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“I was amazed and impressed by her total understanding of what today’s high pace lifestyle does to working women.”

D. Drury, president Blue Chip Cookies.

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Stress Management

Mindfulness Meditation Courses
See contact page to register or to request more information on the next class beginning Sept 5, 2013. This open group course takes place in beautiful Loveland, Ohio in Grailville ( It is 7 weeks which includes an all day retreat that will give you 20 plus hours of instruction, practice and a great deal of peace learning the foundations of Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, Meditation and more.

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    Learn how stress affects you and how to counteract the effects of stress either in private sessions or in a group. We teach proven to work mind/body techniques to improve responses to stress, improving physiological responses as well as emotional well-being. Examples of mind/body stress reduction are the renowned Relaxation Response, Heart Coherence and Meditation. Julie has trained with Herbert Benson’s Mind/Body Clinic at Harvard Medical School. Benson discovered where in the brain the Relaxation Response is triggered and exactly what is needed to ellicit this response. Her training, experience and ways of teaching allow everyone to easily understand and ellicit this response. Her studies in Meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction bring the latest information and are taught in easy to learn and time tested approaches.

    “This experience has given me a better appreciation for myself and what goes on around me. I am more effective in everything I do. My son, family and friends all see the positive affects!” class participant, L. Heitzman

    Meditation, Mindfulness and MBSR

    It has been studied and shown that education in and the practice of Mindfulness and Meditation can improve stress symptoms, depression, anxiety, many physical problems and add to overall health and wellness
    Learn different skills to a more serene mind and calm life. Although a daily practice of meditation or conscious relaxation, will offer the most long term benefits, even some basic centering skills, breathing and relaxation techniques or the use of guided imagery or affirmations can positively affect the body and mind. We recommend our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes for a comprehensive and life changing approach to stress. This program is taught world-wide for stress reduction and other health issues. It can be found in many hospitals. Julie’s program includes all aspects of the original MBSR program including all day retreats, yoga, homework and a great deal of practice. Her training with the programs developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and her personal involvement with meditation and silent retreats create a perfect background of experience to lead these groups. Contact us for the next class beginning this September.

    Mindful Eating

    Mindful Eating has been studied for the past 20 years as a possible solution to eating problems, disorders, losing weight and overall health. It is now taught around the country. It is not about dieting but about awareness and allows for a different awareness about one’s relationship with food. We offer workshops or individual instruction.
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    Corporate Wellness Programs/Workplace Stress

    From Cardivascular Health to reducing conflict within Management Teams, our unique approach can definately help. Mindfulness Meditation Courses and Stress Management Seminars are provided on-site and locally year round in the Cincinnati area.
    The objective is to teach people how to live healthier and more adaptive lives. We offer seminars, ongoing classes, private consultations, coaching, retreats and hourly presentations for your company, hospitals, schools or other organizations. Our involvement in the community has helped a lot of businesses achieve their goals of employees and managers improving their work days. When employees are calm and centered they become more creative and productive. All of our Stress Management tools are geared towards helping the organization benefit. We make each presentation, each class or experience goal specific for each company.
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    Stress Management Programs highlight:
    How to reduce stress within you
    How to reduce stress in others
    Saving time with improved listening
    Mastering Response or React mode
    Controlling information overload
    Tools for staying calm in the midst of uncertainty

    Training Benefits to the Organization:
    Reduced organizational stress
    Improved individual productivity and responsibility
    Better team communications and morale
    Improved customer satisfaction
    Retention of valued employees

    Training Benefits to the Participant:
    Reduced personal stress
    Improved decision making
    Increased productivity and creativity
    Better relationships
    Greater balance and happiness
    Improvement of health (see items below)

    Google, Dunkin’Brands, IBM and many other companies use these types of stress management programs. Please contact First Health Works Inc. or Julie for more information for your company.

    Some local businesses that have used these programs taught by Julie include:
    Health Alliance
    Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine
    Hospice of Cincinnati
    Jewish Hospital
    Triad Capital Advisors
    Signal Hill Chiropractic
    Christ Hospital
    Standard Insurance Co.
    Bethesda North Hospital
    Hyde Park Health Center


    Mindfulness is described as moment to moment awareness without judgement… or living in the present. Our simple approach to teaching the practice of Mindfulness can have a huge impact on the relationship to stress and improve the quality and appreciation of life. Privately or in a group, we offer 4-8 week programs, seminars, retreats and sessions to cover the foundations of mindfulness, incorporate practice and even offer weekly assignments for the serious student.
    The group programs are offered to the public in the Cincinnati area. Businesses can have their own programs developed to their specific needs.
    Mindfulness can change a person’s outlook overnight, creating the opportunity for better relationships, a better outlook and a feeling of happiness.

    Craniosacral Therapy

    A unique and powerful hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the body, mind and spirit.  The practioner works with the a certain physiological (body)system, called the craniosacral system, to release restrictions to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The client usually experiences a deep state of relaxation and well being along with physical changes. The body truly knows how to heal itself when we can get the body systems to relax. With a gentle touch, the practioner does just that: relaxes the body systems. TMJ, Headaches, Sciatica, are common physical problems that respond well to this therapy. We have had excellent results in helping to assist with emotional well-being as the body and mind calm. This is a great therapy to use with other Mind/Body work.
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    Transform Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Stress and many physical ailments with the help of biofeedback, showing how our actions, thoughts and emotions effect our physiological states. We use a few different methods to increase Heart Coherence and Heart Rate Variability, which has been proven to inprove our physiological and emotional systems. State of the art programs will help the client learn how to change different body systems to achieve improvement in health. High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Panic and Stress are a few important health matters that can be strongly effected.

    With our stress reduction programs, one can expect improvements in these areas:
    • Anxiety
    • Asthma
    • Back and Neck Pain
    • Birth Trauma
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Depression
    • Digestive Problems
    • Dizziness
    • Emotional Problems
    • Fibromyalgia Pain
    • Headaches
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Hormonal Imbalances
    • Hyperactivity
    • Infertility
    • Insomnia
    • Menstrual Pain
    • Muscular Pain
    • Panic Disorders
    • PTSD
    • Sciatica
    • Sinusitus
    • Stress-related Conditions
    • Tinnitus
    • TMJ/Jaw disorders

    Birth Assistance/Professional Birth Doula

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