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Reduce Stress, Make Space for Wellbeing this Spring

Posted on 28 April 2019 by Douglas Merrow

It’s all there underneath the hustle. When you Pause, you’ll find it.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) infuses the energy of mindfulness into your everyday life by systematically training the mind to break free from cycles of stress, anxiety, exhaustion and unhappiness. Pause Meditation offers comprehensive training programs which teach skills and techniques that tap into your deepest resources to develop an innate sense of wellness, balance and inner freedom. These courses provide structure, accountability and huge support for you to build and establish a mindfulness practice in your life. Learn simple, science-backed practices that train your mind so you can live a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.
This 8-week course is ideal for anyone who is ready to take a deep dive into practice, and is especially helpful for people seeking relief from high levels of stress, illness or pain. The mental training synthesizes insights from three primary sources, neuroscience, positive psychology and wisdom traditions, into a simple, non-religious approach to training the mind. Backed by modern science and research, Pause trainings consistently yield a greater sense of wellbeing in participants, from joy and inner peace to resilience and stronger work performance.
The MBSR Spring Course is offered Sundays, May 5-June 23, 6:45-8:45pm and is also available Wednesdays, May 8-June 26, 7-9pm. Both groups will join for an all-day retreat on Sat. June 15.
Want to learn more before you jump in? Chat with the instructor, schedule a free 15 minute phone visit with Ryan to discuss if this course is right for you. Phone; 503-343-4831; email: Register: Pause Meditation Studio, 213 SW Ash St #209, Portland.

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Help Chewy walk again…as a tri-paw

Posted on 28 April 2019 by Douglas Merrow

Chewy is a 3 year old mastiff/lab mix who loves to spend time with his family and in nature. He is full of energy, love, affection and kindness. He came through the second chance program as he is a big boy and was not getting adopted due to his size and people’s worry he would be an aggressive dog…although, nothing could be further from the truth. He is the kindest, most resilient, most joyful being his family knows. They wrote a song for him about how he is such a sweet big boy who bounces around the house, with his tongue hanging out of his mouth.

Chewy recently was hit by a car and his leg could not be saved so the tough decision had to be made to amputate his right front leg. He is a young, strong and healthy boy full of life, though he is also a big boy who will need time, patience and support living life on 3 legs. The costs of his trip to the ER to help manage his pain, the surgery to remove his leg and rehabilitation and recovery supports and supplies are adding up.

His mommas are both social workers and have limited resources to finance his road to recovery, though they love him soooo much and want to be able to help him live a healthy, happy, lively quality of life. They chose not to have children to dedicate their lives to rescuing dogs…the dogs are their children. Any support and assistance you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Every little bit helps. Thanks for your consideration, thoughts and care!!

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CBD Hemp Store Opens New Location in Beaverton.

Posted on 28 April 2019 by Douglas Merrow

The CBD Hemp Store is family owned and aims to be the friendliest, honest CBD store that provides the best customer service while being proud to sell CBD products that are safe, lab tested and made in the USA. CBD Hemp store is not a marijuana dispensary; they are a retail CBD boutique, online store and wholesaler. All four Portland area stores carry hemp-based CBD products, including CBD oil, tinctures, edibles, lotions, vapes, pet treats, pet tinctures…and much more!

Hemp Oil supports a healthy lifestyle by helping to manage pain, reduce inflammation, maintain healthy joints and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It is important to note that CBD Hemp Oil products are, by FDA guidelines, treated as food supplements. CBD is a naturally occurring compound that is non-toxic, like a vitamin, legal in all 50 states and does not get you high.

You can find CBD Hemp Stores online at and the following locations:

1523 SE Morrison St, Portland, (Buckman Neighborhood) Phone: 503-206-4060

7384 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, (Sellwood Neighborhood) Phone: 503-206-8242

230 E Main St Ste A, Hillsboro, (Downtown Hillsboro) Phone: 971-228-8499

10020 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, Phone: 503-208-2623

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NLP Practitioner Certification Training

Posted on 28 April 2019 by Douglas Merrow

We all have the ability to empower ourselves. Sometimes we get stuck, and we don’t have to stay stuck. Ask yourself… Are you in control of your thoughts and emotions? Are you able to easily change a habit or incorporate a new one? How do you talk to yourself about your goals, dreams and habits?

Often described as a user manual for your conscious and unconscious mind, the scientifically-proven techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) provide techniques to reprogram your mind for success. Utilize the same tools super successful people such as Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey and Pharrell Williams use to bring effective changes in every aspect of life.

A more EMPOWERED you!

Join the Empowerment Partnership with Dr. Matt James for an Integrative NLP Practitioner Certification Training in the Portland area May 2-5 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Portland City Center. This experiential program provides proven techniques to communicate more effectively, build rapport easily, release limiting thoughts and negative behaviors, overcome unwanted habits such as procrastination, lack of motivation, depression and phobias.

Only $144 to attend this life-changing four-day training with Promo Code NATURAL.

For more information and to register, visit, call 800-800-MIND (6463) or email

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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut

Posted on 05 March 2018 by Douglas Merrow

Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry.
The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits
has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.”

To read our March 2018 issue online click here


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Become a Certified Holy Fire II Reiki Practitioner or Master

Posted on 21 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Learning Reiki is very easy and can be used for either personal or professional reasons. Holy Fire is a higher vibrational form of Reiki that offers empowerment, guidance, purification and healing. Patty Oliver, owner of Body-Mind-Spirit Healing Arts, is a Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master who has been giving Reiki sessions for eight years. She is now offering two classes at her Portland office, located at 4313 NE Tillamook.
Holy Fire II Reiki Level 1 & 2 will be held on January 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this two-day certification class, participants will learn the history of Reiki, standard hand positions, Japanese healing techniques and three beginning symbols. There will be plenty of time for questions plus hands-on practice. Cost is $375 and no experience is required.
Holy Fire II Reiki Advanced/Master class will be held Monday through Wednesday, January 22 through 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $925 for this three-day certification class where attendees will learn two master symbols, several healing experiences and Crystal Grids. Participants will also learn how to teach and give Placements and Ignitions for all levels. Attendees must be a Level 2 Reiki practitioner for at least six months.

To register for classes, contact Patty Oliver at 503-369-7810, or visit

 Patty Oliver conducts Reiki, Reiki Classes and Akashic Record Reading & Clearings in Portland and Scappoose, as well as Readings worldwide by phone or Skype.

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The Future of Health Screening is Bright for Patients

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

It takes years for most cancers to develop to the stage that they can be detected with mammogram or ultrasound (dense enough for location and biopsy) so digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI or “thermography”) is ideally placed as a screening tool to identify changes over time in the early development stages, before there is more advanced pathology that can be detected with other tests.
So one has to wonder why mainstream medicine shuns thermography, especially since DITI locates inflammation and measures its temperature changes with an accuracy of 1/100th of a degree! Professionals agree that persistent inflammation precedes the onset of disease, yet our healthcare system does little screening for inflammation, preferring instead to heavily screen for specific diseases.
With thermography, one can locate and manage inflammation with diet and lifestyle changes. It provides truly early detection, before onset of disease. Inflammation detection with thermal imaging is 100 percent safe and non-invasive with no pain or contact of any kind.
At Radiant Body Thermography, a certified thermographer, following protocols, takes images with an FDA-registered Meditherm IRIS 2000 infrared camera, then submits images, along with the patient’s health history, to Meditherm. Within 48 hours, the patient will receive a report with images and findings, prepared by a medical doctor, whose name appears on the report. No referral is required.


Radiant Body Thermography, 1314 NW Irving St., Portland, 503-775-1812.

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ZenShi Wellness Holistic Healing Package for the Holidays

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

ZenShi Wellness announces a special healing package for energy balance and renewal to provide calm and strength through hectic holiday time and to bring clarity for the new year.
“Many of us are working so hard at our lives and not getting what we know deep down is possible. Additionally, holidays often magnify the tough areas of life and create stress. This is a great time to release what doesn’t serve and get conscious about what we want. Plus, it’s tremendously relaxing,” says Master Practitioner and owner of ZenShi Wellness, Heather Schmidt.
She adds, “By eliminating the interference of old patterns and blocks, the body can actually do its natural job of relaxing, healing and creating. This is where life and the body thrive.”
ZenShi’s holiday package provides two healing sessions using Reiki, Chakra balancing, EFT/Tapping and guided visualization. The offer is good through December 31 at a special rate of $150 for two one-hour sessions (normally $180).
An Usui Reiki Master, certified holistic EFT practitioner and Natural Awakenings’ “Holistic Practitioner of the Year,” Schmidt offers holistic energy healing and coaching in single and ongoing sessions. “When energy is flowing, not only the bio-energy field but also the subconscious, we are capable of harnessing our full healing potential enabling us to access our brilliant and limitless creativity, imagination and soul purpose,” states Schmidt.

To schedule an Energy Balance & Renewal holiday package or order a customized gift certificate, contact ZenShi Wellness at 503-826-4124 or visit

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A Longest Night Gathering

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Intended to make space for those for whom the winter holiday season is not all sweetness, joy and light, A Longest Night gathering will be held on Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m., at Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church, in southeast Portland. After the service, Threshold Choir will be offering personalized singing to people who would like that.
Threshold Choir is comprised of women who sing for people crossing life’s thresholds: birth, death, sickness, struggle, change and celebration. They choose songs to respond to the musical tastes, spiritual traditions and needs of those they serve. Their songs carry messages of love, strength, comfort, healing, peace and joy.

Event location: St. David of Wales Church, 2800 SE Harrison St., Portland. For more information, call 971-217-6071 or email

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What Is Happening in the Massage Profession

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

A July 2017 Massage Today article reported that between 2004 and 2016 the number of people graduating from massage programs dropped nearly 60 percent and the number of massage training programs dropped around 38 percent.
Meanwhile, paradoxically, there are a growing number of massage therapy jobs available. The Oregon School of Massage (OSM) reports that it consistently hears from massage businesses, chiropractic offices and spas that they are unable to find enough massage therapists.
The article attributes the drop to burnout, expounding that mental burnout often results from practicing relaxation massages that, while easier on the practitioner’s body, are monotonous and often lead to boredom. It also states that physical burnout can result from practicing more intense pain-related modalities, poor education in and poor use of body mechanics plus a lack of awareness of higher efficacy modalities that can address pain treatments while reducing hardship to the practitioner’s body.
Successful training programs support students in developing a successful practice in spite of these issues. Opportunities to do this profoundly satisfying work remain available. Those looking at massage career opportunities, should look for a well rounded training program. OSM, a leader in holistic massage education for over 30 years, is one such program. It has trained a steady crop of both wellness and clinically oriented massage therapists who practice throughout the region.


OSM’s next quarter starts January 5, 2018. Call 503-244-3420 or visit

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