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Northwest Florida Features

Taming the Mane Naturally

S​mooth, luscious, soft textures that are full of movement, shine and healthy luster is healthy hair. Yet, modern hair products and appliances can damage hair daily. Then add exposure to seasonal humidity and hot sunny day and most end up with a frizzy mess.

Off The Vine—All Organic All the Time

This year Off the Vine, based in Fort Walton Beach, is celebrating their 11th year of bringing fresh organic produce to their customers.

Cardio-911 Offers

D​espite being a simple, gaseous molecule, nitric oxide (NO) is an important biological regulator that is a fundamental component in such fields as neuroscience, physiology and immunology.

Deep Listening: A Healing Practice

Dr. Michael DeMaria is a psychologist, author, sound healing artist and four-time Grammy nominee. A local treasure, he is respected for life guidance that he has offered to many people in our local area, applying his unique integrative psychology for more than 25 years.

Wellness Rocks!

Wellness Rock! Sessions begin in September. The class was created to provide insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


“There is much research that leads us to believe that grass-fed beef provides more health benefits than its grain-fed counterpart.”

Empowerment Tools for Joyful Living

Sometimes it feels like every day there is more to do and more issues to resolve. Personal empowerment tools can help keep us calm in spite of weighty issues that arise with family, friends, society, politics, economics and even the Earth.

Collaboration Helps Preserve Endangered Species

At the nonprofit Bear Creek Feline Center (BCFC), in Panama City, founder Jim Broaddus has developed methods of collaboration to assure that the center thrives.

Pensacola School of Massage Therapy Creates Wellness Careers

“The program is designed to provide the student with the theory and practice of massage therapy, incorporating a variety of recognized modalities, so that the graduate will be well prepared to pass the licensure exam to become a licensed Florida massage therapist. We continue our support of our graduating students for the workforce with our school placement service.”

Party Planning Goes Green

“Go grееn” is a popular рhrаѕе in the eco-friendly movement, and bеіng kinder tо Mоthеr Eаrth іѕ аn іmроrtаnt соnѕіdеrаtіоn, nо mаttеr what the асtіvіtу.


Qigong is known as "the mother of Tai chi," and translates as "working intensely with energy." It was an ancient practice of Chinese monks, used for physical health, mental clarity, a sense of peace and a feeling of harmony with nature.

Enjoy Yoga Anytime, Anywhere

Laura Tyree, ERYT-500, owner and director of Dragonfly Yoga Studies, in Fort Walton Beach, has launched a new venture, Yoga Anytime, an online yoga studio that delivers world-class streaming yoga videos anywhere, anytime.

Paddling to Save the Planet

In June 2012, Bob Purdy stand-up paddled the entire 80-mile length of Okanagan Lake in 19 hours for the first World Paddle for the Planet, in British Columbia.

Bob Seton

Bob Seton, the owner of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, in Destin, is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic pathology.

Find Your Path to Paradise

L​ocated on Old Point Washington, the East of Eden Retreat and Spa is minutes away from busy Walton County beaches, yet remains in a rural setting, secluded among the oaks and bamboo. The layout of the grounds is striking; a juxtaposition of modern architecture and serene, natural foliage. The resulting environment is a sanctuary for those seeking a variety of spa services, holistic therapies, yoga and yoga retreats, as well as educational workshops relating to physical and emotional health.

Finding Personal Empowerment Through Thanks

Personal empowerment is about learning to ride the currents of the river of life skillfully and gracefully. Being grateful for what exists in the present moment is an effective way to achieve true personal empowerment, and the process begins by accepting “what is” in the here and now.

The Mind has Become a New Health Tool

Hypnosis is now used by an increasing number of people to gain control over bodily functions such as chronic physical conditions and pain.

Warming Up...Naturally

Winter is a difficult season for many people, and although by most standards Florida’s winter is mild, we in the Panhandle, like most Floridians, consider ourselves “thin-blooded” and experience notable effects when the temperature drops.

SIN without the Guilt

Just as soon as healthy living gets back on track after overindulging during the winter holidays, along comes Valentine’s Day, the chocolate bonanza of the year. Fortunately, local Chef Will Guthrie has invented the perfect indulgence without the guilt with his Sin-In-A-Tin Chocolate Pâté, smothered in 60 percent Belgium bittersweet chocolate.

Happiness Leads to Healthiness

Life satisfaction is a crucial component of health. People often seek a nutritional formula to make them slim, have less pain, better sleep and improve their mood, but they are surprised to find that many areas of their life influence the path to optimal health.

Explore, Enjoy and Save with the Jewels of the Emerald Coast

Many Gulf Coast residents are choosing to take a “save-cation,” holiday this year, without adding the hefty price of gas, airfare or luxury accommodations. NWF Natural Awakenings readers were asked to share their own experiences at local destinations that allow guests to explore and enjoy the Emerald Coast area without emptying their bank accounts.

Organic Hair Color, A Safer Alternative

Many popular hair color products contain hazardous chemicals that can compromise a user’s health and welfare, as well as negatively impact the environment.

Andropause is the Male Equivalent of Menopause

Increasing testosterone in the andropause group can improve psychological well-being and mood.

Special Collaboration for Back-to-School Preparation

Throughout the summer, your special education child has worked regularly with his therapist in your home to learn new skills. During visits to a library, museum or local business, he has practiced and applied his newly learned skills. You are thrilled with the progress he has made.

Sleep Coach Helps Kids, Parents Rest Easy

When Erin Grzeszak mentions the fact that 25 percent of kids under the age of 5 have “sleep challenges,” one question comes to mind: Only 25 percent?

Pesticide-Free Farmers in the Panhandle

Florida Summer evenings are abuzz with the symphonies of our winged, six-legged friends, but during the daytime, these guys have to eat just like us; they may even try to dine on the very same food supply as we do.


Music fans are expected to head to the white, sandy beaches of Gulf Shores for the seventh annual Hangout Music Festival

Cover art for Natural Awakenings Magazine, April 2015,

Pensacola native Margaret Biggs pays homage to the beauty found in nature and the spirituality a relationship with it ensures through her uniquely rendered oil paintings.

The 12 Dimensions of Well-being—What’s Your Wellness Score?

A wellness assessment can provide a valuable inventory of the state of your well-being and provide information on where to start in the New Year. Take our quiz and learn dimensions might need the most change and the motivation to change in each dimension.

NAC is a Real Sleeper Among Supplements

The over-the-counter supplement N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is one of the least publicized, yet vitally important nutrients in the natural health field today.
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Northwest Florida Newsbriefs

“Dr. Maria” Joins Emerald Coast Dental Spa

Dr. Tara Griffin says the recent addition of Dr. Maria Grosso-Wooldridge to her team will allow the growing practice to offer additional services to patients.

Personalized Medicine Focus of March Presentation

O​n March 29, Rodney D. Soto, M.D., with Genestyle Medical, will be at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa to give a presentation on “the new paradigm in wellness,” personalized medicine.

Experience an Unforgettable Christmas Eve

Unity of Pensacola will present a Christmas Eve Candelight Night Under the Stars Service for an hour of intention and celebration of the Christ child within us all from 6 to 7 p.m., December 24.

Learn About the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Maia Rizzi will present a talk on the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity from 10 a.m. to noon, September 5, at Evermans' Community Room, in Pensacola.

Organic Mattresses Now Available Locally

T​he Good Morning Mattress Center. Located at 7160 North Davis Highway, in Pensacola, is the first retailer on the Gulf Coast to offer non-toxic, organic mattresses in all sizes, from crib to California King.

Northwest Florida region wide rally aligns with the worldwide March Against Monsanto

A worldwide grassroots group March Against Monsanto has inspired a broad coalition of individuals and groups to gather in cities and towns all over the world as part of a global effort to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to insist upon labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). The Northwest Florida region wide rally will take place ...

EARTH DAY 2015: Hope for Our Future

When we learn about the condition of our most valuable resource—this spinning planet we call home—we may feel a sense of urgency, desperation or even defeat.

Pilates Day Celebration

Pure Pilates, in Downtown Pensacola, is celebrating National Pilates Day 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 2...

Integrative Medicine Course at Center for Lifelong Learning

Wellness Rocks! Integrative Medicine classes will be held from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays, from January 22 to February 26, at the University of West Florida Fort Walton Beach auditorium.

Bruni Relocates and Reopens Pilates Core Training

The Pilates Core Training studio, which was damaged during an April flood, has reopened at a new location, 1310 B Dunmire Street, in Pensacola, and will hold an Open House celebration in the new, state-of the-art studio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 6, with free classes all day, gift certificates and discounted packages.

The Healing Clinic Transforms to Serve the Community

At THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, owner and transformational healer Felicia McQuaid, myofascial release specialist Laura Tyree and massage therapist Mike Ortega have provided services to more than 1,000 people in their first year of operation.

There’s More than One Way to Rub a Foot

Zen Center Offers New Home Study Course

The Zen Center of Panama City is offering the Waiest home study program as a path to personal development that only you can take.

Standup Paddleboard Yoga offered from Destin to Watercolor Resort

Shanda Beste, of Inner Chi Wellness & Soul Shine SUP Yoga, is offering standup paddleboard yoga at the Boathouse with Yolo Board Adventures at Watercolor Resort and private or group paddle instruction, customized parties and retreats...

Organic Hair Care in Pensacola

Camy Kilker, with Le Vogue Salon, is now providing organic hair color in downtown Pensacola.

Group Hike on the Upper Ecofina

Brian Skoskie will conduct a five-mile guided hike to the banks of upper Econfina Creek.

Truly Heal Workshop in Destin

Chronic degenerative diseases are on the rise, and it’s time to take a fresh new look at how we view our health.

Saturday Farmers’ Market Opens in Niceville

That Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza will operate Saturdays year round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the goal of becoming a weekend destination for locals and visitors alike.

30A Farmers’ Markets Continue to Grow

Diane K. Kolopanas, producer and administrator of three farmers’ markets along 30A and in Santa Rosa Beach, has added the products of several local vendors whose offerings include grass-fed beef and dairy and organically grown aquaponics and hydroponic produce.

Float Brothers Float Spa Opening in Destin

Float Brothers Float Spa, the first float therapy spa on the Emerald Coast, is opening December 12 at the Plantation Commons Shopping Center, 4495 Commons Drive West, in Destin.

Mahabhuta Yoga Festival is an Expression of Love

The fourth annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival will take place in this, the Year of the Wood Sheep (celebrating family), from November 20 to 22 at Sanders Beach.

Discover New Horizons of Joy ​at East of Eden

East of Eden Retreat and Spa, in Santa Rosa Beach, will host an all-day Joy Workshop Retreat with Felicia McQuaid and Laura Tyree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 12.

Try Zyto Scan For Free

E​sther's Garden of Healing is offering Zyto Scan appointments at no cost to Natural Awakenings readers.

Hot Yoga Om Offers Radiant Infrared Heat

Hot Yoga Om has opened at 222 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, Unit A, in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Laura Tyree, owner of Dragonfly Yoga, has partnered with Felicia McQuaid, owner of THE Healing Clinic, to combine yoga with infrared heat.

New Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic in Downtown Pensacola

The husband-and-wife team of Dr. Peter Shark, AP, and Niko Shark, HHC, have opened Gulf Coast Wellness, located at 310 East Government Street, in Pensacola, overlooking downtown Seville Square.

Free Seminar on Renewable Energy Savings and Property Values

Homeowners and business property owners in Northwest Florida will want to attend a free educational seminar on January 7 to learn ways of adding value to their property while saving energy and/or generating renewable energy.

Winter Solstice Celebration with Michael DeMaria

Dr. Michael DeMaria, an integrative psychologist, yoga/meditation teacher and four-time Grammy-nominated musician, will present his third annual Winter Solstice Healing Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m., December 21, at the Sanders Beach Community Center, in Pensacola.

Local Clinic Debuts New Therapeutic Laser

Pro-Active Chiropractic, in Niceville, is now offering the new Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser, which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions as part of their continuing investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in the chiropractic field.

Wellness Counseling that Comes to You

Wellness Rocks Series Host Leading Practitioners

Wellness Rocks, Pensacola’s premier Natural Health Care educational series, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., June 12, in the Everman’s community education room, sponsored by Natural Awakenings in partnership with the Herb Study Group.
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Generous Pint-Sized Givers

Walking children through the process of being helpful to others can instill lifelong habits of altruism.

Stressed-Out Pets

Life as a beloved American pet might seem ideal, but 70 million of our cats and dogs are medicated for anxiety and depression.

The Rise of Functional Medicine

Instead of focusing on symptomatic diagnoses of heart, liver, respiratory or other conditions, functional medicine looks deeply into our personal history and the body’s interlinked systems to heal the whole person.

Alexandra Paul on Vegan Activism

The Baywatch star’s healthy choices and inspired activism are driven by her desire to be kind to herself and all living beings.

Grateful for Everything

Keeping a daily gratitude journal puts us on the fast track to deeper peace and everyday miracles.

Greenhouse Magic

DIY greenhouses are sprouting across the country, spreading the fun and yummy rewards of gardening into unlikely seasons.

Clean Composting

Turn everyday scraps into rich, fertile soil. These helpful how-tos and resources get you started.

Everyday Sustainability

We can easily green up our lifestyle by making simple choices on everything from food to clothes to cleaning supplies.

Walking The Cat

Given a gentle introduction, a cat can learn to love a leash and relish daily walks around the neighborhood.

Edible Heirlooms

The healthy, tasty, GMO-free varieties of produce that our grandparents enjoyed are making a comeback.


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See More »Health Briefs

Breastfed Babies Have Fewer Colds and Ear Infections

Prolonged Nursing Provides Protection

Delayed Kindergarten Reduces Attention Deficit

Reason to Push Back Starting School

Grape Juice Boosts Memory and Driving Skills

Benefits of Polyphenols

Aromatherapy Soothes Allergies

Scents for Natural Relief

Prenatal Sun Exposure Lowers Asthma Risk

Increased Vitamin D Reduces Likelihood

Young Adult Insomnia Linked to Chronic Pain

Lack of Sleep Early On Leads to Complications Later in Life
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See More »Global Briefs

Scrambling Species

Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others

Toxic Trinkets

Low-Cost Jewelry May Harbor Cadmium


Hope for a New Generation

Good Reads

Fiction Readers Have More Empathy

Show Stopper

Circuses Cease Exotic Animal Acts

Green Serenity

Sikkim Now a Wholly Organic State

2016 Annual Natural Living Directory