Gentling Grief

Remedies to Heal the Heart by Kathleen Barnes Grief can arrive suddenly with the death of a loved one, serious illness, loss of a job, parental dementia or decaying relationship. In any case, grief takes a toll. “Grief encompasses all of our thoughts and feelings. Mourning is when we put them into action by talking, crying, perhaps doing rituals,” explains ... Read More »

Connecting People to Their Own Healing: the Work of Laura Freix

Laura Freix, a local wellness practitioner and owner of iEmbrace Wellness in Centreville, Virginia, has a vision:  “embrace what is, and focus on what’s possible” when it comes to health and healing. Her mission is to empower and educate her clients on the mind-body connection primarily through the use of an energy healing system called Accunect. This system is invaluable ... Read More »

Bringing New Ways of Healing to Manassas and Beyond: Rising Phoenix Holistic Center

by Robin Fillmore Rising Phoenix Holistic Center is a new and welcome addition to historic Manassas City, located just behind the train station. Opening only this past summer, the center has become the hub for many throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area who are seeking new answers to questions on a wide range of topics related to healing, personal growth ... Read More »

City Acupuncture Circle

By Jess Snow City Acupuncture Circle sits on the 5th floor of the building above Lucky Bar, at the intersection of 18th and Connecticut in the heart of one of DC’s more affluent city sub-districts. Just at the top of a narrow, wooden stairway, the 5-bed office resonates with an unspoken calm and purity that is punctuated only by the ... Read More »

Pranic Healing Intensive Training in Tysons Corner

Everything is energy! Our essence extends beyond the visible physical body. When our prana or energy is clean and balanced, we experience optimum health. Otherwise, we can become ill. A two-day intensive training is being offered in pranic healing techniques by the Pranic Healing Institute, December 6 and 7 at Marriott Courtyard in Tyson’s Corner. The art of balancing the ... Read More »

Our Brain is Designed to Be Mindful and Compassionate

By Dr. Chas Gant, M.D., Ph.D. As more and more people practice various forms of meditation (contemplation and self-reflection), there seems to be an increasing appreciation that mindfulness is a completely separate faculty of consciousness, independent of the other four faculties: cognition (thought and visualizations), emotion and intuition, behavior and kinesthetic-related activity and sensation (the five senses). Mindfulness-based psychotherapies are ... Read More »

Doughnut versus Avocado

By Julie Wendt What’s the difference between eating a chocolate glazed doughnut and a cup of avocado?  Based on the conventional model of calorie counting guidelines, they are the same. However, functional nutritionists would argue that the impact they have on the body is more like comparing apples to oranges. The quality of nutrients in a doughnut pales in comparison ... Read More »

Beyond Pain

By Dr. Chas Gant, MD, Ph.D. Although emotional and physical pain can have many causes, the experience of pain is “in the eyes of the beholder.” Healers who address the mind, body and spirit levels of their patient’s suffering are addressing both sides of this equation; they diagnose and treat possible causes or risk factors, and they also address the ... Read More »

Beauty Foods

Kimberly Snyder Shows How to Eat for Radiant Skin, Eyes, Hair  by Judith Fertig Wise food choices, carefully timed consumption and naturally effective detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes wellness and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving that all-desirable outward glow. Snyder says ... Read More »

Midday Pick-Me-Up

by Lane Vail Sleep, along with nutrition and exercise, shapes the backbone of overall health, yet 40 percent of Americans get an insufficient amount, according to a recent Gallup survey, and the potential health risks are considerable. “Sleep deprivation affects every organ system and disease state,” says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, and founder of TheSleepDoctor.com. ... Read More »