by Stacy Fisher-Gunn The word introvert gets tossed around a lot, but it’s often used in a way that portrays people with this personality type as being shy, awkward, snobby, boring, or even arrogant. But the truth is, introverts are largely misunderstood. Merriam-Webster defines an introvert as someone who turns Read the full article…

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by Ben Gichner of Benchmark Legal Legally, you shouldn’t be calling it anything else. From energy balancing to touch and sensation services, more and more people are beginning to find comfort in alternative health services. Even some doctors and licensed professionals are beginning to adopt a more holistic and integrative Read the full article…

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by Nikki Rausch, Sales Maven When’s the last time someone asked you a question that made you stop what you were doing and really think about your answer? You know, one of those big questions that you could easily give a standard response to but instead you decided to dig Read the full article…

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by Lynda Bilo, Referral and Relationship Marketing Wizardess edited by Diana Khoury Networking opportunities are everywhere. Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression, when you meet new business contacts you need to be prepared. If you’re not comfortable in most networking situations, being prepared is even more Read the full article…

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As a wellness professional and someone who likes to help, you direct a lot of your energy to caring for others. If you’re also a parent, spouse, caregiver or the like, these roles too require giving of yourself on a regular basis. Serving others is noble, but as you educate others on the importance of Read the full article…

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So you’re finally ready to design – or redesign – your website. It seems like a big decision. And you don’t know where to start. Here are some questions you can ask to to find the right person to create your website, aka your online portal that represents your business to the world. 1. How Read the full article…

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Some days, owning a small business feels like a struggle. Some days you simply feel alone. In your quest to help others and to make the world a better place, I assure you that the support you need already exists. It’s all around you. Sometimes you need to look for it, Read the full article…

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You love what you do and the solution you offer clients. You truly care. You want to help people and improve the planet. That’s why you got into the wellness industry in the first place. But does helping others mean you have to give your services away in order to be Read the full article…

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The concept of accessibility may never have occurred to you. You might not even know what it is. Accessibility takes many forms and should be an important consideration in how you run your business. Merriam-Webster defines the word accessible as: adjective ac·ces·si·ble \ik-ˈse-sə-bəl, ak-, ek-\ : able to be reached or approached Read the full article…

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by Jennifer Kennett, MA, MBA of Abundant Business Coaching Whether we call it the gremlin, the internal voice, or the itty bitty critic committee, every single one of us has a lunatic in our head. He or she grew out of all the messages we received from infancy from our Read the full article…

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What does your ideal practice look like? Do you know? Have you ever thought about it? If you haven’t, don’t berate yourself. We’re here to help. Whether you are an established practitioner or just starting up, following these simple guidelines will help you to create the foundation for a successful Read the full article…

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When I meet new businesspeople, I make it a practice to ask, “Who’s your ideal client?” Inevitably they reply with, “Pretty much everyone.” Um, no. Everyone is not your ideal client… and that’s why I came up with… Marketing Rule #1: When You Market to Everyone, You Market to No One. Have Read the full article…

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Now that January has arrived, you may have made resolutions for the year ahead. So how can you  follow through with them? What do you want, and are you willing, to create for your future? Your struggles of the past year aren’t automatically wiped away on Jan. 1, but by Read the full article…

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by Diana Khoury At a business conference I attended recently, the keynote speaker declared that an essential ingredient in the recipe for success is balance, as in spending time not working. He specifically mentioned the importance of exercise to counterbalance too much time spent in front of the computer. If Read the full article…

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by Diana Khoury Many of us set intentions, hoping to move our lives to the next level, yet find that our dreams are never realized. Manifestation is about more than setting an intention and waiting for someone to deliver your order on a silver platter. True manifestation requires being clear Read the full article…

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Original article by Rob Foley Adapted by Diana Khoury Do other wellness practitioners in town have websites that get more visitors than yours, but you’re not convinced you need a new one? Are you unsure what makes a ‘great’ website or where to even start? To help determine if your Read the full article…

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It’s frustrating. Your client appointment schedule is finally booked for the week. Your office is ready and you’re mentally prepared for whatever the next patient brings to your table. So you wait…and wait. After 15 minutes you wonder if they’re even coming. After 30 you know they’re probably not. No Read the full article…

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Recently, a colleague of mine attended an all-day business workshop for entrepreneurs. During one of the presentations, the speaker made it a point to make fun of people who still use flip phones. My friend, who was 20 years older than many of the other attendees in the room, looked Read the full article…

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by Karen Rosenzweig of One Smart Cookie Marketing If you’ve ever wondered how to get more “Likes” on your Facebook business page, wanted to earn more comments on your updates, and attract more visitors to your page, today’s post is just for you! Imagine you are a successful business owner with Read the full article…

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If you struggle with being on time in daily life, then being on schedule for your client appointments may also be a challenge. The obvious answer to not being late is to be on time. But reality is not always that simple. People who run late do so for a variety of reasons. Perhaps Read the full article…

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If SEO is important to you, listen up. Next month, Google will be making a major change to the way it ranks its search results. Starting April 21, the search engine will now favor websites that are mobile-responsive, that is, optimized for tablet and smartphone. If your site is not Read the full article…

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Excerpted from “Alternative Health” by Brian Howard Alternative health may one day become a misnomer, as more Americans seek care outside of traditional allopathic methods, i.e., drugs and surgery. The alternative health field is large and multi-faceted, encompassing chiropractic, yoga, homeopathy, herbal remedies, dietary supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy and more. Read the full article…

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I’ve been using and creating websites on the WordPress platform for a while now. I love it and think it’s a great solution for any size of business. WordPress is easy to learn and use, and puts control of your website in your own hands. No more having to pay Read the full article…

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This article was originally written for an audience of bodyworkers, but the principles may be applied to any healthcare professional. Did you ever notice how much your clients don’t know about what’s going on in their own bodies? Once, after one of my clients had surgery, I asked her, “What Read the full article…

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I really enjoy exercising but I don’t like weight training. I’ve often wondered if yoga “counts” as weight-based resistance training, and have had several debates with a personal trainer on the subject. While doing some research, I was happy to discover the answer is yes(!), yoga does count as resistance Read the full article…

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An interesting article about how the healthcare industry is using gaming to empower patients to take responsibility for their health: Employing gamification will help tackle one of the biggest problems in health care: patient adherence. Getting people to take better care of themselves means they should take their medications as Read the full article…

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Reflexology Research Grant: Michigan State University by Barbara Brower In 2005 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Michigan State University (MSU Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan) a grant for $3.1 million to study“The Effects Of Reflexology On Women With Breast Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy.” It was the largest and the Read the full article…

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PTSD is not Just Everyday Stress: Reset the Body Through Reflexology by Paula S. Stone Acute, sustained stress erodes the very fabric of our being, while acute trauma can tear it. Whether prolonged or sudden, traumatic life experiences wound a person in body, emotions, mind and soul, and can result Read the full article…

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Research studies confirm the effectiveness of reflexology for supporting post-operative recovery. “Researchers note the value of reflexology post surgically: speeding recovery time; adding to nursing interventions to ease pain when medication alone is not enough, as well as easing anxiety.” Reflexology can also have a positive financial impact: reducing the Read the full article…

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Our feet are home to literally thousands of nerve endings and almost seventy acupuncture points, which is why foot reflexology is so effective. By massaging and stimulating specific areas on the soles of our feet, we can provide general support for our entire body, improve sleep patterns, increase physical and Read the full article…

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A large number of foot spas have opened up recently around the Northwest, offering reflexology for dirt cheap. To our dismay, the Washington Reflexology Association (WRA) has learned that some of these foot spas are actually a front for human trafficking, prostitution and indentured servitude (modern day slavery). In addition, Read the full article…

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It’s only the 10th, and so far April has been an intense month. I’ve had two special people from my life die over the past week. One was 19 years old, the other in her 70s. My heart is saddened by their passing. These deaths have caused me to reflect Read the full article…

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Reflexology was featured on the Dr Oz show today. I’m always amazed at how many people have never heard of reflexology, let alone tried it. Dr Oz has always recognized and endorsed reflexology as a tool for stress relief, and it’s great that he’s helping to bring it national attention. Read the full article…

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Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed… It’s January and I have long list of what needs to get done, what I’m working on, what isn’t getting done, what’s to come, etc. With all of the people and things crowding my plate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But I’ve come up with Read the full article…

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We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” But have you ever really thought about that? I’ve found it to be true.  When you eat highly processed and fast food, you – well, you don’t feel fast. Generally you feel sluggish, irritable, and hungry again in an inevitably Read the full article…

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Despite his grumpiness and impatience, Shrek is a very wise being. Take, for example, this conversation (which I nicked from IMDB.com): Shrek: For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think. Donkey: Example? Shrek: Example… uh… ogres are like onions! [holds up an onion, which Donkey sniffs] Read the full article…

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The colors of fall seem ever more striking this year. Each tree possesses a spectrum of green, yellow, orange, red, maroon, brown and everything in between. I used to think trees were just one color. When I began taking a watercolor painting class, that all changed. My view of nature Read the full article…

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Last week, Dr Jill Bolte Taylor was in Seattle to speak about her book, My Stroke of Insight. Taylor, a neuroscientist, suffered a debilitating stroke, then after months of hard work and persistence, was able to make a full recovery. The book is about her experience and the lessons she Read the full article…

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I love re-watching episodes of the classic 70s TV show Kung Fu. The main character, Kwai Chang Caine, is a half-American, half-Chinese Kung Fu master trained in China. He comes to America and ventures through the Wild West in search of his brother. Caine’s only weapons are his physical and Read the full article…

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Today’s world is so fast-paced, it’s easy to feel exhausted just trying to keep up. If we’re always in g0-go-go mode, the body is constantly using its “fight or flight” survival resources, and doesn’t have a chance to recharge. Too much time spent in this state can compromise your mental Read the full article…

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We’ve all set goals and reached some, and not others. Why is it that some goals are easier to pursue and achieve? Maybe it’s the way we think about them. For example, you set a general goal to be healthier. More specifically, you want to lose weight. You set a Read the full article…

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It is easy to think, “when I eat better or lose weight or [fill in the blank], I will be healthy.” As a health practitioner for the past 9 years, I’ve come to realize that health is a process, not a destination. When we’re focused on wellness, we set goals Read the full article…

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When talking to friends or colleagues, how often do you hear stories of other peoples’ life dramas (“My friend’s brother had this roommate…”)? If the story is really engaging, we may be inclined to pass it on. Usually we don’t know the people involved and have no direct connection to Read the full article…

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My friend Tony recently said, “All the people I know who regularly spend time in nature are well-balanced human beings.” I thought about this and have to admit I agree with him. Spending time in nature – walking, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, boating, or just hanging out at the Read the full article…

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When my friend Sheila was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer at age 38, she sought reflexology as a complement to traditional cancer treatment. She reflects, “Amidst a whirlwind of MRI scans, doctors’ appointments, chemotherapy treatments and radiation, I found an oasis in reflexology – an hour in my week of Read the full article…

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A public reflexology path has been installed outside the entrance to the newly-renovated Lynnwood Recreation Center. The path is intended as an interactive wellness tool as well as a beautiful art piece for the community. Funded by the City of Lynnwood, this is the first public reflexology path located in Read the full article…

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Breath is essential to life, and breathing properly is essential to good health. Stress causes breath to become shallow, changing normal breathing patterns. This shallow, upper chest breathing significantly increases the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled by the body, and literally changes the body’s chemistry.  The result is a domino Read the full article…

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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders every year. Problems range from mild to chronic and include insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and other, less common conditions. An article from Bastyr University states that “Adults worldwide appear to be chronically Read the full article…

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Hormones are chemical messengers that influence nearly every cell, organ, and function of the human body.  When hormones are out of balance, the body’s essential functions can be significantly affected. The result may be sleep problems, slow metabolism, moodiness, low energy level, irregular menstrual cycle, hot flashes, sexual dysfunction and Read the full article…

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Do you frequently have pain or tension in your neck? Often this condition is caused by everyday stress. Stress creates an imbalance in the internal environment of the body and disturbs its normal functioning. Since 7 of the body’s major systems pass through the neck*, it is no wonder that Read the full article…

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How’s your circulation? Poor or constricted circulation may be the result of tight muscles or of a medical condition such as Diabetes. When a muscle area tightens up, blood and oxygen flow become restricted to that area of the body. The resulting pain or tension in your neck, shoulders, low Read the full article…

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There is a high likelihood that you, like a large percentage of the general population, will experience some form of lower back pain during your adult life. Lower back pain can sometimes be caused by a vertebra being out of alignment (in which case, a chiropractor should be consulted). However, Read the full article…

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What is Plantar Fasciitis? (pronounced “plantar fash-ee-itis”) Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia (the long, flat ligament) along the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia extends from the five toes, through the arch and attaches to the heel. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis may include pain in Read the full article…

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The feet serve as a sensory organ for the body, continuously interpreting and responding to both internal and external stimuli. The body’s internal stress level is always reflected in the feet. At the same time, the feet are constantly adapting to the demands of the outside world. Internally, stress distorts Read the full article…

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