by Elisa Smith
Therapist Elaine Berk helps clients resolve issues that have been plaguing them for decades. Her extensive training includes traditional talk therapy, past life regression therapy, hypnosis, reiki and energy psychology, which together offer what she calls an “extensive tool kit” for resolving clients’ most vexing issues.
Among those tools is crystal light therapy. Berk is one of a select few granted permission to bring back and use a John of God Crystal Healing Bed, obtained from and named for the world-renowned spiritual healer based at Casa de Dom Inácio, in Brazil.
Millions of people have travelled to “the Casa”, as it is known, to experience the profound emotional, physical and spiritual healings performed by healing spirit guides referred to as “the Entities of Light”, as channeled through the man known as John of God. Oprah and Wayne Dyer are among those who have reported profound healing.
As a frequent visitor to the Casa, Berk has experienced firsthand the powerful transformations that take place there, and she is honored to be chosen to bring this healing modality to others.
The Crystal Healing Bed consists of seven pure, specially selected quartz crystals that are suspended 12 inches above the client. The crystals are lighted through color lenses that are then aligned to correspond to the body’s seven main energy centers, called chakras. Berk explains, “Opening and clearing these energy centers while also cleansing and restoring the biofield or aura—the energetic field surrounding the body—promotes healing, because blockages, imbalances and energetic disturbances can cause or contribute to everything from anxiety and depression to pain and physical illness.” Sessions last from 20 to 60 minutes, and Berk says clients often report having the physical sensation of being “worked on”, as well as receiving guidance and clarity.
Berk maintains the traditions practiced at Casa de Dom Inácio, including “sitting in current” to assist those seeking healing. “Every day, in a beautiful gesture of love, hundreds of people sit in deep meditation to sustain the high energy vibration that facilitates the healing work of the Entities of Light,” says Berk. She offers similar support by sitting in meditation in an adjoining room on her clients’ behalf during healing bed sessions. Berk believes that healing is a 50/50 partnership between the spiritual plane and the recipient but maintains that the only thing required is an attitude of openness and receptivity.
“John of God insists that he has never healed anyone, and that he only acts as a vessel for God to do the healing,” says Berk. “In that same spirit, I am grateful to be able to offer this service to anyone seeking healing.”<
Location: 110 N. State St., Newtown, and 423 N. Main St., Doylestown. For more information, call 215-970-1534 or visit PastLifeRegressionPA.com. See ad, page 15.
Heidi Garis, founder of Tap Into Abundance Now, will host Empowered You, Empowered Money from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 13. This full-day workshop will give professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners an opportunity to explore how they can energetically and practically move into greater empowerment with money and prosperity.
The program will include dynamic energy work sessions led by Garis, including EFT/tapping, vibrational frequency meditation and guided visualization. “The aim of the work is to release limiting stories and move past deep fears and old wounds that may be keeping us small and stuck,” explains Garis. The day will be interactive and experiential, with an opportunity for participants to share their own personal stories and receive personalized facilitation.
Garis will be joined by several guest business experts that will present practi-cal ways to gain greater clarity and confidence in professional endeavors.
Natural Awakenings magazine of Bucks and Montgomery County will co-sponsor the event. Publisher Karen G. Meshkov adds, “It’s so important for me personally, and for the business owners that we work with, that as women we are able to honor and value what we do and who we are, in all aspects of our business and personal lives.
The Richboro Heal Your Heart from Loss organization will provide two forums in April to facilitate healing conversations among those suffering from the loss of a loved one. The forums will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 6 and April 20, at the Free Library of Northampton Township, in Richboro.
Organizer Donna Glatz’s husband, Bill Glatz, was tragically murdered during an attempted armed robbery of the family’s jewelry store on Rising Sun Avenue in 2010. Through the grieving process that followed his passing, Glatz discovered that her beloved was still with her in many ways, and through that connection, she found the power to heal herself and others.
“I want to provide a safe space to tell my story, and for me to hear others’ stories. This is that space, and I look forward to meeting those who plan to attend,” shares Glatz.
Location: 25 Upper Holland Rd., Richboro. Free Library of Northampton Township provides location, but not sponsorship, of this event. For more information, email email@example.com. Dates and times will be posted in the Natural Awakenings calendar each month.
LifeAligned Upper Cervical Treatment Center, a new center specializing in gentle, precise head realignment, will host a series of free events this month.
Readers are invited to a movie night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 5, where they can meet LifeAligned founder Dr. Andrew Persky, DC, enjoy healthy snacks, learn more about upper cervical treatments and tour the facility. An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 17, where attendees can register to win a free examination and imaging study. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 26, “An Evening with Dr. Persky” will offer interesting exploration of current health issues.
LifeAligned treatment is a highly specialized, non-surgical, gentle and safe procedure designed to realign the cranio-cervical junction and upper cervical spine where the base of the skull and brain connect to the rest of the body. Published research and advanced imaging have provided new insight into how misalignment of the head can cause troubling health issues in certain individuals.
“Upper cervical treatment is one of the best kept secrets in healthcare,” says Persky, noting that the treatment is significantly different from standard chiropractic. The tide is turning, however, and former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon (with dementia) and talk show host Montel Williams (with multiple sclerosis) have both endorsed the treatment, citing profound improvement in the quality of their lives.
Persky, who trained in Georgia, is grateful for the opportunity to bring his work to the Philadelphia area. “This is exciting, state-of-the-art medicine, and most importantly it has the power to heal people for whom relief has been inaccessible. I’m looking forward to both meeting and serving the community here.”
In Balance Health Coaches announces its grand opening of two office locations in Langhorne and Doylestown.
In Balance’s founder and director, Gina Forgione, is a certified health and wellness coach, certified nutritionist and graduate of the renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), in New York City, as well as a member of the International Association of Health Coaches. Forgione was in the medical field for 17 years before pursuing her passion for functional, integrative wellness.
Forgione’s philosophy of nutrition focuses on a person’s unique “primary plate”—the relationship between food, stress, career, relationships, exercise and spirituality. “If things aren’t organized on that plate, the diet will never succeed,” she explains, adding, “Bioindividuality is also a factor.” In addition to assisting with weight loss, Forgione helps people with diabetes, kidney and renal conditions, lymphatic issues and candida, among others.
“It’s a nice, gentle way of making lifestyle change,” says Forgione of her three-,six- and nine-month programs. “We gradually introduce clean-eating food choices that will crowd out poorer food choices. We are careful not to spook people with too much change too fast.” She also offers elimination diets for people experiencing high levels of inflammation.
To celebrate the grand opening, clients who sign up before April 30 will receive $100 off of the core program fee.
Locations: Wood Lane Professional Centre, 1262 Wood Ln., Ste. 206, Langhorne, and Park Terrace, 275 Main St., Ste. 10, Doylestown. For more information, call 267-767-3973, email InBalanceHealthCoaches2@gmail.com or visit InBalanceHealthCoaches.com. See ad, page 35.
by Elisa Smith
A sustainable planet begins with individuals making better choices, yet many consumers are unsure where to begin to reap the health and environmental benefits of creating a sustainable home. Fortunately, residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties have several options available.
Dennis and Lee Hornick, owners of The Organic Mattress Store, entered the business after being so impressed with their first organic mattress that they decided to become distributors. “Dennis and I had purchased five conventional mattresses in seven years,” says Lee, noting that they’d long wanted an organic one, but lacked nearby retailers. When the couple sold their home in the Florida Keys to return to Pennsylvania in 2004, they enlisted their nephew in California to purchase one there and have it shipped to them. Six months later they were enthusiastic retailers of the brand.
Since then, in addition to offering top brands of organic mattresses, the Hornicks have developed their own private label, OMS. Lee warns that some companies market their mattresses as natural despite their containing hidden products like borate, silica, Kevlar or Tyvek. “We sell no synthetic products whatsoever. Even in our furniture line, there are no chemical coatings,” she explains. Their commitment extends to their showroom, which was completely gutted and refinished with non-toxic plaster walls, wool carpeting and Bioshield paints, containing no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). “Chemically sensitive people can breathe easy in our showroom,” she says.
Breathing easy is also important to Mike and Amy Staub, owners of Your Organic Bedroom . “Our bodies rejuvenate while we’re sleeping, so it’s important that our sleeping environment be as non-toxic as possible,” says Mike. As the name suggests, the store offers organic and all-natural options in bedroom furnishings, including mattresses, bedding and sleepwear. In addition to selling the top brands, the Staubs offer customers the option of customizing mattresses. “All of our mattresses are made of natural cotton and wool, sourced and manufactured in the USA, and none contain chemical fire retardants, because premium eco-wool is a natural fire retardant, as tested and approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” says Staub.
The store recently expanded to include a line of organic sofas and chairs that feature certified organic hemp, organic cotton duck or a blend of the two on a solid maple frame, with cushions wrapped in organic wool batting and filled with natural latex foam.
For the remainder of the home, Environmental Home Store offers environmentally friendly kitchen, bath, flooring and paint options. According to owner Nick Cutrone, mainstream products often contain VOCs that evaporate into the air, a dangerous process known as off-gassing. “We’re typically aware of toxic chemicals only when we can smell them,” he says, “but toxins can be released into the air for many years after products are installed, leading to health issues including asthma, headaches, fatigue, allergies, depression and even cancer.”
Founded with the mission to make sustainable living and working both accessible and affordable, the company’s services include consulting, design, construction and installation. Cutrone has completely redone the homes of several of his own family members and says all are impressed with the craftsmanship of the products and the air quality throughout the renovation process. “We are experts in replacing traditional materials with cutting-edge sustainable materials for roughly the same cost,” says Cutrone, adding that it’s not necessary to start with new construction. “There are many products available to help homeowners make the shift to a healthier, eco-friendly environment in their existing homes.”
Our sustainable home experts look forward to partnering with readers to improve the health of their living environments. Please use the information below to reach out and learn more.
The Organic Mattress Store is located at 1075 Main St., Hellertown. For more information, call 866-246-9866 or visit TheEastCoastOrganicMattressStore.com. See ad, page 32.
Your Organic Bedroom has locations at 323 Main St.,Doylestown, and 83 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli. For more information, call 215-345-5551 (Doylestown) or 610-647-4068 (Paoli) or visit YourOrganicBedroom.com. See ad, page 17.
The Environmental Home Store is located at 320 North Broad St., Doylestown. For more information, call 267-880-6791 or visit EnvironmentalHomeStore.com. See ad, page 9.
by Jacqueline Fox
The word “cleanse” is often associated with the physical body. Sometimes neglected is the value of an emotional cleanse, especially when preparing for something as taxing as clearing out our homes or other personal spaces.
Here are a few tips for preparing for a declutter session.
- Think about “emotional incompletes” that are weighing you down. Make a list of phone calls, e-mails and meetings you intend to schedule, so you can mentally file them away.
- Limit your engagement with phone calls and e-mails. Set times that you will check in, but otherwise, let others know that you won’t be available for workaday activities.
- Slow down. Meditate, take a yoga or tai chi class, or walk in the park.
- Allow yourself to imagine what it will feel like to be more light and free of clutter. Write about your imagined future in a journal.
- Gather needed materials ahead of time, such as trash bags, recycling containers and storage boxes.
- Prepare a short mantra that you can repeat to yourself during your de-cluttering, reminding yourself to be present and enjoy the process of releasing what no longer serves you.
- If you know you might need assistance, hire a coach or professional organizer who can help you.
Jacqueline Fox, MEd, MS, is an office organizer and coach for business professionals, serving the greater central Bucks County area. Connect at JFox@JacquelineFox.com or visit JacquelineFox.com.
Dr. Susan Burger and The Moonbeam Initiative will present Embracing the Deep Mystery of Wholeness, a series of thought provoking events focused on what keeps us feeling separate from each other, and how to break through into a new paradigm of living. The series will culminate in a weekend workshop featuring special guests, classes, presentations, music and meditation on June 25 and 26 at the James Lorah Auditorium, in Doylestown.
“We use terms like oneness, wholeness, and divine intelligence and say ‘we are all connected’,” says Burger, founder and director of Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, a multi-practitioner wellness center in Morrisville. “But what do we really mean, and how do we live and embody this truth? Are these just metaphysical terms or are they backed by science?” she asks, adding, “This journey is not for those who are comfortable with the status quo.”
The series will kick off this month with Friday night movie screenings at the Dr. Susan Burger Vitality Center. Black Whole will be shown at 7 p.m. on April 8, and a double feature, Animate Earth and Plants Behaving Badly will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22.
Featured guests at the June 25 and 26 weekend conference will include acclaimed body psychologist Philip Shepherd, author of New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century, presenting one of his signature workshops, Radical Wholeness. Also presenting will be Charles Gilchrist, mandala and sacred geometry artist, and Gabriel Cavazos, a bio-environmental designer, along with Dr. Burger and others.
Massage therapists can qualify for six CE credits with Philip Shepherd. A mandala workbook will be provided with Charles Gilchrist.
Location: Friday night movies and events are held at Dr.Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, 300 W. Trenton Ave., Ste. 200, Morrisville. The weekend workshop in June will be held at the James Lorah Auditorium, 132 N. Main St., Doylestown. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 215-736-3803 or visit LiveWithVitality.com. See ad, page 8
Creating a Future of Possibility
by Barbara Mainhart
Sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development—all are designed to ensure the health and well-being of future generations. Just like a slash-and-burn mentality demolishes human and animal habitats and devastates economies, an adversarial divorce, with its “scorched Earth” attitude, can hold a family’s future hostage.
Consider the various “resources” at risk during divorce proceedings: time, money, energy, goodwill, equanimity and sometimes even health. All of these are vital to sustaining quality of life after divorce. As opposed to the “do-it-yourself” or “my-lawyer-versus-your-lawyer” models, an interdisciplinary, team-mediated approach to the divorce process can provide a blueprint for moving ahead that reduces stress in the now and conserves those resources that are critical to a healthy, imagined future.
How a couple divorces affects how they and their children move on. What if, instead of trying to get as much as they can for the present, they worked toward preserving as much as they could for their futures? What would that look like?
Sustainable Wellness: Reduce tension and stress. The most skilled attorney-mediators have years of experience in remaining neutral to assure that the needs and wants of both parties are carefully considered. They are trained in effective techniques for bringing about a settlement even when divorcing couples are highly conflicted and distrustful of each other.
Sustainable Relationships: Build bridges. A parenting mediator, who is a certified therapist, helps the couple create a healthy co-parenting agreement. This agreement gives them a guide for the transition process, including living arrangements, school situations and vacation schedules, so that both parents and children can move forward with their new lives.
Sustainable Finances: Preserve resources and maintain separate, affordable lifestyles. With accountant mediators and financial consultants as part of the mediation process, a couple’s income and expenses, tax strategies and detailed budgets are carefully studied to ensure that each person can reasonably meet their current financial obligations, as well as have a well-balanced financial structure in the future to cover their housing needs, cash reserves and retirement plans.
Most importantly, the choice to put a family’s future welfare above the individual’s present advantage will sustain peace of mind for all concerned for years to come.
Barbara Mainhart is outreach coordinator for the Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation, headquartered in Doylestown and offering its divorce mediation program in multiple locations and online. For more information, call 800-310-9085, email AlphaCares@Alpha-Divorce.com, or visit Alpha-Divorce.com and AlphaResourceCenter.com. See ad, page 47.
by Sarah Mooers
Unlike the physical environments of our offices, where it’s clear when things are out of place, the mental space is more complicated. It must be uncovered layer by layer. Taking 15 or 20 minutes at the start of the day to get mindfully curious about the nature of the tasks and projects that are on those bloated to-do lists can yield hours of surplus time and energy.
When applying mindfulness to productivity, the first and often most difficult step is making the conscious effort to stop the habitual “go-go-go” mentality. In that pause, redirect the energy to these questions:
- Of everything I have on my plate right now, what is the one thing that will best help me achieve my goals?
- Am I truly the right person to do this, or is there someone who can do it better than I can?
- Can I commit myself fully to this endeavor, and not allow myself to be derailed or distracted for 30 to 90 minutes, so that I can really make progress?
- Is this thing I’m about to do really the most important to me… or is it important to someone else?
Running faster and harder isn’t as important as running in the right direction.
Sarah Mooers, Ph.D., is a productivity consultant serving the greater Philadelphia area. Connect at Sarah@OrganizedEfficiency.com or visit OrganizedEfficiency.com. See listing, page 42.
Whole Body Yoga will present “Teen Lives Matter”, a series of free yoga classes especially designed to meet the needs of teens.
The program will kick off with a special GloYoga class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 1. GloYoga classes are glow-in-the-dark yoga classes where participants wear neon clothing, glow stick necklaces and bracelets and practice under neon and black lights. The subsequent classes will meet at 3 p.m. on each Sunday in April, beginning April 3. These classes with be hatha style, focusing on basic postures and breathing exercises, and will be appropriate for beginners as well as teens that are more experienced with yoga practice.
“Teens are faced with so much stress, and many of them are desperate for ways to release and relax away from their phones. We wanted to create a safe space for young women and young men to be able to come and have fun and decompress in a healthy way,” says Whole Body owner and senior yoga teacher Patty Ferry.
Location: 403 E. Walnut St., North Wales. For more information, call 215-661-0510 or visit WholeBodyYogaStudio.com. See listing, page 34