Elaine Berk offers Crystal Light Therapy from John of God at her Newtown practice, Evolving Soul, LLC. From October 3 through 5, John of God will visit the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York.
Who is John of God, and why is this such an anticipated event?
John of God is a medium often referred to as the “Brazilian Healer”, though, he is the first to admit it is “God that heals, not me.” I am quite fortunate to have visited both The Casa de Dom Inácio, in Brazil, where I am a Casa Guide, and Omega Institute to see John of God. For me, the high vibration energy, the peace, the love, the healing and hopefulness—even among those with dramatic/traumatic health issues—has always been palpable. He has helped to heal and provide guidance to millions around the world for 66 years.
Quakertown’s Kelly Thomke is a certified JourneyDance facilitator, trained by its creator, Toni Bergins. The dance form is a departure from kinetic or yogic dance and seeks to cleanse and heal the mind, body, soul and spirit through freestyle movement. Set to inspiring world music, JourneyDance participants move barefoot and with eyes closed as they let go and become transformed.
You have been facilitating JourneyDance for several years. How does it feel different now compared to when you started?
Now, it’s a richer and juicier dance, and it’s always fulfilling. Also, it’s not as scary as it used to be. It’s still so wonderful for me to see others open up during the dance and work through whatever they might be going through.
Emotional stress can be related to all kinds of symptoms, including physical pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and falling short of one’s potential. It can make life feel like a series of repeated mistakes, where longstanding issues make change feel nearly impossible to achieve. These roadblocks to understanding the mind-body continuum can widen the chasm between the “real” self and the self that’s on display.
Thankfully, Anne Jensen, Ph.D., developer of the new emotional healing and stress reduction tool known as HeartSpeak, has tapped into a solution for these issues and is excited to share results with the world. Jensen’s groundbreaking research at the University of Oxford shows that the non-invasive technique known as muscle response testing has the ability to help reveal what stresses the body and triggers the mind. Thus, finding the truth of an individual’s mind-body experience is well within reach.
What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, is a tapping technique that relaxes the nervous system and accesses the subconscious mind. It is similar to hypnosis except that with EFT the client’s conscious mind is also active and can provide input about patterns and fears.
How does Quantum EFT differ from standard EFT?
Have you ever wondered how it’s possible that a six-year-old can play the violin like a virtuoso? Or how a person can pick up a second language and be fluent with almost no exposure? Perhaps deeply rooted skills and talents are not completely erased from one lifetime to the next. Perhaps the things that invoke passion and emotion are more likely to stay embedded in a person’s soul.
Susan McIntyre has been a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years, with a background in orthopedics and sports-related injuries. In 2008, she attended the Canine Rehabilitation Program at the University of Tennessee’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She also has certification in Canine Massage from the Pet Massage Institute.
In December 2008, McIntyre and her husband, Scott, opened Fit For A Dog, in Ardmore, to provide a comprehensive, canine rehabilitation and wellness facility to the Eastern Main Line.
Over the last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has implemented the legislative Act 16 of 2016, allowing for a medical cannabis program, without any major delays. Regulations have been drafted and published, and the first round of licenses for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis have been awarded.
Seventeen qualifying conditions allow patients to receive medical cannabis therapy, including HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal or neurological indication of spasticity, inflammatory bowel, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, autism, sickle cell anemia, neuropathy and pain, defined in the statute as “severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. Continue reading →
Aging gracefully often means staying as young-looking as possible. Annual doctor visits check the blood, heart, reflexes and medications. Yet, attention is rarely given to our brains unless we experience memory problems. It should go without saying that aging gracefully does not include developing dementia.
Statistics show there is good reason to focus on brain health. The World Health Organization estimates the number of people living with dementia worldwide to be 47 million and projects that number to almost triple by 2050. By age 65, Americans have a 12 percent chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a specific type of dementia, and by age 85, that number increases to almost 50 percent.
The good news is that dementia is not a natural part of aging—it often has specific causes that can be addressed, treated and reversed, sometimes completely. The brain, like all organs, can be monitored and checked over the course of our lives. A variety of diagnostics, from eye exams to inflammation markers in the blood, can be used to identify an underlying issue years before signs of memory loss become apparent.
In 2010, licensed massage therapist Hillery Woods founded Roots & Wings Therapeutic Bodywork, in Quakertown, to provide customized, restorative and preventative therapies informed by the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, ayurveda, Breema bodywork and permaculture. Her clients include elderly adults as well as those recovering from injury or living with chronic illness.
What does healthy aging look like?
In my massage practice and yoga classes, I am constantly inspired by my elderly clients who show me living examples of healthy aging. The ones who are receiving regular bodywork sessions, staying active and laughing seem to be living a meaningful life.
How do relationships impact meaningful living as we age?
The idea of meaningful living being rooted in relationships starts with the relationship we have with ourselves. According to the science of ayurveda, each person needs to pay attention to their inner dialogue. Our thoughts, feelings and emotions have a direct effect on our overall health. This is the primary relationship to nurture.
Aging with passion and purpose will often result in a re-evaluation of life, with a focus on making sure the future years are secure, healthy and, most importantly, happy. For an increasing number of older couples, this may mean a separation or divorce later in life.
In fact, divorce among older couples, or “Grey Divorce”, has become much more common. Family Law attorney Jennifer J. Riley explains that Grey Divorces require special attention and care because unique issues are often present. “The most common questions we answer for older clients involve the impact of a divorce on their retirement savings, or how divorce might impact their social security payments,” says Riley. “In a Grey Divorce, we need to safeguard health insurance and address long-term planning as part of the divorce process.”
What is your name and where do you live?
Natalie Bliss, Philadelphia.
How long have you been volunteering for Ascend Hospice?
How often do you volunteer?
As often as once a week, depending on the needs and location of the client.
Why did you decide to enroll in this program?
As a Reiki Master Teacher, I feel it is important to respond to people’s need for healing. Since the concept of “hospice” in general carries a stigma in society, I felt that the need was probably greater among the hospice population than anywhere else I could volunteer.
Montgomery Integrative Health Group (MIHG), located inside a beautifully renovated, historic schoolhouse in Wyndmoor, feels more like a community center than a doctor’s office. Announcements for yoga classes and acupuncture sessions are handwritten in brightly colored chalk while patients and staff bustle about, creating an energy that’s warm and inviting.
The differences between MIHG and traditional medical practices are many. Here, patients are “members” that experience a host of unique benefits, such as personal health assessment coaching, an onsite chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage therapist, as well as community classes and meetup groups.
The Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner promises to be a unique celebration of Bucks County’s “growing” potential and the community that supports it. The event takes place at 5 p.m., September 17, at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. Autumnal festivities will include locally sourced food, wine, beer and kombucha tastings, live music and an auction of items from the community.
“The Doylestown Food Market Farm to Table Dinner is a wonderful way to sample the bounty of Bucks County while meeting new friends and learning more about our locavore efforts with existing friends,” says Farm to Table Dinner regular Patrick Kennedy, owner of Superior Woodcraft, in Doylestown.
The Farm to Table Celebrity Chef for 2017 is Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, who cultivated his skills in several of Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurants before opening Maize in 2009. This year, he will dazzle dinner guests with innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal ingredients from Bucks County farms.