Chesapeake Holistic is Reopening!

We’re excited to announce Chesapeake Holistic is reopening its doors on Monday, June 15th!

We have missed our client family very much. And, we’re so happy to get back to doing what we love: helping you achieve your wellness goals.

While we’ve always taken cleanliness very seriously, we are instituting some new policies and procedures to keep you and our staff safe. These include incorporation of new guidelines from the state of Maryland, the CDC and our governing boards.

What we’ll be doing to keep you safe:

  • Practitioners and staff will wear masks and gloves (gloves will be changed between clients).
  • Disinfecting session rooms between each client.
  • Continue to change sheets on treatment tables (after each client session) AND cover exam table with fresh paper for each client.
  • All common areas and bathroom will be disinfected regularly.
  • Motion detector hand sanitizing station has been added to waiting room.
  • 24/7 use of air purifiers (in waiting room, restroom, and one for each treatment room).
  • Continuation of curbside pickup for supplements. Please call ahead to place your order.
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet in waiting room; 2 chairs will be placed outside.
  • Practitioners will stagger workdays, and appointment times, to limit waiting room traffic.
  • Your practitioner will check your temperature, and pulse ox, before taking you to their office.

What we need you to do:

Please call us from your car when you arrive. We’ll tell you if it is okay to enter the Center.

If there isn’t enough space to maintain physical distancing in the waiting room, we will ask you to wait in your car. We’ll notify you when you can enter (we don’t foresee this being a big problem). NO WALK INS AT THIS TIME.

Please have all of your paperwork filled out before you arrive: INCLUDING THE NEW COVID-19 DISCLAIMER. All forms can be found on our website under “Forms.”

We require you to wear a mask when entering the office. You will be asked to use the hand sanitizer upon entering as well. Again, your practitioner will take your temperature and pulse ox when you arrive.

We ask that you enter the Center alone unless you are accompanying a person who requires assistance. If someone is with you, they are welcome to sit in one of the chairs outside, or take a walk on the new trail right in front of our building.

Call 410.349.9043 to book your sessions. We can’t wait to see you here!

You can still enjoy our services from your home: Virtual Somatic Coaching

Relieve stress and anxiety

At Chesapeake Holistic, we’re continuing to work with our clients to deliver wellness services to you at home, virtually, versus in-person sessions.

Knowledge is power. Working together, we will face our challenges with an even greater peace and ease.

And, during this stressful time, self-care is especially important for your wellbeing.

To help you de-stress, Lisa is offering a very affordable service…

Virtual Somatic Coaching:

In these sessions, she’ll explore how pain, stress and anxiety impacts, and is stored in, your physical body – and how to use this awareness as a starting point for reducing the stress load for the whole family!

The session includes on-board tools, such as breathwork, visualization and movement that can significantly help to ease an overloaded fight or flight response back into rest, digest and recover.

30 min – $45
60 min – $95

Sessions can be scheduled with Lisa directly by email:, or by calling the office at 410.349.9043.

Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

NEW! Holistic Immunity Service

Many of you are asking: What else can I do to make sure my immune system is strong? To answer that, we’ve created a brand new Holistic Immunity service.

This 30-minute appointment combines Nutritional Education, supplement recommendations, and a biocommunication scan – to determine the unique lifestyle and immune-boosting services that can support your specific needs.

Did you know?…

  • 75-80% of your immune system is located in your gut?
  • Stress is a major contributing factor to a weakened immune system?
  • Refined sugars decrease the activity of your immune system for hours?
  • Your immune system is recharged when you sleep?
  • Your lymphatic system needs fluid, to circulate white blood cells for immune protection?
  • The nervous system is electric and needs maintenance for proper flow?

In this Immunity session:

  • Learn healing foods for immune health.
  • Get tools to optimize gut health for immune strength.
  • Receive supplement recommendations for comprehensive immune support.
  • Get the top 3 lifestyle supports that you can incorporate immediately.
  • Determine the top 3 healing modalities that are powerful for your immune support.
  • PLUS! You’ll get handouts for reference.

Current Clients: $35
New Clients: $45
Additional Family Members: $25

Call 410.349.9043 to book today before spots fill up!

Chesapeake Holistic is open!

We’re here to help…

We would like to reassure you that we’re committed to your care. Chesapeake Holistic remains open for regular hours – to support you and your families during this ever-changing time surrounding the COVID-19 virus.

We’re getting many calls and questions about what clients can do for themselves, and how we are able to help. Here is what we are recommending…

Immune Support at Home

You can improve your immune system by:

  • Eating a healthy diet and taking out refined and processed sugars. Refined sugars decrease the activity of your immune system for hours!
  • Getting 8 hours of good sleep. Your immune system is recharged when you sleep.
  • Hydrating! Drink half of your body weight in oz. (clean water). Your lymphatic system needs fluid to circulate white blood cells.

Immune Support at Chesapeake Holistic

As always, we offer Immune Boosting support services: Nutritional Education and Health Scans, a wide variety of quality supplements, ONDAMED Immune Sessions, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupuncture, The Emotion Code, and The Body Code.

These modalities are also important for offering mental and emotional support, to relieve high levels of stress and anxiety that also have a negative impact on our immune health.

We also provide remote sessions. Jennifer and Carol offer remote Nutritional Education consultations. As well, Cathy offers remote Emotion Code and The Body Code sessions for current clients.

When you call to schedule, just let the staff know that you’re interested in a remote session and/or a phone consultation, so we can provide you with the proper paperwork and instructions.

NEW! Holistic Immunity

Many of you are asking: What else can I do to make sure my immune system is strong? To answer that, we’ve created a brand new Holistic Immunity service.

This 30-minute appointment combines Nutritional Education, supplement recommendations, and a biocommunication scan to determine the unique lifestyle and immune-boosting services that can support your specific needs. Look for the announcement, with more detail, tomorrow.

Office Policies

Cleanliness. Rest assured. We’ve always taken cleanliness very seriously and follow stringent guidelines to reduce the spread of illness and keep our space safe for everyone.

Symptoms. If you, or anyone in your family, have ANY cold/virus symptoms, please stay home. (These symptoms include: cough, runny nose, fever, chills, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and/or muscle achiness.)

We’re also asking this of our employees. Our goal is to keep you, our other clients and our staff healthy and well.

Of course, if you (or a family member) are feeling ill and need to reschedule your appointment, you will not be charged a late cancellation fee.

Rest assured…We are here to help!

Why did you put that needle there?

Where I place acupuncture needles is going to be different each time a client sees me.

For instance, if you come in with chronic headaches (just above the middle of your eyebrows) I may place acupuncture needles in your feet, actually relieving the pain… so what gives?

Think of an area of pain or illness as a traffic jam along a highway. There’s simply too much congestion, in one place, causing rising temperatures, lack of movement, and really bad air from exhausts.

Acupuncture meridians are the body’s energy pathways.

So, an acupuncturist can figure out which parts of your systems need to

be adjusted by following the body’s signals. These signals tell us where one area is limping along, while others are working too hard as a result.

This is why, during our assessment, I’ll feel the pulse on your wrist or neck, or take a peek at your tongue, before picking the acupuncture points to stimulate. This energetic assessment gives me a sense of where the flow is best directed at that time.

The approach is to choose acupuncture points away from areas in your body that are overcrowded and congested.

Using that headache as an example, our acupuncture point locations are an attempt to open up exits and secondary roads around blockages. Doing so enables the energy traffic to get moving, restoring balance and a sense of calm as well.

Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.

Did you know there is a huge connection between your food and mood?

Carol HeckmanBeing anxious is increasingly a part of everyday life, and how we eat and what we eat can help us manage that. I am especially seeing this in teens and young adults.

Recently, I spoke about this connection in the teleseminar “Building Resilience in Anxious Times.” If you missed it, here are a few of the takeaways for finding the right foods to build reliance and lessen your anxiety:

  1. Healthy fats. It’s well-researched that healthy fats improve mood and brain function. Examples include cold water fish, nuts, flax and chia seeds, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, avocado oil, grass-fed and organic butter, and heavy cream.
  2. Protein. Protein is needed to make amino acids, which are the building blocks to mood calming Serotonin. Eat 2-4 ounces at each meal and snack. (Visually, 3 oz. is about the size of a card deck or your palm, so a little less for 2 oz. and a little more for 4 oz.)
  3. Magnesium. This mineral element is important for calming the brain and body. It’s found in leafy greens, nuts and seeds.
  4. Antioxidant foods and spices. Antioxidants help to mitigate the effects of free radicals that cause cell damage. In terms of foods, think yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red. Vegetables: purple and yellow carrots, sweet potatoes, rainbow chard, colored peppers. Fruits: all berries, apples and citrus. Spices: cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, garlic, ginger, and onion.
  5. Eat often: Eat either a meal, a small snack, or a mini meal every 3 hours. Anxiety is connected with low blood sugar. Regular food inputs keep your blood sugar level balanced and your mood up.

* Carol was an expert panelist at Seven Tools’ Anxiety Summit. To purchase Summit presentations, go to their archive.

Carol Heckman, RN, CNC, CNHP
Carol is a Registered Nurse. She also has certifications in Nutritional Counseling, Herbalism, and Natural Health from Trinity School of Natural Health.

Planning Ahead

Jill Hanon

Now that the holidays are over, we thought it would be a good time to review other seasonal issues.

I also have a few updates about our wonderful staff:

  • Kyle McIntyre is back part-time and scheduling limited appointments for Physical Therapy and Functional Manual Therapy. Call us to book time with Kyle.
  • If you haven’t met her already, local artist Liz Sork has joined our front desk team. Look for an upcoming special ‘Q&A with Liz’ issue of the newsletter.
  • And, sadly, I hurt my hand recently; but, I’m on the mend. Ondamed really sped-up the healing process: my doctor was impressed! Liz has jumped in to help in the meantime.

Lastly, we have some really great Valentine’s Day specials this year, new products, a big gift certificate bonus, and more.

And, if you’re planning to book a service as a Valentine gift, call soon to reserve your session(s).

Jill Hannon, Office Manager
Jill oversees client services, operations, bookkeeping, marketing, practitioner calendars, and our Boutique.

Inclement Weather…

These are the months when we have to keep in mind there will be times when the weather will make travel risky. Chesapeake Holistic always considers the safety of clients and our staff when making the decision to close our office.

During an active storm (one that has closed schools or for which public officials have requested travelers remain at home), we’ll likely open late, close early or be closed for the day. This does not happen often.

If we do close, look for a posting on our Facebook page. If you have a session booked for that day, you may receive an email from your practitioner and our office manager, Jill, will give you a call.

Cold and Flu Season. Should I come in?…

The short answer is: probably not. It’s best to call and talk with us about your symptoms. This winter, it seems everyone is sick. Sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s a cold, flu or allergy and how contagious you may be.

It’s tempting to carry on with your normal routine: to not disappoint others by changing plans, to not disappoint yourself by missing out on much-need self-care, and to be dependable by keeping appointments.

So, when it comes to an appointment at Chesapeake Holistic, how do you decide whether to come in or to reschedule? You’re probably thinking a relaxing session here will help you feel better.

Trust us, we do want to see you and, of course, we want you to feel better. However, a bodywork session can actually make you feel much, much worse. How? Bodywork improves systems’ flow; when you’re sick, bodywork may flush the bacteria, virus… full force through your body.
Sometimes it does make sense to come in for your appointment. If you’ve seen a doctor already and know you (or your child) are past the contagious-stage of a sinus or ear infection, then a Craniosacral appointment may help with drainage to relieve pain and pressure.

As well, if the doctor diagnosed you with simply having allergy symptoms (which can make you feel like you have the flu), then it’s always fine to come in. Many of our services, such as BioClear, are designed to alleviate and even eliminate sensitivities to food and environmental allergens.

Once you’re on the road to recovery, you’re likely still contagious putting yourself, our other clients (many of whom have compromised immune systems) and our staff at risk. It’s best to stay home, get rest to help you heal faster.

While, our cancellation policy requires 24 business hours of notice, we understand that illnesses happen (especially this time of year); we’ll gladly reschedule appointments if you or your child is sick.

did you know?… Teen Anxiety is Real: what you can do and how we can help

Cathy LoganAs parents, we sometimes have no idea we’re actually hindering our children by trying to help them. We all want the best for our kids and want to spare them hurt, failure, etc.; but, they need to be able to feel lots of different emotions to grow.

A wise person once told me “unless your child is about to get hit by a car, don’t interfere with their path. It’s their path and not yours!” I have thought about this many times over the years. Often, the most growth comes from making mistakes: from not making the team, from not getting into that college, from not getting that job.

One of my favorite expressions is “everything happens for a reason.”

We may not know the reason but later it may become crystal clear. My kids, of course, don’t like it when I say that, but it’s so true.

My work with teens, using the Emotion Code and the Body Code, is very rewarding. (I work with kids and adults alike.) It’s so wonderful to see the remarkable results people get from releasing negative emotions and negative programming.
Our subconscious minds hold the answers; we just have to access it. Once an emotion is brought to the conscious mind, we release it. If you have never tried the Emotion Code, you owe it to yourself (or your teen) to try a free session. At the very least, everyone says they feel lighter and better able to cope. I have seen some amazing success stories!

Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Further Reading from the Web

Cathy recommends this interesting Psychology Today article related to Teen Anxiety: “Unfortunately, anxiety seems to ring very true for teens these days… This article has some really good info.”

Signs your teen is anxious:

  • Recurring fears and worries about routine parts of everyday life
  • Changes in behavior (e.g., irritability or emotional outbursts)
  • Avoiding activities, school, or social interactions
  • Dropping grades
  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating
  • Substance use or other risky behaviors
  • Chronic physical complaints (e.g., fatigue, headaches or stomachaches)


Ask the Expert: How Service Offerings are Determined

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: How do you decide which services to offer at Chesapeake Holistic?

Clients usually come to us when western medicine has not resolved a health issue. Holistic health deals with the whole body, mind, and spirit and not just symptoms and diagnosis.

At Chesapeake Holistic, we address symptoms to help give relief; but, we also focus on lifestyle, diet, nutritional supplements, exercise, stress management, and inner vibrancy. Every one of these areas contributes to health and wellness. We carefully select services that provide all of these wellness supports.

What’s interesting (and I don’t think a lot of people realize this) is that each of our services has layers of nuanced protocols to address specific needs. So, our integrative wellness offerings can by highly tailored to each client.

Healing is a journey, and you need a guide (or a team!) that’s knowledgeable, understanding, and compassionate.

Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

Ask the Expert: Emotion Code vs Body Code & Ear Reflexology

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: I think I have a lot of trapped emotions, should I choose Body Code or Emotion Code?

This is a question I get asked all of the time! The Emotion Code® was developed first, by Dr. Bradley Nelson. Years later, he created The Body Code,® which dives deeper into what’s going on with your body’s circuitry, energy, pathogens, and more.

The Emotion Code is now part of The Body Code, which is more comprehensive.

What I tell people is that if you’ve had a lot of trauma in your life, either emotional or physical, or if you have things going on in your body that you can’t quite figure out, then The Body Code is for you.

We’ll use The Body Code to identify and correct the different types of imbalances that cause all kinds of physical and emotional problems.

Don’t get me wrong, The Emotion Code is wonderful and I’ve seen it help many people; but, it is designed to deal solely with emotions that are stuck in your body. Now, sometimes these trapped emotions are causing pain; releasing these can alleviate the pain.

Many times, The Emotion Code is the link people are missing. I have seen it be extremely helpful for anxiety and depression as well.

The Body Code just takes things to a whole new level. Many people start with The Emotion Code and, as we start working, we may realize that The Body Code is needed.

Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Ask Lisa: How does reflexology on ears work?

Ear reflexology is useful because (similar to auricular acupuncture) it’s the quickest and most effective way to work with the central nervous system.

The technique used is very similar to hand and foot reflexology, except the pressure is applied to the front and back of the ear at the same time.

There are pressure points that can be manipulated for immediate relief of pain, cravings or anxiety; I often teach clients how to do this at home for self-care.

Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.