Why Get a Massage?

“You cannot do great things. You can only do small things, with great kindness.”

I started The Sanctuary at Chester Springs because as I approached fifty I found that the only answer to stress and worry and, frankly, the conundrum of existence was deep and unwavering kindness–and meditation, but we will get to that! I wanted to do my part to create a space in this world that was a wellspring of kindness—a beautiful space where folks would feel a deep sense of peace.

I started The Sanctuary at Chester Springs because as I approached 50 I found that the only answer to stress and worry and, frankly, the conundrum of existence was deep and unwavering kindness–and meditation, but we will get to that! I wanted to do my part to create a space in this world that was a wellspring of kindness—a beautiful space where folks would feel a deep sense of peace.

A dedicated yoga practice, meditative prayer and therapeutic massage were the specific tools I used to develop a sense of kindness and acceptance of myself and the greater world. These habits created a sense of peace I felt compelled to share. While we offer all these practices at The Sanctuary, and while I am beyond happy to share them all with you, it can’t be ignored that massage is a magical place to start!

If you’ve ever had a really great massage, with a really great massage therapist, you know how it can transport you. The right touch brings about a combination of physical and mental relaxation that will leave you with a sense of deep peace and acceptance of yourself and even the world around you. This frame of mind can stay with you and have a positive impact on your self talk and your interactions with loved ones and strangers alike.

At The Sanctuary, all of our massage therapists have been hand chosen by me for their practical skill, their dedication to the practice of massage therapy and their ability to provide a truly exceptional experience. I am honored to be able to share their skills with you and I invite you to begin a lifetime of kindness by taking one step at a time. Why not start with a massage?

Art and Cannabis: The Perfect Marriage?

People are inherently creative. And while humanity’s rich library of creative works has been produced by artists who don’t have working relationships with cannabis, it has undeniably influenced millions of artists throughout recorded history. Studies have shown that cannabis fuels our frontal lobe – the area associated with creativity – bringing forth and amplifying the imagination that lives inside. We’ve also learned that THC increases our production of dopamine – a neurotransmitter serving as our brain’s self-reward system, causing feelings of euphoria and confidence. Because of cannabis’ individualized effect, it can be difficult to put that uncharted experience in a box. However, we can observe its influence on prominent artists for measure – because for many, cannabis is their most powerful instrument.

Does art imitate life? Or does life imitate art?

The marriage of cannabis and creativity is legendary. Artists have turned to cannabis when searching for deeper engagement with their craft, and with their inner being. Think of the most famous and influential artists of our time – The Beatles’ affinity for cannabis is well-documented and prevalent in their music. Like with Doctor Robert – cannabis helped them evolve from the blueprints of rock and pop, which has immeasurably shaped the sounds and styles of the last  50 years. Their voice inspired an entire generation of youth to embrace and experiment with who they were – to love one another, and learn to live in their own peace. That message still continues to this day.

The Lost Generation – the infamous writer’s group in post-WWI Paris (including Ernest Hemingway. T.S. Elliot, and Scott Fitzgerald) – were notoriously influenced by Alice B. Toklas’ pot brownies she’d provide at social gatherings. The way Van Gogh plays with movement in his world, through his use of color and brushstrokes… the way countless artists use color and textures in their art – all illustrations and projections of our connection to the natural world. As cannabis helps us open the door to our subconscious selves, for many, creative expression is able to flow more freely, while sometimes illuminating us to our deeper fears and desires.

Most importantly, cannabis can be an instrumental aid in deep personal expression. It can help us see beyond the veil, to the greater hidden depths of our inner beauty and our darkness. It allows the artist to enhance their senses – embracing every possibility, stripped of the anxiety that comes with self-deprecation (a trait that most artists are plagued with). Cannabis allows the artist to exercise divergent thinking, (another great effect of dopamine), giving them the strength to step out of their own way, and unearth thoughts and concepts they’d otherwise ignore. It helps us to our truth. And if the artist is truly brave, they will stop at nothing to get us to that truth. Cannabis can help us get there, while cushioning us from the harsh tone our greatest critics – ourselves.

Can Cannabis be Used to Treat Autism Symptoms?

Recent research has shown how medical cannabis can effectively treat and manage the symptoms for many medical conditions, including cancer and cancer treatment, chronic pain, ALS, and more.

One such condition is autism, a developmental disability that impacts social interaction, communication, and behaviors. Many studies suggest that medical marijuana can provide a number of benefits for autism patients.

What Is Autism?

As studies expand and medical experts examine the effects of medical marijuana on other conditions, many patients, families, and caregivers wonder how cannabis can be used to treat symptoms of autism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by a number of symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Repeating certain actions over and over again
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Wanting to be alone
  • Preferring not to be held or cuddled
  • Not wanting to play pretend games
  • Repeating or echoing words and phrases
  • Having difficulty relating to other people
  • Not expressing interest in other people at all
  • Not knowing how to talk, play, or relate to others

Autism exists on a spectrum, and each person with this condition exhibits a unique set of symptoms. Severe cases can result in aggression, self-injury, and rage.

While many people with autism are self-sufficient, these symptoms can cause significant hardship, social stigma, and difficulty interacting with others.

How Can Medical Marijuana Help People with ASD?

Children and adults with severe autism spectrum disorder may benefit from medical marijuana, according to recent studies. However, these studies are small; more large-scale, wide-reaching, and placebo-controlled research is necessary.

A 2019 paper from researchers in Israel found that 30% of ASD patients treated with cannabis oil for six months saw significant symptom improvement, and 50% saw moderate improvement.

Another 2018 study saw that using medical marijuana to treat autism symptoms improved behavioral outbreaks in more than 60% of child patients.

However, some parents, experts, and autism advocates are unsure whether these studies prove marijuana could treat symptoms of ASD. The research is new and limited, and more long-term studies are required to determine the efficacy of this treatment. However, many people with ASD have taken medical cannabis and seen improvements in their symptoms.

Remember, medical marijuana may not be right for everyone. You will need to visit a medical marijuana doctor in your state who is certified to evaluate qualifying conditions and determine whether or not this treatment is viable. Some states do not have autism listed as a qualifying condition.

If you or someone you care for has autism and you believe medical cannabis can help, contact the Sanctuary Wellness Institute today. Our friendly staff will connect you to a certified marijuana doctor in your state who can evaluate your condition and determine whether or not medical cannabis could help. We will also inform you of the applicable medical marijuana laws in your state.

Call us today at (484) 346-5140 to schedule your appointment. We will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Medical Marijuana Treatment for HIV/AIDS: What You Need to Know

Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) affects approximately 37.9 million people around the world. These chronic, life-threatening conditions can result in unpleasant, severe symptoms that impact the quality of life for the patients with this condition.

However, many states across the country have approved medical marijuana as an effective treatment for HIV and AIDS. This alternative treatment can provide a number of benefits for HIV/AIDS patients, including pain relief, nausea control, and appetite increase.


AIDS is a condition caused by the progression of HIV, a virus that can be transmitted through sexual activity, infected blood, or through pregnancy, breastfeeding, or childbirth. HIV/AIDS damages immune systems, harming the body’s ability to fight off infection. While there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, many modern medications can help slow its progression.

Symptoms for this condition vary depending on the state of the disease the patient is at. For example, people with acute HIV may develop fever, headache, and diarrhea, among other symptoms, 2 to 4 weeks after infection. People with AIDS are more likely to develop opportunistic infections and may experience sweats, chills, recurring fever, and weakness.

Treatment for these conditions can be difficult as well. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, heart disease, weakened bones, and emotional problems, among others.

Medical Marijuana as Treatment for HIV/AIDS

In conjunction with medication and other treatment options, medical marijuana can provide significant relief for HIV/AIDS patients. The effects of cannabis can relieve many symptoms associated with these conditions and their treatments.

For example, cannabis can help control nausea and increase appetite, encouraging HIV/AIDS patients to eat even when they are experiencing unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. Marijuana can also relieve pain, helping HIV/AIDS patients engage in day-to-day activities without distraction.

While medical cannabis is not likely to interact with other HIV/AIDS medications, it is imperative that patients visit a physician certified in their state to recommend medical cannabis to discuss if this treatment is right for them. After a patient receives a certification for medical marijuana, they can apply for a medical cannabis card, depending on the laws in their state.

Contact the Sanctuary Wellness Institute Today

If you are an HIV/AIDS patient interested in introducing medical marijuana to your treatment program, contact the Sanctuary Wellness Institute. Our team will walk you through the steps necessary to obtain a cannabis card in your state, and connect you with a certified doctor who can evaluate your qualifying condition.

Call us today at (484) 346-5140 to schedule your evaluation.

COVID-19 Stressing You Out? Read This

Free Virtual Yoga & Meditation Classes: Now Available!

Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused undue stress and anxiety to many of us.

With the shelter-in-place orders in effect, we at the Sanctuary recognize that many of our usual stress-relieving activities are not safe to take part in, from in-person classes to outdoor exercise and every social activity in-between.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our virtual yoga and guided meditation courses, free for our community during this pandemic.

These sessions, led by Registered Yoga Teacher Charles Watts and licensed psychotherapist Anthony Yuschak, allow you to unwind, breathe, and discover your own bliss in the comfort of your own home, at no cost to you!

Join us for Online Power Vinyasa with Charlie Watts every Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:45am EST, designed to challenge, strengthen, and empower your mind and body. This course is perfect for all levels — from beginner to expert!

Our online Guided Meditation classes are available from 7pm to 8pm EST every Thursday. During these sessions, Tony Yuschak will lead you through a Buddhism-inspired therapeutic meditation exercise to help you unwind, build presence, and increase vitality.

All classes are free with the code PEACE2020. Visit our registration portal to sign up for an upcoming session! Drop-in fees are $11.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you there!

Be Well,

The Sanctuary Wellness Team

Meditation and Cannabis under the Flower Moon

By Chantal Teufenkjian

I awoke at 3:30 am this morning, after snoozing my alarm twice, to greet the full Flower Moon at its maximum altitude. My fiancé and dog were still asleep, nestling sweetly with one another – paws and hands facing in the same direction. With a deep breath and clumsy sense of purpose, I grabbed my pre-rolled joint (something I twisted in anticipation of my invented ceremony) and made my way to the backyard. The sky was a warm shade of grey; the air felt light, crisp, and calm. And as I looked ahead toward my mat on our long, unmowed grass, my peripheral vision directed me toward the ladder to my right, leading me to the roof.

During the pandemic, my backyard has been a sanctuary. A place I can lose myself in. I created a fort, to escape into different worlds. My yoga mat lays in the middle of the lawn, inviting me to raise my vibration through practice. Then there’s the roof, where my fiancé and I often like to look up at the stars. When the moon is full, we celebrate the intentions we set during the new moon. Of course, I couldn’t resist climbing up.

I sat, perched on the roof as I lit my joint and took in the stillness, inhaling deeply. I felt the potent energy of the moon and closed my eyes, hugged my knees, and effortlessly drifted into meditation. Luna’s brightness shone through my shut eyelids and raced through my body. The cannabis promoted a tranquil, yet mindful experience as it allowed me to explore the hidden territories of my mind. Different hues of color replaced thought and my spirit took over, while my feet absorbed the light chill of the tiles. I felt safe and held by the moon’s current while my high remained steady, yet playful.

An hour and a half later, the sky and moon were veiled with a translucent pink sheet. Crows hung on trees in threes, the notorious creatures of transformation. I smiled, knowing my hazy journey gifted me with a peace I hadn’t felt in a long time. For a short while, I completely forgot about our world and its chaos until I saw a woman walking her dog at a distance, wearing an animated face mask. I lit the rest of my joint as I whimsically walked about the roof. Moments later, I bowed my head in deep gratitude and descended the ladder. I then climbed back into bed, allowing cannabis to influence my pending dreams.

Meditation is a deeply personal practice that allows you to find your inherent truth and calm. Whether you’ve simply dipped your toes in meditation, or practice routinely, incorporating cannabis can enhance your experience.

Make it a ceremony! Light candles, sit in your favorite space, listen to music, or allow cannabis to guide you in the kitchen as your sous chef. Start with a few drags and increase it as needed. You can always add more. If you feel adrift, feel the ground beneath you or touch your skin, and bring your mind to the present. Remember to always stay grounded. Find what feels good and sacred to you and go deeper. You might find a few hidden gems.

Cannabis and Yoga: Elevate Your Practice

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Close your eyes, breathe in through your nose, and out from your mouth, as you finally enter Savasana (Shavasana), the final pose of your session. Feel your muscles sink into your mat and the ground below you. Feel your toes, your fingers, your breath. Consider everything you’re grateful for; everything you wish to manifest. Take another breath as you find your way back to a sitting position. Bring your hands to prayer in gratitude. Namaste.

Yoga bridges the connection between the body (creation) and the breath (the essence of creation). By introducing difficult physical challenges, the yogi or practitioner can find peace through breath alone, creating a connection and alignment with their spirit. Yoga is also about discovery and empowerment; inner peace and awareness. For many yogis, Savasana is the most satisfying part of yoga – the peace discovered in accomplishing the journey of the work. 

Yoga and cannabis have been linked together for centuries as people have used cannabis to enhance their practices, minds, and spirituality. In Hindu tradition, Lord Shiva (supreme god) gifted his people with cannabis to help them find enlightenment and inspiration. Recent discoveries have also shown that combining cannabis with yoga lifts your spirit and elevates your practice. Improved flow and visualization helps you acknowledge and manifest your intentions in meditation, creating a deeper inward connection and shift in consciousness.

Is it worth the hype? Can cannabis really elevate your practice?

The short answer? Yes. Cannabis’s healing and restorative properties are legendary among healers, as it’s said to help those suffering from a variety of ailments – including cancer, epilepsy, muscle spasms, and a spectrum of mental health conditions. This is because cannabis contains cannabinoids – chemicals that mimic those our body naturally produces, that helps promote healthy appetite, memory, inspiration, and movement. Luckily, with more states working to legalize cannabis, this powerful medicine is becoming increasingly more accessible.

Incorporating cannabis into your yoga routine can simultaneously increase your emotional and physical well-being. It allows the practitioner to fall deeper into meditation as it relaxes the frontal lobe, letting the mind experience what our muscles do – flexibility and expansion. Every movement can flow freely with grace and purpose. It can be a powerful calibration tool, helping set the mood, just as candles, incense, music, and crystals might – to motivate you and increase your vibration.

It’s important to understand that not all practicing yogis trust the combination of yoga and cannabis. Some feel as though an altered mind is unfit to live in spiritual practices whereas many other yogis believe it enhances what has been dormant in the physical body all along. It truly comes down to personal beliefs and preferences, and knowing your limits – not everyone’s tolerance is the same. Not everyone’s experience is the same. Yoga is meant to assist you into a deeper congress with your body and spirit; to see clearer, not create more haze. Be safe, be mindful. Listen.

Where will your practice lead you?

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PA Medical Marijuana Updates

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Hello Marijuana Card Family!

We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe during these challenging and uncertain times. In order to beat CoVID-19, we all have to do our part and make some sacrifices. By working together as a community (virtually!), and showing compassion for one another, we can ensure the continued health of the country as a whole!

Continue reading to learn about important changes to medical marijuana program to help in the fight against CoVID-19.

We are still available by phone! Call 484-346-5140

Telemed Now Available

Get Approved From Home!

The Sanctuary Wellness Institute now offers appointments through Telemedicine for all Medical Marijuana Evaluations in Pennsylvania.

With telemedicine, patients can now virtually meet with one of our certified physicians from the comfort and safety of their own home using their computer, smartphone or tablet!

Benefits Of telemedicine

Increased Access

Get approved from anywhere in Pennsylvania from the comfort and convenience of your home.


By adhering to social distancing guidelines, we ensure everyone’s safety.

Save Time

With telemedicine, there is no need to spend time driving to a clinic, or waiting in an office waiting room.

Same Day Registration

All patients are contacted after their appointment to assist so you can access dispensaries without delay!

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Pennsylvania Marijuana Updates

Pennsylvania medical marijuana control program has announced updated policies to increase safety, while also ensuring that there is no disruption in care for medical marijuana patients.


Telemedicine Approved

With telemedicine, patients can now meet with an Pennsylvania marijuana card certified physician from the comfort and safety of their own home! All you need is a smartphone, computer or tablet to get started!


Dispensaries remain Open

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been designated as an essential business by the state of Pennsylvania and will remain open during this time. contact the dispensary before visiting to confirm they haven’t changed their hours.


Order Ahead Service

In order to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, many dispensaries now allow patients to place their order online or phone. Some dispensaries are offing curb side pick up..


Caregiver Registration

The PA Board of Health is now allowing caregiver to care for unlimited number of patients.

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The Sanctuary Wellness Institute medical marijuana cards evaluations at locations in Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Newtown Bucks County, Chester Springs, Lancaster, Wayne and Camp Hill, PA

If you’re living in Pennsylvania, it’s not uncommon to get confused with the process of acquiring access to medical marijuana. It all starts by registering with the state and getting a medical marijuana card. Ultimately, a pharmacist will recommend to you the kind of marijuana you need for your condition along with usage and dosage instructions.

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How to get a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown on how to get a medical marijuana card in PA:

1. Registration

The first step in gaining access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is registering yourself in the Medical Marijuana Registry. This involves creating your profile on the  Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program website.

The registration process requires essential information like your legal name, address, and phone number. An official ID card or a Pennsylvania driver’s license will be required for your identity verification.

2. Certification

An obvious requirement of gaining access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is having a medical condition that justifies its use. A physician approved by the Department of Health, Pennsylvania, needs to certify that you have a condition which qualifies you for legal cannabis use. This certification will then be submitted by your physician directly into the Medical Marijuana Registry system online.

3. Apply for Your Marijuana Card

After getting certified by an approved physician, you need to return to the Medical Marijuana Registry to apply for a medical marijuana ID card. Usually, a $50 fee applies unless you’re a participant of certain assistance programs. After this payment, you will receive your marijuana card from the state in your mail.

4. Meet with a Pharmacist in a Marijuana Dispensary

You may choose to visit any medical marijuana dispensary within your reach. Take your marijuana card along, and a pharmacist will deal with you over there.

Rest assured, the pharmacists working at these dispensaries have undertaken special courses on medical marijuana as required by the law in Pennsylvania. These courses include knowledge of its potential risks and benefits as well. This is to ensure your safety when providing you with the drug. Moreover, pharmacists are also often involved in further research pertaining to the substance.

Interestingly, it is the pharmacist’s responsibility to recommend the form of cannabis that is suitable for your use according to your medical condition. While meeting with a physician is essential in the acquisition of medical marijuana, they will only identify your condition and help you with the certification process. The remaining evaluation of your condition that determines the appropriate cannabis treatment will be done by the pharmacist.

Take care to understand the dosage instructions given by your pharmacist. Medical marijuana usage is best done cautiously, so attention is required when the drug is being dispensed to you.

Once you have your very own cannabis, you should keep your symptoms under check. If at any time you suspect it’s not working for you, a physician or a pharmacist should be consulted for evaluation or dosage alteration.