Who is Danielle?

People often ask me how I got into massage, and the answer is that it was a natural progression starting from my personal discovery of macrobiotics. Then the question shifts to, “what is macrobiotics and how did you get into that?”

As a young girl, a number of personal life experiences helped to shape my interests and direct me towards the fields of nutrition, health, and well-being. Growing up, I struggled with fatigue, anemia, and severe abdominal pain, symptoms that were never clear and specific enough to warrant a definitive diagnosis. My family and friends recommended eating more iron-rich foods, like animal products, but this never helped. Doctors prescribed various medications and informed me that I would likely be unable to have children. My prospects were looking grim.

My life was changed by two friends who were practicing something I had never heard of — macrobiotics. One told me it cured his Crohn’s disease, the other said it had significantly improved his health. My interest was piqued. I ran to the nearest bookstore and found a book called Zen Macrobiotics by George Ohsawa, and my journey into macrobiotics began. I finished it in one afternoon, and it left me completely inspired and curious for more. I then picked up Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods, which provided incredible insight into how eastern medicine and western research work together, a book I continue to learn from today. The recipes were simple and the foods were fresh, which after a lifetime of heavy American food I found profoundly satisfying. My diet started simple. Miso soup, lightly cooked greens, and brown rice were eaten daily. I had no idea how to cook sea vegetables, burdock, and daikon, but did my best. What the heck is an umeboshi plum? At first taste I thought it was horrid! Then a week later I found myself continuing to crave them. These simple foods were reawakening my taste buds, and reawakening my health.

Within two weeks I felt noticeably different. My vitality, my sleep, and curiously, even my posture had all improved. I can stand up straighter some how, I thought. As I continued to eat these natural foods I continued to feel better. Three months later I went to my first macrobiotic lecture, by Denny Waxman, a world-renowned macrobiotic counselor. He spoke not only about the importance of natural foods but on the importance of a natural lifestyle as well. How chewing, eating at regular times, and taking times for meals is equally as important. I later went to macrobiotic cooking classes with Melanie Brown Waxman. In the first class I learned just how wide and delicious a macrobiotic diet could be. Macrobiotic cooking can be creative and fun and thankfully so, being Italian my love for cooking is just as strong as my love for eating.

I attended the Strengthening Health Institute and studied macrobiotics intensively for four years, and thus began my personal regimen to health. It was during this time I learned of shiatsu bodywork as another valuable avenue for healing. Shiatsu is an effective way for relieving muscle pain and strengthens overall healthy and vitality.

Over the last 17 years, macrobiotics eating and living has greatly improved my quality of life. I’m happy, my body feels great, I’m living virtually pain free, and my latest tests show that I now can have children. In fact, my fertility is better than average for my age, though I still wonder how accurate the original diagnosis was.

I have not always had the most perfect macrobiotic diet, but I have learned that balance is a fluid movement, shading a little one way or to the other. Sometimes being gentle and kind to yourself is more important than pushing or being too restrict. Shifting is natural, as in nature. We all change with each day, each season and each activity. Welcoming change and how our diet needs to shift with it is key. My journey with natural healing methods has been exciting ever since.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9 am to 7 pm
Wednesday: 9 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm.
Sunday: Closed.
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Danielle Guglielmino, LMT
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Email: Danielle@MassageontheGreen.com

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Guilford, CT 06437