Friday, May 15, 2015

Wellspring to Host Community Conversations

This article was submitted by Wellspring Health Collective to Essex County Place.

As part of an ongoing commitment to providing the Maplewood, South Orange and the surrounding communities with uncompromised alternative and holistic health and wellness services, Wellspring Health Collective announces a six-week series of discussions for the community centered around topics that are often ignored in traditional health services. This series, which begins on May 21, is presented free of charge due to the generous support of Mark Slade and Lisa Danbrot of Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct, Maplewood. Following the success of a recent Thursday night event during which the community gathered with Laura Booker, LCSW, to discuss raising boys in today’s world, Wellspring co-owners Sue Rexford and Lynda Rountree were inspired to provide additional opportunities for local experts to have a venue to meet with the community and discuss topics in health and wellness that are very often ignored. “Since starting Wellspring over three years ago, Lynda and I have discussed adding an education component to our menu of services. We were overwhelmed at the support for our first Community Thursday talk not only from members of the community, but from practitioners and experts within our community who wanted to participate”, said Sue Rexford. The series will launch on May 21 with Breast Fest! with Wellspring’s own Cheryl Chapman, a massage therapist specializing in patients with cancer and mastectomy. Events will follow each Thursday evening until June 25, when the series will end with Millburn resident Judy Zinnato discussing her very personal experience raising a transgender child. Other events in the series include: May 28: Surviving Cancer: Why Complementary Medicine Needs to be Part of Your Healing Process with Susan L. Miller June 4: Attending (the) Dying: What You Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask with Dr. Lillian Pliner June 11: Three Simple Steps to Improve your Metabolism with Laura Rokosz June 18: The M Word: a talk about Menopause with Kim Collins, aka DoulaMomma A full event schedule with descriptions of each discussion is attached. “We are thrilled to have the participation of the area’s experts in complementary healing practices, breast health, menopause, palliative care and more”, stated Lynda Rountree. “Through the support of Mark Slade and Lisa Danbrot, we are able to bring this valuable information to our very own community, and help our neighbors in their own path to better health and wellness.” Mark Slade of Keller Williams remarked, “When we were approached with the idea for this series, we knew we wanted to be involved. While Keller Williams is a national real estate company, our roots are in the communities we serve. Maplewood/South Orange and the surrounding areas are unique, and we are thrilled to be able to give back to the members of this amazing community.” “As an active member of this community on many levels, I was struck by how timely and important this series is. The topics are common to all of us, but these talks will allow us to discuss them from a unique and intimate viewpoint with the guidance of some of the area’s most respected experts in their respective fields. Mark and I are very proud to be able to support the series and make it accessible to all”, said Lisa Danbrot. Each event begins at 7pm and will be held at the Wellspring Health Collective, located at 697 Valley Street in Maplewood. Reservations are not needed, but seating is limited. Each talk will include ample time for discussion.

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