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Healers Mindful Practice™ Group

Healers, Coaches, Wellness Providers, Lightworkers — this is for you! 

In a time of heightened change, helping-preneurs are searching for ways to stay present, to be empowered for coping with the challenges of everyday life, to gain clarity and direction for their healing practice and to maintain a personal growth practice. 

“Realize that this very body, with its aches and its pleasures…is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.” — Pema Chodron

What if you could join a group of like-minded seekers in a mindfulness-based, self-guided study that would engage you to gain those skills? An introduction of easy to follow mindfulness meditation and body awareness tools that do not require you to go anywhere other than WITHIN. Imagine connecting with others from around the globe.

The Healers Mindful Practicetm was started for that reason - to empower a mastermind-like group of healing practitioners to join together and commit to a study of lessons at home. The lessons are downloaded and are based on mindfulness models from renowed leaders, teaching skills that can increase your ability to better cope with stress and pain and to be fully present to deal with distubing events with grace and composure. 

MINDFULNESS training is shown by research to have a significant therapeutic effect on stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments. Participants report feeling more alive, more ‘in-tune’ with themselves and others.

“Enough. These few words are enough. If not these words, this breath. If not this breath, this sitting here. This opening to the life we have refused again and again until now. Until now”
—David Whyte 

For many healing practitioners with busy lives, maintaining a practice of meditation and mindfulness is an ongoing quest. For others, just getting started or learning the skills to practice is the greatest challenge. The Healers Mindful PracticeTM was started by Linda Chollar, Business Success Coach as she began a specific self-study that was a free downloadable course.

Impresssed with the results, she formed the HMP practice group to bring others together while doing their own home study of the course. As a coach, the edge she added to the Healers Mindful Practicetm is a brief gathering of the participants in a live weekly tele-call. Her goal: to add accountability and commaderie with fellow healers. 

Chollar hosts the group that includes pre-scheduled live calls while members of the HMP move through the 6-lesson home-study course at their own pace. Members offer accountability and come together to inspire, encourage, share and enrich the self-study by connecting with fellow seekers. New members can join in anytime and catchup through replay audios of previous tele-calls.

Lessons, videos, exercises and resources are instant access with encouragement to set up a binder for materials that build a base of knowledge and experience to be used as a resource for life. The online course itself is provided through a third party webpage with the link provided to HMP Members upon enrollment in the Healers Mindful Practice Group. Cost for the HMP enrollment is for the hosting of the live group calls and for the benefit of live guidance by a coach through the self-study. Studies show that the likelihood of completing a self-study course increases tremendously with the accountability of a group support.  

For detail and cost to join the Healers Mindful Practice email: and ask for the Healers Mindful Practice “At-A-Glance” outline, costs and how to get started. 



Fibromyalgia Support Group Learns Benefits of Reflexology

Fibromyalgia advocate, educator and pain specialist Linda Chollar was a guest speaker this past week at the holiday meeting of the FM Support Group led by Bill and Elaine Horn at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance, CA. On hand was Christine Danella, author of Tender Points, A Fibromyalgia Memoir and a well-informed group of attendees eager to learn more about self-care and fibromyalgia research news. 

The topic was Pain Management with Foot Reflexology. Chollar shared case studies of the past 15 years with her own patients diagnosed with FM, explaining how reflexology provides relief by working through the body’s nervous system.

Linda teaches pain management seminars across the U.S. for reflexologists, massage therapapists, etc. and invites FM patients to participate as models to receive the practical portion of the training. She says it’s on-the-job training so that providers like reflexologists can see the results immediately that are possible and hear directly from those who suffer with Fibromyalgia. 

Of interest for wellness providers whose services include therapeutic touch specific to reflexology is a textbook titled, Therapeutic Reflexology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Professional Competence authored by Paula Stone. Chapter 17 features a fibromyalgia study of Linda Chollar’s from 2008.  The section is titled “Clinical Perspective: Reflexology Reduces Pain, Improves Sleep in Fibromyalgia Patients”. Paula has profiled Chollar’s personal findings from a study of 16 fibromyalgia patients that supports the use of foot reflexology as a treatment for the bodywide pain associated with fibromyalgia.    

Download a PDF of the study here.

The book is published by Pearson Education, one of the world’s largest publishers and includes a DVD and free online resources. Also featured is Dr. Jesus Manzanares‘  reflexology research on foot biopsys and nerve theory. Author Paula Stone has contributed a comprehensive text that will surely become part of every reflexology provider’s library.  

A webinar is also available from Chollar on her Reflexology Mentor website for healthcare professionals and reflexologists: “Understanding Fibromyalgia”. Hosted by Linda, she discusses the protocol in her personal FM study as well as current findings in the ever changing face of fibromyalgia.

Linda Chollar is available for speaking to organizations about holistic and drug-free approaches as a care plan for those who suffer from the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. For healthcare providers, holistic practitioners, reflexologists, wellness coaches or any group or organization interested in hosting a seminar or reflexology training workshop in your area, Click here to request more information on keynotes, lectures and workshops at your venue, event or group. Let us know your interest, location and any details. 



4 Tips to Get-Rich-Quick before Year-End  

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about giving-to-get! The greatest reward for those in a client-oriented-personal-service business is client loyalty and their trust in sending others our way (referrals). We cultivate and earn this by building rich relationships over time.

These tips will have you counting rewards that last through the years.

With the 2014 countdown only weeks away, your clients are rushing to finish up projects, survive holiday-frenzy and spending beyond budget.  How do we maintain business in the make or break season that plagues so many? By realizing that it’s all about giving more than you get with attention and focus on loyal clients.

1.  Focus on WIIFT (whats-in-it-for-them). Now is not the time to stress over your year-end goals and how to get NEW business in the door. Face it - schedules and deadines and just getting through the holidays are on the minds of many.  Make your time count but engage with those who have a need for your services now. Not every client has checked out in holiday-mode. Stay in touch with those who need you most.

2. Focus on how you can eliminate stressors in their life at this time of year. Think outside the box about what can you GIVE to those  loyal clients who are the core of your business. Is it a time of high-stress for them?  What do they need, are they lonely, have pain or anxiety, stretched financially themselves at year-end? Is there a win/win strategy you can implement right now? Re-frame the mindset that it’s slow and you need business to an attitude that your best job right now is about making life easier for your client. How can you create some value added service in this season and let them know you are there to help?.

3.   Focus on how to make it super easy for them to follow-through with you. Do they need a phone call, a call-to-action to book that appointment, a coaching session, or encouragement to continue their self-care program? With high levels of distraction this time of year, job tasks, shopping, company coming, decorating and added stress, believe that your service needs to be at the top of their to-do list. Tell them why and make it easy for them to say ‘yes’! Raise the bar on your interactions with clients through the final weeks of 2014 and shift your focus to genuine service as your gift.

4. Send an e-blast announcing a CLIENT SERVICE WEEK: focus on the relevant benefits right now (relief for stress, headaches or sore shopping feet); add a special VIP Offer with a deadline to reserve (offer good this week only) and list your available times.  Add-on value with a free product, a gift-bag or a gift certificate they can give away for your introductory service.

Of course, having a solid system for marketing and follow-up throughout the year is the best plan. With that in place, your last quarter will reap results and you’ll be able to spend it stress-free. Use the free time to get out and network, speak to a group, start a fun course or new hobby – things you ‘never have time for’.  Make it a rich year-end! Let me know how I can help.  


Breathing Lavender Oil for Migraines and Dementia

In a 2012 study published in European Neurology, the essential oil of Lavendar was shown to help with the management of migraines. Those studied inhaled lavender essential oil for 15 minutes and recorded their headache severity in 30-minute intervals for 2 hours. From 129 cases, 92 reported reduction in pain entirely or partially after inhaling the lavender. Researchers believe that the compounds in the lavender aroma may reverse blood vessel changes in the scalp that contribute to migraine pain. 


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Reflexology in the Village Garden

Reflexology and seated massage in a beautiful garden setting - in your dreams? Join me in a healing garden space in the Riviera Village, Redondo Beach, CA on the THIRD THURSDAYS as local merchants celebrate community! Stores and restaurants stay open later til 8:00 p.m. Stroll the Village, enjoy live music, artists on display, store displays and fun! Then complete your stroll as you enter into the magical “Village Garden” at 1728 S. Catalina Ave

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10 Tips to Rejuvenate Summer Business

The “dog days of summer” are what many look forward to, with taking time off from work and from commitments. To a small business providing personal services like reflexology and massage therapy, it can bring some not-so-welcome downtime.

As clients have their minds on ‘doing summer, vacations and being outdoors”, the phone stops ringing to book appointments.

However, with a shift in perspective from the owner of the service and a few well planned strategies, it can be a productive use of time for attracting new clients, for self development and preparation for new business in the months ahead.

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Six Tools for Balancing Body/Mind

Humans have an innate desire to move toward balance and peace and away from imbalance and chaos. We gather our own personal ‘tools’ for everyday balance and for those times we’ve lost it. Consider some simple yet effective preventive medicine to integrate into your LIFE Tools for Balance

Begin your day asking, “how can I be of service today?” 

Because all people are intimately connected with the universe at large, we both work for it and benefit from it. When you give to the universe with positive intentions, you naturally reap abundance.

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Stress: The Bad, The Ugly and The Good News 

First, the bad news: stress-related illness is at an all time high. The ugly: constant stress is dangerous to health. The good: there are helpful and effective ways to reduce and eliminate stress. The key is to start now and practice consistency.

Statistics show that 95% of healthcare visits in America are stress-related. More than 30% of people say they are under constant stress and 80% indicate their stress has grown in the last 5 years. Stress causes useless fatigue, emotional and physical pain and subsequent dis-ease.

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