Take a Stand Against Sitting

It’s a world of sitting. Sitting in a car, at a desk or on a couch, Americans spend approximately six to eight sedentary hours each day, according to the American Heart Association.

The body is meant to move. The joints, bones, muscles and organs thrive on the physiological effects of motion. The simple act of supporting one’s own body weight by standing can spark vital molecular activity.

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Amaya Victoria ‘Sacred Medicine for Your Soul’ Weekend

Spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria is offering a weekend of healing, Sacred Medicine for Your Soul, from July 13 to 15 at Soulutions for Daily Living, in Newtown.

Individual sessions are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14. Participants can choose between Heartspeak Healing and Personal Channeling sessions, detailed descriptions of which are available on AmayaCenter.com.

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Amaya Victoria Available for One Weekend in Newtown

Spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria is offering a weekend of healing events from April 20 to 22 at Soulutions for Daily Living, in Newtown.

Individual sessions are available from noon to 2 p.m. on April 20, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21. Participants can choose between Heartspeak Healing and Personal Channeling sessions, detailed descriptions of which are available on AmayaCenter.com.

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Fresh Starts for Wellness

Spring is generally associated with new beginnings and fresh starts. While new beginnings in nature, such as flowers emerging through the soil, happen with ease, when it comes to human behavior, fresh starts sometimes require more effort and attention. One area where it is worth cultivating new perspectives is health and wellness.

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Stress Signals: Listen to Lessen

by Christine Tentilucci

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The term “mind-body connection” can evoke a multitude of subjective definitions. One interpretation is the relationship between mental stress and physical health. Research illustrates that stress that affects the mind directly relates to the health of the body. Therefore, mind-body awareness — remaining aware of how our mental and emotional state correlates to experiences within the body — can be a valuable tool in managing the stress response.

When reacting to stressors, the body releases cortisol, known as the “stress hormone”. If the mind is in a continual state of stress, the cortisol level remains constantly elevated, wreaking havoc on a number of the body’s functions. Chronic stress has been linked to digestive disorders, suppressed immune function, internal inflammation and even cancer.

Women’s health is significantly tied to the body’s delicate balance of hormones, which includes cortisol. This is why decreasing the stress response, and conversely increasing the relaxation response, is a key component of women’s health. These are just a few ways increased stress can affect women’s health:

Periodic Periods. Considering cortisol is part of the hormonal system, it’s no wonder that stress may cause irregular periods.

Bouts of Blemishes. Ever wonder why pimples often pop up during times of stress? Raised cortisol levels can cause excess oil production, contributing to acne breakouts.

Tummy Trouble. Prolonged stress can increase stomach acid, causing indigestion, discomfort and the potential development of IBS or ulcers.

Distressed Sleep. Mental stress and the accompanying mind chatter can be a sleep-interrupter. Plus, a common side effect of increased cortisol is a pattern of waking up during the night. Lack of sleep can lead to fogginess, irritability and low energy, causing more stress and continuing the cycle. The body’s functions rest and reset during the sleep cycle, making healthy sleep a n important part of lowering the stress response.

Weight Woes. Research has linked heightened levels of cortisol to weight gain and belly fat. In addition, stress may trigger emotional eating and increased cravings. To add insult to injury, cortisol-related weight gain can be difficult to reverse, making weight loss a more challenging task.

Seeking advice from a trusted healthcare provider is important for any woman that thinks stress and cortisol may be affecting her health, but mind-body awareness should also remain integral to her day. Take time to stop, breathe deeply and be aware, and then explore ways to turn down the volume on stress.

Christine Tentilucci is the marketing manager for Inner Spa, a fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa in Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000, email Christine@InnerSpa.org, or visit InnerSpa.org and InnerVitalitySpa.com.

May 2016 Issue

C’mon! Get Happy Hour Launches Free Workshops from Inner Spa

MakeupKit_32588944_sInner Spa will offer a series of free workshops at 6:30 p.m. on alternating Monday evenings throughout the spring.

The Wellness Toolkit Workshops begin April 11 and will feature a variety of topics to help attendees develop new practices and perspectives that will enhance full-bodied wellness as the seasons change. The series kicks off with C’mon! Get Happy Hour, where attendees can learn practical tips to blend relaxation and joy into everyday living. The series continues every other Monday with such topics as Detoxification 101; Transitioning from SAD; Get Your Fiber Fill; Healthy Tummy, Healthy Body; and Natural Tools and Techniques.

Inner Spa owner and colon hydrotherapist Cathy Windland shares, “Learning is good for the soul and your overall wellness. We look forward to coming together as a community and having fun as we improve our health.”

Free refreshments will be served.

Inner Spa is located at 4 Terry Dr., Ste. 12, Newtown. Workshop locations TBD.  Reservations are requested. For more information, call 219-968-9000 or visit InnerSpa.org. See ad, page 26

Alison David Bird, Founder of Marconic Energy, Comes to Newtown

alison david birdAlison David Bird, the founder of Marconic Energy—a “no touch” protocol to support and raise a higher frequency of the higher self—will be teaching the energy work for the first time in Pennsylvania, from August 28 to 30, in Newtown.
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Holistic Health Extravaganza Offers Knowledge and Shopping

next step strategies llcSiobhan Hutchinson, of Next Step Strategies, LLC, will host the Holistic Health Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 6, at the Newtown Administration Building, in Newtown. The event includes handmade, natural, green, locally made gifts and services, and introduces a variety of programs provided by the Newtown Parks and Recreation.
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