RVA Massage Therapist Collaborative

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When

Thursday, July 31st / 7:30 to 8:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Host

Kiara Fuentes, a local Certified Massage Therapist, owner of Massages by Kiara and a graduate of the Institute of Massage Therapies.

Description

RVA Massage Therapist Collaborative is a forum for MTs and bodyworkers to create a collaborative community where we can share business and marketing strategies, as well as, techniques and modalities in a safe, respectful environment. This forum is not just about networking, but about building a community that allows us to learn from each other and share our knowledge and experiences. Please bring tables/linens, business cards and a community building spirit. For more info please contact massagesbykiara@gmail.com.

Suggested donation

$5.00 (cash at the door)

Capacity

40

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There is limited seating/availability for all classes and events and you must register ahead of time.

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Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

A Love Story: Reconnecting with Fitness

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When

Wednesday, July 30th / 7:30 to 8:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Christopher Coleman

Chris is a Sports Medicine professional and Certified Personal Trainer with a degree from Averett University, where he was able to participate in college athletics and work under one of the leading movement specialist in the preventative medicine field. He has experience as a rehab technician where he worked along side Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapists, and his professional experience varies from advanced strength and conditioning to low impact rehabilitation programs. He has most recently created the in-home fitness program to  create a training regimen that works for all fitness levels and that offers enough variety to accommodate anyone’s goals, from fat loss to muscle gain, that is user, budget, and time friendly!

Description

Is your relationship with fitness on the rocks? Have you have fallen out of love with working out, or maybe you were never in love from the start?

Chris Coleman will help you rekindle your relationship with fitness in a manageable, obtainable way in this educational and interactive seminar! By giving you information on the importance of exercise and its importance to both health and injury prevention, you’ll get a feel for his unique perspective on at home training (and why you don’t need an expensive membership to a fancy gym to get fit!) Plus, participants will experience his techniques first-hand as you join in various exercises.

Chris asks that participants come in fitness attire and bring plenty of enthusiasm! (All levels are welcome & encouraged, and participation in physical activities is not required to attend and learn.)

Cost

FREE!

Capacity

25

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There is limited availability for all classes and events and you must register ahead of time.

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Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Reinvent Yourself with Inspired Action

WEEKLY WISDOM - REINVENT YOURSELF W. INSPIRED ACTION

Tuesday Evenings  //  July 29th & August 5th  //  6:30-8:35PM 

$15 Per Night  //  Come to ONE or Come to BOTH

Feeling Robbed of Inner Peace?

The demands of daily life can be tough.

Many seem to be coping with overburdened schedules, sleep deprivation, mounting bills, uninspired relationships, and lack of daily joy.

Yet life continues happen, with or without us…

Life.

Does.

Not.

Have.

To.

Be.

This.

Way.

Every conflict presents a profound gift, providing us with a clear opportunity to restore joy and inner peace; to live with greater purpose, passion and love.

We are not here to simply survive but to thrive.

Walk away with 4 steps to reinvent yourself through a life of inspired action, starting now!

We cannot get back lost time from the past, but we can make the best of our time now.

For more information visit Denise’s website here. 

Can we be too conscious about what we eat?

Last week, I made a harmless, leisurely visit to my local Barnes & Noble for some book perusing, coffee sipping and secret inspirational gems. I don’t often venture out of the (Historical) Fiction/Biography/History section, but I thought, ‘what the heck’, to the health section I’ll go!

Holy cow.

I was immediately overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information in this massive section. Everything from southern barbecue cookbooks, to vegan pledges, to Michael Pollan wisdom, to how plants are killing us all, to the spread of hidden disease, to how to raise your children the “right and healthy”way. I mean, I have a pretty solid head on my shoulders regarding health and wellness and I was completely overwhelmed. And this is just at the bookstore. Multiply that by like 10,000 and you’ve got the online blizzard of semi-credible food and health advice accessible to everyone in their living room.

So this got me to thinking, how does someone with little to no nutritional or health training sort through all of this and find the real gems? I talk to dozens of people every week about this very thing, and there is often a common thread for each one of them:

Finding balance in their health is the most important thing.

There is a fine line between not making enough change and making too much change. When it comes to food, I’ve known a few people to go just a little overboard, resulting in an unfortunate bout of something called Orthorexia. This is a relatively new phenomenon and something I’ve seen my whole life but never knew there was actually a name for. Orthorexia is the term for folks that take dieting and food perfection to the extreme – obsessively looking for the purist, highest quality food and fixating their dieting strategies on things that are exclusively “pure”. Unlike other food imbalances, orthorexia is a fixation of quality of food instead of quantity.

From my experience, going overboard on food fixations is generally fueled by fear (of health consequences), misinformation (about what food does in the body) and rigidity (of making “bad”choices about their food). I can totally understand this – and here’s why:

  1. Fear: Health “professionals”online and in books often like to use scare tactics to get people to start their patented diet (like this absurd website, for example). They know that some health conscious people are often going to have a knee-jerk reaction to strong health language and fear that if they don’t make these changes right away, something horrible will happen to their health. (As an added bonus – check out this video from my friend and nutrition professor, Camille Freeman, on how to intelligently analyze websites like this.)
  2. Misinformation: The above website is a clear example of misinformation. What also happens when you google or search for health advice is conflicting information like this and this. There is an abundance of information out there to both promote and negate every single diet available. Without a solid informational foundation to stand on, the common person is likely to fall victim to obsessively looking up new information before they truly understand how their body works, and how food influence their body and health. This is the beginning step to making informed choices about health and food.
  3. Rigidity: Have you ever read Surviving Whole Foods? It’s a hilariously accurate look at what it’s like to make a trip to the health food store and be completely judged on your foods. Not only do we deal with the judgements around “we are what we eat”(which I don’t personally agree with), we seem to confine ourselves to a very restrictive set of rules that exclude a ton of foods without adding in other alternatives. I hear all the time “I’ve been bad this week”with food or associated guilt with eating this or that. We’re really losing sight of a bigger picture here.

So what does conscious health balance mean to me?

  1. Being informed and open minded about new health information (and being discerning at the same time).
  2. Asking for help when I feel like I’m struggling or not feeling well
  3. Knowing that community, professional life, personal life, spiritual practice and joyful time is also just as important to health as the food I eat.
  4. Feeling healthy and satisfied at the same time.

If you need some help or direction on how to make the first steps to changing or adding to your health plan, email me to set up a free 30 minute consultation at Ellwood Thompsons on Thursday evenings between 5:00-7:00. Sometimes a gem of perspective can be just the inspiration you need to make small amazing changes!

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

The Rainbow Diet

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When

Wednesday, July 23rd  /  6:30 – 8:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Sue Godwin | Founder and President of The Rainbow Recipe

Sue has been teaching Rainbow locally & regionally for 20 years, and internationally since 2003.

Description

The RAINBOW RECIPE is a universal total package, Wellness – Weight Loss – Wisdom program with natural preventive remedies for the Mind – Spirit – Body.  The RECIPE has three major ingredients: Rainbow Virtues – Rainbow Food – Rainbow Exercise. When practiced daily and especially with the most important, Rainbow Virtues, a signal is sent to the brain that creates a balanced vibration for the cells, glands and organs in the body so they may function at a maximum level. Living the Recipe daily will gradually access the electromagnetic field (also called the superconscious) that opens the door and begins revealing the hidden transcendental knowledge of the universe.

Cost

FREE

Capacity

30

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There is limited seating/availability for all classes and events and you must register ahead of time.

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Questions?

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The Thyroid-Autoimmune Connection

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When

Wednesday, July 16th / 7:00 to 8:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Dr. Ron Herrsche

Dr. Herrsche graduated from Rutgers University in 1971 and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1976. Practicing at Integral Health Services in 1976 to 1980, he worked side-by-side with medical doctors, psychotherapists, homeopaths and nutritionists, which exposed Dr Herrsche early in his career to a wide array of healing modalities – alternative and traditional. He received his Virginia chiropractic license from the Virginia Board of Medicine in 1981 and has been practicing in Virginia for the past 33 years.

Dr Herrsche has a strong post-graduate background in therapeutic nutrition, specializing in natural female hormone balancing, adrenal fatigue, repairing intestinal permeability and safe detoxification protocols. Other areas of expertise are natural thyroid support and health issues related to gluten and the role it can play in autoimmunity disorders of the entire body.

Description

Dr. Ron Herrsche tackles the Thyroid and Autoimmune Connection, and why you may have thyroid symptoms even when your lab tests are normal.

It is common for women to have symptoms of low thyroid function, such as fatigue, difficulty losing weight, thinning hair and bouts of depression, even when their lab test results for hypothyroidism come back normal. Dr Herrsche will explain various reasons why and the action steps you can take to improve it.

Cost

FREE

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There is limited seating for this class so you must register ahead of time.

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Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

JRGBC Luncheon Series: The International Green Construction Code

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When

July 16th  /  12:00 to 1:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Description

Presenter John Dunlap will cover the IGCC including the format and content review. He will discuss IGCC in comparison to the LEED standard and CalGreen regarding structure and content. He will answer such questions as:

  • Is the IGCC at odds with the LEED Rating System?
  • How is the IGCC being adopted?
  • What is down the road for the IGCC?

Cost

$10 to JRGBC members / $25 to non-members

Capacity

25

Register for this JRGBC Richmond Luncheon

There is limited seating, so please register in advance.

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Questions?

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More Face Time (& the Prajnaparadha)

I have to say – I love my job(s).  Everything about them, from the people I work with, to the patients I serve to the herbs I compound and the conferences I attend. There hasn’t been a morning that I can remember where I didn’t want to get out of bed and go to “work”. A big part of this is that I own my own business and I’m in charge of my schedule and daily tasks (for the most part). Of course, being the one-woman-business owner also comes with the paperwork, behind the scenes management rigors, sometimes endless email messages, and increasingly less and less time to get it all done. I easily work 45+ hours a week and take a lot of work home to finish up. About 4 months ago, I realized that an INSANE amount of my day was spent with my face in the computer – answering emails, doing research, patient charting, creating invoices, placing orders, reading blogs…so much so that I started to track it. Actually noticing every 15 minutes where I was and what I was doing with my time. And then I knew something had to change. 

Enter Prajnaparadha. In Ayurveda, the concept of prajnaparadha literally means “an offense against wisdom”or, mistakes in judgement. I see this as innately knowing what is right and knowingly doing the opposite. Obviously, this is a state of major resistance and a primary cause of dis-ease and imbalance. Now, I’ve known about this concept for a few years, and a couple of months ago I started to see this word everywhere. (When it’s time to make a change, the universe just doesn’t let you ignore it). I can take a hint. So I stopped and reassessed.

Once we’re on a roll with our routines, it is extremely difficult to stop and make major (and even minor!) changes to our comfortable habits. But I did, and here’s what I noticed:

  1. What makes me the happiest is spending face time with people, my partner and my cat.
  2. What makes me happiest is being outside, working in the garden, going hiking/camping, seeing my family and exercising my body.
  3. What makes me the happiest is having daily practices and rituals, like yoga, tea and coffee time, meditation and alone time with good books.
  4. What makes me happiest is having time to cook good food from start to finish and sharing it.
  5. What makes me most unhappy is not doing any of these things.

At that point, I was only doing my happiest things when I had 10 or 15 minutes to spare occasionally, maybe three times a week. My time had been so consumed with saying “yes”to too may things and bringing work home that I was knowingly going against my better judgement of allowing time for better balance. So I made the intention to change some things, which was way harder than I thought. I felt I was literally giving myself a kick in the pants to let some things go and start better things. It was seriously alarming how hard it was to change my routine – I had so much ingrained resistance and fear that if I let too many things go, my business would suffer or I would be letting people down somehow. Obviously, upon even a speck of reflection, this was all a story in my head.

So I reassessed again, and here’s what I decided:

  1. I will stop bringing work home with me every night and finish what I can finish at my office. What is left will be for tomorrow. If it builds up, I’m taking on too much. Scale back.
  2. I will become a little more impervious to the expectations of replying by email. I will reply within a week, not within a day (emergencies excluded).
  3. I will keep one weekend every month free and plan absolutely nothing.
  4. I will start working with a personal trainer to build core strength back that I have lost with my (AMAZING) desk job. I want to hike up a mountain again and not feel like my body will crumple under me.
  5. I will spend at least 45 minutes every day reading something awesome that’s not on a computer screen. (Confession – I just started reading Happy Potter and I…can’t…even….SO GOOOD). This 45 minutes has now easily turned into about 2+ hours.
  6. I will put aside some time (be it 5 minutes or 30 minutes) to sit quietly and meditate, drink tea, and be present every morning before I start the day.
  7. (This was the hardest) I will keep my computer closed, in my bag from the second I get home until I go to work the next day. (If it’s something that will be enjoyable and fun, it may make an appearance.) Far less computer time at home. MORE FACE TIME.

So these are major changes that I started about 2-3 months ago, slowly working them into my new routines and rituals. Suddenly, a lot of the things I “didn’t have time for”made their way back into my life like cooking and enjoying meals every night, starting new study programs, movement/yoga practices nearly every day and just being an overall happier and more balanced person. I have never been a “stressed out”person, however I can feel measurably different and lighter knowing that I am not over booking and over working myself.

It’s funny how our culture, today, has openly accepted working overtime, being overloaded with obligations and constantly chained to their devices for quick communication. Sure – they’re a blessing and curse, a convenience and a ball and chain. So many jobs now require people to be available 24/7, accessible at home at all hours and expect email replies within the hour. I hope you all know that we are allowing this to happen. For so many people, it’s wearing them away, causing stress and anxiety and the shunning of otherwise happy, reinvigorating things from their life. Keep in mind the prajnaparadha – what is your truth and what are you doing about it? What is one change you would make in your life if you could (because you CAN!). Even the small things make such a difference.

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

Kicking Bottles, News, & Dust: Book Signing & Talk with Glenn Proctor

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When

Saturday, July 12th / 2:00 to 4:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Speaker

Glenn Proctor | Author, Poet, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Career Advisor

Glenn Proctor retired in 2011 as executive editor, vice president-news for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Beginning at a suburban Philadelphia daily and moving through the ranks at newspapers in Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, New York and New Jersey, Proctor also worked as a reporter for United Press International in Philadelphia, on Capitol Hill as a Congressional press secretary and as editor of the Marine base newspaper at Camp Lejeune, NC.

He shared in the 1987 Pulitzer Prize at the Akron Beacon Journal for coverage of the Goodyear takeover and has won numerous journalism and community service awards. During his tenure in Richmond, his team won the National Headliners Award for Breaking News for coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre and Virginia’s top awards for public service and First Amendment journalism.

From a very young age, Proctor has been a mentor – back then he was called a “know it all” – doling out advice, sharp jabs and life tips to anyone who would listen. A recovering alcoholic, he often didn’t heed his own advice.  But, he found ways to bounce back.

From teaching at Washington and Lee University the semester after his retirement as well as earlier adjunct work at Kent State University and lecturing at Columbia, Northwestern, University of South Carolina and dozens of universities to motivating cadets at the Marine Military Academy in Texas to standing-room only sessions at national journalism conventions, he preaches motivation.

Decades before receiving the National Association of Black Journalists’ Legacy Award in Las Vegas in August 2007, less than six weeks after prostate cancer surgery, Proctor was considered the “mentor’s mentor” by his professional colleagues. Proctor likens his style to castor oil: You don’t like the taste, but if you keep taking it, you’ll feel better.

Proctor is a board member of the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, advisory board member of the Marine Military Academy and Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and is a member of the Executive Council of the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State University.

Description

The author’s life – as a foster kid, single parent, a Marine, a journalist and now as a career and life coach and leadership trainer – has been based on resilience. Having the ability to recover from setbacks and bad decisions and helping others to understand that level of resilience and self-confidence.

Proctor wants others to believe in themselves, believe that they can achieve their dreams at the highest levels, that their best work – and maybe best love – lies ahead. Overcome fear, distractions, naysayers and waiting to work on the future now. Change is good and leading oneself to determine a sound future is possible.

Join him in our Community Room to learn more about his story and partake in the book signing to follow.

Cost

FREE!

Capacity

40

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There is limited seating so please reserve yours ahead of time.

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