Average Jane

Average Joe/Jane

I’m 32 years old and, up until a month ago, I’d never had a psychic reading. As far as I knew, psychic readings all look like that scene in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” where Pee-Wee is advised to look for his stolen bike in the basement of the Alamo, and there’s…
I was very excited to work with Lynn Bub at Sunshine Feng Shui as I have always been curious about what I could do differently with colors and furniture arrangement to change things in my life for the better. The concept of feng shui is simple: to align the energies…
When I entered The Chakra House, 330 W. Lakeside St., Madison, for my chakra balancing session, I felt both excited and nervous, not knowing quite what to expect. According to The Chakra House founder and owner, Tina Bensman, a chakra balancing identifies energetic patterns, working to shift old, stagnant energies…
I never thought I would be one to hire someone to come clean my home. One reason is that I worry about the use of toxic chemicals in cleaning products and I didn't want to come home to those noxious smells. I also worried about how they could negatively affect…
Joe considers himself "above average" when it comes to his health. He eats right and exercises, among other healthy habits. But recently he decided to get an assessment to make sure he was on the right track, and have his right knee checked out. Joe visited Strong Chiropractic, which opened…
This is the story of Mysti, a 7-year-old Golden Retriever, who was diagnosed with Masticatory Muscle Myositis (MM) in December of 2009. MM is an immune attack around the muscles of the jaw and head. It causes swelling and enlarging of these muscles causing pain and reluctance to open the…
Navigating the waters of vitamins and supplements without guidance is a bit like attempting to make a soufflé without a recipe. You may have an idea of what the ingredients should be, but without precise measurements and instructions, the results may fall short of what you had hoped for. A…
True Essence, 1138 W. Mason St., Green Bay, is owned by Dale and Margaret West. It is a comfortable and cozy atmosphere, and a family-oriented business. They have been in business since 2004 and have been growing in size and scope ever since. As an added comfort to current and…
MaRiLa Veterinary Clinic is an alternative and traditional veterinary practice, which also has cats available for adoption. I have been considering pet adoption, and decided to find out more about the adoption process. I initially speak to Samantha, who coordinates the adoptions, and she confirms that they do have cats…
I spent the last month enjoying my time one or two times a week going to Inner Sun Yoga Studio and I must say that even though I live in Appleton and it is in Oshkosh, it was worth the drive! Deb Sommerhalder opened Inner Sun Yoga Studio in 2004…
Nancy Johnson, of Healthy Food for Busy People, is a nutritional consultant who works with people to incorporate healthy eating into their daily lives. Prior to the initial consultation, Nancy sends each prospective client a food preference survey, cataloging their preferred grains, vegetables, fruits, spices, cheese, cereals, oils, condiments and…
Recently, I set out on an adventure. For one week, I decided to park the car and ride Valley Transit. I knew I would save money by not driving, but I had no idea I would meet so many interesting people during my bus travels. I had a few questions,…
When I enter the offices of Lord Spinal Care, Dr. Katherine Lord greets me with a gracious smile. As she whisks me into an exam room for an initial consultation, I am immediately put at ease as she explains her overall wellness approach to treating her patients. Not only can…
This Average Jane column is slightly different from what I have written in the past as I wanted to share the point of view of someone who suffers from lymphedema and chronic pain, two conditions that I personally do not have. This is the story of a woman who sought…
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