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NewsBriefs, October 2012

Oct 01, 2012 01:00AM
  • Exploring Waldorf Education with Teacher and Author Jack Petrash
  • Simply Be Well Hosts Reiki Certification Program
  • Dr. Pappas Earns Certification in Nutraceuticals
  • Local Women’s Wellness Center Introduces New Practitioner
  • Wholistic Fitness Offers European Thermography
  • Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs
  • Simply Be Well Adds Shiatsu Massage Therapist

Exploring Waldorf Education with Teacher and Author Jack Petrash

River Valley Waldorf School, in Upper Black Eddy, will host a talk with Jack Petrash, author of the books Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out and Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., October 6. Petrash will discuss current research on the brain and education and will explore the evidence that despite the intentional lack of modern technologies found in most other schools today, Waldorf schools are providing students the tools for success in the twentyfirst century,

Petrash has more than 30 years of teaching experience, much of which he gained at Washington Waldorf School, in Maryland, where he guided three classes of children from grade one through grade eight. In addition to teaching, he is the director of the Nova Institute, dedicated to working with parents and teachers to promote a deeper understanding of children.

The talk is open to anyone who wants to learn more about innovative educational concepts employed in the Waldorf Education model.

Location: 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd., Upper Black Eddy. For more information or to register, call 610-982-5606 or visit

Simply Be Well Hosts Reiki Certification Program

Reiki practitioner and reflexologist Tracy McGovern will lead certification courses for Reiki certifications. She will teach Level I from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 13; Level II, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 3; and Master/Teacher level, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 12.

Participants will learn the history and hand positioning of the Reiki tradition and will experience the unique, revitalizing energy that comes from being a Reiki practitioner. Practitioners will receive the next set of attunements to use in healing sessions. Distance Reiki will be taught, as well, and plenty of practice is incorporated into the classes. Registrations will be accepted up to one week prior to the date of the class.

Cost: Level I, $99; Level II, $111; Master/Teacher, $144. $50 space reservation deposit required. $10 discount if registering for Levels I and II. $25 discount if all three trainings are taken. Location: 1246 Collegeville Rd., Skippack. For more information, call 610-584-2439 or visit

Dr. Pappas Earns Certification in Nutraceuticals

In August 2012, Dr. Phil Pappas,owner of Earth Foods, in Buckingham, earned a certification in Vitamins, Minerals and Nutraceuticals from Huntington College of Health Sciences. The program was developed by the same educator who won the 2005 Business Achievement Award for Training and Education, given by the Nutrition Business Journal.

The staff of Earth Foods is also participating in the certification program. This is part of Earth Foods’ ongoing effort to be able to offer the best service for their customers’ health needs. Location: Earth Foods, 4950 York Rd., Holicong. For more information, call 215-794-5311 or visit

Local Women’s Wellness Center Introduces New Practitioner

Kerri Neubek, a nationally certified licensed acupuncturist, is joining the staff at Wholistic Fitness, a complete women’s wellness center, in North Wales. Her holistic approach to treating a patient incorporates a system known as Nutritional Response Testing that is based upon the Traditional Chinese medicine concept of using internal energy as a non-invasive way to evaluate the body’s imbalances and underlying causes of illnesses, assessing the body’s needs and bringing it into balance. Neubek also uses this method to find allergy stimuli and desensitize patients to them, a method of allergy elimination.

Location: For more information, call 267-613-8246 or visit

Wholistic Fitness Offers European Thermography

The North Wales women’s wellness center Wholistic Fitness is now offering European, or Computerized Regulation, Thermography.

Thermography supplies information about the nervous system and blood flow around organs and glands and details about your immune system. From the results, specific guidelines can be given to counterbalance disease processes years before symptoms develop or even after they develop.

It is estimated one in eight women will encounter breast cancer in their lifetime. Regulation Thermography (RT) is a tool that can be used safely and consistently to monitor changes in breast tissue, often helping with early detection of maladaptive changes. RT can indicate signs of degenerative changes as far as 10 years in advance, whereas mammograms typically detect breast cancer only after it has materialized. RT is a non-invasive, painless method of breast examination that does not use radiation. (Editor’s note: RT alone is not FDA approved as a stand-alone tool for the screening or diagnosis of breast cancer; consult your healthcare provider for more details.)

Location: 217 Church Rd., North Wales. For more information, call 267-613-8246 or visit

Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs

Craig Hanauer has developed “Every Kid’s Yoga,” a unique and successful program for children with special needs that integrates the creative arts, yoga and play.

Committed to the health and empowerment of children, Hanauer will bring his program to Moondog Yoga Studio, in Quakertown, from November 16 to 18. He is a New York State-certified Creative Arts Therapist, a Kripalu-certified Yoga Teacher, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance.

Hanauer specializes in training yoga teachers, special educators, occupational therapists and parents in this therapeutic and fun-filled approach to working with kids. Participants will see how the practice of yoga parallels and supports other therapeutic modalities in addressing difficulties with attention and self-regulation, social-emotional development, fine and gross motor ability, speech, language and learning.

Cost: $495 includes training manual and DVD. Location: 44 Front St., Quakertown. For more information, call 267-374-4046 or visit

Simply Be Well Adds Shiatsu Massage Therapist

Matthew Sobel has joined Simply Be Well Natural Healing Center (SBW), in Skippack, as a shiatsu massage therapist. Sobel has a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in integrative/preventative health and is certified in shiatsu massage and meditation instruction.

SBW provides a quiet, casual environment where clients can relax and heal themselves using massage, bodywork, harp/sound therapy, reflexology, healthy lifestyle coaching and spiritual counseling. SBW regularly hosts classes, trainings and events so that individuals can learn more about holistic healing.

Location: 1246 Collegeville Rd., Skippack. For more information, call 610-584-2439 or visit

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