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Articles from: January 2018

Total Energy Transformation for Parents

“I believe that it is our birthright to live our lives as the inherently vibrant, creative, passionate, energized beings we were made to be and teach this to our children by being living examples. All too often the demands from family life, work and the world at large leave us feeling stressed, depleted and overwhelmed, wondering ‘what’s left for me’?,” shares Jessica Hans-Smolin, RYT yoga teacher, licensed master social worker and transformational health and life coach.

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Simple Strategies for Serenity by Marsha Mandel

When we reflect on the times in our lives when we have felt a comfortable sense of calmness, we can see that our thoughts and bodies were aligned with this peaceful feeling. This is our natural state – for our thoughts, feelings and actions to correspond with each other. If we think of times when we’ve felt angry in the past, we can notice our thoughts and actions were angry as well. If we think of times when we felt anxious or worried, we recall that our muscles were tense, our breathing was shallow, our hearts were beating quickly, and our thoughts were likely focused on worst-case scenarios.

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Holistic Doctor Offers Natural Alternatives for Sleep and Anxiety

Local holistic doctor John Lichtenstein, MD, knows that millions of Americans are dealing with sleep deprivation and anxiety disorders. “However,” he shares, “sleeping medications can be dangerous on many occasions. Some of them may cause serious memory loss in a percentage of patients. Also, anti-anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepines, can be extremely addicting and cause rebound anxiety. Benzodiazepines can also cause a fatal withdrawal if stopped suddenly. Sleep medications and anti-anxiety medications can also cause drowsiness and unclear thinking.”

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10th Season for Palisades Winter Farmers’ Market

The Palisades Winter Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 10th season. Housed in a charming schoolhouse built in 1870, the market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palisades Community Center in Palisades. “We were Rockland’s first winter farmers’ market,” says Carol Baxter the president of the Palisades Community Center and coordinator of the market. “We are grateful our first farmers and vendors took the risk to try it.”

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SomatoEmotional Release Now Available

Heather Koubek Jameson, owner of Yemaya Wellness Licensed Massage Therapy in New City, is excited to announce that she has added a new bodywork modality to the center’s vast menu of services. Jameson has been practicing CranioSacral Therapy for seven years, advancing through the levels of the curriculum. She recently completed the third level which is called SomatoEmotional Release (SER).

“In this practice, emotional trauma which has been stored in our physical tissue is addressed and released, allowing for healing and restoration to begin,” she explains. In practicing this modality, Jameson, a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), is able to combine her talents to fully address the mind/body connections at the root of many chronic issues of pain and discomfort. Call today to schedule your appointment and start feeling better.

Yemaya Massage & Wellness Center is located at 345 N. Main St., Ste. 10, in New City. For more information, call 634-3100 or visit

Reduce Stress by Learning to Live in the Present Moment by Kelly Harris

When individuals suffer with anxiety and feelings of depression they wonder why they can’t just go with the flow and instead worry about everything from school, work, family and relationships. Cognitive behavior therapy can help people recognize these negative thought patterns that can impact their mood and relationships with others.

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Local Chiropractor Receives Training in Functional Medicine

Dr. Brenda Ponessa of Montgomery Chiropractic Care received her training in functional medicine and is now accepting appointments, adding to her already comprehensive skills in chiropractic, physical therapy and nutrition.

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Truly Gentle Dentistry

“Can you imagine what it would be like to experience truly gentle dental visits? To have a cavity filled without needles or drilling? To have periodontal surgery done without pain or bleeding?” asks Dr. Sherri Alpert, owner of Dental Wellness of Suffern. “This really is possible today, with the new Solea CO2 laser we use in our office. With laser dentistry, local anesthesia is not necessary for most dental procedures.”

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Resilience Course for Educators

“Want to be a highly effective teacher but feel overburdened or frustrated? What if there was a way to make these stressors that drain your passion for educating into rallying points that inspire and empower you and your students to new knowledge?,” asks Sifu Ed D’Urso.

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