The first Optimum Wellness Clinic of 2009 will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the Ridgway Community Center.
These clinics give the public the opportunity to meet practitioners and experience abbreviated sessions of holistic practices. The clinics provide a safe and commitment-free environment in which to explore various health care options and meet different practitioners serving the tri-county area. This year, Holistic Health Resources will be expanding the program to include a similar clinic in the Montrose area.
A number of practitioners available to attendees during Tuesday’s clinic, including Abigail Seaver, ND, who specializes in natural medicine with a goal of elevating levels of health and happiness by treating the body, mind and spirit. She is a licensed naturopathic physician with an emphasis on family practice and women’s health and has been in private practice in Ridgway for the past four years.
Seaver concentrates on the whole person, rather than focusing only on symptomatic treatment. As a natural medicine doctor, she is trained to recognize that mental, emotional and physical states must all be part of a comprehensive treatment. She uses a variety of modalities, or approaches to care, including botanical medicine, homeopathy, mind/body techniques, nutrition and nutritional supplements, and detoxification/cleansing.
Mindy Herman has been a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist for six years. She received her certification as a Trager Practitioner in June 2008 while residing in New York. Herman relocated to Ridgway this past July.
The Trager Approach focuses on movement re-education. Created and developed over a period of 65 years by Milton Trager, M.D., it utilizes gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements to help release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.
B.J. Chorak is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist and state certified instructor with over 12 years of experience. She combines myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, hot stones, and energy work. She also teaches reflexology and hot stone massage workshops and offers Reiki attunements.
Shauna Palmer of Meridian Acupressure Massage has been practicing Tui Na Acupressure in southwest Colorado since 2001. Trained and certified by the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., Palmer works approximately 250 points in sequence along the body’s “chi” energy channels known as meridians – the same energy meridians used in acupuncture. Unlike more common forms of massage, it is done through clothing, with considerable assisted stretching. It works by facilitating the body’s own natural mechanisms for releasing life-force energy blockages – thus enhancing vitality, flexibility, proper structural alignment, relaxation, and well-being.
Palmer practices in Telluride out of the Synergy Massage office and in Norwood out of the Uptown Salon & Day Spa, with plans to establish a Ridgway location in the near future.
Tuesday’s clinic is one way Holistic Health Resources of the San Juans serves the growing segment of the population that either uses holistic health care together with conventional medicine, prefers holistic health care to conventional care or those who are unsatisfied with the conventional health care they have received and are in search of alternatives. Financial assistance for holistic care is also available. For more information, visit www.holistichealthresources.org or cal 626-5744.