October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organizations and Charities use this month to really step up their efforts in raising funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. We would like to let you know about one such effort that is especially relevant to the BHW community.

Judith A. Lese started her foundation following her own successful battle with breast cancer. Each year, her foundation holds the “Walk to Win”. Monies raised have provided equipment and support for the clinical trial programs and other services at the Sullivan Cetner for Breast Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital and research at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins — just to name a few.

This year the 9th Annual 5KWalk will be held on Sunday, October 16th 9am-12 noon (rain or shine)at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Maryland.

For details and registration contact
 Nan at 301.384.9864 Iuculann@aol.com

Newest Acupuncture Practitioner – Farris Johnson!

Hey everyone,

First off, I apologize for the lack of newsletters of late. We are experiencing some technical difficulties in that department but I will be sure to back-publish all of the missed newsletter in case you would like to refer to them. For now, here’s a list of the appointments still available for this weekend (and Monday, which isn’t a weekend but its rough and you deserve a treat)


John: 9 (45min)

Betty: 10:15, 11:30, 12:45

Sooyong: 9:45, 11, 12:15 (30min)

Rachel G: 10

Lorraine: 1:15, 2:30, 3:45,5

Robin:  3:30, 4:45

Gabriela:  4:45


Lorraine:  8:45, 10, 11:15, 1:15 (30min)

Rachel B: 10, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45

Sherry: 2, 3:15, 4:30(30 min)

Rachel G: 2:15, 3:30, 4:45

Betty: 3:30, 4:45


Leslie: 10, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45, 3

Angela: 11, 12:15, 1:30

Sooyong: 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30,

Michelle:  4, 5:15, 6:30

John: 5:30, 6:45, 8

Rachel B: 7:15


Next, here is a small bio introducing our newest acupuncture practitioner – Farris Johnson. It can also be seen on our website. Some of you may already be familiar with Farris if you have recently been to Friday Night Acupuncture Happy Hour ($15, 5:00-6:30 PM, drop-ins welcome until 6).

Farris grew up in Georgia and worked for years as a youth wilderness counselor, teacher, and tutor before moving to Maryland to pursue a degree in acupuncture. A recent Tai Sophia graduate, he is committed to bringing affordable acupuncture and wellness education to groups in the DC Metro area.

As Farris puts it, “I am continually amazed that tiny pins inserted just under the surface of the skin and a thoughtful question by a practitioner helped heal my shoulder, strengthen my bladder, and lift my depression; the same medicine has allowed me to help others heal their necks, stomachs, cancers, and spirits. I believe acupuncture is the answer to crises of healthcare, community, and ultimately the planet.”

Welcome Farris!

Social Media: Blue Heron is taking off!

Greetings and happy penultimate day of Community Week, Fall 2011. With the Fall schedule bringing us new classes and updates on beloved classics like acupuncture treatments and massage, I would like to take a minute to let you know about Blue Heron’s web presence.

As for the new items, Blue Heron now has a twitter account! Click on the hyperlink or search for us at your convenience “BlueHeronWellns”. BHW will be sending out daily tweets keeping you abreast of the goings on in the facility, like open weekend appointments, new product offers, new coupon announcements, etc. Most of this information will come from a combination of the website, bi-weekly newsletters, and blog posts, but it will now be available to you in true mobile convenience with the brevity that only a 140 character limit can bring.

With regards to our classics, if you are reading this post you may already realize that Blue Heron is bringing blogging back. Here you will be able to find permanent hyperlinks to the bi-weekly emails, as well as a short weekly post to keep you in the loop. For example, if you hear about a new product on twitter you can come here to check out more about what convinced us to offer it. And stay tuned for our new website in the near future; the same trusted product with a brand new look!

Really want to go the extra gigabyte? “Like” our facebook page, or leave a review on google, yelp, or yellowpages.com.

Got questions/comments/concerns/suggestions about BHW’s web presence? Leave us a comment! We’d love to hear from you.


Community Week is Almost Here!

Is everyone looking forward to community week? It’s such an exciting time for us to welcome in the new Fall schedule, meet new people, experience new things, and renew our passion for familiar activities. (Not to mention save some cash!) Click below to take a look at the community week schedule which is posted on our website. Please do your best to call and register for anything you see that interests you. Although many times walk-ins can be accommodated, we would love to be expecting you.

Community Week Schedule

Why add aromatherapy to your massage?

Essential oils are distilled from flowers and herbs. Added to a massage, they can increase the therapeutic benefits you came in for. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, and the immune system. When added to a massage, they are also absorbed through the skin into the blood stream. Like healing herbs, each essential oil has different properties.

Here are our new offerings for the summer:

Baby Skin – A great combination with an exfoliation or esthetics treatment, geranium, rosewood and other soothing oils maintain skin elasticity, speeds healing after surgery, and moisturizes dry skin.

Tension Release – This blend of oils is excellent for the athlete, anyone with joint/bone pain or in muscle spasm. It has a “green minty” scent. Along with our “Tension Buster Massage”, it can relieve a sinus or tension headache. It is anti-inflammatory and assists in sprains, swelling, muscles and joint discomfort.

Tranquility – Assists in reducing depression, eases anxiety, stress, and tension, balances and stabilizes the emotions, gives patience and calms worries. Grounding and integrates energy allowing us to visualize our goals and dreams. Citrus-y uplifting scent is a blend of orange, lime, ylang ylang, lavender, chamomile, and more.

Theraclear –  This is a blend created specifically to increase the lymph system performance, or as a lymph detox. Designed with Essential Oils that are renowned to have lymph supporting properties, this blend also benefits the skin and overall well-being. Contains grapefruit, cypress, and juniper berry to rejuvenate a sluggish immune system.

Leslie Knee, LMT

Onto the Skin and Into the Body

Onto the Skin and into the Body
Have you ever considered the ingredients that are in your personal care products and how they affect your long term health? The average woman uses 12 different personal care products daily, exposing herself to 160 different chemicals. Men are exposed to about 80 chemicals.  This exposure takes place before we even leave our homes and become exposed to air pollution, UVA/UVB rays and other assailants. Educate yourself so that you can make informed choices as you make selections for your skin care products. Following is a list of the worst ingredient offenders lurking in our bathrooms.

Parabens are a synthetic preservative and antimicrobial agent used in most personal care products from shampoo to moisturizer.  Recent studies have proven that parabens mimic estrogen and can disrupt normal hormone function.  They have also turned up in biopsies performed on breast cancer patients.  A safer alternative to parabens is a product that uses certain essential oils to preserve the product.

Phthalates are plasticizers that stabilize scent.  They are found in most personal care products that contain the word “fragrance.”  Studies have linked the use of phthalates to the depression of normal thyroid function, birth defects effecting the development of genitals of young boys and the sperm counts of adult men.  Synthetic fragrance can contain any combination of chemicals sometimes exceeding 200 different ingredients!  Fragrance is also the most likely allergen in personal care products.  It is also important to note that fragrance is often used to mask the pungent smell of other chemicals being used in a product.  Fragrance may be avoided by using products scented with pure essential oils and floral waters.

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS) is a synthetic detergent and foaming agent connected to skin and eye irritation.  SLS has also been linked to the byproduct 1-4 dioxane, a suspected carcinogenic contaminant produced during the ethoxylation process.  It is best to avoid this ingredient and look for “eth” at the end of other ingredient names to detect the ethoxylation process.  If you are looking for a natural cleanser with foaming action, look for coconut derived ingredients that have the prefix “coca.”

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) are emulsifiers and foaming agents that can produce skin dryness and allergic reactions.  When mixed with other chemicals commonly found in personal care products, they can become carcinogenic and have been linked to stomach, esophagus, liver and bladder cancers.

Diazolidinyl, Imidazolidinyl Urea and Quaternium-15 are often used as preservatives and have been found to release formaldehyde. They have been linked to contact dermatitis.

When shopping for your personal care products, look for short ingredient lists and essential oils (EOs).  The EOs are often used not only as fragrance, but as preservatives thus bypassing most of these worst offenders.