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"He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death... it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars."
Those of us in Flagstaff are finally starting to see and feel it.
The air outside is warming, the flowers are blooming, the dormant, frozen waters are beginning to flow, move, and nourish the land. Just as the earth blooms, warms, and finds its flow, so to do we find that same cycle.
We are coming out of a cycle of dormancy, of slowing down and going within, and moving into a period of awakening. The energy is rising, our creative juices are flowing, and our bodies are aching for movement. The earth is telling us that it is time to start sowing seeds of personal growth.
So what can we do right now to come into better alignment with this season?
How can we better prepare our bodies and minds for this years endeavors?
What action can we take to fulfill our creative desires?
1. Move Your Body!
It doesn't need to be much, but you should be mindfully moving your body every day.
Whether its doing an hour of yoga, taking a 30 minute walk, dancing to your favorite music, strength training, or doing 15 jumping jacks 5 times a day, its a simple, yet vital activity for the health of our bodies.
Think about it, our bodies are designed to move... so what happens when we don't get enough movement, or the right type of movement?
Essentially we either either "use it or lose it."
Without enough movement, our bodies will eventually deteriorate.
When we choose to do muscle building exercises, we not only strengthen our muscles, but the bones that support them. When we stretch, we prevent the shortening of our muscles, joints, and connective tissues that occurs as we age. But when we don't move, we speed the aging process, we loose our range of motion and flexibility, and our bodies become weak and brittle.
Movements ensures the health of our joints, bones, muscles, and circulatory systems. But thats not it...
Other benefits of movement:
So this week, we have included for you some guided movement to help reinvigorate and reawaken the systems of your body, get the blood flowing, wake up the digestive systems, and give you an energy boost to better guide and fuel that Spring creativity.
2. Mindful Eating: nourish and reinvigorate the body systems
How can we fuel our bodies to better support this rise in energy?
We want to think about how to best support and strengthen our bodies natural systems for elimination and how to best get our internal rivers flowing, remove blockages, and clear up stagnation.
Start with incorporating more warm, easy to digest, nutritive foods for fuel.
While many of us may feel the urge to start eating more salads, remember that excess cold or raw foods can put strain on the liver and digestive functions. So next time you go for the salad, go for a warm salad. Try sautéing your greens and steaming, roasting , or boiling some of the added veggies.
What kind of foods can you eat to help nourish and strengthen your body's natural systems?
Bitters for digestive health:
3. Detox: encourage and stimulate the body's natural ability to remove toxins
Nothing like Spring cleaning right?! Especially when it comes to our bodies.
But not all forms of detox are the same, and not all are best for our health...
So how do we decide what detox method is best for us?
Before you go diving head first into the next big health fad, there are some things to keep in mind.
Need an expert to help you with your detox goals?... Well look no further!
We have an expert at Harmonizing Healthcare that can create a personalized detox plan for you!
We feel so incredibly honored and lucky to have Dr. Sarica Cernohous as a part of the Harmonizing Healthcare team. Not only is Dr. Cernohous an acupuncturist and herbalist, she is also a TCD (True Cellular Detoxification) practitioner, leading people through programs to support health and well-being at the cellular level.
So what is TCD?
TCD is a program of online education, supplementation and evaluative testing, with supplements tailored to each individual. Using wellness and lifestyle education coupled with supplemental nutritional support, the process of restructuring and rebuilding health begins at the cellular level. Through this process, you bring your body through a strategic process of optimizing cellular and systemic function.
True Cellular Detox gives you the map, the tools, the direction, and best of all, the proven efficacious formula for health optimization.
Dr. Cernohous offers consultations at Harmonizing Healthcare to review labs and assess health from a functional medicine point of view using True Cellular Detoxification and Metabolic Balance programs.
To schedule your first consultation with Dr. Cernohous, call us at 928-856-0656.
4. Give your energy some direction
Time to plant some seeds and set some goals for personal growth!
Don't let this newfound energy go to waste. Take some time to think about what passions you want to pursue, what creative endeavors you want to jump start, and what physical, emotional, or spiritual goals you want to attain.
Write down your goals, break them down into smaller attainable chunks, and revisit them daily.
Give your energy some relaxed direction, but know that its ok if your original goal transforms downstream. Keep an open mind, explore new heights, and discover new paths. As you move forth with new direction, remember to stay present.
Flowers don't grow overnight, so don't get stuck on the desired end result.
Stay present and tend to your personal endeavors with love and gratitude every step of the way.
We hope you enjoy the class and that you feel inspired to move, nourish, cleanse, and create with this beautiful season.
Remember, if you need extra assistance in this time, Harmonizing Healthcare is offering online herbal consults. Feel free to give us a call to book your next session!
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Repairing the gut is foundation to health- Dr. Sarica offering a savings for her coursework in traditional food preparation methods!
Dr. Sarica Cernohous, L.Ac. at Harmonizing Healthcare, has so generously decided to offer her coursework for traditional food preparation methods, Fresh, Fun and Flavorful in The Funky Kitchen at sliding scale during this time of uncertainty. When you go to the checkout page, you’ll see the standard pricing--if you can pay that, wonderful! If not, please consider what price you can afford, and enter it there. It is her way of sharing what she has felt to be FOUNDATIONAL to health--and she wants that for each and every person right now. This is the time to really dive deeper into your health and start to make the positive changes you keep telling yourself you are going to do. As most of us know now days, the gut is the foundation to the immune system, so repairing the gut is the first key to building immunity.
Dr. Sarica Cernohous is a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, using Japanese-style methods, LED light therapy and herbal medicine in her private practice, and is an active board member for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). She is the author of the important and practical application of traditional food preparation techniques, The Funky Kitchen and is a coach for Metabolic Balance of Germany, for which she has crafted a personalized weight-optimization and lifestyle program, The LAPIS Method.
Since 2011 she has been sharing recipes and health articles on her website, NaturallyLivingToday.com. In 2020, she joined the team at Harmonizing Healthcare, where she works diligently with other healthcare professionals to inform and guide deeper work around cellular health. Dr. Cernohous is also an instructor of Nutrition for the Health and Human Performance master’s program at Pacific College of Health and Science. She is a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, and lives with her husband and children in Flagstaff, Ariona
If you want to work on an even deeper level with Dr. Sarica Cernohous, another option is the TCD (True Cellular Detoxification) program. TCD is designed to lead people through a customized program to support health and well-being at the cellular level. This has been profound work and is a personalized and powerful ally to living in a world that has unfortunately become increasingly toxic. In an effort to support you right now and give you the tools to make those positive changes in your life, we are offering the TCD educational program at $300 for a 4 month period. With this program you receive education and webinars that explain each of the 3 steps within the TCD program, what is happening in the body during each phase of detoxification, and what you can expect as you go through this transformational process. There are recipes and even an online community of support. If you are tired of feeling fatigued, foggy headed, and depressed and are ready to make the changes necessary to get your life back so you can enjoy it more fully, then call the clinic at (928) 856-0656 to make an initial consultation with Dr. Sarica Cernohous.
Cellular inflammation is a contributing factor to most of today’s chronic health conditions and this type of program addresses this root concern. The word “detox” has become trendy, and systems that claim to cleanse virtually every organ of the body, from your liver to your colon, are available in the marketplace. These products may do some short-term good, but most are ineffective and many are borderline dangerous. None of these other cleanses approach detoxification at the systemic cellular level in the way that the True Cellular Detox program does. TCD is a program that consists of online education, supplementation and evaluative testing, with supplements tailored to your presentation. Using wellness and lifestyle education coupled with supplemental nutritional support, the process of restructuring and rebuilding health begins at the cellular level. Through this process, you bring your body through a strategic process of optimizing cellular and systemic function. True Cellular Detox gives you the map, the tools, the direction, and best of all, the proven efficacious formula for health optimization.
Some of the other services Dr. Cernohous offers at Harmonizing Healthcare are consultations to review labs and assessing health from a functional medicine point of view, digestive repair programs, nutritional consulting, and Metabolic Balance (MB) programs.
Metabolic Balance® is an innovative all-natural nutrition program that brings balance to your hormones, optimizes your health, and leads to a more healthful lifestyle, resulting in successful long-term weight management. It is backed by over 25 years of scientific study and is managed by dedicated physicians and nutritional scientists. It is a 4 Month program of coaching with Dr. Cernohous, combined with your lab work, personalized nutrition plan, and 4-phase wellness plan for weight optimization.
The foundation of the program is Metabolic Balance's unique capability to develop a truly personalized nutrition plan based upon an in-depth analysis of your unique blood values, medical history and personal likes and dislikes. Your personalized nutrition plan acts as your “road-map”, indicating exactly which natural foods you should eat in order to orchestrate the biochemical changes needed for reaching your desirable weight and health goals. Metabolic Balance is 100% natural! There are no prescribed injections, pills, shakes, or proprietary foods. Nor, as with some plans, are you required to keep “points” or count calories. Your local grocery store and farmers market can easily provide all the wholesome nutrient rich foods listed on your personalized nutrition plan.
You are accompanied through the four phases of your program by Dr. Cernohous, a certified Metabolic Balance® coach, who will guide you toward reaching your ideal weight,
avoiding yo-yo dieting and helping you to engage a new lifestyle and a true awareness of well-being. It is a safe, healthy, enduring and simple means to give you all the elements needed for you to succeed in the short and long run. Metabolic Balance® has served over half a million participants worldwide and is a powerful road-map for lasting change with food and weight optimization.
If you are interested in finding out if you are a good candidate for one of these programs, you may call the clinic at (928) 856-0656 to make an initial consultation appointment with Dr. Sarica Cernohous. The fee for her initial consultation is $175 and follow up appointments are $100. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are very grateful to have Dr. Cernohous bringing her clinical expertise into the clinic and look forward to serving you in a deeper way.
Milissa Gillen, L.Ac., MAOM practices Balance Method acupuncture. Let me explain what that is so you have a better understanding of this very effective acupuncture treatment method and if it would be a good fit for what you are currently experiencing in your health. If you would like to experience the Balance Method acupuncture way, call the clinic to book an appointment with Milissa or go online to schedule: Click here to schedule!
Balance Method Acupuncture is considered a “distal treatment” method. In the field of Chinese Medicine, we have the richness of thousands of years of practice and development to draw from. In Balance Method, we trace the understanding of the human anatomy as it relates to the meridians, along with their physical form and energetic function back to the very origins of Daoist philosophy and the Yi Ching. In the recent 30 years, Balance Method has evolved to become world recognized through the efforts of the late Grandmaster, Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan. His tireless efforts to develop, test, and then teach this method around the world has truly revolutionized how many people practice acupuncture. Balance Method acupuncture is renowned for its clinical efficacy and producing “instant results”. It is most famous for treating pain anywhere in the body. This treatment approach is not limited to pain, however, as the system has many layers to treatment which include very impressive results with functional/internal imbalances, as well as psycho-emotional imbalances and complicated presentations that may involve several or all 12 meridian systems.
What may be notably different in the patient experience is that the distal treatment approach never places the needles at the site of the pain. A great example of this is knee pain. In Balance Method we most often insert needles into the elbows, fingers or scalp to treat knee pain. Back Pain is often best treated by placing needles in the hands, lower limbs, arms, or scalp. Most of the points used in Balance Method are located from the elbows down to the wrists/hands or from the knees down to the ankles/feet. As such, the acu-points are very conveniently accessible. The patient is rarely asked to disrobe and most treatments you will be laying comfortably on your back or in a reclined position. In addition to it’s effectiveness with pain, Balance Method achieves great results in the following areas: digestive issues, allergies/sinusitis, common cold/flu, headaches, migraines, dizziness/vertigo, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, PMS, stress management, anxiety, sleep issues, hormone imbalances, genitourinary and reproductive health, cardiologic issues/hypertension, diabetes/metabolic issues and more. Most of the treatments last about 45 minutes to one hour, during which time the patient will enter a deep state of relaxation and hopefully take a nice nap!
Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM holds a Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the New England School of Acupuncture and is certified by NCCAOM (2003). Milissa’s studies at NESA included both Chinese and Japanese styles of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She worked as an assistant instructor at NESA for four years post-graduation, while continuing to study with three different Acupuncture Masters, focusing on Meridian Style Acupuncture. Milissa holds post graduate Certifications in Advanced Japanese Acupuncture, Shaku Ju Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture and Balance Method Acupuncture. After seven years in the Boston area, Milissa returned to her home state of California in 2007 and became a California Board Certified Acupuncturist. Milissa is now very happy to receive her Arizona Board Certification and join the growing team at Harmonizing Healthcare!
Since 2003, Milissa has poured her focus into learning and practicing Balance Method Acupuncture with the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan OMD. Today, Milissa’s treatment modality primarily focus on Balance Method Acupuncture which is known around the world for its clinical efficacy, especially when it comes to pain management. Her treatment approach also includes Japanese Meridian Style Acupuncture and Japanese Style moxibustion therapy, also known as Okyu. Milissa’s goal as a practitioner of Oriental Medicine is to assist and support people in their journey to optimize their health in mind, body and spirit, achieving their best quality of life and best self.
Milissa is an avid outdoors-woman and has a deep passion and respect for our Mother Earth. She firmly believes in the restorative healing power of nature and wilderness. When you don’t see her at Harmonizing Healthcare, you can be sure she is somewhere out in the back country with her backpack or her trail running shoes. Milissa is also a 2nd Dan Kukkiwon Certified Black Belt in Taekwondo and a Certified Wilderness First Responder.
If you would like to experience Milissa's unique acupuncture method, call the clinic at (928) 856-065 to schedule an appointment with her or feel free to schedule online
Brittany Petrick, L.Ac, MSOM, BSN
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