The spring weather has us blown to and fro
recently. When faced with changing patterns
it is important to be flexible and stable at
the same time. Our Tools for Healthy
Living section this month will give you a
great exercise for just that feeling of
being grounded and secure in times of
Take advantage of the free workshops
being offered by Amy through the summer and
gain some tools to reduce the effects of
stress on mind and body!
Get to know other holistically minded
parents at the first meeting of a local
Holistic Moms Network group being held at
Sugi Health and Fitness.
Thank you for the many compliments on
the look of the newsletter. What you may not
know is that the newsletter photography is
by Amy Erez. It's a wonderful opportunity
to share the amazing beauty that surrounds
A client of ours recently introduced us to a
wonderful website www.carepages.com.
This website hosts free patient blogs that
connect friends and family during a health
It's a wonderful resource for people who may
be feeling isolated with a serious illness or
family members who feel overwhelmed trying to
stay in touch with an ill loved one. Check it
Why MSG is so Dangerous
Fresh is Best
Here is an excerpt of an article by Joseph
Mercola about the very real dangers of MSG.
For a full copy of the article, send an email
to amy@SugiHealth.com or go Joseph's website
One of the best overviews of the very real
dangers of MSG comes from Dr. Russell
Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and
author of "Excitotoxins:
The Taste that Kills." In it he explains that
MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it
overexcites your cells to the point of damage
or death, causing brain damage to varying
degrees -- and potentially even triggering or
worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer's
disease, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's
disease and more.
No one knows for sure just how many people
may be "sensitive" to MSG, but studies from
the 1970s suggested that 25 percent to 30
percent of the U.S. population was intolerant
of MSG -- at levels then found in food. Since
the use of MSG has expanded dramatically
since that time, it's been estimated that up
to 40 percent of the population may be
Food manufacturers are not stupid, and
they've caught on to the fact that people
like you want to avoid eating this nasty food
additive. As a result, do you think they
responded by removing MSG from their
products? Well, a few may have, but most of
them just tried to "clean" their labels. In
other words, they tried to hide the fact that
MSG is an ingredient.
Here is a list of ingredients that ALWAYS
These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create
MSG during processing:
Flavors and Flavorings
Natural Flavors and Flavorings
Natural Pork Flavoring
Natural Beef Flavoring
Natural Chicken Flavoring
Soy Protein Isolate
Anything Protein Fortified
Anything Enzyme Modified
So if you do eat processed foods, please
remember to be on the lookout for these many
hidden names for MSG. Eat fresh, not
packaged. Organic is MSG free.
A Course in Miracles
Enjoy peace of mind
A Course in Miracles is a spiritual practice that
provides practical tools for attaining
peace of mind.
Wednesdays, April 22 - May 27
7 - 8:30pm
Fee: $120 for 6 weeks
Ask about our sliding scale fees.
Location: Diablo Realty, 975 Ygnacio
Valley Rd., Walnut Creek
We will spend each week discussing the
lessons in the workbook from A Course in
Miracles. Weekly practice at home will be
required for attaining the most benefit from
Barnes and Noble or Borders carry the book.
Amazon is also a good resource for used
Everyone is welcome in this class. No
previous experience necessary.
Please contact Amy at 925.934.3120 with
Holistic Moms Network
East Bay Area Chapter
Pleasant Hill Meet-and-Greet / Community
The East Bay Area Chapter is expanding our
offerings to include a regular daytime
meeting in the Pleasant Hill area.
Join us at Sugi Health and Fitness for our
first meeting in Pleasant Hill. Meet other
holistic-minded parents and learn more about
the Holistic Moms Network. Share ideas on
what meeting topics and group activities
you'd like to see offered in this area. Play
a part in building community. Children are
Wednesday, May 13
10 am - 12 pm
For more info, please contact Karen Rezai at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-821-0637.
Organization info: www.holisticmoms.org
Sugi Yoga DVDs
In the Works
Many of you have been asking about out
Sugi Yoga DVDs. The editing process is
taking longer than we thought and our
enthusiasm jumped ahead to tell you they're
on the way. So, we're still working on them.
As soon as we have a due date, we'll start
taking orders. We'll keep you posted!
Flower Essence Therapy
Small is Valuable
In herbal medicine,nature's plants provide us
with herbs and medicines for easing many
physical ailments. The abundant flowers in
the plant world offer us sustenance for the
Buttercup flower essence gets us in touch
with our true value. In this competitive
society where external accomplishments are
tied closely to self-worth, Buttercup brings
forward the radiant inner light of the
This remedy is helpful for adults and
children with disabilities or limitations and
people who have a low sense of self-worth.
We all have behavior patterns and attitudes
that hold us back in life. The vast variety
of flower essences available helps us to
address our personal issues and move forward
by releasing old patterns and forming new,
stable ways of expressing ourselves.
Flower Essence Therapy readily complements
any other form of therapeutic intervention
serving as a wonderful adjunct to
psychotherapy, massage therapy or western
medical approaches to health care. To find
out how you can personally benefit from
Flower Essence Therapy, call Amy at
925.934.3120 for a free 10 minute phone
Reduce stress and anxiety
The Reiki I workshop connects the
student to the Reiki energy, provides tools
for first aid and skills for self-treatment and
supporting loved ones.
Reiki II offers a continuation of
study with the life-changing benefits of
Amy's Workshop Schedule below:
July 16 - 19(Th./Fri. 6:30 - 9:30
p.m., and Sat./Sun. 1 - 4 p.m.)
Mark your calendar! Reiki Master Susan
Mitchell, Amy's teacher and former
Executive Director of the Reiki Alliance,
will be coming to Pleasant HIll this fall.
She will be here the weekend of September
12-13. We are still making plans and
details will be coming in June or July.
Reiki Potluck and Practice
If you already have taken Reiki, you may enjoy
getting together with others to practice
Reiki with other Reiki enthusiasts.
Our next gathering will be on Sunday,
May 17. Potluck from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.and
Reiki from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please let
Amy know ahead of time what you will be
Contact Amy at amy@SugiHealth.com to
get on the Reiki email list.
Workshops to Inspire Good Health
At Harvest House
Neck, Back and Shoulder Relief
Sunday, May 31, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Relieve neck, back and shoulder tension that
result often in headaches and other
Learn self-help tools to take the pain away!
Saturday, July 11, 1:00 - 2:00pm
Spiritual wellness is an important aspect of
our modern health care. In the past, religion
was the most obvious way to access our
spiritual practices. In our modern culture
more opportunities have become available.
Learn more about how you can bring spiritual
wellness into your life and how profound the
benefits can be!
Introduction to Reiki
Sun., August 2, 1:00 - 2:00pm
Discover an amazingly effective self-help
tool. Reiki uses simple hand positions to
balance and rejuvenate, relieving symptoms
caused by stress. Often practiced as a
spiritual discipline, Reiki is popular with
the general public and the medical community
alike. Meet Amy Erez, Reiki Master, learn
about this simple hands-on treatment and
receive a complimentary experience of Reiki.
To register for the classes listed above,
These classes are free and are held at
Harvest House, 2395 Monument Blvd., Concord
Healthy Movement Evaluations
Family Discount Program
For Moms and Dads with kids under the age of
18. Kids are welcome to use this program,
too! $70 for one hour or pay for two at a
time only $120 for a further discount of $10
To schedule your appointment with Amy
call 925.934.3120. Remember to mention
the discount program of your choice.
Healthy Movement Evaluation
Ofer is now offering an opportunity for you
to learn about the quality of your movement
and how it is affecting your health. A
full evaluation takes about 20 minutes
and is done in standing, sitting and
lying down on the back, belly and sides.
This is a complimentary service for new
To schedule your appointment with
Ofer call 925.934.3120.
Sixty for Sixty!
This program offers people over 60
relief from stress, aches and pains for
only $60 a session (regularly $85).
To schedule your appointment with Amy
call 925.934.3120. Remember to mention
the discount program of your choice.
Tools for Healthy Living
Understanding Mind and Body Relationship
The Root Chakra, also called the base chakra,
is the first center and is located at the
base of the spine. The color associated with
the root chakra is red.
The instability of our economy at this time
is pushing many people out of balance in
their first chakra. Insecurity in finances
and personal relationships are a symptom of
survival issues reflected in the first
chakra. To maintain stability during these
rocky times, follow the exercise below and
re-energize your root chakra.
- Stand with your feet placed at hip width.
Alternately, sit on the edge of a
straight-backed chair, the feet at a ninety
degree angle under the knees.
- Place your attention on the base of the
- The root chakra is a rich, red in
color.Take a moment to sense what is there -
dark or light, muddy or clear red or another
- Take three deep breaths and imagine a
deep red rose sitting on the base of the
- Slowly expand the size of the rose until
it fills your lower abdomen between the pubic
bone and the tailbone.
- Visualize a rose with infinite rose
petals. The petals slide off of the rose and
drift down the center of the legs until each
leg is filled with deep red rose petals.
- Simultaneously, allow the rose petals to
expand upward to fill the entire abdomen.
- As you are filled with the rose petals,
become aware of the uplifting fragrance of
the rose as it tickles your nose.
- The fullness and stability that the rose
brings to your lower body will bring
lightness and love back to your heart.
There are many ways to
view the relationship
between the mind and body. They are an
intertwined expression of the deepest parts
of ourselves. We like to encourage people to
become aware of the ways that the body
reflects our personal issues, as a reflection
of what we feel and our attitudes in life.
This awareness can assist us in gaining a
deeper understanding of our experiences as
cause and effect. The different parts of the
body also carry symbolic expression.
NanoGreens, NanoPro, NanOmega
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- balances stress hormones and sleep
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Call Amy to order yours today! 925.934.3120.
Honey for Health
Spring is here and the bees are buzzing
around the yard pollinating the flowers that
will become the summer fruits and vegetables
in your garden. All year round, local honey
serves as a great helper for good health.
Mt. Diablo Beekeeper's Association
newsletter of February, 2009 gives us a
wealth of information on the health benefits
Some of the benefits include help for heart
disease, arthritis, bladder infection, colds,
strengthening the immune system and
indigestion. For the complete article, go to