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Holistic Maven Alice Inoue’s “Pampering Dad with Positive Energy”

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by Alice Inoue

Happy Fathers Day! Today is the perfect day to talk about what you can do to best support the man of the house using positive fengshui actions. For the most part, men are uncomplicated and need very little to make them comfortable. Energetically enhance Dad’s life, and make him a happier, healthier, and more productive person on Father’s Day.

Most females reading this column are probably thinking, “As if I don’t do enough already!” Yet, by strategically supporting the man of the house, you may just inspire him to be an even better partner or father! Sometimes you have to give a little to receive more.

The Yang Father

In fengshui, the ultimate yang symbol comprises “male” energy, representing all that is projected outwards in the form or activity, drive, strength, giving, and expansion. Men are traditionally considered the breadwinner, the leader, the main provider, and the patriarch, and even though nowadays females share the role, men still energetically feel that they are responsible for everyone in the family.

This may not be appropriate for every man of the house, especially nowadays with so many men already acknowledging and embracing their divine feminine energy. But for those who are still more yang, an infusion of yin energy may be just the thing to tip the balance.

Yin characteristics are directed inward as peace, rest, receptivity, reflection, and nurturing. The more “yin” the environment (including the people in the environment) the more centered the yang energy will become.

As a Father’s Day “gift,” try infusing yin energy into dad’s environment for a week or a month to see what happens! At first my suggestions may seem shocking and outdated, but they will change the dynamics of your household and can turn into a win-win for all.

Rule Number One: Give him Peace and Quiet and Privacy

To be balanced, the yang male needs periods of peace and quiet in order to recharge and rebalance his energy.

How does your family do this?

When he comes home from work, greet him with a calm and serene “Hello! Nice to see you home!” Make sure to avoid accusations, negativity, or requests for action. Let him relax and decompress in his favorite spot.

Rule Number Two: Give him some nurturing

After he decompresses and emerges from his private cave of choice, shower him with yin energy.

How does your family do this?

Treat him like “king for a day.” Prepare his favorite foods and support his desire to watch sports on T.V. or engage in his favorite pastime with or without you.

Rule Number Three: Give him some appreciation

To balance any challenges he may have had outside the home that day (challenges stimulate yang energy), help even out his temperament with positive energy.

How does your family do this?

Take some time to tell him how much you appreciate him, pointing out his physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strengths.

Women, this column may sound like something out of the 1950’s, but even when the man of the house has embraced his feminine side, balancing the yang energies with yin energy can shift the dynamics of the family so that everyone gains.

Next column? What the family can do to help balance the females in the home – of course!


Alice Inoue is a life guide that uses the modalities of feng shui, astrology and spirituality in her work. Her offerings include award-winning, mind-body-spirit themed books, as well as a series of feng shui instructional DVD’s. For more information visit Sign up for her newsletter to receive monthly articles on feng shui, astrology and life wisdom.

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Fitness Guru Richard Simmons Spotlight 13 Coveted Get-Summer-Fit-Now Secrets

Hello Darlings,

As spring comes to an end and temperatures begin to rise, The Doctors wants everyone to GET MOVING this May and kick start better health. Tune-in to the Emmy Award-winning syndicated daytime series on Friday May 25 (TODAY divas), when the co-hosts welcome fitness guru Richard Simmons to the show and share 13 secrets to get thin by summer!

From L to R, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Lisa Masterson, Dr. Travis Stork, and Richard Simmons on set at The Doctors

Simmons rallies the audience with a dose of his signature high-energy aerobic exercises and helps one dangerously overweight audience member find the motivation to get moving and drop his excess pounds.

Here are just a few of the 13 secrets revealed on the show:

  •         Gym membership not in the budget? Exercise at home using items you already have, including:
  1. Tights (stockings) – Work shoulders, biceps and upper back by using tights just like resistance bands.
  2. Paper Plate Push Ups – The increased resistance from a paper plate can amp up any workout.  Put plates under your hands and do a push-up; slide hands closer together and do another push-up; repeat.  Or, place plates under feet and do “mountain climbers” to work triceps and chest muscles.
  •        Fake a butter allergy! Even the healthiest veggies can be sabotaged by too much butter. If you’re dining out and worried the chef may not honor your request to remove butter, tell the server you have an allergy and save yourself from unnecessary saturated fats.
  •       Text a buddy!  Instead of keeping a food diary, try the “text accountability system” and text a friend what you eat each day. A friend may be able to better help maintain perspective on your diet.
  • Ditch the mundane treadmill workouts. Challenge yourself with a water resistance course – Co-host Dr. Jim Sears shows viewers how an H20 boot camp can burn up to 600 calories/hour without the joint pain some experience in a regular workout.

From L to R, Dr. Travis Stork and Richard Simmons on set at The Doctors

“I am proud as a peacock to be on the DOCTORS?” – Richard Simmons!


Check out Dr. Travis top 2 reasons people want to loose weight:

1. Diabetes/health reasons

2. More endurance in the bedroom

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Holistic Maven Alice Inoue Feng Shui Series: Cooking Up Positive Energy

By Alice Inoue

In feng shui, the kitchen, considered the most vital and important part of the house, nourishes us and sustains life.  We embrace the energy that feeds us physically through food, financially through money, and emotionally through our connection to our family.


What does your kitchen say about you?

The Stove

  • The stove, considered “male energy” and the “wealth generator,” is the single most important symbolic factor when using feng shui to analyze the ease with which you prosper financially.
  • The stove represents fueling the engine of abundant manifestation and the physical energy needed to be productive.  Pay attention to the stove if you have been feeling unproductive lately.

Stove Symbolism

  • Burnt out burner:  An inoperable burner means your ability to manifest new avenues of abundance and opportunities is limited. To regain your energy, replace any burnt out burners.
  • Unused burner(s): Not using all your burners is symbolic of being in a rut, lacking vitality, and limiting your ability to benefit from financial resources.  Consciously using burners that you haven’t used for a while will energize you and help you break free of old patterns.
  • Grimy burners: Dirty burners suggest a lot of wasteful and unnecessary expenses and a lack of clarity about where your money is going.  Cleaning off the dirt and grime energetically opens your eyes to new strategies to manage your finances and optimize your personal energy.
  • Blocked burners:  Blocked burners represent blocked opportunities.  Use the top of the stove to cook, not to store food, empty pots and pans, or boxes. A clear stovetop suggests that you are open to opportunities coming into your life.

The Refrigerator

  • In feng shui, the stove receives so much attention that the refrigerator, a necessary part of our food storage and an appliance we cannot live without, is often overlooked, yet is equally important.
  • The refrigerator, considered “female energy,” represents our feminine side and has a nurturing quality, “hugging and holding” our food.  We take from the refrigerator and she never complains. Maintain the health of the refrigerator, by keeping it clean and well stocked, especially if you are feeling drained by others’ needs and wants.

Refrigerator Symbolism

  • Cluttered face:  Many refrigerators resemble billboards or photo albums with magnets, which have “sucking” energy, and other paraphernalia on the door.  In feng shui this shows who or what is draining your energy. Removing all paraphernalia from the refrigerator door will help restore your energy. If you feel compelled to place something on the refrigerator door, make certain it is energetically supportive.
  • Clutter on top:  The top of your refrigerator should not be used for open storage.  Anything placed in that area that is not decorative or beautifying represents burdens you may be carrying and cannot let go of. Clear the top of the refrigerator and energetically remove heaviness in your life.
  • Expired food:  Storing expired food energetically holds you in the past and drains you of the energy needed to live an inspired life.  Keep the contents of your refrigerator current and create the energy to nurture the right opportunities.

Honor the Yin and the Yang ©

Take some time to “honor” both the male and female elements in your kitchen to create a greater sense of balance in your life.

Feng Shui Expert Alice Inoue On Clearing Out the Chaos!


Here’s another feng shui fave by our expert Alice Inoue…

Clearing Out the Chaos

by Alice Inoue

Do you have too many things in your home and not enough room?  It may feel that way when you live in a disorganized space or fail to make a regular practice of clearing out the old to make room for the new.

We are connected to everything in our environment, so when physical things in our environment have no “home,” we mirror that internally and feel unsettled emotionally and mentally, becoming frustrated and irritable.  Putting some thought and effort into the organization of your environment is a key to mental and emotional peace.

Organizing from a feng shui perspective
Hiring professional organizers or finding helpful-hint sources to maximize every square inch of a closet or shelf is a great start, but you can create even smoother energy by looking at storage and organization from a feng shui perspective.

With awareness, you can move toward your dream of “having a place for everything” and getting the energy flowing again by looking at supportive feng shui organizational solutions.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

•    Refrain from putting shelves over a door or on a wall where the shelf hangs over your bed.  These shelves create energetically challenging downward-pressing energy that symbolizes a person or a situation hanging over you or oppressing you in your life.

•    Avoid filling all your storage space completely.  When your shelves or closets are completely full, energetically you leave no space for something new.  Full shoeboxes block new sources of support and prevent new movement.  Full kitchen cupboards block new opportunities for wellness; full bookshelves block new sources of wisdom, promoting stagnant thinking, and full bedroom closets show that you are not open to new relationships or new ways to relate to those in your life.

•    If you have a bed with storage drawers built in, store only items that have “restful” energy such as linens, blankets and towels.  Avoid shoes (symbolizing “movement”) and items from the past, such as photos of old relationships that symbolize emotional upset.  Never store sharp objects, information in the form of books or media or exercise equipment in your bedroom (keeps your mind and chi active).  You may wake up more tired than rested.

•    Avoid too many storage units that hang from the ceiling.  An excess of overhead storage is not only visually heavy but contributes to supporting feelings of overwhelm.  If you have a lot of things weighing you down in your life, more overhead storage only exacerbates that feeling.

•    Hooks on the back of doors are a convenient way to keep clothing off the floor.  Hooks on the back of the bathroom door are fine to hold towels and lightweight clothing, but refrain from putting hooks on the back of all the doors in your home, especially your main and bedroom doors.  Doors are the portals to the energy flow and if they are overburdened, transitioning your life from one stage to the next may be difficult.  Doors should open freely and completely.

•    More than anything, avoid visual overwhelm. This happens when you store everything you own that is nice, cute, and meaningful on open shelves around your home.  From a feng shui perspective, it is better to have only a few treasured items on display.  Store the others behind closed shelving and rotate them when you need a change of energy.  Themed collections can be grouped together to create a unified energy. For example, if you have many rabbit themed items, place them in one place for a powerful visual.

•    Functionality is important but also consider aesthetics.  Store the things you use often in convenient but out of sight places.  Open shelving promotes visual clutter.  So the more you can hide (in an organized way) the better you will feel.

If you come across a storage solution and are unsure whether or not it is “good feng shui,” ask yourself how it makes you feel.  Discard and donate as you go.  You will create valuable physical space, and eliminate a drain on your energy.  It doesn’t make sense to store items you really don’t need.  Happy organizing!


Alice Inoue is a life guide that uses the modalities of feng shui, astrology and spirituality in her work. Her offerings include award-winning, mind-body-spirit themed books, as well as a series of feng shui instructional DVD's. For more information visit Sign up for her newsletter to receive monthly articles on feng shui, astrology and life wisdom.

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) ranked the gift of spa among the top three Mother’s Day gifts this year, and a new Mother’s Day survey suggests moms are thrilled with that.
Moms today feel more stressed out than ever – and for Mother’s Day an astounding 93 percent would rather be treated to a relaxing experience like a dinner out, spa visit, or a trip than receive material gifts like jewelry, flowers, or candy.

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  • Mom wants “me time” at the spa: Before booking a mother-daughter spa day, think about whether or not mom would prefer to go alone first. Many people automatically book a mother/daughter spa trip and our survey found that 48% percent of Moms would “honestly prefer a little time to themselves.”
  • Avoid exotic treatments: If you’re unsure what spa treatment to book for mom, go for a “tried-and-true classic” like a massage, facial, or mani-pedi, etc. Two-thirds of moms surveyed preferred a standard treatment, rather than something more exotic.
  • Many families are not together on Mother’s Day: 51% of respondents reported they won’t physically be with mom this Mother’s Day. If you’re readers are getting a last-minute gift and are concerned about shipping time, Sallie can also tell your audience about the SpaFinder Gift Certificate, the only universal spa gift certificate redeemable at over 7,000 spas and wellness businesses worldwide. The SpaFinder gift certificate gives mom freedom to choose where and when she’d like to use it and it never expires.
Those are among the surprising findings from a new survey released today by SpaFinder, the world’s largest spa and wellness media, marketing, and gifting company.
The survey revealed that most mothers with kids at home have little or no time for themselves, and believe they are much more stressed out than their own mothers were a generation ago. A whopping 93% said that the perfect Mother’s Day gift would involve doing something relaxing as opposed to receiving a material gift.
Other key findings from the survey:
  • No “Me” Time: 63% of moms report that they have an hour or less to themselves each day, while 26% report they have no time alone. For moms with kids still at home, 72% report they have an hour or less for themselves each day.
  • Stress: 97% of moms report they are either “occasionally” or “frequently” stressed out, with the majority (51%) saying that they are frequently stressed out.
  • Top Ways to De-Stress: Go to a spa/get a massage (49%); watch TV or a movie, or play video games (16%); read (15%).
  • Feeling More Stressed Than Their Own Moms: 87% of respondents claim moms today are more stressed out than moms one generation ago. 57% claim they are significantly more stressed today. Among moms with kids at home, 63% report believing they are more stressed than mothers a generation ago.
“With moms more stressed out now than ever before, it’s not surprising that quality relaxation time is the number one gift on their wish list,” said Sallie Fraenkel, Executive Vice President of SpaFinder. “This survey reveals that moms know instinctually that the best thing they could receive this Mother’s Day is some serious down time, like a meal out or a day at the spa, as opposed to candy, flowers, or jewelry.”
Fraenkel noted that other statistics confirm the growing popularity of spa gifts for Mother’s Day.  In May 2011, SpaFinder gift certificates saw a 115% increase in sales over non-holiday months. SpaFinder Gift Certificates are the only spa gift certificates that can be redeemed at over 7,000 spas worldwide – from prestigious vacation resorts like Canyon Ranch and Miraval to local day spas to national yoga, Pilates and fitness studios, including Bliss and Equinox gyms.
Methodology: The survey of 740 mothers was conducted online in April, 2012.
And check out these awesome articles to help you “unleash the bliss” this mother’s day…
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The world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc., connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas, yoga, Pilates and fitness studios and wellness practitioners worldwide. SpaFinder’s media properties include the award-winning, the Club Spa e-newsletter and blog and the annual NewBeauty SpaFinder Guide to Global Spa, Wellness & Beauty. SpaFinder and its spa-beauty gift division, SpaWish, offer gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of over 9,000 spas, yoga, Pilates and fitness studios, wellness practitioners and salons worldwide, and are available at nearly 100,000 unique retail outlets in 79 countries. SpaFinder Europe and SpaFinder Japan offer regional spa marketing and gifting programs, including localized websites. Currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, SpaFinder is a privately held company headquartered in Manhattan.

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Alice Inoue Feng Shui Series: “Staying Clear of Electromagnetic Fields.”

By Alice Inoue

Is your cellphone charging nearby when you sleep?  Is your electrical or digital clock close to your bed?  Is the location of your bedroom near your wireless router, or is your computer in your bedroom and on 24/7?

If so, no matter how optimally your bed and furniture are placed, or how elementally balanced your feng shui is, you have not considered an important environmental factor that can adversely affect you – EMF’s, or electromagnetic fields.

What are EMF’s?

EMF’s are physical fields produced by moving electrically charged particles.  EMF’s are a combination of electrical fields and magnetic fields.  You will find these fields in your house wiring, televisions, radios, cell phones, hair dryers, microwaves, and even digital or electric clocks.

Due to the proliferation of electronics in recent years, EMF’s of various frequencies fill our homes, workplaces and public spaces. They are considered by many to be harmful to our bodies and almost every new invention adds to the electromagnetic pollution that already exists.

Why do we want to avoid them?

For over forty years, electrobiologists have studied the effects of EMF exposure on the human body.  Although we are electrical beings, and our bodies are made up of various electromagnetic frequencies, the external EMF’s are far from being harmonious with the frequencies in our bodies.

Although earth’s electromagnetic field is beneficial to our body and supports optimal functioning, most of us do not get outdoors enough to counter balance the constant exposure we have to other electromagnetic frequencies.

How much is too much?

Virtually all scientists agree that 2.5 Mg (milligauss) is the generally accepted limit of EMF exposure.  To give you an idea of what that means, an electric clock generates an electromagnetic field of about 5-10 Mg, and the average hair dryer or vacuum cleaner generates 300Mg or more.  If you have ever experienced fatigue after a long session on the computer or had a sensation of heat or buzzing in your ear after using your cell phone, you may have experienced strong EMF exposure.

Our bodies are sensitive to high external EMF emissions.  Our skin, DNA, blood vessels, vital organs, and even our cell membranes are affected.  Plus, the effect of exposure is cumulative, so the sooner you can reduce your exposure the better.
Tips to reduce your EMF exposure

•    If a television, refrigerator, computer or other office equipment is on the other side of the bedroom wall behind your head, consider moving your bed, as EMF’s penetrate all building materials.

•    Place electrical equipment as far away from your bed as possible, especially cell phones and computers.  The further away you are from the electrical item, the less impact it has on your body.

•    Switch to a wind up clock or use a battery operated one.

•    Turn your television off manually, instead of with the remote.

•    Replace your wireless with a corded home phone, or at the very least, use the speakerphone function when using the cordless phone.

•    Avoid prolonged fluorescent light exposure. (Yes, that is one of the reasons why you feel drained after a long day under fluorescent lighting.)

•    If you are not ready to get rid of your microwave, move far away from it when it is on.

•    Turn off your wireless routers at night, especially if your home office is near your bedroom.

EMF’s were not an issue even fifty years ago, but today addressing them is an essential component of feng shui practice.  Although you cannot fully control your exposure to EMF’s while you are away from home, you can control your family’s exposure while you are at home, especially at night when the body is regenerating and needs its rest.

Reduce your exposure at home and see if you don’t sleep better. What do you have to lose, except perhaps some wrinkles and stress?


Alice Inoue is a life guide that uses the modalities of feng shui, astrology and spirituality in her work. Her offerings include award-winning, mind-body-spirit themed books, as well as a series of feng shui instructional DVD's. For more information visit Sign up for her newsletter to receive monthly articles on feng shui, astrology and life wisdom.

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Alice Inoue Clearing Out The Closet

By Alice Inoue

Each area of your home correlates to an area of your life:  Your kitchen represents how your family is nurtured.  Your bedroom represents your ability to renew and refresh your life.  Your garage represents your independence and mobility, and your bathroom represents your ability to deal with change and transitions. Can you guess what your closets represent?  They represent your subconscious mind and what is happening beneath the facade you present to the world.

Imagine your bedroom closet in its present state.  Is it neat and organized, or messy and over-stuffed? Does your closet contain items that have nothing to do with your apparel? Can you see how the state of your closet correlates to what is happening in your life and in your mind?

A clear closet fosters a clear mind and supports clearing from the inside out.  Here are some tips to help you “cure” your closet of whatever ails it.  I follow these tips religiously.

  • Let go of clothing you have not worn in a year or two.

Statistics show that we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time.  If you have something in your closet that you never wear, you intuitively know that it no longer aligns with who you are.  Ask yourself, “What does this item do for me? Do I feel uplifted when I see it or does my energy drop?”  If your energy drops, drop the item.

  • Can we tell how old you are by looking in your closet?

If you haven’t worn an item in a year or two, check to see just how outdated it is.  Discard clothing that anchors you to past memories and emotional associations.  Let go of the wide lapel jackets, the blouses with shoulder pads and the clothes that are two sizes too small. Just as you check expiration dates on food to clear out your refrigerator, look through your closet to see if anything has expired.  If it doesn’t flatter you or is worn out, donate it.  Keep your closet reflective of who you are now.  The best way to move forward is to embrace the present.

  • Saving items you never wear sends a negative message.

It is natural to want to save things, but saving anything you never wear, do not love, or that does not fit sends a negative message when you open the closet.  It shows scarcity thinking rather than abundance thinking.  Moreover, the items take up valuable real estate in your closet and in your head.  Let go of scarcity thinking and trust that life will always bring you what you need.

  • In with the new and out with the old!

From time to time you may purchase new clothes.  For every new item you put in your closet, remove an unused item and donate it. This will help keep your closet uncluttered and looking abundant.  Moving clothing in and out keeps the energy flowing in your closet and in your life.  The more you have in your closet, the more your energy is tied up in mundane matters.

  • How much clothing do you really need?

Purchasing a bargain for a bargain’s sake creates clutter. If you think you can’t afford not to buy something just because it’s on sale, think again.  Never let price overrule usefulness.  Don’t just buy to buy.

  • Closet Awareness

Practicing closet awareness helps you realize just how much of your energy is tied up in your closets.  Look at your closets with a new consciousness.  Look at what you are keeping through a new perspective. Clear your closet to clear your mind!


Alice Inoue is a life guide that uses the modalities of feng shui, astrology and spirituality in her work. Her offerings include award-winning, mind-body-spirit themed books, as well as a series of feng shui instructional DVD's. For more information visit Sign up for her newsletter to receive monthly articles on feng shui, astrology and life wisdom.