Balance and Harmony…

Building sustainable recovery, one step at a time.


 

Recovery is often thought of as what lies at the end of a rehab or a therapy program when in fact, it represents EVERYTHING after a program has ended. It is the way in which we choose to live our lives with the tools and education we were given during our therapy or rehab.  Every day we are faced with choices, some will heal us, and some will hurt us. Recovery is an ongoing experience that has its ups and down, and it is an individual experience in which a person has the opportunity to learn more about themselves every day. Recovery is not just for those who have hit rock bottom or are struggling to get by every day, it is for every single person that is lacking enthusiasm in their lives, feeling a lack of control, or seeking to learn what motivates them. 

Sustainable recovery means knowing the answers that are right for you and making those choices to the best of your ability in that moment.  It means leaning in to ask and learn the hard questions about why and being committed to showing up for everything in your life.  It means taking accountability, and not feeling shame or guilt when things don’t go our way, whether it is our fault or not.  

Just as we are all individuals with unique personalities and skills, recovery is an individual experience and no two look or feel the same.  Balance and Harmony Foundation seeks to provide the tools, education and support necessary to build individual sustainable recovery, and empower communities to create a system to support this recovery.

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Joanna Mosto-Paganotti

Co-Founder

Email: joanna@balanceandharmonyfoundation.org


After spending 20+ successful and engaging years in the publishing industry, Joanna took all that she had experienced and learned and married it with her passion for the healing arts to pursue the next phase of her professional life. In 2007 she became a licensed massage therapist, which continued down a path she began in 2001 when she became a Reiki practitioner and started her study of medicinal plants. She maintains a private practice, Balance Massage and Energy Healing, LLC and in 2009 began teaching massage and bodywork as well as energy work and meditation.  Joanna is focused on a Client Centered experience.  Providing an alternative method to traditional pain relief, Joanna utilizes a customized variety of modalities to achieve a balance of body, mind and spirit.  As an instructor, she focuses on each student and their unique learning style creating lesson plans and curriculum that can traverse multiple learning styles with comfort and ease.  As a practitioner and instructor, the most critical element is creating an agile and non-judgmental space for your clients and students so they may feel safe.  In that safety net, healing, learning and respite are possible.  The totality of her background allows her to empathize with the demanding and stressful lives of her clients and to educate them as to the importance of incorporating ongoing wellness into their daily routine.  Joanna believes that bodywork and energy work should not be a luxury but rather a step on your path towards well-being.

Joanna brings a viewpoint of sustainable recovery from Addiction, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Trauma mostly as an observer, watching family members and friends struggle to find their place, but also as someone who has had to take the journey to her own emotional wellness.

 

What is Sustainable Recovery to me? 

“I wake up each morning and I am enough.  I go through each hour of the day and I am enough.  I require no outside validation and apply very little good vs bad to my choices and I am safe knowing that whatever I decide, it will be right for me in this moment.  This is freedom to me.  Sustainable recovery means freedom to me.  It means I am no longer bound by negative choices and voices telling me what I should do.  It means I’m no longer reaching for that which creates stress in my body and mind. It is a calm and rational space where I always make the right choice for me.”

Bryan Nolan

Co-Founder

Email: bryan@balanceandharmonyfoundation.org


Bryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, New Jersey where he received the Joel Girgus Memorial Award in Psychology for academic achievement.  He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist that is certified in multiple modalities focusing on alternative pain management, and is an acting mindfulness coach.

He began mindfulness practice in 2014 at a point in life where he was struggling deeply, and soon realized through this practice that his current career was a large contributing factor to this struggle. Feeling out of control, he knew that at least this was something he could control, and decided to take a step back, and re-focus his energy to find passion and enthusiasm in life again. Eastern Medicine had always fascinated him, and in the few years he spent practicing mindfulness, and sharing with others what he was learning, he realized that he wanted to help people start to find the balance that he was working towards. He believed that one of the most impactful ways was to educate himself in alternative pain management, and therefore enrolled in a Massage Therapy program as a starting point in 2016. He 

Currently, Bryan works in his private practice to provide alternative pain management solutions to those who suffer from chronic pain, auto immune issues, addiction, and substance use disorder. His practice focuses on the mind body connection and promoting a healthy lifestyle, through the use of body work, energy work, and mindfulness coaching. 

Bryan brings a viewpoint of sustainable recovery from Addiction, Substance Use Disorder, and Mental Health Trauma that is founded on his own lived experience and personal journey through recovery. Over the past 8 years he has focused on the medical application of massage, meditation, and mindfulness practice as means to heal himself, and to ultimately heal others – to him recovery is an ongoing journey through life.

 

What is Sustainable Recovery to me? 

“My life has purpose and I feel as though I am working towards a goal.  I have learned to set healthy boundaries with those I love, and learned to distance myself from those that are toxic. My choices are my own, and I take accountability for them whether they are positive or negative. When they are negative I do not feel shame or guilt, but rather I learn from my mistakes and do not hide from them in addiction or substance use.  I own who I am and am working to better myself one day at a time. I do this for myself, not to impress others or to aggrandize my own ego.”