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May is Women’s Wellness month at Natural Awakenings. That has had me thinking about what it means in this day and age to be “well”? It seems to me it has become a ubiquitous word but one without real meaning. It’s like answering “I’m fine” when asked, “How are you?”

 

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BreatheMoreYoga Offers Donation-Based Yoga Classes

BreatheMoreYoga, LLC, is a full-service yoga studio in Tolland near the Vernon town line.

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Dragonfly Healing Arts Holistic Fair

The Dragonfly Healing Arts 2nd Annual Holistic Fair will take place on May 19 in Pine Meadow (New Hartford) from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free and the indoor/outdoor event will take place rain or shine.

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Walk to Improve Mental Health Awareness

On May 19 from 9am to noon, NAMI Connecticut will hold its 15th annual Walk in East Hartford. The large mental health awareness and fundraising event will help the organization continue to offer no-cost education programs that enhance people’s understanding of mental illness. It will also provide funding to maintain and grow more than 40 peer-led support groups across the state including some for young adults and parents of children and adolescents.

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Using a New Lens to View Lyme

Experts from diverse fields collaborating to advance Lyme disease research, treatment and education will showcase their latest projects at Lyme Connection’s 12th Annual Patient Conference and Health Fair this month. Looking at Lyme Through a New Lens will take place on May 17 at Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Campus Student Center. Doors will open at 5pm, giving attendees time to visit the Lyme-focused health fair, featuring Lyme-literate practitioners, diagnostic laboratories, and manufacturers offering prevention and patient support products.

 

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Human Growth Hormones

Human growth hormone (HGH) has received a great deal of press. With that comes questions. Is it legal? What exactly does it do? HGH is a single chain peptide hormone produced from the pituitary gland (the master gland in the body). This is the hormone that helps you grow throughout your childhood. It is at its peak around the age of 20, then begins to plummet around the age of 25. This is when the aging process actually begins, and this hormone slowly declines for the rest of your life.

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Healing the Hard Stuff

Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses

by Linda Sechrist

Although natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine.

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5 Medicinal Mushrooms for Lyme Disease

by Gregg Kirk

Since May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, it seems an appropriate time to review a form of treatment support many Lyme disease patients, doctors and practitioners may have overlooked. Used by ancient Greek and Asian cultures for thousands of years, medicinal mushrooms are just now making their way into our public awareness because of powerful medicinal properties that rival the most popular pharmaceutical and herbal remedies.

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A Softer Way to Peace

Reconnecting with Earth’s Directions

by Christopher Harris

How do we find balance in this chaotic, crazy time of fear-based force-feeding of social pressure? The easiest answer is to bring yourself into balance. However, it turns out that isn’t actually so easy. In a time of quick fixes and daunting responsibilities, many of us are looking for the softer way to peace and ease without a roadmap.

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Hubs of Inspiration

Local Shops Offer Goods and Support

by Danielle Sullo and Nicole Miale

In times of heightened awareness like those we find ourselves in, we are often called to reevaluate where we are spending our energy, and how we can adjust our lives to better align with our true beliefs. Taking an inventory of daily, weekly, even monthly energy expenditure can often uncover opportunities for adjustment and reflection.

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Vision Board Workshop in Simsbury

Success and Wellness Coach Kristin Pomeroy will host a full-day vision board workshop, Intentionally Manifest Your Dreams, from 9am to 4pm on May 4 in Simsbury. At this full-day immersion, Pomeroy will give you the space needed to intentionally define your dreams and create a vision that will effortlessly attract ideal outcomes to you.

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Qigong Open House and Workshop

Renowned Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) teacher Dr. Ming Wu of Wu Healing Center, in West Hartford is offering a Qigong Introductory Open House on May 19 from 10am to noon, and a full-day Qigong Level 1 Workshop on May 20 from 10am to 6pm.

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Holistic Health Fair Focuses on Kids

On May 12 from 10am to 4pm, New Morning Market in Woodbury will host a children’s holistic health fair featuring resources and fun activities for the whole family.

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The Right Touch Celebrates 30 Years

The Right Touch of CT in Kensington is a full-service massage therapy destination. Now in its 30th year in business, The Right Touch sees a continued demand for professional massage and growth is still on the upswing.

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Upcoming Adventures at Holcomb Farm

The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) will hold two upcoming open houses at Holcomb Farm in West Granby for those interested in their yearlong sustainable food practices program. The first open house will be May 11 from 6 to 8pm and the second will be June 9 from 10am to noon.

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Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy

by Kathleen Barnes

Ever since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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Personalized Health Care

Functional Medicine Leads the Way

by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview

During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio.

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Ilona Selke on the Power of Dreaming Big

by April Thompson

For 30 years, international bestselling author, teacher and speaker Ilona Selke has inspired thousands of people worldwide to create a more ful-filling life by discovering the power of their consciousness.

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Balancing Cycles

Natural Strategies for Premenstrual Syndrome

by Carissa Fioritto

Premenstrual syndrome is an extremely common set of symptoms that the majority of women have experienced. Every woman has a set of unique signs to know that her menses will begin soon, like clockwork. Unfortunately, women suffer PMS symptoms for years before seeking support, as PMS is accepted as a cultural norm—when in actuality it is a sign of imbalance.

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April 2018 Publisher's Letter

Natural Awakenings has been serving the many communities of Greater Harford and Central Connecticut for ten years. During the past decade, the magazine’s pages have fostered inspiration, education and connections through rich content, diverse advertising and promotion of/involvement in many community activities. We’re marking this milestone year by offering you something new!

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