Classes, workshops and experiences in the healing and expressive arts are just some of the activities offered at this year’s Vibrant Living Festival, which takes place September 22, on the grounds of The Room at Meadowbrook, in Ottsville. The festival will run from noon until 4:30 p.m., ending in a Sound Healing Experience that begins at 5 p.m. Continue reading
Now celebrating its eighth year, the Inner Light Spiritual Holistic Expo will be held on April 7 and 8, 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 chiropractic, massage therapy, reflexology, readings, aura photography, crystals, books, jewelry and more. Attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary lectures taking place throughout both event days. Continue reading
How does reflexology work to address pain?
Reflexology works with the nervous system. The action of a reflexology session directly addresses the more than 8,000 nerve endings in the feet. Through the alternating pressure of reflexology technique, your nerves become relaxed, and a few wonderful outcomes occur.
As your nerves relax, pain naturally subsides. Sometimes this is temporary symptom relief. Depending on the situation this can be enough to allow the body to create more permanent relief. In this state, your body is triggered to move into physiological relaxation, which is essentially “maintenance mode”. While in this mode, your body kicks into self-repair, and that is the real magic. General inflammation is reduced and your body is allowed the time and energy to work to heal itself.
by Gisele R. Siebold
Green Street Luxuries, owned by aromatherapist Candy Pack, offers first-class platinum service that includes a variety of organic facials, reflexology/detox and massage therapies, as well as LED Light Healing Therapy and Amethyst BIOMat, which contains far infrared technology that improves bodily functions and assists with detoxification.
AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution is bringing together some of the area’s most gifted healers and readers for its annual AWAKEN Healing Expo, an educational and experiential community event. The expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on
November 5, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on November 6, in Horsham.
Centered around various healing modalities that the public can learn about and experience firsthand, such as reiki, pranic healing, EFT, reflexology, sound healing and shiatsu massage, the AWAKEN Healing Expo invites the community to an uplifting weekend of yoga, meditation and even a Circle of Miracles Sunday Service.
Participation has grown from the previous year with more than 50 practitioners, vendors, group workshops and speakers set up in spacious rooms at the Williamson Banquet & Event Center. Visitors can look forward to free admission, free talks every 30 minutes and free mini-workshops, with access to more in-depth group events during the expo for only $10, or with a day pass for $20 and a weekend pass for $35. Three 20-minute healing or reading sessions can also be booked as a $50 package.
AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution is a nonprofit organization whose goals are to bring together community and assist people on their journey of awakening and evolution, with a focus on experiential activities. While most of its events carry a suggested donation, people’s presence is the priority, says Greg Campisi, the organization’s president and founder. Thus, the expo has been created to ensure little to no cost to participants.
“We’re all in this together,” says Campisi. “We need to support one another if humanity is going to evolve as a whole.”
Location: Williamson Banquet & Event Center, 500 Blair Mill Rd., Horsham. For more information, practitioner bios, and to pre-register for sessions and events, visit HealingExpo.org. For questions about the event, call Greg Campisi at 215-480-4856 or email Greg@AwakenCHE.org.
Fall is a time for learning, and this October, our curriculum includes current trends in energy medicine, energy healing and energy psychology (EP). Within the umbrella of “energy work” there exists a wide range of treatment options, from the ancient to the innovative, all with the purpose of balancing the body’s energetic flow, and achieving an optimal state of physical, emotional and spiritual health. Well-known body-centered practices like yoga, massage, reiki, acupuncture, reflexology and osteopathic manipulation; EP techniques including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping”; Eric Pearl’s reconnective therapy; and Donna Eden’s energy medicine curriculum are only a sampling of the modalities that make up this growing body of practices.
We’re also celebrating the sea change in popular culture, as energy healing as a whole becomes more widely recognized by the mainstream. The National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s 2012 survey reports that approximately 38 percent of U.S. adults and approximately 12 percent of children used some form of complementary health treatment, and that they collectively spent $30 billion in out-of-pocket costs on those services. Nearly 30 percent of that spending was for practices classified as energy medicine. The office’s 2016 strategic plan allocates considerable federal money to continued clinical trials to identify the safety and usefulness of these practices in disease prevention and treatment. Surely, this is a sign of a turning tide.
Examples of this shift abound in healthcare, educational and correctional settings. Yoga, after proving its efficacy as a form of physical fitness and stress relief, is currently being mined for its usefulness in managing more subtle, energetic aspects of mind and emotional regulation in schools, rehabilitation and prison settings.
Major medical centers are now offering a range of complementary and mind-body approaches, such as acupuncture, tai chi and massage, in combination with conventional, allopathic medical treatment, and they are measuring their results in respected, peer-reviewed journals. Nurses are training in reiki and Healing Touch and are offering those services to patients in oncology, surgical and palliative settings. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, over 800 American hospitals offered reiki as part of their hospital services.
Whereas EP evidence was mostly anecdotal ten years ago, The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) now cites over 80 research studies, including multiple randomized controlled trials published in professional and refereed journals, that confirm the treatment value of energy psychology when applied to many different problems, such as post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress management and performance enhancement. In 2012, ACEP became the first organization to be approved by the APA to give psychologists continuing education for energy psychology.
The research investigating the benefits of these modalities continues to increase as the interest from the public demands it.
It’s exciting to think about how these developments could impact the way we approach physical and mental health in our near and distant futures. Imagine teachers that can help children with ADHD into yoga poses, nurses trained to use hands-on healing after chemotherapy sessions, test proctors teaching EFT to a room of nervous students, and law enforcement officers skilled at guided mindful meditation, bringing presence and peace to the carceral environment.
Come, open your mind with us, and consider the possibilities for wellness in a more “energetic” tomorrow.
Together, we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
Karen G. Meshkov
The grand opening weekend of Himalayan Salt and Wellness Cave, located at 1494 North Charlotte Street, in Pottstown, takes place August 12 through 14, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on August 13. The event includes basket raffles and special offers for attendees.
The Himalayan Salt and Wellness Cave provides relaxation sessions for individuals and families, as well as reiki, yoga and reflexology, in custom-built rooms lined with Himalayan salt imported from a mountain range in Northern Punjab. In salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, microscopic salt particles are inhaled, and the healthy negative ions are absorbed by the skin. The process soothes the body and mind, and has been shown to relieve respiratory and circulatory issues, skin conditions, asthma, allergies and sinus issues, among other ailments.
The celebration includes several special savings offers for clients, including a free salt session with a yoga, reflexology or reiki session booked; buy one salt session, get one ½ off; and 10 percent off all packages. Walk-ins are welcome but are served on a first-come, first-served basis, as priority is given to clients that call ahead and schedule appointments.
Founder and owner Anita Heft explains, “Last fall, I went to visit a salt cave in another part of the state, and I was inspired by how relaxing and healing the experience was. I said, ‘I’m going to open one of these!’” Heft’s background as a certified and licensed reflexologist and reiki master, combined with her education in business management, has helped bring the facility to life for the benefit of the communities in northwest Montgomery County.
For more information, call 610-310-3884 or visit HimalayanSaltNWellness.com. August 2016
Tracy McGovern, owner, practitioner and instructor at Essential Connections Reflexology & Reiki, will offer a Reflexology Practitioner Program (150-hour foundations course), with both weekend and evening options, beginning in fall, 2016. To educate those interested in the program, she will host open houses to offer time to meet the instructors, chat with graduates of the programs, get details and ask questions, at 7 p.m., June 29; 7 p.m., July 28; and 11 a.m., August 20, in Ottsville. The open houses are free, but require registration.
The practitioner program is designed in two parts to allow students to begin working in the field as soon as possible, while also having the chance to complete a full, 300-hour program—the national standard. The program is dedicated to facilitating practitioners with a firm foundation and knowledge that will empower them to welcome the intuitive side of holistic practice. It is about producing practitioners with the critical thinking and openness to be able to grow into their own abilities.
Discussion and information regarding the business side of a holistic practice will be part of the program, useful to those planning to create their own practice, work for others or even apply their skills to friends and family.
“Truly, reflexology is a tool of empowerment—empowering the human body to seek its full potential and empowering people to reconnect, understand and participate in their own healing and wellness potential,” says McGovern. “The simplicity of reflexology shrouds the near-magical effectiveness of its function. The awareness and growth that comes from learning or receiving reflexology always seems to exceed all beginning expectations.”
Essential Connections Reflexology & Reiki serves the local area to help people reach their full potential of health, utilizing traditional foot reflexology and intuitive reiki as well as a few new additions: Tibetan healing modalities, head and neck, reflex therapy and neuro-foot reflex therapy.
Locations: The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd., Ottsville, and Quakertown Integrated Health Center, 600 W. Broad St., Quakertown. For more information, call 215-858-8195, email Tracy@EssentialConnections.biz or visit EssentialConnections.biz.
The Pear Garden School of Tai Chi, in Perkiomenville, now offers reflexology treatments, to complement the tai chi classes currently being offered.
Beginning in September, the Reflexology Practitioner Program will teach participants the gentle, healing art of reflexology and how to become a facilitator of wellness. The program is a six-month, 120-hour beginner level program that prepares the student to practice foot reflexology. Students will learn the history, theory and skills of reflexology as well as complementary concepts and wellness business basics.
Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center will host their second annual Health and Healing Fair from 12 to 4 p.m., September 7. Following the fair, guests are invited to stay for kirtan, a donation-based live music event that features singing and chanting. The indoor space and the tree-canopied outdoor space will facilitate the positive energy of the practitioners of Reiki, Reconnective Healing, sound healing, reflexology and chiropractic. The fair will also showcase non-traditional healing methods such as healing oils and psychic mediums, as well as local authors and speakers.