Lighter Living: Managing Life’s Changes

By: Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE

Change can be painful. We all know that, deep down within us, I believe. Remember your awkward ‘tween’ years? Cringe…

Dealing with change, for me, is all about perspective: it’s all happening at once, the so-called good and bad. The time of transition between two places: a crossroad, a choice between the existential here and there and all of it in the now.

Perspective is the ability to see the big picture and not get stuck being small.

This lesson was brought home for me in an unexpected way on a family vacation to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. I remember one warm summer day, in the village of Corolla, my family and I decided to traverse the open and ever-spiraling steps of the red brick Currituck lighthouse.

Prior to this adventure, I’d been strolling around the scenic village, mulling over and over in my mind a challenge I just couldn’t solve.

After steadily climbing 220 steps, we were elevated to a new height physically and mentally. When we stepped onto the lighthouse platform, a panoramic view opened before our eyes. The beautiful Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean spread before us, no longer tucked neatly without view amongst the village’s many trees.

My eyes opened wider and my thoughts lifted higher; my unsolved problems now seemed dwarfed in comparison to this grand display of nature and its vastly different terrains all connected and working together. A deep feeling of awe and gratitude washed over me, a thankfulness to be a small cog in the wheel of this great natural design.

This was an “Aha!” moment; a true perspective shift. Feeling gratitude for all of the good in my life seems to grow it bigger! Thinking small seems to keep me stuck in my own mental forest, unable to see the beauty all around me that offers the inspiration necessary to feed the dream.

So, instead of fighting change, try embracing it with an open mind!

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.

Lighter Living: Introducing The Body Code®

Chesapeake Holistic’s newest wellness service!

By: Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP

You’ve likely read my articles about the many wellness benefits of The Emotion Code. I am happy to announce: I am now certified in The Body Code as well.

The Emotion Code vs. The Body Code

For those of you familiar with The Emotion Code, its benefits are woven into The Body Code, which takes healing to an even deeper level.

The Body Code goes beyond releasing trapped emotions to also identify and resolve imbalances in your body. It’s a healing protocol that’s safe and beneficial for every member of your family, young and old.

Because The Body Code is a more complex protocol than The Emotion Code, it does necessitate in-office (versus remote) sessions.

How Does It Work?

Your subconscious mind is like a computer system for your body. It knows exactly what you need to achieve symbiosis.

Similar to The Emotion Code, during your session, through specific questioning, charts and muscle-testing, we can get precise answers from your subconscious about body-system imbalances. Then, we’ll help restore equilibrium using the modern technology of therapeutic magnets.

The Benefits of The Body Code

The Body Code’s state-of-the-art healing technique addresses 6 different areas:

  • Energies. Removes damaging emotional and mental energies that become trapped during times of stress or trauma, via simple energy work.
  • Circuitry. Balances the body’s energy systems, including chakras and acupuncture meridians, and the energy circuits of organs and glands.
  • Toxicity. Identifies and addresses toxins that don’t necessarily show up on medical tests, as well as those that do.
  • Pathogens. Pinpoints destructive and often elusive infections easily, and provides necessary remedies to rid these from the body.
  • Structural. Remedies imbalances in the bones, organs, connective tissues, muscles and nerves (non- invasively), to gently restore stability to the physical body.
  • Nutritional. Finds nutrient deficiencies, imbalances such as dehydration, and/or need for certain foods or herbs.

The Body Code is so effective because it allows us to find (and quickly remove) specific imbalances in your body. Restoring balance encourages your body’s ability to self-heal, even after your session.

Some conditions The Body Code has helped include:

  • Pain of all types
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • PTSD
  • Hormonal issues
  • Skin issues
  • Migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight management

Like The Emotion Code, The Body Code is pain free and fast with long-lasting results. What’s not to love?

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.

Lighter Living: Overcoming the Post-Travel Blues

By: Lisa Manning, CST, CHt

Coming home from vacation… putting away your summer-fun things, and settling back into the demands and routines of fall, can, well, be a drag.

Back to real life: setting the alarm, paying off that trip, and making lunches.

Post-travel blues are real. So is the impact to our bodies and minds from the change of seasons, right on top of returning from vacation. It’s a double-whammy. Knowing this, and planning for it, can ease the transition.

As the days get shorter (after the fall equinox on September 22), and temperatures cool down, our activities become more sedate and closer to home. This is a perfect time to turn on and tune in, but to not drop out!

Here are some ways to let this transitional, post-vacation time work for you.

6 Ways to Beat the Blues

1)  Be grateful. Remind yourself how good it is to be home: your own bed, your pets, privacy when you want it, even just knowing where the local grocery store is (the stress of navigating in an unfamiliar city can be significant)… all reasons to be thankful for the life you’ve built.

2) Take a physical inventory. Are there aches and pains you’ve ignored and neglected? Now is the time to get evaluated and commit to self-care routines, including limiting simple carbs, which do nothing to alleviate the blues.

3) Take an emotional inventory. How is your emotional garden doing? If your internal chatter was a song, what would it sound like? Need to pull weeds or maybe nurture and foster growth? Make a plan to acknowledge and address your mental wellbeing.

4) Dream big! You can use the energy you free up (through a dedicated self-care routine) to plant the seeds for new goals. Whether you’re dreaming of improved relationships, exciting projects, or an abiding sense of peace, this renewed focus and attention can get you there.

5) Maintain connections. Staying in touch with friends made while on vacation is a great way to strengthen your social circle. Regularly connecting with others keeps our minds younger and energy lighter. The added benefit is you’ll have a place to stay when you visit friends’ hometowns (and vice versa).

6) Keep the joy alive. Don’t give up on the new passions/hobbies you discovered while on vacation. Broadening your interests shouldn’t be limited to vacations. See where new-found paths take you.

Use your post-travel time well: rest, recover and prep for success!

To help achieve balanced energy and body systems, book a session with Lisa.

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.

20th Anniversary: Jennifer Remembers When…

By: Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

I can hardly believe 20 years have gone by since Chesapeake Holistic (CH) first occupied the warm and lovely space we’ve created in a professional building off of College Parkway!

And, while the physical office and the staff have changed over the years, we come to work each day with the same intent: provide clients with unique integrative wellness services that profoundly improve their health and the vibrancy of their lives.

The Early Years

It was wonderful to read the articles from some of our former practitioners in last week’s newsletter. As Judi Valentine mentioned, I began working for her in 1996, essentially as her assistant, while I was finishing my natural health certifications. In 1998, Judi found the current CH office space. For the next few years, I assisted her and Tania Howard Pritz, and worked on my master’s degree (classes and thesis) at night and on weekends.

At the time, we only had the back half of the large suite CH now occupies. What is our back door was, then, the front door! When the front half of the suite became available, Tania purchased it. Then, Katherine Sale joined us and we moved the offices around to fit our needs. (If you didn’t read the Q&A with Katherine newsletter, you should!)

When Judi left CH in early 2001, Tania brought on another Chiropractor, Marissa Wallie to meet growing demand. I also had a decision to make. I’d grown comfortable running the office and it was a steady paycheck; but, I decided to make the leap to take over Judi’s practice as a Nutritional Consultant.

I began building business by sitting in the waiting room and forming relationships with the clients waiting to see other practitioners (with the practitioners’ support). Some of my first clients couldn’t afford my services, so I took payment in trade for art, custom curtains, throw pillows, lawn care, house painting, office cleaning, you name it.

A breakthrough, for me, came from educating clients (and non-clients) about how to shop for healthy food. That may sound odd; but, at the time, people weren’t used to these new “healthy” foods that we (Judi and now me) recommended. I developed a comprehensive how-to program, with a nutrition intake, meal plan, lab evaluation, supplement recommendations and a health food store tour.

The tours were so much fun. I took small groups (including home school co-ops) to the health food store and showed them how to: read food labels, shop aisle by aisle, and cook using these new ingredients. I partnered with Fresh Fields (now Whole Foods), which provided attendees with a tote bag containing free food, coupons and recipes.

Hitting Our Stride

Eventually, I had too many clients to continue with the tours. Plus I was busy growing my family at home, too! I also felt the office, which was a collective of independent practitioners, could better serve clients as a more cohesive operation under one umbrella, which we named (you guessed it): Chesapeake Holistic. For our logo, I had a vision of a wave-like brushstroke and contacted a designer who created our iconic wave and developed our first website.

All of this was happening very quickly: it was still 2001. Carolyn Spinelli joined our group and, later that year, Marissa and Tania left to form Broadneck Chiropractic in a bigger space within our same building (Marissa is still there). Later that year, Katherine and I became partners and took over the lease. We ran CH together for six years, until she left in 2007 (the same year that Kat Mahone, Amelia Mitchell, Laura Inman Mitchell and John Fullmer came on board).

Fast forward to 2011: Anne Marvin joined our group. She was new to the holistic wellness field, and still finishing her credentials, the way I’d been when I started my practice. Anne brought fresh ideas and took over much of the administrative and business development parts of the business. She guided special projects (e.g., corporate wellness) and really helped bring to fruition my mission of making CH a fully-integrated practice financially, operationally and culturally.

During that time, exceptional practitioners joined CH. Cathy Logan, Carol Heckman, Sierra Stokes-Stearns, Kyle McIntyre, Lisa Manning, and Carrie Singer broadened the range of wellness services we provide and the number of loyal clients we serve. In 2016, after five years, Anne had accomplished what she’d set out to do at CH and decided to move on. We still miss her.

This past year, we’ve continued to evolve. Carrie left to care for her growing family and Kyle accepted a year-long fellowship in Colorado (we’re hopeful he’ll return to CH next year). Glynda Cullen has been with us since last summer, and Katherine returned in late January!

I am so grateful to be surrounded by such a talented and compassionate group, including our Office Manager Jill Hannon and her assistant Patty Park. Without them, our continued growth would not be possible: Jill and Patty are so patient and kind, and they keep all of us organized (truly the unsung heroes of our operation).

Where We’re Going

We’ve implemented a lot of changes lately, including:

  • Partnership with Sprout! farm-to-table foods. Not only do we have delivery pickups two days per week, we now have a Sprout refrigerator with to-go meals and snacks. We may also be working with them to develop an exclusive menu of foods.
  • Online booking. We launched e-booking for sessions with Lisa a few months ago. Our clients love the convenience! Up next: we’re adding more practitioners to online booking over the next few months.
  • New service. Cathy recently became a Certified Body Code Practitioner. Learn more about The Body Code (yes, it is related to The Emotion Code) in the blog article: “20 Things You May Not Know about Chesapeake Holistic.”
  • New products. We just visited the annual Natural Products Expo and we’re getting some great new items for lighter living in at our store.

Next year, we’ll keep changing things up (while keeping the services and products our clients depend on) – including the Wellness Is Worth It newsletter. The theme for 2019 is “Ask the Expert.” We’ll be asking our readers to submit questions to our practitioners; each week’s issue will be our answers to your questions!

A Few Last Thoughts…

As our anniversary month comes to an end, I realize how much fun it has been reflecting on the good times and even the scary times… Times that required leaps of faith, such as signing the lease when my practice at CH wasn’t yet established; but knowing, in my gut, that this is where I’m supposed to be, helping all of us at Chesapeake Holistic to help all of you.

Chesapeake Holistic would not have been possible without my mom. I was inspired by her – she also changed careers to become an entrepreneur; my mom was (and is) my role model. Watching her journey gave me the courage to take those leaps, and, to this day, she offers business advice and loving encouragement.

We also owe thanks to the other practitioners (e.g., Dr. Kevin Passero, Wendy Piret, Karen Mahan, Jamie Higdon, and Melanie Rosen) and office staff (e.g., Isabel Miller, Mistie Schleeper, Michele Calo, Tammy Cushley, and Lisa Bakker) – who, for two decades, have helped Chesapeake Holistic to become the nurturing and healing place it is today.

And, I’m especially grateful for my family. The past 20 years would not have been possible without my husband’s support. He’s been CH’s handyman and, more importantly, he keeps things running at home… raising our son and daughter, cooking dinner and much more … enabling me to pursue my dream.

Lastly, of course, we are all very thankful for our extended family of clients!

Here’s to another 20 years together!

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.

20th Anniversary – We Remember When: Anne Marvin

By: Anne Marvin, CNC, CHC, ND

When I met Jennifer, in 2010, I was so impressed with the great care she offered her clients, it helped me to realize that I needed to make some changes, if I wanted to regain my health and get my life back. With her help, I turned my health around. At the time, I was a national security analyst, but realized it would be my greatest wish to work with her, instead, and help others the way she had helped me.

In 2012, Jen brought me on board to co-manage and grow the practice, while I was completing schooling to become a Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC), a Certified Health Coach (CHC); and a Doctor of Naturopathy (ND). We worked together for five wonderful years to build Chesapeake Holistic into a multi-practitioner practice offering the most leading-edge, therapeutic modalities in the greater Annapolis area.

With Jen’s holistic wellness and client services experience, and my business background, we were able to deliver the benefits of natural health to a broader spectrum of clients. Jen and I spent a great deal of time researching additional complementary and alternative modalities to support our clients’ health needs as much as possible. We were committed to exploring the exciting world of energy medicine and frequency-based technologies to support the practice and our clients.

We also developed a thriving Corporate Wellness Program to offer small- and medium-sized businesses the ability to provide natural health coaching and wellness education for their employees. Through this program, we launched a group lecture series, individual employee coaching, and natural health consultations and evaluations. The program was, and is, a resounding success, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of its creation and establishment.

My time at Chesapeake Holistic was the most fulfilling, rewarding and personally satisfying work I have ever done. Collaborating with Jennifer, and the amazing team we built, was the privilege of a lifetime and I am forever thankful for the experience.

I’m also grateful for the love and support that Jen offered when I felt it was time for me to move on to new adventures. Our relationship is as strong as ever, but it has evolved. And I’m filled with admiration for what Jennifer and the team have accomplished since I’ve left. Chesapeake Holistic is stronger than ever and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Happy Anniversary!

20th Anniversary – We Remember When: Kat Mahone

By: Kat Mahone, LCPC

I worked at Chesapeake Holistic, as a psychotherapist, from 2007 to 2012. Congratulations as you celebrate 20 years! It’s hard to believe how quickly time passes. I can remember hearing about CH in my circle of friends about 18 years ago; when I was expecting my second child, I had my first Cranial session there! I imagined, even then, that one day I would like to practice with a group that shared a holistic approach to wellness. Fast forward to 2007… a space became available at CH at same time that I was starting my private practice.

In my role as a psychotherapist, I consider it important to honor the whole person. So, when clients have issues during their life journeys, my approach is to meet individuals where they are on their path. Equally important is the style and presence I offer.

Chesapeake Holistic fit that style! I’m grateful for the five years I spent there and the opportunities it provided me to grow my practice with like-minded professionals. It was an honor to see Jennifer develop and specialize as professional, while growing CH into a thriving center. I fondly remember stepping in to the space I first leased, it was Jennifer’s first office in the Center: it was a great, energetic space to occupy.

As my practice grew, I moved into a larger office in the Center. After five years with CH, I moved my practice to West Annapolis, which was a little closer to home and provided me the additional room to continue to grow in my practice.

As I did at CH, I specialize in Imago Relationship Therapy for work with couples, and use my clinical experience in EMDR and EFT to work with migraines and trauma issues. Many clients also like to utilize Alpha Stim for anxiety and other conditions.

I’m grateful I had the opportunity to share your professional space and to grow with Chesapeake Holistic. Many congratulations. Here’s to years of great prosperity to you all, as you continue to grow. Cheers!