Get Your body summer ready

It is that time of year, again!

It is time to shed your winter clothes and expose your skin, and body, to the world!

Are you ready?

It is time for our detox, or cleanse, which I do myself and encourage my clients to do three times a year – more if you need to recover and reset from a vacation.

I look at a cleanse as just that – a reset. A chance to push the button and get your body functioning optimally again.

There are so many chemicals in the world today that were not in our air, water and even food prior to World War II and the level of chemicals in our environment is increasing every day. Our liver should be helping us eliminate toxins from our environment but it can easily get overloaded and stressed and sometimes needs a little love.

If you think of our liver like an apartment. You can bag up the trash but, if you don’t actually take it out, eventually your apartment gets overrun with garbage. This also happens with the liver. If you do not take out the trash, i.e. have regular, and by regular I mean at least one bowel movement, daily,  the trash piles up and eventually starts pushing through into your neighbors’ apartments (other organs) and into the hallway. It ends up stored in our fat cells and we get fat and uncomfortable. We don’t sleep well as our body tries to stay caught up with all the trash it needs to recycle and it ends up trying to leave our body out of our skin, so we get acne or psoriasis.

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How Francesca became a member of our team

People often ask me how I found the amazing people that work out of Just Breathe. Well, I am blessed. I did not find them; they found me because people that belong here will find their way here.

A little over 2 years ago, I was in the process of opening the doors and, in preparation of that, I took a business class but, if you know me at all, I am not someone who is going to sit through hours of a college course to run a business.  Thanks to my friend, Judy, who owns Perfect Fit Pilates in Hopkinton, I discovered a business program for holistic entrepreneurs. I thought it would be the perfect fit for me and I was not wrong.

During the 6 month program, I was introduced to a very eclectic group of people who come from a world that I was unaware of. I met psychics, a Goddess, a Shaman, Energy Workers, and so many other interesting people. I was exposed to a whole world that I was unaware existed but which opened up my curiosity and, being me, I wanted to learn more.

I found myself invited to a Goddess Circle. I thought, “I’ll go once and see what it is all about.” It was a rainy, dark night in February. My phone was on 10% and I was lost in Grafton which, at the time, felt very desolate to me. I found the woman’s house and experienced my first, but not my last, Goddess Circle. There were several other women there including this quiet, young woman sitting across from me. She shared that she had been laid off from her job as an admin about a year prior and, while she had job interviews, she was still looking and felt like it was the Universe telling her that her true calling was Energy Work. As she explained that she was a graduate of the Rhys Thomas Institute and what that meant, she stopped talking into her lap and became this animated, beautiful person that I wanted to get to know better.

We ended up meeting and the rest, as they say, is history. We talked and laughed for over an hour in the space that is now Just Breathe. I felt then, and now I know, that I had met one of the most important people in my life. As our visit was ending, she quietly said to me, “Can I work here?” Um… yes, please!

Francesca was one of the first Energy Workers to come to work at Just Breathe. She is my right hand and keeps me on track. She feeds me ideas on how to make Just Breathe better and stronger. She started leading Guided Meditations in the salt room once a week over a year ago. Now we offer them 4 times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at noon and Thursdays at 6:30 pm. She also leads various workshops here including the popular Dance Parties, Healer Shares, Enchanted Circles, and will be teaching workshops about the Tarot. If Francesca is in charge of something, it will turn into a celebration. That is her nature.

Francesca is also a gifted Intuitive Tarot Card Reader and provides Energy Work and Spiritual Guidance. There has been more than one client who has come in on the verge of a nervous breakdown and, after working with Francesca, has left here ready to take on the world.

If you are interested in working with Francesca, or any of our other talented Healers, please call Just Breathe at 508-366-8292 to set up your appointment or drop in to one of the meditations.

10 Ways to manage anxiety part II

As a Functional Medicine Health Coach, I help people make nutritional changes and also to make lifestyle changes in ways that will help them feel better physically and emotionally.

There are frequently biological reasons that anxiety and depression occur which may be addressed through supplementation and dietary reasons. We had addressed those last week in my weekly blog, “10 Ways to Manage Anxiety – Part I.” But as my mentor likes to say, “Address the mind and the body will follow.”

This week, we are going to give you 5 tips to help address these issues through lifestyle choices.

  1. Being persistently unhappy or suffering from a lack of fulfillment are almost always a cause of these issues. Take a look at the “Wheel of Life” exercise. This exercise breaks your life into 8 components including career, relationships, fun, health, money, personal growth, and physical environment. Take the time to rate each of these areas from 1 – 10, 10 being the absolute best it can be. Doing this exercise allows you to zone in on the areas of your life that need improvement and give you a guide on what to focus on. Things will shift in your life and I recommend that my clients take a look at this at least every 3 months.
  2. Gratitude journaling offers us relief from negative thinking. Every night, write in your journal three items that you are grateful for. Not a writer? That’s okay. Keep a jar and strips of paper next to your bed. Just jot down a word or two that will remind you of what you are grateful for. It might be something simple like, “the sunrise” or more complicated such as, “my son cleaned his room today.” (Okay – that would NEVER happen in my house!) Put the slips of paper in the jar. On days that you are struggling to find something positive, read back in your journal or pull slips of paper out of your gratitude jar.
  3. Your co-workers may be great but are they REALLY your friends? Are they people that you would tell your deepest, darkest secrets too and know that they have your back? Maybe they are. Or maybe you need to create bonds outside of the workplace.  Join a bookclub, a meet-up group with people who have similar interests to you, or volunteer. Connect with someone that you can truly build a meaningful relationship with.
  4. Get at least 15 minutes of light exercise daily. Doing heavy exercise like going for a run or lifting heavy weights may put your body into a “fight or flight” response which most of us live in chronically anyway. Your body does not recognize the difference between running for pleasure or running away from a wild animal. This is not the time to stress out your body further but do get some movement in every day. Go for a walk – especially in the morning and outside to get some sunlight. Maybe do some yoga or light stretching or practice qi gong. In the process, you might just meet that person that you will develop a meaningful relationship with. 😊
  5. Practice some self-care every day. This might be journaling, exercise, some kind of ritual that you connect with, meditation, or something completely different. Taking a break from the world and doing something every day for YOU can ease anxiety and depression. Many of us don’t take the time out of our busy days to celebrate who we are and that is one of the leading causes of anxiety and depression.

Note that some of these things do overlap which makes it easier to incorporate them into our busy lives. Yoga for self-care and yoga for exercise help you check off two things on this list but still let you approach dealing with the anxiety and depression from a holistic viewpoint.

NOTE: If you are suicidal, please call the Suicide Helpline at 1-800-suicide!

Missy Cohen, MPH, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner has been working in Functional Medicine over the past decade.

Adults and kids can recover naturally

Salt therapy is not just for adults. Children may benefit from it too.

With all the colds, flu, and various other ailments that are being passed around, salt therapy is the perfect holistic solution for recovering from an illness or staying healthy. It is great for people of all ages.

Halotherapy, or dry salt therapy, involves grinding pure pharmaceutical salt up to the size of red blood cells and dispersing it into the air. You should not see the salt since it is finely ground. Some people may taste it but some do not.

The particle size allows the salt to be breathed deep into the lungs where the true magic occurs. The salt is antimicrobial so whether you are sick because of a virus, bacteria, or even mold or fungus, the salt will counter any of that and support your immune system to get rid of the offending agent.

And the beauty of this therapy is all you have to do is to sit back, relax, and chill out. Many people choose to meditate, read, journal, or even sleep during their session.

Many of us have experienced the healing power of salt when we were sick and told to gargle with salt water or have rinsed our sinus cavities with saline infused water from a Neti pot. (Not a fun experience.) Sitting in a salt room is more effective than these treatments without the mess or the discomfort.

Just Breathe accepts children 3 months and up. Please, give us a call to schedule a Family Session if you have anyone if you are bringing anyone under the age of 16.

thankful for 2018 and looking forward to 2019

As we say good-bye to 2018, I want to take a moment to reflect and thank the beautiful, growing community at Just Breathe. This past year was our first full year and people have quickly come to realize that Just Breathe is the place to come to escape the outside world and leave their troubles behind.

As more people have experienced salt therapy or halotherapy, one of the main offerings at Just Breathe, the word is getting out. This practice is centuries old but relatively new in the United States and people are quickly learning that if they have almost any kind of ailment, are feeling a little under the weather, or are experiencing a lingering cough from an illness, Just Breathe can help prevent you from getting sick or relieve the symptoms just about anything that ails you.  As my friend who is a nurse practitioner says, “It’s just salt but it is good for anything!” Think about how much better you feel after going to the beach but without the mess.

Using dry salt therapy, many of our clients no longer need allergy medications, have combatted Seasonal Affective Disorder, are using it as a complementary therapy to dealing with anxiety and depression, have returned to work after being on workman’s comp for COPD, have prevented themselves from getting the flu after sitting next to “patient ‘0’” at work, have found relief from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and have just found a place to rest and relax and disconnect from the outside world.

We have much to be grateful for in other ways too.

  •  Our meditation program, run by our very talented Certified Energy Healer, Francesca, has grown from a couple of people at lunchtime on Wednesdays to a frequently packed room on Wednesday and Thursdays at noon with a growing group on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm.
  • We have added Hypno-Reiki into our mix with Deb who is a Registered Nurse and Certified Hypnotist who provides her calming energy to help those with anxiety and other concerns in private sessions.
  • Lexy, Certified Acupuncturist, has joined our team by providing community style acupuncture with salt therapy twice a month. People have found relief from fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, and general aches and pains by combining the two therapies.
  •  Mimi is a yoga instructor with over 11 years of experience, and is also a Certified Energy Worker, has created a new program at Just Breathe, the Empowerment Series for Women. We had 5 women in the first program who have bonded to create new friendships, found stability and happiness in their lives, and the support they need to make major changes from altering their marital situation, redefining their jobs, or finding the support they need to create lives that they desire for themselves. This has proven to be a very powerful program.
  • I am a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach, and have run 3 successful cleanses this past year. I also work with clients on a one-to-one basis for more complicated cases such as SIBO, hormonal imbalances such as PCOS and estrogen dominance, and Type II diabetes.
  • My first employee joined the team this year as well. I was fortunate to have my dear friend, Ed, Law of Attraction Expert and Life Coach, available to fill in for me one day a week and it actually warms my heart when I hear clients say how much they love him and can’t wait to see his smiling face behind the desk.

From sold out sound healings, to Law of Attraction workshops, to celebrating the Full Moon, Enchanted Circles, Candlelit Yoga and more, Just Breathe has quickly grown from “just” a salt room to an thriving community of like-minded people and, for this, my team and I are truly grateful.

But we are just starting!  We have lots of exciting new additions for you in 2019:

  • The Empowerment Series for Women will be back with the first 8-week session beginning  January 8th.
  • No one is perfect. It is coming up to that time of year when it is time to drop the sugar habit that tends to sneak in in December. We will be starting the next cleanse to clean up our diet and improve our health with a live meeting on January 16th at 7 pm. As always, previous program members are invited to join at a steeply discounted rate.
  • We have added massage to our growing services with Marline while Linda continues to offer massage and Trager®. We have also added a Heart-Centered Color Therapist, Emiko, and another Energy Healer, Sylvia.
  • Our fun and educational workshops will continue with Ed channeling “What Your Soul Wants You to Know,” a special Healing Circle with Shaman Sue Angelo, Lisa Campion joining us to deal with the “Energy Vampires,” and more! And don’t forget to check out a Sound Healing with Priscilla or Jean.

Please, check back on our website under “Upcoming Events” frequently to see what we have coming up and follow us on Facebook at JustBreathebyNBH.

My team of talented practitioners and I look forward to continuing to help you grow and heal, physically and spiritually in 2019!

I have found my “WHY!”

I am reading a fascinating business book by Simon Sinek, “Start with Why.” This book has me thinking. Thinking about where I have come from, where I am now, and my plans for the future.

What I am often surprised by is that many people do not know my background. I am not shy about admitting that I worked in hospital laboratories for over 30 years.

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Stomach Acid – Is it time to rethink this common myth?

In a previous blog, I share with you that GERD, bloating, and general gastro-intestinal discomfort is frequently treated by suppressing stomach acid production using either prescribed or over-the-counter medication for example  protein-pump inhibitors such as Nexium® or Prilosec®, H2 receptor blockers such as Zantac® or Pepcid®, or even pain-killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. The theory being that there is too much stomach acid which results in the acid backing up and forcing itself into the upper stomach and into the esophagus.

The fact is that as we age, our bodies produce less stomach acid, not more and, in reality, the stomach acid is entering the esophagus because it is taking the body longer to empty the stomach due to the decreased stomach acid.  Because of this, the mix of food and digestive juices, known as chyme, starts to ferment which causes gases to build up and there is pressure put on the lower esophageal sphincter which is then forced open, allowing what little stomach acid there is to enter the esophagus and cause that uncomfortable burning sensation.

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Why Sugar is Considered Poisonous

Summer is a time to let our hair down, or put it in a messy bun, and relax! We spend days on the beach, go camping, spend time with family and friends and might not be so careful about our food choices.  I am an admitted sugar addict and, in the summer, sugar definitely creeps back in to my diet with so many sweet desserts readily available.

Sugar is such an interesting chemical. Besides being responsible for causing pre-diabetes and diabetes, high blood sugar has also been linked to high triglycerides, heart conditions, PCOS, kidney disease, problems with the eyes and more, it is also hard to eliminate from our diet because it actually reacts in our brains in a similar way as drugs which makes it addictive. And this is why, I, personally, prefer to eliminate it from my diet in a group setting. But I get ahead of myself.

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What is a Salt Room?


Dry salt therapy is good for a myriad of conditions. It is excellent for people who have chronic lung conditions such as allergies, asthma, COPD, and emphysema. Because it is nature’s antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal, it is also good if you are feeling like you might be getting sick or trying to recover from something such as a cold or bronchitis. It is also excellent for relieving symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, acne and other skin conditions. People who suffer from anxiety and depression feel calmer and less anxious after sitting in a salt room. I like to joke that it can help with anything except weight-loss – and I can even make a scientific argument for that depending on what is preventing you from losing weight.

But not any room is a salt room…

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