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

Register for class

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

Register online for the class now.

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

Register for class

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

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

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

Reinvent Yourself with Inspired Action

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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

Register for class

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

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

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

JUST IN // CHACE Chia Bars

Liz Kiniry

CHACE chia bars were created for people who seek healthy, tasty snacks. they provide the sustained energy that is needed whether you’re working out, competing in a race, need a mid-morning or mid-afternoon treat, or want a healthy lunchbox addition.

Each all-natural ingredient has been handpicked for maximum function and flavor. In fact, you would be likely to have many of the ingredients in your own pantry. They are vegan, dairy free, soy free and delicious. The combination of chia seeds, nuts and oats provides added protein to your diet and makes them a great source of fiber. Chia seeds, known for their sustained-energy effects, give you the kind of constant energy that will get you through a high-intensity workout or an afternoon slump. The labels are real and understandable and a smart choice for your body and your family. We also don’t add any preservatives to the bars for added health.

Created by a classically trained chef and athlete, CHACE chia bars are made to have flavor in addition to their many healthful attributes. Founder, Liz Kiniry, created the bars after searching for pre-workout fuel that could sustain long training runs. Most of the nutrition and energy bars she found either had function, but lacked flavor or they had flavor, but the ingredient lists were extensive and too mysterious.

CHACE chia bars are the perfect union of good ingredients that have been blended for maximum health benefits. They are especially good as a snack for children since they taste so good. Bite into one today and see what makes CHACE chia bars a smart choice for your body and your taste buds. You owe it to yourself to know what you’re eating and to fuel your body with the right food that comes from the best sources.

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Farm To Table Dinner To Benefit Tricycle Gardens

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We are partnering with Tricycle Gardens to host a Farm to Table dinner, Thursday, August 21st from 6:00 to 8:30PM. Tricycle Gardens and Ellwood Thompson’s will be providing the entire 3 course dinner. Check back soon to register.

Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system. Since breaking ground on our first garden, we have engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.