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Brookhaven Retreat Celebrates National Walking Day on April 1, 2015


Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

Brookhaven Retreat will kick off National Stress Awareness month by hosting an in-house event on National Walking Day for clients and staff members. The event will include a mindful walk on the nature trails, a letting-go ceremony and a plant-based vegetarian luncheon. Clients will release balloons into the sky to symbolize their fears and obstacles that no longer serve them.

Throughout the month of April, staff members Charity Coyle, RD (Registered Dietician) and Stephanie Christian, LMBT (Licensed Bodywork Therapist) will facilitate activities, including therapeutic massage and stretching for fellow staff members.

Jacqueline Dawes, founder of Brookhaven Retreat, considers exercise an essential aspect of recovery and overall wellness. That explains why physical activity is an inherent part of The Lily Program® at Brookhaven Retreat.

An inactive lifestyle is both a symptom and a contributor of mental health issues. Depression and anxiety can keep women in bed for long periods of time, which means self-care and physical needs are neglected.

Thirty minutes of exercise, such as a brisk walk, five times per week, can significantly benefit one’s health. Walking lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and overall health of the muscles, bones and joints.

Daily classes incorporate walks on the facility’s lush and wooded nature trails. “Walking increases both activity and mindfulness,” Dawes says, “allowing women to be present and connected to their surroundings. All women need opportunities to let go and de-stress, including our staff of care-givers and clinicians. We all need to take time for self-care and to nurture ourselves.”

About Brookhaven Retreat

Brookhaven Retreat is a women’s treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.







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Detox Retreat at Sedona Mago Retreat Leads to Weight Loss and Improved Health


(PRWEB) January 22, 2015

The average American gained 5-10 lbs. over the holidays and is on a quest to take it off.

Juniper D. Yang, Tao Master and instructor and Dr. Victoria Green, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, lead the Revitalizing Detox Retreat at Sedona Mago Retreat. The great majority of their retreat participants succeed in losing weight. In addition, they report a profound improvement in their energy and overall health, and find relief from fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, depression, headaches and various aches and pains.

A lot of diets are unsuccessful because toxins have built up in a person’s body and they do not address this issue. According to Juniper, even if we make a concentrated effort to have a healthy lifestyle, current environmental toxins make it necessary to cleanse our bodies every six months. Toxins can cause fat to build up, especially around the belly. This unsightly visceral fat surrounds internal organs and is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. No matter how much you restrict calories, weight loss is nearly impossible—unless you cleanse your body.

The Revitalizing Detox Program at Sedona Mago Retreat has spiritual benefits as well. People find that their natural healing power is enhanced through components of this unique program which include mindful eating, attending to the breath, meditation, and energy balancing.

While each retreat at Sedona Mago Retreat is distinctive, they share a common goal–to help participants to heal themselves through the principles and practices of Tao. The From Stress to Strength weekend retreat is designed to show people how to reduce, prevent, and cope with stress while the Finding True Self retreat provides techniques to focus inward for self-realization and helps renew a sense of inner peace. Holistic Health Journey leads to mindful living and utilizes many natural healing sources from within and the Tao Meditation retreats teach basic meditation and exercises for healing the body and mind to develop or deepen the meditation practice.

Sedona Mago Retreat is located on 163-acres in the sacred lands of Sedona and provides the ideal place to renew body, mind, and spirit. Call in reservations by March 31, 2015, mention code peace2015, and receive 10% off your room accommodations. ▪ 800-875-2256







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Brookhaven Retreat Prepares for the Holiday Season


Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) December 02, 2014

November and December are months spent with loved ones, gathering gifts, preparing delicious feasts and managing a busy travel schedule. Though often expressed as a season of joy and celebration, the holidays may cause overwhelming stress and exhaustion that can take a toll on a woman’s emotional and mental health. As the year winds down, Brookhaven Retreat provides each woman in its residential treatment program with the essential skills to overcome any obstacles this holiday season.

There are many possible triggers presented over the holidays that can make women with mood disorders and substance abuse issues vulnerable. Traveling, family, stress and exhaustion can all interfere with maintaining her healthy habits and daily routines.

Women who have experienced trauma or struggle with the loss of a loved one may have a difficult time coping during the holiday season. Frequent get-togethers and celebrations can provoke painful memories and intense anxiety that may trigger a relapse into unhealthy coping mechanisms such as self-medicating and self-injury.

During treatment, women learn the importance of avoiding unnecessary triggers including disruptions in sleep, excess financial stress, unrealistic expectations and unhealthy social environments. Women are taught it is okay to decline an invitation if it compromises her emotional, mental or physical health and learn how to set healthy boundaries.

Brookhaven Retreat encourages women to not feel overcome by the pressures of the holiday season, but rather enjoy the time spent with loved ones, avoid unnecessary anxiety or stress and practice self-care. Maintaining a healthy routine of sleep, exercise, nutrition and medication helps women stay focused on their recovery, even during the busy holiday season.

About Brookhaven Retreat

Brookhaven Retreat is a women’s treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.