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July 26, 2013

Health Beat: Amesbury healing center marks 20 years

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The Way to Balance Center for Advanced Healing and Training in Amesbury is celebrating its 20th anniversary with three community events.

A Neck & Back Pain Clinic will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can register for a private half-hour session with a practitioner offering holistic treatments including acupressure and hands-on healing techniques.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, a Headache Relief Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private half-hour sessions will teach people how to prevent headaches and methods for relieving them naturally.

The public is invited to meet therapists, vendors and support staff during a Community Open House on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20. Features include a mini expo, talks, demonstrations, raffles and refreshments.

Admission to all three events is free, but a portion of donations received at the clinics will benefit Our Neighbors’ Table. Donations and raffle proceeds during the open house will benefit Our Neighbors’ Table and other local charities.

The Way to Balance, located at 21 Water St., is owned by Sue Hanks Singleton and her husband, Aaron Singleton. Sue is a medical intuitive and master healer/teacher who recently released a new book, “Nine Simple Laws to Create Joy and Grace: A Comprehensive Guide to Manifestation.” Aaron is a licensed massage therapist, master healer/teacher and founder of the Energy of Life healing process.

For more information or to reserve a spot at one of the clinics, call 978-834-0341.

Yoga returns on Plum IslandFor the ninth summer, Angelena Craig returns to the beach to lead a Kripalu Yoga class each Wednesday and Saturday. Classes begin July 31 and are held throughout the month of August at 8 am. The one-hour classes are a gentle slow flow to open, stretch and balance the mind and the body and are appropriate for experienced yoga students as well as beginners new to yoga.To find the class, come onto the Parker River Reserve. Park in the first large parking lot and walk onto the beach, turning to the left. You will see the class meeting by the big wood sign. Come on time and bring a large towel, water, sun glasses, etc.There is no fee; a suggested donation of $5 or $10 is appreciated. If the weather is inclement, or you have questions call Angelena Craig at 508-472-7251 or visit www.thenewagingmovement.com.

Local opportunities to give blood

Community blood drives are scheduled next week in Salisbury and Newburyport.

Eligible donors are encouraged to give on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St., Salisbury, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St., Newburyport.

To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Road race to benefit cancer research

The second annual Christmas in July 5K road race will be held tomorrow in West Newbury.

Founded by Rachael Travers in honor of her late father, Jack, the race is a fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.

The race will start at 9 a.m. at White Gate Christmas Farm, 28 Ash St., and follow a flat, scenic 3.1-mile course. Parking is available at the farm, which is owned by cancer survivor Pat Kelly, Jack’s sister.

Registration is $30, which includes an event T-shirt and post-race snacks. To sign up, visit www.christmasinjuly5k.com or any Greater Boston Running Co. location.

Reunion for those born at Anna Jaques

Anna Jaques Hospital is inviting everyone who was born there to a reunion on Monday.

The second annual “Born @ Anna Jaques” event starts with registration at 5 p.m. and includes a group photograph at 6:15, following by the singing of “Happy Birthday” and birthday cake on the front lawn at the hospital. Food and drinks will be available from local vendors.

Those who register in advance will be entered into a drawing for a $500 engraved brick to be placed at the hospital. Attendees who make a donation of $25 or more to the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation will receive a T-shirt and photo of this year’s gathering. Donations will benefit the Birth Center.

To register or for more information, call 978-463-1176 or visit https://ajh.thankyou4caring.org/bornatajh.

Recognizing the signs of dyslexia

A free, informational seminar on dyslexia will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in Amesbury.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for and solutions that help. Difficulties with reading, decoding, phonemic awareness, writing, spelling, math or attention deficits can all be caused by dyslexia.

The seminar is presented by New England Dyslexia Solutions, 110 Haverhill Road.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-337-7753 or visit http://ne-dyslexia.com/calendar.html to sign up.

Free yoga classes on the waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Newburyport’s Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 24.

Led by Mike Houlihan of Roots to Wings, the classes will have a healing focus and include postures and breathing for strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Bring a mat or towel.

Donations will be accepted for the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Classes are also held at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings and on the beach on the Newbury side of Plum Island on Sunday mornings.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email yoga@rootstowings.com or visit www.rootstowings.com.

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