Friday, December 19, 2014

Stress Strategies

From coping with the holidays, to dealing with the darker and shorter winter days, to the ongoing stress that results from care-giving, many of us experience stress on a regular basis and have different ways to cope with it.

Today, the Office on Women's Health and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine hosted a live conversation on Twitter about stress - they called it a #stresschat. Want to catch up on the conversation? Go here. Many different people and organizations have been participating in today's conversation on Twitter. Here are some resources people shared that I am finding helpful.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) helps us understand what
stress actually is:

Stress is a physical and emotional reaction that people experience as they encounter changes in life. Stress is a normal feeling. However, long-term stress may contribute to or worsen a range of health problems including digestive disorders, headaches, sleep disorders, and other symptoms. Stress may worsen asthma and has been linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

NCCAM also talks about relaxation techniques we can all use to reduce tension and address the stress we are experiencing. Different techniques include deep breathing, guided imagery and meditation. Want to learn more? Check out these five things to know about relaxation techniques for stress.

The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health says, "If you’re alive, you experience stress." How true that is.
A little bit of stress is ok, but chronic stress can have long-lasting impacts on our health. Dr. Susan Lord, a Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member and expert in mind-body medicine, says we can "transform stress by intentionally activating the relaxation response, which increases blood flow to the brain and releases chemicals that make your organs slow down." And that' a good thing.

There are seven steps she suggests to activating our relaxation response and increase our mindful living:

1.    Develop self-awareness via yoga and meditation.

  2.    Express yourself creatively.

3.    Be here now. Live in the present moment - not too much in the past or the future.

4.    Find community.

5.    Identify stressful thoughts and beliefs. Eavesdrop on your internal dialogue. Just noticing will prepare you to start shifting stressful thoughts and beliefs to more positive ones.

6.    Do experiments: "Identify one concern you have about your life or health, and come up with a new way to deal with it."

7.    Avoid judgment. Notice when you start to criticize yourself and others, and be kind instead.

These are all great tips that you can use to care for yourself. But what about when you have someone else to care for, as well? AARP talks about when caregivers experience a lot of stress - and what to do to take care of yourself and the other person you're caring for.

AARP has their own list of 10 tips. Here are just a few!
  ·         Put your physical needs first. If you're not caring for yourself (eating well, getting enough sleep,   
          getting regular medical check-ups...), you wont' be in any shape to care for others.
·         Ask for help.

·         Get organized. Develop a system with calendars and to-do lists to help you stay on top of it all.

·         Take a break. You deserve it. Really.

We all experience significant stress at some point in our lives. It is so important that we take care of ourselves, model self-care to others, and be there for others who may be going through a tough time. What are some strategies that work for you? What is one new thing you plan to try to manage the stress in your life?
Wishing you a wonderful and relaxed holiday season
and an exciting and healthy new year!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rainbow Banner on Broadway in front of the All Pilgrims Church
Special shout out to one of our providers. Come and see her tomorrow at the healthfair.

B.E.S.T. Energy Healing

Linda Rasmussen - Vertical Energy Worldwide
Linda Rasmussen is the founder and CEO of Vertical Energy Worldwide, a self-development and training company. Since 1983, she has taught innovative tools and techniques that help individuals and teams function more authentically, energetically and effectively. Rasmussen is an accomplished speaker in the field of self-development. In the course of her career, she has created and coordinated large scale events for well-known organizations such as the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, Seattle Center, and YWCA.
Linda Rasmussen is an Elite Master B.E.S.T. (Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique) Practitioner. She is a Certified Trainer in the Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense. She believes that all people are capable of making positive changes for their health, happiness and success.
B.E.S.T. is a light-touch energy balancing modality that helps the body heal from injury, disease and emotional distress by clearing energetic interference.
Two of our loyal volunteers

Tomorrow is the big day, great time to give Kudo's....

The T-Shirts are here the party can start!!
Hereby I want to take the opportunity to thank all the folks and organizations who make this event happen!!
To start with the Rainbow Health Committee, who were a pleasure to work with and who did an excellent job putting the whole health fair together.
Jen Peters, meeting facilitator, volunteer coordinator.
 Sarah Eckman, provider liason
Nixon VanJustice, logistics coordinator
Sara Jaye Sanford, administrator
Ingrid Berkhout overall oversight.
A special shout out for all the volunteers for the day off, thank you!!!!
The First Baptist Church has graciously and free given us a place to gather
for our meetings.
The All Pilgrims Church which over at least 13 years out of the past 16 years has been the most welcoming and accomondating place to have our health fairs.
The YWCA Community Affairs team, which helped with all the advertising.
Our grantors and sponsors:
The Pride Foundation
The Faygele ben Miriam Fund
The Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Affiliate
Swedish Breast Center
Dyna Care
Cedar River Clinic
Girlie Press
The Seattle Gay News
The Stranger
The Lesbian
Starbucks on Broadway and Republican
Where did our raffle items come from??
Seattle International Film Festival
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Rat City Roller Girls
Nixon VanJustice
Have a happy, healthy, fun and queer Pride!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Who does not like to get a relaxing massage or a facial???

Zoe Bermet is a caring and intuitive practitioner whose goal is to help your body and mind achieve a deep state of relaxation. She provides a safe and comfortable space for you to get the most out of your massage whether this your first massage or you receive massage on a regular basis. Zoe tailors each session to your individual needs; no two sessions are alike. She can work lightly or deeply depending on your preference, but approaches each session with a calm and gentle presence. She draws from a variety of styles including Swedish, myofascial release, and cranio-sacral. Zoe is a former doula and is certified in pregnancy massage. She is also trained in intra-oral massage, which is an effective treatment for people with jaw tension or TMJ disorders. She looks forward to working with you.

 A hug a day keeps the doctor away!!

Ellen Sims is a gifted and Certified Craniosacral Therapist, Licensed Massage Practitioner, and Spiritual Guide. She has 19 years of health care experience beginning with her personal healing journey that lead to seeking avenues of higher education and alternatives to health and wellness. She received her trainings from Bastyr University, Bellevue Massage School, New England School of Homeopathy, and Sundust Oracle Institute. Her dedication to health care, love for life, and openness to Spirit, creates a safe and loving space for healing. The blend of medical knowledge, life experiences, and intuition make for a unique and truly holistic approach to hands-on healing. She shares this passion through teaching, speaking, writing, and within each individual session. Ellen created Divine Roots Wellness in March of 2012 with the mission of providing a safe and educational space for others to explore their own journey.

Dreamclinic is Seattle's trusted source for quality award winning massage. The clinic was founded on the belief that all people deserve to have health and well-being and furthermore that health and well-being are achievable. Dreamclinic's mission is to serve as a trusted business entity providing services and education that promote a natural approach to health.

Skin Care
Sugar Plum Spa is Western Washington's leader in Sugaring Hair Removal services and Organic Skin Care and Facials. Sugaring Hair Removal is the fastest, safest, most environmentally friendly and least painful method of hair removal on the market today. Proudly serving the LGBT communities, Sugar Plum will be providing information and special offers at the fair. We invite members of the trans community in particular, to stop by to receive information about Sugaring as removal of unwanted body hair can be a challenge or obstacle we want to help you overcome. Everyone deserves to feel great in their body and receive services in a warm and accepting environment.Sugar Plum Spa is that place."

Elder Care
Beth Davis from Home Health and Hospice will be providing information and support for folks who want to complete an Advanced Directives to Physicians document. Beth is currently working towards opening an LGBT-welcoming Adult Family Home, Pride House, to provide care and housing for those who require assistance with daily living.


Get your questions answered about health insurance, diabetes, haz.mat.


Emmanuel Rivera - Haz Mat
My program’s website is, this is part of King County. My Indoor Chemical Hazards project focus is reducing exposure and use of harsh cleaners and indoor pesticides. I provide “Cleaning with Caution” workshops throughout King County mainly focusing on underserved communities such as recent immigrants, and ESL groups.
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association(ADA)’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA is the leading provider of diabetes information in the country and has free educational programs for all people affected by diabetes. The ADA also works in the diabetes community with advocacy efforts and provides significant funding to the latest diabetes research. For more information about diabetes and the ADA, please visit The Diabetes Research Group is a local nonprofit conducting research to better understand why people develop type 2 diabetes and other diseases related to obesity. Currently, the Diabetes Research Group is embarking on two new diabetes studies and are recruiting participants with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the latter a high risk condition for the subsequent development of diabetes. These groundbreaking studies, and, will help determine the best treatment within the early stages of diabetes and approaches to potentially reverse the progression of the disease.
Emelia Udd from the YWCA Health Access department will give non-bias information about the new affordable health care act. She will be able to enroll you into Apple Health or other insurance options. Ask Amelia and get informed. You will find her at the BABES Network table.

A local nonprofit organization founded by community health centers, we made a commitment more than 20 years ago: To improve the health of our communities by making quality health care accessible to all Washington State residents. As the only local, nonprofit Managed Care Organization in the state, we continue that pledge today through our mission, which is to deliver accessible managed care services that meet the needs and improve the health of our communities.

Jerusha Grey - Allstate
Allstate Maple Valley is a female staffed agency. Our number one goal is to create an environment where people of all walks of life feel respected and protected. Insurance can be confusing. We are here to stand along side our clients as an advocate as they walk through this process. We are truly in the people business. Insurance is just the vehicle that gets us there. We are excited to meet everyone at the Rainbow Health Fair. Stop by our booth and say hi.
Amariah Gonzalez - New York Life
Do you have a firm financial strategy? Wish you had a guide through the maze of planning financially for the future? If your answer is yes - or even maybe - than I welcome you to come and say hi! I am Riah Gonzalez and I specialize in financial strategy and retirement planning. As a representative of New York Life, I am able to leverage the resources of a Fortune 100 company for the optimum benefit of my clients. I look forward to shaking your hand!



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

La Feria de la Salud del Arcoíris

La Feria de la Salud del Arcoíris:
Libre, divertido, seguro y raro !!
Estamos muy emocionados de ser anfitrión de la feria de salud este sábado, Junio 28, de 1 a 5 pm en la iglesia de peregrinos en Broadway y Republican en el festival del orgullo de Capítol Hill. En la feria de salud del Arco iris, Nuestra misión es ofrecer servicios de salud tradicionales y holísticos y la educación de los proveedores culturalmente competentes a lesbianas, bisexuales y las mujeres homosexuales y gay de genero y personas transgénero, especialmente los que tienen un acceso limitado a la atención.
Nuestra Visión:
Un mundo donde la gente de todos los géneros y las sexualidades
  Tengan acceso a los recursos que necesitan para un bienestar óptimo.
Aquí esta la cosa:
Para que esto ocurra necesitamos a USTED.
   Necesitamos que venga a decir Hola y  tal vez  incluso...
Hágase una prueba de Papanicolaou o mamografía gratis. Si, es la idea de un buen momento, pero confía en nosotros, nuestros proveedores les encanta trabajar con pacientes  
 LBTQ – y dijimos Gratis?

  • Mamografías gratis para personas elegibles de 40 años en adelante  ( llamando al  numero (206).461.4493 para hacer una cita) Karly habla Espagnol!!!!!!
  • Masajes gratis y acupuntura
  • Los aperitivos gratis y agua
  • Información para la salud y el bienestar
  • Los recursos de salud en Seattle y Puget Sound
  • Información e inscripción de seguro medicó 
  • Modulo de abrazos!!!!!!!
Gana premio de la rifa dulce de Babeland, Three Dollar Bill Cine,
Rat City Roller Girls,SIFF Cine y mucho mas!
Nos Vemos en la feria de salud gratis del Arco iris divertido, seguro y raro!

From HIV testing to Acupuncture and Safer Sex...

HIV Testing

Amber Tejada from Gay City Health Project is providing free and confidential HIV tests! These rapid tests give results only 20 minutes after they are taken. Gay City is the leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County.

 HIV Peer Support

The fabulous "babes" from BABES Network-YWCA will be answering questions about HIV/AIDS, providing education about prevention and how to manage your status, and handing out condoms! BABES is a sisterhood of women facing HIV together; they are a peer education and support network for women living with HIV.

Vital Essence Acupuncture
Michele Halfhill earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University. She is Master III Reiki, Cranio Sacral Therapy as well as studies in Alchemical Healing to help improve her patients’ well being.
Working with Michele is a collaborative effort between patient and practitioner. If you want to sooth stresses or alleviate physical ailments, Michele will work with you to diagnose your issues then design a custom treatment for your care using acupuncture, infra red heat lamp, herbal formulas, moxa, Tui-Na massage, cupping, other traditional Chinese techniques, and energy work. Michele accepts most forms of insurance. She looks forward to helping you along your path to better health and well being!

Safer Sex

SeattleGirls of Leather are a tremendous part of the Rainbow Women's Health Fair! Health care professional Candace Cantrell, President of Seattle Girls of Leather, will be answering questions about safer sex. Candace has many years of professional and personal ex-Seattle Girls of Leather experiences in alternative sexuality communities, making her a dynamic educator.

Monday, June 23, 2014

You can change your mood with food.....and more

Passionate nutrition
Sally TerBeck path to the study of nutrition began in 2008 when she was diagnosed with a severe sugar addiction accompanied by a period of anxiety and depression. Her doctor prescribed a dietary shift that changed her life. After abstaining from sugar for only one month, Sally’s anxiety decreased by an incredible amount. In fact, her results were so dramatic she became excited to learn more about how nutrition could affect changes in the rest of her body and mind. Now, after years of study, Sally has learned many other ways to improve mood stability and physical health for herself and others through nutrition. At the same time she also recognizes how difficult it can be to cook healthfully for yourself and others day after day and knows the shortcuts to eating well while saving time. For the past two years Sally has been working as a therapist at Seattle Counseling Service where she teaches an ongoing Food and Mood group. Her clinical interests are food’s effect on mood, nutritional support for side effects from medications, nutrition to support brain function, digestive health, LGBTQ and women health and empowerment.
Nutrition Demonstration
Golda will be doing a nutrition demonstration in the kitchen. Join her to learn how to make a healthful and nutritious smoothie!
Naturopathic / Trans Health
Les Witherspoon, who is a naturopathic physician at Meditrinalia Naturopathic, is coming to the Rainbow to give blood pressure readings and brief consultations for health conditions. Les offers naturopathic primary care that is sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ individuals and their families and households. Les offers transgender individuals transitional medicine as well as general healthcare.
Ben Dorfman is the owner and practitioner at Seattle Acupuncture and Coaching, PLLC. I use acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Ontological coaching to help patients heal all aspects of their body at one time . I specialize in treating patients with chronic and acute emotional and physical pain. Our emotions are so much a part of how our physical body feels which is why I take great effort to treat the entire person at one time.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Every person could use a mental health check-up.....

Leslie Ciechanowski - Fuzion Healing Arts
Leslie Ciechanowski, M.Ed is a holistic psychotherapist using approaches that integrate body, mind, and spirit in her work for over 30 years. She integrates numerous modalities into her healing practice such as family systemic constellations, sound healing, energy psychology, hypnosis, EMDR, transpersonal perspectives, and astrological wisdom.

Christie Driskell - Mental Health
Good mental health is every bit as important as physical health! Join Christie Driskell, LICSW of Defining Step Consulting and where she will bring her 26 years of experience once again to the Fair offering information about good Mental Health. She will be providing a basic Mental Health Check-up to help jump start your summer! Evaluations will also be available for depression, anxiety, addictions and stress. Pesky, bad mental health habits can also be undermining your day to day happiness! Learn what those are! Come by, say hello, let's talk!

Jennifer Creson - You Unfolding
Jennifer Creson is a queer femme psychotherapist in private practice in Capitol Hill, Seattle. She specializes in working with trans* and queer folks (adolescent to older adult) and their partners and families, inclusive of non-traditional relationship and family structures. She is poly and kink friendly & sex and body positive. Jennifer works with clients who have a variety of concerns, from depression and anxiety to coming out, transition or life changes. Groups she offers include a group for partners of trans* individuals, and a Body Positivity group.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Our mammogram and pap test services

YWCA Women's Health Outreach conducts a mobile mammogram for income eligible people 40 and over, who are un- or under insured, under the FREE  BCCHP . This means with the new Affordable Health Care Act, you do not qualify for Apple Health, or did not sign up for the subsidized health insurance, as well as if you are an immigrant or an immigrant under 5 years in America. Congratulations for the people  who obtained insurance you are very welcome as well!! The mobile mammogram coach from Swedish Hospital will be on site providing breast exams and pap tests. For an appointment call Marilyn (206) 461.4489.

Free pap test services for all

Simon AdrianeEllis, ARNP and CNM from Cedar River Clinics will be providing free pap tests and chest exams. Simon is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and Washington State LGBTQ Birth and Family Professionals. His work on the ACNM’s Gender Bias Task Force has included co-authoring a position statement describing the role of midwives in providing care for transgender and gender variant individuals. Simon has a long history of social justice organizing around issues of racial and economic justice and LGBTQ rights, and brings these values to his work as a healthcare provider. His practice is focused on providing empowering sexual and reproductive health services across the lifespan for people of all gender identities. Last year he helped launched Cedar River Clinics’ new LBGTQ Wellness Services, expanding the clinic’s work to include management of gender affirming hormone therapy.  Tasha Waller, MA will be assisting.


Doris Harris from the Breast Cancer Navigation Project will tabling and providing information on how to navigate the complex experience of having breast cancer.

Check Your Boobies will have an information table about their program. Stop by to learn how to sign up for monthly email or text reminders to check your boobies.