Letter from the Publisher, May 2017

Karen_LFP_0516Anyone I’ve ever asked about my mother-in-law, Johanna Pillischer, hasn’t hesitated to tell me what an exquisite person she was. Johanna was an artist, trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a bodyworker, certified in Rubenfeld Synergy and the Alexander Technique. A mutual friend described her as warm and open-hearted, “like a bodhisattva,” the Buddhist deity that represents an ideally awakened, compassionate being.

I never got the chance to know Johanna before she succumbed to breast cancer in 2001. Still, I think of her often, imagining how we would connect around our shared passion for spirituality, health and self-development, and all the things she would have taught me. I reminisce with her sister about their experiences in the 1960s, learning yoga when it was still a new age trend. Knowing what a beautiful and sensitive man Johanna raised in my husband, Matt, I’m wistful that my son, Asa, will miss the experience to know her.

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Shiatsu and Qigong as Preventative Care: Balance Chi for Self and Community

by Lauren Johnson

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It goes without saying that people need connection. Whether it be through our environment, community, friends or family, being engaged helps us thrive. However, in today’s bustling world, even connection to one’s self has its challenges. Shiatsu is one method that can help us reconnect.

The word “shiatsu” means “finger pressure” and is a specialized form of acupressure that follows meridians and pressure points in the body. It originated in China about 6,000 years ago and works with the energy of the body or chi. “Bringing the energy into balance nurtures the person on the cellular, emotional and spiritual level,” says Shirley Scranta, owner of the International School of Shiatsu, in Pipersville. “It is the integration of all these aspects that help keep a person healthy.”

Scranta explains that during a shiatsu treatment the practitioner takes time to assess the areas in the body where the chi is not flowing and then treats it accordingly. “Moving the chi is done by a combination of stretching, rotating the arms and legs and applying firm pressure,” she says.

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Dr. Julie Lachman: Putting Women at the Center, Naturally

by Carrie Jackson

CRG_LicensedNaturopathicDoctor_Lachman_0915As a homeopathic practitioner and naturopath, Dr. Julie Lachman works with patients to address the causes of their health concerns and restore health, naturally. Her practice, established in Doylestown in 2012, moved to a new location, in Furlong, on April 1. The updated space offers the same practices and specialties, including homeopathy, botanical medicine, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, constitutional hydrotherapy, biotherapeutic drainage, clinical nutrition and food allergy testing.

Lachman sees both adults and children for a wide variety of conditions. She is an expert in women’s health, including issues such as fertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome and weight gain. The clinic’s Body In Balance fertility program focuses on stabilizing hormones, naturally, without drugs or bioidentical hormones. “After determining the causes that prevent a woman from having a normal menstrual cycle, we use diet, homeopathy and other techniques to restore that balance. When a woman is cycling and ovulating normally, the stage is set for a healthy conception and pregnancy,” says Lachman.

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Matters of the (Female) Heart: 10 Things Women May Not Know About Heart Disease

CRG_AbingtonCardio_DrMeshkov_0216_1by Arnold B. Meshkov

  1. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.
  2. The incidence of heart disease has been increasing in women for the last 30 years.
  3. Women may not have the typical symptoms of cardiac chest pain, or angina pectoris, as a symptom of a blocked artery or atherosclerosis.
  4. Often, the only symptoms women may experience are shortness of breath and fatigue.
  5. When women do experience cardiac chest pain, it is often due to problems with the very small blood vessels of the heart, and not due to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
  6. Heart disease in women presents on average about 10 years later than in men; with the population living much longer now, women without any history of heart problems are presenting with heart disease for the first time much later in life.
  7. Women are treated with invasive procedures such as angioplasty and cardiac surgery less often than men.
  8. Women have the same risk factors for heart disease as men, such as family history, cigarette smoking, “metabolic syndrome”, elevated cholesterol and lipids, high mental stress levels, high blood pressure (hypertension), being overweight and diabetes.
  9. Women have a significant risk of heart disease after menopause, but treatment with estrogens has been shown to increase that risk even further.
  10. Women are much more likely to suffer from “broken heart syndrome”, which presents with the typical symptoms of a heart attack but is not due to hardening of the arteries, and is often associated with major life stress events.

Arnold B. Meshkov, MD, is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and echocardi-ography. For more information, call 215-920-0815, email Info@AbingtonCardiology.com or visit AbingtonCardiology.com.

May, 2016 Issue

OneTaste Meetups Aim to Access the Power of Female Sexuality

WomanSilhouetteMeditatingMountain_45080254_lIt might sound wild or shocking, but Orgasmic Meditation (OM) isn’t about titillation. Its practitioners believe that the power of female sexuality, harnessed through meditation, can actually change the world. According to OneTaste, an international group devoted to OM, OM is “a consciousness practice (like yoga or Pilates) designed for singles and couples to experience more connection, vitality, pleasure and meaning in every aspect of their lives.”

OneTaste holds regular events through the popular website Meetup.com. While there is sexual content to the meetings (which are definitely for adults only), everyone’s clothes stay firmly on. OM is about relaxation, connection, and getting past the stigmas and barriers that stand between women and the true power of their sexuality. Women are welcome to attend alone or with a respectful partner of any gender. Participants can expect to get an entirely fresh sex-ed curriculum as they learn about the benefits of OM, the Five Laws of Orgasm and why orgasm is different from climax. OMers learn how to access a grounded, conscious, orgasmic experience that can help them “develop a larger state of consciousness, have better intimacy and stronger connections.”

Thousands of people in New York, London, and around the world have discovered the joy that comes when they let go of shame and embrace their sexual selves.  To participate, women can sign up at OneTaste.Us or Meetup.com, and an Orgasm Expert will call them and orient them before the event, answering any questions, so they’ll know what to expect.

To find out more, or to find a One Taste Meetup Group near you, visit OneTaste.Us.

Letter from the Publisher, May 2016

In the United States today we are living longer and more vital lives than ever before, thanks to developments in medicine, exercise science and nutrition. For many, “60 is the new 40” really does hold true. Millions of us are working, playing, traveling and taking on new projects and explorations well into what was once considered advanced age.

Karen_LFP_0516Adding decades to the life cycle is at once exciting and uniquely challenging for women. As we morph from young women to mid-life and then into maturity, our experiences physically and emotionally shift as well. As our bodies change, we need to change how we treat our bodies.

 

From the kinds of lotions and cosmetics we use, to the kinds of foods, supplements and herbs we take, to the kinds of exercise and relaxation we do, each time we shift into a new cycle, we’re called upon to curate a revised self-care regimen that’s tailored to who we are now.

At 38, I’m closer to middle age than any other. Still, it was disappointing when I realized recently that the hard-core style of yoga I’d loved since my 20s no longer felt right for my life now as a busy, working mom. Like breaking up with a friend or lover when both parties realize it’s time, I felt a sense of loss that something that had been so nourishing for so long suddenly felt depleting. Hard as it was to accept, I realized that the process of embracing those shifts and finding my way to new lifestyle choices was core to staying true and present to myself at each turn in the road.

In this year’s Women’s Wellness issue we celebrate the journey to maturity by exploring some of the most prevalent wellness concerns for women who are living in their 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s as comfortably and vitally as possible. One of our focuses is on the variety of current holistic and traditional treatment options available for managing the hormonal changes brought on by menopause. We also talk about sexuality, with the recognition that, just as with everything else in our lives, what turns us on physically and mentally is fluid and ever-changing; we discuss how we can lovingly address a decreased libido and feel more vitally connected with our sexual energy.

As for me, I’ve found a Mommy and Me yoga class that I’ve just started with baby Asa, and I’ve been thumbing through our Calendar of Events, circling and dog-earing for Spring. In the Natural Awakenings network where personal growth and expansion are always on the agenda, I have no doubt that I’ll find the practices and routines that will nourish and inspire the me in this moment, and the next. I’m thankful this month and all months for you all—my sisters, mothers and aunties in community here—for your company and camaraderie as we ripen into ourselves, again and again.

With you in Awakening,
Karen

Lymphatic Treatments for Women’s Health and Beauty

by Barbara Meza

lymphatic treatments womenWellness practitioners may incorporate many complementary modalities into treatments, yet two that demonstrate very profound client improvement are lymphatic drainage and cupping therapies.
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MAY 2015: Women’s Health, Table of Contents

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Healthy Skin Care for Beginners

by Renee LeMasney

Proper care of the skin—the largest organ in the body—is vital to overall health. One of the fastest growing trends in skin care at the moment is the expansion of personal care products formulated specifically for men. Those looking to up their skin care game—both men and women—should begin with these simple tips for healthy, younger looking skin.

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Women’s Weight Loss Program Offered at Wholistic Fitness

Wholistic Fitness, a women’s wellness and fitness center in North Wales, has launched a holistic weight loss program for women. Having already helped hundreds of women lose weight healthfully, the center aims to help women end their lifelong struggles with weight loss and dieting.
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Eco Spotlight: How Wholistic Fitness is Helping to Green the Community

by Linda Sechrist

Living with Ed,” a successful television series about Ed Begley Jr.’s day-to-day realities of living green with his not-so-inclined wife Rachelle Carson, captured the attention of millions of viewers. Among those captivated by the actor and committed environmentalist’s sometimes over-the-top sustainable actions was Wholistic Fitness co-founder Melody Nagy, who frequently found them as informative and inspiring as they were entertaining. “The series provided me with some easy and simple action steps that I could implement now in my personal and professional life as well as others that I’m still envisioning for my future,” says Nagy, whose dream is a completely green house, which operates entirely off the grid. Continue reading