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Many people believe that there is great power in out thoughts and intention. In honor of Earth Day, blessings are being held to help heal the waters of the Salish Sea.

The Salish Sea, according to Wikipedia, is the complex of inland waterways stretching from Tumwater, Washington at the south end of Puget Sound to Desolation Sound at the northern end of the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, and also including the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Dr. Emoto author of “The Hidden Messages in Water,” gave a blessing 3/24 and has called for others to gather and offer a blessing to the local waters as well. His work shows the difference between water before a prayer and after. I don’t know much about this but find it very interesting.

Water Blessing Ceremonies to be held in Seattle on April 24th, 11am-noon.

Green Lake
(On the South end of the lake near the bleachers & boat dock)
JENNIFER YOST, M.A., CRM AND ANDREA RAE, O.T., LMP, CRM will be
facilitating this healing blessing open to all.

Duwamish River, South Park
(Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Avenue South}
Dey, M.A., LMHC, CRM, SAMANTHA PARROTT, CRM & Michael Emanuel, CRM
will be facilitating this healing blessing open to all.
 

 Cheers,

The folks at Glow

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In keeping with our discussion of aging from the last
newsletter we are proud to be offering this series with Tina,
 our licensed social worker. She
 is also taking care of Grandson
Eli while mom (Lindsey) is at work. The rest of the time
she helps us here at Glow.

Topics to be covered include:

Cultivating the wisdom of the crone

Embracing intuition

Dietary Support

Changing family roles

Please email info@glownaturalhealth if you are interested in more information.

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Tina Michalski is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Social Work, obtaining her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Tina joined the staff at Glow Natural Health Center in November, 2009; relocating to the Seattle area with her husband Kirt, along with their cat and parrot, to be near their daughter, Lindsey, son-in-law Joel, and their first grandchild, Eli. Believing that change is a constant in our lives, and that real growth and transformation results from change, one of Tina’s greatest challenges was uprooting herself from her hometown: a small, rural community south of Buffalo, NY, where Tina cultivated a life-long passion for nature. Change can be scary-especially as one grows older, but challenging oneself can also be very empowering-no matter the age!

Tina has developed a breadth of experience as a licensed social worker in New York State, from hospital employment that included medical case management, dialysis care, inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment, outpatient mental health counseling, and most recently as a counselor at Jamestown Community College; providing career, academic, and personal counseling services to the students and faculty. Tina practices social work from a transpersonal perspective, understanding that spiritual well-being is an essential part of the health of every individual.

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Chinese medicine is not just a collection of dusty books or archaic techniques. It is a living medicine. An example of this is the use of far-infrared energy to promote healing.  Many of you may be familiar with the heat lamps (TDP lamps) used by our acupuncturists. These lamps emit far-infrared heat which penetrates deeply into the body to promote the healing of tissues.

Did this therapy begin thousands of years ago? No. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the history of the TDP lamp.

History of inventionTDP is an acronym for “Teding Diancibo Pu” which loosely translated means special electromagnetic spectrum.

The TDP mineral lamp was invented in China in 1978 and exhibited at the 1986 Zagreb International Fair in Yugoslavia in competition with 560 inventions from 18 countries by the inventor Mr. Gou Wenbin. It was also exhibited at the 1986 Brussels Eureka World Fair for Invention. Mr. Wenbin died in the late 1980s.

The story told about the discovery of TDP mineral lamp therapy begins in a black clay factory in rural China, where in spite of a work environment where workers were exposed to extremes of cold, wet, and heat, they had a very low incidence of illness. Upon further investigation, the differentiating factor was determined to be the beneficial far-infrared radiation from the hot clay. Analysis of the clay and later experimentation led to the development of the medical device now known as the TDP mineral lamp.

Experimentation with TDP mineral lamps started and by 1979, 36 universities, 45 graduate schools, 41 research institutes, 250 hospitals, and 3000 thousand medical doctors and researchers formed an international TDP society[1] for the purpose of performing clinical studies related to the effects of TDP mineral lamp therapy.

The state of research in 1985 showed TDP mineral lamp therapy to have been successfully used to treat over 30 different human and animal diseases and disorders. Thirty million people had received medical treatment from TDP mineral lamps. Clinical evidence[2][3][4] confirmed that TDP mineral lamp therapy would reduce inflammation, calm pain, and improve micro-circulation, and balance metabolism. Evidence was gathered substantiating TDP mineral lamp use promoted cell growth, reproduction, and repair, concurrently with promotion of specific enzyme activity levels and immune function.[5]

Now once again Chinese medicine is growing and changing. Far-infrared technology has expanded from the TDP lamp to include a unique fabric that can be worn over an affected area. Touted to relieve pain, promote circulation and repair tissue, ThermoFlow® products are made with a special fabric that is made of 5% ceramic minerals. It is the mineral which reflect the body’s natural far-infrared energy back into the area which is affected. This reflected energy has been shown to penetrate through layers of skin, deep into tissues. According to Thermoflow® “this stimulates micro-vibrations which initiate a thermal reaction to elevate tissue temperature. The body responds by dilating micro-vessels and major blood vessels. Chinese Medicine believes that Qi is the key to good health. Far-infrared energy improves qi flow. By improving the qi flowto an area, pain is relieved.These functional fabrics accelerate your treatments and provide relief for patients between visits.”

We’re ordering some soon. If you’re interested in being a test subject let us know! They are available to treat pain in the knee, wrist, ankle and torso. Stay tuned for updates!!

 

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Do you ever know that you REALLY need a massage but for whatever reason don’t get one? I’m usually pretty good about listening to my body and getting preventative care but with a 4 month old it’s easy to find any excuse to put myself last.

A couple weeks ago I had finally booked a slot in Kiwani’s schedule at Glow. All the hunching over while breastfeeding, constant picking up of baby, (baby-hereafter referred to as the 15 lb. sack o’ potatoes or,  S.O.P.), had really done in my back and neck. Problems that had been under control prior to the arrival of the S.O.P. with a magical combination of pilates, chiro, acu, and massage, were rearing their ugly heads.

Boy was I looking forward to this. The day before the “big day” of my massage, I realized I had double booked myself. Damn, had to cancel. Well ladies and gents it’s never a good idea to cancel a massage when you REALLY need a massage. The very next morning, the morning of what was previously the “big day” that I was going to get a massage, I reached into a cupboard and BAM!!!, stuck. Is there some crazy house gnome living in my cupboard? A poltergiest with an issue? Was the cupboard door really, really heavy?

Let me answer the last question first. The cupboard door was chest high and feather light. I DIDN’T EVEN BEND OVER!! “ Oh God WHY?- or Universe, or Whatever.” As far as the involvement of gnomes, poltergeists etc., I can’t say. I will say that I’m glad my husband happened to find me standing there, frozen and hanging onto the cupboard. What if the S.O.P. had needed me? Would I be stuck there all day? Crisis averted. Oh wait, my back is still out…nevermind.

Skip forward to today. It’s been a couple weeks. There is a mere hint of my spastic back remaining. That day I iced, took Calcium and Magnesium, stretched, did plenty of walking, and tried to pick up the S.O.P. as little as possible. Two Tylenol (left over from very painful breastfeeding) rounded out my treatment plan. Since then I’ve had two chiropractic adjustments and recommitted to Pilates 3 times a week.

The funny thing is I’ve recently had NUMEROUS patients throw their back out and say the same thing. “I knew I REALLY needed to get a massage, but I didn’t.” Now just like me, they are facing weeks of recovery and multiple treatments that all could have been prevented.

Let this be a warning to you people. Listen, before it’s too late, before you have to wonder if you TOO, have been the target of gnomes or sneaky poltergeists. Get a massage. Here’s a nice link that tells you all the reasons why you should. http://www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/benefits.php

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