May Monthly Restorative Workshop

Plan ahead for a nourishing Sunday with our monthly restorative workshop. The benefits of restorative yoga and deep relaxation are endless including better sleep, decrease in blood pressure, stress reduction and just an overall increase in your happiness and well-being. Master instructor of restorative yoga, Katie Schroeder will guide you by candlelight into deeply therapeutic, gentle poses supported by bolsters, blocks, blankets, sandbags and eye pillows to support your body and mind to relax and breathe. Guided visualization will deepen your restoration along with essential oils and gentle massage assists and reiki.

No experience and all levels welcome! $25 & register at IMG_1045

Meet Katie Schroeder of NSRY

Meet Katie Schroeder of NSRY

Katie Schroeder is the owner and main yoga instructor at North Shore Restorative Yoga. She has taught yoga for over a decade at many of the wonderful studios on the North Shore and holds masters degrees in conflict resolution and psychology. Her dream and passion is to create a space where the community can find health and well-being through traditional flow yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other healing arts that connect us deeper to self-love, balance and true connection to everyone in our life.

Katie considers herself a gypsy soul after a childhood of moving every couple years all over the US and abroad due to her Dad’s corporate job. Her easy going personality and love for life were the perfect mix for meeting new people and exploring new places with ease. Katie is happy to now call the beautiful North Shore home and is grateful to live in such a special place with a diverse community. She has always been a spiritual seeker for optimal health and happiness and is thankful to her amazing mom who introduced her to yoga in high school. Yoga has been the anchor for Katie during the uncertainty and constant change that life can bring. It inspires her to be a better person, better mother and better partner in all of her relationships. It has especially taught her the value of self-love and self-respect that comes with a daily yoga practice.

Katie is well-known for her speciality of restorative yoga and is grateful to share her gift of relaxing people. She is a fun loving teacher who supports each person on their own unique journey to well-being and healing, always threading a beautiful message of inspiration into all of her classes, workshops and private sessions.

Check out one of her classes, workshops or a private holistic healing sessions to experience Katie’s bright light and big open heart.

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We are all so busy! It’s just part of life. But that’s just it, we can make being busy just one part of our lives. We can balance the other parts of our lives by being with what we love and being surrounded by what we love. Sounds a little dreamy, but their is science behind it. It’s called slowing down and learning to be still, TUNING IN so that we have a precious moment to remember what is actually important to YOU.  This simple yet effective practice is the essence of Restorative Yoga. It will support you to begin the powerful journey of learning to just be comfortable with doing nothing, expecting nothing and allowing yourself to feel like enough (which ironically helps you accomplish way more than you ever imagined!) WHY?

Restorative yoga supports your body to be completely comfortable in simple, therapeutic poses by using bolsters, blocks, blankets and sandbags which then sends a message to your mind that it is ok to relax. When your body and mind get the message that it is ok to relax, then it can heal, change and transform. You can clear out all that busy information that the body and mind get every day and you can begin to just practice being in your body and being in one moment at a time with integrity and clarity. Trust me, it isn’t always easy to be still and some days are harder than others, but the more you practice the more you will feel like you have AWAKENED to your precious life for the very first time.

Lucky for YOU, North Shore Restorative Yoga offers a ton of classes and workshops to meet each individual’s needs. Sometimes you need to move through a vinyasa flow before you get down to restoring or maybe you are ready to show up to a workshop and get your restore on right away. Check out our full line up at

Our Monthly Restorative Workshop with Kathryn Schroeder is THIS Sunday 6:30pm-8pm $25 pre-register or show up! Pre-registration is strongly recommended to secure your spot! Sign Up Now!

Smile and Express Gratitude: It’s Good for Your Health

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

A Smile Has Health Benefits for Mind, Body and Spirit. Research shows that the simple act of smiling, even when you don’t feel like it activates the brain’s neural messaging system with a variety of health benefits. No prescription needed, and no adverse side effects.


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”      – Thich Nhat Hanh

How Smiling Affects Your Brain.  ‘Feel good’ neurotransmitters are released.

  • Release of dopamine (mediates pleasure in the brain, improves focus and attention.)
  • Release of endorphins (natural pain relief.)
  • Release of serotonin (improves mood.)
  • Muscle relaxation (relief of muscle tension.)
  • Lowering of blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Neuropeptides are also released (decreases stress and inflammation.)

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Try Reiki – for a More Relaxed Holiday

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

The Holiday Season is meant to be joyful, but If you feel added stress, you are not alone. The holidays can also bring up negative thoughts and feelings and increased stress due to added commitments, financial strains, travel, and increased grief and sadness over those we have loved and lost. Spending time with others and focusing on positive memories from the past may help.

Minimize Stress for a Healthier Immune System. When we feel stressed and anxious, the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol. Cortisol functions to reduce inflammation in the body, which is good, but over time, these efforts to reduce inflammation also suppress the immune system. Chronic stress results in high cortisol levels and reduces the body’s natural response to fight viruses and bacteria, making you more susceptible to colds and flu. Relaxation and adequate sleep help lower cortisol levels and support the body’s immune system.

Got Stress?? If you experience negative stress in your life, consider de-stressing with relaxation techniques. A session of Reiki (ray-kee) can create a more relaxed mind and body, helpful for decreasing stress.

“Every session is different, but every session is wonderful.”  ~ G.F. Gloucester MA

Other methods to help decrease stress and better support the immune system include – acupuncture, art therapy, exercise, massage, meditation, mindfulness, music therapy, tai chi, and yoga.

Remember if you feel stressed or sad this holiday, you are not alone! Seek emotional support. Talk to family and friends. Professional counseling may be in order. Talk to your physician; ask for a referral.

“I feel whole again.” ~ Veronica W. Salem MA, after her Reiki session.

Reiki Photo DTW Stock Photo with © 2015

Reiki Session at the Dreamtime Wellness™ Monthly Community Reiki Share.

In Need of Relaxation? What to enjoy the company of others? Interested in trying Reiki? Join me and other Reiki providers this coming Wednesday (December 16th) and sample Reiki. Those new to Reiki enjoy a Special Holiday Offering at the Lahey Danvers Outpatient Center – $10.00. Enjoy the peace, comfort and calm Reiki provides. Contact me to find out how –

Reiki Ryoho (a Japanese Healing Art/Method offered through light touch) is part of integrative therapies available at the Pain Management Center at the Lahey Healthcare Outpatient Center in Danvers.

Monthly Reiki Clinic (3rd Wednesdays) – Half-hour sessions $20.00. To register for a session email Or call – 978-304-8601. LocationLahey Danvers Outpatient Center. 480 Maple St. Danvers, MA. Pain Management Center.

Private Reiki sessions also available weekly. Discounted sessions available for those in treatment for cancer, seniors, veterans, patients and employees of Lahey Hospitals and Medical Centers. For more information or to schedule a private session email –

A Reiki session typically consists of lying on a massage table, fully clothed while the provider provides light touch. Sessions may be offered without touch if a client prefers non-touch. Sessions are often conducted in a quiet setting, with soft lights and soft music to enhance the relaxation. Shorter sessions of Reiki can be offered while sitting in a chair, as with seniors and for cancer patients during treatment for cancer.

“Some Reiki is better than no Reiki.”  ~ Mrs. Hawayo Takata, the Japanese Reiki Teacher credited with bringing Reiki to the West.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) –

  • Reiki appears to be generally safe
  • Reiki should not be used to replace conventional care or to postpone seeing a health care provider about a health problem.
  • To ensure safe and coordinated care, tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use.

“The pain in my head is gone.” –  J.L. (referred by her doctor for complaint of persistent migraine headache.)

The response to stress can be physical and emotional tension that causes headache, back pain, difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy. Chronic stress can lower the immune response and cause inflammation leading to chronic disease such as high blood pressure, endocrine, gastrointestinal, metabolic, autoimmune, and mental health disorders.

The opposite of the stress response is the relaxation response.

Whether you have as Reiki session as supportive care before surgery, for pain management, during cancer treatment, or general stress management the relaxation provided has potential health benefits, including –

  • Improved comfort
  • Improved mood
  • Increased calm
  • A greater sense of well-being

For a healthy mind and body, seek emotional support from family and friends. Professional help is available – Talk to a psychologist. Ask your physician for a referral.

Other methods to relax and de-stress include  – acupuncture, art therapy, breathing relaxation, dance, exercise, massage, mindfulness, meditation, music therapy, prayer, and yoga. Find a relaxation technique that is effective, affordable and fits into your schedule. Even better – learn relaxation techniques that you can use daily. 

All Levels of Reiki Training are Available  – Reiki First Degree/Level 1 focuses on the daily use of self-Reiki for self-care. Part of Reiki Practice is twice daily reflection upon the Reiki Principles from the Founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho, Mikao Usui Sensei of Japan – Just for Today…, Anger Not. Worry Not. Be Grateful. Work Diligently. Be Kind to Others.  Positive affirmations to think about and live throughout the day.  Contact me for information on upcoming classes and introductory talks. 

However you choose to relax and support your immune system, gift yourself or a loved one a gift of relaxation this holiday season and enjoy a healthier, happier holiday!

GMG contributors, readers and FOB – SAVE $20.00 on any sessions of Reiki or Hypnotherapy, Reiki Training and Gift Certificates at Dreamtime Wellness™ now through the end of the year.

Wishing you a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season,   ~ Karen

Sources and More Information:

  • Effect of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in adults: an in-depth literature review of randomized trials with effect size calculations. Thrane S., Cohen SM. Pain Manag Nurs. 2014 Dec;15(4):897-908. Epub 2014 Feb 28.
  • Effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attending a day oncology and infusion services unit. Birocco N., et al. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Jun;29(4):290-4. doi: 10.1177/1049909111420859. Epub 2011 Oct 13.
  • Holiday Stress. APA. 12/2105.
  • Introduction to Reiki. 
  • Use of self-Reiki for stress reduction and relaxation. Bukowsi, EL. J Integr Med. 2015 Sep;13(5):336-40.


    Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit Find us on Facebook –

    Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Spring Cleaning for Your Health

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Spring is Just One Week Away! A welcome sight after the long winter we’ve had in New England. The mountains of snow are beginning to melt and signs of spring are finally cropping up.

Bluebird of Happiness

‘Bluebird of Happiness’.                                                          Photo Courtesy of Michael Chamness.                                        © Wings & Waves Photo Art. Gloucester MA.

Did You Make A New Years Resolution to Exercise? Have you been able to keep it, or has it gone by the wayside, like the ‘disappearing sidewalks’ that made getting around this winter more difficult? Even if you LOVE winter and winter sports like I do, the brutal winter temperatures made it difficult to get outside to exercise. Hopefully, you found your way to one of the many local gyms and fitness centers on Cape Ann and stayed on-tack with your exercise and/or weight reduction goals! If not….

The GOOD NEWS – You Can ‘Jump-Start Your Good Health’ ANY Time of the Year! 

Many people in New England feel as if they’ve been living in a cave during this, the second snowiest winter. Time to Take Off Your Winter Mask and Start SPRING CLEANING for Your Health!

Winter Skiing 2015 GMG

Spring is a good time to take a closer look at the goals you set at the beginning of the year and reevaluate where you stand with them. With warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight comes a renewed sense of energy and hope springs forth!

Hope Springs Eternal DTW

The World Health Organization (WHO) Definition of Health“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Spring Cleaning generally is thought of as deep house cleaning, clearing out the cobwebs, sorting through your closets. Consider also a cleanse of mind, body and spirit to feel younger and rejuvenated!

SPRING CLEANING for Mind, Body, & Spirit

  • Sunlight Can Help Boost Serotonin, the brain chemicals that help you Feel Happy, Healthy and Well!  Have you noticed an extra spring in your step since the clocks moved ahead? I know I have! Increased serotonin levels promote improved mood. (“Everything in moderation.” Unfortunately, while boosting serotonin and a source of Vitamin D too much sunlight can have risks. For sun safety advice –
  • Get Moving. Enjoy Fresh Air, Exercise, the Company of Family and Friends as you enjoy the beautiful beaches and conservation land of Cape Ann. Along with physical benefits, exercise helps you think more clearly and improves mood. For a list of Cape Ann Beaches – and other places to walk –
  • Healthy Eating. Enjoying a ‘Rainbow of Colors’ of Fruits and Vegetables allows you to enjoy a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants. Fresh is Best! Check out local CSA’s (Community Sustainable Agriculture) and other local stores with fresh, locally grown and organic options.

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  • Get Plenty of Sleep. Your body recharges while you sleep. You think more clearly after a good night’s sleep.
  • Think Positive! You have power over your own thoughts! Or, at least can train yourself to think more positively through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Self-Hypnosis. Choose Happy! Enjoy a Daily Attitude of Gratitude. Using a Gratitude Journal, list 3 things each day to be grateful This helps you to focus more on the positives, and let go of the negatives.

Resources for SPRING CLEANING for Mind, Body and Spirit –

A Sure Sign of Spring – The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market is Back! Indoor Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Saturday. March 21st! 21st!—Dates-of-the-March-Madness-Market-.html?soid=1102513894265&aid=29Fkb0PWAYU.

At the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market you will meet friends and neighbors coming out of hibernation after the long, cold winter. Shop for local fresh produce and seafood, fresh-cut flowers and crafts. Along with natural soaps and salves to soothe your tired muscles you may find a chair massage offered. The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market is sure to bring a smile to your face and warm your heart! Enjoy!

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy & Peaceful Spring!    ~ Karen Pischke, B.S.N., R.N.

Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit Find us on Facebook –


Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.