Kendall County Woman Magazine September October Issue 2021

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Kendall County Woman Magazine September October Issue 2021

Natural

Healing

in the

Hill Country

KIMBERLY

VERBEKE

DONDI

PERSYN

HELENE

GROSS


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Sept / Oct 2021

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COVER: NATURAL HEALING IN THE HILL COUNTRY

KIMBERLY VERBEKE • DONDI PERSYN • HELENE GROSS

As women continue to investigate alternative medicine and holistic healing treatments for

themselves and their families, we talked with 3 of the area’s most prominent professionals

working the front lines of these practices to discuss their specialties, who most benefits, and why.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

HEALING WITH TEAS

WHAT IS ROLFING?

SOUND THERAPY

HEALING IN NATURE

SPIRITUAL

HYPNOSIS

VITAMIN THERAPY

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Letter

September

KENDALL COUNTY

WOMAN

/October 2021 | Issue 17

from the Publisher

Dear Kendall County Woman reader,

If there’s anything the past 18 months has taught us, it’s

that our health is something we should take extremely seriously.

Yes, I’m referring to COVID, but hopefully you

also have come to understand that the health of our own

bodies as well as our collective family is vitally important

and something we all might have taken for granted in the past.

PUBLISHED BY

Compass Creative Texas, LLC

Boerne, TX

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With this in mind, we put together a special “Alternative Medicine” issue for this September/October issue!

“Medicine” means a lot of different things to people nowadays. We ask more questions, we research more,

and we understand more about the care that is offered to us than perhaps ever in our history. As such, we

wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a few of these practitioners that specialize in forms of healthcare

that you might not be familiar. Kim Verbeke, Helene Gross, and Dondi Persyn are all leaders in their

respective fields…fields that you might not even have known existed.

These women help people with a myriad of issues, from physical to emotional, utilizing a variety of techniques

and specialties that you might dismiss at first glance, but shouldn’t. The more studies are conducted

on alternative medicines, the more evidence is uncovered showing that “health” is achieved via a variety of

journeys, many considered “alternative”. So enjoy these profiles with an open mind, research the people

profiled, and if they are fitting for your situation, give them a try. We promise you that they are experts in

their respective fields!

PUBLISHER

Peggy Schooley

peggy@compasscreativetx.com

ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

Benjamin D. Schooley

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210.507.5250

CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER

Kristy Watson

kristy@compasscreativetx.com

As for the rest of this issue, we cover a lot. From herbal teas to first hand accounts of hypnotism, there’s

something for everyone. So dive in, learn something new, and expand your knowledge. Your health (and your

family’s health) is perhaps the most important things in your life, and treat it accordingly. If you ever have an

idea or suggestion for a future issue, please don’t be shy! Reach out to any of us to the right and let’s start a

conversation.

Thanks so much for reading, and thank you even more for your support throughout these years!

ASSISTANT GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Amanda Gunter

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DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY

Compass Creative Texas, LLC

Sincerely,

Peggy Schooley, Publisher

Kendall County Woman Magazine


| EVENTS |

September/October 2021

The Healing Arts Festival & Market Sep. 19th, Oct. 17th 11AM-6PM

Join us for healing, empowerment and community support at The Healing Arts Festival & Market! Showcasing the

finest holistic products and practitioners in Texas! Set your intentions, visit our intuitive counselors and shop our

unique vendor floor and discover Artisans, Craft makers, Jewelry, Art, Aura Photos, Native American Artistry along

with Holistic and Organic Products, Practitioners, Astrology, Numerology, Reiki, Reflexology and more! Extra care

and safety standards are in place to ensure a healthy environment for everyone. Masks are required.

Hilton Garden Inn San Antonio At The Rim, 5730 Rim Pass, San Antonio, TX 78257 Admission & Parking are FREE

Boerne Retailers' Style Show & Shopping Event

benefitting Kendall County Women's Shelter

September 18th 6PM

The Boerne Retailers' Style Show and Shopping event was kicked off in

September of 2019 raising money for the Kendall County Women's Shelter!

We are extremely excited to be back in person for our 2021 show! We are

especially excited to combine our event with the Kendall County Women's

Shelter Sip & Savor! You'll get the best of both events all under the same roof.

We can not wait to see you there! Tickets · $75 - $500 at Don Strange Ranch

The AgriCultural

Spooktacular

October 30 5PM-10PM

Come experience a Halloween

Themed Village in Boerne!

• Hayrides & Games for the Kids

• Haunted Blacksmith Shop

• WoodshopArea 51 Barn

• Scary Movies & DJ

• Wizard of Oz Pioneer House &

more!

Phone: 210-445-1080

Tickets available online at

www.TheAgricultural.org

102 City Park Road in Boerne

Boerne Market Days

Second Weekend of the Month from Jan. – Dec.

Boerne Market Days is located in the heart of the historical district on

Main Plaza. Open Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm, it has

become synonymous with great shopping in an outdoor setting with

artists, craftsmen and vendors sharing their creative talents and wares to

the background music of some of Texas' best home grown musicians.

Spend a day browsing the market and visiting the many downtown

boutiques, galleries and restaurants for a unique hill country experience.

There are a variety of bargains to be found such as jewelry, plants, art,

handcrafts, collectibles, antiques, and more.

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| TEAS |

by Kristy Watson

There is something about pouring a cup

of herbal tea, either by yourself or with

a friend, and holding that warm cup

in your hands, that makes everything

in the world seem alright. There are so

many options of tea flavors to choose

from these days. So, which do you pick?

I'm going to share a few of the beneficial

teas with healing properties that

will be sure to make your day or night

go a little smoother.

Fennel Herbal Tea

Fennel has been used for medicinal and culinary

purposes since around 800 BC. In ancient Greece

and Rome, it was used for a variety of purposes

such as a dieting agent, a muscle enhancer, and to

treat kidney stones. Greek doctors even used the

leaves and seeds of fennel to create a tea to help

nursing mothers increase their milk supply.

Dandelion Herbal Tea

Dandelion tea can be used for weight loss because

it promotes the breakdown of fat and cholesterol.

It can also improve digestion by stimulating the

gastric acids in your stomach, which can then encourage

the activity of fat metabolizing enzymes.

It is also a diuretic, which means it will help you

eliminate excess water and bloating from your

body, making you feel lighter. It also helps promote

strong bones, as it contains essential minerals

such as calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium,

which are important in preventing osteoporosis

and anemia.

Cinnamon Herbal Tea

Cinnamon is known to clear the brain, improve

cognitive speed, increase focus, and encourage the

growth of neural pathways. It is also very effective

for calming an upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea,

and improving digestive health. The antioxidants

help boost the immune system, to guard you

against colds, the flu, and infections.

Lemongrass Herbal Tea

Lemongrass is known for its removing properties

and it helps the body rid itself of cholesterol, toxins,

fats, and uric acid. This helps lower blood pressure.

It also contains high amounts of potassium that

stimulates blood circulation by increasing the production

of urine, relieving fluid retention. Because

it is a rich source of vitamins A and C, lemongrass

is also great for the health of your skin and hair.

Chamomile Herbal Tea

When chamomile's vapors travel to the olfactory

part of the brain, it reduces your body's stress and

tension, which can also help promote sleep. It helps

relax the muscles in the intestines and stomach,

which can also help relieve symptoms that are

associated with gastrointestinal issues such as pain

and anxiety.

Violet Herbal Tea

Violets have been studied since the late 1800s, and

have proven themselves to be equal to oranges and

spinach in terms of vitamin C and A respectively.

Violet is one of the herbal tea remedies for severe

headaches. It is also an effective anti-inflammatory

that can help relieve bronchitis, joint and muscle

inflammation, and skin rashes.

Thyme Herbal Tea

Thyme is both an expectorant and disinfectant,

making it a remedy for sore throats. It is also effective

in reducing fevers and lessening the duration

of whooping cough and asthma attacks. It is also an

effective remedy for gastrointestinal discomfort and

diarrhea and is safe for use by children. It can also

help reduce the pain of a headache.

Spearmint Herbal Tea

Spearmint is helpful in treating colic and gas.

Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, it is also a

remedy for dyspepsia, stomach spasms, the swelling

of tissues, and nausea and vomiting. Because it

reduces the inflammation in gastrointestinal tissues,

it improves your digestion and nutrient absorption.

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| FEATURE |

Natural

by Ben Schooley

Healing

in the Hill Country

HELENE GROSS (LEFT)

DONDI PERSYN (CENTER)

& KIMBERLY VERBEKE (RIGHT)

Alternative medicine and holistic healing practices

have become a topic that more residents are

having in our area with each passing year. As our

exposure to information increases, so does our

knowledge on possible remedies to our health

and well being struggles.

Whether emotional, spiritual, or physical…we all

have issues that we want resolved in our lives

and “Just go to the doctor” isn’t always the best

and final solution. As women continue to investigate

treatments for themselves and their families,

we talked with 3 of the area’s most prominent

professionals working the front lines of

these practices to discuss their specialties, who

most benefits, and why.

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| FEATURE |

Photography by

Paula VM Photography

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| FEATURE |

Kimberly

Verbeke

Dr. Kim Verbeke, Traditional

Naturopathic Physician and

owner of Avita By Dr. V here

in Boerne, has always had a

propensity for healthy medical

choices. So much so that she

ultimately received her degrees

in Traditional Naturopathic

Medicine in 2014 and has been

advising people on healthy

medical choices ever since.

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kimberly@avitabydrv.com

610-780-5994

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| FEATURE |

"I love educating people around town about super

simple changes you can make that can create

meaningful change and I love talking with

people about that. Being healthy and feeling well

are based on the choices you make day over day."

She begins, “I was raised around more traditional

and natural health choices. When

other people’s mom were taking kids to

pediatricians, my mom was taking us to

homeopathic doctors. It was normal for me. I had

worked in the medical field prior to going to school

and so I had been around the industry for a while.

I wanted to be a doctor early on, but I was disillusioned

with how people were treated – they treat

the symptoms and not the cure and I never cared

for that.”

Naturopathic doctors might not be a term you’re

familiar with, but Verbeke explains, “Naturopathic

doctors are kind of what doctors used to

be – we look at the root cause and while we use

supplements, I have a medical director and will

prescribe actual medications, but only if they are

truly necessary – if someone has a migraine, we’re

looking at lifestyle issues that might be causing the

migraine. We look at holistic health problems – the

root causes for the disease – the toxins, the missing

nutrients, or you have a toxic load. It’s not always

that simple, but it often is.”

After a comprehensive lab panel test, Verbeke is

able to identify the deficiencies and issues that

can be plaguing a patient. She continues, “I can’t

tell you how many parasites or some sort of toxic

exposure I see in the clinic – those are things I see

a lot of. They’re super common but normal MDs aren’t

testing for them. On a hematology panel, there

are certain markers that are elevated when you

have parasites – there’s tons of them and people

don’t realize that they have them – and they can

wreak havoc on your health. I had a lady that I was

working with that was getting sicker and sicker

and they kept telling her that her thyroid was the

problem. She couldn’t drive to her appointments

without having to rest. After our lab panels and

some other testing, I discovered that she had rope

parasites, and we got rid of the ropes and she had

a new life. This foreign organism

sucking up all of her nutrients –

it’s fascinating.”

Just like any good physician, Dr.

Verbeke is serious about not only

her patient’s health, but how

they are treated within her clinic.

“Normal MDs normally give you

about 7 minutes. What can you

possibly learn after 7 minutes? I

spend a 30 minute consult which

normally becomes about an hour

and a half typically. I want to

learn the pieces of the puzzle and

put them together. I also have a

great group of practitioners that

I talk with on a regular basis and

consult with on the more complex

cases. I wanted to practice in a

way that was different. I want

people to walk away from our

time together saying that their

life is better. They’re sleeping.

They can think clearly. Their overall

health. When you’re healthy

that also spills over into all parts of your life and

truly gives you the best quality of life.”

After some of her own health struggles a few years

ago, to ultimately finding a more natural remedy

for her ailments, Verbeke had found her passion.

She explains, “For me, what pushed me down the

road into my career was realizing that many of the

MDs didn’t really know how to help me. They’d just

throw a bunch of hormones at me and tell me that

those would make me feel better. But they’re not

going to fix the root causes of my issues. There has

to be a way to fix this that can help me figure this

out and put the pieces together and it just catapulted

me from there. It was really frustrating trying to

find someone that could help me.”

As for the future of the clinic. Verbeke continues to

grow and add services, along with just generally

wanting to raise awareness locally. She finishes,

“I have some things I’m looking at adding to the

clinic, I love educating people around town about

super simple changes you can make that can create

meaningful change and I love talking with people

about that – being healthy and feeling well are

based on the choices you make day over day and

I love educating people like that – I’d love to do

more group educating of people because it’s fun

and I love talking with them about it. This community

is amazing, I’ve loved growing my relationships

and would be blessed to continue helping

people with their overall health…in a natural and

healthy way.”

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| FEATURE |

Dondi

Persyn

www.rosewood.maison

Dondi Persyn takes special notice

of the scents around her. So much so

that she has re-invented her career

around the emotions and benefits she

finds in her homemade scents she

produces via her business, Rosewood

Maison. A Boerne resident, Persyn has

developed a niche of providing

consumers with her custom created

scents designed to heal ailments, both

visible and emotional.


| FEATURE |

"My individual clients for the oils are my enneagram clients.

It’s a spiritual journey – it doesn’t really matter where it comes

from, but it’s ancien wisdom and it’s powerful."

Persyn begins, “I have a background in histology

and marketing but I always knew I wanted

to work with oils and herbs. I have some goats

here on my property – they got lice from the

deer and I wanted to treat them in a way that wouldn’t

harm them. I looked up some oils, treated them, and

they got shiny, happier, and I thought that it smelled

quite good so I started using it around the house and

around myself.” From these simple beginnings, Rosewood

Maison was born. However, he is focused on far

more than providing you nice scent for your home.

She is vested in your spiritual and emotional health

and well being.

Utilizing an enneagram personality profile, and some

honest discussions about the struggles in your life,

Persyn works with her clients to journey to healing.

She continues, “My individual clients for the oils are

my enneagram clients. It’s a spiritual journey – it

doesn’t really matter where it comes from, but it’s

ancient wisdom and it’s powerful. I share that wisdom

with companies and groups, but I really enjoy couples

or groups. When I have the results, I work with the

inner-child enneagram…you were born a certain way,

and life happened, and you began acting a certain way.

You learned ways to navigate your life. I try to guide

people back to their inner child, where we started,

and how God created us to be. What’s our gift? What

do we bring? And what is stopping us from getting

there again? When I know your vices and virtues, I

can give you oils to help ease that resistance. People

see things and we see things in 9 different ways. We

all see the world differently. This is what our family

says we should be. Our job. Our partners. But what

path are we on? Take off your glasses and view the

world differently. “

With her corporate background, Persyn balances her

professional experiences while trying to infuse her

more spiritual or “natural” sides of her work. She

explains, “I have my marketing and corporate world

experiences and I have my earthy intuitive world. I

want to bring them together more – I want to expose

people to alternative ways of thinking and getting

back to authenticity – REAL things. Being vulnerable.

I see so much fear in our lives now and so many fake

things. I want my clients and the people in my groups

to heal and grow in that authenticity. We get a little

spiritual in the corporate world, but I’m really trying

to grow that.”

While you might have heard of “enneagram”, Persyn

explains the science behind it: “The enneagram

teaches you to do the opposite of what you WANT

to do, so it’s very hard. It’s not religion specific and

the drumming is super important. The vibrations

are super healing and when coupled with our scents,

the vibrational healing is very real and it’s extremely

helpful. You can drum out anxiety. In the Native traditions,

you can drum the specific areas for perspective,

action, to your ancestors, and to let go. When you go

through the steps of drumming, it brings about the

whole healing. And really that’s my motivation: to live

authentically and to help my clients do the same.”

Asked about how the area has received her practice,

Persyn is honest and unapologetic. “My family gives

me a hard time I suppose – my sister, my dad…. he had

something happen and I wanted to get him to do yoga

to help him and they made fun of me about witchery.

I’ve been preaching enneagram to them for 28 years

now and they won’t listen to me…but most recently

my folks are starting to come around. They’re skeptical.

If they’d just spend some time with me, I think

I could help them, but it’s always about getting them

past their own notions…. i don’t use the word HELP

because it’s the sunny side of control, but I guide you.

Assist you. And I absolutely love it. I’ve experienced

similar things here in town – some people question

what I do, and some embrace it. I promise you that it’s

beneficial to you, but yes, you have to get past your

own notions. I’m here to help, and I hope that you’ll

let me.”

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| FEATURE |

Helene

Gross

Helene Gross, owner of My

Divine Connexion, wears many

hats. Working in a variety of

practices, from professional

hypnosis to “energy healing”,

she is one of the area’s most

well known “clinicians” that

works in these areas. Through

a life full of experiences, both

good and not so good, Gross

passionately works with clients

to move them through their

issues to a healthier, better life.

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| FEATURE |

"I want people to reach their full

potential, and every single day

I watch that happen as people

experience something bigger

than themselves, and they leave

my office feeling better than

they have in decades."

She begins, “I’m originally from Denmark. My

family was in the military, so we moved all

over. One of those moves was to Puerto Rico,

where I ended up staying for 5 years. I married

and moved back to Denmark. Ultimately, newly

single, I moved to Texas which is simply perfect for

me. That was in 2009.” Before her arrival in Texas,

however, Gross’ life changed while in Mexico in 2003.

She continues, “I surrendered to what I was supposed

to have done. I opened up my life to accept what I was

supposed to be doing and whatever I have done that

was wrong. I let go of everything physical – I went into

an indigenous tribe on the Pacific ocean that more or

less told me ‘We’ve been waiting for you’. They gave

me a necklace and I started crying – that necklace was

one that I was given when I was very little that broke

before I left for the US – it wasn’t exactly the same

necklace, but it was from the same tribe. They showed

me their medicines and philosophies and how they

worked.”

Gross had been working online with many clients in

her varied skills and mediums, but following the trip

to Mexico, her skills were refined further. “What do

I actually do? It’s literally going in and helping you

connect with YOU. In that way, also clearing your body

of spiritual and emotional negative energy, opening

you up for a flow. Together with “the Divine”, I work

on your cellular being but also on your frequency. You

know when you feel down and out and you see everything

through muddy glasses, a victim standpoint, I

help you move from the victim standpoint to the empowerment.

I go into your deepest issues, with your

permission, and pull that out with you so that you can

release that which stops you in your life. The beliefs

and limiting behaviors we carry from childhood...I

help you dispel those things. Deprogramming what

you’ve been programmed with. I work with PTSD –

the entire world is going through a programming of

fear this past year and a half. That fear gets you to

make decisions on fear, which is never good for you.”

Utilizing her training, skills, and passion for not only

your health but your emotional well being, Gross does

credit her spiritual connections with her success rate.

She continues, “I have a home office where you lay

on the massage table and we work with frequency. It

goes in and raises your whole body and system via

the technology. It’s a healing mechanism. I then work

with your guides and mine to connect you to your

own wisdom – your own intuition. It comes from you

that is not physical, it’s the non-physical. This is very

hard to explain. As an open channel, you allow God to

come through you, and you allow the energy to do the

work. After we’ve established a flow in your body, we

go into deep relaxation similar to hypnosis – you’re

no longer in your critical thinking. Once your body

is flowing through your body, you will feel where the

energy centers or shakras are – if they are blocked,

you will feel the energy come through and those are

the areas you’re holding on to the emotions from way

back. Then we journey through your body and process

those emotions and release them. Anxiety and depression

– there’s normally something that has occurred to

cause it – and the behavior you’ve learned stays with

you. Then you come to me in your 40s and say ‘My life

is falling apart’ – we go back in time and see where

it’s started and determine which programming you’ve

been following that’s not YOU. We clear that from you

and suddenly life looks different for you after even just

one session. Physical, emotional, spiritual healing that

happens all at once.”

While certainly something many may dismiss, Gross’

work has countless success stories. And Kendall

County contains many of them. She finishes, “Yes, I

get called a gypsy from time to time. But the area here

has been wonderful and welcoming and I’ve made

many friends through my sessions. I want people to

reach their full potential, and every single day I watch

that happen as people experience something bigger

than themselves, and they leave my office feeling

better than they have in decades. What could be more

rewarding than that?”

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| ROLFING |

What is Rolfing ® ?

by Kathleen McBride

Unusual name — Yes, I hear that a lot and it is my opportunity to explain this

very effective bodywork/physical therapy…And the name is attributed to Dr.

Ida Rolf who was the developer and founder of Rolfing ® .

Rolfers work most directly with the myo-fascial

system which can best be described as a

‘wrapping’ of the many tissues and organs of

our bodies. Fascia is a complex web of tissue that

covers and connects muscles (‘myo’) and bones

as well as organizing and holding in place other

structures including our skin and internal organs.

It covers individual muscles, but also forms broad

sheaths that in turn form a completely interconnected

web throughout the body. Dr. Rolf called this

network of fascia, with its ability to compensate for

and adapt to stress/strain and injury anywhere in

the body, the "organ of structure.” If you have had a

fever that felt like an inflamed sheet covering your

entire back, that virus or infection is spreading

out in some of the facial layers of your back, in this

example most likely involving your latissimus dorsi

(‘lats’) and its associated facial layers.

discomfort and pain in simply sitting, standing and

moving though our day to day routines. This challenges

efficiencies in movement and therefore your enjoyment

of your chosen social activities and athletic endeavors.

Simple movements can become cumbersome and exhausting

and Rolfing can help you improve.

You can ‘see’ a person’s mood. A person who is sad or

depressed typically has a more slumped posture, walk

heavily, eyes not focussed and/or downcast. A person

who is feeling great is ‘be-bopping’ down the street,

walking tall, eyes alert and animated. When the body

can handle each of these moods with ease, quality of living

improves. Physical compensations from ‘life’ result

in the muscles, facia and other tissues becoming out of

place, sore, stiff, and shortened causing a loss of elasticity

and reducing ease and range of motions thus dampening

your vitality.

Humans have always developed

and still live within the gravity

pull of the earth. They must

make peace with this energy

field, whatever it really is…..

The energy of this field can

enhance or dissipate the energy

of the individual man. You

cannot change the energy field,

but you can change the man.”

Dr. Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979)

As we move through life we compensate for injuries

and traumas, work postures, habitual activities

including athletics, and even emotional traumas. A

Rolfer® looks at where you have become “stuck”,

whether it be over time or due to an accident or

injury…including some of those weekend warrior

exertions we are all guilty of. Our bodies ARE our

life experiences both good and bad. Activities,

and inactivities, traumas and injuries result in

compensations.

A very common example, sitting at a computer all

day shortens and weakens muscles and facia of the

abdomen, chest/shoulders and neck resulting in

postural problems and often carpal tunnel/arm/

hand issues too. Rolfing can help you go into your

after-work activities and not look, and feel, like you

are still sitting in front of that computer. Of course

accidents and injuries create more obvious imbalances

leading to neck, back, hip, groin, leg and foot

pain. Sleeping is not as restful and getting out of

bed becomes a daily habit of ‘working out the kinks’.

Experiencing life as we do can lead over time to

In a Rolfing session, I apply pressure to the fascia/connective

tissue using my hands and forearms. In applying

this pressure and with direction, and sometimes asking

for small movements on your part, the fascia/muscles/

tendons/ligaments lengthen, reposition, and release

where it is sluggish or stuck. Where this fascia has

adapted to strain, Rolfing relieves those strains facilitating

your rediscovery of more freedom of movement, improved

balance and function, alleviate pain and muscle

soreness, and give you greater sense of well-being.

Rolfing is often assumed to be a type of massage therapy,

however it very different in both methodology and the

goals of a session which are to make lasting beneficial

changes to your body. Rolfing is an intersection of physical

therapy, myo-facial therapy, and Chiropractics in that

a Rolfer® seeks to bring relief to areas of tension and

injury while simultaneously bringing balance back into

your body. As such, Rolfing can be an excellent complement

to other therapies giving you even better results

all around, while at the same time it is an excellent stand

alone therapeutic solution to aches, pains and injuries.

Rolfers are Licensed/Certified only

through the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

located in Boulder, Colorado. Kathleen

McBride has been Rolfing for

29 years. She can be reached at

210.317.4242 or rolferkathleen.com




| SOUND |

What is

Sound Healing?

My journey from conference room to

Vibrational Sound Therapy

Inspired and trusting my passion, eventually I left

my fast-paced, high-stress, 30-year corporate career

to devote my energy to my practice full-time. Since

then, my work has taken me to corporate and clinical

spaces, hospice care, yoga studios, retreats, wedby

Audrey Stephens

After spending nearly 30 years in a stressful corporate

environment and working over 60 hours per

week, I struggled to find balance. Unable to catch

long deep breaths during my busy, sometimes toxic

work day, I became even more stressed. To get by, I

practiced yoga and made a weekly appointment to

receive a massage to alleviate the constant throbbing

in my neck and shoulders. It was during a Kundalini

yoga class 6 years ago that my miracle came. That

was when I was introduced to crystal singing bowls.

I

was invited to close my eyes, clear my mind

then relax to the sounds of crystal singing

bowl vibrations. The soft, coherent sounds

gently washed my body in pure relaxation,

an auditory version of a deep tissue massage. I fell

asleep and had a very vivid dream about a baby

elephant with blue eyes and long graceful eyelashes.

This was the most relaxed I’d been in several years.

After that experience, I couldn’t stop studying and

researching sound. For my 50th birthday, I became

a certified Vibrational Sound Therapist through the

VSA (Vibrational Sound Association).

dings, and even to Thailand,

where I played healing vibrations

for a pregnant elephant

named Bodhi. I found my

Dharma, my purpose: to help

people (and animals) relax

and heal using the incredible

power of sound.

Sound healing is an effective

and proven modality that

helps reduce stress, alleviate

pain, alter consciousness and

create a deep sense of peace,

well-being and better health.

When there is deep relaxation through soothing,

resonant sound, the body is affected on a cellular

level, opening up the flow of energy to move us

back toward vibrational alignment and energetic

harmony with health. Sound can help us shift our

energy frequency from lower to higher, removing

the lower frequencies of emotions such as fear,

anger and resentment which at some point can lead

to a disease state.

Sound can also unlock blocked emotions and

release them with ease and grace.

Tibetan Singing Bowls, gongs and other instruments

have been used for centuries for healing and

meditation purposes. They can clear the mind and

aid in the process of releasing deep layers of tension

and stress stored in the physical and energetic body.

Benefits of a Sound Healing treatment are numerous

including: reduction of stress and anxiety;

lower anger and blood pressure; PTSD, depression,

grief, improve circulation and increase blood flow;

can help with sleep disturbances; re-balance the

chakras (energy centers); increase mental and emotional

clarity; stimulate the immune system; create

an elevated state of consciousness; boost overall

well-being; boost creativity.

This modality has also been shown to support the

healing process for cancer patients by reducing

stress and aiding in pain management. I am always

quick to point out that I am not a “healer”, but

more of a facilitator in the healing process. I help

my clients calm the mind and let it do what it is

supposed to do. If our brain is an organ designed

to send messages to the body, and our thoughts are

whirling around, or we’re over thinking, we are not

allowing it to do it’s job.

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| SOUND |

LEARN MORE:

Jeanelly Concepcion describes her

experience in a sound healing session:

"My experience was extremely relaxing. Sometimes,

I don’t fully relax during a massage or yoga, and

other times it takes me a long time to get there.

During the sound bath, I think I started to feel

relaxed almost immediately as I laid down on the

table, which had a warmer infused with quartz.

Somewhere along the session I would see images

of peaceful places I love in my mind’s eye, and

I remember vividly hearing rain and my mind

transported to my youth, when I would travel to

the Dominican Republic and stayed in my Grandparents

house, where part of the roof was tin and

we would fall asleep to the raindrops falling on

that roof. I must have fallen asleep, because I heard

Audrey’s voice in the distance letting me know to

start making my way back, instructing me to wiggle

my fingers and toes, but it was almost like a dream.

I woke up feeling refreshed, as if I had slept through

a full night."

For more information, to find out about upcoming

events and workshops, or to schedule

a session with Audrey Stephens in her private

studio, check out her Facebook page or

Instagram account @blueelephantvibes.

BIOFIELD TUNING

A groundbreaking therapeutic

method that uses sound to relax &

reset the nervous system.

Biofield Tuning is based on the premise that

the human biofield - the energy field that

surrounds and permeates our bodies - is

inextricably connected with our conscious

and subconscious mind, including all of our

memories. All physical, mental and emotional

disorders can be perceived as "dissonance"

in our energy fields. Biofield Tuning

is able to diminish and resolve this dissonance

and in doing so, alleviate and even

eradicate the corresponding physical, mental

and/or emotional symptoms.

HOW IT WORKS

​During a Biofield Tuning session, a client lies

fully clothed on a treatment table while the

practitioner activates a tuning fork and scans

the body slowly beginning from a distance.

The practitioner is feeling for resistance and

turbulence in the client's energy field, as well

as listening for a change in the overtones

and undertones of the tuning fork. When

the practitioner encounters a turbulent area

he/she continues to activate the tuning fork

and hold it in that specific spot. Research

suggests the body's organizational energy

uses the steady coherent vibrational frequency

of the tuning fork to "tune" itself. In

short order, the dissonance resolves and the

sense of resistance gives way. This appears to

correspond to the release of tension with the

body.

www.biofieldtuning.com

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| HEALTH |

By Maura Bobbitt

The Holistic Healing

Power of Nature

At the Cibolo Center for Conservation, my role as the Farm Programs Coordinator

at Herff Farm is to educate the community about the benefits of organic gardening

and the many ways we can use plants and nature for both food and medicine. From

facilitating yoga classes every Saturday on the back porch of the Herff House, to

teaching gardening classes, to hosting the Farmers Market at Herff Farm where

our community can purchase healthy organic food, we promote overall wellbeing

through our programming, both for ourselves and for the land.

Nature is a powerful tool for staying healthy.

Studies have shown that time spent outdoors

improves both mental and physical outcomes.

We can exercise in nature without even noticing that

we’re doing it, and just a few minutes outdoors in

nature is shown to significantly reduce stress. On

top of this, healthy diets and medicines can be found

both in the plants we cultivate in our gardens and

the ones that grow wild on the land.

My path to my current role at the Cibolo was circuitous,

but nature was a common thread through all

of it. I worked abroad as an ESL teacher after graduating

from college, and while backpacking around

the world between teaching jobs, I began

to work on organic farms in exchange

for room and board as a way of

traveling cheaply and further

immersing myself in different

cultures.

Unexpectedly, I fell in love

with organic farming. Many

small farms abroad are organic

not by design, but simply

because they are still using

manual farming techniques.

Meals are local and seasonal

not to reduce carbon footprints

but because there is no superstore

within 200+ miles. I experienced real

physical labor for the first time and found that

I slept much better when both my body and mind

were tired. Seeing this alternative way of living was

incredibly eye opening: it was more in tune with the

rhythms of nature, and it was on a human scale. I

saw how plants were used in daily life: an aloe vera

cutting was used in place of shampoo and palo santo

was burned inside to keep the mosquitos away.

During my time abroad, I also spent a lot of time in

nature staring at or swimming in waterfalls, trekking

up volcanoes, and camping in canyons. I had

the experience of learning how to cultivate plants at

the same time that I was realizing that time outdoors

was empowering, energizing and even necessary for

mental health.

After returning to the United States, I received my

Wilderness First Responder certification, which

teaches you how to provide first aid in situations

when you are far from medical care. I

learned how to diagnose and treat

common injuries and illnesses that

occur in the backcountry using

traditional medicine. I learned

how to set bones, fashion

splints out of whatever is

available, and treat common

illnesses. Plant remedies,

however, were not taught.

This seemed like a glaring

oversight, as common plants

could be all you have available

in such a situation.

I began working as a field guide for a

wilderness therapy company in Oregon

in 2016, and it was while there that I truly

learned the therapeutic value of nature. It was a

trauma-based program that treated teenagers and

young adults who were struggling with myriad

issues: addiction, depression, attachment disorders

and countless other issues stemming from trauma.

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Our students camped in the wilderness around

Bend for an average of three months at a time without

ever going inside. I spent more time sleeping in

a tent than in my own bed for the two years I spent

in Oregon. We carried water, food, cooking utensils,

hatchets, saws, tents, and everything else we

needed to survive in the Oregon wilderness on our

backs. Winter was the most challenging season,

but also the most rewarding. Layover days when

we weren’t hiking to our next campsite were spent

gathering downed branches, processing them for

firewood, cooking group meals and boiling water

over campfires. When our students were feeling

lost, we told them to look to nature for examples of

how to live. Our job was just to keep our students

safe while nature did its healing work.

After getting chilblains on a particularly cold shift,

I started to experience shooting pains whenever

my toes warmed up. This went on for months, and

I tried everything I could find. Finally, I went to

a botanica in San Antonio and explained my cold

injury in Spanish to the woman working behind the

counter. She recommended soaking my feet in arnica

flowers steeped in hot water. I was willing to

try anything, and to my shock, the pain went away

within a few days (although I still can’t feel the tips

of my big toes to this day). I realized that plant

medicine isn’t just a weak substitute for modern

medicine. They have powerful constituents that

can be very effective when used correctly. In fact,

plants often provide the active compounds in many

medications.

Plants became my favorite source of nature metaphors

to help struggling students. We worked in

Ponderosa Pine forests around Bend that depend

on wildfires for their overall health. Their jigsaw-puzzle

bark is thick and fire resistant, and

they sprout after wildfires. There is so much to

learn from this tree’s adaption to fire, which feels

destructive in the moment but is serving a necessary

function for the good of the ecosystem when

allowed to run its course.

Because they can’t run away from predators or

get in the shade when they’re too hot, plants have

had to develop incredible adaptations in order to

play the hand that’s dealt them. They are survival

geniuses, and over time, humans have learned how

to harness these adaptions as medicine. We pass

down remedies and recipes, building on the knowledge

of our ancestors to extract the constituents

from the plant that will benefit us. Take Aloe Vera,

a staple of our regional gardens. This plant survives

in the desert, and so naturally it has adapted

to withstand harsh sunlight. It is no wonder, then,

that it is so effective at soothing sunburns and

other minor burns.

Anyone who has ever taken a wilderness first aid

course has probably been told that there is no cure

for altitude sickness except to trek back down to

where you came from. If you’ve ever gone for a

high-altitude hike in the Andes of Peru, however,

you will know that it’s common practice for your

guide to provide coca tea to help you acclimate.

Again, it is no coincidence that this plant grows at

high altitude and also provides its cure. It is the

plant’s own will to survive that we benefit from to

improve our own health.

All of my experiences with nature, first aid, teaching

and gardening came together at the Cibolo, and

we are able to address so many facets of wellness

through our educational programs at Herff Farm.

I have the incredible opportunity to teach both

children and adults about the healing power of

nature, whether we are learning about edible and

medicinal native plants along our trails, making

first aid salves from the cultivated herbs and plants

of the one-acre Teaching Garden, or learning how

to grow our own healthy, organic food. We practice

mindfulness as we walk through the forest, listening

to the birds and the rushing creek and living

entirely in the present moment while we are here.

There is so much to learn from nature, and so many

alternative methods for staying healthy to be found

growing all around us.

Ronnie and Paula are the owners of

Nature’s Presence. They purchased

Nature’s Presence on March 1, 2017.

In 2014, Ronnie and Paula moved to

Boerne from their home in Celeste, a

small town northeast of Dallas, after

Ronnie accepted a job offer with Axeon

Specialty Products in San Antonio. They

did not plan for the move to be permanent,

but they fell in love with the area

and stayed when Ronnie retired. Ronnie

and Paula love to exercise and pursue

healthy lifestyles. The purchase of

Nature’s Presence was the perfect opportunity

for them to personalize a local

business to help others live happy and

healthy. Their mission is to help educate

people and help them live healthy,

fulfilling lives by providing the highest

quality natural supplements and wellness

products and sharing their expertise

with the community.

Ronnie received his Juris Doctorate degree

from Texas Tech University School

of Law, and has practiced law for more

than 30 years with over 20 years of experience

as an inhouse General Counsel.

Paula is a former educator. She spent

20 years in education in various capacities.

She was an elementary teacher

for nine years and then transitioned into

administration, serving as junior high

principal, curriculum director, and then

ending her career as an elementary principal.

She received Bachelor’s and Master’s

Degrees in Education from Texas

A&M Commerce and has a mid-management

certificate.

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| SPIRITUAL |

Wandering as a

Spiritual Practice

By Donna Smith Martin

For as long as I can remember, one

of my favorite poems has been

Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken.

Sometimes it seems the theme

running through my entire life can be

summed up in its final statement:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

This is especially true when it comes to my

spiritual journey. As each metaphorical fork

in the road appears, the voices in my head

arising from my upbringing and conditioning

caution, “Take the well-trodden path. Follow in

the footsteps of the conventional crowd. Be safe.

Be comfortable.” But these programmed voices are

countered by a still small voice deep within my heart

that whispers, “Take a risk. Try something different.

Trust. Life is an adventure to be explored and

savored.”

Now lest you think I am a daredevil, you should

know most people consider me a down-to-earth,

logical, methodical sort of soul. More often than not

in my life, reason wins out over risk. Nonetheless,

in my heart, I am a wanderer. The road less traveled

beckons me to explore its potential and mystery, to

lean into its unpredictable charms and challenges.

I consider its beckoning a kind of sacred calling, an

invitation to walk in relationship and trust with

the Divine, opening myself to new discoveries and

insights.

An oft-used metaphor for the spiritual life over

time is a journey. Likewise, the person pursuing (or

undergoing) spiritual growth is known as a pilgrim.

The use of the journey metaphor implies there is a

path, a way, or a road that has a beginning and an

end. For the literal pilgrim, that end or destination is

typically a holy or sacred place (like Mecca or Jerusalem).

But as any true spiritual pilgrim will tell you, it

is the journey itself and not the destination that has

the power to transform. Because it is by walking the

path, replete with unexpected encounters, joys, and

trials, coupled with commitment and perseverance,

that shapes and molds the pilgrim more than the

journey’s end.

Enter the wanderer, a special kind of pilgrim. The

spiritual wanderer may or may not have a specific

destination in mind. Their primary focus from start

to finish (if there is a finish) is to BE on the journey

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– fully present, acutely attentive to each experience,

listening for inner guidance and direction. The wandering

pilgrim trusts that sought-for truth will be revealed,

wisdom will be gained, and spiritual healing

will be received in the measure divinely appropriate

for a given place, time, and/or situation.

There have been many holy wanderers from various

religions across time, men and women determined

to seek and find direction and connection on the

spiritual journey. But one specific type of wandering

known as peregrinatio has always fascinated me. In

the Celtic monastic tradition, Irish monks did their

wandering in small boats known as coracles. Without

oar, rudder, or sail, they embarked on their journey,

letting the winds and currents carry them in

their little vessels to an unknown destination. They

trusted they would land where they were meant to

be; their next place of service was found by letting

the Divine take the lead.

Of this particular type of holy wandering, Christine

Valters-Painter of Abbey of the Arts says, “In this

profound practice, God becomes both destination

and way, companion and guiding force. God is

in the call to the journey, unfolding of the journey,

and greets us at the end of the journey.” (See

Abbey of the Arts blog dated 4-26-2015 at https://

abbeyofthearts.com/blog/2015/04/26/wandering-for-the-love-of-god-shepard-pilgrimage-of-resurrection-through-creative-practice-a-love-note/)

Truly these monks were prime examples of the J.

R. R. Tolkien quote "Not all who wander are lost."

They may not have known where they were going,

but they were wandering with intention by faith.

They always knew where they were….in God’s

hands.

This brings me to wandering as a spiritual practice,

which could also be called “getting lost on purpose”.

Although I, for one, don’t plan to get into a

boat and drift to an unspecified destination, there

are other less frightening (or dangerous) ways to

engage in experimental wandering. For instance:

taking a different route on your morning walk or

way to work, making a new dish without a recipe,

creating artwork utilizing a new medium (i.e. if you

are a painter, try clay), finding a new way to pray or

meditate, or going for walk in a new setting – a park,

a forest, the beach, alongside a creek. As you wander,

notice how you feel in this unfamiliar territory. Is

there something new to discover about your surroundings

or yourself? Does your literal or figurative

walkabout change the way you see things? Do these

new surroundings provide you with inspiration or

experiences you might not have had otherwise?

Yes, there is something to be said for wandering

on purpose as a spiritual practice and I am not the

only one who feels that way. Barbara Brown Taylor


| SPIRITUAL |

devotes a whole chapter to “The Practice of Getting

Lost” in her book An Altar in the World. Some of the

challenges she cites for this practice include: getting

out of your comfort zone and allowing yourself to be

vulnerable, containing panic when you are in unfamiliar

territory, and having to depend on others (or

the Divine Inner Other) for direction. Some of the

benefits she mentions are discovering new things

about the world, others, and yourself; finding freedom

and inspiration through exposure to different

environments or techniques; learning how to be resourceful;

and developing trust in something beyond

your reasoning mind – your Inner Wisdom, intuition,

the Holy Spirit, God.

In addition to providing the challenges and benefits

of “getting lost”, Brown Taylor also contends holy

wandering builds spiritual muscle memory for the

times when, rather than by choice, you find yourself

lost in a metaphorical wilderness due to a loss - the

death of a loved one, joblessness, betrayal, sudden

illness or injury. In other words, intentional wandering

prepares you to navigate times when the

landscape of life, as you know it, becomes unrecognizable.

In such times she asserts, the choice to

wander becomes a matter of consent rather than

initiative.

I can attest to the soul growth acquired through both

varieties of wandering. For example, on several occasions,

I have visited Lebh Shomea, a retreat center

in South Texas near the King Ranch. Once a working

cattle ranch, it is now a House of Prayer operated

by the Oblates. The ambiance of Lebh Shomea alone

is enough to let you know you have entered another

world. Saturated in the sacred, it has an entirely

different vibe and routine than normal everyday life.

Retreatants are expected to maintain silence (except

for one hour on Sunday) and attend daily morning

worship as means of deepening connection to the

holy through solitude, nature, and prayer.

Several unfamiliar aspects of my stays at Lebh

Shomea contributed to my road-less-traveled experiences,

such as: keeping silent when my natural

inclination is to talk, attending Catholic services

though raised a Protestant, and walking “the wilderness

trail” where I encountered javelina, wild pigs,

nilgai, and snakes. All of these things added to my

holy wandering, as did the silence and solitude found

in my room, the library, and secluded sanctuaries set

aside for prayer. I came home a different person each

time I traveled to Lebh Shomea. Yes, I was at least

temporarily more relaxed and at a peace, but I was

also more deeply connected to the Divine within,

a feeling that remained with me as I reentered the

familiar territory of home, family, and work.

Of course, I have also been involuntarily thrown

into the wilderness by life circumstances, seemingly

left alone to wander, feeling hopelessly lost. I

am, in fact, in such a place at present. Two months

ago my husband and I found it necessary to move

into an independent living facility due to his deteriorating

health and medical needs. This is not

where I expected to be at the age of 65. I find myself

a stranger in a strange land – a mature, able-bodied

woman of sound mind (most of the time) in the midst

of octogenarians and nonagenarians, walkers and

wheelchairs, hearing aids and memory loss. There is

nothing wrong with any of this or any of the people

here; it is just unknown territory I did not expect to

encounter this early in life.

Regardless, I am amazed at the similarities between

my responses to intentional wandering and that of

the involuntary variety. As I try to find my footing, I

notice my resistance to the unfamiliar, my fear and

moments of panic related to aging, and the emotional

vulnerability that arises from not being in control of

my life. Consent to feeling lost and patiently waiting

for direction to be provided have become necessary

tools in my spiritual toolkit. Additionally, I try to

go into each day with a sense of adventure, exploring

my new surroundings (both the facility and the

neighborhood), trying new activities, stretching

myself mentally, physically, and spiritually all while

discovering new people and their incredible stories.

Although I am not yet in my comfort zone, I am getting

there and I can see how intentionally choosing

some roads less traveled in the past has helped me to

wander in this present wilderness with a trust and

peace that I do not feel would otherwise be possible.

Moreover, I think my future self will thank my present

self for hanging in there when the way forward

was not so well defined. Sometimes that is just the

way spiritual growth works – mysteriously, paradoxically,

slowly.

There is a saying familiar to many in some spiritual

circles: “as within, so without”, meaning whatever is

going on internally will manifest itself externally in

some way. But I have found the opposite to be true

also: as without, so within. External spiritual practices

done with intention and openness can change

our inner landscape. Such has been the case for me in

regards to consciously taking the road less traveled.

Wandering as a spiritual practice has shaped my soul

and in the shaping has provided me with the experiences,

inner resources, and resilience to navigate

some unexpected wilderness wandering. I hope that

my experience and this information will tempt you to

try wandering as a spiritual practice too.

Peace on the journey!

Rev. Donna Smith Martin is a

retired elder in the United Methodist

Church and a certified Spiritual Director.

Although her spiritual orientation

is Christian, she understands its

heritage and beliefs as the specific

sacred lens through which she views

a more encompassing spiritual reality.

Rev. Martin honors the sacred in all

people and faith traditions and companions

individuals from a variety of

spiritual backgrounds. She also feels

a special calling to work with those

who want to know more about Jesus

the Christ but struggle with the institutional

church and/or its doctrines.

For more information about her

services, visit her website

donnasmithmartin.com.

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| HYPNOSIS |

By Jackie Arnold

Healing with

Hypnosis

A PERSONAL JOURNEY

For years, like many of you, “hypnotism” has been relegated

to carnival acts or comedy clubs. The swaying chain watch,

the droning voice saying “You are becoming sleepy” and all

that. It’s certainly not a clinical, professional niche of psychotherapy,

right?

I recently volunteered to be treated with hypnotism by local

professional hypnotist, Helene Gross, and I thought readers

might appreciate a skeptic’s retelling of the experience.

Nervously, we sat in her studio with a

large massage bed. We spent a considerable

amount of time just explaining

some of my struggles and the obstacles I

feel have interfered with my life. She didn’t spend

a lot of time with long-winded questions about my

past, but rather “How do you feel about this situation

today?” which I appreciated. Nobody wants

to spend 2 hours just bringing the listener up to

current day.

She had me get comfortable on the table, close my

eyes, and breathe deeply. Her voice, with a quiet

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and monotonous tone, began to relax me further

and further. Focusing on different parts of my

body at a time, I was aware that I was drifting

more and more to a relaxed state.

I don’t want to explain too many of the specific

steps that Gross uses as she guides you through

the process for fear that I might mischaracterize

them or make them sound silly, but she visually

begins to walk you through a bit of a “journey”

through your life in an attempt to identify key

moments and begin to process them.

A few moments here and there I realized that I

was answering her questions about “What do you

feel?” or “Can you see where you are when this

happened?” and I responded as if we were having

a normal conversation. At no point did I feel out of

control or as if I was drugged or that I was under

a spell or any other state that one might think

possible when viewing hypnotism on a TV comedy

show.

A few times I realized that there were tears running

down my face, but not in pain or fear…just in

emotion. Mostly good emotion. I was processing

emotions that had festered in my life for a lifetime

and I was just now fully allowing those emotions

to wash over and through me as I held onto what I

needed to, and released much of the toxic portions

that have been holding me back.

At one point I realized that she began to sort of

“talk me back to the surface” and I listened and

dreamed a bit and was relaxed, yet tired simply

from the exercise. Ultimately, I rose higher and

higher back to my consciousness, until she finally

said “Ok, and how do you feel?”

I sort of nervously giggled and said “Wow, that

was…intense” and she said “Oh my dear, you did

wonderful.” We debriefed a little about the experience,

and she helped me make sense of what I described

for her during my experience. We spent a

good hour talking through the visual and auditory

remnants I could remember, and she was knowledgeable

and professional and was able to help me

fully understand what my brain and my heart had

been through.

There’s a lot more to this process that I’m not

explaining, but only because I believe that each

person’s experience is quite unique based on circumstances.

What I did and what she guided me

through might be entirely different for you and

your situation. I can, however, tell you that upon

completion I giggled nervously at one point and

said “That was one of the most powerful things

I’ve ever done. I absolutely need to do this again!”

and she was gracious and encouraged me to return.

She again told me that I had done a great job

and I said “I can’t believe we covered so much in

20 minutes!”

She said “My dear, we were working for over two

hours.”

For more information on Helene Gross,

go to mydivineconnexion.com

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| VITAMINS |

By: Shannon Sartor Livingston, MD

IV Vitamin

Therapy

Intravenous (IV) therapy is a way to receive healing vitamins, minerals, nutrients,

saline (fluids) and medications directly into the body through a peripheral

vein. IV therapy is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world for

aiding in boosting the immune system, increasing nutrient levels, correcting

dehydration, combating infections, healthier skin and much more. It can even

be a great cure for hangovers after a fun night out with friends and drinks!

The first IV vitamin

drips were

developed and

administered by

Dr. John Myers in the 1970s.

His research led to the popular

Myers’ Cocktail. These

types of infusions generally

take anywhere from 20 minutes

to an hour and take place within

a medical office with a licensed

medical professional observing the

infusion. People receiving IV vitamin

therapy can receive much higher

concentrations of the vitamins than

when taken orally. Interestingly, there

are many reports of septic systems being

clogged by completely undigested oral

vitamins still in their original form. Yes,

there are many OTC oral vitamins out there

that look great on the label but are not able

to be broken down and absorbed in our bodies

at all. When people take vitamins orally, they

must go through the gastric system/digestion

process which naturally dilutes the nutrients. Of

the vitamins that our bodies can break down, we

only absorb about 50% at best of the vitamins and

minerals. Whereas with IV vitamin therapy, we

receive upwards of 90% of the vitamin and nutrients

directly into their blood stream.

Today, doctors are seeing an increase of patients

suffering from high stress, anxiety, busy schedules,

and an overload of work causing physical exhaustion,

lack of sleep, mental fatigue and brain fog.

These stressful lifestyles lead patients to not drink

enough water and choose poor dietary meals (i.e.

fast food), especially after a long day at work. An IV

vitamin infusion is a great option to keep a person

hydrated and obtain the proper nutrients needed to

stay healthy.

With a variety of vitamin

and nutrient cocktails

available, IV vitamin

therapy has shown to:

Boost your immune system

Increase your energy level

Help with weight loss

Improve recovery time and reduce

symptoms from infections

Relieve seasonal allergy symptoms

Mitigate chronic and acute pain

throughout the body

Increase your fitness performance and

recovery

Boost your libido

Enhance your focus

Improve your complexion

Detox your body

Treat hangovers/dehydration

Alleviate acute migraines

Reduce chronic cough

Boost sexual performance

Help with anxiety, depression

Promote better cardiovascular health

Relieve muscle cramps

Lessen pain with intercourse

Correct heat exhaustion

Hasten healing from burns

Improve sun burns faster

Promote better sleep

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IV therapy provides a quick and efficient way to

infuse the body with the nutrients it needs to

replenish itself and operate at peak efficiency. It

also aids the immune system which has never been

more important than now with the current Covid-

19 pandemic. Patient’s immune systems naturally

weaken with age, stress, and poor diet. IV vitamin

therapy helps to combat viral, bacterial and fungal

infections, therefore improving recovery time.

The nutrients, minerals and antioxidants available

through IV treatments have been shown to be

clearly visible from the appearance of a person’s

complexion. IV hydration immediately improves

skin tone and suppleness, especially in dry skin

that has been damaged by sun exposure. Along with

visible improvements in the skin, IV vitamin therapy

can improve sunken eyes and dark areas under

the eyes. It can also give you fuller appearing lips.

Nails and hair can become stronger, with increased

sheen.

You should be cautious when choosing an IV therapy

provider as some vitamins and minerals can be

extremely harmful to people with certain medical

conditions. Many IV clinics and mobile units operate

on a “one size fits all” basis regarding vitamin

therapies. For example, a patient with kidney

problems, heart conditions or diabetes can wind

up in the hospital if given certain or too much of a

vitamin or mineral. Some medical conditions will

worsen rapidly with too much IV fluids.

Some IV therapy clinics do not provide vitamin

dosages high enough to treat the problem at hand

due to their drive to keep costs low. Some may give

everyone only 1,000 to 5,000 mg of IV vitamin C

which you could just take by mouth in pill form.

More importantly, this dosage may not be enough to

be effective for the disease process you are treating.

It takes significantly higher doses of vitamin C

than above to kill viruses and bacteria. If you are

fighting an infection like Covid-19, it is absolutely

crucial to get the correct dosage of vitamin C to help

lower the viral load in your body but not harm your

kidneys or other organs.

As a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, I

prescribe vitamin infusion therapy to most of my

patients. Many of them use vitamin IV therapy as

an ongoing part of their health and wellness regime.

I recommend receiving vitamin IV therapy under a

licensed and experienced physician who will ensure

the appropriate dosage, mixture, and delivery of

vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are effective

and SAFE for your body and medical conditions to

achieve your health and wellness goals.

For more information go to

www.LWFMboerne.com

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