Red Fox, one of series of new paintings by Zoh Hieronimus.
Greetings Friends of Ruscombe,
When I founded Ruscombe in 1984, my vision was to offer holistic healing options in one location. The reason for this was to facilitate a person’s healing more quickly than if a person had to travel looking for the many options that were then difficult to find. Today, thirty-four years later, acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal healing, massage, and other therapeutics we feature are more prevalent in our society. The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center remains the longest freestanding outpatient integrative center in America offering numerous ancient and modern healing options.
All institutions grow and change, and change is occurring now at Ruscombe three decades later. Astrologically, the entire world is in the throes of institutional change and individual transformation as seen by a Pluto square Mars dynamic, a fiery challenge to all systems, inner and outer, personal and collective. It’s a time of unexpected interruptions and opportunities for novel creation. This planetary configuration, which will last for another 15 years or so, accelerates change for the entire world. Continue reading “The Greatest Love There Is”
Solstice. The peak of Summer. Like the bloom of a rose, it sparks surprise and delight. Coming so close to the Sun awakens ALL our senses. Our hearts open – like a rose – to multiple layers of feeling and emotion. Continue reading “Reflections on the Solstice”
The heart of mindfulness is relaxed awareness of the here-and-now, slowing down, taking the time to notice more and notice more deeply, allowing experience to spontaneously arise, being not doing. As new experiences arise, they can be further explored or simply enjoyed. In addition to practices like sitting meditation, there are many other ways to cultivate this. Continue reading “Make Mindfulness a Pleasure, Not a Chore”
This now-famous bus was on the Ruscombe property back when it was the Savitria Commune and AUM Esoteric Study Center, and we’re hoping that someone from the Ruscombe community of clients and friends may remember it from way back then.
If you know anyone who was connected with the Savitria community or the early days of AUM, would you please ask them to contact us if they have any memories of this bus?
This post originally appeared on BmoreSZG.com. In April of 2017, Peter Van Buren gave a talk to the health practitioners at Ruscombe Mansion on the benefits of integrating Sheng Zhen Gong with the holistic therapies they practiced. After first explaining a little about Sheng Zhen Gong, Peter then guided the group though a brief practice, so they could experience firsthand the “Sheng Zhen state”. And, then he addressed the group,
Cynthia Zanti Jabs is taking on a new venture this month. May will see the first classes of a curriculum she designed to teach Therapeutic Qi Gong to acupuncture students at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Qi Gong (pronounced ‘Chee Gung’) is to Asian Healing Arts what Physical Therapy is to Western Medicine. With a few notable differences: Qi Gong works with mental and spiritual issues along with physical ones. Many Qi Gong practices have been practiced for thousands of years. It’s very inexpensive and it never has to hurt to work. Continue reading “New Qi Gong Venture”
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) there are currently more then 70 million people in the U.S. suffering with some form of Gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 117 million (half of all adults) have one or more chronic health conditions. In addition, GI complaints are among the top reasons patients seek health care. So, if you are an adult reading this, most likely you or one of your close family members falls into one of these categories. Continue reading “Heal the Body by Healing the Gut: The 5R Approach to Wellness”
Have you ever wondered what’s REALLY going on in your body? Ever want to “un-do,” or de-toxify from the damaging buildup in your body over time from a modern life? Have you been exposed to X rays, anesthesia, viruses, genetically modified foods, mercury from fillings, cigarettes and/or pharmaceuticals? Have you wondered if you have vitamin deficiencies or mineral malabsorption? Would you like to find out if you’ve inherited your family’s health issues and, if so, prevent them? Ever wonder what might be blocking your body from healing itself (which it is designed to do)?
Ruscombe’s Property Steward Emeritus David Penney will be displaying his framed photos & prints for sale. All day, March 24-25, in the Conference Wellness Room. Signed hand-made gelatin-silver prints, many selenium or sepia-toned; some are 8×10″ and some 11×14″. There will be some 16×20″ prints, and some matted ones of each size. Click photos to enlarge.
This Spring will be like no other. Of course, each Spring is unique – in some ways. This one promises to be unlike all others in many and momentous ways.
The shoots we see emerging come Spring arise from root work that happened over the Winter. The nature of each Spring is partly determined by the nature of the root work that preceded it. Events this Winter unleashed powerful forces. So it’s easy to predict we’ll see more gusty – and gutsy – forces blowing this Spring.
Maybe it doesn’t have to be a collision course. One way to learn about conflicting currents is to watch how they play out in the natural world. This is actually the basis of Asian healing arts like acupuncture. Continue reading “Winds of Change”
There was a brief moment that will always remind me of all that I want to remember from the weekend of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March in Washington. It was on Saturday, as the first speakers were taking their turns on the podium. Crowds of people were still coalescing. The density of the crowd was something I’ve hardly ever experienced. Once on the streets of Varanasi in India, once on a subway platform in New York.
Beans, lentils and other legumes are excellent alternatives to meat protein. They contain incomplete protein, but if you eat other foods made with seeds or grains on the same day it will provide a complete protein. For example, consider serving this vegetarian chili over organic brown rice! Continue reading “Paula’s Vegetarian Chili”
In tumultuous times, traditional healing modalities have much to offer. They help us recover from shock. They can address old wounds laid bare by dramas unfolding around us. They call us to our higher selves. They lead us to connect with others and connect with our purpose in the world. They support us in finding our footing in the presence of frightening uncertainties. They cultivate the strength and clarity we need to deal appropriately with changing circumstances.
Changes of great magnitude can wreak havoc for us physically, mentally and spiritually. Signs of strain can show up on all of these levels. We may experience changes in our sleep, concentration, breathing, balance, digestion or elimination. Any and all our major functions can be compromised. Continue reading “Holistic Healing Arts in Tumultuous Times”
Ruscombe Mansion’s Wellness Day Open House 2016 was a great success!
On behalf of our founders Zoh and Bob Hieronimus, Ruscombe would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in our community—practitioners, friends, sponsors, and guests—for the strong show of support for Ruscombe Mansion’s Annual Wellness Day Open House. We had an excellent turnout! Thank you to everyone who pitched in, and thank you to everyone who came out to get to know the Ruscombe community! Continue reading “Ruscombe Mansion’s Wellness Day Open House 2016”
I’m probably not the only one who flashed back to ghosts of World Series past this season. And not just as an intellectual exercise. ‘Body memory’ we call it in our biz. One minute I was watching the Cubs, next I was remembering images, sounds, and flavors from years ago, right down to the squeaks and lumps of the bar stool I sat on watching Brett Saberhagen shut out the mighty Cardinals 30+ years ago.
The Childe Harold was a dive bar near Dupont Circle. Where Bruce Springsteen played for $750 in the early 70’s and George McGovern went for solace during his doomed campaign. Best burgers ever, great beer selection. My youngest sister (may she rest in peace) enjoyed both and met us there. She was an intern on Capitol Hill that year. Before any of us had any kids. My husband and I were newly married and we didn’t own a TV. Continue reading “Body Memory”
You came to our holistic center as a patient and in need of help. Thank you for that profound act of trust. Now we come to you, humbly, to ask for your help in turn. The cause for excellent holistic health care, here in our community, needs you. Will you consider becoming its champion by making a gift?
Dramatic, isn’t it? How Autumn sneaks up on us. Suddenly, we notice a chill in the air. Or how dark it is when we get up in the morning. And the leaves – oh the leaves! – as they leave us. The edges of light and dark show up so clearly now. Dawn and dusk seem like sharper turning points. Often magnificent – ever so briefly. Now you see it, now you . . .
Your chance for one on one question time with our practitioners, sampling healthy snacks, trying a demo of yoga by the lily pond, or learning from our holistic panel discussions. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!
We are excited to announce that the co-op cafe reopens this September 13. It will be open weekly on Tuesdays, 12-3pm.
And introducing our new cook, Stephanie Czyryca:
“I am a personal chef devoted to creating delicious whole food, plant-based menus to promote health and wholeness. I have enjoyed years as a professional cook, baker, and kitchen manager specializing in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. This summer, I completed a Certificate in Food Therapy from Natural Gourmet Institute NY, which helps me translate dietary recommendations into nourishing recipes and meal plans to help manage the symptoms of illness. My path is to respect the Earth’s abundance and rekindle the love of food for people in all states of health.”
We are starting a peer-education group open to any holistic health practitioner who wants to talk with practitioners in their own and other modalities, including massage therapists and bodyworkers, acupuncturists, energy workers, holistic physicians, holistic psychotherapists, and others. The purpose of the group is skill-building, sharing information and experiences, and discovering methods we can use to develop ourselves and support each other. Each meeting will begin with a brief experiential exercise, followed by a presentation. The group will meet monthly—the first forum is on Sunday, September 11, 7-8:30pm. Read all about it and mark your calendar!
We’ve all done it – gone over on our ankles whether running, playing a sport or stepping off a curb the wrong way. It’s painful, it swells … it’s embarrassing – you try and “walk it off”. Say you do all the right things to make it better—the initial RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation), you even add the “P” (protection) to the acronym, but weeks, months, maybe years after, it still just doesn’t feel right. Continue reading “Chronic Ankle Sprain”
Prince stepped up. It wasn’t just his musical talent that inspired us. It’s how bold he was, wading into territory that was itchy or awkward or painful. Not just to wallow there but to see what could move and what might be created by going there with us. Without cringing. With humor. And rhythm. Sometimes harmony. And grace.
Best thing about Spring: Things change SO quickly.
Worst thing about spring:
Things change SO quickly.
For better and worse, Spring is a gusty, windy time. After the confinement and constraint of Winter, things start to change, bloom and hatch so rapidly it seems like magic. Continue reading “Coursing the Wind”
On behalf of our founders Zoh and Bob Hieronimus, Ruscombe would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in our community—practitioners, friends, sponsors, and guests—for the strong show of support for the annual Holistic Open House. We had an excellent turnout! Thank you to everyone who pitched in with gusto to help us make this annual event one that will be talked about for a long time. Continue reading “Open House 2015”
People feel stressed when too much is going on to comfortably deal with or they feel a sense of anxiety/danger. The key to stress management is creating a sense that you are on top of things and that it’s okay to relax. What are some good ways to get started dealing with stress? Continue reading “Take Charge Of Stress”
With the warm weather, Ruscombe has been getting out in the community. Visitors have been enjoying our cafe lunch outside on the grounds, and Rebekah Montgomery, massage therapist, arranged the Granola Gathering to make bags for the homeless.
– Free sampling of delicious and healing recipes
– The chance to talk informally with practitioners in relaxed setting
– Free demos of healing modalities
– Sample yoga-Featuring a Panel discussion to introduce you to our practitioners
– and more! Continue reading “Open House 2011”
President Nixon declared war on cancer 40 years ago by signing the National Cancer Act of 1971. The goal is to “eradicate cancer by 2015”. We are far from achieving this goal. Research in and approach to cancer is limited to cut, burn, and poison. Two major aspects are missing: integrating CAM (detoxification, addressing the internal environment with nutrition, lifestyle changes, etc) and spirituality.
Life with cancer is a battle. Either you fight a battle as a hero and attack without a plan, and come out victorious or die, or you carefully prepare yourself for battle by finding out everything you can about your enemy and amass the best army there is. Continue reading “The Being of Cancer”
This article was prepared as collaboration between practitioners at the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore. To learn more, attend our annual free Open House event, September 18, 2011.
As we “listen to your story” at Ruscombe, we find that depression is a common complaint, often affecting people with chronic health conditions. But when depression is the sole condition, it can also be severely debilitating. One practitioner described it as walking through molasses. Your body can feel so heavy, you struggle simply to move, much less motivate yourself to follow advice on how to alleviate your depression. Continue reading “What to Do When Feeling Blue: Ruscombe Round Table on Depression”
I just finished reading “The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England” by Ian Mortimer. Boy, am I glad that I live here and now! In medieval England life was violent, sexist, boxed in a rigid and unfair class and legal system, traveling was a life threatening adventure, and sickness was deadly.
Only the lords and ladies could afford hygiene, i.e. baths on a regular basis. Although public bath houses existed, their services were more for pleasure than cleanliness and extended to more intimate encounters than water and body and therefore their contribution to health and hygiene were dubious. Continue reading “Medicine then, now, and in the future”
Recently I visited family and friends in Switzerland and Italy. It was a true vacation: great company, great food, great weather, and great scenery. I returned to Baltimore with new energy and 4 more pounds of–no, not luggage–body weight. This did dampen my spirit a little considering the already annoying extra pounds that have piled up around my waist after andropause.
Tetanus or lockjaw is an awful disease. It is due to contaminated wounds and causes muscle spasms that affect the jaws, extremities, back, abdomen, and diaphragm, making breathing difficult. Without treatment, one out of four infected people dies.
In WW1 many soldiers died of tetanus. Clostridium tetani, the bug that causes tetanus, only survives in anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions deep in the soil. The soldiers in WW1 dug deep trenches, fought in them for months, were malnourished, many had dysentery or trench foot, and injuries from gunshot or shells penetrated deeply. Furthermore wound care was non-existent. Continue reading “Tetanus”
Many people are concerned about not getting enough protein in their diet. Many people believe that a high protein diet helps them lose weight. Many people believe it is necessary to supplement their diet with protein powder to get the essential amino acids. These are all myths!Continue reading “Protein Myths”
Around the Ruscombe Table last month we were talking about ASTHMA. Here is a summary of how eleven of the 21 practitioners at Ruscombe answered the question: “How would you treat a child or an adult who came to you with asthma?”Continue reading “Asthma Round Table Discussion”
“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is a popular English nursery rhyme, often sung as a round. The tune is credited to Eliphalet Oram Lyte (1842-1913) in the publication The Franklin Square Song Collection (1881, New York). Lyte was a teacher and author of grammar and composition textbooks. He lived in Lancaster County and taught in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Continue reading “River of Life”
What Baltimore landmark connects William Penn, William Donald Schaefer, Leon Fleischer, Barbara Mikulski, and one of Baltimore’s “Top Docs” for 2008? Answer: The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center, which in September celebrates its 25th year as a holistic center at 4801 Yellowwood Avenue in northwest Baltimore. Continue reading “25 Years of Healthy Intentions: Ruscombe Marks a Milestone”
There is this children’s picture book series about a magic school bus taking a class and her teacher to various places like the solar system, inside a volcano, a beehive, and the human body. I read the human body book. I remember the colorful pictures, the funny comments (at least for somebody who thinks 3rd grade jokes are funny), the logical flow of the book: food is eaten, digested, absorbed; air is inhaled, oxygen is used carbondioxyde is eliminated, etc. I still remember this because it left me with a sense of void. Here is a funny description of a human body dissected into organs that perform biochemical processes. This leaves no room for wonder, magic, awe. Continue reading “This Awesome Body”