Meet Our Staff: Q&A with Jennifer

Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

Explain the services you offer, who these help, and the expected results. 

In my practice, I use technology to assess body imbalances related to a client’s symptoms, and to determine what approach will most effectively restore balance. I integrate dietary strategies, nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes to create an environment conducive to healing and wellness.

I work with many different illnesses, including: Lyme Disease, autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, mood and sleep challenges, fatigue, and nutritional deficiencies, just to name a few. I am often ‘the last stop on the train’ for people who feel like they’ve tried everything and are still not getting relief.

Healing is a process, so I walk clients through the different stages of recovery over time, until they get the results they desire. Once wellness is achieved, most of my clients check-in quarterly to maintain their results and to do whatever they can to help prevent future disease.

What movie or TV show title best describes your week? The Amazing Race! I own Chesapeake Holistic, so I have those business responsibilities on top of seeing clients full-time. As well, my daughter is a competitive dancer who dances six days a week.

What was your first job? My first career was in television. I was a producer for a sports production company that created shows and covered events for Sports Channel America.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? At a very young age I said that I wanted to “make television” after watching the show All in the Family. I was too young to really understand the tough social issues it portrayed; but, I remember noticing how it triggered intense conversations, while also making people laugh. I was hooked on the idea of being able to do that.

At what job would you be terrible? Any job that would require me to be outside in cold weather (although I think I would be a good Zamboni driver).

What’s your hidden talent? I don’t know… it’s still hiding!

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? Figure skating because it’s athletic and a beautiful mode of self-expression all in one.

What’s one of your favorite memories? My daughter had an American Idol birthday party when she was 7, so my husband built a stage in our garage and a friend made us a replica of the TV show’s sign. We decorated with shining stars everywhere. After the party, my whole family sang karaoke for hours: we’re not the most musically-talented family, so having everyone singing their hearts out made my heart very happy.

Any upcoming travel plans? NYC to visit my best friend and see a show.

What’s one thing about you that surprises people? I am a huge hockey and football fan, and I can get pretty vocal during games.

If you could invite 3 people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would they be and why? Candace Pert, Joe Dispenza and Bruce Lipton – because they’ve done amazing work bridging science and spirituality to explain how emotions affect our health. I have LOTS of questions!

What is your favorite ‘guilty’ food? Homemade potato chips with shaved parmesan from Ava’s in St. Michaels.

Are you reading anything currently? I am re-reading The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist who studies the effects of music, words and thoughts on water molecules. The results are amazing and since the earth and our bodies are 75% water, this is something to which we should really pay attention!

What’s your favorite TV show or movie? I don’t have much time to watch TV, but I am making time for This is Us because it’s brilliantly written. I love movies that take me on an emotional roller coaster ride, but I require a happy ending! I want to leave the theatre feeling better than when I walked in. One of my absolute favorite movies is Dan in Real Life. It checks all of my required movie boxes.

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be? Quantum physics: it’s mind blowing!

If you had to choose only 3 adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose? Loving, caring and giving (my daughter answered this one).

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old-self? Release the fear, it doesn’t serve you well. You can choose to live in anger and fear, or you can choose to live in joy. Until I read that, it never dawned on me that my happiness was a choice.

Lighter Living: 10 Ways to Create Abundance

By Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE

Ever say to yourself, “I want MORE than ‘this’” or “out of life!”…? By setting the stage for ‘abundance’ (more) in your life, you’re opening yourself up to possibilities and opportunities.

How to Create Abundance

1) Be thankful for what you already have. It’s true! We all tend to focus on what we’re lacking, while overlooking the wealth we already have. I’m not just speaking of financial wealth, but health, home and relationships, too: all of the good surrounding us every day.

Think about it. You’re truly fortunate in so many ways. Acknowledge the positive aspects of your life and watch your abundance grow even more. If you feel thankful, you’ll actually attract more goodness.

2) Do good for the sake of doing good. It’s karma! The good you ‘put out there’ in life (into the universe) will truly flow back to you. Humility is essential: let go of the need for a reward or acknowledgement for your good deeds. By letting your heart be full of joy, goodness will be returned when you need it most.

3) Be a good friend. Friendship is the truest treasure! Be the type of friend you’d like to have. If you’re listening, friends will occasionally ask you to be there for them; say “yes!” and enjoy feeling your connections flourish.

4) Share your good thoughts about others. Have you ever reflected about the special way someone else has inspired you, helped you, or touched your life in a meaningful way? Why not let them know?! Acknowledging someone’s kindness directly (with that person), or by sharing your memory of their kindness with others, is a sure way to have that same energy flowing through your life.

5) Give to others. Remembering someone’s kindness toward you (#4 above) should inspire you to do the same: pay it forward. It’s so ironic that the more you give, the more you’ll have; but, its true! Have you ever noticed that your joy increases when those around you are happy? What can you share today (your time, your expertise, your compassion…) to help someone else find joy?

6) Forgive yourself. This is a BIG one and will need constant tending! We’re all constantly barraged with images of perfection in our culture (e.g., the perfect parent, spouse, party host…) that show us exactly how imperfect we are. But, maybe perfection isn’t such a worthy goal after all!

Everyone falls short sometimes and it’s okay. Allow yourself to be human and to make mistakes, to say or do the ‘wrong’ thing and love yourself anyway! If you can free up the energy spent on berating yourself for your latest ‘failure,’ you’ll truly increase your energy and enjoyment of life.

7) Make your wellness a priority. The cart never gets very far without the horse! If you’re drained, overwhelmed, cranky, overcommitted, unhappy, and/or stressed, you’re certainly not as productive, effective or abundant as you can be!

Why is self-care perceived as a luxury? Your body, mind and spirit need to be maintained to continue living your life abundantly. Pick one wellness goal/intention (at least!) and put the related activities – yoga, aerobic exercise, improved nutrition, massage, facial, etc. – on your schedule every month this year. Commit to your wellbeing and experience the joy of living again!

8) Turn off your electronics and truly be present with those you love. Have you observed the madness taking our society and daily interactions by storm? Electronics. Every. Single. Minute. Life cannot truly be lived virtually. Engage all of your senses and fill your emotional cup by opening your eyes and seeing, hearing and touching the life of someone special to you.

A well-crafted life includes abundant relationships that nourish your soul. There is no substitute for sharing your truest self with another person and gaining reassurance of your beauty within. Life is more satisfying when shared through good times or bad.

9) Get outdoors and experience nature. We’re all seeking balance and just short bursts of nature can help you restore it. Even if it’s cold outside, take a walk around the block or go feed the ducks down by the water. Moving your body, getting fresh air and observing the beauty (in the life around you) can refresh your spirit, energy levels and ability to solve problems.

10) Live with less. Does having more possessions really create happiness? Pay attention to the inner spark you feel when you experience real joy; this feeling rarely accompanies acquiring material possessions. If we all stopped obsessing about the latest must-have gadgets, housewares, clothes, etc., what would we actually do with our time, energy and resources?

Where is your real joy hiding? For an abundant life: instead of focusing on ‘stuff’ (physical things), look inward. As writer Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

At Chesapeake Holistic, our integrated wellness services can help you achieve the abundant life you seek. From massages, to mindfulness techniques and nutrition counseling, we’ll support your vibrant living goals.

Letter from Jennifer: Lighter Living & CH News

By: Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

Recently, we talked about the value of setting ‘intentions’ (vs. resolutions) for the New Year. This month’s theme is an extension of that mindset.

So, what do we mean by Lighter Living? Essentially: intentionally ‘lightening up.’ Let go. Shed heavy emotional and physical baggage. Eat lighter meals. And, strive to maintain a joyful (even carefree) mood through meditation, mindfulness and acts of kindness.


“Letting go helps us to – live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”
– Melody Beatie, self-help author


Need help eating more lightly? Eat Sprout’s organic and locally-sourced menu is full of healthy, light meal choices that you can order online and pickup at Chesapeake Holistic. (Keep reading for some Eat Sprout @ CH news…)

We can also help you ‘let go’ with services that lighten the soul. Try Craniosacral Therapy and Mindfulness Coaching, with Lisa, to calm your nervous system. One of Glynda’s Massages will relieve heaviness from tension in your neck or back. And, ask Cathy for a relaxing Ionic Foot Detox bath to lighten your toxic load from too much holiday cheer (or stress!).

It isn’t always easy: schedules get crazy and challenges will come your way (usually when you least expect it). But, keeping that Lighter Living goal should help you get through even the most challenging times.

It helps to know what’s coming… so, I thought I’d also give you a sneak peak about big news at Chesapeake Holistic this year

In 2018, we’re celebrating Chesapeake Holistic’s 20th anniversary – all year long!

We’re planning special offers and other happenings to commemorate this milestone. Stay tuned… as a Wellness Is Worth It subscriber you’ll receive all of the anniversary-related news (and the deepest discounts). Another great way to get CH updates quickly is to follow us on Facebook (if don’t already!).

In early 2018, Eat Sprout is adding us to their website – since Chesapeake Holistic is their only Annapolis pick-up spot. And, you’ll soon be able to order Tuesday and Friday meals from eatsprout.com, which will be delivered to our office for your pickup convenience.

Throughout the year, we’ll continue to change things up a bit with our newsletter. For example, most months, one of our practitioners will be featured in a Q&A-style profile – a fun way to get to know our staff.

Some of the topics we’ll cover in the newsletter this year include: ways to overcome allergies, anxiety and depression; planning tips for healthy family travels and back to school wellness; and strategies for achieving optimal health physically and emotionally.

I’d like to thank everyone (our readers, clients, Facebook followers, and staff) for a successful 2017! We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2018.

 

Lighter Living: 9 Tips for a Healthy, Organized You

By Guest Author: Terry L. Cooch | Owner, TLC Home

“…About 70% of doctor visits and 80% of serious illnesses may be exacerbated or linked to stress” (Health.com). You may be thinking, “No kidding, but how can I really eliminate some of the stress in my life?”

My number one Lighter Living suggestion: organization. Being organized will significantly reduce your stress, for a healthier, lighter life.

Face it. Inefficient systems in your home or office leads to clutter. This disarray in your physical spaces affects your productivity by drawing attention away from priorities. Excessive stimuli (clutter) also causes your senses to work overtime and may leave you with that nagging feeling of “What am I forgetting to do?”…

It’s a snowball effect. The resulting stress from the clutter makes it difficult to relax, which can negatively impact your body/mind health and relationships. Wellness is a great motivator for organization!

I have 9 tips for Lighter Living through organization…

Healthy Body

  1. Make room to chop veggies. To have a healthy body you need to eat nutritious meals. Avoid opting for fast food or buying packaged dinners by having simple meal plans, scheduling time to prepare, and creating an efficient kitchen. It’s easier to chop vegetables when the counter is clear of mail and school papers.
  2. Reduce allergens and germs. A regular cleaning routine includes de-cluttering so you can get to the dust and dirt. And, did you know, Fitday.com calculates, “Vacuuming for 30 minutes burns about 90 calories, the same amount you’d burn in 15 minutes of kick boxing.” Everyone can enjoy a free workout!
  3. Organize for time. Being organized allows more time for exercise, whether it’s getting to the gym or engaging in physical hobbies like tennis or gardening. An important aspect of organization is time management, which will also give you the time to deal with health issues. Take the time to schedule and KEEP appointments.

Healthy Mind

  1. Enjoy your downtime. We all like to take breaks, have date night, and get a massage. (By the way, Glynda gives great massages!) Having efficient systems in your home will enable you to minimize worry and create less waste – which puts more money in your pocket to get to the spa or a nice restaurant.
  2. Reducing stress reduces physical symptoms. Avoid what stressors you can. Depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, TMJ, migraines, and GI issues are just a few of many conditions either caused or aggravated by stress. The physical symptoms of an unhealthy mind can be alleviated by the stress-reducing effects of organization. Just always knowing where your keys are can make you a healthier person.
  3. Think ‘lighter.’ Another way to achieve a calmer mind is to reduce the mental clutter. Holding your goals, hopes and dreams in your head is stressful, confusing and unproductive. Instead, write down clear, achievable to-do lists and cross-off each accomplishment. You’ll gain peace of mind from the confidence that you’re doing your best and that your work is done (or planned). Isn’t that what we’re all after?

Healthy Relationships

  1. Feel good about yourself. Many of the homes I go into (in my work as a professional organizer) have signs or pillows that joke about the messy state of the house. It’s good to laugh at yourself. But, for many, the laughter is a cover, concealing shame and embarrassment. Being proud of your well-organized home will give you self-assurance.
  2. Happier parenting. Being in control of your life also allows for better parent-child relationships. Chore assignment, for instance, is a simple way to reduce contention and unnecessary arguments. Another tip: build time management and family priorities (e.g., weekend activities and/or dining together) into your organizational system. Having a system helps your family start each day on a positive, calm note, rather than in a harried and argumentative mode.
  3. Enjoy romance. We all tend to focus so much on our kids that we can overlook prioritizing the relationship with our spouses. Good systems, which work for your family, give you a structure on which to build daily routines with some healthy breathing room. Truly, organization not only reduces anxiety, it allows for more time together, more energy, and more romance!

Getting started can seem overwhelming. A professional organizer can help because s/he knows how to set up systems that flow with the way your family thinks, lives and functions. These systems can lead to Lighter Living, by having a routine that will allow you and your family to achieve healthy bodies, minds, and relationships.


Terry L. Cooch is a professional organizer, owner of TLC Home LLC and mother of six. Her website is www.mytlchome.com

Lighter Living: Change How You Eat

By Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC

For the start of the new year, consider a Lighter Living approach for eating.

Taking care with the food you choose to put into your body is a time-honored practice of the Okinawan culture (of the Japanese islands in the East China Sea), a people known for their health and longevity.

The Okinawans follow two simple health guidelines: eat plant-based foods and stop eating before you’re completely full. Below are some tips for incorporating these mealtime approaches into your daily routine.

Eating Lighter

1) Eat to 80% full. We all tend to stop eating when we feel full, but at that point we’ve actually reached the point of being over-satiated. That’s because it actually takes about 10-20 minutes before your brain registers that you have a full stomach. Eating until you’re 80% full means stopping eating before you think you may be full.

It’ll take some practice to know what 80% full feels like to you. Ways to allow your brain to catch up with your stomach include:

  • Chewing more thoroughly and more slowly.
  • Slowing down the pace of your meal by allowing at least 20 minutes to eat, savoring the taste and textures of the meal.
  • Keeping yourself from going back for seconds.
  • Stopping when you think you may be nearing the 80% mark. Give your brain that 10-20 minutes (that I mentioned earlier) to catch-up to your stomach and determine if you’re still hungry (and how hungry).

Following this guideline, you’ll not only consume fewer calories; but, also allow the process of digestion to occur optimally. In turn, your body will absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat.

2) Eat plant-based foods. This means eat vegetables as your main course for every meal – especially leafy greens, golden yellows, and bright reds – and add grains and proteins to the veggies. This approach is the opposite of our American way of eating in which vegetables are a “side” to the main course of meat and starch.

At CH, we always recommend plant-based eating by making half of your plate veggies (raw, cooked, or a combination of both). This focus on fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is a great way to eat for health, and an easy way to eat more lightly.


Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.

The Gift of Giving

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.”

It’s true! While it’s lovely to receive gifts from friends and loved ones, giving is what truly expands our hearts and brings inner joy.

Of course, holiday gift planning can be a bit anxiety-inducing, too – it’s easy to get sucked into the consumerism of the season, and the stress of feeling pressured to buy, buy, buy.

But let’s step back from the stress. Be mindful of the sheer pleasure of thinking about those you love, as you imagine what they might like to receive. What about gift-giving makes you happy?

Picture finding or making the perfect, meaningful gift for each person on your list. If you’re lucky enough to be there when your gift is opened, there’s nothing like that feeling…

You can see it when someone recognizes you’ve really put thought into a gift. Maybe it was something they mentioned earlier in the year (or a long time ago) that would make their lives easier or more beautiful. Truly, it’s not about how much you spend, but the thought you put into gift-giving.

We give because it makes us feel good. We feel generous, smart and intuitive. When you offer a gift with an open heart, without expectations, you spread the joy and receive so much more in return— just like the Grinch taught us.

This holiday season, let’s all remember to give with love, thoughtfulness and joy. And let’s be open to feeling the pleasure and happiness that giving can bring.

If you’re looking for ideas for that special someone, call us or stop by! We have a bunch of new organic gifts for every budget. Don’t stress, and enjoy the season. You can do it. We can help. Wellness is worth it.

Intentions vs. Resolutions

Did You Know… setting intentions (instead of resolutions) is a wonderful way to ring in the New Year?

It’s true! The tradition of ‘making resolutions’ for the upcoming year can be self-sabotaging… it’s essentially somewhat-randomly setting big goals that make you feel bad if you don’t succeed.

Instead, try developing a small list of ‘intentions’ for the year. These gentle nudges, in the directions you want to go, can actually help put you on the path to progress.

We have a 5-step approach for creating intentions you can mindfully embrace throughout the year.

Setting ‘Intentions’

1. Dig deep. There are two critical questions to ask yourself when setting intentions: What do I want? and How do I want to feel? Feelings provide insight into your true desires. When you craft intentions based on your true desires, you’ll start to align actions with purpose, and the universe may even work with you to achieve these intentions.

2. Write it down. Once you can clearly visualize your intentions, make a list. Make sure what you write is affirmative and empowering. For example, instead of “I want to lose 10 pounds by March,” try something such as, “I want to feel healthy, strong and vibrant by spring (a time of renewal).”

3. Share it. Open up and share your intentions with the world. When you feel supported, you’ll be more balanced, confident and radiant. Plus, you never know… someone you least suspect (or don’t even know yet) may end up playing a role to help you manifest your dreams.

4. Release and trust. Surrender your intentions to the universe. After sharing, let go of the emotion tied to your intentions, especially any anxiety about how to forcefully make intentions come to fruition. Try mind-body relaxation techniques, and trust that the universe has your back.

5. Check in. Remind yourself daily of your intentions. Develop a soul-nurturing ritual. Maybe it’s a morning meditation (using intentions as your mantra) or an evening yoga practice. Use this time to count your blessings and to internally align with your intentions.

Want to learn more about setting intentions and manifesting your dreams of optimal wellness? Lisa is a mindfulness coach and her light-touch therapies help to balance the mind and central nervous system. Glynda’s massages soothe muscles, and the spirit, into a state of restfulness. And Cathy’s Emotion Code sessions release trapped emotions, restoring the natural flow within.

We’re here to support you – and hope your New Year is everything you ‘intend’ for it to be.

Stress Management During & After the Holidays

Did You Know… sometimes, the stress comes after the holidays? It’s true!

Have you ever noticed you’re often able to ‘hold it together’ through holiday gatherings, with seeming ease and grace – only to fall apart after the bustle of season, wondering why you’re so exhausted, depressed, need to lose a few pounds, and/or anxious?

The merry-go-round of holiday preparations and events can be draining, and anxiety-producing for anyone; but women (nurturers all) shoulder the brunt of the stress.

The good news: that post-holiday letdown/meltdown reaction is completely normal, and if you know what’s coming, you can prepare. Acknowledging that an upcoming situation, or series of events, will likely be stressful – and having a game plan for dealing with the stress – is an effective preemptive strategy. Get some holiday stress-management strategies…

Stress management around the holidays is so important to ensure you don’t overdo-it or overeat. Making time for self-care is key!

How to De-Stress

Here are some tips to help yourself make it through the holidays with joy and grace instead of insanity and exhaustion:

  • Make time for exercise. This is especially important during the holidays when exercise can help you stay energized and health.
  • Don’t skip opportunities to rest and sleep. It may seem like there’s no time to ‘not be doing something,’ but rest is essential to your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Staying well-rested can make the difference between a nice family holiday dinner and having a meltdown over the turkey or ham (or latkes!).
  • Spend time alone, away from the crowd. Take a few minutes to breathe and reflect daily. Meditate, read a good book… whatever helps you decompress in a healthy way.
  • Treat yourself to one or more wellness services. Unwind, restore and recover — or prepare for big events, travel and social activity. We recommend the following for stress management and self-care:
    • ONDAMED®
    • Craniosacral Therapy
    • Emotion Code®
    • Laser and Traditional Acupuncture
    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Ionic Foot Detox

The holidays are upon us! Don’t wait until you’re completely depleted to take action. Take care of yourself throughout the season and greet the New Year happy and vibrant!

You can do it. We can help. Wellness is worth it.

Intestinal Health: Calming Your Core

Trusting the Flow of Life & Yin Yoga

By: Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE

School calendars, activities, carpools, shopping lists, phone calls, appointments, emails, events, deadlines, problems, and solutions. It’s the ceaseless barrage of stimulus demanding a response from you day in and day out.

I don’t know about you… but, sometimes I feel like a top spinning and whirling at a dizzying speed, almost creating a hum that’s at times thrilling. I bet you can relate…

What to do? Move faster? Honestly, the high-pace fed by our culture cannot be maintained without a great cost to our wellbeing (especially intestinal health) and relationships – both of which beckon all of us to slow down to a more natural, more receptive and slower speed.

What would happen if we stopped? Would we cease to exist to the world at large? What if we were absent from the vast friend-network connected electronically?! If we cease to belong there, would we reclaim belonging to ourselves and our families?

Let’s start a revolution! Let’s stage a coup: a purposeful slow-down and dedication to that which is true, real and most important in our lives. So, where do we start…? I have tips for creating a calm space, yoga moves, and more!

Setting the Stage

Let’s start that slow-down by calming your core, with a focus on the digestive system, specifically the intestinal tract. The GI tract is similar to a factory that’s always operating to receive, process and ship food, nutrients and waste. When it’s functioning efficiently, health and calmness follow.

To do this, I suggest creating a corner of calm in your home, a quiet space dedicated to just ‘being’ – soft light, pillows and a blanket, plants, or other natural elements that remind you to move slowly, breathe intentionally and observe nature.

Once you’ve created space in your home, think of a time of day you consistently have to yourself. This slice of time is needed to give you a brief reprieve from the noise, chaos and stress of daily life. Having a specific time and a dedicated place (calm corner) allows you to hold your inner work as valuable, as you add relaxation rituals to your daily routine that create ground for yourself to grow.

Inner work’s bounty lies in the expansion and lightness of spirit that can be felt when receptivity is increased – and a beautiful life moment can fully embraced in its multifaceted splendor. It’s about letting go to have more. Create space, focus your intention, stretch, breathe, acknowledge, release, and embrace.

Calming Rituals: About the Benefits of Yin Yoga

Inner work cannot be seen by the naked eye, but neither can the emotions that disrupt our natural ‘calm.’ To be fully human is to experience the full color spectrum of feelings and emotions in our lives and ourselves. Some emotions are considered more favorable and acceptable in our culture; but, what about the abandoned aspects of ourselves? The denied experiences and emotions? Where do they go? Where do they ‘live’ until the lesson each emotion brings is assimilated?

The three Yin Yoga poses I’m going to describe (later in this article) will help you to ‘check-in’ with your intestinal tract and the stress and emotion held there – to facilitate restoration and the release of tension. Some of the emotions thought to be held in the intestines are anger, resentment, anxiety and worry. Control issues may also be addressed with this practice.

Yin Yoga asanas (poses) encourage us to slow down and remember to trust the flow of life and the natural, higher order that seems to govern our lives, despite our best attempts to control outcomes at every turn. Keep the affirmation “I trust the flow of my life and surrender to its natural wisdom” in mind during your practice.

Yin is a beautiful, restful and very nourishing yoga practice that can deeply stretch the fascia and connective tissues of the body, keeping you limber and flexible throughout all phases of your life. As well, Yin encourages creating space within yourself and in your life. You may become aware of a memory, situation or feeling in your gut as you do this clearing work; continue to release.

Yin Yoga Poses to Do at Home

The object when doing Yin is to sink deeply into each pose and hold it for 2-5 minutes, allowing yourself to move into the discomfort and find comfort there; a skill that can prove helpful in the midst of your demanding life.

While doing your pose, gently guide yourself to take a deep and calming breath. On the exhale, release just a little built-up tension; whatever you’re vaguely aware of at the time. Now, gently repeat this step, releasing just a little more (up to 5 minutes) depending on your abilities.

While I’m not a certified yoga instructor, I do study and practice it daily… these are some poses that help me. (Before starting any yoga program it’s always advisable to consult with a certified professional.)

Forward fold/rag doll pose

This compression of the abdomen will allow for increased circulation upon release:

  1. Stand tall with arms by your side.
  2. Raise your arms overhead, while inhaling once, slowly.
  3. Exhale and sweep arms down as you fold your upper body toward the floor.
  4. Let your body be loose and heavy. Comfortably rest your arms and hands around your legs or ankles, or place hands on the floor.
  5. Breathe here for 2-5 minutes.
  6. Gently sweep arms back up – on inhale – as you rise to a standing position.

Winding/relief pose

This pose helps to increase circulation and relieve intestinal discomfort:

  1. Lie on your back, allowing yourself to sink down comfortably on the floor.
  2. Pull one leg into your chest, holding and allowing relaxation to enter the abdomen.
  3. Breathe here for 2-5 minutes.
  4. Switch to the other leg and repeat.

Twist pose

This pose relieves tension held in the stomach and is very relaxing:

  1. Remain on your back and elevate both legs in a bent position above stomach.
  2. Keep the knees, legs and ankles stacked as you bend to the right, twisting your legs to the side while keeping your torso facing up. (For an increased stretch, you can rotate your head to the opposite side as your legs are stacked.)
  3. Hold 2-5 minutes while taking calming deep breaths from your abdomen.
  4. Repeat on the left side and enjoy this new expansive feeling!

Add essential oil to your yoga routine. Before I do yoga, I make an essential oil blend in a 5 ML roller ball vial to apply before stretches, to engage the senses and deepen the effects. I use Young Living’s DiGize featuring tarragon, peppermint, ginger, juniper, fennel and patchouli. Mix 10 drops of oil in the vial with fractionated coconut oil, place the roller ball on top and go!


Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.

Intestinal Health: Emotions Of the Small and Large Intestine

By: Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP

Everything in the universe is made up of energy: whether it manifests in a physical form (such as lightning) or remains invisible. Not only are you made up of energy, but other forms of energy (we can’t see) pass through your body all of the time, such as radio waves, x-rays, thought waves and emotions.

So what does ‘energy’ have to do with your intestines? You can feel energy in the form of emotions; and, if negative emotions become trapped within your body, this energy can adversely affect your health. Certain emotions can even affect the function of specific organs, such as your intestines.

Are emotions, or other factors, affecting your intestinal health? How do you know? What are the symptoms? And, what can you do to improve balance and function?

Small Intestines

The small intestine’s main responsibility is absorbing nutrients from food. It sorts the food we eat into nutrients to be used by the body and excess to be passed as waste; essentially, separating pure from impure.

Symptoms of a small intestine imbalance may include:

  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in the lower back and knees
  • Skin rashes or dryness

In particular, you wouldn’t necessary think intestinal and skin health are related. However, skin problems can occur when the small intestine is imbalanced and less able to absorb nutrients that the body needs. Since the skin is one of the last organs to receive nutrients from the small intestine, it may then show symptoms from this deficiency.

Many times, the underlying cause of small intestine distress is from trapped emotions. Some emotions associated with this organ are: abandonment, betrayal, insecurity, heartache, and love and effort un-received (lack of acknowledgement of your efforts by others).

Restoring health can be as simple as identifying the emotion, through muscle-testing, and then releasing it energetically to balance the small intestine.

Large Intestines

The colon, or large intestine, is very vulnerable to negative energies, especially excesses of melancholic emotions such as: discouragement, grief, self-abuse and rejection. Deep insecurities also have a negative impact on the colon.

These emotional disturbances can produce disorders in your large intestine, including:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • IBS and colitis
  • Diverticulitis and diverticulosis

When trapped emotions manifest in the colon, I help clients using Emotion Code. It’s the same kinesiology-based method I use to identify and release negative energies for small intestinal health.

Emotional hygiene is just as important to small and large intestinal health as proper nutrition, sleep, exercise and meditation. Being aware of and tending to the energies around you, and inside your body (especially emotions), will help you to maintain balance and live a vibrant life.

As always, we at Chesapeake Holistic are here to help you!


Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, and a Certified ONDAMED® Technician and Emotion Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.