Letter from the Publisher, January 2016

2016 is upon us, will all of the excitement and promise that comes with a new year. In our culture, January is also goal-setting season. Gym memberships soar alongside our desire for self-improvement as we commit to having a new body, a new mind, a new us. It’s as if we all collectively decide that we’re going to be better with a capital B! Better NOW! Better than EVER!!

This attitude can be inspiring and motivating. But it can also be overwhelming—and if your past efforts have been less than successful (and research shows that 92 percent of us have made and failed at New Year’s resolutions), it can bring up sour memories.

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Bringing Functional Home

BuxMont Practitioners Offer Healthier, Natural Alternatives

by Elisa Smith

bringing functional homeWhile functional medicine’s holistic approach to health is only recently gaining attention in many areas, several of BuxMont’s health professionals have been successfully applying these principles in their practices for years. Local residents enjoy a variety of options for whole-person wellness, and most practitioners offer either free or very affordable initial consultations to discuss treatment options. Continue reading

From Healed to Healers

Personal Experiences Inspire Local Acupuncturists

by Elisa Smith

rachel rizziRachel Rizzi, M.S., L.Ac., of Great Spring Acupuncture, had such a positive experience with acupuncture as a young adult that she decided to pursue it as a career. “I felt better physically and emotionally and wanted to be able to help others in the same way,” she says.
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Hypnosis: The Resolution Solution

by Mandy Francis

How many of us have made a New Year’s resolution on January 1, only to see our efforts fizzle by Valentine’s Day? While a desire to take on positive lifestyle changes is admirable, actually putting those changes into action involves transforming long-habituated beliefs and behaviors. These kinds of shifts are difficult to sustain without the proper support, no matter how strong our desire to change.
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Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini

dolphins biminiSusan Duval Seminars invites readers to join them in Bimini for the week of July 2 through 8. Located just off the coast of Florida, Bimini is a small island renowned for the pods of Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins who call it home. With its warm turquoise waters, Bimini is considered paradise for people seeking to spiritually connect—and swim with these wise and beautiful creatures.
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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

lose weightOften, for many trying to slim down, dieting and exercise don’t produce results, or the pounds don’t stay lost for long. Although lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise are important in maintaining a healthy weight, there are many other factors that need to be considered. When addressing any function of the body, a wholistic or functional approach must be taken—looking at the mind/body as an integrated, synergistic organism that sometimes acquires faults or blocks that interfere with health goals. Continue reading

Academy of Massage Therapy to Host Open House for Practitioners-to-Be

massage therapyAcademy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks (AMTB) will host an open house from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., January 11, at 141 East High Street, in Pottstown. The program is designed for anyone interested in learning more about attending massage therapy school and will include “a day in the life” of a student enrolled in the academy’s highly regarded professional massage licensing program.
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