Art and Science

Aromatherapy elicits positive responses, on both psychological and physiological levels. Specific psychological benefits attributed to pure essences and their aromas include relief from anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue, while encouraging feelings of refreshing and awakening calmness, relaxation and happiness.1

Aromatherapy is thought of as both an art and a science. Recently, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.  Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. These natural substances were used for medical and religious purposes. They were known to have both physical and psychological benefits.

Smell plays a big role in how essential oils may affect the body: When breathed in, these plant oils stimulate smell receptors in the nose that send chemical messages through nerves to the brain’s limbic system, which affects Joy and emotions, and may have some physiological effects on the body, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 7

Earth Tonics Joi Butters Features Essential oils

The skin is relatively permeable to fat soluble substances and relatively impermeable to water soluble substances. Essential oil molecules are so minute that when they are applied to the skin; they are able to pass through the strateum corneum (the outer layer of the epidermis). From here the oil molecule passes through dermis, into the capillaries and into the bloodstream. Absorption also occurs through the hair follicles and sweat ducts. 8

Butters can be rubbed into the skin, for Joy shift, protection of the skin and/or under arm for deodorant.  Joi Butters  offer a way to adjust or enhance one’s Joy with Aromatherapy, while caring for the skin with protective base oils and or neutralizing body odor.

Joi Butters Features                                                                       


Completely made from Nature

Undiluted, no chemicals, no preservatives

Alternative to perfume or cologne

Nourishing to skin

Joi Butters Benefits

Luxurious, Green Beauty product

Smooth texture, absorbs easily into skin

Unisex scents

Moisturizing and protective leaves skin feeling good

Indulges your senses and uplifts your spirit

Sweetly Grounded

Grounding and calming to your mind like sweet chocolate. This butter is uplifting to your spirit, it releases the tensions of the day.

Seductive Courage

Earthy, mysterious and seductive, this aphrodisiac butter renews your zest for life.

Spicy Intentions

Provocative, sensual and warm this butter brings calm feelings and a sense of peace.  This leaves you open to some spice in your life.

Earth Tonics Joi Butters available online ✌🏾❤️

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Get to Know your Hair. 

To learn the truth about your hair, have a talk with yourself.

Here are some questions to ask yourself.

What does your hair like?

What doesn’t your hair like?

Where are my hair’s weak areas?

Discern the reason why the weakness.

Is it the nature of your hair to be weak or are you doing something to create it?

Discover your options.

Set realistic Hair Goals! 

Appreciate and make the best of what you have!

If you need some guidance with discovering the answers and options to these questions call 415.332.3044 or email Studio Joi |

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Ashling Cole

The Soulful Songstess –A Life Defined by Music

Ashling is excited to announce May 23rd, the last show she will be doing before she take a few months off for the next round of surgeries. She is looking forward to sharing the evening with you! She will be debuting new music (hasn’t even been released yet!!!), as well as some old favorites from my second album.

Ashling Cole, also known as Biscuit, hails from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. Her transformative live performances are legendary and take you on a musical journey; spiritually and emotionally.

She spans worlds of R&B, jazz, funk, and gospel effortlessly. Ashling currently tours with legendary bassist Larry Graham as the lead singer of Graham Central Station and has recently joined Sheila E’s Glamorous Life tour. She has graced the stage with such icons as Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum and one of her greatest mentors, Prince.
In summer 2017 Dave Koz and Larry Graham joined forces for a “Side by Side” tour with Ashling right there in the lead and supporting role. What an amazing show that was!!
Ashling’s first solo project “Where Love Began”, an EP of five songs she wrote, arranged and co-produced with guitarist, Cam Perridge is available on all media platforms.
“The Other Side of Yes” her latest single and the first of a grouping of inspirational songs is now available on CD Baby and iTunes. New single “Have Your Way” coming soon!!

The Fenix is an music supper club. Dinner is served daily at the venue. When you purchase your ticket on our website or the site, a reservation is automatically made for you.

Ashling always puts together a band of INCREDIBLE musicians and vocalists!! The stage will be full of Bay Area talented, devoted and dynamic artist, I’m looking forward to a night of heart felt music.

Soon to be released the new music single release of “We Are Healed” by Nona Brown featuring Lynette Hawkins-Stephens Ashling Biscuit-Cole & Tracy Watts Perrilliat — with Lynette Hawkins-

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Traditionally, Black seed oil has been used to bolster vitality, aid digestion, respiratory, kidney, liver, inflammatory and circulatory support.

Native to the Mediterranean and grown throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia, Nigella sativa is cultivated for its seeds, which are known as the “seeds of blessing.” For the Arabs, black seed is not only a food but also a valued traditional remedy. It has served as an important health and beauty aid for thousands of years.

Black Seed is grown in various countries and therefore known by many names such as Black Cumin (Egypt), Black Caraway (Turkey), Kalonji (India/Pakistan), Habbatul Baraka or the Blessed Seed (Middle East), among others. Ever since its introduction to the United States in the late 1980’s, it has been commonly referred to as ‘Black Seed’ or ‘Black Cumin’ and often used as a spice in traditional Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern and Persian cuisines.

According to tradition, the Prophet Muhammad described black seed as a healing for every disease except death. The great physician Ibn Sina (980–1037), better known as Avicenna, stated that black seed works as an expectorant, stimulates the body’s energy and helps overcome fatigue and dispiritedness.

Remarkably, Black Seed contains over 100 components, of which only sixty-nine of which have been identified. Research has shown that this complex interaction of over 100 components gives Black Seed tremendous power to support the immune system and strengthen the body’s constitution.

This means that Black Seed is useful against a vast array of complaints from those caused by bacteria or viruses, to common allergies.

Black cumin seed white flower

Black Seed’s chemical composition is very rich and diverse. It contains:

  • thymoquinone
  • phytochemicals
  • crystalline nigellone
  • anti-oxidant
  • amino acids
  • proteins
  • carbohydrates
  • fixed oils (EFA’s 3/6/9)
  • volatile oils
  • alkaloids
  • saponin
  • fiber
  • minerals:
  • calcium
  • iron
  • sodium
  • potassium

There are still many components in Black Seed that haven’t been identified and research is going on around the world to help shed more light into this remarkable little seed.

Black Seed’s medicinal use has a very rich traditional history that goes beyond ancient Eygptian and Biblical times. Some sources suggest that a bottle containing Black Seed was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb and a biblical reference to it is noted in the Old Testament (Isaiah 28: 25, 27). Another important ancient reference to Black Seed’s use is from Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)(Sahih Bukhari 71:592).

Black cumin seed blue flower

Highly aromatic and spicy, this tiny seed and its fixed oil is used for a variety of supportive health benefits—help restore the natural balance of the body’s vital organs and strengthen its natural defenses.

Supportive Health Benefits

·      Asthma & Allergies

·      Eczema and Psoriasis

·      Reducing Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

·      Digestion

·      Candida and Fungus

·      Cancers

·      Heart Health

·      MRSA and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

·      Immune Health

·      Skin and Hair

·      Fighting Bacterial Infections

·      Reducing Scars

·      Improving Memory

·      Enhancing Weight Loss

·      Relieving Breast Pain  


Find Quality Black Seed Oil

Black cumin seed oil is a food product, so make sure that whatever brand you use is high quality and free from harmful additives.

Do your research, there are hundreds of scientific studies.

 Look for brands that are preferably:

  • organic
  • pure-pressed without chemical extraction
  • have no additives or diluting oils
  • protected from rancidity by high-quality light and air-protective glass

Black cumin seed oil is an amazing food that has been used for thousands of years for its ability to support health naturally.

Always, use common sense. Black seed oil is a food, but a nutritionally potent one.

My experience with Black seed oil

I have been doing my research and started talking 2 soft gels a day for a week now. In this short amount of time I’ve noticed a few things that are different:

Less soreness or no pain in knees & back after hill walking=Less inflammation

Digestion better

Skin more vibrant, already had soft vibrant skin, but this intensified

Dreams more vivid

Wake feeling rested

I plan to continue with Black seed oil daily and will write another post in the coming months on my experience with long term use and will continue to research. I’ve also begun using it at Studio Joi as a treatment. I’ve combined it with Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea and I am thrilled with the results. Aswell I will monitor the use of Black seed oil with my clients.

Credit to W.Goreja @Amazing Herbs

I also use Mountain Rose

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I’ve been involved with hair for nearly 40 years and counting. In this time I’ve experienced many types, textures, density, curl patterns and characteristics of hair from a multitude of people of all ethnic backgrounds. I have developed some beliefs about how often you are shampooing relates to the condition of your hair.

With new clients I always begin with a chat; with me seated on the comfy couch and them seated on my stage relaxed into the oversized client chair.  One of the first questions I ask is – ‘How often do you shampoo your hair?”

Now this topic of shampooing and actually hair care in general– is an area where ethnicity does make a difference.

It is typical for White, Asian a few Latin or Black people to shampoo on a daily basis.  I’ve even encountered those that shampoo twice a day.  Often due to exercise or their work environment like working in a restaurant leaves your hair smelling like old food and grease.

Shampooing Less Can Be Better For Your Hair

Most Black people (women) don’t shampoo more than once in a week sometimes even up to once a month. Those wearing braids, dreads, a weave, or have a lot of hair requiring big time commitment to wash and styling fall into this category.  I know many think, yuck!  Actually it can be good for the hair and absolutely saves on time. Unless there is a scalp issue going on then not shampooing for an extended amount of time would not be beneficial.

Men (with short hair) in general are not affected because the hair is cut frequently.  Men with longer hair or growing longer would also benefit more less shampooing.

It is my belief and opinion that optimal shampooing schedule for most hair types should be done every 7-10 days.  New clients are always in shock with this, in the beginning.  After they hear my reasoning and the benefits they soften and agree to give it a go.

Our bodies are amazing in all that they do, create, organize and protect…truly amazing.  The oil (Sebum) that everyone hates and attempts to wash away is what our bodies produce to protect us, basically from ourselves.

We do a lot to our hair; expose it to harsh chemicals, hot tools, sun and our pollution.  For instance the new color fade of gray hair –this hair is basically fried, dried out and very porous.  It NEEDS the sebum.  And By The Way –sebum is an excellent protector and conditioner; it rivals any one on the shelves at the store. If utilized in the correct way.  The vital thing about sebum protecting and conditioning is that it must get off the scalp and onto the hair thru to the ends.  

Two great ways to move sebum from the scalp is with our hands/fingers or brushing.  There was a good reason women used to brush their hair everyday some 100 strokes. It moved the sebum throughout the hair shaft and left the hair shiny and healthy also this brushing stimulated the scalp, which increased growth rate of the hair.

Ease Into A New Shampooing Routine

My suggestion is to add a day to your present shampooing schedule, for two weeks or so.  Then add another day for the next two weeks, and so on until you reach somewhere between 7-10 days between shampooing.  Doing it gradually like this, lets your body adjust how much sebum it produces. You also should be using your fingers to move sebum thru to the ends daily. Before you shampoo give your hair a good brushing. Be patient –you have had this frequent shampooing schedule for a long time, it will take some time to adjust.  Ironically people will begin to tell you your hair looks great, when its pass a week dirty (after your body as made its adjustments to how much sebum is produces).

Now, as your washing schedule changes, so must your styling methods. Has the days go by and your hair gets oiler, move into braids, ponytails, buns or try to slick one side back.  Rotate how you style it. And these are not involved styles they will not take more time; they are just different than your norm. Come on, you can do it give it a try. If you don’t like your hair using the suggested schedule, create what works for you. Your hair will show you how happy it is when you utilized what your body makes for your protection.

Natural Products That Nurture Hair

I like clean natural shampoos, like Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap or vinegar shampoo. Sometimes I use one of the above 1st wash, then depending on how many days it’s been since wash and if there is product built up in hair, I’ll shampoo a 2nd time using perhaps another shampoo.

After shampoo is the ideal time to use Earth Tonic’s Herbal Hair Tea to instantly infuse your hair with pure vitamins, minerals amino acids and emollients. Moisture Balance Herbal Hair Tea helps soothe, moisturize & protect dry hair.  It also adds body & thickens hair, promotes growth and slows or stops hair loss.  It is a excellent natural detangler while soothing the scalp and enriching lifeless hair. 

There is no need for any other conditioner! Using this method there is no residue left in the hair and it soft and nourished looking and feeling it’s natural best!

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Written by joi @ studio joi

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TRY Spontaneity

Is there an area of your life in which you currently feel in a rut, bored, restless, down or monotonous?  Do you feel stifled or numbed by routine?

Life can get stale and stagnant if you don’t give it room to breathe with occasional spontaneity. Allow yourself to let loose a little, to let go of the reins of order and how things ‘should’ be. Allow structure to soften, let up on control and let your hair down.

Try something new, open to the unexpected or do something out of the ordinary. This can freshen and liven up your life. It may require stepping outside your comfort zone, or saying “Yes” to something you might tend to veer against (something positive, of course!), or a possible change in routine.

Spontaneity can bring greater flow, freedom, synchronicity, adventure, joy and renewed enthusiasm into your life! It can also open you to receive more from the universe as you respond to its nudges and opportunities.

If you are controlling things too regimentally life gets dry and rigid and there is less opening for the universe to gift you with blessings and sweet surprises. Simply saying “Yes” to life more in general –invites, experiences, opportunities, and possibilities, can make your life come alive. In this sense you are going with the flow, walking through the doors that may be opening, and allow new births in your life.

You can also be proactively spontaneous. In addition to responding to new opportunities as they arise, you can consciously do something last minute, impromptu and off-the-cuff, take a risk, trying something different or unusual, etc.

All of this can invite positive change, new beginnings, fun, and fresh air into your life.

Say “Yes “ and join in the Dance of Life.

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Hair Structure Basics

Understanding the structure of hair empowers you.

It gives you the advantage of knowing how to take care of your hair.  This means you can maintain it using the right ingredients and products in a way that benefit your hair so that you can achieve your best  hair.

Hair is composed of 5 elements:

Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur and Carbon.

Which form a tough protein called keratin formed by 18 amino acids.

Hair has trace minerals:

Cooper, Zinc, Manganese, Calcium, Iron and Lead

Hair is made up of two separate structures: the hair follicle, which exists below the skin, and the hair shaft, which is the hair that we see.

Hair Follicle

The hair follicle is the living part of the hair. It is the point from which the hair grows. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the skin.

The terminal part of the hair follicle within the skin is called a hair bulb.

  • The hair bulb is the structure formed by actively growing cells.
  • These cells produce the long, fine and cylindrically shaped hair fibers.
  • The hair bulb has special cells, which produce the pigment that gives hair its        color called melanin.
  • Androgens, which are receptors for the male hormones, are located on the cells of this structure.
  • The dermal papilla that feeds from the bloodstream provides nourishment to form new hair and is found at the base of the hair bulb.
  • The bulb is the stocking-like structure that surrounds the papilla and germinal matrix. It’s fed by the capillaries. The bulb is home to several types of stem cells that divide every 23 to 72 hours, faster than any other cells in the body. It also contains hormones that affect hair growth and structure during different stages of life, like puberty.

Adjacent to the hair follicles are glands. The most important one of these glands is the sebaceous gland, as it produces and secretes the natural oils called sebum which lubricate the hair.

Hair Shaft

The hair shaft—the hair that we can see—is actually dead. It’s made up of three layers of keratin, a hardening protein.

The innermost layer: This is called the medulla. Depending on the type of hair, the medulla isn’t always present, only seen in large and thick hairs.

The middle layer: This is called the cortex, which makes up the majority of the hair shaft. Both the medulla and the cortex contain pigmenting cells that are responsible for giving hair color.  The cortex provides the strength and texture of a hair fibre aswell as holding in moisture to help it feel strong and resilient.

The outermost layer: This is called the cuticle, which is formed by tightly packed scales in an overlapping structure that resemble roof shingles serves as protection to the hair. And the cuticle layer determines how shiny or dull the hair will look.

Considering the structure of the hair you can understand what is involved in how hair grows and what is necessary to nourish hair. With hair being made of amino acids and trace minerals it would make logical sense that adding substances with these elements would be beneficial to hair.

Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea is made solely of organic minerals, vitamins and emollients that are small molecular substances that can travel through to the hair follicle, the living area of the hair.

Herbal Hair Tea does not contain any polymers, preservatives or other ingredients that could diminish, hamper or block absorption of the vital nutrients. Herbal Hair Tea makes your hair it’s natural best!

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Multi-Vitamin Shot For Your Hair!

Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea

Herbal Hair Tea contain the ‘life force’ of the plants & the Sun; they are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and emollients.  The hair easily absorbs the Hair Tea because they share many of the same elements.

Hair is composed of ­–Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur, Carbon creating

Amino Acids –Protien

Trace minerals –Cooper, Zinc, Manganese, Calcuim, Iron and Lead

Hair Tea is composed of


Amino acids, Manganese, Magnesium, Calcium, Silica, Iron, Cooper,


A, B1, B2, B12, C, K, E, Thiamin, Pyridoxine

Herbs are a effective way to boost hair growth, restore moisture and enhance its texture and shine naturally.  Because of their natural composition vitamins, minerals and moisture are able to penetrate the hair cuticle into the cortex with plant nutrients which are both gentle and nourishing for the hair and scalp.

Herbal Hair Tea instantly infuses your hair with essential goodness without chemicals or additives that could impede absorption and or cause build up that creates a host of negative side effects.

 You can use them for a variety of reasons: to moisturize and condition hair, restore luster and bounce, soothe scalp irritation, relieve dandruff, provide deep cleansing, or stimulate the scalp to boost hair growth.

The tea can be applied warm or cold, using applicator or spray bottle to dry or wet hair. Can be used to re –hydrate, or as protectant after washing, detangler.  Tea can be stored in frig up to 2 weeks in airtight container.  The tea is left in as final rinse leaving light fresh scent and soft, style hair as desired.

With Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea you know exactly what you are putting on your hair. Natures’ Medicine Kit –Hair conditioning can be ‘as simple as a cup of tea’.

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Chia Seeds For Life

Chia seeds are part of the plant Salvia hispanica. The name ‘chia’ is thought to mean ‘strength’. Chia seeds were a staple food of the Aztecs and the Mayans dating back to 3500 BC. Because the health benefits of chia seeds were so valuable, they played a key role in the daily diets of these ancient people.

These seeds are a whole grain food containing four grams of protein, nine grams of healthy fats, and eleven grams of fiber per one ounce serving.

At just 139 calories per serving, that’s a lot of nutritional punch for such a tiny seed. They also contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. We know the critical role that these substances play in our bodies. So far, chia seeds seem a likely candidate for a super healthy food we should definitely add to our diets.

28 grams of chia seeds manages to pack into them;

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Omega-3s
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2

As if that wasn’t good enough, chia seeds are considered a whole grain food, yet they are gluten free. Plus they’re usually grown organically and are non GMO.

Today, thanks to their wide-spread availability, they’re a powerhouse addition to anybody’s diet! Rich in nutrients and so easy to use, they can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to oatmeal, puddings, and baked goods, and even included into your smoothies, breakfasts, yogurt, salads, quinoa and veggie dishes.

They also have an amazing ability to absorb water and fat, so they can be used to thicken sauces or as a vegan egg substitute in recipes too!

 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Omega 3 fatty acids

Chia seeds have a lipid profile that’s 60 percent omega 3 fatty acids, making them the richest plant-based source of this healthy fat. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body, enhance brain function, and reduce cholesterol.


Chia seeds have tons of fiber, which also reduces inflammation while regulating bowel function. Fiber also keeps the body satiated for longer periods of time. Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 10 grams of fiber.


One of the most important health benefits of chia seeds is a high level of antioxidants, which protect the body from the free radicals that cause heart disease and cancer. Adding chia seeds to your water provides tons of extra antioxidants while keeping you hydrated–two things that are essential for great skin.

Loaded with protein

One ounce of chia seeds adds 4.7 grams of protein to your diet. Not only is the protein from chia plant-based, it’s also complete protein (or whole protein)! Complete protein contains the desired proportion of all nine essential amino acids believed to be necessary for the dietary needs of humans!

Natural energy

Chia seeds give you natural energy without the crash of caffeine. Add them to your water before you head out on a run and you might find yourself adding an extra mile! Mix them into to your morning smoothie and you won’t need that cappuccino after all.

They’re Good For Your Digestive System

The fiber in chia seeds also help to support your digestive system. Feeding the bacteria in the intestine, which helps them to thrive and nourish your body with essential compounds for immunity and overall health. 

Chia Seeds Support Healthy Bones

Gram for gram, chia seeds have more calcium than most dairy products providing 18% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for adults in a single ounce! As well as being high in several nutrients important for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. 

They’re A Natural Beauty Food! 

The blend of nutrients in chia seeds such as healthy fats, protein and minerals including zinc help promote healthy skin, hair and nails. 

They Help To Detoxify The Body

As the highest combined plant source of omega-3, fibre and protein, chia seeds are a great addition to your detoxification efforts. They help support your body’s natural detoxification pathways, repair your cells, reduce inflammation and support a healthy digestive system. 

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Solfeggio Frequencies Keys To The Universe

Solfeggio frequencies make up the ancient 6-tone scale thought to have been used in sacred music, including the beautiful and well known Gregorian Chants. The chants and their special tones were believed to impart spiritual blessings when sung in harmony. Each Solfeggio tone is comprised of a frequency required to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony.

The main six Solfeggio frequencies are:

396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear

417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change

528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)

639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships

741 Hz – Expression/Solutions

852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order


Tune yourself back to the perfect vibrations

Nikola Tesla, the great genius and father of electromagnetic engineering, had once said, “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would hold a key to the universe”. The 3, 6, and 9 are the fundamental root vibrations of the Solfeggio frequencies.

Albert Einstein stated: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” All matter beings vibrate at specific rates and everything has its own melody. The musical nature of nuclear matter from atoms to galaxies is now finally being recognized by science.

That is why these frequencies are so powerful. They can literally bring you back to the original tones of the heavenly spheres and put your body into a balanced resonance. Solfeggio music is the key to the Universe. You can either throw it away or you can use it to find healing and harmony, health and well-being. Just play the music!



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