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5 Steps for Building a Healthy Relationship from Allie Stark

November 17, 2017

Human beings are not wired for isolation, we thrive in community and in companionship. Being in relationship—any type of relationship—is one of the single most rewarding and challenging aspects of being human. Our relationships at work, with our families, friends, and partners is what gets us through celebration, struggle, and everything in between.

In my professional work as life coach and in my personal work as an individual committed to a path of self-growth, I’ve come to know that relationships are merely an opportunity for self-awareness and selfactualization. They are mirrors to our inner landscape, reflecting back our brightness and our shadows. Being in relationship pushes us to question how we view ourselves and the world around us. Healthy relationships teach and encourage us to step more fully into our highest selves.

Here are my five steps for building healthy relationships:

1. Use Your Voice

No one is a mind reader. Although we have a tendency to believe that our partners, parents, and friends know exactly what is going on inside of our heads—they don’t, and they never will. When you expect others to fulfill a need, desire, or request without actually speaking up and clearly stating what it is that you want, you are setting your relationship up for failure.

Use your voice to openly and transparently communicate what you want and need in your relationship. Although these requests may not always be able to be met—you don’t know until you ask!

Call to Action: Practice asking for what you want or need 1X / week. This can happen in any type of relationship (a partnership or even with your favorite barista at the coffee shop that you frequent) and on any scale (a large request or a small ask). I would encourage you asking permission from the person you are about share with (i.e. I’d like to request something from you, is now a good time?), being as specific as possible (i.e. It would really mean a lot to me if you made the bed in the morning as I am out of the house before you wake up), and sharing how your request makes you feel (i.e. I know it may seem silly, but small actions like this make me feel seen and valued in the relationship). At the end of your request, thank the person you are sharing with for listening and notice how it made you feel to use your voice.

2. Have the Hard Conversations

We live in a culture that is afraid of conflict—afraid of speaking truths for fear of hurting someone else’s feelings. In my coaching practice, I see people everyday who express feelings of stuckness and malaise—a hunger for something more in life that I can almost always link back to a betrayal of self: not listening or aligning with their own unique truth. Fact is, the truth will set you free. In order to create healthy relationships, you must be willing to sit down and have the hard conversations. You have to create space for conflict and disagreement. Burying disappointment or frustration will only make it grow bigger. And yes, having hard conversation and aligning with your truth may lead you to see that the relationship is no longer serving you, but more often than not it will support you in deepening your relationship with yourself and others. Zakiya Harris, a cultural architect, artist and educator, shares a story in her Gutted episode of losing everything she had once had in order to find what she was looking for. She notes,

“We live in a society that is terrified of the darkness, terrified of quiet. We are inundated with more media and social media and messages … But when you look at nature you realize that nothing on this planet has started in the light. Everything started in a place of darkness. That is where the magic happens—that is where we really have the opportunity to seed our intentions for what we want to see grow up into the light and then therefore bring fruit that we want to nourish ourselves [with] and get to harvest.”

Call to Action: 1X / week meet up with a friend, family member, or partner that you have a close relationship with. Create intentional space for both of you to think about the relationship and possible areas of the relationship where each of you feel stuck. Then, allow each person to share for two minutes of uninterrupted time (I would encourage you to use a timer!). Share what is happening, how it makes you feel (take responsibility for your own actions and reactions!), and if possible—make a specific request for improvement. Use Step 1 and Step 3 to support you in these conversations. After your time is up, you get to decide if you want feedback (sometimes all we need is someone to hear us) and then switch roles.

3. Take Responsibility for Your Own Actions and Reactions

It’s often easier to blame other people for how and why we feel the way that we feel. However, nothing that anybody ever says or does is about you, ever. Nothing is ever personal. When we are in a state of reactivity, it is simply because there is something unhealed coming up inside of us that is asking to be looked at and explored. When you are having a reaction or resistance in any of your relationships—look no further than yourself. First ask yourself what you are feeling (sadness, anger, disgust, frustration, etc.). Then deepen this inquiry by asking yourself why you think you are feeling this way.

Call to Action: In my coaching practice, I regularly have clients practice taking responsibility for their actions and reactions. Keep a journal with you and write down every time you are having a reaction to someone or something. After writing down what happened, look at the following list and see which of these were coming up to be healed inside of you (it may be more than one thing at a time):

1. You feel small or not good enough.

2. You have an attachment or expectation to how someone or something should be.

3. You are reliving, regretting, or rehashing the past.

4. You are afraid of the future.

5. You are out of alignment with your own truth or integrity. (See step 2)

Once you are aware of why you are having a reaction (which is all based on YOUR stuff, not the other person) you can practice using your voice (Step 1) and having hard conversations (Step 2) OR just continue to build personal awareness and self-responsibility. Awareness and observation of how you operate in relationship are the first steps for becoming unstuck.

4. Let-go of Attachments and Expectations

No one is perfect and the only person that you can change is yourself. When you have an attachment or expectation to how someone should act and be, you are setting yourself up for suffering. People are very consistent in showing their true personality and way of being in the world. What happens in relationship (and this is any type of relationship), is that we create fantasies and false perceptions of reality in order to see what we want to see. In the short-term this can work as we are swept into a fairytale with rose colored glasses. In the long-term, this isn’t a recipe for a healthy relationship as we attempt to mold and change a person into what we want them to be versus who they actually are.

Call to Action: Build awareness around when you are wanting someone to act or be different than they are. Notice when you are wanting to change someone else’s behaviors or responses. Rather than acting on these impulses, sit with your personal discomfort and see if there is room inside of you to compromise and accept more fully who this person is and how they operate in the world. What would the relationship look like? What would the relationship feel like? Are you able to take responsibility for you expectations (look back to Step 3) and meet the other person where they are at.

Note: Resignation is different than acceptance. I am not telling you to stay in an unhealthy relationship and accept it exactly as it is. I am asking you to own the fact that you cannot change anyone other than yourself. This allows you to accept things as they are and then make the appropriate actions to support you in being your best self.

5. Express Empathy and Gratitude

Being a human being is hard work. Being a human being in relationship to other people is even harder. It’s so easy to take our relationships for granted and forget all of the tiny beautiful things that another person experiences and has to offer in life. A key part of building healthy relationships is extending empathy and gratitude to others for who they are—exactly as they are in that moment.

Harish Patel, the deputy director of New America Chicago, shares in his Gutted episode how he had to put himself in his Mother’s shoes in order to rebuild their relationship. He states,

“I didn’t realize the hardship that it is to have two kids and move to a different country that is not yours. Where you don’t speak English very well and you have to depend on everyone for everything—which my mom has quite a hard time with (and I do too). Seeing that part of me in her, made me understand how hard it must be to be so [prideful] as an independent woman, and then feeling like, ‘Oh I have to ask [for help] with everything.’”

When we expression empathy and gratitude, we are not only extending love out. The act of being empathetic and showing our appreciation for others inherently deepens our own capacity to love ourselves.

Call to Action: Take time every week to tell people how you feel about them. Call someone up unexpectedly and love on them for who they are and how they are being in the world. Compliment someone that you love on something specific. Listen intently to another’s experience with an open heart (see Step 4). Life’s too short to not choose love. Regularly show people that you care and I promise those same sentiments and feelings will be returned back to you tenfold.


Allie Stark is a life coach, speaker, podcast host and inspired entrepreneur. Her work is centered around the idea of Reclaiming Your Instinct—a practice focused on quieting the clamor of social training in order to realign with your own truth. With over fifteen years of experience in health and wellness, Allie’s coaching and facilitation provides tools, ideas, and resources to support individuals and organizations to become their healthiest, happiest, and best selves.

Follow her Instagram @allie_stark_wellness 

Some of Allie’s clients include: Planned Parenthood, Zendesk, Nest, GoPro, Weebly,, Brita, SheLift and the Seva Foundation.

Forward Now Open at Westfield Century City – High-tech, member-only health facility for VIPs

November 16, 2017

Get ready – the future is here!

Forward is a  futuristic approach to the concierge style medical practice now open at Westfield Century City.

Having been touted as the doctor’s office of the future, embodying the likes of an Apple store meets Westworld, Forward revolutionizes our country’s broken healthcare model. OH YES PLEASE!

Forward selected LA for a reason – it’s innovative, efficient and expects the best when it comes to technology and customer service.

Forward and its acclaimed group of investors – Ashton Kutcher, Eric Schmidt of Alphabet and Garrett Camp of Uber – recognized a white space in the market. And, in a day where innovation provides solution, Forward’s healthcare experience has finally healed the patient-doctor experience.

Why Forward?

Personalized Care: Forward’s doctors work with patients to understand goals, leveraging AI voice recognition technology to maximize doctor-patient facetime and create a personalized health plan.


Proactive Approach: With 24/7 access to a medical team via Forward’s free mobile app and ongoing monitoring of data from wearable sensors, Forward’s doctors can detect abnormalities in seconds


A Modern Experience: Gone are the days of sitting in a cold exam room alone in a Johnny gown. Forward provides patients with an inviting experience, complete with complimentary Lululemon athletic gear, and smart touchscreen displays to guide the way


Your apps get updated every day, but healthcare hasn’t been updated in decades. We’re constantly releasing updated features and new services to our members. We’re improving to help you improve.

Primary Care, Rebooted

The core of Forward is a personalized relationship with an amazing doctor using our technology to manage an ongoing plan for your health. We take over your GP and assume responsibility for your care.

Onsite Blood Testing

A doctor without data is like a pilot without instruments. Unlike traditional doctors who send you (or your blood) to remote corners of your city, we do comprehensive blood testing on-site and get you back results instantly.


Our blood tests come back in 12 minutes, which means they’re actionable immediately for you and your doctor


No more going back and forth between a doctor’s office and a lab–everything gets taken care of in one place.


Your labs are instantly available to your doctor and to you on your phone, so you’ll always know where you stand

Onsite Labs Available:

  • Cardiovascular Health

    Important for decreasing the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

  • Total Cholesterol
  • LDL
  • HDL
  • Triglycerides
  • Electrolyte Health

    Your electrolytes are important for maintaining blood chemistry and muscle action.

  • Sodium
  • CO2
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Metabolic Health

    Important for muscle and bone health as well as regulating hormones.

  • Glucose
  • Calcium
  • Kidney Health

    Your kidneys are responsible for waste removal and blood pressure.

  • Blood Urea Nitrogen
  • Creatinine
  • Protein Health

    Proteins are the building blocks of our body. They are important for tissue repair as well as enzyme and hormone regulation.

  • Albumin
  • Total Protein
  • Liver Health

    Important for a number of processes including blood filtering, hormone regulation, blood sugar regulation, and much more.

  • ALP
  • AST
  • ALT
  • Bilirubin

Personalized Plans

Your Forward doctor and care team support you throughout the year and ensure that your specific needs and goals are met. We help members with chronic issues but can also help with sleep, nutrition, and more.

Women’s Health

We offer a broad range of services geared toward female members. We go beyond the bounds of a traditional primary care to make sure you get appropriate care while minimizing visits needed to outside specialists for routine women’s health needs.

  • Birth Control
  • BRCA Screening
  • Pap Smear
  • Fertility Testing
  • Breast Exam

Genetic Screening

As part of your initial baseline visit, we do targeted capture of roughly 30 genes that relate to hereditary cancer syndromes like BRCA1 and MSH6. What we learn about your genetic cancer risk informs our doctors and the management of your health, including follow-ups and treatments we may want to pursue.

  • Breast & Ovarian
  • Endometrial
  • Colorectal
  • Pancreatic
  • Gastric
  • Prostate
  • Thyroid
  • Melanoma
  • Neuroendocrine

Onsite Pharmacy

No one ever got better staring at linoleum tile in line at the pharmacy. For your convenience, we can dispense many common medications onsite, such as antibiotics and antihistamines. There’s no additional cost–everything is included in your membership.

Travel Vaccines

Your flight to Southeast Asia leaves tomorrow and it’s not going to wait for you to get an appointment at an over-booked travel clinic. We’ll take care of all your travel vaccine needs onsite and will support you 24/7 via our app in case health questions come up while you’re abroad.

  • Influenza
  • Yellow Fever
  • HPV/Gardasil 9
  • TDaP
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Hep B
  • Pneumococcal 23
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • MMR
  • Hep A/B Combo
  • Zoster
  • Polio
  • Hep A
  • Pneumococcal 13
  • TB/PPD

Other Services

We’re not the kind of doctor that says: See you in a year. Our ongoing health programs are targeted to your specific needs and help you make meaningful progress toward your health goals. We’re constantly adding new capabilities in our app, at our locations, and on our remote care and coordination team.

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Management
  • Prep Counseling
  • I&D
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • STIs

Experience the difference for yourself

 Memberships can be purchased here.


Healthcare Built For Humans, By Humans

Moving Health Forward

It’s no secret that healthcare in the U.S. and across the world has major challenges. For us, the problem is personal. Each of our founders experienced a close friend or family member not getting the care they should have. Those experiences inspired us to create Forward: a new healthcare system built from scratch to serve the needs of people, rather than those of the legacy healthcare industry. Our mission is to combine the best aspects of physicians – judgment, empathy, and experience – with the best aspects of technology – scalability, cost and convenience – to bring higher quality, lower cost healthcare to as many people as possible.

Read Our Launch Post 

Improving Quality

We aim to radically improve the care our members receive. We do this by arming our doctors with data they don’t normally get, including genetics, real-time blood testing, and data from connected devices.

Lowering Costs

Healthcare has a scaling problem: because it’s a labor-based business, it’s hard to keep costs low. We’re building hardware and software to help our care team take care of more people than they could without technology. Our ambition is for Forward to be affordable to everyone.

Fixed Incentives

Because traditional doctors and hospitals make money by billing insurance companies, the patient becomes the product, not the customer. Forward’s membership model allows us to focus entirely on our members and allows us to build anything imaginable to improve their lives — whether or not there’s an insurance code for it.

Proactive, Not Reactive

Healthcare today is like going to a repair shop – you wait for something to break and then you pay someone to fix it. But what truly harms us are things like heart disease, cancer, and kidney diseases – not always things you feel when you wake up in the morning. We built a system to manage and get ahead of issues early.


Forward is a full-stack company: doctors, designers and engineers work together to build their own software and hardware, including our own electronic health records system. This allows us to innovate faster and prevents us from being held back by legacy systems. We’re constantly improving by adding new services and capabilities that are only possible because we rebuilt the entire system from scratch.

The fact that you have medical professionals and engineers working literally side-by-side to tackle problems in healthcare is really exciting.




October 26, 2017



HEAL, will have an extended run in the Los Angeles area from October 27 to November 1.  The film was originally released from October 20 to October 26 at the Laemmle Santa Monica.  

The film will premiere in New York City this weekend (October 27-November 3), plus Santa Fe, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Denver in November. HEAL will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as available to download on and iTunes beginning December 5             

HEAL takes its viewers on a scientific and spiritual journey that reveals the incredible intelligence of the human body and how our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and perceptions strongly affect our health. Through interviews with luminaries such as Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Anita Moorjani, and more, the film highlights the often-surprising relationship between spirituality and science, and how we have more control over our health and genes than we have been taught to believe.

The film delivers a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all. HEAL not only taps into the brilliant minds of leading scientists and spiritual teachers, but follows three people on actual high-stakes, healing journeys.

Paladin has acquired theatrical rights to writer/director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary HEAL. Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera before deciding to turn her attention to filmmaking. In 2012, Gores launched Elevative Entertainment, an independent production company based in Beverly Hills, and has transitioned into a career of writing and producing. 

WHEN:            Friday, October 27, 2017

WHERE:           Laemmle Monica Film Center

1332 2nd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401


Heal Documentary featuring Deepak ChopraGregg BradenBruce H. Lipton, Ph.DMedical MediumMarianne WilliamsonAnita Moorjani and more.

To find out when and where you can see HEAL in a theater near you, sign up for our mailing list at In theaters starting Oct 20th, 2017.

FUSION HEALING – Iris Tranz: The Healing Work You Must Do Now

October 8, 2017

I had heard about Fusion Healing  for months from my very trusted friends. I could not wait to get in there. Where is there? In the healing hands, heart and soul of Iris Tranz. As we transition into Fall, now is the perfect time for a reset, a cleanse, and not just with foods, but on a deeper level.
Ok, here’s the thing, her work is almost too experiential to explain. Let’s just say she’s other-worldly. Next level. I can only offer, come in with an open mind, heart and soul and you will go on a deep journey. Iris heals from deep within, so deep, that as she releases blocked energy pathways in your body, she uses her own body, more specifically, sound, to let it go. She is like a conduit, releasing the stagnant energy from you, in the form of a deep, resonant belch from her. I felt incredible working with her. Iris tapped into deep emotional stuff. I loved her.
Below, please read more about her! On top of this, she is just so wonderful and cool. And on a personal level, she exudes this  best friend vibe, that I simply wanted to be around her – well – forever.

Fusion Healing Acupuncture & Holistic Health
Iris Tanz, L.Ac, MTOM, CMT
Licensed Acupuncturist & Intuitive Healer

Iris Tanz, L.Ac has designed a revolutionizing Fusion Healing practice based on an integrative approach whereby she combines her intuitive gifts with an array of healing modalities. This system is customized to enhance individual health and optimize wellness by treating the root cause of dis-harmonies and imbalances.

Iris Tanz, L.Ac, LMT, CYT, MS, BA has over 17 years experience in the field of Holistic Medicine.  She began her path as a holistic healer in 1996 and has since been a progressive worldwide participant both as a practitioner and activist in the evolution of complementary medicine in the USA, Germany & Israel.  She is well trained in Western and Eastern herbology, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, bodywork, myo-facsial release, structural massage, shiatsu, tui na, reiki, energy work, channeling, aromatherapy, crystal balancing, and yoga therapy.  She spent years studying and apprenticing with her teacher, Jo Mulvenna, who taught her the art of channeling energy through powerful healing sounds.

Iris further holds degrees in both Medical Anthropology and Community Studies.  In 1998, she spent one year conducting extensive field work and research in the Kfar Saba Hospital in Tel Aviv  and compiled an in depth thesis on “The Rise of Holistic Medicine”.  She obtained her graduate degree with honors summa cum laude and added TCM and acupuncture to her thriving healing practice.  Iris travelled with her expertise, establishing Fusion Healing practices in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2009 and in Munich, Germany’s top medical facilities in 2011.

Her passion for health and sustainability infuse her practice with genuine compassion and enthusiasm. Her social activist perspective fuels her drive to educate both her patients and the general public about greater options within the existing medical paradigm. Her goal is to direct people to the realization that health and balance come from within.

As a mother of twin daughters, she is enthusiastic and passionate about bridging her healing arts with her journey of parenting. Her love of motherhood and has inspired her to designed a Baby Wellness program that teaches parents how to care for their babies from a holistic perspective, the way she has raised her happy and healthy babies. As a partner of Babies R’ Us, Iris teaches their New Parenting Program and holds classes in her office and on her Fusion Healing YouTube channel.

Spending time with her beloved twin daughters’, on her yoga mat and expanding the realms of her practice to help heal others are greatest pride and joy.

Fusion Healing offers various unique treatments that blend an array of healing modalities to better serve your customized needs and desired goals. We offer package deals on every treatment plan not only to balance your mind, body and soul, but also your budget. We accept some health insurance. Book your session TODAY!


Fusion Healing – ​80 min 

A unique and powerful combination of acupuncture, bodywork, energy work, channeling, insights, crystals, hot stones and aromatherapy. Used for acute & chronic conditions, musculo-skeletal pain relief, deep relaxation, somatic integration, trauma and balance.

Our Signature Treatment

Initial Consultation – 30 min 

An in-depth review of health history, chief complaint(s) and life style, tongue and pulse diagnosis, reflection and palpations used to assess and compile a comprehensive and customized treatment plan just for you.

A Holistic Assessment & Diagnosis

Fusion Programs – 5 or 10 Packages

Choose a healing package from any of our treatments and we will design a customized step-by-step program to meet your needs and desired goals. Including treatment plans, nutrition, exercises, stretches, lifestyle and consciousness shifting. Price adjustments vary accordingly.

Your customized treatment plan

Fusion Acupuncture – ​50 min 

A combination of acupuncture, channeling, crystals, hot stones and aromatherapy. Used for acute conditions, local injuries, general relaxation and overall balance. A quick and effective way to address any disharmony. This is not your ordinary acupuncture session.

Acupuncture With A Twist

Fusion Face – 80 min 

A holistic and non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation combining acupuncture, jade rolling, facial cupping and lymphatic massage. This cosmetic acupuncture treatment is geared towards facial feature enhancement: skin elasticity, reduced lines, and decreased blemishes.

A Natural Face Lift

Sage Clearing ​TBD min – $300-600+ 

A sage smudge cleanse of your home or office space. Removes negative vibrations, old energy, blockages and stagnation to clear and revitalize where you live and/or work. Ceremonies include meditations, chanting, candles, crystals, and insights.

A Personalized Space Cleanse

“I came to Iris with many emotional, mental and physical problems. In one session, Iris (Bless Her) using acupuncture, reiki, hot stones, healing, massage, shiatsu (Yes, ALL in ONE session) everything was like never before! There wasn’t any point of ‘negativity’ that wasn’t treated! I highly recommend assigning her to your spiritual and healing path.”

-Avishai (Massage Therapist),  Los Angeles CA

Chord Cutting 50 or 80 min 

Ready to let go of your past, relationships, exes, bosses, family members, patterns, etc? This powerful treatment cut ties with anything or anyone that is taking up unwanted space in your body and/or present life.

Cutting away the past!

Sage Clearing – ​TBD 

A sage smudge cleanse of your home or office space. Removes negative vibrations, old energy, blockages and stagnation to clear and revitalize where you live and/or work. Ceremonies include meditations, chanting, candles, crystals, and insights.

A Personalized Space Cleanse!

Group Workshops
For friends, family and/or partners to heal in a collective environment via learning, interacting, ceremony, and group healing sessions. May be used for healing circles, chord cuttings, milestones, birthdays, anniversaries, full/new moon, etc. 

Address8907 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211


This Will Save You From Suffering Motion Sickness Ever Again

September 21, 2017

My son is a puker. He pukes on long car rides. Flying to grandparents in Canada or NYC is hell for anyone sitting next to us. There is vomit. The whole time. When we went to Catalina – the boat getting there was a disaster. We try Dramamine, and those pressure point bands do nothing.

We all know that holiday season involves planes, trains, and automobiles even before the celebration with family and friends begins. But how can you feel festive when just the idea of traveling gives you motion sickness?

To combat the effects from motion sickness, a new technology has the answer to relieving holiday travel anxiety and let me tell you, if we travel anywhere I am glueing this to my son’s wrist.

The ReliefBand,® is a wearable, drug-free, clinically proven device to alleviate the nausea associated with motion sickness. The reusable device works within minutes helping you arrive at your destination calmly and ready to enjoy yourself.

The Reliefband® uses accurately programmed pulses with highly specific waveform, frequency, and intensity to stimulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist, the Reliefband® taps into the body’s natural neural pathways to block the waves of nausea produced by the stomach.

This the first in a new breed of over the counter devices called a “treatable” – a wearable device to actually treat a condition rather than just monitor symptoms or activity.

This is probably the best Christmas present I could give to our family, and to all those strangers on planes sitting anywhere in our vicinity.