Step into Joy Healing Arts Adds New Trauma Certification

Gestalt Life Coach and reiki master Joan Summers has completed training with the Lakeside Global Institute to become a Certified Trauma-Competent Professional.

A trauma-competent professional knows that trauma is any experience or situation that is emotionally painful and overwhelming. They have been uniquely trained and understand that anyone can be impacted by trauma and will need compassion and patience. Unprocessed trauma can leave a person feeling very alone and powerless, with symptoms that can become confusing and misunderstood. A trauma-competent professional has the training to be sensitive and provide a safe space for these individuals to process their trauma. Continue reading

Change Your Mindset to Empower Your Life

We each have the ability to empower ourselves. Sometimes we get stuck, and we don’t have to stay stuck. The Empowerment Partnership is offering an Integrative Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Certification training from April 11 through 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Newark Airport. This interactive and experiential program provides proven tools and techniques to communicate more effectively, build rapport easily, reprogram the mind for success, release limiting beliefs and behaviors, gain clarity in core values and overcome procrastination, lack of motivation, depression and phobias. Continue reading

Tips for Creating One-Pot Meals on a Budget

by Lauren Panoff

One-pot meals are chock full of benefits. They’re budget-friendly, versatile, easy to make and can be whipped up with just a few basic ingredients. In many cases, simply toss everything into one skillet, pan or slow cooker, and dinner (breakfast or lunch) practically takes care of itself. Read on for a few tips for creating delicious one-pot meals.

Make it plant-based

Looking to go meatless? There are tons of great options within fingertip reach. Tofu and tempeh are both affordable, refrigerated choices that are great mix-ins for dishes such as chili, soups or tacos. For other options, canned beans and bagged lentils are nutritious, plant-based proteins that can be found at low prices year-round. Continue reading

TacklingTicks: A Multi-Layered Approach to Protecting Pooches

by Laura Weis

Thawing temperatures and longer days are early harbingers of spring, but unfortunately so is the appearance of ticks and the diseases they carry. Ticks can be active anytime the temperature climbs above 45 degrees, which means that the month of March signals the beginning of consistent tick problems in Pennsylvania.

Understanding the Problem

All ticks feed on the blood of their host animals, and most go through four life stages and often prefer different host species for each stage. Ticks can sense their hosts’ body heat, breath and odor, as well as moisture, vibrations and even shadows. Ticks cannot jump or fly. They find potential host animals by attaching to grass or leaves with their hind legs, holding their front legs outstretched in a behavior called “questing”. When a promising host brushes past, they quickly climb aboard, attach and begin feeding. Continue reading

Amaya Victoria ‘Sacred Medicine for Your Soul’ Weekend in Newtown

Spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria is offering a weekend of healing, Sacred Medicine for Your Soul, from March 22 to 24 at Soulutions for Daily Living, in Newtown.

Individual sessions are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 22 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 23. Participants can choose between Heartspeak Healing and Personal Channeling sessions, detailed descriptions of which are available on AmayaCenter.comContinue reading

Local M.D. Celebrates 20 Years of Teaching Yoga

Michael Cheikin, M.D., medical director at Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community via the unusual combination of medical doctor and yoga instructor.

Cheikin first began teaching yoga as a means to help his chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients. While his patients benefited, his uncommon approach was not embraced by everyone. Cheikin explains, “When I started teaching yoga at a local hospital in 1998, the public relations department sent me a concerned memo stating, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You’ll ruin our reputation!’”  Continue reading

Oceanfront Water-Fasting Retreats

The Balance for Life Retreat in Deerfield Beach, Florida, is offering medically supervised fasting retreats in an ideal, oceanfront location.

Historically, animals and humans naturally adapted to challenging conditions when food availability vacillated between periods of abundance and extreme deprivation. With advances in food production, fasting ceased to be a consideration for many, yet research confirms that controlled periods of water-only fasting, also known as a water cleanse, may provide major health benefits.  Continue reading

Local Availability Expands for Tina’s Natural Products

Tina’s Natural Products, available online through its website and through Amazon.com, are now available locally at Kimberton Whole Foods and Holly Hill Health Food Store.

The product line includes nine easy to use, on-the-go products for common, everyday issues, such as anxiety, seasonal depression, lack of energy, poor focus, bad habits, poor sleep, lack of empowerment and women’s issues.  Continue reading

Inner Light Holistic Expo Empowers Community

Now celebrating its eighth year, the Inner Light Holistic Expo will be held on November 10 and 11, in Center Court at Coventry Mall, in Pottstown.

The expo will feature over 100 vendors from all over the East Coast exhibiting spiritual gifts and holistic services, including essential oils; alternative healing products; incense; massage therapy; reflexology; psychic, medium and angelic readings; aura photography; crystals; books; jewelry and more.  Continue reading

Intuitive Life Coach Enhances Spiritual Guidance with Reiki

Linda Harbaugh, intuitive life coach and founder of Journey to the Self, is adding reiki to her service offerings. This energy healing technique, combined with her intuitive gifts, allows her to provide enhanced spiritual guidance sessions.

Based on the concept of a universal life force energy, reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique that alleviates stress and promotes healing. Reiki balances the mind, body and spirit though a gentle, hands-on or hands-slightly-above the body session. Through the release of energetic blockages, reiki opens the pathway to wellness. Left untreated, blocked energies can cause stress and illness.  Continue reading

Doylestown Veterinarian Receives Chiropractic Certification

Dr. David MacDonald, with Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, recently received certification in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (VSMT) from Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

The VSMT program is a post-graduate certification approved by the College of Animal Chiropractors and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes veterinary chiropractic as a complementary and alternative treatment, a category that also includes acupuncture.  Continue reading

Psychological and Behavioral Health in Langhorn Focuses on Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

Operating from the philosophy that a healthy, happy and satisfying life is one in which there is a balance of one’s mind and emotions, Mind & Emotion (M.E.) Matters has opened its office in Langhorne.

M.E. Matters offers psychological and behavioral health services for individuals, couples, teens and families. Founder David Piltz explains that the three main focuses of M.E. Matters—neurofeedback, therapy and a spirituality awareness group—reflect the importance of connection between body, mind and spirit.  Continue reading