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May Events 2016
4/14/16
Thursday, May 12th

“Tao Yin & Stress Reduction Techniques”

When: 7:00 p.m.


Tao Yin is a type of exercise and self-massage intended to revitalize a person's internal energy, which is also referred to as ch'i. The exercises are used to encourage flexibility and strength, rejuvenating a person's muscles, ligaments, and joints and help release blocked energy within a person's body. This will be a participatory seminar - loose fitting clothes are suggested. Exercise is gentle, there are no restrictions, anyone can do it!

Thursday, May 19th

“The Basics of QiGong”
When: 7:00 p.m.



Qigong is an over 5,000 year old Chinese health method that combines slow, graceful movements with mental concentration and breathing. The standing postures and breathing exercises improve circulation, reduce stress, cultivate and balance chi or “life energy, and enhances the immune system! This will be a participatory seminar - loose fitting clothes are suggested. Exercise is gentle, there are no restrictions, anyone can do it!

Thursday, May 26th
“Home Care Exercises”

When: 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Chris will lead you through some simple exercises to increase your strength, balance and flexibility! These exercises are designed for you to practice at home to benefit your overall body health. This will be a participatory seminar - loose fitting clothes are suggested. Exercise is gentle, there are no restrictions, anyone can do it!
4 Natural Remedies for Allergy Relief
4/11/16
Do you have any allergies?
As Spring is in the air, allergy season brings the usual sneezing, itchy eyes and congested runny nose.
Thankfully, there are natural remedies to help prevent and aid in allergy relief.
Here they are…

1. ProbioticsProbiotic-Synergy-60-sphere_1

According to The North American Journal Medical Sciences, “Probiotics may have an important role in the prevention and treatment of allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies). One of the most important aspects of the beneficial effect to the host organism is that the Probiotics can interact with the host immune system and may modify the natural course of the allergic disease.”
With this mentioned, moving forward, these micro-organisms are considered a must for gut health. If you think about it, the majority of our immune-system is located in the intestines. For this reason, it’s vital to eat fermented foods high in healthy bacteria such as kimchi and apple cider vinegar. If you’re not into fermentation, try taking a daily probiotic that is of a medical grade quality.

2. NAET

As many of us know – or don’t know – joint pains, headaches, indigestion, etc., stem from allergies (seasonal, food, etc.). Therefore, NAET (Nambrudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) implements kinseology (muscle-balancing techniques), specific testing and organized treatments that involve changing ones diet and acupuncture to control active allergies.
In one study called Effects of NAET as Relates to Most Common Allergy-related Subjective Pain Syndrome in a Chiropractic-Acupuncture-NAET Office, the data explains, “Approximately two-thirds of the sample group experienced resolution of symptoms within the first 15 – 25 visits.”

3. HistaEze

This medical grade and all-natural product encapsulates a blend of key ingredients to boost the immune-system.
One of the ingredients is Quercetin – this is bioflavonoid that prevents the body from releasing histamines – which creates inflammation. As you may have learned, inflammation is a main culprit in the cause of allergy symptoms.
Other ingredients include vitamin c and nettle leaf – all historically known as immune mediators.

4. AcupunctureAcupuncture - IMC.Center

How does Acupuncture work? Simple – it brings the body into “balance.”
As much now understood, the symptoms of allergies are only expressions of internal imbalance. Therefore, Acupuncture works along specific pathways to resolve these “imbalances” and instead, create harmony.
On the contrary, according to a study called Efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for allergic rhinitis – An overview about previous and ongoing studies, the evidence points that, and I quote, “There is insufficient evidence for an acupuncture specific effect in seasonal allergic-rhinitis.”
However, these studies are based off of a very small sample size (less than thirty patients) and an average of ONLY six Acupuncture sessions – that’s all.
From clinical experience, six Acupuncture sessions won’t effectively treat allergies – it will only scratch the surface.

In all honesty, further studies with larger patient sizes and longer ongoing trials of at least eight weeks and two treatments per week – minimum must be conducted. Further, there are many other factors such as, needle technique, practitioner experience, etc., that need to be standardized and emphasized.
Plus, Acupuncture is not a stand alone therapy – its traditionally combined with other medical treatments to enhance the Acupuncture outcome.
Bottom line, Acupuncture may prevent and treat a wide range of allergies – when strategically combined with other Chinese medical therapies and when the right amount of treatments are administered correctly.


Chris Maslowski, L.Ac.
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Sophia Natural Health Center Opens Another Clinic in the Hartford, Ct Area
3/26/16
Sophia Expands!
Marlboro, CT, March 21, 2016– SOPHIA Natural Health opens its doors in the Hartford area. Sophia Natural Health Center in Brookfield, CT is the largest natural health and wellness clinic in Connecticut, combining the traditional healing arts of Chinese Medicine with modern medical science. Sophia uses acupuncture, physical therapies, herbal medicine, nutrition, and cutting-edge laboratory testing and works with you to create a natural solution and health plan designed specifically for each patient.
“We are excited to be finally opening our doors in the Hartford area and to help this side of the state to attain optimal health!” said Medical Director, Ken Hoffman.

About SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Using an Integrative Natural Medicine system developed by its founder, Ken Hoffman D.Ac(RI), L.AC, SOPHIA treats the whole spectrum of health conditions and specializes in women's health issues (anti-aging, hormone balancing, breast cancer prevention), Cardiovascular disease prevention, environmental allergies, food intolerances, chemical/environmental toxicity, inflammation and pain in the body. The Center accepts most major insurance plans

SOPHIA Natural Health Center
11 S Main St, Marlborough, CT 06447
Winter Health – 7 Smart Secrets for Winter
10/20/15
What do you think about when you hear the word Winter? In most cases, you’re thinking about blistering cold weather, hot cocoa, and of course, shoveling the sidewalk. Whatever the case may be, I’m here today to keep you warm and healthy this season! As an acupuncturist, we use traditional Chinese medicine to effectively educate our patients simple ways to maintain balance during the freezing Winter months.

Read more at http://inm.center/winter-health-7-smart-secrets/