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Circles of Healing

Wendy Hammarstrom, FWD member, and author of Circles of Healing,The Complete Guide to Massage and Yoga for Practitioners, Caregivers, Students and Clients has been practicing, teaching and writing about bodywork for forty years.  She was artistic director of Agape Dancers and Director of Innerworks Classes for Bodyworkers and Health Professionals, both in Philadelphia. In 1996 she co-founded Inland Holistic Health Association in Murrieta.  More info on Circles of Healing 
Beginning April 25, she is writing about her on-going exploration of wellness practitioners, past and present in Fallbrook. Her first article, titled Fallbrook: A Healing Mecca introduces readers to the healing nature of this area. Keep your eyes out for upcoming articles, interviews and discoveries!  Contact Wendy via FWD

Circles of Healing


Last updated 4/29/2019 at 9:27am

Fallbrook’s rural environment provides many calming views like this one on Willow Glen, looking north to De Luz.

Wendy Hammarstrom

Special to the Village News

This is the first in an on-going exploration of wellness practitioners, past and present, in Fallbrook.

What is it about Fallbrook that attracts healer types?

When my family and I moved to Murrieta for my former husband’s job as associate administrator at Inland Valley Hospital, I wanted to live in Fallbrook. It was green and hilly and reminded me of rural Pennsylvania.

Save Our Forest has planted more than 6,200 trees and shrubs since 1993, in addition to the native oaks, sage and other flora. There are 60 wholesale and retail nurseries in Fallbrook, hopefully pesticide free. Fallbrook is near the Pacific Ocean but far enough away from crowds and traffic, and we have a Mediterranean climate, avocados, vineyards and fruit orchards. Fallbrook is a green zone.

I have learned that when workers were digging a trench to install a water line on Fallbrook Street, they discovered giant smoky quartz crystals. Could that be affecting us? Ley lines, energetic lines below the earth, meet in a vortex nearby. De Luz Hot Springs attracted people looking for healing in the late 1890s and due to earth shifts has closed over. Lots of earth energy.

The village feel, starting when Fallbrook became a town around 1890, still prevails. Judy Way, who has been working in Fallbrook since 1990 and now specializes in craniosacral therapy and Pilates, has created a book called “Wise Women of a Small Village, A Celebration of the Women of Fallbrook” that is a beautiful example of this connectedness.

Bodyworkers Barbara Findler and Craig Lozzi held their grand opening of Fallbrook Wellness Spa in 1996. Kathy Richter, iridologist at Wellsprings Herbs, tells me there were one or two health food stores, Finnegan’s Rainbow on East Mission and Rocky Peak Farms on Main Avenue. Today there are several places to get healthy snacks and a new farm-to-table restaurant is opening on North Main.

When I moved here two years ago, I was impressed to learn that yoga instructor Sandra Buckingham created and maintains a Fallbrook Wellness Directory. Today there are 65 practitioners offering over 100 holistic services, from massage and yoga to acupuncture, nutritional support and a myriad bodywork systems, from craniosacral to Bowenwork, lymphatic drainage, reiki, Rolfing, MELT, tai chi to vegetarian cooking, spa days and pet therapy, Fallbrook has it. To find a practitioner, visit http://www.fallbrookwellnessdirectory.com.

True, there is no hospital here, but Fallbrook Regional Health District hosts Woman of Wellness events, and there has been talk of Fallbrook becoming a Blue Zone. A new wellness center is in the works at the former site of a Lutheran church on East Mission.

By emphasizing nutrition and exercise to stay healthy, as well as by building connection and community, Fallbrook is bringing together a mix of ages, ethnic backgrounds and income brackets, for healing for all.

Wendy Hammarstrom has been practicing, teaching and writing about bodywork since 1976. Her book, “Circles of Healing, The Complete Guide to Healing with Massage and Yoga for Practitioners, Caregivers, Students and Clients” is available on Amazon or her website at http://www.circlesofhealingbook1.com.

How to stay cool during the summer

The summer months tend to be very hot and dry in South California. Heat accumulates and is absorbed by the earth and our oceans. Our bodies also absorb and accumulate heat.

Physically we can experience heartburn, skin eruptions, sleep disturbance.Mentally we can feel irritated, frustrated or competitive at the extreme.

As we know it we don’t necessarily realize that we can stay cool and peaceful with simple adjustments to the season.

  1. Check you diet

Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water with a slice of lime or cucumber, or drink coconut water.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they are heating and dehydrating.

Eat raw and light; Enjoy all seasonal fruits and vegetables like, cucumber, zucchini, broccoli, kale, lettuce, celery, avocado, peach, strawberry, mangoes, watermelons, herbs like cilantro or mint, and beans. They will keep your system cool.

Avoid hot spices, spicy food, fried food and red meat.

  1. Adjust your exercises practice

If you like to run, preferably do it early in the morning of late in the afternoon.

Avoid lunchtime for any strong physical exercise, even if this is in an air-conditioned room. The thermal shock, as you leave the room will be intense on your body.

Practice cooling yoga pose like, happy baby pose, Forward fold, twists and seated postures.

Practice Sithali, a breathing exercise that cools the body and mind. Below is how:

  • Sit in a comfortable crossed legs position
  • Roll the side of the tongue up to form a “tube”
  • Inhale slowly through the “tube”, count to 4
  • Close you mouth and exhale slowly through both nostrils, count to 6
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times


  1. Have Fun

Days are longer; enjoy all that the season has to offer: swimming, evening strolls, been in the nature but stay mindful of what is creating too much heat. Maybe enjoying a day at the beach means taking an umbrella, or taking a long cool bath will undo the heat of a workday.

A behind the scenes look of our Sciatic Blend

Today, I want to share you with my Sciatica blend, which I know has helped quite a few in our local area. Its a proprietary blend of clove bud, ginger, spike lavender, Helichrysum, Sandalwood and Frankincense. You can find the oil here: Sciatic Oil Blend

Now please understand our oils are the purest  you can get since we actually order them direct from the distiller, send them off to a lab for GCMS testing and then use those results to blend this formula and others to help you get back on track. A little goes a LONG way but is very effective when used in conjunction with heat/cold therapy (more on that later).

Why this blend works:

Clove Bud (Eugenia Caryophyllata) Origin Indonesia. Our oil of Clove Bud Oil contains 67.56% Eugenol, which is part of the Phenol family. Phenols are Highly anti-infectious, strong immune stimulants, stimulating to body systems.
Analgesic: Clove Bud essential oil is dominated by eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory action. The experience of pain relief can follow reduced inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory: Clove Bud essential oil is dominated by eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory action.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Origin Indonesia. Our batch of Ginger contains almost 26% α-zingiberene, which is also found in tumeric and aids in inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory: Ginger is used in traditional medicine for relief of pain and inflammation (Carrasco et al. 2009). It inhibits the synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines and precursors of inflammation and is thought to have potential in the treatment of osteoarthritis (Rahmani, Al Shabrmi and Aly 2014).
Antispasmodic: Riyazi et al. (2007) established that Ginger essential oil and some of its components can elicit antispasmodic effects.  

Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) Origin Spain. Our oil contains 45% linalol and 24% 1,8-cineol. Linalol has been shown to be a major anti-inflammatory agent in the essential oils that contain it, according to a study from the Journal of Phytomedicine (2002).  Peana et al built off their 2002 study which showed linalool to be an anti-inflammatory and went on in 2003 to show that is was an analgesic as well. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects appeared to be the result of  antinociception, which means linalool blocks the feelings of pain rather than using another mechanism to reduce painful feelings.

Analgesic: 1,8 cineole has antinociceptive activity (Santos and Rao 2000, Liapi et al. 2007). Santos and Rao (2000) reported that 1,8 cineole was also a potent anti-inflammatory agent and an excellent peripheral analgesic. Guimarães et al. (2013) suggested that 1,8 cineole has an anesthetic property by acting directly on sensory nerves. Sometimes a cooling sensation is observed. 
Anti-inflammatory: 1,8 cineole has very good anti-inflammatory action (Santos and Rao 2000).
Skin penetration enhancement: 1,8 cineole has skin penetration enhancing action (Guimarães et al. 2013).

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) Country of Origin: Corsica. Our oil contains 43% of Neryl Acetate.
Analgesic: The essential oil has pain relieving actions. Voinchet and Giraud-Robert (2007) suggested that neryl acetate, a principal constituent, contributed to this effect.
Anti-inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory effect is thought to be due, in part, to neryl acetate (Voinchet and Giraud-Robert 2007).
Antihaematomal: Antihaematomal action is the ability to prevent and alleviate bruising after soft tissue trauma. Helichrysum is notable in this respect. Bowles (2003) suggests that this could be due to the presence of italidiones (diketones). The antihaematomal effect might be due to a combination of anti-inflammatory action, vasodilatory effects, and prevention of edema.
Antispasmodic: The high ester content (neryl acetate) of the essential oil suggests that it might have antispasmodic action.

Sandalwood (Santalum Paniculatum) Origin India. Our oil contains over 85% Sesquiterpenols, where 72% of that chemical family is Santalol; which are used for analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal (candida), antimicrobial, antitumoral, improves mood, neuroleptic, sedative needs.
Analgesic: Sandalwood can provide pain relief because of its anti-inflammatory actions.
Anti-inflammatory: Baylac and Racine (2003) identified that Sandalwood is an inhibitor of 5-LOX, and Mitoshi et al. (2014) demonstrated that Sandalwood essential oil had antiallergic and anti-inflammatory potential.
Antispasmodic: Due to its calming actions, Sandalwood is considered helpful in reducing muscle spasms.

Frankincese (Boswellia carterii) Origin Somalia. Our oil contains  45% α-pinene (used for anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal (candida), antispasmodic, antiviral, prevents bone loss) and and 10% d-limonene (activates white blood cells, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiobesity, antioxidant, antitumoral, antiulcerogenic, immunostimulant, skin penetration enhancer). 

Analgesic: The presence of components such as α- and β-pinene, d-limonene, β-myrcene, and para-cymene (among others) suggests that the oil has excellent pain relieving properties.
Anti-inflammatory: Hirota et al. (2010) noted that d-limonene, a major component in some Frankincense essential oils, has considerable anti-inflammatory activity—it decreases cell migration and cytokine release and shows excellent antioxidant activity.

For acute sciatic pain, heat and/or ice packs are readily available and can help alleviate the leg pain, especially in the initial phase. Usually ice or heat is applied for approximately 20 minutes, and repeated every two hours. Most people use ice first, but some find more relief with heat. The two may be alternated. It is best to apply ice with a cloth or towel placed between the ice and skin to avoid an ice burn.

So, I know that is a lot of information, but as someone who is trained in component blending, I can help you combat your issues and get you feeling better by complimenting the oils and “stacking up” their properties for maximum benefit. Here we believe that Your Body is royalty, and want we to help you treat is as such.

Until next time! Thanks for reading.

What is a Chi Therapist?

Chi Therapist is an education created in Sweden.  A Chi Therapist works with instruments and a system similar to acupuncture therapy using the meridians and acupuncture points (the body’s internal energy flow) for healing.

These instruments were invented by a civil engineer in Sweden in the 1970’s.  They function on 943 nano-meter which is the same frequency as the bodies own.  The light in the instruments is based on research done in China on the Moxa plant – the question asked was is it the light or the heat in the Moxa plant that enhances healing when used together with acupuncture needles?  It was the light.

This treatment is found to be highly successful for both humans and animals.

Kay Gallen-Kallela, AMINARA HEALING 

Demystifying The Chakras

Demystifying The Chakras

Have you ever wanted to learn about the Chakras, our body’s internal energy system?  This is a fun workshop that explores a broad spectrum of ways to bring about balancing of the Chakras.  It can be as simple as wearing certain colors when you want to feel more grounded, energized or bring about clarity.  Perhaps you are going for a special interview and want to make a good impression – and of course get the job!  

Different aromas can evoke certain reactions and even certain foods!  Sounds too can have a profound effect!  A short sequence of simple yoga poses can get us back on track.  We are a complex race and our life experiences are stored in our body right from birth!  How exciting to have this tool to guide us on our path to a happy and accomplished life!

Sandra Buckingham, Yoga Teacher & Chakra Enthusiast!

Fallbrook Senior Center Fundraiser

Fallbrook Senior Center Fundraiser

Your chance to win a beautiful Chakra bracelet and support Fallbrook Senior Center. 

Sandra will be teaching a Chakra workshop on Sat Jan 14th and if you attend you will automatically get 2 free opportunity drawing tickets!  No need to be present to win.   Bracelets lovingly hand-made by a local yoga instructor.  Workshop being held at Sage Yoga Studios.  

VA for a Day

VA for a Day


 VA for a Day

On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, Vance Chiropractic Inc. in Bonsall, CA will hold their annual event:

VA for a Day

All Veterans and Active Duty Military, who show their Military ID, will get a Free Evaluation and Adjustment. This is our way of saying Thank You for your Service! Make your Appointment today by calling 760-728-2800. 5256 S. Mission Rd. Suite #406 Bonsall, CA 92003 (by the movie theater)

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