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Understanding Sexual Trauma

Understanding Sexual Trauma

Treating Sexual Trauma Stories such as Dr. Ford’s decades-old sexual trauma may be frozen in the mind and body. Traumatic experiences remain cocooned in the nervous system and are susceptible to the effects of brain chemistry. Imago therapists use core skills to be an empathetic, neutral listener. Trauma therapists employ these core skills AND an additional layer of resilience, patience, hopefulness, and strong boundaries. Trauma therapists gently hold space for their client’s emotional and embodied pain allowing the story to emerge organically. How Trauma Appears Trauma may obscure a client’s self-compassion resources. […]

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Tongue Scraping for Better Breath and a Healthier Mouth

Try Tongue Scraping for Better Breath and a Healthier Mouth

Do you ever wake up with that pasty, yucky, Morning Mouth feeling? Some days, brushing your teeth and gargling doesn’t seem to eliminate it, and you might even notice a yellowish or white coating on your tongue. Daily tongue scraping, or jihwa prakshalana, is a time-tested Ayurvedic practice that helps to remove bacteria and toxins (or ama) from the tongue. Modern science is catching on to this age-old practice; new dental research shows that tongue scraping is an effective way to remove bacteria from the tongue for fresher breath. […]

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Harvest Moon & Herbs Festival

Smile Herb Shop Harvest Moon & Herbs Festival

Join us this weekend at Smile Herb Shop’s celebration of 44 years of herbalism with a fun-filled day of yummy food, vendors, autumn plants and bulbs, lectures, drum circles, live music, herb walks and more! When: September 29th  10 am – 4 pm Where: Smile Herb Shop 4908 Berwyn Rd College Park, MD 20740 Cost: FREE! FREE PARKING RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET AT HOLY REDEEMER CHURCH, USE THE 2nd ENTRANCE. For more information or to register see Smile’s Eventbrite page here Schedule of Events 10:30 am – Plants of Protection: […]

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Your Healthy Mind Program from BrainPower

Your Healthy Mind: A 7-Week Program to Shift Your Lifestyle & Eating Habits to Support A Healthy Brain As You Age! Join CIM Nutritionist and Health Coach Julie Wendt for this online group coaching program designed to support the lifestyle changes that will help you prevent cognitive decline as you age.  With a firm foundation in the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Recode program based on Dr. Bredesen’s work, Julie will present the latest research in an understandable format that will act as your guide toward establishing the set of […]

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A Pap Smear Whisperer

Annual Trip to Your Gynocologist For most women, a visit to the gynecologist includes a vulnerable and unpleasant experience and necessity: A Pap smear to scrape cells from the back of the cervix is no picnic.  However, this screening test is a matter of life and death in some instances.  A visit with the OB/GYN is a gateway to prime the much-needed conversation: How is your sex life?  Lack of intimacy in your relationship and issues regarding sexual well-being are challenging to reveal on the examination table while in […]

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The Yoga-Ayurveda Connection

Yoga has taken America by storm. The number of Americans who practice some form of yoga has doubled in the last five years, and is now estimated at fifteen million. Three-fourths of fitness clubs offer yoga classes, and yoga was named one of the two fastest-growing segments of the exercise industry by Trendwatch 2000, an annual report on fitness trends. While many view yoga as a gentler way to exercise, most long-time practitioners realize that yoga is not just physical — it creates balance in mind, emotions and consciousness […]

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Recharge, Restore, Rejuvenate! The Ayurveda Way to Feel Young at Any Age

No matter what your age, there are things you can do to look and feel younger, healthier, happier. You hold the future of your health in your own hands. The wonderful thing about ayurvedic healing is that it teaches both damage-prevention and damage-reversal; so following these few basic tips from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians can make a big difference to that image you see in the mirror. Here’s what the Council has to say about looking and feeling young Eat to Live Longer How much of a […]

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Spring Skin Care

When you start shedding layers of your winter clothing upon spring’s arrival, you may notice that your skin and scalp are shedding too. While the winter was drying your skin, spring wants to detoxify it. The way to bring your skin back into shape is through cleansing your body internally and exfoliating your skin. Toxins can accumulate in your body in other seasons, but in the spring these toxins want to come out. The warmth of spring starts to melt these accumulated toxins (ama), which then clog the channels […]

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Navigating Life’s Choices: 2018 Healthy Aging Forum

Workshop Descriptions Transitions: Re-imagining Ourselves for the Years Ahead Inventory your interests and learn how to explore new options. Find out how to chart new journeys and establish new priorities: careers, hobbies, intellectual pursuits and volunteer opportunities. Laurie Cameron of the George Mason University Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing and Steve Altman, former President of Northwest Neighbors Village will guide you. Thinking Ahead: Preparing to Age at Home How do we know when we should begin preparing to age in place? Learn how to adapt and manage your home […]

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Balancing Act: Staying Healthy as an Active Woman

For many women today, it’s hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone take care of your health. Whether you’re working in the office or in the home, raising your children or caring for elderly parents — it’s a balancing act just to get through the day. Yet taking care of yourself and staying in balance mentally and physically is central to meeting all the demands of your family and career. “Women today have so many areas of life to attend to, it’s important that they set aside […]

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