June 2019

Integrative Wellness

June at Open Door

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

We know it may be hard to entice you inside during the summer months, but if the bugs start to drive you wacky or the endless need to weed the garden feels a tad overwhelming or if you just want to feel your best for that summer bike ride, dip in the river, nap in the hammock, come take a look at our schedule for summer.
We, also, fully understand that the challenges of wellness can persist even as the outside weather turns cheerful. Staying committed to your wellness regimen all year round is the key to living at your optimal no matter what difficulties arise. As always, we are here to serve you, listen to what you and the community feel are priorities for a life well lived.  Perhaps this is your summer to try a dance class, aerial yoga, Tai Chi, community acupuncture etc...it just might make your summer all that sweeter.

To your good health-



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Special Events

Summer Dance!!!

Somatics for Wellbeing

with Kate Gamble & guests
Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30-6:30pm

June First Friday
Live Music with Live Painting: Derek and the Demons with Jamie Townsend

Friday, June 7, 5:30-8pm
Free and open to all

Seasonal P.A.U.S.E. 
Back to Basics: Reclaiming the Elemental Self 

with Angelique Priscilla, PT
June 20, 6:30-8pm

Summer Aerial Yoga
Fridays 2-3pm with Maryam Paydarfar - Beginner
(switching to 4:30pm beginning June 14)

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am- Beginner
June 8 Maryam Paydarfar
June 22 Sonya Carter
July 6 Maryam Paydarfar
July 20 Sonya Carter

Healthy Spines: Achieving a healthy spine through education, posture and exercise
with Lisa Blackburn, PT
 Wednesdays, July 17- August 14, 5:30-7pm

See our Complete Schedule Here!
Meet the Practitioner

Open Door is excited to have Victoria Duenes joining the Team to work in Community Acupuncture starting this summer!

Victoria graduated with a Masters degree from Jung School for Classical Chinese Medicine in 2011 and has been committed to finding innovative ways to share her love of medicine ever since. She is a diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, holds certification as an Acudetox Specialist with National Acupuncture Detox Association, certificate in facial rejuvenation, is a certified Peer Visitor with the Amputee Coalition of America and is Vermont state licensed. Victoria holds special interest in the community clinic at Open Door and is focused on helping create a space to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to all.  Her classical training has given her a unique approach in formulating creative and collaborative treatment plans which may include various modalities such as cupping, guasha and moxibustion. She works as a Health Coach in a local primary care clinic and is passionate about empowering every patient to achieve their own optimal expression of health. Her interests include cooking, nutrition, reading, swimming, dancing and an insatiable zest for travel! She has experience working with a wide spectrum of health including reproductive health, stress management, allergies, immune system imbalances, digestive complaints and chronic condition management.
Nutrition Notes- Microbiome
Holly Westling

Many people are talking about the importance of our microbiome these days. Our microbiome is the collection of micro-organisms living in our gut. Scientists are still learning about the significant roles that these gut bacteria play in our overall health - not only regulating bowel habits, but synthesizing important vitamins such as vitamin K, improving digestion and nutrient absorption, balancing mood, reducing anxiety, and improving immune defense. We are learning that keeping healthy gut bacteria in balance is especially important when it comes to our overall health. If there are too many bad gut bacteria and not enough good gut bacteria, our health can be compromised. Our healthy gut bacteria can be inhibited or destroyed by unmanaged stress, certain medications, illness, trauma, and unhealthy eating habits. For example, having a diet of regular sweets will promote the overgrowth of unhealthy gut bacteria that will, in turn, reduce the growth of healthy gut bacteria. We can keep our microbiome happy by eating a high fiber diet with lots of whole fruits and vegetables, some healthy fats and a bit of protein while minimizing all processed foods. Taking a probiotic can be helpful, too. I recommend finding one that contains at least 7 or 8 different varieties of bacteria, and contains about 30 billion microbes. It is important to feed these healthy gut bacteria with what are called “prebiotics.” Some examples of healthy foods that provide prebiotics and support healthy gut bacteria are: dark, leafy greens, garlic, onions, asparagus, and banana.

Since it is asparagus season, here is a of quick and easy recipe for Asparagus Vegetable Soup.

Aerial Yoga at Open Door!

Looking for a unique activity for your bachelorette party? Family reunion? Sorority? Birthday? Look no further! Aerial yoga at Open Door is the perfect fit.

An exciting combination of yoga, pilates, and dance - aerial yoga uses a variety of different poses in which the body is supported and assisted by a suspended silk hammock to help you strengthen muscles, gain flexibility, move with your breath, and change your perspective all at once! Aerial yoga will have you and your friends smiling, laughing, exploring all the way through class and will leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and connected.

For more information visit us at opendoorworkshop.com or call us at 802-478-4346. 

Come fly with us!

Through our wellness programs, Open Door offers clients the tools to be self reliant and resilient, and to achieve vibrant health and well-being. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and provider. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our services to the workplace and out to the community.
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- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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