Frequently asked questions

What does Labrys mean?

The labrys is an ax with two heads: two moon crescents, the waxing and the waning. The practical version was used by women in daily gardening. In the form of battle-ax, it was used by Amazonian warriors of North Africa, Thrace, Macedonia and the Caucasus. As a sacred sacrificial ax, it could be used only by priestesses, who alone could cut down the goddess’ ceremonial trees.

Our word labyrinth comes from the Minoan labrys. It refers to the hall of double-axes or labyrinth, dug up by archaeologists at the palace of Knossos on the Island of Crete. Crete was the great matriarchal cultural center of the Mediterranean. Designs on pottery, murals, mosaics and other items depict the labrys wielded only by women. It appears extensively as a symbol of the Great Goddess.

Renowned archaeologist Maria Gimbutas wrote several books (The language of the Goddess, The Civilization of the Goddess) detailing the deeper spiritual meanings of the labrys in the European Goddess civilization, which thrived throughout Europe from 9000 BCE to 1000 BCE. At about that time, ancient earth-based cultures were overwhelmed by the patriarchal cultures.

Labrys was both double ax and butterfly, symbolizing rebirth and regeneration.

What does it mean to be Scent Free?

  • No perfume, cologne, makeup, after-shave, hand lotion (scented or not except for Granny Smith's), scented deodorant, talcum powder, hair spray and gel (scented or not), baby oil, scented body soaps or scented shampoos.

  • No hats or coats that have been worn with any of the above.

  • No clothes that have been stored with camphor or mothballs.

  • No fabric softener (scented or unscented) used on the clothes.

  • No shoe polish on shoes.

  • Clothes washed with an unscented powder such as Tide Free, Baking Soda or Granny’s Power Plus unscented detergent.

For a list of recommended products to use in your laundry and on your body, contact us.

Are you Green Business Certified?

The Labrys Healthcare Circle workers have made a Green Business Pledge to the Bay Area Green Business Program as part of our certification process.

We believe that a successful business is dependent on a healthy environment. We are actively working to show our environmental responsibility to our community by committing to the following objectives:

  • To comply with all applicable regulations and strive to exceed compliance

  • To conserve energy, water materials and other resources

  • To develop and implement practices that prevent pollution and waste

  • To be an environmentally responsible business within our community

  • To be committed to continuous improvement.

On this last point, we already compost our lunch scraps into a glass jug, which Dr. Margaret takes home weekly to add to the compost bin at her house. We want to move other tenants in Thyme Square (the three office buildings at this address) to become Green businesses.

The biggest change we made in order to qualify for certification was to have four of the fluorescent light fixtures replaced with more efficient fluorescent lighting. The landlord accepted our offer for him to pay half the cost. One of my patients helped Kristi and Dr. Margaret to caulk and paint the ceilings.

Many of the other suggestions for certification were already in place. The toilet had been recently replaced with a low-flow type. We recycle paper so that both sides are used for printing prior to going into the recycle bin. And of course we turn out the lights in rooms not in use.

Not having to do with Green certification, but another change in our space happened in 2007. We had an alarm system installed. While it is another electric appliance that draws electric current, it provides a peaceful sense of security.

Is there a Waiting Area?

Yes. We call it the rejuvenation room! From the moment you enter our office we aim to offer you a relaxing and beautiful space where you can pause and feel that healing can be fun and interesting.

Prominently placed on one end of the waiting room is a large, beautiful photograph by Jane Magid of a cave entrance. A collection of nine framed photographs of native women of different nations grace our walls.You may see Maxine Hong Kingston, author and teacher, Wilma Mankiller, author, activist, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Pualani Karahehe, Kumu Hula dance teacher and educator, Winona La Duke, environmental activist, to name a few.

In the corner is a ceramic, deep blue fountain with a stone figure of Quan Yin, a Chinese goddess of healing. Children can enjoy the toys and books we provide, and paper on which to draw, or bring their favorite video to watch.

While you are here, we welcome you to use our kitchen to make tea or get yourself a cup of filtered water.

Is your office accessible to differently abled people?

Yes! We are passionate about offering a safe and accessible space to our clients with varied needs.

  • Our office is scent and fragrance free and green-certified.
  • We are wheelchair accessible. There is a boardwalk/ramp through our garden courtyard.
  • We offer a Digital-Free-Zone, which means we request all phones, laptops, and all other electronic devices be turned off before entry to the office.

Do you treat men also?

Even though we focus on women's health, we want to improve the health of our entire community. We treat women, their entire family, and our community.We welcome clients irrespective of their race, gender, age or lifestyle.