“Transcendence and Skillful Living for Couples,” & Other Events at SunRaven This Winter

Dr. Michael Finkelstein, MD of SunRaven

In honor of Valentine’s Day, SunRaven holistic health center in Bedford, New York, is introducing “Transcendence and Skillful Living for Couples,” day-long workshops intended to bring couples closer in their search for personal health and fulfillment. They will work privately with SunRaven founder Dr. Michael Finkelstein, MD, and Robin Queen, the creator of a unique body-mind approach to health and life, to develop a unified model for “Skillful Living.” The workshops are among an array of special events and consultations hosted by SunRaven this winter.

February 24-March 4, Finkelstein will lead a week-long Group Juice Fast. “If you’ve been thinking about undertaking a true ‘cleanse’ or detox, a green juice fast, along with a comprehensive protocol developed by one of the leading experts in the field, can be an extremely valuable experience,” he says. Coinciding with the Fast is the first 2011 meeting of the SunRaven Book Club, discussing Women Food and God by Geneen Roth, March 1 at 7 p.m.

Finkelstein will also offer an off-campus workshop, “Restoring Balance in a Chronic Culture,” providing physical, emotional and spiritual tools for dealing with a chronic condition in oneself or a loved one. The workshop will be held at The Yoga Loft at The Bedford Post Inn on February 15, as well as in a two-part session at Gilda’s Club March 8 and April 12.

For book club information or to receive Finkelstein’s Skillful Living Newsletter, visit SunRaven.org. To schedule a consultation, register for a workshop, or join the Juice Fast, email Michael@SunRaven.org or call 914.234.6646.

Mastermind Groups Forming at Lifestreams Healing for Westchester and Putnam NY Residents

Joan Angarano

Joan Angarano and Lifestreams Healing invite Westchester and Putnam residents to join a collective of like-minded people seeking self-mastery through the power of a mastermind group. Angarano says that mastermind groups are infused with the energetic expressions of each individual, which raises the energy of the group’s purpose and allows each participant to soar to their highest potential.

“It is time for us to embrace our true natures as the masters and creators we are,” Angarano says. “This group experience is only for those willing to reach beyond the experience of who they know themselves to be, into the discovery and mastery of who God intended for them to be.”

The program begins on March 6. For scheduling purposes, individuals must reserve a place in the group by February 24. For more information, visit lifestreamshealing.com and click on “Services,” then “Mastermind Group.”

Gene Krackehl’s Award-winning Book, “You Are the Healer” Now Available on Kindle

Gene Krackehl’s award-winning book, You Are the Healer: Discover Your Miraculous Potential to Heal Yourself & Others, is about to go into its third printing and is now available on Kindle. Gene has been teaching his methods for years, and his local best-selling book serves as an instruction manual for the popular energy healing workshops that he gives across the Northeast.

“Each of us is a potential healer capable of performing real miracles on a daily basis,” says Gene. “The only thing stopping us is our own belief that we can’t. All that is required is to have love and the sincere desire to give that love to others.” Gene’s unique energy healing sessions attract people from all over the world, and many have described them as “extraordinary,” “truly transformational,” and “phenomenal.” Gene will be offering a free lecture on “Healing with Love” and signing his books at Hudson Valley Hospital’s Dempsey House on Thursday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

For more information, visit amazinghealer.com or email Gene@AmazingHealer.com.

Kathy Casey Opens a New Healing Practice in Mamaroneck, NY

Kathy Casey

Kathy Casey is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and the owner of Touchstone Acupuncture, a new health and wellness practice in Mamaroneck. The vision for this healing center was inspired more than 20 years ago, when Kathy experienced her first acupuncture treatment in San Francisco.

“The guiding principle of Traditional Oriental Medicine is the integration of body, mind and spirit,” says Kathy. “I resonated immediately with this philosophy, which is focused on disease prevention by way of lifestyle choices.”

Touchstone Acupuncture offers individualized patient care and natural therapies to alleviate pain, resolve symptoms and create a pathway for people to follow in their own recovery of health and wellness. Kathy graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed in New York and Connecticut, and nationally board certified. Kathy’s training also includes Hypnotherapy and Therapeutic Touch, along with experience in Hospice outreach. Kathy maintains a general practice, with a special interest in women’s health, geriatric wellness, and stress management.

Located on the second floor of 501 E. Boston Post Rd. in Mamaroneck, NY, Touchstone Acupuncture shares space with The Center for Therapeutic Massage. For more information, visit touchstoneacupuncture.com or call Kathy Casey at 914.364.8897.

Apple Tree, a Children and Family Therapy Practice, Opens in Jefferson Valley, NY

Alexa Oth and Jennifer Jackman

Apple Tree, a therapy practice specializing in children and families, has arrived in Jefferson Valley. Clinical Social Workers Jennifer Jackman and Alexa Oth say they work in their clients’ comfort zone—even if that zone is on the floor.

“We encourage children to get on the floor to do what they do best: play,” Jackman says. “We use play therapy, art therapy and therapeutic games, and that gives kids a safe and nurturing environment to explore their feelings. While they aren’t likely to sit on a couch and talk about their lives, they are apt to pick up some puppets and role-play different scenarios that are subtly keying in to important issues.” Jackman and Oth connect with parents/guardians, schools and/or physicians in order to provide an informed, individualized therapeutic plan. They also help older children and adolescents confront their unique challenges, encouraging open discussion. Apple Tree hosts workshops on several themes, including bullying, self-confidence, and social skills.

Apple Tree is not exclusively for children, Jackman notes. “It’s a family-oriented therapy practice that works with individuals to find natural solutions to the obstacles in their lives,” she says. “We’re very much about looking at the big picture.” Apple Tree offers a variety of therapies—including individual, family, group, and hypnotherapy—and will make house calls to help families build a plan for better functioning.

Apple Tree LCSW, PC is located at 3630 Hill Blvd. Ste. 204A, across from the Jefferson Valley Mall. For more information, call 914.302.2858 or visit AppleTreeTherapyGroup.com.

200 Hour Foot Reflexology Certification Begins February 5, 2011, in Westchester, NY

A 200-hour certification program in foot reflexology will begin February 5-6, the first of six weekend sessions that wrap up in May. Upon completing the series, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the American Reflexology Certification Board.

Reflexology is a non-invasive, drug-free, holistic modality recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a body-based practice. “Reflexology supports and enhances the body’s innate ability to balance, repair and restore itself,” explains Susan Raskin, a registered nurse and certified reflexologist. “It is used in hospitals, clinics and private practices as an effective technique for managing stress, anxiety, pain, chronic illnesses, insomnia and the side effects of chemotherapy.”

The upcoming program is highly recommended for allopathic and integrative healthcare professionals, family caregivers, massage therapists, spa personnel and holistic practitioners, Raskin says. “Individuals interested in reflexology for self-care and health promotion are also encouraged to enroll,” she says, noting that previous experience in health-related fields is not required. “The program is comprehensive, providing the foundation of knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide reflexology services safely and competently,” she says. The program instructor is accredited through the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology and Training.

Class schedule is as follows: February 5-6 and 19-20; March 5-6 and 19-20; April 9-10; and May 14-15. Classes run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or to register, call 914.649.5262, email SCRaskin@gmail.com, or visit IntegrativeHealthPractices.com.

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