“Holistic,” you say? Isn’t that another word for half-baked?
Well, let me give you the whole story about “holistic” and tell you why the Family Y is where you should be on Saturday, May 18, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Whether you realize it or not, we all (yes, that is ALL of us) prescribe to holistic health. It is the concept that all aspects of our needs, including psychological, physical and social, be taken into account and seen as a whole.
Do any of you NOT want to be seen as a whole person? So, to keep that “whole you” functioning properly, healthily, and happily … spend a couple of hours at the Y’s first-ever Holistic Health Day next Saturday and address some of these really important parts of you!
Here’s a rundown of the special activities planned for the day. For complete details, just click here.
ACUPUNCTURE: If you’re saying “ick, needles!” — I get it. But speak to my ultra-conservative, 87-year-old father-in-law who used to believe anything but western medicine was voodoo. He is a changed man because of these tiny needles (which, by the way, do not hurt). After suffering with arthritic joint pain in his hands for years, he tried acupuncture and it did the trick.
From 10:30 am – 2:30 pm – Experience an acupuncture treatment with Judith Woolfe, licensed and certified specialist. Tell her where it hurts or let her discover the areas of discomfort. Headaches, backaches, allergies, joint pain, etc. will be relieved.
TAI CHI: Don’t let the fact that Tai Chi is one of the martial arts scare you. You will not be breaking bricks or throwing kicks into the air. What you will be doing is slow-motion, low-impact “meditation in motion.”
10:30 – 11:30 – am – Join instructor Peter DiGrazia in learning how to breathe through the diaphragm and getting some of the benefits of yoga without the extended stretching and bending.
QIGONG: Now, who doesn’t want more “intrinsic life energy?” I’m serious. Qigong is widely practiced in China, and the belief is that in cultivating and balancing your “qi,” which affects the mind, body and spirit, you will maintain health and longevity. Join in this class and learn fluid movement, rhythmic breathing, increased awareness and hopefully a feeling of calm.
11:30 – 12:30 pm – Let Michelle Quigley take you through the self-healing techniques of Qigong and find your very own “qi.”
CHINESE INTERNAL HEALING EXERCISE: You might ask yourself, how does one follow acupuncture, tai chi and qigong? I have an answer for you … explore these exercises, which purport to heal, reduce stress and expel toxins from the body.
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Randy Kirik will lead you through this healing method. He has maintained a private practice for the past ten years in traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
MEDITATION: At this juncture, having experienced at least one of the aforementioned disciplines, exercises or philosophies, you are ready to meditate.
1:30 – 2:30 pm – Lower your levels of stress and anxiety, relax, improve your focus and concentration with Y yoga instructor Matan Cohen-Citron.
In between all this healthy balancing and energy gathering…don’t forget to drop by ROBIN’S HEALING KITCHEN (11:30 – 1:30 pm) and DAVID’S TEA (11 – 2 PM) for some great sustenance to keep you going. Robin Polin will help you discover some wonderful tasting food that is as healthy as it is yummy. Proper nutrition is the basis of optimum health and well -being. Sample some of David’s hot or cold teas; an amazing array of flavors.
I hope you take advantage of this really special day. I guarantee that you will feel like a “whole” new person when you leave the Y after Holistic Health Day. To learn more, you can also touch base with Shelley Moll, our Health & Wellness Director, by calling 203-226-8981 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.