Lorraine Lajoie produces meditation CD

Be The Master of Your Own Well-Being. Lorraine Lajoie has over 20 years' experience in Kinesiology and energy work. Lorraine offers a variety of techniques to support health, and has found that one of the ways to well-being is to meditate.
In, The Need For Balance: Body, Mind, Spirit Meditation, she guides you through an alignment of the chakras. Chakras are energy centers in the body, which are connected to every organ, gland, and body system. Their function is to vitalize the physical body, and to bring about the development of our own self-consciousness.
Lorraine's guided meditation is designed for both beginners and those who have implemented a daily practice of it for years. This meditation is truly unique due to the inclusion of Cymatherapy sounds. These specific patented sounds, faintly heard throughout the recording, support the body's natural ability to heal as each chakra is balanced.
Meditation has gained recognition worldwide. In America alone, 10 million people claim to meditate daily. Why? Because it works! Meditating has been a practice for centuries bringing benefits that can be felt instantly. Research provides evidence that it aids in reducing stress, increases mental alertness, can lower high blood pressure, enhances creativity, and also amplifies intuition, just to name a few.
While Lorraine was in the process of developing this meditation she was led to Timothy Donovan of Riverside Recording Studio, where the recording took place. Tim, along with Wilfred Cintron, composed the original music for this piece. This was a different genre than they were accustomed to, however, the challenge excited them. The vocals of Karen Fauteux Schooner, added to the end of the meditation, was the "piece de resistance".   
CD's are available at the following locations in Berlin. Hair Zone, Gill's Flower Shop, Greeting's Jewelers, and Floral Designs by Raegan. In Gorham, The Royalty Athletic Club and through Lorraine at 81 Evans Street. 603-466-26396 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website www.lorrainelajoie.com. Lajoie-pic-Lorraine's book, The Need For Balance: Body, Mind, Spirit, is presently in publication.

Dentists Hartzler and Jackson join North Country Dental

GORHAM --Bringing a passion for dentistry to the North Country, Dr. Mark Hartzler and Dr. Lindsey Jackson have joined North Country Dental out of their Gorham office.

Hartzler and Jackson are both Boston University graduates who grew up in Massachusetts and decided to relocate to the White Mountains area of New Hampshire after completing their dental degrees.

"I have always loved the White Mountains, and I was excited to find a job in the area," said Hartzler. He joined the practice first and then Jackson followed after working in the Boston area for a short period of time following graduation.

"I always wanted to be a dentist and knew I was going to be a dentist when I was growing up," Jackson said, noting she enjoys living and working in the Granite State. "This has been a really good move. We love it up here."

They join Doctors Paul Shoenbeck and Eric Hamilton at North Country Dental, all dentists in their 40s and younger who are part of the next generation of dentistry.

North Country Dental is currently accepting new patients. For more information visit www.northcountrydental.com or call 466-5015 for the Gorham office or 733-5515 for the North Conway office.


Memorial Hospital offers integrative therapies to support healing environment

NORTH CONWAY--The touch of a human hand has long conveyed feelings of caring, comfort and support. It's a natural instinct to reach out and touch someone who is in physical or emotional pain. Now, Memorial Hospital is joining many prestigious hospitals using integrative therapies such as Reiki to bring patients a greater sense of peace, relaxation and comfort during their hospital stay or treatment.

Michelle Keenan, MS is the program coordinator and a Reiki Master, as well as the hospital's coordinator of Heart Health and Wellness Services. With more than 25 years of healthcare experience, she has become a passionate advocate for the value, power and difference that integrative therapies can make. Keenan worked with Memorial's Integrative Health Committee to educate staff and introduce opportunities for patients to focus on themselves in the busy hospital environment.

"We want people to know that we care about how they feel – both physically and emotionally – when they're here," Keenan said. "I believe that Reiki offers a way to bring comfort into a patient's life during a difficult time. Approaches such as Reiki and Guided Imagery can help balance the tension of the clinical setting by focusing on deep relaxation and stress reduction."

Reiki is an ancient Japanese energy technique that can lower anxiety, improve sleep, reduce pain and increase feelings of well-being. It complements medical treatment, but doesn't replace it or interfere with medications or procedures, and may also help support the body's own natural ability to heal.

Keenan says the response to date has been very positive. "We piloted the project for three months in the Medical-Surgical unit, and patients found it extremely relaxing," she said. "They felt it was something special just for them." She also said that nursing staff and providers have been very supportive of the project, and it has recently been introduced for oncology patients receiving treatment.

According to the American Hospital Association, more than 15% of American hospitals now offer Reiki as a hospital service for inpatients, outpatients, family members and staff. Evidence-based research is showing that Reiki can be especially effective as a healing modality in the areas of stress, anxiety, chronic pain and self-care.

Many major health centers were early adapters of integrative services including the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Children's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and Maine Medical Center.

In New Hampshire, Reiki is available at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine offer Reiki for their clients receiving palliative and hospice care services.

Sessions are currently available to inpatients, oncology and surgical patients on request, as well as to family members. Reiki practitioners are trained and certified volunteers who come to the patient's room for the session. This service is provided by Memorial's Volunteer Services at no cost.

In addition to Reiki, a technique known as Guided Imagery has been introduced for Memorial's patients. Based on the concept that the mind and body are connected, this therapeutic approach uses soothing music and a calming voice to guide a person into a more relaxed state with a focus on healing.

Keenan said Guided Imagery is safe and can offer patients a great sense of control over their thoughts and emotions during difficult times. She added that the Integrative Health Committee is looking at additional services for patients such as gentle massage.

"If we can bring a sense of calm to the busy healthcare environment, we can help reduce the anxiety, pain and discomfort of our patients," she said. "Current research on the use of integrative therapies is showing that patients often require less pain medications, have shorter hospital stays and improved surgical outcomes."

Reiki and Guided Imagery sessions can be arranged by patients, family members or providers by calling the program coordinator at 356-4949 x2180.

Ironically, more than 20 years before she would put into motion the founding of Memorial Hospital, Helen Bigelow Merriman penned a book in 1888 titled, "What Shall Make Us Whole: Thoughts in the Direction of Man's Spiritual and Physical Integrity."

Mrs. Merriman was keenly interested in the relationship between healing and a person's inner well-being. She wrote, "Surely the physician's art is, or should be, the art of health rather than the art of sickness." Today, more than 100 years after the opening of the hospital Mrs. Merriman helped create, the commitment to the health and well-being of Memorial's patients is as important as ever.

 memorialhospitalMemorial Hospital's program coordinator and Reiki Master provides patients with a greater sense of peace and relaxation during their hospital stay.(KATHY BENNETT PHOTO)


Launch Box Party at NCIC July 15

LANCASTER--A Small Business Launch Box Party is being held on July 15, at 3 p.m. in Lancaster at the Northern Community Investment Corporation, 1 Middle Street. This Launch Box Party is for those individuals who are thinking of starting a new business or growing their existing business.

The Launch Box is designed to be an all-inclusive box full of material to start a business. Most everything that you will need to start a business is included in the Launch Box; forms for registering your business name, forms for applying for an EIN number, marketing information, financial information and even a place to organize your business records for a year is included.
Along with the Launch Box Party is a series of seminars to help strengthen the information included in the Launch Box. The series schedule is:
July 22: Information on legal aspects such as business entities.
July 29: Financial information about the record keeping and tax obligations.
August 5: Marketing information about branding and the need for marketing materials.
August 12: Information on Planning: the business plan, the marketing plan, and a financial plan.
August 19: A Resource Panel for more technical assistance or financing.

The series will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at NCIC Lancaster and is open to the public as well as those who attend the Launch Box Party.
"It is amazing! I have visited some of the businesses that have attended the Launch Box Party Series and they are still using the Launch Boxes that they received at the Party! They are not only using the Box, but they are applying the skills that they learned", said Joyce Presby, Entrepreneurial Resource Consultant for the White Mountains Community College. "The information in the box is valuable, but the knowledge and skills learned in the series is priceless!"
Maybe you have been thinking about starting your own business and just do not know where to start, maybe you have a hobby and would like to develop it into a business, or maybe you just need extra income. Whatever your reason, there is not a better time than now to explore your options.
Registration is free but required and seating is limited for the Launch Box Party, so register early. For more information and registration for the Launch Box Party or any of the seminars, please call Joyce Presby at 717-5457 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
This Launch Box Party is brought to you by Business Services North, which is a collaboration of White Mountains Community College (WMCC), Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), and the N.H. Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC). Find Business Services North on Facebook and like us. More classes and information is posted there.