Natural, Effective Allergy and Sinus Relief with a Funny Name

Hyun Kim

When herbalist Hyun Kim created Rhino Blaster it wasn’t called Rhino Blaster. It was simply known as “Hyun’s own personal nasal spray to relieve her allergy symptoms without the side effects of traditional medications.” When Hyun discovered how many other people were helped by her formulation, she decided to sell it and find a shorter name. Her friend dubbed it Rhino Blaster, and the name stuck.

Now, those suffering from allergies, stuffy sinuses or the uncomfortable dryness of winter air, indoor heating and airplane climates can purchase Rhino Blaster online, at some local pharmacies and at the birthplace of Rhino Blaster, Za Oh Pyung Acupuncture. Hyun says she wants to hear back from customers who use the product, too – especially if they want to buy another bottle.

Za Oh Pyung Acupuncture is located at 6 Depot Place in Scarsdale, NY. For more information and to purchase the product, visit

Pilates & Massage Therapy Combo Available at Conscious Body in Briarcliff Manor, NY

Ellen Ronis McCallum

At Conscious Body in Briarcliff Manor, owners Tim and Ellen Ronis McCallum are pleased to add Massage Therapy to the services they offer in their fully equipped Pilates studio.

The combination of a great Pilates session and a deep, therapeutic, and relaxing massage yields great rewards, says Ellen, a licensed Massage Therapist with 25 years of experience. Massage helps to determine very specifically where a person is holding tension, while Pilates sessions help to correct a person’s particular imbalances and body habits. Pilates addresses the body from the inside out by stretching, lengthening and strengthening muscles, and massage helps from the outside in by passively kneading and massaging muscle and connective tissue.  Massage Therapy can also aid in the recovery of overworked muscles.

Anyone can book a massage at Conscious Body, whether or not they do Pilates. Ellen blends Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Passive Stretching, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Balancing and Chi Nei Tsang (organ chi abdominal massage) in sessions that are tailored to a client’s needs. From now through the end of the year, clients who mention Natural Awakenings will receive 1 hour of Massage Therapy with Ellen for just $80 (normally $110).

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Conscious Body at 914.923.0474, Ellen at 347.731.8404, visit or email

Lifeline Hygienics’ 18th Anniversary Contest

Since 1993, Lifeline Hygienics has been encouraging better living through colonics and nutrition in the tri-state region and has recently expanded its services to include lymphatic drainage massage and personalized cleanses.This significant number—18 in Hebrew numerology corresponds to the word “Chai,” or Life—is a cause for celebration at Lifeline Hygienics, which is sponsoring two contests, offering chances to win a free colonic and goodies package, a $150 value. The first is an essay contest asking for 500 words or less on how colonics have changed your life. Deadline for entries is December 31. The best story wins. The second is a referral drawing. Refer someone to the Lifeline office who books a first appointment during the month of January 2011, mentioning your name and phone number, and you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing to be held January 31. Winners will be notified by phone.

Come celebrate with Lifeline by calling 914.921.5433. Lifeline Hygienics is located at  150 Theodore Fremd Ave. Suite B-15, Rye, NY 10580, which is also the mailing address for essay contest entries.

Natural Awakenings’ Last-Minute Gift Guide

Still looking for a special present for that hard-to-please person on your list? Our gift guide can help. We looked in local shops and found plenty of unique, easily available gifts that are also good for the body, the spirit or the planet. So shop on. This holiday season you can feel extra good about giving.

Tibetan Spinning Ring – Sterling silver ring inscribed with the protection prayer: “Om Ma Ni Padme Hum.” It’s said that every spin of the ring sends this mantra to the heavens! $24

To buy: Available at Opal Moon Wellness Center & Unique Gifts, 2037 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9A), Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520


Glass Water Bottle – Finally, a safe water bottle with no funky metallic taste! Lifefactory’s 16- and 22-ounce glass bottles are sturdy, with screw-top lids and protective silicone sleeves. They’re easy to clean, work well with ionized water—and are stylish, too, coming in a variety of colors. $18.95-20.95

To buy: Visit or call 914.923.4346


Spa Treatment at o2 living – What woman over 30 wouldn’t love a deluxe facial treatment? The Opulence Brightening 60-minute facial at o2 living evens and brightens skin tone on the face and neck by using hyperbaric oxygen technology that delivers a high dose of vitamin C and skin-brightening botanicals for a lasting, luminous glow. Gift card $180 per treatment

To buy: Available at o2 living, 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River, NY 10518, or order by phone at 914.763.6320 or online at


Dinner for Two at Flying Pig on Lexington – Give the gift of local food at this casual farm-to-table restaurant. It’s the ideal location for unwinding after the holidays with a friend. Just hope they take you! Gift card, various denominations

To buy: Available at Flying Pig on Lexington, 251 Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY 10549, or order by phone at 914.666.7445. Info:


“Peace on Earth” MassageBoth relaxing and therapeutic, massage is the perfect gift for the nurturers on your list—you know, the ones who are there for everyone else but don’t have time for themselves. This 75-minute session incorporates a special, calming aromatherapy blend and hot stones to melt away stress and winter chills. Gift card $150

To buy: Available at Organic Day Spa, 434 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, NY 10709, or order by phone at 914.652.7111. Gift cards can be e-mailed or mailed out same day.


Publisher’s Book Recommendation

If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path – Author Charlotte Sophia Kasl applies Buddhist wisdom to modern love and life, with a playful twist. Also by Kasl:  If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path and If the Buddha Married: Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path. Paperback $14

To buy: Available at Awakenings, 215 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 10536.



Pilates Gift CardGive the gift of fitness. You know that Pilates creates a longer, leaner, sexier body, but you may not know that it also increases flexibility and joint mobility, improves posture, balance and coordination, and boosts bone density. Gift card $90 per private session; $25 per drop-in class

To buy: Available at Premier Pilates & Yoga, 200 North Ave., Ste. 6, New Rochelle, NY 10801, or order by phone at 914.235.1250



Bennington Candles – The perfect holiday gift for your honey or your hostess, Bennington’s all-natural aromatherapy candles come in three sizes and a variety of scents, including Romance, Relaxation, Prosperity, the natural elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and many more. $1.99-16.95

To buy: Available at Awakenings, 215 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536. While you’re there, browse their New Age book section for some inspiration for yourself! Info: 914.232.0382



Crystal GlobeIlluminated, hand-blown crystal sphere. When non-illuminated, it shows an environmental or physical map; magically, when illuminated, it shows country boundaries. Features vary by style. Crystal globes $300-600; smaller (14-16 inch), acrylic globes $150-600

To buy: Available at Earth Lore, 2 Fairway Dr., Pawling, NY 12564. It’s worth the drive just to see these beautiful illuminated globes in Earth Lore’s incredible holiday window displays. Extended holiday hours, call for info: 845.855.8899


Liberation Yoga in Mahopac, NY celebrates their first graduating teachers


Front Row: Monika Acton, Colleen Lynch. Back Row: Monika Michlouska, David Robles (Director), Adrea Robles (Co-director), Barbara Livingston

On Tuesday December 21, Liberation Yoga in Mahopac, will honor the graduates of its very first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. The program, approved by the Yoga Alliance, was born when several Liberation students desired to deepen their practice and share their love of yoga with others.

The intensive course focuses on teaching yoga in the vinyasa style, with emphasis on the philosophy presented in the yoga sutras. The training also covers pranayama and meditation techniques, anatomy, and introductions to ayurveda and prenatal and kid’s yoga. Upon graduation, the new teachers can register with the Yoga Alliance and confidently present themselves as certified yoga teachers.

Liberation Yoga plans to offer the program again in 2011, with dates to be announced. Those interested in joining the next teacher training program can contact the studio or email

Liberation Yoga and Wellness Center is located at 900 S. Lake Blvd. in Mahopac, NY. For more information about classes, workshops and upcoming teacher trainings, call 845.803.8389 or visit

Getting Katonah “In Balance” with Tai Chi

David Cunniff of In Balance Tai Chi

Tai Chi is growing in popularity every day, and the In Balance Tai Chi Studio in Katonah is celebrating two years of spreading the healthy word. Those looking for a way to control daily stress and get in shape without strenuous exercise should consider the ancient Chinese arts of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, which combine controlled breathing with gentle stretching movements. Tai Chi reduces stress, alleviates ailments and injuries, and creates a calming environment while promoting balance and healing.

At In Balance, small personal classes and a comfortable atmosphere create a positive approach to exercising and learning, and newcomers can attend one Tuesday 7:30 p.m. beginners’ class for free.

To register for a free beginner’s class or receive information on class schedules, contact Sifu David Cunniff at 914.262.1478 or, or visit In Balance Tai Chi Studio is located at 190 Goldens Bridge Court, Suite 6A in Katonah, NY.

EMF Protection Becomes Business Opportunity

texting teen

Pamela Cucinell has a passion for living life well. Her friend, Bill Fritz, believes that eating well, drinking “good” water and taking supplements are keys to a long and healthy life. So the two have teamed up to spread the word about GIA Wellness, whose patented products are designed for “living with less stress.”

With “Inspired Energy” products like its electromagnetic field (EMF) guards, GIA Wellness fills a need in the wireless industry, Cucinell says. “These products help you thrive in a stressful, wireless world,” she says. “You can put the guards directly on cell phones, PDAs and Bluetooth devices to mitigate the effects of EMF exposure. They don’t block radio waves—you need those so the phone works—but they provide a bio-friendly field, diminishing stress.” The i-H2O system, another GIA Wellness product, is the only patented technology proven to supply optimal hydration, using an “activation process” that produces three times liquid than “inactivated” water, Cucinell says. “This means your skin and organs gain moisture, with anti-aging benefits,” she says.

Cucinell and Fritz are looking for people interested in joining their team. “We’re offering simple, effective and viable methods for starting your own GIA Wellness business,” Cucinell says.

Statements made about the above GIA Wellness products have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information about GIA Wellness, contact Pamela Cucinell at 917.796.6026 or visit; or contact Bill Fritz at 914.772.2595 or visit

Workshops Deconstruct Self-Destructive Patterns in Katonah, NY

Renee Simon & Dr. Stacy Raymond, PhD

Dietician and nutritionist Renee Simon and psychologist Dr. Stacy Raymond, PhD, will lead a four-week workshop in Katonah, NY, and Ridgefield, CT, exploring addictive behaviors and other self-destructive patterns.

The program, based on Geneen Roth’s Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, uses food as a metaphor for any self-defeating habits, says Simon. Attendees don’t have to have an eating disorder to benefit, and the theme does not denote any specific religious affiliation or belief. “The program will be a transformative experience to redefine one’s relationship with food, learn to love self and body more fully, and open more deeply to the soul’s true essence,” she says. The workshop explains why “quick fixes,” which don’t resolve deeper issues, can’t permanently solve problems.

Simon is board certified, with 11 years’ experience helping women reach and maintain their ideal body weight through fully integrated health and lifestyle programs. Raymond, a licensed clinical psychologist for 15 years, specializes in eating issues and problem resolution and addresses the link between spirituality and self-esteem. Both women help their clients identify and resolve the toxic beliefs and emotions that often underlie health concerns.

The workshop will run on consecutive Tuesdays from January 11 to February 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at 15 Parkway, Katonah; and on consecutive Wednesdays from January 12 to February 2, noon-1:30 p.m., at 38B Grove St., Ridgefield. The program costs $125, or $99 through December 31. Space is limited. To register or for more information, call Renee Simon at 914.763.9107 or visit or

New Healing Center Opens in Mount Kisco: Village Acupuncture & Health

Jamie DiMauro

In his newly renovated space in Mount Kisco, Village Acupuncture & Health owner Jamie DiMauro now has plenty of room to attend to his growing client base, attracted by the restorative benefits of acupuncture, massage therapy and personal training. His expertise in all three areas represents a “triple threat” against injury and chronic pain, DiMauro says. “By incorporating these three techniques into treatment, I have the ability to identify and alleviate the cause of my clients’ pain, halt progression of injuries, strengthen any weaknesses, and generally improve their recovery,” he explains.

Located at 322 East Main Street (near Mount Kisco Medical Group and Northern Westchester Hospital), the new space has a relaxing atmosphere featuring two treatment rooms for acupuncture and massage and a state-of-the art personal training studio for private sessions.

A licensed New York State acupuncturist, DiMauro graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where he received his master’s degree in the science of traditional Oriental medicine. He earned his massage therapy license from The Swedish Institute in New York and has also studied extensively in the fields of exercise physiology and personal training.

To learn more about Village Acupuncture & Health, call 914.864.1562 or visit

Integrative Healthcare Opens in Dobbs Ferry, NY

Dr. Michael Kennis, DC

After a three-year hiatus, Dr. Michael Kennis, a chiropractor, acupuncturist and nutritionist, has opened his office, the Center for Acupuncture & Integrative Wellness, in a new location in Dobbs Ferry, NY. “I am happy and fortunate to return to Westchester,” he says.

Kennis now practices integrative healthcare, incorporating his scientific knowledge with the ancient wisdom of the many complementary systems and modalities he has studied.

Having practiced his unique approach to chiropractic healthcare for some 20 years in downtown Dobbs Ferry, he is continuing his studies in Chinese herbal medicine and lifestyle/functional medicine. “These systems help restore natural function and rhythm, which are often lost by the pace of modern life,” Kennis says. “I’ve found that small steps on the path to wellness are the best approach.”

The Center for Acupuncture & Integrative Wellness is located at 369 Ashford Ave, Ste. G in Dobbs Ferry. Contact Dr. Michael Kennis at 914.433.9340.

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