Yang Fire Monkey Year by White Crane Healing Arts

by Miki on February 6, 2016

The Chinese new year which begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice will be on Monday, February 8th at 9: am. The rising moon will usher in the year of the Yang Fire Monkey and If I had to describe the year in one word it would be dynamic. I’ll explain why, but first, a brief description of how the Chinese astrological system works for those not acquainted with it.

Every year is either Yin or Yang. This cycle repeats itself continuously each hour, day, week, month and year. Last year was yin, therefore, this year is yang and next year will be yin, etc. Another cycle, known as the 5 elements, which is a system of corresponding energies, is used in Chinese astrology in two different cycles, known as the Earthly Branches and the Heavenly Stems. A branch and stem is ascribed to each year and if you understand their symbolic meaning, you can gain insight about yearly expectations and how to interpret what that year’s potential influence will be.
Earthly branches rotate in a 12 year cycle. One of the twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, boar) is used to describe each year in the cycle and this animal represents a certain quality of energy. Each animal is either Yin or Yang and has a fixed element. For example, every monkey is yang and has a fixed element of metal. So all monkeys, regardless of what year they’re born in will have some attributes of metal (negative positive) such as being composed or scattered, devoted, candid, trustworthy, combative, withdrawn, etc.
Each year is also influenced by the Heavenly stems cycle. This is a cycle of the five elements in their yin and yang stages which creates a cycle of ten years. This cycle rotates like this: yang earth – yin earth, yang metal – yin metal, yang water- yin water, yang wood – yin wood, yang fire – yin fire and then it starts again.

Read more about the new year at:

Gong Hey Fat Choy – Happy New Year

Pass the New Year Well!

The White Crane Healing Arts Center is located in Broward County, Florida
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone 954.721.7252
Providing Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Therapy, Chi Gung, Massage and Nutrition services to the South Florida communities of Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Broward Acupuncture by White Crane Healing Arts

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that is used to alleviate pain and/or to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions by using small needles to stimulate points on the human body. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

Acupuncture is over 5000 years old and is a time tested healing modality originating from the far East.  Each individual will experience acupuncture on a personal level and what one feels depends on their own state of being and level of sensitivity.  It’s common to feel a sensation of warmth, tingling or traveling Qi (energy) when the needles are inserted; and many experience a profound sense of relaxation and well being or possibly increased energy.  Acupuncture treats the whole being which includes body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Acupuncture points are located in the small depressions or hollows in the skin called gates.  Thru these gates, one can access the internal streams and rivers of energy that transport Qi and blood.  Qi and blood give sustenance to the interaction and cohesion of mind, body and spirit.  Fundamentally, illness manifests when Qi, Blood and Fluids are either blocked, depleted or imbalanced, which diminishes its healthy coherence to the point of dysfunction or eventually illness. Acupuncture can reorganize this dynamic by opening, closing or harmonizing the flows within the rivers and streams (channels).

Some examples would be, helping individuals to manifest their potential in the real world; helping someone that is experiencing an emotional situation (good or bad), to feel or express it  and one more example would be helping someone that is constantly discharging energy to store energy in order to have a sense of cohesion.  Our inner world of feelings and emotions are constantly challenged in an increasingly complicated world which prevents our neurological system from processing the incoming data that seems to be coming at us at an increasingly faster pace.

All hygienic precautions are observed and only sterilized disposable needles are used.


The White Crane Healing Arts Center is located in Broward County, Florida
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C
Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone 954.721.7252 Fax 954.721.7242

Providing Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Therapy, Chi Gung, Massage and Nutrition services to the South Florida communities of Broward and Palm Beach Counties of: Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lauderhill, Pembroke Pines, Oakland Park, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, Margate, Coconut Creek, North Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, and Lighthouse Point

The Role of Family Therapy In Addiction Recovery

The Role Of Family Therapy In Addiction Treatment - with JC's Recovery Center in Hollywood, FL

By: Allison Konovalova, M.S. MFT

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, it is my experience that family of origin issues play a central role in the cycle of addiction. Therefore, if family issues are addressed both in the context of individual and family therapy, everyone involved can be helped to find their new role in the family and move to a closer place. Family therapy is often a crucial role in recovery because it allows the family to work through their issues together. The family environment is often damaged by years of addiction and may become hostile or negative, which can push the addict away. A supportive family is a huge benefit, but often family members need guidance on how to set healthy boundaries with their family member suffering from addiction.

The Role Of Family Therapy In Addiction Treatment

Often family therapy can be overlooked as the person seeking treatment focuses on individual therapy, group therapy, and building a sober support network. But issues within the family can help keep the perpetual cycle of negativity affecting everyone in the family, especially the person trying to recover. Drugs and alcohol have a huge impact on family and relationships with co-workers, friends, siblings, etc. and it very useful for important relationships to be a part of the recovery process. Family members often struggle with trust, betrayal and plenty of negative feelings that need to be dealt with before anyone can move on and begin the process of forgiving the addict and rebuilding a relationship. Family therapy is the best way to start healing the interpersonal hurts caused during addiction because it brings everyone together and forces people to face the feelings and issues they might otherwise avoid. Particularly, family members need a safe environment with an impartial figure that can help navigate the difficult issues that arise out of the years of poor communication, decision making and distanced relationships.

Some of the many benefits of family therapy include learning how to set boundaries with other family members, as well as the person recovering from addiction, identifying underlying family dysfunction and bringing it to the light for everyone to understand, helping families understand how the family functions as a system and the importance of envisioning it as one, and identifying which interpersonal relationships need to be altered to support the recovering addict. For example, if the addict has always had a distant/conflictual relationship with his father the clinician would address ways to bring about more understanding, compassion, love and closeness to this specific relationship.

The family therapy process works like this:

  1. First the family is brought in together to discuss the main issues they are facing in the present, and to openly discuss their feelings about what they perceive as the problem. The clinician will make sure that each family member has the chance to voice their feelings and concerns.
  2. Then the clinician will work together with the family to identity what kind of goals they can make individually and as a family to change the environment, patterns of negative interaction, and address resentments.
  3. In additional future sessions the clinician will process what kind of change is happening in the family, and what can be done to continue to promote positive change for family members and the addict.

It can be difficult to make changes in ways of relating within families, as often these patterns have often been set many years ago. But change is always possible, and family therapy can greatly increase the likelihood of families being able to work together to achieve a happier, healthier family structure overall. Family therapy is one of the most important modalities of therapy in the addictions recovery process, which is why we embrace it wholeheartedly at our care facility.

JC’s Recovery Center
1818 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: 1-844-JCHOUSE
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Palm Beach Auto Body Repairs

We specialize in minor body repair, plastic bumper repair, removing small dents, and paint scratch removal on site in a matter of hours - cover Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The Paint Shuttle Auto Body Repair Shop was started in  1990, serving the Miami-Dade County area.  We now offer our expert auto repair services to Palm Beach County! The Company has mainly concentrated on the South Florida car dealers and rental companies for removing scratches, repairing minor body work and bumpers on vehicles  to look like new again, plus we would get the job  done in a short amount of time. We now offer our expert repair services directly to Palm Beach Vehicle Owners!

We specialize in minor body repair, plastic  bumper repair, removing small dents, and  paint scratch removal on site in a matter of hours. We have served over 60 dealers and are continuing to offer our services now.

Paint Shuttle has over 20 years of experience in providing expert auto body repair services to Commercial Businesses:

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Paint Shuttle offers our expert auto body repair services directly to the public, where we come to you and at almost wholesale prices!!!

Let us make your car look new again, we are a body shop on wheels here to serve you. Paint Shuttle can also do some of the major body repairs, but it depends on the level of damage.

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We can fix most any minor body damage:

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265 S. Federal Highway – Suite 293 · Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441 · USA
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Paint Shuttle provides a mobile body shop service for minor auto body repairs at your home or office in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach Counties of South Florida.



A company in California had slate installed at the entrance to the building. Although it is a great look, slate can tend to be slippery. Our non slip application was applied to this surface to create a non slip profile.

National Sealing routes crews all over the US as well as international non slip applications. Our trained applicators apply our coating process combined with specially manufactured glass beads for a durable and long lasting solution for anti slip / anti skid occurrences. Our durable coating process can be applied to slate as well as porcelain, stone, and ceramic flooring. We have performed our non slip application process on a wide variety of surfaces all over the US, and including Barbados, and Belize.

We specialize in the commercial applications where public safety is a high priority to prevent slip and fall type injuries, such as restrooms, showers, spas, hot tub areas, marble floors, walkways, high traffic areas, etc.

National Sealing Co.
2269 S University Drive, Fort Lauderdale FL 33324
Phone: 954-577-8837

Bullnose – Concrete Countertop Edge Profile – EcoSimplista.com

Eco Simplista - South Floridas leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutionsSureCrete’s counter top edge profiles are available in 50′ rolls. These edge profiles, made from extruded PVC, offer a more cost-effective solution for one-off pours. Edge Molds are the easiest and most cost-effective way to form a decorative edge profile on concrete countertops, furniture and other concrete and GFRC projects. Use these Chamfer, Eased Square, Ogee and Bullnose pieces to create detailed edge designs with all concrete counter top mix and GFRC mixes, either precast or cast in place.

These decorative edge mold form liners are easy to work with and durable enough to be used many, many times. Trim to length with a standard razor knife. Support the concrete countertop edge mold with plywood angles, standard 2×4 lumber, foam or any other rigid material. Create any shape. Perfect for forming openings for under mount sinks. Use bare or with your preferred release. Installation is easy with our custom three-quarter inch wide Pressure Sensitive Adhesive double-sided form tape. Clean with water or denatured alcohol as needed.

Whether you are looking to make a one-time concrete countertop or bathroom vanity, these edge profiles can add a great level of dimension to your custom concrete pieces. They are easy enough to work with that even in a do-it-yourself project for the weekend warrior with little to no experience, they can be used with little to no training at all. If you are a professional fabricator and looking to make multiple copies of the same piece, these PVC edge details can be re-used a number of times, keeping your production costs down to a minimum.

619 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954 565 5900

As South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of Eco Simplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will.


Commercial Gold, Silver, Palladium and Platinum Scrap Refining

Premium Precious Metals, Hollywood, FL

Premium Precious Metals, LLC, brings a new level of transparency and accountability along with the highest and quickest returns for commercial customers’ gold, silver, palladium, and platinum scrap precious metals.

  • The first step is accurate weight on your material.
  • The second step is to melt the material in the most state of the art solid state induction equipment to ensure minimal melt loss.
  • The third step is sampling.  Sampling and assaying are the most important parts of the precious metal process.
  • The fourth step is the assay process.  PPM uses the most state of the art XRF technology.

The four steps outlined are what we consider the optimal way to process your precious metal scrap, guaranteeing the best and most accurate bottom line anywhere in the industry.

If you are a commercial business with scrap precious metals, contact Premium Precious Metals, and know you are dealing with the best in the business. Call us today – 954-367-7513

That’s why our motto is “Never settle for less”.

Premium Precious Metals, LLC
3000 Stirling Road, Suite 104, Hollywood, Florida. 33021

Going Green in South Florida With Solar Hot Water!

Broward Solar provides Solar Water Heaters, Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps to the residents and businesses of South FloridaBroward Solar provides Solar Water Heaters, Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps to the residents and businesses of South Florida.

While you can certainly choose from any number of companies to heat your pool, home, hot water or provide you with service.  The team at Broward Solar have the unique experience to handle projects of any scope or complexity.  From residential to commercial, Broward Solar’s experienced staff have over a 100 years of combined solar experience.

Solar energy is free, and its supplies are unlimited. Using solar energy produces no air or water pollution. Households with an electric water heater consume about 6,400 KW per year for water heating. If we assume that the electricity is generated by a typical power plant with an efficiency of 30%, then the water heater generates about 8 tons of CO2.

The surprising result is that the CO2 produced by a water heater is almost double that produced by a modern automobile. * On average, a solar water heater in Florida can produce 90 – 95% of your hot water needs, reducing your carbon footprint over 10,000 pounds annually.  That is more than the average car, plus it saves the equivalent of 11.4 barrels of oil.

Have peace of mind because you’re dealing with a company driven more by after-the-sale technical and engineering concerns than by a simple desire to make the next sale. Specifically, you can expect:

  • Correct system sizing for your unique swimming comfort requirements, pool use and site factors
  • Realistic expectations of system performance
  • Correct plumbing installation and system hydraulics
  • The most advanced, safe and trouble-free pool heating and automation available today
  • Fully insured technicians using no subcontractors.


  • Reduces Dependence On Fossil Fuel and Foreign Oil
  • Reduces Co2 And Sulfur Dioxide Emissions
  • Qualifies For Federal Tax Credits
  • Qualifies For Many Utility Company Rebates
  • Protects From Future Rate Increases
  • Increases Property Value
  • Provides Hot Water During Power Outages

Our Solar Water Heating Services Include:

  • Solar Pool Heating: Get the most out of your pool investment with free solar energy.  Enjoy your pool 10-11 months a year!
  • Solar Hot Water Heating: Solar hot water systems can provide you with up to 95% of your hot water needs.  With Federal tax credits and state rebates too
  • Reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Energy Efficient Heat Pump Pool Heaters: Not one type of pool heater is right for every situation.  Heat pumps will heat your pool for less than half the cost of propane gas.  Reduce your co2 emissions.

Contact us for a Free Solar Water Heating Estimate!

Broward Solar Inc.
1090 NE 48th Court, Ft Lauderdale, Florida 33334
Broward – (954) 492-9939
Palm Beach (561) 347-0179
Your choice for South Florida Solar Water Heating Services

Florida Based Full Service Video Production Company

Steve Procko Productions (SPP) is a Florida based, Full Service Film Production Company High-Def Video Florida Production Company providing Television Commercial Production, Infomercials, Direct-Response Commercials, Corporate Videos and Educational VideosSteve Procko Productions (SPP) is a Florida based, full service production company specializing in television commercial production, infomercials, direct-response commercials, corporate videos and educational videos.

Based in South Florida in a facility that includes an Avid Nitris DX edit suite, SPP takes advantage of the cost effective aspects of the state, additionally SPP shoots throughout the United States and Canada.

Producing projects in both film and high-definition video, SPP opened its doors in 1984. For more than 30 years, it has developed a solid reputation for cost-effective, high-quality commercial production working with advertising agencies and companies throughout the United States and Canada.

In recent years we have become well known for our ‘As Seen On TV’ Commercial Production. We offer full creative services – from the development of the creative approach and script – through post production of your Direct Response Commercial or Informercial.

We understand the DRTV business model, and can help strategize your DRTV campaign. Want to know if DRTV will work for your product? We can advise you as to the steps you’ll need to take to determine that answer.

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  • Location Production
  • Non-Linear Post-Production Editing Facilities

Steve Procko Productions
4801 S. University Drive; Suite 268, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
Telephone | 305.493.7635

Steve Procko Productions (SPP) is a Florida based, Full Service Film Production Company High-Def Video Florida Production Company providing Television Commercial Production, Infomercials, Direct-Response Commercials, Corporate Videos and Educational Videos