Please welcome Chesapeake Holistic’s newest practitioner: Glynda Cullen. She’s a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. Glynda will begin offering massage and facial treatments at our Annapolis office on May 8!
For some time, CH has been considering adding spa treatments – but we wanted to wait for the right person with holistic training and a warm, open spirit: Glynda!
Q&A with Glynda
Chesapeake Holistic (CH): Tell us a little about your training and credentials…
Glynda Cullen (GC): I graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 1999, which, at the time, was privately-owned and a very special holistic environment. While I was in massage school, I worked as a Chiropractic Assistant and enjoyed helping to apply rehabilitative therapies – it really was a foundation for understanding pain referral patterns and the healing process.
After eight years of being a Massage Therapist, I wanted to study skincare; so, I attended the Chesapeake School of Esthetics in Arnold, MD and became an Esthetician.
I’ve also taken many advanced classes over the years regarding massage and skincare.
CH: Tell us more about your journey as a holistic practitioner.
GC: After my husband and I bought our first home on the eastern shore, around 2001, I landed my first spa job (and stayed for seven years)! I was a Massage Therapist at a beautiful bed and breakfast in St. Michaels, MD. It was a lovely backdrop to begin practicing my new skills. I was also the spa’s trainer for new Therapists.
I then began work at a new ‘green’ salon and spa in Annapolis called Varuna Aveda. This bustling business really pushed me to expand my skill level and the variety of techniques I use for facials and massages. I’m so excited to be establishing my practice at CH, but will definitely miss my friends at Varuna.
CH: What holistic approaches influence your practice and specialties?
GC: I’m very drawn to the nurturing and therapeutic value of Lomi Lomi, a Hawaiian form of bodywork. It incorporates the deep and rich Hawaiian knowledge of natural healing from the islands. The smooth and rhythmic forearm strokes feel like ocean waves helping to relieve stress and tension.
I believe true healing comes from nature and this bodywork is rooted in this notion. While it influences my work, I look forward to specializing in Lomi Lomi once I study in Maui, hopefully next year! So far, I’ve taken two Lomi Lomi trainings: one at the Baltimore School of Massage and another on retreat in New Mexico.
As well, I have a background in Ayurveda healing (mind-body science with a meditation focus). The modalities are based on a system of “doshas,” which break all living things down into the dominant natural elements present (e.g., space, air, earth, water and fire). You balance whichever dosha is in excess by incorporating and increasing its opposite element.
I also study Ayurvedic specialties Abhyanga and Shirodhara, which are healing practices from India.
CH: How do these practices extend to your personal life?
GC: Similar to Lomi Lomi, Ayurveda is a system for living in tune with the natural world – which is a very effective daily approach to balance and wellness! Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga.
Yoga helps me to flow through my personal challenges and stress, and it increases my strength, stamina and fortitude. I practice regularly and truly love Yin and Vinyasa yoga.
CH: Tell us what you’re planning for your spa treatment space at CH.
GC: I truly adore all things spa! I’ve been researching a facial product line, and have started ordering all of the products I need to begin a practice at CH. And, I just painted my new CH treatment room!
It’s so important to practice in a well-appointed space designed with natural elements and meant to encourage what I call sacred rest. I incorporate Hawaiian music and art into my practice to keep my heart open and connected to my work. My goal is to create a safe, peaceful space to allow the soul to truly rest.
Laying aside all pressures, worries and concerns enables the best of a client’s and practitioner’s abilities to flourish and become present. I use ocean wave sounds to provide a gentle natural rhythm for the breath to follow and to guide the guest to the calm within.
CH: In addition to a meditative atmosphere, explain a little about your massage techniques.
GC: While clients should keep an eye out for Ayurvedic massage services in the future, we’re starting simple with classic massage and facial options.
I’ve studied and practice Swedish massage, which involves slow, flowing strokes for relaxation
and rejuvenation. I also do deep-tissue to work serious knots in the tissue and fascia; this improves range of motion and decreases muscle pain.
Myofascial massage is another approach I’ll offer at CH: using slow, deep stretches to relax and free up the fascia that surrounds the muscles.
Hot stone massage is one of my favorite modalities. I’m drawn to working with deeply soothing, grounding warm basalt stones. The stones help bring you back down to earth, while soothing deep knots into relaxation. I love to incorporate stones as well as all of the spa extras into every massage (without heaping on extra fees).
Whatever you need: warm stones, essential oils, hot towels… I customize each client’s treatment with all of the extras every time.
CH: What is your approach to facial treatments?
GC: The facials our clients can expect to enjoy will incorporate the highest quality organic facial products available – I’ll provide natural solutions to remedy your skin care concerns: big or small. The goal is to balance function and results with deep rest.
Essentially, my approach is to blend the two modalities of massage and advanced skincare.
Our services will feature Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils such as joy, harmony, release, and valor. Creating more meditative moments will be linked to my purpose here at CH.
CH: Lastly, can you share a little bit about your family life and personal goals?
GC: Well, life has been crazy lately getting ready to open my doors at CH. We still live on the eastern shore, and, of course, spring break with my daughter kept us occupied – we went to the beach as a family, played in the sand and practiced our putt-putt game!
My dream and plan is to take intensive Lomi Lomi training in Maui, where my in-laws recently moved. I lived in Hawaii for two years after graduating from high school and have a deep connection to the mana (life force) of the aina (land).
Guest author: Dr. Marissa Wallie
What makes spring allergies so severe? When an allergen enters your body, it’s treated as a foreign invader. So, what we all experience as “allergies,” is our bodies releasing histamine: an overreaction to the invader. This triggers other exaggerated immune responses, including watery eyes, itchy throat, clogged ears, sneezing, wheezing, and post-nasal drip.
While no one enjoys the allergy symptoms, it’s actually part of the body’s attempt to self-regulate and heal – pretty amazing when you think about it.
What’s the best way to manage allergy symptoms? To alleviate sniffles, headaches and sneezes, most of us have tried over the counter medications. These OTC meds can help with symptoms, but also have dangerous side effects, especially for young children.
Some alternatives to meds for preventing and managing allergies:
- Keep windows at home, and in your car, closed to keep yellow pollen out.
- Change clothes immediately when returning home from being outside; wash your face, too.
- Use a HEPA filter in common areas of the house (living room, bedroom) and workplace.
- Switch to a HEPA filter for the AC vents at home.
- Eat clean. Remove dairy and other allergens to reduce mucous production.
- Support your lung function with supplements (such as the selection CH has on sale the rest of this month.
- Get your spine checked by a Chiropractor for vertebral subluxation.
Subluxation is a misalignment of the vertebra, which blocks healing messages to parts of your body. The most common subluxations, in relation to seasonal allergies, are in the cervical spine area – which controls ears, sinus, head muscles, eyes, and throat.
Chiropractors perform subluxation adjustments to realign your spine, naturally improving your body’s response to allergies and pollutants in the air. (Our nose hairs, cilia and mucous membranes are constantly in attack mode from the air, especially during spring months.)
In addition to your immune system, when your spine is healthy all systems self-regulate accordingly. For example, your brain (which tells the rest of your body what to do) constantly send messages through the spinal cord to your muscles, organs and tissues.
Like the natural protocols Chesapeake Holistic offers for allergy relief, other ailments and overall wellness, Chiropractic is an organic form of healthcare. It focuses on structure and function of the spine, the lifeline of your entire body. Adjustments are healthy for anyone, from birth to 100-plus years- old.
Dr. Wallie earned her doctorate at New York Chiropractic College in 2000. She is an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association member, and a partner at Broadneck Family Chiropractic – located in the same office building as Chesapeake Holistic. In May 2017, Dr. Wallie is opening an additional office (Coastal Retreat) in Easton.
By Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
How would you rather start your day: with an overwhelming to-do list or a clear page open with possibility? There’s something very satisfying about spring cleaning and eliminating clutter.
Until you make the time to “get” quiet and listen, you won’t be able to hear what your mind-body is trying to tell you. If you’re having a difficult time finding your inner Zen garden, don’t lose hope. There are ways that you can be guided along the path.
Where do I start? Again, be aware of what your mind is saying to your body. The goal is to quiet things down and eliminate anxiety, which is often created when we fear the unknown, things we cannot control. It’s like being stuck in a frightening daydream but the conscious mind believes it’s real.
The imaginal state mind is both the problem here and the cure. It can drive us crazy when we’re stuck in fear, but can also free and lift us to sacred places filled with hope, beauty and insight.
Through hypnosis and mindfulness, you can become a conscious dreamer and, with practice, you can become a masterful dreamer. My approach with hypnosis is to use it as a doorway to access your own ability to find inner peace and the confidence to maintain it. Mindfulness is based in accepting things as they are without judgment. In this practice, you can find peace even in the midst of chaos. You become the calm in the storm.
Craniosacral is another powerful healing tool for de-cluttering the nervous system, and creating the inner peace and space needed for deep rest and recovery. This light touch energy work soothes an overstimulated nervous system allowing the thoughts, feelings and emotions to settle into a more balanced and harmonious state.
The craniosacral work is gentle, nurturing and, for many, the results are quite profound. It’s also a valuable, effective resource when dealing with chronic pain and disease. Like all of our energy medicine tools at Chesapeake Holistic, this modality works to support and strengthen your body’s own natural healing process. The power that created the body is the one that heals it. We can all transform our health with this simple truth.
Mindfulness, hypnosis and craniosacral therapy all quiet the mind and body; each is powerful and all work together, holistically.
“Silence is a source of great strength.”- Lao Tzu
This silence is our healing epicenter. The de-cluttered space within the nervous system can now function optimally, receiving and sending messages with greater coherence and vitality.
Wishing you peace on the path!
Lisa is a licensed Craniosacral Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety.
By Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP
Spring has sprung! The days are longer, trees are budding, flowers are blooming, even the bees are starting to buzz. Sounds great, right? Well, for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring can be a nightmare.
This month, we’ve been explaining different holistic approaches for ridding your home and body of allergens – a variation of traditional ‘spring cleaning.’ Today, I’d like to explain: how to use essential oils and how we use the ONDAMED® protocol – both effectively alleviate allergy symptoms.
The anti-allergy essential oil blend of lemon, lavender and peppermint is a great home remedy for tackling most allergic reactions. Combined, these work as a powerful antihistamine to bring down inflammation caused by your body’s allergy response. This trio of oils is a game changer!
Lemon Oil – One of its many uses is to treat the respiratory problems associated with allergic reactions. Lemon is a natural antioxidant that helps cleanse toxins and reduce the body’s response to allergens. It works in tandem with lavender and peppermint oils to prevent congestion.
Lavender Oil – Works as a natural antihistamine and helps to reduce inflammatory allergic reactions in your body. (In addition, it’s a well-known natural cure for headaches and treating skin reactions, insect bites and hives. Lavender is also the perfect essential oil if you suffer from coughing, sneezing or wheezing during the night. Put a few drops of lavender on your pillow for a peaceful night’s sleep.)
Peppermint Oil – Can help to quickly clear blocked sinuses and ease nasal congestion caused by allergies. Peppermint oil is an expectorant, which opens airways and reduces inflammation. (It can also soothe coughs, and relieve pain and bronchitis symptoms.)
How to create and use this blend:
1. Combine 10 drops of each oil (along with a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut or sweet almond) in a small glass roller bottle. Roll on chest, neck, sinus areas, temples, and/or behind the ears.
2. Diffuse the trio in an aromatherapy diffuser throughout the day or night to ease allergic discomforts.
3. Put a few drops of each oil in the palm of your hand, hold near your nostrils and take some deep breaths.
One of the most sought after treatments at Chesapeake Holistic is ONDAMED, which is very helpful for many ailments, including allergies. If you’re not familiar with ONDAMED, it’s a pulse-focused device that (when used by a certified practitioner) finds areas of inflammation in your body at the cellular level.
Specifically, we locate the inflammation while palpating your pulse as we scan through electro-magnetic frequencies that correlate to organ systems. The quality of the pulse changes when a resonating frequency is found. Essentially, we listen to your body through your pulse.
ONDAMED has several programs that can help with allergies. A client favorite is the Sinus Program. It often provides instant relief as the sinuses start to drain right away. As always, we tailor your session to exactly what your body needs at that time.
Don’t let allergy season get you down. We at Chesapeake Holistic are always here to help you!
By Carol Heckman, RN, CHNP
Is this you?…
“I’m so congested I can’t breathe or think straight… This time of year my eyes, ears… nose itch like crazy… It’s like clockwork, my allergies kick in when the seasons change… This year, my allergies are really bad… I have a constantly stuffy nose and post-nasal drip… I have several sinus infections every year; it’s unavoidable.”
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the CDC, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:
- Allergies affect 30% of adults and 40% of children in the US, and the numbers are increasing.
- Allergy is now considered a disease. It’s becoming the 5th leading disease condition in the US for people of all ages, and the 3rd highest for children.
- In 2010, Americans spent more than $18 million in allergy-related medical expenses – and lost 6 million-plus work and school days for allergy illness and care.
These statistics primarily deal with Allergic Rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, or seasonal allergies; which, create nasal swelling, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. But, these numbers also include food and skin allergies, which are also on the rise, especially in children.
In my practice, I treat seasonal, food and skin allergies as connected conditions. If you have one, chances are high that you have the others. It’s a matter of the degree you feel it. Why are these connected? Let me explain.
When you’re exposed to an allergen (pollen, mold, dander, food, chemical, biochemical) your immune system kicks in to protect you from the foreign object. It turns on histamine, fluids, mucus, and swelling for protection. When the allergen is gone, your immune system turns off again.
Your immune system and gut are connected by the GALT system (Gut Assisted Lymphoid Tissue), a huge powerhouse. If you’re consistently exposed to an allergen, like pollen, your immune system doesn’t get to turn off; therefore, it relies on the GALT system for more power. The GALT system, in turn, relies on a healthy GI system for its power. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t have a healthy GI system because of how we eat, what we eat, and the fast pace of our lives.
So, that’s why seasonal allergies are connected to food and skin allergies, all in a variety of combinations. AND, it’s why I address all of these together.
According to AAFA and ACAAI, the best way to minimize the allergy response is to: avoid the allergen, take medication, or get allergy shots. These methods are 85% effective. But, not everyone can avoid dust or the beloved family pet. Others are sensitive to medications’ side effects. That means there are many people who are NOT getting relief.
What if there was another option to get to the root of your GI and GALT health, and to help your body become desensitized to allergens? Interested in a way to eliminate the need for allergy medication, shots, and allergy suffering all together? It’s called MAP.
Multiple Allergy Program (MAP) is our unique protocol for allergy elimination. Our MAP practitioners use light laser acupuncture to stimulate meridians, along with herbal supports to heal and balance the gut-immune connection. The approach reprograms the body’s defensive response to the most common irritants (environmental, food and biologic), turning off the allergy reaction all together.
With MAP, there are:
- No special diets.
- No foods to avoid.
- No shots.
- No pills you have to take.
The first appointment is an hour for consultation and treatment, and follow-up sessions are 30 minutes or less. It’s fast, easy, convenient and effective for all ages.
If you, or someone you know, suffer from allergies MAP is an answer for you! Give us a call, we can help.
Last month, Chesapeake Holistic became an Eat Sprout! delivery pickup location for Tuesday menus. As our clients know, we’re very selective about the products we recommend. We like their “organic, local, delivered” mission.
To let you in on why we chose Eat Sprout! as a partner, below is our interview with co-owner Ryan Groll.
Chesapeake Holistic (CH): This month is Eat Sprout!’s one-year anniversary. What was the inspiration for your business?
Ryan Groll (RG): My wife, Emily, and I created the business as an extension of our lifestyle: eating organic food, sourcing locally and preparing for the unexpected. Because we’re so busy, and eating well is a time investment, we learned to: plan out our meals, order food from area farmers, and then cook and prepare meals and snacks to keep on hand.
We were both doing nutritional counseling at our local gym and found a big hurdle for clients there (and really everywhere) is the food shopping and cooking.
CH: So, other than being organic do you cater to specific diets (e.g., vegan)?
RG: We’re both from health and wellness backgrounds, and have never been huge advocates of one specific diet. Essentially, we keep it simple; we don’t use any GMOs or processed foods and it’s all from scratch. We don’t promote our food as diet meals, it’s just portioned correctly and very healthy. We do, though, put calories and other nutritional info on the packages. Most of what we cook ends up falling into gluten-free, paleo, soy-free and dairy-free parameters.
CH: How did you and Emily learn so much about ‘clean’ food sourcing and cooking?
RG: We’re both Certified Nutritionists. I have a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, and a Master’s in Exercise Physiology and Health. Emily’s undergrad degree was in Exercise Science. She has a really cool culinary background. Emily was a chef in the military and was sent to culinary school. She flew all over the world with dignitaries (including Cabinet members, Prime Ministers, the Vice President and two former Presidents) and even on secret missions. Wherever they landed, Emily would need to source local foods.
CH: Interesting! Where do you ‘source’/get your ingredients from?
RG: We do our very best sourcing from local farmers. If we can’t get local, we strive for organic. If we use milk, for example, it’s farm fresh from pasture-raised, grass fed cows. We use dairy from the only farm in MD that milks, pasteurizes and bottles onsite. We’ve been growing with more farmers, as word about our company’s spread. Most are on the eastern shore near Easton, where we live.
Not only does local sourcing support our area’s economy, but it ensures the freshest possible foods. We visit local farms weekly to see what’s growing now. We also plan menus and contact the farmers that carry what we need. If say they harvest on Monday, we get a delivery the same day and make the food. Our clients receive it Tuesday, whereas stuff you buy at the supermarket could be 10 or more days old.
CH: How do you decide what meals to make for clients?
RG: We change our menus seasonally depending on the availability of ingredients. Sometimes we buy things (e.g., blueberries and corn) at the end of the season and freeze it, so we can use these ingredients all year. Each week, we create fish-based, dairy-free, vegetarian, and other options. And, some clients give us their dietary parameters and say ‘surprise me.’
CH: What are the ordering options?
RG: All ordering is online. The menu’s on our site for upcoming weeks. Clients sign up and let us know their food likes and dislikes. Some people order several weeks’ worth of meals, but many people order just a few at a time from the available meals and snacks.
It’s not our goal for people to utilize us for 100% of their food; we’re like a supplemental ‘food crutch’ so clients have good food in the fridge. If healthy food is available, they won’t skip meals or make bad food choices.
CH: Lastly, how is your food delivered?
RG: We hand-deliver to clients in St. Michaels, Easton, Oxford, Trappe, and Cambridge. All of the food is packed in insulated coolers with ice packs. For clients outside of our delivery area we have pickup locations; we currently have two: Hair O’ the Dog in Easton and Chesapeake Holistic in Annapolis.
To learn more about Sprout, or to start ordering, visit www.eatsprout.com or call: 443.223.0642.