The Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute (PTW), with five locations across Bucks and Montgomery counties, is now offering walk-in assessments and evaluations to those suffering from musculoskeletal aches or pains. The assessments are performed by experienced physical therapists in their Lansdale, Montgomeryville and Quakertown locations and no referral is needed.
The year 2014 marks a historic milestone for The First National Bank and Trust Company—150 years. With 12 branches located throughout Bucks County, The First prides itself on focusing exclusively on supporting local towns, businesses and neighbors.
Wholistic Fitness, a wellness and fitness center for women, recently announced its expansion into specialized physical therapy care rarely available to women. Focused on the unique physiological needs of women, the wellness center is equipped to treat orthopedic conditions such as sprains, post-operative rehab, chronic pain, athletes and arthritis as well as the rarely found specialty of pelvic floor dysfunction.
This January, Inner Spa welcomed licensed acupuncturist Jan Wilson to their Newtown team. With Wilson’s arrival, Inner Spa will now offer acupuncture services, including facial acupuncture. Acupuncture services are provided by appointment and can be scheduled as a single session or series of sessions depending on the needs and goals of each client.
Thank goodness that although March may blow in like a lion, we can look forward to it going out more like a lamb. This winter’s extremes aren’t a real issue for me because I always try to see the bright side of things. I find solace in the quiet and peacefulness after a storm, allowing nature’s way of making us slow down and revisit the important things in life.
Making way for change now, one of the things I most look forward to with the coming of spring is the emergence of butterflies in the garden. I like to take “hitchhiker” caterpillars ensconced on plants at the local garden store home with me, protecting them from going home with other shoppers that may deem them a nuisance. I love to feed, nurture and wait for them to transform into butterflies, releasing them into the wild.
My kids and I have raised several dozen backyard caterpillars like this in recent years. Among our favorites are swallowtails and monarchs. We fear for the decline of all butterfly populations; and Mary Ellen Noonan, environmental educator at Bucks County Conservation District, specifically addresses the population drop in monarchs on page 28. While many view milkweed as a weed it is a vital host for insects, including these majestic butterflies.
If you have been following my journey via my publisher’s letters, you may already know that gardening hasn’t been easy for me and I can use all the help I can get. In this issue our experts make it easier and more fruitful with tips and practical Food & Garden tips. Last year saw me incorporating both vermicompost and aquaponics systems into my gardening habitat. So I am particularly thrilled with Avery Mack’s article, “Food Revolution in a Tank,” on page 26.
Another healthful and doable thing to include in our day is eating probiotics, which are easy to acquire as live cultures added to kefir products and high quality yogurts (check labels). Learn more about the benefits of fermented foods in our feature, “Fresh Food Trends” on page 16. As preliminary studies presented at the 2012 Digestive Disease Week Conference, in San Diego, point out, good gut bacteria can even change the way the brain reacts to the environment. I am glad I can obtain a regular supply of water kefir courtesy of H2moj0, in New Hope, and invite you to try it yourself.
In choosing to see the beauty in everything this spring we might turn for perspective to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” I like his way of thinking.
YIELDS: 4 servings
- 3-4 pounds tomatoes
- 1 medium sweet onion
- ½ bell pepper
- 1-2 stalks celery
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 tsp butter
- Salt and pepper, to taste
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by Anna Davis-Agostini
Our culture is so familiar with the delights of Cacao, Theobroma cacao, and yet we know so little. The average American is more knowledgeable of their coffee bean varieties than they are the little bean that creates their favorite dessert. Similar to coffee, cacao is very sensitive to terroir—climate, temperature, altitude and hydration—and the three varieties are sourced from very specific cacao growing terroirs.
Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
YIELDS: 4 servings
- 2 avocados
- ⅓ cup raw agave nectar
- ⅓ cup raw cacao
- 1 ½ Tbsp nut butter
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ banana, mashed
- Pinch of sea salt
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Tips from our friends in the BuxMont community
“Practicing conscious breathing helps relieve stress. Concentrate on being in the now and follow the breath in, all the way down to the diaphragm. Feel the belly expand and then contract while slowly exhaling ten times; this shifts the focus and lessens stress. This works in all kinds of situations, and can be done without anyone noticing. In addition, doing this before eating can totally change digestion, often eliminating heart burn and gas.”
- Ann Murphy
New Approach Wellness
The Institute of HeartMath has conducted more than 20 years of research on how stress and emotions affect the body. Conclusions of the research suggest that the quality of the emotion and our reaction to stress affects how our body responds. HeartMath’s emWave technology uses infrared light to measure the beat-to-beat changes of the heart rate over time; that is, the variance in the rise and fall of the heart rate. This tool helps users prevent, manage and reverse the effects of stress.