having children, are not given the right tools to rehabilitate their bodies.  This imbalance that happens doens’t manifest right away but in other ways later on in life.  I often times find that their issues started right after pregnancy.  Creating a new way for post-partum moms to learn what they need to do is what I am passionate about right now.

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

HINA: I love good food.  My favorite thing to do is going with good friends to an amazing restaurant and also cooking and entertaining with gourmet dinners.  It’s often challenging now with 3 kids…but I still find time to do it.  It’s another spiritual practice of mine.  Outside of that I love hanging all day, often in pajamas, with my kids, husband and my cockapoo, Rooney, during the winter with a nice fire.  

Q: Who do you consider a hero?

HINA: Oprah! She is someone who against some of the greatest odds has created a spiritual movement, and motivated and inspired so many. She is also super successful and yet still humble.


HINA SHETH MS, PT, OCS, MTC

Hina Sheth is the owner and practitioner of Rebalance Physical Therapy with over 16 years of clinical experience.   She is a board certified physical therapist specializing in orthopedics including spine and pelvic floor rehabilitation.  She is an orthopedic clinical specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a manual certified therapist through the University of St. Augustine.  Hina received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2000.   Her post graduate coursework is focused on manual therapy, biomechanical assessment for prevention and injury, men’s and women’s health, chronic pain, and holistic health.  

In 2001, Hina started working a sport and spine clinic in NYC where she was the primary therapist treating spine and hip dysfunction. 

Hina realized there was a missing link to people’s chronic spine, hip and pelvic issues and that they were not being addressed in a holistic manner.  She became motivated to find the solution and started her journey by training as a pelvic floor specialist at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  During this time she worked closely with renowned physicians, mentored and trained junior staff and assisted in teaching physical therapy students at Arcadia University.   In 2008 she started her own practice, Rebalance Physical Therapy, to deliver therapy the way she believed it should be provided.  Her practice incorporates a unique combination of both eastern and western philosophies with the best and most up to date evidence and clinical based therapy.  Hina believes therapy should be delivered in a private and mindful environment with a one-on-one holistic hands on way in order for clients to see fast results.

She continues to work closely with physicians throughout the Philadelphia health care systems and surrounding suburbs, lecturing attendings and residents on various topics including spinal dysfunction and pelvic pain. She is an exam writer for the APTA women’s specialist exam and also participates in NIH funded studies.

Outside of her passion for her work, Hina is most proud of the family and friends.  She believes that what makes people most successful in life is surrounding yourself with amazing people.   She loves spending time with her friends, entertaining with gourmet dinners or finding a great restaurant.  She also loves photography and spending time with her 3 children, her husband and her best friend… Rooney (her cockapoo).  After a long hard day she loves watching HDTV and reading any fun self-help book.


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Stand with Standing Rock this Thanksgiving Weekend

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Stand with Standing Rock this Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Well it's Thanksgiving Weekend and the only thing I want to sell you is an invitation. 

This Thanksgiving weekend my heart and dollars are with our brothers and sisters in North Dakota at Standing Rock. They are standing ground for all of us. Standing for Mama Earth. Standing for our Water. Standing for Life. 

What happens in standing rock will direct our future as a people and a planet. It's a choice between corporate power and people power. Between the love of power and the power of love. 

My invitation this Black Friday is to put your money where it counts. Give the gift of change, possibility, and life for our future generations. 

Here are 6 ways to offer support right now if you haven't already: 

With love, 

Lance

 

 

 

 

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Introducing: Transformational Energy Medicine Program

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Introducing: Transformational Energy Medicine Program

with Stephanie Moore, Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner

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What is the program?

The Transformational Energy Medicine Program is a 5 week transformational healing journey designed to bring you into alignment with your divine nature — the original blueprint for health and abundance. We will work weekly to support a sustainable alignment with your deepest self, creating an energetic template for you to thrive.

How does the program work?

You will come in for a 90 minute session once a week. During our time together I will call on the ancient healing wisdom and techniques of the Inka people and their Andean descendants. Working within the traditional healing model of medicine men and women who know the secrets to living and aging gracefully, free from disease, we will help you remember how to walk in creative, harmonious beauty upon the earth. When you commit to a 5 week program, we will be able to go deep enough to enact lasting change. After the program, a monthly session would be all you need to stay in tune. 

What is the goal of the program?

Health, wholeness, and happiness are our birthright. Through this process, you will transcend limiting beliefs, eliminate old thought patterns and behaviors that no longer serve you. You will be guided through releasing the fear and disease that stalks you so that we can remap your energetic blueprint to reflect your new state of luminosity and health within your mind, body, and spirit.

5 Week Transformational Energy Medicine Program Schedule:

WEEK #1: Goal Setting & Deep Cleaning of the Energy Field  (90 min)

We will discuss and identify limitations, disease and disharmony present in your physical, emotional, and energetic bodies. We will set healing goals and map the healing process. The energy field will be deeply cleaned. 

WEEK #2: Illumination & Chakra Cleanse (90 min)

We will use the Illumination process to assist you in shedding what no longer serves, clear toxic imprints and then reset and rebalance the energy field and chakras.

WEEK #3: Extractions & Decoupling (90 min)

I will extract any intrusive energies from the energy field and body. I will work gently with the parasympathetic nervous system to heal emotional trauma and fear by resetting the "fight or flight" system that wreaks havoc on our bodies. We will also work to heal family history and clear genetic "curses" passed down through the lineage. With this process you can gain freedom from the diseases of your ancestors.

WEEK #4: Soul Retrieval (90 min) 

I will perform the ancient shamanic technique of Soul Retrieval to recover lost soul parts or fragments. I facilitate returning the soul to a state of wholeness and luminosity, where you can find freedom from the pain of the past and reclaim joy, power and grace.

WEEK #5: Spirit Flight and Illumination (90 min)

I will assist in connecting you with your place in infinity. I will teach you how to connect with the divine to release and transcend your limiting beliefs. During the Illumination I will guide you in tapping into the field of pure potential where you will learn the practice of manifesting with intent and impeccability. This skill will be yours for life.

BONUS WEEK #6: Deepening Follow-up (90 min)
When you purchase the full program (see below)** you will receive a bonus follow-up session at no extra charge. We will use our time to deepen the work we have done and reaffirm and secure your newly created healing patterns. 

Payment Options:

Full Program Cost: $750*** see the introductory offer below
Pay as you go: $150/90 minute session

**Full Program Bonus: Pay for full program and receive 1 extra 90 minute treatment ($150 Value). 

***INTRODUCTORY OFFER
$700 [Save $200] for the full program including the bonus 6th session ($150 Value)

Ready to get started?
Simply Book your first session here:

It is my honor to hold sacred space, with the highest vision and integrity for each client, as they walk their unique healing path. I look forward to being the sacred witness to your transforming. As you become the Dreamer, you dream your world into being and can step fully into the true luminosity of your being. Here you will find that the world around you, reflects back to you, the state of beauty and perfection within you.

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What do you want? an exercise in manifestation

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What do you want? an exercise in manifestation

How we spend our moments is how we spend our days. How we spend our days is how we spend our life.

If I don’t slow down every now and then to make sure I’m as clear as possible on my life trajectory, I might wake up 5 years from now realizing I’ve be reacting to my life rather than acting in it.

Now is perfect time to take a fresh look at my priorities, write down my goals, wants, & needs. As our country enters a new era of extremes, the responsibility on each of us to create the world we want comes into stark and necessary relief. 

Astrologically speaking today is a beautifully supported day to tell the world what you want and unleash your gifts

Will you join me today in putting out what YOU want? And what WE want?

Here’s a journaling exercise I love:
(you can do this as many times as you like, for yourself, your community, or the world — just change the "I" to a "We")

1. What do I really want? (Be as specific as possible)

2. Why do I want this?
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Give as many reason as you can)

3. What do I need to do to achieve this outcome? 
(Write down as many ideas as possible!)

If you really put time and energy into this exercise you will be AMAZED at what happens!

Please share your stories with us on this Facebook Post!

Have a SUPER day!

Love,

Lance

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An interview with Laura Kellogg, Sound Healing Practitioner

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An interview with Laura Kellogg, Sound Healing Practitioner

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

Laura Kellogg is a Sound Healing Practitioner, she offers Sound Healing at Village Wellness.

Enjoy the interview!

Lance

Q: Where did you grow up?
LAURA: I grew up in Malvern, PA.  I grew up around open land, woods and Valley Creek that leads into Valley Forge National Park.  I have a deep love of nature and connecting to Spirit through nature.  My experiences growing up close to nature supported this love of nature.  

Q How did you end up practicing Sound Healing?
LAURA: Ever-seeking the truth of things,  I graduated with an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Geology. This lead me to a decade and a ½ of work in environmental projects where I learned first-hand the way of big business and how the fabric of our lives has been caught up in the web of big business. I find, there is a general theme of blockage from our natural state of being while living in the post age of industrial revolution. 

On a parallel track, for approximately two decades, I have been studying the practice of natural healing, beginning with yoga and moving into an understanding of Aruveyda and related wellness approaches, and most recently into the study of quantum physics, spiritual science and healing. From here I was lead to sound healing and the healing effects of vibration on the health of the human body.  As I became more fascinated with sound healing, I entered into a formal education program in Sound Healing at the Globe Institute in San Francisco. This school is the most scientifically based, and technically developed sound healing school that I have found in the United States.

In my practice I now use the synergy of all of my training; the physical and chemical scientific training, the self-training of natural healing and spiritual science, and training from the Globe Institute.

Q: What inspired your deep interest in wellness?
LAURA: The fundamental reason why I have such an interest in health is that my mother was sick my whole life and finally died when I was 32 years old.  Although, gratefully, she was kept alive by “modern medicine” the approach did not heal her, it masked the symptoms and did not address the underlying issues causing her illnesses.  I watched her suffer for my whole life, when she died I was concerned about what I had seen. 

This initiated the quest for ways to access the natural healing capabilities of the body.  My research goals were geared toward the lessening and cessation of the use of pharmaceutical medicines for treatment of disease. 

I should note, I deeply value a place for western medicine especially as a lifesaving method for stabilizing humans in emergency and critical health situations and I recognize the need for its place in today’s society. 

 

Among the vast array of information on the topic of moving from medicating chronic issues to healthy transformation, I found that raising the vibration (physically, spiritually and mentally) of the human being is useful to healthy transformation. There are several approaches that need to be used in conjunction with one another in order to provide the environment for this to happen. Sound Healing catalyzes this whole process, and its scientific basis has drawn me to it.   

Q: What is your mission with your Sound Healing practice?
My private practice has manifested out of the desire to share my knowledge with others and help others find vibrancy and health in their lives.  I am here to assist others on their spiritual, emotional and physical path of life in order to be more present, more effective, and healthier in their body.  My specific mission is to provide a mechanism for individuals to harmonize their body through vibrational therapy.  This therapy addresses all aspects of the human being, initial sessions will activate the process, and additional sessions are used to address the issues that appear on a chronic basis.   

Q: What is your goal when working with your clients?
LAURA: My goal with my clients is to help them see the underlying issues that may be effecting their lives both physically, mentally and/or spiritually. I also strive to assist them in finding greater clarity on how to remove blockages. Sound healing itself provides the perfect environment for the removal of these blockages. 

Q: What are 1-5 healthy lifestyle recommendations you want to offer the world?
LAURA:
1) Eat foods that are organic and not processed, or processed as little as possible. Include raw foods in your diet.

2) Meditate, if you don’t know how, there are many different ways, take some time to read on the matter.

3) Self-reflection, take time to reflect on your life and be honest with yourself about where you are and where you want to be.  If there is disharmony, take friendly action on behalf of yourself, don’t be hard on yourself.

4) Find something pleasing and pleasant about the people you come in contact with, especially ones you find disharmonious to you.  

5) Pay attention to the music you are listening to, make dancing, singing, listening to special music a practice you put energy into.  

Q: Do you have a spiritual practice? if so what is it?
My spiritual practice can be most easily described as Spiritual Science”. Spiritual Science was founded by Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian Theosophist, from the turn of the century, and is a synergy of many different spiritual paths (Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, European). I combine Steiner’s teachings with modern spiritual science (quantum physics), and other cultural spiritual practices (indigenous, tribal).  My mechanisms for practice are reading, ceremonial prayer and meditation, communing with fellow humans on the “path”, yoga, and use of sound to maintain contact with the Divine.   

Q: What does your morning routine look like?
LAURA: I wake up when my eyes open (around 7 am) typically without an alarm. I take some supplements I need due to certain shortages in my body. I read my spiritual readings. I drink tea and I make myself a raw-foods smoothie of lemon-celery-cilantro.

Q: What book have you given away most?
LAURA: “How to Attain the Higher Worlds”, by Rudolph Steiner, or “You are the Placebo” by Joe Dispanza

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
LAURA: “Man (and woman) does not live by bread alone, but by the Word…”; word can be re-translated as frequency, and we can say we cannot live by bread alone, but also by frequency.  I see this as a clue to the fact that frequency is as much of a food as physical food is.

Q: What are you currently most passionate about?
LAURA: True health and human vibrancy, which will lead to vibrancy and harmony for plants, animals and the whole earth system.  

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? what do you like to do for fun?
LAURA: Kirtan, travel, talk with friends.  

Q:Who are your heros?
LAURA: Ascended Masters, Gods and Goddesses, the conscious child (within all of us).

Learn more about the AMAZING work Laura does and schedule your own Sound Healing Session with Laura. 

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New Weekend Hours @ Village Wellness

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New Weekend Hours @ Village Wellness

New Weekend Hours Starting Oct 29th
@ Village Wellness in Berwyn

for
Acupuncture, Functional Nutrition, Shamanic Energy Medicine & Meditation 

 

Community Acupuncture  with Leslie Aurino Saturdays 10-1 PM  BOOK NOW

Community Acupuncture
with Leslie Aurino
Saturdays 10-1 PM
BOOK NOW

Acupuncture &amp; TCM  with Leslie Aurino Saturdays 2-5 PM  BOOK NOW

Acupuncture & TCM
with Leslie Aurino
Saturdays 2-5 PM
BOOK NOW

Functional Nutrition  with Rachel Hershberger  Saturdays 11-3 PM   BOOK NOW

Functional Nutrition
with Rachel Hershberger
Saturdays 11-3 PM
BOOK NOW

Shamanic Energy Medicine  with Stephanie Moore  Saturdays 9-2 PM   BOOK NOW

Shamanic Energy Medicine
with Stephanie Moore
Saturdays 9-2 PM
BOOK NOW

The Heart of Meditation &nbsp; Weekly Meditation Class with Robbie Russock  Sundays 10:30-12:00 PM   OOK NOW

The Heart of Meditation 
Weekly Meditation Class
with Robbie Russock
Sundays 10:30-12:00 PM
OOK NOW

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Meet Gabrielle, Acupuncturist Extraordinaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Announcements:

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

Acupuncturist Berwyn, PA

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


chronic disease nutrition philadelphia

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

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Welcome Patients of Radiance Chiropractic Healing Center

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Welcome Patients of Radiance Chiropractic Healing Center

Dear patients of Dr. Trish,

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

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

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Directions 

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

Directions from Radiance Chiropractic

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

Parking

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

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Once inside, make yourself at home.

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

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

Super wide angle shot of the Village Wellness waiting room

Super wide angle shot of the Village Wellness waiting room

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

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

Thank you so much,

Love,

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

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

 

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Free Functional Nutrition Lecture 🌱 and other goodies

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Free Functional Nutrition Lecture 🌱 and other goodies

Hi Friends, 

Picture credit of  Rabab Al-Amin

Picture credit of Rabab Al-Amin

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you there!
Enjoy the moon!!

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

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


Announcements:


Class Spotlight:

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

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

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

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


Practitioner Spotlight:

Karin Tetlow, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

See Karin's Schedule

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


Healing Arts Spotlight

Functional Holistic Nutrition with Rachel Hershberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love,

Lance

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5 holistic medicine tips for to harness the energy of the Metal Element 🍁

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5 holistic medicine tips for to harness the energy of the Metal Element 🍁

I wanted to share these 5 simple and powerful Autumn health tips from the wisdom of 5 Element Acupuncture & Kundalini Yoga. I hope you can use them to keep you and your family happy, healthy, and vibrant! 

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

 

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The Art of Allowing - How to Let Go

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The Art of Allowing - How to Let Go

by Lance Isakov, L.Ac.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Art of Allowing: 

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

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

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Massage & Bodywork Spotlight:  Shiatsu Shin Tai with Susan Watson

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Massage & Bodywork Spotlight: Shiatsu Shin Tai with Susan Watson

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

Susan Watson, Master of Shiatsu Shin Tai

Susan Watson, Master of Shiatsu Shin Tai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Susan Watson, LMT, Dipl. ABT,

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

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

What her patients are saying:

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

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

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

 

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Lance's Late Summer Letter 2016

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Lance's Late Summer Letter 2016

Hi Friends, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love,

Lance

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

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Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element

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Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element

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

This is the character for the Earth Element

This is the character for the Earth Element

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Village Wellness Community Acupuncture Fundraiser for Ellicott City Flood Recovery

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Village Wellness Community Acupuncture Fundraiser for Ellicott City Flood Recovery

Hi Everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks so much,

Love,

Lance

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A Journey by Damini Celebre

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A Journey by Damini Celebre

A Journey. . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XX Damini

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

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

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! 

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

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


1. Sitali Pranayam

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

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

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

1. Roll your tongue 

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

3. Exhale through the nose. 

Continue for 3 minutes. 

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


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

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


3. Medicinal Grade Peppermint Oil

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


4. Foods that cool summer heat

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


5. HYDRATE with H20!

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


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

Lots of love,

Lance

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